Found August 29, 2013 on 85% Sports:
Wednesday night saw Cardinal ace Adam Wainwright have one of the worst pitching performances of his career: 2 IP, 2 H, 9 ER, 2 BB, 1 K. It’s his shortest outing as a starter (although he’s had 2 regular season games where he lasted only 2 2/3 and that game 5 start versus the Nationals in the NLDS where he went 2 1/3), the most earned runs he’s given up in his career (previous high was 8 twice), and his highest hits per 9 innings since August 31 last year. As soon as I left the game, people were buzzing about pitch counts. “This happened because he went almost 130 pitches on Friday” was the trend on the radio. I was curious is this was the case. Looking at the 255 games Wainwright has pitched in, you have to discount a few things. Here’s the amount of games he’s thrown since his call up in 2005, along with scatter graphs of his innings and pitches per outing: When looking at his pitch counts and innings, you throw out 2005 and 2006; he was initially brought up as a reliever to get...

St. Louis Cardinals pitching staff roulette about to mercifully end

The St. Louis Cardinals made two more roster moves Thursday when they sent rookie right-handers Michael Wacha and Michael Blazek to Triple-A Memphis after each pitch the night prior, which continued a trend of incredible pitcher movement between Memphis and St. Louis this season. The Cardinals have used 23 different pitchers this season as injuries plagued the staff early in the...

Preview: Cards go for first home sweep of Reds in nearly five years

Adam Wainwright is a contender for the NL Cy Young Award, but he's surely more concerned with increasing the St. Louis Cardinals' lead atop the NL Central. Wainwright looks to become the NL's first 16-game winner Wednesday night when the surging Cardinals go for their first home sweep of the Cincinnati Reds in almost five years. Tied with Washington's Jordan Zimmermann...

Cardinals' Chris Carpenter settles in as new team cheerleader and role model

ST. LOUIS -- Chris Carpenter doesn't know if he will try another comeback next season. "I really don't know what's going to happen," he said Wednesday. But Carpenter has figured out what he will do the rest of this season. He's going to take infield grounders before batting practice, he's going to cheer on the Cardinals from the dugout and he'...

Cardinals recall Blazek, option Martinez to minors

The St. Louis Cardinals promoted a fresh arm from the minors for the second straight day, recalling rookie right-hander Michael Blazek from Triple-A Memphis and demoting rookie right-hander Carlos Martinez. The 24-year-old Blazek has appeared in 10 games with St. Louis with an 8.31 ERA in 8 2-3 innings before Wednesday night's game against the Reds. He's 1-2 with a 2.77...

The St. Louis Cardinals Acquire Reliever From Milwaukee

BREAKING - The St. Louis Cardinals have acquired John Axford from the Milwaukee Brewers in exchange for a player to be named later, according to Kary Booher of the Springfield News Leader. Axford, the once mighty closer for the Brewers, has served as the team’s eighth-inning guy for the majority of the 2013 season.  His performance has been far from his former, dominant self... Stephen Piscotty homers, Joe Cuda excels on mound

The Baby Birds had a successful 6-2 night on Tuesday as Memphis, Palm Beach (2), State College, Johnson City, and the GCL Cards all won. Springfield and Peoria were on the losing end. Here are quick game summaries followed by the official box score of each game. Memphis beat New Orleans 8-2 on Tuesday. Jamie Romak had a big day for the Redbirds collecting 4 hits, including his...

Cardinals' Jake Westbrook throws first bullpen session

Right-hander Jake Westbrook gave a thumbs up after throwing his first bullpen session since being placed on the disabled list because of a lower back strain according to Jenifer Langosch and Chad Thornburg of Westbrook said he's had minor back issues in the past and what team doctors told him was "not alarming." "When you're sore, it's hard...

Cardinal Talk: KXnO FOX Sports Radio: Bucs just ahead

Weekly St. Louis Cardinals-focused chat on KXnO FOX Sports Radio 1460 in Des Moines. Late Friday afternoon, I joined Ken Miller and Jim Brinson on KXnO FOX Sports Radio 1460 in Des Moines in our weekly series to discuss the St. Louis Cardinals, “Cardinal Talk.” This time, we focused on the weekend series with Pittsburgh, the NL Central race with the Bucs and Reds, Brandon Phillips’...

Cardinals September call-up projections: 2013

Brian Walton explains his thinking behind his prediction of up to ten additions to the St. Louis Cardinals roster for the final month of the season.

Teams Busy Wheeling And Dealing As MLB Waiver Deadline Approaches

  Many teams with playoff aspirations have been busy wheeling and dealing as the waiver deadline fast approaches. Teams are rolling the dice taking chances on players having less then productive years optimistic a change of scenery will boost their play for their new mates. Here is a look at the waiver wire action that has resulted in deals thus far as the deadline looms. The Pittsburgh...

Cardinals obtain veteran reliever John Axford from Brewers

ST. LOUIS -- The Cardinals traded for a Brewers right-hander Friday morning, but he was not old friend Kyle Lohse. The price for John Axford, though, does not figure to cost the Cardinals nearly as much as a deal would for Lohse. The Cardinals will send the Brewers a player to be named for Axford, who is making 5 million this year and will be eligible for arbitration in the off...

Francisco Liriano and Shelby Miller: this is pretty much it

I don't think that I need to sell this game or preview it much: the Pirates are a game behind the Cardinals on Labor Day weekend, and now they have three games against them. The Pirates absolutely need at least one win this weekend, though to be honest I won't feel terribly great about their chances to win the Central if they're two games behind the Cardinals on Labor...
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