There is hope with several incumbents. But the goal is to have a half-dozen guys ready to handle high-leverage work. Blending veterans into the mix will be important to offer injury protection and prevent some of the younger guys from getting in over their heads.
This Blues team could go either way. There are six playoff contenders in the Central Division, so this season will be a battle. If the Tarasenko standoff undermines team cohesion and if big injuries hit again, then the team could go south as it did last year. Or Kyrou and Thomas could take a big step, Parayko could come back strong, the new guys could blend in and Armstrong could somehow convert Tarasenko's cap hit into a defensive upgrade.
I'll go with Winter Olympics, World Cup and Monaco Grand Prix.
Can't help you with that. I'd ask BenFred in his chat, he has been on that story.
Miller they could replace because they have options there.
I don't know because I don't travel with the team. I'd check with Commish or Derrick on that.
I liked both players about five years ago. Neal could finish on the power play and Frolik had a solid all-around game. The Blues seem set at forward, even if they can trade Tarasenko, so I don't know where the team would put them. Also, the Blues are up against it with their cap. Moving Tarasenko could fix that, but the bigger need is on defense.
Scherzer, if he is healthy.
Every game is do-or-die right now, putting Carpenter in any key RBI scenario is madness.
You assessed my Monaco Grand Prix choice correctly. That is an amazing sport and a rich fan's dream circuit. Back in 1978 I interned at the Stars and Stripes newspaper in Germany and they had a guy whose only job was covering racing -- Formula 1 in particular. Dream job!
I like Bortuzzo, but upgrading to a strong shutdown defender would have been ideal. But the Blues were hamstrung by the Tarasenko business and the Kraken added a couple of guys who would have looked great here.
Start reminding younger fans who he was.
Given the fan involvement, Freese.
The Post-Dispatch has covered this important topic extensively. So many great things have happened downtown in recent years to improve the quality of life there, but if the city doesn't curb this lawlessness it will continue losing tenants and businesses. The sports franchises are locked in for many years to come, but even that could eventually change.
Most of the position players are hitting to their ability these days and somehow the team has found enough pitching to get by. But the Cardinals will need to keeping winning. The race is not over just because they finally caught up.
OK, it looks like we're done for the day. See you guys next time. Be safe!