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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Goold: Changes to coaching staff, roster still ahead for Cardinals | Derrick Goold: Bird Land |

Derrick Goold covers some of the Cardinals 40-Man Roster decisions.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 18, 2016 at 05:55 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals

Friday, September 30, 2016

Molina’s walk-off 2B keeps Cards in WC hunt |

It was a weird end. Watching the game, I agree with the umps. Price waited too long.

Molina stepped to the plate with two out and the potential winning run on first and ripped a ball to left field. It bounced off the warning track and hit a panel of signage beyond the wall before caroming back into play. A throw from left fielder Adam Duvall was too late to get Carpenter, who slid into home to initiate the celebration.

Statcast measures the exit velocity of Yadier Molina’s double and Matt Carpenter’s max speed as he scores the game-winning run

As the Cardinals carried that celebration into the dugout, the Reds remained on the field wanting to challenge that the ball should have been ruled dead—and Molina, therefore, awarded a ground-rule double—when it hit the signage. Reds manager Bryan Price waited too long before requesting a review, and the game officially ended.

“In this situation, Bryan Price did not come up on the top step,” crew chief Bill Miller told a pool reporter after the game. “We stayed there. I waited for my partners to come off the field. I looked into the dugout, the Cincinnati dugout, and Bryan Price made no eye contact with me whatsoever, and then after 30 seconds he finally realized, somebody must have told him what had happened, and we were walking off the field.”

Jim Furtado Posted: September 30, 2016 at 07:04 AM | 72 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, reds

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Cardinals GM John Mozeliak refects on 2016 |

On how the organization intends to improve its defense before next season:

“Any time you identify something you want to address, whether it’s defense, power, the pitching, a lot of times it’s at what cost? And what I mean by that is, to get better defense, we may have to take a step back offensively. In terms of internal analysis that we do upstairs, that’s certainly an exercise we’re going to do. Then we’re going to decide what makes us look like a better club. But none of us is satisfied with 81 wins. So as we look to the offseason, we’ll certainly explore all the available options that we feel can help us improve.”

Jim Furtado Posted: September 28, 2016 at 08:23 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, general managers, john mozeliak

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Fans jeer as Cardinals suffer ‘embarrassing loss’ | St. Louis Cardinals |

And the fans, in a rare moment of pique, let the Cardinals hear about it, first booing and then erupting in a Bronx cheer when the final out of a seven-run fourth was recorded. They booed a little more later on and then many of them beat the traffic, with some of them at least leaving with a Grateful Dead T-shirt, a special theme night promotion.

Unfortunately, the memory of Jerry Garcia was of no more help than Jaime Garcia on Monday.

The paid crowd to witness the carnage was 34,942, snapping a string of 240 straight crowds here of over 40,000, dating to Sept. 24, 2013. Matheny said he noticed the reaction of the crowd and appeared to find little fault with it.

“None of us want to be booed,” he said. “But people put their hard-earned money into showing up here and that’s the freedom they have. We take it very seriously what kind of product we put out there and if it isn’t up to their standards, then it isn’t.”

Jim Furtado Posted: September 27, 2016 at 09:44 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals

Monday, September 26, 2016

What can the Cardinals learn from the Cubs’ rise? - St Louis Cardinals- ESPN

Complete overhauls aren’t needed in St. Louis.

“Certainly they were looking at a way to arbitrage the draft and international markets,” he said. “They were able to do so without being overly concerned about how they finished for a couple years. I hear of teams doing it—and the Cubs aren’t the first to try this—but for us, I’ve always said St. Louis has been a place that demands winning. [Owner Bill] DeWitt Jr. and myself, we’re not ever looking at a season where we want to take a timeout or two and try to reshuffle the deck.”

Jim Furtado Posted: September 26, 2016 at 06:25 AM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

3-team tie atop NL Wild Card |

We could have a wild finish.

Tuesday’s Major League action saw the National League Wild Card race evened into a three-way tie between the Giants, Mets and Cardinals.

The trio has been trading places in the NL standings all month, with each club logging time in possession of a spot in the NL’s one-game playoff. But when the dust settled after Tuesday’s results, all three ended the day with an 80-71 record.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 21, 2016 at 06:35 AM | 46 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, giants, mets, playoffs, wildcard

Monday, September 19, 2016

Goold: Cardinals running behind in wild-card race, on bases | St. Louis Cardinals |

This is silly. The Cardinals are 6th in runs scored in MLB. While it’s true a team should try to be great at every facet of the game, the Cardinals baserunning isn’t a real issue.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 19, 2016 at 08:49 AM | 5 comment(s)
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Wednesday, September 07, 2016

The reasons why the St. Louis Cardinals are always contenders - St Louis Cardinals- ESPN

Although there is a lot of talk about their draft success. How much of that success, though, is really a superior development system?

Here’s how Mozeliak summed up the challenge of contending yearly with an eye on the long term:

“Every year presents new challenges, demands and expectations. Our goal has always been to look at this team with long-term lenses and try to understand how and what we need to do to remain competitive. Ownership provides us with resources to best manage our short- and long-term goals. Our success is based on traditional thinking with strong scouting and player development. We compliment it with modern business strategies and innovation.”

Jim Furtado Posted: September 07, 2016 at 11:47 AM | 16 comment(s)
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Sunday, August 28, 2016

Ortiz: Reyes’ father shares moment with his son | Jesus Ortiz |

I bet this is something a lot of us can identify with, even if we aren’t major league players.

“My dad has always given me support and always gone to my games since I was a little kid,” Reyes said. “It’s dedication. He wants to come see me pitch. I’m happy to have a father like that. He’s always out there looking for when I’m pitching and when I’m not. It was fun having him here today.”

Jim Furtado Posted: August 28, 2016 at 09:42 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: alex reyes, cardinals

Goold: Cardinals choose to share ‘C’ |

What’s the point of anointing a Captain?

Moore and Boyer were the third and fourth official team captains, respectively, following Pepper Martin and Leo Durocher, according to club history. In the modern era that singular role has been replaced by a different “C,” a leadership core. A few times during his tenure Matheny has been asked about naming a team captain or even awarding a “C,” and he has declined, saying leadership shouldn’t be consolidated.

Save the stitches. Share the responsibility.

“To me, if you have a one-legged stool you’re going to be pretty unstable,” Matheny said Friday as his team took batting practice. “It’s nice to have three. If you can have four or more the more stable you’ll be. I figured it’s semantics. Captain. Leader. Ace. It’s the same thing and every good team is going to have a certain group of guys. An ace like Adam Wainwright, or your Matt Holliday, a field general like Yadier Molina, any one of them or all of them you could throw a ‘C’ on.”

Jim Furtado Posted: August 28, 2016 at 09:39 AM | 1 comment(s)
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Saturday, August 27, 2016

Gyorko continues his surge to aid Weaver’s win | Cardinal Beat |

22 homers in 316 PA.

“When you’re out there trying to get your first win and you get a couple of runs early, it maybe settles you down a little,” Gyorko said. “And he definitely got in a groove and was pounding the strike zone. I got a pitch I was kind of looking for. I was looking for that changeup and I put a good swing on it.”

After wrapping up the previous night’s loss with a solo homer in the ninth inning, Gyorko put a jolt into his 22nd of the season, driving it 423 feet onto the grass in center.

It left him one short of his career high of 23 homers, which he hit during his rookie season in 2013 in San Diego. Those came in 486 at-bats. Gyorko’s 22 this season have come in 289 at-bats and he is now a regular in the lineup, the only question being which infield spot he’ll occupy.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 27, 2016 at 10:23 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, jedd gyorko

Monday, August 22, 2016

Gordo: Depleted Cardinals turning negatives into positives | Jeff Gordon |

The Cardinals keep on plugging away.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 22, 2016 at 11:24 AM | 6 comment(s)
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St. Louis Cardinals’ Brandon Moss enjoying proving haters wrong - St Louis Cardinals- ESPN

“I had a bad year last year and I was coming off a hip surgery, and everybody wants to look at you like your career is done and you can’t do it anymore,” Moss said. “I wanted to tell them, ‘Hey man, pump the brakes a little bit. I’m fighting though a lot of things here.’

“You get tired of the constant questions about it. You’re going out there and fighting every single day to be the best for your team and your teammates that you can possibly be. Everyone in the room knows that you’re battling. Everybody knows that you don’t feel right. But every single day there’s a little something in the articles written about your failures. It eats at you a little bit.”

Jim Furtado Posted: August 22, 2016 at 06:51 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: brandon moss, cardinals

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Cardinals loosen reins on Grichuk | St. Louis Cardinals |

“He needs to be Randal,” hitting coach John Mabry said.

That’s something Moss has wanted to talk to Grichuk about.

An unapologetic slugger who was in Triple-A at 27 when he accepted his swing, Moss recently loaded up a bushel of statistics on his phone to show Grichuk. Moss researched information on (a database of granular pitching data), FanGraphs (a progressive statistical site), and (baseball heaven, online). The stats illustrated how other hitters have started their careers with bursts of homers and flurries of strikeouts and become a more selective but no less powerful hitter as they mature. The day he planned to present 25-year-old Grichuk the examples, Grichuk was demoted.

“I wanted to show him some things on similar players that have struggled in their careers or struggling in their first couple years and all of a sudden the power number starts to spike because the on-base started to spike,” Moss said. “The batting average slowly climbs, sometimes goes down, but that’s OK. I’m not trying to shape him, but I’m trying to give him a better idea because I feel like that’s where he was lost. He wants stardom. He needs the patience for it, but it will come.”

Jim Furtado Posted: August 16, 2016 at 09:38 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, randal grichuk

Monday, August 15, 2016

Stephen Piscotty has improved arm strength |

Great article.

And Piscotty? Well, we know exactly what he did, because’s Cardinals beat reporter Jen Langosch pointed out way back in early April that improving arm strength was a focus of Piscotty’s last spring. As she wrote, Piscotty changed his throwing mechanics when new teammate Mike Leake “identified a flaw that was costing the outfielder some strength,” then worked with fellow outfielder Randal Grichuk on improving his arm action. Two days into the season, Piscotty showed off his new skills by hitting 94.8 mph while throwing out Andrew McCutchen at the plate.

Four months later, that increased velocity has more than held up. Consider these career numbers:

• Of the 58 times Piscotty has reached 75 mph on a throw, 51 of them have come in 2016.
• Of his 30 hardest tracked throws, 29 have come in 2016.
• Of Piscotty’s five career assists, four have come in 2016.
• Of the 93 qualified outfielders, he was tied for 69th in throwing velocity last year, and he’s 11th this year, just behind Kole Calhoun and Adam Eaton.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 15, 2016 at 06:58 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, steven piscotty

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Goold: How Moss learned to mash, without regrets | St. Louis Cardinals |

Doctor Strangebat: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb!

Each day’s BP became his chance to let loose, masquerading as a warmup to get loose. He had a swing built for a longest-drive contest. He knew where the pitch was going to be, how fast it was going to arrive, and he wanted to see how far he could send it, picking distant spots out at each ballpark. If there was water out yonder, all the better. He would let fly to see how far it flew. And then, during a BP session at Class AAA, hitting coach Jeff Branson had a suggestion.

“You need to start trying to do that in a game,” Branson told him.

“I don’t know if I can,” Moss recalled answering. “It’s fun to do it in BP. But it’s a totally different thing to do it in a game. He said, ‘With where you hit the ball in BP, you have the ability to miss balls and hit them over the fence. Honestly, I think that’s a better approach for you to have. You’re not really having success with what you’re doing now.’

“And,” Moss said. “He was right.”

This is how Brandon Moss learned to stop worrying and embrace hitting bombs.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 14, 2016 at 11:54 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: brandon moss, cardinals

Friday, August 12, 2016

Holliday suffers broken thumb as mistake-prone Cards lose in 11 | St. Louis Cardinals |

The injuries keep pilling up in St. Louis.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 12, 2016 at 08:10 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, matt holliday

Tuesday, August 09, 2016

Gordo: Mediocrity is enough for Cards to contend | Jeff Gordon |

The Cardinals may make the playoffs in what seems like a bridge year for them. It would be quite the accomplishment.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 09, 2016 at 08:42 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, playoffs

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Reyes pulled from Memphis start; available, if needed, for MLB debut | Derrick Goold: Bird Land |

The way the Cardinals have it planned, lefty Tyler Lyons will likely start Saturday’s game in Miami, but since little has gone as planned for the past week they wanted to make sure they had another, viable, even intriguing option.

Enter Alex Reyes.

The Cardinals’ top prospect was pulled from his start Tuesday night for Class AAA Memphis after three innings and 57 pitches. The reason given for the quick removal from the game was “insurance,” according to an official. The Cardinals didn’t want Reyes to throw a standard start and not be available if needed for Saturday. The righthander with the 100-mph fastball is being considered for that start, and his major-league debut.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 27, 2016 at 09:32 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: alex reyes, cardinals

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Baseball can be a cruel game. Just ask Mike Mayers. | Sports on Earth

What happens when your dream comes true but turns into a nightmare?

Jim Furtado Posted: July 26, 2016 at 09:41 AM | 52 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, debuts, mike mayers

Monday, July 18, 2016

Former Cardinals Exec Sentenced to Prison for Hacking Astros

Wow.From prank to almost 4 years in prison.

Brian Posted: July 18, 2016 at 03:41 PM | 61 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, cardinals

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Wainwright more than all right in blanking Marlins | St. Louis Cardinals |

Wainwright referred to himself as “the laughingstock of the baseball world” for his 7.16 ERA at the end of April and struggles into May. He’s carved that down to 4.15. As he stood on the mound for the ninth – 11 pitches from a shutout – he made sure he saw where his 2006 teammates were in the crowd. He’s no longer the rookie they watched close their championship. He’s more complete.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 17, 2016 at 08:59 AM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: adam wainwright, cardinals

Thursday, July 14, 2016

BenFred: Cards have no bigger woe than problems in the field | Ben Frederickson |

I wonder what metrics the Cardinals are using.

But it’s the defense that’s been consistently suspect.

“The one thing that, through all of this, I don’t think any of us anticipated was us struggling as much as we did early on defensively,” Mozeliak said Wednesday. “I do think that had a ripple effect on our rotation, thus putting more stress on (starters).”

Jim Furtado Posted: July 14, 2016 at 07:15 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, defense

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