Jay-OK: Jon Jay’s success in 2014

Following a disappointing 2013 that included a dismal postseason, Jon Jay was the whipping boy of many Cardinal fans. The front office recognized a need to improve in center field, and as such, they acquired Peter Bourjos and Randal Grichuk from the Los Angeles Angels in exchange for David Freese and Fernando Salas. Bourjos received every opportunity to lay claim to the center...
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13 hours ago  |  Discuss

Monday Poll: Who should the St. Louis Cardinals give an extension to next?

Contract extensions have been some Jekyll and some Hyde for the St. Louis Cardinals the past few years. A process started by former Indians GM John Hart and perfected by former Rays’ GM Andrew Friedman, contract extensions to arbitration eligible players are now starting to become common place. The Cardinals have issued two such extensions over the last couple of years with mixed...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

TCN Blog 2014 Top Story #14: Centerfield Consistency

Prior to the season, if anyone had forecast consistency in centerfield for the 2014 St. Louis Cardinals, they probably would have been referring to Peter Bourjos, not Jon Jay. Last November, the St. Louis Cardinals made a major trade with the Los Angeles Angels. Dealing away 2011 World Series hero David Freese was hard for many fans to take. Others focused on the promise of biggest...
Via The Cardinal Nation blog
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Finding a spot for Matt Carpenter in the St. Louis Cardinals lineup

During the 2014 season, it became apparent that the favorite activity of Cardinals fans was to scrutinize the lineups that manager Mike Matheny would put out on a daily basis. It seemed like every gameday there would be tons of people taking to twitter to offer criticism of the manager’s choice for that day, while some would offer their ideal lineup. For the most part, I decided...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

Roundtable Review: A look at future St. Louis Cardinals trades

The roundtable question this week paralleled the poll question and wanted to know who was the next St. Louis Cardinal player to likely be traded. Unlike with the poll question, our responses can get pretty specific with the roundtable. Here were the responses to this week’s roundtable question:MichajoPeralta and Rosenthal. Both have high value right now, but Peralta is past his...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

Poll Results: Which St. Louis Cardinal could be traded next?

It seems like my poll questions have been curses lately, in that something happens throughout the week to make the question no longer valid. It has happened several times this offseason and with the winter meetings this week, I was certain it would have happened this week with this specific question.Prior to the winter meetings, the Cardinals appeared to be targeting a bench bat...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

St. Louis Cardinals Roundtable: What’s your lineup?

For week 2 of the our roundtable discussions, I asked Cardinal Nation to form a lineup for Opening Day 2015. It appears the starting 8 is set as Jason Heyward is firmly cemented in right field. Mike Matheny has plenty to work with when it comes to filling out the lineup. He has several options for the top of the lineup and has several left-handed hitters to fit in the order. Here...
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20 days ago  |  Discuss

What is the long-term (and short-term) impact of the Cardinals acquisition of Jason Heyward from the Braves.

In case you missed it, the Cardinals made a big move today, acquiring Jason Heyward and reliever Jordan Walden from the Braves in exchange for Shelby Miller and prospect Tyrell Jenkins.GM John Mozeliak let it be known that the Cards were looking to find an upgrade for their right field spot, after the loss of Oscar Taveras left them with Randal Grichuk and Stephen Piscotty as their...
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November 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Cardinals Acquire Jason Heyward From the Braves

Immediately after the news today that Russell Martin signed with the Toronto Blue Jays, the Atlanta Braves announced a trade with the St. Louis Cardinals. The Braves sent OF Jason Heyward and RHP Jordan Walden to the Cardinals in exchange for RHP Shelby Miller and RHP Tyrell Jenkins. Heyward should be a big boost for an already strong Cardinals team. He put up a 5.1 WAR in 2014...
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November 17, 2014  |  Discuss

St. Louis Cardinals Should Splurge to Acquire Andrew Miller

Trendy predictions about the Hot Stove season for the St. Louis Cardinals have them deep in the market for a power hitter, but those picks might end up similar to the preseason picks that always have the Toronto Blue Jays in the playoffs. Toronto now holds the longest playoff drought in Major League Baseball at 21 years after the Kansas City Royals broke their record-setting, 29...
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November 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Powerball Part 1: Where will the Cardinals thump come from?

The 2014 season for the St. Louis Cardinals has mostly been considered a success. With a 90-72 record, the Cardinals captured their second straight NL Central Championship, 4th consecutive postseason trip, and 5th time in the playoffs in 6 years. They went on to beat an incredibly tough Dodgers club in the National League Division Series in 4 games, felling Clayton Kershaw twice...
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October 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Astros Lure Away Cardinals Scout Charlie Gonzalez

First reported by the Houston Chronicle, the Houston Astros have lured away another member of the St. Louis Cardinals organization. Area scout Charlie Gonzalez has agreed to become a special assistant to Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow. With the Cardinals, Gonzalez worked on the amateur side under scouting director Dan Kantrovitz. Based in Florida, Gonzalez had a hand in signing...
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October 26, 2014  |  Discuss

End of season post-mortem: St. Louis Cardinals

This was such a strange year for the Cardinals. They didn’t clinch the NL Central until the final day of the 2014 season. They didn’t take sole possession of first place until September 1st. Yet, the Cardinals still won 90 games, beat Clayton Kershaw twice in the NLDS, and advanced to the NLCS. For most teams, that end to their season would be considered an accomplishment. For...
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October 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Giants win third pennant in five years after walk off homer

The San Francisco Giants are heading back to the World Series for the third time in five years following a thrilling, absurd 6-3 win over the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 5 of the NLCS. The insanity of this game was off the charts. The Cardinals got on the board first thanks to a Jon Jay RBI double in the third, but the Giants made it 2-1 following a two-run homer by Joe Panik. That...
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October 16, 2014  |  Discuss

J.P. Howell's incredible between-the-legs catch starts inning-ending 1-2-3 double (VIDEO)

The Dodgers were down two runs and the bases full of Cardinals when J.P. Howell made this incredible play in the eighth inning of Game 3 of the NLDS Monday night. After giving up a Jon Jay single to load the bases, Kolten Wong lasered one back to the mound. The left-handed pitcher somehow managed to field the ball between his legs to start the inning-ending 1-2-3 double play. ...
Via The Other Paper
October 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Cardinals 3, Dodgers 1: Bullpen implodes (again), season on the line

We all knew the bullpen was going to be an issue in the playoffs, and we really shouldn’t be surprised. Yet, the bullpen put the Dodgers in a 2-1 series deficit with a subpar performance. Scott Elbert – you remember him, right? – came into the game in the seventh inning of a 1-1 game to face Yadier Molina, Jon Jay and Kolten Wong. Naturally, Molina led off with a double, followed...
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October 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Jay leaves Cardinals for personal matter

CHICAGO -- St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Jon Jay left the team due to a personal matter and will miss Wednesday's series finale with the Chicago Cubs, according to Cardinals manager Mike Matheny. Jay is expected to rejoin the team Friday in Arizona when the Cardinals face the Diamondbacks. The Cardinals do not play Thursday. Jay, who had an RBI in Tuesday's loss to the Cubs, is...
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September 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Outfielder Jon Jay leaves Cardinals to tend to personal matter

  St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Jon Jay left the team because of a personal matter and will miss Wednesday's series finale with the Chicago Cubs, according to Cardinals manager Mike Matheny. Jay is expected to rejoin the team Friday in Arizona when the Cardinals face the Diamondbacks. The Cardinals do not play Thursday. Jay, who had an RBI in Tuesday's loss to the Cubs, is batting...
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September 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Jay leaves Cardinals for personal matter

CHICAGO (AP) St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Jon Jay left the team due to a personal matter and will miss Wednesday's series finale with the Chicago Cubs, according to Cardinals manager Mike Matheny. Jay is expected to rejoin the team Friday in Arizona when the Cardinals face the Diamondbacks. The Cardinals do not play Thursday. Jay, who had an RBI in Tuesday's loss to the Cubs,...
Via AP on Fox
September 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Will the St. Louis Cardinals finally stick with Jon Jay as a regular starter?

The St. Louis Cardinals have received impressive contributions from a large number of young players who graduated through the team’s farm system in recent years, but none may be more underappreciated than Jon Jay. Jay has been in Major League Baseball for five years now after his debut in 2010 when he hit a solid .300 in 105 games for the last Cardinals team to fail to reach the...
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September 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Offense, blown save in 9th can’t back up Lance Lynn as Cardinals fall 3-2 to Brewers in 12

The Cardinals would score two runs in the Bottom of the 1st to take a 2-0 lead. Their two runs scored came without a hit as Matt Adams walked with the bases loaded and nobody out then Jhonny Peralta grounded into a double play, which then scored Jon Jay. Those two runs were just enough for Cardinals’ starter Lance Lynn Tuesday night at Busch Stadium. However, that wouldn’t be...
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September 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Jon Jay, Cardinals' second-half MVP? He could well be

Maybe Jon Jay is waiting to tell us, "I told you so." Or maybe he's not that type of guy. Or maybe he knows that little good can come from gloating. At this point, Jay doesn't need to say a word about how he was dismissed by the Cardinals' front office last offseason. He has said far more with his performance than he could with any verbal retort. How's this for a message: a .316...
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September 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Jon Jay, Matt Holliday come through in the 7th to back up John Lackey as Cardinals win 3-2

John Lackey got the start for the Cardinals in the series opener Monday night in Pittsburgh against the Pirates. A newly acquired Cardinals’ pitcher didn’t seem to mind Cardinal killer Pedro Alvarez. Alvarez gave the Pirates a 1-0 lead in the Bottom of the 2nd. That was his 18th home run of the season and his 15th career home run against the Cardinals. But that would be the only...
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August 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Game 130: It’s Jon Jay’s World & We’re Just Living In It

Just like we said at the beginning of the season… as long as Jon Jay and John Lackey are playing up to expectations, this Cardinals team is going to be just fine. What? You don’t believe it? WHY WOULD YOU EVER IN THE HISTORY OF EVER KEEP JON JAY OUT OF THE LINEUP — Sean Wachdorff (@Cardsnationjnky) August 26, 2014 Imagine seeing that Tweet in April or May and wondering just...
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August 25, 2014  |  Discuss

How do the Cardinals' July trades affect their roster going forward?

The Cardinals current and future roster changed dramatically in July when John Mozeliak jettisoned Allen Craig, Joe Kelly and minor leaguer James Ramsey in exchange for pitchers Justin Masterson and John Lackey, along with minor leaguer pitcher Corey Littrell.Kelly would have been under team control through the 2018 season and Craig was signed to a reasonable contract through the...
Via Cardinals Fan in Cubs Land
August 24, 2014  |  Discuss
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