Happy Tuesday, everybody. Thanks for swinging by the chat. Cards back in action today. Nootbaar called up. Thomas sent out. Big Supreme Court decision made yesterday that could change things for NCAA down the line, big time. What's on your mind? Let's roll.
The Braves were a misleading "bad" team, and the Cardinals struggles against them proved that. Against the truly bad teams, and the rest during this stretch pretty much fit that description, the Cardinals have been pretty steady so far this season. Nothing is guaranteed when your offense is only averaging 3 runs per game and every starter not named Adam Wainwright is a coin flip. Nothing. But I do think the Cards find a way to either win or split their next four series against Detroit, Pittsburgh, Arizona and Colorado. And no, there will be no parade if they do. They should.
No doubt. She's got a big chapter in the book of most impressive Mizzou athletes of all-time. What an emotional thing, too. A lifelong dream comes true and at the same time, she's been outspoken that something that helped her chances -- the controversial elimination of her friend Shelby Houlihan due to a heavily contested failed test -- should have been overturned upon examination. She can use her appearance to draw attention to that conversation, and probably will.
Seems like a pretty good read to me. This was supposed to be the season that either quieted the criticism or turned up the volume, and so far it's been the latter. For the first time, it's fair to wonder if the Cardinals should consider moving him before the shortstop migration starts this offseason. I'd also add that the DeJong slide has increased the concern about hitting coach Jeff Albert for me. No Cardinal has been more outspoken about buying in on Albert's approach than DeJong. And he's struggled mightily.
Don't forget Nootbaar was injured for a bit, delaying the chance.
It won't be celebrated if he pulls it off, but finding a way to keep his current commitments will be perhaps his biggest challenge. Some of the "committed" players have been taking visits elsewhere or expressing interest in it. Doesn't sound very committed, does it? Remember, nothing is official until the dotted line is signed on the scholarship documents. It's impressive how Drinkwitz was able to come on strong with the Burden effort. I think the name, image and likeness progress in the state will help him there. He really needs the governor to sign off on that bill, by the way. If you are Burden, and name, image and likeness is good-to-go, where can you make the most cash? Being the big star playing for your home-state school, or being just another highly ranked out-of-state player at Alabama, Oklahoma or somewhere else? You can see why Drinkwitz has been leading that name, image and likeness bandwagon.
County Cork sounds like a good name for a bar. Thanks for the wisdom :)
Time to find out. Maybe fourth outfielder. Maybe he makes Bader the fourth outfielder? He gets a chance to capitalize on the spots Lane Thomas and Justin Williams left open.
Nothing yet, and no surprise there. The first and only home series so far with full capacity available was the Marlins one, and it ran from Monday through Wednesday. Not an ideal opponent. Not an ideal part of the week. And not ideal weather; hot! The upcoming weekend series against the Pirates will offer a better read.
I don't think the velocity will change too much. I think the combination of insane velocity along with insane movement will decrease by a decent amount. The harder the pitch used to go, the straighter it went. The super stick stuff has combined the high velocity with the absurd movement, making some pitches nearly impossible to get a bat on.
He would be relatively cheap if the Nats do decide to sell -- they have shown some life lately -- and I think he could offer some bang for low bucks. That's why I suggested him last week. Seemed realistic.
Teams have to have some plan in place for those who don't have smart phones. They don't like to advertise it, and you may have to go in-person to the ticket office, but you will get taken care of. It could be a pain, though, to be honest.
Nootbaar could be in there. I'd like to see Carlson get some leadoff shots. I'm not convinced some sort of lineup shakeup is going to be the answer, but it can't hurt. The team is averaging 3 runs per game this month. Every other team is averaging at least a half-run more during that time. Doing the same thing over and over again isn't the answer, clearly.
The manager being an optimist is not the reason this team has fallen from first place. That much, I can guarantee. Do you have to buy what he's selling? Nope. But don't expect a guy who keeps books about the power of positivity on his desk to not take that path. Or do, but you're going to be frustrated often by his public post-game responses.