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Viva El Birdos 1 hour ago
5.27.17 Cardinals @ Rockies Recap: Cards Win! Cards Win! Cards Win!

5.27.17 Cardinals @ Rockies Recap: Cards Win! Cards Win! Cards Win!

A super strong outing from Adam Wainwright, backed by a two-run Tommy Pham home run, led the Cardinals to their 24th win of the season. Please come to Denver to see Pham's home run Way up into the bleachers So far that it can't be found And we'll watch Adam pitching A clean seven Then Rosie bringing the heat While they swing round and round Please come to Denver, I said yes!  Boy, I can't wait to see Cardinals fans, hey don't you settle down Denver's just our kind of town Hit home runs and strike out batters for me I'm the number one fan of the team from Missouri This game...was a...
Arch Authority 11 hours ago

St. Louis Cardinals designate Miguel Socolovich for assignment, select John Brebbia from Triple-A

John Brebbia is in with Miguel Socolovich out as the Cardinals shake up their bullpen. The St. Louis Cardinals announced announced on Saturday afternoon that they’ve designated righthanded relief pitcher Miguel Socolovich for assignment and selected the contract of righty John Brebbia from Triple-A Memphis. Socolovich’s struggles to begin 2017 culminated with an outing in […] St. Louis Cardinals designate Miguel Socolovich for assignment, select John Brebbia from Triple-A - Arch Authority - Arch Authority - A St. Louis Sports Site - Cardinals, Rams, Blues, and more!
Viva El Birdos May 26, 2017
Cardinals next three games are against the Rockies

Cardinals next three games are against the Rockies

A series preview The Cardinals had a chance to step into first place yesterday, but they blew it. There were a number of moments you might consider key. One of them involved Stephen Piscotty trying to bunt with no outs and runners on first and second with a 3-1 lead. If Piscotty had been successful in bunting, the Cardinals win expectancy would have gone down. Bunting is bad unless you are a pitcher or trying to get a hit. Michael Wacha needed nearly 90 pitches to get through four innings, but a guy the Cardinals have huge reservations about his arm and making it through the season was...
Viva El Birdos May 26, 2017
My St. Louis Cardinals fandom: An Origin Story - A Hunt and Peck

My St. Louis Cardinals fandom: An Origin Story - A Hunt and Peck

because all the cool kids are doing it Welcome to the refreshed Viva El Birdos! To celebrate the new look and feel of our sports communities, we’re sharing stories of how and why we became fans of our favorite teams. If you’d like to share your story, head over to the FanPosts to write your own post. Each FanPost will be entered into a drawing to win a $500 Fanatics gift card.* We’re collecting all of the stories here and featuring the best ones across our network as well. Come Fan With Us! I am a Midwest Farmer’s Daughter™ through and through. I wore braided pigtails with a...
Viva El Birdos May 26, 2017
The Cardinals lost to the Dodgers - A recap from May 25, 2017

The Cardinals lost to the Dodgers - A recap from May 25, 2017

it was unpleasant West Coast games are evil. This game seemed to putz around for about two hours and still was only in the fourth inning. I forgot I had to write the recap so I went to bed after the Kenta Maeda hit a two-RBI single to put the Dodgers up four runs to three. Everything else that happened after that, well I cannot tell you about and frankly, do not want to. It does not matter anyway because the Dodgers won and the Cardinals scored no more runs. What I did see was the Cardinals pounce on Kenta Maeda right away. The game actually looked promising. Then the Birdos stranded...
Viva El Birdos May 26, 2017
The Cardinals should host Pride Night at Busch Stadium

The Cardinals should host Pride Night at Busch Stadium

Over half of MLB teams will host an LGBT community night in 2017. The Cardinals should be one of them. When Major League Baseball teams announce that they are hosting Pride Nights, events designed to show solidarity with the local LGBT community, backlash is inevitable. Fans threatening to boycott the game. Sophomoric jokes which serve no purpose but to reveal the immaturity of those telling them. Replies on social media that the night is unnecessary. And on a rare occasion that the St. Louis Cardinals’ Twitter account has alluded to the LGBT community, it was flooded with angry...
Viva El Birdos May 26, 2017
Cardinals news and notes: Fandom, Oh, Martinez

Cardinals news and notes: Fandom, Oh, Martinez

Yesterday at VEB Last night’s game was not great. It happens, so let’s move on straight to yesterday at VEB: Viva El Birdos and SB Nation has a new look and in conjunction with the roll out I wrote about why I’m a fan of our St. Louis Cardinals. Seung Hwan Oh had one of the best seasons for a reliever in Cardinals history in 2016, but has struggled to miss bats this season. Joe Schwarz explains why. Here’s the daily farm report from Memphis to Springfield to Peoria. Carlos Martinez’s foundation Tsunami Waves is selling hats for the cause. Check them out. And then there was...
Rox Pile May 26, 2017

Colorado Rockies vs. St. Louis Cardinals: 5 players to watch

Coming off one of their most successful road trips in franchise history, the Colorado Rockies return home to Coors Field to meet the St. Louis Cardinals for the first time in the 2017 season. The Cardinals finished up a series at Chavez Ravine last night against the Los Angeles Dodgers then made the late night […] Colorado Rockies vs. St. Louis Cardinals: 5 players to watch - Rox Pile - Rox Pile - A Colorado Rockies Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Viva El Birdos May 25, 2017
Carlos Martínez and Tsunami Waves have some new hats and they are fire - A Hunt and Peck

Carlos Martínez and Tsunami Waves have some new hats and they are fire - A Hunt and Peck

usssssssssssssssss Through his foundation, Tsunami Waves, Carlos Martínez has employed several different methods to raise funds for children of the St. Louis area and in the Dominican Republic. One such method is through the sale of merchandise that he helps design. While the section on the site is empty for now, it appears there will be new hat designs in the near future. Check out the peak from Carlos’ Instagram: #blessed #usssss #nothingbetter @mvvmwear almost A post shared by Carlos Martinez (@tsunamy0327) on May 24, 2017 at 12:38pm PDT ...
Arch Authority May 25, 2017

St. Louis Cardinals: Mike Leake deserves to be taken seriously

Mike Leake leads the National League in ERA, and maybe that’s not as much of a fluke as you think it is. Coming into the 2017 season, Mike Leake was generally viewed as the weak link of the St. Louis Cardinals’ rotation, and there was a fair amount of data to back up that belief. […] St. Louis Cardinals: Mike Leake deserves to be taken seriously - Arch Authority - Arch Authority - A St. Louis Sports Site - Cardinals, Rams, Blues, and more!
Viva El Birdos May 25, 2017
Seung Hwan Oh is struggling to miss bats in 2017

Seung Hwan Oh is struggling to miss bats in 2017

The Cardinals closer has been of replacement level value through 23.0 innings pitched this season. St. Louis Cardinals closer Seung Hwan Oh was “completely unhittable” for the majority of his MLB debut season. With this in mind, over the offseason, I wrote (using a GIF from the great @cardinalsgifs) about why Oh was so difficult to hit in 2016. Well, so far in 2017, the Final Boss (or the Stone Buddha, if that’s your preferred Oh nickname) has provided the Cardinals with replacement level value (0.0 fWAR through 23.0 IP) out of the bullpen, largely because his strikeout rate is down...
Viva El Birdos May 25, 2017
Why I’m a fan of the St. Louis Cardinals

Why I’m a fan of the St. Louis Cardinals

The one constant we all share Welcome to the refreshed Viva El Birdos! To celebrate the new look and feel of our sports communities, we’re sharing stories of how and why we became fans of our favorite teams. If you’d like to share your story, head over to the FanPosts to write your own post. Each FanPost will be entered into a drawing to win a $500 Fanatics gift card.* We’re collecting all of the stories here and featuring the best ones across our network as well. Come Fan With Us! The above-title foreshadows this post – this is an explanation as to why I cheer for the St. Louis...
Viva El Birdos May 25, 2017
Cards News and Notes: David Ross, Matt Adams, Randal, the draft, Seferina

Cards News and Notes: David Ross, Matt Adams, Randal, the draft, Seferina

Yesterday’s VEB Here’s everything you missed yesterday hre at VEB: Draft preview number 5: The Red Baron with another chapter on the 2017 draft Leaked pages from the David Ross movie: Ben Godar with an excellent piece of satire. Seferina homers for Palm Beach: Your daily Farm Report. may 23rd is Randal Grichuk’s day: your daily Hunt and Peck. How Mike Matheny affected the Cardinal career of Matt Adams: A take on the playing time given to the departed first baseman. Leake pitched eight strong innings while offense walks to first in 6-1 win: The post-game recap.
Viva El Birdos May 25, 2017
Leake pitches eight strong innings while offense walks to first in 6-1 win

Leake pitches eight strong innings while offense walks to first in 6-1 win

Leake delivered a great game while the offense walked their way into six runs thanks to an off-night from Rich Hill. With each successive start, Mike Leake makes his hot start look less and less like a hot start and more like the real thing. Ok so, no he’s probably not going to have a 1.91 ERA this year. But that’s not the only stat that points to a career year for Mike Leake. His FIP is a career low 3.00 and his lowest before this year was 3.83. The homer-adjusted xFIP is also at his career best, although barely in this case: 3.47 (3.49 in 2014). For now at least, we can enjoy the...
Viva El Birdos May 24, 2017
How Mike Matheny affected the Cardinals career of Matt Adams

How Mike Matheny affected the Cardinals career of Matt Adams

Playing under Mike Matheny was both the best and worst thing to ever happen to the former Cardinal When a player is drafted in the 23rd round into an organization as esteemed as the St. Louis Cardinals, at a position presently being filled by the greatest hitter of his generation, that player generally does not come with a lot of expectations. Matt Adams was no exception. In 2009, the Cardinals giving Albert Pujols a blank check to stay in St. Louis seemed like a foregone conclusion. And the product of Slippery Rock University (source: at least seventy Fox Sports Midwest broadcasts per year...
Viva El Birdos May 24, 2017
May 23 is Randal Grichuk’s day - A Hunt and Peck

May 23 is Randal Grichuk’s day - A Hunt and Peck

it will make sense in a second Have you ever opened a fortune cookie or read a horoscope and saw your "lucky numbers"? I am not exactly sure what lucky numbers mean or how to even apply them to my life, but if I had to guess, 5 and 23 must appear to Randal Grichuk a lot. For the second year in a row on May 23, Grich scored a key run in the ninth inning (2015 doesn’t count because there was not a ninth inning in that game, but had there been, he probably would have scored then, too). On May 23, 2016 Randal Grichuk did this: Tuesday night, in the ninth inning against the Dodgers, with...
Viva El Birdos May 24, 2017
2017 Draft Preview No. 5: Speed Kills

2017 Draft Preview No. 5: Speed Kills

Five speedy athletes, any one of whom could fall to the Redbirds in June. In the last edition of the draft preview series, we looked at five players with legitimate upside, but also legitimate chance to fall to where the Cardinals make their first selection in the draft at #94 due to some wart or question mark or whatever the case may be. Good prospects, in other words, but certainly imperfect ones, and all with at least one real flaw that could easily push a player down. This week we’re going to look at another group of five players, all in relatively rapid succession, with brief...
Viva El Birdos May 24, 2017
A Guide to Fanposts

A Guide to Fanposts

Join the fun At Viva El Birdos, we have a section called Fanposts. It is a way for you to express your thoughts on the Cardinals in a longer form than a simple comment might allow. Fanposts get their own comment section to help keep the discussion going. Just go to the Fanpost page and click on New Fanpost. Have you done some interesting research you’d like to share? That’s a Fanpost. Do you have a trade idea, a free agent signing, or a roster move that might make the Cardinals better? That’s a Fanpost. Are you upset with something done by the front office, the manager, or a player?...
Viva El Birdos May 24, 2017
Welcome to Viva El Birdos

Welcome to Viva El Birdos

A handy guide to the site Welcome to Viva El Birdos. We are happy to have you here. Below you’ll find a few tips on how to navigate around the site, and if you want, be a part of this great community of writers and readers and commenters, all of us (or at least most of us) fans of the St. Louis Cardinals. If you wish to comment, please register for an account. We welcome different ideas, but some things aren’t allowed. Please read our Community Guidelines. Every day, we will have one post designated VEB Daily. It is generally a substantive baseball post worth commenting on its own...
Viva El Birdos May 24, 2017
Cardinals news and notes: Robert, Sierra, Dodgers

Cardinals news and notes: Robert, Sierra, Dodgers

Yesterday at VEB This is going to be brief because it’s being written during commercial breaks of this extra-innings Cardinals/Dodgers game. Pretty outstanding game though and likely the strongest outing from Lance Lynn this season. Here’s hoping by the time you read this tomorrow we’ll have won. And here’s what you may have missed yesterday at VEB: Craig Edwards wrote about the Luis Robert situation and what we should expect from the Cardinals as an organization. Ben Markham wrote about Magneuris Sierra and why he was an exciting player but one who still needs more development....

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