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Walking Through Today’s Moves By The Redbirds

OK, we’re still a couple of hours from first pitch, but the Cardinals made things official by purchasing the contract of Marco Gonzales.  That was the only expected thing that was in the press release announcing the moves.  The rest of them have me scratching my head a bit, so let’s talk this out and see what we come up with. First off, the 40-man roster was full, so a move...
Via The Cardinal Conclave
June 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Cardinals Injury Update: Keith Butler needs Tommy John surgery

The St. Louis Cardinals won the second of a three game series against the Cincinnati Reds on Saturday by the score of 6-3. The win improved the Cardinals to 27-22 on the season. Jaime Garcia, in his second start of the season since coming back from injury, got the win. He allowed only two runs and struck out seven in 5 2/3 innings. Just as one pitcher is making his way back into...
Via Sports Injury Alert
May 25, 2014  |  Discuss

For Cardinals, help is on the way--just not soon enough for us fans

Its obvious that the Cardinals could use some help.  They lost two out of three to both the Brewers and Cubs before winning the opener against the Braves, bringing their season record to 17-16, 4.5 games behind the Central leading Brewers.After leading the NL in runs scored last year, the Cardinals currently sit in 10th place with 119 runs in 33 games (3.6 per game).  However,...
Via Cardinals Fan in Cubs Land
May 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Marco Gonzales throws 8 shutout innings, Jaime Garcia’s rehab cut short

It was another long afternoon for the Cardinals’ affiliates, with Palm Beach the only winner. In the Palm Beach victory, Marco Gonzales was very impressive, tossing 8 shutout innings. In Springfield, Jaime Garcia’s rehab was cut short due to a HBP in the second inning. Here are the results from Sunday’s action: Memphis 3 Colorado Springs 8 Game Highlights  The Memphis Redbirds...
Via Cardinals Farm
May 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Oscar Taveras extends hitting streak to 14, James Ramsey homers on Wednesday

Cardinals’ affiliates went 1-3 on Wednesday with Memphis the only victor. Springfield, Palm Beach, and Jupiter all lost by two runs. Oscar Taveras extended his hitting streak to 14-games with a fourth inning RBI single. James Ramsey hit his organizational leading 6th home run for Springfield. In Memphis, Joey Butler had a two run, pinch hit single in the 7th to put the Redbirds...
Via Cardinals Farm
May 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Pete Kozma and Greg Garcia lead Memphis past Round Rock on Friday

Cardinals’ affiliates went 3-1 on Friday night as Memphis, Springfield, and Peoria were winners while Palm Beach lost to Fort Myers in the Florida State League. The Memphis Redbirds shut out Round Rock behind a very powerful lineup that featured a home run from Pete Kozma and multi-hit games from Greg Garcia, Oscar Taveras, Stephen Piscotty, Joey Butler, and Audry Perez. In Arkansas...
Via Cardinals Farm
April 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Three St. Louis Cardinals top 10 prospects hit home runs on Saturday

It was a 2-2 night for Cardinals’ affiliates with Palm Beach and Springfield winning and Memphis and Peoria on the short end. A couple of big time outfield prospects went deep as Oscar Taveras and James Ramsey homered, while Carson Kelly did the same for Peoria. Jonathan Cornelius tossed very strong innings for Springfield, while the other three starters had rough starts. Here...
Via Cardinals Farm
April 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Joe Kelly goes on disabled list with strained hamstring

The Cardinals made a wave of transactions Thursday that will reshape their pitching staff while right-hander Joe Kelly is sidelined with a strained left hamstring. St. Louis placed Kelly on the 15-day disabled list and optioned right-handed reliever Keith Butler to Triple-A Memphis, and rookie right-handers Eric Fornataro and Jorge Rondon will both be joining the club from Memphis...
Via Pro Sports Daily
April 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Does Cardinals manager Mike Matheny trust his bullpen?

One week into the season, you get the sense that Cardinals manager Mike Matheny does not trust his entire bullpen.In the first 7 games, Matheny has leaned heavily on holdovers Trevor Rosenthal (3 games), Carlos Martinez (4 games), Pat Neshek (4 games) and Kevin Siegrist (5 games). However, rubber-armed LOOGY Randy Choate has appeared in just 2 games, while last year's ground...
Via Cardinals Fan in Cubs Land
April 08, 2014  |  Discuss

For new Cards, Opening Day in St. Louis is a spectacle to behold

ST. LOUIS -- Ten of the 25 Cardinals on the active roster have not experienced the spectacle that is Opening Day at Busch Stadium, at least not as a member of the home team. But one of the newbies, reliever Pat Neshek, was with the Padres when they opened here three years ago, and he says no place is like Busch Stadium. "It's the biggest celebration I've seen for Opening...
Via Fox Sports Midwest
April 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Keith Butler on opening day and challenges

St. Louis Cardinals reliever Keith Butler is enjoying his first home opener while knowing he must perform.
Via stlcardinals.scout.com
April 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Catching up with the Cardinals

Well, as often happens with 3 kids and a demanding job, life got in the way of blogging the last couple weeks, so let's all catch up on what's happened during that time.First, the Cardinals finalized their opening day roster, with the Spring Training Battles being decided, as follows:5th StarterDespite having a superior spring, Carlos Martinez was relegated to the bullpen...
Via Cardinals Fan in Cubs Land
April 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Butler, Piscotty staying in Memphis as Cards work to finalize roster

When the Cardinals left Memphis on Friday night, shortstop Pete Kozma was still on the roster. But that doesn't mean he has made the team. The Cardinals still have a couple of days to finalize the 25-man roster in advance of Monday afternoon's season opener at Cincinatti. With second baseman Mark Ellis still dealing with a tender knee, there's a chance he could start...
Via Fox Sports Midwest
March 28, 2014  |  Discuss

David Aardsma Signs with St. Louis Cardinals: What It Means for the Team

The St. Louis Cardinals have reportedly agreed to terms on a contract with relief pitcher David Aardsma, according to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.  The veteran pitcher will join the team immediately and attempt to build a case to become part of the major league bullpen. Manager Mike Matheny has been facing a decision on his bullpen in the last week of...
Via i70baseball
March 27, 2014  |  Discuss

David Aardsma signing suggests desperation for St. Louis Cardinals

The St. Louis Cardinals have one of the deepest rosters in Major League Baseball and are favorites to reach the postseason for the fourth consecutive season, but stay still have one hole that has proved to be difficult to fill. The lineup is virtually set, manager Mike Matheny made the final decision about who would be in the starting pitching rotation Sunday and the bullpen has...
Via i70baseball
March 26, 2014  |  Discuss

St. Louis Cardinals should choose Jorge Rondon for final bullpen spot

Now that St. Louis Cardinals management has decided which pitcher it wants to begin the season in the fifth and final spot in the starting rotation, its focus can shift to a similar dilemma that exists for the last spot in the bullpen. Cardinals manager Mike Matheny announced Sunday that Joe Kelly would begin the season in the No. 5 spot in the rotation, while rookie Carlos Martinez...
Via i70baseball
March 25, 2014  |  Discuss

St. Louis Cardinals’ Bullpen Battle Takes Center Stage for Roster Decisions

The St. Louis Cardinals came to spring training with very few roster decisions to make.  Most of those decisions have been reached in the last few days. Kolten Wong appears to be the starting second baseman, Jon Jay and Peter Bourjos will share time in center field, Joe Kelly will be the fifth starter, Carlos Martinez will serve as the eighth-inning reliever and Pat Neshek has...
Via i70baseball
March 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Cards trim roster by three, narrowing 'pen options

With three more roster cuts on Sunday, the Cardinals brought additional clarity to a bullpen competition that is now down to three. Left-handed reliever Sam Freeman, along with outfielder Joey Butler, was optioned to Triple-A for the final week of Spring Training. Cuban shortstop Aledmys Diaz was also sent down and added to the roster of Double-A Springfield, where Diaz will begin...
Via Pro Sports Daily
March 23, 2014  |  Discuss

St. Louis Cardinals spring position battle: The last bullpen spot

Position battles are few and far between for the 2014 St. Louis Cardinals. There are three positions that have yet to be decided, the last bench spot, the last rotation spot, and the last bullpen spot. Players that are fighting for these positions would win spots on many other teams. These are problems only good teams have. On Sunday, the Cardinals announced three cuts from major...
Via Cardinals Farm
March 23, 2014  |  Discuss

The ten most MLB ready prospects in the St. Louis Cardinals organization

Yesterday, I received an email from John in White Plains, New York, and he had a suggestion for a post. John, I would like to see your depth chart of MiLB players in the Card’s organization emphasizing readiness for promotion to MLB. The team has an abundance of OFs and Ps but are lacking at SS and C. So who do you see as replacements in STL right now. While I am not going to...
Via Cardinals Farm
March 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Improved minor leagues makes early spring training games more relevant for St. Louis Cardinals fans

The St. Louis Cardinals and Miami Marlins played a classic spring training game Friday to open their 2014 exhibition schedules, as each team used 26 players. However, the Cardinals largely managed to avoid the traditional anonymity that turns the focus from names to the outrageously high numbers on the backs of the jerseys in the late innings of a February game in Florida. A dozen...
Via i70baseball
March 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Looking at possible major league debuts for the St. Louis Cardinals in 2014

Along with having  one the best records in Major League Baseball in 2013, the St. Louis Cardinals were also amongst the league leaders in another category. At the top of this category you usually find teams with low win totals, but not the Cardinals. The Cardinals were second in MLB in debuts made. The Houston Astros led the way with 15 debuts made, but the Cardinals were second...
Via Cardinals Farm
February 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Ranking the top St. Louis Cardinals prospects: 31-35

The last of the 30′s features a couple of potential bullpen arms in Fornataro and Butler, while a move to the ‘pen could be in Whiting’s future as well. The lone offensive player in this grouping is interesting. Rodriguez had probably one of the five best seasons of any batter in the Cards’ organization in 2013. It remains to be seen if the Cards will move him to the outfield...
Via Cardinals Farm
February 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Ranking the top 10 relievers in the St. Louis Cardinals organization

The Cardinals’ bullpen and relievers in the system have been transformed the last few years. It appears the organization has put an emphasis on hard throwers. This is evident by the team moving position players to the mound like Sam Tuivailala, Fernando Baez, and Robert Stock just to name a few. This position group has a good mix of experienced players who have MLB experience and...
Via Cardinals Farm
January 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Steelers not losing Butler to Titans

The Steelers don’t have to worry about losing a key member of their coaching staff. Linebackers coach Keith Butler, who is considered the heir apparent to Dick LeBeau as defensive coordinator, will not be leaving to become defensive coordinator for the Tennessee Titans. Butler was the leading candidate to join his friend and former Steelers offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt...
Via Pro Sports Daily
January 16, 2014  |  Discuss
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