Not as good as Gyorko this year.
I can see that. Looking at the very big picture, more change is needed for this team. Might as well get started.
Most GMs wish they had his won-loss record, his playoff excursions, pennants, World Championship and so forth. As for this team, he clearly screwed up by trusting Carpenter to hit third, but that was an easy mistake to make given the skill set Matt seemed to possess. Diaz and Piscotty have had tough second years, but there was no reason to move on from them after last year. His Gyorko deal paid remarkable dividends. Again, his challenge is trying to compete every year in a sport where a high percentage of teams do their retooling through prolonged tanking. There are two sets of rules and he is trying to go the perennial contention route with middling payoff. Hard to do.
And he get can beat out one of the many other established forwards capable of playing there, perhaps he can play on the No. 2. But I'm not expecting it.
First of all, the problem with this team is that a lot of guys aren't playing to their career norms. And many of them are making high school mistakes on the field and on the bases. If this were high school, Matheny might make them run laps. But it's not. It's major league baseball and attempts to show up players with high school discipline almost always backfire. Matheny's job is to keep the group together, keep them working, keep them competing. If the team comes unglued, then, yes, that's on him. If the team is simply not good enough, then his bosses must get better players. If the players tune him out and drift, then that's when the change occurs. Haven't see that yet.
In football? I'll say yes, with the offensive breaking out.
Sure, just about everybody on the field staff and the team is on the clock. Lots of underperformance. If this season goes from bad to worse and the wheels come off, all things are possible.
That is one of the variations. Sundqvist could work in as the No. 4 center and Barbashev would break into the Top 9.
Depends how they play, what's up the Cubs, a lot of stuff. But it's hard to see a monstrous 25-game push to save the season.
Free agency doesn't look promising until '18. Trade? You never know with so many teams going the tank route.
Ideally they will have a team in a year. Ideally the AHL will add a team and matchup. And yes, it could hurt a few guys this year. Might effect how many players the Blues put under contract.
His job is not recruiting players.
Two weeks at a time, two weeks at a time . .
If he hits like he did the last month, he can play left field for this team at worst. But long term, yes, trades will happen, him (even with the NTC) or somebody else.
That's a bit extreme. They need a big hitter to put somewhere. A great all-around shortstop would be nice too. Otherwise they do have a lot of pieces and prospects pushing up.
Only unemployed players would sign those deals, so your team would stink.
More like six for me, but I'm a realist.
He has never been a vocal leader. He does what he does on the field and with the pitchers. He leads, but not that way.
There's always the bullpen.
OK, out of gas. Got to run. See you next time!