Milwaukee Brewers right-hander Adrian Houser, seen here against the San Francisco Giants on June 15, 2019, will start Wednesday night in place of Chase Anderson. Houser has allowed only one earned run in his past 11 appearances, and has a 2.27 ERA in 31⅔ innings this season.

    QUESTION: Seeing Walt Jocketty in the press box this weekend got me to thinking. I know the Cards moved on from Walt to Mo for a number of reasons in an attempt to synch with how the game was evolving. But can we really say we're doing better in that regard? Perhaps Walt's trading strategy would no longer be viable, but I do long for the days of Edmonds, Rolen, Renteria, Walker, and Berkman.

      QUESTION: Did you expect Albert to react as emotional as he did this weekend? This weekend obviously impacted him a great deal. I expect the fans to treat him well, but I was taken aback at just how two-way the lovefest went. Pretty cool.

        QUESTION: Mr. Goold: I have seen questions in past chats about signing Marcell Ozuna long-term. It's great that he's hitting homers and driving in runs this season, but I seriously doubt the Cardinals want to tie up another position player long-term. About the only way signing Ozuna would work is if the Cardinals could trade Dexter Fowler. Besides, I have a hunch Ozuna is only doing what he's doing because he will be a FA and he wants a big contract.

          QUESTION: DG...last year, when Shildt took over the club, it seemed as though he was much more progressive in his pitching staff management. Am I correct to have observed some regression in this area recently? I'm thinking specifically about how long he left Gant in last night when it seemed he didn't have "it."

            QUESTION: Why are people so excited about ONLY being 2 games out? All that means is no one team has gotten hot yet without having an equally cold time frame to follow or precede, and chances are, if one does, it won't be the Cards.

              QUESTION: DG, thanks as always. Just wanted to let you and your readers know that "Cardinals Twitter" is running amok with claims that Edman should be playing 3B every day, that C-Mart belongs in the rotation, and that Jake Woodford would be our ace if only Mo would add him to the 40-man. In other words, the BFIB's proverbial "house is on fire." And yet we're only two games back!

                QUESTION: Doesn't the batting lineup seem unbalanced to you? No leadoff hitter, then 3 guys who can hit 25 homeruns, (with nobody on before them) then 5,6,7,8,9 hitters most in the 240 range or lower. Wouldn't it be better to have 2 guys in the 1 and 2 slot with the expectation of getting on base and creating more balance?

                Zach Davies, who is scheduled to start tonight vs. the Mariners, is coming off his worst start of the season. He gave up five runs on nine hits in 2⅔ innings against the Padres last week.

                  QUESTION: Let’s say it’s like today – 2 games behind the Cubs for first and on the bubble for Wildcard, and it’s the morning of September 19th. 7 of the final 10 games of the season are against the Cubs. What three steps would the Cards best have taken between now and then to improve the chances of success? (I anticipate acquisition of a top shelf starting pitcher will top your list.)

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