I don't think the NBA has surpassed MLB in popularity. The NFL is king, though. In terms of national prominence, there's no doubt that St. Louis would be seen as a more attractive pro sports town if it also had an NFL or NBA franchise.
The Cardinals are committed to having Matt Carpenter at first base. That's where they want to have him, and I don't see them changing that plan. They want to improve their defense, and the defense is better if he's at first instead of third.
The Cardinals definitely benefit by Adams approaching spring training with a commitment to win a starting job. He needs to be ready if Matt Carpenter is injured. At this point, though, he's probably looking at a backup job.
You make two very important and true statements. Playoff revenue is important, and the Blues need to try to make the Stanley Cup Playoffs. I also tend to agree with the folks who think this Blues team doesn't appear like a Cup contender. The question they must wrestle with is whether they should trade Shattenkirk in hopes of being better in the future. They might be able to trade Shattenkirk and still look strong enough to make a playoff appearance. That will be the biggest question.
I don't think anybody is going to give you an elite third baseman for Peralta and Adams.
I'm sure it didn't help that Oquendo was missing, but they also were betrayed by a lack of athleticism.
I agree 100 percent with you on that one.
Berglund has definitely picked it up in recent months.
Sounds great. Look forward to that dinner. I think they'll win between 84-86 games.
Jose Martinez definitely has a chance to make the 25-man roster.
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