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During spring training, Trevor Rosenthal was given a shot to make the St. Louis Cardinals roster as a starting pitcher. The 22 year old, former 21st round draft pick, was originally groomed to be a starter before breaking on to the scene as a hard-throwing reliever with the Cardinals in 2012.
After it looked as though the Cardinals had other options in Shelby Miller and Joe Kelly, manager Mike Matheny made the decision to move Rosenthal to the bullpen and utilize his ability to throw 100 mph fastballs in late-inning situations.
Rosenthal did exactly that on Tuesday night in his season debut, pumping in two pitches at 100 mph while dominating helpless Arizona Diamondback hitters.
Rosenthal tossed a perfect eighth inning, throwing just nine of his 13 pitches for strikes and struck out two Arizona hitters.
Rosenthal now will be the eighth inning man as the Cardinals' regular set-up man Mitchell Boggs fills the closer's role in Jason Motte's absence.
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The St. Louis Cardinals have one of the best uniforms in all of Major League Baseball and up until this year, had been one of the few organizations in baseball resistant to wearing alternate jerseys. The Cardinals have worn a Sunday hat during home games, but other than that, for several years, the Cardinals have wore red hats and white uniforms at home and grey jerseys and blue...
A few months after the St. Louis Cardinals lost Albert Pujols to the Las Angeles Angels, they signed catcher Yadier Molina to an extension. One can infer from the timing that, losing Pujols freed up the money the Cards needed to make the Molina deal and, with that, the Cardinals made Molina the face of the franchise.
Of course, ask any Cardinals fan back then who they would rather...
10 totally overblown snap observations from Opening Night @ Arizona Monday:
1) Carlos Beltran is 35. We're sure about that? Wait until he gets a hint of these 40 degree nights in St. Louis and the Cardinals might just be better off with the very rare 2 man outfield and take their chances.
2) Top of the 6th. Down by three runs. Need to get base runners. Leadoff hitter...
COMMENTARY | The St. Louis Cardinals ensured that a core of players would be in place when they offered long-term contracts to some of their most talented employees. Allen Craig received one of those contracts based on his potential.
If the Cardinals are going to be successful in 2013, that potential will need to be realized.
No one doubts Allen Craig‘s abilities when he...
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The St. Louis Cardinals opened the season in a competitive fashion in Arizona, splitting the first two games of the series, before dropping the final contest in a long, 16 inning affair last night. It was fight throughout with a Diamondbacks club that shows a lot of potential, but still is a frustrating effort, because of some of the details that led to the verdict. And while the...
PHOENIX (AP) -- Matt Holliday, Pete Kozma and Jon Jay homered and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 6-1 on Tuesday night to even their season-opening series at a game apiece.
Jaime Garcia (1-0) gave up two hits, one of them a solo homer by Miguel Montero, in 5 23 innings for the Cardinals. Holliday's two-run home run off Trevor Cahill broke a 1-1 tie in the...
Matt Holliday, Pete Kozma and Jon Jay homered and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 6-1 on Tuesday night to even their season-opening series at a game apiece.
Jaime Garcia (1-0) gave up two hits, one of them a solo homer by Miguel Montero, in 5 2-3 innings for the Cardinals. Holliday's two-run home run off Trevor Cahill broke a 1-1 tie in the sixth.
PHOENIX -- Something about Matt Holliday does not agree with Trevor Cahill.
The two have faced each other nine times, and Holliday has three home runs.
The first two, bases-empty homers in 2010, did not not keep Cahills team, then the A's, from a victory. This one did.
Holliday lined an off-the-plate low changeup into the left field seats for a two-run homer with one out in...
We all know from reading numerous analyses that the Reds probably have the upper hand in the NL Central. The Cardinals rotation is a bit of a question mark, and the Cardinals lost Chris Carpenter, Rafael Furcal, and perhaps their closer (how long will Jason Motte be out? I don’t know if I want to know the answer). But let’s compare the two teams position by position, and try...
PHOENIX (AP) Ian Kennedy struck out eight in seven strong innings and the Arizona Diamondbacks used 15 hits to beat the St. Louis Cardinals 6-2 in their season opener Monday night.
Kennedy (1-0) allowed two runs on five hits with one walk.
St. Louis' Adam Wainwright (0-1) went six innings, giving up four runs, three earned, on 11 hits. He struck out six with no walks.