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Viva El Birdos 44 mins ago

Game 103 Recap: Offense Powers Cardinals to 11-6 Win, Wild-Card Lead

One night after beating up the Marlins' best starter, the Cardinal offense beat up their worst, on the way to an easy 11-6 win. Lineup Okay, sure. This works. The Game The Cardinals beat up on the Miami Marlins tonight to pull ahead in the wild-card race for what feels like the first time in a while. The game was never really close, even if (due to unspecified recent bullpen shenanigans) it kinda felt like it a couple times. Fifth starters Mike Leake and Jose Urena faced off tonight.  Urena's job is at risk after the Marlins acquired Andrew Cashner and Colin Rea today....
Viva El Birdos 3 hours ago

Unofficial July 29 Gamethread: Cardinals at Marlins

here's a post for gamethreading until an official one goes up It's already 3-0! Good head start.
Viva El Birdos 9 hours ago

St. Louis Cardinals Prospect Report: Another Impressive Start for Luke Weaver; Anthony Garcia and Big Dave Washington Homer for Memphis; Paul DeJong Hits His 19th Home Run for The S-Cards; Tommy Edman Goes Deep for State College

Memphis played a double-header, and Palm Beach was off. Johnson City had its game shortened by rain, which also washed out the second half of a scheduled double-header. Luke Weaver turned in the performance of the night with 8 strong innings. Triple-A: Oklahoma City 5 - Memphis 2 (7 Innings) Charlie Tilson (CF): 0-3 Harrison Bader (LF): 0-3, K Efren Navarro (1B): 1-3, R, HR, RBI Jose Martinez (RF): 2-3, R, 2B, SB Carson Kelly (C): 1-3 Jeremy Heffner (SP): 4.2 IP, 4 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 5 K, 1 HR Triple-A: Memphis 6 - Oklahoma City 5 (7 Innings) Charlie Tilson (CF): 1-3, RBI ...
Viva El Birdos 10 hours ago

Awww look - tiny Aldemys and Jose! - A Hunt and Peck

They know each other! Aledmys Diaz had quite a night against Jose Fernandez. It made one wonder if the two, both being from Cuba, had met before. And while Cuba is an entire country full of people, the baseball world is still quite small. Surely the pair have met in some way or... Wait, wait, wait, they were on the same little league team? This is a gem: Here's Diaz (front row, red hat) and Fernandez (front row, white hat) on the same Cuban youth team. pic.twitter.com/lSeHnas9Rn — Jenifer Langosch (@LangoschMLB) July 28, 2016 According to this photo provided to Jenifer Langosh of...
Viva El Birdos 12 hours ago

Cardinals curious rotation decisions

Jaime Garcia gets start on Saturday despite being on three day’s rest. The St. Louis Cardinals have had a great run of health from their starting rotation this season with only doubleheaders keeping the Cardinals original five starters from making every start this season. The streak ended ended last Sunday with Mike Mayers’ ugly start. Mayers, whose start was due to circumstances more than readiness. The Cardinals were faced with a similar situation this weekend, and seemingly prepared themselves for multiple options. That’s what makes the decision to start Jaime Garcia on short rest...
Viva El Birdos 14 hours ago

The 2015 Blue Jays as a prototype for the 2016 Cardinals

Last year's Toronto Blue Jays had an underwhelming record compared to their underlying stats at the deadline. What lessons can this year's Cardinals learn from the 2015 Jays? Following games played on July 27, 2015, the Toronto Blue Jays had the second-best run differential in Major League Baseball, at +95, which led every team in the American League (only the St. Louis Cardinals had a better one). Yet their record stood at an even 50 wins and 50 losses. The New York Mets were above .500 with a negative run differential; the Chicago Cubs stood six games above .500 with a run differential of...
Viva El Birdos 16 hours ago

Cardinals news and notes: Martinez, Marlins, and the minors

July 28 was a day and on that day, Viva El Birdos had some posts. I believe in sabermetrics. I believe that sabermetrics do what they are supposed to do, and that baseball teams run more efficiently as a result of their existence. But sometimes, I worry about the aesthetics of baseball as a result of them. Some advanced stat movements in sports (coincidentally) promote the sport being more fun. For instance, the most dreadful and awful thing about watching football is punting, and advanced football metrics believe that the strategy of voluntarily surrendering possession in order to put your...
The Cardinal Nation 23 hours ago

Cardinals 2016-2017 International Bonus Update

Which July 2nd players have been signed by the St. Louis Cardinals, how much did they receive and how much will it cost the team overall?
Viva El Birdos Jul 28, 2016

The Cardinals successful in another 1 run game because Final Boss!

Stone Buddha took one for the team tonight and closed it down again for his 7th save of the season while Aledmys Diaz hit his 14th home run. Michael Wacha was just good enough and the bullpen was pretty great. Lineups ST. LOUIS CARDINALS MIAMI MARLINS Jeremy Hazelbaker - CF Dee Gordon - 2B Aledmys Diaz - SS Martin Prado - 3B Stephen Piscotty - RF Christian Yelich - LF Matt Holliday - LF Giancarlo Stanton - RF Matt Adams - 1B Marcell Ozuna - CF Jedd Gyorko - 3B J.T. Realmuto - C Yadier Molina - C Derek Dietrich - 1B Kolten Wong - 2B Adeiny Hechavarria...
Viva El Birdos Jul 28, 2016

St. Louis Cardinals Prospect Report: Jake Woodford's career-best start, Brian Sanchez continues his tear through the DSL, and 1st rounders Delvin Perez and Dylan Carlson collect two hits apiece

The farm was 3-3 as Memphis' game was postponed. Triple-A: Postponed A double header is scheduled for today to make up the missing game. Double-A: Springfield 5 -- Tulsa 7 Nick Martini, CF, 1-for-3, BB, K, HR, R, 3 RBI Casey Turgeon, 2B, 2-for-4, BB, 2 Runs Paul DeJong, 3B, 0-for-4, K Luke Voit, 1B, 2-for-5, RBI Class A Advanced: Palm Beach 3 -- Fort Myers 7 Cole Lankford, 3B, 2-for-4 Edmundo Sosa, SS, 2-for-4, K, 3B, R Oscar Mercado, CF, 1-for-3, BB, K, 2 Runs, SB (25th) Mercado continues his back-and-forth struggle with the Mendoza line. After getting his batting average...
Viva El Birdos Jul 28, 2016

Cardinals should destroy the Marlins

A series preview If it feels like the Cardinals just played the Marlins, you are correct. In the first series after the All-Star Break, the Cardinals had a three-game series at homer against Miami and the Marlins took two of three after multiple Mike Matheny bullpen blunders cost the Cardinals a series win. The teams will now play a four-game series in Miami. The Cardinals should destroy the Marlins. As a preview was written just a few weeks, I will borrow a bit from it, and then discuss what is new about this series. First, the outfield: The Marlins are led by a great, young outfield and...
Viva El Birdos Jul 28, 2016

Carlos Martinez is a top pitcher in baseball - A Hunt and Peck

Carlos Martinez has been great for the Cardinals We have treasured Carlos Martinez here at Viva el Birdos for quite some time. Heck, we even made a day for him. For the past two seasons, not only has Carlos been invaluable as a starter, but his fun-loving personality has made him a fan favorite as well. But back to that starter thing. Carlos has been excellent. So excellent, Bernie Miklasz of 101 ESPN has called him the most "untouchable" player in the Cardinals organization. As in, you just don't trade the guy. And here's why: Using the Baseball Reference version of WAR, only 10 starters...
Viva El Birdos Jul 28, 2016

Comparing the repertoires of Carlos Martinez and Jose Fernandez

Warning: This post contains borderline NSFW GIFs. Last night’s come-from-behind victory against Jeurys Familia and the Mets counts the exact same amount in the standings as the team’s previous 53 wins, but don’t let logic get in the way as the win could probably be considered the biggest of the season up to this point. After a "happy flight" out of New York (the double meaning is purposeful given the issues the team had in getting to the Big Apple), the Cardinals are now in Miami for a four-game series against the Marlins, who currently stand one game ahead in the Wild Card...
MetsBlog Jul 28, 2016

Familia's streak ends with blown save and loss to Cardinals

New York Mets RHP Jeurys Familia blew his first save since last July when he allowed two runs in the ninth inning in a 5-4 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday at Citi Field.
Viva El Birdos Jul 28, 2016

Cards news notes: Wil Myers, Mike Mayers, Alex Reyes

Yesterday's VEB Here's VEB's output for Wednesday, July 27th: Hey, What About Wil Myers? The Red Baron's take on trading for Wil Myers Taking one for the team:: Ben Godar on Mike Mayer's rough debut Alex Reyes might make his debut on Saturday and it is exciting: Your daily Hunt and Peck. Alex Reyes Leaves His Start Early; Kilichowski Strikes Out 6; And A Pair of Dominican Summer League Sluggers Homer: Your daily farm report. The ethics of rooting for or against Aroldis Chapman: John's take on Aroldis Chapman's actions off the field and how that should or shouldn't affect our fandom. Cards...
Viva El Birdos Jul 27, 2016

The ethics of rooting for or against Aroldis Chapman

New Cubs acquisition Aroldis Chapman is a despicable miscreant, but it is difficult to define what rooting for or against him says about us not just as fans, but as people. Year Zero of my sports fandom was 1996. The specific date of birth of it was March 5, 1996, when I watched the St. Louis Blues home debut of Wayne Gretzky, who was already generally considered the greatest player in NHL history. I was seven. Ten days later, the Blues acquired veteran Craig MacTavish. Thirty-six days after that, the St. Louis Rams used their first-round draft pick on Lawrence Phillips. Later, I learned...
Viva El Birdos Jul 27, 2016

St. Louis Cardinals Prospect Report: Alex Reyes Leaves His Start Early; Kilichowski Strikes Out 6; And A Pair of Dominican Summer League Sluggers Homer

Oh. Hello there, Alex. A recap of the action in the Cards system on Tuesday night, with a quick glance at the Memphis and Palm Beach squads. With it being a lighter schedule we'll also have a rare recap of the Dominican Summer League team's game. Standard caveats about DSL stats should be applied. Triple-A: Oklahoma City 3 - Memphis 2 Charlie Tilson (CF): 2-5, K Anthony Garcia (LF): 1-5, R, K Carson Kelly (C): 1-2, 2B, RBI, BB Harrison Bader (PH): 1-1, RBI Alex Reyes (SP): 3 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 7 K, 1 HR Corey Littrell (RP): 2 IP, 1 H, 3 K Miguel Socolovich (RP): 1 IP, 2 H, 1 R,...
Viva El Birdos Jul 27, 2016

Alex Reyes might make his debut on Saturday and it is exciting - A Hunt and Peck

Or something else is happening, but this is funner. So it is pretty much common knowledge now that Alex Reyes was pulled early from his start on Tuesday. This could be the result of five things: Injury Precautionary Trade They just wanted to mess with us Promotion Injury did not appear to be a factor and there was no noise of a trade. Let's assume no one was playing a sick joke, so that means we can turn our focus to the fifth one. Due the the double header on Tuesday the Cardinals have no starting pitchers available for Saturday's game against the Marlins, lest they use Jaime Garcia...
Viva El Birdos Jul 27, 2016

Taking one for the team

Mike Mayers major league debut was a historically rough one, but there may be a glimmer of hope from another Cardinal pitcher. "I made it a point to commend him in front of everybody," the manager said. "He was in a tough situation. But he never once embarrassed himself or embarrassed the team. He's got special insides. He'll be fine." "He's had a great season and that was a tough assignment he just walked into," the manager said. "It could have looked a little different, but hopefully he looks at it as a learning experience and he builds off it." That second quote came from Mike Matheny...
Viva El Birdos Jul 27, 2016

Hey, What About Wil Myers?

You know, if the Cardinals are committed to being buyers this year and bolstering their chances of contention, maybe they should go big instead of just making the same old marginal no-effect relief pickup. I'm writing this post Monday afternoon, as I am officially on vacation this week and will, unless something goes terribly wrong, be out of town Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. Normally I wouldn't be too concerned about writing a post a couple days ahead of time, in terms of it still being topical and relevant by the time the article goes live, but this particular time of year puts one...

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