Going to the playoffs seven times in 10 years is not medicore. Outside of St. Louis, the Cardinals are regarded as a model franchise. In one of MLB's smallest TV markets they have overachieved on the field and as a business entity. The Cardinals don't play in a dump because they invested heavily in new ballpark and the surrounding development. There was public support, yes, but ownership took a risk. What risk have owners in Oakland and Tampa taken to improve their stadium scenario?
They will compete. They should have enough pitching to stay in the mix. The Cubs are cutting, The Reds are cutting. The Brewers are cutting. The Pirates are tanking. While I do not see this team making splashy offseason moves, I can see them staying in the hunt still again. I can see this team finding a few hitters in the bargain bin to get them to 2022 in one piece. DeWitt's stated goal is to contend every year, so I do not see bailout trades occuring this winter.
He's pretty good on TV, no?
That could fit the bill. I imagine the price will be right.
I'm fine. I can withstand a few hours of fan whining each week.
Ah, but what about all the teams tanking? Just by refusing to tank, the Cardinals have an elevated chance of finishing about .500. Given the high level of tanking in the sport, any team that stays reasonably healthy and actually tries should have a good chance to post a winning mark. That's why making the playoff bracket (in a normal format) is the standard to measure teams by. And it's amazing that so many big market teams (Phillies, Mets, White Sox, Rangers, Angels come right to mind) haven't been able to do that with regularity.
He has done that in the minors while Randy Arozarena was failing to hit more than 15 season after season after season.
True, although the Cardinals have avoided that on DeWitt's watch. There won't be much margin for error this season, so things could get dicey.
Take away draft picks from teams that trade away proven players for prospects and lose as a result.
Pitching is hard to find. Carlos was fine with his velocity last season, but while coming back from COVID-19 he could not keep his mechanics together. Another team may be up for that project, especially since he would come without long-term strings attached.
Other than watching Chiefs games with family over in KC, I pay zero attention to the NFL. So I'll just pick the Chiefs again.
Long story short, guys are changing their swing to lift fly balls. The old school of hitting had the bat cutting through the strike zone with more of a downward diagonal slice through the zone to hit line drives. Google photos of the old Ken Griffey Jr. hitting tool to see that old hitting path.
All those players you mentioned we long gone while the Cardinals continued to draw 3 million fans. None of them were around when the team reached another NLCS in 2019.
OK, that's it for this week. See you next time!