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Viva El Birdos 52 mins ago

St. Louis Cardinals Prospect Report: Strong Starts Propel The System To A (Sorta) Undefeated Day

The system goes 7-1 on the night. Memphis 4 - Sacramento 1 Notables: Tommy Pham (CF): 1-4, R, 2B, K Randal Grichuk (DH): 0-2, RBI, BB, K, SB (8) Stephen Piscotty (RF): 1-4, R, K Xavier Scruggs (1B): 2-4, K Ed Easley (C): 1-3, R, HR, 2 RBI, K Pete Kozma (SS): 2-3, R, 2B Mike O'Neill (LF): 1-3, BB Tim Cooney (SP): 7 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 6 K Kevin Siegrist (RP): 1 IP, BB, 2 K Notes: Tim Cooney hasn't had the season many were hoping he would. So far this year he has been allowing walks and homers at almost double the pace he had at any other level. He's been a better, if still a...
Viva El Birdos 6 hours ago

The second half travails of Adam Wainwright

Uncle Charlie looked like the second coming of Bob Gibson for the first three months of the season but has really struggled of late. Can most of his struggles be explained by one graph? This writer thinks so. There was a time, as recently as June of this year, where a 3-0 Cardinals lead in the first inning and Adam Wainwright on the mound would have led to a check of the box scores to see if the team would be picking up a game on the Brewers. With a mid-season ERA below 2.00, a 3 run lead for Wainwright seemed insurmountable in June (until, of course, the inevitable "save situation" in...
Viva El Birdos 14 hours ago

Cardinals Score Early, But Then Lose Charge And Fall To Phillies On Friday Night

The Cardinals did their scoring early on but could not add on to their score as the Phils were able to get to staff ace Adam Wainwright just enough to defeat the Redbirds Source: FanGraphs Adam Wainwright wasn't "on" tonight, nor was he that bad. The Cardinals offense scored early and often, including a Matt Adams home run. But the offense quit after that, shut down. Jonathan Papelbon is still a thing, and he had the biggest leverage on this particular game. The Cardinals had very little leverage on this game, since Carlos Martinez had the most with a .049 WPA. Wainwright shouldered the...
The Cardinal Nation 19 hours ago

Cardinal Talk: KXnO FOX Sports Radio: Extending the Streak

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 22, 2014

Hunt and Peck: Links of the Week

Why the Ice Bucket Challenge is important. According to the ALS website, "amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. Motor neurons reach from the brain to the spinal cord and from the spinal cord to the muscles throughout the body. The progressive degeneration of the motor neurons in ALS eventually leads to their death. When the motor neurons die, the ability of the brain to initiate and control muscle movement is lost. With voluntary muscle action progressively affected, patients in the later...
Viva El Birdos Aug 22, 2014

Series Preview: Cardinals at Phillies, August 22-24

The streaking Cardinals roll into Philadelphia for a three-game series versus the sad-sack, $175-million-dollar-payroll Phillies. Tonight the Cardinals play the first of six games in The Keystone State: three versus the Phillies and three versus the Pirates. The Cardinals you know. The Phillies? You might have in your head a vague idea of a fading, moribund team run by a blinkered and recalcitrant general manager, a stars-and-scrubs team overrun with scrubs, a team whose best players ply their trade like the cast of a Lars von Trier film: amazing individual performances, questionable...
Viva El Birdos Aug 22, 2014
Q&A with St. Louis Cardinals 2B prospect Malik Collymore

Q&A with St. Louis Cardinals 2B prospect Malik Collymore

If you haven't been keeping an eye on Collymore already, it might be a good idea to do so. With the team's 10th round pick of the 2013 MLB Draft, the St. Louis Cardinals selected Malik Collymore, an athletic high school shortstop (at the time, considering he now plays second base) out of Mississauga, Ontario. Blessed with a quick bat, fantastic defensive range, and a strong throwing arm (88-90 MPH across the diamond), it was somewhat surprising that Collymore fell to the 305th pick of the draft, but scouting director Dan Kantrovitz and the rest of the front office staff definitely weren't...
Viva El Birdos Aug 22, 2014

Viva El Birdos Podcast: Episode 1

This is happening. For quite some time, Viva El Birdos writers and community members have brought up starting a Viva El Birdos Podcast. Today, thanks in large part to the hard work of Aaron Finkel, the VEB Podcast is now a reality. Episode 1 has been recorded and posted online for your listening pleasure. The link to listen to our podcast online at Buzzspout is here. The iTunes link is here. This is a work in progress. We'd love to have your feedback.
Viva El Birdos Aug 21, 2014
Viva! A fundraising & El Gallo t-shirt update.

Viva! A fundraising & El Gallo t-shirt update.

Spoiler: It's going great. I have lots of marvelous things to report about the fundraising progress, but I know a bunch of you are wondering about when you're going to have your shirts, so let's start there. We needed so many that they had to special order in the shirts to print them in the shop. The estimated date I will have them in my hands is August 29, and I will get them out in the mail within a few days of that date. When I started the shirt fundraiser, I expected I'd be printing around 40 or 50 shirts. $40 to charity for a shirt isn't cheap! I underestimated the generosity and...
Viva El Birdos Aug 21, 2014

Jon Jay should bat second for the St. Louis Cardinals

Given Jon Jay's establish on-base skills, manager Mike Matheny should bat him second over Kolten Wong. Wednesday night against the Reds, St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny penciled center fielder Jon Jay's name in the lineup's No. 2 spot. The move was long overdue. Matheny should bat Jay second over second baseman Kolten Wong moving forward—and not because Jay rapped out three hits and notched yet another hit-by-pitch against the Reds. Must Reads An appreciation of Jon Jay Joe Schwarz An ode to Jay's productive 2014 season by Joe Schwarz Must Reads An...
Viva El Birdos Aug 21, 2014

It's time to stop blaming the Cardinals offense

The Cardinals offense has struggled at times this season, but it has performed better than the number of runs would indicate. Until about a week ago, the Cardinals struggled to score runs all season. Through Tuesday night's game, the Cardinals were 14th in the National League in runs scored. Only the woeful Padres had scored fewer runs. While the Cardinals had very high expectations for the offense coming into the season, they have struggled but their peripheral statistics indicate the Cardinals have an average offense. Given better luck down the stretch, the Cardinals should score more...
Viva El Birdos Aug 21, 2014

St. Louis Cardinals Daily Prospect Report: Mejia homers, Petree is excellent, and Petrick is awful

Memphis lost to Sacramento 3 - 6 Thomas Pham (CF), 1 for 5, K, R, Error Randal Grichuk (LF), 2 for 4, 2B, R Stephen Piscotty (RF), 1 for 3, RBI Xavier Scruggs (1B), 0 for 3, BB, K Pete Kozma (SS), 1 for 4, K, SB Zach Petrick, 0.0 IP, 0 Ks, 3 BBs, 4 Hits, HR, 5 ER, 7 Batters, 39 Pitches, 21 Strikes Kevin Siegrist, 1.0 IP, K Notes: Petrick was obviously hit hard in this one. Since his career took off last summer, AAA has been his first real test, and it has been a struggle. His ERA there is 4.84 this season, and 5.45 in his last 10 starts. His K:BB ratios have been pretty mediocre at...
Viva El Birdos Aug 21, 2014

Cardinals vs. Reds Recap: Reds, rain cannot stop Cardinals; Sweep stockings with 7-3 win

Sweep! pre game Today's Lineups CINCINNATI REDS ST. LOUIS CARDINALS Billy Hamilton - CF Matt Carpenter - 3B Jay Bruce - RF Jon Jay - CF Todd Frazier - 1B Matt Holliday - LF Ryan Ludwick - LF Matt Adams - 1B Brayan Pena - C Jhonny Peralta - SS Brandon Phillips - 2B A.J. Pierzynski - C Ramon Santiago - 3B Oscar Taveras - RF Zack Cozart - SS Daniel Descalso - 2B Johnny Cueto - RHP Lance Lynn - RHP game I have never had as much fun during a game while simultaneously not paying attention as I had during this one. This game was one big LOL and...
Redleg Nation Aug 20, 2014

Final R H E Cincinnati Reds (61-66) 3 9 1 St. Louis Cardinals (69-57) 7 10 2 W: Lynn (14-8) L: Cueto (15-7) Box Score | Play-by-Play | Game Thread | Depth Chart | Win Probability Positives –For the first time in five games, the C

Final R H E Cincinnati Reds (61-66) 3 9 1 St. Louis Cardinals (69-57) 7 10 2 W: Lynn (14-8) L: Cueto (15-7) Box Score | Play-by-Play | Game Thread | Depth Chart | Win Probability Positives –For the first time in five games, the Cincinnati bullpen did not surrender a lead. –Ramon Santiago reached …
Redleg Nation Aug 20, 2014

Reds at Cardinals (August 20, 2014)

Dear Johnny Cueto, In light of recent developments, you will be needed to shut down the St. Louis Cardinals tonight. You will, in all likelihood, need to pitch all 9 innings in order for the Reds to secure a victory in this series. We know you have pitched a lot this season but you’re needed …
Viva El Birdos Aug 20, 2014

VEB Editors' Roundtable: Who should close?

Trevor Rosenthal has struggled recently. Is it time for a change in the back of the bullpen? After Trevor Rosenthal's latest mishap, in which he walked BILLY HAMILTON in a one-run game, I removed the drawer of my desk and reached way back until I found what I had hidden there months ago. You see, the day I signed my contract to become one of the editors here at VEB, Ben Humphrey mailed me a package containing mountains of bubble wrap and a tiny box with a tiny red button that I could only press once per season, and only in the most dire circumstances. Walking BILLY HAMILTON in the 9th...
Viva El Birdos Aug 20, 2014
Appreciating Jon Jay

Appreciating Jon Jay

Justice for Jon Jay. Jon Jay is not the top position player on the Cardinals. Jay is not an All-Star. Jay doesn't hit for much power. Jay is not the fleetest of foot. Jay will almost certainly never win a Gold Glove or Fielding Bible award. One-hundred twenty-five games into the 2014 season, Jay is not even truly considered an everyday player. Heck, Jay may not even be a member of the Cardinals in 2015. However, despite all of this, Mr. Jay has proven to be an incredible value to his club since his rookie season (2010). Let's take a look at various components of Jay's five-year MLB...
Viva El Birdos Aug 20, 2014

Sohme Nhumberhs ihn Prhaise ofh Jhonny

Jhonny Peralta, bringer of dingers and saviour of the 2014 season. How good has he really been? So there was a baseball game last night, and it was...interesting. There was some defensive weirdness for el Birdos along the way, a fairly baffling performance by Alfredo Simon (doing his best Joe Kelly impersonation, essentially), and, finally, to top it all off, a walk off hit by pitch. Which would have been super awesome, except we've already seen that this season. I'm thinking a walk off wild pitch would have been cool; I can't recall the Cards having one of those yet in 2014. Actually,...
Viva El Birdos Aug 20, 2014

St. Louis Cardinals Prospect Report: Pham and Tilson Spark Their Offenses, And Springfield and Johnson City Win Slugfests

The system goes 3-3 on the day. El Paso 6 - Memphis 2 Notables: Tommy Pham (CF): 2-4, R, RBI, BB, K, SB (14) Randal Grichuk (LF-RF): 0-5, 2 K Stephen Piscotty (RF): 0-3, BB Ed Easley (C): 1-4, R, 2B, K Pete Kozma (SS): 2-4 Mike O'Neill (PH-LF): 1-2 Tyler Lyons (SP): 6 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 2 BB, 4 K, 1 HR Notes: Tommy Pham keeps chugging along, he's now hitting .341/.404/.508 this season and filling up box scores. His RBI came on a 2nd inning bases loaded walk. Tyler Lyons has given up 15 runs in his last 3 starts (18 IP), although one of those games was in Albuquerque. Before the...
Viva El Birdos Aug 20, 2014

Cardinals walk-off for second straight night in 5-4 win

The Cardinals played a weird game that was frustrating for most of it, but was ultimately one of the best games of the year. I thought about just writing 450 words of alternating Hs and As, because I have been laughing for most of the previous half-hour since the Cardinals won.  It is now definitely confirmed that the Cardinals have devil magic and I for one welcome it with open arms.  The dark side is so much more fun.  It is also confirmed that the entire Reds major league roster will be going on the DL before tomorrow's game after getting their hearts ripped out for the third...

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