St. Louis Cardinals: Offense Finding Its Groove

The St. Louis Cardinals put a stop to the division-leading Milwaukee Brewers’ nine-game winning streak when they blanked the Brewers 4-0 Monday night at Miller Park. The win brings the Cardinals to 8-5, and they are now two games behind the Brewers, who are 10-3. It probably isn’t a stretch to say that Cardinals fans found relief in the team’s performance in the series opener...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

Game 14: A Picasso

42 was pretty good for the Cardinals tonight. True, every player was wearing number 42 in honor of Jackie Robinson, but in way, it’s still true. This was a dominant team effort by the Cardinals against the division leaders on the road. Shelby Miller went 6 innings, struck out 7 and tallied his first win of the season. Mark Ellis made his Cardinals debut and had 2 RBIs. Matt Adams...
Via Cardinals Diaspora
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Pair of monster home runs put finishing touch on Cards' win in Milwaukee

The Milwaukee Brewers were the hottest team in the majors two days ago. Then they ran into the Cardinals. A strong start from Shelby Miller and offensive contributions from just about everyone in the lineup led the Cardinals to a 6-1 victory on Tuesday night, which followed a 4-0 victory on Monday. The Brewers, who came into the series on a nine-game winning streak, have been limited...
Via Fox Sports Midwest
1 day ago  |  Discuss

What Exactly Is Going On Up There In Milwaukee?

Did you know that the Brewers already have more home wins (6) than the Bucks do for the entire NBA season (5)? The Bucks are going to end up with the NBA’s worst record, but still. Let’s take a peek at the NL Central standings: 10-2? 9 Wins in a row? Friends, the Cardinals are in for quite the early season series. Seriously, though. The Brewers? Ryan Braun is back. Is he just...
Via Cardinals Diaspora
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Cubs try to give the game away but Cards refuse to take it

ST. LOUIS -- It's good that the Cardinals don't have to wait long to play again. They'll want to forget Friday night's 6-3 loss to the Cubs at Busch Stadium as quickly as possible. It was that wrenching. The Cubs tried to give the game to the Cardinals when their closer, Jose Veras, blew a 3-1 lead in the ninth even though he allowed only one hit. But he also walked...
Via Fox Sports Midwest
5 days ago  |  Discuss

With the Cards' grind about to begin (finally!), here are some numbers that WILL change

ST. LOUIS -- I don't know about you, but I'm about ready for the Cardinals' season to begin. Really begin. Granted, the standings say they've already played nine games but really, the best thing about this little 5-4 stretch is that it's over. I have nothing against Opening Day, even if I'm not sure it's special enough to be capitalized, and the day off...
Via Fox Sports Midwest
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Cardinals refuse to let soggy weather ruin Opening Day in St. Louis

ST. LOUIS -- The Clydesdales were canceled, the red-jacket Hall of Famers had to pull out their umbrellas during introductions and the rooftop seats at new Ballpark Village went mostly unused. It was that kind of cold and rainy Monday afternoon for the Cardinals' home opener. But the Cardinals weren't complaining. Winning has a way of overshadowing the elements. The Cardinals...
Via Fox Sports Midwest
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Heisey's walk-off avenges Reds' Opening Day loss to Cards

Chris Heisey knew the St. Louis Cardinals brought right fielder Allen Craig in to make it a five-man infield. "But, to be honest with you, I was so focused on what I was doing that I didn't even see where we was standing," Heisey said. "In that situation, you're just trying to hit the ball somewhere hard." Good strategy. Heisey lined a smash into center...
Via Pro Sports Daily
14 days ago  |  Discuss

St. Louis Cardinals set opening day roster

After a relatively uninteresting spring, the St. Louis Cardinals have made all the necessary cuts to begin the long 162 game season in Cincinnati Monday afternoon. An uninteresting spring is defined as one where few (or no) key players go down with an injury, and no one performs well below expectations. For the defending National League champs, perhaps the opposite could be said...
Via Keene on MLB
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Should St. Louis Cardinals Fans Be Worried About Low Homerun Numbers?

The St. Louis Cardinals are in a position to be a powerful team next year and win a lot of games. But some negativity has been launched their way about the lower home run total of the players on the team last year. With no Chris Davis or Miguel Cabrera on the team to spend all summer launching balls out of the park, naysayers are claiming this is a possible weakness for the team...
Via i70baseball
22 days ago  |  Discuss

St. Louis Cardinals Top 10 Prospects

The St. Louis Cardinals have been reaping the benefits of their strong scouting and player development as the 2013 team was bolstered by homegrown talent such as Michael Wacha, Allen Craig, and Matt Adams. Accordingly, the farm system is a little thin this year. Taveras may become a star and the next three prospects should prove to be solid Major League players. The remaining prospects...
Via Batting Leadoff
24 days ago  |  Discuss

Stephen Piscotty’s future with the St. Louis Cardinals

Spring training has been a largely unsurprising affair. The usual suspects are hitting well, and some players we expected to do well last season are making good this spring. The St. Louis Cardinals outfield looked to be pretty well settled after the trade of David Freese to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim California, USA.It was to be Bourjos in center every day, with Matt Holliday...
Via Keene on MLB
26 days ago  |  Discuss

Bird's Eye View: Cardinals Season Preview

Each year, a group of us Cardinals bloggers puts together a newsletter that is e-mailed out before each series.  The bloggers take turns writing the newsletter, so you get a different style and viewpoint each time.This year, we put together a season preview as well.  I did the writeup on the infield, while other bloggers discussed the lineup, outfield, bench, defense, starting...
Via Cardinals Fan in Cubs Land
28 days ago  |  Discuss

Three Key Questions for the St. Louis Cardinals

While everyone expects the Cardinals to have a playoff spot pretty much locked in, there are still a few questions that are left to be answered. For some teams, the questions asked here are big ones, involving things that may make or break a season. For St. Louis, these are more “hey, wouldn’t it be nice?” things -- even if they don’t pan out, the Cardinals shouldn’t be...
Via The Outside Corner
March 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Carpenter, Craig taking new positions for Cardinals

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) Matt Carpenter believes the move back to his natural third-base position could help him post better offensive numbers than last year's breakout season. Carpenter spent last spring learning to play second base. However, the Cardinals traded away third baseman David Freese during the offseason, allowing Carpenter to move back to his natural defensive position...
Via Fox Sports Midwest
February 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Carpenter, Craig taking new positions for Cards

Matt Carpenter believes the move back to his natural third base position could help him post better offensive numbers than last year's breakout season. Carpenter spent last spring learning to play second base. However, the Cardinals traded away third baseman David Freese during the offseason, allowing Carpenter to move back to his natural defensive position and making room in...
Via AP on Fox
February 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Player Profile #56: Allen Craig | 1B/OF | STL

Any analysis of Allen Craig‘s 2013 season must address his performance with men in scoring position. It’s been otherworldly. For his career, Craig has batted .283 with the bases empty (738 PA) and .251 with men first base (255 PA), but he’s batted .394 with RISP (407 PA). Since Craig debuted in 2010, his .394 BA with RISP is far and away the best in the league among the 178...
Via Baseball Professor
February 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Why Allen Craig needs spring training less than any other Cardinal -- even while on the mend

ST. LOUIS -- If anyone on the Cardinals shouldn't report to Florida before the mandatory reporting date, Allen Craig tops the list. He lives in Southern California, so he hasn't had to worry about winter messing up his off-season regimen. Plus, there's no need to uproot his young family any sooner than needed. Besides, the later he reports to work, the less time he has...
Via Fox Sports Midwest
February 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Cardinals Craig is an epic bargain

Allen Craig is one of the biggest steals in major league baseball. He has four years left in his five-year, $31 million contract. He gained some security with that deal and the Cardinals bought into his free agency, gaining a measure of cost control Craig will earn $2.75 million this season, $5.5 million in 2015, $9 million in 2016 and $11 million in 2017. The Cardinals will also...
Via Pro Sports Daily
February 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Allen Craig and his slugging percentage

There is a world of numbers available to the baseball writer and the ardent fan of the game of baseball. While this is a very good thing, the numbers can also make us restless and under-appreciate the great offensive game of some of the players we write about and root for. You see this with Votto in Cincinnati with people screaming that he takes too many walks and does not drive...
Via The Flagrant Fan
February 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Identifying late-blooming Cardinals prospects

On Saturday, reader Lou Schuler commented about the challenge of prospect raters identifying late bloomers, specifically mentioning St. Louis Cardinals-developed players Placido Polanco, Yadier Molina, David Freese, Allen Craig and Matt Carpenter never being considered national top 100 prospects. While Baseball America was not singled out, its past histories are most readily...
Via The Cardinal Nation blog
February 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Cardinals Notes: Allen Craig Progressing in Rehab

St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Allen Craig is still recovering from a foot injury he sustained towards the end last season.  According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Craig took a month off from all activities after the Cardinals' season ended.  This allowed the torn ligaments in the foot to heal.  Photo Credit: Guano via Flickr.comCraig, 29, suffered a sprained foot on September...
Via Sports Injury Alert
January 20, 2014  |  Discuss

After a month off, Craig feels ready to run in RF

Cardinals cleanup hitter Allen Craig said that he left St. Louis at the end of the season with a rehab schedule and confidence that his foot injury would not require surgery. It did need time to heal. Craig took a full month off of all activity at the end of the World Series to mend the torn ligaments in his foot that caused a Lisfranc injury and stole September from him. Craig...
Via Pro Sports Daily
January 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Jhonny Peralta to the St. Louis Cardinals

According to multiple reports, the St. Louis Cardinals have inked shortstop Jhonny Peralta to a 4-year, $52 million deal. Jhonny Peralta (AP/Charles Arbogast)’s Mark Sheldon said at 10 a.m. CT time, the Redbirds will introduce their shortstop in a press conference on Monday. Looking at the circumstances, this was a great move the Cardinals made. The team didn’t have...
November 24, 2013  |  Discuss

Matheny faces new challenge with MLB's implementation of video replay

ST. LOUIS -- Flash forward to April. It's the bottom of the ninth of a tie game and Matt Carpenter is on third with two out when Allen Craig hits a grounder between shortstop and third base. Reds shortstop Zack Cowart ranges into the hole, fields the ball and zips a throw to first. On a bang-bang play, Craig is called out and the game is headed to extra innings. But wait. Before...
Via Fox Sports Midwest
November 21, 2013  |  Discuss

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