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Viva El Birdos 2 hours ago
VEB 2017 Projections Results: Aledmys Diaz

VEB 2017 Projections Results: Aledmys Diaz

Here are his projections Thanks for participating. This is what we said when we asked for submissions on Aledmys Diaz: Last season, we ran projections for Aledmys Diaz on March 11, after Jhonny Peralta was injured, assuming that he might be in line for some playing time. By the time we rolled around to revealing the projections, the Cardinals had signed Ruben Tejada, Diaz didn’t even make the Opening Day roster, and I didn’t even bother to publish the results. Here is what everyone thought Diaz would do: 314 PA 10 HR 40 RBI 42 R 6 SB .268 BA .321 OBP .425 SLG 1.7 WAR Here’s what he...
Viva El Birdos 4 hours ago
Viva El Birdos 2017 Cardinals Top Prospects: #1 Alex Reyes

Viva El Birdos 2017 Cardinals Top Prospects: #1 Alex Reyes

Bummer Editor’s Note: the red baron has once again written up a very large number of prospects, done a great job on them, and combined them in just a few posts. You can read those posts, including a dozen reports on players who just missed the list by going here. This post contains a write-up of just a single prospect in a perhaps easier to digest form.-CE Second Editor’s Note: This one was written before Reyes was lost for the season with Tommy John surgery though most of it still holds up. He’s still got a ton of potential and hopefully we will see him again in 2018. #1: Alex Reyes,...
Call to the Pen 5 hours ago

St. Louis Cardinals Unveil New Ballpark Pass

The St. Louis Cardinals have devised a new way for cost-conscious fans to witness a season’s worth of action at the ballpark. The St. Louis Cardinals are routinely among the best-drawing teams in baseball. Expect that to continue with a new way to bring fans out to Busch Stadium: the Cardinals Ballpark Pass. It’s pretty […] St. Louis Cardinals Unveil New Ballpark Pass - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Viva El Birdos 5 hours ago
Carlos Martinez starting on Opening Day means everything (or nothing)

Carlos Martinez starting on Opening Day means everything (or nothing)

What history tells us about winning the first game of the season News broke yesterday that Carlos Martinez will get the ball to kick off the Cardinals’ season on April 2 when they host the Cubs. This will be the first time that Adam Wainwright will have a seat on the bench in a Cardinals opener since Kyle Lohse took a no-hitter into the 7th to commemorate brand new Marlins Park in 2012. Martinez will also only be the fifth different Cardinal to start an opener since 2001 (Matt Morris, Chris Carpenter, Lohse, Wainwright). For his part, Wainwright is taking the news in stride. From Jenifer...
The Cardinal Nation 6 hours ago

Cardinals Minor League Spring Training Notebook: 3/22/17

By Derek Shore We are now into day six of our ninth year of providing results and much more from St. Louis Cardinals minor league spring training games here at The Cardinal Nation Blog. This year, I will contribute from time to time in these recaps alongside TCN publisher and editor Brian Walton. Following are […]
Viva El Birdos 7 hours ago
Roles and pitch tunneling involving Trevor Rosenthal

Roles and pitch tunneling involving Trevor Rosenthal

In which I discuss Rosenthal’s role in 2017 as well as how he utilizes pitch tunneling in order to be an effective MLB pitcher. Like him or not (for some reason, he is more polarizing than he probably should be), Trevor Rosenthal is a fascinating pitcher. While he may be known for his upper-90’s — sometimes touching triple digits — fourseam fastball, he, too, as a former starting pitcher, possesses capable, undeniably underrated offspeed pitches. With Michael Wacha sewing up the final spot in the starting rotation and Seung Hwan Oh returning as closer, Rosenthal — who has thrown...
Viva El Birdos 9 hours ago
Cardinals news and notes: Podcast, Yadier Molina, Luke Weaver, Carlos Martinez, Michael Wacha, Drafts, Matt Adams

Cardinals news and notes: Podcast, Yadier Molina, Luke Weaver, Carlos Martinez, Michael Wacha, Drafts, Matt Adams

Recapping a busy Wednesday at VEB. Here’s a recap of yesterday’s stories here at Viva El Birdos: Viva El Birdos Podcast: Episode 76 - John & Heather spoke with writers for other SB Nation sites to discuss the National League Central division. I am not optimistic that Yadi remains a Cardinal - Ben Godar explained why he has little faith that Yadier Molina will play his home games in the Gateway City beyond the 2017 season. Viva El Birdos 2017 Cardinals Top Prospects: #2 Luke Weaver - As his list dwindles toward the end (actually, toward the top), the red baron broke down Luke Weaver, the...
Arch Authority 14 hours ago

Matt Adams Gets First Action in Left Field for St. Louis Cardinals

Matt Adams saw his first-ever action in the outfield on Wednesday, though he didn’t get any defensive chances. The drama du jour in St. Louis Cardinals country over the past week has been the organization’s decision to give first baseman Matt Adams some work in the outfield during workouts and spring training games. After receiving […] Matt Adams Gets First Action in Left Field for St. Louis Cardinals - Arch Authority - Arch Authority - A St. Louis Sports Site - Cardinals, Rams, Blues, and more!
Arch Authority 16 hours ago

St. Louis Cardinals Option RHP Sam Tuivailala to Triple-A Memphis

Sam Tuivailala won’t be a member of the Cardinals’ Opening Day roster. The St. Louis Cardinals reduced their roster by one more player on Wednesday, optioning righthanded pitcher Sam Tuivaialala to the Triple-A Memphis Redbirds. With the subtraction of Tuivailala from the spring training roster, the Cardinals have 42 players left in camp. With injured […] St. Louis Cardinals Option RHP Sam Tuivailala to Triple-A Memphis - Arch Authority - Arch Authority - A St. Louis Sports Site - Cardinals, Rams, Blues, and more!
Arch Authority 20 hours ago

Carlos Martinez to Start for St. Louis Cardinals on Opening Day

Mike Matheny sided with recent track record rather than veteran rank when choosing his Opening Day starter. In a somewhat surprising turn of events, St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny announced on Wednesday morning that Carlos Martinez will be the starting pitcher when the St. Louis Cardinals kick off their 2017 regular season on April […] Carlos Martinez to Start for St. Louis Cardinals on Opening Day - Arch Authority - Arch Authority - A St. Louis Sports Site - Cardinals, Rams, Blues, and more!
Viva El Birdos 21 hours ago
How Matt Carpenter to first created Matt Adams to left field

How Matt Carpenter to first created Matt Adams to left field

Pigeonholing the versatile Carpenter to first base led to the controversial Adams-to-LF experiment. On Monday, my Viva El Birdos colleague Joe Schwarz expressed support for the latest experiment (or “experiment”, as Joe was careful to stress) to draw attention in Jupiter during St. Louis Cardinals Spring Training—the decision to have Matt Adams, he of 329 career starts at first base and zero career starts at any other defensive position, practice (not even in a game, mind you) fielding some balls in left field. Like Joe, I support the Adams experiment on a “sure, why not, what’s...
Viva El Birdos Mar 22, 2017
A Brief History of Cardinal Drafts in the 21st Century, Part Five: The Kantrovitz Kronicles

A Brief History of Cardinal Drafts in the 21st Century, Part Five: The Kantrovitz Kronicles

Jeff Luhnow has left, and the Cardinals have moved on to a new man at the head of the draft. We are now, chronologically speaking, at a crossroads in our narrative. The time is the 2011-2012 offseason, and the reasons for the crossroads are myriad. In fact, I’m not sure there’s any organisation one can look at in recent memory and point to a single moment in time when so many things were in transition, all up in the air at once. The Redbirds, at the end of the 2011 season, stood victorious in the World Series. They had just defeated the Texas Rangers in one of the most memorable...
Viva El Birdos Mar 22, 2017
VEB 2017 Projections Results: Michael Wacha

VEB 2017 Projections Results: Michael Wacha

Here are our projections Thanks for participating. This is what we said about Michael Wacha when we asked for submissions: Two days ago, Michael Wacha’s role was very much in question. Wacha’s struggles down the stretch the last two seasons combined with the emergence of Alex Reyes meant Wacha might very well be forced out of the rotation. All of that changed with the incredibly disappointing news that Alex Reyes would miss the 2017 season and undergo Tommy John surgery. Michael Wacha’s path to the rotation is suddenly very clear. While Luke Weaver could assert himself and Trevor...
Viva El Birdos Mar 22, 2017
Carlos Martínez named Cardinals Opening Night starter - A Hunt and Peck

Carlos Martínez named Cardinals Opening Night starter - A Hunt and Peck

¡Viva el Gallo! Normally Carlos Martínez news is published every Thursday in the critically acclaimed recurring series Tsunamy Thursday, but this news is so breaking that it cannot wait another day! Guess who the Cardinals named as the Opening Night starter? Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/ Per Jen Langosch: Carlos Martinez will start opening night for the #stlcards. Adam Wainwright gets game two. — Jenifer Langosch (@LangoschMLB) March 22, 2017 Opening Night cannot get here soon enough! Martinez to start Opening Night | Cardinal Beat | stltoday.com what else...
Viva El Birdos Mar 22, 2017
Viva El Birdos 2017 Cardinals Top Prospects: #2 Luke Weaver

Viva El Birdos 2017 Cardinals Top Prospects: #2 Luke Weaver

Starter or Reliever? Editor’s Note: the red baron has once again written up a very large number of prospects, done a great job on them, and combined them in just a few posts. You can read those posts, including a dozen reports on players who just missed the list by going here. This post contains a write-up of just a single prospect in a perhaps easier to digest form.-CE #2: Luke Weaver, RHP 6’2”, 160 lbs; R/R; 21 August 1993 Relevant Stats: 2.40 FIP (Springfield), 4.33 FIP, 27.0% K (St. Louis) So, what’s so great about this guy? I’ll be honest: I don’t have a ton to say about...
Viva El Birdos Mar 22, 2017
I am not optimistic that Yadi remains a Cardinal

I am not optimistic that Yadi remains a Cardinal

Yadier Molina’s guaranteed deal ends this season, and judging from the past, the odds that he re-signs with the Cardinals are not especially good. We’ve known it for years, but the realization seems to have just bubbled up to the surface in the last week or so: This could be Yadier Molina’s last season as a Cardinal. His guaranteed contract ends this year, and while there is a mutual option for 2018, mutual options are not really a thing. There is a chance team and player work out an extension this spring or even during the season, but Bengie Molina’s recent comments seem to hint...
-jp- / Brew Crew Ball Mar 22, 2017
2017 NL Central Preview: St. Louis Cardinals

2017 NL Central Preview: St. Louis Cardinals

With the Cubs on top, the Cardinals have a big hill to climb to make it back to the playoffs. Do they have what it takes to get back to the top? By Cardinals standards, 2016 was a disappointing season. They missed the playoffs after appearing in five straight and went from a 100-win team to an 86-win team. Age caught up with several long-term Cardinals, while growing pains affected some of the younger players. With the Cubs now expected to start a dynasty (at least from what many of the previews say), the Cardinals will have to contend with them if they want to make it back to the playoffs....
Viva El Birdos Mar 22, 2017
Viva El Birdos Podcast: Episode 76

Viva El Birdos Podcast: Episode 76

With the help of VEB’s sister sites, John and Heather break down the Cardinals’ competition in the NL Central Where John and Heather break down the 2017 and future outlooks of the Cincinnati Reds, Milwaukee Brewers, Pittsburgh Pirates, and Chicago Cubs, and how these teams will compete now or later with the St. Louis Cardinals.
Arch Authority Mar 21, 2017

WBC Star Josh Zeid Signs Minor-League Deal With St. Louis Cardinals

Josh Zeid‘s impressive World Baseball Classic performance earned him a job in the Cardinals organization. There are certain individuals across the baseball universe who aren’t fans of the World Baseball Classic. After his standout performance in the international event earned him a contract with an MLB franchise, however, reliever Josh Zeid is certainly not one […] WBC Star Josh Zeid Signs Minor-League Deal With St. Louis Cardinals - Arch Authority - Arch Authority - A St. Louis Sports Site - Cardinals, Rams, Blues, and more!
Viva El Birdos Mar 21, 2017
Would being a Cardinal-for-life help Yadier Molina make the Hall of Fame?

Would being a Cardinal-for-life help Yadier Molina make the Hall of Fame?

An imperfect, unscientific, highly illogical examination As Yadier Molina continues to dazzle at the World Baseball Classic, talks of whether he will sign an extension with the Cardinals and thereby retire where his career began are heating up. Here’s how Derrick Goold put it in his latest online chat: Question: Do you see Yadier Molina with the Cardinals for the remainder of his career? Goold: Makes too much sense for it not to happen. The only catch is whether he just doesn’t see playing time that he wants with the Cardinals, or has some level of concern that he’ll just share...

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