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Viva El Birdos 9 hours ago

St. Louis Cardinals podcast: Assessing the Shelby Miller for Jason Heyward trade; assessing the John Lackey for Joe Kelly and Allen Craig trade; Jaime Garcia's 2015 debut; Marco Gonzales's injury; and whether a base-runner impacts the pitcher

Ben is joined by Nick Lampe to discuss the St. Louis Cardinals and MLB. On Viva El Birdos Podcast episode 29 (the Chris Carpenter episode? Vince Coleman?), editor-in-chief Ben Humphrey and Nick Lampe discuss the St. Louis Cardinals' trade of Shelby Miller (and Tyrell Jenkins) for Jason Heyward (and Jordan Walden), how well Joe Kelly will have to pitch in order for the Boston Red Sox to win the deal in which they traded John Lackey to the Cardinals in exchange for Kelly and Allen Craig, Jaime Garcia's 2015 debut, Marco Gonzales's shoulder injury, and whether having a base-runner on first...
Viva El Birdos 12 hours ago

Cardinals @ Royals recap 5.24 - Cards salvage series finale in KC

Behind Wacha's excellent start, Cards salvage the final game of their three game set with the Royals. St. Louis Cardinals @ Kansas City Royals Michael Wacha vs. Yordano Ventura 1:10 p.m. CTKauffman Stadium - Kansas City, Missouri Today's Lineups - New Cardinals lineup. Wong 2B Carpenter 3B Peralta DH Adams 1B Molina C Grichuk RF Reynolds LF Bourjos CF Kozma SS Wacha RHP — St. Louis Cardinals (@Cardinals) May 24, 2015 #Royals lineup vs. Cardinals at 1:10 CT on @FSKansasCity, @MLBNetwork, @MLBTV & @610SportsKC. http://t.co/iYpJUbPBQw pic.twitter.com/oSrvjwF9m8 — Kansas...
The Cardinal Nation 14 hours ago

Cardinals Memorial Day Pregame to Include Special Features

FOX Sports Midwest’s Memorial Day plans include tributes to those who have served our country.
Viva El Birdos 15 hours ago

St Louis Cardiansl @ Kansas City Royals - Game 44 open thread - May 24, 2015

Michael Wacha vs. Yordano Ventura Losers of three in a row and 10 of their last 17, the St. Louis Cardinals hope to avoid a sweep at the hands of the Kansas City Royals in the Kauffman finale of the first leg of the 2015 interleague I-70 Series. Given last night's 5 1/2 inning game length before MLB declared the game over on account of rain and this morning dreary conditions, you'll be happy to know that the tarp is off in Kansas City. Whether they'll be able to get the whole game in without delay, however, appears to be an open question. The tarp is coming off at the K! @Cardinals...
Viva El Birdos 18 hours ago

2015 Draft Preview No. 18: Persons of Interest Two (Bats)

Six non-first round type bats, but all of them intriguing in one way or another. There was a really interesting piece over at Beyond the Box Score yesterday, all about Matt Carpenter and his newly-discovered power stroke we've been enjoying so far this year. (And yes, that sentence did come out sounding a bit dirtier than I meant.) The author's conclusion is that this new power surge might - might! -- be legitimate, since Carpenter is, in fact, doing some interesting things this year he's never really done before, specifically related to batted-ball percentages and things like that. I'll...
Viva El Birdos May 23, 2015

5.23.15 Recap: Royals Win Rain-Shortened Game 3-2

After a long rain delay, the Royals win after 5.5 innings of play. There once was a rule about what's a complete game If you've played five full innings, they'll call it; it's lame 'Cause the best part of baseball Is the clock doesn't make calls Ending the night, score 3 to 2, is a shame The Game John Lackey faced off against Edinson Volquez tonight.  The Royals are a great team, off to their best start in franchise history.  The Cardinals, of course, entered the night somehow still managing to own the best record in baseball, despite going 4-5 in their last nine games and being held...
Viva El Birdos May 23, 2015

St. Louis Cardinals @ Kansas City Royals - Game 43 open thread - May 23, 2015

John Lackey vs. Edinson Volquez The Kansas City Royals defeated the St. Louis Cardinals 5-0 nothing last night at Kauffman Stadium. The victory gives the Royals baseball's best record entering play tonight at 27-14 (.659). The loss drops the Cardinals to second-best, at 27-15 (.643). For the second consecutive night, the Cardinals-Royals series will pit the club with the American League's best record against the side with the National League's highest winning percentage.
Viva El Birdos May 23, 2015

A very early comparison of Carlos Martinez and Shelby Miller

When the Cardinals traded for Jason Heyward, they were reportedly more willing to give up Shelby Miller than Carlos Martinez. Here's a very early look at how well each pitcher has done in 2015. In the offseason, there were reports that the Braves asked for Carlos Martinez in a trade for Jason Heyward, only to be turned down and offered Shelby Miller instead. If these reports are true, then Shelby Miller and Carlos Martinez will always be linked, for better or worse, since the Cardinals evidently had a choice between the two on who to keep and who to trade. Here's a very early comparison of...
Viva El Birdos May 23, 2015

5.22 Cardinals at Royals Recap: Cardinals 0, Kendrys Morales 5

For the second game in a row, the Cardinals are shut out, but this time, against a giant. pre game Cardinals Lineup: Kolten Wong 4 Matt Carpenter 5 Matt Holliday 0 Matt Adams 3 Jhonny Peralta 6 Randal Grichuk 7 Yadier Molina 2 Jason Heyward 9 Peter Bourjos 8 Lance Lynn 1 Royals Lineup: Alcides Escobar 6 Mike Moustakas 5 Lorenzo Cain 8 Eric Hosmer 3 Kendrys Morales 0 Alex Gordon 7 Salvador Perez 2 Omar Infante 4 Paulo Orlando 9 Chris Young 1 game Baseball is a strange sport. For many years, people have studied it, constantly developing...
Viva El Birdos May 22, 2015

St. Louis Cardinals @ Kansas City Royals - Game 42 open thread - May 22, 2015

Lance Lynn vs. Chris Young The two best teams in Major League Baseball by record square off in the Show Me Showdown this weekend. The St. Louis Cardinals (27-14) visit the Kansas City Royals (26-14) at Kauffman Stadium. The cherry on top of this wonderful baseballing series is that no pitcher will bat unless something goes terribly wrong. The Cardinals Lineup: Kolten Wong, 2B Matt Carpenter, 3B Matt Holliday, DH Matt Adams, 1B Jhonny Peralta, SS Randal Grichuk, LF Yadier Molina, C Jason Heyward, RF Peter Bourjos, CF SP: Lance Lynn The Royals Lineup: Alcides Escobar, SS Mike Moustakas,...
Viva El Birdos May 22, 2015

Hunt and Peck: Michael Wacha meets Wacha

Adorable antics ensued, I am sure. Very late last night @TheRealWacha met @MichaelWacha - and it was awesome! Cardinals">@Cardinals pic.twitter.com/tXDbUAcRf1 — Andy Cohen (@Andy) May 20, 2015 It was nice meeting and hanging out with @Andy last night ! #GoCards pic.twitter.com/AWrElHEDgx — Randal Grichuk (@RGrich15) May 20, 2015 St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Michael Wacha was pretty excited to finally meet Andy Cohen's dog, Wacha. #STLCards Posted by FOX Sports Midwest on Wednesday, May 20, 2015 what else is going on in baseball... David Letterman is...
Viva El Birdos May 22, 2015

How do the St. Louis Cardinals' stats at the one-quarter point of the 2015 season compare to the VEB projections?

The St. Louis Cardinals played their 41st game of the 2015 season on Thursday afternoon in New York. That means they have played one-fourth of their 162 games this year so far. Actually, if we want to get specific, the Cards had completed one-quarter of their schedule after the bottom of the fourth inning on Wednesday night against the Mets—25% of 162 is 40.5. Since our Cardinals have completed the first quarter of the season, I thought it might be fun to see how their batting stats compare to the preseason VEB Community projections. For the uninitiated, there are numerous projection...
Viva El Birdos May 21, 2015

St. Louis Cardinals lose 5-0 in Jaime Garcia's 2015 Debut

Jaime Garcia didn't look that great, but his arm also didn't fall off so it was a successful start. The offense on the other hand looked completely hopeless. I'll say this much about the Cardinals 5-0 loss to the Mets. If I'm going to watch a game where the offense strikes out 13 times and gets two hits, I'm glad it was watching Jaime Garcia in his first game back in 11 months. That's not to say Garcia is the best pitcher or even the most exciting to watch. But we don't get Garcia starts very often and I'm glad I got to watch one of them. Even though this one wasn't that great. It's a...
The Cardinal Nation May 21, 2015

Scout.com Cardinals Fantasy Talk on SiriusXM

Brian Walton joined Scout.com’s nightly show on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio to discuss the 2015 St. Louis Cardinals from a fantasy point of view.
Viva El Birdos May 21, 2015

St. Louis Cardinals @ New York Mets - Game 41 open thread - May 21, 2015

Jaime Garcia vs. Jacob deGrom Jaime Garcia last pitched for the St. Louis Cardinals 11 months ago, on June 20, 2014. Since then, Garcia was diagnosed with thoracic outlet syndrome. He then underwent thoracic outlet release syndrome to give the blood vessels and nerves that emerge from his torso more room as they enter his throwing arm. The lefty will start for the Cardinals today at Citi Field against the New York Mets. The first pitch is scheduled for 12:10 p.m. CT. #STLCards option RHP Sam Tuivailala to Memphis and activate LHP Jaime Garcia from 15-day DL. Garcia to make his season debut...
Viva El Birdos May 21, 2015

A retrospective of Jaime Garcia's career with the St. Louis Cardinals (thus far)

It is a relationship that started 10 years ago with the last pick in the 22nd round (680th overall) of the 2005 MLB Draft. One year prior, the St. Louis Cardinals produced one of their best regular seasons in franchise history (105-57), but fell short of the ultimate goal as the Boston Red Sox bullied their way to a World Series sweep. While the pitching staff consisted of some relatively big names at the time (i.e. Matt Morris, Chris Carpenter, and Jason Isringhausen), it is clear that the MV3 (Albert Pujols, Scott Rolen, and Jim Edmonds) stole the show, especially in a league dominated...
Viva El Birdos May 20, 2015

Cardinals Lock Down Mets 9-0 | 5.20.15 Recap

The Cardinals score big again as the offense dismantles Mets pitching and Carlos Martinez shuts down their offense in NYC. Just like the previous game, the Cardinals offense was on fire from the get-go. Leading off, Kolten Wong smacked one to center. Matt Carpenter flied out, but then the new and improved spring Matt Holliday got a hit, so that put men at first and second. Another Matt created an out, but then Jhonny Peralta incurred the ground rule double rule by jacking the junk out of a baseball far out into the outfield. Both Holliday and Peralta are pushing towards the .900 OPS tier,...
Viva El Birdos May 20, 2015

St. Louis Cardinals @ New York Mets - Game open thread - May 20, 2015

Carlos Martinez vs. Bartolo Colon As hard as it is to believe, we are at the quarter post of the St. Louis Cardinals' 2015 season or something close to it. The 25% mark of the 162-game campaign falls halfway between game 40 and 41. Tonight is the Cardinals' 40th game. Tomorrow afternoon, their 41th. With roughly one-quarter of the season in the books, the Cards have twice as many wins as losses and a .667 winning percentage that is the best in the majors. Entering player tonight, Baseball Prospectus gives the Redbirds a 67.3% chance of winning the division and an 85.5% chance of making the...
Viva El Birdos May 20, 2015

The 2015 changeups of Carlos Martinez, Trevor Rosenthal, and Michael Wacha

Thirty-nine games into the 2015 season, the pitching staff of the 26-13 St. Louis Cardinals has been terrific (2.79 ERA, 3.22 FIP). At present, three pitchers on staff (two starters, one reliever) achieve much of their success through the use of a plus changeup: Carlos Martinez, Trevor Rosenthal, and Michael Wacha. Tomorrow, another great changeup will join the staff when Jaime Garcia makes his 2015 debut against the New York Mets, and it is likely we will see another one later in the season when Marco Gonzales makes his return to the big league club. Let's take an early look at the 2015...
Viva El Birdos May 20, 2015

2015 Draft Preview No. Seventeen: Middle Infield State University

A bonus edition of the draft preview series, containing four players instead of the usual three. This time we're covering college shortstops. This is a weird draft, everybody. Maybe that shouldn't be news; every draft seems a little weird in one way or another, I suppose. But this one...this one is just plain off. Part of that, of course, is the simple fact the top of the draft board is so unsettled this year. In most classes, you have a clearly elite group of talents at the very top, usually 3-5 guys, maybe six, who have set themselves apart. Think of last year, when you had Brady Aiken...

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