Defense Hopefully Doesn’t Win Championships

Shane Robinson seems like a nice guy. How can anyone so tiny and scrappy not be super humble and ready to help your grandmother across the street at all times? If you asked him for his autograph, he’d probably return the favor by asking if he could help file your taxes. But if we’re trying to win baseball games, then Matt Holliday is probably a better option as a pinch hitter...
Via Cardinals Diaspora
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Catching up with the Cardinals

Well, as often happens with 3 kids and a demanding job, life got in the way of blogging the last couple weeks, so let's all catch up on what's happened during that time.First, the Cardinals finalized their opening day roster, with the Spring Training Battles being decided, as follows:5th StarterDespite having a superior spring, Carlos Martinez was relegated to the bullpen...
Via Cardinals Fan in Cubs Land
17 days ago  |  Discuss

St. Louis Cardinals set opening day roster

After a relatively uninteresting spring, the St. Louis Cardinals have made all the necessary cuts to begin the long 162 game season in Cincinnati Monday afternoon. An uninteresting spring is defined as one where few (or no) key players go down with an injury, and no one performs well below expectations. For the defending National League champs, perhaps the opposite could be said...
Via Keene on MLB
24 days ago  |  Discuss

Cardinals Spring Training Battle #3: The Bench

With the start of the season only 8 days away, its time to look at the final Spring Training Battle for the Cardinals--the bench.The Cards recently announced that Kolten Wong had beaten out Mark Ellis for the starting second base job, which means that the starting lineup is pretty much set, if not the batting order.Here's how the team lines up:Catcher - Yadier MolinaFirst Base...
Via Cardinals Fan in Cubs Land
March 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Stephen Piscotty’s future with the St. Louis Cardinals

Spring training has been a largely unsurprising affair. The usual suspects are hitting well, and some players we expected to do well last season are making good this spring. The St. Louis Cardinals outfield looked to be pretty well settled after the trade of David Freese to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim California, USA.It was to be Bourjos in center every day, with Matt Holliday...
Via Keene on MLB
March 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Cardinals Winter Warm Up Progressive Blog—Day 2

The second day of the Cardinals Care Winter Warm Up getting underway today, with a new slate of Cardinals set to make appearances and visit with the media as well. As was the plan yesterday, I-70’s coverage will be a four-tiered experience, shared through the site, Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. Today also marks the one year anniversary of the passing of Stan Musial, which will...
Via i70baseball
January 19, 2014  |  Discuss

The Cardinal Caravan Is Headed To A Town Near You

While the Cardinals will host the annual Winter Warm Up event this weekend in downtown St. Louis, they will also take to the road for the first time this calendar year via the Cardinal Caravan. This is the annual event where players both current and past take to the road throughout the area and come see fans that may not be able to get to St. Louis for the season’s inaugural event...
Via i70baseball
January 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Cardinals 2014 Winter Warm-Up Autograph Prices

It's an annual tradition. No, not the Winter Warm-Up. Looking up how much the Cardinals value each of their past and present team members.  Ok, yes. All the money raised goes to Cardinals Care. We're sure they do good work. But the real story is the price chart below. It tells you every single thing you need to know about how the Cadinals brain trust values a...
Via Cardinals Diaspora
January 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Cardinals best news and links: New Years Eve edition

My friend Corey at STLSportsMinute recently posted what he was reading on his website. I thought this was a great idea, especially since content on this site is primarily minor league coverage. Once a week, I am going to share with you all my favorite Cardinals’ links, or what I am reading. Here is what I have been reading… Over at StlCupofJoe, Jared from @McGeeTriples, gives...
Via Cardinals Farm
December 31, 2013  |  Discuss

St. Louis Cardinals better equipped to handle injuries to position players in 2014

The St. Louis Cardinals made a familiar run deep into the postseason in 2013 with excellent pitching and timely hitting, but they did not have much to uphold the team under the surface of the starting lineup. The 2013 team had a severe lack of depth on its bench, particularly late in the season when backup first baseman Matt Adams was the only reserve player with a batting average...
Via i70baseball
December 30, 2013  |  Discuss

How can the Cardinals improve their lineup against lefthanders?

Its no secret that the Cardinals struggled against left handed pitchers in 2013.  As a team, the Cards hit just .238/.301/.371 against southpaws and their .672 OPS against lefties was 13th in the NL.  This was highlighted even more in the postseason, when the Cards hit a combined .211/.268/.295 (.563 OPS) against lefties, including two losses in the World Series against Jon Lester...
Via Cardinals Fan in Cubs Land
November 13, 2013  |  Discuss

Game Four and the Randomness of Replacement Gomes

Baseball is about randomness as much as it about probability. That was provenon Saturday when the game ended on an obstruction call. Tonight had its own atypical ending — a pickoff with the tying run at the plate — but it was a more-common unexpected event that decided the outcome. The Red Sox won 4-2, at Busch Stadium, to draw even with the Cardinals. The hero was Jonny “Replacement”...
Via Fangraphs
October 28, 2013  |  Discuss

The Blowout That Wasn’t

Mike Napoli was the 9th batter to hit last night, if you’re counting batters from when Matt Carpenter led off for St. Louis. Napoli launched a three run double to left center field, clearing the bases thanks to the help of Shane Robinson‘s defensive misplay. From that point on, there were exactly three at-bats where the leverage index was greater than 1.0; Dustin Pedroia...
Via Fangraphs
October 24, 2013  |  Discuss

Red Sox Capitalize on Cardinal Mistakes, Take Game 1 of World Series

The Red Sox cruised to an easy 8-1 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals last night in game one of the 2013 World Series, at Fenway Park. Starter Jon Lester pitched 7.2 shutout innings, and the Red Sox scored more than enough runs in the first inning to secure a victory. With bases loaded in the first with one out, First Baseman Mike Napoli hit a double off Cardinals Starter, Adam...
Via Boston Sports Then & Now
October 24, 2013  |  Discuss

Cardinals fumble away Game 1, and there's no reversing that

Carlos Beltran doesn't have any broken ribs and he might even be able to play Thursday night. Allan Craig didn't swing the bat like someone who hadn't played in 49 days. And Shane Robinson had a hit, made a great catch and turned in a heads-up base-running play. See, not everything went wrong for the Cardinals in Game 1 of the World Series Wednesday night. But very...
Via Fox Sports Midwest
October 24, 2013  |  Discuss

Cardinals fumble away Game 1, and there's no reversing that

Carlos Beltran doesn't have any broken ribs and he might even be able to play Thursday night. Allan Craig didn't swing the bat like someone who hadn't played in 49 days. And Shane Robinson had a hit, made a great catch and turned in a heads-up base-running play. See, not everything went wrong for the Cardinals in Game 1 of the World Series Wednesday night. But very...
Via Fox Sports Midwest
October 24, 2013  |  Discuss

World Series GM1: 'Qué Demonios'

Vince, anything you want to say?  That about sums up GM1 of the World Series as well as any of us could. It was a ******** from the beginning. A carbon copy of 2004 where one team looked invincible while the other raised questions if they belonged in the major leagues, let alone the same field.  A nightmare wrapped in a bad dream. There's almost too much to...
Via Cardinals Diaspora
October 23, 2013  |  Discuss

Carlos Beltran leaves World Series Game 1 with rib injury

Cardinals slugger Carlos Beltran has been replaced in right field with Shane Robinson in Game 1 of the World Series. Robinson started the game in center but moved to right -- with Jon Jay taking over in center -- to begin the bottom of the third inning for the Cardinals. Beltran made an unbelievable catch in the bottom of the second robbing David Ortiz of a grand slam but he crashed...
Via Pro Sports Daily
October 23, 2013  |  Discuss

World Series Preview: St. Louis Cardinals vs Boston Red Sox

With the World Series set to start tomorrow in Boston, its time for the obligatory World Series Preview and Predictions.  So far I'm 2-0 in my predictions (or maybe its 1.5-0.5, since I predicted the Cardinals to win the NLCS in 7), primarily because I'm a homer and would never predict against the Cards. Here is how I see these two teams stacking up: Catcher:  Yadier...
Via Cardinals Fan in Cubs Land
October 22, 2013  |  Discuss

NLDS GM5:'No Worries, Mate'

Losses, man. Losses.  They make the people go crazy. Like seriously, crazy.  I have a 4 minute commute to work. Some days I walk, but some days I need my car to head out to appointments. I usually hear about 1-2 sports talk radio calls in before parking. Today's two calls? That Wainwright should start GM6 instead of Mike Wacha. And that Jon Jay should be benched...
Via Cardinals Diaspora
October 17, 2013  |  Discuss

NLCS Game 5: Cards A Win Away

Having a three games to one lead in the National League Championship Series is nice but it isn’t a guaranteed trip to the World Series. Nobody knows that better than the St. Louis Cardinals. Last season the Cardinals squandered such a lead to the San Francisco Giants in the NLCS. The Giants went on to win the World Series with a sweep of the Detroit Tigers. With a, 4-2, win in...
Via Universal Takeover Sports Network
October 16, 2013  |  Discuss

Cardinals take 3-1 series lead over Dodgers: ‘Just because you’re up 3-1 doesn’t mean anything’

Matt Holliday and pinch hitter Shane Robinson connected for the first home runs of the National League Championship Series, moving the St. Louis Cardinals past the Los Angeles Dodgers 4-2 on Tuesday night for a 3-1 series lead. The Cardinals are one game away from their fourth World Series appearance in a 10-year span. “Just because you’re up 3-1 doesn’t mean anything. Nobody’s...
Via Sports-Glory
October 16, 2013  |  Discuss

Cardinals Win Game Four of the NLCS; One Win Away From World Series

It's only been a couple of seasons since the St. Louis Cardinals were in the World Series (2011) and after Tuesday night the Red Birds moved within a game of returning. So yes, they do have a pretty good reason to be happy and goof off a little. A three-run third inning put the  Cardinals ahead early in Game Four of the NLCS Tuesday night and it turned...
Via FatManWriting
October 16, 2013  |  Discuss

Cards use long ball to beat Dodgers

Matt Holliday and pinch-hitter Shane Robinson connected for the first home runs of the NL championship series, and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 4-2 Tuesday night to take a 3-1 lead in their best-of-seven playoff. In a series starved for offense, the Cardinals scored as many runs as they did in the first three games combined, when the teams totaled nine runs...
Via AP on Fox
October 16, 2013  |  Discuss

St. Louis Cardinals One Win From World Series

LOS ANGELES — The St. Louis Cardinals scored three runs in the third, held a Los Angeles rally in the fourth to two runs, and added an insurance run from a Shane Robinson home run in the seventh inning on their way to a 4-2 win in Los Angeles Tuesday night. The win moved the […]
Via Full Scale Sports
October 16, 2013  |  Discuss

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