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Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Who’s Going to Win the Chaotic NL Wild-Card Race?

The National League wild-card race is a big stupid mess. With Sunday’s games in the books, six teams are within five games of the second spot, with Washington and St. Louis hanging onto postseason positions for dear life. How long they can dig their fingernails into the cliff for the next six-plus weeks depends on whether the group behind them can put together a run. The Mets are the latest of those clubs to get red-hot, but even that blazing stretch has only put them in the thick of the race instead of at the top of the heap.

Is there a favorite, though, in that stew of squads? To find out, let’s dive into each of the eight teams still vying for the two wild-card spots and decide which pair are the better bets to play on into October. The playoff odds below originate from FanGraphs’ projection.

Son, at the rate it’s going, there will be no winners of the NL Wild Card race- only survivors.

 

QLE Posted: August 13, 2019 at 05:21 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, cardinals, diamondbacks, giants, mets, nationals, phillies, reds

Friday, August 09, 2019

The Cardinals are changing their “STL” logo a tiny, tiny bit

The St. Louis Cardinals are ever-so-slightly changing the interlocking “STL” logo they use on their caps. It’s officially a change for 2020, but they’ve soft-launched it on various graphics packages.

You can see all the differences over at Chris Creamer’s Sportslogos.net. They’re incredibly subtle changes. Some flaring and rounding about the edges of the letters, but that’s basically it. Unless someone pointed the change out to you, I doubt you’d even notice it, even if someone was wearing a 2020 cap sitting across the table from you.

Well, what better place to discuss the art of the logo than here?

 

QLE Posted: August 09, 2019 at 07:44 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, logo

Friday, July 26, 2019

Goold: Unwinding the ‘unwritten rules’ of Cardinals’ runaway win in Pittsburgh

“We didn’t challenge a play in the seventh, not because we’re not looking to compete or looking for every edge we can get or reward our guys, like Goldy, for the effort he gave down the line,” Shildt explained. “At that point, it’s 13-4, and it’s the last out of the seventh and they’ve got a position player pitching. I couldn’t justify trying to throw extra pitches on a guy who is trying to answer the bell for this team that is not in a position that is natural for him.”

Interesting discussion of some of the nuances. Shildt admits he doesn’t always know where the line is.

Perry Posted: July 26, 2019 at 10:43 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, unwritten rules

Monday, June 24, 2019

Cardinals’ reliever Hicks has torn ligament in elbow, could miss rest of season | Cardinal Beat | stltoday.com

An MRI examination Monday revealed that the 22-year-old Hicks has a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow.

A Cardinals press release states that the team is determining the next course of action but it seems unlikely that Hicks would pitch much, if any, the rest of the season. Tommy John surgery certainly would rule him out for the rest of this season and part of the next season.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 24, 2019 at 06:27 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, jordan hicks, tommy john surgery

Thursday, May 30, 2019

APNewsBreak: Cubs-Cards set for London on June 13-14 in 2020

NEW YORK (AP) — The Chicago Cubs and St. Louis Cardinals are set to play at London next season in a two-game series at West Ham’s Olympic Stadium on June 13 and 14.

St. Louis will be the home team for both games, according to a draft of the 2020 preliminary schedule obtained by The Associated Press.

Chicago will be at Philadelphia from June 8-10, then has a pair of off days. The Cubs will be off June 15 and then start a homestand at Wrigley Field against the New York Mets and Boston Red Sox.

“I’ve had experience traveling over there and the time difference is pretty dramatic, especially when you go that way,” Cubs manager Joe Maddon said Wednesday. “When you come back, you’re always able to catch up, when you’re going back in time as opposed to forward in time. I don’t even know what to expect in something like that. You know your head’s going to be swimming a little bit, you’ve got that brain fog, you just do.”

My advance apology to all Londoners for subjecting you to the Cardinals, much less as a home team….

 

QLE Posted: May 30, 2019 at 10:23 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, cubs, london, neutral site games

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Royals, Cards face off, each searching for answers

The Kansas City Royals travel across the state of Missouri—a three-hour drive along Interstate 70—for a quick, two-game series against the St. Louis Cardinals beginning Tuesday evening. The Cardinals own a 56-41 advantage in the all-time regular-season series.

The Royals will send right-hander Homer Bailey (4-4, 5.36 ERA) to the hill opposite the Cardinals righty Michael Wacha (3-1, 4.93).

Absent a sweep by either club, both teams will continue their run of futility. Both clubs have lost five consecutive series.

The Royals haven’t won a series since a three-game sweep of the Cleveland Indians from April 12-14, going 0-9-1 in 10 series during that span, and they have not won a series on the road all season.

Mind you, I’m not sure the teams’ relative performances are that close- one is approaching the league’s basement, while the other would still be third in either the NL West or NL East.

QLE Posted: May 21, 2019 at 04:48 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, royals, slump

Monday, May 20, 2019

Bullpen failure wraps up rough trip for reeling Cardinals | St. Louis Cardinals | stltoday.com

The Mets aren’t the only team taking on water.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 20, 2019 at 09:07 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals

Friday, May 17, 2019

The Cubs and Cardinals are reportedly set to play in London next year

Back in February, the rumor started floating around that the Cubs and Cardinals could be one of the rivalries to head to London in 2020 for a series.

That appears to now be a reality, as USA TODAY’s Bob Nightengale reported Thursday evening:

....

The Yankees and Red Sox are set to play in London this summer (June 29-30).

No word yet on which team — the Cubs or Cardinals — would be the “home” team in London or who would lose a series at their home ballpark.

Wait- I thought the point of these games was to increase the popularity of baseball in Europe, not damage the sport.

 

QLE Posted: May 17, 2019 at 04:00 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, cubs, london, neutral site games

Wednesday, May 01, 2019

Surging Cardinals dump slumping Nationals

Adam Wainwright gave up just two runs in 6 1/3 innings and the St. Louis Cardinals used a big fourth inning to beat the Washington Nationals for the second night in a row, prevailing 3-2 on Tuesday in the nation’s capital.

The Cardinals have won nine of their last 10 games while the Nationals have lost eight of 11. Washington is 4-6 in one-run games while St. Louis is 5-3.

Wasn’t Surging Cardinals, Slumping Nationals a major cross-over hit close to twenty years ago?

 

QLE Posted: May 01, 2019 at 05:48 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, nationals, slump, streaks

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

The Cardinals keep pitching to Christian Yelich, and he keeps making them pay for it

A quirk of Yelich’s season so far…all his homers have been hit at home.

Yelich’s splits.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 17, 2019 at 09:02 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, cardinals, christian yelich

Saturday, April 13, 2019

LEADING OFF: Cards-Reds in Mexico, suspended Archer starts

MEXICAN MATCHUP

Major League Baseball returns to Estadio de Béisbol de Monterrey when the St. Louis Cardinals and Cincinnati Reds begin a two-game series. Adam Wainwright starts for the Cards against Tanner Roark.

The Astros and Angels play a two-game series at the same park in early May.

MLB began holding regular season games in Mexico in 1996, and the 1999 season opened with a matchup in Monterrey between the Padres and Colorado. Last May, the Padres and Los Angeles Dodgers played a three-game series at the stadium — Walker Buehler and the Dodgers bullpen combined for a no-hitter.

Ahh, the joys of neutral-site games….

 

 

QLE Posted: April 13, 2019 at 07:02 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, mexico, neutral site games, reds

Friday, April 12, 2019

MLB roundup: Cards crush Dodgers for four-game sweep

Jose Martinez had four hits and Matt Wieters drove in three runs as the St. Louis Cardinals completed a four-game sweep of the visiting Los Angeles Dodgers with an 11-7 victory Thursday afternoon.

It was the Cardinals’ first four-game sweep of the Dodgers in St. Louis since July 15-18, 2010.

Harrison Bader was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded twice in the game as the Cardinals reached their season high in runs scored without hitting a home run. It was just the fourth time since 1974 that a batter was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded twice in a game.

Enrique Hernandez hit a home run for the Dodgers, as did former Cardinal David Freese and starting pitcher Walker Buehler, but Los Angeles twice gave up three-run leads. It was a far better day at the plate than on the mound for Buehler, who yielded five runs on five hits over four innings.

Let’s see- with Cubs, Red Sox, and Yankees fans already panicking, will Dodgers fans join them to become their fourth for bridge?

 

QLE Posted: April 12, 2019 at 08:21 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, dodgers, sweep

Thursday, April 11, 2019

The Cardinals Really Like Matt Carpenter | FanGraphs Baseball

As for free agency generally, it would be fair to say that the Cardinals haven’t been particularly good at it in the last half-decade. Deals for Mike Leake, Dexter Fowler, and a parade of relievers haven’t worked out as planned while the team has missed on their larger targets. Since watching Albert Pujols leave, the Cardinals have avoided free agency with Adam Wainwright and Yadier Molina (twice), and recently with Miles Mikolas and Paul Goldschmidt while signing Matt Carpenter, Carlos Martinez, Paul DeJong, and Kolten Wong to extensions long before they reached free agency. The Cardinals can attribute a lot of their success and sustained contention to the work they’ve done to avoid free agency, while their failures to reach 90 wins the last three seasons can be traced to their deficiencies in free agency. This deal fits in with the Cardinals preferred mode of operation, though it changes little for their long term future.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 11, 2019 at 10:11 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, matt carpenter

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Ozuna climbs wall too early trying to make catch | MLB.com

Not a good catch.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 10, 2019 at 11:48 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, marcell ozuna

Monday, April 08, 2019

BtBS: The Cardinals’ homegrown pitching system

According to the Sports Daily, of all the Cardinals first round draft picks from 2012-2018, 23 of them are in the starting rotation for an MLB team in 2019.

bobm Posted: April 08, 2019 at 09:48 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, pitching

Friday, April 05, 2019

Report: Cardinals’ Ozuna to undergo MRI

St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Marcell Ozuna is scheduled to have an MRI on Thursday, a day after he was removed from the starting lineup with soreness in his right side, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.

A Cardinals official said Ozuna is day-to-day with tightness in his rib area. He was removed from the starting lineup after batting practice prior to the game. The Post-Dispatch reported there is concern that Ozuna has a strained muscle in his rib area.

 

 

QLE Posted: April 05, 2019 at 03:27 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, marcell ozuna, mri

Thursday, April 04, 2019

Cardinals, White Sox postpone their home openers

Opening Day and home openers are a big deal, so unless you play in a dome or in California, Major League Baseball gives you an off day after your opener in the event that is rained or snowed or colded out. Two teams are taking advantage of that this week, with both the St. Louis Cardinals and Chicago White Sox moving their home openers to Friday due to predicted inclement weather.

No chance of them having to move to a neutral-site, is there?

 

QLE Posted: April 04, 2019 at 05:46 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, home openers, rain delays, white sox

Tuesday, April 02, 2019

Cardinals put Yadier Molina at third base for an inning

No, the headline isn’t an April Fool’s Day joke.

Monday afternoon’s Cardinals-Pirates game in Pittsburgh got weird. The Pirates wasted a 4-0 lead, serving up a three-spot to the Cardinals in the seventh, then let them tie the game in the eighth. The Pirates retook the lead in the bottom half of the lead only to let the Cardinals tie it up again in the ninth.

With the teams deadlocked at five runs apiece, Matt Carpenter led off the top of the 11th against Pirates lefty Steven Brault. After working the count 2-1, Carpenter took a slider high and inside for strike two. Carpenter didn’t like the call, although the pitch did indeed appear to cross the strike zone. Brault threw another slider, outside this time, that Carpenter check-swung at. Home plate umpire Vic Carapazza sent the appeal to third base umpire Jordan Baker, who ruled that Carpenter swung for strike three. Carpenter said something that Carapazza didn’t like and was immediately ejected.

Well, that’s one way to work the shift….

 

QLE Posted: April 02, 2019 at 03:51 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, third basemen, yadier molina

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Goldschmidt, Cards near long-term deal (sources)

The star first baseman is close to an extension with St. Louis that would be worth around $130 million, ESPN’s Jeff Passan reported on Thursday. The club hasn’t confirmed the news of the deal, which will cover at least five years, sources told MLB Network insider Ken Rosenthal.

Perry Posted: March 21, 2019 at 06:25 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, paul goldschmidt

Monday, March 04, 2019

Tyler O’Neill flexes more than his might, aims to be ‘a contact hitter with power’ | St. Louis Cardinals | stltoday.com

“I’m always getting closer to finding out my potential,” O’Neill said. “That’s the whole thing, right? Waking up in the morning — I want to get better. Getting in the cage every day – to get better. I want to be better as a teammate. I want to be better as a ballplayer. In every regard.”

Jim Furtado Posted: March 04, 2019 at 09:26 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, tyler o'neill

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Cardinals sign Miles Mikolas to four-year, $68 million extension

So, any thoughts as to the merits of this contract?

QLE Posted: February 27, 2019 at 07:24 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, contract extension, miles mikolas

Cards extend Miles Mikolas, per source

According to MLB.com’s Jon Paul Morosi, the extension will pay Mikolas $68 million over the 2020-23 seasons, and it includes full no-trade protection. The deal does not include any options or opt-outs, according to Morosi, who added that if Mikolas reaches 200 innings in 2019, he will receive an additional $2 million—$500,000 heading into each year of the deal. The Cardinals have not confirmed the extension.

Prior to last season 137 ERA+ for the Cards, he put up a 2.18 ERA over 425 innings in Japan, so he’s not exactly a one-year flash. This looks like a solid move to lock in this year’s opening day starter through his early 30s. Here’s hoping he doesn’t turn up at the signing wearing a sling.

Perry Posted: February 27, 2019 at 07:24 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals

Monday, February 25, 2019

Goold: Jordan Hicks growing into his blazing, eight-alarm arm | St. Louis Cardinals | stltoday.com

“Talent does get you to the big leagues, but talent doesn’t make your teammates like you and want to help you, and doesn’t keep you there,” Hicks said this past week. “You don’t want to be that guy. I definitely didn’t want to be that guy. But I had to learn some things. The difference here is I feel more comfortable. I have a job to do. I have to be a leader more than anything for the guys who aren’t on the big-league team. I have to be that good influence.

“Be on time. Do my work,” he listed. “Be a professional.”

Jim Furtado Posted: February 25, 2019 at 09:51 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, jordan hicks

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Pujols, La Russa absent as Obama honors Cardinals

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama on Tuesday dubbed the St. Louis Cardinals the “greatest comeback team in the history of baseball” thanks to their thrilling late-season charge into the playoffs and death-defying, seven-game triumph in last November’s World Series.

[...]

Two key figures of the championship season were absent. Manager Tony La Russa retired after the series. And star Albert Pujols signed a $240 million contract with the Los Angeles Angels in the offseason.

Classy!

Tuque Posted: January 17, 2012 at 10:22 PM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals

Monday, January 16, 2012

Retrosimba: An interview with former Cardinals pitcher Al Jackson

Q: You began the 1967 season in the Cardinals’ rotation and in April pitched a one-hit shutout, beating the Astros, 4-0, in Houston. Bob Aspromonte broke up the no-hitter with a leadoff single in the eighth. Do you recall what happened?

Al Jackson: Yes, I do _ big-time. It wasn’t so much the no-hitter. I just wanted to maintain the stuff that I had that night, the control that I had. I wasn’t throwing as good as I was earlier in the game but I also knew that when I got a little tired, I was a better pitcher because I could keep the ball down. Against Aspromonte, I got the groundball I wanted. The pitch may have been down the middle because it was hit in the hole between short and third. If I had thrown it a little further away, the ball may have gone to the shortstop. I wasn’t worried about losing the game. I just wanted to stay on top of mine.

I also had pitched a one-hitter with the Mets against Houston. Joe Amalfitano got the hit. Boxscore Later, I was asked to speak at a dinner in New York. I began by saying I disliked Italians. The room was full of Italians and they looked at me like I was crazy. Then I had to explain: the two guys who broke up my no-hitters are named Amalfitano and Aspromonte. It got a laugh.

Q: Musial was 4-for-5 in his career against you. He batted .800 against you. You were smart to put him on with the walk…

Al Jackson: I’m glad I had a place to put him. I was asked after the game, “Why would you walk him? He’s a left-handed hitter.”  I said, “Why? That’s Musial.” Just look at his record. He’s known for beating teams. And here I am in that small ballpark _ just 250 feet down both lines. I know he can hit for power down both lines. And I never thought about striking him out. That wasn’t on my mind at all.

Thanks to Heck.

Repoz Posted: January 16, 2012 at 06:32 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, history, mets

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