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Giants notes: Handicapping their All-Star chances

PITTSBURGH - The latest National League All-Star balloting remains a Cub-fest. If the game were played now the NL would start an all-Cub infield of Anthony Rizzo, Ben Zobrist, Kris Bryant and Addison Russell, with teammate Dexter Fowler in the outfield. Yadier Molina still leads Buster Posey at catcher, but the vote continues to narrow. While no Giant might be elected by the fans, Madison Bumgarner and Johnny Cueto would seem to be sure bets given their first-half dominance. On the position side, even if Posey is not elected by fans he has a good chance to go to his fourth All-Star...
BenFred: Putting Molina's All-Star run into perspective

BenFred: Putting Molina's All-Star run into perspective

The Cardinals' cornerstone catcher makes making the Mid-Summer Classic look routine.
Viva El Birdos Jun 17, 2016

Are the Cardinals playing Yadier Molina too often?

Yadier Molina has shown an extreme willingness to log well above-average innings totals behind the plate, but should the Cardinals slow down his pace? This decade, no catcher in Major League Baseball has caught more innings than Yadier Molina. In the regular season, not even to mention his extensive postseason résumé, Molina has a roughly 750 inning lead on the #2 catcher in innings caught in the 2010s (wait for it...), Kurt Suzuki. In the last six and a half or so seasons, Molina has caught 83 full games worth of innings more than anybody else. Heading into 2016, it seemed like Brayan...
MLB Draft Live: Ongoing coverage, analysis of MLB draft Day 2

MLB Draft Live: Ongoing coverage, analysis of MLB draft Day 2

ST. LOUIS • After a rather eventful night in Cardinals baseball -- Adam Wainwright strikes out nine, Yadier Molina has three hits, Kolten Wong hits walk-off grand slam at Class AAA, and the Cardinals kick up controversy with their first…
Molina comes through in clutch for Cardinals

Molina comes through in clutch for Cardinals

Cardinals break through to go four wins above .500.
Columbus Dispatch Jun 9, 2016

Cardinals 3, Reds 2 | More of the same

CINCINNATI -- Yadier Molina's bases-loaded single snapped an eighth-inning tie, and the St. Louis Cardinals reached a season high by beating the Cincinnati Reds 3-2 on Thursday night, taking yet another series in their lopsided NL Central rivalry.adcelannotate = {"mobilepaywallcategory" : "MOBILE_PREM-SPORTS","nativepaywallcategory" : "NATIVE_PREM-SPORTS"};

Molina has slim All-Star lead

Cardinals catcher looking for his fifth selection by the fans as a starter for the All-Star Game.
McCovey Chronicles Jun 8, 2016

You're still not voting for Buster Posey enough

Buster Posey is losing to Yadier Molina in the 2016 All-Star voting, and we can't have that. Buster Posey still isn't leading the All-Star voting in the National League. This is an abomination, and I'm holding you all responsible. Here is a look at the latest NL balloting updates for the 2016 MLB All-Star Game presented by MasterCard. pic.twitter.com/oA5gjMCJss — MLB Communications (@MLB_PR) June 8, 2016 It's time to give up the dream for everyone else. Belt is great, but Rizzo is having an even better season for a team that's high on win dust. Crawford just might be the best...
Viva El Birdos Jun 8, 2016

Matt Carpenter and a brief history of offense-focused lineup decisions

Matt Carpenter's return to second base is the latest in a long line of Cardinals lineup decisions which sacrifice defense for offensive production. In 2013, Matt Carpenter was the seventh-best position player in baseball by Fangraphs WAR. He was not a significantly better hitter than he is now, but because he played second base, a position with less expected offensively, his offense was even more valuable, as the gap between Carpenter and the average second baseman offensively is greater than the gap between Carpenter and the average third baseman. With Jhonny Peralta set to return to the...

Why Cardinals fans hate Giants’ Cueto, plus awaiting word on Pence, and lineup

Why Cardinals fans hate Giants’ Cueto, plus awaiting word on Pence, and lineup ST. LOUIS — Good afternoon from Busch Stadium, where we hope to learn the extent of Hunter Pence’s hamstring injury and prognosis a little later. On Aug. 10, 2010, a nasty brawl occurred between the Cardinals and Reds at Great American Ball Park. The original beef was between Brandon Phillips and Yadier Molina, but it spilled into an all-out team-on-team fight around home plate. At one point, the scrum moved toward the screen behind the plate and Cueto was pinned. LaRue insisted in a St. Louis...
Viva El Birdos Jun 3, 2016

Yadier Molina leads National League catchers in first All Star voting update - A Hunt and Peck

Matt Carpenter and Stephen Piscotty also look to move ahead into starting roles. It is that time of year again - time to vote your favorite players into the All Star Game and listen to the inevitable complaints of ballot-stuffing and blah, blah, blah. Here is where the voting stands as of now! National League: CATCHER 1. Yadier Molina, Cardinals: 517,8252. Buster Posey, Giants: 439,2393. Miguel Montero, Cubs: 286,494 FIRST BASE 1. Anthony Rizzo, Cubs: 874,4712. Brandon Belt, Giants: 271,6703. Adrian Gonzalez, Dodgers: 253,529 SECOND BASE 1. Ben Zobrist, Cubs: 732,5192. Daniel Murphy,...
Matheny says fatigure no factor in Molina's hitting slump

Matheny says fatigure no factor in Molina's hitting slump

MILWAUKEE • The Cardinals’ starting pitching has rebounded after an erratic first eight weeks to reel off seven starts ranging from representative to good to outstanding. Yadier Molina, per usual, has caught almost all of those.
Brewers pitcher mystifies Cardinals

Brewers pitcher mystifies Cardinals

Redbirds manage just three hits in eight innings against Davies.
All-Star voting: Molina leads; Cubs top every infield position

All-Star voting: Molina leads; Cubs top every infield position

Cardinals players largely were ignored in the first release of National League voting for the All-Star Game.
Viva El Birdos May 27, 2016

Cardinals news and notes: Big City, cats, and Nats

Yesterday at VEB The Cardinals are currently enduring their third 3+ game losing streak of the season, a "feat" they didn't accomplish in 2015 until just before the All-Star break. Wednesday's 9-8 loss to the Cubs was about as frustrating as they come. The starting pitching was again inadequate. The Cardinals got to Jake Arrieta for the second time in a row (going back to last year's NLDS) and failed to capitalize on it. Mike Matheny elected to have Yadier Molina bunt with runners on first and second and no outs in the bottom of the 9th which stunted whatever rally they had going. And last...

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