Join Cardinals beat writer Derrick Goold for his live chat at 11 a.m. Monday

Join Cardinals beat writer Derrick Goold for his live chat at 11 a.m. Monday

Bring your Cards questions and comments to Monday’s live chat at 11 a.m.

    Lance Lynn left as a free agent. So, Cardinals got a compensation draft pick. With that pick the Cardinals drafted Luken Baker.
    For Adolis Garcia, they got cash, and that was worth it to them to open a spot on the 40-man roster. That was their goal.
    Wife and I were at all 3 games for Alberts return in 19. I can't believe his Dodgers return will be as emotional, or as exciting for the fan base. Thoughts?
    You've hit me with a lot of these questions today, Joliet. I don't know. It could be in the crucible of a pennant race and be remarkable. It could be he doesn't take an at-bat in the series because it's September and LA might be healthy and trying to stay ahead of the Padres. I just don't have any clue. He could announce he's going to play another year. He could announce he's going to retire -- and then it would be a weekend loaded with ovations and celebrations and gifts and stuff. I just don't know in June what September will look like.
    My girlfriend HATES when I do stuff like this (correcting) but you should aim your angst at Don Henley as the Red Sox fan not Bob Seger. Song is All She Wants to do is Dance.

    And no I have no idea if Henley even likes baseball.
    You're right. You're right. It was Don Henley. Not Seger. I messed up. Bad error on my part. And I should know better. Well, I've got the house to myself. Time to put on some Wayfarers, take those old records off the shelf, sit here and listen to 'em by myself, and reflect on my error.
    If this team misses the playoffs, does it make it likely for Arenado to opt out of his contract at the end of the season?

    The story of Max Moroff fascinates me. I think it shows how fragile these guys’ careers are. He’s a career .175 hitter. He signed out of high school. He’s known nothing but baseball since then, and probably before. He’s hurt in the batting cage in Arizona, and, with a 7 month recovery, frankly, his career is in jeopardy.

    He met his current teammates in February, so he probably doesn’t have strong bonds with any of them. Do the Cardinals, or MLB, have support mechanisms for these young guys when they reach these life inflection points?
  • Yes, and the union does. And more importantly some of the groups that are popping up now are really focused on helping the players that don't get as far as he did, that never see the majors, never see a 40-man roster, never see a paycheck like that, and are limited to minor-league salaries and seasonal status and all the things that, yes, should be addressed and be a bigger part of the support structure for professional baseball. Encouraging work being done on that front, and some of it is headquartered right here in St. Louis with the work that Garrett Broshuis has done.
  • Why is some organization not mining the Rays front office for talent?
    Sometimes it's because the Rays pay better. Sometimes it's because they're already Dodgers. Or they've been hired by the Red Sox.
    Derrick, outstanding and in-depth commentary today, thanks!

    I’m not one to blame coaching for non-performance, but...sometimes maybe just a change is needed? Sure Yadi is having a good year at the plate, but might one not be looking at him switching over soon? Seems he would make a GREAT pitching coach!
    He might. I don't get the sense that is something he'd pursue, not at the moment. He's owner of a professional basketball team in Puerto Rico, and he has talked about being a coach, coordinator, officials with Team Puerto Rico, and working with the professional teams down there, like his brother did this past winter. 
    He'll be at spring training for the Cardinals after his career -- an invited, valued, and celebrated guest. But he'd have to want that kind of job with those kind of hours.
    It's a safe bet he could do many things well in a dugout as a coach or a manager.
    DG, Spin rates and Velo are the games brightest pennies today. As a untalented pitcher in high school even I figured out that I had less control the harder I threw. The more spin I threw. the more I tried to be as good as our top 2 SP's at this. How can a multi million dollar industry not see that? Is it the players seeing what is selling and getting other players to the bigs? or it is the teams pushing for it vs developing what that player does best which may take longer? Is the pressure of getting less expensive players producing motivating it. I hate walks and feel the talent level in any man at the MLB level, or near MLB can throw strikes very frequent. Walks are up not just on the Cards.
    There is a huge, significant leap beyond your assertion that baseball is making here -- that the best pitchers in the word can have it both ways. They can do what the pitcher in your example could not -- have the spin and the control.
    That's why they try, and that's why they do it, and that's how pitchers are setting themselves apart and why baseball is going in this direction. Trevor Bauer can throw harder and command it. Jacob deGrom can throw harder and command it. And teams believe that pitchers can get higher spin rates and control because they are elite at what they do. They are elite athletes and they have evidence of other elite athletes doing both. 
    This is the shiny penny of baseball. This a skill that adds commas.
    I’d like to see the Cardinals surprise Pujols by retiring his number when he’s here in September. It’s been retired since he left. Make it official.
  • That would be something. An interesting idea ...
  • Thoughts on Rick Porcello? He's availabe, and his 162 game avg are 202 IP & a 4.40 ERA. Never made less than 27 starts in any of his 12 MLB seasons (excluding 2020).
    I wondered if Scott Boras, Porcello's agent, would make the pitch to the Cardinals in person there in Los Angeles. Didn't happen. There would be some symmetry to him coming to the Cardinals, no? After all that handwringing about the Kozma draft, etc., that Porcello would pitch for the Cardinals. Their interest in him was ... minimized ... that's a good word for it ... when I've asked. That's partially because he's still available, so what's the reason for that, and that he would not be available as soon as the Cardinals' need is at the moment.
    Hey Derrick, thanks for the in-depth chat today! We've heard from plenty of the fans today on Mo/Girsch, but how do others in the industry perceive them and think of the job they do? I take in a bunch of baseball media, and I've noticed in recent years the Cardinals are rarely mentioned anymore when discussion turns to the best/most exciting front offices.
    This is a good question. Mozeliak is well regarded by his peers in the industry. Girsch doesn't have the same profile, but agents have a high regard for him, and several rival organizations in the know have borrowed from the models he's brought into the game. The Cardinals are seen as a structured, organized, conservative, polished and, at times, risk-averse team. So, a lot like you know them to be. A rival once told me he'd like to see what Mozeliak would do if given a spending spree, the one other teams perceive the Cardinals capable of making. Every so often, someone in the game will ask me about whether Mozeliak would like a change of scenery, a bigger market or a different challenge, and he's had that chance. He's viewed as loyal to the Cardinals. That's kind of the culture there.
    Just like any time there's a trade deadline there's a good referendum on a team's minor-league talent, any time there are jobs open throughout baseball it's a good way to gauge a team's place in the industry's opinion. The Cardinals went through a stretch there from 2006-2018 or so members of the front office did scatter and were interviewed. Mozeliak and Luhnow were interviewed in back-to-back searches for the Houston GM. Luhnow got it. He took with Elias and Mejdal, who are now running things -- Elias is the GM -- in Baltimore. Kantrovitz was pulled away from the Cardinals, came back, pulled away again, and is now with the Cubs. Before becoming GM, Mozeliak was a name that surfaced in many searches, and a few times he interviews. Girsch, likewise. Girsch's name was mentioned in one report this winter for the Phillies' search. Gary LaRocque was offered a leading position in Arizona before re-signing to stay with the Cardinals as farm director. An Angels official famously bragged that he had taken a copy of the Cardinal Way with him on the way out to apply to that organization. The Cubs Way -- partially written by a former Cardinal coach.
    You're going to hear a few other names in the coming fall/winter. The Rockies, for example, are expected to consider at least two of the Cardinals' front office members.
    Moises Rodriguez will be a name mentioned often in the current and coming searches. Randy Flores is getting attention within the industry, and that will generate outside entrance.
    All of that is prelude to a point that is important: The Cardinals themselves felt that they were falling behind in certain areas of the industry. That was something they acknowledged, and they wanted to correct, and one way they recognized this was the success of other teams. Some of them had taken the Cardinals model and improved upon it. Some had borrowed people, scouts, and elements of the Cardinals' model and merged them with others to create a stronger alloy. The Cardinals felt they were ahead evaluation and pitching development, but slipping behind in the use of tech for both pitchers and hitters. They were not among the first wave of teams to go widespread with so much of the pitching tech we now assume teams use, and that put them somewhat behind others. Mozeliak's planned pitching lab still isn't up and running. The hitting lab they planned is being used this summer, and was available this past winter, but not a major part of major-league spring training. These are areas that the Cardinals had to improve, and it was reflected somewhat in how the industry viewed them.
    What teams that are way behind in the standings make a good trading team with the Cardinals? Cardinals need top of the rotation starting pitchers bad
    Texas. Washington. Those two stand out to me at the moment.
    I believe I read somewhere that John Mozeliak and Brian Cashman were friends, and that they saw the game in a similar way. Please correct me if I’m wrong on this. I’ve been able to catch some of the Yankees games over the last couple of years. My question is do you have enough pull to put Mozeliak in connection with the Dodgers front office? He needs to get some new friends.
    I've written about that, several times. You overstate my pull.
    Is Flahrety’s oblique something that could be a recurring problem throughout his career? Seems like a muscle that can be difficult to ever fully recover from (see Wong) especially since Flahrety actually tore his.
  • The purpose to give time to heal is to avoid this. That's why he'll get it. That's the goal.
    DG, The Huge leap was not that the very top of a pitching staff can't do it but maybe the rest of the staff and some relievers may not be able to do both. sorry for the miss communication.
    I thought I addressed that. The goal is to find as many pitchers as possible who can do that -- and reaching for it with elite athletes is how you find out who can do it.
    I wanna know who the 12 people are that voted Pittsburgh to win the division.
    I want to know what it says that only 20 people voted for the Reds after they came to St. Louis and swept a four-game series.
    Any thoughts on Reyes to the rotation and Gallegos to closer role, at least in the short term?
    Cardinals have nixed that idea when I presented it and reasons for it to Shildt.
    We need a young cost controlled pitcher with talent rather than Scherzer as a rental.
    I disagree. But that's mostly because young cost controlled pitching is developed, and the Cardinals do fine with that. They need something different.
    Could Angel Rondon get a shot in the rotation? Looked up his stats and looks like he’s always put up good numbers as a starter. Also Andrew Pallentine seems to be a pitcher who isn’t flashy but seems to get results, if he keeps putting up decent numbers in Springfield could we see a speedy rise through the minors and see him in St. Louis this year? (2019 was his first year)
    He could, yes. That isn't how he's cast at the moment. But they're going to do some evaluation and discussion today and tomorrow and take a look at their in-house options and how that compares to what they can try to do outside. Expect some creative considerations, expect Rondon and Ponce de Leon and perhaps some others to get looks.
    What reasons did they give you?
    Wrote about this the other day in the paper in greater length than I can go into here. In short, Shildt said moving Reyes to the rotation would be "robbing Peter to pay Paul."
    Derrick, With 2021 filling the IL, Why would the Cards want to trade anyone with upside unless they were getting more than a single season in return?
    Fair question. Not sure they would ... Unless it's a certainty, a known quantity addition.
    I was at the game Friday and Flaherty looked fine before the game running around in the OF. I know you'd never say this, but as a fan I can.....aren't these guys just a little soft when they feel a little something that feels off? I mean this generation of ballplayer is so babied it's pathetic!

    Thanks for letting me rant.
    Could not disagree more. I believe I watched what you watched, and as Flaherty returned to the dugout it was clear that he was not comfortable breathing. That's an area where the oblique gets you. Don't sneeze with an oblique. Deep breaths are hard. Sleeping is tricky. And definitely looked like someone who had soreness rippling through his torso as he took a breath. "Gingerly," was the description of one of the people when asked how Flaherty was moving. 
    With Mo talking about urgency to address the pitching staff, do you see something happening within the week, or do you think this is going to be a slower burn? (obviously, this is an unanswerable question, but if you had to guess)
  • It sure sounded like they wanted to make a move in the immediate future, and then perhaps have a slower-burn move, as you describe. I just tried to describe this on Bernie Miklasz's radio show -- thanks for your patience -- and that it has to be seen in two tracks. Address the innings need now. Augment the rotation later. Innings need is urgent. And that is on their mind.
    I would like your opinion on a hypocrisy I see from the Cardinals. The tout advanced metrics when it benefits them and ignore them when it doesn’t. Some of the problems they are dealing with now have nothing to do with the injuries they are dealing with. I’m not saying the injuries haven’t had an effect, but rather they would have some of these problems even if everyone were healthy. Do they believe in advanced metrics or not? I don’t think they can switch back and forth depending on what works best for them at any particular time.
    I believe in advanced metrics. I try to use them daily, and I do my best to try and explain their value and their meaning to the readers. And I see my role, in some ways, as trying to even translate them so they can be better understood, more readily used by fans who might prefer their stats with out the OPS+ or xSLG. I'd like to be able to show how those numbers become or contribute to the baseball card stats. 
    In public comments, the Cardinals use stats that support their premise, their public stance, and the explanation they're trying to make. What would you expect them to do? That makes them like any other business or any other politician. A politician is going to go on TV and trumpet the polling that supports her/his platform, not point out the polling that undermines it. That make sense to me.
    The Cardinals do not do that privately. They are well aware of how some of the advanced metrics do not suggest improvement in key areas. They know that the start of the year with the strong avg exit velocity, that it's not at the same height anymore. And so on. Privately, they use every bit of information they can to improve the team, or make changes, and then when they seize on one that suits what they want to present publicly, they do.
    The thing about statistics is -- we can all make them dance to a tune we choose.
    Thanks for a great chat. This has been a strong one. Lots of challenging questions, and most of all the breadth of the questions. They weren't fixated on one moment, or one player, or one trade, and so on -- there was really a good chance to try and explore all sorts of issues, all kinds of facets of the current Cardinals team.
    The chat will be back next Monday, per usual.
    I will be at the keyboard for the chat -- coming back from Chicago and Wrigley Field. It could be a chat on the go, depending on how cooperative the travel is. Check your local listings.
    The Ohio home stand ends with a visit from Cleveland and then the Cardinals make their way to the north side of Chicago for the first time this season for a series at the friendly confines of Wisdom Field.
    Stay tuned. Stay informed. Stay healthy.
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