That doubleheader was hard to watch. If the Cardinals win those games, they are in great shape in the playoff chase. Yes, hitters are still getting their timing back and pitchers are still rebuilding arm strength -- but those are games you can't give away with harder games ahead. Until Thursday, this team was doing an admirable job coming back from a 17-day break.
By energy, I assume he meant motivation. Given the bizarre scenario his team is in I can get that. He knows he has lots of good young pitching, but guys like Edman, Bader, O'Neill and Carlson are still defining themselves. Then there is Lane Thomas, who got sick before he had a chance to see meaningful action. Given all that -- and he payroll constraints certain to come -- I imagine he won't be busy before the trade deadline.
Flaherty is the franchise's top asset -- and given the high rate of pitching injuries across the industry, the Cardinals would be wise to protect him. But like the other Cardinals, Flaherty is building his pitch count and he'll be back to normal workloads soon enough,
Yes, the Blues need Faulk to elevate his play. He's not a bad player, but at those dollars he needs to do more. And, yes, there is a high liklihood that he and his contract will be exposed in the expansion draft so the Blues can protect others.
The Blues made a huge number of bad mistakes with the puck in the middle of the ice. That got them in a hole against Vancouver. Then they elevated their play, won two games and had control of the pivotal Game 5 . . . when they buckled. Their series loss had nothing to do with wasting penalty minutes on Roussel in that situation. That was an unfair penaty call on Blais, but then again if you are going to come up on Roussel from behind on the behalf of a teammates, you better have your hands up. You better be ready to go. That was one more hard lesson for Blais. In fairness to Roussel (words that I have never typed before), he just reacted to a guy coming in on him. It wasn't like he hunted down Blais and then jumped him. In that scenario, a guy is not going to check with the dude coming in on him to see if he's ready to go. Especally not a guy like Roussel, who crosses the sportsmanship line rather often.
I thought Berube was quite fair while discussing Tarasenko's challenge coming back from shoulder surgery. And Tarasenko left because physically unable to continue -- a fact that was confirmed with the medical diagnosis.
Brad Miller has helped this team with his bat, but those plays at third base . . . yikes! You almost wonder if those throws acrosst the diamond have gotten in his head. I can see a lot of DH work in Miller's workload for the rest of this season. I don't believe these few games are a fair reflection of his fielding ability, but the Cardinals don't have the time to let him work things out over there.
I'm sure he wanted to start. I'm sure he felt he deserved that. And you don't want a goaltender on your team who is OK with sitting out a big game. But I could not fault Berube for going back to the guy who won the franchise its only Stanley Cup. And if Allen wants out of the STL, GM Doug Armstrong will certainly entertain trade offers for him and his salary cap hit.
Well, those games against the Pirates were really, REALLY bad. The Cardinals should be a better team in two weeks when they are back to full strength, but in the meantime they can't give away games.
It's the same shoulder. He indicated on Instagram that doctors figured out why the last procedure didn't fix is issue. I'm not sure if he is using the same medical team.
No, because the Cardinals are still missing key players, the pitchers who are active are still working into game shape and the hitters are still in spring training mode trying to regain their swing. Maybe in a few weeks we'll have a better idea of who they are.
Tommy Pham broke down for the umpteenth time in his career, so you can quit bringing him up, The Grichuk trade never made sense, since Randal had defined himself quite well. He is never going to hit for a high average, but he will hit homers in bunches and play well in the outfield. There was no reason to give him away, no matter the apparent outfield crowding. It's fair to say the Cardinals did not expect Voit to blossom as he did. But the team traded him in Year 6 of his time in the organization, so it's not like he didn't get ample opportunity to turn heads here. And the Cardinals are happy with Giovanny Gallegos (Voit trade) and Genesis Cabrera (Pham trade).
Yes, that has been a tendency over the years. But right now I believe even really familiar pitchers will do well against this offense.
The Cardinals sat out 17 days and they have a slew of doubleheaders left on the schedule. So if they sat out this doubleheader, that's two more doubleheaders they would play later. I believe the team has given ample support to Dexter Fowler and Jack Flaherty, And the Cardinals were not the only team playing Thursday.
I was never great at field hockey. By sport of choice in JoeTown was fuzzball. Reed killed us with his pitching. Offner was good too. Me? I tried submarine pitching, but that novelty wore off in a hurry.
There were some harrowing at bats in there. Other than Yadier Molina, is there anybody in that lineup that cuts adjusts his swing to the game situation? We talk a lot about ways to fix Our National Pastime, but the biggest problem is the swing and miss -- and that will be hard to fix with everybody acting like this is slow-pitch softball.
We've seen the Big Ten already show some regret by floating a Thanksgiving start. But my guess is that the arrival of flu season will create massive problems and validate the decision that most conferences made. I'd love to be wrong because I'd love to get back to life as normal.
I was just starting in the business back then. I viewed the Olympics as kind of an international relations thing. We had the Munich tragedy. We had the Soviet Union and East Germany juicing athletes to the gills to prove the superiority of communists regimes. We had the '68 kerfuffle in Mexico City amid all the turmoil in this country. We had the Miracle on Ice to stick it to the Russians. So politics and the Olympics always seemed hand-in-hand to me with all of the flag-waving.
Certainly the Cardinals management team has been all over the map with the outfielders. They cited the crowding while making all of these trades. . . and yet there never seems to be enough outfielders who can actually produce as outfielders should. Fans got dizzy trying to follow all of it.
The factors you mention are all in play, plus the unexpected flat cap. Doug Armstrong could create the cap space for Pietrangelo if he's reasonable and he agrees to sign before free agency starts. But if Alex wants to play free agency all the way out -- after the NHL's trade market already winds down -- then Armstrong will be handcuffed. He will not offload other players on the hope that Alex will stay at a certain price. He has to know before he gets to work on that.