Found January 21, 2012 on Baseball Professor:
Chris Carpenter showed a lot of grit in the playoffs en route to helping the Cardinals to another title, but what does that mean for 2012? At this point, you know what you’re getting from the soon-to-be 37-year-old — league average strikeouts with good control and good ratios thanks to his above average ground ball percentage (46.6% in 2011). It’s hard to get excited about Carp because he’s more risk (injuries) than reward at this point in his career, but there’s no question he can still pitch effectively. Best case scenario: Daniel Hudston (ARI) Similar players: Jaime Garcia (STL), Hiroki Kuroda (NYY), Roy Oswalt (FA) Worst case scenario: Injuries/age catch up to him Strengths Experience, ground ball rate. One of my favorite qualities in a pitcher is inducing ground balls and Carp has been doing it very well (career 51.4 GB%) for the better part of 14 seasons now. The fact that he’s been around the block a couple of times means he knows how to (1) take care of himself so he makes ...

Who cares about a face of the Cardinals franchise?

Last weekend during Winter Warm-Up, I listened to several media members quiz various St. Louis Cardinals players as to who they felt would become the new “face of the franchise” now that Albert Pujols (and Tony La Russa) have departed. (In one artificial measure, Pujols is the only person to appear on the cover of  the Cardinals Media Guide in each of the last three years....

Buy your St. Louis Cardinals spring training tickets now

St. Louis Cardinals 2012 Spring Training single game tickets go on sale to the public today, Saturday, January 21, 2012 at 9 A.M. CT / 10 A.M. ET. Fans in the Palm Beach area can select their seats at the Roger Dean Stadium Fun Fest going on at the stadium from 10 A.M. to 2 P.M. today. Others can purchase tickets online from the Cardinals official website. Here is the link to the...

Bullpen Could Be A Strength For St. Louis Cardinals In 2012

The St. Louis Cardinals’ bullpen came a long way in 2011, beginning with Ryan Franklin’s blown save on Opening Day and ending with Jason Motte’s final pitch to win Game Seven of the World Series. The squad battled through major ups and downs throughout the season, and the final roster hardly resembled the Opening Day roster. All of those changes turned out to be a blessing...

How Long Will Extra $210 Million Stay In The Bank?

Whether you were devastated, relieved, or somewhere in between when Albert Pujols rejected a reported $210 million, 10-year contract offer from team president, Bill Dewitt, and GM John Mozeliak, the fact remains that the departure of the St. Louis Cardinals’ long-time first basement gives the front office a lot more payroll flexibility moving forward. Photo Courtesy of/Copyright...

The Winter Warm Up Files: Spring Has Almost Sprung

Spring Training is about a month or so away for the St. Louis Cardinals, and plenty of intrigue surrounds the team as they head for Florida. Last weekend at the Winter Warm Up, much of that was discussed with Cardinal players, coaches, and members of the front office. But the fact of the matter is, much of the 2012 team promises to also have to answer questions of “living up...

Random Thoughts: Beltran Never Fully Appreciated, Desperate Moves, Dollars Trump Logic

  Just want to say thanks again to Joe D. for posting on my blog as I go through some things. Going in today for a procedure. Have been in a lot of discomfort lately and hoping this will help. I will keep trying to post whenever I can. In the interim, some thoughts have been going through my mind I’d like to share with you. 1) I understand selling bricks on the walk ways surrounding...

Freese: Baby Bambino

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BaseballHQ Predicts 2012 Cardinals Pitchers

Using BaseballHQ’s projections to consider year-to-year performance of the St. Louis Cardinals pitchers for 2012 does not provide comfort. Conclusion of a two-part series.

White House Turns Red

White House Turns Red (As in Cardinal Red, folks.) Talk about a “Super Tuesday” — this week members of the 2011 World Champion St. Louis Cardinals met with President and First Lady Obama at the White House.  Notably absent were Adam Wainwright, Albert Pujols and Tony LaRussa, perhaps following Yadier Molina’s example just a couple of days earlier, as he skipped the Winter...

2011 Top Cardinals Prospects: Picks and Pans

Looking back one year later at some of our best and worst predictions for the St. Louis Cardinals’ top minor league prospects from 2011.
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