Dakota Hudson has been a bright spot amid all the injuries and inconsistency. There is still hope for the pitching staff, even with Jordan Hicks getting hurt. But with each passing week, hopes for huge surges from Goldschmidt and Carpenter fade.
I'd give Edman more looks for sure. But we are still dealing with a small sample size here. And if a manager gets too jumpy with his lineup, as Mike Mathney did, then that can backfire too.
If they did that, then they might as well keep going into full sell-off mode. But I'm not sure many of their veterans who stir much interest on the open market.
I'm sure Bill DeWitt Jr. has winced a few times watching them play this year.
So nobody ever did any basepath preening on Tony La Russa's watch? I beg to differ. Players do it all the time. When a team is winning, fans see nothing wrong with it.
Yes, he would be getting roasted in those markets.
Yeah, we had some fun in the (Chuck) Norris Division days. Covering those teams were blast. So many characters, so much bad behavior . . .
I'll ask my Notre Dame friend Scott Shreve for that prediction on the Irish. I know expectations are high, but I can't hazard a guess.
God no. I know the Pistons were once the Fort Wayne Pistons. And I used to listen to the Cincinnati Royals on the radio before they became the Kansas City Kings and moved to Sacramento. And they were in Syracuse before Cincy. But every team? No.
The day I start fretting about what Colin Cowherd says is the day I need to drive knitting needles into my frontal lobe.
Donaldson had an expiring contract and he wanted to mover closer to home in free agency, so I'm not sure that was such a big miss.
Again, Bill DeWitt would have to fire himself as a decision-maker as well because they work closely together.
I believe we will see more of Edman for the next little while, but the bigger need is to get Carpenter going. While giving Matt some breaks might help him, sitting him too much might make things even worse. And then what happens when Edman suffers his first big reality check?
No, a hard salary cap doesn't work in baseball due to revenue disparity among franchises. But the luxury tax is serving as a soft cap. The big market teams pay attention to it. The luxury tax has curbed spending at the high end.
The NFL would fit better into our sports calendar. Also, the once-a-week competitive schedule is a nice fan fit the 82-game NHL season and the 162-game MLB season. That said, the NBA is getting bigger and the NFL is due for some more slippage.
I agree on the arena locations hurting Arizona and Florida. But I am not sold on Raleigh at all. SoCal has handled two teams very well and San Jose became a strong West Coast addition too. I'm intrigued by Houston as another possibility for the Southwest.
I'm not willing to go that far, but four bad months in a row is not just a slump. I believe he needs to rethink his whole approach.