Perhaps some day that will make sense again, when the Cardinals don't need the 20 viable pitchers just to get through a crazy pandemic schedule.
I like Tampa Bay to win it all, which is not a hard pick when you watch them play. They took last year's playoff no-show to heart. I see the NHL starting in December, hopefully have the vaccine arrives.
The Cardinals had Voit from 2013 to 2018, so they had a good book on him. The problem he had here in '18 is there were productive veterans ahead of him.
Paul Goldschmidt is going to play every day. I am a big Matt Adams fan, but I wouldn't see him getting a lot of ABs here. He can play in the outfield, but barely.
Mercado never got a look here and he flopped this year in Cleveland after a promising start last year. Pham flopped this year in San Diego this year then got hurt again. Voit got his chance in New York because the Yankee sluggers keep getting hurt. He got at bats and made the most of it. Good for him. You're thinking way too hard about this.
Wait, what, another postitive comment? This appears to be a legit remark, not sarcasm.
He is. There is another guy I'd be far more worked up about than Robert. The Cardinals scouted Gallen, drafted Gallen, developed Gallen and then traded him away.
He will return as a starting pitcher next week. I have a hard time believing the Cardinals will have five starters better than hiim next season, so I see him remaining in that role.
Not that I am aware of. If there was, it would have a nacho cheese stain on it.
Hey, he can almost get the ball all the way to first base from behind third base.
Sure. And he asks about the Goldschmidt trade, hitting on Kim out of Korea, finding an 18-game winner in Mikolas in Japan, adding a good lefty bat in Miller at a bargain price, trading for a power lefty in Cabrera, trading for key bullpen pieces with Gant and Gallegos, signing Oviedo out of Cuba, drafting Flaherty, Hudson, DeJong, Carlson, Hicks, Edman, Gomber, Helsley, Ponce de Leon, Woodford . . .
I just don't understand how a team with such a bad GM is in the playoff chase year after year after year after year while teams. Are the other teams not trying? I am baffled.
I don't see a big shake-up. Tarasenko will eat up a chunk of payroll in a flat salary cap year, so improvement will have to come from guys like Thomas a Kyrou. This team needs to cut down on mistakes in the middle of ice, get better goaltending and restore the shift-to-shift pressure that won them the Cup. The team was fine during the regular season but it waited too long to get going in bubble hockey.
Fire Mabry! Oh, wait . . .
That was an awesome team . . . lacking a goaltender. Poor Roman. He was a great fan of heavy metal music, but he was a classic "system" goaltender. He filled the net behind a great team defense. When he had to make great saves, though, he couldn't.
It's safe to say in the post-pandemic world the Cardinals won't be tossing around big extension offers to players with term remaining on their deal. My guess is Bill DeWitt Jr. has already changed the combination on the vault
He got cleared from the COVID-19 list about the same time Lane Thomas did and he resumed working out at the Springfield camp.
Probably Chris Duncan. The Cardinals put him in a tough spot by forcing him to play in the outfield. Also, playing for your dad is always an invitation for extra abuse. The imperious La Russa/Duncan regime drew constant fire in these chats and Chris was in the middle of it. Chris was a max-effort guy who did his best in the field. Obviously he was a poor outfielder, but it wasn't for a lack of effort. And on top of all of that he tried to play through an injury that robbed him on his power. The fact he came out of all of that as a terrific broadcast personality -- without outward bitterness -- is amazing. We lost him way, way, way too soon.