Jeff Gordon Live

Jeff Gordon Live

Columnist Jeff Gordon takes your Cardinals, Blues, Mizzou, SLU and STL sports questions in his weekly chat beginning at 1 p.m. Friday.




    Jeff Petrangelo is still a very good player no doubt. However he is 30 this month has one year left on his contract. So when he is 31 you want to sign him for 8 or 9 million a year for 4 or 5 years? No Bobo that is not wise. Turn the Defense over to Parayko who is 24 or 25 years old in the forever getting younger NHL. Be smart not emotional Bobo. Army is smart and has made it clear all players have a bell curve Petrangelo will be on the down side of his career with at 31, 32, 33, 34, etc.
    I don't understand the idea of protecting vulnerable arms by putting them in the bullpen. Aside from fewer actual game innings pitched, starters are inherently programmed on routine: pitch, rest, long-toss or side throwing, rest, rest start while bullpen is random, up, warm up, sit-down, warm up again, sit/go-in. Next day same thing. Maybe pitch 2-3 days in a row (or not). What am I missing? Seems like routine with set schedule and rest is much more protective than BP
    I agree with you on that, but the Blues are built to win now. They are built to win next season too. With Pietrangelo, maybe he doesn't get another deal here past 2020. Maybe he does get traded over the summer -- but the return would have to be massive and offer immediate help. Elite defenseman are the second scarcest commodity in the sport, behind elite goaltenders who don't lose control of their bodily functions come playoff time. So if the team does move him, it would have to be for an high-impact player with contract term left.
    Jeff - what's with all Blues fans' angst towards Petro? Do they not realize he's one of - or the - engines for this team? Sure, he's looked shaky at times, and yes, I'd like him to put his point shots 1) on net, and 2) a little lower, but geez. Without No. 27 on the blue line, you've got a much less defensively sound and offensively talented team. Fans think they look slow NOW, trade Petro and see what that does to the perceived team speed.
    Alex has rebounded nicely from a poor start. So did Jay Bouwmeester. Vince Dunn channeled his inner Scott Stevens to eradicate Nazem Kadri the other night and Colton Parayko actually fought a guy. There is little reason to complain about this D corps right now.
    What is the percentage the Blues keep Berube for next season given these outcomes: 1: Lose in round 1 of the playoffs while getting outplayed. 2:) Lose in round 1 in 7 games. I'm assuming they'd keep him if the win the first round. Any chance Quinville is more enticed with the Blues job seeing the results laetly...? Thanks
  • I believe the Chief earned a full next season after rescuing this season. The team is playing hard for him. Joel Quenneville is going to command Mike Babcock Money and I could see him heading to a bigger market to get that.
  • And I would add that the Piscotty trade was also in part to make room for Fowler and an $80 million commitment, so Mo compounded the bad Fowler decision by getting rid of a better player who would have RF locked down if he were here.
    Fowler was supposed to lead off and play center field. That didn't work out, so, yeah, he became the right fielder instead.
    In offering a new contract to Goldy, do they crunch the numbers metrically to know what his production would look like at age 36? If so, how accurate are they and what factors/variables would they use to gauge that?
    Broadly speaking, the metrics tell teams that many players suffer gruesome statistical deaths during their mid-30s. While weighing to extend Goldschmidt and for how long, the Cardinals will need to decide whether Paul can outperform the norm. Some guys do. Ryan Braun has slipped, but he still helped Milwaukee last season. He tinkered with his swing hoping to play at least semi-regularly this season.
    Not a question, but a thought and a comment. I generally agree with a lot of chatters that MO and DeWitt could and should spend more money to bring a greater degree of certainty to the lineup - especially to the bullpen. However, I do think it is his money and he can spend it how he pleases. From a business perspective, it is very hard to argue with their model. When I think about how MO and DeWitt might react to the public's demands that they spend their money, I like to think of MO and DeWitt as the long haired, mustached, tattoo artist in the AT&T wireless commercial saying "stay in your lane, bro." That lightens my day!
    Yeah, that sums it up pretty well. But if this bullpen is just OK, as the commercials goes, I will be among those hammering at them for not adding one more proven guy.
    Gordo
    My take on J. Tilmon has been one of disappointment.
    When is he going to grow up and quite committing 'dumb' fouls. And yes, they are fouls, they same type, and 'dumb'. He rarely plays more the 25 minutes per.
    Talk to me.
    Jungle George
    The only positive from Tilmon's inability to settle in as a sophomore is this: He is more likely to stay in program for one or two more seasons before trying pro ball. He needs more work before taking that step. The Ole Miss game was a bigger disappointment than the Kentucky game, IMO, because the team didn't get down to Oxford until just before the game. For whatever reason, getting to a SEC game from Columbia is like getting through Donner Pass. That is not good for a guy with focus issues. As for the Kentucky game, one of his early fouls -- trying to establish the post -- was absurd. He gets shoved multiple times with or without the ball whenever he tries to set up down low. He need to sell that to the officials instead of pushing back. A groan here, a WWE-caliber exaggerated stagger there could buy him some working room. My son-in-law calls this tactic "Geisting." Nobody can sell a foul (or non-foul) like Jordan Geist. .
    Hush puppies are seriously underrated side item. What's your favorite side that doesn't get enough love?
  • Good call on the hush puppies. The wife likes tater tots, but I find them overrated. I can only do those loaded with cheese and maybe chili too. Daughter 2 gives a shout-out to brussel sprouts. I'll go creamed spinach, as long as there is a little kick to it.
  • Does Duchene going to CBJ mean that the Bread Man is out the door any day now?
    If somebody wants to pay that same Duchene price -- a first-round pick with two prospects coming back -- then Jarmo Kekalainen and John Davidson should grab that. Duchene could replace Panarin's offense and he might just re-up there. Then maybe the Blue Jackets could make still another add to that take a Cup run. They could sell their bread and eat it too. Or something like that. On the other hand, the Blue Jackets could just play it out with Panarin and go for the parade.
    So do you think Kraft's run-in with the law will be known as Tuggate?
    I would like to know your thoughts on a comparison of Stillman and DeWitt as owners. As fans of both, I like Stillman's desire to win more than DeWitt. Stillman allows Armstrong to spend to the limit, even though that results in a hit to the bottom line. DeWitt seems happy to be in the neighborhood of the playoffs, and will not sacrifice the bottom line to acquire a "better" chance at a title. How do you compare the two?
    DeWitt has won two World Championships in St. Louis, so he wins. Period. You can claim one guy is trying harder than the other, but only one -- DeWitt -- has the rings. He also has set this franchise up for the long haul while the Blues still have much work to do on the business side.
    When it comes to stat projections I tend to not pay any attention, but for some of the Cardinals (Goldschmidt especiall) some of the projections seem almost disrespectful. Is decline factored in that much in these projections, or are they just trying to play it safe?
  • It's easy to pick on those projections. As Theo Epstein noted, PECOTA punishes older guys because of broader MLB trends. But some guys hold up better than others. Baseball is a very human exercise and the projections often fail to accurate capture that element.
    Gordzonga why do I have to remind you that I chatted with you ONE Year ago as to why the Blues would not bring up this kid with the great statistics from the minors? His name was Jordan Binnington! YOU--YOU knew so much better writing he has done nothing blah blah! WELL here we are I was right a year ago and I am right today. If you don't move Petrangelo in the off season you will be stuck with a bad contract on a player on the wrong side of the bell curve. And sorry Jeff the Blues are NOT FAST! Not slow and a good team but NOT FAST. And Matheny was God awful (never even learned a double switch) yet YOU stuck by him to the bitter end his winning percentage was due to taking over a World Series Championship team. You are my favorite writer because you have humility and always answer everyones questions no matter how dumb. Please don't become a Know it all .. . . R.I.P Burwell and Strauss.
    Yeah, I didn't see the Binnington thing coming. But neither did the Blues. He was penciled in to caddie Ville Husso this season in San Antonio. Good for Jordan. Guys who play in the ECHL and languish in the AHL for several years seldom pan out. But sometimes guys beat their projections. I remember a guy bashing MacKenzie MacEachern last year for some reason, wondering why he even got a contract. And look at him now. As for Matheny, he overcame lots of adversity to win a lot of games here. Much of the heat he got from fans was just stupid. As Shildt learned in September when his team died on him, managing at this level is not easy. And I like Shildt, who is just a fabulous story.
    Career wise Harper and Machado are very close in the stats so I myself fail to see what Harper is holding out for, well we do know, I just don't understand this "need" to be the higher pad of the two. If I was an owner I would sign a player to a 10 year contract unless it was a Trout and even that would be extravagant. Thanks for letting me say my piece! Have a great weekend, enjoy watching the Birds.
    Bryce Harper wants the biggest contract because his agent, Scott Boras, wants to set the record. He convinced Bryce it will happen and it probably will. Boras saw this as his chance to make history and cement his legacy as the greatest agent of all time. Which he is.
    how is it that salaries and contract terms become public knowledge. is this written in the players union negotiations? People who work for other private ownership entities don't have their salaries revealed.
    The NHL set the trend there. The hockey players pushed for public disclosure of salaries because the owners kept gaming them. It worked, so agents in all sports have only been too glad to release terms to the media. So much of the business is done on comparables and agents want those numbers out there for leverage.
    Re: The Piscotty trade. I think it's great that he was sent back home to be with his mom and I don't doubt that it factored in the decision to trade him to Oakland. But the cynic in me says that the Cardinals wouldn't have been so willing to trade him if he had been as productive in 2017 as he was in 2016. What do you think?
    His personal situation impacted his performance, so that factored in significantly to the trade. Had Piscotty soldiered through as a high producer, then the Cardinals would have probably kept him. Athletes are people, too, and we all handle family tragedies differently.
    It wasn’t that long ago, we thiugh the Blues would be selling for sure, so trading for Howard would be silly. Now, maybe it makes sense to add a veteren goalie as insurance for a playoff run, as long as Allen goes in the deal and it doesn’t include the top kids. Probably doesn’t happen, but maybe? Also, is it wrong of me to hope Patrick Kane gets food poisoning? Nothing serious, just enough to kill his mojo.
  • Well, Patrick Kane is carrying my fantasy team, so let's not get carried away there. There is room in the playoffs for the Blues and Blackhawks both.
  • If you were a GM of a team this year, would you be satisfied with a starting outfield that averaged .275, 20 homers, 75 rbis and played above average defense?
    That depends on what kind of on-base plus slugging percentage that outfield produced. Does it hit doubles and draw walks too? Also, what kind of offense are you getting elsewhere? In the case of the Cardinals, they could get pop at shortstop and high corner infield production as well. If Wong hits .285 instead of .245 and Molina holds up at catcher, then than outfielder could work. The Cardinals would have a deep lineup.
    I am a big fan of Coach Ford at SLU. I think a program of this size and stature is fortunate to have him. That said, I was very surprised to hear his comments about the poor foul shooting a major Achilles heel of this team. As I remember the words were along the lines of: we don't talk about, we don't emphasize it etc. Now maybe there is intensity on this behind the scenes and maybe this was said to protect players or not heap on added pressure but....? Thoughts?
    My take on that is Ford concedes that "it is what it is" with free throws. The Billikens are just going to put baseline fans at risk when they step to the line this season. He doesn't want to beat on the guys for it because it's not going to change. These guys shoot for hours and hours and they are still not good. There are shooting coaches who have fixed this guy or that guy at the line, but generally speaking players can either shoot free throws or they can't. Progress is usually incremental at best. It's kind of like putting. If Ford goes off on Hasahn French for wedging a free throw between the bracket and backboard, that probably makes things worse.
    In analyzing Ozuna's year last year, offensively, wouldn't you take a starter with those stats at all three positions and think that you have the best outfield in baseball - offensively only? Ozuna's arm reminded me of the player, Tommy Lupus I believe, on the original Bad News Bears, that could not throw the ball in from the outfield, so I would not want three of those players in the outfield defensively.
    You would love to have one outfielder go off the way Ozuna did two years ago in Miami or Yelich did last year in Milwaukee. That dominant hitter can unnerve pitchers and make guys next to him in the batter order better. But those numbers across the board are OK if a team is getting some serious run production elsewhere
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