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1) The Blues are 2-5-1 in the last eight games. And if you want to turn it on October 28, they went 4-6-2. Vegas is in town for Monday night’s game, and so is welcome to return to Alex Pietrangelo in front of a packed audience – as opposed to welcoming Alex Pietrangelo with several thousand home observers, as was the case last season. Here’s an idea for the Blues: win the game and restore stability. Oh yes. Before I forget: welcome to Alex Pietrangelo again. Look, after all I’m not that weird.

2) Respect for Mizzou football. I got tired very few weeks ago and no, I do not apologize for that. There was no excuse to put up such a terrible defense on the field and central defender Connor Bazelak was coming back. But Eli Drinkwitz has shown his skills in coaching by using the good week to refocus his team, keep players motivated to perform better and team up to save the season. And that’s something I do not take for granted at a time when players are leaving sad college football coaches from shore to shore.

The Tigers have won two in a row, and three of the last four. There is no need to do it more than it is. It is progress forward. The Tigers beat a team they should have tackled at home (South Carolina) and achieved a break in schedule causing Florida to come to town after the Gators had already left the season. As you know, Florida coach Dan Mullen was fired Sunday. Do not misunderstand me; I’m glad Mizzou threw the Gators in extra time. But MU should have won without this game being so difficult. Florida had little interest in competing, and the Tigers did not dance exactly. I was surprised that Florida went home without leaving Mullen on the asphalt.

3) Bazelak played injured again and was ineffective, and the SEC Network team was surprised that Drinkwitz stayed on course instead of making a center-back change during the clash in Florida. First of all, they were right. If Brady Cook is no better than a physically weakened Basel, I’m not sure what that tells us. Second: the admiration for Bazelak to be a strong competitor to the end; His winning game pass in the two-point conversion was a strange game.

4) According to Pro Football Focus, which rated every college game, Bazelak’s passing score ranks 34th among the 39 Power 5 conference center-backs who have returned at least 300 times this season.

5) Apparently, Mizzou’s defensive coordinator, Steve Wilks, will hold his concert. The Tiger defense had its two best appearances of the season (according to Pro Football Focus) in the last two weeks against South Carolina and Florida. In that order.

6) The Blues have some problems, which is why they have drawn 9-6-2 overall, which technically puts them in the bottom half of the NHL. Their percentage of points, .588, ranks 18th among 32 teams. Special teams have lost their sharpness. During their 2-5-1 stretch, the Blues have allowed nine game-scoring goals in 15 attempts, a weak 60 percent homicide rate. And their power play is splashing after they were burned for two stenographic goals in Dallas on Saturday night.

7) Our city’s Jayson Tatum is getting back in shape after a slow start to the season. In his last three games for the Boston Celtics 9-8, Tatum has averaged 34.7 points, 9.3 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game. And his percentage in shooting is improving, and that’s at the right time. In his last two seasons, Tatum had a shooting percentage of 0.455 overall, including 0.394 from three-point range. And his effective percentage of goals on the field over the last two seasons was .529. But through 17 games this season, Tatum scores just 0.409 overall, 0.347 from three beams, and has an effective field goal percentage of 0.476.

Tatum scored 34 points against LeBron and the Lakers on Friday night.

8) A theory in Boston and among the NBA media: Tatum and co-star Jaylen Brown can not play well together. They have no problems personally, but professionally their styles do not match and are incompatible on the floor. Maybe a coincidence, but Tatum’s offense has sparked Brown out for an injury. But Hall of Famer Paul Pierce, the great Celtic, rejects this theory. The Celtics, he said, need both stars there.

“I never believed this (it’s fair to be separated from star players),” Pierce said in a podcast with Sports Illustrated. “I really believe it has to do with putting the right pieces around your great players. They have proven they can be All-Stars in this league. To win in this league, you must have star talent around the perimeter. That’s what the Celtics have and that’s something you have to build around it. “

Pierce added: “My theory proves to be correct because when you look at all the key players and all the MVPs of the finals year after year, who are you looking at? Top-notch guys like Kawhi Leonard, Kobe Bryants, Kevin Durants, LeBron James, these are the guys who lead their teams to the championships. You need such players. The Celtics need to find a way to build around those guys (Tatum and Brown) so they can reach that next level. ”

9) The Blues need to get more goals from some key personnel in five against five. During the current 2-5-1 series that goes on Monday night, consider this:

David Perron, Ryan O’Reilly, Tyler Bozak, Pavel Buchnevich, Oskar Sundqvist, James Neal and Klim Kostin have not scored five to five despite playing 600 minutes combined. And in the same seven-match phase, the Blues have just one five-on-five goal from a defender – Robert Bortuzzo. Come on, I do better.

The Blues have scored just 44 percent of their five-on-five goals in their last seven games. And the team has an obvious lack of high-risk opportunities (from slots and wrinkles) during that time. As of Nov. 11, five by five, the Blues are ranked 27th in the league in terms of high-risk odds of 45.7 percent. And they are in 27th place in terms of high risk targets with 38.4 percent

10) I had no problem with the Cardinals’ decision to sign former Tigers and Cubs facilitator Kyle Ryan to a minor league contract. Why? Because he is left with a career rate of 57 percent of the ball on the ground – and had a 63.6% GB rate versus LH sticks last season. He has never been an attacking guy, but that’s not that important when backed up by the Cardinals’ fantastic defense. One problem: the high walking rate over the last two seasons, including an awful 13.8% walking rate against LH bats. If Ryan can not fix that he will just skip the 2022 spring drill.

11) A name from the past: Former Mizzou acronym (abbreviated) Michael Porter Jr. is dealing with another serious injury. According to the Denver Post, Porter has a nerve problem in his troubled back that could shut him down for the rest of the season. Porter has lost his last eight Nuggets games. At the age of 23, he has already undergone two back surgeries – one in Mizzou and the second after being drafted by the Nuggets in 2018. (He did not play at all as a beginner in the NBA.) Porter will continue to collect a lot of Anne and Stan Kroenke para; The Nuggets foolishly signed the vulnerable and injury-prone Porter for a maximum five-year contract extension last season that included $ 145 million in guaranteed money.

12) Our state Kansas City bosses have won four in a row to improve to 7-4. And while Patrick Mahomes and the attack has greatly reduced the number of caps and is playing much cleaner football, KC’s defense is making the most of the difference. During the 3-4 start, the Chiefs allowed 29 points per game, forced just seven games, had only eight bags and were burned for a subsequent rating of 104.1. And opponents converted 49 percent of third-down games against Kansas City defense in the first seven races. But in the four-game series, defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo has allowed 11.75 points per game, forced eight overturns, has 11 goals, dropped the 79.9 follower rating and allowed a third 25 percent success cut. How to Go Spags!


Here is our friend Ben Clemens of FanGraphs, who provided an estimate of the cardinals’ primary and secondary needs for 2022. He went with pitching as the top priority and hitting as a secondary concern.

“I do not want to dismiss the situation of the cardinals, but while they created an excellent running prevention season, he did not look consistent,” Clemens wrote in FanGraphs. “Jon Lester and JA Happ are nobody’s idea for elite pitching, but the team needed them for the most part. With the departure of these two and Kwang Hyun Kim, the field staff needs reinforcements.

“Some of them will come from within. Jack Flaherty, Miles Mikolas and Dakota Hudson need to do more touring in 2022 than this year. However, this is troubling: one of the best predictors of pitching health in the future is current pitching health. Even if we assume health, this puts Jake Woodford in rotation, and while he is useful, he would be more suitable as the seventh option than someone who plans to give 30 starts. The signing of Marcus Stroman – a natural thing in the face of a good defense – and another veteran pitcher would ease the pressure on the rotation.

“Some strikers would do the team good, but only if they are stars. There is not much use in replacing Tommy Edman or the Edmundo Sosa / Paul DeJong tandem with an average player; I would be okay with signing someone who can support the outside field and DH, but the team seems to be leaning towards the inside options there, and a Lars Nootbaar / Juan Yepez platoon seems more their speed. For the most part, they just have to do some pitching. ”

Thanks for reading…

– B

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