Had Mozeliak known that Flaherty would get hurt and that both Jordan Hicks and Miles Mikolas would have to abort their comebacks, I imagine he would have added another veteran or two.
If Garcia is the big outrage now, then every fan base outisde of Arlington should be outraged because that guy was just sitting there for the taking. Even the Rangers had no idea he could do this. Talk about late bloomers . . .
I can see the bigger base having some value to avoid collisions and maybe create some better stolen base jumps, but otherwsie I haven't see anything I like.
Reclamation cases can make decent band-aids. The Cardinals need to sign one or two to minor league deals and give them a test drive in Memphis. In the meantime, Jake Woodford could get the chance of his career to gain traction.
This team needs upgrades in five spots and it doesn't have great trade leverage. Also, the team can't wait until the deadine to make moves. So the strategy should be to make several small moves now rather than saving up for one big splash at the deadline. The Cardinals could be toast by then.
What have Cubs won, 20 of their last 27? That is no fluke. Those boys want one more kick at the can. Good for them, because that is a talented nucleus.
Easy: Baseball can agree to a new CBA while avoiding a work stoppage. There are things the owners can offer to get the deal done. With all the gambling money pouring into the sport and the crowds returning, they should be motivated to settle.
Grimly hanging on for extra years and putting up bad numbers while doing so will tarnish his legacy. But given that run he had with the Cardinals, he was arguably the best pure hitter of his time. That's all you can judge him on because it's really not possible to intelligently compare players from different eras.
Kadri's hit wasn't a hockey play, it was head-hunting and an attempt to injure. You can argue that the vicious Scheifele hit was a hockey play, since he trying to stop a goal. As for Reaves, he thought he was in MMA there for a moment with his ground game.
The Cardinals went to the NLCS in 2019, so they were very much above average while reaching the Final Four. And their Opening Day payroll was by far the highest in the NL Central, so the financial commitment has remained strong. Taking on the Arenado commitment was an impressive step.
What, wait, a fan showing some patience? Is that even allowed in this chat.
If I had to point to an improvement. I would cite the work Randy Flores and Co. have done on the scouting side. The Cardinals have landed more intriguing prospects while taking fewer safe picks. Also, the hitting lab in Florida turned Nick Plummer's career around. I'm eager to see if more good comes from that.
Good point. I didn't get the Pietrangelo signing, since Shea Theodore was already in place as the lead defender. The Golden Knights had to jettison defenseman Nate Schmidt, a big part of their chemistry, as well as reliable No. 2 center Paul Stastny to make that work.
Again, we're not used to see any sense of perspective in these chats.
A run of 13 consecutive winning seasons and seven trips to postseason play is not mediocrity.