Missouri added a proven inside presence for a year.
That will allow the team to develop the younger big men at a more deliberate pace.
Alex Oriakhi is a legit addition for Missouri. He played a LOT of basketball in a very rugged conference and fared well. He is a solid 6-9, 260 he should play well off Bowers, who can run the baseline and shoot mid-range jumpers.
Release Greene after 20 at bats this season? Unlikely. He plays seven defensive positions and has reached base in each of his starts this season. At some point dealing Greene could make since, particularly if Ryan Jackson hits enough at Memphis to stay in line for fill-in work at this level.
Clearly he isn't locked in yet. But there is a lot of that going around baseball these days. Just ask Albert Pujols, who has yet to hit a homer for Anaheim. Matt looked pretty good in the spring and he recently had a 7-for-22 stretch.
Sobotka plays on the puck and he's a best. If the Sharks go looking for him, he won't hard to find. As for the odds of Thornton fighting Backes . .. . nah, can't see him volunteering for that duty.
The Cardinals will have decisions to make. It's a good thing the team didn't move McClellan, given the Carpenter injury that moved Lynn into the rotation. Kyle could play a big role this season. Down the road the scenario could change, especially if Eduardo Sanchez sharpens up his command at Memphis. Schumaker will have a tough time getting ABs unless Matheny elects to reinstate him at 2B and relegate Descalso to a defensive/utility role. Since Komatsu looks like a keeper for CF depth and Kolten Wong is rising fast at 2B, it's easy to imagine a future Cards team without Skip.
The Rams have already added three veteran offensive linemen through free agency. Quinn Ojinnaka can play guard and tackle and Robert Turner can play guard in addition to center. The Rams have added 10 FAs overall and have moved pretty close to the cap. But feel free to run these names past Jim Thomas in his next chat.
Yeah, putting Bobby Valentine on that stage is just crazy. He has never had an unspoken thought and the Boston media will go crazy over his every word. He took over a veteran team set in its ways, replacing a manager who let his guys be guys. Disaster in the making!.
Let's see what Brian Elliott does. The better he plays, the longer Halak's knee has to heal. If Elliott catches fire, look for Hitchcock to ride that. It's do-or-die time.
The NHL backed off its zero-tolerance stand as the season progressed. Discipline got softer and softer. So it's no surprise that all heck is breaking loose in the playoffs and Brendan Shanahan has no way to regain control. Overall, I don't mind this -- let the players decide the playoffs. If it gets a little festive out there, most hockey fans will be OK with that.
Mike is a fine manager. Anaheim's trouble is the roster. The Angels committed a ton of money to aging outfielders. Then the Angels went all-in on Albert when a top 1B prospect, Mark Trumbo, was ready to take over. Now they are trying to find ABs for Trumbo and Kendrys Morales, a player I still believe will get his bat going after a LONG layoff from baseball. Arte Moreno needed to allocate his big money more sensibly. The Rangers are rolling and there is no reason to expect that to stop. Anaheim could fall way behind in a hurry.
Haven't watched a lot of Albert, but at his age -- and with those bad feet -- carrying less weight would be wise. I'm not going to write Greene off after 20 ABs just as I won't dismiss Descalo after 30 ABs this season or suggest that Matt Holliday is over the hill.
The trouble with Stewart is that he can't help you as a fourth-line guy. He is not used to playing the occasional shift. And how do you give him a regular shift based on his so-so play? He'll get another chance -- either tonight or somewhere down the line -- and he'll get an opportunity to boost his stock. Maybe this latest wake-up call is the one that arouses him. But after Game 2, Hitchcock had to like what he got from his Stewart-less lineup.
Nobody is getting suspended for instigating a fight in the playoffs, even when the other guy has concussion history. Look at what Sidney Crosby has been involved with during that series with Philly. As for Boyle, he'll get an opportunity to fight more traditional opponents if he wants to prove his toughness. I'm guessing we won't see him in too many more scrapes.
That was a showcase game for Miami and its new ballpark. Also, it was a chance to get some eyeballs on the first national TV game.
I'd say under. As folks on both sides have said, these games are too important. Both teams have big expectations for this postseason. I expect lots of hitting, but not a lot of sideshow stuff. And I'm sure the referees will coming into the game loosing to use instigator penalties to calm things down if necessary.
If this team ever gets totally healthy -- always a big if -- then at bats for Carpenter could be hard to come by. Craig would get he starts at first base or the corner OF spots when a starter needs a break. Descalso is a "plus" defender at 3B when Freese can't play. Carpenter is really helping himself for the long haul, but I could see a time when the Cards opt to get him regular ABs at Memphis if he is sitting around here. After all, he is still an ascending player. Guys like Schumaker and Craig have gone through the same process and benefited. Komatsu (Rule 5) and Greene (out of options) have strings attached, so that could make the decision making more difficult..
The league looked at the Sharks-Blues game, due to the all the violence, and saw nothing worth acting on.
Thank goodness Missouri didn't copy Baylor's approach for basketball. Those unis are beyond ridiculous.
Guessing what Fisher will do with this pick is impossible, since we have no idea which player will drop to No. 6. But I doubt that Jeff is philosophically opposed to taking a potential Pro Bowl tackle in the first round if the Rams personnel people believe he really IS a can't-miss player. Fisher is starting with blocking and tackling and going from there. Also, you will see veteran NFL coaches and GMs alter there draft philosophies a bit now that the new CBA limits the guaranteed money going to these high picks. When the high-end picks were getting stupid money, coaches and GMs tread carefully at some positions.
If anything, all the rough stuff makes for much better viewing for hockey fans. Those who don't like hockey just don't like hockey. The NHL has tried desperately to make inroads with casual sports. Mostly the league has failed. To me, what Bettman tried to do in the NHL is like what NASCAR did with restrictor-plate racing. Fans fell asleep watching single-file racing and NASCAR had to put the fender bending back into play.
Elaborate and expensive, with the Rams paying for none of the improvements.. And then the real negotiating will begin..
D'Agostini isn't a guy capable of getting much done in 9 1/2 minutes of ice time. Hitchcock didn't roll his fourth line much, so I could seem using both Reaves and Crombeen. Perhaps we'll have word from J.R. before the chat ends.