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Viva El Birdos Aug 19, 2016

Cardinals news and notes: Yadi, injuries, Carlos

As Yadier Molina goes, so goes the...Cubs? (This disturbing development as well as news and notes.) I have uncovered some interesting data. It appears that Yadier Molina only hits well when the Cubs are playing very well. Or the Cubs only play well when Yadi is hitting the cover off the ball. Either way, I don’t know what to think about this, but here’s the disturbing data: The Cubs and Cardinals have both played exactly 120 games which you can slice into thirds in clean 40-game increments. Through their first 40 games of 2016 the Cubs went 29-11. Through the Cardinals’ first 40 games...
Viva El Birdos Aug 18, 2016

Examining Yadier Molina’s resurgent second half

After having the All-Star break off for the first time since the 2008 season, St. Louis Cardinals seven-time All-Star catcher Yadier Molina has slashed .370/.411/.540 over 107 plate appearances, good for what would be a career high 158 wRC+ could it somehow be sustained over a full season (Molina’s highest season wRC+ was 138 in 2012). Given the helplessness of Molina’s bat in May (59 wRC+) and June (46 wRC+), it is safe to say the rest period of four full days was good for the 34-year-old catcher. Yet, saying Molina has performed better at the plate solely because of the rest he...
Viva El Birdos Aug 12, 2016

What to make of the defensive decline of Yadier Molina

At his peak, Yadier Molina was one of the best defensive catchers ever. He no longer appears to be at his peak. In terms of his overall value as a Major League Baseball player, 2016 has been something of a bounce-back year for St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina. He has already reached his 2015 Wins Above Replacement total on FanGraphs and Baseball Reference, and in far fewer plate appearances. Much of Molina’s jump in value has come from his dramatically improved offense. Although he is not producing at the levels he did in 2012 and 2013 when he was a legitimate NL MVP candidate,...
Viva El Birdos Aug 9, 2016

Cardinals news and notes: Walk-offs, Broxton, Unis, Reds

Ways to walk-off a baseball game, ranked (and news and notes) So how about that game last night, huh? Full disclosure, I turned it off after the second out in the 9th because all 26 outs leading up to that point led me to believe that the game was utterly hopeless. But if you need a primer, the Cardinals put together a two-out five-run rally which culminated in a 5-4 Yadier Molina walk-off hit-by-pitch victory over the Reds. So what better time to count down the top eight ways to walk off a baseball game (Note: It would have been an even 10 but I was tired.). So without further ado: 8....

Best of MLB: Cardinals cap wild comeback win with HBP

Yadier Molina scored the winning run when he was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded in the Cardinals 5-4 comeback victory over the Reds. That and more from Mondays top MLB action.
Red Reporter Aug 8, 2016

Cody Reed finally shines against Cardinals, Reds vomit game away in 9th and lose, 5-4

What in the everliving hell was that? The Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game Cody Reed's 100th pitch struck out Yadier Molina looking, an 86 mph slider that broke hard, broke hearts, and showed an eyes wide open look at just why he's been so lauded by prospect evaluation despite the rough start to his Cincinnati Reds career. It capped a dang remarkable evening for Reed, as the young and talented lefty entered Busch Stadium and hurled 6 innings of scoreless ball against the St. Louis Cardinals, fanning 4 against just a lone walk and 4 hits.  It was precisely the kind of...
Viva El Birdos Jul 27, 2016

Don't call it a comeback - A Recap from July 27, 2016

what. a. game. Scene: City Field. New York. Matt Adams had just flown out to left field and Jedd Gyorko worked a one out four-pitch walk and was pinch-ran for with Randal Grichuk. The Cardinals were down by one run with the tying run on base and Yadier Molina up to bat. Jeurys Famila stood on the mound as the Mets closer, attempting to preserve the lead. Yadier Molina is no longer the hitter he once was. Two separate thumb injures, thousands of innings at catcher, and just plain old age has diminished his once above average capabilities. At a premium position such as the one he plays, an 87...

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