Found February 17, 2013 on
Cardinals Fan in Cubs Land:
Back on January 22, Tom Verducci issued his annual "Year-After Effect" column. Dubbed the "Verducci Effect" by Will Carroll, the theory is that pitchers who are under the age of 25 and see a 30+ innings pitched increase over the prior year are at risk for a decline in performance or even injury.
However, the Verducci effect has been disproven time, after time, after time and is flawed at best.
So, should we be concerned that the Cardinals Joe Kelly was listed in Tom Verducci's column? Probably not. But that doesn't mean that there isn't something to Verducci's theory, even if it is flawed.
You old-schoolers, like me, might remember the 1980-81 Oakland A's starting rotation who went through two years of abuse from manager Billy Martin. For those of you who don't remember (or who weren't around at that time), Martin had an unreliable bullpen, but 5 good starters, so he pushed them to the limit.
In 1980, the 5-some of Rick Langfo...
BEST OF MAXIM
AROUND THE WEB
With the 2013 major league spring training camp now open, it is time for another refresh of the St. Louis Cardinals system roster matrix. This version will reflect the changes made from the start of 2013 spring training until the start of the regular season. The previous matrix reflects the rosters as they evolved from the conclusion of the 2012 season until spring training 2013...
As Derrick Gould recently pointed out, the Cardinals lineup is old. The average age of the starting lineup is 30.5 (30.6 if Matt Carpenter replaced Daniel Descalso at second). This puts the Cards lineup as the 4th oldest in the majors.
The projected starting lineup and age, is as follows:
John Jay, CF - 28
Carlos Beltran, RF - 35
Matt Holliday, LF - 33
Allen Craig, 1B - 28...
With spring training underway, many of the St. Louis Cardinals' top prospects are intermingled with veterans as the team gets ready for the 2013 season. Spring training is always a good time for young players to prove their worth, gain exposure and raise their stock.
Continuing our rankings of the top prospects in the St. Louis Cardinals organization, prospect number five on...
MLBTR ran a great feature today about the arbitration process. It was kind of cool getting the perspective of the player (Kyle Lohse). It would also be nice to get a perspective from a GM. Hopefully they'll do that.
“It’s not a pleasant thing,” Lohse said. “It’s hard to sit there and listen to the lawyer say how bad you are when the GM is sitting right there and you...
JUPITER, Fla. - Already dressed in his home white jersey and Cardinals cap for a required autograph session a short time later, Cardinals rookie Trevor Rosenthal chats about his experience in the big leagues a season ago and his expectations for 2013.
Rosenthal and fellow youngsters Joe Kelly and Shelby Miller set the bar high with their impressive contributions down the stretch...
Source: Ezra Shaw/Getty Images North America
Shelby Miller was drafted out of high school in the first round of the 2009 draft (#19 overall) by the St. Louis Cardinals. Miller is a right-hander with good size (6’3”, 195 lbs) who offers an above-average fastball and curveball to go along with a changeup that has the potential to be an above average pitch as well. He enters the...
JUPITER, Fla. Veteran Carlos Beltran has a theory for how to handle his nagging injuries as he enters his 16th year in the big leagues.
"I told my wife that I don't pay attention to my waist down," Beltran joked. "If something hurts, I ignore it and continue to move forward because it's part of baseball."
Beltran's first year with the Cardinals...
Spring training is generally a time for professional baseball players to work on their craft and practice some of the tedious drills that make a difference later on in the season.
The little things are often the difference between making the playoffs and not. On Saturday, the St. Louis Cardinals had a fun way of practicing some of those little things by having a bunting championship...
St. Louis Cardinals players reported to Jupiter, Fla., last week to kick off spring training 2013, but that first week was full of contract talk instead of baseball talk, an unfortunate situation that has become the norm at Cardinals camp in recent years.
The Cardinals even went bigger than usual in the first week this year by having three contract announcements, but at least two...
Spring training is fully underway down in Jupiter, Florida and while the weather hasn't necessarily cooperated at this point, the St. Louis Cardinals are hard at work, getting ready for the 2013 season.
With just a couple of workouts completed and with the full-squad now at work on the field, many of the players and coaches are talking to the media for the first time since...
Our friends over at InsideSTL spent last week hanging out at a picnic table, and eventually under a tent, in Jupiter, Florida and talking with any Cardinal players that came by and were willing to sit down for a few minutes.
What resulted were some great candid shots of the guys as well as a very candid interview with Adam Wainwright about his contract situation.
The images below...
Last Thursday, the Cardinals ensured that perhaps the most crucial brick its foundation would remain in place. The club reached an agreement with general manager John Mozeliak to a three-year contract extension that will carry him through the 2016 season, which will be his ninth serving the team in his current capacity.
During those nine years, he has guided the team through two...
When 10 future major leaguers developed by the St. Louis Cardinals first appeared on top 40 prospect lists – ours and theirs.
John Morris played for the Cardinals from 1986-1990 (274 games to be exact) and had a nice little career for himself.
I had forgotten about John Morris until I fell down the YouTube rabbit hole and ended up on Morris doing an impression of Kirk Gibson's famous 1988 World Series home run.
At some point, every moment ever will be on YouTube.