Bobo's here and we've got eager ballplayers at the park early. So let's go!
Walker has a very a high ceiling. The exit velocities off his bat are eye-popping and he made the leap to advanced Class A as a 19-year-old, which is unusual. Yepez played a LOT of minor league ball before demonstrating much power. Yepez is a front-burner guy who should fill a big league role next season while Walker could be a big impact player by 2023 -- if he can handle more advanced pitching.
I don't believe an earlier pitching change would have altered the game's outcome. The Cardinals did nothing offensively and the bullpen was taxed. Maybe they would have lost by fewer runs, but that game wasn't screaming "victory" even after the homer reversal.
The Cardinals' philosophy hasn't changed. The goal is to contend for postseason play every year. This season presented challenges, with the combination pandemic-caused revenue losses and the massive amount of dead or wounded money on the payroll. Those challenges will be gone after this season.
He was a solid choice for the job at a time Illinois really needed solid. Maybe some day the program will be positioned for more sizzle. First things first!
Unless he shows up with a phenomenal attitude and provides positive on-ice leadership, Tarasenko shouldn't play at all, much less in a key role. This team needs to reestablish its team game and its relentless work ethic. The Blues can't waste time propping up a malcontent to improve his trade value. The Central Division is too competitive for that. Having this issue drag on for weeks could bury this team.
I don't believe the 2022 roster has been set yet.
Easy: The Dodgers have better players. They have outscored opponents by 213 runs this season despite a slew of injuries.
In today's shift-happy world, where the second baseman plays outfield rover against lefty hitters, Gorman can get by at second base. But the universal DH almost certain to be in place, his fielding ability will be less of an issue than how he hits (or doesn't hit) next spring.
Excuse my indifference here in flyover country, but I can't get excited for the Yankees-Red Sox rivalry. That said, the Yankees are set up to win the one-game playoff and move on.
Bader hit .357 on July, then .152 in August. Hence the need for the Cardinals to spread playing time out among four outfielders and create some better matchups. Nick Plummer could mix in as a lefty hitter who can play center field. Or maybe Lars Nootbaar wins the job, with Dylan Carlson playing more center field. I could see Bader playing a lot next season because of his fielding range, but the team needs to keep him from falling into these deep hitting slumps.
Anaheim is positioned to make a big trade, but I can see the Ducks making the Jack Eichel blockbuster. The Red Wings are committed to the painful tank-and-rebuild route, and I'd be shocked if Steve Yzerman saw this Tank as part of that plan. The Sabres might do that out of desperation -- but does No. 91 want out so badly that he would go to Buffalo? Patrik Berglund can speak to that option.
If Molina is healthy, he will play and he will reach that milestone.