Cardinals Bad Bullpen Not Matheny’s Fault

Bullpens are a pain for everyone involved. There’s no way around it. Because a relief pitcher throws so few innings over the course of a season, a guy can have a year where he looks like a complete world-beater only to crater the following year, his performance being nothing more than a small sample size illusion. A guy who legitimately is consistently good can run into some tough...
Via Today's Knuckleball
4 hours ago

No Holiday From Mediocrity

I hope everyone had a wonderful Memorial Day holiday.  While the Cardinals got us a win on most folks’ day off, over the past few days we’ve seen that they are still unable to string wins together at any sort of consistent rate.  Which is unfortunate, because both Chicago and Pittsburgh (especially the Cubs) seem [...]
Via The Cardinal Conclave
7 hours ago

Matt Holliday hits a massive home run that nearly clears Miller Park

St. Louis Cardinals slugger Matt Holliday has hit his fair share of booming homers during his 13-year career. But the one he hit Monday might be his most memorable.Holliday unloaded on an 0-1 pitch from Jhan Marinez in the seventh inning. The blast -- Holliday's eighth homer of the season -- went an estimated 466 feet.That distance sounds impressive but where the ball landed was...
Via Fox Sports
20 hours ago  |  Discuss

Cardinals excited about Martinez breaking out

This was much more Cardinal-like. Carlos Martinez, who in five previous May starts was 0-5 with a 6.84 earned run average, was exactly what the Cardinals wanted him to be Monday, as he shut out the Brewers for eight innings with a powerful, dominating performance.
21 hours ago

Martinez, Matts zero in as Cards take opener

A Brewers sweep of the Cardinals this week would have vaulted them into third place, but Carlos Martinez & Co. shut down that possibility with authority.
23 hours ago

Cardinals Decisively Beat Brewers 6-0 on Memorial Day

Cardinals Overcome Brewers, Terrible Hats to Take Series Opener Happy Memorial Day!  MLB celebrates holidays each year by seeing exactly how ugly a hat they can put on a baseball player, and they did not disappoint this year. Mmm...nope.  But on to the game! In the 3rd, the Cardinals got to pitcher Junior Guerra for a three run inning.  Matt Carpenter started things off...
Via Viva El Birdos
23 hours ago

Piscotty sits out for second straight day

A scheduled day off for Stephen Piscotty turned into two after he reported to Miller Park weaker than normal on Monday due to what the Cardinals believe was a bout of food poisoning.
1 day ago

Cardinals’ punishment for hacking scandal “unlikely” before 2016 draft

Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the Cardinals are “unlikely” to lose any draft picks in 2016 as part of the fallout from having former scouting director Chris Correa hack into the Houston Astros’ private statistical database. Goold notes that Correa will not be sentenced until well after this month’s draft, on July 5, with MLB commissioner Rob...
Via Today's Knuckleball
1 day ago

Closer Battle: Rosenthal vs. Oh.

Someone mentioned the other day, that down the road, Seung-hwan Oh , a 33 year old Korean closer who we signed in the off-season to join our bullpen, would eventually supplant Trevor Rosenthal as our closer. I thought I’d take a closer look at the two and compare them. Oh, who I mentioned is a former closer in Korea [...]
Via The Cardinal Conclave
1 day ago

Cardinals news and notes: Tejada, previews, and recaps

Depending on your perspective, the weekend is still going on, but here's what you may have missed so far. On July 23, 1939, 9,772 fans flocked into Briggs Stadium to watch the Detroit Tigers host the Philadelphia Athletics, in what turned out to be a 16-3 victory for the home team. In the bottom of the 8th inning, the Athletics replaced starting catcher Frankie Hayes with Harry O...
Via Viva El Birdos
1 day ago

Jhonny Peralta cuts thumb opening box, has return delayed

The St. Louis Cardinals were hoping to see shortstop Jhonny Peralta get back on the field soon, but it looks like that return will be delayed just a little bit longer. Peralta, who tore a ligament in his thumb during spring training that required surgery, cut his thumb while opening a box on Saturday. The stitches will require three to four days to heal, meaning he has no choice...
Via The Comeback
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Ruben Tejada designated for assignment

Signed as an injury replacement for Jhonny Peralta, the ex-Met lasted just 40 plate appearances with the Cardinals. On Saturday, hours before the Cardinals' 9-4 victory over the Washington Nationals, the Cardinals designated shortstop Ruben Tejada for assignment, opting instead to retain Greg Garcia on the Major League club. Tejada was signed by the Cardinals on March 19 in light...
Via Viva El Birdos
2 days ago

Greg Garcia continues tear as Cardinals win 9-4

WASHINGTON -- Adam Wainwright pitched seven gritty innings and made an ample contribution at the plate, hitting a two-run double to help the St. Louis Cardinals defeat the Washington Nationals 9-4 on Saturday night.Matt Holliday homered for the Cardinals, who took control with a four-run second inning highlighted by Wainwright's fifth extra-base hit of the season.With two on, two...
Via Associated Press
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Cardinals: Carpenter Returns, Tejada DFA’d; Garcia Stays Up

Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports With Matt Carpenter returning from the paternity list on Saturday, the Cardinals designated Ruben Tejada for assignment to free a spot for Carpenter on the active roster. In turn, Greg Garcia, who was recalled from the Triple-A Memphis Redbirds to take the roster spot while Carpenter was absent, will remain on the 25-man roster, essentially filling what...
Via STLSportsMinute
3 days ago

Piscotty grand slam key in Cards' 6-2 victory

WASHINGTON -- Stephen Piscotty hit a grand slam off Max Scherzer during a five-run third inning and Jaime Garcia quieted the Washington Nationals lineup as the St. Louis Cardinals won 6-2 on Friday night.Coming off consecutive ineffective starts, Garcia held Washington to two runs and seven hits over seven innings. The Cardinals had lost four of five.Scherzer allowed two earned runs...
Via Associated Press
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Michael Wacha needs to step up for the St. Louis Cardinals to contend

After dropping a tough 2-1 loss to the Washington Nationals last night in D.C., the St. Louis Cardinals’ record stands at 24-24.  In 2015, the Cardinals only had 10 losses when they reached 24 wins.  Obviously, the team looks a lot different this year than it did last season. But what’s the difference between being 24-24 this season, and 33-17 at the end of May last year? The...
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Utley's family received death threats after NLDS slide

Chase Utley’s family received death threats after his slide broke Ruben Tejada’s leg during the 2015 National League Division Series, according to a report. Mets fans were so furious with Utley’s slide that his family was targeted with death threats, and Utley did not stay in the same hotel as his Dodgers teammates when they made the trip to New York, though that was mere...
Via Larry Brown Sports
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Yadier Molina's heads-up play saves Cardinals from embarrassing error

St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina showed why he's an eight-time Gold Glove winner Thursday.With the score tied at 1 in the seventh inning, Stephen Drew hit a high pop-up in the infield. Pitcher Mike Leake settled under it as shortstop Aledmys Diaz came charging in to over the play.Diaz came in and tried to make the play but the ball popped out of his glove. Instead of the...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Bryce Harper cuts batting gloves after homering without them

Washington Nationals superstar Bryce Harper entered Thursday night in a bit of a slump at the dish, with just four hits in 31 at-bats over his last 12 games, and only one extra-base hit (a double) in that span. Well, Harper wanted to try something new to hopefully break out of this slump, and he decided to not wear batting gloves for his at-bat against St. Louis Cardinals right...
Via The Comeback
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Matt Carpenter Has Taken the First Pitch of Every Game

Something interesting caught my eye this morning while doing the research for my post on Alcides Escobar‘s first-pitch swing tendencies: Matt Carpenter has led off 42 times for the Cardinals this year, and in those 42 leadoff starts, he has not yet swung at a single first pitch to begin the game. Forty-two first pitches, forty-two takes. In the interest of full disclosure, Matt...
Via Fangraphs
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Carp placed on paternity list; Greg Garcia recalled

ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Cardinals have placed third baseman Matt Carpenter on the paternity list and recalled infielder Greg Garcia from Triple-A Memphis.Carpenter, the leadoff man, is first on the team with nine homers and 32 RBIs and is batting .250 with a .378 on-base percentage.The 26-year-old Garcia was on the opening day roster and appeared in 10 games before being optioned...
Via Associated Press
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Yadier Molina tries to play off embarrassing moment with slick recovery

St. Louis Cardinals' All-Star catcher Yadier Molina has impeccable footwork behind the plate. The eight-time Gold Glove winner rarely makes a misstep on the diamond, expect for Monday night.In the eighth inning with a runner on first against the Chicago Cubs, Molina did what he's done countless times -- block a pitch in the dirt with perfect form. But as Molina scrambled to corral...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

Adam Wainwright May Have Found Something

You don’t need numbers to gain a sense of how Adam Wainwright‘s season has started. You just need Adam Wainwright postgame quotes. After his Opening Day start, he wasn’t “anywhere close to being excited,” and called himself “the definition of average.” The next start tied his “career-high-of frustration level” because he was “so upset about the way the ball [was...
Via Fangraphs
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Harrison Bader: A Cardinals Prospect on Being a Sponge

Harrison Bader is raking in his first full season of pro ball. The 21-year-old St. Louis Cardinals outfield prospect ranks second in the Double-A Texas League with a .351 batting average. Batting leadoff for Springfield, Bader boasts a .401 OBP and his slugging percentage is a sporty .554. Last year, he hit the ground running after being drafted in the third round out of the University...
Via Fangraphs
12 days ago  |  Discuss

St. Louis Cardinals: Adam Wainwright’s comeback tour

Flashback to two years ago. Adam Wainwright earned a whopping 20 wins and registered a solid 2.38 ERA as the St. Louis Cardinals’ ace. He also struck opposing batters out a solid 179 times, which was actually his lowest mark in five years. He is only two years removed from this All-Star season. The skeptics will say Wainwright is over the hill after suffering an Achilles tendon...
20 days ago  |  Discuss

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