Start the Clock, Part 1

With a baseball draft movie as my background noise, the party has started for what is shaping up as a very exciting evening. This year’s festivities as well as the 2015 Rule 4 draft are stacked with talent, especially on the pitching side. We will start there first since the last three picks tonight for St. Louis all depends on two main factors — which direction the Cardinals’...
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June 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Is Trevor Rosenthal following Jason Motte's career path?

Stop me if you've heard this one before--guy spends most of the season as a setup man, then the incumbent closer struggles, opening the door for him to take over. Back in 2011, that guy was Jason Motte.  This year, that guy appears to be Trevor Rosenthal. First, a bit of history.  Back in 2011, the Cardinals were struggling to find a closer after incumbent Ryan Franklin imploded...
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September 24, 2013  |  Discuss

Edward Mujica eerily similar to Ryan Franklin for St. Louis Cardinals

The St. Louis Cardinals entered the 2009 playoffs with a closer who barely reached 90 mph with his fastball after years of a closer who threw in the mid-to-upper 90s yet had a nearly perfect season before the Cardinals faced the Los Angeles Dodgers in the National League Division Series. Ryan Franklin had replaced Jason Isringhausen when Izzy got hurt, or got too ineffective, late...
Via i70baseball
September 20, 2013  |  Discuss

That One Time the Brewers Four-Game-Swept the Cardinals in St. Louis

(Photo: MLB.com) Has avoiding a sweep ever felt as good as it did yesterday?  Beating the Cardinals is always satisfying, but coming back in late innings—after failing to score in the first two games—is glorious. When it looked like the Brewers might get shut out again yesterday, I consoled myself by reminiscing about 2008, the one season the Brewers actually had the...
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April 15, 2013  |  Discuss

Cardinals bullpen is struggling without Jason Motte

After a quality start against the Reds today, Jaime Garcia got to sit on the bench and watch the Cardinals bullpen implode, costing him a win and the Cards the game. Trevor Rosenthal started it off by blowing a save in the 8th, giving up a run to tie the game, before Mitchell Boggs and Marc Rzepczynski came on in the 9th to allow a combined 9 runs and make a close game into a laugher...
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April 08, 2013  |  Discuss

To Buy or Not To Buy?

The Major League Baseball non-waiver trade deadline is still a couple of months away, but the St. Louis Cardinals have to be contemplating the direction this 2012 season will take. And the way things have gone so far, it may not be an easy decision. It is fair to say there is no way the Cardinals will be sellers, even with the absurd rash of injuries they have endured. A team that...
Via i70baseball
June 02, 2012  |  Discuss

Get it together

The St. Louis Cardinals have fallen back into a bad habit they were plagued by early in 2011: giving away games. Admittedly, it is hard to find much fault with a 16-10 start to the season. This is in no way meant to nit-pick or make up something to complain about. But when the Cardinals lose, it is often in sloppy fashion and lacking in fundamentals. That’s a big problem for a...
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May 05, 2012  |  Discuss

Keeping It All In Check

The day has finally arrived. Pitchers and Catchers are required to report to Spring Training Saturday with the first official workouts of the preseason scheduled for Sunday. Anticipation is high, and so are expectations. The St. Louis Cardinals’ 2012 season and the defense of their World Series Championship begin now. But don’t forget some of the lessons that 2011 team taught...
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February 20, 2012  |  Discuss

Bullpen Could Be A Strength For St. Louis Cardinals In 2012

The St. Louis Cardinals’ bullpen came a long way in 2011, beginning with Ryan Franklin’s blown save on Opening Day and ending with Jason Motte’s final pitch to win Game Seven of the World Series. The squad battled through major ups and downs throughout the season, and the final roster hardly resembled the Opening Day roster. All of those changes turned out to be a blessing...
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January 22, 2012  |  Discuss

Recommendation Letter: Your 2011 St. Louis Cardinals

Well, we've reached the end of the road. After weeks and weeks of scolding and lecturing, we're finally getting an opportunity to accentuate the positives. Without further delay, here is JoeSportsFan's tribute to their World Series champion Cardinals, a team that was originally slated to appear in the Sept. 20 edition of our Detention Lecture series. True story. November...
Via Big League Stew
November 02, 2011  |  Discuss
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