Cardinals chat: Derrick Goold takes your questions at 11 a.m. Monday

Cardinals chat: Derrick Goold takes your questions at 11 a.m. Monday

Bring your Cards questions and comments to a live chat with Derrick Goold at 11 a.m. Monday

    Not unless there is something pushing them to that we don't see at this point. It would take some prompting from a player they've prioritized and the possibility he'd be signing elsewhere if they don't move fast. So, that could happen this week -- if they have a priority play to make. It's not clear at this moment if they do.
    Wong always appeared to be a player that thrived when he was comfortable. Wouldn't going to a new team with heightened expectations and a brighter spotlight be the exact thing Wong shouldn't do at this point in his career?
  • Kolten Wong seems more and more confidence and comfortable with his ability and what he can do on a baseball field, and a new team is likely to get that player, not the one who was yo-yo'd around the lineup and in and out of it. His new contract can be read as a commitment to him, and he'll thrive as a result. Still wouldn't surprise me at all if he's an All-Star at some point in his career. I thought it would be Cardinals fans who voted him into that role. Guess it might be another fan base that does it.
  • Who do you see playing 2nd base in the future?
    by Who do you see playing 2nd base in the future? 11/30/2020 6:57:38 PM
    Tommy Edman is the in-house option. A committee of players is most likely for 2021, at this point.
    Which of the young pitchers has the most upside? Oviedo, Gomber, Ponce or Woodford and/or which would bring the most back in a trade now - I don’t any of them have peaked yet..
    According to scouts, when I ask a similar question, it's Oviedo. I got significant push back from several evaluators when I wrote a story earlier this year about Oviedo being the future closer. They said I wasn't picking up on his potential and high-ceiling as a starter. I suggested that I was pointing out that he'd arrive as a reliever and be too appealing in that role to move. Point to them. He arrived as a starter.
    If Edman is the everyday 2B and Carpenter is at 3B, how much offense is needed to overcome the diminished run prevention of Wong at 2B and Edman partially at 3B?
    Definitely some. Hard to put a precise number on it. But, yes, some. There is no formula that I can think of for the Cardinals this winter that doesn't demand that they improve their offense in some way for 2021 to be a contender. The offense has to get better. Even if the pitching improves, or the defense remains the same, or whatever, the offense has to improve.
    Mr. Goold; Regarding Matt Carpenter's 2018 season, it seems you want to forget about his September. He hit just .170 with only one home run. That is why I'm sure John Mozeliak said he was hoping the two-year extension would make Carpenter a better hitter (than his September stats). Alas, it did not.
    I don't want to forget September any more than you want to dismiss July or August, or neither of us talked about May specifically. The numbers I used INCLUDED September. You prefer to ignore the other months, I guess. We can all make stats dance. I went with the largest sample size available, and that was the tailwind that Carpenter took into his extension. I don't recall Mozeliak saying that because it would still be a weird thing for him to say because of course the Cardinals thought he was a better hitter than he was in September; they saw that hitter and had that hitter in August and May and 2014 and 2015 and whatever other slice of his career you want to ignore to make your point. One thing that the Cardinals did say -- and I don't recall if it was Matheny or Mozeliak -- but that the addition of a middle-order bat would make Carpenter better. That was the theory that came out of the pool of information from September, where Carpenter didn't carry the team and would have benefited from someone else being there, alongside, as a threat.
    When is MLB gonna break the gender barrier?
  • I don't know. It's a fascinating question. There is an opinion that a pitcher will do it at some point. It's overdue that Kim Ng is getting to run a team. On a short list of candidates of either gender who deserve to run a team and be GM, Ng has been at or near the top for the past, five or eight years now.
    Lets say there is a 140 game season next year. Cardinals do not sign any infielders for next season. Carp continues to struggle. Will Gorman be given a shot by mid summer.
    Sure. Depends on what he's doing in the minors, I imagine.
    Why are the Cardinals sharing a spring training facility in jupiter with the Marlins but are called the Palm Beach cardinals? Thanks
    I'm not sure I follow the entire question here. The Marlins have the Jupiter Hammerheads as their Florida State League team at the same stadium that the Cardinals have the Palm Beach Cardinals. They share a facility, not an affiliate.
    I've heard optimistic reports that anyone who wants a vaccine will have access to it by May. We shall see.... but is the vaccine in the calculus for when spring training and the regular season could start? Is it worth it to push the season back a month or two if that enables greater attendance?
    The vaccine is part of the calculus, yes. For safety. For health. And as you and previous chatters have mentioned the idea of when tickets can be sold, and how many can be sold. These aren't easy answers because of what will be the policy for teams when it comes to fans attending, and will a vaccine be required? We're asking the same questions when it comes to media, too. What's that look like for spring training? Will it be via Zoom? Will it all be at a distance? Will I cover spring training in Florida -- but from St. Louis? So many questions, and the vaccine is just the biggest answer, but not the complete answer.
    I asked one of your colleagues why the Cardinals are so against rebuilding. One of the answers he gave is that it would be bad for the Cardinals other interests around the stadium. The lack of attendance in the rebuild would also hurt ballpark village. I know Dewitt says they are separate but are we really supposed to believe that? It seems to me they don’t want to include gains in the teams payroll, but they are unofficially including then when accounting for lost revenue.
    When DeWitt says they're separate, foot traffic and attendance is not what he's talking about. These kind of assertions always put me in a bad spot because any explanation I give -- while based on facts, based on research, based on reporting -- won't fit your preconceived "narrative" and thus you can accuse me of defending ownership, when all I'm trying to do is explain that situation.
    Of course foot traffic benefit Ballpark Village. Period. No one has said differently. The more people who come to the ballpark, the more people
    -- buy food at ballpark village.
    -- visit the museum and pay for a ticket to see Cardinals history
    -- splurge on gear (a stream of shared revenue, but revenue nonetheless)
    Again, it would be foolish to say otherwise, and no one hear is a fool, right? So they're not saying that. It's obvious that the more people who come to the ballpark mean the more people who spend at BPV. 
    Ballpark Village, as it currently stands and is currently developing, has been set aside as a separate entity for the purposes of paying off its debts, its construction, its development, while not siphoning from baseball operations. That is the model that Cardinals officials have explained, and that local executives and other teams and even sources within baseball have come to understand, and also by copying in other cities. You can actually see this in some of the spending. Before this season, baseball operations has increased its spending on infrastructure, facilities, tech, coaches, and staff, and there has also been growth in the payroll, too. There was one year where the Cardinals stepped back recently, and that was in part because they didn't sign the free agents expected, and then didn't plug in salaries to fill that gap. 
    As of right now, the apartment complex is about 80 percent capacity and doing well, and the other elements of BPV took a hit like every other retail area this year.
    The team's stated goal of BPV is to make money and lots of it and have revenue that spills over into the ballpark, and onto the field at some point. I asked DeWitt about how fans can watch this ATM rise in the distance and when can they see that on the field. He said that would be someone else's answer to give. The implication is that it will come after he's no longer chairman. That's both a commentary on the finances, and how he sees his tenure as chairman in the coming years.  
    As blasphemous as this might be... and I hate suggesting it, but feel like it should be asked... from a purely performance argument, would the Cardinals be better with Knizner behind the plate full-time instead of Yadi? It appears the bat, at this point in their careers, would be better, and in a run-anemic lineup, every bit of improvement helps. Is his glove/game-calling subpar to the point it would offset any improvement from hitting? (this is being asked by someone who desperately wants Yadi to finish his career only as a Cardinal, but figure it's worth asking).
    Probably not. I don't think they would be, no.
    Regarding Carpenter's extension for a 33 year old I am not sure you should put the weight on May, June's 2018 numbers equal to how he performed in September. at his age I am sure you will admit you have seen many veteran players "get old, quick" especially the last few years when the league has generally trended to be much younger . September, 2018 was exhibit A how Carpenter was trending which carried over into 2019, and 2020.
    Stats are fun when we carve them up and make the dance. So let's look at some of them, shall we? You mentioned May, June and September 2018. Well here they are:
    May 2018 -- .297/.379/.582 for a .961 OPS in 103 PA. That's robust.
    June 2018 -- .313/.404/.636 for a 1.040 OPS in 114 PA. That's one of the best months of Carpenter's career, and July was even better.
    Sept 2018 -- .170/.313/.245 for a .558 OPS in 116 PA.
    The last line there is the one you mention as the harbinger of trouble, and I get that. Sure. It was a down month, a discouraging month, and it was the most recent month that he had when it came to the Cardinals making a call on his extension. It was also the month that cost him the NL MVP, honestly. He would have finished higher and might have won the award if not for that month. 
    Now you suggest that it's some canary in the coal mine of aging, and we can explore that. Let's say the Cardinals heeded this warning and didn't do the extension, and instead were looking for an indication on whether to exercise his option. By the logic presented in your question and elsewhere, a weak September was signal not to do a deal, and thus a strong September then would be an indicator of something else, correct?
    Consider this split from Carpenter's career.
    During this one 140 plate appearance stretch he hit .263/.381/.465 with a .846 OPS. That's not as strong as May 2018 or even close to July 2018, but it's far, far better than Sept. 2018. But if you put so much stock in Sept. 2018 as an indicator of where he was going, then why not give the same weight to another September. Like, say, September 2019.
    You see where this is going, right?
    That line above -- the .846 OPS -- is from his final 140 plate appearances of the 2019 season. He would have taken that into discussions of an extension or his option, and if you're using September as your litmus test than you would be ticked if the Cardinals didn't exercise the option. Or work out an extension. Because the signs you saw in September 2018 where the opposite in September 2019, no?
    It's all in how you slice the splits. 
    If you were the manager,who is your starting 5(with and without Waino)
    Interesting. Let's give this a go. Hudson is going to miss the season. Mikolas will be back. So the starting five with Wainwright would be:
    Flaherty
    Kim
    Mikolas
    Wainwright
    Gomber
    And without Wainwright 
    Flaherty
    Kim
    Mikolas
    Gomber
    and Oviedo vs. Ponce de Leon at this point.
    Thompson, Liberatore on the rise. To me, there is a real intrigue in having Ponce de Leon in a higher-leverage spot in the bullpen and capable of covering innings. While Carlos Martinez has a ways to go when it comes to consistency before he's in the rotation.
    That's off the top of my head. How'd I do?
    Molina revealed the Cardinals, Yankees, Mets, Padres, and Angels have been in contact for his services. How would you rank them in order of where Molina most likely signs?
    1. Cardinals
    2. Yankees
    3. Padres (this spot is most intriguing to me, but they already have Nola & Campusano)
    4. Mets
    5. Angels
    I wouldn't rank the Padres or Angels high at this point. Mets become a player if they don't get Realmuto. So they could surge up that list. The Yankees are the clearest and most present threat to the Cardinals re-signing Molina, from what I can tell, and my reporting on that hasn't changed for more than a month now. It was good for Molina to be candid in that interview. Teams that have talked to him doesn't necessarily mean the teams that making offers, though. And at last check, some of the teams talking to him were also waiting to see what Realmuto did first.
    Why dont the Cardinals have their own facility in Palm Beach is what i was trying to ask. Thanks
  • It's really common for teams to share spring training facilities. It's not only preferred when it comes to building a single stadium and reducing costs by sharing that, it's ideal for assuring competition and limiting travel. Shared facilities are the rule in Arizona. They're gaining in popularity in Florida, too, with Washington-Houston opening a shared facility 20 minutes away from the Cardinals.
    The Cardinals do own their side of the facility in Palm Beach; the lease requires cooperation from the Marlins when it comes to additions. The Cardinals own their affiliates in Jupiter too.
  • Hi DG:

    How long before we see Liberatore in the bigs? I’m so tired of the Randy Arozarena gripes and can’t wait to see the young lefty throw.

    Also - any interest in the new Frank Zappa bio/documentary film? I’m not a huge fan, but he was quite a unique and talented character, way ahead of his time I think. The film is well done, directed by Alex Winter (of Bill and Ted).
    St. Louisan Alex Winter! Sure, I'm interested. I'm curious about documentaries and music, and that seems like a fine way to spend a few hours and learn something. 
    The Cardinals are suggesting Liberatore could see the majors in 2021 at his current trajectory. They were encouraged by his time in Springfield.
    How do you explain it when players (like Carpenter) have their production fall off the cliff to that extreme? Was there a tell? Did anyone see it coming?
    Injuries are usually a good place to start. Injuries that are either erosive or traumatic, and either way force a change that causes issues.
    RE:Jupiter/Palm Beach - I don't want to speak for him, but i think it was more, if they're playing in the same place, why is one affiliate named for city Jupiter and Cardinals Palm Beach, when it's in Jupiter. Shouldn't they be the Jupiter Cardinals?
    Why wouldn't you just want a different name for different teams? That way Jupiter can play Palm Beach and it makes sense on the scoreboard. I'm not sure if they rock, scissor, paper'd for the rights to Jupiter or to Palm Beach or maybe the Cardinals didn't like who the birds on the bat looked with Jupiter and preferred the script Palm Beach. Whichever, it's best to avoid overlap and both are correct. The teams play in both Jupiter (town) and Palm Beach (county). The city/county is going to want that difference too for advertising and branding. Two birds with one stone. Well, in this case two birds and a fish.
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