Bortuzzo doesn't getting in on the forecheck, that's for sure. But this team has lots of forwards, so with Tarasenko on the mend I expect we won't see a whole lot more of this. Berube should try to get Brouwer into some games in case he's needed in the playoffs.
There is great potential, true. I'm not sure what the team will get from Mikolas this season, but Kim looks like he will add something and an interesting group of younger pitchers is assembling behind the established guys.
Tampa Bay had four straight losing seasons -- including one straight-up tank job -- before winning 90 and 96 the last two seasons. They draft well and they get value when they flip veterans for prospects. They absolutely robbed the Pirates with that Chris Archer trade.
Nothing matters until the real games start. I will believe in Matt Carpenter's resurgence when he is roping doubles into the left-center field gap against quality pitching. I am not holding my breath for that. My guess is this team will evolve as the season progresses. The Cardinals don't want to rush guys like Dylan Carlson, but they absolutely will not hold anybody back this season. They want to find out as much as they can about the younger guys as quickly as they can.
This question came up for Doug Armstrong the other day and he made it clear that the doctors say OK and Tarasenko says "I'm good" then No. 91 would play.
I imagine they were trying to dump some salary while keeping the Ozuna door ajar. Obviously the team did not move Fowler and that's where Ozuna money would have come from. Had Marcell taken the qualifying offer, then Mozeliak would have had to create a payroll slot for him one way or another. For instance, the Cardinals likely would not have added Kim if Ozuna had jumped at the QO. Same goes for Brad Miller.
I don't agree because I do not know how the Cardinals will look on Opening Day. If Edman, Carlson and Thomas have huge springs and make the everyday lineup and Paul DeJong figures out how to get runners in from third base with fewer than two outs, then this team could look a lot different than it is projected. Or maybe Carpenter and Fowler turn back the clock. The Cardinals routinely outperform their projections and it could happen again. Or, like I said, it could all go horribly wrong.
Well, last season Tommy Edman arrived in midseason and made a huge impact (.850 OPS, 15 stolen baases) in the offense, ultimately displacing Matt Carpenter for a stretch. Ryan Helsley strengthened the bullpen in the second half (2-0, 2.73 ERA in 17 games).
A No. 1 defenseman. And that explains why the Blues are Stanley Cup champions and the Toronto Maple Leafs remain one of the NHL's largest disappointments for all of their offensive talent up front.
The Astros will get pitched inside a bit this season. Nothing wrong with that. They have been forewarned. But, in all seriousness, there is no reason for this to get to a place where people are getting hurt.
No team is THAT lucky. The Cardinals are the only mid-market team that has tried to contend every year. When you do that, you give yourself more chances. And it's not there problem that other teams are willing to take three or four years off at a time.
If he keeps hitting, he will make the team. That doesn't just mean batting average, that means how he handles each at bat, each count, each type of pitch he sees. He does a lot of things well. He fields well. he runs well. He works. And when you look at what some of the incumbents hit last season, he knows there is opportunity with the big team. Now, if guys like O'Neill and Thomas crush the ball as well, he may start in Memphis to see if the older guys can get in done in the real games. But barring disaster, Carlson WILL be a Cardinal this season.
Sounds like you are pitching for work on the Blues' medical team . . .
DeWitt has been pretty firm with his view on the DH, but he appears to be swimming against the tide on this one. I believe we will see a universal DH, expanded playoffs and more extensive interleague play as part of the next CBA settlement.
Colorado is the team everybody points to -- and the 'Lanche have done an amazing job overcoming injuries If they ever get healthy (Rantanen, Kadri, Grubauer) they will be quite a handful. Vegas has a deep team as well. Dallas has played fabulously on the defensive end, but Seguin and Benn aren't the most dynamic offensive duo anymore.
Yes, injuries have impacted his performance. Healing is one thing, regaining well-oiled mechanics and pitching feel are different things altogether. For a dramatic example of that, look at Trevor Rosenthal. He regained velocity but not command after repairs.
Dylan Carlson wasn't behind Fowler last season. Harrison Bader and Tyler O'Neill both hit very rough patches. Lane Thomas showed promise before he got hurt. Tommy Edman took a lot of at bats in the infield instead of the outfield. Justin Williams missed a big chunk of the season at Triple-A. So even with Ozuna, Martinez and Arozarena gone, there will be competition for at bats. Shildt played Edman over Carpenter last season, so he has established that his patience with veterans has limits.
Where has it been written that Shildt is committed to giving Fowler 600 plate appearances this season and Carlson won't play. As for Arozarena being a 2020 All-Star, the man has 23 MLB plate appearances in the regular season. Simmer down.
The six-game winning streak is a start. Job One is to make the playoffs and they are getting closer to locking that down. There appears to be real value in winning the division to avoid Colorado or Dallas in Round 1 and the Blues have a lot of work to do on that. Colorado has games in hand and that team will get healthier for the stretch.
The Blues expect Tarasenko to return for the stretch run of regular season. So his $7.5 salary cap hit will return to the books when that happens. Had the Blues spent that $7.5 million on somebody else, the team would have had to subtract $7.5 million in cap money in order to bring Tarasenko back in season. They could have circumvented that by waiting until the playoffs to bring him back, but throwing him into the postseason without a few weeks to regain his game would not have been smart. Then you add in the facts that Sanford and Kyrou have played so well and the team chemistry is good as is and that's how the decision to pass on another forward was made.