Bobo's here and we have some ballplayers here. So let's go!
Paperwork! But seriously . . . there are a lot of moving parts in a baseball organization to manage. The idea of splitting the out a president of baseball operations is to have him stay in big-picture mode while the GM handles the day-to-day roster management. By every outward indication, John Mozeliak is still doing both jobs still. Maybe it just looks that way. You would think just from a PR standpoint the team would let Michael Girsch regularly address the more mundane day-to-day stuff with the media so that he can be part of the branding effort.
Sadly, we never did get to see a "Best of Hazard Zone" before Joe's passing. Imagine the fun Strauss would have had with the Mike Shildt firing and the ensuring PR fallout.
That seems about right. Maybe the Tigers will surprise us IF DaJuan Gordon improves his outside shot and becomes the go-to scorer and IF Boogie Coleman can make everybody better while running the offense and IF Javon Pickett knocks down spot-up three-pointers and IF Kobe Brown become a 15-point, 8-rebound player. It's possible that everything will break right, but Mizzou faces a daunting non-conference schedule before wading into the potentially savage league play.
Walman has been terrific and Mikkola has held up OK in his small sample size as a tag-team partner for Robert Bortuzzo. I still see Torey Krug, Justin Faulk, Colton Parayko and Marco Scandella shouldering the heaviest loads when healthy. Krug and Faulk can each run a power-play unit and Parayko and Scandella can lead the penalty-killing charge, key defensive zone starts and closing out games with the lead.
I agree on both counts. Carpenter's last three years were awful. Not only did he hurt the team, but he did so while earning a big salary that prevented them team from adding more talent within its budget. And like you say, he made no effort to adjust his failing approach. Martinez's aggregate numbers are pretty good, despite his bad finish, but his image as a head case is what will linger with fans.
The bottom line for the Cardinals is strong: The long string of winning seasons and repeated trips to postseason play, achievements that are unmatched in the flyover markets. If some fans value management style points over actual wins and losses, so be it. The Cardinals have an opportunity to put an excellent team on the field in 2022 -- and if the front office does that, I believe the frustration with the Mo-Speak coming from the top of the organizational chart will subside.
I am feeling a 50-point defeat. Georgia will call off the dogs and play some redshirts with free games remaining this season, but those guys are probably four-star recruits eager to make their case for 2022. This will be their chance to play both quarterbacks a lot and both quarterbacks are pretty good.
O'Reilly made need some practice time before he plays again, as Saad did. Perhaps the Winnipeg game would be more realistic for him. But with Schenn down, getting ROR back for the Ducks would make it a lot easier to assemble the lines.
Agreed, for the reason I just described.
Fair point. There is a ton of data on age-related regression and Mozeliak went ahead and paid player after player into their likely regression years. One major benefit of analytics-driven management is contract efficiency. This is baseball's actuarial science. And the Cardinals ignored that science again and again.
I'm OK with people going in early to ask questions. Some people are at work when the chat is underway,
As noted earlier, perhaps the smart play is to trade for pitching help and spend on a shortstop. Both steps are certainly doable based on what the team has to trade and what the team has available to spend.
I see Berube coming right back to Binnington, who has been terrific. But Hofer did help himself with that performance. Starting next year, he will compete with Husso for the backup job. In the meantime, he has to put up numbers in the AHL to continue his adjustment to the pro game.