Thanks for dropping in here to say this. Yes, Rick Hummel once again shows why he's a Hall of Famer with his choices. Always a step ahead of me.
Sort of. There could be the dropping of divisions entirely. Or there could be divisions in the same where there are in hockey and teams would play all teams, across both leagues. Or the CBA could just drop divisions entirely. That's unlikely because baseball does like to keep its regional rivalries, and teams within the Midwest are going to want those return visits from the Cubs, Cardinals, etc.
La Russa vs. the field. Make it happen. What a story that would be to cover. He returns from retiring after a World Series to take a team to the World Series.
Yes. He's the lefthanded bat off the bench for an early-game, mid-game move for a pinch-hitter. The Cardinals will have an extra spot or two on the bench for the one-game playoff, and they'll want a lefthanded bat in that spot in case they need a pinch-hitter after that first, second time through the order for the starting pitcher, in this case Wainwright. Carpenter is set to be that bat.
Absolutely. That's how they'll set up the bullpen. Mikolas and Hudson could play role in that.
Agreed. Eager to see how that LA team responds. It has enough experience to likely respond well when the pressure is on like that. If Cardinals score first ... If Edman opens with an extra-base hit ... Hmmm.
He wasn't likely to get a call up to the big leagues this year unless they were in duress. And, if you recall, when they made that decision about the Olympics, they were in duress. The situation changed for him with the addition of Happ and Lester. He could have forced their hand, sure, as other starters have from the Class AAA rotation. He didn't, and that's fine because they didn't want to bring him up to the majors this year. They always had him earmarked for the 40-man roster at some point in 2022 with a debut within that year.
This is true. It was reported in New York. They will let a new GM sign their own manager. That makes a lot of sense. The Mets need an overhaul.
Wouldn't rule out that possibility.
Kim seems to be lining up as the pitcher behind glass for the postseason -- the in case of emergency go to him pitcher. That's how it is currently set up. The rotation for the NLDS will hinge on who is used in the wild-card game. If Mikolas or Hudson or both are avoided you could see them prominently as starters right from the start of the NLDS. But we won't know -- and the Cardinals won't know -- until the wild-card game is played out.
I have not. To me there is a big, huge, massive, large, significant, stupefying difference between the 2011 Phillies and the 2021 Dodgers. The 2011 Phillies had to beat the Cardinals thrice. The Dodgers just have to do it once.
He might. Money does matter. All teams prefer shorter deals at higher dollars, so once Scherzer gets into that sweet spot the bidders increase, the dollars increase, and at some point the Cardinals are going to say that's too much of the year's payroll to commit to the volatility of one pitcher. That's just how they'll view it. The Cardinals do look at things that way -- how much of the payroll is committed to two, three, four players, and how likely are those players to make good on that investment.
Yes, it has its own roster. It would not be a surprise if a third catcher was added. As of this past weekend, it was likely that Mikolas would be on the roster as a possible reliever. That was the plan on Cardinals official detailed.
The results of the poll, thus far, are fascinating. I continue to have a hard time reconciling the tone on Twitter, the tone of questions in the chat, and the results of the poll. They are clearly drawing from three different, distinct audiences of Cardinals fans. That's remarkable.
A little more general question than I can attack, honestly. As far as the big questions that people seem to be asking: Shildt said Flaherty and Carpenter will be on the roster for Wednesday's game.
I've got nothing. Just eager to cover how a game with this much at stake between these two historic teams at one of the greatest ballparks plays out. Cannot beat this theater. So, let's all hope it's a compelling baseball game.