Let's not forget that Molina was a late arrival to spring training due to a personal issue. So he is still in spring training mode, a process that was slowed by a minor injury. He is one of many prominent big leaguers (Mookie Betts, Kyle Schwarber, Marcus Semien, Jose Altuve, Gleyber Torres) hitting below the Mendoza Line as they try to get their timing back.
Brown has made great strides in that role. I like how Dakota Joshua has played with Alexei Toropchenko out. Joshua can also win draws. But I'm with you on the fourth line configuration.
Last week a chatter pinpointed his five-hole weakness. And there is was again! Maybe the Sharks read the chat. Anyway, Jordan kept it together after that and made a few big saves. He took another step forward.
When Torey Krug is healthy, I like him and Justin Faulk together. Marco Scandella has picked up his play, so he is a fit with Colton Parayko on the shutdown line. That sends Nick Leddy to the third paring with Robert Bortuzzo.
And if analytics are supposed to drive the lineup construction, why are glaring numbers dating back to last season being ignored?
Albert is 1-for-12 and counting against righties. That number is not a fluke. This is a well-established trend.
Ah, but gambling will save the day! People will bet on anything, even a Tuesday night Pirates-Reds game, and baseball is expecting legalized gambling to stir interest in that fan segment and also generate lots more money.
Obviously Craig Berube is going to encourage the Blues to earn more offensive zone time and engage in fewer rush exchanges once the playoffs start.
A sitting veteran coach with a winning track record was not going to take the Missouri job unless the school put crazy money on the table. The best route was to find an up-and-comer with a winning track record AND significant high-major recruiting experience. Dennis Gates checked those boxes. He worked quickly to build a more competitive team for next season and hired an elite recruiter as his right-hand man. If he can land one more player -- a big man capable of playing 20 to 25 minutes a night -- then I believe he can get Missouri over .500 (overall) in Year One and recruit from a stronger position for 2023 and beyond.
You may be an outlier in our chats on STLToday.com, but I believe you are in the mainstream where most fans are. Other franchises subject their fans to years of suffering why purporting to load up for a big run or two. Most fans want to be fans year after year, not periodically.
The NHL got back to a normal postseason with the divisional/wild card format and no reseeding.
Yeah, the Blues have had success against the Wild but nothing much separates the teams. The Wild are in "win now" mode with more roster changes coming after this season while the Blues still have several Cup holdovers who know how to win. If the Blues can play consistently smart and tough, their superior skill could decide a close series.
Nolan Gorman has work to do for sure. He did cut down his strikeout rate notably from 2019 to 2021. After he started this season 0-for-9 with five strikeouts, he settled into a pretty good groove. It makes sense for him to continue his education in the minors for a while longer, but that early 1.114 OPS does jump about at you. Paul DeJong has had similar strikeout rates while doing not a lot of damage in the past one-plus seasons.
Like I noted earlier, he arrived late to an already abbreviated spring training and obviously he has had a banged-up as well. Catching takes a toll, but I do not believe that he's finished just yet.