Ben Frederickson Live

Ben Frederickson Live




  • Count me out on Kyle Seager for the Cardinals. Adjusted OPS of 98 the past two seasons does not do it for me. And he has been a minus defender at third base the past two seasons.
  • Why don't the Blues just send Thomas back to Juniors? If this is a 9 game tryout, you are wasting it putting him on a 4th line between two offensively challenged players. Why is he not on the third line. We know what Bozak is, a third of 4th line Center. Thomas is supposed to have top line potential.
  • Many good players have come up this way, and benefited from the experience. If he plays well enough in small sample size, he can expand his role. Yeo said as much. I've got no problem with the current plan.
  • I have asked some pointed questions the last few weeks, you’re not one of those little pampered little millennials who can’t handle a little adversity are ya?
  • I'm not. I'm still trying to read your questions. They're like a mile long, each. 
     
    (Kidding. But not really.)
     
    Getting to them now.
     
  • I have two main concerns with Coach Odom. 1) Way too many coaching mistakes during the actual game 2) And probably most damning to me, a seven or eight win season he can do with a seasoned qb this talented? For me that’s a big neon sign that they’re going to fire him and rather soon. Lord knows how hard wins will be able to come by in the next few seasons. It’s not like this guy is routinely cracking the top 15 recruiting classes each year. So a wave of talent isn’t coming this teams way next season. For a guy who had the gall to complain that Pinkel left the cupboards bare, he hasn’t done a good job restocking them. I think the best strategy is to let the season play out and if his recruiting class doesn’t wow you and if his in game coaching doesn’t greatly improve then they should put him out of his misery. Cause as big of a whiner as he is, you don’t want to see what he’s like in two years
  • I'm not ready to freak about the 2019 QB situation at the moment. Here's why. There were some at this point last season who were freaking about the 2018 QB situation. Well, Lock came back. Odom has to see the hole. The question is, can he fill it? Mizzou should be able to make a compelling pitch to a grad transfer. A good one. Or, maybe they know something we don't about one of the QBs currently on the staff or in the upcoming class. He knows he has to have a QB, or things are probably going to get bad. He has time to come up with the answer.
     
    As for the idea that this season is a massive disappointment if Lock's last team only wins 7 or 8 games, yes and no. This team has the talent to be better than that. But there was nothing concrete to prove it absolutely should be, other than hope. Lock has always taken a step back against top-tier defenses. Nothing's changed. That's disappointing but it should be not be a massive surprise. That's why I picked seven wins. This team had show-me written all over it. And they can still prove that projection wrong. The South Carolina loss was not a season-ender unless the Tigers make it one.
     
    Bottom line: Seven wins will not be celebrated at Mizzou. But it likely saves a third-year coach's job, if it's his second winning season in three years. Jim Sterk can set higher expectations, of course. Again, that goes under show-me.
  • Can you clarify how Mizzou gets to 7 wins? I just don't see it.
  • They have three.
    Beat Memphis on homecoming.
    Beat bad SEC East teams Vanderbilt and Tennessee.
    Beat bad Arkansas to end the season.
    It's not sexy.
    But it is 7.
     
     
  • Is there any chance Harper and Machado pull a Lebron/Wade and go to the same place? There are a few teams who need and could afford both. The Phillies and Cardinals both could.
  • Jon Heyman has reported the Phillies have the resources and potential interest in that.
    I don't know if it's realistic.
    I would fall out of my chair if the Cardinals pulled that off.
    I would be surprised if they got one.
    I think they should get one: Harper.
     
  • You legitimately think STL will get some justice on Kroenke/NFL?
  • Hope so.
    City has prevailed in legal proceeding to this point.
    Good sign.
    NFL will delay, delay, delay but they are up against some dogs. 
  • Ben, Bozak is a good player, currently better than Thomas. Isn't the goal to win?
  • Especially this year. Army and Yeo are not messing around. Listen to/read their comments. Blues fans thought I was too hard on the Blues after the 0-2 start. I patted them on the head compared to their coach!
  • So last week I posted a question, actually more of a statement where I said the Cardinals can’t pass up opportunities to get players like Yelich, even if they become available midway through the offseason. Especially if the Cardinals continue to refuse being the TOP bidder for elite free agent talent. Even if that means pivoting away from your offseason plan. Top businesses are able to react quickly to the marketplace. Last winter I you told me that it wasn’t a good idea for the Cardinals to trade for Yelich because they already got Ozuna and Pham was a top 5 CF. Considering how well Pham played in ‘17, there’s no way for you to know at the time that the Cardinals had little commitment to Pham when you answered my question. Knowing now, what you didn’t know then, do you think they should have traded for both players?

    Secondly, to the person who asked about JD Martinez. The point you should have brought up is this, the Cardinals said they weren’t interested in Martinez because of his “defensive” shortcomings, yet they traded for a player who couldn’t throw. The answer is, they’ll search far and wide and will pursue just about any other plausible alternative to avoid spending any real money, even if it means deploying a one armed LF. You can’t claim defensive shortcomings as an excuse for not signing Martinez and then trade for Ozuna. And to boot they didn’t even disclose that Ozuna had an injury until spring training.
  • There is a lot of hindsight baked in here, my man. But, I'll do my best. No, I don't think the Cardinals should have traded for both Yelich and Ozuna, because it would be wise to take into account what would have been lost in those trades. Jack Flaherty and Harrison Bader, likely. Probably more. Flaherty was this team's second-best starter this season. Bader posted a 3.8 WAR.
     
    Marcell Ozuna won a Gold Glove last year. The shoulder did not limit him then like it did this season. Can it not be true that the Cardinals were aware of the issue, but thought it was going to affect him like it did last season -- hard to notice in the field and in the plate? Do you honestly think the Cardinals said, hey this guy's shoulder is messed up, let's trade for him, in order to save money? Come on.
     
     
  • Not that WAR is the only stat that matters but....Harper 1.3 on the season...Ozuna was 2.9. The Cardinals do need something, but is Harper worth the $$$ and long term contract that he is going to demand? I actually like Harper but have a fear that this contract will become on of the worst contracts of all time. If it ends up being the Cardinals that give it to him....I hope i am wrong.
  • It depends on how you define the worth.
    If he helps the Cardinals win a world series, if he helps reinvigorate a fan base and fills up those no-show seats that are popping up at Busch Stadium, if he helps hammer the Cardinals back to the top of the division, then I would argue yes.
    When you make that kind of a deal -- big money over big years -- you do it factoring in the realization the player is going to decline as he ages and you have to feel confident you are getting the value that justifies the end, which could get bumpy.
    It's just how it goes. Some teams can't square it. And the Cardinals can point to examples of why they were glad they did not. I see that. I also see the Cardinals seeing what we all see -- the need, for a face, for a star. They might not admit that. OK. But we have proof that suggests otherwise. It was the Stanton push. What remains to be determined is if the Cardinals like Harper enough to get out on a limb like they were with the Stanton chase. And yes, getting out on the limb and catching the bird are two very different things. 
  • Would Kelly Bryant be an answer for Mizzou at QB? They have nothing promising at QB currently, and Thomas is transferring from a program that actually knows how to win.
  • Check out the column I linked down in the chat.
    I wrote about it a while back.
    Short answer: Man, I hope so.
     
  • BenFred, Harper a Cardinal? Gold, Gordon and Hummel all comment that Dex and his $50 million will be given a chance in RF. they have to get that impression from the FO. So I see only left side of infield for change on starting eight. Change in bullpen all for it. Thinking Harper's coming here? That's end of the bar happy hour talk. Twist away
  • What do you expect the FO to say at the moment?
    Fowler is on the team. He has a full no trade clause. He has no trade value.
    I too have talked to the FO about Fowler.
    They say the see a place for him. They say they have multiple options for right field. They have not said Fowler is without a doubt the starter in RF next season. 
  • Would there be a different reason they haven't had their press conference yet? Any chance there are planned changes to the front office they are waiting on first?
  • I would not expect significant FO changes.
    There are some balls up in the air at the moment: Stubby Clapp's future and the Mets' reported interest in Gary LaRocque being two examples.
    Yeo's coaching staff could see some shuffling.
    There has been no reason given for no end-of-season press conference.
    There has been a we-will-get-around-to-it-vibe of sorts. 
    Stay tuned?
    Or don't.
    Who knows.
     
  • Even at $40 million a year over 10 years (a $400 million dollar contract), the Cardinals would have plenty of headspace before even hitting the luxury tax, given their current payroll outlook. If they want Harper or Machado on this team, I think they can bid with the best of em...
  • What the Cardinals can afford to do and what the Cardinals will do are different things.
  • I am still puzzled by the Ozuna situation. The Cardinals knew he had a shoulder problem when they traded for him, so instructed their medical staff to scrutinize the shoulder intensely. Medical team said "No problem, just limit his throwing in spring training, everything will be dandy". The first couple of months, it was obvious that he couldn't hit or throw properly, team said "no problem here". June and July, situation becoming worse by the day, team still says no problem. Finally, Boras says to do something, so they park him for 10 days, give him a cortisone shot, and he does much better for a while, then relapses. From the outside, it appears that nobody on the team is paying attention to how he is playing, Boras is the only one who has a clue, and the medical staff is Larry, Moe, and Curly. Now, Ozuna is saying "Let's do it all again next year". Is this situation really as disfunctional as it appears?
  • I think you are putting too much blame on the team, alone. The Cardinals saw what everyone saw -- something was up. But there were times this season when it wasn't so bad. Then it was. Wasn't. Was. It was touch and go, and some responsibility goes on the player to be candid and forthcoming about how he feels, etc. That Boras had to intervene is problematic. The Cardinals should be frustrated by that. Fans should be disappointed by that. I get it. It's also a two-way street, right? Ozuna hopefully learned from the experience. Again, assuming surgery is the best option assumes you know more than the folks involved. That's a big assumption. I think everyone with something at stake here -- Cardinals, Ozuna, Boras -- will be highly interested in getting Ozuna as right as possible. Sometimes, with this stuff, there is no magical cure. See Carpenter, Matt. But communication and trust is perhaps the most important thing. There did not seem to be enough last season. Again, two-way street. Hard to help a guy who brushes off the problem, even when his desire to play through is coming from a good place.
  • Curious as to what your thoughts were on the Nike baseball commercial where players challenge the unwritten rules of baseball? I'm fine with showing emotion, but I don't want to see touchdown celebrations every time something positive happens, the games already take enough time.
  • I think it was an MLB Network commercial, right?
    I point out the difference not to be a jerk, but because to me that makes it it more interesting.
    It was the league's official arm accepting the flips and fun. That's an endorsement.
    I'm a big fan of -- if you don't like it, don't let it happen to you.
    Also a fan of  -- if you do it, don't whine when one catches you in the ribs.
  • I see the point spread on the Mizzou/Bama game is 28...is Vegas only talking about the first half??
  • Hey now. Bama has had a hard time covering as of late. Might be one to get in on. (Kidding. Don't!)
  • I’d be more inclined to trade Wacha. Injury prone, pretty nickel with the numbers he put up last year. Last year of arb. Most teams would be in play. Lots of takers of MO can upsell and not get knee jerking.... thoughts
  • My favorite type of trade proposal. List the reasons for offloading a player, then claim there will be many interested in taking on said player.
  • Which NFL coach do you think will be fired first?
  • Jeff Fisher. From his TV gig.
  • If the new St Louis MLS club is in need of depth at the forward position, I might know someone who would be available.
  • Thanks, Double D. I'll let them know.
  • Ben, Mizzou moved to the SEC partly because of the bigger piece of the pie. They were desperately in need of updating the sports stadiums as well as the campus. Then they give a coach without a HC track record and get him on the cheap. IF Mizzou doesn't want the same size attendance in a bigger stadium they must get fans from both KC and StL. There is more than one thing needing to be done, a winner is one. What do you see as the others?
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