Found August 08, 2012 on The Cardinal Nation blog:
Though it was not always the responsibility of the bullpen, I cannot get out of my head the fact that the 2012 St. Louis Cardinals are just 16-30 in one-run and two-run decisions this season. I guess in a way it is sort of the ugly underbelly of all the MLB-best run differential talk we have heard of late. After all, it would seem such a club should be a division-leader instead of resting in third place. Where there is still time remaining, the clock is down to 52 games and counting. The relief corps has looked much sharper overall since the acquisition of Edward Mujica to stabilize the seventh inning ahead of Mitchell Boggs and Jason Motte. Still, I can’t but wonder, “what if?” What if the Cardinals were 30-16 in one- and two-run games instead? Assuming the worst case – that none of those turnaround games would have been against the Reds – it would still flip what is today a six-game division deficit into an eight-game lead. OK, maybe that isn’t realistic. Let’s pretend the Card...

Jim Leyland: Miguel Cabrera deserves MVP over ‘Wonderboy’ Mike Trout

Miguel Cabrera is having an outstanding season for the Tigers. It’s the type of season we have come to expect from the 29-year-old over his 13-year career. Cabrera has 29 homers to go along with 95 RBI. His batting average is an impressive .322 and his on-base percentage is a solid .384. There is still a lot of baseball left to be played, but Cabrera is a definite American League...

Cardinals deal Greene to Astros

Second baseman Tyler Greene was trade by St. Louis to Houston for a player to be named later or cash considerations after the Astros claimed him on waivers. Green is hitting .218 with nine stolen bases and four home runs, but had lost playing time through the course of the season. He had an error and two strikeouts in the Cardinals' 15-0 loss to San Francisco on Wednesday and...

Yanks Loss To Detroit May Be A Playoff Premonition

You really couldn't expect Justin Verlander to lose three straight decisions to the New York Yankees. After all, he's Justin Verlander. Verlander broke his losing streak last night, striking out 14 in the process (getting Ichirio 3 times), en route to a 7-2 win over the Yankees. I watched as much of this game as I could before my confidence disappeared and I switched to...

Cardinals pounded by Giants at home Wednesday

At the wrong end of a 15-0 score Wednesday night, the St. Louis Cardinals absorbed their worst shutout loss in over half a century.

Tigers 6, Yankees 5

Miguel Cabrera homered and drove in three runs, and the Detroit Tigers held off the New York Yankees 6-5 on Tuesday night for their sixth straight victory. New York scored twice off closer Jose Valverde in the ninth inning and had runners at second and third when Curtis Granderson popped up for the final out. The AL East leaders have lost 12 of 18. Cabrera has moved into the MVP...

Tigers can’t complete comeback and drop slug fest to the Yankees 12-8

Anibal Sanchez and the Detroit Tigers dug themselves an early hole that they simply couldn’t dig themselves out of as they dropped a 12-8 decision to the New York Yankees Wednesday night ending their winning streak at six games. Sanchez, who was making his third start for Detroit since coming over from the Marlins simply wasn’t sharp, in fact he was downright awful allowing seven...

Tigers lose, split series with Yankees

DETROIT (AP) -- Mark Teixeira and Eric Chavez hit solo home runs on consecutive pitches in the eighth inning that put New York ahead, and the Yankees held on to beat the Detroit Tigers 4-3 Thursday. Yankees manager Joe Girardi was ejected and threw his hat during a demonstrative argument with third base umpire Tim Welke after a fair-or-foul call in the fifth inning. Rafael Soriano...

MLB: AL Roundup – Tigers nip Yankees again 6-5

Miguel Cabrera #24 of the Detroit Tigers fields the ball and gets ready to throw out Derek Jeter #2 of the New York Yankees during the first inning of the game at Comerica Park on August 7, 2012 in Detroit, Michigan. (August 6, 2012 – Source: Leon Halip/Getty Images North America) DETROIT (AP) — Miguel Cabrera homered and drove in three runs, and the Detroit Tigers held off the...

Muckdogs to send five to NYPL All-Star Game

Two 2012 draftees and three others will represent the St. Louis Cardinals and Batavia Muckdogs at the New York-Penn League All-Star Game on August 14.

Cardinals 3, Giants 1

ST. LOUIS -- Adam Wainwright could only watch Wednesday night as the San Francisco Giants put a 15-0 whipping on the St. Louis Cardinals. On Thursday, he made certain it didn't happen again. Wainwright scattered five hits over seven innings and limited the Giants to only one run in pitching the Cardinals to a 3-1 victory less than 18 hours after one of the most-lopsided shutout...

New York Yankees Score Early and Then Late, Holding Off Rally Minded Detroit Tigers

The Detroit Tigers were constantly on the comeback trail Wednesday night, but couldn’t pull off the impossible feat. The New York Yankees did plenty of damage early and late, leading to their losing streak busting 12-8 win. Facing the Yankees … Continue reading →

Prince Fielder: Hitter First, Slugger Second

There’s a distinction to be made between the terms “power hitter” and “hitter with power.” The former typically lives and dies with three true outcomes — maybe only two if they lack discipline. Adam Dunn perfectly represents this group, a hitter who would be nothing without his ability to mash the ball 500 feet. Jose Bautista has other skills, but driving fly balls...

15-0? 15-0.

Please note the first arrow. Where the ball is supposed to be. In Tyler Greene's glove.Now look at where the ball ACTUALLY is. Scooting towards right field. How did it get there? It went through Mr. Greene's glove, between his legs and into the grassy part of the diamond. Not good, Tyler. Not good.The 2012 whipping boy didn't cause the Cardinals to surrender 15 runs...
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