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. Monday..




    Seems that way today, for sure.
    OK-I'll give up"leash." But what about "WHIP?" Two other words: HORRID umpiring!
    Walks/Hits per Innings Pitch has value as a stat, for sure.
    Jose can bat 3rd because if we had a DH that is where he would be every day. Defense doesn't affect your spot in the order unless you are the pitcher.
    OK. I'm still not convinced.
    In responding to my question about Mozeliak, you ignored the distinction I tried to make between his administrative and his dealmaking roles. Virtually everything you say the front office admires him for relates to the former rather than the latter, and presumably his title was changed in order to recognize his achievements in those areas. I would give him credit for acquiring Goldschmidt and Mikolas, but his dealmaking, particularly in recent years, has been mostly horrible. If he is the GPS of the organization, he is too much like mine; he gets lost all too often. And if there no hope of replacing him, even as he repeatedly fails at achieving what fans like me most care about, then after 60 years of rooting for the Cardinals, I may have to consider rooting instead for my local team, the Phillies, whose leadership, like the Brewers ownership, is serious about winning and willing to pay the price required to do so.
    I did not ignore them at all. I addressed them directly as the concern over the runnerup finishes, and how that was perceived. I'm offering you what ownership sees and how it will evaluate the job he does -- and the job he'll continue to have. I'll add here that DeWitt does not like firing people. This is clear. Look at his firings, and what led to them. He does not dig it. Now, you can disagree with his view, his stance, his evaluation, and how he goes about it. That's fine. You have the floor here to ask and share your opinion. I offered theirs. 
     
    And you have every right to choose another team to root for. That's between you and the Cardinals. There are fine writers covering those other teams that will welcome your eyeballs on their coverage as well. I wouldn't get between you and a happier choice.
    Is Ankiel a realistic possibility, if he starts throwing in June and is hitting near mid 90's with a curveball even close to what it used to be? I feel like he'd not be wasting his time, if he wasn't impressed with his own stuff, so I'm sort of intrigued by this.
    In the Pirate series Shildt left two relief pitchers in (Reyes and Miller) to lose the game. The rest of the team played well enough to win both games. It looked more like a ST game where each pitcher has his inning(s) and will pitch no matter how good or bad they do. Why did Schildt not pull them out when it was obvious they were struggling?
    First, Ankiel: Yes. It is a possibility. Looking at around early May for a good feel for his recovery, and Flag Day for a sense of whether he'll be ready for competition at that time. And obviously the usual build up between those dates to see if the velocity is there, what he does in games, etc., etc. The Cardinals are intrigued. They're waiting with a minor-league offer. Ankiel is motivated.
     
    Second, the bullpen question: Options, really. Shildt is not a guy to yo-yo players in and out of usage and in and out of roles and to make knee-jerk decisions when it comes pulling a guy. He's trying to build some trust, some faith, for sure, and he's also giving players chances to be who the Cardinals signed them to be. That makes some sense, and they didn't lose either of those games.
    Don't think any of them are wrong answers but line up shows how amazing your run as a reporter has been. Some really great players/teams you covered. Star Wars Celebration this week in Chi-Town if you had tickets who would you dress up as?
    I'd probably just wear a Porg tee shirt. I've never been one to get in costume. Have to stay on brand: bland.
    What is your least favorite MLB stadium throughout your years as a baseball writer? Thanks!
    So, I'm getting lobbied here to say Oakland. And it's not great. It isn't. But I dig the atmosphere. It's like someone dropped a soccer-frenzy crowd into a 1980s ballpark, complete with Too Legit, Too Legit to Quit hand signal instructions on the scoreboard. So, it's not great. I wish parts of Great American Ball Park were better, too. Great location. Has a chance to be a real rocking place. I'm cool with the steamship motif. Some of it looks like Tinker Toys. Washington D.C. should be better. That's the one that is farthest from its potential, to me.
     
    I miss Shea some days. Not always. But some days.
    I just saw your line up favoring DeLong over Martinez to bat 3rd. Can you please explain a bit more on exactly why you feel this is better than flip flopping them in the order?
  • The more and more I read and the more and more I study and the more and more I ask around, the more and more I'm starting to believe that the No. 3 spot needs some modernization from the traditional best-hitter approach. Makes sense when there are two OBP monsters to put ahead of the No. 3 hitter, but in this case, for this team, it makes just as much sense to put a guy who doesn't hit into double plays and does damage when he hits the ball and puts the ball in the air. Enter DeJong. Getting him more at-bats probably plays out well, too. I get the look of that and think the cleanup hitter is going to hit as much with runners on base, or close to as much, and we know that the No. 3 hitter has a greater chance of coming up with two outs and no one more than any other spot in the lineup. That neutralizes some of the threat for that hitter.
    Hi Derrick why do you think Albert came out to talk about the contract negotiations again. I get the timing is likely for his visit to StL but didn't he and his wife say the same thing back in 2012 about disrespect? Similar to Harpers narrative. He mentioned the cardinals had a chance to sign him in 08/09? If I remember back then wasn't he upset about the front office not providing him enough protection and he wasn't going to sign before FA. So they went out and got Holliday. I'm confused as I thought the narrative was that the Angels went above the cardinals offer and Pujols took the most $. This story puts a bit of a downer for his victory lap at Busch. Did he do it for the Angels FO and their fans?
    I'm going to guess it was because he was asked. Not sure of the timing. He has declined to do so for other outlets, including The Post-Dispatch, that have asked in recent years. He did not want that kind of interview in recent years. Not sure what changed that he would grant this one. Could be the situation, could be how he's feeling, could be a relationship/situation that other reporters didn't have.
    Your chats are a rich journey each week, Derrick. Thanks for dedicating so much time to them in addition to your excellent beat coverage. Cardinal fans have been spoiled for a long time in the quality of sportswriters covering the team and you are continuing that great work.

    Following up on your “quiet platoon” remarks earlier with the outfielders, I am curious about your view on Shildt as a manager as to quickness of action/adjustments. He seems to be quicker with things like getting Reyes a chance to get right, getting O’Neill and Martinez in the games sooner for more ABs (at the expense of Ozuna and Fowler), bringing in Miller for one batter, etc. If that’s true it’s interesting for a guy who has worked hard to let players know he has confidence in them (I.e. Fowler, Wong) but will also be fast in making adjustments.
    Thanks for the compliment. I mean it when I say that Shildt is not knee-jerk with his moves. I think he's more subtle than that. The move with Reyes is an example. He gave Reyes several good looks, and then in his discussion with Reyes and with the media explained why and how those next looks have to come in the minors -- not in some lower-leverage spots. He wants to script those appearances. Same with Martinez moving in and O'Neill getting playing time. Shildt isn't doing this stuff today without having prepped the players for such moves all spring, or with conversations leading into the games. Earlier in the chat I talked about how he is siding with players in roles the Cardinals paid them to fill -- or in some cases Shildt chose them to fill -- and not yanking them out immediately. There's more nuance to how he runs things, and I think that is clear how he's double-switches and how he's been able to show a commitment to Ozuna and Fowler and yet also find ways for O'Neill to impact that series in Pittsburgh.
    How concerning are the lack of innings from the starters so far, and do you think it's something that could be an issue all season? And if it is, where will the innings come from?
    Quite concerning. For this team to be good, the starters have to offer more.
    Hypothetically speaking, if one of the starting pitchers went down, do you think the Cardinals would call up someone or look outside the organization (Keuchel). I didn't know if Poncedeleon and Gombers ST struggles possibly changed their line of thinking.
    Gomber would appear to be next in line before Cardinals would look outside. They'll keep tabs on the market outside their roster, but if we've learned anything over the past decade, they'll look and try internally first.
    Hicks turnaround after Yadi's mound visit was great TV for Cardinal fans. Limiting his ability to influence games at a critical moment with a mound visit is like putting a limit on how many bases Lou Brock can steal. Both are talents. "Let the kids play."
    Just a remaining comment from Spring training. View the Cards starters in 2022, three years down the road. If (and this is a big if) players develop as they might, the starters could be O'Neill, Bader/Thomas, Carlson, Gorman/other 3B prospect, De Jong, Wong, Goldschmidt, Knizner. Has the potential to be quite a lineup. Starters could be Mikolas, Flaherty, and Hudson.The future is bright.
    Potential. But if it happens, the Cardinals have hit Yahtzee and how often does that happen?
    I like the earlier weekday start times this year. I guess that's one way around long games.
    Let's see if they lead to earlier finishes. Our deadlines would be appreciative.
    So, Keuchel is definitely showing symptoms of some kind of injury, right? I just don’t get how this guy is still there. Especially with how young Houston’s rotation is, plus not having a lefty. Any thoughts?
    There was concern, yes, around baseball about his health. That has been covered and known and discussed throughout this process.
    DG, what is the ceiling on Elehuris Montero and Dylan Carlson? These seem to be the two closest hitting prospects that the Cards have to the big leagues. Also, what is their ETA?
    I think Dylan Carlson has put his hands against the ceiling original placed on him and pushed it ever higher. He was really impressive during spring training -- and that was building off a strong year, according to scouts and coaches. Carlson impressed peers, too. One way to get a sense of how a player is going to do in the majors -- or if he'll even reach the majors -- is to talk to the players already there. They know what it takes. They see it others, too. They saw it in Carlson, according to players I spoken with. Montero and Mendoza also earned nods from peers, and scouts who saw the Cardinals this spring, especially those who did on the back fields. Montero has defining year ahead. He could assert himself as the best and closest to the majors of that third base/corner infielder group. Mendoza has the glove, the corner versatility, and there's a sense he'll contribute in some way at the majors. What way -- he'll get to determine that with production. So, in order: Mendoza could arrive as a contributor, bench player; Carlson could be competing for a starting job by 2020 and a large role in the team's future; Montero will define a lot of where he's headed this season.
    The 30th anniversary of "Major League" was yesterday. What are your top three quotable lines?
    1. "Just a bit outside."
    2. Involves a curse word.
    3. "Let me get back to you, will ya, Charlie? I got a guy on the other line asking about some white walls."
    I recall seeing reports from PD scribes this spring that Ozuna’s arm / shoulder was better. I’ve watched 4-5 games and he can’t hit a cut off man on the fly. It’s actually embarrassing. Going forward, I wouldn’t be surprised if the pitchers tell Shildt to do something about it. Teams are taking the extra base on him every time. Care to explain? Thanks
    Was just having this conversation with a few people on the field. It was better. We saw it in drills -- with our own eyes. Saw it recently too when Ozuna was playing catch with Willie McGee, as he does regularly. It has not translated much to games. I asked Shildt and Ozuna about that recently. Ozuna said he has no excuses because he has health. Shildt wonders if he's just yet in position in the field to uncork the throw -- meaning he's played sore for so long that he's changing how his body moves and gets ready to throw and he's not ready to unleash, or that he hesitates in the game when he doesn't in drills. There's something to this. And the way the front office has said it: Ozuna needs to play more aggressive. He should trust his health -- it's there in drills -- and get that willingness into games. They're waiting on it to arrive.
    Edmonds seems to be really happy with his place in the organization. It does seem he’s leaving the door open for more. Will the cardinals create a couching roll for him similar to last year with Willie?(meaning his roll was to show up and be himself, help where he see’s an opening.)
    That's possible. He's on the path paved by Chris Carpenter more than McGee.
    Will Wong start creeping his way to the top of the lineup at some point?
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