I just don't think they expected their team to capitulate as it did and commit all those turnovers through regulation play. And I do believe they expect a big push back from the Bruins in Game 3. The Blues surely anticipate that too.
With that core group, I would not hold my breath. If the Cubs would just add a few pitchers they could run away with the division.
The Cardinals spent to get a top-tier guy in Goldschmidt . . . or at least a former top-tier guy. The team will pay Goldschmidt and Carpenter a combined $44.5 million the next two seasons. That's not being cheap, but you can question if the team will get a big return on that.
Well, there's a chance he could post a sub-5.00 ERA, which would make him a useful pitcher here and elsewhere. There are a lot of bad starters out there right now.
Actually, their rise in the previous decade was fueled by their use of analytics. As for what the field staff does with it, how will analytics help if a hitter swings and misses at the same pitch again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again? You can give a guy 400 pages of data on that pitch he cannot hit and cut-up a video montage of 100 pitchers getting him out WITH THAT SAME PITCH. At some point that guy can either hit or he can't. There are no grand mysteries here. You are seeing the same guys make the same outs again and again and again and again and again and again and again. MIT could do a three-day seminar on Kolten Wong whiffing at curveball down and in. It could include insights gained from satellite images shot from space. Wong could attend this seminar, but he would still actually have to put his bat on the ball when pitches inevitable feed him one curveball down and in after another.
I believe the three true outcome trend is continuing unabated. Strikeout, walk or homer. Wash, rinse, repeat. Baseball today.
He is showing more life lately but, yes, these endless laments about the shift and well-struck outs can wear you down. At his price point, Carpenter needs to be consistent .280 hitter with run production. Walks are great, but unless he is driving home runs with those walks, they are not THAT great. It's not like he runs wild on opponents once he reaches with a base on balls, creating offense with his speed.
It's amazing that they have only had a few severe downturns -- and those were short-lived. Yet a team like Edmonton can remain mostly terrible for a decade despite drafting high year after year.
Whitey didn't mind the three-run homer. He had Jack Clark here and then Pedro Guerrero. But as a great tactician who would created a whole style of baseball around speed, he must not even recognize some of what he sees now as baseball.
There is a lot of chatter among folks who follow the Bruins about Bergeron playing hurt. We said the same for O'Reilly earlier in the playoffs. More recently Thomas has been playing hurt. What''s really going on? We won't know until the season is over and teams finally disclose all of their injuries.
Nobody said they were. In fact, I've never heard anybody say that.
Of course, there are many good teams in the West. Colorado has a chance to load up talent around that top line. Nashville will make some adjustments, as will Winnipeg. Both are still loaded. Vegas remains a threat and I could see Dallas making at least one big play to add firepower.
You can do that exercise either way. What's fascinating about the Blues is how many superstars they have employed -- albeit past their prime in many cases and/or for short periods.
Man, flip a coin. The Blues proved they have a shot, but that's all they got out of Game 2. This team is missing two of its most skilled players, Dunn and Thomas, and it will miss Sundqvist in Game 3. Will someone else get hurt? Will Dunn and/or Thomas play at some point? And these games are often decided by an odd bounce of the puck or bad officiating. Buckle up.
I'll agree that the Cardinals have had an uncanny ability to acquire effective relievers to provide some help, then let them walk as free agents. At the same time, the team spent big ($14 million) for part of a bad season from Greg Holland and big for mostly bad work from Brett Cecil and Luke Gregerson. It's not so much that they didn't spend but that they invested in the wrong guys.
Earlier this year I dismissed the Raptors in this chat as a serious title threat. Oops! They now have the full attention of the Warriors. When they fall behind the Raptors, catching up isn't so easy.
Wieters is killing the ball right now and he has hardly played, so if I'm him I am expecting to get all the starts when Molina can't go. After all, he is a former all-star. He is not used to sitting around like he has this season.
The timetable depends on the competition. Had the Cubs kept winning, Memorial Day would not have been too soon to worry. But the Cubs floundered this month and kept the Cardinals close. If this team falls eight or nine games back, then it's time to worry for sure. As for the front office, it has made some big plays, notably for Ozuna and Goldschmidt. Spending on the right reliever has proven difficult, but it's not been for a lack of effort.
Most of the superstars Keenan went after were well past their prime, unfortunately.