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.

    Trevor Story came to life by hitting seven homers in as many games, so that's great for him. But that was still a weird signing for that team, given the other needs which went unaddressed.
    Your untouchable list is longer than mine so a trade will have to include a proven player for a proven pitcher.
    This team doesn't have much of a surplus to work with. It's not like Paul DeJong is going to fetch anything in a deal. The smart play might be to muddle through with some low-profile moves, play out the reunion tour, get Ivan Herrera, Juan Yepez, Nolan Gorman, Jordan Walker and Masyn Winn further down the developmental trail and then get ready to spend more money after cycling out the legacy stars.
    Mo seems to be a believer in hope over experience. Hoping injured pitchers would all come back and do well is poor roster management; who could the Cardinals realistically pursue. Meanwhile, after a hot start, Arenado has cooled . Goldschmidt can't carry the team forever when teams get a better book on Yepez, Donovan et al. Those players who are pull happy, pop-up laden hitters are not being strategic in at-bats. 15 and 18 run games are outliers, not the norm. Mo's and Albert's approach is a feast/famine ne and does not bode well for 162 games, does it?
    Ask the Mets about the folly of hoping that pitchers stay healthy. Jacob deGrom and Max Scherzer are getting paid a combined $76.6 million to not pitch this season. And fans were bitter that the Cardinals did not spend big on Scherzer despite his advanced age and history of nagging injuries.
    As for writing off all the young Cardinals hitters as doomed, well, we'll see. There will be growing pains for sure, especially against better pitching. Will they all wash out and never amount to anything? We'll see.
    Hey Jeff!!
    If the Cards sign Correa for 1/2/3 years, then trade for one of the Oakland pitchers, where would they be right now... As it stands their pitching is in no way shape or form capable of a playoff push/run. And the offense isn't much better.. Above solves both problems.... I know, I know, it's not the way the Cards do business... Maybe that's why we are on a decade + since the last championship... Thoughts?
    The Cardinals won 91 and 90 games in the last two full MLB seasons, so reports of the franchise's demise seem premature. By keeping all of their high-end prospects rather than trading some of them to Oakland they are set up for a nice retooling on the fly -- the sort of talent influx peer franchises achieve by tanking multiple seasons in a row.
    Fans rail against the Cardinals' operating model week after week after week, but it's worked well for decades and it's not changing any time soon.
    Gordo, it is clear that we need an ace, whether that be Flaherty or not, and we need better middle relief. The scrubs Mo signed for those roles are not getting the job done. I would have taken the $5 million for Dickerson and given it to a effective middle inning reliever.
    I like the Nick Wittgren signing, but giving him the Matt Bowman Treatment with excessive usage is going to diminish his effectiveness. Let's see what Drew VerHagen can do now that he is healthy. Kodi Whitley totally lost control in one outing, but otherwise he pretty good earlier this year.
    What this team needs is two reliable starting pitchers. Add that and the rest will be fine, since guys like Jake Woodford could help with middle relief.
    Do you think in hindsight that spending 3 years/$71 million on Marcus Stroman would of made a difference? Would it been enough to stay competitive with the Brewers?
    Stroman seemed highly, highly interested in pitching in Chicago. And who can blame him?
    Had the Cardinals known that both Jack Flaherty and Alex Reyes were going to report to spring training hurt, that might have impacted their spending ahead of the lockout. 
    This team really wants to break out. They are such a tease. They win a few then don’t show up for a game or two. Too inconsistent in all categories.
    There are some distinct issues that are not hard to identify: starting pitchers not working deep into games, frayed relief pitching as a result of that failure, poor hitting against righthanded pitching, suspect fielding due to guys playing out of pitching.
    Some of these issues can be resolved by the return of injured players, but others will require some in-season shopping.
    I guess my "winning in spite of" point was this; if the team was more aggressive and less reactionary the ceiling could have been raised on a lot of seasons. Here is the sequence of events most seasons for the Cards: Feb: "we like our team" - May "we need to be patient" - June "our options are limited right now" - July "we were close and thought we'd get a deal done" - October "ultimately, we didn't have enough to win."
    The Cardinals are never going to be as aggressive as, say, the Philadelphia Phillies. But they will likely remain more consistently successful than the Phillies because they stay the course with player development and maintain a self-renewing talent base.
    Most franchises are all over the competitive map over a 10- or 15-year period. The Cardinals are an outlier with their consistency, as boring as that is for most fans.
    Where's the best place to stand on Market Street for the Stanley Cup Parade?
    Settle down, man, settle down.
    Mo likes to talk about “value” when signing players. It seems that value means getting a mediocre player at a mediocre price, rather than getting dominating players at a higher price. As far as I can tell, all the dry powder that they told us they had for the last 6 or 7 years is either still in the powder magazine or in Ball Park Village, as the payroll seems to be pretty constant over that time. Meanwhile we continue to see a large talent gap between our teams and the best teams. Feels like we are giving this team the resources they need to excel, but they are not using those resources.
    The Cardinals are paying Nolan Arenado and Paul Goldschmidt about $57 million this season, so I see your point.
    Surprised that Goodell forced the NFL owners to help the charming chump of Malibu pay his legal bills? Maybe he was feeling sorry for Stanley after Walmart stock recently sank to a 30 year low.
    You know the NFL, one for all, all for one. In all seriousness, the NFL as a whole benefited from regaining the LA market and getting that stadium built. The owners can live with the fallout.
    Gordo, when you don't have a surplus to work with, and they knew that in December, you have to sign players as free agents. You can't have it both ways; the dollars and years can't be too high in free agency and then the prospect ask is too high at the deadline. If every acquisition of note this team makes needs to be like the Arenado move than we'll still be talking about 2011 in this chat in 2033.
    Could the Cardinals have signed a few more mid-level guys on one-year deals for depth? Sure. But they were not going to spend big long-term dollars at positions where they liked what they have in development. And sure enough, all of their top prospects are trending very very well. The combination of rising talent and the contracts expiring the next year or two put the team in a very good place.
    Thanks for the chat, Gordo!
    I would disagree mildly re Juan Yepez and his "untouchable" status. I think that his strong start to his MLB career has enhanced his status enough that the Birds could get full value and then some for him. And Alec Burleson in AAA tearing it up, esp. versus righty pitchers, so he could fill *almost* the exact role Yepez has at the MLB level -- but as the long end of a platoon, and with better outfield defense than Yepez can provide (witness the first-inning popup sluggishness that wound up costing a run).
    by Brian Jordan was twice as good as Bo Jackson 5/27/2022 7:01:42 PM
    Fans complain that the Cardinals never develop a power hitter. Or they complain that they moved a power hitter (Randy Arozarena, Adolis Garcia) without giving him a chance. Then the Cardinals develop a power hitter and fans want to immediately trade him. Go figure.
    As for Alec Burleson, he has a ways to go as a fielder and, two, there is no guarantee that could hit as well as Yepez at this level. Beyond this season I see Juan as a DH and backup first baseman who will only play in the outfield in emergencies. I could see Burleson or Jordan Walker, who blocked at third base, moving into left field if Tyler O'Neill turns out to be a one-year wonder. And I would be surprised if O'Neill suffered that fate. 
    What's going to happen with this awful story about the Canada Junior team? Seems things could move fast after the NHL mishandled the Blackhawks' scandal. Will the Blues get ahead of this? Will Kyrou and Thomas make a statement before the game tonight?
    I'm sure the NHL take a long look at this. But there have been no criminal charges to this point and individual players were dropped from the lawsuit.
    Cards game are a snooze fest. The blues games are so thrilling! I give great credit to John Rooney on KMOX but the Blues broadcasters TV and Radio have them beat!! I appreciate them. Thanks Vitale and Kerbs! LGB!!
    I'm trying to understand how Colorado can at times seem so dominant and at others so vulnerable. It's like watching Mike Tyson in his prime. They come at you with ferocious pressure. In the process, they seem to exhaust themselves, too, and that's when the Blues counter. So, is the strategy to just keep playing ... survive the onslaught without falling too far behind?
    When you play Colorado, you must pay attention every single shift. Get pucks deep into the offensive zone at every opportunity, avoid long shifts, stay on the right side of the puck . . .  all the usual stuff. The Avalanche can turn the smallest mistake into a 2-on-1 rush. For instance, the Blues got caught late in a shift on MacKinnon's end-to-end rush and that left poor Nick Leddy stuck on the railroad track. Keep the puck in their end as much as possible and try to wear them down.
    Jeff,

    Thanks for the chat & the great podcast with B-F.

    The smartest guy in the room did not sign enough SPs, 3 quality MRs, and a LHH DH Bopper.

    In the offseason the cost is $s, but in-season the cost is $s + PROSPECTS.

    Greinke + Matz, Tepera, McHugh, Boxberger & Pederson would have made this club much better.
    Another mid-level starting pitcher and reliever would have helped for sure. But the promise of the young hitters has been on display this season, including Donovan and Gorman from the left side.  So it's hard to argue against giving them at bats at this level to move their development along.
    Jeff- thanks for your time here. I’ve had the great fortune of being at Games 2 and 5 at Ball Arena. It’s always thrilling getting a win against Kroenke, as was the case in Game 2. Game 5, however, will go down as the best game I’ve ever seen live. I heard on Denver radio this morning that the decibel meter at Ball registered its highest mark in history after MacKinnon’s late goal. It must have hit its lowest shortly thereafter!! It was a thrilling, unforgettable atmosphere. Here’s hoping our fans in STL can bring that same energy tonight and get the Blues fan base in Colorado another crack at euphoria! Game seven, section 116 at Ball Arena. That’s where we gather, get it back to us tonight baby!! Bring the noise!!
    I can't imagine how shocked Avalanche fans were after that MacKinnon goal didn't hold up. I mean, what were the odds the Blues could overcome that?
    Did not mean to suggest or imply that the young players are at risk of failure. Veterans are pull happy and pop up prone. Doesn't seem they adjust to game conditions, shifts, and pitchers.
    Paul Goldschmidt does a nice job using the whole field. Yadier Molina too.  Both adjust between at bats and during at bats. Nolan Arenado is a pull hitter, but I believe fans will live with that given his overall production. Among the younger guys, Tommy Edman has taken a big step this season. Dylan Carlson was showing some good signs before getting hurt. I've liked Brendan Donovan's at bats. Obviously Tyler O'Neill got lost this season and we'll have to see if Nolan Gorman and Juan Yepez can avoid that fate as they get more exposure.
    Jeff, fans rail against the team’s operating model because the last two rings were won with rosters that had multiple hitting and pitching stars, not to mention the best player on the planet. So since Albert 2.0 isn’t coming back they need to tweak the model because 11 seasons of evidence says it doesn’t produce a ring.
    I know 90+ wins count the same regardless of opponent, but I think the weak NLC has allowed the Cards to mask some weaknesses that go on full display when they aren't particularly competitive in the postseason. If the team's real goal is just to sneak into the playoffs every year and hope the team catches lightning in a bottle, rather than truly constructing a predictably competitive roster, I wish they'd just tell us that.
    The Cardinals' goal is to contend every single year, unlike most teams. That goal makes it harder to accumulate a monstrous roster in a given year because the Cardinals don't want to go for a one- or two-year load-up and then fall back dramatically for years to follow, like the Chicago Cubs are doing right now in a much bigger market. Consistency has been good for business because most fans are good with it.  Some fans would trade three 100-loss seasons for a deep playoff run or two, but Bill DeWitt Jr, will never view it that way.
    One would have thought before the season that Kostin would have been in the playoff lineup but instead of being pushed out by Torp he really just fell into a hole. Is Kostin an NHLer? Do they keep him just in case he turns it around next season?
    Klim Kostin may have run out of time here. He can play in the NHL, but he is tweener. He has offensive skill, but not enough to play a Top 9 roll. He is big, but he doesn't that size well enough to flourish on a fourth line as Alexei Toropchenko has. I can see the Blues trading him to, say, Arizona while making space for others.
    The Blues depth on D and ability to play their two horses have saved them this playoff season. Do you see them trying to retain Leddy, does Peronovich and or Rosen get a full time spot next year.
    There are only so many spots under the salary cap, so I see Nick Leddy moving on as a free agent and Scott Perunovich getting every chance to stick while on playing for minimal money. Rosen could be a low-cost No. 7 defenseman.
    Here's a radical point of view: The Cards are fine. They are a very well-run franchise, and though Marmol is not a great manager, or even very good, he is adequate and does a good job in general running the bullpen (when he isn't busy sticking pins into a Jake Woodford doll). They should continue to finish ~20 games over .500 on an annual basis going forward.

    But Milwaukee is just better, smarter. Their front office knows when to wait and pounce (Cain, Yelich) and when to be hyper-aggressive months before the trade deadline (Adames). And their manager is apparently the best tactician around, because he is the first manager since Earl Weaver to consistently have a very positive record in 1-run games. It's true. I've done the research, Gordo, on all HOF managers, and numerous others like Snitker, Roberts, et. al., from the past 60 years, and Weaver and Counsell are the ONLY ones in MLB to do this. In seven years, with relentlessly great teams, Dave Roberts has averaged 2 games over .500 in 1-run games. In his 6 years, Brian Snitker has averaged 3 games over .500. Meanwhile, Counsell is now 11-4 this season and 103-61 over the past five campaigns. It's not luck, not when it happens over and over again.
    by Brian Jordan was twice as good as Bo Jackson 5/27/2022 7:48:41 PM
    It will be interesting to see if the Brewers indeed become the new standard setter for mid-market franchises. As I noted last week, they have loaded a lot of pitching on the roster at a low cost. Can they keep that up? Can they find the next set of low-cost aces? Will they spend to keep the aces they have? And can they develop some hitters? We'll see.
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