Probably Time For Matheny To Own Mistakes, Not Make Excuses

This is St. Louis. We take a bunch of crap for calling ourselves the best fans in baseball but it’s all in good fun. Through all the ribbing from places like Deadspin for #BFIBing, one thing doesn’t ever come up – the question of do Cardinals fans actually KNOW baseball. We do. It’s not fair to say that Mike Matheny cost the Cardinals a win last night in Pittsburgh. Even...
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20 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates 5, Cardinals 2

This game was following almost the exact same script as Monday’s loss for a while, but the Pirates were able to flip it in the end for a thrilling win. This feels like a big, big win – after dropping two straight tough ones and facing a very difficult matchup in the series finale, another loss here would have been a bad look…especially if it came via another late inning collapse...
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21 days ago  |  Discuss

Cardinals get much needed win in 12-inning marathon, move to a half game back in NL Central

After losing a 4-1 lead Friday night against the NL East cellar Phillies with their ace Adam Wainwright on the hill, the Cardinals would turn the page and look to avoid a series loss Saturday night in Philadelphia. They would do that. It took them 12 innings and five hours to get their 70th win of the season. The Cardinals led 1-0 through the first three innings on a solo shot by...
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24 days ago  |  Discuss

Grading The Cardinals 2014 1st Half By Player

The ‘first half’ of the 2014 season has been completed. And while we have this respite from game action, it’s time to break out the ol’ click bait favorites. Today we have a heaping helping of first half-grades… with a gimmick! One sentence and one sentence only on each player’s season so far. PITCHERS Randy Choate: (B) Hasn’t given up a run since June 2 or 13 appearances...
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July 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Game 91: The Force Is Now With The Cardinals?

Last night was Star Wars night at Busch Stadium. Hence Chewbacca up there hurling out the first pitch. If you watched the game on ESPN, you might of noticed the whole production going HAM on the Star Wars theme. And if you felt like it was very corporate synergy-ish, you’d be right: Lucasfilm is owned by The Walt Disney Company. ESPN is 80 percent owned by ABC, Inc., an indirect...
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July 10, 2014  |  Discuss

St. Louis Cardinals: Is there anyone better at developing pitchers?

When the St. Louis Cardinals selected six straight pitchers to open the 2014 MLB draft, many people were scratching their heads. Pitching is not a weakness within the organization, and I can think of a couple of positions that are in dire need of some depth. So, why pitching? Well, the simple answer is they are really really good at developing it, so why not? Following the organization...
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June 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Poll: Which St. Louis Cardinals draftee are you most excited about?

The St. Louis Cardinals made their 42 selections last week and had some intriguing selections. While their draft wasn’t filled with high upside athletes who would probably struggle at the plate in the minor leagues, they did get a few quick movers and high upsiders. With this week’s poll question, we ask, which draft pick excites you the most? Here are your choices. Luke Weaver...
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June 09, 2014  |  Discuss

The dismal state of the St. Louis Cardinals bullpen

Not much has been going right for the Cardinals this week. Rough starts from Wainwright and Garcia were punctuated by being shutout in two consecutive games by the Giants and the Royals. The third consecutive loss (at Kansas City, 8-7) was the second time the Cards had dropped three in a row in the last seven games. The team has alternated between a frustrated (and frustrating to...
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June 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Cardinals Select FSU’s Weaver 27th Overall

With the 27th pick in the first round of the 2014 Major League Baseball Amateur Draft on Thursday night, the St. Louis Cardinals took Florida State starting pitcher Luke Weaver. Weaver, a first-team All-ACC performer, turned in a solid season for FSU by posting an 8-4 record with a 2.62 ERA. Weaver led the Seminoles in wins, innings pitched and strikeouts during the 2014 season....
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June 05, 2014  |  Discuss

St. Louis Cardinals: Strengths and Weaknesses of the first two months

Entering the 2014 season, expectations for the St. Louis Cardinals were at what seemed to be, an all-time high. A lineup stacked from top-to-bottom, a deep starting rotation and a bullpen full of young, live arms. However, with the first two months of the season in the books, and a record of 30-27, things have been less than ideal. This team’s weaknesses thus far have been its...
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June 02, 2014  |  Discuss

St. Louis Cardinals: BBQ-stuffed reactions to Memorial Day loss to Yankees

As the Memorial Day weekend winds down and I sit here looking for something entertaining (or enlightening, depending on how you look at things), I could not help but analyze just how much BBQ I consumed over the past four days. It is gross.  It is disgusting. It is flat out disappointing. It also, could be viewed as an accomplishment (again, depending on how you look at things)...
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May 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Why the St. Louis Cardinals’ signing of Pedro Feliciano makes sense

There can never be too much depth within a baseball organization. While James Ramsey or Mike O’Neill may disagree, having too much of one thing is a good problem to have. That being said, when it was known the Cardinals had interest in veteran reliever Pedro Feliciano, many were scratching their heads. The team had two, quality left-handed relievers in it’s pen in Kevin Siegrist...
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May 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Overreaction is (still) dangerous

At this point in the season it’s safe to say we are reaching have reached the point of beginning to eliminate small sample sizes in most cases.  Allen Craig is struggling. Shelby Miller isn’t pitching as well as his win-loss record and ERA indicate. Mike Matheny *loooooves* to double-switch. But what about those players for whom small sample size is life? A quick post yesterday...
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May 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Cardinals make Cubs look a lot better than they really are

ST. LOUIS -- Returning home was not very sweet for the Cardinals on Monday night. In their first game at Busch Stadium following a nine-game trip, they fell behind 4-0 five batters into the game and it didn't get much better as the Cubs pounded out 20 hits in a 17-5 laugher. Chicago's runs and hits were the most allowed by the Cardinals in a game this season. Manager Mike...
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May 13, 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,...
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May 06, 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...
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April 08, 2014  |  Discuss

St. Louis Cardinals: Why Randy Choate should only face lefties

The St. Louis Cardinals were drubbed by the Pittsburgh Pirates on Friday night by a 12-2 margin. It was an ugly affair all the way around for boys in red, particularly for the pitching staff.All four of the Cardinals pitchers allowed an earned run, including lefty specialist Randy Choate, who manager Mike Matheny would prefer to not limit to a specialist role, according to what he...
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April 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Cardinals minor league spring training notebook: 03/22/14

Following are the highlights from the St. Louis Cardinals minor league games on Saturday, March 22. The Cardinals had a camp day with Memphis facing Springfield and Palm Beach opposing Peoria in games of five- and six-innings duration, respectively. Memphis and Springfield tied while Palm Beach defeated Peoria. The Cardinals’ clubs are 5-5-4 in internal head-to-head action and...
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March 22, 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...
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February 13, 2014  |  Discuss

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...
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November 07, 2013  |  Discuss

Cards Skip a Chance to Turn a Superstar Human

We begin with some acknowledgements. First, a baseball game is never entirely won or lost based on a single event, a single match-up. Certain events can be of massive importance, but they’re massive because of the context, and the context is established by other events, that would’ve led to different outcomes given different outcomes. So many different things contribute to a...
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October 28, 2013  |  Discuss

The Curse of Choate? At some point tonight, Randy Choate- yes, THAT Randy Choate - will square off against Big Papi, and we will ponder the alternative reality that could have been

Brian Cashman likes to say the Mike Lowell trade was his career-worst blunder, and - yes sir - that's one tough booger to top. But if you think of the little ones that got away, the specialty tools that smarter teams like the Cardinals and Redsocks always seem to be stashing (David Roberts, Quintin Berry?), then it's time to ponder Randy Choate.For 13 years, Choate has been...
October 23, 2013  |  Discuss

Cardinals take in Fenway, adjust to life with the Green Monster

ST. LOUIS -- When the Cardinals pulled up to Fenway Park Tuesday, many of their players didn't head to the clubhouse like they usually do. "Just like a bunch of kids, as soon as they got off the bus or the cab, they went straight out in the stands and looked around," manager Mike Matheny said Tuesday during his World Series media day presser. Understandably so....
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October 22, 2013  |  Discuss

Cardinals take in Fenway, adjust to life with the Green Monster

ST. LOUIS -- When the Cardinals pulled up to Fenway Park Tuesday, many of their players didn't head to the clubhouse like they usually do. "Just like a bunch of kids, as soon as they got off the bus or the cab, they went straight out in the stands and looked around," manager Mike Matheny said Tuesday during his World Series media day presser. Understandably so....
Via Fox Sports Midwest
October 22, 2013  |  Discuss

Randy Choate's superstitions have become second nature

The next time Cardinals reliever Randy Choate comes into a game, pay close attention. If you see him throw two pitches in front of the mound, don't be alarmed. If you see him make seven warm-up pitches instead of the customary eight that are allowed, don't be concerned. If he licks his fingers an odd number of times, touches his pants more than you think is necessary...
Via Fox Sports Midwest
September 17, 2013  |  Discuss
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