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Arch Authority 1 hour ago

Sandy Alcantara Could Pitch for St. Louis Cardinals This Season

Sandy Alcantara could be on the fast track to the big leagues this season. St. Louis Cardinals pitchers Alex Reyes and Luke Weaver turned heads in 2016 by earning earlier-than-expected promotions to the major leagues. Could 21-year-old Sandy Alcantara be the next pitcher to be fast-tracked to the big leagues? As the St. Louis Post-Dispatch‘s Derrick Goold […] Sandy Alcantara Could Pitch for St. Louis Cardinals This Season - Arch Authority - Arch Authority - A St. Louis Sports Site - Cardinals, Rams, Blues, and more!
Viva El Birdos 9 hours ago
Imagining Dexter Fowler’s best self in 2017

Imagining Dexter Fowler’s best self in 2017

Projections say Dexter Fowler should be a slightly above average player in 2017. They’re probably right. But they might not be. For some-to-all of his Major League Baseball career, new St. Louis Cardinals center fielder Dexter Fowler has exhibited just about every skill you could realistically hope to have in a baseball player. In 2009, his first full season in MLB, with the Colorado Rockies, Fowler stole 27 bases, good for 6.8 FanGraphs Baserunning Runs Above Average. While speed among MLB players tends to decline more quickly than other skills, it is worth noting that his second-best...
Viva El Birdos 16 hours ago
2017 VEB Community Projections: Yadier Molina

2017 VEB Community Projections: Yadier Molina

Yadi carried a heavy load and performed well last year. Can he repeat? Heading into the 2016 season, there was a fair amount of pessimism regarding Yadier Molina. He hit just .270/.310/.350 with an 80 wRC+. Molina had built up a lot of miles behind the plate and at 33 years old, there was reason to wonder just how much Molina had left in the tank. The VEB Community was fairly pessimistic about Molina as well. He responded with his best-hitting season since 2013, putting up a .307/.360/.427 line with a 113 wRC+. The Cardinals have given up pretending that they are going to find Molina more...
Viva El Birdos 17 hours ago
Comps for the 2017 Cardinals

Comps for the 2017 Cardinals

Looking at the position-by-position comps is one way to get a picture of what this club will look like. The fundamental question any projection system is trying to answer is “what will this player look like?” One of my favorite ways to visualize that is through comparable players. Here is who ZiPS projects to be the most comparable players to the Cardinals starting lineup in 2017: That is the very picture of the high-floor, low-ceiling lineup Mozeliak has clearly been pursuing. There is not a “superstar” in that bunch. But by the same token, those are all average to...
Arch Authority 20 hours ago

St. Louis Cardinals: Evaluating All the Relief Pitchers in This Year’s Camp

The Cardinals need more effectiveness from their bullpen after a down 2016 season. Considering their lack of depth, the St. Louis Cardinals probably should have expected some struggles from their relief corps. With 2015 All-Star Trevor Rosenthal anchoring the ‘pen heading into the year, though, it would have been difficult to guess just how bad the […] St. Louis Cardinals: Evaluating All the Relief Pitchers in This Year’s Camp - Arch Authority - Arch Authority - A St. Louis Sports Site - Cardinals, Rams, Blues, and more!
Viva El Birdos 20 hours ago
Viva El Birdos Podcast: Episode 72

Viva El Birdos Podcast: Episode 72

In which we discuss the Dexter Fowler controversy, the Alex Reyes injury, and the Cardinals’ top prospects On the newest VEB podcast, we discuss Dexter Fowler, Alex Reyes, and some of the top prospects in the St. Louis Cardinals system, including Harrison Bader, Luke Weaver, Carson Kelly, Jack Flaherty, and Delvin Perez. Link: Just Be Honest About What You're Doing—Double Birds
Viva El Birdos 21 hours ago
Cards News and Notes: Pujols, Cecil, Denton, Eugene, ties

Cards News and Notes: Pujols, Cecil, Denton, Eugene, ties

Yesterday’s VEB Here’s what you missed yesterday at VEB: What if the Cardinals had signed Albert Pujols after 2011: Part 1 of a interesting hypothetical from Craig. 2017 VEB Community Projections: Brett Cecil: Here’s your chance to put your 2 cents in on Brett Cecil’s 2017 performance. Viva El Birdos Cardinals Top Prospects: #17 Bryce Denton: The Red Baron’s thoughts on Denton include a Justin Upton Eugene and Seung Hwan Oh are back! Your daily Hunt and Peck. The pros and the cons of the tie game for the 2016 Cardinals: Alex looks at how the 2016 season would have played out under...
Call to the Pen 22 hours ago

St. Louis Cardinals History: Sammy Baugh Signed to Play Short

Sammy Baugh made his name in the NFL, where he became a Hall of Fame quarterback with the Redskins. Before then, he played a year of baseball in the St. Louis Cardinals organization. In 1937, Sammy Baugh already made a name for himself as a rookie with the Washington Redskins. At a time when throwing […] St. Louis Cardinals History: Sammy Baugh Signed to Play Short - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Viva El Birdos Feb 21, 2017
The pros and cons of the tie game for the 2016 Cardinals

The pros and cons of the tie game for the 2016 Cardinals

How last season would have been different for the Cardinals if there were ties In effort to improve pace of play, Commissioner Rob Manfred has floated several ideas to speed up the action on the field. As I’m typing this it was reported that MLB is likely to unveil the automatic intentional walk for 2017. Other more radical ideas, likes starting a runner on second base in the 12th inning are deservedly not seeing the light of day. However, an interesting idea that, to my knowledge, has not been considered by the Commissioner’s Office is that of the tie. Last week, Travis Sawchick of...
Viva El Birdos Feb 21, 2017
Eugene and Seung-Hwan Oh are back! - A Hunt and Peck

Eugene and Seung-Hwan Oh are back! - A Hunt and Peck

We missed them so much! Pitchers and catchers have reported and Spring Training is fully underway. Baseballs are being thrown, drills are being drilled, and actual baseball is nearly here! And, of course, we all know what that means: the return of everyone’s favorite Korean translator. Eugene is back and as awesome as you remember him! I missed these guys. #STLCards pic.twitter.com/xmzPmTXbHy — Jim Hayes (@TheCatOnFox) February 20, 2017 Missed that guy. what else is going on in baseball... Get your first taste of Prince Fielder's new cooking show 'Fielder's Choice' with a...
Viva El Birdos Feb 21, 2017
Viva El Birdos Cardinals Top Prospects: #17 Bryce Denton

Viva El Birdos Cardinals Top Prospects: #17 Bryce Denton

A Justin Upton-like potential is high praise 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 #17: Bryce Denton, 3B/OF 6’0”, 190 lbs; R/R; 1st August 1997 Relevant Stats: 8.9% BB, 16.4% K, 109 wRC+, 18 years old (Johnson City) So, what’s so great about this guy? I admit, I initially...
Viva El Birdos Feb 21, 2017
2017 VEB Community Projections: Brett Cecil

2017 VEB Community Projections: Brett Cecil

The Cardinals’ new lefty performed well with Toronto the last few years. Will his success continue in St. Louis? When Zach Duke underwent Tommy John surgery back in October, a durable, left-handed arm that was expected to be a substantial piece of the Cardinals’ bullpen for the 2017 season was lost. Nevertheless, the news could not have come at a more opportune time, with the offseason market still rich in relief pitching. So, the Cardinals opted to sign former Blue Jays left-hander Brett Cecil to a four-year, $30.5 million deal and give their bullpen a revamped vibe (from the left...
Viva El Birdos Feb 21, 2017
What if the Cardinals had signed Albert Pujols after 2011?

What if the Cardinals had signed Albert Pujols after 2011?

Would they really be worse off? For the first 11 years of Albert Pujols’ career, he was one of the greatest players of all-time. His 81 wins above replacement were neck and neck with Barry Bonds and Stan Musial, and only 13 players in history had produced more. Since that time, Pujols has been a shell of his former self, producing roughly 10 WAR in five years, the output of an average player. Many have called the Cardinals lucky not to have signed Pujols. Were they? Would things be that much different had Pujols accepted the Cardinals reported offer of nine years and close to $200...
Viva El Birdos Feb 21, 2017
Cardinals news and notes: Dexter Fowler and expectations for Jack Flaherty & Sandy Alcantara

Cardinals news and notes: Dexter Fowler and expectations for Jack Flaherty & Sandy Alcantara

Looking back on Monday’s stories. Let’s take a look back at the stories from Presidents’ Day Monday here at Viva El Birdos: 2017 VEB Community Projections: Dexter Fowler — Alex Crisafulli led off the day with some notes on Cardinals centerfielder Dexter Fwler and the form for you to cast your 2017 projections for him. Be sure to do so if you haven’t already! Dexter Fowler, baseball player, is a human being, too — In wake of tension on social media, Joe Schwarz took the time to remind us that Dexter Fowler — though he may seem otherwise when he makes a sparkling play in the...
The Cardinal Nation Feb 21, 2017

Cardinals Double Up on Spring Training #98

The lack of other options apparently led the St. Louis Cardinals to assign the same number to two players in spring training camp.
Viva El Birdos Feb 20, 2017
Dexter Fowler speaks his mind - A Hunt and Peck

Dexter Fowler speaks his mind - A Hunt and Peck

And he is allowed to. Dexter Fowler recently made headlines after stating an opinion to ESPN’s Mark Saxon regarding the new administration in the United States and its proposed legislation. Joe Schwarz delves further into the topic here. In response to his views Fowler has taken a bit of criticism online, prompting this tweet: For the record. I know this is going to sound absolutely crazy, but athletes are humans, and not properties of the team they work for. — Dexter Fowler (@DexterFowler) February 19, 2017 Athletes are humans, and while they provide us, other humans,...
Viva El Birdos Feb 20, 2017
Dexter Fowler, baseball player, is a human being, too

Dexter Fowler, baseball player, is a human being, too

Probed about President Trump’s executive order, Dexter Fowler, whose family is directly affected, responds. Three weeks ago, President Donald J. Trump signed an executive order that is widely known as the “travel ban.” Utilizing our country’s system of checks and balances, this controversial order was subsequently overruled. However, reports are surfacing, after quotes from the President himself, that a new executive order has been drafted around the court’s ruling and may be signed as early as this week. Politics are expressly banned from being discussed in the comments section...
Viva El Birdos Feb 20, 2017
2017 VEB Community Projections: Dexter Fowler

2017 VEB Community Projections: Dexter Fowler

Dexter Fowler had a career year in 2016. Will he bring those talents to St. Louis? Dexter Fowler is a skillful guy. Along with being thoughtful and engaging with fans, he possesses some of the best plate discipline in baseball, is an above-average offensive threat, and plays solid defense in centerfield. So say his 2016 stats anyway which by most WAR metrics was his most productive season to date. For a refresher, in 551 plate appearances Fowler slashed .276/.393/.447, good for a career-high 129 wRC+. According to FanGraphs, he was also an elite base runner something which will be welcomed...
Viva El Birdos Feb 20, 2017
Cardinals news and notes: Blanton, Piscotty, and the bullpen

Cardinals news and notes: Blanton, Piscotty, and the bullpen

Since it’s baseball season now, let’s talk about the baseball weekend As those of you who read my News and Notes post on Saturday surely know, I have declared it to be Baseball Season because the weather was good on Friday. The weather continued to be awesome, particularly on Sunday, and yep, still baseball season. The pitchers and catchers who have reported to Spring Training continue, um, to exist. Also, turns out that comments sections on the internet harbor extremely loud takes. Who could’ve guessed that? Anyway, here are the baseball things on Viva El Birdos this weekend. Joe...
Viva El Birdos Feb 19, 2017
The Cards’ Bullpen Makeup for 2017

The Cards’ Bullpen Makeup for 2017

Taking stock of where the Cardinal bullpen is here in the early days of spring training 2017. Yesterday’s column about Joe Blanton, and the question of whether or not he should be under consideration at a potential bargain rate by our Redbirds got me to thinking: now that Alex Reyes is officially out for the year, it looks as if one of the rotation spots we thought was filled is now more up for grabs. And while that may or may not ultimately hurt the rotation (personally, I would say the ceiling of the 2017 Cards dropped a fair bit when Reyes went under the knife, but the expected...

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    Yadier Molina

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    Michael Wacha

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