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Viva El Birdos 3 hours ago
Cardinals v Cubs Lineups, Game Thread, July 22

Cardinals v Cubs Lineups, Game Thread, July 22

Voit in the lineup Cardinals v Cubs Lineups, Game Thread, July 22 Today's Lineups ST. LOUIS CARDINALS CHICAGO CUBS Matt Carpenter - 2B Ben Zobrist - 2B Tommy Pham - LF Kris Bryant - 3B Dexter Fowler - CF Anthony Rizzo - 1B Jedd Gyorko - 3B Willson Contreras - C Yadier Molina - C Kyle Schwarber - LF Luke Voit - 1B Addison Russell - SS Paul DeJong - SS Jason Heyward - RF Randal Grichuk - RF Jon Jay - CF Adam Wainwright - RHP Jon Lester - LHP
Cubbies Crib 6 hours ago

Chicago Cubs: The script has been flipped on the Cardinals

With the recent success of the Chicago Cubs, the St. Louis Cardinals no longer reign supreme in the NL Central Over the last three seasons, the Chicago Cubs have installed a winning culture on the North Side of Chicago that was lacking for the better part of 100 years. In 2015, the Cubs narrowly missed […] Chicago Cubs: The script has been flipped on the Cardinals - Cubbies Crib - Cubbies Crib - A Chicago Cubs Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Viva El Birdos 8 hours ago
Voting for the Cardinals All-Time Awards

Voting for the Cardinals All-Time Awards

It will be an uphill battle for any Cardinals to win any awards this year, so let’s give them as many as we can. Last October, for the Viva El Birdos Podcast, listeners voted for the winners of the major awards for the American League, National League, and the St. Louis Cardinals. A good time was had by all, even though even our Cardinals-centric audience couldn’t quite give NL awards to El Birdos. Well, this year is looking...less exceptional. Like, the team isn’t horrible, but a major award candidate seems unlikely. But, like, giving awards out is fun. So let’s do it,...
Viva El Birdos 9 hours ago
Tyler O’Neill continues an interesting trend for the Cardinals

Tyler O’Neill continues an interesting trend for the Cardinals

The Cardinals seem to be stockpiling players like O’Neill The day is November 22nd, 2013. Fresh off a Wold Series appearance, the Cardinals make their first significant move of the winter. David Freese, local hero and pizza endorser, was traded along with Fernando Salas for Peter Bourjos and Randal Grichuk. Freese had a perfectly fine season at the plate that year, hitting to a 105 wRC+. He played statue-esque defense at third though, as word on the street at the time was that he was dealing with back problems. UZR’s rating of his defense brought him down to a below-replacement level...
Viva El Birdos 10 hours ago
Cardinals news and notes: Cubs, Tyler O’Neill, and the bullpen

Cardinals news and notes: Cubs, Tyler O’Neill, and the bullpen

A lot of things happened at Viva El Birdos and here is a recap of them So, I didn’t watch yesterday’s game between the St. Louis Cardinals and Chicago Cubs because I was at work. Wrigley Friday day games are an abomination and if I had grown up in otherwise neutral Chicago territory, this might be enough to have pivoted me towards the White Sox, etc.—but this is a gripe for another day. But the Cardinals did win their game (more on that in a little bit) and in the eighth inning of their game, they scored nine runs. I’m actually watching that inning as I write this. Frankly, it...
Viva El Birdos Jul 21, 2017
Recap: Cardinals Crush Cubs!

Recap: Cardinals Crush Cubs!

9-run 8th transforms frustrating nailbiter into a no-doubter, as Cardinals grab much-needed win from chief division rival and ancient enemy. A win is a win. A win in April is worth a win in July is worth a win in September. When your great-great-grandkids look back on the 2017 Cardinals, they will probably not care about the order in which the team acquired its wins. They will only care about the win total, if that. They are foolish. We, wise, know that the order of the wins does matter. Particularly when you’re flirting with contention, 3 1⁄2 games out of first place, 9 days from the...
Viva El Birdos Jul 21, 2017
Briefly Scouting Tyler O’Neill

Briefly Scouting Tyler O’Neill

The Cardinals made a trade today, and it was good. The Cardinals made a move today, sending Marco Gonzales, he of the magic trick changeup and exceedingly long medical history, to the Seattle Mariners in exchange for Tyler O’Neill, a just-turned 22 year old outfielder described by Eric Longenhagen of FanGraphs as, “a dense pillar of meat.” I’m going to back away slowly from any meat pillar descriptions; my own history with jokes about genitalia in these pages is long and varied, and I don’t feel I need to prove my fifth-grade bona fides any longer. Ergo, I’ll play this bit of...
Viva El Birdos Jul 21, 2017
Who is Tyler O’Neill?

Who is Tyler O’Neill?

The St. Louis Cardinals just traded left-handed pitcher, Marco Gonzalez, to the Mariners for outfield prospect, Tyler O’Neill. The Cardinals got themselves a slugging outfielder with “intensity in every action on the baseball field.” Who is Tyler O’Neill, other than the reason Marco Gonzalez now plays for the Mariners? Baseball America ranked him as the second-best prospect in the Mariners’ system and he’s a proud Canadian. Those are the first two things I discovered upon my initial Google search which is, obviously, the best way to evaluate new prospects. O’Neill is a...
Viva El Birdos Jul 21, 2017
Cardinals make a trade

Cardinals make a trade

Marco Gonzales is sent to the Mariners for Tyler O’Neill In a somewhat unusual deal, the St. Louis Cardinals and Seattle Mariners have made a prospect for prospect deal. Marco Gonzales, who was in the majors a year after getting drafted in the first round back in 2013, is on the move to Seattle and the Mariners are sending outfield prospect Tyler O’Neill to the Cardinals. Gonzales helped the Cardinals on their way to the playoffs in 2014 and was a reliever in October. Everything then went backwards for Gonzales as a shoulder injury hurt his numbers in 2015 and Tommy John surgery robbed...
Viva El Birdos Jul 21, 2017
Cardinals v Cubs Lineup, Game Thread July 21

Cardinals v Cubs Lineup, Game Thread July 21

Grichuk is back. Viva El Gallo. Cardinals v Cubs Lineup, Game Thread July 21 Today's Lineups ST. LOUIS CARDINALS CHICAGO CUBS Matt Carpenter - 1B Jason Heyward - RF Tommy Pham - LF Ben Zobrist - 2B Dexter Fowler - CF Anthony Rizzo - 1B Jedd Gyorko - 3B Willson Contreras - C Yadier Molina - C Kyle Schwarber - LF Paul DeJong - SS Ian Happ - CF Kolten Wong - 2B Addison Russell - SS Randal Grichuk - RF Javier Baez - 3B Carlos Martinez - RHP Jake Arrieta - RHP
Cubbies Crib Jul 21, 2017

Chicago Cubs looking to keep hot start going against Cardinals

The Chicago Cubs came out of the break firing on all cylinders. They have won six in a row and look to keep that going as they open a series at Wrigley against the Cardinals. The Chicago Cubs (49-45) return to Wrigley Field this afternoon to take on the St. Louis Cardinals (46-49), looking to […] Chicago Cubs looking to keep hot start going against Cardinals - Cubbies Crib - Cubbies Crib - A Chicago Cubs Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Viva El Birdos Jul 21, 2017
Adam Wainwright sits on the Iron Throne - A Hunt and Peck

Adam Wainwright sits on the Iron Throne - A Hunt and Peck

Winter is coming... but for now it is like, 105 degrees A few weeks ago the Cardinals hosted a Game of Thrones theme night. With a special theme ticket, fans received a special t-shirt that said "October is coming". In addition, there was a replica of the Iron Throne somewhere in the stadium. I say "somewhere" because I was at the Game of Thrones Night game and I did not see that throne anywhere. But apparently Adam Wainwright found it and took a photo. Got something to say Robert Baratheon, King of the Andals and of the First Men? Say it to my face King Joffrey... #GameOfThrones...
Bleed Cubbie Blue Jul 21, 2017
Chicago Cubs vs. St. Louis Cardinals preview, Friday 7/21, 1:20 CT

Chicago Cubs vs. St. Louis Cardinals preview, Friday 7/21, 1:20 CT

The Cubs are going for their seventh win in a row. Since the All-Star break: Cubs 6-0Brewers 2-5 And that’s how quickly a 5½-game lead can evaporate. The Cubs, who trailed the Brewers by that margin at the break, now are behind by just one game (and are a game ahead in the loss column). It would be nice to think that the Cubs could finish this weekend in first place, but even if they win this series from the Cardinals, the Brewers are spending the weekend playing the Phillies in Philadelphia. As I did last weekend when those two teams met in Milwaukee, I hope the Phillies can take one of...
Viva El Birdos Jul 21, 2017
Daily Farm Report: Carson Kelly, Randal Grichuk, and Zach Duke to Majors; Luke Weaver wins ninth, Mike O’Reilly goes eight innings, Harrison Bader, Patrick Wisdom, and Nick Plummer homer

Daily Farm Report: Carson Kelly, Randal Grichuk, and Zach Duke to Majors; Luke Weaver wins ninth, Mike O’Reilly goes eight innings, Harrison Bader, Patrick Wisdom, and Nick Plummer homer

Thursday’s farm action In the biggest farm news of the day, Cardinals catching prospect Carson Kelly was called up from Triple-A Memphis. Kelly has been raking with the Redbirds this season, posting a 118 wRC+ and a career-high 10 home runs in 68 games. Also joining the club are outfielder Randal Grichuk from the 10-day DL and left-handed reliever Zach Duke from the 60-day DL. To accommodate the three moves, outfielder Magneuris Sierra and right-handed reliever Sam Tuivailala have been optioned to the Minors - to Springfield and Memphis, respectively, and catcher Eric Fryer was designated...
Viva El Birdos Jul 21, 2017
Cardinals should destroy the Cubs

Cardinals should destroy the Cubs

A series preview The Cardinals have been ahead or tied heading into the ninth inning in six of the seven games since the All-Star Break. That is a good sign for a competitive team hoping to surge toward a playoff run. That the Cardinals have won just three games since the All-Star Break while dropping four is not so good. If I had been told before the season that the Cardinals would be 3.5 games behind the Cubs heading into this series, I would have been pretty pleased. Now, not so much. The Cardinals should destroy the Cubs.* With title, .541 W%, Without title, .448 W%. Milwaukee’s lead...
Viva El Birdos Jul 21, 2017
Aaron Boone talks Rosenthal’s gaffe and pressure of the trade deadline

Aaron Boone talks Rosenthal’s gaffe and pressure of the trade deadline

ESPNs Aaron Boone previews Cardinals-Cubs ahead of Sunday Night Baseball On Sunday night, the Cardinals game against the Cubs will be on ESPNs Sunday Night Baseball at 7pm CT. Aaron Boone is a part of the announcing crew doing the game, and he took out some time to discuss the state of the Cardinals ahead of the series. VEB: It can be easy sometimes to overstate the importance of any one series in a long season, but given where the Cardinals are in the standings, the Cubs as the opponent, and the trade deadline 10 days away, this series feels like a pivotal one for the direction of the...
Cubbies Crib Jul 21, 2017

Chicago Cubs: Big series against rival Cardinals will test reigning champs

After sweeping back-to-back series to open the second half, the Chicago Cubs return to Wrigley Field to face the rival St. Louis Cardinals this weekend. If there’s any lesson to be learned from the Chicago Cubs‘ performance the past week, it’s about just how quickly the pecking order in a division can change this time […] Chicago Cubs: Big series against rival Cardinals will test reigning champs - Cubbies Crib - Cubbies Crib - A Chicago Cubs Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Viva El Birdos Jul 21, 2017
The Cardinals bullpen is fine

The Cardinals bullpen is fine

Despite its annual status as fan whipping boy, the St. Louis Cardinals have a roughly average assortment of relievers Yesterday, the St. Louis Cardinals took a 2-1 lead into the 8th inning of their game against the New York Mets. In the 8th, Brett Cecil allowed a solo home run to Wilmer Flores, and in the 9th inning, thanks to an unfortunate defensive lapse, Trevor Rosenthal surrendered a walk-off infield single to Jose Reyes. While Rosenthal’s gaffe drew more attention, it was a second high-profile blown save in a five-day stretch for Cecil, the new prospective heir to the much-maligned...
Viva El Birdos Jul 21, 2017
Cardinals News and Notes: A Potential Blockbuster, Prospect Updates, Tsunamy Goodness, Baseball Game Badness, Oh, Podcast

Cardinals News and Notes: A Potential Blockbuster, Prospect Updates, Tsunamy Goodness, Baseball Game Badness, Oh, Podcast

Getting you caught up on yesterday's VEB happenings Ed. Note: Tyler has been a frequent Fanposter at VEB for some time and is now writing on the main site. He will have a more substantive post up later, but for now, welcome him to VEB.-CE Here is what went down yesterday at Viva El Birdos: A trade proposal for Giancarlo Stanton and Christian Yelich of the Marlins: Ben Markham continued his excellent trade deadline analysis by kicking the tires on a move that would alter the Cardinals franchise for many years to come. Daily Farm Report: Carson Kelly Goes Deep, O’ Reilly Promoted,...
Viva El Birdos Jul 20, 2017
Seung-Hwan Oh Needs to Take a Seat

Seung-Hwan Oh Needs to Take a Seat

The reliever seems to have lost his closer job, but he needs to be removed from late innings entirely The Cardinals have lost 11 games when tied or leading after 8 innings—let that sink in for a minute. Even with a bullpen that could have held leads or allowed an offense to take the lead in 5 of those games, the Cardinals would have an above .500 record and would be in first place. As the team sits now, 4.5 games back in the NL Central, it’s easy to point to St. Louis’ bullpen as perhaps the biggest reason why they are behind Pittsburgh in 4th place than they are to the top of the...

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