I like him more as a starter since maybe, just maybe, he can develop better command while settling into long-form work. Relievers tend to see their role as overpowering hitters in short spurts -- and that can make a wild pitcher even wilder.
No wine for me tonight because I will stay up to watch the Blues. But I have a nice stew in the Crockpot.
Mozeliak did Fowler a solid all the way around. Yes, Dexter fell short as a hitter here. But he was pro here and the Cardinals treated him as such.
Had Alex Reyes stayed healthy, he would have lived up to at least some of his hype. So it goes with prospects. I believe in the past few years most of the guys they organization really liked progressed as hoped. Right now they have more high-ceiling hitters than usual down in lower half of the minors.
If the Dodgers are willing to boost his pay even higher at that age, so be it.
As for Flaherty, locking him down won't be easy. Crazy money could await him in free agency and arbitration will tream him well going forward.
I've always seen Carlson as a potential No. 3 hitter, but is 2021 the time for that? If he's ready for it, your order could make sense.
The Arenado deal actually happening might have stunned me. I might have been less surprised to find ET rummaging through my garbage for snacks after his ship crashed.
Should you be concerned about those things? Yes and yes.
There's a strong base here. They had two bad owners. It happens. Seattle is a great NBA city that lost a team. Cleveland is a great NFL town. It lost a team. Ditto Baltimore.
The Cardinals, at the moment, have projected outfield starters who haven't put numbers at this level. And they have some pitchers coming back from injuries. There's quite a bit of potential with the group, but it's hard to quantify that -- try as the analytics guys might.
OK, that's it for this week. Excellent chat! I'm sorry nobody weighed in with favorite donut shop here in the STL. I guess that's the homework for next week.