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Viva El Birdos Feb 12, 2016

Matt Holliday, first baseman? - A Hunt and Peck

Oh great, this again.... Countless words have been typed on Matt Holliday, stalwart and statue in left field for the entirety of his career, and the possibility of him moving to first base. The idea seems innocent enough. Holliday is not fleet of foot, or really... like, graceful at all, but he is still a great hitter. Maybe first base would be a good place to hide his slightly below average glove? It would also solve the Cardinals first base woes and upgrade the outfield defense. In theory, this is a great idea. In reality however... The glove smack gets me every time. Okay, so it...
First things first for Cardinals' Holliday

First things first for Cardinals' Holliday

A career left fielder, Holliday sought to learn how to play first base this winter.
Viva El Birdos Feb 9, 2016

How Matt Holliday changed in 2015

some concerning trends began for the Elder Matt last year Matt Holliday as you know, has received the biggest contract in Cardinals' history: $120M over seven years. And as you also know, the contract has been a smashing success as far as seven year free agent contracts for 30-year-olds go. In fact, according Fangraphs' value tab, Holliday has been worth $165M over the first six years of the contract, and that's even after a shortened 2015 that saw him tabulate just under a win of value. So no matter what happens with Matt in his last guaranteed year, the contract will be a success. But...
Viva El Birdos Feb 3, 2016

The myth of the Cardinals aging core

A much discussed topic this offseason, the Cardinals are viewed as an aging team despite evidence to the contrary. That Matt Holliday, Adam Wainwright, Yadier Molina, and Jhonny Peralta are getting older is not new. That is how time works. Also not a new concept for the Cardinals is a sens of their core. The concept of a core player has been a malleable one over the years. Albert Pujols, Chris Carpenter, Yadier Molina have been called core players, but so has Jon Jay. That is not a knock on Jon Jay, but a core player is not always synonymous with best player. It often is, but it is not...
Viva El Birdos Jan 29, 2016

Cardinals news and notes: Prospects, Matt Holliday, and El Gallo doing work

Everything you may have missed at VEB on Thursday along with some new spring training gear. MLB released their spring training threads for each team on Thursday.  Here's what the Cardinals will be wearing: .@UncleCharlie50 will be sporting these new threads come February 17th! #SpringTraining pic.twitter.com/Wy4KRzhdkb — St. Louis Cardinals (@Cardinals) January 28, 2016 I mean, those are fine.  But as a baseball card collector from the late 1980s, I would really like to see a return to something along these lines: That's the good stuff.  Anyway, here's what you...
Viva El Birdos Jan 28, 2016

Matt Holliday and the great bargain contract

Even if Matt Holliday had one of the worst seasons in history in 2016 his contract would still be worth every penny. Imagine heading into the next fiscal year at your place of employment, your last year on the job, knowing you could perform as poorly as anyone ever has in the history of said job, and that your tenure there would still be held in high regard?  (Robert De Niro might be pulling this off as we speak.)  Those sort of no pressure, no fuss expectations would probably speak to exceptional past performance, and that's the enviable position where Matt Holliday finds himself...
Viva El Birdos Jan 26, 2016

Where should Matt Carpenter bat? - A Hunt and Peck

Will Carpenter find himself leading off again this season? For his past three full seasons as a starter Matt Carpenter has consistently been one of the Cardinals top hitters. Among qualified hitters, he has led the team in wRC+ in 2015 with 146, came in third in 2014 to Matt Holliday and Jhonny Peralta with a wRC+ of 117, and was second only to Holliday in 2013 at 146 weighted runs created (plus). While Carpenter has continued to be an exceptional hitter over the years, the results have been varied. Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post Dispatch quotes: "Looking back," said Carpenter the...
Viva El Birdos Jan 22, 2016

Cardinals news and notes: Holliday, Waino, and the DH

The Cardinals ZiPS projections are released and like it or not the designated hitter is headed to the National League. In case you missed it, yesterday was one of the best days of the offseason because Dan Szymborski released his ZiPS projections for the Cardinals.  Be sure to check them out.  Things could be looking up in 2016 because two of our players got compared to Clemens and Garciaparra! Here's what you may have missed yesterday at VEB: Matt Holliday to leadoff? With Matt Carpenter discovering a power stroke in 2015 and Kolten Wong expressing his desire to bat leadoff at the...
Viva El Birdos Jan 21, 2016

Matt Holliday as the leadoff hitter for the St. Louis Cardinals in 2016?

If Matt Carpenter is moved to a more run-producing spot in the lineup, could Matt Holliday be a viable replacement at leadoff? Over the last three seasons, Matt Carpenter has been a tremendous leadoff hitter for the St. Louis Cardinals, reaching base nearly 38% of the time (.378 on-base percentage). However, given that Carpenter hit 28 home runs last season, the most on the team, despite never hitting more than 11 in a season in the past, many are calling for the 30-year-old third baseman to be slotted into a position in the lineup with more opportunities to drive in runs. So, if Carpenter...
Viva El Birdos Jan 19, 2016

Cardinals news and notes: Mean tweets, Matt Holliday, and Cards HOF

Read some mean tweets about the Cubs and details on why the Cardinals offense in 2016 might be better than you think. Since that miserable day in December when Jason Heyward signed with the Cubs it seems a few days haven't gone by in which something hasn't come up to remind us, that yes, he'll be suiting up for the enemy for the foreseeable future.  It's like getting hit with a weekly cattle prod.  To that end, the Cubs had their version of the Winter Warm Up this weekend as well and they didn't waste the opportunity: Jason Heyward and Ryan Dempster reading mean tweets from Cardinals...
Viva El Birdos Jan 18, 2016

Matt Holliday talks aging - A Hunt and Peck

Pretty much the best response to this story. You might have heard about Jason Heyward's comments on the aging core players of the Cardinals. The subsequent media firestorm preceding the seemingly innoucuous statement has nearly assured the story will headline the team's first matchup April 19. When asked about getting older during this weekend's Winter Warm-Up, Matt Holliday had this to say: Holliday on the Heyward comments about the Cardinals aging core: "Let me get my cane". #STLCards — Jim Hayes (@TheCatOnFox) January 17, 2016 what else is going on in baseball... What's in a...

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