Among my other recommendations for the Cardinals in 2020: A strong six-man rotation to start the season, backed by a seventh/long reliever at the MLB level (Hicks could do that, if has a strong spring) and a strong five-man rotation in Memphis. Like you say, pitching, pitching, pitching.
Actually, the Ricketts could get that nod with the Cubs after deciding to embark on another rebuild rather than pay up to keep their pending free agents. It could take the Small Bears a few years to get back into contention.
Yeah, I was baffled to read his positive comments about Paul DeJong. He was only a middle-of-the-order hitter here in recent years because there was nobody else. He's had one strong offensive season and one season (2019) where he hit a bunch of homers but also batted .193 with runners in scoring position. So his struggle last season was not a fluke.
Easy: Add a rangy, right-shot, Top 4 defenseman who can match up against top scoring lines and kill penalties. Unfortunately, such commodities are not easily acquired.
For a while Whitey Herzog was getting everything he wanted with the Cardinals. And then his power was curtailed -- and sadly so, because he got fed up with dealing with the changing game.
I agree that there is money to be spent on meaningful help, especially with starting pitching and the bullpen. Sosa hit well during his limited run as a starter and played a key role in the team's turnaround. Mozeliak has taken a pro-DeJong posture, so unless the shortstop market comes back to the Cardinals with a guy like Trevor Story taking a short-term deal we could see status quo there.
Yeah, who woke up Matt Duchene? Now that he has turned back the clock, that team looks a whole lot more dangerous.
Three weeks ago I would have said yes without flinching. Then South Carolina found a viable starting quarterback and Connor Bazelak got banged up. The Gamecocks should be flying what what they di to Florida and this game is their path to a decent bowl game. I see peril for Truman.
Used in moderation it's fine, because it gives you a chance to create a tough match up against top hitters for an inning, then throw a different look at the opponent. When overused, though, this tactic will just end up killing guys with repetitive usage.
Yes, well, you can't turn the puck over there. Nope, never! On balance I believe he's been better than a year ago. I've noted the need for another Top 4 defender to create a different mix on the blue line, but that move may have to wait until the summer.
Middle class. I've worked when I was 16, starting at Burger King #449 in Clawson, Michigan. By first two cars were a '68 Charger that barely ran and a '72 Buick LeSabre from my grandma -- and I drove thing into the ground.
I'm guessing the Cardinals will land in the $160 million range for their Opening Day payroll, which would be a bump up from this year. The team can afford to go higher and pay one of the top shortstops, but I doubt that they will. The Cardinals win with fielding and play in a pitcher-friendly park, so I believing spending on position players who can field -- allowing the DH slot to be rotated -- makes more sense than adding poor fielder who would mostly DH.
Both guys need to be ready to handle a full workload from Opening Day. Reyes has months to get ready for that. Hicks is a different case as he comes back from injury. That's why I would like him in the long relief role.
Tony La Russa won some battles over the years, like getting rid of Adam Kennedy, but he also lost some, such as when Chris Duncan was sent away. And to win the Kennedy fight he went to the extreme of turning Skip Schumaker into a second baseman.
The team loves Scott Perunovich almost as much as you do. Almost. And, yes, there is more room for small puck-movers into today's game. But teams need the right mix -- and this team needs a better Big D-man right now more than another puck mover.
Moving Edman to shortstop preempts both DeJong, who has contract term left, and Sosa, who played well there as a starter. Both are strong fielders. A team with Edman a shortstop and Gorman at second base could be a big step back defensively next year. I see Gorman as a DH who plays some second base and perhaps a start here or there at third if Arenado ever needs a break.
You are aiming awfully there. Between the returning players the Cardinals want to keep and the prospects they want to test sooner than later, there are not a whole lot of marketable assets to trade for impact help.
You've seen some of the hitter names tossed around in the chat over and over. What happens if Nootbaar, Gorman and Yepez hit in the spring after hitting in Arizona after making big strides last season? Right now the arrows are all pointing up with them. That impacts how much the Cardinals will spend in money or trade capital.
This team has the ability to score off the rush AND grind away. There is no need to make a choice. Maybe when this team Sundqvist back, O'Reilly settled back in after his COVID battle and Schenn back from injury they will get more sustained pressure.