Bobo's here, where's all the ballplayers?
Given his mental make-up and athletic ability, I believe he can be a very good goaltender. His best trait was his ability to refocus after a tough game. His confidence borders on arrogance and that's a good thing at that position. His confidence gives his teammates confidence. His playoff success gives the Blues a high level of belief heading into next season. Also, his ability to improve his puck-handling on the fly this season was a impressive.
Molina and Ozuna will return before the summer is out. And obviously this team needs Paul Goldschmidt to at least resemble the hitter he was in Arizona. And I don't mind seeing Munoz play more.
Well, the Cardinals can compete because they are still in arm's reach of the division lead. But the injuries and prolonged slumps raise serious doubts about their staying power. And surely the Cubs and Brewers will take steps to improve before the trade deadline. The Cardinals don't have a ton to trade, so in that sense they may get stuck in-between this summer. Even if they wanted to make a big play, I'm not sure they could. This team is in a weird spot.
No. Also not related to the great Bobo Brazil from Benton Harbor, Michigan. Can't do a good coco butt.
The MLS can see how well St. Louis turned out to watch these women play live -- and how they supported various international matches on the men's side over the years.
As far as a sale goes, Ozuna and his expiring contract might be the big chip to play in a retooling. But can the Cardinals afford to turn the page on Marcell given the big trade price they paid to get him?
There was a lot of focus placed on getting back to the postseason. So, yes, the front office feels urgency. That said, I don't see a big talent surplus to trade from or the payroll flexible to add a really high-priced player with term left.
I agree that Bader could use some time at Memphis to restore some confidence. This franchise has done that in the past and it could be a good thing. The Cardinals have put some time and money in Arozarena, so it wouldn't be a bad idea to give him a look. He certainly caught fire at Memphis.
Sounds like you are ready for the robot umpire. We could see it on our lifetime with balls and strikes. Why not?
I suppose it could happen. A lot of teams could use a veteran arm these day. Lance was a popular guy here, but we could see several teams get in on that.
Injuries are a part of the deal. The big story with the Cardinals is the number of key players who have failed to perform anywhere near their expected level. There are no easy excuses for that.
I could see a team making a play on Marner, who doesn't seem interested in signing a team-friendly deal. And like you say, Toronto still has cap issues. That team should have let Nylander walk to avoid this crunch. I could see a big offer sheet coming his way. Tampa Bay has an advantage signing guys due to the lack of a state income tax and its standing as a Cup favorite, so the Lightning might be less vulnerable to an offer sheet.
I do think this team has what it takes to stay in the hunt a few years. But duplicating the magic of this season will be really, really hard. I could see Dallas and Nashville raising their level next season and Chicago moving back into contention as well.
Mozeliak would like a couple of those contracts back -- Fowler, Carpenter and Mikolas for sure -- let's remember that players are most responsible for this. Many, many Cardinals are failing to produce at their career levels. That's on them, not on their manager or the front office. This effort has been a collective effort.
No, because this is still a speed-driven league and the Blues didn't change that by winning the Cup with their bulldozing forecheck. Teams pay attention to the "heavy" postseeaon play, but the pervasive NHL trend is still getting younger and faster.
Yeah, it turns out that trying to max out on very pitch takes a toll. A lot of pitchers are going down while reaching back for more heat. The Cardinals are hardly alone in their suffering this season.
The obvious solution to this labor dispute is to move up the eligibility clock for arbitration and free agency. With more and more teams hoarding prospects and cherishing cost-controlled players, veterans are losing out. To make sure the players get their fair share of the revenue pie, the next CBA must move players into their earning years more quickly.
I'd say Gonzales. The Cardinals could have used him in their rotation this year.