Given the success some wild card teams have had in the bracket, I'd say it's a good thing. Sometimes a good team stuck in a tough division. In a given year a wild card team could be much better than a division winner
Good question. MLB is drawing a hard line on certain activities and so far Bauer's camp have done nothing to help his situation with the commissioner's office.
Good for him. When Lane played here, he could not have played worse. Also, he failed to put up numbers at Triple-A. He and John Nogowski will battle it out for NL MVP at some point.
I believe Alexander Ovechkin would veto that trade.
Nolan Gorman is apparently holding up at second base, so he could be the answer.
Any sort of distraction would have been a welcome break from the rat-a-tat-tat of hits.
Certainly we have seen an impact across the sport on spin rates. Gallegos was the first guy targeted by the umps. As for these three relievers, I also believe that fatigue may be a huge issue too. For a while the Cardinals had just three high-leverage relievers (maybe four, counting Helsley) and it caught up to them.
He could still get into the mid-30s with homers this year and top 100 RBIs, but his prolonged slumps may make his .900 OPS days a thing of the past. He and Goldschmidt will have to battle age-related regression for the duration of their contracts.
Wainwright will be a longshot for the Hall of Fame, barring more years and more success than anybody expects. But if Adam comes back next year, he and Molina will get lots of love around the country.
If Bauer is not suspended and he decides against his opt-out, then he will collect the money.
The No. 1 goal for the Blues this season is to regain their strong team game and their tremendous team chemistry. Retaining Tarasenko with the hopes of building trade value could doom that effort. Keeping a guy who really wants out is not a great idea, especially in hockey.
Stalin? Charles Manson? That's a bit much.
Right now there is not a strong indication that a change is coming, so let's kick that conversation down the road a bit.
Shildt was asked why he left Cabrera in the game and why didn't get somebody warming up more quickly. Shildt gave his answer, which some found unconvincing.
Hey, it's David Freese Night! It's the Hall of Fame Weekend! I see your point. This year we got Whitey Herzog in a Fishing Boat Bobblehead. Next season it might be a Tony La Russa Rescuing a Cat From a Tree Bobblehead.
This team is not very good. Nothing about it screams "hot streak." There are some very good pieces for moving forward, but not enough good, healthy pitching to survive this season.