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Thursday, February 04, 2016

The Wainwrightization of Rick Porcello | FanGraphs

Great stuff from Jeff Sullivan.

Granted, there are similarities between lots of great players and lots of inferior players. The limitation of the pitch-comp system is it says nothing about consistency, and I can’t imagine Porcello yet trusts his curve the way that Wainwright has trusted his. One still has to assume Wainwright commands the pitch better, and then there’s also the matter of Wainwright having the cutter, which is better than Porcello’s. The effectiveness of a pitch is in part about the effectiveness of the other pitches, so Porcello still has a lot of proving to do. The point isn’t that Rick Porcello turned into Adam Wainwright when nobody noticed.

The point is simply that Rick Porcello’s curveball has evolved into something extremely similar to Adam Wainwright’s curveball. You can choose how much to make of that. If nothing else, it’s something to watch for.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 04, 2016 at 02:45 PM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: adam wainwright, cardinals, pitching, red sox, rick porcello, sabermetrics

Monday, January 25, 2016

Deadspin: U.S. Attorney Suggests Password Cardinals Used To Access Astros Scouting Database Was “Eckstein123”

Here’s what U.S. Attorney Michael Chu said (from the transcript of Correa’s re-arraignment):

MR. CHU: It was based on the name of a player who was scrawny and who would not have been thought of to succeed in the major leagues, but through effort and determination he succeeded anyway. So this user of the password just liked that name, so he just kept on using that name over the years.

What about Chris Truby?

eddieot Posted: January 25, 2016 at 05:34 AM | 57 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, cardinals, david eckstein, hacking

Monday, January 18, 2016

Cards seek more power from Moss, Adams : Sports

Who doesn’t want to be more streamlined?

A more streamlined Adams, though, won’t necessarily be an Adams getting more infield hits, especially against infield shifts. “I can probably tell you I’m not going to try bunting,” he said, laughing.

“I got one down out of six tries and the other five went into the visiting dugout,” Adams said. “So I’m going to scratch that, I think.”

When someone remarked about the leaner look, Adams referenced the jacket he was wearing. “I found this in my closet from two or three years ago,” he said.

“So that’s a good thing.”

Jim Furtado Posted: January 18, 2016 at 07:51 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: brandon moss, cardinals, matt adams

DeWitt gives views of hacking episode : Sports

Those concerned about the potential precedent the Cardinals’ hacking of the Houston Astros established received Chairman Bill DeWitt Jr.’s answer during a wide-ranging interview at Winter Warm-Up on Sunday.

He used the phrases “outlier”, “rogue element” and “one-off situation” when referring to the federal investigation that stems from former Cardinals scouting director Chris Correa, who earlier this month pleaded guilty to five counts of illegal entry into a protected database owned by the Astros.

“Certainly shocked us, and I think shocked everybody in the game,” DeWitt said. “Look, it’s a very competitive business, we all want to beat the other team. Everybody lives within the rules and tries to figure out what’s going to give them the advantage, but that sort of activity is just not at all in the culture of MLB.”

It remains unknown how MLB will mete out punishment for baseball’s version of corporate espionage. Some have suggested it sets a precedent with the Redbirds. Punishments could include a fine, the loss of draft picks or limits on draft spending. MLB is planning its own investigation, and has requested information from the U.S. attorney’s office. Correa’s sentencing is scheduled for April 11.

“I have confidence in the commissioner doing the right thing, whatever that right thing is,” DeWitt said. “I think it depends on the facts. Some of the facts you know because there was a confession there or a plea. What else they have and want to talk to the commissioner’s office about, I don’t know.”

Jim Furtado Posted: January 18, 2016 at 06:13 AM | 33 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, cardinals

Guilty plea just the beginning in Astros hacking case - Houston Chronicle

Federal judges have recommended - but not mandatory - sentencing guidelines to follow on a points system. The amount of loss greatly increases the number of points - and therefore, likely prison time.

To Toren, that may explain how the plea agreement came together.

“They don’t want to include the full amount of damages or loss,” he said. “Since he pleaded guilty, the only way he may have pled guilty, they don’t want to have to send him to jail for 50 years. Because that is a lot of loss.

“Based on the guidelines and the loss to the victim, I think that there is a very, very high likelihood that he’s going to serve at least two to three years in prison.”

Jim Furtado Posted: January 18, 2016 at 05:39 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, cardinals

Monday, January 11, 2016

Cardinals close to acquiring Korean reliever

Oh has an agreement in place with the Cardinals, according to multiple reports out of Korea, and the righthander is expected to finalize a new contract as early as Monday, when he’s scheduled to take a physical in St. Louis. The 33-year-old righthander had 41 saves this past season for the Hanshin Tigers in Japan, and he has not only 357 career saves but also two of the best nicknames for a ninth-inning reliever in the world: “Stone Buddha” and “The Final Boss.”

The Cardinals have sought a surefire reliever to set up closer Trevor Rosenthal.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 11, 2016 at 09:54 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, final boss, korean free agents, seung-hwan oh

Friday, January 08, 2016

Former Cardinals scouting director to be indicted for hacking the Astros today

Brian Costa of the Wall Street Journal reports that ex-Cardinals scouting director Chris Correa will be indicted today on charges arising out of the hacking of the Houston Astros’ database in 2014. Correa is expected to plead guilty to charges related to hacking the Astros.

Costa says between 5-12 charges will be filed. While the charges are yet unknown, the Federal Computer Fraud and Abuse Act would cover such activities. The FBI has been investigating for months. There are serious potential penalties under this law.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 08, 2016 at 11:49 AM | 68 comment(s)
  Beats: analytics, astros, cardinals, criminal, hacking, proprietary

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Gordo: To remain a power, Cards need power : Sports

Jeff Gordon tells the Cardinals what they are doing wrong.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 26, 2015 at 08:14 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals

Wednesday, December 23, 2015


Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Cardinals reach deal with Mike Leake | MLB.com

Sources confirmed that Leake was in town for a physical and that the Cardinals are planning a 2 p.m. CT news conference on Tuesday to announce the signing. According to a report from FOX Sports, the contract includes a full no-trade clause and is for $80 million over five years with a mutual option that could increase the value of the deal to $94 million. The club has not confirmed it.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 22, 2015 at 11:57 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, free agent, mike leake

Monday, December 21, 2015

Ten most notable MLB storylines to watch in 2016

This never would have happened if baseball had a salary cap.

The current deal between Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association expires in 347 days, and there are plenty of issues that must be resolved by the time the current deal runs out next Dec. 1, including the length of the schedule, draft-pick compensation and qualifying offers, and roster size.

The players are making more than ever and so are the owners, apparently, so for now, there is little indication that a work stoppage might be on the horizon. But there is one situation worth watching in particular: The growing discontent of small-market owners over what they perceive to be increasing disparity between themselves and the big-market teams.

This clash has the potential to be cancerous, as history shows. It was the fight between big-market and small-market teams that effectively led to the devastating players’ strike of 1994-1995, and some increased revenue-sharing that followed in subsequent collective bargaining agreements.

Small-market teams are certainly capable of profiting very well under the current system, by drawing revenue from baseball’s central revenue stream as well as handouts from the most well-to-do teams and maintaining a modest budgets. The Marlins are the best example of this.

But for some owners, the frustration over the perceived disparity seems to be shifting from an issue of money to a question of on-field competitiveness. Some leaders of small-market teams feel that not only should they have a chance to contend against teams like the Dodgers, Yankees and Red Sox, but that for the sake of the larger business of baseball, it’s better that they have a legitimate shot—and that their ability to compete is waning because of the cost of retaining stars like David Price.


Sunday, December 20, 2015

Heyward’s reason for leaving Cards agitates Matheny : Sports

Heyward’s perception of his ex-teammates.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 20, 2015 at 08:50 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, mike matheny

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 12-17-2015

Pittsburgh Gazette Times, December 17, 1915:

Phil Ball, chief owner of the St. Louis Federals, said today that if he enters organized baseball Fielder Jones would manage his team. Interest was given to this statement by reports that under the peace agreement Ball is to obtain the St. Louis Nationals.

Partially true. Ball did hire Fielder Jones to manage his newly-acquired St. Louis MLB team, but it wasn’t the Cardinals.

The good news is that Phil Ball hired a former World Series champion manager to run the 1916 Browns. The bad news is that he ran Branch Rickey out of the organization in order to bring in Jones, who was fired by mid-1918. Rickey went on to have a bit of success elsewhere.


Yadier Molina Undergoes Second Thumb Surgery - MLB Trade Rumors

Thumbs down on Molina’s 2016 season.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 17, 2015 at 06:17 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, yadier molina

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Cards must heal, regroup to battle Cubs : Sports

This owner gets it.

DeWitt said the goal is run differential, however it’s achieved.

“We’re trying to put together a team that has the biggest spread in runs scored vs. runs allowed, and that can come in all different forms,” the Cardinals’ chairman said. “With a player like Price you’re preventing runs. With an impact hitter you’re creating runs. It’s always a balance, and it’s always based on cost. What are you getting for the cost that you’re paying?”

Jim Furtado Posted: December 13, 2015 at 08:30 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals

Friday, December 11, 2015

IT’S THE CUBS’ WORLD NOW

Not to spoil the ending, but:

But the Cardinals aren’t doomed. They still have a solid lineup, a solid rotation and a solid bullpen, and you’d have to think they’ll add somebody. But for years, some fans have claimed, wrongly, that Cardinals-Cubs isn’t a real rivalry because the Cards have always been so much better than the Cubs. This, not coincidentally, is the same thing Yankees fans used to say about the Red Sox, before Epstein took over there as well. Now, some have said, in the wake of the Cubs’ signing of Heyward, that this ratchets up the rivalry.

But if anything, I believe it dampens it. Even before Friday, the Cubs were a better team than the Cardinals in just about every way. Now that the Cubs took the Cardinals’ best player, the gap between these teams have widened. If anyone needs to prove this is a rivalry, it’s the fading Cardinals.

Moses Taylor, Optimist Posted: December 11, 2015 at 04:22 PM | 99 comment(s)
  Beats: best fans in baseball, cardinals, cubs, free agents, theo epstein

Tuesday, December 01, 2015

Cardinals sign Pena to back up Molina : Sports

Yadier gets a new caddy.

The Cardinals finalized a two-year deal with veteran catcher Brayan Pena on Monday and installed him as the latest backup for Gold Glove-winning catcher Yadier Molina.

Pena’s contract is worth $5 million over its two years, a source confirmed.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 01, 2015 at 01:08 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: brayan pena, cardinals, yadier molina

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Top 10 prospects: Cardinals still rich with pitching : Sports

Power “is one of the bigger problems in the system,” Manuel wrote in the chat. “We list (Paul) DeJong (as) ‘best power’ in the system currently.”

I advocated for DeJong to be in the Top 10 for that reason. He’s one of the few in the “best tools” section of the rankings not to crack the Top 10. But that “best tools” also illustrates the Cardinals’ situation with position players why and it’s the free-agent market for them this winter: Nick Plummer, just drafted, is considered the “best hitter for average” already in the organization. Magneuris Sierra, who struggled at Low-A before righting his season at rookie level, is the teams “fastest baserunner,” “best athlete,” “best defensive outfielder,” and “best outfield arm.” It’s worth noting here that in this Top 10 and these “best tools” surveys the Cardinals are compared only against themselves. Sierra might have the 11th-best outfield arm in the minors, but if none of the top 10 are in the Cardinals’ organization he’s the best here.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 24, 2015 at 06:36 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, prospects

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Cardinals plan to go shopping : Sports

“How long can you take the body blows?” Mozeliak said. “That’s why thinking about outside markets and understanding that maybe it’s time to be more aggressive there might make sense. … If we’re compelled to do something that may be a little bit out of our comfort zone, it could happen from time to time.”
...
“What I’m talking about is do you have enough on the front end?” Mozeliak said. “Pitchers get labeled as 1 (ace), 2, 3, 4, and 5, and what I’m trying to make sure that we have the balance throughout that. When I say ‘horsepower’ — it’s a competitive division and you look at matchups. I think Carlos Martinez is ready to step up. (Michael) Wacha we certainly agree is capable of that. Then are we backfilling with more innings-eaters? Or is there something else we could supply?”
...
The Cardinals, in the past decade, have built their constant contention on their organizational depth. They rely on an ability to identify, cultivate, and then harvest internal options to fill major-league needs — all to avoid “chasing in external markets.” Mozeliak stressed that they are going in that direction this winter not only because of Lynn or the rise of the Cubs, but also because of opportunity.

“I wouldn’t say urgency. I would say that’s what we do,” Mozeliak said. “My point is things happen. We adjust. You’re not going to make irrational decisions just because you think the division is extraordinarily difficult. You have to stay disciplined to your process.”

Jim Furtado Posted: November 12, 2015 at 07:00 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Lance Lynn injured, has Tommy John surgery | MLB.com

Well, this explains it.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 10, 2015 at 09:07 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, lance lynn, tommy john surgery

Cardinals’ Top Prospect Alex Reyes Suspended For Drug Use - BaseballAmerica.com

Put down the joint, kid.

Alex Reyes, the Cardinals’ fireballing righthander who is the team’s No. 1 prospect and was the top prospect in the Florida State League, has been suspended for 50 games for drug use, MLB said Monday.

Reyes was suspended without pay for testing positive for the second time for a drug of abuse, meaning recreational drugs rather than performance-enhancing drugs.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 10, 2015 at 06:30 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: alex reyes, cardinals, prospects

Friday, November 06, 2015

Milwaukee - Baseball Prospectus: NL CENTRAL’S TOP-50 PROSPECTS

Baseball Prospectus breaks down the Top 50 by division.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 06, 2015 at 07:47 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, cardinals, cubs, pirates, prospects, reds

Monday, October 26, 2015

The complicated legacy of Oscar Taveras : Sports

It’s been a year.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 26, 2015 at 10:58 AM | 40 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, oscar taveras

Monday, October 12, 2015

Cubs hit six home runs, win Game 3 of NLDS | MLB.com

It was beautiful.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 12, 2015 at 09:49 PM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, cubs, playoffs

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Cardinals notebook: Wide strike zone no longer big part of game strategy : Sports

On Saturday, Maddon remarked how even though “it’s a structured strike zone, (but) it’s always interpreted differently by whomever is behind the plate.” What limits the umpires, Matheny has said several times, is the use of technology such as FoxTrax for broadcasts and the similar grid tech that Major League Baseball uses to grade umpires. The benefit, Matheny said, is “more accountability and should be more consistency.” The drawback is the diminishing importance of a catcher who is “no longer rewarded for all those years of working to catch because he gets the exact same strike zone.” Matheny used to have umpires tell him he couldn’t get the low strike anymore despite making it look good.

“That’s my job,” he said.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 11, 2015 at 10:06 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, cubs, strike zone

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