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Viva El Birdos 11 hours ago

Imagining the 2016 Cardinals as sellers: Part 2

Back in December, I wrote on the possibility of the Cardinals actually selling at the deadline. The Cubs looked like a behemoth, and the projections liked the Mets, Giants, Nationals, and Dodgers better than the Cardinals, though they did like the Cardinals marginally better than the Pirates. Even if you didn't agree with the projections, a lot of crazy things can happen in baseball. The Cardinals have outperformed their baseruns record by twenty-five games in the last three years, possibly the biggest reason  for the Cardinals' successful three-peat of the division over that time-frame....
Viva El Birdos 12 hours ago

Cardinals news and notes: Martinez, Carpenter, and recaps

May 27th happened, and now it's a three-day weekend. A recap and a look forward. It is Memorial Day weekend here in the United States. I am not one to tell people how to spend their holiday weekends; while it would be downright awesome if everybody took a moment out of their three-day weekends to bear in mind the reason behind Memorial Day, I will not judge those who enjoy an extra day off work. Many of you will spend the weekend traveling. Some of you may have already traveled and are spending your mini-vacations reading me ramble on about nothing on VEB (I can't think of a better way to...
Viva El Birdos 21 hours ago

Game 49 Recap: Cards Slam Scherzer, Nats

in which two bearded Garcias and some fancy college boys journey to our nation's capital to upend the system Hello sports fans. If you're feeling restless, it may be because the Cardinals fell to .500 last night. This is the latest in a season the Cardinals have not been above .500 since the Eisenhower administration.* Tonight, they tried to avoid falling below .500 against Chesterfield native and weird-eye-haver Max Scherzer and the Washington Nationals. Here are the men they sent out in that effort: Jaime Garcia's been pretty excellent overall this year, but is...
Viva El Birdos May 27, 2016

St. Louis Cardinals Prospect Report: Thomas Spitz and R.J. Denard Save Family From Burning Building; Jon Rodriguez Goes Yard for the Redbirds; Voit, Bader and Kelly Homer in Springfield

A quick rundown of the Thursday night games in the Cards system to get your ready for the long weekend. Hello everyone. A quick programming note before we get into the recaps; Josey's weekend wrap-up post will run on Tuesday instead of Monday because of the Holliday. Triple-A: Memphis 8 - Salt Lake 4 Charlie Tilson (LF): 4-5, R, 2B Tommy Pham (CF): 3-3, R, 2B, 2 RBI David Washington (1B): 1-4, RBI, 2B Patrick Wisdom (SS): 1-3, R, RBI, BB, K Jonathan Rodriguez (3B): 2-4, 2 R, 2 HR, 3 RBI Deck McGuire (SP): 7 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 2 BB, 2 K Corey Littrell (RP): 1 IP, 1, H, 1 K Pat Wisdom played...
Viva El Birdos May 27, 2016

Matt Carpenter refuses to swing at the first pitch of the game - A Hunt and Peck

"Swing, darnnit!" "NO!" Matt Carpenter has led off forty-two games. He has taken forty-two first pitches. That is basically the gist of this InstaGraph by August Fagerstrom of Fangraphs: Carpenter is a great hitter, and he has been a great hitter, and this is clearly a conscious choice -- you don't take 42 consecutive first pitches, most of them fastballs, on accident -- so I'd like to give him the benefit of the doubt. But it certainly is curious, and it seems like something that could eventually be exploited the longer it goes on, if it hasn't started already. There is not much to...
Viva El Birdos May 27, 2016

How worried should we be about Carlos Martinez?

Following his abbreviated May 6 start, Carlos Martinez's performance has been cause for concern. If Viva El Birdos has any one unifying point of view which bonds all of its writers, it is adamant and shameless fondness for the pitching stylings of Carlos Martinez. It goes beyond statistics for many of Carlos Martinez's most vociferous fans, though the statistics back up his praise, as well. Only 28 pitchers, less than one per team, who are younger than Martinez, in his 4th MLB season, have started a game in the majors this season, and only a fraction of those pitchers have been full-time...
Viva El Birdos May 27, 2016

Cardinals news and notes: Big City, cats, and Nats

Yesterday at VEB The Cardinals are currently enduring their third 3+ game losing streak of the season, a "feat" they didn't accomplish in 2015 until just before the All-Star break. Wednesday's 9-8 loss to the Cubs was about as frustrating as they come. The starting pitching was again inadequate. The Cardinals got to Jake Arrieta for the second time in a row (going back to last year's NLDS) and failed to capitalize on it. Mike Matheny elected to have Yadier Molina bunt with runners on first and second and no outs in the bottom of the 9th which stunted whatever rally they had going. And last...
Viva El Birdos May 26, 2016

5/26/2016 Recap: Leake Puts Self to Sleep on Mound, Cards Lose Dinger Contest

In a contest of boring pitchers and solo dingers, the Cardinals drop the series opener against the quite-good Nationals. Pregame Today, the Cardinals take on the NL East-leading Nationals in our nation's cesspool capital. I can say that, because I live here. Mike Leake takes the hill for the middling Cards, while Joe Ross twirls for the 29-19 Nationals. Leake vs. Ross is the pitching equivalent of watching competitive grass growing on ESPN 10. Both are low-velocity control artists with that special quality that makes anybody that watches them pitch fall asleep. Whatever unfortunate...
The Cardinal Nation May 26, 2016

Hot Take on Carpenters Paternity Leave Creates Furor

A fantasy writer took a shot at MLB’s paternity rules, but it looked to many as much more.
Viva El Birdos May 26, 2016

Cardinals should destroy the Nationals

A series preview When the St. Louis Cardinals last played the Washington Nationals, the Cardinals lost a close game 5-4 followed two 6-1 losses. Since the opening series with the Pirates, it was the only time the Cardinals have been swept this season. The Cardinals just finished an emotionally draining series with the Cubs and will be without Matt Carpenter this series as he has the wonderful opportunity to be with his family at the birth of a daughter. The Cardinals should destroy the Nationals. The Nationals offense still has Bryce Harper, and although his numbers are down slightly of...
Viva El Birdos May 26, 2016

Cardinals with kittens! - A Hunt and Peck

Unlikely animal friends get together for a good cause. I stumbled upon these photos this morning on Facebook. They were posted by a Facebook Page called "Pet Rescue Services". I believe these are photos from the Cardinals Snap Chat account, but I am not very familiar with Snap Chat, so I am not really sure. Either way, they are too good to resist and include some great Carlos Martinez looks, which, with today being Tsunamy Thursday, is the most important thing. To the photos! I had no idea Yadi's leg was all tatted up. This makes me so happy. ...
Viva El Birdos May 26, 2016

St. Louis Cardinals Prospect Report: David Washington knocks his 9th and 10th home runs, Jhonny Peralta continues his rehab assignment, and Ian McKinney makes a great start

The farm was 3 and 1 yesterday, with big offensive nights for Memphis and Palm Beach. Triple A: Memphis 9 -- Salt Lake 7 Charlie Tilson, LF, 2-for-5, 2B, R Patrick Wisdom, SS, 1-for-5, 2B, K, R Tommy Pham, CF, 0-for-3, 2 BBs, K, R Anthony Garcia, DH, 2-for-4, 2B, HR, R, 4 RBI David Washington, 1B, 2-for-3, 2 HRs, BB, 2 Runs, 4 RBI Patrick Wisdom has never really hit that well, outside of his rookie year at short-season ball and the first few months of last season. What I find interesting about this outing is his appearance at SS. His defense at third has gotten very positive reviews in...
Viva El Birdos May 26, 2016

A closer look at the Cardinals-Cubs all-time series

The Cubs do not lead the all-time head-to-head series against the Cardinals. Not in your lifetime, anyway. Here's a not so fun fact to revel in following the Cardinals series loss to the Cubs this week: After a century worth of dominance over the Cubs in the standings as well as in postseason hardware, the Cubs actually lead the all-time head-to-head series. This is not news (nor important) to most (although Cubs fans are often pretty quick to bring it up) but, if curious, the official tally according to Baseball Reference's Play Index, going back to April 12, 1892, when the two teams...
Viva El Birdos May 26, 2016

Detailing the small-sample-sized resurgence of Matt Adams

After a meh start to the 2016 season, Matt Adams leads the Cardinals in wRC+ (153), despite strong starts from both Aledmys Diaz (144) and Stephen Piscotty (149). Don't look now, but forty-seven team games into the 2016 season, left-handed hitting first baseman Matt Adams leads the St. Louis Cardinals (among those with at least 100 plate appearances) in wRC+ at 153. This is especially impressive considering Aledmys Diaz's torrid start to his big league career (144 wRC+ in 166 PA; Diaz has predictably cooled down of late) and Stephen Piscotty's steady performance from day one (149 wRC+ in...
Viva El Birdos May 26, 2016

News and Notes: Draft, LaRussa, Marp

cold, leftover VEB in the morning Yesterday was Tuesday, meaning it was time for another Draft Preview from the Red Baron, the eighteenth on the year. These are coming up to a close as the draft is just a few weeks away, so make sure to read up to stay informed so you know what to expect on draft day! Ben Godar has a piece on Tony LaRussa's playing career, where he was at best a spare part throughout his career. It was an interesting read for somewhat like me who didn't know anything about La Russa's playing days, and I recommend it to anyone like me who wasn't watching baseball back...
Viva El Birdos May 25, 2016

5/25 Recap: Cardinals squander late chance to tie, lose against Cubs

Despite having the tying run on 2nd base with no outs, after trailing 6-1 at one point, St. Louis fails to score and loses the 3-game series. Previously on VEB recaps: stlcardsfan4 recapped last night's 12-3 loss to the Cubs. * * * Starting pitchers: Jake Arrieta (8-0, 1.29 ERA heading into Wednesday) vs. Carlos Martinez (4-4, 3.56) Their last starts: Arrieta nabbed his 8th win of the season in San Francisco last Friday, marking 22 straight games that the Cubs had won a game that he started (the last loss in an Arrieta start was July 25 of last season, a 5-0 loss to Philadelphia). Martinez...
Viva El Birdos May 25, 2016

St. Louis Cardinals Prospect Report: Bruce Caldwell Homers For Springfield; Jake Woodford Throws 8 Scoreless for Peoria

Former Kansas City Royals prospect Jose Martinez has been traded to the Cardinals and will join the Memphis Redbirds outfield. Bruce Caldwell homered again, and Jake Woodford had his best start of the season. The system went 2-2. Triple-A: Salt Lake 7 - Memphis 5 Charlie Tilson (LF): 0-5 Greg Garcia (SS): 2-5, R, 3B Tommy Pham (CF): 1-4, R, BB, K David Washington (1B): 1-4, RBI, 2B, BB,K Patrick Wisdom (3B): 2-4, 2 2B, 2 RBI Jeremy Hefner (SP): 6 IP, 11 H, 6 R, 2 BB, 5 K Corey Littrell (RP): 1 IP, 3 K Sam Tuivailala (RP): 1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 2 K Not a whole lot of highlights for...
Viva El Birdos May 25, 2016

Adam Wainwright thinks changing the strike zone is "a horrible, horrible idea" - A Hunt and Peck

And why wouldn't he? Over the weekend Major League baseball's competition committee reportedly approved two proposals: one that eliminates throwing four pitches to issue an intentional walk, which is, whatever; the second being to raise the strike zone to just above the knee. Let us focus on this second one for now. While the true difference is only a few inches of strike zone, where the zone is shrinking is the key part. Conventional wisdom says that keeping the ball low in the zone decreases the likelihood of a ball being hit for extra bases. Decreasing that part of the zone could lead...
Viva El Birdos May 25, 2016

Matt Carpenter as a potential leadoff-hitting first baseman

Matt Carpenter's career has been defined so far by its lack of cohesive definition, and its next twist may be the most unique one yet. In 2011, his first season with the St. Louis Cardinals, Matt Carpenter played exclusively at third base and recorded half of his starts batting in the eighth position. Granted, this is a roundabout way of saying he started four games and he batted ahead of the pitcher in two of them (he also batted 2nd once and 7th once). Not much of substance can be derived from Carpenter's nine-day stint in the big leagues in June 2011. After all, he wore #19. This was...
Viva El Birdos May 25, 2016

The Chicago Cubs' Tony La Russa

The legendary Cardinals manager made one appearance as a Major Leaguer for the Cubs - the final one of his career. In the offseason following the 1972 season, the Chicago Cubs traded a journeyman relief pitcher to the Atlanta Braves for a journeyman utility infielder: Tony La Russa. The 28-year-old La Russa didn't project to be much more than "organizational depth", but in Spring Training, he did catch the eye of Cubs Special Batting Instructor Lew Fonseca: "LaRussa (sic) has impressed me more than any other newcomer," Fonseca began. "He has a lot of desire, a quick bat and he spreads the...

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