Carpenter went all in on this home-run hitting thing. He could be one of the biggest early casualties of the launch angle/extreme shift era.
If they could take back all the young guys they traded, they would really have something. Their quest for next-level hitters led to the Ozuna and Goldschmidt trades. Sheer stupidity led to the Tommy Pham trade. We could go on and on but you're point is well-taken.
These team does have depth. Sundqvist got a nice deal as a No. 4 center and Alexander Steen plays down there at even strength, although his penalty killing work pushes his minutes into the third-line range. I could see Blais on the fourth line and Kyrou moving up into the Top 9.
Wainwright is the No. 4 guy and Wacha No. 5. And you could get your wish if Ponce de Leon moves into the No. 5 slot before the end of the year.
I've seen far worse Cardinal teams. Have you forgotten the early 1990s?
Martin is a very good coach. There's always a chance he can assemble a team capable of making a run because he builds with defense and great defense doesn't go cold. But the NCAA Tournament is the ultimate crap shoot, 40-minute games in single elimination with a lot of 18- and 19-year-olds on the court.
Well, I mean, the Cardinals are in first place. So if every move Mozeliak has made is wrong, how is that possible? This team has issues, but it has excellent depth and lots of good young pitching even after the trades and injuries. We're not talking about the Royals here.
St. Louis could have 10 million people wedged within its city limits, but getting a NFL or NBA team would still depend on an multi-billionaire owner really wanting to put a team here.
As far as drafting and development goes, the Cardinals have done a great job. Pham is doing great for Tampa Bay. Voit starred for the Yankees until he got hurt. Alcantara went to the All-Star Game for the Marlins. Mercado (Indians), Kelly (Diamondbacks), Weaver (Diamondbacks), Gonzales (Mariners), Piscotty (A's) . . . the list of excellent products of the Cardinals system goes on and on. Then there are Flaherty, Hudson and DeJong on this team, and Hicks before he got hurt.
That wasn't exactly a stretch.
I could see a players strike, not a lockout. The owners have it made with this CBA. The players need higher minimum salaries, earlier access to arbitration and earlier access to free agency in their next deal or they will walk.
Have not watched but maybe two snaps. My old college buddy Mark Kiszla with the Denver Post was not a fan of his debut, but I have not checked back.
There you go. That explains. I thought that was the case, but I didn't see the play.
Well, the XFL has to last a couple of seasons, sell lots of tickets and get fans to actually wager on the outcome. If it checks all those boxes, then it may last. Every other league since the AFL that tried that failed horribly.
MLS has a long, long way to go. I wonder if it will ever become the fifth major league. The league is smart to go with smaller stadiums to create a great environment and give it time to grow. Much can change in 10 years. I think we will see the next wave of sports fans view things much differently -- and put less value on attending events live.
Some people have a hard time letting go.
The Arch could be underwater in 10 years if Iowa keeps getting 3 million inches of rain each spring. Also, average highs could reach 110 with 100 percent humidity, so my next dog will have to learn to enjoy swimming. But otherwise I do like the STL's chances.
Sounds like there won't be a lot of people watching the XFL game.