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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

Saturday, February 23, 2019

CARDS’ FOWLER HOPES SHORT MEMORY WILL INCREASE PRODUCTION

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — Dexter Fowler is taking the best piece of hitting advice he has ever received and applying it to his entire spring training approach.

“Have a short memory,” Fowler said.

Fowler had a 2018 worth forgetting.

A career .262 hitter with an on-base percentage of .360, Fowler hit only .180 with an on-base percentage below .300 while battling nagging injuries much of the year. A foul ball that broke his foot ended Fowler’s season in early August, limiting him to 90 games - his lowest single-season total since the year he broke into the big leagues.

Dexter Fowler then promptly forgot who he was, where he was, who he was talking to, and the difference between his left and his right.

 

QLE Posted: February 23, 2019 at 05:17 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, dexter fowler, memories

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Cardinals taking it slowly with Ozuna’s repaired shoulder

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — St. Louis Cardinals left fielder Marcel Ozuna will be on a limited throwing program to start the spring but is expected to be ready for opening day, manager Mike Shildt said Saturday.

Ozuna underwent offseason shoulder surgery and is still in the rehabilitation process.

“Just making sure that he’s being stretched out, healthy and moving forward,” Shildt said. “But his program has been nothing but positive feedback, has been great, and he’s feeling good.”

Being away from the Marlins has to be much better in terms of his mental health….

QLE Posted: February 17, 2019 at 03:56 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, marcell ozuna, shoulder surgery

Wednesday, February 06, 2019

Cardinals hope Goldschmidt can lead them back to playoffs

ST. LOUIS (AP) — After missing postseason play for the past three seasons, the St. Louis Cardinals believe they’ve struck gold with Paul Goldschmidt in their quest to play into October.

“We knew we just couldn’t have a stagnant offseason. We knew we had to make some changes to our club because we felt like even though we had a good team last year, we still weren’t good enough,” said John Mozeliak, the team’s president of baseball operations.


“We looked at all the different options that might be out there, whether it be the free-agent market or what our trade options might look like. We felt that Paul checked so many boxes for us that it made sense,” he said.

So, which fanbase will be more insufferable about the Cardinals making it into the playoffs, their own or that of the Cubs?

QLE Posted: February 06, 2019 at 04:50 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, paul goldschmidt, playoffs

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Chris Duncan leaves radio role to focus on his battle with brain cancer

Chris Duncan, the Cardinals’ slugger who found his swing with a championship team and later his voice with a local sports radio station, has taken a permanent leave from his on-air role to focus on his ongoing battle against brain cancer.

Duncan will step aside from the show he co-hosted, “The Turn,” in order to “focus on health,” WXOS (101.1 FM) announced Monday afternoon.

“If you pray, please keep him in your prayers,” a tweet from the station said. “If you don’t, keep him in your thoughts.”

QLE Posted: January 10, 2019 at 08:37 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: brain cancer, cardinals, chris duncan

Saturday, December 15, 2018

Cardinals prospect Griffin Roberts suspended 50 games for a drug of abuse

Cardinals right-handed pitching prospect Griffin Roberts has been suspended 50 games following his second positive test for a drug of abuse, according to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

One of those announcements where the announcement serves just to raise more questions.

QLE Posted: December 15, 2018 at 03:28 AM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, drug of abuse, griffin roberts

Friday, December 07, 2018

Cards hire Prebynski as game-planning coach

In an effort to improve the synergy between the baseball analytics group and field staff, the Cardinals have hired Joey Prebynski to serve as a game-planning coach.

Prebynski comes from Milwaukee, where he has spent the last three seasons as a pro scout. Prior to joining the Brewers, Prebynski worked with the Rangers as a video coordinator, research analyst, advanced scout and assistant in Minor League operations and player development. Prebynski’s diverse background made him an attractive candidate as the Cardinals began creating the job description for this new hybrid role.

“The game has evolved, and you see all the information and the increase of more departments, especially on the development and analytical side,” Cardinals manager Mike Shildt said. “We looked up and realized we could use some more help. The staffs have grown, the information has grown, and that’s healthy. It’s already shown to be valuable. We need someone like Joey to help.”

The intention is to have Prebynski available to relay analytics information to the staff in a way that’s easily digestible. And while he won’t necessarily spend much time directly interacting with players, Prebynski will be taking player requests back to the baseball operations departments.

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 07, 2018 at 01:22 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals

Cubs know NL Central is going to be a dogfight: ‘We have our work cut out for us’

The last time the St. Louis Cardinals played a postseason game, Jason Heyward and John Lackey were wearing redbird logos and had yet to suit up for the Cubs while Trevor Cahill picked up the win and Hector Rondon notched the save for the Cubs at Wrigley Field.

In other words, it’s been a really long time since the Cardinals played in October.

They’re trying hard to change that fact, going all-in for 2019 by acquiring perennial MVP candidate Paul Goldschmidt in a trade with the Diamondbacks Wednesday. This comes after they pulled off a big deal with the Marlins last winter by trading for slugging outfielder Marcell Ozuna.

So, who among the Cubs is a first-rate aviator?

QLE Posted: December 07, 2018 at 06:25 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, cardinals, cubs, nl central

Wednesday, December 05, 2018

Diamondbacks trade Paul Goldschmidt to Cardinals

The St. Louis Cardinals have acquired slugger Paul Goldschmidt from the Arizona Diamondbacks in exchange for right-handed pitcher Luke Weaver, catcher Carson Kelly, infielder Andrew Young, it was announced Wednesday.

The Diamondbacks also receive a 2019 Competitive Balance Round B draft pick from the Cardinals.

Goldschmidt is a free agent next winter.

Jose is an Absurd Kahuna Posted: December 05, 2018 at 05:25 PM | 62 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, diamondbacks, hot stove, trade

Sunday, November 25, 2018

The Royals hired ex-Cardinals manager Mike Matheny and it brought KC and St. Louis fans together

It’s not often that Kansas City and St. Louis baseball fans agree on anything — let alone console each other — but news on Friday afternoon that ex-Cardinals manager Mike Matheny was joining the Royals as a special advisor almost seemed to bring the two sides together.

And not necessarily in a good way.

It appears neither fanbase particularly likes Matheny and they haven’t been too quiet about the matter on social media, either.

How quickly they turn….

QLE Posted: November 25, 2018 at 04:22 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: best fans in baseball, cardinals, mike matheny, royals

Wednesday, November 07, 2018

Here’s why the Cardinals need Bryce Harper

Is Harper really better than Stanton?

9. They were just willing to do this with Stanton
The Cardinals, by all accounts, were willing to take on Stanton’s entire contract last offseason. Stanton is signed through 2027 for a total of $270 million, nearly $33 million a year (when you account for a $10 million buyout in ‘28). Stanton is (obviously) a great player. But is he better than Harper? Probably not, right? And then remember that Harper is two years younger. Harper might get more than $33 million, and it might be for longer than ‘27. But that’s still a better bet than Stanton, right? If they were willing to take Stanton, why in the world would they not go all the way for Harper?

Jim Furtado Posted: November 07, 2018 at 09:51 PM | 66 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, cardinals

Monday, November 05, 2018

Why the Cardinals and Giants could enter the Bryce Harper free agency sweepstakes

You know the deal: Free agent outfielder Bryce Harper, because he’s still just 26 years of age and has MVP upside, is likely going to wind up signing the largest contract in MLB history this offseason. His left-handed power and patience at the plate—plus the possibility that he’s pre-prime—mean he’s of interest to almost any team that thinks it can afford him. As for specifics, you can reportedly add the names of two traditional National League powers to his list of likely suitors.

First, there are the St. Louis Cardinals. Here’s what Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports:

The team and chairman Bill DeWitt Jr., according to one industry source, are “sending signals they are out to be a player.” The Cardinals intend to explore Harper’s market and see how they fit, sources confirmed.

Granted, if recent history means anything, the Giants ending up with Harper will not lead to the results either one had in mind….

QLE Posted: November 05, 2018 at 08:40 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, cardinals, free agency, giants

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