Join columnist Ben Frederickson for a live STL sports chat at 11 a.m. Tuesday

Join columnist Ben Frederickson for a live STL sports chat at 11 a.m. Tuesday

Ben Frederickson answers your Cardinals, Blues, St. Louis City, Mizzou and SLU questions in Tuesday's 11 a.m. live chat.

    As I've always said, Mizzou is a wrestling and journalism school.
    Regarding hockey players who caught Covid -- vaccines don't prevent you from ever getting Covid, but are very good at preventing people from dying if you get it. None of the Blues died. Now to sports. Any idea when Schenn will be back? And what do you expect from Perunivich (sp) tonight?
    Schenn was on the ice early today for some work, and that's a good sign. He's still classified as day-to-day. Perunovich will be under close watch from Chief to make sure he's hanging tough physically after the jump up from a stellar AHL start. Krug is back. Sundqvist is back. And Perunovich debut. All good news for a Blues team that needs a jolt. Perunovich likely paired with Robert Bortuzzo. Krug and Faulk back together, with Krug back on first power play. Sunny to center the fourth line. If the morning skate look holds, that is.
    I think it's curious that Mozeliak is promoting DeJong in the media the last few weeks of how he was hurt during the year, has so much potential , blah blah blah. Do you think he has been told and leaned on by DeWitt saying "look we have shelled out all this money on bad extensions/agent signings (Carpenter , Cecil, Miller, etc.) I'm not interested in writing off DeJong as another bad extension. Make the best of it with him." Wonder if this is getting old with DeWit and all the wasted money that has been paid out?
  • There's no good reason for Mozeliak to pile on DeJong publicly. If he's back, he's more likely to perform better if he feels the team believes in his chance to rebound. If he gets traded, there's no reason for the team to do anything that could hurt his value with offseason comments. One thing I found as somewhat humorous, though, was how former manager Mike Shildt was criticized by some for not switching from Paul DeJong to Edmundo Sosa soon enough, as if the front office has no influence on something like that. Well, how often has the front office mentioned Sosa? Not much. And we are hearing some real straw-man stuff from Mozeliak about how DeJong has all these unfair critics. Huh? So, if you think there wasn't some sort of pressure for DeJong to get as many chances as he did, check out the situation the front office is creating for new manager Oli Marmol if DeJong indeed returns.
    I guess this is more of a math question than sports, but f I read the updates correctly, STL is claiming 100M in Damages. Kroenke offered 100M. Why would the City think they would be entitled to more? I am a non-lawyer honestly trying to understand.
    STL is claiming billions in damages, not millions.
    do you anticipate any regression by Carlson in year 2? He seems like a future superstar to me.
    It's really more like year three for him.
    He played 35 games in pandemic-shortened 60-game season in 2020, and got his first taste of the postseason that year.
    So, I think he is more prepared for a post-rookie season than most.
    He's a pretty cerebral, mature player for his age (23). You never know for sure, but I think he's just going to keep getting better for a while still. Linear progress is nice but it doesn't always work that way. Carlson, so far, has done a decent job of it.
    The CBS Sports Article from Nov 11 states: "The move to Los Angeles harmed Plaintiffs. The City of St. Louis has lost an estimated $1.85 - $3.5 million each year in amusement and ticket tax collections. It has lost approximately $7.5 million in property tax. It has lost approximately $1.4 million in sales tax. It has lost millions in earnings taxes. The City of St. Louis will have lost over $100 million in net proceeds." Hence my confusion. Thanks
    Upward of $1 billion in damages, including the ones you mentioned below, but that article did not mention the punitive damages that would be pursued on top, which could raise the figure significantly. The pursuit of punitive damages is what is creating one of the more bitter fights in the lawsuit. The owners who were on the league's committee for Los Angeles opportunities could be pursued for punitive damages, and the St. Louis side has been given the green light to receive their financial information in order to build that case. But those owners have not handed over the goods on time, so they are now going through another round of depositions about their net worth and assets. There is a hearing early next month that will decide if they belatedly met the requirements. If not, they could have a harder time defending themselves against big punitive damages if this goes to trial. So, billions. If it doesn't get settled. If it does go to trial and the STL side wins big, the NFL is almost guaranteed to appeal immediately and try to claw money back through the more conservative appeals process.
    In the last 3 elimination games the Cardinals have scored 5 total runs (2 of which came from Jose Martinez who hasnt been on the team for 2 seasons). Do you find this alarming at all? Seems like the offense cant step up when it matters most.
    The Cardinals have been showing up to the postseason with one of the least impressive lineups in the postseason during their recent trips. Yes, it's a concern for serious contention.
    the blues do not have a pair of shut down defensemen , hence they cough up goals late in periods and games, kinda looking like the washington generals if i didnt know better i think some players are wagering on the games it looks that bad and it might be time for Martin to go after all these years hes losing to UMKC thats a disgrace no matter how he spins it
    I don't think the Washington Generals would lose to UMKC. Or was that a comparison to the hockey team? I got confused there. The fire-Martin calls are popular in the chat today but no answer on who pays the $3 million buyout on top of throwing the kind of money around that guarantees a better hire.
    Any thoughts or reflections on your NL ROY vote you could share with us?
    Sure. Thanks for asking. Jonathan India was the very obvious and easy first-place choice. Most plate appearances (630) among qualified NL rookies. Highest average (.269), highest on-base percentage (.376) and highest slugging percentage (.459).  Dylan Carlson, who ranked second or third in each of those same categories, was the easy second-place choice. Both of those guys played in more than 90 percent of their teams' games. No one else really came close to them in terms of position players. And no other position player was more impressive or impactful, I thought, than Trevor Rogers. 2.64 ERA in 25 starts. Only thing to nitpick was 133 innings. It was a pretty easy vote for me.
    I'm assuming Albert will get a statue some day outside Busch. When will that be?
    Jeff? To be determined.
    Oh, you mean Pujols.
    It won't be before he retires, officially, and it won't be before whatever is left to be determined on his Angels' post-playing situation is settled once and for all.
    Man, I hope sunny is ready to go. That energy and physicality has been lacking. With him and schenn in the line up, the blues are a much heavier team.
    Patience would be wise. He's coming back off a pretty brutal recovery. But yes, his presence was missed. He's a key piece of this team, more than some seem to realize. Team's reaction when he returned today showed that.
    Can you explain how Tommy Edman won the gold glove over Kolten Wong?
    Edman playing 95 more innings at second base than Wong this season is one big reason. Wong missed time with multiple injuries.
  • I agree with you about an expansion team as part of the settlement with the NFL lawsuit, but what about moving an existing team with stadium issues of its own and solving several problems at the same time? Currently the Chargers are stuck dealing with Kroenke, and the Bills are looking for a new stadium in Buffalo. Getting one of those owners to “take one for the NFL team” might be possible. The NFL could supply money to help construct a stadium, which they could make a loan that the team that moves here pays back over time, which has to look better to an owner than just sending money to STL that they will never see back, while solving another stadium issue in another town.
    I'm not buying this idea of the Chargers being stuck. They're building a lavish practice facility in LA. They're basically playing at Kroenke's expensive, nice stadium rent free. They're far from stuck. Kroenke's stuck with them, would be a better way to put it, I think.
    Buffalo ownership is trying to leverage its host city for a taxpayer funded stadium. It will not get that here. It is using Austin as its stalking horse, not STL. If it's going to pay for its own stadium, it's going to go to a market it wants to be in -- or stay where it already has a fan base, I would think.
    Does STL really want another city's team, again? It hasn't worked out twice before. An expansion team, while unrealistic, would be more appealing even as an anti-NFL guy.
    If Mizzou football finds a way to win the next two games, how to do think the season should be viewed?
    Is it likely the Cards stick with DeJong and Sosa at SS this season? Is it possible that both Gorman and Yepez make the team out of Spring Training if the DH is in play?
    Yes and yes, both are possibilities.
    The front office has been mentioning Yepez as a DH candidate more and more often, and John Mozeliak's comments from the GM meetings suggested shortstop is not high on the shopping list, but pitching is.
    Could be spin. We shall see.
    Yep. He came up that way. He's spent 122 innings there at MLB level.
    Thanks for the chat. Though I live 900 miles from St. Louis, I just re-upped my subscription because of the sports writers with the Post Dispatch. Keep up the good work!

    Mo said something important the other day to explain why he was putting a priority on acquiring pitching this winter: the team likes to fill needs internally when they can, and seek talent elsewhere when they can't. He clearly believes they have deeper talent on the team and in the pipeline for position players. Pitchers - not so much. I think he is right on this. Of the current top 30 Cardinal prospects on MLB, two thirds are position players. The pitching talent in the minors is very thin. As someone said recently this is why the Redbird farm clubs had such lousy win/loss records this past year. For the next 2 to 3 years, the club needs to add pitching talent at all levels and in all ways possible: through the draft, trades and free agent signings. I am sure they can also add a bat here and there, but they better emphasize pitching, if they want to stay competitive and win a title.
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    As pitching red flags started to appear at spring training -- Kim's back tightness, Mikolas' arm issues -- the Cardinals were quite confident they had the depth to overcome such issues, and that confidence remained when Flaherty got hurt. 
    And then things went into a nosedive.
    What the front office is saying now about pitching, pitching, pitching is a reflection of that lesson learned, and an informed one based on the results that did not come from some of the arms that were turned to during the season.
    Ideally, the players who did not capitalize on chances that came their way last season should be better off for the experience, but that doesn't mean you put yourself in the same spot to get burned again.
    The Cardinals let things get too thin and it bit them, but their ability to draft/develop/repurpose pitching is a strength that has been proven time and time again. It even happened in 2021, when they bought low and got great results from some arms other teams looked past. So, the process is still there. The Cardinals have not forgotten how to craft pitchers.
    What remains uncertain is their ability to produce homegrown, offensively dominant position players. The climbing of intriguing offensive prospects doesn't change that -- until and unless those players debut and dominate. A pitching-only focus doesn't help that side much. Best to blend.
    Which florida team do you think will show up Saturday
    by Which florida team you think will show up sat 11/16/2021 7:43:54 PM
    A definitely distracted, potentially disinterested one.
    I asked Drinkwitz if he's still hoping for snow.
    He requested some fake stuff gets pumped in.
    Gators have big aspirations, and they have all been dashed. Little to play for and their coach is, somehow, on a seat that is growing warm. Probably a more winnable game than Arkansas on the road, at this point.
    Do you think with the price and length of the deal pitchers are getting, the Cardinals will turn to the trade market for pitching?? What teams do you see as a fit? A's??
    Proven starting pitching is going to cost whether it's free agency or trade.
    Sean Manaea would seem to be a nice fit for Cardinals, due to fact he's a southpaw who throws strikes and gets groundballs.
    He's the kind of soon-to-be-expensive pitcher the rebuilding A's would look to move, but the would want a lot, and the Cardinals don't seem to have any interest in trading Liberatore or Gorman.
    I've been pondering the goalie situation and wonder your thoughts. I don't see Husso taking Binnington's job as I don't think he is going to be a true #1 and Binnington isn't going anywhere. I do see Husso working out for a team with another similar goaltender, one that can shoulder 40 games. Bring up Hofer next year as the backup. Try to fill a need with what you get for Husso (maybe increase your payoff by packaging a mid-level prospect.
    That could make sense, sure. But no need to decide now. Goalies, like closers in baseball, are a highly volatile position. Both the Cardinals and Blues are handling it wisely. Get a good one and lock him in. Groom a No. 2 but don't be afraid to deal him if there's a prospect emerging behind him. Cardinals did it with Carson Kelly. Blues did it with Jake Allen, because they saw Husso emerging. Cards could do it again with Knizner, with Herrera climbing. It's hard to afford two established, starting goalies with the NHL cap, and the Blues are playing it right. But you don't want to trade off your backup before you're sure the replacement can win you a game or two if injury or slump strikes.
    It seems like the Cardinals are painting themselves into a development only corner with their approach to roster construction with their statements on cost of trades and contracts, if the division continues to degrade with all of the rebuilding going on for the foreseeable future, do they really need to venture outside of that approach? Does Atlanta winning the world series give their argument more weight of just being good enough vs. going all in?
    The erosion of every division opponent not named Milwaukee is not exactly encouraging them to stomp on the gas, indeed.
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