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Friday, October 19, 2018


Thursday, October 18, 2018

Mozeliak: Offseason accountability ‘is going to be very real’ for Cardinals’ current players | St. Louis Cardinals | stltoday.com

“It’s three to four months of, ‘Can you take advantage of it?’” Mozeliak said. “Rather than just say, ‘I hope you work hard,’ we want to be very intentional on how you spend your time and energy. … I feel this is just a more strategic approach to optimizing our offseason. I see this as a chance to take a much bigger step forward.”

That’s because the team sees how it’s several steps behind.

The Cardinals don’t want to wait for games to start before trying to regain lost ground, and they have identified the offseason as an edge they could keep sharper.

“Sometimes you need to force yourself to rethink or maybe zig and zag when you don’t want to,” Mozeliak said. “We try not to get into a position where we get into (a) comfort zone of that steady state. We’re always pushing to make sure there is some evolution. None of that is something we can ever just sit back and say, ‘We’ve got this.’

“Because we know we don’t.”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 18, 2018 at 06:40 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, john mozeliak

Friday, October 12, 2018

BenFred: Harper would make the Cardinals must-see TV

Bryce Harper sure loves his shows.

It turns out he spends his off nights like Cardinals fans during the past three postseasons — on the couch, clicker in hand, trying to dodge the sting of watching other teams’ champagne celebrations.

A recent Washington Post column named the TV series the Nationals star is into these days. “Suits,” “Yellowstone” and even some old-school “Gray’s Anatomy.”

So, how would you react if Harper became a Cardinal?

QLE Posted: October 12, 2018 at 03:43 AM | 63 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, cardinals

Saturday, October 06, 2018

BenFred: Hot corner hasn’t been so hot for Cardinals recently | Ben Frederickson | stltoday.com

What might suit the Cardinals best is a bridge, an upgrade over the present that does not block the future. It’s that line of thinking that leads to the discussion of familiar names like Mike Moustakas and Josh Donaldson. The latter, though righthanded, has a higher ceiling than Moustakas, but he comes with concerns about the calf injury that spoiled his contract year. He can answer questions beneath the postseason’s lights if Cleveland makes a run.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 06, 2018 at 07:12 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals

Thursday, October 04, 2018

What Happened to the Houston Astros’ Hacker?

The Dogs went undefeated, consistently thrashing even the powerful All-Blacks. Something to put on my résumé, the Dogs’ coach thought to himself, mordantly. FPC Cumberland championship softball coach. His CV had once been impeccable. He had been Chris Correa, the former doctoral student who had steadily ascended through the front office of the Cardinals to become their scouting director, in charge of their amateur draft. No longer. Now he was Christopher J. Correa, federal inmate 04550-479.

Correa, 38, spent much of his time out on Cumberland’s softball field even when there were no games. He walked laps around its perimeter for one to two and a half hours each day, covering four to 10 miles. He began to shrink inside his prison-issued dark green uniform, losing 35 pounds off his 5’11” frame, and his wedding ring dangled from his slimmed finger.

As he walked, he listened to a transistor radio. The NPR affiliates served mostly as background for his thoughts, which always cycled back to one simple question.

Why am I here?

Jim Furtado Posted: October 04, 2018 at 02:34 PM | 49 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, cardinals

DeWitt on Cardinals chasing improvements for 2019: ‘We’re aggressive and we’ve got resources’ | St. Louis Cardinals | stltoday.com

The Cardinal Way is not dead.

“They’ve certainly put pressure on themselves to get us where we want to go,” DeWitt said Thursday, including himself as part of that “collaborative” group. “It’s not like, ‘Oh, we better win the division next year or we’re going to turn everything upside down.’ That’s not our view. I think that’s a dangerous approach because then you put people in position going all-in as the model. ‘Forget about two, three, five years down the road when, oh well — I’m not going to be around. So, I don’t care.’ I don’t think that is the way to operate a team.”

...

“There is value in star players. No question about it,” DeWitt said, declining to speak specifically about any one player. “I think the question has to be, ‘What is the value?’ You can’t fall in love with some name player at the expense of making a bad decision which is going to hurt you down the road. We’ll wade in and determine who would be a good fit to improve our club. We’re aggressive and we’ve got resources to deploy if the right situation emerges.”

Recent returns might give them pause.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 04, 2018 at 10:40 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Everyone Thank The Marlins For Making The NL Playoff Race Fun

Things are getting hot in the National League in the final days of the season. After last night’s results, here’s how things stand: The Brewers lead the wild-card race and are a half-game back of the Cubs in the central division; the Rockies are a half-game back of the Dodgers out west and now hold a half-game lead over the Cardinals for the second wild-card spot. If you’re enjoying this, thank Derek Jeter.


Monday, September 24, 2018

Fowler, still owed almost $50 million, eager to be part of Cardinals’ future | St. Louis Cardinals | stltoday.com

Does Fowler really still have a place in the Cardinals outfield?

Jim Furtado Posted: September 24, 2018 at 06:28 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, dexter fowler

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Buehler, Dodgers blank Cards to draw even in wild-card race

In a pivotal series for the Dodgers, rookie Walker Buehler came through with a masterful performance.

Buehler allowed two hits in eight innings, Yasiel Puig homered twice and Los Angeles drew even with the St. Louis Cardinals in the NL wild-card race with a 3-0 victory on Friday night. The Dodgers also moved within one-half game of first-place Colorado in the NL West.

Buehler (7-5) pitched beyond the seventh inning for the first time and earned his first victory since Aug. 17. He retired the first 13 batters before Paul DeJong singled to left field. Harrison Bader singled later in the fifth for the Cardinals’ only other hit.

We could always use a Game 163- or however many extra games at the end of the season as we can get….

 

QLE Posted: September 15, 2018 at 09:05 AM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, dodgers, walker buehler

Monday, August 27, 2018

Bader, other Cardinals rookies learning ‘an outfielder’s nightmare’ at Coors

“It felt like I’m watching the game instead of playing it,” Bader said. “Center feels so far away. It’s just a large, large field. There is a large distance between me and home plate.

“It’s like it’s 800 feet away.”

Kid did alright, though, with several fine catches in the series. Also scored from second today on a high chopper to the 2B. Don’t know how much he’ll hit, but he’s electrifying to watch.

Perry Posted: August 27, 2018 at 06:29 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, coors field

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

MLB—How Matt Carpenter went from hitting .140 in mid-May to potential MVP

I picked up Carpenter as a buy-low guy early in the season. Unfortunately a rash of injuries hit and I released him!

Arrrrrrrrrrrrghh!

Jim Furtado Posted: August 22, 2018 at 09:34 AM | 35 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, matt carpenter

Gordo: Playoff race is all about pitching, and Cardinals have it in abundance | Jeff Gordon | stltoday.com

Anyone else remember people saying the Nationals *and* Cardinals seasons were over at the All Star break?

Jim Furtado Posted: August 22, 2018 at 09:29 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals

Nationals throw in the towel, trade Daniel Murphy to Cubs, Matt Adams to Cardinals

Somewhere, Alex Anthopoulos and Matt Klentak are dancing a merry jig…..

With a sub-.500 record and their playoff hopes all but gone, the Washington Nationals have waved the white flag on the 2018 season and have begun tearing down a once-promising roster.

The Nationals on Tuesday traded three-time All-Star second baseman Daniel Murphy to the Chicago Cubs for minor-league infield prospect Andruw Monasterio and a player to be named or cash considerations.

“We took a chance at the first trade deadline and held tight with the belief that that was our best way to compete and kept almost our entire roster intact,” general manager Mike Rizzo said.

QLE Posted: August 22, 2018 at 08:01 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, cubs, daniel murphy, matt adams, nationals, white flag

Friday, August 10, 2018

Cardinals executive on radar in Mets’ GM search

In the nascent stages of the Mets’ general manager search, Gary LaRocque’s name is among those receiving consideration.
[...]
Multiple individuals connected to the team have indicated Mets patriarch Fred Wilpon, 81, is unlikely to hand the organization’s reins to a young, purely analytics-driven GM with whom he would perhaps have difficulty connecting. The growing belief is Wilpon will look toward a more traditional baseball person.
[...]
There is thought among team officials that perhaps the Mets became too analytics driven in recent seasons under Sandy Alderson’s watch, and a veteran leader with a pure baseball background would help shift the organization toward the center.


Thursday, August 02, 2018

Displeased but not ready to dismantle, ‘Mo’ says moves give Cardinals ‘a peek at the future’ | St. Louis Cardinals | stltoday.com

I like the moves the Cardinals are making. One remaining move that needs making…cutting the cord with Dexter Fowler. Fowler’s been a decent player for his career but he’s never been a good outfielder. Now that he’s not hitting he’s not give a lot of value. I know that jettisoning approximately $54.5 million (over 3.33 years) is tough for the decision makers who signed off on the contract but at some point you have to face reality and embrace the sunk cost.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 02, 2018 at 09:10 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, john mozeliak

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Mike Matheny Fired

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#STLCards announce that they have fired Mike Matheny.

Interim manager: Mike Schildt. John Mabry and Bill Mueller also fired.

Andere Richtingen Posted: July 14, 2018 at 11:19 PM | 49 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals

Friday, July 06, 2018

Relax, Mike Matheny. If the Cards Pile Up the Runs, John Mabry Has No Worries. - 101Sports.com

They need to swap Mabry for Giambi.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 06, 2018 at 07:15 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals

Matheny, Mozeliak and Fowler Need to Book a Guest Spot on Dr. Phil - 101Sports.com

So what would be the justification for benching Bader or Pham of keeping Martinez away from right field to accommodate Fowler?

Answer: There is no justification. Baseball always brings us surprises; the Cardinals may need to turn to Fowler when we least expect it. But you don’t play guys that are having hideous seasons based on past performance or size of contract. You go with the guys who will give you your best shot at winning. And the Cardinals must prioritize winning. They can’t be handing games away, in part, because of a misguided attempt to put the jumper cables on Fowler’s burned-out offensive game. And if Matheny didn’t play his best lineup, then we’d all be yelling about his lack of urgency, ineptitude, etc. I support Matheny 100 percent on this.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 06, 2018 at 04:39 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, dexter fowler

Saturday, June 09, 2018

Joe Kelly Has the Best Draft Day Story Ever

“I turned 21 the day of the Draft. So double-whammy,” the Red Sox reliever said. “I knew I was getting drafted, obviously, and I turned 21 that day. So obviously that doesn’t mix too well. Let’s just say I was really, really, really belligerently drunk before the draft even started.”

 

Jose is an Absurd Force of Nature Posted: June 09, 2018 at 12:14 AM | 44 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, cardinals, draft, red sox

Thursday, June 07, 2018

Red Schoendienst, St. Louis Cardinals Star and Oldest Hall of Famer, Dies at 95

The epitome of the baseball lifer, Schoendienst became a revered figure in St. Louis. He first donned a Cardinals uniform at a tryout camp in 1942 — a red-haired, freckle-faced teenager from the Midwest who was later likened in the press to a latter-day Huckleberry Finn. While in his 90s, he was listed as a special assistant to the general manager.

Playing second base, his position for nearly his entire playing career, Schoendienst teamed with shortstop Marty Marion in a superb double-play combination, most notably on the 1946 Cardinals team that defeated the Boston Red Sox in a seven-game World Series. Bobby Doerr, Boston’s second baseman in that Series, had been the oldest surviving Hall of Famer, ahead of Schoendienst, when he died at 99 in November 2017.


Wednesday, June 06, 2018

What the baseball world looked like when Nolan Gorman, MLB’s first 2000s prospect, was born

Great little nugget here: Cardinals first-round pick Nolan Gorman was born on May 10, 2000.

He’s the first child of the 2000s to ever be drafted.

ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: June 06, 2018 at 01:27 PM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, draft picks

Friday, June 01, 2018

Munoz home run caps five-run ninth as Cardinals pull out 10-8 win

Yairo Munoz hit a walk-off three-run homer as the Cardinals scored five runs in the ninth inning to pull out a 10-8 win over the Pirates on a bizarre Thursday night at Busch Stadium.

The Cardinals went into the ninth down 8-5 and sent five hitters to the plate against Pirates closer Felipe Vazquez, and all of them scored.

Ouch.

Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: June 01, 2018 at 11:19 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, pirates

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Sullivan: Baseball’s Hardest Thrower Gets the Second-Fewest Strikeouts

Most counterintuitive observation of the day?

Or ever?

Part of this is easy to understand. Why doesn’t Hicks strike more batters out? Just look at the walks. He’s wild. Been better lately, but still wild. Hicks’ overall strike rate ranks in the sixth percentile. Batters are better when they’re not behind in the count. If you don’t have command, you want to at least have control.

Another factor here is that Hicks doesn’t throw a hard four-seamer. Rather, he throws a sinker, and while it’s a hard sinker, sinkers in general are more hittable. This year, four-seamers at 95 or harder have allowed a contact rate of 76%. Meanwhile, sinkers and two-seamers at 95 or harder have allowed a contact rate of 81%. Not all sinkers are created alike, and, of course, someone like Zach Britton can get whiffs on a sinker all day long, but the movement tends to just be more contact-friendly. We know that because it’s what the numbers have always suggested. A rising four-seamer can appear to be deceptive. Sinkers are thrown lower, and they drop closer to the bat path.

As you’d imagine, there’s still another factor. Hicks doesn’t exclusively throw his fastball — he also has a breaking ball around 85. But it’s not a slider he controls very well. I looked at pitcher swing rates, league wide, when they throw non-fastballs. The swing rate against Hicks’ non-fastballs ranks in the 1st percentile. Almost the lowest rate in the game. Which could be a good thing, if Hicks could reliably spot his slider around the zone edge. Instead, Hicks has been a fastball pitcher without a pitch for hitters to chase. As noted earlier, major-league hitters are exceptionally good, and they can time any existing fastball provided they don’t have to worry about anything else.

It seems bizarre for Hicks’ strikeouts to be where they are, just given his arm strength. And yet we should remember we’ve seen hints of this. Chapman has forever been a strikeout machine, because he’s paired his four-seam fastball with a dangerous slider. Yet Brian Ellington averaged almost 100, and he posted underwhelming strikeout rates. Ditto last season’s Joe Kelly. Ditto 2016’s Mauricio Cabrera. Cabrera’s fastball actually averaged over 100. He struck out 19.8% of opponents. Josh Collmenter struck out more batters than that. Hicks is the most extreme data point in both directions, but baseball has been telling us for a while that velocity doesn’t equal punch outs. Not, at least, at the velocity levels we’ve observed.

 

Stormy JE Posted: May 23, 2018 at 06:32 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, fastballs, jordan hicks, strikeouts, velocity

Monday, May 21, 2018

VHS via Leitch: Phillie broadcast commenting on impending rain delay

Leitch:

This clip explains Midwestern weather to East Coasters better than anything I’ve ever seen.

Best fans thunderstorms in baseball.

Stormy JE Posted: May 21, 2018 at 08:21 AM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: announcers, broadcasts, cardinals, phillies, rain delay

Monday, May 14, 2018

Wainwright likely headed back to DL after difficult start, loss to San Diego

From the beginning, it was clear that Wainwright did not have his best feel for pitches or the velocity expected.

After the game he said he lacked “snap.”

His fastball hovered below 90 mph, and there were times he had a cutter at 84 mph or 82 mph. His changeup, which usually would be in that range, slipped into the 70s mph. He was able to get outs with his curveball and find a way through two scoreless innings. In the third, a single with the bases loaded produced the Padres’ first run and the end of Wainwright’s start.

“I didn’t have much,” Wainwright said. He added that another turn to the DL and another look at the elbow would give him a chance to determine what’s next and that he still intends “to be a force” at some point this season.


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