Look around the major leagues and you'll find that most teams are approaching the season with "ifs." Let the 2017 Cubs serve as a lesson to you that there are no guarantees in baseball or life for that matter.
That's the point I tried to make when I answered that question earlier. Glad you agree.
Garcia will be one of the most intriguing prospects to watch this spring. He has a chance to help the Cardinals this year. He's very talented. As long as Ozuna, Fowler and Pham are healthy, the path is blocked for all of the outfielders, but it's important to remember that injuries happen each year. Look at how many games Fowler and Pham have started over the years.
I love answering this question. No. 1 David Cone's perfect game at Yankee Stadium on Yogi Berra day in 1999. No. 2. The Astros' six-pitcher no-hitter against the Yankees on June 11, 2003, at Yankees Stadium. No. 3. The 2006 Winter Olympics. No. 4. Roy Oswalt's dominant performance in Game 6 of the 2005 NLCS at Busch Stadium II to send the Astros to their first World Series. No. 5. Roy Oswalt's start on Aug. 29, 2006, because I covered the game and broke the story of his new contract just hours after I had been in the delivery room when my wife gave birth to our second daughter. Oswalt was so moved by seeing me there at Minute Maid Park, he gave Jose Cruz a signed baseball to give my daughter. I was stunned when I saw the ball, which Oswalt signed, "Happy Birthday Maya Shea Ortiz. Aug. 29, 2006." He was moved a bit because it was also his birthday.
Angry fans tend to be the loudest, but I think most sane fans know that the Cardinals are a legit playoff contender again.
Fine. I'll concede your point. Regardless, just because folks who took greenies are in the Hall of Fame it doesn't mean that we should just act as though steroids users didn't cheat.
The NFL is going to reign supreme. Trust me.
As I've noted often, I spoke to John Mozeliak this week and he is confident about the roster he's put together. I don't expect them to make any significant roster moves before spring training. They'll probably sign a few guys to minor-league contracts, but at this point nothing is imminent with any free agents or trade partners. Take that for what it's worth from a guy who has spoken with the people who would know.
The Cardinals can afford anybody they want. They are practically swimming in cash. They're making so much money, they need to hire extra people just to sweep up from the floor after games.
I don't know that Cardinals fans would accept a tanking process.
Let's wait until spring training. I'm sure the analytics say it makes sense to try Carpenter at third, but we still have to see if Carpenter is comfortable there. For some reason, he's much more comfortable leading off.
I would rate the remaining closers as huge risks not worth taking.
Finally some fans who agree with my point of view.
I don't want to comment without gathering more facts. There seems to be a lot of blame to go around.
That's a good question. Let me check and get back to you next week.
I think St. Louis is in the non-tanking column.
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