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Viva El Birdos 17 hours ago
Has Oscar Taveras been treated any differently as a rookie than former Cardinal top prospects?

Has Oscar Taveras been treated any differently as a rookie than former Cardinal top prospects?

The answer might surprise you... Coming into the 2014 season, the Cardinals had the potential for two players to get significant votes in the National League Rookie of the Year voting. David Freese had been dealt in the offseason to make way for former first round pick Kolten Wong to join the infield while Matt Carpenter made the transition to his more natural position at the hot corner. Oscar Taveras never got much of a chance to make the opening day roster due to the ankle injury that ended his 2013 season with Memphis, but the thought was that Taveras would be up in the big leagues at...
Viva El Birdos 17 hours ago

Are John Mozeliak and Mike Matheny retconning Oscar Taveras's 2014 conditioning?

General manager John Mozeliak and manager Mike Matheny have openly criticized Oscar Taveras's conditioning. Is it justified? At the outset of the Cardinals’ postseason run, manager Mike Matheny announced that Randal Grichuk, who entered the 2014 season without a plate appearance above Double-A and the eighth-ranked prospect in the St. Louis organization, had won the everyday right-field job for October—elbowing out Oscar Taveras, who entered the season coming off an ankle injury and a consensus top-five prospect in all of baseball. Matheny remained faithful to Grichuk even as the rookie...
Viva El Birdos 20 hours ago

What does a $130 million payroll look like for the Cardinals

The Cardinals expect payroll to rise in the coming years, but much of that increase will go to young players reaching arbitration. Even so, the Cardinals will still retain the flexibility to pursue a core player from outside the organization. The Cardinals payroll is expected to rise, perhaps to around $130 million by 2017, as Ben noted yesterday. As for this offseason, the Cardinals might have trouble raising payroll given so few holes and even fewer options to make dynamic changes. At the end of the 2013 season, the Cardinals had few holes and a decent amount of money to spend. They...
Viva El Birdos 23 hours ago

Top Five St. Louis Cardinals Devil Magic Home Runs

Whether through hard work, perseverance or invocation to Our Dark Lord Satan himself, the Cardinals have a rich history of postseason comebacks - particularly with the long ball. As the Cardinals settled back into the top of the division at the end of the season and conjured some surprising postseason comebacks, there were renewed charges that the organization dabbles in the Dark Arts. It's difficult to confirm these accusations. Just as front office officials won't divulge their exact metrics for rating pitching prospects across various levels of competition, they won't comment on whether...
Viva El Birdos Oct 22, 2014

World Series game 2 open thread

Jake Peavy & Yordano Ventura Today's Lineups SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS KANSAS CITY ROYALS Gregor Blanco - CF Alcides Escobar - SS Joe Panik - 2B Norichika Aoki - RF Buster Posey - C Lorenzo Cain - CF Pablo Sandoval - 3B Eric Hosmer - 1B Hunter Pence - RF Billy Butler - DH Brandon Belt - 1B Alex Gordon - LF Mike Morse - DH Salvador Perez - C Travis Ishikawa - LF Omar Infante - 2B Brandon Crawford - SS Mike Moustakas - 3B Jake Peavy - RHP Yordano Ventura - RHP
Viva El Birdos Oct 22, 2014

The fastballs of the St. Louis Cardinals

St. Louis Cardinals pitchers thrive on their fastballs—both fourseamers and twoseamers/sinkers. Let's take a closer look at each one of them using information from BrooksBaseball. The pitching staff of the St. Louis Cardinals, like most major league pitching staffs, was largely dependent upon the fastball in 2014. In fact, three of the team's pitchers (S. Miller, L. Lynn, and C. Martinez) threw a version of their fastball at least 70% of the time. When comparing the value associated with individual pitches in a given repertoire, one can always turn to Fangraphs which provides a fun...
Viva El Birdos Oct 22, 2014

Jon Jay is a Problem, and Apparently Always Will Be

Or: The Triumph of Results, the Death of Process, and Losing Faith in John Mozeliak. There were plenty of interesting things to come out of the John Mozeliak/Mike Matheny postmortem presser the other day, most of them disappointing. Disappointing, that is, if you can actually choke back the bile long enough to concentrate on formulating an actual emotion, rather than simply focusing in on the searing pain in your throat. You know, on account of all the bile? No? You weren't choking back bile the whole time you were listening to the brain trust of the team talk about how they expected every...
Viva El Birdos Oct 22, 2014

Why are the St. Louis Cardinals planning on significantly increasing payroll in the three to five years?

Chairman Bill DeWitt has indicated that the Cardinals plan a hefty payroll increase in around 2017 or so. Why? After the St. Louis Cardinals' 2014 season came to an end with a five-game NLCS defeat at the hands of the San Francisco Giants, chairman Bill DeWitt, Jr. spoke with Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch about the team's plans in the coming years for payroll. Goold's whole article is worth a read as it has some tidbits about revenue streams and more, but the part that caught my eye was DeWitt sharing the Cardinals' long-term plans regarding the major-league club's payroll....
Viva El Birdos Oct 21, 2014

Words Series game 1 open thread

James Shields & Madison Bumgarner It's baseball at least.
The Cardinal Nation Oct 21, 2014

Partial Unofficial Look at 2015 Cardinals Spring Schedule

10 St. Louis Cardinals spring training games have been tentatively scheduled, including nine in the Grapefruit League.
Viva El Birdos Oct 21, 2014

Checking in on Future Redbirds in the Arizona Fall League

Now that the 2014 campaign is over it's time to look towards the future of the Cardinals organization. Editors Note: All Future Redbirds content will be moving to a new posting schedule starting this week: F-R posts will run Tuesday-Thursday-Saturday at 10:00 a.m. Future Redbird posts will no longer run as VEB Daily content and will instead run as standalone posts in an attempt to drive more prospect talk in the comments section.  If you have any questions or post ideas of the F-R editors feel free to email me at the email listed on my profile page. ********* The Arizona Fall League has...
Viva El Birdos Oct 21, 2014

2014 Preseason predictions contest results & analysis

Unpacking some predictions from March and awarding a few prizes. Way back on March 24, I published the 2014 pre-season predictions contest (link), the fourth iteration of the annual reminder of what terrible prognosticators we are. Only a funny thing happened this time. Whether the questions were easier, the season was more predictable, or we got smarter is for you to decide (it was the first option), but as a whole we did much better this season than in any of the last three. First, let me congratulate the winners. First prize is a choice between the Busch stadium print that the folks over...
Viva El Birdos Oct 21, 2014

What did Mozeliak and Matheny reveal about the St. Louis Cardinals' offseason plans during Monday's press conference?

The general manager and field manager addressed the media together on Monday at Busch Stadium. St. Louis Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak and his henchman Mike Matheny held a joint press conference at Busch Stadium on Monday to answer questions about the season that was, the offseason that looms, and the 2015 season that will be. Lil' Scooter collected various tweets and reactions in yesterday's Hunt and Peck post. Today, let's get down deeper into the weeds on this week's Mospeak. There's a bit to unpack. Adam Wainwright's elbow is fine. According to Derrick Goold in the St. Louis...
Viva El Birdos Oct 20, 2014
Hunt and Peck: During 2014 postmortem press conference, Mozeliak and Matheny look to 2015

Hunt and Peck: During 2014 postmortem press conference, Mozeliak and Matheny look to 2015

Some links from the baseball-less weekend. John Mozeliak and Mike Matheny sat for a press conference is the early afternoon. Here are some highlights as seen around Twitter: Injury Update: Molina expected to be 100% by spring; Waino & Wacha to have a normal offseason; Jay to have his left wrist scoped on Wed. — St. Louis Cardinals (@Cardinals) October 20, 2014   Mo: "Historically we've always gone with a younger bench, trying to get young guys chances. Maybe this offseason we look at it differently." — High Sock Sunday (@HighSock_Sunday) October 20, 2014   @CraigJEdwards...
Viva El Birdos Oct 20, 2014
John Mozeliak and Mike Matheny need to get on the same page this winter

John Mozeliak and Mike Matheny need to get on the same page this winter

John Mozeliak had to make multiple decisions this season to plan around Mike Matheny's deficiencies as manager, including a preference for "Mike guys" and misplaced devotion to small sample sizes. The manager and general manager need to come to a better plan this offseason to avoid those problems in 2015. Mike Matheny has gotten plenty of criticism for the way he managed the Cardinals in 2014 playoffs, most of it deserved. Ben asked if the Cardinals would win a World Series in spite of Mike Matheny. Eric criticized Matheny's lack of patience and poor planinng. Joe discussed Matheny's use...
Viva El Birdos Oct 20, 2014

St. Louis Cardinals roster matrix: For 2015, what salary is coming off the books and who are getting raises?

The Cardinals will see some unproductive payroll come off the books for 2015. The 2014 St. Louis Cardinals season is over, but the offseason hasn't quite started yet. There's that pesky World Series to get out of the way. But after the Giants and Royals play to October's final out, the Hot Stove begins. The roster upheaval of the offseason typically consists of several steps, some of which overlap: Free agency (players leaving as free agents or signing as the same) Arbitration (players being non-tendered or receiving a raise via arbitration or a negotiated agreement to avoid...
Viva El Birdos Oct 20, 2014

Viva El Birdos podcast episode 7

The first editors' podcast roundtable. Roundcast? Podtable? We talk NLCS, bury the NLCS, and discuss the futures of Kolten Wong, Matt Carpenter, and the Cardinal rotation. You can head over to subscribe via itunes here. Please rate and leave a review if you have not yet done so! The RSS Feed is here.
Viva El Birdos Oct 19, 2014

Reflecting on the 2014 St. Louis Cardinals

Thank you, St. Louis Cardinals baseball, for another memorable season. As I sit here on my 24th birthday wishing I was getting mentally prepared for game seven of the National League Championship Series, I instead find myself looking back on the 2014 St. Louis Cardinals—a team that was as enjoyable as they were maddening. In March, if you would have told me the Cardinals would lose to the Giants after just five games in the NLCS, I would have laughed at you given the team's expectations coming into the season. Halfway through, though, when the Milwaukee Brewers just were not going away, I...
The Cardinal Nation Oct 18, 2014

Will the Cardinals Add Their Own Don Zimmer?

Will the St. Louis Cardinals look to add a more experienced bench coach to assist manager Mike Matheny?
Viva El Birdos Oct 18, 2014

Mike Matheny: One Plan Man

That was certainly not how I envisioned the Cardinals 2014 season coming to a close. But that's baseball, right?  You never know what to expect. Matt Adams homering twice off two of the best left handed starting pitchers in baseball? Didn't see that coming. Matt Carpenter finishing with 13 K's, second most in the playoffs through the NLCS round?  Didn't see that either, and especially so given how well he played in the division series. That's the great thing about this game and about sport in general: You can plan and scheme and tinker, make all the proper decisions, and things still...

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