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.

  • The Corey Dickerson signing puzzles me.
    They didn't have as much faith in their internal options as they suggested, and some of that was impacted by the rushed spring training.
    Love NIL in concept, and also love the idea of an open transfer portal, but the two working in tandem has turned the NCAA into the absolute wild west. NIL seems like it would work better without the transfer portal, right?
    I tend to agree.
    One of the negatives with the constant transferring is that it hurts the identity of teams and the tradition of college sports.
    And some of these kids are not finding better landing spots in the transfer portal.
    Mizzou's new point guard, Sean East, went to two different high schools and his now played pretty much every single season at a new college.
    I can't imagine that has been great for his development.
    But when coaches jump jobs for better offers, why shouldn't players do the same? I laughed out loud today reading an "anonymous" quote from a Power 5 coach to a media outlet that complained about these unproven players getting significant NIL deals without proving anything on the field. Kind of like these coaches that land big gigs, make millions, then get paid huge to not coach when they fail? There's another story playing out here, and it's the repositioning of how money is going to be spent in college athletics. The haves (coaches and athletic departments and their leaders) are starting to see that some of the money from boosters and donors will shift from excessive facility upgrades and overweight salaries for coaches and officials, to the have-nots, meaning paying players to attend programs under the name of name, image and likeness. The pie growing bigger for players means it's likely to shrink elsewhere. So there will be a lot of complaining about that.
    If you're thinking, man, this really doesn't sound much like amateurism, I agree 100 percent.
    I think the issue is how much do you want to see to decide about PDY's playing time. If this start to the year was an outlier in his career production than, like Goldschmidt, benefit of the doubt is given. But like Matt Carpenter, we have YEARS now of an actual trend in performance and/or results which are obvious. AND I, like most people, recognize when we are being sold a crap narrative to cover for the truth that Mo insist on playing his poor contracts. Thanks as always for your columns and insights Ben!
    Look, I can understand the DeJong skepticism. 
    Totally get it.
    But if we are going to call out crap narratives, can we stop with the DeJong is Carpenter stuff?
    DeJong is 28. Carpenter was is his mid-30s. Actually look at DeJong's contract and what he makes per season, and compare it to the regrettable Carpenter extension. Carpenter made more than $50 million between 2019-21. DeJong's entire contract was for six years and $26 million. At DeJong's worst, he is great to elite shortstop defender. Carpenter's defense eroded along with his bat. 
    The Cardinals were handcuffed by their bad call on extending Carpenter when they didn't have to.
    They are not handcuffed by DeJong. They could have made hit go away. They could have traded him and restarted. They could let it play out and use the money they did not spend on a big-market shortstop to supplement additions elsewhere, which they have done at first base and third.
    DeJong has a lot to prove this season, no doubt, and if he flops the Cardinals missed a chance to upgrade the spot when options to do so were ripe.
    But comparing DeJong's contract to Carpenter's does not come close to describing how bad the Carpenter extension was.
    I saw Stu's tweet and your re-tweet about the Billiken Exchange. Is that affiliated with the school directly, and if so, how can it be? I thought with NIL, schools couldn't have a direct connection.
    SLU can promote it and make sure it's known about, but can't have a hand in it beyond that.
    Same thing going on everywhere else, including at Mizzou, which is getting the ball rolling on a similar project that the university is promoting, led by former Mizzou basketball player Laurence Bowers.
    It’s looking more and more like Gorman will be able to handle second base. Not at the level of Edman, but maybe like a second base version of Johnny Peralta. I’m not convinced that Edman can handle short on an everyday basis. Who do the Cardinals put in the field? What is the most likely outcome for the Cardinals both short term and long term?
  • He's proving he can handle Class AAA pitching, more than anything.
    As for second, to be determined.
    But that's OK, because the DH exists now.
    Gorman could factor in there as a left-handed option.
    Edman, to me, is less of a risk at shortstop than Gorman is at second in the majors.
    Edman just won a Gold Glove at second base. He spent a lot of time playing shortstop in the minors. That didn't just disappear. The Cardinals haven't used him much there because Paul DeJong is a very good defensive shortstop, which I know The Chat is determined to ignore.
    Gorman's bat is applying pressure and it will be what leads him to St. Louis. The rest can be figured out on the fly, thanks to the added versatility the DH provides, and the versatility of some of the infielders in the mix.
    By the time long-term plans have to be made, there will be a better answer about DeJong's bat this season and Gorman's defense at second, and the thing that drives his discussion -- his bat.
  • A 90-92 win season is not a bad season. Baseball is entertainment. I go to some games and watch many on TV. It's more fun when they win. I was a fan in the great years of the 60s, the mediocre years of the 70s, etc. The constant bitching about Mo and why we don't win the WS every year is tedious. It's fun to be a Cards fan, and we do win it all from time to time. I'd rather be us than a Dodgers or Yankees fan.
    I think most Cardinals fans and followers agree with you, generally. But it's the "we do win it all from time to time" part that has some looking at their calendars and watches. 2011 feels like a long time ago for some. Not for all teams. But the Cardinals set a high bar, and benefit from that loyal support of a fan base that appreciates it -- and expects it. There's the rub.
    Ben, what's your quick take on what the transfer portal and NIL is doing to college football and bball? I don't have a problem with the portal as much as I do with the NIL $. Seems like we've gone from one extreme to another. Do you think things will be wild for a year or two and then the powers that be will set some rules? Also, its a crock that Nick Saban is complaining about the NIL and these "collectives". Curious what your general thoughts are on this...thx!
    I don't think the NCAA is going to be able to walk back the idea of student athletes making name, image and likeness money. The entire amateurism sham is on shaky legs, and cracking down on what can be made in NIL would be PR disaster. That said I think some of the money that is being handed out will find a water line as things settle in and settle down. A company or businessman (AKA a donor) that forks over a big chunk of money for Player X to go to School Y is going to learn a lesson when said player bolts for a new team, or underperforms, or gets hurt and doesn't help the team win a title, and so on. I think like anything new, there's a rush, and then things will more or less find a level ground. But there are schools -- not every school in every conference is operating with the same kind of cash -- out there that are already playing at an entirely different level. They were ready for this and they are ahead now. It's not hard for me to imagine those programs and their conferences advocating for a reorganization of college sports as a whole. I think the end game is some conferences, like the SEC, operating outside of the NCAA, setting their own rules, or lack thereof.
    Did Mizzou give Gates a similar huge buyout number for when they have to cut him loose early?
    When? Not if? Harsh, Harry. No, Gates did not get the Martin parachute. He also didn't inherit what had become at least tied for the least competitive Power 5 basketball team in the country over the previous three seasons. And he didn't come with previous Power 5 experience, either.
    I hope you had a happy Easter. I wanted to give up something important to me for Lent, so I gave up the P-D chats. I really missed them. Can you catch me up on what I missed?
    Welcome back. People are not happy with Paul DeJong. That pretty much covers it.
  • Any truth to the rumor Alec is going to change his last name from "Burleson" to "Burly-son"? His weight listed at 212 looks a little "light" to me. Thanks, Ben.
    I'm not one to judge. I had to wear husky jeans as a kid.
    Do you want to tell your readers that Adolis Garcia (.152 BA), Randy Arozarena (.214 BA) and Oscar Mercado (.188) probably aren't starting the All-Star game this year?
    They would know it wasn't coming from me.
    I don't use batting averages as a stand-alone stat.
    Oscar Mercado is a perfect example for why.
    He's hit three home runs in 32 at-bats. He's slugging .563.
    Does that mean he's going to be an All-Star?
    No.
    It's April.
    At this point it seems like the starting gig (playoffs included) is Husso's gig to lose. Both have playing well, but Husso has played the tougher matchups. Doesn't hurt when the offense spots you 6 goals either. Very seldom do you see a goalie tandem work out in the playoffs.

    Hot Take: Husso helps this team on a deep run and earns himself a respectable contract. Armstrong then packages Binnington with Kostin in an off season trade.
    Jon's prediction has been noted. Put it on the board.
    Like many other chat-familiar fans, I was most critical of Jeff Albert the past couple years, but at least so far this year [knocks on wood], the early returns on the offense have been pretty good.

    There's another coach, though, who I'm curious about......the rotation's performance so far has been mercurial, and we're getting troubling early reminders of last season's walk-a-thon in the bullpen. I'm a Maddux fan still, and of course injuries and a FO slow to fortify the staff are a major factor, but do you think the Cards' pitchers this year are playing for Maddux's job at all?
    I think last year suggested it was more about the arms on the staff than it was about the pitching coach.
    Maddux caught some heat for walks, the front office retooled the roster with strike-throwers, and pitching promptly improved.
    This season the front office felt it staffed the pitching cupboard with an emphasis on strike throwers, because that pairs best with this elite defense.
    If walks become a big issue again, the front office misread the ability to produce what it cited as the most important thing from its pitchers this season.
    This team's bets on shortstop, pitching, the manager change, and the offense breaking through are front-office bets.
    This is the season of the front office, good or bad.
    I don't see any other way to look it, really.
    How do you like the Blues chances at a first round matchup against the wild? We're hot for now and we've played them well this season, but we also lack some of the grit that has served us in past playoff runs.
  • The Wild were not completely healthy last time out and still gave the Blues something to think about in their near-comeback. But the Blues are beating these guys regularly, and Craig Berube's almost perfect against them. Perhaps most importantly, the Blues have blistered both goalies. Cam Talbot has allowed an average of 5.92 goals per game against STL. Marc-Andre Fleury has been better (3.36) but gave up 4 and 5 in the two 2022 meetings. The Blues should beat these guys.
    What's your feeling on Albert getting to 700 this year?
    I took the under before the season, so I won't change now, but he's looked as good as advertised, and perhaps better.
    Re: the Flaherty trade proposal. Yes, yes he basically has said he's not signing here. By not having an extension in hand. Cards are famous for these " buyout " arb year extensions. He doesn't have one. So in my universe, actions speak louder than words. Hence, do that deal. Win win for both parties.
    Where are those quotes? I have not heard them.
    The Blues look to have about $10M under the Cap this Summer to play with. Barring a big move, that should cover resigning Perron, RFA's in Mikkola and Perunovich, and leave some meat on the bone for Husso. The question for me is what guarantees do we have that Husso won't regress at some point, or JB may rebound? Goalies seem to ride a rollercoaster of success and struggles.
    It's a volatile position. Back before Binnington's historic surge, Husso -- not Binnington -- was the goalie most were betting on to be the long-term answer at the position. Binnington shredded the script. It happens. For that same reason, it doesn't make a lot of sense now to attempt to settle the goalie future. What happens in the playoffs will factor into what happens next. If the Blues get bounced early, I could see them citing their confidence in Binnington and letting Husso walk. If Binnington leads a charge, same thing. If Husso leads a charge, things might have to change. If Husso is OK spending more time in a timeshare, he could be open to staying, but I have to think he is going to be eager to prove he can be a number one, whether it's here or elsewhere, and who could blame him for thinking like that. The Blues, I think, want to back Binnington, but the actions in the playoffs will tell us everything, because they want to win more than anything, and how often they do in the playoffs will impact what happens after they end. That's all there is to say at this point.
    Hello, Thank you for your time, What happened to Griffin Roberts?
    Arm issues have limited the 2018 first-rounder to 1 1/3 innings entering this season. He's at Class AA Springfield, on the 60-day injured list.
  • Is there any chance Nick Leddy returns to the blues for the 2023 season? How do you see this defensive corps fitting together with Krug back in the lineup, the playoffs approaching and some big free agency decisions coming up in the off season?
    Leddy has been a good fit. Good for the Blues that he's back after the scare with the puck to the eye. Maybe he wants to stick around had has a similar idea about his value as the team. Moving Marco Scandella seems like a must. Adding some size that still appears to be missing post-Pietrangelo seems like a need moving forward. There is an abundance of forwards from which to sell high, but giving up something that hurts is no fun. Who wants to see Ivan Barbashev go? Not me. These were the pairings this morning, per JT: Scandella-Parayko Leddy-Faulk Krug-Bortuzzo
    How does Gorman stack up as a highly touted can’t miss kind of prospect at this juncture of his early career as compared to when Rasmus and the late Taveres were just about ready to join the big club?
    Different players. Different positions. Different skills.
    I'll just point out age.
    Gorman just turned 21.
    Rasmus debuted at 22.
    OT at 22.
    Gorman is flying high, fast.
    Same for Jordan Walker, who is at Class AA at 19. Check out some of the other guys who arrived at Class AA at that age. The list is impressive.
    Hey Ben! Thanks for doing these chats. Many people think the Cardinals should have upgraded this off-season at shortstop. I disagree, solely because of the possibility of Masyn Winn becoming a valuable piece of this team in the future. How long do you think we have until we see Winn in the majors, if he is still tearing up Peoria in the next couple of months.
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