Bobo's here. We've got some ballplayers in early again today, so let's go.
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No, this is simply a case of the Blues not responding as a group when the other side pushes back. The Xs and Os in hockey are not all that elaborate. The Blues have a deep team with lots of interchangeable players, so matchups should not be as big of an issue for this team as others. To me, the collective commitment, effort, confidence and aggression is not there. The Blues won a Cup by smothering opponents. That takes relentless effort and unfailing coordination. Right now the Blues do it for 15 or 20 minutes at a time. When the momentum shifts in a game -- and it usually does -- this team tends to sag.
Dean hasn't been able to get at bats ahead of Matt Carpenter for whatever reason, so I assume that O'Neill's leash will be very, very long.
We'll see how Miles does. Injuries are a fact of life for pitchers, but shoulder issues are harder to fix than elbows.
It appears he got his velocity back after getting past his back issues. But I wonder if he will ever be a pitcher who can work deep into games. He can keep hitters off-balance when he's on, but he lacks a shutdown pitch.
Ask the guys hitting behind him.
As I've said all along, I would move Carlson up to the No. 2 slot and slide the dynamic duo down a slot to add more depth to the attack. That still leaves Molina hitting fifth, which is asking a lot, since DeJong is clearly a No. 6-caliber hitter. If Tyler O'Neill can make more consistent contact -- the big if for this group this year -- that could change the dynamic.
To this point of his big league career, Dylan Carlson is hitting .216. I still like his upside and I would like to see how he could perform in the protected No. 2 hole. But it's not like the Cardinals are holding Carlson back. He is still adapting to this competitive level. It's not like he's raking ala Juan Soto and Ronald Acuna Jr.
They need an outfield bat over a starting pitcher -- and it's not even close. Let's see if Tyler O'Neill can become that hitter. This will be his chance. The Cardinals have good young pitching with Johan Oviedo, Zack Thompson and Matthew Liberatore. And I do believe Miles Mikolas will pitch this season.
I see Max going to one of the power teams -- Mets, Phillies or even the Yankees -- for a LOT of money on a per-year basis. He would certainly be worth a shot here for one or two years, but next season the Cardinals will feel the full weight of the Arenado contract. My guess is that offense will remain a bigger need than pitching, so I'm not sure they will be positioned to make that sort of play.
The Cardinals would love to have the choice of starting Carpenter in the playoffs. They would be thrilled to reach postseason play again. But I'd be surprised if Carpenter is still on the team at that point. The more Shildt plays him, the more he pressures Mozeliak into hitter that DFA button in his top desk drawer.
We'll see. O'Neill came into the spring with a good hitting mindset and got some results. Now he has to prove he can do that over the long haul in the real games. If he can't, then he, like Bader, are looking at spending their career in the No. 4/No. 5 outfield role.
No proclamation was made on DeJong. With Molina out of the lineup, Paul was going to move up at least one point. I agree that he needs to stay in the No. 6 spot, but that means the team has to have viable options to hit above him.
That was a brutal mistake. But the bigger concern is how overmatched the Blues looked for much of that game even though the 'Lanche were missing two of their top five guys.
He's a power-hitting outfielder still in his prime, so, sure, the Cardinals and many other teams would be interested.