MLB scrambled to schedule 60 games within regions and make the logistics work. Pleasing everyone was impossible. Some teams did better than others. For instance, the Reds play 14 of their first 25 against the Tigers, Royals and Pirates. So they should be in first place after 25 games. Also, the Cubs don't see another NL Central team during their last 12 games so that prevents them from helping their cause at the expense of a division rival.
He needs more polish, so expecting him to become the regular closer seems unrealistic. I do expect him to handle a lot of high-leverage work in the late innings. He has the arm for it. But I would expect some ups and downs.
Who knows what becomes of Alex Reyes. Everything that could wrong for Reyes the last three years has gone wrong. Maybe the biggest positive of summe camp is the growth of Johan Oviedo, He struggled with his command last season when he got to Double-A Springfield, but he has come a long way since signing. He has the tools to add power pitching depth to the bullpen.
Not at first -- and given the trends, hopes for attendance later this season are fading.
I don't follow the NFL at all, so I can't hazard a guess on that.
Ballpark Village has reopened for business with some restriction and I believe it does plan to operate during games.
The DH does help older guys last a bit longer. Those days off from fielding can help a player stay fresh. Ryan Braun sounds like he is a big fan of having it in the National League this season.
Andrew Miller is the most accomplished reliever left standing, unless Carlos Martinez is forced back into the bullpen. As I mentioned earlier, Helsley needs more polish and we just watched Junior Fernandez struggle. It's still early for those two at this level. Giovanny Gallegos' absence really hurts this year.
I don't see Nolan Arenado opting out of that contract in this economic environment and I don't see the Cardinals taking on that money amid plunging revenues.
In spacious Busch Stadium, the Cardinals have enough pitching to reduce Cincinnati's power and force a more tactical game. But in the Great American Band Box, look out. Mike Moustakas and Nick Castellanos will love playing there.
That makes the most since, to let Tommy Edman play a lot of third base. If Brad Miller gets healthy and hits like he did last year, he could wedge his way into that discussion. He's been a pretty good weapon over the years.
He has been good so far in the summer camp. But he came in to be a camp arm. He moved into the discussion because he threw well and so many other guys fell by the wayside.
In 2021? The same guys competing now could compete then. Austin Dean wants in on the discussion with Tyler O'Neill and Lane Thomas. Given the likely budget constraints caused by lingering economic damage, I see the Cardinals leaning hard on internal candidates.
Money will be tight. I would have said 100 percent if there was no pandemic. But now the Cardinals are looking at a revenue loss topping $100 million this year. If Yadier won't sign the sort of deal Adam Wainwright has signed the last few years, then it could be tough to keep him.
Maybe there's a vaccine by then. Otherwise things look bad. This was supposed to be a quiet time for the virus and it's gone crazy. What happens in flu season?
I believe he could be a viable late-inning option. He would have to embrace the reliever mindset, so it could take him a while to adapt. I bet the Cardinals use a variety of closers early on and he could be in that group.
Torry lacked Isaac's longevity/productivity, so it could be tough for him. There are so many WR candidates with huge career numbers.
Right now the big unknown is whether we will have college basketball or not. If there is college hoops, then Xavier's best call would be to play to the Tigers again, build on his big finish to last season and then go make money somewhere. At his size, flourishing in the NBA would ge tough. But if you watched The Basketball Tournament recently, you saw a lot of skilled guards in that event who are raking in some nice coin overseas. Pinson's explosiveness and personal drive should keep him in the pro game a while.
Wong at those dollars would be a good deal, especially he can fill the leadoff role. On a pitching-oriented team his fielding is a massive plus. And even in a depressed market, would you find a great middle-of-the-order bat at those dollars?