Bobo's here and, and you would expect during these stressful times for the Cardinals, ballplayers have arrived early. So let's go!
Right now it is playing really bad baseball. I'm guessing it will finish in the range of a .500 team after getting some pitchers back, adding some stopgap help and perhaps shaking up the field staff. If you want to see bad, watch the Arizona Diamondbacks.
I would expect to see Nolan Gorman by the end of the year, unless get gets crushed at by the Triple-A competitive level this summer. He is part of the retooling to come. Matthew Liberatore could also get his first look, given his progress this month at Memphis (2-1, 3.45 ERA) this month and his success with the U.S, Olympic qualifying adventure. But at this point the goal for the Cardinals should be to limit the damage to this season. Try to stay competitive despite all of the injuries and individual failure. Try to maintain the familiar winning culture, but don't do anything to undermine future teams. Don't send good money after bad.
Marc-Andre Fleury has a year left with $6 million in real salary and $7 million in cap hit. He has some no-trade protection. I see the Golden Knights eating some of that money and trading Fleury to, say, Pittsburgh where he would get a hero's welcome home. That franchise seems very committed to Robin Lehner.
Agreed. As I noted earlier in the chat, Thursday offered a glimpse of some serious dysfuntion at the field level. Mike Shildt came out and said what fans have been saying in this chat and others.
The vibe is not good. When a team gets to this low point, changes are inevitable. The front office was hoping this stretch of games against lesser teams would offer a turnaround point, but things only seem to be getting worse.
I am a big Ryan Nugent-Hopkins fan. He is a very nice two-way player. But I would expect the Oilers to keep him. The guy I would want off that team is defenseman Adam Larsson. This team needs to firm up on the blue line and get a different mix there. Larsson is great stay-at-home defender who would take some tough minutes.
I believe the team is hoping that Harrison Bader's high-energy team will have same impact.
That was a realistic assessment. Trying to keep the Cardinals in the chase this season could hurt them for the five years to follow. Trading a bunch of long-term assets for short-term help -- when there are so many problems to fix -- would be dumb. That was the point. After 13 consecutive winning seasons, a front office can afford to take the long view.
Actually, this a pretty good time to take the long view because right now the probability for a work stoppage appears high. Also, the team has already taken a massive revenue hit with about half a season with partial attendance. Bill DeWitt Jr. came into this season well-aware that one of his top goals was to cycle out bad contracts and reach a refresh point.
Carlos Martinez, John Gant and Johan Oviedo keep getting starts because there is nobody else. Maybe Wade LeBanc can replace one of them and be somewhat less terrible. Daniel Ponce de Leon would have been a candidate to step in again, but now he is injured again. In a month maybe Matthew Liberatore and Jack Flaherty are in the mix. Maybe another stopgap or two arrive in the interim.
I'm sure the front office wishes he wasn't quite so candid, but at this point it's probably best for everyone to get these issues out in the open.
Not at all. The ownership came into this season with the highest Opening Day Payroll in the division. The ownership had nothing to do with Jack Flaherty, Miles Mikolas, Jordan Hicks, Daniel Ponce de Leon, et al getting hurt and various well-paid veterans hitting well below their previous standard.
Answer: the same people who produced 13 consecutive winning seasons and seven trips to postseason in 10 years. All this year has proven is how many things can go wrong -- and how difficult it is to remain good year after year.
Because they are dying to see Fredbird's hilarious brand of physical comedy live and in person?