Missouri might win more games, but some of those football dates at Faurot . . . ugh.
I'd say he might be slightly better. For the Blues, he can kill penalties and help the power play. He had a lesser role in Colorado, so that lowered expectations a bit for this season.
Poor Jim Benning. I thought he might be able to move past his earlier mistakes when he dumped that dead money on Arizona, but this season is UGLY.
He is as good as advertised. As I noted earlier, his time in college and the AHL matured his game. He arrived confidence and ready to make plays at this level.
Are we also banned from American Athletic Conference references?
I'm not sure how many fans here were calling for him, but Trevor Bauer . . . yikes! The Dodgers spent massive dollars to get a massive, massive mess. On the other hand, what if the Cardinals had signed Liam Hendricks? That would have added a ninth-inning hammer to what later became a deep bullpen.
A team that picks up a player on waivers can't send him straight to the minors. That is why Clifford cleared waivers. Once that happened, he could go elsewhere in trade, spend time in the minors then come up as needed.
The Chief speaks in direct terms. I believe his thoughts on no-look drop passes came across clear as could be to the players. And, yes, finding some good chemistry fits and the right mix of north-south play and skill on each line helped too. That "Identity Line" got a lot of love, and for good reason.
The Blues were glad to get the cap space while at the same time sending a guy they liked to a team that wanted him.
Scherzer has had a rather extensive list of nagging injuries over the years. To his vast credit, he has overcome them to keep going. But he has lots of miles on the odometer. For those dollars, the Cardinals would want a full regular season and shutdown pitching in the postseason. Maybe Max can still do that, maybe not. You don't have to look far to spot big-name pitchers who broke down at his age.
You're view is simply realistic. You have watched DeWitt run this team. Nothing has changed. His approach is his approach. Every now and then the Cardinals do something big -- like the Goldschmidt trade or their Arenado trade -- but mostly the management team operates in a methodical and prudent fashion.
The emphasis on max-effort pitching and max-velocity has taken a toll. So has the abuse of hard-throwing relievers, who are treated as disposable commodities. Baseball has become a power-on-power game and a less tactical game. The pitching issue is one fallout.
He was there in solidarity with the black pastors. That is not surprising, since Wainwright truly lives his values.
Just when you thin a team has too many players, somebody gets hurt. Or somebody gets COVID-19. I do expect some sort of roster adjustment closer to the trade deadline, but right now every NHL team needs as much depth as possible.
I'm sure the A's would love a bunch of the young Cardinals players. But this team has to move carefully. What if Sosa is a legit player? What if Thompson is ready for some major league work in 2022? The Cardinals have spread emerging talent across the majors (Alcantara, Gallen, Arozarena, Voit, et al) and they have to be careful about doing more of that. Their organization is not that deep.
That's a bubble team at best, unfortunately, despite building impressive depth. This looks like a team that will win some games but go into the A 10 Tournament needing to win it to be sure. Now, had Perkins not been hurt . . .
Will everybody be healthy then? If so, this team doesn't eight defensemen, with two sitting around. That would scream conditioning stint for a guy like Mikkola.