Found March 22, 2012 on Fox Sports Midwest:
JUPITER, Fla. (AP) -- St. Louis manager Mike Matheny liked what he saw from Jaime Garcia on Thursday. Garcia struck out nine in five innings and the Cardinals roughed up Gio Gonzalez in a 9-0 win over the Washington Nationals. "When Jaime is on he's something to watch," Matheny said. "He's just got that stuff that's hard to square up. It's not a fun at-bat." The Nationals only scoring opportunity against Garcia came in the second, helped by Garcia's errant pickoff attempt that allowed Roger Bernadina to go from first to third with only one out. But the 25-year-old Garcia struck out Brett Carroll and got Andres Blanco to line out to end the threat. Garcia struck out two in each of the first four innings and didn't allow a walk. "I didn't even know that I had that many strikeouts," Garcia said. "That's a good feeling when you go out there and you make your pitches." Gonzalez didn't fare nearly as well, h...

Cardinals minor league spring training notebook: 03/22

On Thursday, the St. Louis Cardinals had yet another camp day in which their top two and lower two rosters opposed each other while the Marlins and Mets faced off elsewhere. In addition, in large part due to Wednesday’s cancellations due to wet grounds, three was even more action than usual. A third game plus a simulated game on the fourth diamond of the quad were added. There...

Next Cardinals’ crop could be quite the harvest

Sunday’s St. Louis Post-Dispatch included a story on St. Louis Cardinals outfield prospect Oscar Taveras. Taveras opened eyes last season when he posted the highest batting average in the Midwest League since 1956. Taveras hit .386 with an on-base percentage of .444. Manager Mike Matheny admitted the batting mark caught his eye and has given Taveras a handful of at-bats with the...

Carpenter out indefinitely with nerve irritation

Cardinals ace Chris Carpenter has been shutdown indefinitely due to nerve irritation that has led to weakness in his right shoulder, the club announced Friday. The news is particularly troubling to the Cardinals and Carpenter, who missed the 2004 playoffs due to a similar nerve issue and had surgery in 2008 to transpose a nerve in his right elbow. The right-hander was sidelined...

Cardinals Now Mystic; Predict Freese Has Awful Year

The Cardinals have long traded in the art of baseball, but apparently have added mysticism to their cadre of talents over the off-season. Just this morning, the CD Inbox received word that third baseman David Freese was going to slug 13 home runs and drive in 64 runs.  So confident they were, that it was put right there in the subject line so I didn’t even have to open it up...

Cardinals 9, Nationals 0

Jaime Garcia struck out nine in five innings to lead the St. Louis Cardinals to a 9-0 victory over the Washington Nationals on Thursday. Garcia struck out two batters in each of the first four innings and didn't allow a walk. He gave up three hits. The Nationals Gio Gonzalez didn't fare nearly as well, having to be lifted before the end of the fourth inning. In what was...

Post-Dispatch parent to charge for some online access

The parent of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Lee Enterprises, has announced intent to implement subscriptions for online access before the end of this year in most markets. (Details here.) The company currently has papers in 52 markets but did not comment whether or not the P-D will be included. As Lee’s largest entity, it would be surprising to me if it was excluded. Lee began a...

10 Bold Predictions for 2012: The Arrival of David Freese helps Cardinals forget Albert Pujols

As part of our preview for the upcoming 2012 season, we’ll be doing a ’10 Bold Predictions for 2012′ series that will be featured between now and Opening Day. Our second prediction is that the arrival of David Freese as a superstar. This will help in providing a soft landing spot in the transition of the Cardinals and their fans into the post-Pujols era. Those 21 postseason...

Do Cardinals have life after Pujols?

On Sept. 5, the Cardinals lost to the Brewers to fall to 74-67. The leaders for the wild card, the Braves, were 82-58 and had a magic number of 14 with just 22 games to go. A week later, thanks in part to a sweep of the Braves, the Cardinals had shaved four games off the lead. They finished the year winning 16 of their final 21, earning a playoff berth on the last day of the season...

March Madness – All Time Cardinals Tourney Sweet 16

The four regions of the All Time Cardinals Team Tournament have pared their individual groups down to four teams, creating the Sweet Sixteen of this tournament. The Musial Region is hosted on Pitchers Hit Eighth, who developed the idea for this tournament and invited us to join in.  We were joined by fellow UCB Team Blog Of The Year, Aaron Miles Fastball, who hosts the Gibson Region...

Lance Berkman: Keeper of the Faith

This past week, Lance Berkman created a stir nationally when he offered his opinions of the Astros move to the American League. Throughout the offseason he has been offering his opinions on the move itself. The crime of it all is that he was the only prominent person opposing the move and calling it an abomination. This week he uttered the words that all of us in the...

Cardinals major league notebook: 03/21/12

Chris Carpenter remains the most concerning of the St. Louis Cardinals injuries in spring training.

Cardinals 2, Marlins 1

Adam Wainwright pitched five shutout innings and the St. Louis Cardinals beat Miami 2-1 on Friday, overcoming Jose Reyes' first home run for the Marlins. Wainwright, who missed last season following elbow surgery, allowed three hits and struck out five. He has given up just an unearned run in 14 innings this spring. Marlins starter Carlos Zambrano looked rusty, allowing two...

Replacing a Cardinal legend

Replacing a Cardinal legend…those words could mean a lot of different things coming into the 2012 season. It could mean Lance Berkman taking over first base for Albert Pujols. It could mean rookie manager Mike Matheny replacing Hall-of-Fame manager Tony LaRussa. This article will focus on Derek Lilliquist, Cardinals pitching coach, who has the task of replacing arguably the greatest...

Westbrook, Jay lead Cardinals over Mets

Six shutout innings from Jake Westbrook helped the Cardinals defeat the New York Mets in Jupiter, Fla. on Wednesday. Jon Jay had the walkoff RBI single.
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