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History shows that every bullpen in the majors will have to make moves throughout the course of a 162-game season because of injury or ineffectiveness. Don't look at that scenario as a negative as much as realistic planning for a long season.
Junior Fernandez is at STEP camp. I haven't seen him, but I saw his name on the STEP camp roster. I'll have a column on Delvin in tomorrow's Post-Dispatch. For now, I'll just tell you that Delvin is eager to get back on the right track after a trying 2017.
Carpenter is optimistic that he'll be fine. I shot video of him doing agility work Tuesday. He's on the right track. I wouldn't worry too much about his health yet, but I understand why some folks are worried.
Well, I must say that you won't hear an argument from me. It appears as though the Blues front office wanted to get through this season without having to sacrifice any players to make the adjustments needed to compete. They never recovered from Fabbri's injury, and it only got worse when Schwartz was injured and lost for a long stint. Even worse, the players failed to live up to their collective obligations way too often in January, and then they completely lost their mojo during the current seven-game losing streak. There's lots of blame to go around, from top to bottom, and it's a shame because Blues fans deserve better.
At the risk of sounding like an apologist, can we at least wait until Mikolas has had three outings in spring training before he's declared a failure. Seriously, though, let's wait until the regular season to try to figure out if fans should worry about Mikolas.
He was back in the clubhouse today.
Surely, this isn't a serious question.
I don't know where that theory came from, but nobody I respect in the organization has made such a claim.
I expect the Cardinals to contend all season. I don't think the Cardinals will trail by six games on June 1. I don't know about the past, but I will say that Doug Armstrong clearly didn't think the window is open for the Blues to be legitimate Stanley Cup contenders.
They would be a low seed, but it would be one of the most impressive stories of the NCAA Tournament.
That is a good question. Tom Timmermann actually noted on Twitter that teams can make only four calls up after the trade deadline and that the Blues technically already had used two of them. I wonder how much it has to do with roster management.
I really don't like going out on a limb by naming players in these hypothetical trade scenarios, but let's just say it would take a pair of high-end prospects and at least one established major-leaguer under the team's control for a few years.
The Cardinals have a lot of high-end young pitching that you should consider when trying to determine how they'll finish in the division. Even if the Brewers sign Arrieta, I'll take the Cardinals with Reyes and Flaherty and Hudson and Hick and Helsley contributing key innings this year.
Keep in mind that the Cardinals have had three consecutive games on the road and are barely in their first week of games. These are the types of games that tend to feature men who won't get as many at-bats in the final two weeks of camp. Don't read too much into Wisdom's play right now. Barring a rash of injuries, he's not likely to make the opening day lineup. He's not even on the 40-man roster.
I've been intrigued by Derian Gonzalez, who has had two very impressive relief outings. He's a guy that hasn't been mentioned among the top young arms we all have been watching closely.
I have no idea. I didn't watch SLU closely before I got here, so I have no idea what the recruiting strategy was before Ford. Sorry.
DeJong is special. DeJong is set at short.
I'm sure he accepts some of the blame, but he has had a consistent winner. They purposely decided to transition after getting within two victories of the Stanley Cup Finals in 2016. They planned to compete, but they didn't see the window open for another serious run yet.