The Astros and Cubs lost deliberately, stockpiled prospects through bailout trades, stockpiled high draft picks, then eventually build a powerful team nucleus after a string of 90- and 100-loss seasons. Other teams decided to copy them.
You would have to ask Rick. The Cardinals knew Ankiel was a great athlete who could hit for power, so I would not be surprised if somebody in the organization planted that bug.
Relevant, maybe. Contender? No.
Mile Mikolas, coming back from Japan. That deal (two years, $15.5 million total base) was a steal.
This is the wrong time to lose key player after key player. Husso is on the spot now and the defense will miss Faulk's minutes. Any points gained with the team in this condition will be precious.
That is not a bounceback you describe. Arenado was a bounce back, from .738 OPS to .807. What you are talking about is a sudden resurgence -- which almost never happens in baseball. Go back in the wayback machine and remember that Andy Benes did that during his last hurrah in 2002.
I would be surprised if Edman had the range and arm to hold up as well as DeJong and Sosa.
I believe most fans feel that way, but not most fans who come into this chat.
Yeah, if you heard our last edition of "Net Front Presence" we covered that. We aren't quick to write off players, but Marco has really been scuffling.
I believe it's a bit early to jump to that conclusion, given all the injuries and COVID issues disrupting this team. And as we've discussed week after week, adding to the back end at the expense of the forward talent could balance up this team and help it rebuild its checking cohesion.
We've been on the Nikomania bandwagon for a while now. And with Marco Scandella struggling, now is the time to see if he can grow into a bigger role. He is willing to use his size and assert himself, but can he get better with the puck in his own zone?
Agreed. They have what they have. Perunovich has offered an upgrade over Walman, so that helps, but further upgrade is needed.
The pairings were scrambled mess in that game. Perunovich was most often with Bortuzzo, which makes sense, and Krug was most often with Scandella. But we've talked about Scandella plenty . . .
So right now he is another Torey Krug, which very good just a few games into his NHL career. That suggests he can pass Krug. But Makar is a whole other matter, since he does things that are on a whole other level. Go back into the wayback machine and may Perunovich can be Phil Housley -- which would be something.
I agree, 14 teams are too many. I could live with the current system, but with a three-game wild card series played over three days.
Juan Yepez can play first base, but I could see the team wanting a proven lefthanded bat in the mix.