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Friars on Base 5 hours ago

Padres Head Home to Face Cardinals

The Padres (46-59) start a 3-game home series with the St. Louis Cardinals (56-48). The Padres are coming off of a 4-game series loss to the Braves. The Cardinals just  won a series against the Cubs. The Cardinals are in second place, 1.5 games behind the Brewers in the NL Central. The Red Birds are […] Padres Head Home to Face Cardinals - Friars on Base - Friars on Base - A San Diego Padres Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Viva El Birdos 10 hours ago

Series preview: Cardinals at Padres, July 29-31

The 56-48 Cardinals are in San Diego to face the 46-59 Padres, who hit worse as a team than Daniel Descalso. No, really. Schedule Lance Lynn and Tyson Ross start tonight at 9:10 central. Joe Kelly pitches against Jesse Hahn tomorrow at 9:10. Shelby Miller and Odrisamer Despaigne throw Thursday at 2:40. The Cardinals The Cards sit just 1.5 games back of the Brewers, who are next on the schedule after San Diego. Beating the Padres would be nice, but it's the trade deadline, Thursday at 3:00 central, that's drawing more fan attention right now. It's impossible to tell what sort of deal...
Viva El Birdos 13 hours ago

St. Louis Cardinals trade rumors: A look at the contracts of some of the Cards' potential pitcher trade targets

A breakdown of the contracts belonging to some of the Cardinals' potential trade targets. The MLB non-waiver trade deadline falls this Thursday at 3:00 p.m. CT. The St. Louis Cardinals are reportedly prioritizing a starter as the deadline nears. The market is beginning to take shape: The Giants saved the Cardinals from acquiring Jake Peavy by trading for the righty. The Red Sox are reportedly open for business and ready to sell Jon Lester or John Lackey, if the price is right. The Phillies have allegedly begun making outrageous trade demands for Cole Hamels, per Jayson Stark. One of the...
Viva El Birdos 15 hours ago
St. Louis Cardinals Trade Rumors: Cole Hamels

St. Louis Cardinals Trade Rumors: Cole Hamels

News emerged Monday evening that the Cardinals were among a couple of teams interested in trading for Cole Hamels after word got out that he was being made available by the Philadelphia Phillies. This Chris Cotillo tweet came across my feed last night and was the first I'd heard that Hamels had been made available to trade: #Phillies have reportedly made Cole Hamels available, and the #Dodgers are interested. Story from @Justinmillar1 http://t.co/sk0auRGcm2— Chris Cotillo (@ChrisCotillo) July 28, 2014 The linked article, from Justin Miller at SBNation's MLBDailyDish notes that the a...
Viva El Birdos 17 hours ago

St. Louis Cardinals Prospect Report: Tilson's first homer for Palm Beach

Springfield beat Tulsa 9 - 4 Charlie Tilson (LF-CF), 2 for 5, HR, K, 2 Runs, 2 RBI Breyvic Valera (2B), 2 for 5, 3B, K, R, RBI James Ramsey (CF-RF), 1 for 3, 2B, 2 BBs, RBI, R Rafael Ortega (RF), 1 for 4, RBI Mike O'Neill (PH-LF), 2 for 2, R Jimmy Reed, 6.0 IP, 2 Ks, 2 BBs, 3 Hits, ER Mitch Harris, 1.0 IP, K, 3 Hits, HR, 3 ER Notes: That's Tilson's first HR at AA, after just six games. He had just five in 88 games for Palm Beach. He is making good contact so far, hitting .310 and slugging .483 so far, though he has no BBs as of yet. Palm Beach beat Lakeland 11 - 0 Nick Martini...
The Cardinal Nation Jul 28, 2014

Steroids Should Have Been Put Aside on Cooperstown Sunday

As Tony La Russa entered the National Baseball Hall of Fame, some tried to drag him down on the steroids subject.
Viva El Birdos Jul 28, 2014

Hunt and Peck: Links of the Weekend

Infographic Monday! A couple weeks ago, 82 games into the season, to be exact, I made two graphs. One with Matt Holliday's home run production in 2013, one in 2014. By putting these in graph form, you can easily see how frequently Matt had homered. As you can see, in 2014, he was way off 2013's pace. Since I made that chart, Matt Holliday has hit five dingers, decreasing his games per homer from 16.4 to 10.1, and having a pace of 3.8 games per homer during those 19 games. Over the course his career, Holliday has consistently hit 20 home runs or more nearly every season (every one but his...
Viva El Birdos Jul 28, 2014
Matt Holliday's power is on the rise

Matt Holliday's power is on the rise

Matt Holliday has sprung to life in July, but his season numbers are still lacking in the power department. The recent power surge has set him up for a great summer for the second straight season so long as he can keep hitting the ball with authority. Matt Holliday came into 2014 with incredible career numbers. His career slash line coming into this season was .313/.387/.536 with a wRC+ of 139. Since coming over the Cardinals he has maintained the numbers he had when Coors Field was his home park with a .305/.389/.515 slash line with a wRC+ of 145. As offense has declined throughout...
Viva El Birdos Jul 28, 2014

St. Louis Cardinals trade rumors: In a jumbled postseason race, a trade could make all the difference

The Cardinals find themselves in the thick of the postseason race despite a roster depleted by injuries. Might an acquisition as the trade deadline give the team the boost it needs as it heads down the home stretch of the pennant race? The 2013 St. Louis Cardinals finished the season with a .599 winning percentage. The club notched a 97-65 record that was the best in the National League. Those Cardinals ultimately won the NL pennant and came two games short of capturing the organization's second World Series championship in three years. It's easy to paint those Cardinals as a juggernaut. To...
Viva El Birdos Jul 27, 2014

Cardinals at Cubs recap 7.27 - Cards win series; pick up a game in the standings.

Wainwright turns in a nice outing; Holliday homers for the series win at Wrigley St. Louis Cardinals at Chicago Cubs Adam Wainwright (12-5, 2.02 ERA, 2.60 FIP) vs. Kyle Hendricks (1-0, 2.77 ERA, 3.91 FIP) 1:20 p.m. CT Wrigley Field - Chicago, Illinois Today's Lineups Cardinals vs Cubs coverage ST. LOUIS CARDINALS CHICAGO CUBS Matt Carpenter - 3B Emilio Bonifacio - 2B Kolten Wong - 2B Arismendy Alcantara - CF Matt Holliday - LF Anthony Rizzo - 1B Matt Adams - 1B Starlin Castro - SS Jhonny Peralta - SS Luis Valbuena - 3B A.J. Pierzynski - C Chris...
Viva El Birdos Jul 27, 2014
Is A.J. Pierzynski just what the St. Louis Cardinals need?

Is A.J. Pierzynski just what the St. Louis Cardinals need?

Disclaimer: The ideas in this post contain my opinions only. They should, in no way, be considered the opinion of the Viva El Birdos writing staff as a whole, unless, of course, they choose to say so in the comments section. On July 25th, 2014, Derrick Goold reported that the St. Louis Cardinals were set to make a move that made even semi-casual fans audibly grumble. Admittedly, I was one of those fans, too, initially at least. However, the more I discussed the signing of A.J. Pierzynski with some of my baseball buddies, the more I became comfortable with the move, and beyond that, the...
The Cardinal Nation Jul 27, 2014

Help United Way While Helping Yourself to Cardinals Baseball

Hall of Fame induction, Chris Carpenter bobbleheads and special-price tickets make August 15-16 a great time to head to Busch Stadium for St. Louis Cardinals baseball.
Viva El Birdos Jul 26, 2014

Cardinals vs Cubs recap: Miller, Pierzynski, offense all click in 6-3 win

A.J. Pierznski begins winning hearts, minds in Redbird debut. Matt Adams just keeps hitting triples. After a brief tour of Busch Stadium's bullpen facilities, Shelby Miller (7-8, 4.25 ERA, 4.79 FIP, 4.88 xFIP) returned to the rotation this afternoon. The Cubs sent All-Star snub Jake Arrieta (5-2, 2.12 ERA, 2.14 FIP, 2.79 xFIP) out to face a Cardinals lineup that included Oscar Taveras, but not Tony Cruz. Last night brought us the surprising news that the Birdos were going to sign A.J. Pierzynski and discard George Kottaras like an old, holey catcher's mitt. Additional surprising news...
Viva El Birdos Jul 26, 2014
*Taveras, Pierzynski, and the science of motivation

*Taveras, Pierzynski, and the science of motivation

Editor's Note: I apologize for this being late -- I was scheduled to be home from a week long road trip at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, plenty of time to write a post after the kids went to bed. Then US Airways made my life a living hell for a good 12 hours and I didn't get home until just before 2:00 a.m. Mother Nature blowing up a giant dust storm in Phoenix last night didn't help either. Spending a week in Arizona as a sports fan really can take it out of you: It's in the Mountain Time Zone, but it might as well be Pacific in the summer, as they don't observe Daylight Savings Time in the...
Viva El Birdos Jul 25, 2014
Breaking news: Cardinals working on deal with AJ Pierzynski

Breaking news: Cardinals working on deal with AJ Pierzynski

2014 just got weird. According to Derrick Goold, noted nogoodnik AJ Pierzynski will be signed by the Cardinals and travel to Chicago tonight to be ready for tomorrow's game against the Cubs. George Kottaras will be released. #Cardinals make a move for a catcher. Kottaras moving out, and club working on deal with free-agent Pierzynski. #stlcards News @stltoday — Derrick Goold (@dgoold) July 26, 2014 Goold's article can be found here. The move is surprising, as Kottaras was clearly preferred in the wake of Yadier Molina's injury. Furthermore, a source indicated that Pierzynski was...
Viva El Birdos Jul 25, 2014
Cardinals at Cubs Recap: The St. Louis Matts did not quite have enough, drop game one 7-6

Cardinals at Cubs Recap: The St. Louis Matts did not quite have enough, drop game one 7-6

Matts Carpenter and Holliday both go yard while brethren Matt Adams goes 0-5 in loss to Cubs. pre-game Cardinals 2014 stats Last 5 years vs. starter AVG HR RBI SB AB AVG HR RBI Carpenter, M, 3B .277 5 35 3 16 .250 1 2 Peralta, J, SS .256 14 44 1 3 .333 0 0 Holliday, M, LF .265 8 51 2 26 .308 2 4 Adams, M, 1B .324 12 43 3 4 .500 0 0 Craig, A, RF .242 7 44 1 22 .318 2 2 Jay, J, CF .289 1 22 5 22 .455 0 3 Ellis, M, 2B .188 0 12 4 9 .222 0 0 Cruz, T, C .218 0 11 0 3 .333 0 2 Kelly, J, P .200 0 0 0 - - - - Cubs...
Viva El Birdos Jul 25, 2014

Hunt and Peck: Links of the Week

#FreeOscar July 13, 2014 7:07am They came for me in the middle of the night. I was roused from my deep slumber, my head covered so I couldn't see. I fought, I fought with all my might, but they were too strong. They drug me away. I do not know where I am. July 13, 2014 11:28pm It has been almost a day down here. I am cold, scared. I am alone. The only sound is the dripping of water from the ceiling. Drip, drip, drip. Like the ticking of the clock, ticking away my life every second I spend in this dark, dank prison. July 19, 2014 12:30am No one even came to check on me today. No one has been...
The Cardinal Nation Jul 25, 2014

Cardinal Talk: KXnO FOX Sports Radio: HoF, Lottery and Cubs

Brian Walton’s weekly discussion about the St. Louis Cardinals with Ken Miller and Jim Brinson of KXnO FOX Sports Radio 1460 in Des Moines.
Viva El Birdos Jul 25, 2014

Series Preview: Cardinals at Cubs July 25-27

The Cardinals visit the Cubs to kick off 36 games remaining within the NL Central. The Schedule Joe Kelly and Travis Wood start game one at 3:05 central this afternoon. Shelby Miller and Jake Arrieta pitch tomorrow at 3:05. Adam Wainwright and Kyle Hendricks get game three at 1:20. Mise-en-scene The Cardinals and Cubs haven't met since the Cards took two of three at Busch in mid-May. At the beginning of that series, the Cubs we already twelve games under .500. Now they're eighteen under, while the Cardinals moved from .500 to seven games up. And yet, I can't help but think that  in...
Viva El Birdos Jul 25, 2014

St. Louis Cardinals Trade Rumors: Redbirds hone in on starting pitching

With a week to go, the Cardinals are prioritizing an upgrade to the rotation. For Cardinals fans, Ye Olde Trade Rumour began grinding away a few weeks ago when rumors swirled that the organization was closing in on a trade that would bring Jake Peavy to St. Louis. The next day, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that the Cards were prioritizing an offensive upgrade over pitching. As I noted at the time, prioritizing offense and upgrading the rotation are not mutually exclusive goals. And, with a week to go before MLB's non-waiver trade deadline, the Cardinals reportedly...

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