Adam Wainwright gave him a big hug. He was close to a lot of these guys. Others, no so much.
A least you have LCS losses to whine about. The Reds haven't gotten that far since 1995, when they were swept in four games.
He's only $5 billion into this project, so he should be OK. Now, if the Chargers eventually move and his team sinks back into the decade of despair like we saw here in the STL, then maybe that investment will start looking a lot worse.
Some people whined all the time about Mike Matheny, just as they whined all the time about Tony La Russa. It's not like It's Always Sunny in St. Louis. There is a sense of entitlement that certain national media outlets (Deadspin!) can't harp on enough. But the chats tend to draw the next level of negativity. At least I will never have to do another Rams Game Day Chat. Those got savage as the losses piled up.
The public will just have to put up with the 162-game slog because MLB won't shorten the season much. Maybe it goes down to 154 at some point with a bigger playoff bracket. But the long season pays the bills. It's a volume business.
Well, I get that. You don't want to go see Social Distortion live and have yesteryear punk rocker Mike Ness jump off the stage and punch a guy with differing political views. But we're in a highly charged right now in our history. Between social media and the 24/7 news cycle, it's hard to tune it out. Let the games resume so we can get back to debating the merits of Mike Shildt's batting order.
Let's face it, with the Cardinals losing $135 million in gate revenue this season the franchise won't go on a spending spree if the team falls flat this year. The Cardinals will do the usual nip and tuck while hoping that Dylan Carlson, Nolan Gorman, Elehuris Montero, Ivan Herrera, et al offer hope for better times ahead. Unfortunately, those guys aren't getting to play minor-league games this season and at this point the Arizona Fall League looks iffy.
On the other hand, if the Cardinals squeeze into the expanded playoffs for their eighth postseason trip in 13 years, fans will discount because it wasn't a real season. So while the team could use the unfortunate pandemic circumstances as cover if it fails, the haters could use the 60-game sprint to discredit its success.
According to Cot's Baseball Contracts, Cecil's pro-rated salary for the season was $2.7 million. That is easier to eat and digest than $7.25 million. While Bill DeWitt Jr. sorely misses his lost gate revenue, at least some of these contracts are less onerous after pro-rating.
I tend to agree on that. Going right to elimination games, albeit with a "home-field advantage", doesn't seem fair. On the other hand, a team might win a 60-game season by just one game . . . and that is not exactly a massive accomplishment, especially since some teams have easier schedules than others.
I held out a long time against the DH, even though I grew up in an American League city and covered two AL teams (Royals, Orioles) before coming here. I became a proud NL convert. But the nightly Parade of 1,000 Relievers wore me down and now I'm looking forward to less of the time-wasting strategy that's supposed to make the game so beautiful. Maybe this season will prove I was right to shun the DH before, but I am more than ready to give it a chance.
With Gallegos out at the time, Shildt liked Kim's experience in that role as opposed to putting that on a young guy like Ryan Helsley. He also liked Kim's stuff/command more than what he saw from Gant and Miller. But we'll see a lot of guys close games this season, maybe all five of these guys included.
Yes, and also Shildt was trying to mix right- and left-jhanded hitters.
We will see what happens when it happens.
The expectation is that Gallegos would be ready very quickly. Also, any potential placeholder would be unlikely to actually pitch tonight.
Yes, I expect to see Carlson soon. How soon will depend on how the four incumbent outfielders hit. The Cardinals woud rather have him in game-condition hitting in Springfield day after day than rotating in and out of a crowded outfield here. None of the four incumbents played their way out of a job in the camp, but now the real sorting will begin. Every game is worth nearly three games in a normal season, so the leashes will be short. If guys hit their way to the bench, then Carlson will get his look.
Nobody can afford a bad start this season or the team will suffer. But it's not like Shildt is going give Ravelo a bunch of starts at first base. Goldschmidt, Molina and DeJong are probably the two guys Shildt will extend the most patience to. Everthing else could get scrambly.
All the managers will have this challenge this season. Old-timers like me are having Bazooka Joe flashbacks.