Found May 29, 2012 on i70baseball:
Almost all of the preseason fears have been realized in the last three weeks for St. Louis Cardinals fans as the team eventually fell from its perch atop the NL Central. Aside from shortstop Rafeal Furcal, every older position player has experienced an injury that either placed them on the disabled list or kept them out of the starting lineup for multiple games. And those injuries are quickly taking their toll on the team. First baseman Lance Berkman had knee surgery this week to repair meniscus damage that will likely keep him on the shelf for about two months. On top of that, center fielder Jon Jay, man-without-a-position Allen Craig and reliever Kyle McClellan are all biding their time on the DL, not to mention starting pitcher Chris Carpenter, who has been out since Spring Training. The Cardinals entered play Friday in second-place for the first time this season, one half game behind the Cincinnati Reds. Then they lost again to the Philadelphia Phillies 5-3 in 10 innings. Grant...

Tony La Russa, future oil baron?

Since retiring from managing the St. Louis Cardinals following their 2011 World Championship, Tony La Russa hasn’t been reclining in an easy chair or tending a vegetable garden. Among his many activities included working with one of the losing bidders for the Los Angeles Dodgers, assisting friend Jim Leyland with the Tigers during spring training and a role in the MLB commissioner’s...

Why do Greg Pomes and other Mets fans hate Carlos Beltran?

A guy named Greg Pomes (@gregpomes) is known for being the most pessimistic Mets fan on Twitter. He and a few others hate Carlos Beltran, and I don’t know why. @MLB @MLB_PR I find it offensive that at a baseball game Carlos Beltran of the Cardinals was making an obscene gesture… — Greg Pomes (@gregpomes) May 28, 2012 I don’t know about you all,...

Bullpen still sorting out roles

ST. LOUIS - A conversation in Mike Mathenys office lasts more than 20 minutes. Questions about his struggling bullpen take up more than half the time. The first-year manager is quickly learning that handling a bullpen and all the decisions that come with it is one of the toughest tasks he has. And one of the most scrutinized. But despite the continued questioning about the Cardinals...

Adams taking advantage of opportunity

Matt Adams doesn't know what will happen when Allen Craig comes off the disabled list on Friday. Or what will happen when Matt Carpenter is ready to come back a few weeks beyond that. For now, Adams is living in the moment. He's shown up at a big league stadium the past nine days and seen his name written in the Cardinals lineup each day. He's yet to have a day off....

Cardinals to appear on MLB Network four times in June

MLB Network has announced its live game schedule for the month of June. The St. Louis Cardinals will be presented in a primary or alternate telecast four times. This coverage is in addition to the regular game telecasts on FOX Sports Midwest, but there is a catch. Those outside the St. Louis broadcast territory will be the only ones with a chance to view these games in this manner...

GIFcap: Carlos Beltran gives teammate the finger, gives us a versatile GIF

How did I miss this? Carlos Beltran casually gives the finger to a teammate (I believe), all while being highlighted by the broadcast

Garcia to miss start with elbow discomfort

Cardinals starter Jaime Garcia returned to St. Louis Tuesday to undergo an magnetic resonance imaging on his left elbow after informing the club of discomfort following his start against the Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday. General manager John Mozeliak confirmed that an MRI taken Wednesday morning came back negative but that the lefty would miss his scheduled start Friday against...

Freedom we enjoy because sacrifice of others

ST. LOUIS Its a little before 11 a.m. Sunday, and former St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Al Hrabosky looks up from scanning a newspaper to remember sacrifice. Hes sitting in a booth high above home plate at Busch Stadium, and Cardinals pitchers take the field to stretch before their eventual 8-3 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies. Hes grateful for Memorial Day. Music plays over...

Sunday: The Phils winning streak ends as the Cards are all over the Phils, losing 8-3.

Three home runs do in the Phils as their winning streak ends at four straight, as they lose to the world champs, 8-3. The Cards took a commanding lead in the first as, with the bases loaded, via singles by Skip Schumaker and Matt Holliday, with Schumaker stopping at second base, with both runners then moving up to third and second base, respectively, on Carlos Beltran’s ground...

Random Thoughts: Cards vs. Phillies

The St. Louis Cardinals have dropped the first two games of a four game set with the Philadelphia Phillies, and both were heartbreakers which the Cards could (should?) have won. In both games, the Phils jumped all over the Cards’ starter for first inning leads. Both nights, the Cardinals battled back to tie or lead the game, but were not able to finish the job. Some notes and thoughts...
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