Bobo's here ahead of the Cubs game today. We have some ballplayers, so let's get going.
Everything fell into place. It's not every year when four immediate rivals will simultaneously go into the tank to provide a clear path to the play-in game. But that's what happened. The only potential glitch now would be Philadelphia and Atlanta pushing all the way to the end with the NL East runner-up staying on the Cardinals' tail. But the Phillies and Braves play each other next week, so that, too. could help the Redbirds.
Patrick Wisdom, at age 30, is finally getting regular at bats on a dreadful Cubs team. Every other MLB team has had multiple shots at Wisdom while he bounced around the minors over the years. His inability to make consistent contact kept him out of the majors. The Cardinals couldn't get anything for him because he had no value.
Despite all the fan yelping about Mike Shildt losing the team, he didn't lose the group when times were bad. He maintained his upbeat demeanor -- driving fans nuts -- but it paid off in the end. Also, give credit to the Cardinals veterans for keeping the team on track.
I can't imagine why the Cardinals would move the fences in when this team is built on pitching -- which needs to be better next season -- and fielding. That would negate their home field advantage. As it is, Busch will play well for a team that can manufacture runs with speed. Edman, O'Neill, Sosa and Bader can provide value that way.
I don't believe the Dodgers would run from them. But, yes, the Cardinals are on a roll. It's amazing what momentum can do in baseball, both good (Cardinals) and bad (Reds, Padres).
Not necessarily. Lester has to decide whether he wants to keep pitching. And the Cardinals have injured pitchers returning to the picture as well as budget dollars to allocate on younger hurlers via trades or free agency.
I see Bryce Harper riding the strong Phillies finish to that award. He is a marquee player in a big market. He has been in the limelight for a long, long time and he is getting tons of national media coverage.
Let's see how No. 91 plays game to game to game before we say his unachieved trade demand is a non-issue. If Tarasenko plays like he did last year, then this will be a HUGE issue for the team.
No, it is not the ideal time. That would just let teams with more power than the Cardinals hit more home runs in Busch. A lineup with Molina, Sosa, Edman, Bader and Carlson is not going to outslug some of the better offenses. But that lineup can win other ways.
There is nothing more damning than random reports of a guy looking back in preseason skates.
In a one-game playoff Max Scherzer would win. Clayton Kershaw he is not. But, hey, the Cardinals prove us wrong every day. If they could beat Scherzer, then they could hang with the Giants in the NLDS. Hanging with the Dodgers for a full series would be a whole other matter.
I don't know that Doug gets to pick his successor. And Chiarelli has been fired by the Bruins and Oilers, so I'd expect the Blues to see an up-and-coming executive when it comes time to replace Armstrong.
I believe the Brewers can still pull it together. They still have three elite starting pitchers and a deep bullpen, so that sets them up for a postseason run.
True, the Blues asked Faulk to become a player that he wasn't. Unfortunately that is still the case. The Blues need at least one more shutdown defenseman to relieve some of that defensive workload from Faulk.
That might not be a bad idea.