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Viva El Birdos 6 hours ago

Words Series game 1 open thread

James Shields & Madison Bumgarner It's baseball at least.
The Cardinal Nation 10 hours ago

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 15 hours ago

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 17 hours ago

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 19 hours ago

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...
Viva El Birdos Oct 17, 2014

Evening Open Thread

I miss baseball already. What was your favorite regular season moment of 2014? I'm tempted to go with Bourjos' game winning hit against the Pirates, but it's probably this: Your browser does not support iframes. Give yourself what you need. Enjoy your evening.
Viva El Birdos Oct 17, 2014

Hunt and Peck: Links of the Week

Just because we are sulking doesn't mean there are not links to be linked! The Cardinals cannot win the World Series every year. I know. It seems improbable, but I have run the numbers and it looks like this checks out. Being eliminated in the postseason sucks. It just does. "Well at least the Cardinals made it to the postseason?" you might say, and to you, I would say, "Yes, you have a point." But the truth is, postseason elimination is just much more jarring than being eliminated in the regular season. As a Rams fan, I know quite a lot about getting eliminated in the regular season, and I...
Viva El Birdos Oct 17, 2014

Will the St. Louis Cardinals ever win a World Series in spite of manager Mike Matheny?

Third-year manager Mike Matheny's third October was punctuated by perhaps the worst in-game decision of his short managerial career. Among baseball fans like you and me, managers get too much credit and too much blame. Baseball games are won on the field via feats performed by the players. Do managers have an impact on the outcome of ballgames? Of course. But I firmly believe that a manager's impact on a ballclub is greatest during those times that fans don't witness. Managing personalities is more important than managing games. Until October anyway. And that's the month the St. Louis...
Viva El Birdos Oct 17, 2014
NLCS Game 5 recap: The offseason is upon us

NLCS Game 5 recap: The offseason is upon us

Giants' even-numbered year mojo too much for Cardinals. First up, congratulations to the Giants and the good folks over at McCovey Chronicles. Three World Series appearances in 5 years is quite a feat. Represent the National League well, guys. As for us here in Mudville, it'll be a lot of window-staring-out-of and spring-waiting. It was a helluva season to be sure. We got to see another crop of young talent come into their own. We got to see a lot of really exciting baseball down the stretch. And we got October baseball in St. Louis yet again. All terrific. Tonight the St. Louis Cardinals...
Viva El Birdos Oct 16, 2014

Cry in Your Beer While You Wait For A Recap Thread

When do pitchers and catchers report? Talk, mumble, argue, what you will.
Viva El Birdos Oct 16, 2014

NLCS Game 5 Overflow 1 Gamethread

Dingers by Adams and Cruz have the Cardinals up 3-2 after 4. Keep on keepin' on, Birdos. And score more runs, too.
Viva El Birdos Oct 16, 2014

Cardinals at Giants 2014 NLCS Game 5 BINGO

Game V! 2014 NLCS Game Five Adam Wainwright vs. Madison Bumgarner at AT&T Park, 7:07 pm CST. This could be our last BINGO card (if there is interest, I could take a stab at making a World Series one regardless of the outcome of this series). Ladies, gentleman... it has been a privilege playing with you tonight. Cheers. Let's. Do. This.
Athletics Nation Oct 16, 2014
National League Championship Series Game 5 open thread: St. Louis Cardinals at San Francisco Giants

National League Championship Series Game 5 open thread: St. Louis Cardinals at San Francisco Giants

The Giants lead 3-1 heading into Game 5 at AT&T Park. Game 5 of the National League Championship Series starts at 5:00 PM Pacific Time on Fox Sports 1, with the St. Louis Cardinals visiting the San Francisco Giants. Adam Wainwright pitches for St. Louis against the only pitcher to make this postseason boring in his dominance, Madison Bumgarner. Today's Lineups ST. LOUIS CARDINALS SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS Matt Carpenter - 3B Gregor Blanco - CF Jon Jay - CF Joe Panik - 2B Matt Holliday - LF Buster Posey - C Jhonny Peralta - SS Pablo Sandoval - 3B Matt Adams -...

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