San Jose has the dollars to pay Karlsson long-term, since Jumbo Joe Thornton is near the end and Joe Pavelski is up in years as well. Moving on from Patrick Marleau, as painful as that was, helped set this up.
Mikolas has suffered some slippage, allowing four runs in three of his last six starts. Wainwright starting another game spreads a bit of rest through weary-looking rotation.That said, sending him out against the Dodgers with extra playoff implications is, um, brave. If the Dodgers keep hitting the way they did the last two games, this weekend could get ugly.
Most people get that. Why wouldn't they?
Bidwill was a nice enough guy, but as an owner he was a moron. He went to Phoenix and had the same trouble there. Thank goodness for the team's sake his son took charge and built a respected operation.
Eventually the dome comes down as part of an overhaul of the convention center, which is also falling behind the competition.
The big difference is that most NFL contracts are not guaranteed, so managing the cap is much easier. The bad guaranteed contracts in the NBA and NHL are harder to work around. The NBA hits teams with a luxury tax for going over, so the Warriors were able to keep their juggernaut in place while paying the league $42.5 million in tax. In the NHL, you can't just play on and pay a tax if you aren't cap compliant. So the NHL cap is much harder than the NBA cap. There is a lot of other stuff, but suffice to say the NBA is the most lenient league. At some point the Warriors might pay a $200 million tax to keep their title team together as it heads into a new arena.
The games shift back to 7:15 p.m. through the summer months, then back to 6:45 p.m. in August. The schedule shifts coincide with schools letting our and schools returning to class.
The Big New Idea for some teams is to go away from starting rotations per se and make every game a bullpen start. What will the Cards do? I'd expect them to stay with a five-man rotation while using their pitching depth, the 10-day DL rule the September roster expansion to rest guys as needed.
He is another guy that could be getting a bit frayed at the edges. He has never thrown this much in a season. This game is a huge opportunity for him, true, but he has already proven he is an elite prospect. He has plus-plus stuff and makeup.
Yes, Wacha could return from the 60-day DL and pitch before the end of the season. The only issue would be the need to have a 40-man roster spot open for him. But given his injury and re-injury, management isn't holding out any hope for that. Every time Wacha tries to come back the muscle barks at him again.
The worst was him making those guys practice on that Busch Stadium concrete-like "turf." Many players sacrificed their knees and hips to play here.
Selling low on Weaver and Martinez wouldn't be smart. They could get another hitter, but it's not like their lineup is full of holes. As for Kelly, he had a strong season at the Triple-A level and he can fill at first place and play third base in a pinch. Given Molina's ever-advancing age, moving Kelly to keep a career back-up instead seems silly -- unless a team is offering a third-base upgrade to bridge the next few seasons.
He does seem to bring the party out, no? This has always been one of his hot spots. Oh, to have lived his life . . .
As the old cliche goes, they are all starting to feel like must-win games. Beating the Dodgers would have extra value, of course, but the bottom line is the Cards must close out by winning the vast majority of their remaining games. The Dodgers could knock the Rockies into the wild card chase, but then Colorado has been in a good place lately too. Milwaukee could knock the Cubs back into the wild card mix. The next two-plus weeks will be crazy.
Yeah, if the stadium starts emptying in the seventh inning of those weeknights as parents start hustling kids to the cars.
No, if Gorman is legit and if Gorman is ready, then Gorman plays. Nolan's ceiling is very high. If he reaches it, he plays somewhere.
I remember raising this issue many years ago with the editor of a major sports publication. If make-believe games become compelling entertainment, could they cut into the popularity of real games? I believe they could, to a degree -- just as high-def, big screen, surround sound TV has cut into attending games in person. It's interesting that teams are countering this by making the stadium experience more like the home experience with more emphasis on suites, living room style viewing and gigantic video presentation.