Found June 10, 2013 on
Tony La Russa
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Los Angeles Dodgers
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The St. Louis Cardinals have one of the most balanced attacks in all of Major League Baseball. Their pitching staff leads in earned-run average, the defense has the fewest errors in baseball and the lineup is ranked fourth of the 30 teams, but every power-producing engine needs a spark plug.
For the Cardinals, that’s Matt Carpenter.
Carpenter began the season as a post-Tony La Russa version of Skip Schumaker. Originally a third baseman, manager Mike Matheny wanted him to move to be the starting second baseman in 2013 in a move similar to 2009 when Schumaker, now with the Los Angeles Dodgers, moved from the outfield to second base.
Carpenter has committed four errors through 58 of the team’s first 61 games while playing a combination of second base and third base, but he has quickly become an incredibly valuable asset.
Centerfielder Jon Jay began the season as the leadoff hitter, but he struggled to get his season started at the plate (his batting average was .204 in April). Matheny...
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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.
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...
It was a weekend of mixed feelings for St. Louis Cardinals fans. First a decisive win on Friday, then a close loss on Saturday, complete with a close call to end the game with two birds on base. Then they capped off the weekend in style with a stunning 7 run defeat of the Reds, for their first extra-innings win on the season. There’s little doubt that watching the Reds and Cards...
1. Oscar Taveras (1) – .311, 4 HR, 20 RBI, 5 SB
Even thought Taveras was out a significant amount of time, there is no need to drop him. He is still, by far, the best Cardinals prospect. For me, there is some injury concern. I don’t think it was ineptitude that cause the Cards to not DL him for 3 weeks. I think they were sending him a message that he needed to get out there...
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...
St. Louis Cardinals minor league left-handed pitcher Nick Greenwood absorbed a double-whammy on Monday, with losses at two different levels of play, in two different roles.
Here is how it came about.
The 25-year-old started for the Double-A Springfield Cardinals on Monday afternoon at Tulsa. Greenwood went five innings, allowing three runs, two earned, on five hits and two walks...
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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...
For those who want just the basics about the St. Louis Cardinals’ draft, this is the place for you.
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...
The St. Louis Cardinals came into Cincinnati this weekend with a three-game series lead in the NL Central division. The Cardinals now maintain a four game lead as they have taken the series two games to one as the improve their streak to 13 games without losing a series.
The Cardinals defeated the Reds 11-4 in 10 innings in the rubber game of this three game weekend series.
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,...
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...