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What a strange year it must have been for Albert Pujols. He went from winning the World Series and being the consensus biggest name in free agency, to having a worse batting average than Howie Kendrick. If the Angels wanted a .286 hitter who could get 100 RBI’s and 30 jacks, they could have just signed Big Papi for half the price.
It looks like the Cardinals came out victorious and those steadily declining Pujols numbers weren’t just an aberration. Somewhere, Tony La Russa is stirring a drink and reminiscing about better times. My guess is Pujols will be doing the same this offseason.
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The Los Angeles Angels went out and got Albert Pujols last winter. They might end up having the youngest MVP in baseball history and a Cy Young winner.
They've also got plenty of time to ponder how it all went wrong during the most anticipated season in franchise history.
The Angels finished third in the AL West at 89-73, a record good enough to win the AL Central or to earn...
When St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Lance Berkman
underwent surgery on his knee in early September, it appeared that his season,
and perhaps career, were over. However, Berkman was able to return for the
Cardinals last night as a pinch-hitter.
Manager Mike Matheny made the move as a gesture to Berkman,
who is likely in his last season with the Cardinals. The veteran slugger...
ST. LOUIS Don't worry about the fact that Chris Carpenter only made three regular season starts. Give him a chance in the playoffs and his track record shows just what he's capable of doing.
And he badly wants the chance to do it again.
The right-hander made his third start of the season Tuesday night, allowing seven hits and three runs in six innings in a 3-1 loss to...
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- "It's not the way you wanted it to end, and it's definitely not the way we envisioned it ending," Angels slugger Mark Trumbo said as he cleaned out his locker Thursday morning at Angels Stadium.
"When you play that long and grind hard through an entire season, you'd like to have a little something extra on the end," Trumbo continued...
News broke last week that Angels pitcher Dan Haren will most likely hit the open market this winter; it’s rumored that the Angels are planning on declining Haren’s option after the season.
Haren will be one of the top pitchers on the open market, behind teammate Zack Greinke. The question is:
What is Haren worth on the open market?
First, let’s look at what Haren has done...
By Robert Cunningham - AngelsWin.com Columnist
Whether it was rotation issues, hitting woes, or a shaky bullpen, the title, above, effectively summarizes the Angels 2012 season. Here is a sample of what went wrong: 1) An early April slump that saw the Angels go 6-14 in their first 20 games. If they had even played .400 baseball that would be 2 more wins on the season.2) Offensively...
Los Angeles Angels pitcher C.J. Wilson will undergo offseason arthroscopic surgery to remove bone spurs from his left elbow. Wilson said after his final start of the season on Monday night in Seattle that the elbow had bothered him for the past few months. "I tried to make a million adjustments to get around it, to the point where now I'm standing on the first-base side...
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- St. Louis rookie right-hander Shelby Miller didn't get much sleep Tuesday night.
Miller and his teammates celebrated until the wee hours as the Cardinals clinched the NL's second wild-card berth when San Francisco beat Los Angeles.
Minutes after the 1 a.m., party started, Miller was informed that he would be making his first career start on Wednesday....
The Cardinals are in the playoffs?
Does a one game Wild Card game even count as the “The Playoffs”? You think that Ted Williams or Stan Musial would have been spraying champagne all over each other buttholes because they got a chance to have a chance to make it to the NLCS?
But here we are. Heading into a half-sold Turner Field for a insta-game...
ATLANTA The Cardinals know the numbers.
They know Braves starter Kris Medlen is 10-1 with a 1.57 ERA this season. They know hes 9-0 with a 0.97 ERA in 10 starts since rejoining the rotation. And yes, they are well aware that Atlanta has won the last 23 games the right-hander has started.
The Cardinals also know what type of offense they have.
Hes had a great run, you cant deny...
Jaime Garcia led the Cardinals over the Reds Monday night with his pitching and hitting as the team’s magic number dropped to one for the second NL wild card berth.
The St. Louis Cardinals fell to Cincinnati but secured the second NL wild card when Los Angeles also lost Tuesday night.
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Mat Latos won his fourth straight decision to finish the regular season and Scott Rolen homered off Chris Carpenter, helping the Cincinnati Reds keep the St. Louis Cardinals' postseason plans on hold with a 3-1 victory Tuesday night.
The Cardinals' magic number for clinching the second NL wild card remained at one with a game to go, and they were left in...
Notre Dame landed receiver Torii Hunter Jr. at the end of an official visit last month, but what are the Irish getting? Take a look at Hunter in action this season.
(AP) -- While they didn't find out until well after losing their last game, the defending World Series champion St. Louis Cardinals are officially headed back to the playoffs.
With both teams looking to pick up steam, the Cardinals wrap up the regular season against Homer Bailey and the NL Central champion Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday night at Busch Stadium.
Though it could...