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 1 p.m. live chat.

  • Entirely predictable. Baseball 2022. Catch the fever.
    Hi Derrick. In addition to giving thanks for your great coverage of the Cards, I wanted to give thanks for recommending The Baseball 100 by Joe Posnanski a few chats back. Great, interesting read!
    Glad you got a chance to read it. Posnanski's book is fantastic. I'm thrilled that he agreed to come on the podcast and talk about it. You can still find that podcast here: 

    Best Podcast in Baseball: Joe Posnanski & his new classic, 'The Baseball 100'

    STLtoday.comA colossal feat of baseball reporting and baseball writing, Joe Posnanski's 'The Baseball 100', a New York Times bestseller, hits the desk with a thump to announce its gravity but
    I’m not going to judge Matz after one major league start, if for no other reason than my own sanity for the next 4 years. But do you think there is ever a point that this clubs sees the value of shopping at the high end counter when it is time to reinforce a roster with a lot of young talent? Matz wasn’t a dumpster dive but the signing has traces of “watch how smart we are…”
    Smart move not to make a decision on a starter's season based on one start, in the same way you wouldn't make a decision on a position player after one game. 
    The Cardinals saw Matz as shopping at the high-end counter. Yes, they feel that they're going to get a greater return because of the defense he'll have behind him. That's true. But they didn't think they got some bargain play there. They thought Matz was going to go for a good price and they were willing to meet it because he was their preferred free-agent starter.
    In 2014 the Cards were LOSING in that playoff series to Frisco, when Matheny used Wacha. The Cards would need to win that game (they were *not* leading when he used Wacha), and also win each of the next two games, to win that series. (Also, it's the ONLY playoff series Matheny lost when favored. He won FOUR as an underdog.) You have embarrassed yourself by taking unjust jabs at Matheny for that game, for over 7 years. Go back, Derrick, and check how badly Rosenthal and Martinez were pitching, when that "Wacha game" took place. There was no clearly better choice than Wacha. It was a gamble, it backfired horribly. But there was no clearly better choice at that time. Just check for yourself.
    Lance Lynn was available and warming up in the bullpen. Just saying.
    DeWitt and Mo were in a no/win situation with AP and with Molina too. The fans and mlb wanted AP to end his career in St..Louis. Albert looks like he is in better shape this year than last but Yadi dosen't.
    MLB didn't care at all. Fans did as they should, that makes sense. DeWitts did. Mozeliak ultimately did. Molina did. And please note that Pujols cared about returning and wanting to see if it was possible.
  • I sincerely believe the Cardinals, i.e., John Mozeliak, signed Albert Pujols to not only hit on occasion, but to sell tickets, with ticket sales being the driving force behind the signing.
    Ticket sales is definitely a tangible benefit of the signing. They'll do quite well with ticket sales, especially if Pujols also hits and gets ever closer to that 700th home run.
    Derrick, two-part question here: 1. Where do the Cardinals rank in MLB in current payroll and where do they rank in terms of highest ticket prices in MLB? 2. Had you ever heard of Drew Ver Hagen and Aaron Brooks before they signed with the Cardinals?
    1. Not all of the salaries have been set, as you know, due to arbitration hearings spilling into the season this year, so some of the opening day rosters are still in flux, and I have not yet seen some of the final salaries set for pre-arb players, only estimates. That said, the Cardinals are going to come in around 8th-11th in payroll for the 28-man roster. Probably going to be right near 10, when it all comes in.
    The info on ticket prices is hard to pin down with zero tickets sold in 2020 and limited tickets in 2021. They did average around $35/game in 2019, and they had been around that for a few years. That's going to be a top third cost, definitely ahead of 15th. Demand plays a role in that. And we've seen demand shift coming out of 2019, and will just now see how prices will adjust.
    2. I had. But, candidly, that's my job, right? I'm supposed to be aware of them. Nick Martinez was connected to the Cardinals, and had I been able to connect the dots sooner I would have been able to find out the Cardinals' interest in VerHagen, Martinez's teammate in Japan.
    I am not fretting. I do recall Mozeliak saying in a postgame Q&A last summer that in retrospect he wishes they had not included the 2nd opt out but by the time they realized it was maybe not necessary they felt as if pulling it would have blown up the entire deal.
    He did say that, but the second opt out was necessary to make the deal happen. Why? Well, opt-outs have financial value. The union puts a price tag on it. And because Arenado agreed to defer so much of the money in his salary, the union had to see that the modern-day value of the contract was not changed. A way to do that was to give him the power of opting-out and then also the option the team got for the final year, which is an add-on year. So, the second opt-out was necessary to maintain the present-day value of the contract. That's why it's there.
    Given how the outfield collectively performed last year, would the Arozerena trade have really mattered as much if the return had been for a player who was on the big league roster? I feel like a lot of the sting is related to his instant impact and Liberatore not having any so far.
    Bingo. And also the fact that Arozarena didn't get that chance to show himself with the Cardinals, as we've gone over many many many many many times. So, a lot of fans wonder. Heck, the Cardinals wonder. It informed their commitment to the current outfielders.
    My wife and I are planning on a trip back to St. Louis in June. I've already planned a night at the ballpark. And to recreate my long-ago childhood I'm going to purchase a scorecard upon entering the stadium and keep score of the game. And thanks to you - I'll be using a Blackwing Pearl to do it.
  • Enjoy. I'm going to try to be better about sharing my scorebooks this season. I am also going to find the scorebook from April 2001 at Coors Field. Should be a good one to revisit.
    After the home opener, your Twitter had a sweet story about your memories of the home opener at Mile High, 1993, juxtaposed next to a short statement about our home opener: “‘Tis one win, and nothing more”. The comparison was almost jarring. My question, is it the difference between being a reporter, where you cannot show emotion or root for the home team, and a recollection from when you were a fan? If so, I think there were many kids there with their parents forming important memories...or am I reading in too much? No offense intended in any case!
    I understand what you're saying, and while I do think you're reading too much into it, please allow me to put some context to both of these statements. In 1993, at Mile High Stadium, there was a home game for the local Major League Baseball team for the first time in history. It was the first home game by a team that called that Time Zone home -- ever. That's some history right there. That's going to make that one game stand out because it happened. Period. The fact I got to see a Major League Baseball game 28 minutes from my house in a Time Zone that did not have an MLB team, along a front range that adored baseball -- well, that's not an everyday event. The result of the game doesn't matter.
    So, one tweet was about a historic event, the first of its kind, that I got to see.
    I kind of remember the Rockies won, but I'd have to look up the score.
    Please keep in mind the aspect that for an entire state and Time Zone that game was the first of its type, and imagine what that would be like for Cardinals fans to attend the first home opener of the Cardinals. There were fans at Mile High who had craved MLB baseball for all of their life -- 50, 60, 70 years -- and now were seeing it at home. 
    And that brings me to the second part.
    The result of the game is just one game, not the memories from attending an opening day. This isn't some reporter/fan distinction. This is a distinction I'm sure fans feel, too. They know that the result of the game is just one game and counts the same as any game in August or September or May or the third week of April. The event is different. The event is the opener and it may be the only opener a fan sees, or it may be the first opener a young fan sees, and that makes it special. The event is special.
    Finally, it was just a reference to Edgar Allan Poe's poem, The Raven.
    That whole gamer had multiple allusions to The Raven, and the line you're quoting that I shared on Twitter was one of them. Not sure if I pulled it off, but that was the goal -- to write the gamer and use Poe's poem to relay the story of a Cardinal pecking at Marmol's window.
    Also, when thinking about potential Hall of Famers on the Cardinals, while it is early in their careers, do you think O'Neill or Carlson has a greater potential to make the Hall of Fame?
    I have no idea, sorry. It takes 10 years of service time to even be eligible.
    Lance Lynn in the 2014 playoffs would have been coming in from the bullpen, on short rest, after throwing 98 pitches in his previous outing. That did not make him a clearly better choice than Wacha. Also, in the 2014 regular season, San Fran had mauled Lance Lynn, with a team OPS of .995 against him. You have no leg to stand on, Derrick.
    Lance Lynn pitched on Oct. 12.
    He started that game and allowed two runs on six hits in 5 2/3 innings.
    The final game of that season was Oct. 16.
    He was advertised as available in relief that game and warming up at the time of the decisive hit.
    Michael Wacha had not thrown a pitch in that postseason before throwing the most decisive pitches of the postseason. The last time he appeared before Oct. 16 was Sept. 26. He had allowed nine runs in his previous 13 2/3 innings of work more than two weeks before he next appeared in the deciding moments of an elimination game.
    I like where my legs are standing, even almost eight years later.
    If Matheny used Lynn instead of Wacha we can't assume a different outcome. I thought Matheny was wrong also but?
    We will never know. What I do know is I did not expect a chat in April 2022 to include such passionate defenses of something that happened in October 2014. But here we are.
  • Following up on the question about future Hall of Famers on the Cardinals. Looking at Goldschmidt right now where would you rank him among the current first basemen? When considering whether a player is a Hall of Famer do you look at how the player compares to his contemporaries or to the historical measure?
    He's a top five first baseman in the game, and when it comes to his all-around game, sure seems like he's in the conversation for top three. I think you could make that argument, for sure.
    6.12 ERA, 1.56 WHIP, 17BB in 23 IP

    Glad we are not facing the pitching issues on the Brewers. Let's not overreact to their pitching or ours.
    Good numbers to note. The rush to crown the Brewers based on pitching was something I did not understand going into this season.
    Curious if you had a chance to see the Red's Greene pitch against the Braves, it was reminiscent of Alex Reyes when he was called up with the electric stuff. It was concerning to watch as to win the division the Cards will need to pile up wins against the Reds and Pirates
    I watched the highlights. Did not get a chance to see the entire game. Eager to see him pitch more often -- and plenty in this division. Electric talent, for sure. Good description for him, Dave.
    My apologies if you've already touched on this, but I found it concerning that the team is worried about covering innings with 15 man staff, and already having had an off day on Friday.
    Hey Derrick, thanks for all that you do for us fans! I wanna know, have you ever seen he rain coming down on a sunny day?
  • I have, yes. It's the stuff of rainbows!
    Why are the Dodgers able to draft lower in the draft every year like the Cardinals yet maintain such a strong farm system that produces high quality talent? Is it just a matter of them having more money to spend on everything (scouting, development) than teams like the Cardinals or are they just better at what they do?
    There might be some of that, but I'm not so quick to call it just the money. There are two other elements, and one of them is definitely money: They can sign a lot of players. They can accumulate more talent by being able to run the waivers, pluck off any that they want, and move on by cutting checks to the players they don't want. They are roster churn specialists because their payroll allows them to be. Also, they do sign a lot of international talent, and they aren't too far removed from spending, what, $250 million on Cuban free agents? It might have been more than that. 
    But ...
    Let's not ignore that the Dodgers are a development monster. They are able to identify and maximize and enhance players. Period. They are the model of development and deployment and that is what makes them a fully operational Death Star, perhaps unlike any organization baseball has seen. Imagine that. The budget of the Yankees. The development acumen of the Cardinals. Combined to become the Voltron of baseball organizations. 
    That's what the Dodgers are, and that's why they are a clear and present threat to the Cardinals' brand as the king of the NL when it comes to World Series titles. The Dodgers aren't going anywhere. They're good and they know it, and the Cardinals are must find a way to catch up. They are quite good at developing pitchers. For sure. They must show better success with developing impact players -- that's the only way they'll keep pace.
    DG my brother lives in Springfield MO. I find it unbelievable that he has never gone to an S-Cards game and was thinking of riding over there and taking him to one? What are some intriguing developing stories on the roster in Springfield?
Powered by Platform for Live Reporting, Events, and Social Engagement