I think they're good enough to win the division. The lineup is one of the best in baseball. The defense should be vastly improved, and there's plenty of depth in the farm system. They need to find a closer, obviously, but there are good options available.
I need to check those figures before trying to decide if I think it's a point of contention for the players' association.
I don't think that's an option.
I don't know what you mean by party line, considering I've stated often in these chats that I think the Cardinals should trade Carson Kelly for the obvious reason that they could get something value in return from a team who would play him on a consistent basis in the majors. He'll be nothing more than a backup here for three years as long as the legendary Yadier Molina is healthy.
I think BenFred's assessment is correct. I'll let you in on a little secret, though. If I had picked the Cubs, I would have not taken a risk in my picks. I think the Cardinals are good enough to contend with the Cubs. By picking the Cardinals, I can go out on a limb based on how highly I think of the young arms ready to contribute this season for the Cardinals. Whatever you do, however, please don't bet any money based on my picks.
Those are some legendary voices right there.
Quite simply, the Cardinals want the best players. This is a good thing. Do you really want to cheer for a team that will sacrifice wins in April and May to manipulate service time. The Cardinals have missed the playoffs for two consecutive seasons. They don't believe in tanking or taking shortcuts, so they'll go with Hicks. If I were paying money for Cardinals tickets, I would say thank you to John Mozeliak and Michael Girsch for this move. Don't look a gift horse in the mouth, my friend. Sorry for the cliche, but you get my point.
I expect him to do well. If he's healthy, he'll be fine. When I see him again I'll check on something that I'm eager to ask him.
I'd say the odds are good.
As I stated earlier: BECAUSE THEY WANT TO WIN. BECAUSE HE'S SPECIAL. BECAUSE HE THROWS GAS ON TOP OF CHEESE ON TOP FUEGO. BECAUSE THEY THINK HE CAN HELP THEM.
I disagree with you. If they didn't think they would be in the playoffs, they would not bring Hicks up.
I tend to agree with you, but I must admit that I was tempted in a previous question to speculate and put Knizner as a potential first baseman for the Cardinals in 2020.
That's a real good question. I haven't thought about it. Is he going to be a third baseman eventually or will he stay at short? I assume he'll move to third.
Keep reading to find out.
I agree with you, but history tells us that the Cardinals won't give anybody a blank check. It's not smart business to do that.