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Cardinals cap off impressive road trip with 7-5 win over Giants

Stephen Dunn / Getty Images The Cardinals long 10-game NL West road trip came to an end Sunday afternoon in San Francisco. With a 6-0 win over the Giants on Saturday, the Cardinals have assured themselves of a winning road trip. Though they wanted more today, and they got it. St. Louis got off to a very quick start as Matt Carpenter opened the gme with a lead-off home run. That...
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Winnett’s Mailbag: Who Occupies a Healthy STL Cardinals Outfield?

Last week, after Mr. Dan Buffa introduced Buffa’s Mailbag, he offered to let me get in on the action. Needless to say, I jumped at the chance quicker than Jim Edmonds scaled the Great American Ballpark center field wall. The entire reason I joined Twitter, YouTube, and began blogging in the first place, was to interact with people who share similar passions.  Each week, we...
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Can the Cardinals be stopped in the Central Division?

It’s funny. Every time St. Louis Cardinals fans seem to think the Redbirds are slowing down or starting to finally tail off and self destruct, they fire off a short winning streak where they restore order to the well breed machine. After dropping two disgusting games to the lowly San Diego Padres out west, the Birds have fired off four wins in a row, outscoring the opponent 27...
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Cardinals: Aledmys Diaz deserves September call-up

Do you feel it in the air? The “dog days” of summer are drawing to a close. September is right around the corner, and as the calendar flips that means September call ups. The Cardinals have some options. Here’s an idea: shortstop Aledmys Diaz. What a whirlwind couple of years in the Cardinals minor league system for Diaz. Diaz has had an injury-ridden first couple of years...
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Cardinals roll to 80 wins and 35 games over .500

  Jeff Curry / USA Today Sports   On August 25th in 2011, the Cardinals were 10.5 games back of the NL Wild Card. Then of course, they went on a remarkable and historical run in dramatic fashion to achieve their 11th World Series Championship in franchise history. Since then, St. Louis has been the postseason in three consecutive years; reaching the NLCS in 2012, another World...
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Cardinals Theme Night Idea: Fans get Mike’d up

*Every year the United Cardinal Bloggers do monthly projects. For this month, it was pick a theme night for the Cardinals to use next year. Here is my idea. Over all my years watching, writing for and obsessing over St. Louis Cardinals baseball, the one thing I hear the most from fans is “Well why don’t the media ask the manager this or that?” Well, here is your chance, die...
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Kolten Wong: A beauty and a beast 

    Speaking in the terms of an “it factor”, Kolten Wong has got it. From when he positions himself in the field to every time he steps in the left-handed batter’s box, Kolten has this sense of swagger lingering around him. Sometimes, the swagger he has is so conspicuous. Spectators of the ballgame eagerly await for his next turn to bat or for the next ball hit to his area...
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Cardinals: Is Jacob Wilson a possibility in September callups?

As the St. Louis Cardinals battle the Padres in San Diego this weekend, I am looking at the farm and seeing who can come up and help in September. The sure things are Tim Cooney, Mitch Harris, Sam Tuivalala, Xavier Scruggs, and Marco Gonzales possibly. Let’s talk long shots. That’s more fun. I got my eyes on Jacob Wilson, Michael Ohlman and possibly Charlie Tilson. Will we see...
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Buffa’s Mailbag: Will Carlos Martinez go to the bullpen in playoffs?

I’m firing up something new here on STL Sports Minute. A weekly mailbag. Preferably on Friday’s. I’ll take a round of questions from Twitter, cite the tweets and answer the questions. That way, a site that claims to be the voice of the fan actually pulls from that crowd at least once a week. Everything from magical rally animals, 1982 songs, playoff rotations, Mark Reynolds’...
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Yadier Molina’s clutch 100th career home run carries Cardinals to 4-3 win over Giants

Bill Greenblatt / UPI With all of the injuries really starting to mount and facing a dangerous Giants team desperate to get into postseason play, the Cardinals were in need of an offensive spark. It was Yadier Molina who delivered that spark in a big way this series. Molina, who had only two home runs all season, coming into this three-game series with San Franciso, added two more...
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What do the Cardinals see in Peter Bourjos?

The Peter Bourjos experience is fading…but did it ever truly rise up? When Bourjos took the stage in front of the media at the 2014 Winter Warmup after coming over in a trade involving David Freese and Randal Grichuk, he promised he was healthy, ready to go and would steal 40 bases that season. Well, that didn’t happen. After a little run to start the season in the lineup, Jon...
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Should the Cardinals rest Carlos Martinez?

It’s safe to say Carlos Martinez has proved critics completely wrong this season. Many doubted whether the Cardinals young righty could pitch deep into games. Martinez has gone six innings or more in 16 of his 22 starts so far. Check. Others, early on, doubted Martinez could maintain good enough command of his pitches when he accumulated a 4.25 walks per nine in the first month...
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Grichuk lands on DL, outfield messy but controlled

 Another week, another player’s name going from the active roster to the dreaded disabled list. Welcome to St. Louis Cardinals fandom. The admission will cost your sanity. While the injuries the Cardinals have been handed haven’t made the negative impact that they’re capable of making, it’s beyond-frustrating watching players drop like they are flies.  Outfielder Randal...
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15 days ago  |  Discuss

Cardinal Nation: Think Twice Before You Hate on Joe Buck

Although there are many fans who aren’t aware of it, Joe Buck is often an extremely polarizing figure within Cardinal Nation. Some of the most intense STL Cardinals arguments healthy discussions I’ve partaken in have revolved around Mr. Buck, and how he’s perceived both locally and nationally. For the record, before I go any further, I don’t care if you hate the man or not...
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Carlos Villanueva: Unsung hero for the Cardinals

He’s the pitcher no one talks about on the St. Louis Cardinals yet Carlos Villanueva continues to put in good work on the team. When Villanueva was signed in the offseason, most fans griped or shrugged. What was John Mozeliak doing in signing this not so good pitcher when the Cardinals had so much pitching? As August turns 2 weeks old, Villanueva has had a fairly substantial impact...
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Jaime Garcia: Equalizer for the Cardinals

Here he goes again. Lefthanded wiz kid Jaime Garcia pitching like a top of the rotation ace like its his last start of the season. As St. Louis Cardinals fans can attest, keeping the faith in Garcia isn’t an easy task. However, it’s hard to deny what the man can do when he’s healthy. Example? Friday night, Garcia hurls 8.1 innings on only 96 pitches, shutting down a Miami Marlins...
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Rough night for Lance Lynn and Cardinals, though St. Louis settles for two out of three over Pirates

Jeff Curry / USA Today Sports Well….let’s just say it was a rough night for Lance Lynn. It was a rough night for the Cardinals altogether. The Pirates were in need of a win Thursday night to avoid the sweep against the Cardinals, and they were dangerous right out of the gates. Pittsburgh put up a seven spot in the Top of the 1st inning to take a 7-0 lead. Pedro Alvarez continued...
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Seth and Kevin: A Dynamic Duo 

 If you were to sneak a peek at the Major League Baseball appearance leaderboard for the pitching side of things you would spot a couple of St. Louis Cardinals’ relievers. That couple would consist of Seth Maness and Kevin Siegrist, a righty and a lefty, a sinker guy and a fastball man. Two pitchers with contrasting qualities but one common objective–get outs. And in their fifty...
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20 days ago  |  Discuss

Cardinals: Stop complaining about Mike Matheny’s lineup

Folks, listen carefully. It’s time to stop complaining about the St. Louis Cardinals lineup. That daily activity around 3pm where the Cards release the starting 9 and people use a ton of brain cells about who is there or who doesn’t belong there? It gets tiring after a while. For a while, I engaged in the activity. I complained about Randal Grichuk hitting 8th(in retrospect,...
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20 days ago  |  Discuss

Paul Stastny and Vladimir Tarasenko need to play together

Back in May, after the St. Louis Blues bowed out of the playoffs in a disappointing first round loss to the Minnesota Wild, the first thing that came out of my mouth was a dramatic fix for next season. One that existed in house. If the logic of putting your best players in the top of a baseball lineup carries any weight, I think the two most talented players on a hockey team need...
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22 days ago  |  Discuss

State of the Union, Cardinals Edition. 

 Today is Monday, August tenth, whether you choose to believe it or not. The Cardinals are coming off a weekend series win at Miller Park against the Brewers. St. Louis is sitting pretty atop of the National League Central Division, a stupefying 71-40 record and a 5.0 game leg-up over second place Pittsburgh. Quite frankly, all is well when it comes to the Birds On the Bat. Matt...
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NL Central race starts to heat up as Cardinals host Pirates this week

Chris Lee / St. Louis Post Dispatch If we have learned anything in baseball this past weekend, it is that the NL Central (by far) is the best division in the majors. During this past weekend, the top two teams in the NL West went 0-7 against the second and third best teams in the NL Central (h/t to @MPHackmann on Twitter). The Pirates swept the Dodgers in three games and the Cubs...
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22 days ago  |  Discuss

Bernie Miklasz: the renegade who inspired me to write

We all have our writing heroes. Some of them are acclaimed novelists. Others have Hall of Fame screenwriters for their mantle holders. Poe. Fitzgerald, Hemingway and others. For me, it was a guy named Bernie Miklasz who wrote for the St. Louis Post Dispatch. A man who dished it straight, didn’t hold back, and took aim at several topics. He didn’t limit his bullseye to one sport...
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Cardinals continue to roll for their 70th win of the season

Ezra Shaw / Getty Images With a 6-0 win over the Brewers in the series opener on Friday night, the Cardinals are on a three-game winning streak. Not only that, the Cardinals have reached 70 wins on the season with a record of 70-39 (.642). St. Louis is the first team to 70 wins this season, and no other team has 65 wins yet. They only needed one inning to score, and they used all...
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STL Cardinals Fans: Embrace the Hate

Following nearly every STL Cardinals win (particularly ones with more perceived importance), I immediately head to the ol’ Twitter machine and search for “Hate Cardinals”. While some may find this behavior strange, I do it purely for comedic relief. I also understand, in the world of competitive sports, hatred and success go hand-in-hand. Of course, I would prefer to be solely...
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