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Viva El Birdos Dec 2, 2016
Cardinals news and notes: Garcia, books, trades

Cardinals news and notes: Garcia, books, trades

Jaime Garcia will be missed. Plus, news and notes. As you most certainly heard (and Craig Edwards touched on it here), yesterday afternoon the Cardinals shipped Jaime Garcia to the Braves for a couple of mid-level prospects. Even with a career riddled with injuries, Garcia was a very valuable pitcher for the Cardinals dating back to 2010, a span in which only Adam Wainwright pitched more innings and was worth more wins per fWAR than Garcia. Garcia was dealt a tough hand from whatever force allocates injuries across the league, but when he was on few were better. He’ll most certainly be...
Viva El Birdos Nov 24, 2016

Cardinals News and Notes: Bader, Lee Smith, Waino

Yesterday’s VEB Happy Turkey day! Here’s what you missed yesterday here at VEB: How much (if any) should Harrison Bader factor into the Cards’: The Red Baron’s take on Bader’s chances of contributing in 2017. The end of the Lee Smith era: Ben Godar on a great pitcher possibly overlooked by history. a thanksgiving day note: A great message from Heather in your daily Hunt and Peck. Adam Wainwright’s historic offensive 2016: John on Waino’s success at the plate in 2016. VEB Podcast 62: John and Heather discuss the Cecil signing, Wacha being on the block, and more.
Viva El Birdos Nov 23, 2016

Adam Wainwright’s historic offensive 2016

On this Thanksgiving weekend, be thankful for Adam Wainwright. 2016 was perhaps the worst pitching season of Adam Wainwright’s career. After years as the ace of the St. Louis Cardinals rotation, Wainwright had a career-worst (excluding his two innings pitched in 2005) earned-run average and fielding-independent pitching and was clearly behind Carlos Martinez in any Cardinals starters power rankings that one could imagine. And yet, by some measures, Adam Wainwright had one of the greatest seasons of your lifetime. While Adam Wainwright has long been a serviceable offensive player for a...
Viva El Birdos Nov 18, 2016

Cardinals news and notes: Carson Kelly, base running, El Gallo

It’s MVP voting season which means we are all missing Albert Pujols (plus news and notes). Kris Bryant won a much-deserved 2016 NL MVP award yesterday by receiving 29 of the 30 first place votes. The only Cardinal to receive votes was Yadier Molina who got a couple of 10th place votes, but this marked the third straight year that a Cardinal didn’t finish in the top five, and the second straight year without a top-ten finish (Adam Wainwright finished 8th in 2014). Winning games and making the playoffs is vital to the cultivation of a fan base but so is elite talent. Albert Pujols was...
Viva El Birdos Nov 17, 2016

Carson Kelly continues emergence as heir to Yadier Molina

Over the last 12 years, there has been one constant presence donning the Birds on the Bat. If Adam Wainwright is the first player to come to mind, you are not technically wrong as he made his Major League debut with the Cardinals in 2005, but given he has missed nearly two full seasons due to injury (and subsequent rehabilitation), “constant” is not exactly accurate. The presence I speak of is none other than the 34-year-old Yadier Molina, a fixture behind home plate for roughly 130 games per season. Based on Molina’s 2016 numbers — he achieved a career high in games played (147),...
Viva El Birdos Nov 15, 2016

Re-visiting the potential of a Chris Sale trade

A trade for Chris Sale likely starts with Alex Reyes Much of the focus of the Cardinals offseason has been on the position player side. After letting Matt Holliday and Brandon Moss go to free agency and moving Matt Carpenter to first base, the team has a pretty easily identifiable spot to fill in the outfield. On the pitching side, the team has Adam Wainwright, Mike Leake, Carlos Martinez, Lance Lynn, Michael Wacha, Alex Reyes, and Jaime Garcia all under control for next season. Starting pitching doesn’t seem to be a need, but if Chris Sale is available, the Cardinals still need to make a...

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