After a few steps back, Wong moving forward

After trudging through the season's first month trying to enact changes to the setup of his swing, Kolten Wong has found positive traction recently, and entered Tuesday enjoying a 10-game stretch in which he's hit .355/.444/.516 with a .961 OPS.
2 hours ago

Matt Adams: Bad process, good outcome

Prior to this season, I argued strongly that the Cardinals should look at trading first baseman Matt Adams. Adams missed most of 2015 with an injury and didn’t look especially sharp in 2014, either. For a team that projected Randal Grichuk, Stephen Piscotty, Tommy Pham, Matt Holliday, and Brandon Moss for the three outfield positions plus first base, Adams seemed a poor fit. When...
Via Today's Knuckleball
6 hours ago

Cardinals Fans Most Likely To Benefit From Papa John’s Deal

If you thought that Cardinals fans were the only ones getting hit with Papa John’s ads touting themselves as the ‘official pizza’ of the team, it turns out that 21 other MLB clubs have similar deals in place. And all of them include the do X and get Y clause. In the Cardinals case, it’s: 1 win = 50% off your order the next day. FiveThirtyEight noticed all these deals and...
Via Cardinals Diaspora
13 hours ago

Wacha looks to build on dramatic series-opening win

Tuesday night's matchup between the Cardinals and Cubs will feature two starters, Jason Hammel and Michael Wacha, who face an uphill climb after their last outings.
18 hours ago

Eventful 9th swings game Cardinals' way

Randal Grichuk's game-winning moment on Monday capped a swing of momentum that began in the top half of the ninth with a double play turned by Matt Carpenter.
19 hours ago

Yadier Molina tries to play off embarrassing moment with slick recovery

St. Louis Cardinals' All-Star catcher Yadier Molina has impeccable footwork behind the plate. The eight-time Gold Glove winner rarely makes a misstep on the diamond, expect for Monday night.In the eighth inning with a runner on first against the Chicago Cubs, Molina did what he's done countless times -- block a pitch in the dirt with perfect form. But as Molina scrambled to corral...
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20 hours ago  |  Discuss

The swing heard 'round St. Louis: Grichuk delivers walk-off homer as Cards beat Cubs 4-3

ST. LOUIS -- Randal Grichuck hit a tiebreaking solo homer in the ninth to lift the St. Louis Cardinals to a 4-3 win over the Chicago Cubs on Monday night.Matt Adams tied the score with a two-run homer off in the seventh for St. Louis' major league-leading ninth pinch-hit homer of the season. It also ended a streak of 13 innings of one-run pitching by Chicago starter John Lackey against...
Via Associated Press
20 hours ago  |  Discuss

Cardinals and Community Coffee Announce $7 Ticket Offer

$7 Tickets Available for Cardinals vs. Astros Series on June 14-15 ST. LOUIS, Mo., May 23, 2016 – The St. Louis Cardinals are proud to partner with Community Coffee to present fans with a special discount ticket offer.  Starting tomorrow, fans can purchase $7 Loge, Pavilion and Terrace level seats to watch the Cardinals take [...]
Via The Cardinal Conclave
1 day ago

Live By the Bat, Die By the Bat

After 44 games, the Cardinals sit barely above break even, winning 23 and losing 21.  I thought I’d have to go a long way back in their history to find a similar start.  After all, we’ve been spoiled by so many good teams that almost .500 seems ridiculously pedestrian for this franchise.  So I looked [...]
Via The Cardinal Conclave
1 day ago

What has been different in the last three starts by Mike Leake?

After a difficult start to the 2016 season, Mike Leake has strung together three straight quality starts for the St. Louis Cardinals -- allowing a total three earned runs over 21 innings pitched. As you'd expect, Leake did not strike out hitters many hitters (4.71 K/9) during this span, but he limited his walks (1.29 BB/9) and did a better job than previous starts at keeping the...
Via Viva El Birdos
1 day ago

Kolten Wong's slow start is over

With a strong couple of weeks, Kolten Wong has hopefully left a slow start to 2016 behind him. While still a newcomer to fans and teammates alike, Kolten Wong was picked off first base by Koji Uehara to end Game 4 of the 2013 World Series. It wasn't why the Cardinals lost the game - they were down two runs at the time and even though postseason giant Carlos Beltran was at the plate...
Via Viva El Birdos
1 day ago

Mayor Slay Should Cancel Work This Afternoon

Mayor Slay isn’t running for re-election for the mayorship of St. Louis when his current term is up in 2017. He isn’t burdened with campaign fundraising. He isn’t beholden to anything but the best interest of the public writ large. So with the Cardinals playing the Cubs AND the Blues in a pivotal game 5 against the Sharks both taking place this evening in downtown St. Louis...
Via Cardinals Diaspora
1 day ago

Cardinals news and notes: Holliday and the D-Backs

The Cardinals did not win all of their games this weekend, but they also did not lose all of their games this weekend. Read ahead for further Cardinals-related intrigue. Starting tonight, the St. Louis Cardinals will play the Chicago Cubs in a three-game baseball series. The Cubs, the best team in baseball by record, run differential, and general acclimation, took two of three games...
Via Viva El Birdos
1 day ago

Kolten Wong’s invisible turnaround

You wouldn’t know it by looking at his season numbers, but Kolten Wong righted the ship a while ago and is back to being a productive ballplayer. His dismal April left him with a .226/.306/.226 line–meaning he didn’t have a single extra-base hit. Yet since the start of this month, he’s put together a .275/.370/.450 line–well above his career norms and also superb production...
Via Today's Knuckleball
2 days ago

Cardinals hope to get to Greinke on Sunday

With Stephen Piscotty playing a leading role during an offensive surge, the St. Louis Cardinals are on the verge of winning back-to-back series to open a nine-game homestand. That run would normally seem to be in jeopardy against Arizona Diamondbacks ace Zack Greinke, but St. Louis was responsible for one of the right-hander's worst performances last month. As left-hander Jaime...
Via Associated Press
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Adam Wainwright May Have Found Something

You don’t need numbers to gain a sense of how Adam Wainwright‘s season has started. You just need Adam Wainwright postgame quotes. After his Opening Day start, he wasn’t “anywhere close to being excited,” and called himself “the definition of average.” The next start tied his “career-high-of frustration level” because he was “so upset about the way the ball [was...
Via Fangraphs
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Cardinals: Dissecting Where Diaz & Piscotty Belong in the Lineup

On Thursday night, the Cardinals scored thirteen runs. On Thursday night, Aledmys Diaz, owner of a .376/.403/.648 slashline through 37 games, batted second in the starting lineup. And on Thursday night, Stephen Piscotty, the man who is hitting over .340 in his last 61 at-bats, batted in the cleanup spot. A lot of grief has been raised during Mike Matheny’s tenure as Cardinals...
Via STLSportsMinute
4 days ago

Harrison Bader: A Cardinals Prospect on Being a Sponge

Harrison Bader is raking in his first full season of pro ball. The 21-year-old St. Louis Cardinals outfield prospect ranks second in the Double-A Texas League with a .351 batting average. Batting leadoff for Springfield, Bader boasts a .401 OBP and his slugging percentage is a sporty .554. Last year, he hit the ground running after being drafted in the third round out of the University...
Via Fangraphs
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Cardinals' bats need to awaken in finale against Rockies

Michael Wacha hasn't received much help from his St. Louis Cardinals teammates during the worst losing streak of his career.Jon Gray was finally rewarded amid his current positive stretch for the Colorado Rockies.While Wacha looks to avoid a fifth consecutive losing start, Gray tries to build on his first career victory in Thursday night's decisive series finale at Busch Stadium...
Via Fox Sports
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Cardinals OF faceplants while stealing second base

St. Louis Cardinals centerfielder Randal Grichuk stole second base in the fourth inning of Wednesday's Cardinals-Angels game, but he paid for it dearly with his face. Grichuk hit the ground a full five or six feet before the base and bounced his head off the dirt, losing his helmet in the process. 
Via Fox Sports
12 days ago  |  Discuss

St. Louis Cardinals: Adam Wainwright’s comeback tour

Flashback to two years ago. Adam Wainwright earned a whopping 20 wins and registered a solid 2.38 ERA as the St. Louis Cardinals’ ace. He also struck opposing batters out a solid 179 times, which was actually his lowest mark in five years. He is only two years removed from this All-Star season. The skeptics will say Wainwright is over the hill after suffering an Achilles tendon...
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Problems for Mike Leake and the St. Louis Cardinals

Early on in 2016, St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Mike Leake (#8) has not been as impressive as many fans would have hoped.  With a career ERA under 3.90 heading into this season, Leake has seen his ERA jump to 5.83 in his first five starts for the Cardinals.  The 28 year old is also 0-3 in those five starts, and the Cardinals are 1-4 in games he’s started. Why has Leake...
20 days ago  |  Discuss

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