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How do you fix an overall average Cardinals offense?

The St. Louis Cardinals have had some great runs offensively in 2015 and have had some difficulty scoring runs at other times in 2015. Post-trade deadline (at least the non-waiver trade deadline), there is little that can be done to “fix” an order, whether it needs it or not. Early on, from games 3-10, the Cardinals scored between 4 and 7 runs per game, averaging 4.75 runs per...
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John Mozeliak’s deadline moves bet on a change of scenery

Take one glance at the St. Louis Cardinals’ deadline moves and the resounding theme is a change of scenery gamble. For Steve Cishek, Brandon Moss, and Jonathan Broxton, General Manager John Mozeliak is betting on a new team, uniform and record in the standings can boost these once prominent players. All have had great success and are still young enough to find it again. Let’s...
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Two acquisitions, two impactful players; breaking down what St. Louis accomplished at the Trade Deadline

Ever since the conclusion of Wednesday night’s game, one with practically two losses when speaking from a Cardinals’ perspective, general manager John Mozeliak has been making rather strong pushes in the direction of updating his club before Friday’s 3:00 PM CT non-waiver Trade Deadline. Matt Holliday hit the shelf, once again, due to a right quadriceps strain. He missed about...
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No need to panic on John Mozeliak’s trade deadline moves

Getty Images The 2015 Trade Deadline has come and gone, and as expected, the Cardinals were mainly quiet outside of Brandon Moss, Steve Cishek, and Jonathan Broxton. No, of course the Cardinals didn’t make any big splashes. And that’s understandable. With the trade rumors floating around of Carlos Gonzalez, Justin Upton, and Yoenis Cespedes, it just didn’t seem it was likely...
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How Do You Define STL Cardinals Success?

The MLB trade deadline often sends a shockwave through Cardinal Nation, pitting friends against friends in arguments spanning from thought-provoking philosophy to petty semantics. While many thrive on this, I personally dread it, given the majority of what’s spoken during trade week can be filed in the wasted breath category. That being said, I find the philosophy aspect of trade...
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The love affair with Jeff Weaver and the Cards in 2006

As we approached the new century, baseball in Britain began to grow. In the late 90’s and into the 21st Century, a national television station did a deal with MLB to show 2 live games a week, on a Sunday and Wednesday. These were the games on ESPN. Luckily for me, the Cardinals were featured quite a bit, being a popular franchise and an attractive team to watch. This was perfect...
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Cardinals: Matt Carpenter belongs in the leadoff spot

The Cardinals won a wild one Thursday night against the Colorado Rockies, and boy did they need it. The walk-off 9-8 win ended the Cardinals two-game skid and (hopefully) jump started a St. Louis offense that has been in a terrible funk this week. Most importantly, the man right in the thick of the offensive outburst was third baseman Matt Carpenter. Carpenter had arguably his best...
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Cardinals needed a win like this as they enter Trade Deadline day

Jeff Curry / USA Today Sports Well, what a game this was. This was certainly one to remember as this 162-game season goes along. The Cardinals, somehow, pulled off a 9-8 win Thursday night over the Rockies, which ended their two-game losing streak. Cardinals are now 65-37 heading into July 31st, Trade Deadline day of course. Meanwhile, here is why this win was so important and the...
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Is Brandon Moss for Rob Kaminsky the worst John Mozeliak trade ever?

I’m not going to sugar coat this at all. This is quite possibly the worst trade in John Mozeliak’s history with the Cardinals. First of all, Mo…stop trading with Chris Antonetti. He’s destroyed you every time. Justin Masterson was crap when you got him. Mark DeRosa was crap when you got him. Jake Westbrook was middling at best when you got him. At least you made the Indians...
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Brandon Moss for Rob Kaminsky is a troubling deal for Cardinals

Say it ain’t so, Mo… When SB Nation MLB Daily Scoop reporter Chris Cotillo first reported a possible Cleveland Indians/St. Louis Cardinals trade, I was excited. Michael Brantley, Brandon Moss and Carlos Santana could all help the Cardinals in big ways. However, upon confirmation this morning that the Birds are sending 2013 1st round lefthanded pitcher Rob Kaminsky for Moss straight...
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Cardinals offenses under McGwire and under Mabry

There has been a lot written about the St. Louis Cardinals offenses of 2010-2012 under Mark McGwire, due to it’s greatness. There has been a lot written about the St. Louis Cardinals offenses of 2013-2015 under John Mabry – perhaps more than McGwire’s – due to it’s ever changing nature. Many people believe it has gotten worse. Has it? Bernie Miklasz was tweeting last night...
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How good, individually, have the Cardinals starters been in 2015?

Let me start off by thanking Dan for allowing me this space to write some of my thoughts on Cardinals baseball – and maybe Blues hockey next winter/spring if I’m not too upset with them for blowing everything all of the time. My name is Ben Cerutti. I was born and grew up in St. Louis and now live in Kansas City. It’s a great time to be eating, breathing, and living for baseball...
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Is Adam Lind worth the squeeze for the Cardinals?

The talk of the town around the St. Louis Cardinals is first base and the name that keeps popping up is Milwaukee Brewers slugger Adam Lind. The 32 year old is having quite the season over in Milwaukee, with 16 home runs, 58 RBI and an OPS of .865 to go with 2.7 wins above replacement. Lind has an option of 8 million for 2016 as well, so he isn’t a rental. He’s the cream of the...
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The Cardinals and 1987: How a Brit fell in love with baseball

1987. That was the year my life changed. That was the year I discovered baseball, and in particular The St. Louis Cardinals. Being a typical British male, I was brought up on typical British sports, like Soccer, Rugby and Cricket. I didn’t have the luxury of knowing the game of Baseball all my life like American youngsters do. So what happened in 1987? A brand new Television station...
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J-Hey, Tsunami, and Wacha represent Cardinals

On Tuesday, MLB.com announced their list of the top twenty-five Major League players who are twenty-five or younger. The St. Louis Cardinals had three of their players make the cut, which is something to be proud of considering the vast amount of production coming from guys day-in and day-out in the age range. The first Cardinal to crack the list was Michael Wacha, who took the...
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Cardinals Podcast: Breaking down the Steve Cishek trade

In Episode 7 of Best Dans in Baseball, Daniel Shoptaw and Dan Buffa break down the following fresh St. Louis Cardinals topics: *The Steve Cishek trade and how it affects the bullpen. *Remedies for Matt Carpenter. *The Randal Grichuk experience. *What to expect out of Stephen Piscotty? *Possible trades John Mozeliak can make as the deadline nears. *The upcoming schedule for the Cardinals...
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Cardinals: Appreciating Lance Lynn

Four years into his career, it’s still not easy for most to appreciate Lance Lynn. He throws a lot of pitches, puts guys on base and doesn’t make starts look easy, especially early on. Suspenseful moments follow a Lynn start, thus creating the word, “Lynning” last year. It’s too bad 2014 was the year Lynn grew up and became a man on the pitching mound. 2015 has continued...
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Why are Tony Cruz and Pete Kozma still on the Cardinals?

Excuse me while I complain about the team with the best record in baseball(and fans for that matter, according to popular opinion and Deadspin). The St. Louis Cardinals have won a lot of games(63 to be exact) and when a writer picks at that shiny emblem of greatness, he can be scolded. As I wrote a couple of weeks ago via KSDK, John Mozeliak’s roster management is troubling at...
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Is acquiring Chris Davis a good idea for the Cardinals?

According to my twitter follower @CubsCardsCast, MLB analyst Jim Bowden mentioned on satellite radio this morning that the St. Louis Cardinals could be a landing spot for Baltimore slugger Chris Davis. Is this plausible? What would it take? Is this a good idea? Let’s dig into the conversation on this Sunday morning. As I gulp the coffee, we run. Is it plausible? Sure it is. The...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

St. Louis Cardinals: John Mozeliak’s choice to bolster strong bullpen is wise

On Friday afternoon, the St. Louis Cardinals pulled off a trade, acquiring side-winding reliever Steve Cishek from the Miami Marlins in exchange for Double-A reliever Kyle Barraclough (who?). Some Cardinals fans were scratching their heads after the move, as much of the talk around social media circles has led many to believe that the team’s most pressing need is to add a power...
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Cardinals’ biggest trade acquisition could be health

In one week, the trade deadline will have passed. What will the St. Louis Cardinals look like then? All anybody wants to talk about in St. Louis is trade talks. Who comes? Who goes? As the bell tolls for John Mozeliak at the deadline in one week, fans want Adam Lind from Milwaukee or Ryan Howard from Philadelphia. Who cares about cost or future? They want a side of power with an...
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Cardinals: When will Steve Cishek find his work?

The St. Louis Cardinals acquired relief pitcher Steve Cishek from the Miami Marlins in exchange for Double-A pitcher Kyle Barraclough in a deal that went down on Friday afternoon. With the numerous injuries to the Cardinals’ pen this season, including one that recently endured a set back, the move makes sense. The acquisition of Steve will definitely provide some assistance...
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Cardinals: Center field belongs to Randal Grichuk

A 23 year old well built baseball player steps to the plate. He waggles the bat, digs his feet in around home plate and dips the bat over his shoulder. The bat slowly points back towards the umpire as if to say, “Watch this!” The pitch comes in, and the body engages like a fighter jet. The bat head springs towards the sky and starts to whip around towards the pitch. It may touch...
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Cardinals are first to 60 wins

What a game last night. On Wednesday night the Cardinals came back in dramatic fashion to take home their 60th win of the season. Yadier Molina poked a stand-up triple (No, that is not a typo) down the right field line that plated three runs leading St. Louis to a 3-2 victory over the White Sox. This team continues to amaze me. Win No. 60 was not the smoothest, though. Up until Molina’s...
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Cardinals: Marco Gonzales continues comeback in Springfield

In Little Rock, Arkansas Wednesday night, St. Louis Cardinals lefthander Marco Gonzales took another step towards a Memphis rotation re-installation and into a 6th man in the Cards rotation with a rough if improved outing for The Springfield Cardinals(Double A). Upon first glance, the numbers won’t awake a highlight reel specialist or make a Fangraphs editor put down his bag of...
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