I'm pretty sure they're trying to score from everywhere.
Oh my. There's no need to rush Wong to the leadoff spot. Dexter Fowler is the Cardinals' leadoff hitter, and there's no need to move him out of that spot. I like the way the top of his lineup is set up, and I wouldn't mess with it. Wong is flourishing in the No. 8 spot in the lineup, and I will leave him there for a while as he continues to thrive.
The third base coach is always on an island. He's similar to an offensive lineman in that fans don't appreciate him when he's doing his job well but clearly notice when he screws up. I'm not saying he's perfect. He obviously isn't, but I wouldn't say he's among the worst in baseball.
St. Petersburg, Fla., home of the Tampa Bay Rays, has a large Cuban population. I'm 99.5 certain that the biggest factor in the Robert negotiations will be money. The team with the biggest offer will likely get him. If the money is the same, then I bet he will consider which team provides a more nurturing environment for him to thrive. That environment surely would appear more appealing by the amount of Cubans in the farm system, and the Cardinals would appear appealing on the front, I would assume.
MLS commissioner Don Garber recently said that MLS won't announce the expansion franchises until December. I heard recently that there had been some background discussions by some folks who want to bring MLS here. If lead investor Paul Edgerley believes what he said about the St. Louis area as a soccer market, I'm certain they can make the math work if they build a more modest stadium.
I would not bet against the Blues. I think they'll win Game 5 tomorrow at home and then win Game 6 in Nashville, where the Predators will start to feel the pressure. Then, I think the Blues will win the series in seven games.
I've been focused on the Stanley Cup playoffs lately, so I haven't had time to check in too much the MLS2STL folks.
The teams need to determine which dates are best for each team and which dates fit on their current schedules. Keep in mind that teams consider travel schedules, the number of consecutive days teams can play without the union's approval and mutual open dates.
As long as the team is playing well, I'm pretty certain Matheny will stick with a consistent lineup unless there is a major matchup that he can exploit based on advance metrics.
If the Blues play as well in Game 5 as they did in the first two periods of Game 4, they should be fine. They haven't been nearly disciplined enough, yet the Predators haven't exactly blown them out. Once the Blues win Game 5, the pressure increases on the Predators. The Blues aren't going to go winless in Nashville this year. I think they can win the series.
I would just rather wait until Wong has consistent success for a long stretch. One stretch of three strong weeks shouldn't prompt a move to the leadoff spot, especially when you have an established leadoff hitter.
You assume that the question hasn't been asked. I wasn't there. It is a very valid point. Players must play the score. If you need base runners and they're practically giving you a hit, you should definitely bunt for a hit down the third base line.
I think the Cardinals are going to start settling into a good run. They will definitely be in contention for the wild-card spot. Moreover, you are absolutely correct that the wild-card competition is starting to look weaker with all those injuries and slow starts in San Francisco and New York.
I definitely won't be surprised if Rosenthal recaptures the closer's role, but it's also important to note that he has yet to pitch on consecutive nights this season. He has yet to go more than two appearances in a row without allowing a run. Conversely, Oh has only one blown save this season. He rattled off six consecutive saves in a row. Until he suffered the loss on Monday he had gone six consecutive outings without giving up a run. Don't give up on Oh yet.
You also have to consider whether the Cardinals would be willing to pay the steep price it would take to land Donaldson.
It's too early to predict a big bat. Moreover, what do you consider a big bat? The Cardinals' farm system isn't exactly in position to give up many prospects, and you still have to wonder if it might not make more sense to acquire a pitcher.
Alex Reyes is special. Delvin Perez, the shorstop they took in the first round last year, might be an elite player. Keep in mind, however, that nobody could have predicted Pujols would be such a superstar, surefire Hall of Famer when he was still in the minors.
He's inconsistent. He's developing. You have to take the good with the bad at times with him, but the good plays will outnumber the bad ones.
I haven't heard any major rumblings lately.