No offense to Mike Shildt, but Mike Matheny is quite photogenic.
Because the Cardinals have to pay him $20.5 million this year.
That's fair point. The team doesn't want to lose Sosa, since he is good fielder at shortstop, but he doesn't have much of a role other than offering insurance. At soome point the team must add more heft to this bench.
Matt has more than warning track power if he pulls the ball. But since he is a dead pull hitter who is easily defended. He almost never tries to bunt his way on. And let's not forget that he strikes out a ton, too, and there is no exit velocity on those whiffs.
He popped a groin while sprinting. I don't know how is training impacted that. I know he shifted his training to add flexibility in place of bulk, so that should help his career.
The job he did last year to get the team into the bracket despite the shutdown and doubleheaders suggest that he has adapted quite well.
Half the batting order is fine. The other half needs work. Will O'Neill and/or Bader change that dynamic? Does Jeff Albert have a magic wand?
Let's see what the return of O'Neill does to the equation. I believe Dean should have played more ahead of Carpenter, but now there really is no excuse to give a sub-.100 hitter to get regular work -- especially after he failed badly during the spring too,
Trade Colton Parayko? Um, no. Trade Brayden Schenn? Nope.
I'll take the bet that he'll be at least a second line forward. His skating burst, tight edgework and playmaking skills are special. But, yes, like the Circus he needs to learn to protect himself out there. This is the NHL. Opponents can line him up despite all of his whirling ability.
If this team could get into the bracket, maybe . . . but time is running out.
If some billionaire really, really, really wants to put a team in St. Louis, then it could happen. Otherwise, no,
Significantly. Fans are forgetting that this guy was once a borderline MVP candidate. He hit at really high level for a few years though.
The Cardinals have outperformed similar markets with their revenue because they are consistently successful on the field. They earned that revenue, which is a big reason why they are more successful than franchises in comparable situations.