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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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2 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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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Let the debate begin: Who hits where in Cardinals' lineup?

SAN DIEGO -- First, the multiple choices: a. Carlos Martinez in the rotation, b. The battle for the utility infielder jobs, c. The batting order. Next, the question: What Cardinals topic will be talked about the most between now and Opening Day? And the answer: Considering the Cardinals scored 164 fewer runs in 2014 than in 2013, it's gotta be about the offense. And because the lineup...
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8 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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19 days ago  |  Discuss

It Ain’t Broke … Or Is It?

Even before John Mozeliak pulled off a four-player deal that brought the Braves’ leadoff hitter and superstar right fielder Jason Heyward to the Cardinals for 2015, there were rumblings that  Mike Matheny  was considering moving Matt Carpenter down a spot or two in the lineup . Such a move would be an attempt to jump start an offense that ranked 23rd in runs scored in Major League...
Via The Cardinal Conclave
27 days ago  |  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

St Louis Cardinals: Matt Carpenter’s Big October

The St. Louis Cardinals downed the San Francisco Giants 5-4 Sunday night, knotting up the NLCS at one game apiece. Once again Matt Carpenter played a huge role in a Cardinals postseason victory. After hitting eight home runs in 158 regular season games, the Cardinals infielder has drilled four in six postseason matches. Carpenter burst onto the scene in 2013, his first full...
Via Baseball News Source
October 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Ranking the top 10 performers in the MLB Playoffs thus far

It's no secret that dark-horse MLB stars step up and showcase their stuff on the October stage every season. Strong postseason performers are able to maintain the same calm, level-headed approach they would employ during a regular season game in April. There’s no questioning the fact that the playoffs present a prime opportunity for players to shine on the big stage. Here...
Via The Sports Daily
October 14, 2014  |  Discuss

St. Louis Cardinals’ late round draft success paying huge dividends this postseason

It is no secret that the St. Louis Cardinals minor league system has contributed to the team’s success these past few years, or even this year as the starting nine in Game 4 versus the Dodgers had only one player signed via free-agency, Jhonny Peralta. Six of the nine were Cardinal draftees, and two (Holliday and Grichuk) were acquired using Cardinal draft picks or minor league...
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October 08, 2014  |  Discuss

John Lackey's big game and Kolten Wong's blast lead Cardinals to game three win

John Lackey came up big again and the Cardinals took advantage of the Dodgers shaky bullpen to win game three and give themselves a 2-1 lead in the NLDS.Lackey, who was acquired in a controversial trade in which the Cards gave up Allen Craig and Joe Kelly, lived up to his big game reputation, allowing just 1 run in 7 innings.  However, he was matched by Dodgers lefty Hyun-Jin Ryu...
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October 07, 2014  |  Discuss

St Louis Cardinals: trip to LA a success

Despite being shut down by Zack Greinke and losing Saturday night to a late Matt Kemp home run, the Cardinals left Los Angeles with the NLDS tied, having beat the best pitcher on the planet. There are plenty of positives and negatives to be taken from the first 2 games of the NLDS, but with the series the only one to tie at 1-1, the 2 most evenly matched teams of the postseason may...
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October 05, 2014  |  Discuss

WATCH: Matt Kemp lifts Dodgers to win with home run

After Matt Carpenter hit a two-run homer off J.P. Howell in the eighth to move the Cardinals into a 2-2 tie with the Dodgers, Los Angeles fans were nervous, especially after what happened on Friday with Clayton Kershaw. But fear not, Dodgers fans – Matt Kemp was on the scene to drag your club to a victory. Pat Neshek allowed just two homers to right-handed hitters during the entire...
Via The Outside Corner
October 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Matt Kemp powered the Dodgers to a big win over the Cardinals

After Matt Carpenter hit a two-run homer off J.P. Howell in the eighth to move the Cardinals into a 2-2 tie with the Dodgers, Los Angeles fans were nervous, especially after what happened on Friday with Clayton Kershaw. But fear not, Dodgers fans – Matt Kemp was on the scene to drag your club to a victory. Pat Neshek allowed just two homers to right-handed hitters during the entire...
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October 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Cardinals Beat Dodgers, Clayton Kershaw In 10-9 Slugfest In NLDS Opener

LOS ANGELES — Matt Carpenter hit a go-ahead, three-run double off a wilting Clayton Kershaw in an eight-run seventh inning, and the St. Louis Cardinals rallied for a 10-9 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers in a fiery National League Division Series opener Friday. It was 92 degrees at gametime, and things quickly got more heated during a surprising slugfest. St. Louis overcame...
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October 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Cardinals rally to beat Dodgers 10-9 after Kershaw wilts

LOS ANGELES -- Matt Carpenter hit a go-ahead, three-run double off a wilting Clayton Kershaw in an eight-run seventh inning, and the St. Louis Cardinals rallied for a 10-9 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers in a fiery NL Division Series opener Friday. It was 92 degrees at gametime, and things quickly got more heated during a surprising slugfest. St. Louis overcame a five-run deficit...
Via AP on Fox
October 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Carpenter sparks Cards' 8-run inning to top Kershaw, Dodgers in Game 1

  Matt Carpenter hit a go-ahead, three-run double off a wilting Clayton Kershaw in an eight-run seventh inning, and the St. Louis Cardinals rallied for a 10-9 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers in a fiery NL Division Series opener Friday. It was 92 degrees at gametime, and things quickly got more heated during a surprising slugfest. St. Louis overcame a five-run deficit against...
Via AP on Fox
October 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Cardinals extend surge, beat Reds 5-0

CINCINNATI (AP) Matt Carpenter broke a scoreless tie with his two-run single in the seventh inning, Matt Adams added a three-run homer, and the St. Louis Cardinals extended their surge in the NL Central by beating the Cincinnati Reds 5-0 on Monday night. St. Louis has won nine of 10, going from two games out to a season-high 4 1/2 games up in the division. The Cardinals are 10-3...
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September 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Cardinals have been keeping their cool all season long in close games

MILWAUKEE -- If you've watched the Cardinals regularly this year, you probably have come to expect a few things on a nightly basis. You can count on Matt Carpenter having at least one at-bat that lasts a long time. You can figure Matt Holliday is going to scorch a line drive right at someone. Whether he's getting a hit, getting hit or robbing a hit, you pretty much know Jon Jay is...
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September 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Carpenter, Cardinals beat Phillies in 12 innings

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Matt Carpenter hit a sacrifice fly in the 12th inning, lifting the St. Louis Cardinals over the Philadelphia Phillies 6-5 on Saturday night. Jhonny Peralta homered for the Cardinals, who have won eight of 10 and closed within a half-game of NL Central-leading Milwaukee. Ryan Howard homered and Marlon Byrd and Carlos Ruiz each drove in a pair of runs for the Phillies...
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August 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Cardinals outlast Phillies 6-5

PHILADELPHIA -- Matt Carpenter hit a sacrifice fly in the 12th inning, lifting the St. Louis Cardinals over the Philadelphia Phillies 6-5 on Saturday night. Jhonny Peralta homered for the Cardinals, who have won eight of 10 and closed within a half-game of NL Central-leading Milwaukee. Ryan Howard homered and Marlon Byrd and Carlos Ruiz each drove in a pair of runs for the Phillies...
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August 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Wainwright, Carpenter lead Cardinals over Padres 7-6

ST. LOUIS -- Matt Carpenter homered, doubled and drove in three runs, Adam Wainwright tied for the major league lead with his 15th win and the St. Louis Cardinals topped the San Diego Padres 7-6 on Sunday. Jon Jay's two-run single highlighted a four-run first inning when the Cardinals batted around against rookie Odrisamer Despaigne (3-4). Peter Bourjos and Tony Cruz each had an...
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August 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Wainwright, Carpenter lead Cardinals over Padres 7-6

ST. LOUIS -- Matt Carpenter homered, doubled and drove in three runs, Adam Wainwright tied for the major league lead with his 15th win and the St. Louis Cardinals topped the San Diego Padres 7-6 on Sunday. Jon Jay's two-run single highlighted a four-run first inning when the Cardinals batted around against rookie Odrisamer Despaigne (3-4). Peter Bourjos and Tony Cruz each had an...
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August 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Wainwright, Carpenter lead Cardinals over Padres

ST. LOUIS (AP) Matt Carpenter homered, doubled and drove in three runs, Adam Wainwright tied for the major league lead with his 15th win and the St. Louis Cardinals topped the San Diego Padres 7-6 on Sunday. Jon Jay's two-run single highlighted a four-run first inning when the Cardinals batted around against rookie Odrisamer Despaigne (3-4). Peter Bourjos and Tony Cruz each had...
Via AP on Fox
August 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Cardinals value Carpenter's plate discipline more than his TCU coach did

ST. LOUIS -- When Matt Carpenter played at TCU, he showed the same dogged discipline at the plate that he does for the Cardinals. But in college, his excellent eye wasn't always so appreciated. "I didn't need him to lead off. I needed him to hit," TCU coach Jim Schlossnagle said Wednesday. "He would get in 3-1 counts with a runner on first and second and that pitch would be right...
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August 07, 2014  |  Discuss

St. Louis Cardinals: Predicting the second half

The first half of Major League Baseball has come and gone and the St. Louis Cardinals are where I believed them to be.  Finishing second, one game back from the Milwaukee Brewers with a 52-44 record. As I predicted, the Cards finished the first half slightly above .500 while still in the hunt for a weakened National League Central Division. By far the Cardinals’ best player from...
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July 25, 2014  |  Discuss
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