My oft-stated concern was that this team would run of pitching before the end of the season. They are showing signs of wear and tear, but so far they have battled through it. But I would not be shocked to see them hit a really tough patch against these better teams on the schedule.
As I wrote this week, Boston has seen a lot of instability with the Red Sox. It's as if they let fans run the team. So, no, I don't believe there would be change of management if the Cardinals fail to get into the bracket. After all, this team seemed out of the hunt at the All-Star bracket. Racing back into the lead was quite an accomplishment.
The Brewers have won seven consecutive games despite their injuries and they rallied from way back last year. The know the drill. If they take the Cardinals down this weekend, I could see them closing out with 13 or 14 victories.
I don't think so. Business is good. Revenues keep growing, as do player salaries. Baseball has a bigger crisis looming in my opinion.
They don't actually run the team, it just seems that way from the instability from the very top. They've changed plans every few years and thrown money around with little regard to the long-term impact.
The owners have no reason to lock the players out, but the players have reason to strike. Significant change is needed in that collective bargaining agreement.
I'll be dead for several decades before that is even a remote possibility, so I couldn't care less.
Chris was always pretty guarded with the media as a player. And I did not work closely with him when he flipped to the media. The folks who did work with him say he is one of the all-time great guys.
The qualifying offer is huge money for the one year.That would be a good play for the Cardinals. Ozuna could take it and bet on himself to regain the form he had during his final season in Miami. As it is, I believe his multi-year offers will be disappointing. A lot of guys can put up his '19 numbers from left field.
Gretzky had in-laws here and I believe a big-money offer could have kept him. But the Blues backed off, Keenan went on one of his famous charm offenses and the Wayner was eager to move on.
I bet he sign without a months-long ordeal. I bet he takes shorter-term with big money in the last year to ensure still another big pay jump in his next contract. He has the leverage to win coming and going with that contract.
I'll say no. Report back in 100 years on how this turned out.
Like I said earlier, I have spent no time at all looking around at other comeback candidates.
Kind of a personal question . . . Oh, the Stanley Cup, I see, Um, no. I was right there, but that's for the players.
We were just listening to several guys tell stories about their day with the Cup. I had to leave to do this chat before Binnington talked, but I've heard he had a party for the ages. Of course he did!
I'll guess Blues, but championships are rare. We could get one in another year or we could wait 30 years. (Or you could wait 30 years. I won't make 30 years hitting The Colonel once a week for three pieces of original recipe chicken.)
I'm sure the Cardinals have considered trading Fowler, but he has full no-trade protection in his contract. Also, I'm guessing they would have to eat most of the remaining two years to move him, so expect to see Dexter here for at least another season.
I'd say under again. If Savard can fix the power play, then maybe he gets back to 40 goals. But until I see power-play improvement, I don't see 40 goals for No. 91.