The MLS seems ready to announce one new team at the All-Star Game. There isn't anything more for this group to do, so why not get the ball rolling? There will still be time to take care of Sacramento and one other city.
He's very early in his process. Yes, teams adjusted to him. No, he's not been able to make the pitches he needed to make with another consistency. But I expect him to learn from all of this and be fine. He has good stuff and a huge future, but these are big league hitters. Miss a spot and you pay.
Not many obvious candidates on this team. Fowler has a contract nobody wants. Ozuna is in the last year of his contract and the Cardinals need to keep him. Carpenter hasn't hit well in his last four months and he is an OK fielder at best. Goldschmidt and DeJong aren't going anywhere. Jose Martinez didn't stir much offseason interest and he hasn't done anything to change that. Maybe you could make a case for moving Wong, but his defense is exception he is one of the guys who can run . . .. what are going to do with this team?
Somewhat higher, of course, but banning the shift is such a silly idea. Baseball was a great game for more than a century with hitters using the whole field. Don't blamed the shift, blame one-dimensional hitters.
Probably not, since contending teams will bid high on guys like Stroman and Bumgarner. Also, the Cardinals don't have many mid-level guys to trade. Their Triple-A and Double-A teams don't offer a whole lot of shopping opportunity,
There are plenty of former players putting up losing records as managers. Why? Because they don't have enough talent. Right now this team doesn't have enough talent.
The NHL will still be a speed league during the regular season. Guys like Maroon do their work in the postseason these days. The Blues love the guy despite that, but his money might get too high for their cap scenario.
The Cardinals don't need the Blues to raise the bar for the organization. That bar is always set high. That said, the front office is under a lot of scrutiny. It has made more mistakes during the past few years than it did for several prior years combined. And now these guys don't have a whole lot to trade from.
There isn't anybody in Memphis hitting well enough to help this team.
No, I don't think there will money for that. I'd like to be wrong because David, like Pat, is a great guy to deal with. A team like Ottawa could use Backes to mentor Brady Tkachuk.
Again, this team needs to get individuals performing better. You don't demote a player to get the attention of another player. You demote a player hoping to get that player better. Yeah, in the past guys noticed when a Randal Grichuk had to go back for remedial work. But the main objective of that was to shrink the hole in Grichuk's swing with some confidence building.
I do expect some midseason adjustments with this team, but a huge makeover would surprise me. So would a blockbuster addition. The guys this team committed big dollars to just need to play much better.
The Cardinals encourage Carpenter to take that opportunity when it arises. It's up to Matt to execute more consistently.
How do you break the cycle? Jump on a few first-pitch fastballs and create a more difficult cat-and-mouse challenge for the pitcher.
If a big league hitter gets a little bit off, he can quickly fall into a slump against today's power pitching. Hitters that get in slumps do everything possible to get out of it -- watch tape, adjust their feet, adjust their hands, hit off tees, hit soft toss, spend extra time in the cage -- but sometimes they don't. And sometimes they start a painful regression, especially if they are in their 30s.
At those prices, attendance will suffer if this trend continues much longer.
These coaches spend hours on this every single day. They have video, showing guys what their swing looked like when they were hitting and what it looks like now. They have stats. They have detailed scouting reports that explain how every pitcher in league have worked them or will work them. Ultimately the player has to hit the ball. It's not like coaches are calling bad plays. The play is almost always "hit the ball."
At the time the Cardinals had a LOT of outfielders and there were only so many you could keep on the 40-man roster and shield from the Rule 5 draft. The same went for Magneuris Sierra. Harrison Bader looked like he was going to make it and so did Tyler O'Neill. Fowler was cemented here with that contract and Ozuna had at least another year.