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Viva El Birdos 3 hours ago

Finding an acceptable price for Dexter Fowler

Fowler fills a need, but may not come at reasonable price. Between the departure of Matt Holliday and Brandon Moss, and Tommy Pham’s all-world ability to injure himself, the Cardinals could use an outfielder. Being that Randal Grichuk is ideally not a center-fielder, and the fact that the Cardinals could stand to improve their defense, it would help if that outfielder could play center. That’s where Dexter Fowler comes in. Fowler isn’t exactly a prized defensive outfielder, but he’d still improve the defense more than acquiring a corner-outfielder would be. It’s still early in...
Viva El Birdos 6 hours ago

Arizona Fall League: Harrison Bader, Carson Kelly, & Paul DeJong Shine at Plate as Desert Dogs Win

The impending World Series is certainly worthy of dreaming about, but, hey, don't forget about the Arizona Fall League action! After a day off on Sunday, the Glendale Desert Dogs resumed play on Monday evening against the Scottsdale Scorpions. Desert Dogs 12, Scorpions 4 Austin Gomber (SP): 5 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K Corey Littrell (RP): 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K Ryan Sherriff (RP): 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 BB, 1 K Carson Kelly (DH): 2-5, 2B, 2 RBIs, R Harrison Bader (RF): 2-4, SF, 2 RBIs Paul DeJong (SS): 1-4, HR, SF, 3 RBIs, R Entering Monday with some of the lowest...
Viva El Birdos 9 hours ago

So the Cubs are in the World Series

A guide to watching the World Series This is not actually a guide to watching the World Series from the perspective of a Cardinals’ fan. Or maybe it is. Hard to say. I’m a bit conflicted. Over the past season, I’ve heard plenty of vitriol and complaining and insults from Cubs fans. I’ve also heard some of the same from Cardinals fans. I also know and like people who would be genuinely happy to see the Cubs win a World Series. If I cheer for the Cubs, I am cheering against my own fandom. If I cheer against them, I root for a small bit of misery for people I know so others I don’t...
Viva El Birdos 11 hours ago

Cardinals news and notes: History, Jansen, uniforms

Yesterday at VEB What follows is my shortest post ever at VEB: Go Tribe. And here’s what you may have missed yesterday at Viva El Birdos Chasing the Cubs I wrote about the Cardinals chasing the Cubs and their own history. Joe Schwarz thinks the Cardinals should open up their wallet for Kenley Jansen. Lil Scooter continues the battle of the uniforms with 1971 vs. 1940. Vote ‘71. Enjoy the World Series, everyone.
The Cardinal Nation 18 hours ago

Partial Unofficial Look at 2017 Cardinals Spring Schedule

10 St. Louis Cardinals spring training games have been tentatively scheduled, including eight in the Grapefruit League.
Viva El Birdos Oct 24, 2016

Battle of the uniforms: 1971 vs. 1940 - A Hunt and Peck

Vote for the best below! A few weeks ago I posited the question: What is the best Cardinals uniform ever? Well friends, there is only one way to find out: Battle Royale. So, to determine the best Cardinals uniform ever, I have, with your gracious assistance, created a bracket where each uniform will duke it out until we have a winner. (Many of you have asked about the alternate jersey the Cardinals debuted in 2013. Don't worry, folks. I have a plan. Trust the system.) Here is the bracket, updated to reflect the winner of the previous matchup: The 1927 uniform fought...
Viva El Birdos Oct 24, 2016

Break the bank for Kenley Jansen

With money to spend this offseason, the St. Louis Cardinals should break the bank for Kenley Jansen. The best reliever in baseball, by 2016 fWAR at least, is set to become a free agent this offseason. This post’s title makes who I am referring to quite obvious, but just to hammer the point home, Kenley Jansen put up a higher fWAR (3.2) in 2016 than even Andrew Miller (2.9), the well-deserving MVP of the American League Championship Series. In fact, Jansen’s 3.2 fWAR would have been tied (with Matt Carpenter) for second highest on the 2016 Cardinals (just behind the Carlos Martinez’s...
Viva El Birdos Oct 24, 2016

Chasing the Cubs without starting over

Trying to keep pace with the Cubs as well as the Cardinals' own history. The Cardinals missed the playoffs for the first time since 2010, ending what had been the longest playoff streak in MLB (that now belongs to the Dodgers, who haven't missed the postseason since 2012). If interested in streaks that remain intact, the Cardinals' four-game winning streak to end the season meant nine ongoing years of finishing ten games over .500 or better, the longest streak in MLB since the Yankees did it for a staggering 20-straight seasons from 1993-2012 (the Dodgers are currently second with...
Viva El Birdos Oct 24, 2016

Cardinals news and notes: Wong, the AFL, and the bullpen

Hey...any baseball happen this weekend? So, as you may or may not have heard, the Chicago Cubs made the World Series. It was a pretty under-the-radar story, but I followed the scoop through alternative media all weekend (obviously this was the only place any information could be found on the matter). Anyway, congratulations to the 24 men on the Chicago Cubs, who along with Aroldis Chapman will bring World Series baseball to Wrigley Field for the first time since 1945. They have a very good chance of winning the World Series, by which I mean every World Series is a coin flip essentially but...
Viva El Birdos Oct 23, 2016

Arizona Fall League: Carson Kelly Goes Yard as Desert Dogs Lose

Believe it or not, there was baseball played somewhere else other than Wrigley Field on Saturday, and I'll tell you about it here! On Saturday afternoon, the Glendale Desert Dogs squared off against the Surprise Saguaros at Surprise Stadium in Arizona. Saguaros 10, Desert Dogs 8 Carson Kelly (C): 1-4, HR, 3 RBIs, BB, R, K Despite scoring seven runs in one inning, the Desert Dogs fell to the Saguaros on Saturday by a 10-8 final score. In Glendale’s big sixth inning, Cardinals catcher Carson Kelly went yard for a three-run shot, his second of the AFL that accounted for his sixth,...
Viva El Birdos Oct 23, 2016

The Scratch, Ding, and Dent Club: Four Relief Options

Watching this year’s playoffs, it’s impossible not to reflect on what an enormous place in the game relief pitching now occupies. The Indians are in the World Series almost entirely on the strength of their ‘pen. The Dodgers were largely undone by the abject failures of their relief corps. This isn’t a 2016 phenomenon, either; the Royals of the past few years have been chiefly known for their airtight relief work, and owe their back to back World Series appearances in large part to their ability to shorten games. Dominance at the very back end of a bullpen has been a big deal...
Viva El Birdos Oct 22, 2016

Arizona Fall League: Paul DeJong Drives in a Run, Harrison Bader Scores a Run, and Ryan Sherriff Logs an Inning

Summarizing Friday's AFL action and setting you up for Saturday! On Friday afternoon, the Glendale Desert Dogs faced off with the Peoria Javelinas at the Peoria Sports Complex in Arizona. Javelinas 8, Desert Dogs 2 Paul DeJong (SS): 1-3, RBI Harrison Bader (LF): 1-4, R Ryan Sherriff (RP): 1 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 Ks (pitched the seventh inning) The Desert Dogs suffered another loss on Friday, as the Javelinas ran to an 8-2 victory to up their record to 7-1, the best in the Arizona Fall League. Meanwhile, Glendale is 3-7, a record that’s tied with that of the Scottsdale...
Viva El Birdos Oct 22, 2016

Kolten Wong’s overlooked progress at the plate

A lone bright spot in Wong’s rough season. If you’re a regular at this site, you’re well aware of Kolten Wong’s struggles in the last year and a half. If you’re not, this graphic from Fangraphs pretty much sums it up: Three low valleys from the second half of 2015 right about to the start of the second half of 2016. And no impressive peaks to make up for it. The struggles have had to do entirely with contact quality. At least that's the conclusion from Hard%, which is the percentage of batted balls that a player hits hard: Woof. At one point things...
Viva El Birdos Oct 22, 2016

Cardinals news and notes: Peralta, the AFL, and dad strength

A trek through a boring baseball day. The Cardinals did not play yesterday, though this is nothing out of the ordinary. They, as you may have heard, did not make the playoffs. However, no baseball was played. It’s a drag but this will also be the state of being for five months. It is...unfortunate. But, in the immortal words of Ryan Theriot, it is what it is. Here is what happened yesterday on VEB. Jhonny Peralta I wrote about Jhonny Peralta, his 2016 decline, and what role he can provide for the 2017 team. The answer: maybe a role? Free agency runners-up Craig Edwards wrote about how the...
Viva El Birdos Oct 21, 2016

The source of Matt Carpenter’s “Dad Strength” is so adorable - A Hunt and Peck

SO CUTE The Cardinals are not in the postseason. This is a bummer and everything, but on the bright side the players are able to use this time for rest and being with the people they love. Matt Carpenter and his wife, Mackenzie, became the proud parents of a adorable baby girl, Kinley Rae during the season. Carp posted a photo of he and his daughter together and it is the most precious thing I have ever seen I just can’t... Me and my favorite!!! #kinleyrae A photo posted by Matt Carpenter (@mattcarpenter13) on Oct 20, 2016 at 7:03pm PDT That is it. This is all I have for...
Viva El Birdos Oct 21, 2016

Arizona Fall League: Harrison Bader Plates a Run and Rowan Wick Logs an Inning as Dogs Win

Filling you in on Thursday's AFL action and preparing you for what's in store for Friday! On Thursday, the Glendale Desert Dogs hosted the Mesa Solar Sox in a matinee at Camelback Ranch in Glendale, Arizona. Desert Dogs 3, Solar Sox 2 Harrison Bader (LF): 1-3, RBI, K Rowan Wick (RP): 1 IP, 1 K (pitched the sixth inning) With a run in the bottom of the eighth inning, the Desert Dogs overcame an early 2-0 deficit to take Thursday’s contest from the Solar Sox, 3-2. The Desert Dogs’ victory on Thursday is just their third win in nine games so far in the Arizona Fall...
Viva El Birdos Oct 21, 2016

Finishing Second in Free Agency is an Acceptable Outcome

The Cardinals seem to be developing a bit of a reputation for finishing second with free agents. That’s not all bad. The Cardinals have a lot of money. The Cardinals spend a lot of money. However, the amount that they have is greater than the amount they spend. We know this because the Cardinals have earnestly tried and failed to spend more money. They went after David Price and Jason Heyward, finishing second in both pursuits. The Cardinals still have a lot of money to spend and likely will spend it, but the Cardinals do no deserve scorn, nor do they deserve praise, for coming in second...
Viva El Birdos Oct 21, 2016

What to do with Jhonny Peralta

The veteran infielder had easily his worst MLB season in 2016. What should his role be in 2017? In 2014 and 2015, his first two seasons with the St. Louis Cardinals, Jhonny Peralta was the third best shortstop in Major League Baseball, as measured by FanGraphs Wins Above Replacement, behind only Troy Tulowitzki, initially of the Colorado Rockies and later of the Toronto Blue Jays, and Brandon Crawford of the San Francisco Giants. Limiting the sample size to 2014, Peralta’s first season in St. Louis, and the first half of 2015, Peralta was the best shortstop in baseball. While the...
Viva El Birdos Oct 21, 2016

Cardinals news and notes: Francona, Mets, Martinez

The Cubs are just a game away from the World Series which is very good news for the Cardinals. That, plus news and notes. The Cubs are a game away from their first World Series since 1945. That’s good news for them and good news for us because the last time the Cubs needed just one more win to get to the series the Cardinals up and won 105 games the next season and did it instead. If the Cardinals want to do that again in 2017 I would not object. Here’s what you may have missed yesterday at VEB: Tito Francona After Tony La Russa retired following the 2011 championship, the Cardinals...

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