Join columnist Jeff Gordon for his live STL sports chat at 1 p.m. Friday

Join columnist Jeff Gordon for his live STL sports chat at 1 p.m. Friday

Bring your Cards, Blues, Mizzou, SLU and MLS questions and comments, and talk to columnist Jeff Gordon in his weekly live chat.

    Bobo's here and ready for action. Folks are waiting to get in, so let's go.
    So Buck gets the Monday night gig with his buddy Troy, gives up baseball and golf to significantly cut back on his schedule all the while getting a pay increase from Disney. Way to go Joe.
    Not too many people get to shake down The Mouse for big coin. Disney/ESPN has done lots and lots of cutting in recent years while maximizing profits. That just shows you the clout these two built over the years. It's impressive.
    Number 1 womens coach should be fired total collapse and lose to missouri Valley team and complete collapse if Sophie cunningham doesn't play at mizzpu she never gets mizzou in tourney number 2 I hate to say it but I am very afraid not having an Sec type Qb will be what keep mizzou a 4 maybe 5 win team next year. 3. Men's basketball were do you start the program has no direction with norm you knew it would be blue collar guys share the ball to me we are light years behind good sec programs. Maybe a new coach can pump some life into the program but I just hope against all odds the coach can bring in legit sec players. I see Wilmore still listed I mean come on he isn't a div 1 player. Keita knee isn't going to allow him to play at this level. Iowa state changed the majority of his roster and they went from a 2 win team to a tournament team. New coach has to do the same thing. Complete overhaul. I love mizzou but I am 68 years old and wish beyond everything we would become an sec mentality schoo in my lifetime. Sorry for the rant I just think we have no clue how to be a consistent force in the sec.
    Wow, you are full of angst this week! Robin Pingeton had a NCAA Tournament team (barely) this season until the disciplinary situation arose. Even with those close losses earlier, I believe Missouri could have made the bracket had the suspensions/aftermath not occurred. Could she have handled the Arkansas game differently? Sure? Was he explanation satisfactory to fans? Not even close. But if she can keep her key players eligible to return, she will have a chance to finish the job next season.
    Lacking a proven quarterback is dangerous, as you noted, and that's why Drinkwitz has been open to adding a veteran. Next year's schedule is daunting, I agree.
    As for men's hoops, the right coach could rebuild quickly as Iowa State did and redo the roster each year, as Arkansas does. The rules of engagement have changed. A coach who can work the NIL game and the transfer portal can have a team in the hunt every year. But will Mizzou hired the right coach?
    Matt Murray who plays part time for Ottawa at 6 million per year has won 2 Stanley Cups. No one would take him in a trade. How long do you want to say "Binnington has won a Stanley cup!" I like Binner as much as anyone but he's being badly outplayed. I heard Binner has been mentioned in trade talks but doesn't he have a no trade for this year? Trying to keep Husso happy will not be easy financially.
    Ville was great last night for sure. But Binnington has allowed 10 goals in his last five starts. His loss to Ottawa was a complete no-show by his teammates and he did well to get a point out of that Winnipeg game. So the Blues have two goaltenders that they like. Both will play down the stretch and if Husso is clearly the better netminder, then I'd expect Berube to play him.
    The Cards will start the season with the aging Wainwright as their ace, the return of injury plagued Hudson and Mikolas, a scrap pickup in Matz, and a 5th starter to be named later. Flaherty is getting a second opinion which for a pitcher is most often the kiss of death. The minor league system is void of immediate pitching help. This is no way to chase down the pitching rich and better Milwaukee Brewers. Again, with the expanded playoffs, the Cards will likely compete for a wild card which excites no one other than the front office. Tell me where I’m wrong.
  • The roster is not frozen. If the Cardinals will need to add pitching, they add pitching as they did last year. For now, top pitching prospect Matthew Liberatore gets a longer look early. I'd pro ably keep Jordan Hicks in the bullpen rather than transitioning him to starting after not interacting with him all winter. Johan Oviedo will get his chance to get back on track. If Flaherty has to miss significant time, the John Mozeliak should sign another pitcher while there is still time to get the guy ready for the season. Matz was a nice add after going 14-7 last season, but the others signings were more speculative.
  • Many of the relievers the Cardinals were interested in all signed the last few days. Who do you think is a good choice from those left? Did they wait to long as usual.
    Given what happened with Flaherty. I believe the Blues need to focus on the starters still in the marketplace first and foremost. Maybe Reyes (if he gets healthy) and Hicks can help on the bullpen side. Zack Thompson looks like a better fit for the bullpen than the rotation. I agree that adding a veteran reliever could also make sense, but I just checked the list of unsigned relievers and didn't see too much left that jumped out. A guy like Brad Hand would have been nice.
    Hello, Mr. Gordon. Thank you for the chat and your time. I have a couple questions, please.
    1.) Mizzou women's basketball coach Pingeton wants to know why her team was left out of the NCAA tournament. Well, the loss to Drake in first round of the Not Interested Tournament provided the answer. It continues her reputation as One and Done, Pingeton. Check her record at Mizzou; her teams have never made it past the second round of the NCAA tournament. Does Mizzou buying out Coach Martin mean it doesn't have enough money to do the same with Pingeton?
    2.) Blues' GM Armstrong doesn't make a lot of mistakes, but I think the contract he gave Scandella is one. What do you think are the chances Armstrong deals for a defenseman? Not enough cap space and prospects to get a major deal done?
    If Robin can keep her key players, she could have a nice squad next year. If you want to hire a women's coach guaranteed to make deep NCAA Tournament runs, that's going to cost you. And Missouri is a lower-tier SEC school in terms of revenue. Right now the focus needs to be generating a LOT more football revenue with Drinkwitz and hiring a men's basketball coach who can drive badly needed revenue. 
    As for the Blues, Doug Armstrong has not been eager to trade a first-round pick to get a rental defenseman, as Florida did. The Panthers believe their time to strike is now. The Blues are transitioning to a different team nucleus and they could stay in the chase for years to come. Armstrong could play the long game here, holding his assets unless he can make a move on a defenseman with term left on his contract to put in that evolving team nucleus.
    Scandella's salary ($3.275 million) isn't THAT large for a defenseman who kills penalties and logs regular playing time. But on a team that spent to the salary cap, every penny counts -- and unlike Saad and Buchnevich, he has not played a high level. That is what makes it an issue.
  • Jeff,

    Gaze into your crystal ball and tell us what you realistically see Doug Armstrong doing before the deadline please.
    I can't help you. If Armstrong holds the line on the price he will pay, he could get nobody. He is not desperate, since Walman actually played OK filling in. I can see him staying in the Chychrun chase, but his trade may wait until the summer due to his ill-timed injury. I could Ivan Provorov as a potential buy-low adventure, but the Blues would have move a significant forward to make that work.
    So what's the deal Gordzonga? No blue line addition? Very disappointing. We need someone to settle down the defense really bad. Maybe Army will pull off Chara. I hope!
    If Toronto lands Mark Giordano, then maybe Chara would be within the realm of possibility for a second-round pick.
  • Hi, Jeff! Thanks for your time and Happy Friday! Not to revisit the MLB labor situation - but I've got a theoretical question. Everytime the CBA is up - there's always the rumblings of a salary cap that would be tied to whatever would be defined as gross revenue. If that ever happened - how would this be implemented on a team-by-team basis. I'm guessing every team would have the same salary cap - but that cap then wouldn't be related to that individual team's revenue. Because we know that teams like the Yankees and Dodgers are going to have more revenue than a team like Tampa Bay or Arizona. In this scenario - the Diamondbacks cap would be a higher percentage of their revenue than the Yankees?
    A salary cap only works if it applies to everybody. Also, it needs to be tied to salary floor that applies to everybody. This is how the NHL delivers the owners/players revenue split that was bargained. The cap/floor is based on league-wide revenues. Given the wide disparity in baseball team revenues, this type of arrangement would be hard to make in Our National Pastime. And neither side wants a cap/floor system.
    Why can’t the Cards afford Colin McHugh for 2 years and $10 m? That is not Andrew Miller money. Instead they get a retread from Japan because they are cheap. It will come back to bite them.
    We'll see. The Cardinals have thrown a lot of money at veteran pitchers over the years, especially in the bullpen, and the results have been mixed at best. Being cheap hasn't been the issue, picking the right investments has been the issue. Maybe they will have been luck finding value overseas. Fans didn't think much of the Mikolas signing when it happened, but it paid off initially.
    Jeff, i think Mr. Matter has a good idea about getting Hoffman from Ohio State for Mizzou's BB Coach. Might be pricey though!!!
    Moving from Ohio State to Missouri would be a massive step down for Chris Holtmann. Even if he is under duress from boosters there, he can find a better landing spot.
    is it raining in Florida? The game is not on like it was supposed to be
    Astros are leading 1-0. Adam Wainwright worked the first two innings and allowed the run.
    Many are suggesting the Blues have 3/4 of a top 4 D and must get a fourth wheel for the playoff SUV. However, looking at a good Pittsburgh team and other teams recently I was wondering how many team actually have a fully powered top 4. Pit appears to be 1 or 2 short of a full quality top 4 yet they are a good team, others are similar and so many are looking to acquire a D. Are the Blues really underpowered here, or is it just their weakest spot?
  • I believe they need another defender because Mikkola is still learning and Scandella has been down-and up this season. The Blues need to settle on a partner for Colton Parayko, somebody who can handle shutdown work, Can that be done before this deadline or must that wait until the summer? That is the question.
    I have a suggestion for an 'out-of-the-box' candidate for Missouri's Men's Basketball Head Coach Opening. Go get the best coach in College Basketball - Dawn Staley.
    She is a great coach. But the men's game is all about finding NIL money for the four- and five-star kids in summer ball and recruiting talent out of the transfer portal. Winning with player development, motivation and Xs and Os is harder than ever.
    Panthers did the Blues a favor overpaying for Chiarot, keeping Army from sending out assets for a guy analytics say has played at a Scandella-like level all season while living off the reputation of how he played in the bubble. If the Blues make a move, it needs to be for Chychrun. In today's NHL, you can never have enough puck moving d-men and his injury seems like it will only keep him out two weeks. Jeff, would a package of Perunovich, Walman, a 1st and a 2nd be enough to convince the Coyotes to send out Chychrun while taking back Scandella?
    That might work. Arizona is holding out for a big package and two young D-men and two premium picks would be a good return. I expect Chiarot to respond to the playoff challenge ahead in Florida and he might a better short-term get. But Chychrun could be a good long-term play, assuming he can clean up his game after this disastrous season in Arizona.
    Second opinion is usually bad for players who pitch. May miss Jack for half the season
    True enough -- and if that's the case, the Cardinals need to add additional starting pitching.
    Normally, there's not much a team can do when it suffers pitching injuries in spring training. This year, the Cards have options for patching what already seemed like a thin rotation and bullpen. While the Reds and the perpetually pathetic Pirates may give away wins this season, Milwaukie has the best pitching in the NL, Chicago looks scrappy, the Phils and Mets have loaded up, the Braves look ready to defend their title, and that says nothing about the three-headed monster in the West. Even with another playoff spot available, the Cards are guaranteed nothing if they fail to learn from last season's mistake and fix this pitching staff before opening day. Louis Castillo and Tyler Mahle are just sitting there on the Cincinnati garage sale table waiting to find a good home. Shouldn't the Cards make a serious run at one of these guys, especially if Mo's WS talk is anything other than smoke being blown up the fanbase's collective fanny?
  • The Cardinals have some excellent prospects, but they just have a great quantity of them. So I don't them dealing from that pile for pitching help, especially when there are back-of-the-rotation veterans just sitting there in free agency.
  • Hello Jeff,
    Given the fact that there are a number of good programs seeking a new BB coach, who would be a realistic option for MIZZOU? The NM State Aggie coach seems like a solid option to me. Help
    Chris Jans is in play for a number of the openings. There is a lot to like about him. But the likeliest Missouri candidates seem to be rising mid-major guys: Kim English, Todd Golden, Dennis Gates and Matt McMahon -- whose Murray State team is still playing.
    Can we just assume that these chats always start an hour before they are scheduled and that Roy Hobbs will get half of the questions? I can plan my day then.
    Come on now, we're working you in.
    Good afternoon, Jeff. The Corey Dickerson signing is a good and needed move by the Cardinals. Well done. But still, a lot of useful and star players found homes this off-season, and while I’m not saying all those deals were smart or would have made sense for the Cardinals, it does illustrate that while other teams find ways to go big, the Cardinals find ways to go small. Every other year they make a significant move, then fall back into minimalist mode. The sustained contention model does not suggest a team with serious designs on the World Series. Has the Cardinal FO given indications they will get more creative, step up their game and deliver World Series caliber moves, or should we expect the same M.O. in the year ahead? Thanks. I appreciate your thoughts.
    The Cardinals' goal is to contend every year. They are the only team outside a huge coastal market to set and meet that goal.  They try to do that with a payroll that ranks on the edge of MLB's upper third. Other teams in flyover country are up and down, up and down.
    I do not expect them to change their business model under this ownership, no matter how much fans complain.
    They spent big on Goldschmidt and Arenado. They spent significantly to keep Wainwright and Molina. Once those two are gone and the team sees what it has with Gorman, Yepez, Herrera, Walker, Baez, et al, then I would expect them to take on some additional big salaries. 
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