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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

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

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 | stltoday.com

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 | stltoday.com

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

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Young shortstops, like Diaz, are wave of future in the big leagues | St. Louis Cardinals | stltoday.com

The Cardinals seeing Diaz as their future at shortstop is quite a reversal from 12 months ago, when it was possible his time with the team had passed. The Cardinals needed a spot on the 40-man roster, and Diaz had idled at Class AA. The club designated him for assignment. Diaz had to pass through waivers, giving 29 teams a chance to claim him. (“Whoops,” said one NL executive earlier this season.) In the months that followed, Diaz went on a tear: He hit better than .300, reached base more than 40 percent of the time, slugged better than .500 and hinted at what was ahead.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 12, 2016 at 06:38 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: aledmys diaz, cardinals

Monday, July 11, 2016

Cards prospect Reyes sizzles in Futures Game | St. Louis Cardinals | stltoday.com

Since I’m sure they are watching his innings, how long can the Cardinals resist adding him to their bullpen? As Earl Weaver used to say, “The best place for a rookie pitcher is in long relief.”

Jim Furtado Posted: July 11, 2016 at 08:57 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: alex reyes, cardinals

Wednesday, July 06, 2016

Brayan Pena to serve U.S. Army

The phone call from the military recruiter that Cardinals catcher Brayan Pena had been waiting for came Tuesday, and if the U.S. Army calls again asking him to serve, he said he would probably leave baseball to do so.

Pena, 34, has been exploring the possibility of joining the U.S. Army Reserves, and he learned Tuesday that he will be able to participate in training and work as an ambassador, but his contract with the Cardinals forbids him from officially enlisting. But he feels called to serve in some way, he said, even if it’s before his contract expires.

“If they call me and say, ‘Hey, Pena, can you go?’ I will go,” Pena said. “It’s one of those things you have to follow your heart and you have to follow exactly how you feel and that’s how I feel. It’s one of those things I’ve been thinking about for a while now and let’s see what happens.”...

Speaking with a U.S. Army Recruiting Center in Orlando, Fla., Pena learned that his contract prohibited his full enlistment. He’ll spend two weeks training this offseason and then see what other functions he can serve. At the end of his current contract, he will explore full enlistment, he said.

“I know it’s not a game. I know that,” Pena said. “Sometimes you have to do what you think is the right thing. Because I’ve been thinking about it for a long time, ever since I became an American citizen. It’s time for me to give something back.”

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 06, 2016 at 11:22 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: brayan pena, cardinals, military service

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Matt Carpenter joining some of elites, when it comes to leadoff hitters.

Matt Carpenter, a 13th-round pick in 2009, has re-imagined the leadoff spot for a modern game and is on his way to claiming two of the best seasons ever by a leadoff hitter. Carpenter has made a strong All-Star push with a remarkable month. Since the birth of his daughter, Carpenter has hit .385 with a .491 on-base percentage and a 1.231 OPS. He has reached base almost as many times (57) as he has outs (59) in that span. With another two hits Tuesday night in Kansas City, Carpenter has raised his season average to .300, his on-base percentage to .420, and his slugging percentage to .592. He’s a 3-4-5 hitter (.300/.400/.500), and he’s doing it from the leadoff spot. Let’s put the argument of where he should aside, and look only at what he’s done from the top spot in the order. It’s Hendersonian.


Thursday, June 23, 2016

Commish’s Classics: They Weren’t Just The Mets; They Were Pond Scum

‘Commish’ Hummel looks back on the 1980s STL-NYM rivalry, points and laughs at young Chris Dial’s tears of rage and anguish. Worthy topics!


Tuesday, June 07, 2016

Cardinals Kolten Wong sent to Triple-A Memphis | cardinals.com

Jhonny Peralta is set to make his season debut for the Cardinals, and his arrival means a demotion for a St. Louis regular.

The Cards plan to reinstate Peralta from the disabled list in time for Tuesday’s game in Cincinnati. On Monday, they cleared the roster space to do so, optioning Kolten Wong, the team’s primary second baseman for almost three seasons, to Triple-A Memphis.

There simply isn’t going to be much playing time going forward for Wong, who is hitting .222/.306/.286 in 144 plate appearances, with the return of Peralta bumping reigning National League Player of the Week Matt Carpenter to second base.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 07, 2016 at 06:55 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, kolten wong

Saturday, June 04, 2016

Mozeliak Says Diaz Will Stay at Shortstop, Peralta Feels He Can Play 3rd Base - 101Sports.com

On if Kolten Wong could be sent to Memphis to work out his hitting slump:
“I don’t want to talk about a given person especially when you’re talking about a downward assignment, but overall this game is about performance. Ultimately, we’ve got to try to put together our best 13 from an offensive standpoint to give us a chance to win.”
“As this picture becomes more clear and we have a better understanding about when some of these injured players are coming back and what to expect…Everything has to be on the table when considering how to improve.”

Jim Furtado Posted: June 04, 2016 at 07:28 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, jhonny peralta

Monday, May 30, 2016

Cardinals notes: Punishment for hacking ‘unlikely’ before this June’s draft | St. Louis Cardinals | stltoday.com

The sentencing hearing for former Cardinals executive Chris Correa has been delayed several times, and as a result the commissioner’s office has not resolved its investigation into Correa’s admission that he illegally entered the Houston Astros’ database. The Cardinals have been braced for punishment of some kind, but the timing has been unclear. Two sources with knowledge of the commissioner’s thinking said it would be “unlikely” that any punishment could be exacted before this coming draft. There isn’t time, said one, and the plan has been to wait until after the sentencing.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 30, 2016 at 11:41 AM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Miklasz: Cards Blow a Chance to Beat Cubs: Another Reason to Despise the Sac Bunt

Old-school Bernie sounds more like Brian Kenny here…

But there’s a bigger picture here.

You have only 27 outs in a nine-inning game.

Every out is precious.

So don’t squander them on unnecessary sac bunts.

And never do it when you have a runner on second base with no outs — and three chances to get him home.

Matheny absolutely adores the sac bunt and I don’t know why.

The Cardinals have been among the most aggressive sac-bunter teams in the majors since Matheny took over as manager in 2012. In his first four seasons, the Cardinals ranked among the top seven teams for most sac-bunt attempts three times. And in the other year, 2015, they ranked 14th among the 30 teams.  This season only four teams have tried more sac bunts than Matheny’s Cardinals.

And for all of Matheny’s serial sac bunting — or as I call it, “Death By Bunting” — here’s where the Cardinals have ranked among the 30 teams in sac-bunt success rate each season:

2012 — tied for 17th.

2013 — 25th

2014 — 11th.

2015 — 20th

2016 — 22nd

Matheny remains undeterred. Despite reams of easily accessible data and that give current managers more information than ever to make educated and beneficial strategy decisions, Matheny manages like it’s 1957 or something.

All of the studies have produced or reaffirmed the same conclusion: sac bunts just aren’t a smart percentage play — and that’s especially true when you have runners on first and second and in possession of all three of your outs.


Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Wacha routed again and can’t figure it out | St. Louis Cardinals | stltoday.com

From reading some of my Twitter follows I conclude his issues must be due to pitching the most innings in a year following Tommy John surgery.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 25, 2016 at 06:59 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, michael wacha

Sunday, May 15, 2016

St. Louis Cardinals standing behind Aledmys Diaz, misplays and all - St Louis Cardinals- ESPN

His defensive play can improve. Still, his play has clearly been a plus for the Cards.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 15, 2016 at 05:47 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: aledmys diaz, cardinals

Sunday, May 08, 2016


Tuesday, May 03, 2016

Cardinals hit five home runs in win | MLB.com

The Cardinals had a pretty, pretty good game last night.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 03, 2016 at 10:22 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals

Monday, April 25, 2016

Yadier Molina points out suspicious man with binoculars in Padres’ center-field camera well

Not cool to “hack” into the Cardinals signs like that!

But the practice of sign-stealing goes from an innocent and understandable part of on-field play to a weirder and more concerning competitive advantage if and when teams incorporate agents and technologies beyond the diamond to figure out what their opponents are planning. The Toronto Blue Jays have long been dogged by allegations of a mysterious man in white clothing — the Man in White — who sits in center field at the Rogers Centre and relays pitch calls to Blue Jays hitters, somehow. And on Sunday, with the Padres hitting at a home game at Petco Park, Yadier Molina spotted something suspicious out in center field:

It happens so quickly that it’s not easy to see what’s going on here. But Molina appeared to be discussing something with home-plate umpire Sean Barber throughout Brett Wallace’s at-bat with two out and two on in the ninth. And after Wallace — who represented the potential tying run for the Padres — put a good swing on a Trevor Rosenthal fastball and fouled it off, Molina began pointing out to the center-field camera well.

Who was in the center field camera well?

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 25, 2016 at 10:52 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, padres, sign-stealing, yadier molina

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

No, ESPN Did Not Air Cardinals Fans Yelling Racial Slurs At Jason Heyward

Although there were a few vague chants, we couldn’t hear anything offensive. So we asked ESPN. When reached for comment, a spokesperson said that the game audio was being reviewed, but to their knowledge no slurs had been picked up.

When Heyward came to bat in the sixth inning, the Worldwide Leader cut to Bryce Harper’s at-bat in a game against the Marlins. Some people on Twitter attributed it to the network wanting to avoid any recurrence of audible slurs while Heyward was at the plate: According to that same ESPN spokesperson, the cutaway in the sixth inning was planned. Harper, who had homered in four straight games, was on a hot streak, and the network wanted to broadcast his at-bat.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 20, 2016 at 08:33 AM | 102 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, jason heyward

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Jason Heyward blitzed with N-word taunts from Cardinals fans in return to Busch Stadium

Jason Heyward’s return to St. Louis was marred with racial slurs.

In addition to booing, ESPN crowd mics picked up multiple Cardinals fans yelling the N-word at the new Chicago Cubs right fielder, who played last season for the Redbirds.

Heyward — who signed an eight-year, $184 million contract in the offseason — spent just one year with St. Louis.

Sadly, fans who who felt slighted by his so-called betrayal, felt booing wasn’t enough to get their point across.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 19, 2016 at 10:50 AM | 100 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, cubs, jason heyward, racism

Ex-Cardinal Heyward is where he wanted to be

Once all of his suitors made their financially generous overtures, it became clear to outfielder Jason Heyward that no matter what baubles and clauses the Cardinals were willing to add they could never offer what he truly wanted.

They didn’t play in Chicago.

They didn’t have the Cubs’ young players.

“It came down to Chicago was really where I would like to be at the time,” Heyward said Monday. The Cardinals “made a trade for me. They traded a couple good pieces. I feel like they had every intention of keeping me here. They said that. And they followed that through with their actions. It didn’t come down to contract. Whether it was the opt-out, whether it was the full no-trade (clause), or what have you — it came down to taking the opportunity to be where I wanted to be and for the first time in my life having the choice.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 19, 2016 at 09:43 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, cubs, jason heyward

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright frustrated | cardinals.com

All you Twitter people are on notice!

“I don’t care what all those Twitter people out there calling for my retirement and all that, and I don’t know how many times I have to tell people to relax, because you pitch a few games like this you don’t deserve to tell them to relax,” Wainwright said.

“What I will and can say is I will come out of this, and I will be a very, very good pitcher. I’m just not there right now.”

Jim Furtado Posted: April 17, 2016 at 08:37 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: adam wainwright, cardinals

Sunday, April 03, 2016

Cardinals put their faith in the future | St. Louis Cardinals | stltoday.com

I finished The Cardinal Way. I enjoyed the book and recommend it, especially to Cardinals fans and those interested in the workings of major league front offices. My only quibble with the book is its failure to fully unify the stories/chapters in the book. Don’t get me wrong; each chapter was interesting and worth reading. It’s just that, although you can see how Howard tried to tie everything together, he fell a little short in executing it.

Has anyone else finished the book? If so, what are your impressions?

“I spent time interviewing different minor-league players through the years, and the biggest takeaways I have from that experience was, No. 1, they want to know where they stand,” Mozeliak said. “Am I going up? Am I going down? Neutral? So, feedback. No. 2, when they first put on that Cardinals’ minor-league uniform, that’s one goal. But guess what? There’s another one. They want to play in St. Louis. Now, we want that carrot to be there for them.”

As Mozeliak enacted DeWitt’s blueprint for a self-sustaining farm system and a more data-driven decision machine, that carrot took root. And not just for players.

Mozeliak described the organization’s goal as a table. The four legs are international scouting, amateur scouting, analytics-baseball development, and player development. Supported by all four is the table itself, Mike Matheny’s major-league club. If one leg is short, weak or untended, the table wobbles. To keep the legs strong, all need the same amount of attention. Part of that attention was inclusion. The walls that had previously existed between disciplines had to come down. The fact that one building in Jupiter seemed to house two worlds during spring training — the majors and the minors — had to cease.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 03, 2016 at 10:41 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, john mozeliak

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