The Cardinals have flexibility on options. I'd like to see Nogowski get some at bats to see if there is something there because otherwise he looks like the odd man out if the Cardinals add another pitcher -- which I believe they will do, with Kim likely to rejoin the team on the next road trip.
Bauer is the king of spin rate, so it's no surprise that MLB is taking a long look at his baseballs. The fact that Trevor has been so opinionated on social media adds some real spice to this.
Various reports had Martin expressing interest in other jobs during the past few years. I would not be surprised to see him move on voluntarily to get a fresh start in another year once he regains his health. Like you say, he and his team took a beating.
Thomas was terrible during his brief trial last season and he failed in spring training as well. He needs to excel in some minor league games and get himself in a better place. Unfortunately, there are no minor league games this month -- so he is sitting in the waiting room.
I agree with the assessment. This team is asking too much of DeJong because it lacks lineup depth. He is a No. 6 hitter being miscast. I expect lineup depth to be a big focal point for management if the current cast doesn't improve.
He had a bad shoulder and he hit in a big ballpark here. And I'm sure that being surrounded by better hitters in Atlanta helps as well. Hitting is contagious. Confidence can spread from player to player and a deep lineup can soften up pitchers. It's easier hitting in the middle of a big inning -- with runners home, men on base and the pressure shifted too the mound -- than it is batting in a low-scoring game withuot any offensive momentum.
That, and when he can start winning more physical battles around the net. On some shifts he looks like he's just in the way.
No Torts Troll yet today. Also, we've had not Bob Petit references.
Well, 61 RBIs is a lot, especially in this offense. But I don't put that past him. Nor do I rule out his return to play in 2022 past him. He's not like normal human beings.
It doesn't work that way in the NHL. As intense as this game is, as as intense as Berube is, I can see fatigue settling in at some point for the coach, the players or both. I'd like to see Berube and the bulk of these players get one more chance with a full training camp, a full season and a fully operational farm team supporting them. This has been a really weird season. But even for Cup-winning coaches nothing is forever.
I like the lineup. Shelter DeJong a bit at No. 2 and add depth to the lineup. Also, Edman is better option to steal with DeJong at the plate than with one of the two big guys. And veteral outfielders like Peralta will definitely get on Mozeliak's radar screen of the young guys don't hit and inicreasing revenues allow for more talent investment.
Kostin is still playing in the KHL playoffs the last time I checked. He may run out of time to contribute this year.
Krug's not going anywhere. So the decision is whether to deal Dunn, expose him in the expansion draft or protect him in the draft. I'm guessing that his potential earning power and the emergence of Walman will send Vince out one way or another.
I see the Blues far more likely to sell at the deadline than buy. And Berube made Bortuzzo, a physical defenseman, a healthy scratch in the last game. This team needs stronger defending on the better puck management in its zone.
I don't believe either player is untouchable. Gorman is blocked at third and first base. Maybe he can play adequately at second base, but I believe thats a stretch. Liberatore has a good chance to make the rotation, but I believe the Cardinals have traded away better for the right player.
Sure, the Cardinals cheerfully trade away that high salary if other teams come calling on Miles and the team has enough pitching. This team can't keep everybody and at some point these good young pitchers need their chance.
OK, the horn sounded. Time to go. Thanks for the questions and comments. We'll see you next time!