The next pitch he threw to the lad.
It looked dicey for Mikolas early, but he kept snapping off good curveballs and he was able to locate his fastball -- something that he struggled with earlier this season. Now the series sets up well for the Cardinals.
Yeah, John Tavares getting to market is the anomaly. Look around see all the guys getting locked into long-term deals. Some younger RFAs are taking shorter deals to get to their shot at unrestricted free agency -- but I bet most of those guys sign extensions before they get free. When the money is there and the security is there, why not?
As a No. 8 hitter, Bader can help the Cards with some infield hits and the occasional long ball to go with his excellent defense. But at some point he will need to learn to lay off those breaking pitches down and away from the zone. The Cardinals have a lot of outfielders -- despite giving so may away -- and he will need to become at least a .260 hitter with a decent on-base percentage to become a true No. 1 center fielder.
These contracts will look bad in about six years. In the meantime, the Blues should be able to contend every season between now and then. They have enough young (and therefore lower-paid) guys to plug into spots and balance the cap during the next four to five years. And Armstrong isn't giving everybody a big contract, just the guys he considers nucleus players/
Bouwmeester is on a one-year contract. Allen could get dealt at some point. Going down the road, veterans like Steen, Bozak and Perron will eventually come off the books. There are always ways to make the salary cap work. If Pietrangelo wants to chase every last dollar like David Backes did, he might leave. I don't expect him to do that and I do expect the Blues to offer him an extension with a nice pay bump.
Again, as a No. 8 hitter he can help the team with his glove and some occasional hitting. As we saw in Game 1, he went 1 for 3, scored a run and exited for a pinch-hitter. I'd be more concerned about the inconsistent hitters high in the order.
I'm old. I grew up in Detroit reading columnist Joe Falls, who also had a regular piece in the old Sporting News.
He was a back-up plan for Game 1 and Shildt almost had to go there. If he had a dead arm, he wouldn't be on the playoff roster. Ask John Gant about that.
He plays everywhere and has some pop, like Ben Zobrist. But adds the element of speed as well and that makes him unique.
I didn't see the need to remove Miles. I get the lefty thing and I get the fact that another trip through the order can be perilous. The numbers back that up. But in this case, it seemed Mikolas had settled in and there was a chance to give the weary bullpen another inning off.
He's draw some walks during his slump, which is encouraging. But when he misses, he misses big, doesn't he?
You will see some big contracts available at the expansion draft. But I'm guessing Seattle will pass on almost all of them unless a team is willing to pay a premium to offload a player. Vegas got rich on deals to agree to pick this guy and not that guy.
It stinks. I know a lot of those people and I know a lot of really good people who moved on from SI earlier. Once upon a time that magazine was the gold standard. But the magazine business has gotten crushed just like the newspaper business.
True enough. If all key veterans clicked at once, this team could roll into the NLCS and least win a game or two there against the Dodgers. (I just don't see how Washington can beat L.A.. especially after losing the opener.)
Binnington is not getting moved. And Armstrong believes in Steen's leadership ability, so he wouldn't be eager to go down that road either.
As MLB.com notes about Mike Foltynewicz, "In 10 starts after returning to the Majors, nine of which the Braves won, he posted a 2.65 ERA with 55 strikeouts in 57 2/3 innings while holding opponents to a .626 OPS." So there you go.
Yes, The Dodgers are really, really good.
Teams are limited to just five mound visits (players and/or field staff) in a nine-inning game, except for suspected injuries or an equipment issue.
But highly unlikely. But if the Dodgers lose in this round and the Astros lose over on the other side . . .