Yeah, the better answer on DeJong would be "We're paying the guy, so we're going to give him one more chance." Everybody knows that's the deal.
If the Padres could get all of those offensive muscles working at the same time, I would like their chances. Imagine if Juan Soto and Josh Bell suddenly heated up for real while Manny Machado was also launching bombs. The Phillies just had their Team of Destiny bubble burst, so it will be interesting to see if they can get that vibe back after their Game 2 breakdown.
That's a fair point about cheating, since any sort of spending limitations would invite abuse and the NCAA is famously bad at catching and/or cracking down on name-brand programs.
Like I said earlier, on the remove chance that all six pitchers are healthy and effective at the same time, then the Cardinals could use piggyback starts (five inning/four innings) with two starts and give the bullpen a break.
Yes, 0-for-7 with seven strikeouts does remind Cardinals fans of how things used to be here.
Off the top of my head, now. But the stick expense has to be crazy, given how easily they break and how often players smash them in disgust.
Colton would only see power-play time with a two-defenseman formation if Krug and Faulk are healthy. Leivo is one of those veterans who is good enough to fit in with skilled guys seamlessly but not skilled enough to make a big difference. He is smart with the puck and he has earned Craig Berube's trust.
He was back with Thomas and Tarasenko at practice today, so that's a very good sign about his potential for tomorrow.
As listed a few posts back, several key Cardinals enjoyed major gains at the plate this season. And several young hitters graduated to the majors. Will they all wash out? I doubt it. Let's see how they move forward with the lessons learned this season. Juan Yepez made some adjustments after returning to the minors. So did Lars Nootbaar. Let's see what Nolan Gorman does.
As I noted earlier, Scott Boras is looking for big dollars and long term for Nimmo as the one quality center fielder in free agency. I like the Pablo Lopez idea because I can imagine a trade fit and his intelligent approach to pitching would be an excellent fit here. As for adding another outfielder/DH, I would have to see a LOT of power with that player to justify displacing multiple internal candidates.
Good luck organizing a fan boycott. I have heard a lot of "never going back" talk in my many years of doing the chat and only a pandemic cold slow the flow of fans into Busch Stadium. Bill DeWitt Jr. should spend more money, yes, but don't expect a radically different business model. The one he has used has worked very well.
It's been a while since the Cardinals won a title and I'm sure he wants another one. But I would be surprised if he pulled a Mike Ilitch and started throwing giant money around willy nilly.
I can definitely see a trade coming from that surplus. The Cardinals do value fielding and Gorman, Yepez and Burleson have to work to hard to just be average with their glove.
In that scenario, Bell would be your designated hitter. As for Conforto, he is a bit of a mystery due to his shoulder injury. The 2017-20 Conforto was an excellent producer. But who is he now? I believe he still has Scott Boras representing him, so it will be interesting to see which team buys that ticket and how much that team pays.
True enough. If the Cardinals buck up for Jose Quintana, he ought to be willing to play along as well since he wasn't consistently working deep into games this season.
Bouwmeester didn't get nearly the love he deserved for filling the role he did. When you face top lines and kill penalties, you are bound to have some bad moments around the net. And Jay had his share. But he did some heavy defensive lifting on several really good teams here.
Josh Bell is hit or miss, but when he hits . . . whoosh! The man has scary power. He just needs to be more selective at the plate.
OK, that's it for today. Good questions and comments. See you next time!