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Writer Has Blazing Hot Take On Rosenthal’s Paternity Leave

John Steigerwald is a Pittsburgh sports media personality and author who has worked for WTAE and KDKA amongst other outlets. He’s currently proprietor of ‘Just Watch The Game‘, which bills itself as “Pittsburgh sports, opinion and politics by John Steigerwald”. He went to his Facebook page to give his expanded opinions on Trevor Rosenthal’s paternity leave this weekend...
Via Cardinals Diaspora
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The ‘Cardinal Way’ and ‘Oriole Way’ show just how little has changed in baseball

It will take just an 18-16 finish for the St. Louis Cardinals to record the franchise’s first 100-win season since 2005. The Redbirds will go to the playoffs for the twelfth time in 16 seasons come October, where they will be the resounding favorites to represent the National League in the World Series for the fifth time in the 21st Century. The Cardinals have made it look easy...
Via Baseball Essential
15 hours ago  |  Discuss

Jaime Garcia Pitching to Contact with Ace Stuff

Pitching to contact is a much-maligned, sometimes misunderstood philosophy. Inducing contact results in a hit 30% of the time while a runner can reach base on a strikeout only on the rare wild pitch or passed ball. The strikeout is a considerably better outcome, but attacking hitters and getting strike one, the philosophy espoused by Dave Duncan, can combine strikeouts, weak contact...
Via Fangraphs
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Cardinals Hire Randy Flores As Scouting Director

The Cardinals announced today that they have hired former MLB pitcher Randy Flores as their Scouting Director. The official statement from the team: The St. Louis Cardinals and their Sr. Vice President/General Manager John Mozeliak announced today the team’s decision to hire former Cardinals pitcher and 2006 World Series Champion Randy Flores as its Director of Scouting, beginning...
Via Cardinals Diaspora
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Cardinals Host 11th Annual Career Day at Busch

Students and educators can attend panel discussion with executives from Cardinals, FOX 2 and KPLR Channel 11                           ST. LOUIS, August 27, 2015 – The St. Louis Cardinals are teaming up with FOX 2 and KPLR Channel 11 for the 11th annual Career Day at Busch Stadium on Wednesday, September [...]
Via The Cardinal Conclave
2 days ago  |  Discuss

St. Louis Cardinals: Postseason is in sight

The St. Louis Cardinals have been in the postseason for the last four years in a row and number five will be under their belts after this season. According to the Cardinals have a 100% probability of making it to the postseason. This season has been one of overcoming obstacles for the Cardinals. After their loss against the San Francisco Giants in the postseason last year...
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Cardinals still division favorites, but Pirates aren’t far behind

The Cardinals have long been the favorites to win the NL Central. They entered the season as the presumed favorites and certainly haven’t disappointed. Even now, they possess a healthy 4.5 game lead on the second place Pirates. But healthy isn’t the same as insurmountable, and if any team has a chance of knocking down the Cards, it’s Pittsburgh. On the season. the Pirates...
Via The Outside Corner
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Cardinals send Martinez to the bump to try and finish off sweep of Snakes

The St. Louis Cardinals' dominance of the Arizona Diamondbacks has been particularly pronounced on the mound. Carlos Martinez, however, is just looking to avoid the longest losing streak of his career as the Cardinals go for an eighth straight win over the Diamondbacks on Thursday night. St. Louis (81-45) has won 12 of the past 13 meetings with Arizona (62-64) behind a 1.94 ERA from...
Via Fox Sports Midwest
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Lackey stymies D-backs as Cardinals take another

PHOENIX -- John Lackey pitched seven strong innings and the St. Louis Cardinals beat Arizona 3-1 on Wednesday night, their seventh straight win over the Diamondbacks. The Cardinals scored four first-inning runs off Robbie Ray on Tuesday, but had to wait a little longer Wednesday with Patrick Corbin limiting them to Mark Reynolds' homer in six innings. St. Louis quickly took advantage...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Heyward is getting the job done in the cleanup spot

Jason Heyward is finally in the position most thought he would be all along when he joined the St. Louis Cardinals -- cleanup hitter. The outfielder has fielded the No. 4 spot in the lineup in his last 14 starts, and although he hasn't yet provided a power stick in terms of home runs, he's driving in runs -- he had a two-run single in the first inning Tuesday to start the Cards off...
Via Fox Sports
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Rest pays off for introspective Wong in his return in the desert

St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny read the situation perfectly. Kolten Wong needed a break, physically and mentally, from the grind. Matheny gave Wong 2 1/2 days off to recharge and allow the self-confessed harsh self-critic to take a step back and take in the bigger picture. Wong collected a pair of hits in his return, helping the Cardinals to take a second consecutive road...
Via Fox Sports
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Cardinals' mindset: Keep pedal to the metal -- even at 35 games over .500

It's not all that uncommon for the St. Louis Cardinals to reach 35 games over .500 in a season. It's less common for them to do it this early in the year, but when they do, a trip to the World Series has almost always followed. The next step is ensuring themselves at least a .500 season, and that foregone conclusion can come as early as Wednesday night in Arizona while marking their...
Via Fox Sports
3 days ago  |  Discuss

The Cardinals Are First MLB Team To 80 Wins

The Cardinals became the first MLB team to reach 80 wins on Tuesday night and pushed their record to 35 games over .500. There are still 6 more days left in August. With a .640 win percentage and 37 games remaining, the Cardinals are on pace to post 24 additional wins in 2015, bringing their season total to 104. Matt Adams, Randal Grichuk, Matt Holliday, Jon Jay, Adam Wainwright...
Via Cardinals Diaspora
3 days ago  |  Discuss

A Tantalizing Taste of a Total Team

In the past three games, the Cardinals have allowed a total of seven runs.  That’s not news at all–the pitching staff is the real reason this team now has 80 wins.  However, in the past three games the Cardinals have scored 24 runs.  That, my friends, isn’t common at all.  In the eight games prior [...]
Via The Cardinal Conclave
3 days ago  |  Discuss

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...
Via STLSportsMinute
4 days ago  |  Discuss

The Strength of the Tsunami – Carlos Martinez

October 26, 2014 – Tragedy struck as St. Louis Cardinals’ top prospect Oscar Taveras, 22, and his 18-year-old girlfriend were killed in a car accident in Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic. The news hit the Cardinals organization and their fans hard, along with baseball fans across the globe. There was nobody outside of Taveras’ family, however, that felt the loss more than the...

Stacking up Stephen Piscotty’s First 30 Games in Cardinals History

St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Stephen Piscotty has now completed his first 30 games as a Major Leaguer, during which time his team went 19-11. Stepping into the every-day role in left field for the injured Matt Holliday, the 24-year-old has been extremely productive for a first-place Cardinals lineup that is also missing power threat Randal Grichuk. In fact, in one element of...
Via The Cardinal Nation blog
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Cardinals Recall Garcia From Memphis

LHP TYLER LYONS OPTIONED TO MEMPHIS                 SAN DIEGO, Calif., August 23, 2015 – The St. Louis Cardinals have recalled infielder Greg Garcia from Memphis (AAA) today.  Left-handed pitcher Tyler Lyons was optioned to Memphis following Saturday night’s game at San Diego. Garcia, 25, was batting .294 with 36 RBI through 94 games for Memphis, [...]
Via The Cardinal Conclave
6 days ago  |  Discuss

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...
Via STLSportsMinute
6 days ago  |  Discuss

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...
Via STLSportsMinute
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Where the Birds Fly – The St. Louis Cardinals Continue to Dominate

The MLB season kicked off with a prime-time showdown between the St. Louis Cardinals and Chicago Cubs on April 5th. Adam Wainwright earned the W that night, and gave the Cardinals their first win of the new campaign. Between then and April 28th, the Red Birds were rolling with one of the best records in baseball when they suffered an enormous loss, as opening day starter and staff...

John Smoltz’s MLB all-weather team is phenomenal

During Tuesday’s Tigers-Cubs game on MLB Network, John Smoltz got bored during a two hour, 17 minute rain delay. So he created an “all-weather” MLB team. .@MLBNetwork John Smoltz's All-Weather Team. — FaceoftheFranchise (@facefranchise) August 19, 2015   Out of everyone on that list, Dewey Williams is probably the most forced answer...
Via Awful Announcing
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Bumgarner had pinch-hit single that led to insurance run

    Madison Bumgarner did not pitch for the San Francisco Giants on Tuesday night, but the World Series hero proved he doesn’t need to take the mound to help his team pick up a victory. Dealing with an injured Hunter Pence and an undermanned bench, Giants manager Bruce Bochy decided to call on Bumgarner as a pinch-hitter with two outs in the seventh. Naturally, Bumgarner...
Via Larry Brown Sports
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Have The Cardinals Finally Taken Every Injury They Can Afford To?

While success has been the constant for the 2015 St. Louis Cardinals, so has been the ever-present element of doing it in spite of a crucial injury. Looking at the team’s Opening Day roster in comparison to the everyday lineup it trots out currently, rational thought would say there should be no way that this team has baseball’s best record and a six game lead in their division...
Via i70baseball
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Injuries continue to pile up for St. Louis Cardinals

Yet another chapter has been written in the injury-riddled saga that has plagued the 2015 St. Louis Cardinals. Outfielder and legitimate NL Rookie of the Year contender Randal Grichuk landed on the disabled list Monday with an elbow strain that he sustained during Sunday’s game. Since the All-Star Break, Grichuk has been red hot, knocking 14 extra-base hits, including 8 HRs. His...
12 days ago  |  Discuss

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