O'Reilly is comfortable as the captain. He's never had an issue dealing with the media. Nobody likes chatting moments after a loss, but he handles it well.
I'd take Brad Miller back. He proved he produce in a part-time role, he can play multiple spots on the field, he hits from the left side, he hits for power and he has already done well in this environment.
If Gorman can drive the ball at this level the way he has in the minor, I could see him playing some second base. Edman needs to be more consistent as a hitter, which goes back to the OBP issues and the left/right splits. His fielding is a plus, but the modern shift alignments has devalued fielding range at second base.
I was way worse back in the Rams Game Day chats. That was Thunderdome.
This will be a factor every contender, since every contender will have guys taking stretches of time off. Assuming everybody gets through this wave of the pandemic in one pieces and there isn't a dangerous new variant in the spring, we could see fresher players in the postseason.
Getting good seats in Pittsburgh will be no problem. And it's a sweet set-up. Get a hotel downtown, walk across the bridge and take in the game in a great venue.
Sundqvist is still a ways away from his peak form. He's been through some things for sure. Let's see if moving him up to a third-line role helps him take another step forward.
Yeah, Correa is not happening here at those dollars with big coin already committed to Arenado and Goldschmidt. As for Peralta, he has has long been a favorite of Friday chatters, and rightfully so.
I've seen some social media praise for it. I have not seen it -- and since I saw the whole thing unfold up close for real, I doubt that I will spend any time on that movie.
There is a huge upside there. I'd say he is more of an offensive guy based on his previous two seasons, but he's young and sturdy -- so he could be a worthy project. Arizona is said to want a "Jack Eichel-sized" return for him in a trade, which is understandable because he is by far the most marketable player on that team.
If neither guy hits, then fans should expect Gorman to play second base and Edman to fill in at shortstop.
I could see Edman and Gorman playing a lot next year. I could also see Sosa playing a lot, based on what he did as a starter late in the season. The Cardinals committed huge dollars to upgrade on the corner infield and I'd surprised if the team spent big at shortstop for exhausting the current options.
The difference in playing style is more a factor of AHL guys playing a simpler game when they got their chance and the more talented Blues getting cute when they returned to the lineup.
The Blues love the fact Mikkola plays with an edge. He did nothing wrong there. He stood his ground on Crosby. Sidney is feisty, so he gave the kid a shot. Niko gave it right back and away they went. It's not like Niko went out of his way to menace Crosby. He just refused to back down.
I've never seen the fit there. He is a substandard fielder and a .237 career hitter. Busch Stadium punishes power and rewards fielding. If there is a DH as well all expect this season, the Cardinals can do that by committee and give Marmol a chance to use his mountain of analytics to use myriad lineups and batting orders.
Fans whined for years about the Cardinals failing to draft high-ceiling players out of high school, preferring to focus college hitters offering less risk but also less upside. And now I'm seeing all of this pushback against Gorman, the key prospect that represents a paradigm shift for the franchise.