Game 105: The Kind Of Game That Engenders Little Hope

The most depressing thing about last night’s 3-1 loss to the Padres? 1) Losing to a (now) 47-59 team coming off a rest and regroup day when the Brewers had already lost? 2) 0-6 with runners in scoring position against Tyson Ross, Blaine Boyer, Kevin Quackenbush and Joaquin Benoit? 3) Allen Craig wearing the collar – again – and dropping his average to .238 for the season while...
Via Cardinals Diaspora
19 hours ago  |  Discuss

While You Were Drinking Game 106 (STL vs SD)

Sometimes things get a little fuzzy after a night at the pub.  Here’s a friendly reminder of what you may have missed while you were drinking. The St Louis Cardinals.  Destroyers of post-season dreams three times.  Since 2004 they are 39-26 against the Padres in the regular season.  However, most of that success is in Missouri.  When they come to visit, the Padres play them...
Via Padres Public
20 hours ago  |  Discuss

Cardinals are lackluster in 3-1 loss to Padres

The Cardinals, leading the majors with 18 shutouts started a three game series Tuesday night with the Padres, who are ranked last in the majors in runs scored. St. Louis follows them ranked 29th in runs scored. 11 game winner Lance Lynn was on the hill against Tyson Ross, who held a 1.03 ERA in July coming into tonight’s game. That 1.03 ERA was best in the National League. Also...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

In A Perfect World

In a perfect world, the 2014 season would be a gas for Cardinals fans. There would be no need for 64 different articles about the decline of Allen Craig ‘s swing(I have accounted for 6 of those). There wouldn’t be a need for a baseball swing forensic analyst to consider looking at Craig’s broken swing. The veteran [...]
Via The Cardinal Conclave
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Poll: Which St. Louis Cardinals player would you hate to see traded the most?

I originally wanted to title this post, “Which Cards player is off-limits the most?” Problem with that is, many reasonable fans would realize that no player is off-limits. If the right deal was proposed, you would be willing to part with that one “untouchable” prospect. I also chose this question because the trade deadline is this week, and there is a great chance the Cardinals...
Via Cardinals Farm
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Where do the Cardinals go after losing out on Jake Peavy?

Wasn’t Jake Peavy to the Cardinals a done deal a couple of weeks ago? The Cards needed a starting pitcher for the back end of the rotation and appeared to have found their man in the veteran right-hander. But then it didn’t happen. And over the weekend, the Red Sox traded Peavy to the Giants instead. So where do the Cardinals go from here? How did St. Louis go from ready to...
Via Bloguin Best
2 days ago  |  Discuss

What’s wrong with Allen Craig? Gabe Kapler dissects

Allen Craig isn’t putting together the type of season that many Cardinals fans hoped for following last season. Nearly automatic with runners in scoring position last season, Craig was also one of the most consistent hitters in general for the Cardinals. We’ve seen nearly the polar opposite this season. Here’s a look at Craig’s 2013 numbers vs. [...]
Via The Cardinal Conclave
5 days ago  |  Discuss

A tale of two slumps: Craig and Taveras aren't making Matheny's job any easier

ST. LOUIS -- If ever there has been more fuss made over a guy hitting .200, it must have been before my time. And I'm quite old. First, the pleas came to get Oscar Taveras to the majors. Now that he's arrived, apparently for the long haul, the cries come daily to put him in the lineup. On one hand, I get it. The 22-year right fielder is considered by the Cardinals -- and...
Via Fox Sports Midwest
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Poll Results: Who will start in rightfield for the Cardinals in 2015?

Boy, have the trade wins swirled since I posted this poll on Monday. Yahoo! baseball writer Jeff Passan joined Tim McKernan and the guys of The Morning After on CBS Sports Radio 920 AM on Tuesday and dropped this bomb: From @JeffPassan on trade deadline: I've heard a big name associated w/ the Cardinals. If I had verification, I would report it. — Tim McKernan (@tmckernan)...
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13 days ago  |  Discuss

Poll: Who will be the Cardinals Opening Day right fielder in 2015?

I generally hate looking ahead this far, but I feel like now is a good time to ask this question for multiple reasons. The trade deadline is approaching and all three possible choices have had their names thrown in the hat for a potential trade. Also, the struggles of Allen Craig and Oscar Taveras (to a lesser extent) make this a more meaningful question. While April, 2015 is a long...
Via Cardinals Farm
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Red Sox Trade Rumors

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports With each passing day it seems there is a new Red Sox pitcher that is linked to a variety of MLB teams. Over the past few days that pitcher has been Jake Peavy. The most likely destination for the right-hander would be the St. Louis Cardinals. In exchange for Peavy, St. Louis would likely move Allen Craig or even 2013 All-Star Matt Adams. With the offensive...
Via The Sideline
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Revisiting the Cardinals and Troy Tulowitzki rumors (again)

Don't look now, but Ken Rosenthal is stirring up rumors regarding Troy Tulowitzki and a possible trade.  Per Rosenthal, Tulo indicated that he would be open to a trade, saying "I want to be somewhere where there’s a chance to be in the playoffs every single year.”However, before we all get our hopes up about the possibility of adding a true impact bat this month, Rosenthal...
Via Cardinals Fan in Cubs Land
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Reasons the Cardinals Shouldn’t Be Looking to Buy at the Deadline

It’s no secret that the St. Louis Cardinals have been struggling on offense all year.  Every time we think they are going to turn a corner and have a few good offensive games, the bats go silent again scoring 1 or 2 runs again.  Many fans believe the team needs to make a move to provide a spark for the offense.  The rumors we heard of Allen Craig for Jake Peavy reminded me...
Via Cardinals Farm
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Cardinals are playing like a team that's ready to make its move

ST. LOUIS -- Cardinals All-Star catcher Yadier Molina should learn sometime Thursday how long he might be sidelined. One of the team's best starters, Michael Wacha, is out for who knows how long and another starter, Jaime Garcia, has been lost for the season. Their most productive hitter from last season, Allen Craig, remains mired in the worst stretch of his career. So why does...
Via Fox Sports Midwest
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Allen Craig, Who Once Knew Left Field

Let’s accept that the St. Louis Cardinals could probably use multiple upgrades. Let’s accept that, publicly, the Cardinals are more focused on improving their offense than they are on improving their pitching. Let’s accept that improving a team’s offense is a complicated matter. Let’s accept that part of the problem, but not the whole of […]
Via Fangraphs
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Cardinals take third straight from Pirates

For the first time all week enough runs came before the bottom of the ninth, as the Cardinals rode their bats and the right arm of Lance Lynn to a third straight win over the Pirates, pulling within two of first-place Milwaukee in the process. The much-maligned offense, retooled by manager Mike Matheny before the game, pounded 13 hits. It received contributions from just about every...
Via Pro Sports Daily
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Who Are These St. Louis Cardinals?

Suddenly, the St. Louis Cardinals are 50-42 and only two games back of the Milwaukee Brewers. After beating the Pittsburgh Pirates for the third straight night on Wednesday, the Cards had stormed back into the forefront of this National League Central Division race. The Pirates came in on the heels of the Cards and have been knocked back. The Reds are staying hot and have stepped...
Via The Cardinal Conclave
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Peavy Is Philosophical About Imminent Trade

Jake Peavy has been through this before. He was traded by the San Diego Padres (where he spent most of his career) to the Chicago White Sox. The Pale Hose then dealt him last July to the Carmine variety of footwear. He is likely now headed to one of two National League contenders: the St. Louis Cardinals (possibly in exchange for Allen Craig) or the Atlanta Braves. The fiery 33-year...
Via FenwayNation
21 days ago  |  Discuss

St. Louis Cardinals trade rumors: Outfielder edition

With the All-Star break quickly approaching, the St. Louis Cardinals’ trade rumors continue to swirl. At this point, it doesn’t even appear General Manager John Mozeliak has a game plan, but it willing to deal. Pitching being a weak point, the Cards could definitely add depth in the rotation or bullpen in order to stay in the hunt for the National League Central pennant, possibly...
22 days ago  |  Discuss

Red Sox May Trade Jake Peavy To Cardinals

Allen Craig And Jake PeavyRumors are swirling that the Red Sox and Cardinals are close to a deal that would send starter Jake Peavy to St. Louis. Last year's World Series losers are in desperate need of help in their rotation—which has been decimated by injuries of late. No specific word yet on who would come back to Yawkey Way in the deal—although there are rumblings that...
Via FenwayNation
22 days ago  |  Discuss

Cardinals Player-By-Player Grades At The Half

The Cardinals are now well past the technical halfway point of the season, but the ceremonial one that is the All-Star Break is still ahead. With that coming, it is a fair time to assess where the individual parts of the team stand thus far, via the time tested and approved method: the good old grade card. It has been a frustrating season for lofty expectations, but a deceivingly...
Via i70baseball
22 days ago  |  Discuss

McNeal: Keys to a week of Cardinals games vs. NL Central rivals

ST. LOUIS -- Six days ago, after the Cardinals' lumber slumber in Los Angeles, their season appeared poised to plummet. Then they won two in San Francisco and a third straight at home and maybe, you think, they're ready to turn that elusive corner. Of course, they followed that by blowing a 5-1 lead to the Marlins one day and scoring one run against Henderson Alvarez the...
Via Fox Sports Midwest
23 days ago  |  Discuss

St. Louis Cardinals deserve four All-star selections

Coming in to the season, expectations were high for this young St. Louis Cardinals roster, which defied many odds in 2013 only to fall short to the Boston Red Sox in the World Series.  Logically, it was widely thought that many of the team’s young and talented studs would continue to develop and blossom and that the club would run away with the NL Central. That simply has not...
Via Cardinals Farm
26 days ago  |  Discuss

To trade or not to trade, that is the question

  Cardinals General Manager John Mozeliak speaks to bloggers on June 22 at the annual United Cardinal Bloggers Event. (By Cole Claybourn) July can be one of the most exciting months in the baseball calendar. It can also be one of the most stressful as a fan. It’s officially trade season, and whether your team truly needs to make a deal or not, there’s bound to be fans clamoring...
Via The Cardinal Conclave
27 days ago  |  Discuss

The Panic Room Is Open

Attention all Cardinals fans, the panic room is now open. Starting this evening, everybody can secure a spot in the Cardinals Panic Room for the minimum price of one outrageous trade proposal. It’s July 2nd, and the reason to panic in the heat of summer is nearing. Radio call in’s are getting nastier. Fan forums are bursting into flames. Twitter is blowing up. This is the time...
Via The Cardinal Conclave
28 days ago  |  Discuss
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