CARDINALS RUMORS & GOSSIP

Why Do We Need Interleague Play Again?

The Cardinals have lost seven in a row at Busch Stadium for the first time since 1983.  They have split their last 20 games.  What’s the culprit?  Perhaps the fact that they have to deal with a kitschy novelty and see teams that have no relevance to their division or wild card race. All seven [...]
Via The Cardinal Conclave
1 hour ago

Moss, Peralta jacks unable to lift Cardinals

The Cardinals' home skid extended to seven on Thursday night, as the Royals retained I-70 Series bragging rights with a 4-2 victory at Busch Stadium.
Via Cardinals.com
16 hours ago

Cardinals manager Matheny ejected after umps overturn call

ST. LOUIS (AP) Cardinals manager Mike Matheny was ejected from a game against Kansas City in the sixth inning on Thursday night. Matheny was tossed by home plate umpire Mike Everitt. It was Matheny's first ejection this season. Matheny appeared upset after the Royals called for a replay on a play at first base. The original call was changed and overturned in the Royals favor.
Via Associated Press
17 hours ago  |  Discuss

Piscotty, Diaz still nursing bumps, bruises

Ailing Cardinals position players Stephen Piscotty and Aledmys Diaz remained out of the lineup on Thursday, but manager Mike Matheny noted that both would be available bench players for the team's I-70 Series finale against the Royals.
Via Cardinals.com
19 hours ago

St. Louis Cardinals: Carpenter is the team MVP for June

The St. Louis Cardinals have averaged more than 4.5 runs per game in June, with still one more day to go. As a team, they have hit 33 homeruns this month, led by Brandon Moss (#37) with seven, and Matt Holliday (#7) with six. Moss is having a fantastic season at the dish for the Cardinals with a team-leading 16 homeruns. But the Cardinals’ offense this season has been anchored...
Via isportsweb.com
22 hours ago  |  Discuss

Water Finds Its Level

We talked earlier in the month about the Cardinals struggling to get over their high-water mark for the season, three games over .500.   Then it happened , in the midst of a glorious run that saw them go seven games up on break-even.  We’ve seen sweeps of the Pirates and the Cubs, a five game winning streak, and where are we [...]
Via The Cardinal Conclave
23 hours ago

Leake takes the hill as Cardinals seek a split with Royals

ST. LOUIS -- Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost is willing to do whatever it takes to keep the scalding-hot bat of Kendrys Morales in the starting lineup.Proof of that came Wednesday night in St. Louis, when Morales started in right field, the first time in eight years he opened a game as an outfielder. Usually a designated hitter, Morales handled four chances flawlessly, including...
Via Fox Sports
1 day ago  |  Discuss

15-22

Somehow the Cardinals have managed to lose 22 out of 37 games played in Busch Stadium so far in 2016. There are only 2 teams in the Major Leagues worse at home (Braves & Diamondbacks), yet somehow, some way, they’re still in the thick of the NL Wild Card race. Angry? More sad, really. We saw Cardinals fans in all their glory last week. This is a surprisingly mediocre team ...
Via Cardinals Diaspora
1 day ago

Yadier Molina and the case for All-Star homerism

Yadier Molina may not "deserve" to start the All-Star Game, but this doesn't mean you should feel any remorse voting for him. Voting for the starters of the 2016 Major League Baseball All-Star Game ends tomorrow, and if current results hold, Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina will start the game behind the plate for the National League. It is hard statistically to argue that Molina...
Via Viva El Birdos
1 day ago

Adam Wainwright's flattened curveball

Adam Wainwright has fought through an interesting 2016 season thus far. Let's take a look at how his curveball has performed compared to previous seasons. The 2016 season has been anything but smooth for St. Louis Cardinals Opening Day starter Adam Wainwright. While he has certainly improved from his slow start, largely through a few changes in fastball location, he is not quite...
Via Viva El Birdos
2 days ago

The Hall of Fame Index: Matt Holliday

One of my favorite arguments from popular baseball media folk and fans alike is that they know a Hall of Famer when they see one. Unfortunately, that doesn’t always happen. The history of the voting process is rife with examples of players they have been overlooked because they didn’t “look” like Hall of Famers. This is what the Hall of Fame Index is all about. It’s all...
Via The Fantasy Fix
2 days ago  |  Discuss

St. Louis Cardinals Conclude Eight-Game Roadtrip with Victory, Even I-70 Series

Riding three multi-run innings and Michael Wacha‘s ninth quality start on Tuesday, the St. Louis Cardinals defeated the Kansas City Royals in the second game of the I-70 Series at Kauffman Stadium by a score of 8-4. The victory improves the Cardinals’ MLB best road record to 25-15 and their fifth interleague play win of the season. Tuesday marked the end of a road trip in which...
Via The Sports Journal
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Cardinals bring Pena off DL, designate Fryer for assignment

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The St. Louis Cardinals have activated catcher Brayan Pena from the disabled list and designated Eric Fryer for assignment. Pena has been out all season after having surgery on his left knee. The veteran signed a $5 million, two-year deal to back up Yadier Molina and give the seven-time All-Star more rest. Molina appeared in 71 of the Cardinals' first 75...
Via Associated Press
2 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Adam Wainwright narrowly misses hitting a bird with a pitch

On Monday night at Kauffman Stadium, St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright came oh so close to pulling a Randy Johnson. This could mean a lot of things (like, striking out 20 batters in a game), but I’m referring to the time in 2001 where Randy Johnson hit a bird with a pitch in Spring Training: Well, thankfully for this bird in Kansas City, Wainwright barely missed with...
Via The Comeback
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Matt Carpenter Is Going Full Jose Bautista

As you might remember from last year, Matt Carpenter turned himself into a different kind of hitter. He’d already been wonderfully productive, but last year, he seemingly made the decision to exchange some contact for power. So while Carpenter soared to a career-high ISO, with a career-low rate of grounders, he also notched a career-high strikeout rate, with a career-low rate of...
Via Fangraphs
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Cardinals homer six times in 11-6 win over Mariners

SEATTLE -- Matt Carpenter and Tommy Pham each homered twice as the St. Louis Cardinals went deep six times in an 11-6 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Sunday.Jedd Gyorko and Matt Holliday also homered for St. Louis. Carpenter, Holliday, and Aledmys Diaz each had three hits as the Cardinals finished with 17 -- including 13 for extra bases. Gyorko and Pham led off the seventh...
Via Associated Press
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Cardinals try to make it a winning road trip on Sunday

SEATTLE -- The St. Louis Cardinals will face an American League West team for the final time in eight weeks on Sunday, and the break can't come soon enough for their fans.Saturday night's loss to the Seattle Mariners left St. Louis with a 3-7 record against AL West teams this season. The Cardinals have now lost seven in a row against teams from the division.While another AL team...
Via Fox Sports
5 days ago  |  Discuss

It’s Time for the Cardinals to Shake Up Their Bullpen

Sunday morning, I was talking with Craig Edwards and some others in the lobby of a New York hotel. Craig, who as you probably know runs the Cardinals’ site Viva El Birdos in addition to his work for FanGraphs, lamented Trevor Rosenthal‘s “shaky” performance this season. After checking in on Rosenthal and the Cardinals’ bullpen, it is even more clear than it already was...
Via Fangraphs
10 days ago  |  Discuss

St. Louis Cardinals: Seung-Hwan Oh should replace Trevor Rosenthal as closer

Last season, Trevor Rosenthal was for the most part a shut down closer for the St. Louis Cardinals. Rosenthal finished his 2015 season with an ERA of 2.10 in 68 2/3 innings and saved 48 games. An effective season that was possible due to lowering his walks per nine from 5.4 in 2014 to 3.3 in 2015. However this season has featured a very wild Rosenthal, coming into today’s game...
Via isportsweb.com
12 days ago  |  Discuss
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