My anxiety level is high on that one. Shoulders are especially bad. Twice he suffered major damage on minor bumps on the ice and he now he failed to complete a comeback despite three extra months of recovery. I don't know how much more the Blues can expect to get out of No. 91. But at least he won a Stanley Cup here and fulfilled his destiny as a franchise-changing talent.
A lot of the players on the 40-man roster would be easily sacrificed. At some point they will overloaded with pitchers lacking minor league options left, so Mozeliak will have to make another Tuivailala-for-Elledge trade to cover that. Wong isn't going to make $20 million next year, so I wonder why fans keep wanting to move him. He looks fine in the leadoff spot and he saves runs with his glove. Carpenter and Fowler have been two of the team's better producers to this point, so I can't imagine Mozeliak is ready to spend more than $30 million on them while they play elsewhere next season. There will be money to re-sign Wainwright because he knows he is going start-to-start and his contracts reflect that. Molina? That could be a much tougher case, especially if the Cardinals opt to cut payroll significantly.
Not all the change is bad. I could see a 26-man roster for sure and some scheduled doubleheaders to build more off-days in for the players. The seven-inning rule could make that feasible. Expanded playoffs? Sure, postseason baseball pleases network TV and because the one-game wild card play-in is really dumb.
Wong is a Gold Glove fielder with baserunning speed and the abliity to hit leadoff. So, yes, I believe he could get that much. I still believe $12 million is a mid-range salary for a good everyday player in his prime. Wong is way down the list of things the front office should fret about.
Hot mic! I know I've made some flippant comments off-air in my decades in radio, comments that in today's world would be career-ending. And I would wager that virtually everybody else who ever worked in the business did as well. We should always judge people by the entirety of their behavior and actions and not a momentary lapse. Good luck finding the one or two people on earth who have never had a dark thought or uttered a hurtful statement. As people were never stop evolving. That seems to be the point of this whole human adventure.
Without seeing practice, it's hard for Dave Matter and the other beat guys to assess that. Either nobody has emerged as head and shoulders better than the rest or several guys have looked great. Fans can only hope it's the latter, not the former. The new offense, new coaching staff and COVID-19 restrictions only make that scenario harder.
Garcia wasn't a head case. He had trouble staying healthy. In the six seasons he pitched 20 or more games for the Cardinals, he had a 3.58 ERA or better four times. Overall he was 62-45 as a Cardinals with a 3.57 ERA. A manager will take that all day.
I could see a few seven-inning games per year in doubleheaders. As for the statistics, nobody is really evaluated on counting numbers anymore. The critical numbers are the performance rates (on-base percentage, on-base plus slugging percentage, homers per at bats and so forth).
Jim Thomas suggested putting Carl Gunnarsson back in for Robert Bortuzzo. Other than that, there is not much Craig Berube can do differently.
I believe the Blues will remain in contention for some years, despite the challenges presented by the flat salary cap. They should cycle in enough young (and cap-friendly) talent during the next few years to stay in the hunt. But so much has to go right in postseason play for a team to advance. Health, puck luck and of course goaltending go are the big factors that can take a team down.
That's fair. I had Markstrom on my fantasy team this season so I knew how solid he was. He missed some time this season, but when he played he was strong. His ability to keep the Canucks alive in Game 4 when they trailed 3-1 was gigantic. He is playing with confidence now and he will NOT be easily beaten. The Blues need to commit to an all-out blitz to avoid elimination.
I believe the Blues will come out with a big effort and I know they are capable of breaking down that Canucks defense. But then again, I was feeling absolutely positive about the Blues in Game 4 before the Canucks stormed back on them. The Blues have no margin for error and they sure can't afford many bad bounces. Vancouver has to be feeling good.
And the thing about Milbury that really gets me is this: He was one of the worst general managers of the modern era. He was an "old-school" coach and his unenlightend view of the sport made him an easy mark for his peers when he fell up into a management role. I guess he is on TV to be edgy, but he keeps saying stuff that lowers the collective IQ of the broadcast team.
Again, there won't be any tough cuts. The Cardinals already protected some young pitching from the Rule 5 draft, so cuts were made for that. A high number of players we've seen pass through in the past week are Class 4A player at best -- guys capable of filling in here and there but not good enough to stick. A lot ofw would-be Memphis Redbirds are getting cups of coffee.
Obviously there has been a lot of work done with Bader . . . and pitchers keep pounding him with those sliders away. His defense and speed will keep him around the game, but he won't be more than a spot starter and a defensive replacement until he learns to handle that pitch.
If Mozeliak doesn't measure up to his peers, then why have the Cardinals outperformed every other franchise outside of huge markets on his watch? Nobody is that lucky. Miller and Kim look like good additions to this team. Goldschmidt is obviously a strong addition. O'Neill could be a nice piece as well, but that's to be determined. Gant and Gallegos are key bullpen pieces. Mikolas was a great find, altough the extension proved premature. Ozuna had two productive offensive years and helped the team win another division title last season. I have been crtiical of Mozeliak's asset management, but if it were all terrible the Cardinals wouldn't contend every year.
Schwartz has definitely earned his spot in the long-term nucleus, especially with Tarasenko looking questionable for the future. Parayko has had a few mishaps, but I haven't minded him. Sundqvist needs to get back into human missle mode immediately to give this team a chance to stick around.
Ok, that's it for this time. Oddly, the John Tortorella troll never showed up. We'll see you next week.