Molina just got a night off, ahead of a red-eye flight home and a game the next day.
Adam Wainwright is scheduled to start tonight's game and he left LA early to prepare. And all of the team's better relievers are available to pitch tonight.
Yeah, getting cross-checked by the other team or hit by the puck coming in at 100 miles per hour can be a turnoff. There is a subset of NHL players will to do that consistently and the Blues need to add or develop more.
The Cardinals can't wait until the trade deadline to find another outfielder who can hit. As I noted earlier, their margin for error has evaporated. Jack Flaherty's injury makes this team vulnerable and the Cubs are threatening to build a big lead. This team needs to shore up its weakness ASAP one way or another.
A little, but he's going to want to pitch for a contender and there are only a few of them willing to pay the freight to get him. It's not like the Kansas City Royals will go after him.
The Golden Knights need to win the next game to stay in the series. That's all they can think about. The trouble with facing the Avalanche is that you can play your game against them for long stretches, but they turn a mistake here and there into goals off the rush. Colorado does not need to sustain pressure to win.
I believe Carlos is a competitor. But when things turn against him, he can get frustrated and fall apart. He's way too old for that. Like I said earlier, that tendency will cost him millions.
Sure, you will see teams go down that trail to offload contracts. Zach Parise with the Wild is a good example. He wants to play on and he is eating a giant chunk of cap space. Although many GMs have insisted they won't repeat the expansion mistakes that helped the Golden Knights load up, some of them won't have a choice.
I'm guessing the Cardinals may have more detail on that later today when they give the rundown on all their injuries. When Mike Shildt said the Flaherty injury was significant, that seemd to indicate several weeks of recovery followed by at leaste a few weeks to rebuild strength. Oblique injuries are nasty.
Everybody has trouble finding good left-handed pitching. The Cardnals are no exception. Zack Thompson is their top lefty prospect now and you could see him before the end of the season.
That was a nasty hit worth a suspension, although Mark is not known as a dirty player. It will be interesting to see if he returns to the series because if he does they could be retribution, as Joel Edmundson already announced.
No, I just don't believe he fits into the team's model for success. And I don't believe he feels like a great fit from his side.
Given what's left at the moment, Wainwright is the staff leader. Gant and Kim pitch well, but they can't shoulder big innings. Carlos is good in stretches . . . and then he reverts back into Carlos mode.
Wisdom is a Class 4A player, getting a chance to fill in again. It's always great to see a fringe guy get a bit more time in the majors because minor league baseball is a hard way to make a living.
Outfielder Alec Burleson hit well in college, hit well at the advanced Class A level and now he's hitting in Double-A. Given his age/maturity, perhaps he's the guy to keep an eye on right now.
Brian Sutter was a bad coach for Rod Brind'Amour. Rod put a lot of pressure on himself and Sudsy was wound as tight as any human on the planet. I alway argue that trading away Brind'Amour was the single greatest blunder in franchise history, which is saying a lot.