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.

    A huge crowd has already assembled, so Bobo is going to open the gate early and get to work. Let's go!
    The Cards pitching last night was awful against a very bad Cubs team. And the Cards will continue to pitch short the rest of this five game series. The highly touted Liberatore has disappointed as the top pitching prospect. Flaherty is not pitching before the All Star break. So what best explains the malaise of the front office: there aren’t better pitchers available outside the organization, DeWitt won’t spend the money, or John Mozaliak won’t admit the club is pitching short and maintains status quo?
    The short answer is they hope to get to Monday in one piece. After that, the off day and the return of Steven Matz will help the team reset. The fact Flaherty is on track to pitch next month, Dakota Hudson is trending the right direction after working deep into a game and Andre Pallante is showing starter potential are also influencing factors as the front office mulls potential trades. 
    In the short term, Johan Oviedo, Zack Thompson and Jake Woodford could all get a turn this weekend. What they do (or don't do) will help guide the front office as well. The team has won two of the three games Matthew Liberatore started, so it;s not like he is a disaster.
    At this point, any pitcher who has been unsigned and idle since last season would take weeks to get ready. I would go ahead a sniff out a few of those anyway, just for protection, because guys inevitably get hurt. Finding a few older guys to put in Memphis for the next several weeks would be prudent.
    It is June men's basketball at mizzou doesn't have a big that can keep brown from halving to guard a big like last year and get in foul trouble. We also don't have a shooter which killed us last year. This late the portal won't have impact players. The roster isn't good enough for top 7 team in SEC. Very disappointed in the women's basketball program. They lost 2 impact players and have brought 1 player in who has been hurt. Their current roster is probably the worse in the SEC. No big that can play at the SEC level. Not sure what coach is thinking but surely she knows her team needs some good inside players. Football I am hoping beyond hope for 7 wins.
    Ah, but what's the over/under on Missouri football wins this season? I believe it's 5.5, which is the hard reality of where the program sits with an unproven quarterback (whoever win the job) and the lack of a proven running game. And SEC football will only get tougher with the addition of Texas and Oklahoma and a revised scheduling format. Missouri had it easy for a long while in the SEC East.
    Truman will need to muscle up across the board because this league will just keep getting tougher in all sports. 
    With Burelson hitting like he is in Memphis, how much longer can they keep playing Dickerson. I thought Dickerson was a good signing, but it very obvious what needs to be done.
    When Tyler O'Neill and Dylan Carlson return from their rehab assignments, imagine what this offense could look like with those two plugged in for Corey Dickerson and Lars Nootbaar. Oliver Marmol will have every opportunity to play the matchup game with his position players.
    And with Alec Burleson and Ivan Herrera raking at Memphis and youngsters Jordan Walker and Masyn Winn off to fabulous starts at Double-A Springfield, this franchise is in excellent shape.
    I thought the Yankees had a no facial hair policy but our old friend Matt Carpenter has a mustache.
    Yes he does. It makes him look like he returned to the big leagues in disguise, which would make sense given the futility of his past few years.
    With his arrival not too far off (next summer?), are the Cardinals going to play Jordan Walker in the outfield at all? Arenado could opt out, but that doesn’t seem likely at this point.
    If Walker keeps killing in Springfield, that is a call the team will have to ponder this move because this young man is racing up the organizational ladder. I might leave him at third base this season, then make the change heading toward next season once Nolan Arenado makes his expected decision to stay.
    What direction do you see the Cardinals going to add a pitcher? Keuchel, the 2022 version of Lester? Back end options that require only a reasonable return like Quintana? Or sending out top prospects for a stud like Montas?
    As I noted last week, I don't see 2022 as the season to trade major assets to get a high-end pitcher. This organization is still in build-up mode. It will have a much better read on its assets by the end of its season after playing out the Reunion Tour at the big league level. By next season, the team may A) have more good young hitters than there is space for and B) have a better read on what it has and doesn't have with pitching. If it avoids the Big Mistake (i.e., trading Sandy Alcantara and Zac Gallen to rent Marcell Ozuna for two years) it could build a 100-victory team by 2023 or 2024.
    Now, if there is a team willing to send a solid starting pitcher here without seeking one of the top half-dozen prospects, then great. And like I noted earlier in the chat, the pro scouts should also be on red alert for any potential reclamation projects worth investing in with time at Memphis. Adding a few more veterans there would be wise.
      
    Thanks for posting this chat Gordo
    Beaten by the Cubs, how disgusting. Once again moe’s poor planning demonstrated in the shortage of pitching. How many times does he have to make the same mistake? It’s like Moe Groundhog Day . Every time he re lives his life he doesn’t provide adequate veteran pitching
    The Cardinals won nine of their previous 12 games before Thursday's loss. That success with internal replacements helps the front office pass on overpaying for stopgap help. The next three days will present a referendum on the immediate pitching depth -- Andre Pallante, Packy Naughton, Jake Woodford, Zack Thompson and poor Johan Oviedo -- and bad outcomes this weekend could create a bit more urgency with the front office. As I noted here and in my videos with BenFred, the Cardinals certainly need to add a couple of guys to the pile for protection.
    Just FYI Jeff in the last chat I asked where is TT and Jimmy in the Net Front podcast? And you said "I don't know what you're talking about there" well on the Stltoday website all I see is a picture of you and BF. Which for some reason you do net fronts with him too? So I had to go to the podcast page to find you TT and Jimmie NFP. You're the one muddling the picture! I'm not interested in a NFP podcast with you and BF. If you only show you and him in a NFP picture/advert then you're definitely confusing viewers who are used to the NFP podcast you been doing for a few years. Just FYI bro. I am always trying to help you! But you never say thanks!
    We do Net Front videos with BenFred and NetFront podcasts with Jim Thomas and Tom Timmermann. Maybe we need to work BenFred into the podcasts, too, to make all of this cleaner for the consumer.
    You and Jimmy and many fans keep selling "Binnington is back!" 5 games after a terrible year is not very meaningful. Husso is a lot more important then Leddy, and David Perron. I don't care if you have to pay him 5 million a year. In a year you can trade either him or Binnington. Any teams best defenseman is a great goalie TANDEM!
    Ville Husso had a great two months in the NHL. But his last two months of the regular season were ordinary and his playoff performance was poor. So while the Blues would be glad to have him back, I do not see the team committing much cap space to him. The Blues will hope that Binnington is back. If it turns out he is not, then Doug Armstrong will need to free up more cap space so he can find a Plan B.
    Jeff, is it realistic to think Army could swing a deal for Matthew Tkachuk and what would the Blues have to give up in return?
    Doug Armstrong really likes his team, especially its depth in firepower. He loves the team chemistry that formed last season. He seems intent on bringing almost all of this team back. He has always avoided putting huge money into one player, like a Matthew Tkachuk, so to make a trade for him Armstrong would need to change his operating philosophy. Calgary would need to get one of the top young forwards, Robert Thomas and Jordan Kyrou -- guys are just coming into their own here -- and other assets.
    I see Army only gave Binnington a partial no trade clause. On the second year of his new contract Binner has to name 10 teams he would accept a trade to. All the more reason to resign Husso. This way we can choose the best most consistent goalie. And Husso played well in that last game against Colorado. Not sure why Parayko gets a free pass from you it was one bonehead move after another in the biggest game of the year.
    Colton Parayko struggled in Game 6. But he was plus-32 in his last 38 regular season games. He excelled despite playing against top lines, taking 63 percent of his zone starts in the defensive end and lacking a consistent partner for his shutdown role. He played a key role in the team's highly successful penalty-killing unit. He also plus-5 in the postseason while shouldering a huge and difficult workload.
    With Girardi getting the short haircut from the Phillies, do you think Mike Schildt would be a good fit there?
    Rob Thomson will finish off the season as interim manager in Philly. That is a big-spending team with big expectations. It has suffered god-awful results despite that ownership commitment. President of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski throws money around freely with splashy moves, so I'm guessing he will want to get buck the MLB trend and hire a veteran manager.
    Stop with Nootbaar. I know he threw a guy out on Wednesday and had a double last night but he can’t hit. Look at every month of his major league service save for August of last year.
    Dylan Carlson and Tyler O'Neill are working their way back from injuries on rehab stints, so the outfield picture could look a lot different at some point next week.
    The Diamondbacks are playing above expectations - but they're not going to make the post-season. And the franchise isn't known for having an abundance of cash. Could you see a scenario where they'd trade MadBum to the Cardinals - and if so - the Cardinals could pick up most of his salary and maybe that would lighten the player return needed to send to Arizona.
    That is the sort of trade the Cardinals have made in the past -- and it's definitely something that would make sense for this team this year. Of course, a number of contenders could be interested in that sort of play. Madison Bumgarner is the sort of pitcher any winning team would want to add to its supporting cast if he's healthy.
    Is it *too* bold a prediction to foresee Oviedo starting one game of the double-header tomorrow and finally earning his first major-league win?
    Yeah, that sounds optimistic. Oviedo allowed four or more earned runs in five of his 10 starts at Memphis this season. In his other five starts he was pretty good. So it has gone for Zack Thompson and Matthew Liberatore as well at Memphis this year. All three have the tools to make it at the big league level, but thus far the consistent command has eluded them.
    I like the Callie Rosen signing. He's keeps getting better. Now package Scandella and our number 1 pick for your fav Adam Larsson on Seattle. Then you have a Swedish pairing on defense. No language barrier.
    I don't mind that Adam Larsson trade proposal at all, but Calle Rosen seems likely to spend most of his time in the AHL unless the Blues get hammered with defensive injuries.
    Michael Girsch (he's our GM for those that don't remember him) is in the final year of his contract. Do you think Mo brings him back or does Girsch seriously entertain other options?
    Michael Girsch turned down a chance to interview for the Mets job, so I don't know how eager he is leave the STL for a lead role elsewhere. If he is eager to escape John Mozeliak's shadow, he hasn't shown it. Maybe he knows he's next in line here.
    Does Klim Kostin have more value for the Blues right now as a trade chip or as a prospect to keep trying to develop more consistency?
    Klim Kostin is a restricted free agent, so he has the option to return to the KHL -- assuming that Russian's pro league will be operational next season with the ongoing war. He faces a LOT of competition here with Jake Neighbours likely to make the Blues next season and Alexei Toropchenko earning his spot. I would not be surprised to see him traded.
    Is the kind of middling batting average range we saw with Arenado last year likely what to expect this season too?
    Nolan Arenado is hitting .280 with an .865 OPS this season. That's the version of Arenado the team would like to see this year. He put in some offseason work on his swing and he's further removed from his past shoulder issue. So there's hope he can hit in his 30s as Paul Goldschmidt has hit. But can he be more consistent? He floundered for most of May while the rookies and Goldschmidt drove the offense.
    Gordo, not that I am bitter or anything (ha) but if Edmonton gets home and makes a series out it , wondering who Kadri will target to knock out of the playoffs? I am guessing it won’t be a goalie this time as the Av’s seem to have no trouble solving Smith!
    You’re end of season report card on forwards was spot on as usual!! Looking forward to the remainder of team.
    Right now, both Leon Draisaitl and Darnell Nurse are playing hurt, so even more has fallen on Connor McDavid. Imagine how the hockey world would react if Nazem Kadri took a run at McDavid.
    How did you like the first game of the Oilers/Lanche series? Talk about hanging goalies out to dry!
    That was like one of the old NHL All-Star Games before the league gave up and went with the current format.
    Martin Perez is just signed through this year with a still-building-for-future-seasons Texas team; he's definitely having a contract-year kind of season, so perhaps Mo' would find the asking price too spicy, but he seems like a perfect add for this rotation right now (high GB rate, low-to-medium walk rate, keeps the ball in the park).
    Martin Perez will be a pitcher of interest for contenders this year. Anthony Castrovince of MLB.com had this take on him:
    While we can’t rule out the possibility of the Rangers wanting to maintain ties with Pérez after this season, for now he profiles as the classic rental player who provides some lightning in a bottle and gets flipped to a contender in need (and we figure to have no shortage of those this summer). Pérez is in his second go-around with Texas, on his third team in the past four years and has only had one season in his career in which his adjusted ERA+ was at least 10% better than league average (way back in 2013). So it’s fair to be at least a little skeptical of his fantastic start (1.60 ERA), especially given the way he fizzled after a strong start to the 2019 season with the Twins. But the 31-year-old Pérez is getting good results with increased usage and better location of his sinker, and his changeup has been almost unhittable (.125 average against). So he’s one to keep an eye on.
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