Join Hall of Fame baseball writer Rick Hummel for his live Cardinals chat at 9 a.m. Monday

Join Hall of Fame baseball writer Rick Hummel for his live Cardinals chat at 9 a.m. Monday

Bring your Cards questions and comments to Monday’s live chat at 9 a.m.

    Please finish the following sentence... This is the worst stretch of Cardinal baseball I've seen since _______________.
    1990. Or 1980. Both bad ball clubs. But worse than this one.
    Watching Gant or Martinez pitch makes me physically ill. What can I do?
  • Where's the Shildt locker room speech about " I don't care who we play, we'll F'em up". That was cute way back when. Mike's msg has grown stale at this point, the aw shucks aw darn crap doesn't play. If Mike sees something different than everyone else, then the Cardinals insurance plan needs a review too, as they need add vision coverage!
    Shildt almost always sees the glass as half full. But he is trying to pump up his offense because that is the Cardinals' only real chance of winning any games. He sees, as we all can, that their pitching, except for the bullpen, isn't good enough.
    I am in too much distress to ask a Cardinal related question so will go in another direction. Did you see yesterday's column by Joel Sherman of the NY Post concerning watching baseball from his father's perspective. Great comments on how from a traditionalist's mind set the extreme emphasis on analytics , spin rates, launch angles and all that isn't just confusing sometimes but frustrating. Many of us still want to talk about won-lost records, batting averages, ERA , balls in play and baseball card stats. Thank you for often placing in your writings mention of batting average, won-lost and other cherished stats for those of us so often turned off by the new wave.
    Thanks very much. I admit to being old-school as far as using the stats many of us grew up with as we cut our teeth on watching baseball. I understand the inside-baseball people want the other stuff now but I think there still are many out there who don't want to be deluged with analytics and are more meat-and-potatoes fans.
    How can we justify starting Carlos again? 3-9 with an era of almost 7. Might as well just forfeit and save the embarrassment. Bring up someone…anyone. They can’t do any worse.
    The Cardinals are saying he is the best option. Maybe he's being showcased. I don't exactly know. He did have a no-hitter against Arizona for six innings the first time he faced them, so let's go with that.
    In your opinion, is the smart move to endure this season as is and look to 2022 to make the personnel changes needed?
    The smart move is not to give away any more prospects, as the Cardinals, unfortunately, have been prone to do lately. If they can't make a significant move in acquiring a player without sacrificing their future, then don't do it. The coaching staff and the entire organization--and its philosophy--can be evaluated at the end of the season.
    Boring and uninspired looking baseball team don’t you think.
    Especially when the home team is down three runs before it comes to bat.
    The Cardinals have a well-below average team and their record supports their #20 power rank.

    IF YOU ALWAYS DO WHAT TOU HAVE ALWAYS DONE, YOU WILL ALWAYS GET WHAT YOU HAVE ALWAYS GOTTEN.

    As of Friday, the Cardinals had 3 SPs that have no business starting major leagues games. Martinez, Gant and Oviedo. Doing the same thing, starting Martinez, Gant, and Oviedo over and over and expecting different results defines insanity!

    IF YOU ALWAYS DO WHAT TOU HAVE ALWAYS DONE, YOU WILL ALWAYS GET WHAT YOU HAVE ALWAYS GOTTEN.

    Martinez should be traded (good luck with that), released or minimally banished to the bullpen. His mental makeup, short concentration span, and immature body language scream 1-2 bullpen stints.

    I see that Martinez is now scheduled to start tomorrow night’s game (see definition of Insanity).

    Martinez’s body language-antics-childlike behavior should not be tolerated!

    IF YOU ALWAYS DO WHAT TOU HAVE ALWAYS DONE, YOU WILL ALWAYS GET WHAT YOU HAVE ALWAYS GOTTEN.

    Over the weekend, Gant was banished to the bullpen due his inability to throw strikes. Good move! But he should have to throw strikes in the bullpen to maintain his roster spot.

    IF YOU ALWAYS DO WHAT TOU HAVE ALWAYS DONE, YOU WILL ALWAYS GET WHAT YOU HAVE ALWAYS GOTTEN.

    Oviedo desperately needs more time at AAA Memphis. Until he can throw strike one, 60% of the time, he should remain at AAA Memphis. I pray he recovers from 14 starts with very limited success.

    IF YOU ALWAYS DO WHAT TOU HAVE ALWAYS DONE, YOU WILL ALWAYS GET WHAT YOU HAVE ALWAYS GOTTEN.

    Mozeliak needs backfill the 3-starting pitcher hole, via waiver wire claims, trades, and call-ups. Over the weekend it was announced that LeBlanc would start tonight’s game vs Arizona. His likely a short- term solution. Liberatore should also get some consideration.

    Mozeliak needs to find a pitcher or 2 to keep the ship afloat. Time is of the essence. He has had ample time!
  • No arguments with their power ranking, One or two pitchers are needed until some of the injured ones return but there aren't many pots of gold at the end of the rainbow that are out there. The Cardinals have little to trade off their big-league roster that would appeal to anybody other than DeJong and Bader, when he returns. The club is leery of trading any of the few prospects it has, given what has happened in recent years.
    I have to put the losing on Girsch & Mo. I don’t want to. However, they can see what is going on just like the rest of us. The saying goes “the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again but expecting different results.” Well, putting Martinez, KK, Gant, and Oviedo out there getting the same results time after time is just insane. And don’t tell me putting LeBlanc is going to be any different. It’s doing the same thing with a different player. Shelby Miller is in his situation for a reason. He is not the answer. It has to go on Girsch & Mo. They could make a trade if he wanted. They didn’t have to wait this long. They are the only one’s who can do something about it and decided not to. I believe when Flaherty got injured they could have traded for a #3 starter and gotten away with being down 2-3 games at the all-star break. Now I feel they need Flaherty back and two #1 or #2 starters just to get back into it. I can see not trading Gorman or Liberatore, but everyone else in AA and AAA should be on the block. Most of the players below AA should also be on the block. Isn’t this why Arenado wanted to leave Colorado? As a Cardinal fan I most feel sorry for Yadi and Waino. They are playing their hearts out while the exec’s who could right the ship continue to sit on their hands. Am I wrong?
    Wainwright and Molina did not come back expecting to play for a sub .500 team and maybe the Cardinals won't be. Everyone has to take ownership for what has happened. The front office for not providing enough depth to cover injuries (although there has been a rash). The coaching staff for not helping the players play better. And, most importantly. . . the players for not playing better.
    In your opinion, do the cardinals look worse than they did in Matheny’s last year before Shildt took over? If so, is Shildt’s job in trouble despise the front office giving him and the players more to work with?
    The Cardinals were a bit over .500 when Mike Matheny was cashiered. This is the worst the Cardinals have played under Shildt. On the other hand, look at the talent with which he's playing. It's not good enough.
    DeJong, Edman and Bader all saw their averages drop 40+ points from their first full season with the Cardinals to their second. Paul Goldschmidt hit 30 pts less in his first season in St. Louis compared to his previous season in Arizona. Coincidence or something else?
    In the case of the younger players you mentioned, the pitchers and staffs on the other clubs adjust. The players haven't made similar adjustments. Yet. As for Goldschmidt, we are seeing a good player but not the great player he was with Arizona. His best offensive years are behind him but he can still help as a strong defender and run producer despite his low batting average. He is hitting the ball with a lot more authority lately although with no eye-popping results.  There still could be a good second half in his future.
    This years Cardinals team is a total mess, at this time. The addition of Nolan Areanado was fine, but this team had plenty of holes coming out of Spring Training. Mozeliak has surrounded himself with plenty of yes men. When is he going to be held responsible for the train wreck he has created?
    As mentioned, there are few who are blameless. And, as it should, it starts at the top. But don't ignore the players in all this. They haven't played nearly as well as they could/should have
    I do not agree with Shildt’s comments about walking more. I don’t know any player that has made it to the majors by leading the league in walks in the minor leagues. You get there by hitting the ball. If anything, I feel the Cards need to be more aggressive at the plate. They are letting a lot of cookies go by. Maybe if they would do damage with those cookies that they are taking then the team would score more runs. Instead they take pitch after pitch. They take the cookies then swing at breaking balls off the plate because they are in the hole by taking so many pitches. In my opinion they are not ready to hit when they get into the box. But when they do swing at a cookie they are behind on it. They don’t seem ready to hit when they get into the box, Maybe if they would do more damage with the get me ahead fastball then pitchers would have to pitch to them differently and then maybe more walks will come. Right now if I’m pitching to the cardinals I’m throwing a meatball first pitch because either they won’t swing at it or they are not prepared to swing at it and I will get a weak ball put in play. On 0-0, 2-0 and 3-1 counts they should be ripping the ball instead they seem to take those pitches. Please tell me why I’m wrong. I feel the pitcher determines whether a walk is issued or not. If you can continuously get ahead in the count and make them hit your pitch you don’t have to walk batters.
    "Walking more," is relative, to a degree. The Cardinals weren't walking at all, for a while. Often, when hitters are not sure of themselves, they will take the first pitch, no matter where it is, and then chase a bad one. I do not subscribe to the philosophy of regularly taking the first pitch. I do subscribe to the theory of taking advantage of the situation when you are ahead in the count and swing at your pitch and not the pitcher's. This is not an easy topic to quantify other than the Cardinals' offense must do better because the pitching staff has only so much talent available to it now.
    I am really hoping your chat is taking place at 9:00 am today because you know or anticipate a team press conference at your regular time with a significant announcement coming.
    I do not know of any such press conference, unfortunately, for you. The Post-Dispatch is honoring me this afternoon for my 50 years' of service at the newspaper.  But that doesn't mean there couldn't be any announcement later in the day.
  • is the owner as embarrassed the fans
    I don't know if "embarrassed" would be the right word, versus "frustrated" and "disappointed." 
    "Embarrassed" is a word I save for lack of success when lack of effort is apparent. 
    With 3 years of evidence, it is obvious that the big issue (of many) is the offense. Even when the pitchers were doing well a couple weeks ago the offense couldn't give them any support. Even now, if the pitchers give a solid effort they won't win as they cannot score runs. Always swinging for the fences (got to keep the 'launch angle' and 'exit velocity' up) but very few line drives or situational hitting. So why is Jeff Albert STILL with the Cards? Is it about his contract? Well, guess what? When the fans quit showing up to see the same lackluster effort then they won't have the money to pay him.
    The coaching situation surely will be dealt with after the season, if not before. The fans may already be speaking. The paid house of only 25,000 with no big giveaway on Sunday was a bit surprising.
    I respect that analytics has a place in sports, even a very prominent one. But the Cardinals organization has gone too far in the direction of reliance on analytics. And as we all know, data can be manipulated or filtered to support any narrative. And I think this team tends to filter it to support outcomes they want or paper over missteps they have made. It is time for DeWitt to bring back the tried and true "eye test" to Cards baseball. It would help this team stop wasting time on players/coaches whose shortcomings are obvious to anyone paying attention.
    Such baseball notables as Tony La Russa long have preached that there is a mix to be desired between analytics and the "eye test." Some teams do it better than others. But I'm all for anything that still involves scouts.
    Commish,

    Injuries, poor team construction, .671 ops, not much depth, weak bench and an angst ridden fan base.

    Is there a reason to believe the Cardinals will salvage this season? You have more access than we do; what does Commish think? Is there a legit chance at winning a championship this year?

    Thanks
    There is a chance, but not a very good one. To get to what I think is a playoff minimum of 90 victories, the Cardinals would have to go 53-31. They don't have the starting pitching, currently, to do that.
    Rick: I believe that Alberts hiring coincides with Carpenter's decline. Is that correct?

    If coaching changes are made, please no Marmol or Clapp. This organization needs new blood and fresh ideas.

    I fear that Albert's flawed hitting methods with infect the entire minor system if he is not relieved asap. After 70 years of watching baseball, I have only recently heard of launch angle and exit speed. When did this garbage surface?
    Launch angles, etc., became a bigger deal about five to seven years ago.  I don't know if I can link Carpenter's decline to Albert but the Cardinals' offense generally hasn't been as good as you would have thought since he's been here.
    What are your early impressions of Lars?
    He can be a big-league player but probably not a regular unless he hits with a bit more power. I do like the fact he's struck only once in six games. That's almost impossible these days.
    Commish,
    I appreciated your gamers over the weekend. As the Cardinals continue to flail and flounder, I've been wondering whether anyone has talked to Whitey Herzog about his impressions of the current state of the Cardinal team and organization. Given your long history reporting on the Cards how do you think Whitey would evaluate the team and how might he propose to fix it? It seems the front office would benefit from his wise, independent view and a lot of fans would appreciate hearing it, too. Thanks again.
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