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Rox Pile Nov 13, 2017

Colorado Rockies: Trade Charlie Blackmon to the St. Louis Cardinals?

The Colorado Rockies enter a critical offseason this year. Following the rise to relevance with the franchise’s first postseason appearance since 2009, the Colorado Rockies are forced to look at the long-term futures of All-Star center fielder Charlie Blackmon and All-Star, Gold Glove-winning second baseman DJ LeMahieu. Both players have been long-time franchise cornerstones, and in […] Colorado Rockies: Trade Charlie Blackmon to the St. Louis Cardinals? - Rox Pile - Rox Pile - A Colorado Rockies Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
KC Kingdom Nov 13, 2017

KC Royals fans should hope Cardinals do not land Giancarlo Stanton

(Photo by Joe Skipper/) Most KC Royals fans dislike the St. Louis Cardinals, so the Giancarlo Stanton trade rumors about him going to St. Louis should be ones that Royals fans cringe at. The latest Giancarlo Stanton trade rumors have many people speculating that the right-handed slugger might get dealt during this year’s winter […] KC Royals fans should hope Cardinals do not land Giancarlo Stanton - KC Kingdom - KC Kingdom - Royals, Chiefs, Jayhawks, Kansas State, Mizzou & More
Viva El Birdos Nov 4, 2017
The 16 biggest plays in Cardinals history

The 16 biggest plays in Cardinals history

Which plays improved the odds of a Cardinals title more than any other? I might as well admit it in the first sentence: this post is a total ripoff of a seminal Rany Jazayerli Grantland post. If you haven’t read it, please read it, not because reading it is necessary to understand this post (though it can’t hurt), but because it is extremely good and entertaining if you’re a playoff baseball adrenaline junkie such as myself. But in case you aren’t familiar with Jazayerli’s post and didn’t click on the link (which, again, shame on you!), the following is a list of the sixteen...
Viva El Birdos Nov 4, 2017
Cardinals News and Notes: super teams, SI curse, and an AFL update

Cardinals News and Notes: super teams, SI curse, and an AFL update

The latest at VEB Here are the happenings at VEB Can the Cardinals compete in the era of the Super Team? Astros break the SI curse - A Hunt and Peck AFL Fall Stars Game That’s all for now, enjoy the weekend!
Viva El Birdos Nov 3, 2017
Alcantara, Hicks, and Knizner to represent Cardinals in AFL Fall Stars Game

Alcantara, Hicks, and Knizner to represent Cardinals in AFL Fall Stars Game

Three Cardinals will participate in the Fall Stars Game On Saturday, November 4, the annual Arizona Fall League Fall Stars Game will be held at Salt River Fields in Scottsdale, Arizona. The Cardinals will have three players in attendance at the event, including catcher Andrew Knizner and right-handed pitchers Sandy Alcantara and Jordan Hicks. Knizner has played in 12 games this exhibition season. Serving primarily as the Saguaros’ catcher (with the occasional appearance at first base), Knizner is slashing .362/.412/.532 across 47 at-bats. The 22-year-old Knizner has 10 RBIs with seven...
Viva El Birdos Nov 3, 2017
Cardinals News and Notes: Tanking, The World Series, and a Broken Curse

Cardinals News and Notes: Tanking, The World Series, and a Broken Curse

Getting you caught up on yesterday's VEB happenings Here is what went down yesterday at Viva El Birdos: Can the Cardinals win a World Series without tanking?: John looks at the trend of teams like the Cubs and Astros–the two most recent World Series champions–tanking their way back into winning and the Cardinals' future in this world of rebuilds. The Astros won the World Series and broke the SI curse? - A Hunt and Peck: An open letter to one Ben Reiter: never make another prediction. About anything. Ever. You can't top this called shot. Have a good one, Tyler
Viva El Birdos Nov 3, 2017
Can the Cardinals compete in the era of the Super Team?

Can the Cardinals compete in the era of the Super Team?

Are the Cardinals out of luck? For the past few years, there has been a growing discussion about the development and arrival of so called “Super Teams.” This is not a new concept in sports. Super Teams have existed for years in the NBA. However, basketball and baseball are two inherently different games. It is true, they are both team games, but they differ drastically in the makeup and significance of a single team functioning as a unit. Very, very rarely in baseball does a single player take over a game. The same cannot be said for basketball, where star players seemingly dominate for...
Viva El Birdos Nov 2, 2017
Can the Cardinals win a World Series without tanking?

Can the Cardinals win a World Series without tanking?

The Cubs and Astros have given credence to the belief that a team must bottom out in order to rise higher. In 2013, the St. Louis Cardinals played in their second World Series in three seasons. They won 97 games in the regular season. That season, the Chicago Cubs won 66 games, finishing dead last in the National League Central division. The Houston Astros were as far away from the Cubs as the Cubs were from .500, winning just 51 games. In 2017, the St. Louis Cardinals won 83 games, missing the postseason—they weren’t a bad team, and they arguably got unlucky, but even the most...
Viva El Birdos Nov 1, 2017
Game 7 Game Thread

Game 7 Game Thread

It doesn’t get better...unless of course the Cardinals were in it. Have fun and enjoy the game. Then the offseason madness can begin.
Viva El Birdos Nov 1, 2017
Why I am a Fan of the St. Louis Cardinals

Why I am a Fan of the St. Louis Cardinals

A meditation. First off, you may notice the change in my username; after a reasonable amount of consideration, I have decided to discard the red baron moniker. I joined Viva El Birdos the first time in early August of 2006, after having come across the site a couple months earlier and falling, hard, for the writing that populated the front page of the site and the community that already existed within the comments. My first UID (if you remember, it probably matters to you, if you don’t, don’t worry about it), was in the triple digits, somewhere around 650 I believe. I actually ended...
Viva El Birdos Nov 1, 2017
Adam Wainwright wishes a “Despicable” Halloween - A Hunt and Peck

Adam Wainwright wishes a “Despicable” Halloween - A Hunt and Peck

#DadJokes Yesterday I wrote a post wishing everyone a happy Halloween. In it I said I was excitedly awaiting Adam Wainwright’s photo of his family Halloween costume. He delivered and folks, it is wonderful. His family chose costumes near and dear to my heart. To properly explain how much I love this costume, I will first show you my avatar here on Viva El Birdos: That is Agnes from Despicable Me with a Cardinals hat (thanks MS Paint). Now, here are the Wainwrights: Have a despicable Halloween everybody! Not really, happy Halloween !!! pic.twitter.com/Evb8EhiF5z— Adam...
Viva El Birdos Nov 1, 2017
The ambition that brought Jeff Luhnow to St. Louis is absent now

The ambition that brought Jeff Luhnow to St. Louis is absent now

An organization that was once looking to improve wherever they could now seems content with business as usual. "We needed a fresh look. I wanted somebody fresh, to give an outsider's perspective, and to do more research and analysis. "I never thought about my legacy if success had not followed what I believed to be the optimal process." — Bill DeWitt, Jr., qtd. in Howard Megdal's The Cardinals Way In August of 2003, Bill DeWitt, Jr. took a meeting with a 37-year-old business consultant named Jeff Luhnow. It was less than two months after the publication of Moneyball, and the two men...
Viva El Birdos Nov 1, 2017
Cardinals News and Notes: Mike Matheny, exciting Cardinals wins, and the stolen base

Cardinals News and Notes: Mike Matheny, exciting Cardinals wins, and the stolen base

The latest at VEB Here’s the latest at VEB... Playoff managers and Mike Matheny have the same problem Cardinals trade partner profile: San Fransisco Giants How sabermetric trends could affect the Cardinals: the stolen base The most exciting Cardinals World Series wins Happy Halloween - A Hunt and Peck That’s all for now, happy hump day!
Viva El Birdos Oct 31, 2017
How sabermetric trends could affect the Cardinals: the stolen base

How sabermetric trends could affect the Cardinals: the stolen base

Should the Cardinals steal more bases? I get it. The stolen base isn’t the esoteric sabermetric statistic you were expecting to see at the end of the title. And now you don’t think you’ll have something especially intriguing to add to a conversation about the World Series in the next few days. But what if I told you the play that is one of the most exciting plays in the game of baseball, is slowly becoming obsolete. It’s a good thing Dave Roberts, who completed the single most significant steal in baseball history, has a World Series game to prepare for because that will probably...
Viva El Birdos Oct 31, 2017
Happy Halloween! - A Hunt and Peck

Happy Halloween! - A Hunt and Peck

A day for candy and Game 6 of the World Series Tonight, the World Series might end. Or maybe it will get pushed to a deciding Game 7. Either way, it will be a lot of fun! This World Series has been excellent so far, hopefully that continues. I have waited all morning for Adam Wainwright to post a photo of his Halloween costume, but it appears that if he does post one it will be later. The show must go one, though. Feel free to reference this post I wrote chronicling the various costumes Waino has worn throughout the years. A History of Adam Wainwright in costume - A Hunt and Peck | Viva El...
Viva El Birdos Oct 31, 2017
The most exciting Cardinals World Series wins (according to science)

The most exciting Cardinals World Series wins (according to science)

The drama of the Fall Classic is impossible to quantify, but that doesn’t mean we can’t try. Tonight, Game 6 of the 2017 World Series will be played, and a team might win the World Series. It will be the first game of the 2017 season which might be the final baseball game of the season. It’s a bittersweet realization, as the end of the season means months without baseball, but it also means that baseball is about to be really, really exciting for a game or two. Perhaps the Houston Astros will win their first World Series—they already won their first-ever World Series game six days...
Viva El Birdos Oct 31, 2017
Cardinals trade partner profile: San Francisco Giants

Cardinals trade partner profile: San Francisco Giants

The first team we’ve encountered in this series where if the Cards do trade with them, it’s more likely as sellers than as buyers Welcome to the fifth installment in a series of articles profiling organizations that might match up well as trade partners for the Cardinals this offseason. The intent of these pieces is not to propose or analyze specific trade ideas (although I will suggest a framework trade or three, and kicking around specific ideas in the comments is encouraged). The idea is to provide readers with more information about organizations they might not know as well as they...
Viva El Birdos Oct 31, 2017
Playoff managers and Mike Matheny have the same problem

Playoff managers and Mike Matheny have the same problem

The playoffs have exposed some bullpen management problems that we’ve already seen from Mike Matheny Playoffs come at you fast. One week, it is the bullpens doing all the hard work and heavy lifting in the playoffs. The next week, they are blowing games, not to be trusted, and all that previous heavy lifting is too blame. That last part might sound vaguely familiar in St. Louis. It would have been appropriate to call last week at VEB, bullpen week. On Wednesday, Ben Godar made the case that the Cardinals need to adopt a quantity-based strategy for the bullpen over quality. He cited an...
Viva El Birdos Oct 31, 2017
Cardinals News & Notes: Keeping faith with Randal Grichuk, 2017 Draft, World Series

Cardinals News & Notes: Keeping faith with Randal Grichuk, 2017 Draft, World Series

Monday’s stories Here’s a look back at Monday’s stories: Don’t count Randal Grichuk out just yet - Ben Markham led off the day reminding us to keep Randal Grichuk in our thoughts, as the outfielder has quietly been a consistent producer. Checking in on the 2017 Draft Class: Picks 17-19 - I continued looking back at the 2017 draftees, focusing on Irving Lopez, Brandon Benson, and Jake Dahlberg. The World Series is LIT - A Hunt and Peck - After a wild Game 5, Lil_scooter proclaimed the 2017 World Series to be lit. I agree. VEB Podcast #102: Game 5 2017 vs. Game 6 2011 - John Fleming...
Viva El Birdos Oct 30, 2017
VEB Podcast #102: Game 5 2017 vs. Game 6 2011

VEB Podcast #102: Game 5 2017 vs. Game 6 2011

Two games enter. Baseball fans win. John and Heather compare the instant classic Game 5 of the 2017 World Series between the Houston Astros and Los Angeles Dodgers to Game 6 of the 2011 World Series between the St. Louis Cardinals and Texas Rangers; the firings of postseason managers John Farrell, Dusty Baker, and Joe Girardi by the Boston Red Sox, Washington Nationals, and New York Yankees; and the Cardinals' hirings of Mike Maddux and Jose Oquendo.

Cardinals Player News

  • Dexter Fowler

    Dexter Fowler

    Could Dexter Fowler be the odd man out of the St. Louis Cardinals outfield?

  • Kolten Wong

    Kolten Wong

    Red Schoendienst is the oldest living Hall of Famer. But he’s so much more than that.

  • Yadier Molina

    Yadier Molina

    Tucker Barnhart wins Gold Glove

  • Alex Reyes

    Alex Reyes

    Report: Marlins would like to trade Giancarlo Stanton to Cardinals

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