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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)...
Via Cardinals Farm
4 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
7 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
8 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
10 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
10 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
11 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
11 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
11 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
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Are The Cardinals Ready To Make The Jump To Lightspeed?

For the third straight night, the St. Louis Cardinals meshed good pitching and just enough hitting to take a game from the Pittsburgh Pirates.  For the third straight night, that win has been good enough to shave a game off of the Milwaukee Brewers’ lead (and, incidentally, been necessary to stay ahead of the Cincinnati Reds). We’ve seen this before, of course.  Strong wins...
Via The Cardinal Conclave
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Podcast: Thoughts on Marco Gonzales, Jake Peavy, Tyrell Jenkins and more

Tuesday night, my friend Corey Rudd, occasional writer here at CardinalsFarm and former host of Fan Interference on CBS Sports Radio AM 920 in St. Louis, texted me and asked if I wanted to join him for a podcast. He had some free time and wanted to fire up the ol machine again. Of course I agreed and we spend a few minutes talking about the Cards. Discover Sports Internet Radio...
Via Cardinals Farm
12 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
12 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...
Via isportsweb.com
13 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
13 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
13 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
14 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
17 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
18 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
19 days ago  |  Discuss

The Cardinals offense needs a boost. What are their options?

After leading the NL in runs scored last year, the Cardinals offense has gone south this year, currently sitting in a 13th place tie with the Cubs for fewest runs scored.  While their excellent starting pitching has buoyed them so far this year, recent injuries to their pitchers have put more pressure on the offense to perform.What are the Cardinals options for boosting their sagging...
Via Cardinals Fan in Cubs Land
19 days ago  |  1 Comment

The best defensive plays for the week ending July 1st

We’ve got another week in the books, and it’s time to marvel at some awesome defense once again. The usual suspects are here, as you’d expect. June 25th, Pirates vs Rays – Longoria and the bullpen. On-field bullpens are the worst, and Evan Longoria could have gotten hurt chasing this foul pop-up at Tropicana Field. But he didn’t, making the catch, avoiding tripping, and...
Via The Outside Corner
19 days ago  |  Discuss

This Isn’t The Cardinal Baseball We Signed Up For

It seems like shutouts used to be rare, one of those semi-unique things that you noted when they happened.  Now, it seems like at least twice a week we see one.  The only question is whether the Cardinals are doing the blanking or being blanked. Last night was the latter, unfortunately.  It didn’t have to be, but then there was the sequence that defines the 2014 St. Louis Cardinals...
Via The Cardinal Conclave
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Quick Takeaways from the Taveras Callup

Calling air traffic control, the kid is on his way back! Oscar Taveras is coming back up to the Majors. He will join the team in San Francisco. What does this mean? What can fans expect? My quick takeaways begin below. 1.)Oscar is going to play at least 5 times a week and possibly every day. I don’t see John Mozeliak bending on that plan any time soon just because the team hasn’t...
Via The Cardinal Conclave
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Oscar Taveras set to rejoin Cardinals tomorrow

Scoring just a total of four runs during their recent four game series in LA along with one run in their last 22 innings, the Cardinals needed a change of plans. With an off day today heading into July 6.5 games back of the NL Central leading Brewers and falling into third place right behind Cincinnati, the Cardinals are searching for a much needed jolt as the trade deadline looms...
Via Cardinals Farm
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Hey Mister, Could You Spare A Run?

The Cardinals went into Los Angeles with a little bit of offensive momentum.  They then scored fewer runs in four games (four) than they did in their lowest scoring game in the Rockies (five). Obviously, they faced a very good pitching staff.  The Dodgers have the third best team ERA in baseball, after all, and two of their starting rotation have already thrown no-hitters this...
Via The Cardinal Conclave
21 days ago  |  Discuss
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