Bobo's here. Looks like we have some ballplayers.
The key for the XFL is establishing stability. TV ratings fell, as expected, as the novelty wore off. But those ratings haven't cratered. If they stabilize for the rest of the season, that will be a huge step. While the interest in the XFL has remained very strong in St. Louis, some markets will suffer slippage. As for the product. it should improve as teams develop better chemistry through game experience. Better offensive execution will create more offense and build some name recognition. In particular, if the XFL can develop quarterbacks that would be huge. And some of that is happening.
Sure, why not? Unless every other outfielder also crushes the ball, Carlson will get his shot to make the team. As the Cardinals get deeper into spring training, they will see better pitching. If Carlson can hit that better pitching, then he needs to stick with the big club and play. I don't see the Cardinals playing the service time game with him.. .
Not surprised at all by the STL reaction. There was a lot of pent-up energy due to the bitterness toward the NFL and that has helped fuel this. Other markets don't have that same energy. As noted earlier, the XFL must stabilize and develop continuity heading into Year 2. It remains to be seen if the league can do that overall, but so far it's been good for the XFL.
If we get that far down the road, I wonder if leagues will simply suspend play after working out something with the players association. Playing in empty arenas for TV purposes would seem stupid.
I imagine we'll know more when the team returns from the road trip. That will give the doctors a chance to see where he is in terms of facing contact.
That will depend on how much carnage occurs with all those other teams on the bubble. At this point a lot has to happen -- SLU winning game after game and the right teams winning and losing in places like the SEC and Big Ten.
This team must use its best lineup, period. Carlson can play all three outfield spots (although putting him in center field is probably not ideal). Where does Tommy Edman play? Can Tyler O'Neill make enough contact to earn an everyday job? Will Lane Thomas keep making his push? Can Harrison Bader hit enough to keep his spot in center field? Much to be determined.
We'll see where everybody is at the end of the spring. Veterans get some latitude with spring performance because they tend to use the game to work on things. But if Fowler does hit well in the real games. other outfielders start getting right field at bats. This team has little margin for error on offense. It will have to score runs by committee. It can't afford dead spots in the lineup.
No, that would be crazy depth that other Western Conference teams cannot match. If healthy, this team will be stronger on paper than the team that won the Stanley Cup. But that's on paper. On the ice, lots of things happen. Colorado could load up its top line for a playoff series, play that top group constantly and win a short series.
We'll see. Nobody has any idea of how this will play out. If people can't attend games, then what is the point of playing them?
That could happen at some point. But Fowler's contract is just not going to disappear.
No song yet that I am aware of. I hope it's more rock and roll than disco this time around.
Carlson hit 26 homers between Double-A and Triple-A last season. He is a good all-around hitting prospect, not just a pure power guy like Nolan Gorman. I could see him as a nice No. 2 hitter in the near term.
His numbers are the result of puck control. His team spends a lot of time in the offensive zone when he is on the ice and it tends to score a bunch as well. Artemi is an offensive magician. Defensively, he is adequate.
Fowler won't be judged in a vacuum. His standing will also depend on how well the other guys hit when the real games start. Some of those guys have thin (or no) MLB credentials, so Shildt won't be a hurry to write off veterans. But as he showed with Tommy Edman last season he will play young guys if they elevate the team. I expect to see a somewhat fluid lineup as Shildt does his sorting.
That would be a question for Derrick or BenFred.
Doubtful. He would not have signed that gigantic extension is he wanted out of SoCal.
If Carlson is playing every day by then -- and there is a good chance of that -- then he is not getting traded. And if Gorman is hitting at the Double-A level, then he's not getting traded either since he would be on the MLB radar screen, If those two things happen, Arenado is even more unlikely to come. But, yes, those are the sorts of guys Colorado would want.