As long as Gyorko is raking, I think it's silly to go after a third baseman. If this team is contending for the NL Central in late July, I would rather go after a starting pitcher.
The Cardinals are much closer to their recent performance at the plate than they were to their horrible slow start, in my humble opinion.
Considering how bad the Cubs' pitching has been this year, I wouldn't rule out a run at the Central title if the starting pitching holds up.
Carlos Martinez has the potential to be an elite major leaguer. If they are in contention for the NL Central in late July, a top-of-the-rotation starter might help via trade.
I would assume the starting outfield on opening day 2018 will still be Grichuk, Fowler and Piscotty if Grichuk has a solid season this year.
We have to see what happens at the trade deadline. If the Cardinals are in contention, I assume some of that excess will be wiped away if they try to land a frontline starter or middle-of-the-order slugger.
That would be a great question to answer at the time. I bet you that Cardinals would love nothing more than to have multiple elite options ready.
There is no doubt that the Blues could use an elite center. I don't know that they can find the budget this summer to land one under the salary cap, though.
I'm quite shocked at Cecil's early struggles. At this point, he may very well be the biggest disappointment of the season.
It's definitely a story. If it weren't, the Cardinals wouldn't have deleted the offensive tweet. With that said, I'm not in a position to harshly judge them. I have put out some pretty stupid tweets in the past unfortunately.
That's a good question. Let's try 2019 opening day. 1 Martinez. 2 Molina. 3 Carpenter. 4 Pham. 5 Machado/Diaz, 6. Perez/Diaz. 7 Fowler., 8 Sierra, 9 Piscotty.
If the Cardinals are at the top of the NL Central at the trade deadline, I would assume they would bolster the bullpen for sure. But I wouldn't rule out adding a starter if they're really strong.
You're not drinking the kool aid. If you are, so am I. I felt quite strongly about the Cardinals' future after I left spring training because of all the young talent that was a year or two away. I even wrote a column about it. If anything, I missed a little bit because my focus was mainly on the stud pitchers headed to Springfield. Of that group, only Flaherty has really gotten off to a hot start. The rest will start settling in and shining soon, I bet. Now imagine how good this rotation will be once Reyes is healthy and Weaver, Flaherty and Alcantara are ready to bolster the rotation or bullpen.
I fully expect him to return to the roster.
I'm sorry. He said he will protect one goaltender (I assume Allen), seven forwards and three defensemen. I don't want to guess the names because I'd rather defer to the expertise Jeremy Rutherford will provide in his chat on Friday. He has a much better grasp. I think we can assume that Lehtera won't be protected, though.
There were dozens there. All the TV stations and sports radio stations were there along with the heavy history from KMOX. The P-D was represented by our top three hockey experts - Jeremy Rutherford, Tom Timmermann and Jeff Gordon. I was there as well. Lou Korac of NHL.com was also one of the heavy hitters there. I've learned quite a bit from Rutherford, Timmermann, Gordon and Korac. All the KMOX experts have been very kind in helping me understand what I've watched. I put in a lot of work last offseason to learn hockey and get to know the players, and I'm already setting up meetings this offseason. Vladimir Tarasenko and I sat down after his briefing to set up a visit to his house later this week or early next. In time I hope to consider myself an expert on hockey, but I'm still a neophyte.
He spends quite a bit of time in New Jersey. He has lots of family there. His lovely wife Patty is from there.
I think he will get a long leash, and you're absolutely right.
Most of the great ones go down swinging, so you never know. I don't know him enough to guess how it will all play out, but I do know he's going to work his butt off to try to figure it out and end his career with dignity. If he deems that he can best help the team out of the bullpen than the rotation, I bet he'll make the move.
Keep in mind that St. Louis still has a chance to get a franchise until the MLS2STL folks say no. If the other public funding referendums fail around the country, MLS might realize they are better off here in St. Louis and get some investors from other groups to consider joining this group.