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Viva El Birdos 7 hours ago
Hunt and Peck: Links of the Weekend

Hunt and Peck: Links of the Weekend

First. Place. #InfographicTuesday Edition This NL Central race isn't for the faint of heart. This season has been up and down, but look, just look at that beautiful spot at the end of the lines where the red line cross over the blue. Wonderful. The NL Central Chase | Create Infographics what else is going on in baseball... the league cannot hit high heat. - Just a Bit Outside the astros fire bo porter...  you know, because that was the problem. - CBS Sports; Sports Illustrated holy shift. - Hardball Talk what an august! - Cut4 speaking of shift. - Grantland what the...
Viva El Birdos 11 hours ago
The Viva el Birdos podcast episode 2

The Viva el Birdos podcast episode 2

in which Ben Humphrey and Joe Schwarz talk some baseball. Listen here: You can head over to subscribe via itunes here. Don't forget to rate and leave a review!
Viva El Birdos 12 hours ago
*The one where I defend Daniel Descalso.

*The one where I defend Daniel Descalso.

I've got the poncho ready for the ensuing onslaught of tomato throwing... Don't get me wrong, I'm still the president, CEO, treasurer, and staff secretary for the Greg Garcia fanclub (membership: 8...and shrinking), but it's hard not to look at what Daniel Descalso has done in the second half of the season and still continue to call for his ouster from the roster.  Especially since the club doesn't need to oust him with rosters expanding to 40 players as of yesterday. Descalso's been a very productive player for the Cardinals in limited time so far this season, and generally that limited...
Viva El Birdos 15 hours ago
St. Louis Cardinals Daily Prospects Report: Pham's great season, the last regular season games, and a playoff game

St. Louis Cardinals Daily Prospects Report: Pham's great season, the last regular season games, and a playoff game

The Farm swept their opponents yesterday, in the last regular season game of the year. Memphis beat New Orleans 7 - 6 Thomas Pham (CF), 1 for 4, 2B, 2 BBs, 2 Ks, 2 Runs Stephen Piscotty (RF), 2 for 5, 2B, HR, BB, 2 Runs, 3 RBI Xavier Scruggs (1B), 3 for 5, 2B, HR, K, R, RBI Greg Garcia (2B), 0 for 4, BB, 2 Ks Mike O'Neill (PH), 0 for 1 Rafael Ortega (LF), 1 for 4, BB, K, R, Throwing Error Mike Mayers, 5.0 IP, 4 Ks, BB, 9 Hits, 5 Runs, 4 ER, 2 HRs Mitch Harris, 1.0 IP, 2 Ks, H Sam Tuivailala, 1.0 IP, 2 Ks, H Notes: The Memphis Redbirds are Division Champions and will advance to the...
The Cardinal Nation 22 hours ago

Is Descalso the New “Secret Weapon”?

St. Louis Cardinals infielder Daniel Descalso has matched a career feat previously accomplished by Jose Oquendo, among others.
Viva El Birdos 23 hours ago
Cardinals vs. Pirates Recap: Holliday leads valiant comeback win, propels Cardinals to division lead

Cardinals vs. Pirates Recap: Holliday leads valiant comeback win, propels Cardinals to division lead

Matt Holliday doing work this labor day. pre game The Cardinals enter the game tied with the Brewers for the lead in the NL central, despite their uninspired play of late. A win today coupled with a Brewers loss would put them in sole possession of first place. Lance Lynn has been on a run of good-to-great starts as of late, showing why he is perhaps the most "underrated"  member of the Cardinals pitching staff. The Cards will rely on him to face one of the game's toughest young pitchers, Gerrit Cole, a hard thrower who has spent some time on the DL this year, but has returned with a...
Viva El Birdos Sep 1, 2014

Hold on to your butts! A September and Pirates preview and Q&A.

Oh, it's a long, long time / from May to December / But the days grow short / when you reach September It's September 1, and the Cardinals, the frustratingly mediocre, underachievingly overachieving, too young, too old, beat to hell Cardinals are tied with the Brewers for first place. Pete Kozma helped them get there. I don't know anything. However, I can take a good guess that this September is going to be unpredictable and highly entertaining. Here are some questions: Is Waino's dead arm ready for some sort of zombie pitching? Will Wacha be able to provide meaningful innings? How good is...
Viva El Birdos Sep 1, 2014

Matt Adams slowed down in August

Matt Adams first full year as a starter in the majors has been a success, but Adams had a troubling August. Will September see another surge for Adams? Entering 2014, Matt Adams had 410 plate appearances in the majors, most of those coming in 2013. He already has 480 plate appearances in 2014. He received his first shot at a full-time role in September 2013 when Allen Craig went down with an injury. Adams seized the opportunity, hitting .315/.344/.609 in 92 plate appearances with a wRC+ of 166. The Cardinals gave everyday playing time to Adams in 2014 and Adams has not disappointed, but he...
Viva El Birdos Sep 1, 2014

Justin Masterson: The St. Louis Cardinals' lost bet

Every trade is a gamble. The Cardinals appear to have lost the bet they made with the Masterson-Ramsey trade. Every Major League Baseball trade is a gamble of sorts based on need. Each team is betting that the return it gets for a player or players will be worth what its giving up. On July 30, St. Louis Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak wagered that two months of Justin Masterson would be more beneficial to the organization than whatever James Ramsey might provide in the future. It looks like Mozeliak has lost that bet. When the Cardinals selected Ramsey in the first round of the 2012...
Redleg Nation Sep 1, 2014

Week 22: Brewers and Cardinals enter September tied for first

NL Central Power Rankings Week 22 *please note: all stats outside of team records only include games played through 8/30/14. 1. St. Louis Cardinals (last week: 2) 73-63, t-1st Place, 521 RS, 528 RA (-7) The St. Louis Cardinals are just 20-19 since the All Star break, and have run differential of -7 this season, yet somehow …
Viva El Birdos Aug 31, 2014

Cardinals vs Cubs recap: Cards claw their way to 9-6 comeback win

Holliday carries team in his impressive forearms for second straight game. Today's matchup: John Lackey (13-8, 3.77 ERA, 3.80 FIP, 3.45 xFIP) versus Cubs lefty Travis Wood (8-11, 4.72 ERA, 4.12 FIP, 4.52 xFIP) Well, here's something that hasn't happened much lately. The Cardinals pulled out a comeback win after getting behind big and early. Comebacks are fun, except for that part when you're way behind and everything looks grey and bleak and pointless and why-the-heck-am-i-still-watching-this. Comebacks, of course, are why we still watch when Our Guys are down 5 to zip in the 2nd and...
Viva El Birdos Aug 31, 2014
St. Louis Cardinals Prospect Report: Peoria Stays Alive, But Palm Beach Is Eliminated From Postseason Contention

St. Louis Cardinals Prospect Report: Peoria Stays Alive, But Palm Beach Is Eliminated From Postseason Contention

System goes 4-1 on the second to last day of the season. Memphis 2 - New Orleans 2 (Suspended) Notables: Tommy Pham (CF): 0-2, R, RBI, 2 SB (19,20) Stephen Piscotty (RF): 0-2 Xavier Scruggs (1B): 0-2 Rafael Ortega (LF): 1-2, R Zach Petrick (SP): 4 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 6 K, HR Notes: The game last night night was suspended due to rain with a man on and nobody out in the bottom of the 5th. The rain ruined what was shaping up to be a very strong start from Zach Petrick. He did allow a homer, but that was the only extra base hit he allowed, and 3 of the other 5 hits he allowed were...
Viva El Birdos Aug 31, 2014

Cardinals vs. Cubs Double Header Recap: Exhuasting day ends on high note, Cards split DH after 13-2 win

After dropping the first game 5-1, the Cards bounce back to split the double header with a 13-2 curb stomping. pre game Today is an important day for Justin Masterson. Since his arrival, although he seems like a very nice guy and it hurts me to say this, he has pitched... well terribly, save one game against the Marlins. It is crucial to his position in the rotation that he pitches well today. Rumor has it he will pitch the entire game from the stretch to work on mechanics. For the second game, Marco Gonzales makes his second trip up to the big league club looking for his first win. In his...
Viva El Birdos Aug 30, 2014
St. Louis Cardinals Prospect Report: Mejia and Wisdom Homer For Springfield, Casey Grayson Has A Big Night For Johnson City

St. Louis Cardinals Prospect Report: Mejia and Wisdom Homer For Springfield, Casey Grayson Has A Big Night For Johnson City

The system goes 5-3 on the night, and Memphis, Peoria, Palm Beach, State College the GCL Cardinals play games with postseason implications. Memphis 11 - New Orleans 6 Notables: Tommy Pham (CF): 2-6, R, 3B, RBI Pete Kozma (SS): 0-4, R, BB Stephen Piscotty (RF): 3-4, 2 R, RBI, BB, SB (11) Xavier Scruggs (1B): 2-5, 2 R, 2B, RBI, BB, K Luis Mateo (2B): 3-4, R, 2B, HR, 5 RBI Mike O'Neill (LF): 1-4, 2 K Heath Wyatt (SP): 3.1 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 2 BB, 0 K David Aardsma (RP): 1.1 IP, 3 K Kevin Siegrist (RP): 1 IP, R, BB, 2 K Notes: The Redbirds have 3 more games with the Zephyrs to close...
Viva El Birdos Aug 30, 2014

*The importance of Siegrist, minor league playoff chances, and other notes.

Not it's not a listicle. Ok, maybe a little bit. But it's Saturday and i have a few things on my mind, plus, you need to save your frustration for a double header against a much younger team. Another loss on Friday really sums up what has been a frustrating season for the Cardinals: Just when you think you can depend on a guy in certain situations (namely late and close) Pat Neshek has the blowup of all blowups in the 7th inning of a 2-2 ballgame or someone who usually gets nothing but ground balls gives up a monster shot to Ike effing Davis. For most of the season, the Cardinals have been...
The Cardinal Nation Aug 30, 2014

Cardinal Talk: KXnO FOX Sports Radio: Solving the Cubs

Brian Walton’s weekly discussion about the St. Louis Cardinals with Ken Miller and Jim Brinson of KXnO FOX Sports Radio 1460 in Des Moines.
Viva El Birdos Aug 30, 2014
8.29.14 Recap: Cards Lose 7-2 in Molina's Return

8.29.14 Recap: Cards Lose 7-2 in Molina's Return

Yadier Molina returned to a standing ovation, but the Cardinals couldn't overcome a 4-run 8th inning. There once was a pitcher named Pat And tonight his pitches fell flat An all-star, you say? I guess not today It's too bad his name isn't Matt. The Game I have to be honest with you.  I am sort of tired of recapping Shelby Miller starts.  However, we can't blame tonight's loss on Shelbs.  (That's what I call him: Shelbs.  I feel like we're close like that, now.)  He actually pitched pretty well, throwing seven relatively strong innings, walking only two and striking out three. ...
Viva El Birdos Aug 29, 2014
Hunk and Peck: Links of the Week

Hunk and Peck: Links of the Week

But, soft! What light through yonder doorway breaks? SCENE III. BUSCH STADIUM. CARDINALS' LOCKER ROOM. Enter HOLLIDAY, CARPENTER, WAINWRIGHT HOLLIDAY What shall we do? I tire - we tire of games. CARPENTER If only fair Yadier were here now... WAINWRIGHT He would know what to say, what we should do -Would know how to defeat the men that Brew.[MOLINA appears in the doorway]But, soft! What light through yonder doorway breaks? MOLINA I have returned to spit fire and spout rain!Nor rain, wind, thunder, fire could terrifymore than life without beloved baseball.That life is a hellish prison, my...
Viva El Birdos Aug 29, 2014

Meet Javier and Jorge. Cardinals vs. Cubs preview: August 29-31

The Cardinals (71-61) and Cubs (59-74) play four games in three days at Busch. Enter two characters the Cubs hope will grow into central actors in the ancient rivalry. Schedule Shelby Miller and Kyle Hendricks pitch tonight at 7:15 (all times central). Justin Masterson and Felix Doubront get game one tomorrow at 1:15. Marco Gonzales (probably) and Tsuyoshi Wada have game two tomorrow at 7:15. John Lackey and Travis Wood will finish up Sunday at 1:15. Introducing Let's start with the Cardinals: Meet Yadier Molina. Goodness, it will be good to have him back. (Refresher on his...
Viva El Birdos Aug 29, 2014

St. Louis Cardinals set to welcome back Yadier Molina for stretch run

Yadi Yadi Yadi. As you should know by now, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch was in Springfield, Missouri last night, and no, his primary reason of being there was not to witness Sam Tuivailala's fastball in person—though this was likely a nice treat to complement his visit's primary focus. Obviously, Goold's primary assignment was to check in on the second rehab start of Cardinals six-time All-Star catcher Yadier Molina. After going two for three with a double two nights ago, Molina went three for three with two doubles and an RBI last night and was removed, as scheduled,...

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