Liberatore still has command issues to iron out, but he could be a mid-rotation guy some day, Thompson seems closer to helping this season.
Sure, he could make the team. But since there won't be many starts avaiable for him, we'll hiave to see if he can provide competitive at bats while playing infrequently. That bench role can be hard on inexperienced players.
That would be a fitting honor. He has never been a technically sound broadcaster, but he is one of those special team announcers who built "face of the franchise" status over the years.
To set up in front of the net, you need your teammates to sustain the offensive zone pressure. The Blues have had trouble getting set up on the power play, especially earlier this season. Sundqvist seemed to take to that role well. At even strength they often struggle to retrieve the puck and get into their cycling game.
That souinds too radical. The game is still the game. The NHL added some juice with the shootout rule to resolves ties after the 5-minute overtime, but I don't a comparable step that baseball can take.
The broadcasters keep saying that the team is not connected, which is another way of saying the pieces haven't fit together as well as hoped. A lot went into that. The team did not have the usual time to bond with unofficial practices before camp. The preseason was abbreviated as well. The team started taking the injury hits. So there are many factors. But at this level, they can't become excuses. These guys have to pull themselves together becase the tougher part of the schedule awaits them.
Binnington is on the long list of players who need to play better. With his contract resolved, there are no distractions. It's time to bear down and perform. The same goes for the team's defensive corps, which keeping suffering massive breakdowns.
The Cardinals have made lots of good moves, too, which is why they have stayed in the playoff chase every season.
I believe the boys were being silly with golf carts and Erik ended up blowing out his knee. And, yes, you wanted him to become an Alex Pietrangelo-like cornerstone when taken atop the draft. Obviously he fell well short of that. How much if that was the knee? How much was the fact he just wasn't at that level? We can only guess.
He can become elite for sure, but a more realistic assessment of him after last season is that he can become a very good No. 1 starter.
Baseball is experimenting with stepoff/pickoff limitations in the minors address this season to keep games moving and encourage more running. It will be interesting to see if this change gains support.
Wild. He needs more polish.
People from other regions listen to Cardinals broadcasts and wonder what in the world is going on.
That would be a good question for the Commish.
I believe they can win the division. I can see the Cardinals adding more players on the fly given the potential to boost the attendance later this year.