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Thursday, May 28, 2015

Adams might miss rest of season : Sports

His fantasy owners and Cardinals fans surely shed a tear at this news. I know I did.

[Matt] Adams, who had an MRI on Wednesday, said, “The results came back worse than what we were expecting. The timetable is three to four months. If things go well then, hopefully, I’ll be able to get back at the end of the season.

“It was just something that needed to be done. There’s a torn tendon in there that needs to be repaired. It’s a tough break. It’s not what I wanted.”

Jim Furtado Posted: May 28, 2015 at 10:32 AM | 36 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, injury, matt adams

Thursday, May 21, 2015

After Naval stint ‘much bigger than me,’ Mitch Harris takes on major leagues

Mitch Harris isn’t your typical rookie.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 21, 2015 at 09:40 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, mitch harris

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

TV Ratings Up, But Teams Still Dependent on Cable Providers

Baseball is dead.

Before getting to baseball’s dependence on the health of major cable companies, here is a brief look at some early season numbers. The first month of the season has seen big increases in viewership for national games on Fox Sports 1 and MLB Network, including double the amount of viewers aged 18 to 34 watching game on Fox Sports 1. The Chicago Cubs have doubled their ratings after their increased commitment in the offseason as well as the arrival of Kris Bryant. The Kansas City Royals have done the same coming off their World Series appearance. The Houston Astros have seen an increase in viewership after finally resolving their local disputes, at least as far as getting their games on all the local cable packages. The Arizona Diamondbacks have seen their highest ratings in a decade while the games of the Cleveland Indians, Detroit Tigers, Kansas City Royals, St. Louis Cardinals, and San Diego Padres rank first in their broadcast territories among all shows. A recent article by Maury Brown at Forbes showed that baseball games beat playoff games from the NHL and NBA in many markets across the country.

The ratings so far this season are a great indicator of baseball’s popularity. Not only is baseball beating playoffs in other sports, it is also beating first-run shows on networks.


Monday, May 18, 2015

Allen Craig clears waivers after being dropped from 40-man roster, stays with Red Sox at Triple-A

First baseman/outfielder Allen Craig and his contract predictably cleared waivers after being designated for assignment by the Red Sox. He’ll stay with the organization at Triple-A, but is no longer on the 40-man roster.

The procedural move gives the Red Sox some 40-man roster wiggle room while they try to get Craig back on track in the minors. If he convinces them he’s ready to contribute positively in the majors again they can simply re-add him to the 40-man roster and call him up.

Craig was an All-Star for the Cardinals in 2013, but he’s been a mess since then and has hit just .130 in 53 games for the Red Sox.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 18, 2015 at 03:20 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: allen craig, cardinals, joe kelly, john lackey, red sox

How Holliday survives ‘grind’ that got Carpenter : Sports

“There is a group of players that have extremely elevated levels of skill, and then there are a bunch who are similar,” Holliday said. “You do see guys who are extremely talented that for whatever reason they couldn’t handle it mentally or physically or didn’t have the work ethic. What separates the guys who are similar is a lot of how they handle adversity, how they are able to deal with failure, how they’re able to deal with success, and how they’re able to grind it out.”

Jim Furtado Posted: May 18, 2015 at 10:30 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, matt holliday

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

No. 3 STL prospect Alex Reyes racks up career-high 11 strikeouts for Palm Beach Cardinals | MiLB.com

A good day for the Cardinals next big thing.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 12, 2015 at 07:01 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: alex reyes, cardinals

Carpenter rejoining teammates : Sports

Matt, drink a lot of water and embrace the napping lifestyle. You are welcome.

“It was a combination of dehydration and fatigue and those symptoms are not something we’re overly familiar with in terms of dealing with them,” Mozeliak said. “When you’re hearing somebody is dehydrated and someone has dizziness your assumption is get them back with fluids and they’ll be fine. Clearly it was something more than that. … It just felt like it was in his best interests in terms of long-term health for this season that we needed to take a timeout.”

Jim Furtado Posted: May 12, 2015 at 06:50 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, matt carpenter

Monday, May 11, 2015

Olney: Laying out each team’s Mount Rushmore and ranking the quartets

The Mount Rushmore for BTF: Chris Truby, Mike Piazza, Madeline Albright, and Frank Tanana.

And Mike Crudale.

So I picked my own four for each club, and then ranked the 30 sets of four. Here they are, from the best to the fourth-best (in my opinion) for each franchise:

1. Giants: Willie Mays, Barry Bonds, Christy Mathewson, Willie McCovey

2. Yankees: Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Joe DiMaggio, Mariano Rivera (see below)

3. Cardinals: Stan Musial, Rogers Hornsby, Albert Pujols, Bob Gibson

4. Red Sox: Ted Williams, Carl Yastrzemski, Cy Young, Pedro Martinez

5. Tigers: Ty Cobb, Charlie Gehringer, Miguel Cabrera, Al Kaline

6. Reds: Johnny Bench, Pete Rose, Joe Morgan, Frank Robinson

7. Twins: Walter Johnson, Rod Carew, Harmon Killebrew, Kirby Puckett

8. Athletics: Rickey Henderson, Lefty Grove, Jimmie Foxx, Reggie Jackson

9. Braves: Hank Aaron, Greg Maddux, Warren Spahn, Chipper Jones

10. Dodgers: Sandy Koufax, Jackie Robinson, Roy Campanella, Clayton Kershaw


Sunday, May 10, 2015

Bernie: Redbirds consider six-man rotation : Sports

I’m sure they can come up with a plan to give their young guys a breather while keeping Lynn and Lackey on schedule.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 10, 2015 at 08:24 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals

Saturday, May 09, 2015

Bernie: Maybe Cards work too hard : Sports

Cardinals info.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 09, 2015 at 08:49 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals

Friday, May 08, 2015

Matt Carpenter the catalyst for Cardinals’ success

Says he owes it all to Torii Hunter, of all people. (Also, does it surprise anyone that his dad is a high school coach?)

“I owe so much to him,’’ Carpenter told USA TODAY Sports. “He’s has been a huge part of my success. He was the one to show me what it was like to be a big leaguer. Really, he taught me everything.

“I’ll never forget what he did for me.’‘

Perry Posted: May 08, 2015 at 03:35 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, matt carpenter

Wednesday, May 06, 2015

Cubs young core envisioning playoff run

“They’ve (the Cardinals) created this culture, this method,” Cubs manager Joe Maddon said. “Then, you layer that with this fan base, baseball fans who support this team and know the game. So bully for them.

“We’re in the process of doing the same thing with the Cubs.”

Who knows when it will happen? But Chicago is convinced there will come a time when the Cardinals no longer bully the Cubs, and it might be now.

“It feels like this is just the beginning,” Epstein said. “Even though we haven’t accomplished anything yet, I think they will stay together and continue to get better, year after year.

“We’ll see what we’re made of. The hard part begins now.”

Jim Furtado Posted: May 06, 2015 at 08:36 AM | 70 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, cubs

Monday, May 04, 2015

Yadier Molina Forgot How To Frame A Pitch

Yadier Molina is terrible and the Astros will play the Cardinals in the World Series.

Since 2008, Molina has been the fifth-best framer in the league. In that time frame, Molina has saved more than 114 runs by flipping pitches that would have been close calls to strikes (worth about 11 wins, in aggregate). Since pitch framing isn’t yet accounted for when sabermetricians project a team’s statistics, Molina’s secret skill helps to explain the Cardinals’ outdoing their projections for the past 10 years and some of their perpetual October success (though to a lesser extent).

But this year, Molina’s framing is no longer even average. Already in 2015, Molina has cost his team about four strikes, while the best framers have gained more than 15. That may not sound like much, but over the course of a season, it could add up to a gap of more than 150 strikes, worth something like 25 runs. In his best year (2013), Molina acquired roughly that many extra strikes for his team, equating to an extra couple of wins per year for the Cardinals. This is no small-sample fluke, either. Unlike hitting and pitching, whose outcomes we still measure in the dozens this early in the season, Molina has seen 800 pitches this year. That sample size is plenty big.

It’s hard to know why Molina has lost his mojo. Some of Molina’s apparent decline may stem not from his own skill diminishing, but rather from other catchers becoming better. As front offices have become convinced of the importance of framing, we’ve seen many light-hitting but exceptional-framing backstops be promoted to full-time roles. Since Molina is always being compared to the average, if the average moves up, it may appear as though Molina is falling.

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 04, 2015 at 01:00 PM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, framing, yadier molina

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Suitors for Cole Hamels starting to line up

“You’d be hard-pressed to find anyone, particularly left-handed, better than him,” Amaro says. “Debate it all you want, from the sabermetrics to scout evaluations, but he is as good as there is going to be out there.

“No respect to the guy out there in Los Angeles (Clayton Kershaw) or to Felix (Hernandez), but he was as good as any pitcher in baseball the second half of last season. If you match up his numbers from late May to the end of the season, he’s as good as it gets. And he tends to be a better pitcher late in the season.”

Spoken like a true salesman, and a GM who thinks he has a Ferrari Testarossa sitting in the showroom and isn’t about to sell it at a Ford Fiesta price.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 29, 2015 at 06:42 AM | 46 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, cardinals, cole hamels, dodgers, philles, red sox

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Rosenthal: St. Louis Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright believed to have season-ending Achilles injury | FOX Sports

This is very bad news for the Cardinals.

St. Louis Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright is believed to have suffered a season-ending Achilles injury during Saturday’s win over the Milwaukee Brewers, FOX Sports Insider Ken Rosenthal reported Sunday morning.
Wainwright was injured while batting in the top of the fifth inning and had to be helped off the field. The team said afterward that Wainwright would have an MRI and be further examined when the Cardinals return home. They wrap up a six-game road trip Sunday in Milwaukee.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 26, 2015 at 10:23 AM | 68 comment(s)
  Beats: adam wainwright, cardinals, injuries

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Kozma takes disdain from Nats’ fans as a compliment

He feeds upon your rage.

Gamingboy Posted: April 23, 2015 at 06:29 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: @# pete kozma, cardinals, kozma, nationals

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Nationals Walk-Off Win Caps Stat cast Debut

Lots of video in the article. Some interesting stuff.

Bourbon Samurai Posted: April 22, 2015 at 09:11 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, mlb network, nats, stats

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Naval Academy grad Harris called up to majors by Cardinals

Cards could use the veteran presence.

During his stint in the Persian Gulf on a Navy carrier, Mitch Harris kept his pitching arm - and his hopes of eventually making it to the majors - in shape by tossing a baseball on the flight deck.

‘‘We actually had a cook ... who grew up playing baseball his whole life,’’ Harris recalled. ‘‘He was about the only person I truly trusted to throw with, because I was scared I’d hurt anybody else.’‘

Harris, a 2008 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, told this story Tuesday during a news conference at Nationals Park, where the 29-year-old relief pitcher joined the St. Louis Cardinals after being called up from the minors.

The Hall of Fame said it believes the only Naval Academy graduate to appear in a major league game was pitcher Nemo Gaines, who made four relief appearances in 1921 with the Washington Senators. Counting the minor leagues, just nine Annapolis graduates have played professional baseball, the Hall said.

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 21, 2015 at 08:28 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, military, mitch harris, naval academy, veterans

Sunday, April 19, 2015


Sunday, April 12, 2015

Pitchers boosting pace to slow running game : Sports

Good stuff.

The focus on getting to 1.2 seconds is simple math, a triangulation of the time it takes for the catcher to make a throw to second and the time it takes the runner to get there. As a catcher, Matheny wanted his “pop time” — the time it took to go from his mitt to the middle infielder’s glove at second — at less than 2 seconds. Hundredths of a second mattered. Yadier Molina has been known to throw in the 1.80s. The time left over has to be covered by the pitcher, and most steals are on them and a dawdling delivery.

The Cardinals have had relievers with 1.4-second deliveries or slower.

“You’ve got to find that happy medium where you’re not sacrificing stuff just to be quick,” Matheny said. “You look at the best pitchers in this league and they’re all quick. It’s something they take out of their mind. The running game isn’t an issue. When you look at how quick (Clayton) Kershaw is. Look how quick Waino is. … It’s just not that big of an issue because they’ve already mastered that.”

Jim Furtado Posted: April 12, 2015 at 09:31 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, stolen bases

Sunday, April 05, 2015

The Cubs-Cardinals Rivalry (Sports on Earth: Leitch)

A pre-game warm-up for tonight’s opener.

Chris Fluit Posted: April 05, 2015 at 09:15 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: bartman, cardinals, central illinois, cubs, freese

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Grantland (Lindbergh): 2015 NL Central Preview

Stats, charts, breakdowns, snark and the surprising admission that the best thing about the Cardinals is “The players, probably. The players are pretty good.”

Chris Fluit Posted: April 01, 2015 at 08:09 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, cardinals, cubs, nl central, pirates, reds

Next SL: Cardinals Set to Flee St. Louis Without “Top Tier” Stadium Deal

As if the drama surrounding the possible departure of the St. Louis Rams National Football League team wasn’t enough, nextSTL has learned that the St. Louis Cardinals may relocate if funds are not found for a new “top tier” stadium.

Opened just a decade ago to much fanfare, Busch Stadium III is already seeing wear, and is considered by many to be outdated. The final construction cost of just $364M, a modest sum by today’s standards, ironically makes the stadium almost expendable.

The Montreal Cardinals??


Sunday, March 29, 2015

Feeling left arm fatigue, Garcia unlikely for Opening Day | cardinals.com

Just as the Cardinals began to allow themselves to get excited about what a healthy Jaime Garcia could add to their rotation, the lefty suffered another medical setback that will almost certainly preclude him from making the Opening Day roster.

Manager Mike Matheny announced after the club’s 4-3 loss to the Tigers that Garcia was scratched from his scheduled start on Sunday after he alerted the team’s medical staff on Saturday afternoon that “he’s feeling something that isn’t right.”

Jim Furtado Posted: March 29, 2015 at 09:48 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, jaime garcia

Friday, March 27, 2015

Jason Heyward’s Ability Seems Boundless. Soon, So May His Contract.

If he wants the biggest contract, he has to put up some bigger numbers than he has put up the last few years. Even if he doesn’t, he’ll be a very wealthy young man at the end of season.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 27, 2015 at 11:34 AM | 48 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, free agents

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