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At this point I believe we would all be surprised if Tarasenko made it all the way back his 30-goal scoring standard. He has been somewhat engaged in this series creating plays here and there, but obviously he needs to do more. That said, replacing him with rookie fourth-liner is not the answer.
I believe the Cardinals will win some of those games, as you would expect with a first-place team.
I don't recall the Ryan situation, but in this case La Russa says he gave the take sign and the player ignored it. Tony hasn't never enjoyed seeing players ignore signs.
There is a limit to what a player can do without looking stupid in such scenarios. As mentioned on the Cardinals telecast, arguing against a called strike pitched by a position player would be stupid. Taking close pitches while trying to draw a walk would make you look stupid. Against a position player pitching, all the things you mentioned would make a player look stupid.
I am a big fan of Mikkola's upside, but let's not get carried away with a Jay Bouwmeester comparison. Niko certainly has the rangy build the Blues like with their defensemen, but he's had some issues with his puck management. The Blues figured to realign their defensive corps after this year, due to the expansion draft and team needs, and it will be interesting to see how Mikkola fits (or doesn't) in 2021-22.
Edmundo Sosa's speed is a nice element to have with an extra player. I had been wondering why he wasn't getting more run with Paul DeJong out. Given his work this week, I'd expect to see more of him this weekend. Athletically he certainly looks the part of a big league player.
Tyler Webb hit a rough patch for sure. He has NOT been effective lately, after a solid start to the season. Andrew Miller is trying to come back from his foot issue, but he didn't show much during the spring. If Miller can't regain his velocity and command, then, yes, this team might need to upgrade the left side of the bullpen.
There were some missed calls, notably the pick play right before the tripping call against the Blues. The elbow on Bortuzzo was easy to overlook, given how it happened. So it goes in hockey. With some fans in the house to help the officials tonight, the Blues figure to get more calls.
A manager has to act like his team is capable of holding an 11-run lead, especially against the reeling Minnesota Twins.
It is. Maybe the Cardinals are just saving him for emergency relief pitching. But seriously . . . they gave Max Moroff a look because he was hot in Memphis. Now they need to run with Edmundo Sosa a bit based on what he did against the Pirates. Sosa a still a relatively young player who develop into something. As I noted in last week's chat, DeJong's injury was going to throw a spotlight on the Matt Carpenter scenario.
I would expect something today, but Nazem Kadri is currently suspended and every indication is that he will be sidelined for a while. When he was offered a Zoom hearing, that indicated he could get more than five games.
I don't see Doug Armstrong firing Craig Berube after such a disjointed season with so many injuries and COVID-19 disruptions. I do see Armstrong making some roster adjustments to upgrade this team's checking ability. In particular the defensive corps wiil need some retooling. And those players who return next season will be challenged to become more tenacious. We're seeing signs of Jordan Kyrou playing the needed style and I'm sure Robert Thomas is being heavily encouraged to do the same.
He's been dealing with a back injury the entire season. Clearly the issue isn't limiting him as badly as it did earlier this season.
The Cardinals have a good supply of promising young pitching. But you have to underline the word young. Johan Oviedo needs more polish, clearly, but it's early for him. Zack Thompson and Matthew Liberatore are in the same spot, early in their careers. Kodi Whitley seems ready to add bullpen depth this season, as does Seth Elledge.
Tyler Webb is on the spot for sure. Mike Shildt has leaned really hard on him as his rubber-arm lefty. Maybe he has leaned too hard on him. I mentioned Andrew Miller earlier as a guy the Cardinals would love to see turn back his clock. But that may not be possible at this stage of his career. Daniel Ponce de Leon could add critical depth if he can get locked in as well as he was late last season. So, yes, there are some issues here. The Cardinals need additional reliability so Shildt has more choices.
Nolan Arenado is 7-for-25 with two homers and three RBIs against Hendricks, so maybe there is hope.