Don’t Cha Wish Your Ball Club Was Hot Like Us

Among the Pat LaFrieda wrappers and plastic bags which made Citi Field look like a scene from American Beauty was a true American Beauty: Bartolo Colon. Colon went seven innnings and only gave up four hits against St. Louis in a matinee victory which gave the Mets a series win against the 2013 World Series participant, and seven wins out of ten. It’s refreshing to see a ten game...
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Could the Cardinals trade one of their surplus outfielders for relief help?

Over the last few years, the Cardinals have been know for developing and promoting power arms, including such standouts as Shelby Miller, Trevor Rosenthal, Michael Wacha, Joe Kelly and Carlos Martinez.With those pitchers having already graduated to the majors, it appears that the Cardinals system strength is now their outfielders.In addition to major league regulars Matt Holliday...
Via Cardinals Fan in Cubs Land
2 days ago  |  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
16 days ago  |  Discuss

St. Louis Cardinals: Bullpen off to shaky start to season

I realize the St. Louis Cardinals came away from rain drenched Cincinnati with a pair of wins after defeating the Reds 7-6 on a long Thursday afternoon.I realized that the facet of the Cardinals game most are concerned about is the offense, despite the seven-run outburst on Thursday. The combined one run in the team's first two contests is still fresh in the memories of most...
Via STLSportsMinute
21 days ago  |  Discuss

2014 Minor League Preview: St. Louis Cardinals

Organizational Talent Rankings via Baseball America 2013 (1) | 2012 (12) | 2011 (24) | 2010 (29) | 2009 (8) 2013 Affiliate Records MLB: [97-65] NL Central AAA: [69-75] Pacific Coast League – Memphis AA: [64-74] Texas League – Springfield A+: [64-71] Florida State League – Palm Beach A: [68-69] Midwest League – Peoria A(ss):  [48-27] New York-Penn League — State College...
Via Razzball
March 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Cardinals Spring Training Battle #2: The Bullpen

The good thing about having a solid team, like the Cardinals, is that there is not a lot of unsettled positions heading into the season.  A little over a week ago, I took a look at the Cards 5th starter competition.Tonight, I will look at the bullpen.Sure ThingsGiven the way that they pitched last year, there are four pitchers who are virtual locks to open the season in the major...
Via Cardinals Fan in Cubs Land
March 16, 2014  |  Discuss

UCB Roundtable: Which rookie will have the biggest impact in 2014?

As part of the United Cardinals Bloggers Annual Spring Roundtable, today I got to ask the question for discussion.  What I originally thought would be a straight-forward question turned into a bit more. Here is the question I posed and the resulting discussion.Question:  Despite several prospects graduating to the big leagues last season, including Shelby Miller, Matt Adams,...
Via Cardinals Fan in Cubs Land
March 04, 2014  |  Discuss

St. Louis Cardinals: Kevin Siegrist's 2013 season will be impossible to repeat in 2014

Now before you dive deep into this dribble regarding St. Louis Cardinals reliever Kevin Siegrist, I must provide some clarification. The title of this article may lead you to think I do not believe that Siegrist will be very good in 2014.I believe quite the contrary. I think Siegrist could and should be very good this season for the Cardinals in what may end up being an expanded...
Via STLSportsMinute
February 25, 2014  |  Discuss

A look at the St. Louis Cardinals 2013 draft: Rounds 31-40

The last ten rounds of the Major League Baseball draft are typically filled with long shots, or players that many of the teams haven’t scouted but have just heard about. This portion of the draft is also filled with sleepers that each team feels like they could get in a later round. The Cardinals have found some sleepers in the late rounds the past few years. While it may be tough...
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February 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Cardinals' Kevin Siegrist skips Monday bullpen session with sore arm

St. Louis Cardinals reliever Kevin Siegrist was one of 13 pitchers scheduled to throw bullpen sessions on Presidents Day, but he did not get the chance. Siegrist had soreness in his arm, and he took a day off from throwing to rest it.'s Cardinals beat writer Jenifer Langosch announced the news Monday afternoon.#STLCards notes: Kevin Siegrist skips bullpen session; Mark...
Via MLB Injury News
February 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Six Cardinals pitchers who hope to make a strong impression this spring

ST. LOUIS -- After the big-name Cardinals have headed for the golf course and fans at Roger Dean Stadium have had their fill of sunshine for one afternoon, a few innings usually remain in that afternoon's exhibition. For up-and-coming youngsters and hanging-on veterans, there is no more important time of the season than these late-afternoon finishes. This could be the only time...
Via Fox Sports Midwest
February 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Ranking the top St. Louis Cardinals prospects: 21-25

Before we get into this round of prospects, I want to thank Nathan Baliva of the Peoria Chiefs for having me on his podcast yesterday. We talked about a bunch of current and former Chiefs’ players in the Cardinals system. Give it a listen HERE When looking at these prospects, I may have Peoples-Walls rated higher than others. I love his skillset and think he will be a big asset...
Via Cardinals Farm
February 13, 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

Cardinals Winter Warm Up Progressive Blog – Day One

To follow this year’s Cardinals Care Winter Warm Up, we will be posting a three way interaction experience, through Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and most notably, the Progressive Blog here on site. The blog will note the comments from the media sessions, including current Cardinals, select minor leaguers, management and Hall of Famers. Check back regularly to see new content,...
Via i70baseball
January 18, 2014  |  Discuss

The Cardinal Caravan Is Headed To A Town Near You

While the Cardinals will host the annual Winter Warm Up event this weekend in downtown St. Louis, they will also take to the road for the first time this calendar year via the Cardinal Caravan. This is the annual event where players both current and past take to the road throughout the area and come see fans that may not be able to get to St. Louis for the season’s inaugural event...
Via i70baseball
January 17, 2014  |  Discuss

St. Louis Cardinals: The search for the next Kevin Siegrist or Matt Adams

I have been in draft mode lately, writing up reports on every single player the Cardinals signed from the 2013 draft. I got to thinking, which late round pick has the best chance to make it to the major leagues? The Cardinals have done a fine job lately of identifying and coaching up late rounders. Late round picks are very inexpensive and can bring a great return on investment....
Via Cardinals Farm
January 12, 2014  |  Discuss

The Cardinals top 5 stories of 2013

Every December you will see various publications posting their Top 10 lists relating to the concluding year, whether it be top news stories, top sports moments, best defensive plays, etc...This year CFCL, as part of the United Cardinals Bloggers December project, is joining the fray with the top 5 Cardinals stories for the 2013 season.My criteria for the top stories are those that...
Via Cardinals Fan in Cubs Land
December 30, 2013  |  Discuss

TCN 2014 Cardinals Prospect #17: Sam Freeman

Added to the 40-man two years ago, Freeman was lapped by Kevin Siegrist in 2013. What is ahead for the talented left-hander?
December 25, 2013  |  Discuss

Several St. Louis Cardinals pitchers at risk for sophomore slumps

The St. Louis Cardinals have been more successful in the past two years than any team in Major League Baseball, and they’ve done so with an extremely young pitching staff. But young players, particularly pitchers, are traditionally inconsistent, and that potential vulnerability is one of the very few concerns the Cardinals should have as they head toward spring training in February...
Via i70baseball
December 24, 2013  |  1 Comment

UCB Roundtable Day 3: The Cardinals 2014 starting rotation

For the United Cardinals Bloggers November project, we are conducting a roundtable discussion taking a look at the 2013 season and what the 2014 season may bring.  To follow the Roundtable, be sure check out the United Cardinals Bloggers' website. Today's question, posed by your truly, was as follows: With incumbents Adam Wainwright, Shelby Miller, Lance Lynn, Michael...
Via Cardinals Fan in Cubs Land
November 07, 2013  |  Discuss

Too much pitching? Yeah, kinda -- so who figures to be in Cards' 2014 rotation?

ST. LOUIS -- Whoever said a team never can have too much pitching was not thinking about the Cardinals in 2014. While many clubs have trouble putting together one solid rotation, the Cardinals feature enough depth to field two five-man rotations, and the second one would not be an embarrassment. Think about it: Adam Wainwright, Michael Wacha, Shelby Miller, Joe Kelly and Lance...
Via Fox Sports Midwest
November 06, 2013  |  Discuss

Too much pitching? Yeah, kinda -- so who figures to be in Cards' 2014 rotation?

ST. LOUIS -- Whoever said a team never can have too much pitching was not thinking about the Cardinals in 2014. While many clubs have trouble putting together one solid rotation, the Cardinals feature enough depth to field two five-man rotations, and the second one would not be an embarrassment. Think about it: Adam Wainwright, Michael Wacha, Shelby Miller, Joe Kelly and Lance...
Via Fox Sports Midwest
November 06, 2013  |  Discuss

Cardinals ponder next pitching moves

Of all the rookies who contributed to the Cardinals’ arms race for a National League pennant and World Series appearance, arguably the most dominant of them all wasn’t a starter. He just wants to be one. Trevor Rosenthal, who inherited the closer role on the eve of the postseason, pitched a scoreless eighth inning Wednesday night at Fenway Park to complete his October without...
Via Pro Sports Daily
November 02, 2013  |  Discuss

Quite a pickle for the Cardinals

When 9-year-olds botch a pickle play and let the runner get back to the bag safely, it's a safe bet their manager will turn red, pull out his hair and / or yell a few things that his team better not repeat at school. And pizza after the game? Good luck with that. And yet even on the biggest of the stages, a play so simple can turn into a nightmare. Check out what the St. Louis...
Via Fox Sports
October 30, 2013  |  Discuss

David Ortiz and the Meaningful Meaningless

The most amazing thing that happened in the first game of the World Series happened when the game was already well in hand for the Red Sox. The first inning was nearly turned upside-down by an embarrassing initial call, and Pete Kozma performed worse in the field than at the plate, and Adam Wainwright and Yadier Molina allowed the easiest of pops to drop between them. It was, without...
Via Fangraphs
October 24, 2013  |  Discuss

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