Cardinals chat with Derrick Goold

Cardinals chat with Derrick Goold

Bring your Cardinals questions and comments, and talk to Post-Dispatch baseball writer Derrick Goold in a live chat at 1 p.m. Wednesday.

    He has, yes. He's getting outs with them, and it's somewhat comfort and control. He's got it for those pitches, and he knows it. The sinker can be a bit more flighty.
    Originally I had Edman and Carlson switched, would that make more sense??
    Not to me. Maybe to someone. I'd line up the lineup by who'd you like to see get more plate appearances. That's just me.
  • Why don't teams run on Ozuna more, his throwing is still weak?
    Evidently not. There are on secrets in this league. They would -- and did -- when they thought his arm was limited and his arm poor.
    How far up in the division do you think the Cards need to be heading into Wrigley later this month in order to win the division? I am petrified they will get swept there, as they have some mental block to winning in that venue.
  • None at all. They need to beat the Cubs. That's it. That's all. That's how the division should be won, and that's how it will have to be won. It's like Luke and Vader, man. Luke had to face Vader one more time to be a Jedi. The Cardinals are going to have to face the Cubs and win, face to face, to get to October. How it should be.
    Only since they signed him. Only since then. Only for almost a decade.
    Any thought that Ozuna might accept a QO? It would put pressure on him to perform before free agency next year. But a benefit for him (if I remember correctly) is that the Cards could not offer him a QO after next season.
    I doubt he would, but I do find the thought of it fascinating. If he wants to stay in St. Louis it would be one way to assure a big pay day, and them come out as a free agent without that pesky draft pick attached to him and still be young, at 29.
    I am with you on Rendon being a better target than Cole. Houston is the new Dave Duncan era St. Louis. Pitchers go there to thrive. It really seems like some team out there is going to pay for Astros Cole and get Pirates Cole instead. Pirates Cole was good, but not at all approaching what Rendon could bring to this team.
    I think Cole comes away Houston being just fine, being Cy Young capable and being ready to take what he learned there and still pitch dominantly elsewhere.
    DG - a record of 12 - 12 gets us to 90 wins. (It also requires the Maddons to play 15 - 9 to CATCH us.) I don't want to discount the cubs, the Crew and the Nats - with whom we play 13 of the last 24, but I think .500 is very doable over the last 24. You?
    Your math is the way to go. Well stated, well presented, and ban on. This is how to start viewing things from here on.
    Wacha has really done a nice job the last 2-3 outings. Based on his recent extension activity, should we assume Mo is prepping a multi-year deal for him now? 3 years, $60 million. Does that get it done?
    With Fowler's play, Cmart coming out of the BP healthy and not requiring months off for injuries and Wong hitting and fielding like the Cards hoped they are breathing a sigh of relief over those contracts. Even the Molina contract through next year doesn't look too bad.

    The Carp extension was puzzling as well as Miles's 4 years. Hopefully, they can rebound. Re-signing Ozuna to 5 years with the amount of money $100 million seems like a gamble.
    Follow up question and then I won't post any more for a while:)

    What changes do you think technology will make in sports journalism over the next 10 years?
    I hesitate to take a guess because things have changed so much in the previous 10 years. I would imagine you're going to see more outlets adopt a model like The Athletic's subscription approach, and you'll be able to get more ala carte and even on-demand sports coverage. That could mean buying into an outlet that takes its cues from what readers want to read and then provides it. I imagine that I'll be doing this chat via Bluetooth hardwired into my head so I just have to think the answer and it appears and there's no more of this silly typing business. Instead, I can use my hands to edit the podcast I will also be simultaneously recording for a real-time audience that is sending in suggestions about what the next topic should be and if I don't comply I get shocked, or something.
    Post Season Roster Question Time- (apologize if its already been discussed).

    I look at the team and see 22-23 spots locked up

    Goldscmidt, Wong, DeJong, Carpenter, Munoz,
    Ozuna, Fowler, Bader, Martinez, O'Neil(?)
    Flaherty, Hudson Mikolas, Wainwright, Wacha(?)
    Martinez, Gallegos, Gant, Miller, Brebia, Webb

    I question Wacha as they can go with a four man rotation in the playoffs and O'Neil due to his all too frequent strikeouts

    Big questions is who will get the last two or three spots? Additional arms? Another bat? Speed?

    You thoughts and comments please
  • Those are the questions that spring immediately to mind. Cabrera could yet pitch his way into the discussion as a third lefty, depending on the matchups. You don't have Ryan Helsley in there and given the comments and how he's being used speak to a growing confidence in him and that hints at an October role. Lots of time left, but I wouldn't discount O'Neill for power, especially with Lane Thomas now officially out for the season.
    Derrick, curious to hear your take on how the usage of social media within your job has changed in the last decade?

    I joined Twitter in 2010. At that time, a lot of reporters and beat writers would tweet score updates, important plays, and fun, quirky things on happenings in the dugout or the field that someone watching the telecast might not see. This revolutionized sports fandom for me. I didn't have to wait until after the game or the next day to get commentary on what was happening, and I could interact with the journalists covering the event.

    More recently, the approach with you and others seems to be that you assume everyone has access to the score and play-by-play on their phones, video highlights instantly, and can see weird happenings during the game on their social media feed. The in-game tweets seemed more geared now towards pulling interesting stats that the average fan wouldn't know, links to articles with relevant info to what is happening in the game, or responding to fan tweets. Do I have a fairly accurate take on how twitter has changed for you over the last 10 years or so?
    Best way I can describe it to you is when I started this job there were two, three deadlines a night depending on the size of the paper you worked for.
    Now, I am constantly on deadline. The next minute is deadline and the minute after that is deadline, and then the next one. If you're not producing content, you're falling behind, and that doesn't leave as much time for reporting as it should, but that has to be done, too. The treadmill used to speed up two, three times a night. Now it never stops.
    And along with it has come a change in how people see journalism and how they practice journalism. There seems to be less accountability for tweeting something wrong than there ever was for writing something wrong. That's changed how people use Twitter and what people expect from Twitter. Some will use that as a license to speculate and when they're right claim they got a scoop, and if they're wrong laugh it off because it wasn't something written for a paper. It's made things less structured -- and sometimes in a good way. It's also opened the way for writers to become a "brand" and to chase "likes." I struggle with those things and feel older than I am.
    Thanks Derrick for the great chats! You mentioned being down to two beat writers this that you and Commish? Was Hochman the third last year? I am assuming that you and Mr. Hummel are the beat writers, and Hochman, BenFred, and Gordo are columnists?
    Rick Hummel and I cover the Cardinals as a beat. Last year, we had an intern that was able to help us on the beat. From 2004 to 2012, Hummel, Joe Strauss, and I covered the beat with Strauss leading the way, Hummel writing more national stories and some national baseball columns. In 2013, I became what the paper calls the lead beat writer, and at the same time Strauss became a general sports columnist and was able to move and comment on the Blues and Rams and Mizzou and the whole spectrum of sports. Hummel remains on the beat, though he will write national baseball stories and baseball columns. If I'm not at a series on the road, Hummel is and the other way around, too. Our columnists at the paper are Jeff Gordon, Ben Frederickson, and as you mentioned Benjamin Hochman. He has only ever been a sports columnist at the paper.
    Does the team view Mikolas as a middle-to-back of the rotation starter, or will they hesitate to chase a big arm this winter because they believe he is still this staff’s #2?
    There is nothing wrong with two No. 2 pitchers. The team doesn't see pitchers in the same way you suggest here, so this question rests on loose ground.
    Derrick, was there a Hummel intern for this summer's coverage?
    We did not have one this season. That is an exceptional program. The first and only of its kind, based on my research, especially as we looked to set it up with Mizzou and the local chapter of the Baseball Writers' Association of America. It has helped launch some tremendous writers, including Orioles beat writer Joe Trezza, two Mizzou beat writers, Mitchell Forde and Peter Baugh, and of course Post-Dispatch sports columnist Ben Frederickson. All were Hummel interns. The program is important to me, to us, and there's hope it will continue in 2020.
    Derrick is Matt Wieters gone next year ? I've asked about the bullpen and Ozuna but boy he has really helped this team when Yadi was on the mend no.....
  • He has, but all signs point to Knizner.
    Dear Mr. Goold,
    Thank you as always for your considered replies. I'll be greedy, a twofer: 1) What do you make of the decline in Goldschmidt's batting average? Is it significant to your mind? If so, what explains it--e.g. are pitchers able to pitch around him, or were, for time? In my oh-so-amateurish eyes, in the past month, he seems less sharp, missing more pitches--but I hasten to add that I really am unschooled. 2) Is Wacha available for q.o, and given the pitching market, and if he continues to pitch well--if, if,--would a. q.o. make sense, or is the amount of money for a q.o, and the draft pick a team loses so valuable that it would guarantee Wacha comes back--a gamble the Cards might not make? I ask because someone said "you can never have enough good pitching" and I felt going into the season there was a not lot that was lot of things that needed to go the Cards way for their starters to work out. Once again, I'm so much the amateur, but I look to next year and wonder who their starters are beyond Hudson, Flaherty, and Mikolas. (Yes, Carlos, if as you've been clear to indicate, he's still here). Maybe that's good enough.
    I'll leave my question about who will close and Hicks' state of rehab for someone else to ask.
    1) He's certainly following a trend in the game where BA isn't as valued as OPS or SLG, and sometimes it drifts ever downward as OBP steadies and the hitter takes aim at doing more damage. There's definitely more to it than that for Goldschmidt. It has a lot to do with him usually hitting behind in the count. He's often at two strikes. That's going to lead some low averages and some low-average approaches as he still tries to do damage but is dealing with a pitcher's count. That's something that the league has done to him, and he's got to adjust and that could cycle back in his favor next year.
    2) Wacha is eligible for a QO. I doubt the team presents him with one unless they want him to take it, and even then why wouldn't they just go to him with a smaller salary for one, two years than the big whopper QO. It's going to be around $18 million likely. Not sure the Cardinals see Wacha as an $18 million pitcher, and there's a definite bet that they'll make that he wouldn't get better than that on the open market. So he'd be drawn to the QO.
    Right-oh: You can never have enough pitching. But they can get it elsewhere this winter if they want to go outside, or they can bring Wacha back on a deal that's not a QO.
    Advice from and old sage that spent a lot of time away from home, in TSA lines to get on airplanes, renting cars and hotel rooms, if your feeling older than you are that’s not a healthy life that will catch up on you, I hope your wife sits you down at some point and goes whoa.
    Thank you for your concern. I come from good solid Wisconsin-bred, Chicago-born, Colorado-raised stock. I might as well be made of cheese curds, snow, deep-dish pizza, The Untouchables, steel, and rock. Sets of all the metal detectors.
    Derrick, old school, strong willed, influential managers like LaRussa and Whitey are mostly extinct. Do you see the pendulum ever swinging back in that direction?
  • Inevitably. But right now we're going to see it swing in the Shildt and Snitker direction for awhile. It's a copycat business, and teams are going to look into what made them successful and start promoting from within for awhile. That also fits two things: One, it will the cost of the manager lower at a time that coaches are making more and more and more money because of the competition for them. Two, it will cater to the current game which is a GMs game and a GMs league and the manager is the daily extension of the front office as much as a rep for the clubhouse. That's not to say that Shildt and Snitker aren't influential. We can see how they are. But I get what you're saying about the rockstar manager.
  • How does the front office get out of the roster bind it has put itself in if they view their prospects as too valuable to deal as Mr. Dewitt spoke of in your interview? Do they plan this out to force the churn the roster?
    There is a natural churn caused by free agency, injury, and of course leaving players unprotected. Trades are going to be a part of it. Remember last year the Cardinals explored deals for Jose Martinez and that ended up with him getting a two-year extension to stick around for a bit. They'll do the same with outfielders this season to see if there's interest, to see if there's a match, and then they'll move on it. They'll make trades like that. Heck, they made a trade like that with Mercado just to get some return for him before they had to choose between Thomas and him for a spot on the 40-man roster. They got two younger outfielders on the horizon for a guy who was going to have to be on the 40-man or lost for pennies on the dollar of his true value.
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