Of course, all of this good young pitching was added on his watch.
Nobody? OK, that's not a viable answer. Hmmmm . . . I dunno. Paul DeJong sank in the No. 8 spot at the end, so he's out. I like Goldschmidt in the No. 3 spot. I would like Wong at No. 2. Fowler did OK at leadoff, so you leave him there. If Bader plays, he's No. 8 and bumps DeJong to No. 7. Molina is No, 6 hitter who can be miscast in the No. 5 spot in desperation. So that leaves Tommy Edman or the left fielder post-Ozuna. Jose Martinez might be the most capable to handle that pressure, but can't field. Lane Thomas? Dylan Carlson? Tyler O'Neill? I would not spend too much time thinking about this question because it could keep you up at night.
That's what Vince Vaughn's character Frank Semyon heard at the end of Season 2 of "True Detective." It did not end well for him.
He could have a Zobrist-like run, not as much power but more speed. He offers way more than Aaron Miles. Edman can really drive the ball. One step he can take this season is handling more duty at shortstop to spell DeJong.
Lots of interesting material for the outfield. Many X factors. This time will the Cardinals hang on to guys or will they get in a hurry to move them out?
The Cardinals do some cheap ticket specials. And I suspect we will see more of that because of the baseball-wide decline in interest. That will reach the STL at some point. But, yes, the Cardinals have a lot of premium seating. Frankly I don't know how they do so well selling that many tickets at such high prices. As for the profits, DeWitt and point to some pretty significant reinvestment for the team's share of what happened with the stadium and Ballpark Village. For years, people came into these chats and insisted DeWitt would never Ballpark Village. Then they insisted he would never deliver the big-scale project he promised. He did both.
Walker is pretty much an AHL guy with just 12 NHL games since starting his North American pro career in 2013. De la Rose has played 195 NHL games. He is a supporting cast soldier, bidding for a Mackenzie MacEachern role here.
The Cardinals have made two big trades that sent a pile of very promising players away and helped the team get back into postseason play. They traded Piscotty under unique circumstances. They lost some guys in the Rule V Draft. And they just gave away Oscar Mercado during a roster crunch. The solution: Do a better job of drafting. now that order was restored under Randy Flores, and do a better job of asset management.
The very top guys are still gong to paid in free agency. The thirtysomething solid veteran is way less likely to get paid. Mike Moustakas has a been a bargain guy the last few years and that could happen again to him this year.
Answer: D, None of the Above. The money for next season is spent. The Cardinals will sign a player or two but I would surprised to see the team add anybody ranked anywhere near the top of any of the free-agent lists.
Yes, it could be worse. But fans seldom admit that in forums like this.
He is year to year. He was a big sluggish earlier this season but he has been fine lately. He says he feels great. As long as he is willing to work for team-friendly wages, the Blues could go year to year with him. I've said this year has to be it in the past, but he sure doesn't send that signal with his play.
Again, the whole "it could be worse" thing is a narrative Cards don't want to hear here. But it's true.
Some owners overspend because they can't stand to lose and they don't care if they lose money in the process of trying to win. But those owners often flame out. Remember when Bill Laurie tired to buy a Cup? He has money stacked on top of money, but he (and his wife) quickly tired of eight-digit losses.
Well, the Cardinals topped 3.4 million in attendance again this season. Fans have done a poor job of making DeWitt aware of how much they detest his product.
He's a good player who needs to play until he proves otherwise. He doesn't seem to mind playing everywhere, which is unusual in the sport. Most guys want to play one position and hold down the same spot in the batting order too. Most players covet routine.
I see Pietrangelo getting a shade under $9 million for eight years. That would be a good deal for him to stay put. Could he go higher on the AAV for fewer years here? Maybe, but if he chases every last dollar that chase could lead him elsewhere.
Brett Cecil. For all of his bad luck, Alex is still a young athlete who, at the moment, appears to be healthy. Cecil is still trying to come back, but he wasn't very good before missing last season with injury. The only reason he is still hanging around is the contract.
Totally agree. And I don't want to hear about "aggregate numbers" or "improved walk rate" with him.
No. If anything, the presence of Faulk, Pietrangelo and Dunn make it easier for Armstrong to hold to his AAV limits on Pietrangelo.
You can move Pham if you can replace Pham. It turns out the Cards could not. The Cardinals could have used an outfielder who delivered 33 doubles, 21 homers and 25 stolen bases last season as Pham did. Grichuk hit 31 homers and drove in 80 while Mercado had 25 doubles, 15 homers and 15 steals with a .269 average. The Cardinals could have used some of that, too.