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Viva El Birdos 1 hour ago

St. Louis Cardinals vs. Chicago Cubs: Full NLDS schedule announced

TBS is not going to show the Cardinals vs. Cubs in primetime unless they have no other choice. Major League Baseball announced the full division series schedule on Thursday afternoon. Because there are so many moving parts, what with four series and all, the St. Louis Cardinals and Chicago Cubs may play each other in the NLDS at a different time on some dates depending on the outcomes of others series. The two National League Central rivals are not slated to play a primetime game unless the networks don't have another option.
Viva El Birdos 2 hours ago

NLDS St. Louis Cardinals 25-Man Roster Matrix

The St. Louis Cardinals announced their 25-man active roster for the NLDS on Thursday afternoon at Busch Stadium. Against the Chicago Cubs, the Cardinals will carry: 11 pitchers (4 starters and 7 relievers) 14 position players (2 catchers) Manager Mike Matheny also announced the rest of the Cardinals' starting rotation order. It will be: John Lackey Jaime Garcia Michael Wacha Lance Lynn
Viva El Birdos 10 hours ago

NLDS preview: How do the St. Louis Cardinals and Chicago Cubs stack up against one another?

The Chicago Cubs defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates on Wednesday night at PNC Park in the National League wild-card game. The win marks the Cubs' first postseason victory since 2003 (Chicago was swept in both the 2007 and 2008 NLDS). It also sets up an NL Central showdown between two teams that are longtime rivals in part due to geographic overlap of their respective fan bases. The Cubs won 97 games this season, which was somehow only good enough to finish in third place in the Central. (Remember that last year the Cards won the division with 90 victories on their ledger.) The Cardinals won...
Viva El Birdos 12 hours ago

Slight repertoire manipulations beneficial for John Lackey and the St. Louis Cardinals

John Lackey, tomorrow's game one starter, has reaped the benefits of slight adjustments to his repertoire since becoming a member of the St. Louis Cardinals at the 2014 trade deadline. Tomorrow evening, John Lackey will take the Busch Stadium mound in game one of the National League Division Series (NLDS) against the Chicago Cubs, who topped the Pittsburgh Pirates 4-0 in last night's Wild Card game. As you may recall, from 2005 through 2007, Lackey was one of the best pitchers in all of baseball, accumulating an fWAR of 15.6—higher than all but six MLB pitchers (fun fact of the...
Viva El Birdos Oct 7, 2015

National League Wild Card open thread - Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Chicago Cubs

Gerrit Cole vs. Jake Arrieta Today's Lineups CHICAGO CUBS PITTSBURGH PIRATES Dexter Fowler - CF Gregory Polanco - RF Kyle Schwarber - RF Josh Harrison - 3B Kris Bryant - LF Andrew McCutchen - CF Anthony Rizzo - 1B Starling Marte - LF Tommy La Stella - 3B Francisco Cervelli - C Starlin Castro - 2B Neil Walker - 2B Miguel Montero - C Jordy Mercer - SS Addison Russell - SS Sean Rodriguez - 1B Jake Arrieta - RHP Gerrit Cole - RHP
The Cardinal Nation Oct 7, 2015

Cardinals Ratings on FOX Sports Midwest at All-time High

The St. Louis Cardinals finish in MLB’s top three in television ratings for the 16th consecutive season.
Viva El Birdos Oct 7, 2015

The Cardinals, Pirates, and Cubs utilized different methods for pitching success in 2015

At 2.94, 3.23, and 3.36, respectively, the St. Louis Cardinals, Pittsburgh Pirates, and Chicago Cubs recorded the top three earned run averages in baseball this season. Switching over to FIP, the Cubs led the way at 3.30, with the Pirates just behind them at 3.36 and the Cardinals in fifth at 3.48. The Pirates allowed the fewest home runs (110), the Cardinals the second fewest (123), and the Cubs the third fewest (134). The Cardinals won 100 games, the Pirates won 98, and the Cubs won 97. These numbers leave no room for ambiguity. The three top teams in the National League possessed...
Viva El Birdos Oct 7, 2015

Let's Talk About Our Feelings

The playoffs are here, more or less. And it will only get more real from here on in. So how is everyone feeling? Morning, all. It is October. Real October, that is; there was a game of baseball played last night, in which one team moved on, and one team went home. Of course, single elimination basically goes against every tenet of how the game is played, generally, but there's still something about the smell of autumnal air, that faint whiff of burning wood and mounded leaves, and a baseball game on the television in which there is no tomorrow for someone that puts you firmly in a time and...
Viva El Birdos Oct 6, 2015

America League Wild Card open thread - New York Yankees vs. Houston Astros - October 6, 2015

Dallas Keuchel vs. Masahiro Tanaka Today's Lineups HOUSTON ASTROS NEW YORK YANKEES Jose Altuve - 2B Brett Gardner - CF George Springer - RF Chris Young - LF Carlos Correa - SS Carlos Beltran - RF Colby Rasmus - LF Alex Rodriguez - DH Evan Gattis - DH Brian McCann - C Carlos Gomez - CF Chase Headley - 3B Luis Valbuena - 3B Greg Bird - 1B Chris Carter - 1B Rob Refsnyder - 2B Jason Castro - C Didi Gregorius - SS Dallas Keuchel - LHP Masahiro Tanaka - RHP
Viva El Birdos Oct 6, 2015

Who should be on the St. Louis Cardinals' NLDS roster?

While recording the latest episode of the VEB Podcast, I had the idea to do a community-sourced St. Louis Cardinals NLDS roster. I said I'd post it on Monday, but that's because it slipped my mind that Yadier Molina was scheduled to undergo an examination on his injured catching hand. Because of that doctor appointment, I decided to hold off on the VEB-community-sourced roster. As promised, we got news on Molina's health. The official Cardinals Twitter account shared the club's optimism after the exam. Jenifer Langosch wrote a post at MLB.com on the subject: "We are still optimistic that...
Viva El Birdos Oct 6, 2015

The fifth annual Cardinals VEB predictions contest results show

The Cards were different and somehow better than we thought they would be in 2015: A look back at when we looked ahead. As we sit at the gates of yet another Cardinals post-season adventure, it's fun and instructive to think about what we thought the season would bring way back in late March. In some ways, 2015 had more surprises in store for me than any year I can recall. The Cards reaching 100 wins for the first time in a decade probably qualifies as a mild surprise for most of us, but the way they got there is pretty shocking. Recall your thoughts about the upcoming season back in spring...
Viva El Birdos Oct 6, 2015

Five pivot points for the Cardinals in the Playoffs

The Cardinals quest to get back to the World Series for the third time in four years and third title in the last decade begins on Friday. Here are five things I'm watching for. An anti-climactic end of the regular season is generally not a good sign, indicative of a losing season and the onset of the offseason. For the Cardinals, their ho-hum final series is something more of an accomplishment, having clinched a division title despite the second-place winning 97 games on the season. Whether the Cardinals face the Cubs or the Pirates, they will be facing a team that has accomplished a lot...
Viva El Birdos Oct 6, 2015

Who'dya rather?

The Cardinals will face the 2nd or 3rd best team in all of baseball in the Division Series. So, like, if you had to choose..? Like you and I, the Cardinals will be sitting at home Wednesday night as the Pirates and Cubs duel to the (playoff) death, with the winner coming to St. Louis on Friday. As Cardinals fans, it's a game that doesn't involve our team, but has huge ramifications for our team. So who should we root for? It's important to stipulate up front that it probably doesn't matter. Both teams are ridiculously good and, as one of VEB's most handsome writers noted last week, all...
Viva El Birdos Oct 5, 2015

MLB announces St. Louis Cardinals' NLDS Games 1 and 2 start times

Major League Baseball announced the NLDS start times through Sunday. That covers the first two NLDS for the St. Louis Cardinals. Per the Cardinals' official Twitter account, here are the start times: Friday, October 9, 2015:  5:45 p.m. CT Saturday, October 10, 2015:  4:37 p.m. CT MLB PR released the entire schedule: Postseason game times announced through Sunday: pic.twitter.com/V259dHi6Pb — MLB Communications (@MLB_PR) October 5, 2015
The Cardinal Nation Oct 5, 2015

Cardinals New NL Favorite as Jays Lead in World Series Odds

The St. Louis Cardinals have the shortest odds to win the 2015 National League but based on betting lines, Toronto is favored to win it all.
Viva El Birdos Oct 5, 2015

The postseason is here! - A Hunt and Peck

WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! Obligatory: Find the complete MLB Postseason bracket here and schedule here. what else is going on in baseball... Statcast tracks Mike Trout racing for triple | MLB.com Kevin Pillar's catch among top GIFs | MLB.com Here's why the Rangers are a dangerous playoff team. | Sports on Earth Jerry Seinfeld stopped by the Mets broadcast booth to make fun of Keith Hernandez's mustache | MLB.com Adrian Beltre on Hitting | FanGraphs Baseball Ichiro Makes MLB debut as a relief pitcher | MLB.com Starter Strategies for Final,...
Viva El Birdos Oct 5, 2015

St. Louis Cardinals' NLDS Game 1 starter: John Lackey or Jaime Garcia?

Let's stipulate that Michael Wacha should not start NLDS Game 1. Joe delved into his second-half struggles last week. As Aaron and I discussed on the VEB Podcast NLDS preview, Lance Lynn has had troubles of his own since coming off the disabled list with an elbow injury. St. Louis shut Carlos Martinez down for the season due to a shoulder strain over a week ago. So our NLDS Game 1 starter choice is between two pitchers: John Lackey or Jaime Garcia. 2015:  Lackey vs. Garcia ...
Viva El Birdos Oct 4, 2015

St. Louis Cardinals podcast: 2015 NLDS preview

VEB editor emeritus Aaron Finkel joins site manager Ben Humphrey On Wednesday, the St. Louis Cardinals clinched their third consecutive National League Central division title. That rendered their weekend series in Atlanta meaningless. Sights were set on the NLDS. And so editor emeritus Aaron Finkel joined site manager Ben Humphrey on Sunday morning (before the Cardinals and Braves played their season-ending doubleheader) to preview the NLDS. The duo focused on the postseason format generally before getting into the weeds of the Cards' NLDS rotation and roster.
Viva El Birdos Oct 4, 2015

Cardinals @ Braves recap 10.4 X 2 - Cards finish regular season with Senior-itis

The St. Louis Cardinals finished up their 2015 regular season with a doubleheader against the Atlanta Braves On Wednesday, the St. Louis Cardinals defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates in game two of a day-night double header.  The victory guaranteed a number of positive things for the Cards.  First, and most importantly, it guaranteed an NL Central crown.  It also was their 100th win, a total the Cardinals haven't reached since 2005 and nobody has reached since 2011.   The win guaranteed a winning record against each of their NL Central rivals, as well as a winning record in September.  The...
Viva El Birdos Oct 4, 2015

The Cardinals' Playoff Outfield Dilemma

The Cardinals have called upon a remarkably deep stable of outfielders this season to help propel them to the playoffs. But now that the playoffs are here, how do they find room for all those fly guys? Fun fact of the day: Jason Heyward had what nearly everyone considers his best, or at least most impressive, offensive season in 2012, when he blasted 27 home runs as a 22 year old. It was also the only 20/20 season of his career so far, as he swiped 21 bags. It was also the 2012 season that most people seem to be pining for, as we've been treated to a fairly constant refrain this year of...

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    John Lackey

    Slight repertoire manipulations beneficial for John Lackey and the St. Louis Cardinals

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    Matt Holliday

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