Pinkel raised the program from the dead. Get back to me when Coach Drink is getting the Tigers into conference title games.
If Carpenter doesn't hit, then there's a good chance he won't finish the season here. The contract gives him a chance, but it only guarantees him so much work. The Cardinals ate the Dexter Fowler money and at some point they could eat the Caprenter money too, if he can't produce.
Gorman hit OK at the advanced Class A level, but he's never been higher than that. Let's see if he can hit Double-A pitching before putting him on the roster. Also, when he does get here, he needs to play every day. You don't use prospects of his caliber as a part-timer while he is still developing.
The Blues will see a lot of Vegas and Colorado down the stretch. So, sure, this could get dicey unless the Blues rack up a lot of points between now and then. Defensemen like Bortuzzo and Mikkola are getting stress-tested. Now, if they can bear up and if No 91 can come back and make an impact, that would sure help.
I don't know that anything is figured out. Will the Cubs go into sell mode this season or hold off? Will the Cardinals spend on a few upgrades now that they will get some gate revenue? Will the Brewers sense opportunity and make more adds? This division could be fluid all year.
Projections have all these teams around .500. The Brewers got stronger with the Bradley move. How many more will they make? The rosters are not frozen. And, again, if the Cubs decide to bail, that changes the math. The mystery team is the Reds, who apparently backed off after going for it last year.
I haven't checked the pricing, but I can't imagine prices coming down with attendance causing a supply-and-demand issue.
Home and road hockey is pretty similar these days with few fans in the stands. The Blues are a close-knit bunch and they seem to respond to the all-business tone of trips: Plane-bus-hotel-rink-bus-hotel-bus-rink-plane . . . it's just hockey on the road,
That is a factor for sure. Wong is not a fan of shifts because they do reduce the value of his ability to cover ground to his right. But elite range and arm strength can still take away hits and add outs. Even with a shift, Wong's abillity to go track pop-ups into dead zones of the field was a plus.
Of course you can do that. But typing the same mindless complaint again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again doesn't add much to the discourse.
Yes, if is a very big if. As I noted in earlier chats, anything the Blues get from No. 91 this season would be a bonus. But due to all of these other injuries, the Blues could really use that bonus. Even if he is a 15-goal guy and not a 30-goal guy, that would be an upgrade over the fill-ins getting looks now.
There is a big future there. It's a shame he didn't get a 2020 season. Who knows how much progress he really made in the camp setting last summer. We may not know until late in spring training when pitchers are zeroed in on getting outs.
The Brewers have the better bullpen. Until Hicks proves that he can get outs again, that's unknown. Getting velocity back is great, but what about command?
That was a classic combination of both. The game shifted against Michigan and the Wolverines sagged. The Illini were flying with the momentum, Their shots were falling and they were getting loose balls. A rematch in the Big Ten Tournament would be something. The Illini are playing great right now, but the Wolverines bounced back nicely against Sparty. They would be ready for Illinois next time, even if Dosunmu was back at 100 percent.
The big issue has to be reinjury. Strength is a big part of Tarasenko's game and can he still play that way and hold up?
They are in the NIT if they get that far, yes. As for the NCAA, they might have to win the conference tourney for that unless a bunch of other teams fail.
The Reds will be pretty good this years. The Pirates and Tigers? Not so much,
These guys pay a lot of taxes. They are citiizens too. So they should get to speak their mind like anybody else. I admire the guys who risk from commercial loss by standing up for issues. To me that's patriotism.
It's earlier for Jose. We need to settle down.