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The question isn’t whether Carlos Beltran can still hit, it’s whether or not he can stay healthy. For two seasons before 2011, Beltran struggled to play more than 81 games, but he managed to stay healthy enough to play in 142 games last year. The batting average and the power was there (.300 and 22 HR), but the same bothersome knee knocked him out for two weeks in August. That’s exactly the risk you take when drafting Beltran. Now in St. Louis, he will be asked to fill a major hole left by Albert Pujols, which might be the tallest task of the year.
Best case scenario: Corey Hart (MIL)
Similar players: Nick Markakis (BAL), Adam Jones (BAL), Carlos Lee (HOU)
Worst case scenario: Injuries keep him out for most of 2012
Power, lineup, OBP. Even without Pujols, the Cardinals will still have Matt Holliday and Lance Berkman protecting Beltran in the lineup. Couple that with Beltran’s .199 ISO and .384 OBP over the last three seasons, and he should post healthy numbers across the ...
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Having returned from covering the St. Louis Cardinals’ annual Winter Warm-Up this past weekend, I thought I would share some miscellaneous thoughts and experiences.
Another one rides the bus (not)
After interviewing about 30 players and executives over the course of the weekend, it got to be kind of funny as the same media members tended to ask the same questions over and over...
No St. Louis Cardinals player can be happier to have Carlos Beltran on their side than pitcher Kyle Lohse.
The new right fielder is a .564 career hitter against Lohse with four home runs, six doubles and 12 RBIs. Add in 11 walks and the switch-hitting Beltran has a stunning .647 on-base percentage.
Lohse, a 14-game winner last year, joked at the team's Winter Warmup that Beltran...
With some St. Louis Cardinals fans still steaming over the circumstances surrounding the painful departure of Albert Pujols, the focus of their concern has moved to next year’s major impending free agent, catcher Yadier Molina.
Articles are popping up, in which the merits of trading away the catcher before he “does a Pujols” to the Gateway City are being weighed. In terms...
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...
The Cardinals and pitcher Kyle McClellan avoided arbitration on Tuesday, agreeing to terms on a one-year deal shortly before they would have exchanged arbitration figures. The club did not disclose the value of the contract.
President Barack Obama on Tuesday dubbed the St. Louis Cardinals the ''greatest comeback team in the history of baseball'' thanks to their thrilling late-season charge into the playoffs and death-defying, seven-game triumph in last November's World Series.
The Cardinals were 10 1/2 games back at the end of August, but rallied to win a National League wild card...
St. Louis Cardinals first base prospect Xavier Scruggs wraps up his reports from winter ball in Colombia.
Two familiar faces were missing when the St. Louis Cardinals paid a visit to the White House on Tuesday.
Former manager Tony La Russa and long-time Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols were not in attendance as President Barack Obama and the first lady welcomed the reigning World Series champions.
La Russa retired shortly after St. Louis topped the Texas Rangers in Game 7 of the World...
I went to one of Carlos Beltran's last home games as a Met against the Cardinals and there was a large contingent of fans in right field, in fact the crowd was larger then what had become normal in June/July. Many have questioned why Jose Reyes wasn't traded at the deadline, most feel we would have received more in return from a trade then the two picks. The same rumblings...
Well, according to the fans of MetsOnline’s Facebook page, 76-86.
MetsOnline fans said anything from 55-107 to 102-60…. So, let’s just say that there was a range.
Here were the answers that we received on Facebook:
So, as I wrote earlier, the average of these answers is 76-86 or one win less than the Mets’ 2011 campaign. I think that given the amount of talent the team has...
The St. Louis Cardinals visited the White House to celebrate their 2011 World Series win.
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama on Tuesday dubbed the St. Louis Cardinals the "greatest comeback team in the history of baseball" thanks to their thrilling late-season charge into the playoffs and death-defying, seven-game triumph in last November's World Series.
Led by ace Chris Carpenter and David Freese, a group that
included chairman Bill DeWitt Jr. visited the Armed Forces Amputee
Patient Care Program, one of three amputee facilities like it in