Join Cardinals beat writer Derrick Goold for his live chat at 1 p.m. Monday

Join Cardinals beat writer Derrick Goold for his live chat at 1 p.m. Monday

Bring your Cards questions and comments to Monday’s live chat at 1 p.m.

    They need to. It's not a question of will. It's a question of when. Or the season is sunk.
    DG, any time ANY team goes through a stretch like this, be it baseball or any other sport, you typically hear about a closed door team or players only meeting. Has that happened? If not I think that speaks volumes to the lack of leadership however, I find it hard to believe a team with Yadi and Waino would have a lack of leadership.
    They had a meeting the other day, actually. Matt Carpenter was one of the people who spoke. They've had a few. The manager and the pitching staff had one -- not sure if the door was closed though, but it definitely was a meeting. Yadier Molina was pulling a few teammates aside for private chats over the past week -- got the sense it was in small group stuff, but it may have been larger. Candidly, I didn't get an attendance, only a description.
    Usually things like "closed door meetings" become a bigger story when they lead to a winning streak or there's a winning streak that can be traced back to them. They haven't been winning.
    on a typical game, what percent influence to shildt, mo and girsch each have on setting the lineup? Ie for tonight's game, would it be 80 percent shildt, 15 percent mo and 5 percent girsch?
    Mozeliak and Girsch don't split it up like that. Mozeliak leads baseball ops. Girsch is the general manager. That's the breakdown of their roles within in the front office, which also includes Rodriguez, Flores, LaRocque -- and a handful of others. They're not deciding things in the way you describe where, say, Mozeliak has a bigger thumb on the scale.
    The way the Cardinals have approached this going back to the days of La Russa is the front office sets the roster, the manager sets the lineup.
    One reason for this is often the front office isn't always aware the manager must be of the player's circumstance. There have been times when a player is curiously absent from a lineup, and the manager knows the personal reason why that's the case, why it wasn't the time to play him, and the front office doesn't because the front office has hired the manager for such relations.
    It has, increasingly over the past 10 years, been part of the analytics department to provide the manager with some possible statistics and concepts for the lineup, and that comes from the front office's research group. But there's no indication within the Cardinals that a lineup is slipped under the manager's door like there have been cases with other teams. If anything, there's evidence of this in the way Mozeliak or Girsch sometimes talk about the lineup and the idea that the best hitter bats second or the idea of moving Nolan Arenado ahead of Goldschmidt in the lineup. Or, wanting to see more from the hitters and not often siding with the better glove, as the Cardinals did at times in 2019. 
    It's hard to put a percentage on it in the way you describe, so it's difficult to give you an answer in your terms. It's more the coaches/analytics providing suggestions and info and input and being a sounding board for the manager, who ultimately makes the lineup.
    With so many walks and inefficient innings our pitchers must be changing the calculus on inning coverage. Do you know what did/does the coaching staff consider to be a nominal pitch count per inning as they figure how many innings they may be short over the balance of the season?
    They have done that for years, at least going back 10, 15 seasons or so. They may speak in innings, but they track pitchers in pitches, right down to the number thrown in warming up to go into a game. The Cardinals consider more than 40 pitches a high-stress inning and they try to avoid them in the majors, and they'll pull a pitcher in the minors if he gets to that point.
    An example of this and where the Cardinals are in a bind was evidence over the past week. On Saturday, John Gant got into trouble in the second inning and the Cardinals went right to the bullpen as his inning came undone and his pitch count mushroomed. They were able to do that, to avoid adding more pitches to his arm, because they were coming out of an off day, they felt they had the pitching to cover 7+ innings. The opposite was the case back in LA where Martinez was left to grind through that long, stressful inning because the Cardinals didn't feel they had coverage for the game, knew if they stretched they would be exposed for the next three games, and needed Martinez to wear the inning past the point they would normally have gotten him.
    He was in that same spot last night, too.
    He pitched well. If one of those early innings had gone sideways on him, the Cardinals might have called on him to keep pitching, even into the 40s for a single inning.
    Who would your 5 starting pitchers be for the next 2 to 3 weeks?
    Wainwright.
    Kim.
    Martinez.
    Oviedo.
    Gibson, K.
    Just spitballing.
    Or, wait, can I even use that phrase anymore?
    Someone just came to the door to take my new Brooklyn Nets cap.
    Molina, Goldschmidt, Edman, Arenado, O'Neill, are hitting good. Carlson is hitting ok. Would a new hitting coach help DeJong, Carlson, Thomas, Williams, Carpenter and Knizner?
    Might not. The Cardinals' offense is perplexing. The raw numbers say they should be better as a group than they are. As I wrote in the paper, they're less than the sum of their parts. That's unusual, and worthy of increased review and scrutiny.
    What plans does Mo have to “Shake Things Up?” It’s obvious that something needs to change but trading away star prospects such as Gorman, Walker, Thompson, Liebatore, Winn, Torres, and Herrera won’t help in the long term.
    They're not looking to trade those prospects. Let's put that in writing now. Their preference would be to avoid trading their top three, four or five prospects. They have no intention of having a conversation at the moment that would require trading Walker, Gorman, or Liberatore. They see teams asking for that as trying to exploit them, not trade with them.
    When is the breaking point where if a trade doesn’t happen the team will not make the playoffs? And do you get the sense the front office is willing to overpay to keep this season alive?
    It's really quite simple. This past week was bad for the Cardinals, right? If they don't get more consistent pitching from somewhere, somewhere soon, and possibly from two some ones, it will get worse. Seriously, worse. Longtime readers will know how much I write about a team's need to cover innings and do some consistently, and how pitchers like Jeff Suppan can be the difference between a good team and a contending team. A contending team needs three pitchers it can count on for quality starts, turn after turn (not every turn does it happen, but it can), and the Cardinals are not just running an innings deficit, they're in it.
    The losing is a result of it.
    And there's an iceberg ahead if they don't find innings like Martinez provided Sunday, like Adam Wainwright will be asked to provide Monday to bring some bearing to the current mess.
    Keep the innings deficit going and the roster will break, the season sink.
    Any thoughts on if the asinine 3-batter minimum rule will continue in the future? Seems ironic that it was put in place to reduce game time while MLB is about to check pitchers for substances multiple times a game. Seems like the 3-batter minimum rule could have cost some LOOGYs of their jobs.
    You don't have to say "seems." It did cost specialists some jobs. There are relievers who don't have jobs or are in the minors because of it. Period. I think that rule will be reviewed and modified for the future.
    Cardinals have announced Kwang Hyun Kim as Tuesday's starter, FYI.
    The 2-11 slide coincided with losing 7 to division rivals thus the rapid plunge from first to fourth, not sure how they climb back into race as they have 3 teams to pass, this season is literally on the brink, agree?
    It is indeed. Hopefully I made that clear in the coverage.
    Matt Carpenter holding a meeting, now that's rich.
    Stay with me here and brace yourself for a revelation: His team and teammates have a different opinion about him than people on Twitter and in the chats who may never have met him.
    when will Bader and Williams be back? where is Austin Dean? why has Dean not been given a shot at right field?
    Harrison Bader - unknown. The Cardinals hope to see him increasing his activity during this brief home stand, but he had a more sever injury that initially revealed by the first scan, and the fracture had not healed at the pace they hoped. So he had to slow things down, rest more. 
    Austin Dean -- injured at Class AAA. He's been on the IL for more than a month.
    Is there any thought that maybe the Cardinals are using this year to see what they have prospect wise, and then fill in the gaps with what they need via trade or free agency? Sort of like what the Tigers did 10 or so years ago.
    To be fair, that describes every year. And if anything that is something that the Cardinals have pledged to do the past two seasons and then doubled down on after the Arozarena October. They're not rebuilding, though. They're not resetting or reviewing or anything. They don't go trade for Nolan Arenado, bring him to St. Louis, re-sign Yadier Molina, and say, OK, cool guys, now just chill a year while we figure out this young prospect situation to determine what we need to do for a future team. This is not a "stall" year. Don't let them sell you that it is. 
    The Cardinals' minor-league system is at an odd point, too. They have some high-end talent -- arguably more high-ceiling position player prospects than they've had in more than a decade, at least -- but they don't have that next level of talent. They don't have a depth to pull from, not like an organization usually needs. They're top heavy and some of that top-heavy talent is also young and several years away from the majors. 
    Per the"Robbing Peter" 6 innings of Peter is better than the 5 innings of Paul we are getting
    Not sure what to tell you. My comments/questions on that have been answered by the manager's insistence that Reyes will stay as a closer, and he's not asking me to make the decision.
    I can believe Purcello hasn’t been signed by anyone. Their are a lot of teams that need pitching. Is there something wrong with him?
    That is usually the case when a pitcher is not signed this late into the season. There's either distrust of his health and readiness or the asking price is too steep. The Cardinals aren't the only teams shopping, hunting, craving pitching and yet some of these free agents are still out there.
    Hi Derrick, Walt Jocketty was let go in 2007 after he assembled one of the most talented teams in franchise history in 2004, won the World Series in 2006, and developed one of the greatest players of all time. In the last 5 years, Mozeliak has built 1 division winner, that was then embarrassed in the NLCS. Why is there so much patience with him?
    Because of the organization he has built around and up through the majors, according to ownership. Bill DeWitt Jr. especially likes the structure that been built under Mozeliak's guide -- and he banked a lot of credibility by getting to four consecutive NLCS, winning two pennants, and the one title. I think that's important to keep in mind as you start to generate an opinion -- the wins and losses on the field are only part of it. Jocketty was fired at the end of a losing season. He was not fired for that losing season. As you know, there was a lot more to it than that -- there was the organization that DeWitt wanted the team to become, the integration he wanted between minors and majors and analytics and scouting and all of it, and he turned to Mozeliak to do that.
    It is entirely fair for you to base your opinion on wins/losses, pennants/titles. The ownership that is making the decision does not, and has detailed as much publicly. That could be where you disagree with how ownership handles business.
    Is it fair to assume that dramatic increases or decreases in spin rate most likely involve doctoring the ball? If so, the evidence is right there for everyone to see with published spin rates. There was much blame for media and MLB ignoring similar, obvious evidence in the 1990s and steroids. Do you see sports media heading for a repeat performance of negligent ignorance?
    Nope. You're literally in a chat that just detailed how reporters are tracking spin rates, and this is something that we've been writing about for ... well, the past several years now. The questions about Houston -- well covered. Heck, in spring training the little old Post-Dispatch right here in River City, on the corner of Fly-Over Avenue and Small Market Boulevard, had a story about it. 
    There are stories at ESPN and Sports Illustrated today about it.
    I'm going to go way out on a limb and suggest the origin of this question actually comes from the media coverage of it. So, no, emphatically no.
    When is this team going to show some emotion? We need some fire or someone to fire us up. Is there some action that we're not seeing regarding this?
    Yadier Molina brought this up to some players recently. Carlos Martinez sure had a lot of emotion on the mound last night. He was very demonstrative. Though, he seems to get criticized in some corners for things other players do and get celebrated. It's so hard to keep track these days of what is the right emotion and what is the wrong emotion. 
    This team is at its best the more it has the personality of Nolan Arenado. That is true.
    Boston DFA’d Brandon Brennan. This is an arm that would look good in our pen.
    That is a long list, Jacob. The Cardinals need help.
    Seems like Mo has a patience problem. He’s very impulsive. He renewed contacts like Mikolas, Carpenter and others when there was no need for haste. He hired Albert and instead of seeing how the majors did, he converted the entire system. On free agents he has thrown out contracts, like Cecil, where there was apparently no comparable, competitive offer.
    Honestly, I think the Cardinals are often too conservative with their decisions. I don't see the haste in the Mikolas deal. That was the timing for such an extension, and it was the time of year when they've done other extensions like it. The Carpenter deal, yes. They did not have to do that deal then, for sure. They had time to wait, but Carpenter came to them, they felt his interest was intriguing, and that was at a time, if you recall, when ownership was clear on the goal to maintain homegrown players. Sign and keep, they said. Sign and keep. The Pujols' departure still stung -- and I'm not trying to compare the two, as you know. 
    They seem to talk themselves out of trades/moves. Which a lot of teams do because baseball management has become risk management as teams are run like hedge funds.
    I saw the comment about Hendricks and Davies. Just go to the plate with the philosophy that you hit everything the opposite way. I do have a question. When does Gorman get promoted. Who is at third in Memphis? I know he’s on first. Are any other prospects having breakouts so far this year?
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