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Viva El Birdos 5 mins ago
Cardinals drop series in Pittsburgh 9.24.17

Cardinals drop series in Pittsburgh 9.24.17

Playoff chances take a knee to the groin. Lineup Events 1st Inning The Cardinals didn’t offer much of anything in the way of offense in the 1st. After Carpenter flared out to short CF, Pham drew a bizarre walk. He clearly offered at the full count offering in the dirt, and he ran down to first as the catcher threw to first as if he thought he’d struck out, but the home plate umpire called the pitch ball 4. It didn’t end up mattering, except that it elevated Jameson Taillon’s pitch count to 20 after Fowler popped out to SS and Gyorko struck out swinging. John Gant...
Viva El Birdos 4 hours ago
Pirates v Cardinals Lineups, Game Thread, September 24

Pirates v Cardinals Lineups, Game Thread, September 24

John Gant gets first Cardinals start Pirates v Cardinals Lineups, Game Thread, September 24 Today's Lineups ST. LOUIS CARDINALS PITTSBURGH PIRATES Matt Carpenter - 1B Chris Bostick - 2B Tommy Pham - LF Starling Marte - LF Dexter Fowler - CF Andrew McCutchen - CF Jedd Gyorko - 3B Jose Osuna - 1B Kolten Wong - 2B Sean Rodriguez - 3B Paul DeJong - SS Jordan Luplow - RF Stephen Piscotty - RF Max Moroff - SS Carson Kelly - C Jacob Stallings - C John Gant - RHP Jameson Taillon - RHP
Viva El Birdos 5 hours ago
The Five Worst Losses of 2017

The Five Worst Losses of 2017

Well, so far, anyway.... night’s game was....rough. I mean, I’m sure I don’t have to tell you that; if you’re reading this chances are you’re a Cardinal fan, and watching El Birdos get stomped like that is never really fun. Under the circumstances, though, it felt especially brutal. Expecting a sweep is never that realistic; a club that puts itself in a position where sweeping series is required is a club likely to fail. But that’s where we are with this club right now, and considering the season finishes up with four against the Cubs, who seem to have frightened the Cardinals...
Viva El Birdos 18 hours ago
Cards Spot Bucs 8 Runs, Lose Ensuing Game

Cards Spot Bucs 8 Runs, Lose Ensuing Game

It’s pretty tough to win when you give the bad guys 8 in the 1st. We’re at a real tense part of the season, folks. September wins might be worth the same as April wins, but late September losses in the heat of a wild card race feel much more costly. The Brewers beat the Cubs in a 10-inning affair earlier, so we start the game tied with them for second place in the division. Lance Lynn takes on Gerrit Cole. Today's #STLCards Information @lancelynn31 ⏰ 6:05 PM @KMOXSports @FSMidwest https://t.co/pHIpVXkQhK pic.twitter.com/TbmxwZHn3W— St. Louis Cardinals (@Cardinals) September...
Viva El Birdos 22 hours ago
Cardinals v Pirates Game Thread, September 23

Cardinals v Pirates Game Thread, September 23

Lynn gets the call Cardinals v Pirates Game Thread, September 23
Viva El Birdos Sep 23, 2017
Tommy Pham is still improving

Tommy Pham is still improving

This is Tommy’s time. Hi there Cardinal fans. Say what you want about the 2017 St. Louis Cardinals, but there’s one thing you just can’t deny: It’s late September and the Cards are still playing very meaningful games. No, they’re probably not going to be a team you tell your grandkids about. Maybe they play some postseason baseball this year, maybe not. They’re right in the thick of things though, and that’s not bad for a down year. That might not be the case if not for an incredible season from Tommy Pham. According to Fangraphs.com, he’s been worth 5 1⁄2 wins this year,...
Viva El Birdos Sep 23, 2017
Cardinals News and Notes: Dexter Fowler, Molina fundraising, Pirates

Cardinals News and Notes: Dexter Fowler, Molina fundraising, Pirates

The latest at VEB The Cardinals have played their way back into playoff contention, once again. And the rollercoaster ride of a season continues. I wrote about Dexter Fowler, who is meeting expectations Yadi is fundraising to help Hurricane Maria relief effort - A Hunt and Peck The Cardinals should destroy the Pirates Every game is so important, it’ll be a fun weekend!
Viva El Birdos Sep 23, 2017
Cardiac Cards Make Zombie Comeback, Beat Bucs 4-3: A Recap

Cardiac Cards Make Zombie Comeback, Beat Bucs 4-3: A Recap

In a roller coaster ride that was in many ways a metaphor for this season, the Cards held on with a late rally to push their win streak to 4. Tonight the Cardinals face off against the Pirates to open a three-game series in Pittsburgh. With just 10 games left in the season the stakes could not be higher for the Redbirds: we sit just half a game behind the Milwaukee Brewers for second place in the division and one and a half games behind the Colorado Rockies for the second wild-card berth. Fresh off our sweep of the Cincinnati Reds our outlook on the postseason is a far cry from what it was...
Viva El Birdos Sep 22, 2017
Cardinals v Pirates Lineups, Game Thread, September 22

Cardinals v Pirates Lineups, Game Thread, September 22

Game Thread Cardinals v Pirates Lineups, Game Thread, September 22 Today's Lineups ST. LOUIS CARDINALS PITTSBURGH PIRATES Matt Carpenter - 3B Adam Frazier - 2B Tommy Pham - LF Starling Marte - LF Dexter Fowler - CF Andrew McCutchen - CF Jose Martinez - 1B Josh Bell - 1B Yadier Molina - C David Freese - 3B Paul DeJong - SS Gregory Polanco - RF Kolten Wong - 2B Elias Diaz - C Stephen Piscotty - RF Jordy Mercer - SS Michael Wacha - RHP Ivan Nova - RHP
Viva El Birdos Sep 22, 2017
Cardinals should destroy the Pirates

Cardinals should destroy the Pirates

A series preview It’s been quite the week. The Cardinals went 3-3 since last Friday. If they had flipped the order of the three wins and the three losses, they would have a legitimate shot at first place in the division. Of course, the Cubs are a lot better than the Reds, and now the Cardinals have almost no shot at the division, but still have a decent play for the Wild Card. The Cardinals should destroy the Pirates.* *With title, .574 W%, a 93-win pace. Without title, .448 W%, a 73-win pace. By playoff odds, this was the Cardinals’ last week: Lose, lose, lose, off day,...
Viva El Birdos Sep 22, 2017
Yadier Molina has created a fundraiser to aid relief effort Hurricane Maria - A Hunt and Peck

Yadier Molina has created a fundraiser to aid relief effort Hurricane Maria - A Hunt and Peck

The hurricane devastated Puerto Rico. The latest hurricane (yes, it felt bizarre to type that), Hurricane Maria, has tore through Puerto Rico, leaving a trail of destruction in its wake. Many have been left without power and it could be months before it is restored. Per Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch: Hurricane Maria buzzsawed over Puerto Rico and its most populated areas, causing “catastrophic” and “life-threatening” flooding, the National Hurricane Center said. More than 3 million U.S. citizens who live on the island have been without power and could be for months,...
Viva El Birdos Sep 22, 2017
Dexter Fowler is meeting all reasonable expectations

Dexter Fowler is meeting all reasonable expectations

He has his fans and critics. Who is right? When the Cardinals signed Dexter Fowler to a 5 year, $82.5 million deal in December, many fans were overjoyed. Not only because he was spurning the World Series Champion Chicago Cubs to come to St. Louis, but also because the front office had finally gone out and spent money—a significant point of contention many fans hold even to this day. As a side note, this contract is an example of a player who was successful in betting on himself. In 2015, Fowler decided not to sign a 3 year, $33 million deal with the Orioles, opting for a 1 year, $13...
Viva El Birdos Sep 22, 2017
Cardinals News and Notes: Leake Trade, Center Field, Matheny, el Cumpleaños de Carlos

Cardinals News and Notes: Leake Trade, Center Field, Matheny, el Cumpleaños de Carlos

Getting you caught up on yesterday's VEB happenings Here is what went down yesterday at Viva El Birdos: The Mike Leake Trade, Revisited: the red baron examines the deal that sent Mike Leake to the Mariners last month. Who will play center field in 2018?: Did you hear that the Cardinals have 8 million outfielders? John looks at what center field in particular could entail for St. Louis in the near future. Mike Matheny is too slow to replace starting pitchers: I analyzed Mike Matheny's "slower hook" with starters and crunched the numbers to see how many runs–and wins–this has cost the...
Viva El Birdos Sep 21, 2017
Cardinals complete sweep of Reds, behind 14 hits (and 7 walks) in 8-5 win

Cardinals complete sweep of Reds, behind 14 hits (and 7 walks) in 8-5 win

The Cardinals got on base a lot this game. Martinez pitched good enough to win. I don’t know if you noticed this while the Cardinals have played .500 ball against the Reds (until tonight), but the Reds are not a good team. Yes, yes I know you’re shocked. The Reds are not a bad team because of their hitting. In fact, their hitting is quite good! They have Joey Votto and five other guys with a wRC+ above 100. The Reds are 66-87 on the year. Do you know where I’m going with this? Facing a team whose offense is clearly not the problem - the Reds after all have scored 14 runs in...
Redleg Nation Sep 21, 2017
Cardinals sweep Reds

Cardinals sweep Reds

This series went as expected when one team can’t afford to lose and the other can. Or when one team is better than the other. The Reds missed a chance to win the season series against the Cardinals, which would have been the first time since 2011. Cincinnati Reds 5 • St. Louis Cardinals 8 || Box || Play Log || Statcast …
Viva El Birdos Sep 21, 2017
Cardinals v Reds Lineups, Game Thread, September 21

Cardinals v Reds Lineups, Game Thread, September 21

Carlos Martinez pitching on his birthday Cardinals v Reds Lineups, Game Thread, September 21 Today's Lineups ST. LOUIS CARDINALS CINCINNATI REDS Matt Carpenter - 3B Scott Schebler - RF Tommy Pham - LF Zack Cozart - SS Dexter Fowler - CF Joey Votto - 1B Jose Martinez - 1B Scooter Gennett - 2B Yadier Molina - C Jesse Winker - LF Paul DeJong - SS Phillip Ervin - CF Kolten Wong - 2B Tucker Barnhart - C Randal Grichuk - RF Patrick Kivlehan - 3B Carlos Martinez - RHP Homer Bailey - RHP
Redleg Nation Sep 21, 2017
Reds vs. Cardinals — September 21, 2017

Reds vs. Cardinals — September 21, 2017

It all comes down to this. The Cincinnati Reds (66-86) and St. Louis Cardinals (79-72) have played 18 games in 2017. Both teams have won nine games. If the Reds can win at Great American Ball Park tonight, the Reds will have won a season series against the Cardinals for the first time since 2011. …
Viva El Birdos Sep 21, 2017
Who will play center field in 2018?

Who will play center field in 2018?

Last offseason, finding a center fielder was a priority. Entering this offseason, will the Cardinals have the same problem? On Sunday, the red baron evaluated the outfield depth of the St. Louis Cardinals, noting that Tyler O’Neill, acquired from the Seattle Mariners in July for Marco Gonzales, has joined an already-impressive list of potential impact outfielders for the Cardinals over the next few years. By September of 2018, he suggests (and he knows far more about prospects than I do) that the Cardinals may have nine MLB-caliber outfielders. Even if this is a bit optimistic, having...
Viva El Birdos Sep 21, 2017
The Mike Leake Trade, Revisited

The Mike Leake Trade, Revisited

We’ve all had time to live with the Mike Leake deal for a few weeks. What do we make of it now? It’s been a little less than four weeks since the Cardinals traded Mike Leake to the Seattle Mariners, and in those four weeks there has been a fair bit of discussion on the matter. Actually, that’s not quite true; I should say there was a fair bit of discussion for about a week or a week and a half, then much more occasional discussion for another week or so, and then just increasingly infrequent mentions here and there, mostly from someone worried about the innings load the 2018...
Viva El Birdos Sep 21, 2017
Cards News and Notes: Pham, dingers, and a win

Cards News and Notes: Pham, dingers, and a win

Yesterday’s VEB Here’s everything you missed yesterday at VEB: Tommy Pham is the 2nd best player in the National League: It’s been a great season for an organizational lifer. The MLB home run record is broken, here are the Cardinals best homers in 2017: Your daily Hunt and Peck. The End: The final Daily Farm Report of the year, at least until the Arizona Fall League starts up. Cardinals pepper Reds with homers, doubles, win 9-2: At the least, the Cards are keeping things interesting.

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    Lance Lynn

    Lynn gets quick hook in Cardinals' 11-6 loss to Pirates

  • Mike Leake

    Mike Leake

    Game 156, Indians at Mariners

  • Matt Carpenter

    Matt Carpenter

    Pirates v Cardinals Lineups, Game Thread, September 24

  • Yadier Molina

    Yadier Molina

    Yadier Molina has created a fundraiser to aid relief effort Hurricane Maria - A Hunt and Peck

  • Kolten Wong

    Kolten Wong

    Pirates v Cardinals Lineups, Game Thread, September 24

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