No, the 70s were worse. This team features much better personal grooming now that John Gant trimmed his locks.
Judging from this chat week after week, no.
This consistency problem is never going away. By the OT in the playoffs medieval pole-axings are overlooked as long as they don't prevent a goal. The only good thing about playoff officiating is that the referees make fewer lame interference calls in non-scoring scenarios and save their whistles for violent hits or clear fouls off the rush. Regular season officiating drives me nuts with all the quota calls referees make just to get calls on the book.
This team has many needs. Throwing giant money at still another player while also paying giant money to two other players seems unlikely. Again, the priority should be to develop a lot of good hitters, impact hitters, and get out of this current cycle. This process may take a few years, but that time investment could be worth it if creates a stronger long-term nucleus.
Faulk is a much better player. As I noted earlier, Edmundson's giveaway/takeway ratio is the answer. Joel has done a heck of a job fitting in to a great Montreal run, but he is a supporting cast player there as he was here.
Javier Baez managed to get over it. Every now and then stepping on a player publically can have a benefit. That's something you hardly ever see.
That helps you win one game, maybe, but then it reduces your chances of holding a lead (on the odd chance you actually get one) for multiple games.
Can't argue against any of that.
Yeah, he's probably not looking forward to this.
Apparently they have been focusing too much on "doing damage." This topic is interesting because the need to improve situation hitting was the stated motivation to make previous changes in the field staff.
Maybe some Cardinals fans are easing their pain by betting against their heroes every game.
Actually the Cardinals raised their game when it comes to adding high-ceiling prospects. The front office has put more focus on the higher risk-reward picks than the usual safe picks with college hitters in particular.
I believe fans have had their fill of happy talk.
Baseball definitely has an issue with the "max effort" pitchers of today simply overpowering hitters. That reality and fielding shifts have sucked a lot of offense from the game. The crackdown on ball doctoring is just the first measure taken. I expect baseball to keep experimenting with changes while searching to restore balance.
Shortstop is the big offensive hole right now. At the moment right field remains unresolved with Dylan Carlson playing center. The team needs a fourth outfielder who can hit and a versatile bench player who can hit. At the moment, it needs more offense out of first base and catcher too.
Given that almost every contender would want Scherzer as a rental player, the Nationals would demand very top prospects. The bidding for Max would be fierce.
Yes, he is lost. The Ghost of Allen Craig haunts the Cardinals. There is no easy answer here because Edmundo Sosa shows signs of exposure when he got regular work. Maybe the in-between answer is to give DeJong several days off in a row and home that he can refresh the mental side.