Cardinals whiff against Rays -- including one K that shouldn't have counted

ST. LOUIS -- As often as the Cardinals were striking out in their 3-0 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday night, they didn't need any help from the umpire adding to their total. But a mistake made on the count when Jon Jay was batting in the seventh inning gave the Cardinals one more strikeout than they should have had. When the scoreboard said the count was 2-2, Jay backed...
Via Fox Sports Midwest
4 hours ago  |  Discuss

St. Louis Cardinals: Jon Jay strikes out with a 4-2 count

The St. Louis Cardinals struggled badly once again at the plate on Wednesday night and could not solve Alex Cobb of the Tampa Bay Rays.  Cobb tossed seven scoreless innings, allowing just five hits while striking out nine hitters. Cobb also did not issue a free pass in the game, although as Dan McLaughlin and Ricky Horton of the Fox Sports Midwest broadcast pointed out, Cobb should...
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6 hours 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...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Cardinals record bizarre 5-8 putout at 2nd base

I can’t recall ever seeing something like this happen before. In the sixth inning of Thursday’s Cardinals-Pirates game, Edinson Volquez popped up a bunt. Matt Carpenter let the bunt drop in, attempting to turn one out into two. He threw to second in an attempt to get the force on Jordy Mercer, but no one was there. However, center fielder Jon Jay was playing shallow and backing...
Via The Outside Corner
12 days ago  |  Discuss

The Cardinals recorded a bizarre 5-8 putout

I can’t recall ever seeing something like this happen before. In the sixth inning of Thursday’s Cardinals-Pirates game, Edinson Volquez popped up a bunt. Matt Carpenter let the bunt drop in, attempting to turn one out into two. He threw to second in an attempt to get the force on Jordy Mercer, but no one was there. However, center fielder Jon Jay was playing shallow and backing...
Via Bloguin Best
12 days ago  |  Discuss

St. Louis Cardinals: Lance Lynn has guts

When it comes to St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Lance Lynn, my stance is pretty firm.  I think he is underappreciated by the Cardianls fan base and I am confused as to why. Lance Lynn has guts and that was fully on display last night when the big guy clearly did not have his best stuff, but willed himself to a quality 6.2 innings pitched and a Cardinals victory over a division...
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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
15 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
21 days ago  |  1 Comment

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
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Trying hard to like Peter Bourjos

Before I start off on a topic more contentious than immigration reform, race relations, the gender gap, and boxers or briefs all rolled into one, I owe you a disclaimer. I’m not always 100% honest here on the blog. Now, hang on, I’m not lying to my four loyal readers each week…I’m just not always as perfectly open as I could be in the interest of bringing some objectivity...
Via The Cardinal Conclave
25 days ago  |  Discuss

Who are the Cardinals trade chips?

Buster Olney is reporting that the Rays are prepared to deal David Price "right now".  The trade market is obviously heating up and thhe Cardinals appear to be looking to make a big splash this time around.  But what do the Cards have to offer the sellers as the trade season heats up?Here's a look at some of the players that the Cards might be willing to part with...
Via Cardinals Fan in Cubs Land
29 days ago  |  Discuss

Rare Air: Lynn dazzles as Cardinals blank Rockies at Coors Field

Lance Lynn, smile a little bit. You should after pitching eight shutout innings at Coors Field Monday night. You absolutely should after pitching them the day after the Cardinals' rotation lost two starters to the disabled list. At a time when the Cardinals needed a starter not named Adam Wainwright to step up and deliver the team some good news, Lynn came through with a gem...
Via Fox Sports Midwest
June 24, 2014  |  Discuss

St. Louis Cardinals Saturday roundup

I’m trying a little different format this week. It isn’t original by any means. In fact, one of my favorite reads in St. Louis sports uses it regularly. I wanted to hit several noteworthy topic, and not bore you on a single topic. So here are some note worthy observations on the Cards this week in no particular order. Kevin Siegrist will be out at least another couple of weeks...
Via The Cardinal Conclave
June 21, 2014  |  Discuss

The True Value of Jon Jay

One of the biggest hobbies in St. Louis sports right now is the center field situation of the Cardinals. Who is playing it and when? Mike Matheny writes up his lineup card and Cardinal Nation seems to **** the trigger and prepare to fire. Here are the three parties. *The Bourjos Redeemers *The Jay Supporters *The Oscar Taveras Honks There you have it. This is a polarizing subject...
Via The Cardinal Conclave
June 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Jon Jay keeps on hitting, Cardinals keep on winning

ST. LOUIS -- Jon Jay continued his strong recent stretch with two hits, an RBI and a key defensive play to help the Cardinals beat the Mets, 5-2, on Tuesday at Busch Stadium. "He's having a real good feel at the plate right now," Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said. "He's just doing everything right. He does a nice job on the bases and all the way around defensively...
Via Fox Sports Midwest
June 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Cards complete sweep of Nats with 5-2 win

The Cardinals, playing one of their best overall games and series of the season, completed a three-game sweep of the Washington Nationals in a 5-2 triumph today at Busch Stadium before a sellout house of 45,335. Jamie Garcia tossed seven innings for the fourth time in six starts since coming off the disabled list as he raised his record to 3-0. Matt Adams, with his dad in town...
Via Pro Sports Daily
June 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Should the Cardinals pursue David Price and, if so, what might he cost them?

Last week I opined as to what the Cardinals needs might be heading into trading season.  Bullpen help is their main priority, but there is also the possibility that the Cardinals could make a big splash and try to pull off a blockbuster deal.A little while ago, Ken Rosenthal suggested that the Cards should pursue a big-name starting pitcher, such as David Price and, with the recent...
Via Cardinals Fan in Cubs Land
June 15, 2014  |  2 Comments

St. Louis Cardinals offense begins to show signs of life

The St. Louis Cardinals offense has become a bit of a laughing stock this year. It seemed for quite a while that the team was simply incapable of a blowout victory. In the games where the Cards managed to be the winning team, it seemed like it was always by just a run. Since arriving in American League parks, things have changed. Please note that I said “changed”, not “turned...
Via The Cardinal Conclave
June 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Bats silent again Cardinals fall three out of four to Royals

Is it time to panic about the Cardinals right now? Not so much considering it’s only early June. But, after a 2-7 home-stand and losing three of four to the Royals sure would account for a wake up call. The Cardinals offense could only muster two runs in the I-70 series finale Thursday night at Kauffman Stadium. However, those two runs started with a 2-0 lead. After his 5-5 night...
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June 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Jon Jay: St. Louis Cardinals outfielder is average and that is okay

With the arrival of Oscar Taveras in St. Louis, many are already speculating about the future of Jon Jay with the St. Louis Cardinals. Meanwhile, Jay has been playing a lot of late, taking the bulk of the playing time in center field as the Cardinals try to keep pace with the Milwaukee Brewers in the NL Central. For the most part, Jay has played well and anytime you can write in...
Via Cardinals Farm
June 01, 2014  |  1 Comment

Cardinals could trade an outfielder. Who could move and for what?

Its no secret that the Cardinals have a surplus of outfielders in their system, from major leaguers Matt Holliday, Jon Jay, Peter Bourjos and Allen Craig on down to their AAA outfield of Oscar Taveras, Randal Grichuk (who are both currently on the major league roster) and Stephen Piscotty.In a recent article, Bernie Miklasz indicated that something's got to give, hinting that...
Via Cardinals Fan in Cubs Land
June 01, 2014  |  1 Comment

Not every St. Louis Cardinals problem can be solved with a platoon

Certainly, the St. Louis Cardinals started the season in a rockier fashion than many expected. An under-performing team will always find that it has a lot of volunteer general managers. This season, those general managers have come up with some potential solutions that I never would have thought of. Not all of them are good, and probably most of them wouldn’t perform in real life...
Via The Cardinal Conclave
May 31, 2014  |  Discuss

How can the Cardinals upgrade their bench?

The Cardinals bench leaves a lot to be desired.  As a team, the Cardinals subs are hitting just .198 with a .555 OPS. Other than backup catcher Tony Cruz, who is hitting .292, and Jon Jay, who is hitting .279 while splitting time in center with Peter Bourjos (.210), the Cardinals have gotten little or no production from their bench.Other than those two, the Cards do not have anyone...
Via Cardinals Fan in Cubs Land
May 29, 2014  |  Discuss

When Lynning Means Winning

Perhaps Lance Lynn is a positive example of observer effect. It seems so often that once something becomes widely known, enough that people are looking for it, it changes or disappears.  How often has ESPN or a major network cut into their programming to show a no-hitter, only to see it lost within the first couple of batters?  How often does a dominant history against a team go...
Via The Cardinal Conclave
May 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Cardinals are content to stand pat...for now

While many Cardinals fans may be panicking over the team's sluggish start, GM John Mozeliak is not.  Both Rick Hummel and Ken Rosenthal posted articles recently indicating the the Cardinals GM is not looking to make a move any time soon.However, that doesn't mean that one won't be coming in the future, as Mo says "That doesn’t mean we’re going to sit back and...
Via Cardinals Fan in Cubs Land
May 20, 2014  |  Discuss
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