A record-setting streak for Cardinals. Playoff (s) loom next week. Tell me what you're thinking.
They could use the same regular-season lineup next year and Mo and his staff were brilliant in picking up Garcia, McFarland, Lester and Happ.
No other trios even come close to matching these trios for power/defense. The only difference is that you had a better collective batting average from the 2004 trio, led by Pujols.
I guess he has gone back to the Dominican Republic or Florida but I'll have to ask about that. Yes, the tie has been cut unofficially.
We'll throw out that nickname out there and see how it flies. Luckily, Mike's broadcast career won't end Sunday. He is in line for playoff coverage, even on the road. That's how it shapes up now.
Mike Shildt has established himself as one of the top managers in the game. And, it is clear his players pay attention during the defensive drills in spring training.
The problem was that time had been called, for whatever reason, by one of the umpires. They had called the various parts of the situation correctly until Edman's tag of Ortega was disallowed when time was out.
It would if the Cardinals had brought up any players who weren't here previously. But they didn't. With only two extra roster spots available in September, teams didn't bring up many prospects.
Thank you. Paul Goldschmidt, especially defensively, has demonstrated he is one of the smartest players in the game. We are seeing one of the best seasons of his career at age 34. given the circumstances of the Cardinals headed to the postseason.
I have never seen any streak of any kind like this one in the years I have been covering. Of course, I wasn't around the New York Giants of 1951 and a couple of historical ones before that.
Arenado's first move should not have been to touch third because there was no forceout there. But. with him having slipped, he may have been unaware that the infield fly rule had been called. If he throws to second and Edman tags the runner instead of stepping on the bag for a forceout he didn't have, the game would have been over. The Cardinals didn't execute the play properly unless they didn't know the infield fly rule had been invoked. Apparently, they didn't.
You're welcome. I do not know why time was called. That was the biggest screwup. There ought to be a way to let the fans know what happened, as the officials would have done in key football play like that.
Three to five days was the original estimate so, in theory, he could be playing on Tuesday. But what's the rush? Make sure he's ready by the end of the week and then the wild-card game.
You're welcome. Yes, there are some similarities. In the Stanley Cup season, the Blues won four series but there were some top seeds that got knocked off along the way that they didn't have to play in the postseason. For the Cardinals to go all the way like the Blues, the Cardinals will have to play all those top seeds, especially in the National League where two 100-wins teams in Los Angeles and San Francisco await them.
The runs won't be as easy to come by when the Cardinals would play the Dodgers and/ Giants. But the defense doesn't care who the opponent is. And the Cardinals make all the plays. Defense is one of tickets the Cardinals would have to punch to sustain a long run because their pitching, while good lately, is not as good as that of some their potential foes.
Don't exactly know other than there was some injury involved. You never know what can happen later on. Just because he's not here now doesn't mean he couldn't turn up on a playoff roster at some point if some lefthanded batter gets hurt.
Four is a pretty small number. And so is 97, for all the years that Max has pitched. The Cardinals' better chance might be if Scherzer has to pitch a one-game playoff for the division title, the Dodgers win and the Cardinals play one game against the Giants. But the Cardinals, this version of them anyway, figure to comport themselves against either opponent.
You're welcome. First, that was not an aging crew Sunday except for possibly Bill Miller, who was doing the plate and had nothing to do with the play. Umpires always have been rotated for the simple reason the same person doing home plate every day would be a tremendous pressure cooker. It would be like Scherzer starting every game. That play in Chicago was not handled efficiently by anybody--the Cardinals, Cubs and umpires, specifically whoever called time when the play seemed not over yet. Also, there are many more than 60 umpires. There 60 in each league working every day
It is hard to believe what the Giants have done with a team considered "over the hill." It's one of the best stories of the season. The Cardinals have some similarities with their elderly two lefthanders but if the Cardinals advance, Mikolas will be at least the No. 3 pitcher, if not No. 2, depending on Lester's health.
You kind of answered your own question although it seems he certainly "trusts his stuff" now and is pitching with more confidence.