No, Mizzou can't make a game of that. Something like 48-14 will unfold. Imagine having to coach your first game against Nick Saban. The Mizzou program is trending in the right direction with recruiting, but in real life a schedule with all meat and no cupcakes will be hard for the Tigers to digest. Truman will be in for a world of hurt this year.
Maybe. That is much closer to an acceptable pitch.
Like I said, several could get used in that role. We'll have to see if any of them take to it. There is no standout candidate in that pile.
I agree with the need to fill the middle of the lineup hole. But the leadoff role is also critical and so far Wong has taken to that. The Cardinals could create a new need while filling another need if they are not careful. If Wong was still a No. 7 or No. 8 hitter, then moving his salary slot would make more sense.
Couldn't make much sense of that . . .
He looked very good. Having a veteran lefty with a variety of pitches would be a nice addition to the rotation for next year. And who knows what Mikolas will look like when he makes his comeback. Recovery from surgical repairs is no sure thing.
In the long haul, the Royals could have enough good young pitching to make the bracket. And, yes, MLB may not go to a bigger playoff (12 teams?) bracket in non-pandemic years because that is where they can collect big national TV dollars. All the mid-market teams would like that.
It's tough to say about the CBA, since the negotiations this year went so badly. There was some softening when the players agreed to more playoffs, but it's hard to be optimistic about baseball's labor relations. These financial losses will doubtlessly make the owners dig in harder. Because baseeball is sport that has not established a partnership model, it will be much harder to resolve issues. Look at how easily the NHL and NBA resolved issues by comparison. The NHL has a hard salary cap and the NBA has soft cap. Both of those CBAs have mechanicisms to divide revenue between the owners and players. So when revenues drop, there were systems to deal with that.
Since these players are tested regularly within a group that is tested regularly, I believe they get right to work just as a player coming from Springfield gets right to work with the Cardinals.
America is having a shaky year. Numbers are way down in all sorts of industries and things may not be normal for some time.
A more well-round approach, with more successful bunting as well, would serve him well. It took some time, but Wong has matured a a hitter. Kolten was prone to some dramatic flucation as he tinkered with his swing. He sees to be one of those rare hitters who has managed to punish fielding shifts.
The NFL will be just fine. If some fans decide to quit following sports because athletes have become politically active, so be it. Life will go on. We have issues far greater than NFL TV ratings to grapple with this country right now.
These athletes pay a massive amount of taxes, so they certainly have the right to speak out like any other American. They may have more of a right given their financial contribution. And just because some of them have earned a lot of money, that doesn't wash away the systemic racism they see every day.
That is quite the optimistic outcome. There's logic to all of that, but I have a hard time imaging such a big victory.
Yeah, I would expect more of the same through next season. At that point there will be a big opportunity for signficant change. I do like this team's supply of pitching that could keep them in the postseason hunt. Right-priced additions like Brad Miller could add some depth to the lineup lacking it.
Remember that most NFL players aren't in the game long. Most don't make huge dollars and most get used up pretty quick. Maybe the NBA doesn't cause as much controversy because its fans have long embraced Black athletes. That's a different demographic and it is willing to see thing from the perspective of the players.
I think we all know why folks have no problem with that.
Wainwright is hardly a lot at his age. Martinez is the second-most talented starter on the team, so he fits in the rotation. Mikolas? He was 9-14 with a 4.16 ERA in his last full season so in my mind he has a lot to prove.
This year the Cardinals needed to hang on to all of their pitching to survive the doubleheaders. At some point they will not be able to keep them all because of roster limitations and waivers. I can see them trading pitching for hitting again. But they need to get a player they can keep for a while, like they did while acquiring and then extending Goldschmidt