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Viva El Birdos 8 mins ago

The Cardinals Strange Handling of Kolten Wong

Kolten Wong has had a disappointing season after signing a contract extension before the season began. What happened? No matter what happens the rest of the way, this season is going to be a disappointing one for Kolten Wong statistically. Wong started slowly, and there simply is not enough time left in the season to hit his way out. Add in a demotion to the minors, and the season has been a bit of a lost one in Wong’s development thus far. While it is impossible to know how things could have gone differently this year for Wong, it isn’t hard to imagine a realistic scenario where Wong...
Viva El Birdos 2 hours ago

Cardinals news and notes: Garcia, uniforms, Brewers

Some of us were rooting for the Cubs last night. Some of us were not. We are all fine. (And news and notes.) As I type this the Cubs have moments ago come back to beat the Pirates 8-7 in 13 innings. With the Pirates’ loss, and the Cardinals’ “no-business winning” win in Milwaukee, the Cardinals now sit 1.5 games up on Pittsburgh and 2.5 up on the Marlins and Mets for the last wild card. The Cubs’s thrilling win, the fact that all of their fans went to bed happy is good for us. The Cardinals aren’t catching them in the NL Central but they may very well fight off Pittsburgh and...
Viva El Birdos 10 hours ago

Martinez Hot, Bullpen Not in 6-5 Win

Cardinals offense and pitching take fans on Mr Matheny's Wild Ride The Cardinals headed into Miller Park today following a disappointing series vs the A's at home.  Miller Park should be just the place to right the ship - the Cards have had huge success there since 2012 (29-12 record). Cardinals lineup: Kolten Wong gets his first start since August 19th, and Matt Carpenter shifts to 1B. A very good case can be made that baby-faced Zach Davies (who has an intermittent case of Luke Weaver Ill-Advised Facial Hair Syndrome) is the best current starter on the Brewers.  Coming...
Viva El Birdos 15 hours ago

Cardinals should destroy the Brewers

A series preview The Cardinals just wrapped up a little homestand facing a Mets without going against their ace and and A’s team without any decent starting pitchers. The team responded by going just 2-4, and now the Pirates are only half a game back in the wild card race. The team gets back on the road to face Milwaukee. The Cardinals should destroy the Brewers. It’s been about six weeks since the Cardinals last faced the Brewers, and the team remains somewhat changed since then. The team traded Jeremy Jeffress and Will Smith at the trading deadline, making Tyler Thornburg their...
Viva El Birdos 20 hours ago

Battle of the Uniforms: 1927 vs. 1956

Vote below! A few weeks ago I posited the question: What is the best Cardinals uniform ever? Well friends, there is only one way to find out: Battle Royale. So, to determine the best Cardinals uniform ever, I have, with your gracious assistance, created a bracket where each uniform will duke it out until we have a winner. (Many of you have asked about the alternate jersey the Cardinals debuted in 2013. Don't worry, folks. I have a plan. Trust the system.) Here is the bracket, updated to reflect the winner of last week’s matchup: This week, the voting continues with... ...
Viva El Birdos 21 hours ago

Cardinals Farm Report: Matt Adams and Brayan Pena Continue Rehab; Game Notes & Some Stats

Ahh, just what you've been yearning for: a story packed with game recaps and stats from the previous weekend of minor-league action! Enjoy. This weekend, Cardinals first baseman Matt Adams continued his rehab assignment with the Memphis Redbirds, and catcher Brayan Pena continued his assignment with the Palm Beach Cardinals. With a win on Friday, the Johnson City Cardinals clinched a playoff berth. The Cardinals secured at least a second-place finish in the Appalachian League’s West division; the top two teams from each division make the postseason, and it is scheduled to begin on...
Viva El Birdos 22 hours ago

What is going on with Jaime Garcia?

We are 26 starts into Jaime Garcia’s 2016 season, and we still have no legitimate grasp on which pitcher will be present on the mound every fifth day. Garcia opened the month of August with a brilliant 11-strikeout, 8-inning start against the Braves but has since allowed at least five earned runs in each of this last three starts — against teams with better offenses in the Athletics, Mets, and Astros. Heck, because of Garcia’s inconsistency and the emergence of alternatives, we have even reached the point where we are not 100% positive he is worthy of a spot on the postseason roster...
Viva El Birdos Aug 29, 2016

Should Jaime Garcia be on the postseason roster?

It’s not a certainty that the Cardinals will make the postseason, but if they do it’s also not a certainty that Jaime Garcia should be along for the ride. Let’s get one thing straight right off the bat, Jaime Garcia been a very good pitcher during his tenure with the Cardinals. Not elite, but very good - and that’s not debatable. Dating back to 2010, Garcia has pitched just over 850 innings and has accumulated a 3.44 ERA, 3.41 FIP, and a 3.46 xFIP. Via FanGraphs Leaderboards, for National League pitchers with at least 850 innings pitched during this span (a sample size of 23),...
Viva El Birdos Aug 29, 2016

Cardinals news and notes: The A’s, AFL, and prospects

Let’s recap the weekend for the Cardinals but otherwise never discuss it again. On Sunday, Alberto Rosario started at catcher for the St. Louis Cardinals. This happens every so often, though it happens less often for the Cardinals than its equivalent action happens elsewhere. Yadier Molina has always been one of the most durable catchers in baseball. Catcher usage, to a degree, forms a big circle of logic—Molina is very good and very durable, and thus the Cardinals don’t place a high priority on a high-quality backup since he would not play very often, but then if Molina struggles or...
Viva El Birdos Aug 28, 2016

8.28.16 Recap: Cards fall to As 7-4

Jaime Garcia struggled early, and the Cardinals' offense couldn't pick him up. Jaime Garcia: Five runs in seven innings Won't get the job done The Game Welp.  I've been wondering for awhile what the heck is wrong with Jaime Garcia.  Any ideas, guys?  Is he hurt?  Before today, I was thinking that almost had to be it.  Jaime Garcia has been a really frustrating pitcher during most of his career with St. Louis, but one thing I do know - one thing that has always been consistent - is that when Garcia is healthy, he has the best pure "stuff" on the team.  (Alex Reyes may be giving him a...
Viva El Birdos Aug 28, 2016

System Sundays: Minor Seasons in Review, Part Two — #21-11

Continuing our review of the seasons put up by all the prospects fit to obsess over in the Cardinals’ system. Okay, so I know that Alex Reyes is about to make his first major league start in a little over an hour as I begin writing this, and I’m very tempted to simply scrap this current post to talk about what he did and how he looked in the morning, but I’ve not gotten around to doing this particular post yet, and I hate to put it off any longer. Thus, I shall just assume that Reyes was awesome, managed to hold his control together well enough not to walk four batters in five and a...
Viva El Birdos Aug 27, 2016

Athletics @ Cardinals 8.27 recap: Reyes good in debut, Cards lose anyway

A good but short Alex Reyes start wasn't enough to keep the A's from taking game 2. Oakland Athletics @ St. Louis Cardinals Zach Neil vs. Alex Reyes 6:15 p.m. CT Busch Stadium - Saint Louis, Missouri Today's Lineups - OAKLAND A'S ST. LOUIS CARDINALS Jake Smolinski - CF Greg Garcia - SS Marcus Semien - SS Jedd Gyorko - 2B Yonder Alonso - 1B Brandon Moss - 1B Khris Davis - LF Stephen Piscotty - RF Ryon Healy - 3B Yadier Molina - C Max Muncy - 2B Jhonny Peralta - 3B Brett Eibner - RF Randal Grichuk - CF Bruce Maxwell - C Jeremy Hazelbaker - LF Zach...
Viva El Birdos Aug 27, 2016

The Cardinals’ options for the Arizona Fall League

Which future Cardinals will play in the annual league this year? The minor league seasons are getting close to wrapping up. However, that doesn’t mean you won’t be able to continue following Cardinals prospects. The Cardinals will send a handful of high minors players to the Arizona Fall League, which starts in October and goes into November. There, they will get extra developmental time, and perhaps just as important, we get more time to follow their development. The Cardinals, probably like most teams, seem to send players to the Arizona Fall League (AFL) for three reasons. First,...
Viva El Birdos Aug 27, 2016

Cardinals news and notes: Pham, Waino, and Oakland

In case you missed it. This week, an athletic but very raw baseball pseudo-prospect will be conducting a demonstration workout for Major League Baseball teams. MLB.com’s Jenifer Langosch has confirmed on Twitter that the St. Louis Cardinals, along with the rest of baseball, will be sending a representative to the workout. Normally, this would be a non-story, but Tim Tebow has never been known for his ability to fly under the radar. Tebow, in case you are somewhat unfamiliar (I suppose if you have not lived in the United States in the last decade or so, this is plausible, but otherwise I...
Viva El Birdos Aug 26, 2016

8.26.16 Recap: Weaver Throttles Oakland, Cards Win 3-1

Luke Weaver's not going to do this every night, but he's going to do it some nights and that's pretty fun. Well that was a weird one. Remember last year? Remember how innocent we were, and how so many things that seem starkly real now seemed like pure fantasy? I'm talking, of course, about the Cardinals having elite run prevention that carried a so-so offense to the top of the National League in 2015. But this is 2016 and it's opposite world. The Cards lead the NL in home runs and are second in non-pitcher wRC+, but sit a middling 7th in team ERA, with a defensive squad that has been...
The Cardinal Nation Aug 26, 2016

Cardinals Hall of Fame Induction on FOX Sports Midwest

One-hour, tape-delayed special premieres Sunday and replays throughout August and September.
Viva El Birdos Aug 26, 2016

Cardinals should destroy the A’s

A series preview The trade deadline has come and gone. The playoffs don’t start for another five weeks. You can be forgiven if you just want the playoffs to arrive. The Cardinals have a very good shot at the moment despite an up and down season. However, let this post serve as a reminder that we are getting dangerously closer to a time without baseball, so make sure you get as much you possibly can now. The Cardinals should destroy the Athletics. Three of the bigger trades in Cardinals’ franchise history have been made with the team coming to town this week. Mark Mcgwire, Mark Mulder,...
Viva El Birdos Aug 26, 2016

St. Louis Cardinals Prospect Report: Adams, Bader and Blake Drake Homer, John Kilichowski Fans 7; Spikes Bum Rush Batavia

Welcome (back) to the show, Miguel A quick Friday recap. The Spikes continue to steamroll the Appy League. Memphis hit 3 homers, including shots from Harrison Bader and a rehabbing Matt Adams. The impeccably named Blake Drake hit his 5th home run of the season for Springfield, and John Kilichowski punched out 7 Timber Rattlers. Miguel Socolovich earned a promotion to the big club, although it came at the expense of Future Redbird Sam Tuivailala. Triple-A: Memphis 7 - Nashville 6 Breyvic Valera (3B): 2-4, 2 R, 2B Matt Adams (1B): 1-3, R, HR, 2 RBI David Washington (RF-LF): 1-2, R, 2B,...
Viva El Birdos Aug 26, 2016

Adam Wainwright is undeniably good at interviews - A Hunt and Peck

Waino has had his struggles this season, but he is still an excellent interview and all-around good guy. Adam Wainwright has not been having the season he would like to have so far (though there is still time to turn it around, end on a high note, and be a force in the postseason), but even if his pitches are not a crisp as they usually are, his humor is still on point. Watch Waino entertain in his interview with Intentional Talk below, where he cracks jokes in addition to discussing his charitable endeavors with his foundation, Big League Impact. Your browser does not support iframes. ...
Viva El Birdos Aug 26, 2016

Should Tommy Pham be playing more?

With the recent offensive surge of Randal Grichuk, among others, should Tommy Pham be a more pivotal part of the Cardinals offense? Tommy Pham was drafted into the St. Louis Cardinals organization on June 7, 2006. The #1 song in the United States was by Chamillionaire, the movie Cars was two days away from being released in theaters, and only two other current Cardinals players, Adam Wainwright and Yadier Molina, were even in the Cardinals organization. Which is to say that Tommy Pham has been around for a while. He has fewer than 350 MLB plate appearances, but at 28, Pham may have missed...

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