Here is why you can't make a good comparison: The modern fielding shifts changes the equation. There are second basemen playing right field, shortstops standing behind second base and third basemen playing shortstop. This team has great outfield range and Gold Gloves on the corners, so maybe that wins out because the shift lessens the value of middle infield range.
True, but it's hard to imagine Colorado, Vegas, Carolina, Tampa Bay and Toronto advancing. Those teams look very strong. The second Canadian team should be Edmonton, but the Men of Oil still have to prove in the playoffs. And the East Division is a toss up. Any of the four teams could advance. The Islanders play a great playoff style and Boston could muster one more big run.
Given the frantic bidding for him if he goes to market, the Nationals should want at least a good young pitcher, an elite pitching prospect and a elite position player prospect in any rental trade.
We'll see lots of line shuffling with so many combinations possible and so much to choose from. But I could see a Kyrou/Thomas/Hoffman line getting spot duty with offensive zone starts while Berube finds more work for whatever fourth line he assembles. In other words, the third line would become the fourth line for stretches of games.
It would take a pretty severe ankle problem to derail his career. This injury is supposed to be minor, albeit to a part of the ankle that could cause some mechanical issues. The idea of holding him out is to avoid the sort of scenario you suggest. One problem in the mechanical chain can cause big, big issues, so the Cardinals want him fully healthy before he resumes pitching.
Robert Thomas and Jordan Kyrou have Top 6 talent and I would expect to seem them in such roles for a long, long time here. Beyond that, keep an eye on Klim Kostin. I can see him adding heft to a Thomas/Kyrou tandem for the long haul.
I covered that earlier, both specifially in regard to Carpenter and my last post about analytics-driven managing.
The Blues once again suffered large operating losses. Fortunately the franchise has billionaires in its ownership group, so it can take the hit as long as those investors remain committed to hockey.
I still expect him to get a multi-year deal elsewhere as the Blues try to get Vladimir Tarasenko back on track after a summer of training in better health. And like I noted earlier, Robert Thomas and Jordan Kyrou will need room to grow.
He was on a nice run until he got hurt. But Carlos Martinez has been a wild ride the last few seasons, so he'll always be judged on a start-to-start basis. His leash is shorter than most for obvious reasons, including injuries.
I don't him folding like a year ago, but I don't see him playing lights out like he did down the stretch two years ago. I believe he is mentally and emotionally ready to compete in these playoffs, but he will nee much more team defensive help that he has been getting this season.
I don't see much appetite for that from John Mozeliak. His comments about Matt's inability/unwillingness to change his hitting approach were pretty direct. I would still be surprised if Matt finished this season with the team. Minor league ball is underway and potential replacements have scraped off rust in Memphis. Also, the trade market will pick up some energy around Memorial Day and bench-type guys will become available as other teams promote top prospects.
I watched the game on my computer and I was fine with it. I enjoyed hearing from Matt Holliday. It sounds like he is enjoying coaching at the college level.
I believe he was pretty good all season, certainly compared to Faulk's first season here. But, yes, he has been even better lately.
Yes, the Cardinals value culture and continuity. That is something that separates this franchise from most. Obviously the hope is that Paul Goldschmidt and Nolan Arenado carry the leadership forward from Wainwright and Molina, Those two friends are quiet guys, as is Paul DeJong, but they set an example with their play. They can leave it to Tommy Edman and Harrison Bader to provide the more overt energy.
I am a Danny Mac fan and I have really enjoyed both Jim Edmonds and Brad Thompson's work. That said, I agree about You Tube. This is where the world is going. And, yes, I remembered all the squawking about games moving to cable when there was low cable density in the STL. Back then we heard this would damage the fan base and, of course, it did not.