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The Blues will definitely reach the playoffs this year. The schedule is set up for them to reach the playoffs. Their schedule is loaded with enough games against the Canucks, Coyotes, Hurricanes and Avalanche to put them over the top.
You can never rule anything out, but it would be more than a mild surprise if Mizzou went with Ford. It wouldn't be a shocker, but it would definitely be a surprise.
Which team are you asking about? If you're asking about the Cardinals, I have noticed a positive more unified vibe from them this spring. If you're asking about the Blues, I would say that they at least have to be confident about their weak schedule the rest of the way. As has been the case most of the season, they remain an inconsistent bunch.
I don't know how to answer this question. I don't think any player has accused a teammate publicly of being standoffish, but they have mentioned that there were issues.
If you're asking about the players from Latin America, I think the biggest challenge for them is learning the language. Once they learn to speak English it becomes a bit easier to adjust and combat the same obstacles that all players overcome on their way to the majors.
My favorite part of the job is the opportunity to chronicle history. I love being able to take readers where they otherwise cannot go. I enjoy uncovering stories that may have gone uncovered.
Schafer signed a minor-league deal, so the Cardinals can send him to the minors if he doesn't make the Opening Day roster. I'm not aware if the Cardinals gave him an opt-out clause.
I have never been to Williamsport. I have not made plans to attend that game. That would be up to my bosses whether they want to send a columnist to that game as well.
Unless Molina is injury prone this year, I cannot imagine the Cardinals letting him go via free agency next winter. I would assume that he'll play at least three more years in St. Louis, but you never know.
It's impossible to know what to expect from the Blues this season. They are frustratingly inconsistent. They can beat anybody, as they've shown, but I don't know if they have what it takes mentally to beat a quality team over a best-of-seven series. They'll make the playoffs because their remaining schedule is so weak, but I would be shocked if they made it beyond the first round.
This is an interesting question. Lots of folks cover it differently. I usually wake up at 5 a.m. and start transcribing. When I was a beat writer, I always tried to have at least two or three features in the notebook. As a columnist, I've kept that same plan. I usually wake up early to transcribe and write with hopes of having my column done before I even get to the ballpark so that I could be free to work ahead and/or adjust if breaking news happened. For the most part, the Cardinals open the clubhouse to the media at 8 a.m. and close it at 9. I would try to be in the clubhouse by 8. Then I would rush to the work room to transcribe or get a snack before Mike Matheny was ready to address the media. The clubhouse reopens to the media at around 11, and I would rush back at that point. During games, I would go to the press box and write a little before having lunch about 15 minutes before the first pitch. Then you head down to the clubhouse to speak with the pitchers when they're ready to speak. Because the veterans and pitchers usually leave before the game is over, there is a chance to speak with them before they leave. I would then he back to the apartment to write and file before heading off for dinner.
It's still too early to pencil Schafer into the 25-man roster. Keep in mind that spring training stats are quite useless at this point in spring. Let's give it two more weeks before we start making any predictions on Tommy Pham. With that said, Martinez has really been impressive so far. He is putting himself in a good position. I would definitely expect him to make the 25-man roster.
As of today, he was hitting .200 (3-for-15) with one RBI, five strikeouts, a .200 on-base percentage and a .200 slugging percentage this spring for the Padres. He has played in seven games.
I'm not going to disagree with your opinion on this one. Yakupov and Jaskin haven't brought much to the table.
It's too early to tell. Jose Martinez is off to a very nice start with three home runs, seven RBIs, five walks and only two strikeouts with a .350/.480/.900/.1380 slash line.
Ha, poor Mike Leake was hurt more by his team's weak defense than the shingles last year. With all that said, he's off to a decent start this spring. I caution that it's still early.
The Cardinals would definitely be happy if he posted a .393 on-base percentage, .447 slugging and .840 OPS, which is what he posted last year.