I'm happy! It's you all I worry about. :)
They seem to be confident this team -- more or less as constructed -- can compete for the division and make the postseason. That's the model. It hasn't changed. I don't see it changing any time soon, especially not after an NLCS appearance and a first-place finish in the division.
Binnington is the starter, the dude, the No.1, and there are no ifs and or buts about that. That's crystal clear. And I don't see it as people wanting to trade Jake as much as wondering if there is a move to make with him that can help this injury-affected team. That's why you would trade him. Don't flip him for guys who can't help you now. That's not what teams in championship windows do. But if there is a team that finds itself in need of a goalie and is willing to deal a player that can help make up for some of the bruises and bumps the Blues have taken along the way, I think you have to consider it if you're Armstrong. Allen has played great. He's been an awesome teammate. He probably would not hate the chance to prove he can be a No. 1 again, either. No reason to rush to move him. See if a desperate team makes a desperate offer, then consider.
I like that idea. Why not say, "We have zero starting outfielders entering spring training." A true competition would be fun to watch -- and might light some fires.
If the STL side wins the lawsuit, those involved on the STL side (city, county, dome authority) would get money, and the lawyers -- they are working on contingency, meaning they only get paid if they win -- would get a nice percentage of the winnings. To my knowledge there has been nothing discussed about a team relocating here or an expansion team being planted here. Nothing at all.
The Cardinals tend to extend their pending free agents before they reach free agency if they want them back. I think Wacha will be pitching elsewhere.
Don't forget Goodwin's rebounding. It's amazing, his tenacity at times. The Billikens make it harder on themselves than they have to at times, and that doesn't work against really good teams. They need to find that defensive bite they had last season, but they have some better shooters now and French and Goodwin have stepped it up a notch. They HAVE to hit free throws better. It's going to kill them against good teams. It has in the past and it will again
And what would have happened if TVZ's knee had held together, or DGB had not flipped out, or if MPJ's back was not made of glass. All on the long list of Mizzou what-ifs, for sure.
Perhaps -- with one big if, and it's if Tarasenko can return and be an impact player in the postseason. Seems like a lot to ask of him having sat out the regular season. But you're right in that this only sharpens depth, and depth was what led the Blues to history last season.
He's 25 and just finished his first full season as a starter in the majors. Good pitchers rarely have their best year in year one.
Don't weep for those guys. They were all part of the secret-ballot vote. Whatever support St. Louis had when Jerry Jones closed the doors, and closed the deal.
Gotta run, folks. Thanks for the lively discussion today. Have a good week.