Buffa’s Bullets: Carlos Martinez Gets His Shot

Greetings Cardinals fans,Spring training is wrapping up and the 25 man roster is taking shape. Monday, journeyman arm Carlos Villanueva decided to stay with the team amid the news of making the cut and Carlos Martinez was officially appointed the fifth rotation spot. This morning, the 25 man roster was set. With news comes analysis, so allow me to fire a round or two here as I digest...
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13 hours ago  |  Discuss

Countdown to Cardinals: 8

Days until Opening Night, Cardinals vs. Cubs on ESPN: 8 First player/coach to wear #8: Doc Lavan (1923) Last player/coach to wear #8: Peter Bourjos (2014) Player/coach to wear #8 in the most seasons: Terry Moore (7 player, 4 coach) Number of players/coaches to wear #8: 36 Last time not worn: 2001 Other interesting names tied to #8: Nick Punto (2011), Allen Craig (2010), Troy Glaus (2008-09), [...]
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

MMO Game Recap: Cardinals 5, Mets 4

The Mets (14-10) missed out on a chance to move into first place in the Grapefruit League on Friday, falling 5-4 to the Cardinals (10-8) on the road. Matt Harvey got the start for the Mets on his 26th birthday and pitched well. Harvey pitched 4.1 innings, striking out 5 and walking none while allowing 1 run on 3 hits. Curtis Granderson started the game with an infield hit for the...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

A look at the top 10 outfielders in the St. Louis Cardinals minor league system

Here we are, opening day for spring minor league baseball within the Cardinals organization. On Thursday, the Cardinals minor leaguers begin their minor league spring schedule playing a familiar foe, themselves. You see, the Baby Birds have limited opponents in the Mets and Marlins so when they play each other, the Cardinals have to keep it in-house.Anyway, let’s get back to my...
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11 days ago  |  Discuss

Garcia strikes out seven, Bourjos goes deep in Cardinals' loss to Mets

JUPITER, Fla. -- Jon Niese struck out six in four innings, and a New York Mets' split squad defeated the St. Louis Cardinals 7-2 Thursday. Niese allowed one run and three hits and walked none in his third and longest outing of spring training. Daniel Murphy singled and scored on John Mayberry's single in the first inning, then left between innings with what the Mets said was right...
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12 days ago  |  Discuss

St. Louis Cardinals: Is Peter Bourjos Expendable?

The pitchforks have already been brandished this spring as Peter Bourjos is off to a rough start at the plate, going 1-23 with six strikeouts. It’s important to take the stats with a fair amount of salt, because these are exhibition games designed to knock four months of rust off the player’s body from a long winter’s sleep. Bourjos was never designed to be an offensive marvel...
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12 days ago  |  Discuss


You’ve got a job. Maybe kids. Maybe school. And 1,000 other things to worry about – it’s hard keeping up with all the stories coming from practice baseball camp in Florida. We’re here to help. Let’s take a look at the news that made news this past week that was in Cardinals spring training. Story: Peter Bourjos is generating some HOT takes. #HOTTake: Pete is gripping. Hard...
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15 days ago  |  Discuss

Poll Results: Who should be the Cardinals 5th outfielder?

This week, I asked Cardinal Nation who they thought should be the Cardinals 5th outfielder to open the regular season. The two options were off to really hot starts as Randal Grichuk has a couple of home runs and Tommy Pham leads the team in hits. Judging by what I had been hearing, I thought this was going to be a close race, and boy was I right.Here are the poll results: Take...
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18 days ago  |  Discuss

St. Louis Cardinals: Short Attention Span Theater

Spring training is a classic arena for short attention span theater. Frantic fans who have been strung out all winter long without baseball, losing their minds and going into mad discussions about a player’s 0-12 start or how a newly acquired Cardinal is 4-9 so we should all dance the jig. I understand the hysteria to a certain degree. Baseball has been missing in their lives so...
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20 days ago  |  Discuss

Monday Poll: Who should become the St. Louis Cardinals 5th outfielder?

Spring Training 2015 is only 4 games in and two players stand out as having excellent starts to their springs. Yes, it is waaay to early to make judgements for the upcoming season and spring is probably never a good time to make any judgements, but Tommy Pham and Randal Grichuk have started hot for the St. Louis Cardinals.Tommy Pham had a four hit day on Saturday, which is pretty...
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22 days ago  |  Discuss

St. Louis Cardinals: A closer look at outfielder Tommy Pham

I have written a lot the last couple of years on Tommy Pham. He has been a tough prospect to follow as he has all the tools necessary to excel at the Major League level, but could never stay healthy. Those days appear over and Pham looks like he is ready to compete for a major league roster spot in 2015.Here is something I wrote on Pham on July 4th, 2013Here is something I wrote...
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24 days ago  |  Discuss

McNeal: If each position player hits these stat targets, Cardinals will make the playoffs

ST. LOUIS -- With spring training still a few days away, no one knows if the Cardinals will reach the postseason for the fifth straight year. But I know this: They will if each of them can deliver on one stat that is listed below. A point to remember: These numbers all are within reach, based on what they've already accomplished in their pro careers. Matt Adams: 25 homers. To increase...
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February 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Analyzing the center field options for the St. Louis Cardinals

Each year, teams face a variety of questions heading into the season. This spring, the Cardinals have a lot of interesting stories to watch, including which pitchers will be healthy and effective, who can win the utility infielder role, and whether or not Jason Heyward‘s power will return with a different spot in the lineup.The question I’m most interested in, however, is the...
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February 03, 2015  |  Discuss

Cardinals: 5 players set to exceed expectations in 2015

As I write this in the middle of the last day of January, my emotions can not help but flip to February, which of course brings said emotions to think about one thing: SPRING TRAINING. While the winter months and Hot Stove season is full of fun, nothing is better than when pitchers and catcher report. Not only does it take my mind off the cold weather in St. Louis, but it serves...
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January 31, 2015  |  Discuss

2015 Cardinals Care Winter Warm Up Progressive Blog – Day 2

Day 2 of the Cardinals Care Winter Warm Up, the unofficial kick-off event to Cardinal baseball season, will get underway shortly at the Hyatt Regency in downtown St. Louis. The fan fest is the largest fundraiser of the year for the team’s community outreach program, which has contributed $11 million in grants to over 800 non-profit youth organizations in the area. On the baseball...
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January 18, 2015  |  Discuss

2015 Cardinals Care Winter Warm-Up Progressive Blog – Day 1

The Cardinals’ annual kick-off event, the Cardinals Care Winter Warm-Up, is taking place this weekend in downtown St. Louis at the Hyatt Regency, and once again I-70 Baseball will be on site to chronicle all the happenings over the next three days. The Warm-Up, which is the team’s top fan event features player appearances, autograph signings and unique merchandise sales and presentations...
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January 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Bourjos, Cruz ink one-year deals

Following the contract extension for Lance Lynn, the Cardinals took care of two more of their arbitration-eligible players. Center fielder Peter Bourjos and catcher Tony Cruz agreed to one-year deals on Thursday.Bourjos was acquired along with outfielder Randal Grichuk from the Los Angeles Angels last offseason in exchange for third baseman David Freese and relief pitcher Fernando...
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January 16, 2015  |  Discuss

St. Louis Cardinals: Five 2015 New Year’s resolutions for fans

I haven’t posted for a while, mainly because of the business of the Christmas season, both personally and professionally.  When you run a business, work can be busy, and when you have a two-year old, family life can be busy and outstanding all at the same time.  I would not change any of it for the world.As 2014 officially draws to an end though, and as I go through my own exercise...
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December 31, 2014  |  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...
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December 14, 2014  |  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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December 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Cardinals Injury Update: Peter Bourjos undergoes hip surgery

St. Louis Cardinals center fielder Peter Bourjos underwent hip surgery on Oct. 21 to address an impingement and repair cartilage damage, reports Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch: #455456984 / Team officials described Bourjos' hip pain as “chronic” and said that it caused discomfort for him over the second half of the season. Bourjos has already...
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November 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Confidence the key for Grichuk’s success this time in St. Louis

Randal Grichuk ‘s first two stints in the Major Leagues weren’t exactly what he envisioned they’d be. The talented young outfielder, who came to St. Louis in the David Freese - Peter Bourjos trade on Nov. 22 of 2013, made his debut on April 28 and struggled in his first nine games. He batted just .143 in 22 plate appearances, tallying [...]
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September 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Why The Cardinals Can’t Have Nice Things

You wouldn’t believe it by scrolling through the CD headlines the past couple of weeks… but I think we can all admit that ‘this’ was coming a bit to easy for the 2014 Cardinals. Not that they weren’t capable of winning and winning consistantly – they obviously are. But the fact that we all expected a complete dogfight all of September and instead were in the middle of...
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September 12, 2014  |  Discuss

With walk-off winner, Bourjos strengthens his case for more starts

ST. LOUIS -- Peter Bourjos has grown so accustomed to not being in the lineup this season that Mike Matheny usually gives him a heads-up the night when he is going to start. But that might be changing. When you're in the lineup every day, advance notice is not needed. Given the developments of the past two days, Bourjos might be working his way into the Cardinals' lineup on a regular...
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September 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Peter Bourjos delivers walk-off single to win 1-0 as Cardinals finish off sweep of Pirates

A great pitcher’s duel was in store between Shelby Miller and Edinson Volquez in the series finale Wednesday afternoon at Busch Stadium. Miller threw seven shutout innings only to allow three hits and striking out five batters. Same line for Volquez as he went 6.1 shutout innings. Both starters would have something in common — dueling no decisions. The game was still scoreless...
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September 03, 2014  |  Discuss
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