I wouldn't count on it! Kyle seems to have this team solved regardless of what lineup the Cardinals put out there. He is a classic pitcher's pitcher, throwing lots of off-speed stuff and some really off-speed stuff. That drives the Cardinals nuts.
From his Twitter response to Derrick Goold, it sounds like he is definitely interested. Based on what he did at Triple-A, it seems like Miller would be worth a chance. It would be interesting to see what Adam Wainwright and Yadier Molina could do with him.
No pizza, but yes, feet up.
I agree on Niko, so we'll see how Armstrong plays this. He could expose Dunn, then trade him if the Kraken take a different player. He could hang onto Dunn if he loses another D-man in a trade or to the Kraken. He could make a deal with Kraken to determine who they take, but I do not expect him to pay a huge premium for that. There will be lots of GM phone calls between now and the expansion draft and entry draft.
His power potential is maximum, whatever metric you want to use. He is hitting some monstrous homers and he doesn't hae to pull the ball to go deep. Better yet, he has improved his overall athleticism. That has made him a better outfielder and better baserunner. Right now his ceiling looks very high . . . as long as he learns to lay off more pitches and draws some more walks.
And then the Cardinals have Carlos Martinez lined up to pitch Sunday after some awful struggles of late. So, yes, this series offers lots of stress to Mike Shildt and Co. This team is in survival mode right now, just trying to buy time to get more pitching one way other another.
And the Cubs take the lead. Oof.
That's it for this time. Catch you next Friday!