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Viva El Birdos 8 hours ago

MLB trade rumors: St Louis Cardinals reportedly inquired about Troy Tulowitzki before the Rockies-Blue Jays trade

Early Tuesday morning FOX's Ken Rosenthal broke the news on Twitter: Troy Tulowitzki had been traded. The Colorado Rockies dealt their All-Star shortstop to the Toronto Blue Jays. In the hours since, the complete details of the trade have been revealed. In exchange for Tulowitzski and veteran reliever LaTroy Hawkins, the Blue Jays sent the following players to the Rockies: Jose Reyes, SS Jeff Hoffman, RHP Miguel Castro, RHP Jesus Tinoco, RHP The groundwork for this July deal was apparently laid during the Hot Stove, when the two clubs engaged in preliminary discussions regarding...
Viva El Birdos 11 hours ago

A mid season look at the top 20 prospects in the St. Louis Cardinals system: 11-20

The St. Louis Cardinals minor league system has had some severe turnover that is currently fueling the major league club. MinorLeagueBall, our sister website through SB Nation, had the Cardinals as the top farm system in 2013 thanks to the likes of Shelby Miller, Carlos Martinez, the late Oscar Taveras, Matt Adams, Kolten Wong, and many more. With all of those graduations, the system has taken a hit and has had to rebuild. In 2014, the system fell to 6th and this year it was ranked 15th. A change in approach was needed. For three years, the Cardinals took a "safe" approach when drafting...
Viva El Birdos 11 hours ago

St. Louis Cardinals Prospect Report: Mike Ohlman homers for Springfield; Colling Radack collects 4 hits in a double-header for Palm Beach; Edmundo Sosa has a three hit game for Johnson City

Monday was rough for the St. Louis Cardinals prospects. The system went a combined 2-4 and only a pair of splits of double-headers by Palm Beach and Johnson City prevented a clean sweep. Triple-A: Memphis 3, Iowa 8 There wasn't much offense for the Redbirds last night, they notched only 3 hits. Ed Easley's double was the lone extra base hit of the game. Greg Garcia singled and stole his 12th base of the year. Marco Gonzales threw 75 pitches over 5.1 IP, his longest outing since his return earlier this month. 52 of those pitches were strikes, but the Cubs didn't have much trouble handling...
Viva El Birdos 13 hours ago

Cardinals do not need to make a trade

The Cardinals are in fine shape going forward and even it the offense is not what it should be, the Cardinals have enough to make it to the playoffs and a short-term fix at first base is not going to be a huge help. Last season the trade deadline saw the Cardinals move two fan-favorites in Joe Kelly and Allen Craig and in seprate moves, bring in Justin Masterson and John Lackey. The moves also served to give playing time to Oscar Taveras. Last season, the terrible production in right field plus multiple pitching injuries and inconsistency caused the Cardinals to search for innings and...
Viva El Birdos 15 hours ago

Choose Jason Motte's Own Adventure Finale

The Cubs have won the World Series on a Cardinals blog and it's all your fault, VEB. Remember six months ago when I thought it'd be great to create a Choose Your Own Adventure version of Cardstoons? Well, today you get the finale but you're not going to like it. Here's a quick recap of the first two installments: Jason Motte and Daniel Descalso cash in on free agency. VEB decides that Motte will live modestly and donate to charity instead of investing in a new business or buying a ton of goats to reverse the Cubs' curse. Having done the pure and noble thing, the Gods of Baseball smile upon...
Viva El Birdos 23 hours ago

Cardinals vs Reds recap: Wong grand slam backs Lynn's strong start

In bases-loaded situations, Wong giveth, but Lynn taketh away. The Cardinals started a three-game set with the now Cueto-less Cincinnati Reds tonight in muggy St. Louis, and Lance Lynn out-pitched Raisel Iglesias because of one pitch that Kolten Wong hammered for his second career home run. The Cardinals: 64-35. Lance Lynn As I said: muggy night in St. Louis--and that's just how Lance likes it! (No idea if this is true.) His line: 7.0 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 5 K; 114 pitches, 67 strikes, 12 swinging strikes; 8 GB, 7 FB, 3 LD. Lance pitched pretty well, though not spectacularly so. The few...
Viva El Birdos Jul 27, 2015

MLB trade rumors: Are the St. Louis Cardinals the frontrunners to acquire Adam Lind from the Brewers?

The Cardinals have reportedly made inquiries to the Brewers about acquiring Adam Lind. Some think they are the frontrunners to acquire the first baseman. St. Louis Post-Dispatch beat writer Derrick Goold reported on Monday morning that the Cardinals had touched base with the Milwaukee Brewers regarding first baseman Adam Lind: The Cardinals had conversations recently with Milwaukee, and the Brewers are believed to be willing to trade first baseman Adam Lind. Lind has 16 homers, a .549 slugging percentage against righthanded pitchers, and the lefthanded swing the Cardinals prefer. That’s...
Viva El Birdos Jul 27, 2015

St. Louis Cardinals trade rumor analysis: Adam Lind vs. Chris Davis at first base

The MLB non-waiver trade deadline is this Friday. The St. Louis Cardinals have already made one move, trading for righthanded reliever Steve Cishek to bolster their bullpen. In a Sunday morning interview on KMOX, general manager John Mozeliak has indicated that the Cardinals "are certainly going to try to make a[nother] move before the deadline." The Cardinals have had one of the best pitching staffs in baseball. Their offense is not bad, but it's not great either—particularly at first base. That position is the Cardinals' weakest link. As a refresher, here is how the Cardinals' 2015...
Viva El Birdos Jul 27, 2015

Fun on Hall of Fame Weekend - A Hunt and Peck

Despite one's feelings on the Hall of Fame and who will or will not get in and all that hullabaloo, it is still quite fun to see some of the all-time greats get honored with one of the highest distinctions the game can offer. This weekend was quite exciting as four very good players were enshrined. Let's take a look at their stats for old time's sake. Name Position Vote % Games Hits Home runs Average wRC+ WAR Craig Biggio Second 82.7 2850 3060 291 0.281 115 65.8 Name Position Vote % Games Strikeouts Wins ERA ERA- WAR Randy...
Viva El Birdos Jul 27, 2015

St. Louis Cardinals prospect report: Alex Reyes makes his Double-A debut; Luke Weaver dazzles; Anthony Garcia continues to rake; Matt Pearce sets a Midwest League record

All of the St. Louis Cardinals minor-league affiliates were in action over the weekend. Below, I've given the scores of the Cardinals' minor league games. After that, I've listed some individual prospect performances of note. Friday, July 24, 2015 Scores Triple-A: Memphis 5, Iowa 3 Double-A: Springfield 2, NW Arkansas 7 High A: Palm Beach 3, Lakeland 2; Palm Beach 2, Lakeland 1 - PPD Low A: Peoria 8, Kane County 5 Short-Season A: State College 2, Hudson Valley 0 Rookie DSL: Cardinals 3, Astros Orange 4 Rookie GCL: Cardinals 6, Nationals 2 Rookie: Johnson City 4, Princeton 6...
Viva El Birdos Jul 27, 2015

Steve Cishek trade analysis: Why did the St. Louis Cardinals add a reliever?

The St. Louis Cardinals traded for Miami Marlins reliever Steve Cishek on Friday. The Cardinals sent 25-year-old righthanded reliever Kyle Barraclaugh to Miami for Cishek, a Proven Closer and bounce-back candidate. It appears to have been a deal that had as much to do with the Cardinals taking on Cishek's salary (a prorated share of the $6.65 million he is due this season) as the minor-leaguer the Cards sent to the Marlins. On the surface, the Cardinals do not appear to have a glaring need in the bullpen. Entering play on Monday, St. Louis relievers had the 19th-highest innings pitched...
Viva El Birdos Jul 27, 2015

St. Louis Cardinals podcast - Steve Cishek trade; first base; second half strength of schedule; Stephen Piscotty; Randal Grichuk; and Matt Carpenter's mental slump

Viva El Birdos editor Ben Godar joined site manager Ben Humphrey on the evening of July 26, 2015, to discuss St. Louis Cardinals baseball. After some technical and user difficulties, they managed to record a podcast episode, discussing: Cardinals' second-half strength of schedule Steve Cishek trade First base trade Stephen Piscotty Randal Grichuk Matt Carpenter's mental slump The VEB Podcast is available to listen to via the below embed, the VEB Podcast Buzzsprout page, Stitcher, and iTunes. If you are an iTunes listener, please consider subscribing to the Viva El Birdos Podcast and...
Viva El Birdos Jul 26, 2015

Braves @ Cardinals 7.26 recap - Cards fail to secure sweep

Wacha not sharp; offense not good in series finale against the Braves Atlanta Braves @ St. Louis Cardinals Matt Wisler (4-1, 3.60 ERA, 4.09 FIP, 1.314 WHIP) vs. Michael Wacha (11-3, 3.20 ERA, 3.21 FIP, 1.104 WHIP) 1:15 p.m. CT Busch Stadium - St. Louis, Missouri Today's Lineups - #Braves lineup for today's series finale against the Cardinals: pic.twitter.com/OiUJhZ8aFN — #SmoltzHOF (@Braves) July 26, 2015 #STLCards vs. Atlanta (7/26): Wong 2B Carpenter 3B Holliday LF Heyward RF Grichuk CF Piscotty 1B Cruz C Kozma SS Wacha RHP — St. Louis Cardinals (@Cardinals) July 26,...
Viva El Birdos Jul 26, 2015

Fun With Selective Endpoints: Jason Heyward of 2015, and Other Versions as Well

It was an epic night, in more than one way. So let's take a look at one of the epic storylines, shall we? Last night, we saw both a pitcher's duel of epic proportions and an almost perfect storm of narratives all coming together in a way that baseball very, very rarely allows. The pitcher the Cardinals traded away, facing off against the pitcher they decided to keep, who took the traded player's rotation spot, and by the way, the player the Cardinals traded the pitcher away in order to get also just happens to be having a pretty remarkable season himself, and stands very much at the nexus...
Viva El Birdos Jul 25, 2015

7.25.15 Braves @ Cardinals Recap: Cards Skate By With 1-0 Victory

In a choose-your-own-narrative adventure, Shelby Miller faced off against Carlos Martinez on Saturday evening. Both pitchers threw extremely well, but thanks to a timely hit by Yadier Molina, and well-managed small ball tactics, the Cardinals came away with the win. There once was a match up of two young pitching studs Formerly on the same team, they used to be buds Martinez v. Miller A Saturday thriller The Cardinals came away with the win and the hugs The Narratives Tonight's game featured the widely-anticipated match up of former Cardinal Shelby Miller and newest Cardinal pitching...
Viva El Birdos Jul 25, 2015

A look at what the St. Louis Cardinals gave up to get Steve Cishek

Who is Kyle Barraclough? When I saw Clark Spencer's tweet this afternoon scooping the Steve Cishek trade, the prospect aficionado in me started to guess who the Cardinals were sending in return. I tweeted out that I wondered if the Marlins were interested in Patrick Wisdom, probably Edward Mujica/Zack Cox bias, but Cishek had been a reliable reliever in the past. When Spencer announced that reliever Kyle Barraclough was the return, I was stunned. And here is why. The Cardinals selected Barraclough in the 7th round of the 2012 draft out of St. Mary's College in California, the same college...
Viva El Birdos Jul 25, 2015

Steve Cishek: bounce back candidate

By trading for Steve Cishek, the Cardinals added a late-inning bullpen arm with a good track record and a high upside. While Cishek has struggled so far in 2015, there are reasons to believe that he is capable of pitching much better going forward. Yesterday, the Cardinals strengthened their bullpen by acquiring late-inning reliever Steve Cishek from the Marlins in exchange for Double-A pitcher Kyle Barraclough. Cishek was the closer for the Marlins from 2012-2014 before losing the title in 2015 due to early season struggles. The Cardinals are hoping for a bounce back performance from...
Viva El Birdos Jul 25, 2015

2015.07.24 Cardinals vs. Braves Recap: Greek god Grichuk, Cooney lead way to victory

How do we make our victory!? pre game braves lineup: Cameron Maybin 8 Pedro Ciriaco 4 Nick Markakis 9 Chris Johnson 5 A.J. Pierzynski 2 Jonny Gomes 7 Joey Terdoslavich 4 Andrelton Simmons 6 Manny Banuelos 1 cardinals lineup: Kolten Wong 4 Matt Carpenter 5 Matt Holliday 7 Jhonny Peralta 6 Jason Heyward 9 Yadier Molina 2 Randal Grichuk 7 Mark Reynolds 3 Tim Cooney 1 game Sing, O goddess, the anger of Achilles son of Peleus, that brought countless ills upon the Achaeans. Many a brave soul did it send hurrying down to Hades, and many a hero did...
Viva El Birdos Jul 24, 2015

Cardinals trade for Steve Cishek of the Marlins, get bullpen help

The Cardinals made their first move of trading season by fortifying their bullpen, trading for Steve Cishek of the Marlins. Less than 24 hours after Trevor Rosenthal pitched for the third night in a row and setup man Kevin Siegrist was unavailable due to heavy recent usage, the Cardinals make an attempt to bolster their bullpen by trading for Steve Cishek, with Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald reporting the deal first. Cishek had been a dependable member of the Marlins bullpen for the four season prior to this one, and even comes with the "Proven Closer" label with 94 saves in his...
Viva El Birdos Jul 24, 2015

Adam Wainwright is not a regular dad; he is a cool dad - A Hunt and Peck

Except for those cargo shorts and the shirt from Farm and Home - that is vintage dad attire right there. The sun sets on the comfortable Tuesday evening. The girls are ready to battle it out in a friendly machine pitch softball game. But what is this? A malfunction? Whatever will they do if the machine will not work? But look! Out of the crowd steps a hero - a six-foot-seven hero wearing a compression sleeve on his left leg and the most "dad" attire the world has ever seen. "I can do it," the man says. And Adam Wainwright did it. Well, sort of - he did give up nineteen runs, but considering...

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