Cardinals: Mike Matheny got outmanaged again

October, 2014. Mike Matheny got outmanaged by Bruce Bochy in the NLCS, especially in the bullpen usage department. Whether it was a decision to intentionally walk Brandon Belt in the first inning or allowing Randy Choate to pitch to more than one batter in Game 4. He got outdueled and in the playoffs, where games are tight, the managing can be the difference. It happened again in...
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October 15, 2015  |  Discuss

Cardinals: Breaking down the 2015 NLDS roster

The roster is out and St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny has went with a 14-11 split. 14 position players and 11 pitchers. He is stacking up his bats, which makes sense for a short series. The Chicago Cubs blew by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the wildcard game and the NLDS is set to explode and bring all kinds of rivalry fuel out of storage. The hot ending to the series in Wrigley...
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October 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Cardinals Announce 25-Man Roster For NLDS

The Cardinals have made their 2015 NLDS final roster. Headlines: Yadier Molina in on and will play Adam Wainwright has made the roster Pitchers Randy Choate & Steve Cishek are off Tommy Pham & Greg Garcia are on Matt Adams & Peter Kozma are off 11 pitchers | 14 position players Notes: Jon Jay got the nod over Peter Bourjos. Jay is a Matheny favorite and Bourjos is,...
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October 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Teammates shower Cardinals' Choate with attention for 40th birthday

St. Louis Cardinals reliever Randy Choate turned 40 years old on Saturday. To celebrate the occasion, his wife and teammates put together a special day for him once he arrived at Busch Stadium. As MLB.com's Jennifer Langosch detailed, Choate's wife Leigh purchased t-shirts for the whole team. The black tees featured the word #Holler (Choate's 'go-to phrase') on the front and '36...
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September 07, 2015  |  Discuss

While You Were Drinking – 2015 Game 123 (STL vs SD)

Sometimes things get a little fuzzy after spending an evening at the pub. Here’s a friendly reminder of what you may have missed while you were drinking. The Padres (61-62) scored more runs than the St Louis Cardinals (77-45) last night in the second game of three at Petco Park, 8-0. Ian Kennedy (8-11, 4.01) pitched six shutout innings, allowing seven hits and a walk with a season...
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August 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Motte unites Cubs, Cardinals

It may seem like a foreign concept to have the Chicago Cubs and the St. Louis Cardinals working as one, but that was the case Sunday morning at Jason Motte's charity event. Motte, a former Cardinal now pitching for the Cubs, helped organize a Cornhill challenge in which the Cubs and Cardinals teamed up to fight cancer. "Jason is just such a good person to bring both teams together...
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June 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Choate serves as both a leader and jokestar for Cardinals bullpen

Randy Choate is 39-years old and has played 15 Major League seasons. It's safe to see he's experienced a lot in the game of baseball. Not only does Choate have a lot of experience that he can pass on to younger players, but he also knows that sometimes it's important to joke around and keep a loose, relaxed atmosphere around a club. “He’s always up and about and always has...
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June 23, 2015  |  Discuss

MMO Game Recap: Mets 5, Cardinals 0 #DeGromination

The Mets (24-18) defeated the St. Louis Cardinals (27-14) by a score of 5-0, splitting the four game set. Jacob deGrom had one of the best outings of his young career, which saw him pitching eight innings of one-hit ball, striking out eleven batters, and retiring the last twenty-three Cardinals to face him. His opposition, Jaime Garcia, pitched a solid game as well, and kept the...
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May 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Lynn solid again, leads Cardinals to win over Brewers

ST. LOUIS (AP) Lance Lynn extended his April success with five solid innings and Matt Holliday had a two-run single in the first inning, lifting the St. Louis Cardinals to a 4-2 win over the Milwaukee Brewers on Wednesday night. Lynn (1-1) allowed one run and six hits. He pushed his April record to 13-2 since 2012, the best record in the majors over that period. Wily Peralta (0...
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April 15, 2015  |  Discuss

Cardinals Play A Personality Series Against Cincinnati

Ask a Cardinals fan what they thought about this past weekend’s series against the Cincinnatti Reds and you’re going to find out about their personality real quick. If they start off with ‘2 of 3 in a series on the road is always a good thing’ or ‘damn did Wacha and Martinez look good’ then you’re probably dealing with a positive person. You more negative friends might...
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April 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Buffa’s Bullets: Trevor Rosenthal’s Steady Start Continues

Good afternoon, Cardinals fans. As the day of leisure settles in and more baseball is on the way this afternoon, allow me to fire some bullets your way. The Cards are off to a 2-2 start, including a premature rainout in Chicago. Even though the team has scored three runs or more in three of the four games, reading fan forums and message boards would lead one to believe the team is...
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April 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Letting Sam Freeman Go

Two days ago, the St. Louis Cardinals traded Sam Freeman to the Texas Rangers for . . . a little bit more than nothing. I believe the official phrasing was “cash or a player to be named later.”I wasn’t surprised by this move, but I was very surprised by the general fan reaction (at least as I experienced it). Generally, it seems, fans were not only unprepared for this trade...
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March 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Professio”Nole” Athlete of the Week: Randy Choate

It was a quiet week for former Florida State athletes playing professionally. Neither Brooks Koepka nor Daniel Berger made noise on the golf course. Spring training for Major League Baseball however, is underway and a crafty lefty shined in his first relief appearance. St. Louis Cardinals’ relief pitcher Randy Choate is the Professio”Nole” Athlete of the Week for the week of...
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March 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Countdown to Cardinals: 36

Days until Opening Night, Cardinals vs. Cubs on ESPN: 36 First player/coach to wear #36: Clyde Shoun (1938) Last player/coach to wear #36: Randy Choate (Current) Player/coach to wear #36 in the most seasons: John Denny (6) Number of players/coaches to wear #36: 41 Last time not worn: 2005 Other interesting names tied to #36: Jeff Weaver (2006), Jim Kaat (1980-83), Russ Springer ...
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February 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Examining how Randy Choate can be an effective reliever for the St. Louis Cardinals

It is a rare occasion that I write on a major league topic, but I wanted to share some frustration I had recently. The topic of Randy Choate came up in one of the Facebook groups I am a part of and I felt like there was some unfair criticisms unleashed on the 39-year old LOOGY.Prior to the 2013 season, the Cardinals inked the then 36-year old reliever to a 3-year, $7.5 million deal...
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February 25, 2015  |  Discuss

McNeal: Pitchers need to achieve these stats to lead Cardinals' playoff push

ST. LOUIS -- Winning 90 games should be enough to put the Cardinals in the postseason for the fifth straight year. Who knows if they again can get there, but I do know if enough of their pitchers and position players can finish with the numbers I've assigned to them, the Cardinals will not be heading home at least until mid-October. Matt Belisle: 60 outings or fewer. With an average...
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February 16, 2015  |  Discuss

MLB 'Truck Day': Teams load up tricyles, clothes, drinks and more for spring training

Pitchers and catchers report any day now but before they arrive, teams need to get the club's equipment in order. Thus, the "Truck Day" tradition continues across Major League Baseball, when teams load up 18-wheelers bound for their spring training homes in Arizona or Florida with everything the clubs will need.   Equipment managers and staff load up practical baseball items like...
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February 13, 2015  |  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' shopping list is shorter, even without new additions

SAN DIEGO -- When the offseason began, the Cardinals were planning to shop for a lefty reliever and pursue an upgrade at backup catcher. But they have crossed those items off their already-short to-do list. That comes with the ubiquitous caveat that stuff happens, but based on general manager John Mozeliak's remarks Monday afternoon at the Winter Meetings, things already have changed...
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December 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Prioritizing The Cardinals’ Holiday Shopping List

Black Friday is quickly approaching, which sits as the unofficial start to the Christmas buying season, but for the Cardinals, the seasonal shopping is well underway. With the addition of Jason Heyward and Jordan Walden, the St. Louis Cardinals have addressed two of their biggest outstanding needs in the young offseason already: an all-around upgrade in the everyday lineup and a...
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November 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Japan beats MLB All-Stars 6-4 in exhibition game

NAHA, Japan (AP) Yuki Yanagita drove in two runs in the eighth inning as Japan beat the Major League Baseball All-Stars 6-4 Thursday in an exhibition game following their five-game postseason tour. With runners on second and third and Japan leading 3-2, Yanagita singled to center off reliever Randy Choate to give his team a two-run lead. The hosts scored another run in the eighth...
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November 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Report: Cardinals Expected To Pursue Andrew Miller In Free Agency

Perhaps St. Louis is in the cards for Andrew Miller. Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch wrote Tuesday he’s been “told a few times” that the Cardinals will target Miller in free agency this offseason. The Cardinals are looking for a left-handed bullpen upgrade over Randy Choate, according to Goold. Miller, of course, fits the bill, as he’s coming off his best major...
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November 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Cardinals Rumors: St Louis will attempt to trade Randy Choate

Randy Choate is the quintessential specialist: left-handers hit only .093/.205/.147 against him in 2014 (7 for 75), but righties slammed him to the tune of .385/.458/.481 (20 for 52). That split made Cardinals manager Mike Matheny reluctant to use him for full innings, and as a result, Choate threw only 36 innings, expensive innings as Choate was paid $3 million in 2014. He's owed...
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October 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Cardinals play deep into October, again fall short

ST. LOUIS (AP) Mike Matheny has led the Cardinals deep into October all three seasons since replacing Tony La Russa as manager. When St. Louis falls short each year, he bears the weight of expectations. An injury to Yadier Molina, shaky starting pitching by Adam Wainwright, John Lackey and Shelby Miller, a lack of clutch hitting in the middle of the batting order and defensive gaffes...
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October 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Ex-Yankee Randy Choate could be the next round's Joba

The Yankees October spirit lives!In the first round, old friend Joba Chamberlain sabotaged Detroit's year.Last night, it was Randy Choate throwing a ball into right field to kill the Cards. Next round? I'd keep your eyes on the Royals' Jayson Nix.
October 15, 2014  |  Discuss
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