Yeah, its hard to imagine a surprisingly good ending to the Carpenter saga this spring. For years we've heard that the underlying metrics suggested he was a better hitter than his batting average indicated. At some point you just have to face the hard reality.
Yes, he shed a fed pounds. But he's not quite the all-round beast as the others. But he can launch the ball.
I'll say over. It's chaos out there. Guys keep jumping into the portal. It seems like guys really want a fresh start after enduring the dreariness of a pandemic season locked up away from the rest of humanity.
I could see Missouri bringing in 10 or 11 new players, so it should win that contest.
I haven't seen a McKay update. Lacerated spleen -- yikes!
Once the Cardinals start seeing more fans in the stands as the summer progresses and the pandemic subsides, I imagine the DeWitt and Co. will be willing to add some talent if the Cardinals are in the chase.
You are record writing him off. I'm not not quite ready to do that one game into the new season.
As the guys noted on the Net Front Presence podcast, there are a lot of new guys on this roster. So the "message getting stale" argument is harder to make. The players couldn't skate together en masse before training camp. Camp was truncated, there were no preseason games and then the injuries came. Those are all factors in the team's inability to build chemistry and round into peak form. They show signs of getting there, but they can't sustain shift after shift, period after period, game after game.
The Blues need Binnington to steal some points. A goaltender is the equalizer, as he proved before. But they also need to actually score some goals and take more leads. And it would be nice if the fellas would quit making horrible mistakes right in the middle of the ice. This team needs to improve across the board.
Welcome to the digital world. These days I sit in the parking lot of a restaurant and order off my phone app for carry out. But my breakfast or my pizza is not sent back to me in my phone because, well, that would pretty much ruin my meal.
Collectively the team must be motivated. That has to come from within individuals, true, but a team also needs it leaders to set a tempo. It also needs the coaching staff to maintain their commitment level with the right messaging. Once a team team loses momentum or, worse, loses belief, then individuals find themselves battling the inertia that seizes the whole team. Hockey teams must work in concert at a fast pace to succeed. If some guys are going and some aren't, that's when the losses mount.
Right now I'd have to say false. I have not seen much indication that this team is ready to elevate. Maybe they can change my mind with a big effort tonight.
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