They're not going to finish out of the playoffs. Don't bet the mortgage because these predictions are for entertainment value only, but I think the Cardinals will reach the playoffs this year.
I think it's a combination. Mike Yeo and Alex Pietrangelo and the veterans all share some of the blame, I'm sure.
Can we at least wait until the first month of the season to say Matheny is being stubborn with Carpenter. It's important to understand that you have two guys who feel comfortable in the leadoff spot. Let's see how things shake out in spring training and then see the opening day lineup before we make any strong declarations.
I'm sticking with my prediction.
My response to your question is simple. A SLU person already reached out to me and he didn't share your opinion. We'll leave it at that.
The Blues are in a similar dilemma to the one they were in last year. Armstrong must determine if this team is a legit playoff contender worthy of sacrificing good young pitches before the Blues' championship window is open again. It might make more sense in the long term to stick it out with this roster and make a strong push next season. There's a strong argument to be made for keep some of the young stud prospects who have the potential to be stars in a few years.
I assume Harrison Baders has the first shot at the fourth outfielder. History shows us that the 25th guy will change during the course of the season as injuries occur, but we probably shouldn't assume that the outfielder who gets the 25th spot will be the first one down. It could be a reliever.
The Cardinals will compete with the Cubs this year. The sky is not falling. I promise. Could they be better? Yes. But fans should realize this is a very good team down in Jupiter, Fla.
I see what you did there. You make a very good point. You would think a city that lived through Stan Kroenke would have a greater appreciation for Bill DeWitt Jr.
The front office usually makes those decisions with Mike Matheny's input.
If the Cardinals are there, it's because they do their due diligence.
It's too early to know. It all depends how he is playing and how many contenders need a third baseman and how the Blue Jays are doing. There are too many moving parts to pretend I can answer that question.
All I can tell you with certainty is that the Cardinals haven't said they're locked into using Reyes as a reliever or starter this year. It all depends on how he feels and what the team deems is in the organization and his long-term best interests. If healthy, though, I think we can all agree that there's reason to be optimistic about his chances of helping the Cardinals.
There is no way to quantify a coach's impact, but I assume that he'll play a significant role in improving the infield defense this year. His return is actually one of the biggest and best moves of the offseason.
True. That is why they play the games.
I'm sure the front office does talk respected veterans when going after some free agents or trade targets.
Flaherty might be ready to help in the majors by May. Clearly, Reyes won't be a starting pitcher and a closer at the same time. Yet, remember that he could very well join the team as a reliever and then transition into the rotation, which is what he did during his debut season in 2016.
I wrote a blog about Norris on Monday after we talked. He's a veteran who could help the bullpen. He's clearly hungry and in a good place right now, as he told me. If healthy, he could be good enough to buy some needed development time for the hard-throwing righthanders - Jordan Hicks, Dakota Hudson and Ryan Helsley - who could be ready to pitch out of the bullpen later in the season.
I'm a columnist. I write opinion pieces. Do you really not understand that columnists write opinion pieces? If you don't, let me explain that columnists write opinions.