Bobo's here, where's all the ballplayers?
All signs point to the Cardinals staying in the hunt with the Rangers and Reds. The Rangers are also tied to Nolan Arenado trade rumors and Josh Donaldson's free agency. Texas doesn't really have an opening in left field, but that team appears will to improvise if it gets a chance to add power.
There's Ozuna . . . and that's it. Castellanos is on the market but the Cardinals haven't been tied to him. He's not much of a fielder. Perhaps the White Sox are the best fit for him. Or maybe the Rangers look there if all other efforts to add power fail.
Excellent question. There is no obvious choice. Andrew Miller will get a lot of late-inning work. Giovanny Gallegos was invaluable last season, but is he really a closer? Ryan Helsley throws hard, but same question. Junior Fernandez had a nice minor league run last season, but the same question applies to him too As I note each week, this is an area I'm surprised the Cardinals haven't addressed with outside help.
The Blues had an eight-game winning streak, then played pretty well in the loss to Arizona. Even against Colorado, they played well for a stretch while cutting the 3-0 deficit to 3-2. So, no, there is no long-term concern about the team or its goaltender.
Yes, Sanford has a future. He's been fairly productive in his role and at this point he can help this team more than Kostin can. At some point Sanford could become a trade chi[p because it does appear that Kostin has a higher ceiling. Brouwer is filling the extra forward role. Mostly he sits. The Blues can't have Kostin wasn't a lot of time in that role He is still playing catch-up after coming to the AHL at such a young age.
Yes, but that's a bit if. He wasn't the same pitcher in the last brief glimpse that we got of him But if he can regain velocity and command, he could fit the profile.
There is not a lot of buzz about Blackmon these days. The trade market for him would nor be nearly as robust as the market forming for Arenado. And, no, I can't believe that team is seriously considering moving a player like Arenado in his prime. So what if he might exercise his opt-put? In the meantime he could be a special player and a big draw in Colorado.
I wouldn't sign him to an extension after late in the season. Why not see how he performs first? I would approach him the same way the team approached Wainwright.
I do not know. It will be interesting to see what he says later this month. The earlier report that he believed that getting stronger would help him get back on track seemed worrisome. Doubling down on power hitting this advanced stage of is career seems like a bad idea.
I never have gotten much since that Castellanos is a desired fit here. He had a great run with the Cubs, but in this ballpark how would his bat and glove play?
If I am Flaherty, I want double the money Luis Robert got from the White Sox. So that's $100 million for six years. That sounds like a lot, but look at what the team gave Mikolas for one excellent season and far less upside. Flaherty lacks leverage, except this: He is going to get paid in the back end or arbitration anyway and his potential free-agent price for down the road will only climb if he stays healthy,
They can always spend more. But by having a plan and sticking with it, this is the one MLB franchise realizing steady success in an industry where the performance of most franchises fluctuates wildly.
Berube likes big forwards so he is not giving up on Sanford just yet. And when Sanford has sustained intensity, he has been a productive player. And while Berube also likes Kyrou's speed and skill, he is not quite ready to leave him in a Top 6 role for the rest of the season. He went through this process with Robert Thomas, even through Thomas arrived with a more NHL-ready game.
What do you think the Cardinals will gladly take from Goldy in 2020 if they only could lock in on his 2020 cumulative stats-HR-RBI-BA right now?
If the Cardinals could lock in the 2017 Goldschmidt -- .297, 36 homers, 120 RBIs -- they would hit that button.
Shildt will have to adjust for sure, like most of today's managers.. Today's managers playe the matchup game to an extreme, setting up a Parade of 1,000 Relievers while making full use of their mountain of date. This restriction could be a good thing for the Cardinals, who have suffered their share of pitching injuries due to guys getting used again and again and again and again.
Wong has progressed to the point where he should play every game in the No 7 slot. I'd leave him there because moving him up might make him more inclined to hit for power -- which is counterproductive. While I can see him as a No. 2 hitter, he doesn't seem to match what the team wants in that spot.
Realistic, no. A shot, yes. Kentucky, like Mizzou, has lost to a mid-major program this season when it went cold. The Tigers can defend and, at least in theory, they have a bunch of guys who can hit a three-pointer. Now that doesn't happen much, but on a given day . . .
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No -- he had two goals and two assists for San Antonio in their recent home-and-home series against Texas. Kostin has been back since Dec. 13.
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