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Cardinals: Weak offense leads to fourth straight loss

It’s been a rough week to say the least for the St. Louis Cardinals. On Friday night, it only got worse. St. Louis dropped their fourth straight game in a 2-1 loss to the San Diego Padres, and it wasn’t pretty. The Cardinals managed just four hits for one run, which came on a bases loaded, double-play groundout off the bat of Xavier Scruggs scoring Jason Heyward. The loss can...
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Blues: Lock up Vladimir Tarasenko long time!

I’ll be quite honest. The St. Louis Blues offseason has been just fine except for one thing. Vladimir Tarasenko hasn’t been signed yet. They resigned Robert Bortuzzo, Chris Butler, Jori Lehtera, Jake Allen and traded T.J. Oshie’s remaining 9 million away to Washington for a decent return. All that is left to do is give their most talented player a long term deal. Please lock...
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Cardinals: Tommy Pham gets a shot

It finally happened. The St. Louis Cardinals recalled outfielder Tommy Pham from Triple-A Memphis ahead of Friday’s game against the San Diego Padres, and I couldn’t be happier for the guy. Pham has been on fire since his return from the quadriceps strain that kept him out earlier in the season. The 27-year old has hit .338 with 5 homers and 21 RBI for the Memphis Redbirds, including...
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Cardinals: Is bunting a game changer?

Ahh, the bunt. The play that never ceases to amaze me when executed under the right circumstances. Do the St. Louis Cardinals execute it correctly? Nowadays, it seems like the only time we see a bunt is when a speedster is at the plate trying to bunt his way onto the base paths. Or, most commonly, when the pitcher is batting with runners on and less than two outs. As I’ve mentioned...
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Blues: Robert Bortuzzo is the new Jax

I know what you are thinking. Buffa, what the hell? You write about Justin Williams and the Caps sign him. You ponder the idea of Martin St. Louis and he retires. The St. Louis Blues haven’t signed Vladimir Tarasenko yet but gave Jori Lehtera a three year extension, signed Chris Butler and made sure their minor league Chicago Wolves affiliate was well stocked. What now? Well, the...
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Blues: T.J. Oshie traded to Washington

The T.J. Oshie era is over ladies and gents. The St. Louis Blues fan favorite and right winger was traded to the Washington Capitals this afternoon for right winger Troy Brouwer, goaltender Phoenix Copley and a third round draft pick next season. What does this all mean? Oshie’s 4.5 million salary for 2015-16 and 2016-17 is off the books and while Brouwer makes 3.6 million this...
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Cardinals: The Cubs “Rivalry” Does Not Exist

Cubs fan: “Man, we really whooped up on you guys this season!” Cardinals fan: “You sure did. Guess we’ll see ya in the playoffs. Oh, wait…” Does this conversation sound familiar to you? Despite the 2015 season, thus far, I can’t tell you how many times I’ve given that response to a Cubs fan since 2008. Even if the Cardinals get swept by the Cubs in a series, a St...
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Blues: Take a chance on Martin St. Louis?

Now that my preferred target, Justin Williams, has signed with the Washington Capitals for a modest 2 years/6.5 million, my eyes are set on other players for the St. Louis Blues to seek out. Phil Kessel was traded to Pittsburgh, so that takes his 8 million per year off the board as well. Joel Ward is intriguing and is a member of the Williams gritty playoff breed, but according to...
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Revisiting Old Cardinals: Jim Edmonds

James Patrick Edmonds. Jim Edmonds. Jimmy Baseball. Jimmy Ballgame. Hollywood. When writing a piece like this it’s always my intention to avoid using “I” or making the story personal, but when it comes to Edmonds I can’t help myself. He is, without question, my favorite Cardinal of all-time. Yes, more so than Ozzie or Willie or Herr or Albert or…you get it. Jimmy played...
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Blues: Justin Williams is the answer

Good afternoon St. Louis Blues fans. I am here to tell you that Los Angeles Kings right winger Justin Williams is the answer to the Blues postseason nightmares. If the Blues are the scared child in the bed worried about the monster in the postseason closet, Williams is the one who turns on the light and says it’ll be alright. I know what you are thinking. Williams only mustered...
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Blues: Vladimir Sobotka staying in KHL is fine

In case you missed the news, St. Louis Blues’ fan favorite Vladimir Sobotka isn’t coming back this year to the NHL. He plans to stay in the KHL for one more season and let his body be broken down by a rigorous game outside of the big show. Suit yourself, buddy. Sobotka and Blues General Manager Doug Armstrong seemed to hold about 45 different discussions over the past 2 months...
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Cardinals: Best record and division king

How sweet it is to be a St. Louis Cardinals fan? The Birds are 50-24, reaching the 50 win mark the fastest since the Chicago White Sox did in 2005, where they went on to win the World Series over the Houston Astros. The Cards are also 28-7 at Busch Stadium and have a phenomenal 20-8 record against their division. The Cubs, Pirates, Reds, and Brewers can’t touch them and it’s...
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Cardinals: Greg Garcia helps ignite walkoff winner

After plowing through South Beach, the St. Louis Cardinals came home to open up an extended homestand against the Chicago Cubs, their newest form of competition in the Central division. If you had told me Greg Garcia would play a hand in turning a 2-1 Chicago lead around into a 3-2 Birds walkoff win, I would have laughed at you and then bought you a Pete Kozma jersey at Sports Authority...
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Blues: T.J. Oshie and Patrik Berglund leaving?

The NHL Draft is upon us, and for the St. Louis Blues that represents six picks. Neither of those picks fall in the first round, thanks to the Ryan Miller trade. Will the Blues trade T.J. Oshie or Patrik Berglund to grab a first round pick? That is the talk of the town. Who has a better chance of going and will it net a high pick for the Note? The answer is Oshie. I think his talent...
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Cardinals: Is Jon Jay the most polarizing Cardinal?

Ask any St. Louis Cardinals fan about Jon Jay, and you’ll rarely receive a pragmatic response. They’ll most likely either unequivocally love him, or passionately despise him. Countless arguments spanning all of Cardinal Nation, particularly on social media, have erupted with Jay’s innocent face fueling the flames. Don’t believe me? Just do a quick “Jon Jay” Twitter search...
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Cardinals take care of business against Marlins; look forward to homestand

Well, this team sure is fun right now. The Cardinals went into Miami and did what they were supposed to do, that is win the series, or better yet, sweep the Marlins. Other than the home runs from Giancarlo Stanton, which were indeed fun to watch, but the Cardinals starting pitching once again was dominant. The Cardinals pitching staff allowed only five runs in three games this series...
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Cardinals: Flying high without Adam Wainwright and Matt Holliday

Say you were to tell me at the beginning of Spring Training that by June the St. Louis Cardinals would have played without Matt Holliday, Adam Wainwright, Matt Adams, Lance Lynn, and Jordan Walden for at least two weeks each, yet they would have possession of the best win-loss record in the game. I would have looked at you as if you were one of the most disoriented people in existence...
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Blues: A Letter to Doug Armstrong

Dear Mr. Armstrong, I’m tired of the same old sad story with this St. Louis Blues team and their head coach. I understand that Hitch is one of the most respected coaches in the NHL and is fourth all time in wins. But why did you decide to bring him back? Its obvious that his system will not work anymore! How is that not obvious to someone that is supposed to be one of the “best”...
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Blues announce home opener on October 8th vs Oilers; road opener October 10th vs Wild

The Stanley Cup Playoffs were once again cruel to Blues fans as they witnessed St. Louis eliminated in the first round for the third straight year. And on top of that, the Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup for the third time in six years. Though hopefully, maybe 2015-2016 season can be a change. The NHL teams have announced their home openers today for the 2015-2016 season and the Blues...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

Blues: Doug Armstrong, say hello to the hot seat

With Ken Hitchcock coming back for another season of expected one and done dread, the heat is on Doug Armstrong to change this team’s roster construction. I am talking top line upheaval and salary dumping. Get a pick in the upcoming draft or find a way to cut T.J. Oshie and Patrik Berglund’s heavyweight cotton salary off the payroll. There are only so many times you can tell...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

After series with Marlins, significant home stretch awaits for Cardinals

The Cardinals have an off-day today, so it’s a perfect time to recap this weekend’s action and give a preview of what’s ahead for St. Louis. The offense finally woke up in two out of the three games (Friday and Saturday) this weekend in Philadelphia. The Cardinals won 12-4 on Friday, the 10-1 on Saturday, scoring in double-digits in consecutive games for the first time since...
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Cardinals: Remembering Jack Buck

I’d never seen the press box at old Busch Stadium so quiet. Something was wrong. I was working on the Manual Scoreboard on June 18th, 2002, the day the music died for St. Louis Cardinals radio. Jack Buck passed away and the usually raucous press box was chillingly silent in the middle of a game. I took a seat and thought about the last time I remembered interacting with Buck. Living...
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Revisiting Old Cardinals: Lou Brock

As the trade deadline approached on June 15, 1964, the St. Louis Cardinals were below .500 and languished in 7th place in the NL standings. A hot finish to 1963 was getting them nowhere in 1964. Desperate to jump-start his team, Cardinals GM Bing Devine began scouring the trade market. He found a willing partner in Cubs GM John Holland, who was looking to add pitching to his own...
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Cardinals: Don’t get too swept up by Randal Grichuk

I know what you are thinking. St. Louis Cardinals’ left fielder Randal Grichuk just cranked a couple majestic home runs in Philadelphia so why are you telling me to restrain myself from jumping on the bandwagon? It’s simple really. Riding is fine, but don’t finish the entire glass of kool aide just yet. Grichuk is an exciting talent yet cut from the raw variety and will still...
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Cardinals: Scott Kazmir is a good trade target

The St. Louis Cardinals have boasted the best record in the majors for almost the entirety of the season, but is this team truly the best team in baseball? Could starting pitcher Scott Kazmir be of any help?  Throughout the season the team has been able to endure severe injuries to major pieces in the championship puzzle, like Wainwright, Holliday, and Adams.   How long can the...
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14 days ago  |  Discuss
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