ST. LOUIS CARDINALS NEWS

How Would You Set Up The Rotation?

With nothing else to do, let’s do a little group thinking, shall we? When the Cardinals lost Lance Lynn for the year due to Tommy John surgery, they eventually picked up Mike Leake to fill that void.  However, few of us immediately slotted Leake into Lynn’s spot in the rotation.  Lynn was set up as the #2 starter in 2015 (though [...]
Via The Cardinal Conclave
15 hours ago  |  Discuss

Cardinals Lead MLB in Youthful Manager-Bench Coach Combo

When hired to replace Hall of Famer Tony La Russa in late 2011, St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny was among the first in a new wave of Major League Baseball managerial hires – young, former players (often catchers) with minimal, if any, prior coaching experience in either the majors or minors. That once-new wave has now become the new normal. I was surprised to learn...
Via The Cardinal Nation blog
15 hours ago  |  Discuss

Josey’s Inbox: Can the Cardinals hold off Chicago?

Full squad workouts begin on Tuesday, February 23, and the Cardinals’ first exhibition game is on the second day of March. It’s a fine time to discuss any questions that may be had heading toward the 2016 season. @Curtis_Josey @stlsportsminute thoughts on the Pena signing? — Jodi RVT Umo (@JodiUmo) February 6, 2016 The addition of Brayan Pena assists the Cardinals in more...
Via STLSportsMinute
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Cardinals Nation Valentine’s Day Specials

DINNER FOR TWO OR SUNDAY BRUNCH FOR CARDINALS LOVEBIRDS ST. LOUIS, Mo., February 5, 2016 – Cardinals fans, grab your sweetheart and head to Cardinals Nation Restaurant and Bar in Ballpark Village for Valentine’s Day. Cardinals Nation Restaurant will be hosting two separate events on Valentine’s Day weekend, one on Saturday night, February 13, and [...]
Via The Cardinal Conclave
4 days ago  |  Discuss

The Wainwrightization of Rick Porcello

I don’t know if you paid much attention to Rick Porcello last year, but I bet you have made a bad pancake. You know, one of those pancakes when you wait too long before you flip it. Or maybe you tried to make a pancake without preheating the cooking surface. The parallels work as well as any parallels do — you mess things up from the start, despite the best of intentions, but...
Via Fangraphs
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Johnny Keane’s mistake to leave the St. Louis Cardinals organization

Recapping the managerial career of 1960s MLB manager Johnny Keane, it is easy to discuss the difficulties he faced to get to the major leagues. He certainly took the the scenic route to get to there. With his minor league baseball career ending in the mid part of his twenties, he started to learn about being a coach. By the time he was 26, he was a manager in the minor leagues...
Via Baseball Essential
6 days ago  |  Discuss

St. Louis Cardinals: Offseason Report Card

Credit: Michael B. Thomas / Getty Images North America After a tumultuous offseason that left many St. Louis Cardinals fans disappointed, Spring Training is finally right around the corner. With camp opening soon, the Cardinals and their fans will be eager to see how Randal Grichuk and Stephen Piscotty will perform in Jason Heyward‘s absence, and the team’s coaches will also...
Via Baseball Essential
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Cardinals Nation Hosts Family Night with Fredbird

Every Wednesday Night until the Regular Season Starts Kids Can Eat Free ST. LOUIS, Mo., February 2, 2016 – Cardinals Nation Restaurant and Bar in Ballpark Village has announced a new Family Night with Fredbird that begins tomorrow, February 3.  During Family Night with Fredbird, families will receive one free kids meal for any child [...]
Via The Cardinal Conclave
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Maybe The Baseball Prospectus List Is More Important Than We Think?

Last week Baseball Prospectus released their list of the top 101 prospects in baseball. Maybe you’re into prospect rankings. Maybe you could give a rip. Here is the complete list of  St. Louis Cardinals on this list: #10 Alex Reyes (RHP) I checked twice. And Reyes is the only Cardinal on this list. He is also going to be sidelined the first 50 games of the MiLB season for failing...
Via Cardinals Diaspora
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Cardinals reliever Walden expected to be full participant in spring training

While Jason Heyward has departed the St. Louis Cardinals in free agency for the Chicago Cubs, the Redbirds still have one piece of the trade with the Atlanta Braves in reliever Jordan Walden.Walden was limited in 2015, appearing in only 12 games before his season ended prematurely on April 30 with a biceps injury. Instead of opting for surgery, the setup man elected to rehab the...
Via Fox Sports
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Q&A: Luke Weaver, Cardinals Pitching Prospect

Luke Weaver dominated high-A in his first full professional season. In 19 Florida State League starts, the St. Louis Cardinals’ 2014 first-round pick had a 1.11 WHIP and a 1.62 ERA. There was no opportunity for the lanky righty to prove himself in Double-A. He didn’t make his first 2015 appearance until mid-May — according to St. Louis assistant GM Michael Girsch, there was...
Via Fangraphs
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Setting the Cardinals’ table: Matt Carpenter or Kolten Wong?

For a sizable chunk of the previous season, Cardinals’ third baseman Matt Carpenter served as the team’s leadoff hitter. Nonetheless, when he was not there, a significant decline in offensive production was the outcome.  It’s claimed that the decrease was only coincidental, and there are happenings to support that. So, it’s possible that sifting the two-time All-Star a...
Via STLSportsMinute
11 days ago  |  Discuss

2016 Cardinals Spring Training Number Assignments

The St. Louis Cardinals have a new arrival wearing number 3, the lowest number for spring training. Many other changes from 2015 to 2016 are all noted here. The Roster Matrix right here at The Cardinal Nation Blog and the St. Louis Cardinals 2016 roster on the main site, The Cardinal Nation, are fully up to date. The former indicates all players invited to Major League spring training...
Via The Cardinal Nation blog
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Will Cardinals top prospect Alex Reyes see time in majors in 2016?

With the baseball season coming soon, Baseball Prospectus has released the annual list of its top 101 prospects. The St. Louis Cardinals have just one player on this year's list, according to SB Nation -- right-handed pitcher Alex Reyes, ranked at the 10th best prospect in all of baseball.While Reyes is the only Cardinals prospect to make the list in 2016, three were ranked in 2015...
Via Fox Sports
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Group Tickets for the 2016 Cardinals Season On Sale Today

Groups of 20 or more can purchase discounted tickets to single games and receive additional incentives ST. LOUIS, Mo., January 27, 2016 – Beginning today, organized groups of 20 fans or more may begin purchasing tickets to single games during the 2016 Cardinals season.  This season the club has reduced the number of people needed [...]
Via The Cardinal Conclave
13 days ago  |  Discuss

5 Burning Questions for the St. Louis Cardinals

The St. Louis Cardinals won 100 games in 2015, which may lead one to believe that the Redbirds are a sound team without many worries heading into the 2016 season. These beliefs would be false, as the Cardinals have uncertainty all around the diamond with their current team. The health of the rotation is in […]
Via Baseball Essential
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Interview with Cardinals Prospect Luke Harrison

In the 35th round of the 2015 MLB Amateur Draft, the St. Louis Cardinals selected Luke Harrison from Indiana University. Harrison is one of the best pitchers in the school’s history, as he currently holds the Hoosier record for best career ERA. I was lucky enough to catch up with Luke regarding his career at Indiana, […]
Via Baseball Essential
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Tony LaRussa Gives Tour Of Cardinals Locker Room

Found something on YouTube, friends. This Tony LaRussa video was published around 3 months ago, but was shot sometime after the ’11 season. Let’s take a look: Candidly, I’m not sure what’s going on here. I mean, yes, I know what’s going on here. It’s a tour of the Cardinals facilities let by Tony LaRussa. And FWIW, it’s good video. The part where he’s in the equipment...
Via Cardinals Diaspora
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Tennessee Smokies Ownership Group Assumes Management of Johnson City Cardinals

Though the St. Louis Cardinals hold the Johnson City franchise in the Appalachian League, providing coaches and players, they do not manage the local operation. That role has been played since 2004 by the non-profit, charitable-focused Johnson City Sports Foundation, but recent financial challenges and the need to improve the Cardinal Park facility has led to a change in leadership...
Via The Cardinal Nation blog
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Is Carpenter still best suited as a leadoff hitter for Cardinals?

For now, the St. Louis Cardinals going to continue using Matt Carpenter as the team's leadoff hitter for 2016. However, with a breakout 2015 season, does he still fit the role of leading off?While he has the typical traits of a leadoff man with a high on-base percentage (.375 career average), Carpenter showed a new trait in 2015 -- power numbers. Hitting 28 home runs -- three more...
Via Fox Sports
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Expanding 2016 Cardinals Spring Training Broadcast Schedule

One of my self-assigned tasks each spring is to scan the broadcast schedules of the St. Louis Cardinals’ spring training opponents to create something that is not available in one place anywhere else. What follows is a list of all Cardinals television games, whether the broadcast originates from the Cardinals side, from their opponents or via a national network. After all, if you...
Via The Cardinal Nation blog
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Adam Wainwright Is The Best

Via Cardinals Diaspora
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Wainwright angry over going late in ‘expert’ fantasy draft

For every 1,000 professional athletes that claim they don’t pay attention to fantasy sports and could not possibly care less about your fantasy team, there is a guy like St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright who pays close attention to where he is drafted. Earlier this week, Sirius XM held its F.S.T.A Experts Baseball Draft. Wainwright, who is less than nine months removed...
Via Larry Brown Sports
19 days ago  |  Discuss

2016 ZiPS Projections – St. Louis Cardinals

After having typically appeared in the very hallowed pages of Baseball Think Factory, Dan Szymborski’s ZiPS projections have been released at FanGraphs the past couple years. The exercise continues this offseason. Below are the projections for the St. Louis Cardinals. Szymborski can be found at ESPN and on Twitter at @DSzymborski. Other Projections: Arizona / Atlanta / Baltimore...
Via Fangraphs
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Cardinals Plan At Least Nine 6 PM Starts At Home In 2016

The Cardinals have been playing around with start times for a couple of seasons. In 2016, they are planning at least 9 home games to start at 6p versus 7p or 7:15p. Fans seem to be split on their opinion of the earlier start time while the players are generally in favor of the 6p first pitch. This note was among the Cardinals tidbits that have made the news this week: +++ The Cardinals...
Via Cardinals Diaspora
20 days ago  |  Discuss
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