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Nielsen Tops Reyes and Kaminsky at Palm Beach

One of my Scout.com colleagues was rightfully excited about Rob Kaminsky’s two hits allowed over seven scoreless innings on Tuesday night for Class A-Advanced Palm Beach and feels a promotion to Double-A is due. After all, the outing lowered the lefty’s season ERA to 2.14. Well, believe it or not, Kaminsky’s ERA is just the third best in the Beach Birds’ rotation. If 2.14...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Cardinals Rumored to be on Two July 2nd Signees

Old Scout.com friend Kiley McDaniel, now with Fangraphs, has compiled a most difficult list of players to create – the top international prospects free to sign on July 2nd. The best part is that McDaniel has worked his contacts to come up with the best intelligence as to where these young men are most likely to sign and for how much. The most prominent name linked to the St. Louis...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

Cardinals Organization Roster Matrix: 2015 Draft and Short Season

With the July 23rd Opening Day for Johnson City, the last St. Louis Cardinals minor league team to take the field in the 2015 season, it is time for another refresh of the Roster Matrix. This version incorporates the 2015 Draft and will reflect the changes made from the start of 2015 short season play until after the playoffs at all levels are complete. The previous matrix reflects...
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13 days ago  |  Discuss

Matt Carpenter on his July Youth Camp, His Dad and His Future

Perhaps more so than any other St. Louis Cardinals player, Matt Carpenter personifies the self-made, tough, never-give-up image of one of baseball’s most successful franchises. The third baseman was born into a Texas baseball family headed by one of the nation’s most successful coaches and now wants to share his knowledge with the youths of the St. Louis area. Carpenter is hosting...
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16 days ago  |  Discuss

Get Six Months for Price of One at The Cardinal Nation

I rarely use this blog to directly trump up business (see what I did there?) for TheCardinalNation.com. Given the site is my primary source of income, perhaps I should do it more often. At any rate, today is one of those rare occurrences. On Wednesday, June 17th only, we are running a “six months for the price of one” promotion. This is without question the most aggressive offer...
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20 days ago  |  Discuss

MLB Network Streaming Announcement Helps, A Little

There is good news for some of those interested in watching MLB Network via streaming on mobile devices and computers. For example, until now, if you are traveling and your hotel does not carry the popular channel, there has been no way to pick up MLB Network. I know this from personal experience. That changed last Thursday, when MLB turned on streaming for their popular service...
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22 days ago  |  Discuss

Book Review: If These Walls Could Talk: St. Louis Cardinals

Looking for a great Father’s Day gift for your special St. Louis Cardinals fan Dad? You may even want to consider this one for yourself. Last month, the new book from veteran sportswriter Stan McNeal became available. If These Walls Could Talk: Stories from the St. Louis Cardinals Dugout, Locker Room and Pressbox is published by Triumph Books, ISBN 9781600789342. Available at local...
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25 days ago  |  Discuss

Cardinals Low-Hit Games Piling Up

Last time out, we reviewed the success of the St. Louis Cardinals pitching this season. They proceeded to give up 11 runs to the Colorado Rockies that evening. Coming off Tuesday night’s loss, during which the Cardinals managed just four hits against a Rockies starter who entered the game with an ERA over six, we will consider St. Louis’ offensive frustration this season from...
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27 days ago  |  Discuss

Cardinals Stingy Staff on Record Pace

Anyone who has been paying attention to the St. Louis Cardinals’ MLB-best 38-19 start to the 2015 season knows that pitching has been the key to the club’s success. Not only is St. Louis’ team ERA of 2.58 first in all of baseball, it is the best by far – almost a half run per game better than the next-best staff, Pittsburgh at 3.03. Among the starters, Michael Wacha is leading...
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29 days ago  |  Discuss

Cardinals Odds Shorten in NLC but Lengthen for World Series

After two months of play in the 2015 Major League Baseball season, bettors’ behavior is changing, in some cases, considerably. In the newest report from oddsmaker bovada.lv, odds to win divisions, pennants and the World Series are shortening for the hot teams and lengthening for the strugglers. The St. Louis Cardinals, with MLB’s best record, have strengthened their hold on the...
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June 04, 2015  |  Discuss

WHO News Talk Radio: 50 Cardinals Games In

St. Louis Cardinals-focused chat on WHO News Talk Radio 1040 in Des Moines. Invited back once again, I joined hosts Chuck Reed and former Iowa State head football coach Jim Walden on their weekly Sunday night show, “Two Guys Named Jim” on WHO News Talk Radio 1040 in Des Moines. The primary focus was to recap the St. Louis Cardinals’ first 50 games, catch up on injured players...
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June 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Bumping into Boras

Like tens of thousands of other travelers, my only goal on Friday afternoon was to beat the odds and get in and out of DFW Airport as quickly as possible. Despite all the rains and flooding in the area, my arrival went fairly smoothly. The flight was actually early, but of course, the gate was not ready. Had my connecting flight been blessed with a full flight crew present, I would...
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May 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Holliday Enters New Top 10 On-Base List

Many St. Louis Cardinals fans – at least those watching the game telecast Wednesday evening – are aware that left fielder Matt Holliday set a new Cardinals and National League record for consecutive games reaching base at the start of the season at 43. Now that Holliday, 35, has passed Albert Pujols on that list, it is time to check where he stands on the team’s all-time...
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May 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Cardinals Memorial Day Pregame to Include Special Features

FOX Sports Midwest release On Memorial Day (Monday, May 25 at 2 p.m. CT), FOX Sports Midwest’s St. Louis Cardinals telecast will start with a one-hour Cardinals Live pregame show that will include features paying tribute to men and women who have served our country. The show will include: • An interview with Cardinals pitcher Mitch Harris, the first graduate of the U.S. Naval...
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May 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Scout.com Cardinals Fantasy Talk on SiriusXM

The growth of Scout.com includes a full-scale fantasy sports presence, which can be accessed at fantasy.scout.com. Another element of the initiative is a nightly show on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio, Sirius channel 210 and XM channel 87. Early Wednesday morning, I joined host Dr. Roto, Scout Senior Fantasy Sports Expert, to discuss the St. Louis Cardinals from a fantasy perspective...
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May 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Peoria’s Dozer Park Going National

Three nationally-televised Minor League Baseball games in June should hold special interest to St. Louis Cardinals fans. Minor League Baseball fans should be pleased to learn of a new agreement to put a game of the week on national television each Sunday starting May 31. The docket on the American Sports Network (ASN) will include the “Minor League Baseball Sunday Showcase”...
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May 19, 2015  |  Discuss

AutoZone Park Ranked Second in all of MiLB

If you haven’t been to Memphis lately, it is time. The renovations directed by new Memphis Redbirds owner St. Louis Cardinals to AutoZone Park have taken the city-owner Redbirds’ home to a new level. And that says something about a stadium that was already superior to several current big-league venues. The changes have been affirmed by those in the game. AutoZone Park is ranked...
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May 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Talking Young St. Louis Cardinals Pitchers on WGEM

On Wednesday morning, I joined Josh Houchins on WGEM ESPN 1440 Radio. The primary subject was rise of some of the St. Louis Cardinals’ young pitchers and the club’s dependence on them. We also discussed the status of Jaime Garcia, working back from injury in Memphis along with Marco Gonzales, and who might be the next pitching recalls from Triple-A. Josh is the host of WGEM SportsCenter...
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May 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Catching Up with The Cardinal Nation Blog

So, I know it has been pretty quiet here at the blog recently. In 2015, I took the opportunity for a number of early-season trips and since spring training, I have seen series played by three of the St. Louis Cardinals’ full-season clubs – Memphis, Palm Beach and Peoria – plus a visit to extended spring training camp, too. As a result, I have been on the road three of the last...
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May 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Cardinals World Series Odds Shorten to Second in MLB

What a difference a month of play makes in terms of bettors’ behavior! In the newest report from oddsmaker bovada.lv, odds to win divisions, pennants and the World Series are shortening for the hot teams and lengthening for the struggles. In few places is it more evident than with the St. Louis Cardinals. The club moved from 12/1 to take it all last month to just 7/1. Only the...
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May 07, 2015  |  Discuss

Seven Consecutive Wins is Cardinals’ Best under Matheny

In my opinion, one of the strengths as well as weaknesses of Mike Matheny’s first three-plus clubs as manager of the St. Louis Cardinals is that the team never seemed to get too high or too low. We saw consistently successful rosters that rarely reeled off major winning streaks, but usually avoided long losing skids as well. Winning two games of a given series was a far more common...
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May 05, 2015  |  Discuss

Holliday’s Season-Opening On-Base Streak in Cardinals Top 15

When St. Louis Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday drew a free pass in the 11th inning Sunday against the Pittsburgh Pirates, it kept the 35-year-old’s season-opening on-base streak intact at 23 games. Holliday’s streak has reached the top 15 for the club all-time. It is the longest for a Cardinal since Albert Pujols was on base during his first 28 games in 2009. With an on...
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May 03, 2015  |  Discuss

2015 Cardinals Hall of Fame Announcement on FOX Sports Midwest

As a member of the St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame Red Ribbon Committee, who nominated the Veteran Era player to be inducted this year and set the ballot for the fan vote for the two Modern Era players to go in, I am delighted to share the details of the announcement plans for the Cardinals Hall of Fame Class of 2015. The identities of the winners will be shared with the public...
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May 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Carpenter’s Early Doubles Pace Would be Historic

From researcher Tom Orf: Matt Carpenter‘s 12 doubles in the St. Louis Cardinals’ 19 games is tied for the second-most in Major League Baseball history. Carpenter is tied with nine others for the second-most, behind Billy Herman, who had 14 in the Chicago Cubs’ first 19 contests of the 1936 season. Herman finished with 57 two-base hits that season, tied for 10th- most all...
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April 30, 2015  |  Discuss

KXnO FOX Sports Radio: Wainwright’s Injury Aftermath

Adam Wainwright-focused chat on KXnO FOX Sports Radio 1460 in Des Moines. On Monday, April 27th, I joined The Sports Fanatics, Ross Peterson and Chris Williams, who broadcast from 4pm-7pm weekday afternoons on KXnO FOX Sports Radio 1460 in Des Moines. While the primary focus was the injury to St. Louis Cardinals’ ace pitcher Adam Wainwright and what the team may do in response...
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April 28, 2015  |  Discuss
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