You could bench Vladimir Tarasenko as well as Ryan O'Reilly (0 points, minus-6) Jaden Schwartz (0 points,minus-3). Or you could urge them to play better. With David Perron and Oskar Sundqvist sidelined, sitting a Top 6-caliber forward would mean replacing him with a rookie (Dakota Joshua or Klim Kostin) or a mucker who won't move the needle (McKenzie MacEachern).
I believe the Blues need to add one solid veteran defenseman who will be positionally strong. This team as ample puck-movers, especially after Jake Walman's breakout.
I believe Paul DeJong is who he is -- a steady fielder who will hit some homers while batting down in the lineup. At this point, for the reasons you mention, expecting him to be more than that is unrealistic. He is not a middle-of-the-order hitter.
Given all the time he has missed, asking Dunn to spark the turnaround against the explosive Avalanche is asking a lot. When healthy he is not exactly Norris Trophy material.
I believe we will see some pushback from the Blues tonight, but given their injuries on defense they are in a bad spot.
Neither is off to a great start in Memphis, so it's impossible to say. They are at the same developmental point. This summer may tell the story. Perhaps one of them will pull away.
No, because Story would be a rental player and DeJong could fill a key role here for years. Also, the Cardinals have been getting sufficient outfield production when healthy. Of course, they were at 100 percent for just a few games. Given that, it is tough to make a firm assessment of where their outfield really is. Maybe the players who may become available for trade in the MLB market are not a better option.
It wasn't very tempting because he didn't have an obviously better option with both O'Neill and DeJong on the shelf.
I don't see how there would be $30 million per year (or something like that) for Story in the budget. Shortstop is not a need position. The Goldschmidt and Arenado dollars are huge going forward it would take gigantic dollars to lock in Jack Flaherty, which has to be the top priority.
Bringing Albert Pujols back to St. Louis to pinch hit and start once in a great while was not a sensible move for this team. The team has a nice vibe going and the management team wants to keep it that way. Albert can help the injury-depleted Dodgers in the near term -- without leaving him -- and then see how it plays.
Joey Gallo seems like the most obvious guy to get moved, but it's debatable whether he would offer an upgrade. He hits some homers but does not hit for high average, so is he better than Tyler O'Neill? The Cardinals have a set lineup when everybody is healthy. The little bit we saw the group at 100 percent looked OK. The team could better left-handed bench support and, yes, I would expect to see that need addressed before the trade deadline.
Mike Shildt agrees. Imagine what this team would look without Nolan Arenado, especially after the simultaneous injuries to O'Neill and DeJong subtracted some pop.
Garcia broke out at the age of 28. Given the limits of the 40-man roster and the sheer volume of players rising in the organization, it's difficult to hang on to a player until he is 28 to see if he finally breaks out.
I'd be very, very surprised if the Cardinals replaced Paul DeJong at the trade deadline. And if Tyler O'Neill still has an .820 OPS as the trade deadline nears, uprading over that production plus Gold Glove fielding would be difficult, Of course, that .820 OPS for O'Neill is an enormous if. Right now the Cardinals still don't really know what they have with him. By July they will have a better idea.
Thomas is three years younger than Garcia. But he won't get too many more years to establish himself because at some point somebody else will command his roster spot.
I can't imagine that Justin Williams has much trade value, so the Cardinals would have to dig a lot deeper.
The runner is the hitter who made the last out of the previous inning, or a pinch-runner with no reentry for the player he replaced. If the pitcher's slot made the last out, then the runner will be the player in the slot preceding the pitcher's slot.