Found June 17, 2012 on i70baseball:
The St. Louis Cardinals entered the 2012 season with a potent, yet aging, offense that was prone to injuries. That potential was realized as several key hitters hit the disabled list early in the season. However, the Cardinals pitching staff is still the biggest factor in the team’s success. When the Cardinals jumped out to a 3.5-game lead in the NL Central through April, their team ERA was 2.66. In the following six weeks, the team has gone 18-24 heading into play Saturday. The team ERA was 4.43. Plus, since the debacle of a series in New York that included Johan Santana’s no-hitter, the Cardinals have lost just two games when their pitching gave up less than six runs, including Friday’s nail-biter when Tyler Greene nearly tied the game with a Little League-style dash around the bases that ended in hime being thrown out at the plate. So, what do all these numbers tell us? They say Cardinals fans should be much more concerned about the performance of the pitching staff than the lin...

Motte confident in fastball despite struggles

ST. LOUIS Jason Motte knows what the scouting reports say about him. "I'm a fastball pitcher," Motte said. But that doesn't mean he plans to change anything. Despite a recent rough patch that included his fourth blown save of the season Sunday, Motte says he will continue to pitch the way he always has. Fast. The hard-throwing Motte was one strike away from...

Controversial ending brings instant replay talk

ST. LOUIS A crazy ending to the Cardinals-Royals game Friday night at Busch Stadium had players in the home clubhouse lobbying for additional instant replay to be added to the game. The Cardinals lost 3-2 when Tyler Greene was called out at home plate to end the game after attempting to score the tying run on a pair of overthrows. But the call may not have been correct. Home plate...

Matheny ejected after overturned triple play

ST. LOUIS Cardinals rookie manager Mike Matheny was ejected for the second time this season when he argued an overturned triple play in the first inning of the home team's eventual 10-7 win over the Kansas City Royals at Busch Stadium. The controversy began when Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer lined a shot up the middle with runners at first and second and no outs in the top...

Beltran makes history with 300 homers, steals

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Carlos Beltran became the first switch hitter in major league history to record 300 home runs and 300 steals when he stole second against the Kansas City Royals. Beltran stole his seventh base in nine attempts in the second inning Friday night, and his 300th in 343 attempts overall. Then he was caught stealing after a pickoff throw by Vin Mazzaro and easily thrown...

Carlos Beltran Makes History by Joining 300-300 Club

With his seventh stolen base this season and the three hundredth of his career, Carlos Beltran made history on Friday night by becoming only the eighth player in Major League history to hit 300 home runs and steal 300 bases. Beltran joins Barry Bonds, Bobby Bonds, Andre Dawson, Steve Finley, Willie Mays, Alex Rodriguez and Reggie Sanders in the esteemed 300/300 club. The soft spoken...

Jason Motte Hates Your Dad

No time for pleasantries, people. We have a code red, DEFCON 3 situation on our hands and his name is Jason Motte. You guys, what is the DEAL with this asshole? I mean, no offense to the Kansas City Royals or all six of their fans, but this game today was simply embarrassing. It's Father's Day, for crying out loud! And for reasons that are frankly NONE OF YOUR BUSINESS...

Carlos Beltran Reaches Elite Milestone

During the St. Louis Cardinals’ loss to the Kansas City Royals Friday night, Carlos Beltran pulled off what no other switch hitter ever has.But, really, the milestone has little to do with his bat.With a stolen base in the second inning (his seventh of the season), the outfielder became the first switch hitter in Major League history to accumulate 300 steals and 300 home runs...

New I-40 Cup to recognize Cardinals-Brewers Triple-A annual winner

As National League Central Division rivals, the St. Louis Cardinals and Milwaukee Brewers play frequently. In fact, it is almost one-tenth of the season – 15 times in 2012. That does not include the possibility of the post-season, where the two clubs met in last year’s Championship Series. Their Triple-A clubs, the Memphis Redbirds and Nashville Sounds, also compete in the same...

Holliday's HR, 5 RBIs send Cards past Royals

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Matt Holliday homered and drove in five runs and Yadier Molina homered and drove in four, leading the St. Louis Cardinals to a 10-7 win over the Kansas City Royals on Saturday. Holliday also doubled twice and singled. Molina broke a 7-all tie with a two-run, bases-loaded single off reliever Greg Holland in the seventh inning. St. Louis won for the third time in...

Signs of Life

This week, the St. Louis Cardinals began to show what they are capable of again, at least from a pitching standpoint. But they are still a long way from right. The rotation of Adam Wainwright, Kyle Lohse, Lance Lynn, Jake Westbrook, and Joe Kelly collectively had an ERA just a shade over 2.00 this week, allowing nine earned runs over 40 innings. Lynn had the best start of his young...

Cards lose but final play controversy remains

The St. Louis Cardinals’ Tyler Greene was thrown out at home plate in a very close play Friday night as the visiting Kansas City Royals won game one of the weekend series at Busch Stadium.

The Cardinal Nation’s on-site minors coverage

The Cardinal Nation's team of seven locally-based reporters, including new writers in Batavia and Johnson City, bring St. Louis Cardinals minor league news to subscribers seven days a week.

All-Star memories: Jeff Montgomery

Royals Hall of Fame closer Jeff Montgomery had his shoe company to thank for not being nervous about his first All-Star Game appearance in 1992. Prior to the game in San Diego, Reebok asked Montgomery and another Reebok representative, St. Louis Cardinals catcher Tom Pagnozzi, if they would take part in a publicity stunt. Reebok had just introduced its "Pump" shoe to...
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