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Carlos Beltran and the Cardinals a Good Fit?

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on December 14, 2011 by Travis Green

There comes a time in a player’s career when money isn’t the only concern, a championship becomes a big part of it too.

Many players make it in and out of the league with out ever getting to try on that championship ring. Money can buy you a lot of things, but a World Series memory is not one of them.

Carlos Beltran has made an estimated $135 million in his 13 year career. But one thing Beltran has never done, win a World Series.

At the age of 34 Beltran is no longer in his prime years, he is no longer looking to sign the deal that will set him and his family up for life, it’s now about one thing and that is to play for a winning team and come away with some hardware.

Carlos Beltran is a lifetime .283 hitter with an average of 28 HR and 105 RBI’s. His average WAR (Wins above replacements) is 4.3, which a pretty good number. Last year in 142 games Beltran hit 22 HR and 81 RBIs while batting .300. While those numbers are not off the wall remember Beltran wasn’t hitting in the middle of lineups loaded with talent, nor was he hitting in hitter-friendly ballparks, having to play his home games in the cool air of San Francisco or the big ballpark in the Big Apple.

Injuries are always the question surrounding Carlos Beltran, but his production when he is on the field speaks for itself.

Beltran’s market for teams has been slow to develop, with the Rockies joining in the hunt yesterday according to Jon Heyman. Other sources report the Boston Red Sox have interest in the 34-year-old native of Puerto Rico.

John Mozeliak and the Cardinals are in a unique situation, they have the money to spend and the team that could appeal to a Carlos Beltran.

There is no official word on how much the Beltran camp is seeking, but some sources have it at a one year deal for $12 million or 2 years for around $20 million. If these numbers are true the Cardinals would be crazy not to put a call into Dan Lozano, Beltran’s agent, and begin to negotiate.

The Cardinals are in need of a little more security in the middle of their lineup, as well as some depth in the outfield. With OF Allen Craig out 4-6 month recovering from knee surgery, the Cardinals option in the outfield are Matt Holliday, Jon Jay, Skip Schumaker, Adron Chambers, and Eric Komatsu, recently acquired through the rule 5 draft from Washington. This is of course assuming Lance Berkman is the successor to Albert Pujols’ vacancy at first base.

With those options in the OF on opening day the Cardinals can boost morale throughout the clubhouse and fan base with one simple, but not exasperating offer to Beltran.

The Cardinals are clearly not in the hunt for Prince Fielder, and with Jose Reyes off the market, the next best option on the market that fits their need is Carlos Beltran. A two-year $20-22 million contract with incentives would be a deal that may work for both Beltran and the Cardinals.

First for Beltran, it puts him in a place for more than one year, something many players passed the age of 34 seem to really push for. The deal would also him to settle into a lineup surrounded by other talent such as Holliday, Molina, Jay, Freese, and let’s not forget former teammate Lance Berkman. He could comfortably fit in and not be “the guy” like he may have been in San Fran and New York. Beltran would also be put into a winning situation. The Cardinals are coming off a 2011 World Series title, and regain ace Adam Wainwright. Even with the subtraction of Albert Pujols the Cardinals are the early favorites to win the N.L. Central, which give Beltran a chance at the hardware. Finally Beltran would be back in the Central somewhere he has played before, he knows how the parks play, and he knows the opposing teams, but more important throughout the NL Central the ballparks are a lot more hitter friendly which can only help the aging slugger.

For the Cardinals, this is a deal that will help settle fans down after the loss of Albert Pujols. It will show the dedicated fan base that the Cardinals are still focused on winning, and that they will not go into a shell much like the Pittsburgh Pirates did after losing Bonds. The signing would also help take some of the pressure that will be put on Berkman, Holliday, Freese, and Craig mainly to pick up the slack left behind by Pujols. The Cardinals are without Allen Craig until at least April, maybe dragging into May. Can they rely on an often injured Allen Craig? Can the rely on an aging Lance Berkman? Is Matt Holliday going to put up Albert Pujols type numbers? What about David Freese? Is he the real deal, after his showcase in the World Series? And if he is, can he stay off the disabled list? All these questions can not be answered right now, but the Cardinals can help alleviate some of the pain if one of them do get answers, and not in a good way.

Lance Berkman played in 145 games last year, Tony La Russa knew how to keep him fresh, can the Cardinals do that with the current team roster? Jon Jay at times looked lost at the plate and needed a day or two off can they do that and not feel the lack of production with the current roster? Allen Craig played in 75 games last year, and is injured to start the season, is it reasonable to think that he will jump right in after the recovery and be an impact player? And finally David Freese played in 97 games last year can the Cardinals rely on him to be healthy and make up for the production missed by the absence of number 5? And if Freese is healthy his production is higher when batting sixth than it is when batting 5th, so is batting Freese 5th best option for the Cardinals?

Carlos Beltran can start in RF, play CF when Jay needs a day off. And when Berkman needs a day off Craig is there to fill that role. Craig can still get ABs with the aging Berkman and Beltran in the lineup, as well as spelling Holliday and Jay throughout the season. The Cardinals need protection in the middle of the lineup – Beltran adds it, Cardinals need depth in the OF – Beltran adds it, and the Cardinals need more pop off the bench with the signing of Beltran in essence – Beltran add its.

This is a match made in “Baseball Heaven.”


Is He Dunn?

Posted in MLB, Sports, Uncategorized, White Sox with tags , , , , , on July 19, 2011 by Travis Green

By: Jon Peterlin

“ I would make the same move tomorrow again. ”

Those are the words of White Sox general manager Kenny Williams in regards to his slumping DH and his .158/.308/.316 batting line.

When it was announced that Adam Dunn would be leaving Washington and coming to the southside after inking a four year, 56 million dollar contract, the Sox proclaimed they were “all in.” With the 6-6 285 pound gigantic lefty in place, moving to one of the friendliest hitter ballparks in baseball at U.S. Cellular field, the Sox looked to take advantage of a weak AL central division.

The 31 year old showed no signs of slowing down after posting a good 2010 season knocking in 38 homeruns and 100 RBI’s for the fourth consecutive year. If Dunn was anything, it was consistent. Since 2004, it was a given he would hit around 40 homeruns, drive in close to 100, have a mediocre batting average hovering around .250 to .260 and strike out an alarming high 25-30 percent of the time.

This is nothing close to a consistent year for Dunn.

As the Sox take on the Royals tonight against rookie left hander Danny Duffy it didn’t take long for White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen to give Dunn the night off.

Even though Ozzie Guillen has been very vocal in stating he won’t sit Dunn at any point during this extended slump, Dunn’s stats against lefties make it easy, at least for tonight.

To say Dunn hasn’t hit lefties this year would be an understatement. Dunn has never fared well against southpaws hitting a career .224 against them, but in 2011 Dunn makes the mendoza line look good. Against lefties he’s hitting 2 for 64, his lone hits both being singles, to tally for a .031 batting average.

So he doesn’t hit lefties well, that’s okay right? He can make a Curtis Granderson-esque turn around and start hitting lefties with a minor tweak in his swing and everything will be okay.

If only it was that simple.

The fact of the matter is that he’s still below .200 on the year against righties as well. If Dunn continues at the pace he’s at striking out a whopping 124 times through 82 games, he could break Mark Reynold’s Major League record of 223 punchouts set in 2009.

So why is everyone in the White Sox organization so convinced he’ll turn it around in the second half? Are they wishful thinkers? Are they convinced that his past record would tell us that he’ll get on a streak and start contributing to the club?

I’d like to think so. Looking deeper into some of Dunn’s at bats, nothing suggests, except for the numbers themselves, he should be hitting this poorly. From, here’s a look at his plate discipline numbers compared to his average numbers.

Z-Swing% – Percentage of pitches a batter swings at inside the strike zone.
2011 – 66.5% Career Average – 66.2%

Swing% – Total percentage of pitches a batter swings at.
2011 – 42.8% Career Average – 41.0%

Z-Contact% – Percentage of times a batter makes contact with the ball when swinging at pitches thrown within the strike zone.
2011 – 77.2% Career Average – 79.7%

Contact% – Percentage of contact made on all pitches.
2011 – 70.3% Career Average – 71.1%

SwStr% – Percentage of strikes that were swung at and missed.
2011 – 12.7% Career Average – 11.6%

All pretty similar to normal averages right? There’s one I left out that stands out the most and is the key to Adam Dunn’s failure at the plate this year.

O-Contact% – Percentage of times a batter makes contact with the ball when swinging at pitches thrown outside the strike zone.
2011 – 59.0% Career Average – 44.7%

As these numbers show it’s not even as if Dunn is receiving any unusual number of pitches outside the strike zone. Pitchers haven’t started solely attacking Dunn on the outside assuming he’ll swing at it and hit it into another embarrassing dribble back to the pitcher. American League pitchers haven’t exhausted themselves this way, Dunn has done it for them. When behind in the count 0-1 Dunn has gone 13-151 for a .086 batting average. When he’s down 0-2 in the count, they might as well stop the at bat right there, Dunn is just 1-73 on the year batting .014. It’s not rocket science, but his O-Contact% has resulted in too many weak grounders and a career low HR/FB rate hovering around 10% on the year.

As the Sox try to make a push in the division race trailing the Indians by 4.5 games entering Tuesday night in a division where they can make up ground, you have to wonder when will Dunn turn it around. With Alex Rios’s less than mediocre play, how long can Ozzie put up with two struggling performers? Only time will tell if Adam Dunn will turn it around, but for now the Sox still have confidence in their slugger, if only he had it in himself.

Twitter : @JPeterlin

Time For The Fireworks

Posted in Sports, St. Louis Blues, Uncategorized with tags , , , on June 30, 2011 by Travis Green

The heat of summer is upon us, Lord Stanley’s Cup has been lifted, and Independence day is almost here.

And for many NHL teams tomorrow the fireworks will start early.

July 1st is the official opening of NHL free agency, and team will look to start off with a bang! Last 46 signing were made on the first of July, some resigning with their team of the past season, such as Alex Steen did with the Blues, and others high tailing it out-of-town in search for green pastures, such as Olli Jokinen moving from Calgary to New York.

This year I don’t expect to see as much action, however I see the Blues being a bit more active than last year.

I know this may seem a little crazy especially with recent reports of a dull market, and the franchise being for sale, but look for the Blues to see a few situations they like and go after them.

With the blue note only losing a few players from last year, mainly Ty Conklin, Cam Janssen and possibly Matt D’ Agostini if he chooses to play hockey elsewhere, it may seem as if the Blues don’t have a lot of holes to fill. However, you add in the loss of Winchester and Boyes to trades last season, the Blues have more holes to fill.

Players such as Scatchard, Cracknell, and Porter are not everyday players as they were forced to be last year, especially towards the end. So the Blues will look fill those voids.

Does that mean players such as Brad Richards, a trade for Zach Parise, or another high valued player is in the cards for the Blues? No, not even close, but the note will be looking for diamonds in the rough like they have found before with D’ Agostini.

Matt D' Agostini will hit the open market Friday.

Assessing the Blues is a tough task, as it has been for the last few years. The questions you must ask include: Is David Backes that elite forward, and presence that can score you 25-30 goals? Can T.J. Oshie be a second line contributor? Is Andy McDonald going to play like he did last year, and cease all the worries that have haunted him for years? Chris Stewart is he for real? Will we see the return of a healthy David Perron?

Those are just a few of the offensive questions, not counting a young defensive core, and a goalie who’s inconsistencies hurt him last year.

As decipher through the questions it leaves me with a few conclusions, the Blues will add at least one middle of the road offensive player with a nice ceiling, they will look but not quickly and actively pursue a defenseman. And finally the Blues will talk to some agents for a few NHL goaltenders.

The Blues have to find something on the offense, with the arrival of Stewart the Blues offense soared at the end of last season, but they still need a guy who can put the puck in the net around 20 times a year, especially if Dags is gone. They will have guys such as Phillip McRae and Evgeny Grachev competing for a spot on the roster but for management to expect that kind of production from those players would be foolish.

A few names to look for on the offensive side:
Ville Leino – He may be a bit of a hot commodity, especially with the down market. Don’t know what kind of deal his agent is looking for so it may be a long shot for the Blues, but I love his grit and determination to get to the net, and put the puck where it belongs.

Michael Ryder – Another possible long shot, but he is someone who could jump on the ice and fill in the number two-line. Would be a perfect replacement for Perron, if you are without him for a while. Plus brings that veteran leadership, and Stanley Cup presence to the team.

Andrew Burnette – This is a very realistic choice. He brings a veteran leadership to the team, a very smart player who can put the puck in the back of the net and find the stick of other players. A good second or third liner.

Tyler Kennedy – The Penguins are continuing to work on a deal with Kennedy, but I could see Kennedy being a player that would like to see more ice time, and the Blues have that for him here. Last year Kennedy saw more ice with the Malkin and Crosby injuries, and he put up some respectable numbers with 21 goals and 24 assists.

Ville Leino I believe would be one of the best options for the Blues

Those are some of the big candidates I see the Blues making a run after, a few honorable mentions are Chris Higgins, Michal Handzus, and the Doug Armstrong connection to Jamie Langenbrunner.

Notice there is no Thomas Fleishmann on there, and that is because his stock much like Leino’s stock is rising, and I believe he will sign a lucrative deal elsewhere.

As for D-men, I am not as sold on the fact that the Blues need a defenseman on this team. As I look at the roster the Blues already have seven legitimate contenders for six defensive slots, adding a veteran to the mix would be cheating guys like Nikita Nikitin and Ian Cole out of a chance. Unless the Blues are looking for another Darryl Sydor type signing. Names being bantered about are Jan Hedja, Steve Montador, or even Andreas Lilja.

Goaltending is the interesting topic. Many thought with the departure of Ty Conklin the Blues would hand the job to Ben Bishop, but in the last previous days and weeks that has become less obvious. I see the Blues pursuing a goaltender to help backup and possibly start in case of an injury or mishaps by starting goaltender Jaroslav Halak. So with that being said many like the possibility of a Josh Harding, but I believe he is headed to a place in need of a goalie split. Two goalies I see as legit contenders for the backup job Mathieu Garon, and my gut feeling Mike Smith.

As many begin to wind up their work week and get ready for an extended weekend with fireworks, NHL GMs will be working their free night

s and weekend minutes up as they look to set off a few fireworks of their own.

Cards Savior? Not Quite, But Better Than Other Options

Posted in MLB, Sports, St. Louis Cardinals, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , on August 19, 2010 by Travis Green

Pedro Feliz will take over at 3B for the Cards

The St. Louis Cardinals have been openly discussing their involvement in the waiver wires. As they continued to look for a move that would “address a need.” They may have found part of their solution on Thursday afternoon.

The Cardinals acquired veteran 3rd baseman, Pedro Feliz, 35, from the Houston Astros in exchange for prospect David Carpenter. Carpenter is a 24-year-old relief pitcher who has yet to make it out of High A ball, but has electric stuff with averaging more than a strikeout per inning.

Feliz is not a long-term solution for the Cardinals, and may not be a home run for the Cardinals, but right now the Cards need a stop-gap and that’s something Feliz can do.

When looking at Feliz compared to the other options at 3rd, he is a much better option providing more range and a fielding percentage that is on par with the rest of the league. (.950)

Feliz at times has shown himself to be an above average fielder while handling the bat, this year as GM of the Astros Ed Wade said, “It’s been a tough year for him.” Tough year is an under statement .031 points below his career average of .252. His power numbers are down as well, with only 4 dingers to his name, in limited action.

Yes, those are tough numbers to fathom, but when you look at it this way, no one has lived up to their averages for the Astros this year: Carlos Lee, a lifetime .288 hitter, with an average of 30 Home Runs a year, has seen his average dip to .248 and only seen 15 balls leave the yard this year, while still hitting at the hitter friendly, Minute Maid Park.

It doesn’t stop there: Lance Berkman before being traded was batting a mind numbing .245 which came in .051 points below his normal average. He has also seen a decline in power as well seeing only 13 Home Runs this year compared to his average 33 HR in his career.

AP Photo / Rob Carr

Now yes you can say that “all these guys are aging”, and there is no argument there, but these guys don’t just fall into oblivion over night. This is a result of being on a bad team, even Roy Oswalt struggled in his last few months as an Astro.

I am not here to tell you Pedro Feliz is the man to carry the Cardinals down Market, with another World Series in hand, but I am saying he’s the best option.

The Good:
He hits lefties well, batting .260 against them with 40 HR and 160 RBIs
He gets runs in, when they’re in scoring position…he has 443 RBI’s with a .260 average.
He puts the ball in play, averaging only 84 strikeouts per season
He like Busch Stadium, .288 average is his 3rd highest avg. in a ballpark with at least 60 plate appearances in

The Bad:
He doesn’t take a lot of pitches, which leads to not as many walks taken either..just over 3.3 pitches per AB
Power has decreased in each of the last 5 seasons
Career .244 average after the 7th inning

The Ugly:
He doesn’t hit well after the start of September…it is his worse statistical month…batting .235, but his power does increase in Sept./Oct.
He has batted .228 dating back to last August 18th

The displeasure of many fans with this team performance is warranted, but let’s not let that affect your opinion of Pedro Feliz, let this play out, they need a 3rd baseman. They got one.

FOOD FOR THOUGHT Pedro Feliz has a career batting average of .263 with 78 HR’s and 351 RBI’s against the remaining teams on the Cards schedule….That’s more than half his career RBI and HR totals, while batting .011 points better than his career average. AND the Rockies is a team he has been most successful against batting .287 with 20 HR and 80 RBI, they just so happen to be the Cards last series of the season.

High Five

Posted in Uncategorized on April 11, 2010 by Travis Green

Jeffrey Phelps/AP

The St. Louis Cardinals are five game into the season and could easily be undefeated.

They are not 5-0 but instead 4-1, but one thing is for sure with this team, they will score runs when needed.

On opening day this team had 12 hit, was walked 4 times and reached base on an error, with all those players on base this team only stranded seven throughout the game, and was 3 for 9 with runners in scoring position (RISP).

We know how Yadier Molina likes to hit with RISP, last year he hit .305 with RISP, and in 2008 he hit .340, so what happens when we are in the 9th inning. and Molina comes to the plate with the bases loaded and a three run lead, oh nothing really just a flick of the wrist and four runs on the boards!

The scare was not scoring runs coming into this season, but when your bats .296 (8 for 27) with runners in scoring position, as they did in the series against Cincinnati.

Last Year, the Cards batted .264 with RISP which placed them 4th in the NL and 13th in the Majors. The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim batted .297 and that team finished with 97 wins.

The series against the Brewers didn’t start off as good, they went 0 for 8 in that same spot, but yesterday in a 7-1 victory again batted 3 for 7 with RISP. But this team has found a different way to win in their four victories, including a game winning HR by Nick Stavinoha.

It’s early yes, but we have seen the bench produce with only 7 AB off the bench, we’ve seen 2 hits, a walk, and a game-winning homer, that being from a guy I have continued to call a 4-A player.

But with as good as this team has look, the starters have really looked that much better Kyle Lohse was the only one that really got beat up, and his stuff early one was not that bad. Ten earned runs in 32 innings this team has potential to hold people to 3 runs or less in most of their games, if and only if that bullpen can hold on.

The ‘pen has been better in the Milwaukee but this bullpen has allowed 5 ER in 11.1 IP, but those runs ,outside of Jason Motte’s explosion in Cincy, came in the first game of the year.

Kyle McClellan is in jeopardy of losing his eighth inning spot if he does not become more consistent, Blake Hawksworth has impressed the manager and last year really showed his tenacity and may become the permanent right handed eighth inning guy.

It is five games into the season and the Cardinals have been competitive in every game and we can guarantee tonight with Chris Carpenter on the mound they will stay competitive and could come away with their 5th win of the season.

This will be a fun season!

Again Singing The Blues

Posted in Uncategorized on April 10, 2010 by Travis Green

This year St. Louis is singing the blues, instead of singing the Blues praises.

The St. Louis Blues finish their disappointing 2009-10 campaign with a disappointing 90 points, two off of last years total, at least 4 points out of the 8th and final playoff spot, and tied for 9th.

What a difference a year makes?

The Blues last year finished with 92 points, winning 24 of their last 38 games, and streaking into the playoffs. But that all came to an abrupt end with a sweep from the hands of a Canuck.

So then we come to this season, the Blues had a plethora of talent returning, and two key players healthy in Erik Johnson and Paul Kariya.

Obviously this team will be in the playoffs and compete for the Central division right?

Well the two games in Sweden sure this reassure us of that.

The Blues scored 9 goals and everyone was chipping in, but even more important the veterans, Keith Tkachuk and Paul Kariya had four points a piece.

This was just the start they wanted, get the fear of Detroit out this young teams head and start their push for the division title……..WRONG!

The roller coaster ride was on from there, in the first deep valley for the Blues, October 24th until November 14th, this team only gained 6 out of a possible 22 points in the standings. During this time those same veterans that succeeded during their time in Sweden had a combined 3 points! Kariya played in 10 of the 11 games and had one assist, while Walt had a total of 2 assist in the 11 game stretch.

It doesn’t stop there Patrik Berglund pitch in one assist, while David Backes had an assist and Brad Boyes finally grabbed five points but not until the 2 of the last three games in that 11 game demise, including one game in a 6-1 victory at home over the Canucks in which he had a goal and three assist.

Enough with those depressing nu,ber let’s move on, the Blues had signs where you thought it was going to start the turn-a-round, such as November 10th when the Blues finally break through at home with 6 goals against Vancouver for only their 2nd win at home in eight tries. Brad Boyes had a phenomenal four point out burst, nearly doubling his out put from the first 15 games.

But that game was yet another tease, as the Blues drop their next two at home and 6 of their next eight games at the ole barn.

The goaltending was stellar, allowing only four 5 goal games in their first two months, a 25 game span. This team was top in goaltending throughout most of the first few months and yes, they do play more than those 25 games, but you cannot continue to put it on the goaltenders shoulders, unless it Martin Brodeur, and no offense to the goaltenders of the Blues but Brodeur is not on this team. But the goaltending continue their good play throughout December with allowing 5+ goals in one game.

December saw the Blues first winning streak of more than two games! But followed that up with an impressive seven game losing streak in which they grabbed four out of a possible 14 points. They will miss the playoffs by how many points, four or six, depending on the outcome of the Colorado Avalanche’s last game.

During that losing streak head coach Andy Murray, who went 118-102-40, lost his job because he was not getting everything out of their young players. “We feel going forward that we really need to get our young people to be better players,” team president John Davidson said.

Andy Murray was not the reason for this teams down fall, I will say it until the day I die, the St. Louis Blues were 6-13-3 at home under Coach Murray. But miraculously had an 11-4-3 record on the road. This team quit on him, he was too tough for the prima donna players.

Sources close to the locker room told me that there was a lot of scrutiny about the way Andy treated players such as Berglund, but 12 points with 6 goals, I guess had nothing to do with the way Murray treated this guy, who later over slept a practice, right in the midst of a playoff run.

Maybe the hard nose style of Murray was necessary for players such as Perron, but I will give credit where credit is due, in the last 42 games under Interim Davis Payne, T.J. Oshie had 28 points compared to the 19 he had in the first 40 under Murray, Perron had 25 under Payne after 22 under Murray, and finally Berglund had 14 points under Payne after 12 under Murray.

So yes there was improvement, but how much did that have to do with the effort level this team gave under Coach Payne?

Also under Coach Payne the Blues had their first 4 game winning streak, five game winning streak, and finish 23-15-6 under the interim.

Does this warrant a full-time head coach tag being handed out to Coach Payne? We will have to wait to see, as this is just one of a long line of questions awaiting the Blues during the off-season.

So we have heard of sophomore slumps for players in their 2nd year of professional sport, but I am not sure I have seen many 2nd year slumps from a team that was looking to return to prominence. Which is the reason I continue to say, making the playoffs last year was the biggest set back this team encountered in their rebuilding project, because it set expectations that much higher.

The Blues regressed in wins, in losses, and in goals. They allowed 10 less goals while scoring 8 less as well. Last year they were 72 of 351 for 20.5% on the Power Play, and this year regressed to 53 of 306 for 17.2%.

But the Blues were first in the league on the Penalty Kill with an outstanding 86.8% pk percentage. This was one of the few bright spots.

And again I will end in a negative, Let’s look at Brad Boyes, Patrik Berglund, and David Backes’ production from last year to this year, and this will easily void out the 3rd period collapses from this team. Boyes: 72 points in 08/09 this year 41, his passing ability was still there but with only 14 goals this year this was a big part of our production, on a bright note he improved his +/- improved by +19. Berglund: he put the definition to Sophomore slump with 47 points last year to 26 this year, he played better at the end but then decided to sleep through a practice. And Backes: everyone’s captain in waiting, only a 7 point difference with 54 points last year and 47 this year, yes not a huge drop off but if you are going to have an A on your jersey and hoping to turn it into a C, you must prove your worth a show progress, something him and this team failed to do!

For this team to have success they need to have the “Killer B’s” buzzing around the net producing points on the board and in the Standings.

Finally let’s look at the questions that must be answered over the off-season:

– What to do with Davis Payne?

– Will the Blues make a splash in Free Agency?

– Who is the goalie next season? Do they bring up Jake Allen or Ben Bishop?

– What do the Blues do with the vast amount of defenders on this team? Is Barrett Jackman going to be wearing a Blue Note?

– Do you resign Paul Kariya? How about Carlo Colaiacovo, Mike Weaver, or Chris Mason?

– How big is the deal you sign Erik Johnson to?

– Finally, how do you get the fans to believe that this team is capable of a playoff run? Not just the playoffs, but a run in the playoffs?

These are just a few questions they must answered, but this is why they make the big bucks!

It Is OK We Are In Good Hands

Posted in Uncategorized on February 17, 2010 by Travis Green

As the St. Louis Cardinals pitchers and catcher report to Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter, Fla., you begin to think about the season ahead as well as the seasons past, and of course the off-season.

And for the Cardinals most of those things just mention have all been positive or look positive. Obviously, the Cardinals are the favorites to win the NL Central this season with their potentially lethal middle of the lineup.

Of course getting that middle of the lineup as lethal as it is did not come easy for the Cards this off-season, as they had to endure a lengthy contract negotiation with Matt Holliday and his agent Scott Boras. Eventually a deal was in place, signed, and Matt Holliday was a Cardinal, but of course that didn’t stop Cards fans from expressing their disappointment with the club.

GM John Mozeliak is a man whose job requires thick skin or stay away from every possible media outlet, because as many of us who live in St. Louis know, that no matter what move you make you will be slaughtered by someone, rather it’s an irrational radio show host, a smart aleck newspaper writer, or even a know-it all blogger, some individual will have something negative to say about the job you have done. The same could have been said with GM Walt Jocketty, not as much until his final few years but still some nonetheless.

Even though there was a World Championship brought to St. Louis in 2006, there were still those that were on the GM’s case to get a competing team in the following year.

Year after year, you look on the message boards, in the news paper, on the radio, and we hear the messages be sent to the GM of the St. Louis Cardinals, “This is who you need to sign.” Then most the time we here the same voice scream, crying, and kicking when the Cards surpass their guy for a David Eckstein.

The St. Louis Cardinals have seemed to get it right most of the time, sure there are your Matt Clements’, Sidney Ponsons’, and what not but for every one of those misses there are your Jeff Suppans’, David Eckstein and Mark Grudzelanek.

The St. Louis media and fans chewed out the organization for not making a serious run at two of the top free agent pitchers in 2007. Jason Schmidt and Barry Zito were the two guys everyone put a bid in for. The Cardinals were never really serious contenders and of course they went through the season with pitchers such as Todd Wellemeyer, Anthony Reyes, Braden Looper, and Kip Wells, not the strongest of staffs, but considering all those contracts together did not add up to what Zito was making that season.

And though it hurt to watch Barry Zito not land in a Cards uniform, it would have hurt even more if a Zito, who had a worse win/loss record than Looper in ’07, stole his money with out giving the worthy performance.

The same goes with a fire baller like A.J. Burnett, who never lived up to the money given to him in Toronto. Sure he finished over .500 but he couldn’t stay off the DL either.

Sure there are always the guy such as Brian Fuentes that you wish you could have had but this team evaluates the talent in front of them, they look at the perks, and the negatives, and that have gotten it right the majority of the time. I mean after all in the the decade of the 2000’s, the Cardinals had the most wins among NL teams, most World Series appearances among NL teams, and had the most playoff series wins among NL teams.

So for the one fearful of the Matt Holliday trade or the bench problem the Cardinals seem to have, and even that last spot in the rotation the is standing void right now let’s remember that we are in the hands of a team that has 10 World Series banners, and tied for the 4th best winning percentage of all time. WE ARE IN GOOD HANDS!