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Viva El Birdos Apr 28, 2016

Cards News and Notes: 2006, the draft, Pujols

Yesterday's VEB Ben Godar started things off yesterday critiquing Matheny's lineup construction, and he's not the only one annoyed with Aledmys Diaz still hitting eighth, behind Yadier Molina and (when he's in the lineup) Matt Adams. As Ben noted, lineup construction doesn't matter all that much, but it does still matter, and it can be annoying that Matheny's leaving run production on the table. The Red Baron shared his fourteenth draft preview with us yesterday, this one focusing on college bats. The article features a bat-first first basemen as well as a center-fielder from the same...
Cardinals notes: Carpenter bats third in lineup

Cardinals notes: Carpenter bats third in lineup

PHOENIX • It took an injury as impetus but manager Mike Matheny got a chance Tuesday to make a move the team and he had expressed an interest in doing at some point.
Gaslamp Ball Apr 25, 2016

Were the Padres stealing signs? Probably not.

It's been suggested that perhaps the Padres were using a man hidden in the batter's eye to steal signs from Yadier Molina and the Cardinals.  The theory arose yesterday at the end of the game when Molina pointed out the "man in white" peeking through an open slot in the batter's eye.  The man was outfitted with a pair of binoculars, a Padres logo'd shirt and a radio.  All the things a sign stealer could possibly need to complete his nefarious works.  When he was spotted by the eagle eyed catcher and umpire, he ducked back into the shadows. Were the Padres stealing signs in the ninth...
Viva El Birdos Apr 22, 2016

The early returns from the new and improved Cardinals bench

After years of shaky performances from the Cardinals bench, 2016 was supposed to be different. Has it been? In 2011, the St. Louis Cardinals won a World Series with the assistance of a bench which supported a relatively old starting lineup. The bench was not loaded with superstars, but it did have a number of players which supplemented the starters and complimented their skills and limitations. Gerald Laird was a perfectly capable backup to the ultra-durable Yadier Molina. Daniel Descalso posted a respectable 91 OPS+ and served well as an infield utility knife, particularly when David...
Viva El Birdos Apr 21, 2016

Yadier Molina firing on all cylinders to start 2016

Not too long ago, I wrote an article in which I pleaded with the Cardinals to not rush Yadier Molina back for the start of the regular season. Of course, I did not possess the same intricate knowledge that Molina, the medical staff, and the coaches possessed, so all I was able to work from was the fact that Molina underwent three thumb operations in two years, and due to these thumb injuries, he was unavailable to play at the end of 2014 and 2015 (with both scenarios including valuable time missed in the playoffs). Yet, as 101 ESPN's Bernie Miklasz wrote that same day, Molina was going to...
The Cardinal Nation Apr 20, 2016

Molinas Extra-base Power is Back

St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina’s 90 plate appearance extra-base hit drought is far in the past.
Columbus Dispatch Apr 17, 2016

Cardinals 4, Reds 3 | Reynoldsburg's Eric Fryer powers St. Louis victory

adcelannotate = {"mobilepaywallcategory" : "MOBILE_PREM-SPORTS","nativepaywallcategory" : "NATIVE_PREM-SPORTS"};ST. LOUIS — Once again, a St. Louis Cardinals catcher beat up on the Cincinnati Reds. This time, however, it was Eric Fryer, a Reynoldsburg native and Ohio State product, not All-Star Yadier Molina. Making his first start and playing for another Reynoldsburg graduate in manager Mike Matheny, Fryer had three hits, including the game-winner in the Reds’ 4-3 loss to St. Louis on Sunday.
Simmons calls Molina the best

Simmons calls Molina the best

ATLANTA • Once Jaime Garcia threw his first pitch Friday night, Yadier Molina passed Ted Simmons in games caught by a Cardinals player. Molina has caught 1,440 games, one more than Simmons, and has started two more than Simba at…
Hochman: Ford's connection to Holliday is real

Hochman: Ford's connection to Holliday is real

The coach does knows strategy — in his first move as coach of the St. Louis U. Billikens, Travis Ford name-dropped a St. Louis Cardinal.
Simmons on Molina: 'No better defender ever' behind the plate

Simmons on Molina: 'No better defender ever' behind the plate

ATLANTA • Yadier Molina passed Ted Simmons in games caught by a Cardinals player Friday night. Molina has caught 1,440 games, one more than Simmons, and has started two more than Simba at 1,382.
Cardinals Stock Report: Thumbs up for Molina

Cardinals Stock Report: Thumbs up for Molina

In a game with few positives, catcher Yadier Molina eased concerns about his surgically repaired thumb by delivering two hits.
Viva El Birdos Apr 2, 2016

Brayan Pena headed to disabled list with knee injury

Cardinals backup catcher headed for knee surgery. Opening Day roster changed with Eric Fryer making the club. The St. Louis Cardinals appeared to have their Opening Day roster set ahead of tomorrow's first game against the Pittsburgh Pirates, but a last-minute change is taking place due to unfortunate circumstances. Backup catcher Brayan Pena slipped in the dugout, per Derrick Goold, and will now need knee surgery that will place him on the disabled list. Eric Fryer is likely to replace Pena on the Opening Day roster. With Yadier Molina aging, overworked, and suffering various injuries...
Viva El Birdos Apr 1, 2016

Taking the Over/Under on five Cardinals pitchers

who will beat their projections, and who will fall short? On Wednesday, I picked an over or under on six position player's performances in 2016. I claimed that Matt Carpenter, Stephen Piscotty, and Tommy Pham would outperform the public projections, while Yadier Molina, Matt Adams, and Jhonny Peralta would underperform. Today, I take a look at the Pitcher's side, taking the over/under on the projected stats for five different Cardinals pitchers expected to make the 25-man roster. Kevin Siegrist, 3.43 FIP (under) Taking the under here is a good thing of course, as the lower FIP the better....
Viva El Birdos Mar 30, 2016

Cardinals news and notes: The bench, the staff, and the clubhouse dynamic

Four days. Cardinals-related countdowns are a golden time for numerology. Magic number countdowns and countdowns until Opening Day each rely heavily on former and current Cardinals players. Sure, you could say "there are 29 days until Opening Day"...or you could say "there are Stubby Clapp days until Opening Day." Obviously, this is the player most synonymous in 2016 with the uniform number 29. Well, today is a pretty easy one, as there is not only presently a #4 on the Cardinals in catcher Yadier Molina, but there is a realistic possibility that the number will eventually be retired by the...
Viva El Birdos Mar 29, 2016

Cardinals v National Game Thread: 3/29/2016

Adam Wainwright faces Stephen Strasburg on Fox Sports Midwest and MLB.tv In his last Spring Training start before the regular season begins on Sunday, Adam Wainwright will go up against the Nationals. We are getting to the stage in Spring Training, if we were not already there, where we really just want the season to start and get the real games going. We were so happy just to have pitchers and catchers report, and it was really neat to see the Cardinals on television playing baseball. Now, those things are not good enough. We want real action. It is just five days away. Yadier Molina, who...

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