This team has lots of pitching in reserve. The fast starts for Reyes and Hicks add to that.
Fowler had no future here and neither does Carpenter, realistically. Matt is getting one last chance. If he fails, as many expect, he will get the Jhonny Peralta treatment. As for the outfield, I see the Cardinals extending a bit more opporunity before mulling low-cost outside options.
I don't believe anybody claimed that infield hit, on a misplay, signaled O'Neill's arrival as an offensive threat.
Really long year ahead for them, since the Cardinals, Brewers, Reds and Cubs all look to be .500 or better this season. That means lots of suffering in division play.
Palmeiri is a more valued player, plus New Jersey also moved center Travis Zajac in that deal. So the Blues are unlikely to land a first-round pick for Hoffman.
Good for him. What will be interesting to watch will be his power totals. He didn't hit for power for much of his time in the minors for the Cardinals. He has no homers in 58 spring and regular season at bats so far this season, but that is a small sample size. Randy certainly muscled up as he got into his mid-20s, so folks are wondering where his new normal settles.
No, I was living in Detroit then and attending elementary school.
Or they could have spent extra money by keeping Wong and freeing up Edman to offer outfield insurance. But coming out of the pandemic the idea was to spent less in '21, not more. With fans coming back and the prospect for bigger crowds later this season, I imagine the Cardinals will be willing to spend on offense if they don't get enough from the various young outfielders.
Bader needs to fret about the health of his forearm. Can he avoid surgery? And of so, can he get back into a hitting groove before too much of the season gets away? As for his competition for at bats, only Dylan Carlson seems certain to get a lot of at bats this season. Right now there is opportunity out there for anybody who an catch fly balls and hit.
There is still work to do for sure. You can't give up 51 shots on goal and expect to win.
The Bruins need a scoring winger. The Leafs are shopping around too. Right now I see Florida focused on getting a defenseman like David Savard after Aaron Ekblad blew up his leg.
Well, Matt did draw the walk. And that did set the table at a critical point of a game. So he hasn't been totally useless. But I don't sense a media groundswell behind a Comeback Player of the Year campaign for Carpenter.
Minnesota is playing great and the Blues have won 10 of their last 29 games. So I'm skeptical of that investment opportunity.
I would do 3/4 and put Carlson No. 2.
I don't expect movnig the All-Star Game to have any real economic impact on MLB.
The trouble is there is no minor league baseball this month. So the Cardinals have some guys playing simulated games in Florida and some guys working out in Sauget in a group too small to scrimmage. A guy like Thomas doesn't have a chance to relocate his stroke in a competitive setting. That makes it more likely that the current cast will get more opporunity to turn things around