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Viva El Birdos 8 hours ago

9.24.16 Cards @ Cubs Recap: Redbird Bats Come Alive in 10-4 Win

The Cardinals walloped the Cubs in today's much-needed victory. Eight baseball games left Giants, Mets, Cardinals vying For playoff magic The Game In the intro blurb, I called this a "much-needed" victory, only because I don't really like the term "must-win" unless literally the season is over if the game isn't won.  But if you are the type who uses that phrase more loosely, then today's game really was a must-win.  In fact, every game for the rest of the season is a must-win for the boys in red.  The Cardinals entered play today one-half of a game back from the Mets for the second wild...
Viva El Birdos 18 hours ago

Cardinals stock update: Aledmys Diaz and Luke Weaver the two most improved Cardinals

How big of a difference does one year make? With the regular season coming to a close, our perceptions of various players have certainly changed since the beginning of the season. How have the projections' perceptions changed? That's what I wanted to know. The two best public projection systems, Steamer and Zips, release their projections before the year begins, but they continue to update those projections throughout the year as players accumulate new stats. I certainly don't think the projections are the final say. If I did, I wouldn't take the time to dive into a player's various stats...
Viva El Birdos 19 hours ago

Cardinals news and notes: Cubs, the Wild Card, and the LVPs

This, plus an open letter to Joe Maddon. Hey Joe, First of all, congratulations to your Chicago Cubs on what has been an incredible season. After beating the St. Louis Cardinals 5-0 yesterday afternoon, your team stands at 98 wins and 55 losses. If your team loses out and the Cardinals win out, you will still win the division by an astonishing nine games. And it pains me to say this as a lifelong fan of the Cardinals—your team is simply better than my team. Are they 18 games better? Maybe not. But they are better. And not only do things look fantastic in the present, but they look very...
Viva El Birdos Sep 23, 2016

Cubs Mercifully Never Let Cardinals Get Their Hopes Up

Cubs score early to win 5-0 Cardinals headed to Wrigley Field to take on the Cubs in the first of a three game set. Today's Lineup: That...that is not Mike Leake.  That is Woody Williams doing Mike Leake cosplay.  I don't know who you're trying to fool, Cardinals. Onto the game! Joining me in commentary today is Jon Snowzeliak as we watch the Cardinals take on Matt's Carpenter's former college teammate Jake Arrieta. First Inning: Arrieta struck out the side, with only Matt Carpenter putting up much of a fight.  Carpenter ended his at-bat swinging at a...
Viva El Birdos Sep 23, 2016

The last time the Cardinals won the Wild Card - A Hunt and Peck

A game that will live on in infamy. The Cardinals were in the Wild Card hunt before, winning the first ever second Wild Card spot back in 2012. If you recall, this is what happened next. Your browser does not support iframes. The Wild Card Game has had plenty of drama. | Sports on Earth what else is going on in baseball... Gary Sanchez hits 18th and 19th home runs | yankees.com Vote now for Best Hitter | astros.com Jose Bautista unveiled his new Carlton Fisk-inspired trot on this massive home run | MLB.com Yasiel Puig decided to show off nearly every tool he had in the Dodgers win |...
Viva El Birdos Sep 23, 2016

Cardinals should destroy the Cubs

A series preview This series in Chicago is for bragging rights. The two team enter at 8-8 against each other this year so whoever wins more games this weekend gets bragging rights over the other team, and there is no other way to look at the two teams’ performance except for head to head record during the season. Standings? Nah. Playoffs? No way. Give me head to head record any day. That’s what it’s all about. Cardinals should destroy the Cubs. With just ten games to go, it really wouldn’t matter who the Cardinals play. The series is big. We could call it a must win for the...
Viva El Birdos Sep 23, 2016

How struggling players still manage to get playing time in the Mike Matheny era

How do 2016’s underperformers compare to underperformers in the first four years of the Mike Matheny era? Entering today, during the Mike Matheny era, the St. Louis Cardinals have won 56.9% of regular season games in which they have participated. This probably doesn’t sound quite as overwhelming as it is—no team has won more games since the beginning of the 2012 season than the Cardinals, and only the Los Angeles Dodgers and Washington Nationals come particularly close. This incredible run of success also coincides with the departure of Albert Pujols, the most dominant Cardinals...
Viva El Birdos Sep 23, 2016

Cardinals news and notes: Edman, Waino, El Gallo

The most forgettable Cardinals to play first base since Albert Pujols left (plus, news and notes). Mark this down in the pretty uninteresting category but the Cardinals have had eight different players take at least one plate appearance while playing first base this season. That is a lot and in the National League trails only Pittsburgh who have nine. However, the Cardinals are the only team with at least five players with at least 25 plate appearances at the position. Anyway, for no reason at all, here I’m guessing are the players ten years from now most likely to be forgotten as having...
Viva El Birdos Sep 22, 2016

Viva El Birdos Podcast: Episode 56

John and Heather are joined by Ben Godar to discuss the latest Cardinals results, Matt Holliday, the state of the rotation, and some listener questions. As always, please subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, etc., and if you have any questions/comments for the podcast, e-mail me at johnjf125 at gmail dot com.
Viva El Birdos Sep 22, 2016

Facebook Live Episode 14: Garcia or Weaver

I took your questions and then answered them With just 10 games to go there was a decent amount to talk about today. Topics included: Luke Weaver or Jaime Garcia for the next start The potential of Weaver out of the pen and Garcia out of the pen Alex Reyes being awesome Starter for the wild card game Three-way tie scenarios for the wild card Matt Carpenter at first base The struggles of Brandon Moss The best possible infield Offseason plans Matt Holliday’s potential the rest of the season The future of Carson Kelly As always, thank you for your questions. Feel free to follow us on...
Viva El Birdos Sep 22, 2016

Happy birthday to Carlos Martinez! - A Hunt and Peck

And what a grand birthday it was, indeed. SEPTEMBER 21 IS CARLOS MARTINEZ’S BIRTHDAY! THAT WAS WEDNESDAY, WHICH SEEING AS THIS IS WRITTEN ON THURSDAY, WAS YESTERDAY! Unforunately, the Cardinals were not able to give El Gallo a win for his twenty-fifth, but they did give him this: The reaction of the Cardinals bench to winning the stare down is the best thing you’ll see all day. pic.twitter.com/iMnRElKsbH — Kevin Munie (@KMunie7) September 21, 2016 And Yadier Molina bought him this: #repost with @repostapp #usssss #blessed #blessed #blessed #cardinalsnation Thanks to my...
Viva El Birdos Sep 22, 2016

Adam Wainwright won’t stop hitting

Only a fool would pitch to this man. There are a few harsh realities to face if you’re anti-DH in the National League as I am. First, there stands a chance this is actually disadvantageous for the Cardinals (and every other NL team) if the ultimate goal of each season is to win the World Series. Second, while the change doesn’t seem to be right around the corner like I presumed earlier this year, it does seem inevitable that the days of pitchers batting in the NL are likely numbered. And third, and probably most obvious, pitchers are lousy hitters. Bob Gibson is regarded as one of the...
Viva El Birdos Sep 22, 2016

Prospect Q&A with 2016 6th round draft pick Tommy Edman

Remember this name. The 2016 MLB Draft was Randy Flores’ first as the scouting director of the St. Louis Cardinals. Unlike other professional sports, it usually takes years before one can truly evaluate the performance of a given MLB draft. Yet, that doesn’t stop people from providing their thoughts on each pick almost instantaneously. Well, after the first round, Flores received nothing but praise from national draft analysts. And while the first rounders of Delvin Perez (SS), Dylan Carlson (OF), and Dakota Hudson (RHP) are the clear headliners, many organizations are made (or broken)...
Viva El Birdos Sep 22, 2016

Cards News and Notes: Jhonny, Vin Scully, Otani

'Yesterday's VEB Here's all your VEB goodness from Wednesday, September 21st: Jhonny Peralta in dhecline: The Red Baron on Jhonny's Struggles What the Cardinals broadcasters could learn from Vin Scully: The game's greatest broadcaster is about to retire. The Cardinals should break the bank for Shohei Otani: John on the Japanese superstar. Cards, Giants, and Mets tied for the Wild-Card: Your daily Hunt and Peck. Cards vs. Rockies game thread: VEB's reactions as the game unfolded. Early blunders cost Cards: The post-game analysis by ZoomZoom
Viva El Birdos Sep 21, 2016

9/21 Recap: Early blunders cost Cardinals in 11-1 loss, end four-game winning streak

Arenado caps five-run 2nd inning with grand slam, Cardinals fail to reach 10 games over .500 once again. The St. Louis Cardinals began the day in a 3-way tie for the NL Wild Card with the New York Mets and San Francisco Giants. (Speaking of, if you are curious what would happen in a 3-way tie for the wild card at the end of the regular season, take a peek here.) On their slate this afternoon was the series finale with the Colorado Rockies in Denver. Luke Weaver (1-3, 3.21 ERA entering Wednesday) started for the Cardinals, while Rockies rookie right-hander German Marquez (0-0, 5.06) was...
Viva El Birdos Sep 21, 2016

The Cardinals, Giants, and Mets are all tied - A Hunt and Peck

With the Cardinals and Giants win on Tuesday coupled with the Mets loss, the three teams have all moved into a three-way tie for two wild card spots. But what if the season ended with the three teams still tied? Per Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle: If the season ended today, based on tiebreak rules, the Cardinals would get first choice and likely would host the first game. The Mets then would decide if they wanted to travel to St. Louis for one of two possible games or sit back and play the loser of a Giants-Mets game at Citi Field, winner take all. And per Mark Saxon of...
Viva El Birdos Sep 21, 2016

The Cardinals should break the bank for Shohei Otani

The Cardinals should destroy the existing records for money spent on international free agents for the Japanese superstar. Rarely is there truly a player in sports who can dominate in all facets of his or her game. Lionel Messi is a tremendous scorer in soccer, but he would never be played as a goalkeeper. NFL teams will occasionally experiment with two-way players, but in the modern era, this is confined to novelties such as Refrigerator Perry’s Super Bowl XX touchdown and J.J. Watt’s cameos as a tight end in goal line packages. Basketball comes somewhat close, with players such as...
Viva El Birdos Sep 21, 2016

What the Cardinals broadcasters could learn from Vin Scully

A brief salute to the play-by-play legend, while also throwing a little shade. As I watched the end of the Cardinals Game 1 victory over the Rockies Monday night, I split my MLB.TV screen so I could also watch and listen to Vin Scully call the Kershaw / Bumgarner matchup. It's been almost 10 years since I lived in LA, but in his final season, I've tried to catch at least a few more Vin Scully broadcasts. I wanted to pinpoint what made me enjoy his broadcasts so much and what aggravates me about the St. Louis booths. Now, a few caveats up front: Familiarity breeds contempt, and I don't know...
Viva El Birdos Sep 21, 2016

Jhonny Peralta, In Dhecline

The Cardinals are locked in a dead heat for a playoff spot. They’re also running out a player clearly in freefall on a nearly nightly basis. Something has to give. When the Cardinals signed Jhonny Peralta to a four year deal worth $53 million following the 2013 season, it seemed an incredibly canny move. Here was John Mozeliak, operating at the very height of his powers, making a single, strategic strike to fix the club’s biggest weakness. In 2013, the Redbirds made it all the way to the World Series, despite starting Pete Kozma at shortstop on a more or less everyday basis. The Kozma...
Viva El Birdos Sep 21, 2016

Cardinals News and Notes: Youth, injuries, bad slides

Yesterday's VEB Here's all your easily-accessible VEB output for yesterday, Tuesday, September 20th, 2016 Revisiting the myth of the Cardinals' aging core: Craig lets us know that this Cardinals team is still one of the youngest in the game. Baseball's best worst slides: Your daily Hunt and Peck The Cost of injuries to the 2016 Cardinals: I look at the cost in salary and expected production of injuries to the Cardinals this year, as well as how well the replacements have performed. Cardinals vs. Rockies Game Thread: Check out the game thread for VEB's takes as the action...

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