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That's a good question. Some teams are still catching up to others in terms of advance metrics. I cannot envision the Cardinals adding a starting pitcher on a major league deal at this point. You are correct about the health questions the Cardinals' rotation has. If Lynn and Wacha bounce back, the Cardinals' rotation should be fine.
If the Blues continue to play the way they have this week, Doug Armstrong might be persuaded against being a seller at the trade deadline.
Oh my. That's a huge weight to place on a young kid. I'm no expert on hockey, but I know enough to say that we should wait a while before declaring Parayko the next Pronger.
You make some very valid points. I describe St. Louis as a baseball town because it truly is one of the most knowledgeable baseball towns in America. I've worked in L.A., New York, St. Pete-Tampa and Houston, and only New York is as much of a baseball town as St. Louis. The fans here are among the most devoted in America. There's no doubt that St. Louis produces great athletes in every sport, so please understand that I agree with your assessment as well. Heck, this might be America's top youth hockey producer if you consider the history that was made in the last NHL draft.
A good argument can be made that Matt Carpenter is the only Cardinals position player better than Piscotty at this point. If other teams held a draft of the Cardinals' players, I would bet you that Martinez would go first, Carpenter would go second and Piscotty third.
I would assume it's a little bit of both. We need to see if they can win consistently before we know much about this team.
I wouldn't rule out Seung Hwan Oh. I thought he would have been a worthy All-Star pick last year. Alex Reyes could be an All-Star one day soon as well.
Keeping Shattenkirk is definitely a possibility beyond the trade deadline. Most experts believe that he might get a better deal elsewhere via free agency, though. It's just a matter of whether the Blues want to get something for him or risk losing him for nothing.
At this point, I'm not too worried about the outfield depth.
The Cardinals wanted to improve their defense. They wanted to be more athletic. They accomplished that. Keep in mind that the Cardinals really want to keep Matt Carpenter at first, so you didn't have a place for Trumbo. He definitely would have helped the offense, but I don't think the Cardinals want to have Carpenter at third base.
I was tremendously stunned by the PECOTA projections. I just cannot imagine that the Cardinals will lose 86 games this season. I have predicted 86 victories for the Cardinals this year. I think that's a fair prediction. I expect Wainwright to pitch much better than he did last year. I'm not saying he'll return to the form that made him an ace, but I think he'll be better than folks expect. Last year, PECOTA projected the Cardinals to win 82 games. The Cardinals finished four games better. They were also 11 wins better than PECOTA's projection in 2015, so there's hope for the Cardinals.
I haven't lived in St. Louis enough to know if the MLS vote will pass. I wouldn't bet against the SC STL folks lobbying the right people and getting their fans to the polls.
There is something to be said for players hearing a new voice. The key now will be for the Blues to play well consistently. They haven't put together long stretches of solid play all season.
He'll have a chance to prove himself now that Fabbri is out for the year.
The Cardinals spent money this offseason, and some have argued that they merely spent the money that they unloaded in salaries by trading Garcia and not picking up Holliday's option. I was quite adamant that they needed to make another major move to compete with the Cubs. We'll see if the Cardinals did enough.
I think they're going with SC STL. I haven't lived here long enough to have a name proposal. I'd probably go with something trite like St. Louis Arch.
I don't think you can put a value on the impact both those two players had in the dressing room. Elliott's presence somehow kept Allen from a "mental block." Backes was a team leader. Don't forget Brouwer or the Sobotka mess or Lehtera's bad contract.
I'm quite stunned actually that so many folks in baseball thought the Cardinals got a slap on the wrist for Correa's hacking. Their reputation took a huge hit nationally. They accomplished what seemed impossible before the hacking incident, making the Astros sympathetic figures.
The infield defense, especially Wong and Diaz, and the pitching are the biggest questions for me. If the infield defense can improve, I think we'll see marked improvement for Leake. If Lynn and Wacha are healthy and near their best and Wainwright bounces back, I think Martinez and Reyes could make this strong rotation. But if Lynn and Wacha struggle to bounce back and Wainwright doesn't improve from last season, the Cardinals could be in trouble.
I don't know if they're the two greatest of all time, but they're definitely in the conversation.
Wow. At this point, I would say Carlos Martinez.