My guess is that you live in the Bally Sports Midwest region and regional broadcasts are protected.
Cardinals fans have come to expect success because the franchise has been a name-brand historically and very, very strong during the long haul of the DeWitt ownership. Meanwhile Blues fans had reason to believe their team would never win the Cup. The franchise endured ownership instability, one near-move and enough bad luck to give the fan base and permanently fretful demeanor. Fans are thrilled by Doug Armstrong's success while they expect success from John Mozeliak -- who engineered huge, Armstrong-like moves to get Paul Goldschmidt and Nolan Arenado.
Agreed. Pitching depth remains a huge concern. There isn't much protecting this rotation and we all know more injuries will be inevitable.
Not sure about the Crue, but Ozzy's "Mama, I'm Coming Home" could work. Nice effort from the hair band era.
Not feeling much nostalgic appreciation in today's chat. Folks have wasted no time turning on Molina.
Cuonzo Martin got $6 million to walk, so he never has to work again. Will he? We'll see. He's indicated that he will take the year off and catch up on family stuff. He's a competitive guy, so that could bring him back. But like a lot of old school coaches, he also hates to see where the industry has gone.
Drew Verhagen has some tools, but so far he has looked like the same guy who scuffled a fringe pitcher on bad Detroit teams. There's a fine line between success and failure at this level and he stayed on the wrong side with his early work.
I have not seen them in person. The independent scouting reports on Michael McGreevy are most favorable. He has a power arm with sinker/slider command that should play well at Busch Stadium. Gordon Graceffo is a fastball/changeup pitcher who started in college and shifted to relief work at Palm Beach before joining the rotation in Peoria. Give Randy Flores and Co. credit for starting to backfill the organizational pitching depth.
Back in the old days, perhaps we would fret more about Tommy Edman's potential range at shortstop -- as we heard about him at second base replacing Kolten Wong. But with teams leaning so hard on fielding shifts, does that reduce the value of an individual ability to cover lots of ground? So often hitters either ground the ball into a small crowd of fielders or they ground the ball into the vacated side of the field. That's a exaggeration, but I would like to see a study on the impact of shifts on the defensive runs saved metric.
If the Cardinals were doing bare minimum, then the franchise would not have taken on the huge Nolan Arenado commitment. Colorado helped a bit with that, but Nolan is pulling more than $30 million per season.
If Jake Woodford is healthy, I would use him as the tag team partner for Jordan Hicks going forward. Why is Hicks getting the chance ahead of Woodford? Why is Hicks not at Memphis? Because he can throw 100 miles per hour and his early returns have been promising.
And again, Gorman has made progress on his contact rate since turning pro. The fact he doesn't draw many walks suggests he could be more selective, but at the very least he is a constant threat to crush a mistake pitch.
Calle Rosen fits in so seamlessly you wonder why he got stuck in the dreaded depth defenseman/AHL defenseman role. He sees steady on the puck and he makes good reads in the offensive zone. He's had a few hiccups in his own zone, but nothing terrible.
That may be the case since Tyler Bozak has not been great on faceoffs this season, which was his calling card. I imagine the Chief will get him in some games before the playoffs, but displacing Logan Brown may not be easy.
When they hear this team name, people either envision a guy pummeling a helpless ham or using said ham as a weapon in battle. Both scenarios are silly. What happened is the Nippon Ham company bought the team. The team nickname is Fighters. Frist name Nippon Ham, last name Fighters.
Coaching has gotten crazy, even at a top program like Villanova. There is always risk of burnout in coaching, but the changing landscape has only made that worse.
Oliver Marmol is starting Andrew Knizner again tonight, so he is paying attention to the situation.
The way overtimes are played now, the team that wins control of the puck might spend the entire 5 minutes circling around looking for a shot. Teams do not want to exchange chances. So winning the draw is crucial. Robert Thomas has won a lot of big draws this season, so we will continue to see him take a lot of draws. As for the overtime, Thomas' speed and edgework make him especially dangerous in that format. So does his chemistry with Vladimir Tarasenko. Using O'Reilly with the idea of taking him off the ice right away is harder to pull on in the 3-on-3 format.
I will go with Votto, playing in the Great American Band Box.
Thomas has added a bit of velocity, but he is not a power arm under the current definition. He is a fastball/slider/changeup lefty with good command. So that projects him to be a fifth starter/long reliever type. Given this team's lack of pitching depth -- made worse by Drew VerHagen's hip impingement -- we could see him. For now lefty Packy Naughton is getting first call to fill in as a reliever.
Domed stadium with refrigeration quality air conditioning?
Edmundo Sosa has limited big league experience, so on balance Paul DeJong has been the better big league shortstop. Sosa was the better player in his small sample size as a starter last season because DeJong faded badly as a hitter. So the comparison is difficult until Sosa sees more time in the bigs and DeJong gets to prove whether he can or can't get back on track.
That's it for today. Have a great weekend!