Found December 30, 2011 on The Cardinal Nation blog:
On the road to the 2011 World Championship, the St. Louis Cardinals had many important series. Their return match-up with the National League Central Division champion Milwaukee Brewers in the NL Championship Series was certainly a crucial and necessary gate though which to pass on the way to the top. The series offered plenty of intrigue and concern for the Cardinals as their opponent had several advantages – on paper at least. The two clubs split their regular-season series at nine wins each, with both clubs holding a slight 5-4 edge at home. Milwaukee held the home field advantage. It seemed a major benefit as the Brewers had gone 57-24 (.704) at Miller Park during the regular season, the best home record in the Major Leagues in 2011. Milwaukee was a perfect 15-0 in Game 1 and 5 pitcher Zack Greinke’s home starts. Their powerful lineup featured the man who would be named the league’s Most Valuable Player in Ryan Braun. Further, the Brewers would not see Cardinals ace Chris Car...

Cardinals' Top 12 questions for 2012

Despite manager Tony La Russa retiring and slugger Albert Pujols moving on to the Anaheim Angels, the St. Louis Cardinals will soon begin their request to repeat as World Champions. But following a historic and improbable season that landed the Cardinals with their 11th World Series title, the Cardinals face several key questions as they had into 2012. Here's a look at 12 pressing...

Ranking the Cardinals' Top 11 pitching performances of 2011

The Cardinals' improbable run to the 2011 World Series Championship featured an unforgettable regular season filled with highlights, lowlights and everything inbetween. Before we move into 2012, here's a final look at the Cardinals' Top 11 pitching performances of the 2011 season: No. 11 - April 10 in San Francisco - Kyle Lohse: After the Cardinals lost back-to-back...

The Cardinal Nation Blog 2011 top story #7: Mo’s man Matheny

The changing of the managerial guard for the St. Louis Cardinals had not occurred in the last decade and a half and of course, never on the watch of general manager John Mozeliak. That officially changed on October 31, following the club’s World Series celebration parade. Tony La Russa, the 16-year skipper of the Cardinals, stunned supporters of the team and the baseball world...

Prince Fielder Rumors: Friday

A player on the Nationals said the team was still in on Prince Fielder yesterday, even though GM Mike Rizzo recently said that Adam LaRoche will be their first baseman next year. Rival executives believe Prince will eventually end up in Washington, however. Here's are today's rumors about the best remaining unsigned free agent, with the latest news on top... Roch Kubatko...

Cardinals Rule 5 Draft History: 2002-2011

The St. Louis Cardinals have been active in recent Rule 5 Drafts both acquiring or losing players. We recap their activity in both the major and minor league phases over the last decade.

Cardinals Major League Notebook: 12/30/11

Checking on Adam Wainwright’s rehab progress and where Carlos Beltran may bat in the 2012 lineup.

Wainwright has high expectations

As he's advanced the past couple of weeks with his throwing program, Cardinals starter Adam Wainwright can no longer fight his nature.

Ushering in New Year, St. Louis style: Let’s talk Rams, Cardinals and Tony La Russa’s ARF gala

Sat, 31 Dec 2011 10:31:33 CST

The Offensive Seattle Mariners

Even if they don't sign Prince Fielder, the Mariners can still expect to score a lot more runs in 2012. With a little bit better luck, a couple of bounce back seasons and full seasons from some of their young players, the club could come very close to being a middle-of-the-pack offense without any further roster additions. SeattleClubhouse shows you how inside.

Mets interested in Ryan Theriot

#bbpBox_152443964606255104 a { text-decoration:none; color:#009999; }#bbpBox_152443964606255104 a:hover { text-decoration:underline; }Braves, rays, mets among teams looking at ryan theriotabout 20 hours ago via Mobile WebReplyRetweetFavorite@JonHeymanCBSJon Heyman The Mets are interested in signing a veteran middle infielder to back-up Daniel Murphy and Ruben Tejada. Theriot is...

SNYDER: Let's go crazy! Signing Prince Fielder would be a smash hit

ANALYSIS/OPINION Landing left-handed starter Gio Gonzalez was a big move for the Washington Nationals, addressing one of two major goals as outlined by general manager Mike Rizzo. Prince Fielder wouldn't address Rizzo's second objective — an outfield bat, preferably in center field and atop the lineup. But the rotund first ...

Departures don't dampen Cards' optimism

There's plenty of reason to think that 2012 will be another enjoyable year for the Redbirds, even if the faces look different. Much of the core of the reigning World Series champions returns, and ace Adam Wainwright will be added to the mix.
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