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The 2020 offseason is upon us, and the St. Louis Cardinals are looking for answers after another sluggish offensive season. Tune in daily for news, reactions and analysis on the Locked On Cardinals Podcast. Host and Cardinals mega-fan Lucas Smith (@ljfastball) gives his take on how the Cardinals can build off a postseason berth and how they can build up a better offense for 2021. Part of the Locked on Podcast Network.
 
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Jack Flaherty has been named the opening day starter for the St. Louis Cardinals. Flaherty is the obvious choice as he is the best of an already really good rotation. Despite not having big-time names, the rotation/pitching staff could carry St. Louis deep into the postseason. Lucas talks on his love of the pitching staff and shares an interview wi…
 
New Cardinal beat writer Zach Silver of MLB.com joins the show to discuss Cardinal baseball. They hit it all, from Jack Flaherty being named the opening day starter to who closes, from what Nolan Arenado means to the lineup and what expectations are for Dylan Carlson and more! Zach and Lucas also give their prediction on the win total for the 2021 …
 
Matt Carpenter has had a fine career for the St. Louis Cardinals, but for the first time since 2012 his starting spot is not a guarantee. With the offseason acquisition of Nolan Arenado, the 35-year-old is a man without a position. On today's show, Lucas breaks down how Carpenter might find playing time and what he thinks his fit is on this current…
 
Spring Training is officially here! The Cardinals' pitchers and catchers have reported and workouts have begun. While there's a long time before April 1, even a long time before February 28, there are things to be hopeful about as a Cardinal fan. Nolan Arenado is on top of that list. Lucas gives a general breakdown of what the roster could look lik…
 
It's a glorious day, as pitchers and catchers get to report to Spring Training today! While the future is widely unknown, we can be happy that baseball is on the way back. On today's show, Lucas answers your questions you submitted online! Questions such as when could the Cards be legit WS contenders, who should the Cards continue to pursue and mor…
 
Reunions with old teams seem to be popular this offseason, Paxton to Seattle, Davis/Holland to Kansas City and Archer to Tampa Bay to name a few, so Lucas picks four ex-Cardinals to talk about. 3 outfielders that could provide some boost the current Cardinal outfield, and one first basemen that is just fun to think about. The non-roster invitees ar…
 
PECOTA came out with their annual projections for the upcoming baseball season and they were... not good. From the Mets winning 96 games to the Cardinals playing .500 ball there are a lot of problems with this list. Lucas breaks those problems down, gives his thoughts and also looks at projections for specific Cardinals. Support Us By Supporting Ou…
 
The latest from Atlanta where they are getting ready to host an NBA All-Star game that players don't want and fans are confused over. LeBron James sends the Lakers into overtime against the Thunder. The Suns ended the Milwaukee Bucks win streak. Karl-Anthony Towns returned for the first time since contracting COVID-19. A 5-team trade in the WNBA. A…
 
Lucas takes a look at more of the positive side of the Yadier Molina signing today- it's all about the intangibles. The relationships he has with the pitchers speaks volumes as to why he re-signed with the Cardinals. This also, for the most part, solidifies the starting 9 for St. Louis. What does an opening day lineup look like? Two things are cert…
 
In a Michael Jordan-like announcement, St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina has announced he is back with the Cardinals. Reports are the deal is a 1 year, $9 million contract. While Molina is a future Hall of Famer, this move still comes with negatives. The positives are Molina will (most likely) retire in a Cardinal uniform, it's not a multiy…
 
In a surprising and unexpected move, the Cardinals have traded Dexter Fowler to the Los Angeles Angels for player to be named later or cash. This move isn't necessarily a salary dump - Cardinals still paying $12.75 million of Fowler's contract - so it begs the question: why did St. Louis trade him? Was it just to give the young outfielders more opp…
 
Nolan Arenado had his first press conference (over zoom) on Tuesday, so Lucas shares his thoughts and reactions. It was an overwhelmingly positive reaction from the fans, and the press conference focused highly on the posititves. There aren't many (if any) negatives from this deal, so that makes sense. There are 4 clips from the presser about Nolan…
 
It's official, Nolan Arenado is a St. Louis Cardinal! The deal was approved by MLB and the MLBPA Monday evening. The eight-time Gold Glove winner will be wearing Cardinal Red in 2021. The return package was worse than initially reported, as zero top-100 prospects are heading back to Colorado. The highest rated prospect in the Cardinal system in thi…
 
It's crossover time as Ryan Ladika of Locked On Rockies joins the show to discuss the Nolan Arenado trade. In a lenghy discussion, Ryan and Lucas talk about this trade from a ton of different angle. The different reaction of Rockies' fans and Cardinal fans, what this means for the future of the Rockies, where does Arenado fit in the Cardinal lineup…
 
It's finally happening: Nolan Arenado is a ST. LOUIS CARDINAL. This has been rumored for the past couple offseasons, but the Cardinals have finally got it done. The trade is extremely complex due to the opt out and the no-trade clause, but everything is expected to be completed by Monday. This team just went from NL Central contenders to NL Central…
 
The St. Louis Cardinals have re-signed Adam Wainwright! Finally, the Cardinals have made a move, their first MLB-level move of the offseason. Wainwright's one year deal could earn him $8 million dollars with incentives, as he takes an incentive-based deal for the third season in a row. This is a major win for the Cardinals' front office, and they h…
 
The Hall of Fame vote has passed, and no one was elected. The 2021 ceremony will still go on, with Derek Jeter, Larry Walker, Ted Simmons and Marvin Miller being elected in 2020. The top three vote getters this year were Curt Schilling, Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens. Schilling has created a schism between himself and the writers, which is a big rea…
 
Finishing up the batch of questions you sent in last week, Lucas discusses the starting rotation in 2021 for the Cardinals. If Adam Wainwright leaves or retires, then who is starting in 2021? The three guarantees are Jack Flaherty, KK Kim and Miles Mikolas. Behind them, the Cardinals have some options. Lucas also discusses who Dylan Carlson is comp…
 
You all submitted some great questions for Lucas to answer, the first one being where is Dylan Carlson going to play on opening day? This question has a couple of different layers to it, as maybe the Cardinals make some moves to free up some outfield space. Maybe the DH is in the NL, opening up some playing time. Bottom line, Carlson will be an eve…
 
More free agent signings in the past number of days for teams like the Blue Jays and Los Angeles Angels has Lucas frustrated. The St. Louis Cardinals are yet to make any major-league-level signings or trades as Spring Training draws ever nearer. While this team might be able to compete for a NL Central title in 2021, this team as it stands will hav…
 
Two Cardinal legends are in the news this week, one for announcing his retirement and one for announcing he would consider retiring. Cardinal catcher Yadier Molina said he would "consider retirement" if he wasn't given the right offer. Meanwhile, Mike Shannon will stop broadcasting games after this season, his 50th in the Cardinal broadcast booth. …
 
The St. Louis Cardinals have signed contracts with Alex Reyes and Harrison Bader, avoiding arbitration with both of them. Reyes will get $900,000 while Bader will get $2 million in 2021. The Reyes deal could be a steal if he pitches to his skill level, while the Cardinals are betting on Bader to have a fantastic year. St. Louis also signed No. 47 i…
 
It's a Locked On Crossover as John Miller of Locked On Mizzou joins the show! John and Lucas talk college during a pandemic and whether or not Mizzou fans realize how good the football team was this season. They also discuss how baseball might being losing a sense of emotion in the sport. And it wouldn't be a LOC show without some Yadier Molina tal…
 
On today's show, Lucas answers YOUR questions! Is David Peralta a good fit for the St. Louis Cardinals? Would he rather trade for Peralta or Andrew Benintendi? And why aren't the Cardinals taking advantage of a weak NL Central? It's also a good thing that the commissioner (yes, Rob Manfred did something good) announced that Spring Training is offic…
 
In part two of Sean Sears and Lucas' conversation, they talk about the weakened NL Central. With the division looking at a down year, what teams are most capable to take advantage? Does Lorenzo Cain coming back help the Brewers enough? Are the Reds losing too much to remain competitive? Lucas and Sean come to the conclusion that the Cubs and Cardin…
 
In the first part of a two-part release, Sean Sears of Locked On Cubs joins the show to give the Cubs perspective on the Yu Darvish trade. Chicago gave up the Cy-Young runner-up and his personal catcher for a solid start and four "lottery tickets," as Sean likes to call them. The bottom line is that the return was a little weak, and it has Sean wor…
 
The first show of 2021 has some good news to share! MLB is reportedly "likely" to start Spring Training and the regular season on time, which is a good thing for the sport. Yes, there will be unforeseen problems come up, but for the league to come out and say this is a huge win for the sport. Also, the Cardinals came in at No. 12 in mlb.com's first…
 
2020 is FINALLY coming to an end. On the final show of this unbearable year, Lucas gives his three New Year's Resolutions for the St. Louis Cardinals. Resolution number one is to SIGN SOMEBODY to help improve this team. Resolution number two is to improve the slugging numbers for the team. And Resolution number three is to continue the pitching suc…
 
With the San Diego Padres making a flurry of moves in the last 3-4 days, the Cardinals still are yet to do just about anything. This has the Cardinal fanbase wondering, what is going on? What's the wait? Lucas takes a look at the questions you submitted and gives an unfortunate answer. Don't expect the Cardinals to make any moves anytime soon. Supp…
 
The San Diego Padres just got a whole lot better. All happening in the span of two days, the Padres acquired Blake Snell from the Tampa Bay Rays and Yu Darvish from the Chicago Cubs. And they did all of that without giving up too much prospect talent. The question has to be raised, are the Cardinals doing enough to stay competitive? In the NL Centr…
 
It's episode 100 for Lucas!! The baseball offseason is extremely slow and painful, and in a time when it's already losing popularity, that's a major problem for the sport. Lucas also defends his take on Mike Shildt being a good manager and a good fit for this team. Shildt is a guy who is huge on communication and being close with his players, which…
 
The St. Louis Cardinals will be down a bullpen arm in 2021 as John Brebbia signed a 1-year, $800,000 contract with the San Francisco Giants. Brebbia is coming off Tommy John surgery, but that's no reason to let him walk for a cheap price. Lucas also discusses the small rumor of the Kansas City Rumors being interested in Adam Wanwright, and he gives…
 
Aram Leighton of Locked On MLB Prospects joins the show to discuss Dylan Carlson and Ivan Herrera! When it comes to Carlson, should the Cardinals look more to the slow start or the fast finished? Leighton says Carlson struggling but then figuring things out is something he's accustomed to in the minor leagues. With the Molina situation casting a se…
 
The Cardinals have a lot of starting pitching depth, and two of their "guarantees" for next year's rotation are KK Kim and Miles Mikolas. With Mikolas, the question is will he be more like his 2018 self or his 2019 self in 2021? A healthy offseason is helpful, but what do the stats have to say? For Kim, the question is will he regress just like Mik…
 
It's no secret the Cardinals have a lot of pitching. All of that pitching was a large reason as to why they made the postseason in 2020. With all of the depth they have, there are going to be around 7-10 people going for 3 open rotation spots. Lucas breaks down a few names to keep your eye on, such as Carlos Martinez, Daniel Ponce de Leon and Austi…
 
Yadier Molina returning to the St. Louis Cardinals is far from a guarantee. His replacement will have a burden on their hands, and it will be a tall task to replace #4 behind the plate. That said, fans shouldn't be too sad if Andrew Knizner is given the reigns next season. Despite a lack of MLB success, Knizner has done nothing but hit at the minor…
 
It's mid-December and the Cardinals are yet to make any major roster moves. The question has to be asked, are the Cardinals moving too slow and being left behind? There have already been two outfielders off the board. This is largely due to the priority of keeping Adam Wainwright and Yadier Molina. Is this too much of a priority for the Cardinals? …
 
Lucas takes a look at your questions/comments/complaints/concerns on the Yadier Molina contract issue. While everyone has an opinion, this is not a cut-and-dry issue. There are countless factors to keep in mind and it is not simple to figure out if the Cardinals should re-sign the All-Star. Some factors are the price tag on him, the fans' opinion, …
 
It's been reported that the Cardinals and Yadier Molina are no where close on a contract as both sides look to come back together for 2021. This has sparked a heated discussion among the St. Louis Cardinals' fans, and Lucas gives his take on today's show. It is not as cut and dry as some make it seem, as the stats and intangible factors must both b…
 
Adam Wainwright won the prestigious Roberto Clemente Award this week, and Lucas shares his thought on the incredible honor. Waino continues the trend of Cardinals winning the award, bringing the phrase, "Cardinal Way," a new meaning. Lucas also recaps the week in MLB news, giving his thoughts on Raisel Iglesias leaving the division, the Lance Lynn/…
 
New Locked On Rockies Host Ryan Ladika joins the show to help Lucas break down new free agent David Dahl. The Cardinals need help in the outfield, and Lucas is looking at every option. Despite a significant injury history, Dahl has shown tremendous potential and the ability to be a proven bat at the MLB leve. Ryan details his injury history as well…
 
Sean Sears of Locked On Cubs joins the show as Lucas continues to break down the non-tendered FA market. Kyle Schwarber is on the open market and is available for teams to sign, and he could be a cheaper option for the Cardinals to go after. While he would be more attractive to St. Louis as a DH, Sean still thinks Schwarber could be a big boost in …
 
The non-tender deadline has come and gone, which means there are new FA targets for the Cardinals to think about. One of those targets is former Minnesota Twins outfielder Eddie Rosario. Lucas looks at why he would be a great fit for the Cardinals to go after. Rosario would provide good power from the left side and be a large upgrade from those who…
 
In the final part of the Locked On Twins Crossover with Nash Walker, Lucas aims high with his final pick of which Twin to go after. Before Lucas goes high, he talks about catching prospect Ryan Jeffers as an option if the Cardinals don't land Molina this offseason, With his final pick, Nash goes with the veteran left-hander Andrew Miller in an atte…
 
In part two of three of the Locked On Twins Crossover, Nash and Lucas talk more players they would go after from the other team. Nash tries to tell Lucas why the Cardinals should trade Giovanny Gallegos, and Lucas tries to get Byron Buxton from Minnesota. With the Twins needing pitching, Nash also wants to go after Carlos Martinez, which prompts a …
 
In part one of a three part series, the wonderful Nash Walker of Locked On Twins and Lucas talk about which players from the other team they would like to target. Nash stays on the mound for his picks, while Lucas looks for the bats. In part one, Nash and Lucas discuss Eddie Rosario, what the payroll is like for each club, as well as their first of…
 
The MLB offseason is still moving slowly, so Lucas continues to look at possible deals the St. Louis Cardinals can make. One of those deals is signing free agent catcher James McCann. Jon Heyman reported the Cardinals are one of several teams interested in the former All-Star catcher from Chicago. If Yadier Molina doesn't return, then the Cardinals…
 
It's Cyber Monday, so let's look at some players the St. Louis Cardinals could get at a good deal! What's a good price to Joc Pederson or Tommy La Stella? Furthermore, what kind of pitch do the Cardinals need to have in order to convince them to sign for a cheaper price? Lucas also addresses the news that the Toronto Blue Jays are looking at former…
 
Yet another show for your Friday, this time looking at if Tommy La Stella would be a good fit in St. Louis. La Stella is cheaper than Kolten Wong, and is arguably a better offensive player. With the Cardinals letting Wong walk, it would make sense to sign La Stella to a cheaper contract with a chance of higher production. Lucas also answers a quest…
 
2020 has been a year unlike any other, but there are still reasons to give thanks. The fact that there was even a baseball season is cause for celebration. When looking back at the season for the St. Louis Cardinals, there are definitely things they need to work on, but there are for sure things to be thankful for. Paul Goldschmidt being consistent…
 
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