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.

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    Mil is pulling away and should win the NLC. The Cards are only playing to keep their 13 season win streak alive but will likely fall short. The organization lacks prospects to move to obtain immediate upgrades and lacks assets to sell to obtain additional prospects. Mo has created this mess and there is no way out in 2021. Play it out, peddle some bobbleheads to sell tickets in Aug/Sept, showcase Gorman and Liberatore in Sept, and hit the reboot in 2022. Where am I wrong?
    The Cardinals have plenty of good prospects to trade. But those players are not far along enough to help this team today. Also, trading long-term assets now that the season has gotten away from them would be stupid. Not only does Milwaukee have a formidable lead in the division, the Brewers have the ability and the incentive to make more additions. 
    This team will need a reset for 2022. Fortunately it will cycle out a lot of dead payroll and (they hope) gain pitching help plus offensive support from the minors. But the Cardinals will also need to make additional moves to support the earlier trades that vrought Paul Goldschmidt and Nolan Arenado.
    we love yadi but maybe it's time for kiz to get few starts. yadi hasn't been hitting well. give him a few days off
    Yes, he looks gassed. He is trying to will the team forward, warrior that he is, but he has sunk into a pretty deep offensive rut.
    Pietrangelo's was extremely lucky to get that contract the way it was structured. All that signing bonus money up front --no state income tax and that money was immune to the escrow the players have to pay. That contract is impossible for any other team to match! Can't blame him for taking it. But Vegas has gambled and lost. They have no money for a top center and are now on the older side with Stone, Petro, Fleury, and Pachorietty.
    Yeah, I never saw the allure of that move from the Vegas side. Alex is an outstanding player, yes, but that team's biggest need was up front and down the middle. The Golden Knights added Cup-winning defenseman Alec Martinez at the end of the previous season and he was terrific this year. Shea Theodore was already breaking out as a top offensive defenseman. At the time of the Petro signing Nate Schmidt was a nice fit for the team chemistry. But I also scratched my at their investment in Robin Lehner when Marc-Andre Fleury was still there. Imagine what else Vegas could have done with the Petro dollars and half of the goaltender dollars
    Greetings from Istanbul Turkey. They think Mo is a bad general manager here also.
    Freefall continues on his watch. He wasn’t always bad ; his arrogance and placing yes-man all around him has created this global team failure
    Thanks for the chat
    Of the many things preoccuping Bill DeWitt Jr.'s mind these days, John Mozeliak's standing among sports fans in Turkey is pretty far down the list.
  • FO gets a C for getting areando but not adding depth to pitching and good pieces for roster hurt them. and not addressing that albert is not right fit
    I've been thinking about the mid-term grades for the Cardinals, since we will present those at the All-Star break. A "C" grade might be generous because as great as the Arenado trade was, the failure to assemble viable depth at the Triple-A level undermined that. So did the failure to acquire help when it became clear the existing depth was lacking. It seems clear there are serious field staff issues as well, to your point.
    Jeff i have figured out what's going on with Tarasenko , Army and how Matthew Tkachuck is a piece of this.in January after the game ended between the leafs and Flames, Muzzin flips a puck at Matthew which causes a scrum only Matthew was in it by himself. In a player only meeting Later Matthew was angered as to why no teammates jumped into his aid. Giordano and other senior players told him To back off his aggressiveness that they "don't want a riot every night!" Well Matthew took offense to this and his play reflected that the rest of the year. Recently after the season ended with the Flames looking at a rebuild coupled with this incident Matthew asked Treviling the GM for a trade to St Louis. Enter Army! Army would love to have Matthew but he needs to not blow another hole in the Blues and needs more Cap space. Since he paid Vlade 15 million for not playing the last two years he asked Vlade if he would wave his no trade clause. Vlade gave him a list of a few teams he'd go to. Calgary NOT on the list. So Army is now wheeling and dealing with the teams on the list--LA and the Islanders to swing a trade and get the pieces and cap space to then send to Calgary for Matthew Tkachuck. I am better then the MHL tonight by a long shot and aElliott Friedman too you know!!
    It's an enticing theory, but making all those pieces fall into place would be difficult. If I was running the Flames and there was a problem between Tkachuk and his teammates, then I would keep Matthew and start shopping his teammates. Sean Monahan has faded badly, some nights Johnny Gaudreau skates around like he's in an ice show, Mark Giordano is in his twilight, ditto Milan Lucic . . . there is lots of underachievement and overpayment on that roster, aside from Elias Lindholm and diligent Andrew Mangiapane. And what about the coaching? Sam Bennett played like a young Rick Tocchet once he escaped Calgary and got to play for Coach Q in Florida. With the Flames he languished.
    As for No. 91, moving him and his $7.5 million cap hit (for two years!) for a reasonable return will be difficult. Armstrong has pulled off some miracles, but something along these lines would be the topper.
    What was Shildt thinking last night after Gallegos walked the second batter after 2 outs? Why wasn’t Reyes ready to come in? Again, Shildt mismanages a game. Wainwright said he could pitch the 9th so why not let him? Shildt said in his post-game presser that he trusted Waino completely. Is this just Shildt talking out of both sides of his mouth again? These are the kind of defeats that bring on 6 game losing streaks. Is it bad that I’m not upset when they lose anymore? Now I know what Pirates fans must feel like. Mr. DeWitt, if you’re reading this… you won’t see a penny of my money until you put a good product on the field and straighten out your coaching staff and front office. Pathetic.
    To feel like a Pirates fans, you would need to sit through another five or six years of this stuff. You don't really know suffering until you walk in the shoes of those fans.
    Gallegos has been a reliable reliever this season, so sending him in for Wainwright at that point of the game made sense. Sure, Wainwright would volunteer to throw 130 pitches because that's how he competes. But that doesn't make having him throw 130 pitches a good idea.
    And since Reyes had pitched in the previous two games -- one of them a two-inning save -- sending him out for a third straight game would have been a foolish re-injury risk.[
    While Arenado has made a few signature plays at third this season, his defense at the hot corner has dropped considerably looking at the defensive runs saved numbers over the last 3 seasons. The Cards have gone from leading baseball in defensive runs saved last year to middle of the pack, not what you'd expect after adding one of the great gloves of all time. Jeff, you have any explanation as to why Nolan's defense has fallen off this season and do you have hopes it will eventually bounce back?
  • Nolan has made many, many highlight reel plays at third base this season. His physical ability remains elite. But he's also made some errors. I'm guessing the team's general malaise has undermined the team's fielding across the board. Pitcher after pitcher working slowly and either walking or hitting batters, looooooooong innings, early deficits night after night, mounting frustration within the group . . . imagine the toll that takes on players. It's not easy to stay mentally sharp in such an environment. In baseball, when things go bad they can really, really go bad.
  • Bettman sure did make a lot of excuses for the terrible officiating in the playoffs. "Best offioin the world!" Give me a break. Chris Lee wouldn't call a cross checking penalty even if a player got paralyzed from it!
    Some of the non-calls are troubling. Maybe none were worse than the cross-check on Kucherov, obvious targeting of a previous injury.
    Another Cards loss by another pitcher who can’t throw strikes. Seems like the inability of the pitchers to throw strikes is self perpetuating. Borderline calls go to the batters and batters wait for two strikes before swinging. All the while walks pile up on what will go down as one of the most hideous pitching staffs in Cards history. Pardon me but I’ve checked out. Even a Jeff Gordon bobblehead won’t get me back.
  • The wildness can feed on itself. As the walks pile up, pitches start to aim -- which is pretty much the last thing a pitcher wants to do. Umpires cut pitchers no slack, opposing hitters (except those knuckleheads on the Diamondbacks) take pitches and the wildness spreads like a ringworm rash.
  • Jeff, you've stated in these chats that you don't think the Cards should make a big ticket move to sign a guy like Story in the offseason, and that they shouldn't send out the few top prospects the organization has in the minors. So, how would you improve the team for 2022? The pitching staff should get better next season simply through improved health, but it's hard to see any internal options for improving a lineup that's only outscored the mighty Marlins, Pirates, and Mets in the NL this season?
    A starting rotation of Jack Flaherty, Alex Reyes and Dakota Hudson at the top would be a good starting point for improvement. Also, Nolan Gorman should be ready to add some pop.
    The Cardinals will cycle out some dead payroll (Carpenter, Fowler) and they will have to put that flexibility to use. Yes, they will also feel the full weight of the Arenado contract, but they could also also move on from Andrew Miller ($12 million) and Carlos Martinez ($11.7 million). 
    Obviously they will need to invest wisely, which has been an issue in recent years.
    If the players end up striking for a considerable amount of time next season do you think that when they do return to the field a majority of the fans will just be so turned off that they just find something else to spend their discretionary income on? Clark and Manfred have had ample time to get something ironed out. I just find it hard to believe the players are such sheep that they’ll do and say whatever the union tells them to. The owners are just as bad when it comes to not opening up their books. If you have nothing to hide then what does it matter?
    Both sides are at fault. Both sides are resisting forming the sort of partnership that the NFL, NBA and NHL enjoy between players and owners. I'm guessing it will take one more work stoppage that damages both sides -- like you say -- to smack some common sense into these people.
    Oakland needs a shortstop… we need pitching. Get it done Mo.
  • So Edmundo Sosa goes to Oakland and blows up like Randy Arozarena. Joe Buck would love that.
  • Tom Timmerman doesn't think hockey will ever be greater then what it is in market share. I moved to Scottsdale Arizona years ago but boy was I surprised to find the greatest American player probably of all time grew up here! In a 120 degrees at an ice rink right by my place!! Austin Matthews probably is a unicorn but there are midget leagues and kids playing here all the time. It will never be As easy to play as basketball but the NHL is such a competitive league that sports fans love it even if they never played it. Charles Barkley likes it better then the NBA! It's an amazing spectator sport one doesn't have to play it to enjoy it. Look at Tamps Bay it's a hockey town in sweaty Florida!
    I love hockey as much as you do, but I agree with Tom. Hockey has made great strides, but it won't crack the Top 3 in our country any time soon.
    Any chance a package based around Robert Thomas, Vince Dunn, and a couple of picks gets the Blues into the Jack Eichel sweepstakes?
    Word from the NHL insiders is the Sabres want the equivalent of four first-round picks for Eichel. Another insider suggested it would take a six-player package. The Sabres have Rasmus Dahlin to quarterback the power play as Rasmus Ristolainen as well, so I don't know that Dunn has much appeal to them. They need help up front. Lots of help. Thomas woould be the starting point, but they would be stupid to send Eichel here without getting Kyrou too, along with a couple of first-round picks and some throw-ins.
    But the Sabres have been pretty stupid (sorry, Patrik Berglund) so you never know.
    It is highly doubtful that the Cardinals will make a move of impact during the deadline. This disaster was created by Mo and his lack of action during the time he could have added depth when it was cheap. That is a dereliction of duty on his part. After the deadline, it’s likely the team will be playing out the year just trying to stay around .500. Do you see a lot of empty seats in August and September of it plays out like that?
    Yeah. But I also see a team better positioned for a quick turnaround after refusing to trade good long-term assets for middling (or worse) short-term help. Teams should only pay a premium for in-season help if they have a chance to make a deep postseason run. Teams should not pay a premium just to improve from bad to ordinary.
    Bill DeWitt Jr.'s goal is to contend year after year. Failing that, his goal is to avoid a four- or five-year downturn familiar to other teams in the NL Central.
    how long does carp remain on roster? most people under mendoza line are dfa by now
    Great question. Other teams have found useful players on the waiver wire. I refuse to believe there isn't somebody better out there. Sure, Carpenter would still get paid after going away, but there has to be mimimally-paid help out there somewhere.
  • Well, that’s a shame because I am a big Cardinal fan and I want to believe that this great team holds its values of Sports fan everywhere ,
    The Cardinals value their fans. That's why they don't to subject them to sustained failure Cubs, Reds, Pirates and Brewers fans have endured at various times.
    Come on,Gordo,we all see Yadi & Paulie failing,why can't the Cards brass? Has Knizner fallen that fall from grace to almost never be used?
    Knizner hasn't done much to help himself. I agree that Molina could use a break, but it would help if his replacement was better defensively and a more competitive hitter.
    Jeff, I read where Arenado had lunch with his good friend Trevor Story yesterday. Do you think they talked at all about becoming teammates again? I think you could package DeJong and CMart for Story. Maybe you throw Fernandez or Oviedo in to sweeten the deal. In this trade alone you’ll shed $16.4m, which could go towards getting Story signed for three years plus an option. In addition you will have Carp and Fowlers money coming off the books too, so you could put that towards signing a #3 pitcher and the rest getting Flaherty under a long term deal. Story is having an off year so I find it hard to believe any team will give him a long term deal for more than the $17.5m he’s getting now. I bet he’d jump at $56m for 4 years plus an option to play with Arenado.
    There are not a lot of teams looking for shortstop help right now. Oakland needs one, but the A's won't give Story long-term money. That could work in the Cardinals' favor once Story hits the market. As for trading for him as a rental, that wouldn't make sense unless he was willing to sign an extension.
    If John Mozeliak is actually feeling heat these days, that's the sort of blockbuster move that cool things down.
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