Gorman has an .838 OPS at Class AA and Class AAA this year at the age of 21. He is university ranked as one of the top infield prospects in baseball. So, yes, the front office believes he can have an impact.
I'd bring back one of them and Kim, with the understanding that somebody could land in middle relief.
He will have plenty of time to build arm strength during the winter and spring training. Maybe he could get some "opener" starts just to start regaining his feel for the preparation for the starter's role.
I wrote about Voit in a column. And, yes, I can see the Yankees trading him after this season while committing to Anthony Rizzo.
The only interesting proposal I have seen so far is the $100 million salary floor, but connecting it to a $180 luxury tax threshold was a non-starter. That was a trial balloon made of lead.
I can recall attending a Sunday game at Busch in the 70s and it could not have been more dead. What Whitey Herzog did to change all of that was astounding.
I agree. Every position player on next year's, aside from the backup catcher, should be of starting caliber. And even at catcher, if the right veteran came free and was willing to back up Molina, the team should upgrade from Knizner. Better offensive depth creates more good matchups and helps shorten hitting slumps.
He would have to change how he manages, yes. And I bet he would if he had a better set of options.
So you're the Husso troll?
I agree that there are times when Shildt could leave a reliever in for a second inning and deviate from his script. While relievers often prefer to have roles and a rhythm to their usage, sometimes a more spontaneous approach to handling the bullpen could pay off.
Ron Caron could hit big (Brett Hull) and miss big (Mike Bullard) on trades. Either way, he didn't look back. It was on to the next one.
If it was your money, you might have a different view.
The Blues have multiple defenseman in house who can score. Justin Faulk has scored 15 or more three times in the NHL. Torey Krug scored 12 or more three times. Colton Parayko scored 10 goals twice. Jake Walman scored at a double-digit pace in the AHL in his final year there and Scott Perunovich scored 20 goals in 115 college games.
The Blues won the Cup with smothering forechecking and relentless effort. Will they ever get back to that level? Maybe, but it's really, really hard. That's why the '19 triumph was so special. They didn't have the most talented team, but they had the best team.
I'm with you. Bader is fielding great these days, but he fell into a deep slump in August. Carlson and O'Neill hit ruts too. One key to success next year will be using a four-man outfield rotation to maximize offensive potential and minimize slumps and bad matchups. Start the process now by giving Lars more reps to see what he has.
Wainwright might get a smattering of votes, but Buehler, Scherzer, Burnes and Woodruff have low ERAs, high strikeout totals and the benefit of big-stage games down the stretch.
The Cardinals were slow to make changes, true. We have been hammering this point for some time in the Post-Dispatch and on STLToday.com. Only they can explain why that was.