Bobo's here, we've got some ballplayers. So let's go!
Yes, he looks gassed. He is trying to will the team forward, warrior that he is, but he has sunk into a pretty deep offensive rut.
Yeah, I never saw the allure of that move from the Vegas side. Alex is an outstanding player, yes, but that team's biggest need was up front and down the middle. The Golden Knights added Cup-winning defenseman Alec Martinez at the end of the previous season and he was terrific this year. Shea Theodore was already breaking out as a top offensive defenseman. At the time of the Petro signing Nate Schmidt was a nice fit for the team chemistry. But I also scratched my at their investment in Robin Lehner when Marc-Andre Fleury was still there. Imagine what else Vegas could have done with the Petro dollars and half of the goaltender dollars
Of the many things preoccuping Bill DeWitt Jr.'s mind these days, John Mozeliak's standing among sports fans in Turkey is pretty far down the list.
I've been thinking about the mid-term grades for the Cardinals, since we will present those at the All-Star break. A "C" grade might be generous because as great as the Arenado trade was, the failure to assemble viable depth at the Triple-A level undermined that. So did the failure to acquire help when it became clear the existing depth was lacking. It seems clear there are serious field staff issues as well, to your point.
Nolan has made many, many highlight reel plays at third base this season. His physical ability remains elite. But he's also made some errors. I'm guessing the team's general malaise has undermined the team's fielding across the board. Pitcher after pitcher working slowly and either walking or hitting batters, looooooooong innings, early deficits night after night, mounting frustration within the group . . . imagine the toll that takes on players. It's not easy to stay mentally sharp in such an environment. In baseball, when things go bad they can really, really go bad.
Some of the non-calls are troubling. Maybe none were worse than the cross-check on Kucherov, obvious targeting of a previous injury.
The wildness can feed on itself. As the walks pile up, pitches start to aim -- which is pretty much the last thing a pitcher wants to do. Umpires cut pitchers no slack, opposing hitters (except those knuckleheads on the Diamondbacks) take pitches and the wildness spreads like a ringworm rash.
Both sides are at fault. Both sides are resisting forming the sort of partnership that the NFL, NBA and NHL enjoy between players and owners. I'm guessing it will take one more work stoppage that damages both sides -- like you say -- to smack some common sense into these people.
So Edmundo Sosa goes to Oakland and blows up like Randy Arozarena. Joe Buck would love that.
I love hockey as much as you do, but I agree with Tom. Hockey has made great strides, but it won't crack the Top 3 in our country any time soon.
Great question. Other teams have found useful players on the waiver wire. I refuse to believe there isn't somebody better out there. Sure, Carpenter would still get paid after going away, but there has to be mimimally-paid help out there somewhere.
The Cardinals value their fans. That's why they don't to subject them to sustained failure Cubs, Reds, Pirates and Brewers fans have endured at various times.
Knizner hasn't done much to help himself. I agree that Molina could use a break, but it would help if his replacement was better defensively and a more competitive hitter.