Bobo's here, where's all the ballplayers?
I'm not heading to Jupiter myself, but the outfield competition is most interesting. Also, can the Cardinals find a closer? The lack of investment in a late-inning specialist could really hurt this year.
It doesn't mean that the Blues will fold. Nor does it mean that the XFL is sure to make it. There was a LOT of curiosity about the XFL among fans and, of course, some hunger for pro football. As for the Blues ratings, let's not forget that you can find every game on TV one way or another and they could play over 100 game counting the playoffs.
I don't believe there is any aspect of that lawsuit that makes MLB owners nervous. But I'm sure that many owners wish the Rob Manfred and the Houston Astros had handled things better from a PR standpoint. Lots of tone deafness to go around.
The Ducks are headed for a rebuild and they were ready to "weaponize" their cap space to take on a bad contract -- in this case Backes -- to help another team gain cap space. They took on 75 percent of Backes money. And, yes, he seems doomed to a buyout. What I don't get is why the Ducks would trade Kase, even getting a first-rounder back. Kase is inconsistent, Anaheim is talent-poor.
Momesso was thrilled to see Marco land in St. Louis, although Montreal is home to both. Marco may end up in Montreal as a free agent, but for now he is thrilled to be on a playoff team.
The Cardinals are committed to youth, for now, because they are cycling out bad contracts and the organization chose not to take on a bunch more payroll. Can they get enough from the various young guys so they can compete despite subpar production from Carpenter, Fowler, Mikolas and Cecil? (And, yes, due to that injury and his 2019 mediocrity put Mikolas in the bad contract club).
Yeah, Rob needs to stay out of the limelight for a while. And MLB needs to add some crisis management expertise to its PR department.
I don't see us doing game day chats on the BattleHawks any time soon. If this league gets serious legs maybe we will look at that down the road. But remember, we had Rams fans from coast to coast coming into those chats in the heyday. Total bedlam as the losses mounted.
I don't mind the expanded playoffs because the one-game wild card playoff is the stupidest thing ever. Thanks for nothing, Bud Selig. Also, an expanded playoffs would reward more teams that don't do the tank-and-rebuild thing. And I'm on board with the movement back to 154 games. That would be a good tradeoff -- fewer meaningful games, more postseason fun.
I do not see the Blues adding a scorer. Sanford and Kyrou have come along nicely and there is every reason to believe Tarasenko will play before the postseason. As Armstrong said, that would be a pretty good late-season addition for the offense. The Blues missed some nets against the Coyotes, but they also put 46 shots on goal and Raanta was making saves with the knob of his stick, the end of his toe and the edge of his glove on some of those shots.
There is risk of reinjury on shoulders. So that will be the discussion as he gets closer. I do not expect the Blues to need him to make the playoffs, so he may not see the ice until very late in the regular season. And there is always a chance he won't play at all, if doctors worry about his ability to take hits.
This will be a tough game for the Blues. The Stars are playing well right and they are catching the Blues on the second half of back-to-back games. And as far turning the corner goes, they need to string together six to eight games with tight team defense and good puck possession before you can say there are back to where they need to be. The last two games were a start, but can the Blues build on these games for a long stretch?
Fans can send a message to themselves by supporting the BattleHawks. They can reassure themselves that they are good football fans. But as I note in this chat every week, a half-full dome Sunday is not going to cause Roger Goodell to collapse to his knees and weep with regret and shame over what his league did to the STL.
The old school of baseball says what team stuff stays in the clubhouse. Because, let's face it, there is plenty of dirty laundry around the teams and the game. But it sounds like the A's complained about the Astros and MLB did not vigorously investigate until Fiers ratted them out. Judging from the backlash against the Astros, I'd say more players are backing Fiers than not.
Faulk has settled in. He will make an occasional coverage mistake -- look out for Draistaitl! -- or make an occasion high-risk pass that backfires. He doesn't get power-play time, as Shattenkirk did here. So he doesn't get a lot of points to offset the downside, as Shattenkirk did. But Faulk adds to this team's ability to transition from defense to offense and control the puck in the offensive zone. He is a nice upgrade from Joel Edmundson.
Manfred works for the owners. The playoffs have their own association and their own leadership. Manfred is a lot ebb these days. Now, if he can a new collective bargaining agreement (avoiding a strike, hunger or otherwise) and accomplish some things (better pace of place, universal DH, expanded playoffs) for both owners and players the heat will subside.
Yeah, I hate to Mr Negative here, but every time I see a guy do down that treatment road I figure that surgery is inevitable. We've had detailed reporting from Jupiter on why the team has some hope that Mikolas can avoid that . . . but for how long?
No. And I am the wrong guy to ask about that every week because I spend zero minutes on that story.
I believe DeWitt would add some payroll if an extraordinary opportunity arises. And if the opportunity arises closer to the trade deadline, the Cardinals would have consumed that much more of the Carpenter/Fowler/Cecil money that currently handcuffs Mozeliak. The closer the Cardinals get to the end of those contracts, the more payroll flexibility the team will have.