Will it hurt the NBA making a ton of money is the ever-expanding China market? Sure. But there is risk whenever you sell your good outside of the free world. The NBA will survive.
It won't bring the team back. And I doubt seriously where the courts can compel the NFL to give St. Louis an expansion team. I do expect there to be damages paid, but that doesn't bring football back.
Dakota Hudson is the No. 4 starter again, so he will be available for relief early in the series. But Wainwright gets shelled, then you will see a parade of 1,000 relievers. Flaherty won't be ready until Game 3, so the rotation is what it is.
The Phillies went all-in and missed the playoffs completely. So did the Mets. The Dodgers had a juggernaut and didn't survive the NLDS. The Astros had a juggernaut and needed a fifth game to dispatch Tampa Bay. So it goes in baseball. The Cardinals want to contend every year, so they don't do the "all in" thing so much. Somewhat of an exception came in 2011 with the LaRussa/Pujols window closing. Cardinals management was pretty aggressive that summer.
No. Like everybody, I pondered the early pull. But crazy things happen in baseball and in the heightened elimination game atmosphere, bleeding can be hard to stop. You put a reliever in, he can't throw strikes, the next guy comes in and gives up a couple of rockets, so you go to next guy . . . and the whole thing unravels as you pull the string harder. That's not hard to imagine with this fragile bullpen. Also, Flaherty warmed up for a start, throwing with purpose, Bringing him back in a couple of days to start again could really throw him off. Throughout this postseason we've seen pitchers fail when taken out of the pattern of their normal usage. Yet managers keep doing that -- starters relieving, starters on short rest and so forth.
The Blues played a pretty sloppy game. They knew they were playing the worst team in the league and it showed. Allen had the mishap behind the net, but he also made great saves -- like stopping a 2-on-0 break and then stopping the trailing third player as well. He'll be fine as the back-up this season. Then he will move on one way or another as the Blues allocate his cap dollars elsewhere.
Dave Martinez will keep doing what he must to survive. But winning four of seven is different that winning three of five. He needs a good start from Sanchez tonight so he can let Strasburg, Scherzer and Corbin settle back into more normal usage. If those guys can make starts under more normal circumstances, the Nationals will have a big edge in this series. Martinez would make an aggressive play if he had a clear shot at winning Game 6 and shortening the series, but otherwise I'm guessing he will be mindful of the format.
In Game 1, he is prepared for long relief. In Game 2, he is prepared for short relief. For Game 3, he leaves his bullpen buddies and rejoins the starting pitchers on the front dugout rail.
The Blues will get this straightened out sooner or later. During the short preseason, there is not much time to work the power-play units as they are set up for the regular season. Throw in a new assistant coach with new ideas and a new teammate on one PP unit and there is potential for trouble. The turnaround should with more faceoffs won in the offensive zone and with better zone entries.
You're right about the rule. Arozarena won't make that mistake again, that's for sure. But it was actually PR gold for Shildt. Fans got to see the fiery man the players get to see and now they view him differently. His public persona had been that of a tax accountant.
Fabbri and Sanford are on the spot for sure. Thomas will return soon and we will see Jordan Kyrou and Klim Kostin at some point this season, barring unfortunate events in the AHL. Blais is answering the competitive challenge but the other two better pick it up.
That was a smart move to get the players some rest. Get out of the park, get some food, get some sleep, convene in the lobby the next morning and fly out. Smart move. Otherwise, the team is waiting around to see where to go and nobody gets enough rest. The Nationals did the same thing even though they knew where they we headed next.
Of course. Look at those lineups. Scary stuff! The Yankees have enough pitching and the Astros have exceptional pitching.
Our standard answer here is make him a qualifying offer and see what happens. I don't believe there will be a crazy market for his services, but his postseason is certainly helping. As uneven as his play was this season, the Cardinals could have a tough time replacing his pop in the middle of the order. This team paid a high trade price to get him and I believe he fits the team chemistry too. So there are some positives there. Throwing giant money at him would be dumb, though, just as extending Carpenter for no reason was dumb.
There is little chance of a rainout, it appears. But, yes, those travel days come in handy.
The MLS will be fine. Soccer has its own following. The XFL faces an uphill battle because it's the XFL. Every other upstart league has gone off a cliff, crash, exploded and then burned until there was nothing recognizable left.
When Carpenter gets a start, it's for the offensive matchup. Shildt is aware of Matt's defensive shortcomings which is why he took such a quick exit from Game 5.
It can't hurt, but the Cardinals won't be set aside months of data and allow with recency bias to make the decision.
Surely somebody is printing them as we speak. And Craig Berube is wondering about a copyright infringement.