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For the first time in his three-plus years with the Cardinals, David Freese stayed healthy all year! And perhaps just to show us how strong and resilient he now is, Freese crashed his car into a tree this past November to avoid hitting a deer, and he survived without a scratch! (Though maybe some minor bumps and bruises.)
I’m a huge fan of the potential Freese has, primarily because last year he walked in over 10% of his plate appearances for the first time since 2007 (high-A ball), he has an uncanny ability to make solid contact (career 22.4% line drive rate), and he has the strength to muscle fly balls out of the ballpark (16.7% HR/FB rate in 2011, 20.0% last year).
What holds Freese back is his fly ball rate, which last year sat at just 26.2%. If he could get that rate up to something around 35%, we could be looking at a force in fantasy leagues. If Freese’s fly ball rate last year was 35%, he would have hit 28 homers assuming the same HR/FB rate. Imagine what that would have don...
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Right handed pitcher Chris Carpenter may be headed for retirement. Carpenter experienced numbness and bruising in his right shoulder and hard after throwing off a mound.
While Carpenter has not announced that he plans to retire the Cardinals and general manager John Mozeliak will have to fill the void of not having him in the clubhouse or on the mound.
Carpenter missed nearly all...
Tuesday was a sad day in Cardinals Nation as St. Louis Cardinals fans learned that Chris Carpenter, the longtime ace of the starting rotation, would miss all of 2013 due to lingering effects in his shoulder. Carpenter's future in baseball is in doubt and he is likely done for his career. The Cardinals were depending on Carpenter in 2013. With Carpenter out, there is now a gaping...
With the news that St. Louis Cardinals right-hander Chris Carpenter is expected to miss the entire 2013 season due to an injury setback,
some began to wonder if the team would elect to reunite with free agent Kyle
Lohse. However, Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak told reporters he likes
the current makeup of his club, and the team’s interest in Lohse is “negligible
The St. Louis Cardinals have been blessed to have two of the best pitchers in Major League Baseball throughout the past seven years. Unfortunately, they rarely got to see that blessing in full effect.
The Cardinals announced Tuesday that Chris Carpenter won’t pitch in 2013, which likely ends his career as a player for the Cardinals. It also ends a very successful era that still...
Off the field, Chris Carpenter was polite, soft-spoken, a friendly guy with a warm smile. On the field, he was fierce, vociferous, an intimidator who snarled and scowled.
It was as if Carpenter was a chippy hockey player on the mound -- no surprise, considering that he was an All-State defenseman at Trinity (NH) High School. But that edge, you see, is what made him great.
No. 32 hasn’t been worn by a St. Louis Cardinals player since Josh Hancock‘s death in 2007. The number hasn’t officially been retired, though, and it has now been issued.
According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Rob Johnson, a catcher signed to give the organization some minor league depth, has been give No. 32. Hancock, the last player to sport the number, was killed in 2007...
Without rushing to judgment or burying a guy too early, time to face facts: the future in regards to competitive baseball is not looking too promising for Chris Carpenter. With a re-occurrence of the nerve injury that kept him sidelined for much of 2012, the future of the 37-year old pitcher looks to not contain much more active baseball.
Some of the focus has inevitably shifted...
Chris Carpenter is done. Finuto. That arm is about as sturdy as a hang-nail right now.
The Cardinals held a press conference today to address the Canadian pitcher’s future in baseball, and what came out of it was that he’s suffering from zingers and numbness in the shoulders and neck. That’s a real shame.
I don’t mean to be a dick, but I’m not going to miss the guy. He’s...
There are really only two ways to go out in sports. That's one of the biggest differences between normal jobs and the jobs of professional athletes. In professional athletics, a player can finish his career on top of the world, in the middle of the pack, or at the bottom, but if that player chose the time to call it quits and wasn't forced, he's generally happy. The...
Third baseman David Freese and the St. Louis Cardinals have avoided arbitration, agreeing to one-year contract for the 2013 season.
St. Louis Cardinals fans, get your remote controls ready. More Cardinals spring training games than ever before will be on TV in 2013.
FOX Sports Midwest and the Cardinals announced today that FOX Sports Midwest will televise an all-time high 10 spring training games in 2013, twice as many as in previous seasons.
FOX Sports Midwest kicks off its live game coverage Thursday, March...
The time for pitchers and catchers to report for spring training is down to days. With that Kyle Lohse is still unsigned. He is thought to be the best free agent pitcher available but hasn’t been linked to many teams this offseason. This could be for many reasons. He is represented by Scott Boras, an … Continue reading »
The St. Louis Cardinals are going to sorely miss Chris Carpenter in 2013 not only for his ability to shutdown the opposition with a darting fastball and a nasty hook, but also for his demeanor, presence and will to win.
Many believe that nobody since Bob Gibson has worn the Cardinals uniform and taken the hill with as much tenacity, grit, determination, competitive fire and intimidation...
The Seattle Mariners extended Felix Hernandez‘s contract on Thursday and many St. Louis Cardinal fans reacted quickly, feeling Adam Wainwright‘s price tag just went up. The problem with that thought is simple, Hernandez is no Wainwright, he’s much, much better.
Hernandez agreed to a deal that will keep him in Seattle for a reported financial windfall to the tune of seven...