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Viva El Birdos 4 hours ago

St. Louis Cardinals vs. Chicago Cubs - Game 27 open thread - May 6, 2015

Lance Lynn vs. Jon Lester The first-place St. Louis Cardinals (20-6, .769) go for the sweep at Busch Stadium against the second-place Chicago Cubs (13-12, .520). The Cardinals lead the Cubs by 6.5 games entering play tonight, the third-place Reds by 7.5 games, the fourth-place Pirates by 8.0 games, and the last-place Brewers by 12.5 games. Against the Cubs' $155 million lefthanded ace who can't execute a pick-off throw to first base, manager Mike Matheny will bat the seventh-best yet speediest batsman in the St. Louis lineup first. In addition to Jon Jay, lefthanded hitters Matt Adams and...
Viva El Birdos 6 hours ago

Jordan Walden out 6-10 weeks with undisclosed muscle tear in throwing shoulder

More bad news for a beat-up pitching staff. By the time a Major League Baseball team tells the media (and, by extension, fans) about a pitcher arm injury, things are already pretty bad. The notification usually starts off as something vaguely troubling, which the pitcher typically plays down. Then there's the graduation to the disabled list with a somewhat less vague description of the health issue. Sometimes there are tests. On occasion, the tests are followed by the seeking of a second opinion. And before you know it the pitcher is out for multiple months. This has been the trajectory of...
Viva El Birdos 13 hours ago

Michael Wacha, where have the strikeouts gone?

Michael Wacha debuted with a 25% strikeout rate in 2013. So far in 2015, it is down to 13.4%. Should we be worried about this, or is he taking a different approach to pitching in 2015? One calendar month into the 2015 season, much has been said about the starting rotation of the St. Louis Cardinals. Heck, with a record of 20-6 (.769 winning percentage), much can be said about the Cardinals as a whole. If anything, the offense, bench, and bullpen have been terrific at picking up the starting rotation, with short starts (less than five innings pitched) by Tim Cooney, Carlos Martinez, and...
Viva El Birdos 16 hours ago

2015 Draft Preview No. Fourteen: Educated in Flies

Scouting a group of three collegiate outfielders as we get closer to draft day. So a funny-slash-irritating thing just happened to me a moment ago. As I was preparing to write this, I got to thinking about how long we have until the draft, and realised it's only just over a month away, meaning I've probably only got four or five more of these posts left to try and cover as many players as possible. It always sneaks up on me how close we're getting to draft day, and I probably need more than those four or five if I'm going to get anywhere close to as many players covered as I was hoping to...
Viva El Birdos 23 hours ago

Cardinals v Cubs recap: Tyler Lyons keeps it close enough for Matt Carpenter tying home run and 7-4 win

A tired but effective bullpen and just a little Cubness locks down the win. On a beautiful night at Busch Stadium, Tyler Lyons (4.62 ERA, 3.70 FIP, 3.76 xFIP Career) faced off against the Cubs and Kyle Hendricks (5.23 ERA, 3.28 FIP, 3.26 xFIP). Lyons, of course, was brought up from Memphis to cover the Adam Wainwright Memorial Rotation Spot this time around. Unsurprising after Tim Cooney 's ugly start in the previous AWMRS. This was Lyons' first major league start of the season. In other news, old friend Shelby Miller pitched himself a 99 pitch Maddux tonight. Congrats, Shelbs! What...
Viva El Birdos May 5, 2015

St. Louis Cardinals vs. Chicago Cubs - Game 26 thread - May 5, 2015

Tyler Lyons vs. Kyle Hendricks The first-place St. Louis Cardinals (19-6, .760) host the second-place Chicago Cubs (13-11, .542) at Busch Stadium. The Cardinals lead the Cubs in the NL Central standings by 5.5 games. The Cubs are 1.5 games ahead of the Pittsburgh Pirates and Cincinnati Reds, who are tied for third place in the division. Before the game, former Cardinal and all-universe human being Jason Motte and Jon Jay, current Cardinal and by all accounts a nice person, promoted their charity bean-bag game in support of Motte's foundation: Former teammates, @JMotte30 & @jonjayU, showing...
The Cardinal Nation May 5, 2015

Seven Consecutive Wins is Cardinals’ Best under Matheny

Since Mike Matheny became manager, the St. Louis Cardinals had lost seven straight, but never won seven in a row until now.
Viva El Birdos May 5, 2015

Daily Farm Report: Stephen Piscotty Homers and Doubles

Stephen Piscotty's big night and the Memphis bullpen helped the Redbirds knock off Colorado Springs, but the system went 1-3 on the day. Memphis 5 - Colorado Springs 4 Notables: Dean Anna (SS): 1-4, R, 3B, 2 K Stephen Piscotty (RF): 2-4, R, 2B, HR, 3 RBI Xavier Scruggs (1B): 0-3, BB, 2 K Ty Kelly (2B-CF): 1-3, BB, K Nick Greenwood (SP): 3.2 IP, 8 H, 4 ER, 0 BB, 1 K Kurt Heyer (RP): 3.1 IP, 5 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, K Stephen Piscotty was the hitting star for Memphis. Monday night was his first multi-hit game since APril 24th...Ty Kelly made his second appearance of the season in CF, which as far...
Viva El Birdos May 5, 2015

The St. Louis Perfectos and the birth of modern baseball

The last time the franchise opened a season 19-6, they had a different name and were poised to enter a new era. When the Cardinals defeated the Cubs Monday night to move to 19-6 on the year, Fox Sports Midwest quickly labeled it the best start in franchise history. That claim was soon amended, via Twitter and on-air, to "the best start since 1899." That's an understandable glitch, as 1899 was a real outlier year, both for the St. Louis baseball franchise and for professional baseball at large. The 1899 season paved the way for the birth of the St. Louis Cardinals and really, the entire...
Redleg Nation May 5, 2015

What would it take for the Reds to make the postseason?

The Reds currently have a 0.5% chance of winning the NL Central according to Fangraphs Playoff Odds. They are 7.0 games behind the consensus favorite St. Louis Cardinals. While being 7.0 games back on May 5th is certainly not insurmountable, it is highly unlikely. Sure, the Brewers had a 6.5 game lead on July 1st …
Viva El Birdos May 5, 2015

Best hatchings of the month: April edition

Running down the best early performances in the farm system. Nobody is sounding alarms one month into the season (except for the Brewers, who have cemented April 2014 in their mind as the talent level of their club when they've been worse-than-.500 club since June 1, 2014 - maybe they should have just traded Ron Roenicke to Texas with Yovani Gallardo and saved him the grief of getting fired) but if you're a fan of any of the high-ceiling bats littering the Cardinals farm system, April was not a month that would make you feel a whole lot better about anyone on an already minuscule list of...
Viva El Birdos May 5, 2015

Do not bail on Jason Heyward

Jason Heyward's numbers at the plate have been lower than expected thus far, but Heyward has a solid track record and moving forward he should have much better results. When a player gets off to a hot start in April, lower figures in May and even June often go unnoticed. We get into out heads the idea that a player is having a good season, and we can look at the overall statistical line for the season and it reinforces what we are thinking, what we have known since the first few games of the season. A slump here or there does not materially affect our opinion, and for the most part we are...
Viva El Birdos May 5, 2015

5.4 Cardinals vs. Cubs Recap: Cards comeback, this is what the best start in franchise history looks like

Weird game is weird. pre game Cubs Lineup Dexter Fowler 8 Chris Coghlan 7 Anthony Rizzo 3 Kris Bryant 5 Miguel Montero 2 Starlin Castro 6 Chris Denorfia 9 Travis Wood 1 Addison Russell 4 Cardinals Lineup Jon Jay 8 Matt Carpenter 5 Matt Holliday 7 Jhonny Peralta 6 Mark Reynolds 3 Jason Heyward 9 Kolten Wong 4 Tony Cruz 2 Carlos Martinez 1 game When the Cardinals signed Mark Reynolds this offseason, there were a few truths about him we held to be self evident: he would strike out, like, a lot; he would walk, like, fairly...
Viva El Birdos May 4, 2015

St. Louis Cardinals vs. Chicago Cubs - Game 25 thread - May 4, 2015

Carlos Martinez vs. Travis Wood The first-place St. Louis Cardinals (18-6) host the second-place Chicago Cubs (13-10) at Busch Stadium this evening. The Cards currently own a 4.5-game lead in the Central division standings. First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 p.m. CT. Yadier Molina, who is batting for a .231 BA, .291 OBP, .282 SLG, and .255 wOBA (62 wRC+), through his first 87 plate appearances this season, has the night off. Cue manager Mike Matheny talking about Yadi's competitiveness and desire to start tonight: Yadier Molina not playing Monday for #STLCards, but manager Mike Matheny said...
Viva El Birdos May 4, 2015

Hunt and Peck: Newest Cardinals Hall of Fame inductees to be named May 4

Tune in to Fox Sports Midwest at 6:00pm to find out the newest members. Later on this Monday evening, the Cardinals Hall of Fame members will be announced. The fans were able to vote for two of the following players: Name Position Years with Cardinals Total fWAR as Cardinal Best Season as Cardinal (by fWAR) Steven Carlton Pitcher 1965 - 1970 21.1 1969 (4.1) Bob Forsch Pitcher 1974 - 1988 25.3 1980 (3.6) Keith Hernandez First Base 1974 - 1983 39.3 1979 (7.4) Mark McGwire First Base 1997 - 2001 21.9 1998 (8.5) Matt Morris Pitcher 1997 - 2005 24.1 2001 (6.0) Edgar...
Viva El Birdos May 4, 2015

Tyler Lyons: The St. Louis Cardinals' second choice to replace Adam Wainwright

In a KMOX interview on Sunday, St. Louis Cardinals general manager indicated that Tyler Lyons will start on Tuesday. Lyons becomes the second lefty in as many times through the rotation to take the turn left vacant by ace Adam Wainwright's season-ending Achilles tendon injury. The Cardinals added Tim Cooney to the 40-man roster and gave him the first crack at replacing Wainwright, but demoted the southpaw after a 2 1/3-inning start against the lowly Phillies. It was somewhat surprising to see the Cardinals cut bait on Cooney after just one start, even though the club had a need for relief...
Viva El Birdos May 4, 2015

St. Louis Cardinals Podcast Episode 27: Yadier Molina's hitting post-wrist surgery; Tim Cooney's rough debut; Tyler Lyons's prospects in the rotation; changes of scenery and approach for Shelby Miller and Joe Kelly; and St. Louis bullpen roles

In which Ben Humphrey and Aaron Schafer chat Cardinals baseball. Ben Humphrey and Aaron Schafer discuss Yadier Molina's hitting post-wrist surgery; Tim Cooney's rough start; Tyler Lyons's prospects as the latest Adam Wainwright replacement; Marco Gonzales's health; and St. Louis bullpen roles.
The Cardinal Nation May 3, 2015

Holliday’s Season-Opening On-Base Streak in Cardinals Top 15

Matt Holliday has reached base in all 23 St. Louis Cardinals games in which he has played in 2015.
Viva El Birdos May 3, 2015

Pirates @ Cardinals recap 5.3 - Cards outlast Bucs once again to complete hard-fought sweep

Kolten Wong ends the Cards' 14-inning search for their sweepin' brooms. They were hiding in the right-center field seats. Pittsburgh Pirates @ St. Louis Cardinals Vance Worley vs. Michael Wacha1:15 p.m. Busch Stadium - St. Louis, Missouri Today's Lineups - We enjoy the #STLCards lineup graphics by @Daniel_Doelling. Here is today's: pic.twitter.com/v5OEF787Lb — viva el birdos (@vivaelbirdos) May 3, 2015 Here's our lineup for today at Busch. #LetsGoBucs Preview: http://t.co/ND7UtGeapI pic.twitter.com/71PNujuJKU — Pittsburgh Pirates (@Pirates) May 3, 2015 Some News - ...
Viva El Birdos May 3, 2015

Cards vs. Pirates rally thread, the trilogy.

RALLLLY! for the third game in a row, the Cards must walk off the Pirates 2-1. Matt Carpenter is light headed. Let's rally!

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