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

    Let's not make him out to be some scrub. All but two of his starts have gone at least five innings and he has allowed no more than three earned runs in any of them. His ERA is 2.15. He's the fifth starter, the guy who is doing his job if he gives you a chance to win. He's done that more often than not, a lot more often than not. The walks are becoming a concern. They are trending in the wrong direction. He looked ripe for replacement when Martinez was cruising and Mikolas was checking off his rehab boxes, but now C-Mart is on the injured list, so there could be a new life for Gant as a starter. If Oviedo clearly becomes a better option, he could take Gant's place too. The good news is that while Gant prefers to start he's been a very effective reliever for the Cards.
    If Cardinals fans must fixate on former outfielders, let's not forget Randal Grichuk who's hitting .295 and was second in baseball in runs batted in after the weekend. Trading Randy for a top left-handed pitching prospect isn't puzzling. Watching the team quickly turn the page on Randal and then spend years trying to develop O'Neil into becoming a Grichuk-like hitter is truly the head scratcher.
    Oh, come on, guys. Randal Grichuk has been the same hitter in Toronto that he was with the Cardinals. You guys were not happy with him when he was here. He had a 107 adjusted OPS as a Cardinal. Same as he has with the Blue Jays. Seven points above league average. If he's in the midst of a breakout age-29 season, good for him. Seriously. But if he was being the hitter he is, which is the same hitter he was when he was here, and was on a five-year $52 million extension the Blue Jays gave him, he would often be public enemy No. 1 in this chat. Some of you are becoming guilty of revisionist history with the former outfielders.
    Apologies; I was attempting to refer solely to distance between bases, mound to home, mound height, dimensions of bases, etc., which was sparked by such proposals as moving back mound and increasing base size.
    My bad for the misread. Other than fences moving in out as ballparks adjust and arrive new, correct. Not since Bob Gibson lowered the mound has there been a massive change. That's going to probably change soon. Manfred, tinkerer in chief, wants to know what the pushing back of the mound by a foot would do, and bigger bases to encourage base-stealing seem imminent.
    Lively chat today BenFred, I think Missouri and Kentucky will be battling it out for third place in SEC East football for several years, as Georgia and Florida just recruit at a different level and I think TN, SC and Vandy are destined for even more hard times - with that said Drink ought to be thrilled going 8-4 every year and a good bowl every year, it’s a great job in a great conference, sort of like Stoops has done at UK, sometimes the grass is pretty green under your feet now
    Drinkwitz still has plenty to prove before the offers he should jump for start rolling in.
    What he doesn't need to do make the Mike Anderson mistake of flirting with jobs he really doesn't want.
    Barry Odom did a little of that with that Louisville stunt. People didn't forget.
    Georgia is becoming the Alabama of the East. Florida might be reachable. Dan Mullen is a wild card. More than I realized after his heel turn toward crazy last season. Maybe that blows up on him?
    I have thought a lot about the Pujols possible reunion and I think there is a fit if Albert wants to end his career here. Would you rather see Lane Thomas or Albert Pujols hitting against Josh Haden with the division on the line
  • That's the question you ask yourself if both are on your bench, though.
    It's not the question you ask yourself if one is on your bench, and the other is not on your team.
    Thomas, for what it's worth, has a batting line of 313/.353/.875 as a pinch-hitter with the Cardinals. He's one-for-two in that role this season.
    Pujols would be a must-see at-bat for sure. No debate there. But there's no real evidence as of late that suggests he would be a more competitive at-bat.
    If the Cardinals are going to turn away from the mission statement of figuring out their outfielders for a reunion, I can see the argument for it. They'll just need to own it. They pivoted for nostalgia, hope and the marketing opportunities that came with it.
    Because those are the only things guaranteed with a Pujols reunion.
    Again, that's if he's even interested in that assignment. He is no longer with the Angels because he was not interested in it there.
    Yes, it's a free country...but there are always rules. Even when smoking was legal in the stadium, there were designated areas you had to use. You couldn't just light up in the stands. You can't yell obscenities and there is a decorum clause on every ticket (even if it isn't called that exactly). Other teams -- I think the broadcasters mentioned the Mets -- have asked fans to stop woo-ing or yelling or they will be asked to leave. Cards need to do it too. If you think it's obnoxious on the telecast (it is) you should hear it in person...it's downright awful in the stadium. You can't "turn it down" or "turn it off" and any appeal to the person doing it to stop is met with even more woo-ing. They are jerks or drunks or both.
    The Cardinals can't get people to wear masks per the mask guidelines. (Not getting into a fight about masks so please don't try.) You think there's a way to enforce stopping the woo? When another team in town -- the Blues -- promote it? No chance. It's impossible to enforce. I do wish the Blues would stop promoting it. Best to ignore it and hope it goes away. I hope.
    You and Arnold also forgot Scott Rolen. Not an insignificant add for the Cards in 2002.
    Thought he was on there already. Indeed. List is long.
    What is the chance of the AAA shortstop supplanting Dejong? His defense is slipping and his low average mentioned
    His defense is slipping? News to me. There is not a minor leaguer breathing down DeJong's neck at this time.
    Hey Ben,

    I'm totally fine with Carp's role coming off the bench. Sometimes he gets the big hit, sometimes he doesn't. Cool with me. I'd be fine with the same for Albert. Like Carp, I'd remember the big PH homers and forget the strikeouts if they were only 1 per game. It's when a homer leads to 3-4 starts of going 0-3 or 0-4 that rubs. I don't see that problem if we bring in Albert unless there's an injury to Goldy. If that happens, we'll need something to cheer for. Am I way off here?
    The Cardinals are trying to make the best out of a bad situation with Carpenter, who is a lifelong Cardinal under contract.
    The argument that the team should add another player for the right-handed version of someone in a similar role doesn't make a lot of baseball sense. Pujols isn't the Cardinals' problem. Carpenter is.
    If the goal is to stir happy memories, and sell tickets, it could make sense.
    If the goal is to win as many games as possible . . . it's much harder of a sell.
    It would be a hope-based move. Sometimes they work out, I guess.
  • Great call by Mike. Scott Rolens home town of Jasper, Indiana is 30 miles from mine. Shame on me!!
    The chat has your back. Thanks for being informed and keeping me on my toes. Gotta run. 
    I'll add some of the questions I did not have time to get to for the recap. See you all next week, same time and place! Find me on Twitter if I missed you: @Ben_Fred
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