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ST. LOUIS -- During the past offseason, Matt Carpenter was talking with his mom about his future in the major leagues. Though Carpenter enjoyed a strong rookie season with a .365 on-base percentage in 340 plate appearances, his baseball future coming into 2013 was far from secure.
No one knew if he could become more than a utilityman in the big leagues. Not even Carpenter.
"He said, 'Mom, I don't know if I'm going to be (in the majors) tomorrow,'" Tammie Carpenter recalls. "He was like, 'Am I really good enough to continue to do this or did they just kind of make a mistake?' That's the mentality he has. Don't take anything for granted."
Well, the Cardinals certainly didn't make a mistake when they moved Carpenter to second base and, early on, installed him as their leadoff hitter. Likewise, St. Louis did not err when it decided to put Pete Kozma at shortstop instead of shopping for a fill-in for injured Rafael Furcal.
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Its no secret that the Cardinals have some power arms in their organization. Its part of the reason that the Cards farm system was rated the best in MLB and also why the Cardinals rotation has been so successful.
But, how do the Cardinals power arms compare to the rest of MLB?
Well, thanks to Fangraphs and Pitch/Fx, we can compare how the Cards pitchers' average fastball...
With the 2013 First-Year Player Draft on the books and with news of the first signees beginning to trickle in, it seemed an excellent time to discuss the St. Louis Cardinals’ new class.
That was the subject of my discussion with Rob Rains of StLSportsPage.com and RobRains.com. In our 10-minute chat, we touched on a number of the most promising players in the Cardinals draft as...
On Tuesday, it was reported that St. Louis Cardinals’ first round pick Marco Gonzales signed his professional contract. Gonzales is a left-handed pitcher out of Gonzaga University. This has not been confirmed by the St. Louis Cardinals yet.
Jim Callis of Baseball America tweeted out that Gonzales signed for 1.85 million dollars. The recommended slot value for Gonzales’ spot at...
Stats from June 11th vs Mets
- Michael Wacha is one of 10 1st round draft picks making a start tonight (9 in the National League)
- Wacha is the 3rd different Cardinals rookie to start against the Mets this year
CARDINALS ROOKIE STARTERS VS METS THIS SEASON
JOHN GAST SHELBY MILLER MICHAEL WACHA
DECISION WIN ND WIN
INNINGS 6.0 5.2 6.0
ER 4 0 ...
The Baby Birds went 2-2 on Saturday night while the big news was the return of #1 prospect Oscar Taveras. Taveras went 1-for-4 with a double in his return. David Popkins has been on a hot streak for the Palm Beach Cardinals. Popkins has an 8-game hitting streak and is hitting well over .500 in those 8 games. The Peoria Chiefs won in unusual fashion as a passed ball on an intentional...
David Freese has been the St. Louis Cardinals regular third
baseman over the past several seasons. In that role, he’s developed into a
postseason hero and National League All-Star. However, the emergence of Matt Carpenter and presence of top prospect Kolten Wong could have the Cardinals
making Freese available, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.
The 2013 St. Louis Cardinals are the symphony: respected, beautiful and only enjoyed by a very devout base.
And just like the symphony, you're not convincing anyone to get on board. They're going to have to make that choice on their own terms.
I bring this up because the Cardinals are an excellent team. Maybe one of the best teams we've seen in the past 20...
So far in 2013, the Cardinals have matched a winning percentage that is very similar to the 2004 Cardinals, the most winning Cardinal team in my lifetime. Beyond that, they are up there with just about any Cardinals team so far. At 41-22, they are just a win away from being 20 games over .500 and it isn’t even halfway through June. This is a team where a guy with a .310 batting...
The Baby Birds officially went 2-3 on Monday. Memphis resumed a suspended game from April 10th which resulted in a very unusual scenario. Nick Greenwood was the pitcher of record in the suspended game and took the loss. Since that game, Greenwood has been transferred to Double-A Springfield and was also the pitcher of record for Springfield on Monday, where he took the loss. So,...
NEW YORK (AP) Michael Wacha recovered from a wild start to earn his first major league win and Allen Craig hit a three-run homer for the St. Louis Cardinals in a 9-2 victory over the staggering New York Mets on Tuesday night.
Matt Holliday had three hits and the NL Central leaders took full advantage of a crucial error by new Mets first baseman Daniel Murphy, who was shifted over...
ST. LOUIS -- Lance Lynn might have left Sunday night's start with a better outcome if he had tried to bust Jay Bruce inside rather than serving him another outside fastball. Or, Lynn's night might have ended differently if he had just stayed away from the lefty-hitting Bruce and gone after Todd Frazier.
But with the count full, two out and the score 2-2 in the fifth, Bruce...