His time is coming. He is on the radar screen for NFL coaching searches and his stock will only improve with Patrick Mahomes bringing his ideas to life. Eric has a pretty game to look forward to, then he spend time polishing up his LinkedIn profile.
With some new guys to integrate and that bubble hockey fiasco to move past, the Blues could have used a real training camp. They could also use more practice time, which he condensed schedule does not afford.
I am old school, so I go Carlson 2, Goldschmidt 3 and stick Arenado in the dreaded cleanup spot.
I don't see much of a logjam. Dean and Williams look like Class 4A guys, guys who can hit at Memphis and fill in if three guys end up on the injured list at once. Lane Thomas has some tools but an unremarkable minor league track record. Bader has proven he can't hit right-handed pitching, which makes it hard for him to play every day. Fowler figures to get phased out in his final year unless his magically hits .370 again. Maybe O'Neill can become an everyday guy, maybe not. Carlson is almost certainly an everyday guy . . . and in this group, he is the only guy worthy of that designation at this point.
How about the White Sox, with La Russa still rocking his yesteryear haircut, and the ever-ambitious Padres -- who have come out from hiding under the marine layer.
Great old school manager. Great promoter of the game. He loved the game and his job so much. But you did not want to crowd into the small visiting manager's office in Busch Stadium II to quiz Lasorda during his postgame meal. The scribes on the front line of that scrum needed a splatter shield when Tommy barked out answers in mid-bite.
A lot of GMs find themselves in this spot and it's no fun. In baseball, the season is a grind and these sorts of dramas can take a toll. So there comes a time when a team has to move a guy just to reset the team's mood. And that may be coming with Arenado, which is why this is a hot topic. It's hard to make a good trade with an unhappy guy. Other teams an exploit the motivated seller. In the NHL, the Blue Jackets and Jets swapped one malcontent star for another. Usually it's not so simple.
Not sure what the heck happened there, but this promising season has turned into a nightmare for SLU. The Billikens could use a few more days of practice before playing again, but this is a weird way to get that. I wonder what the A-10 office thinks about all of this.
If you look around MLB, you see one catcher after another getting deals done. I believe his re-signing would be good for both sides. With him behind the plate and Wainwright on board, the Cardinals might hold up OK with pitching and defense.
OK, that looks like it's a wrap for this week. See you guys next time!
The concerns about the fielding are real. Wong was exceptional at second base. Fans will appreciate that even more in his absence. This team could use an upgrade in the utility infield position to offer more protection against Carpenter's arm at third base and DeJong's fatigue.
OK, that's it for this time. Thanks and be safe. We'll see you next week.