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Viva El Birdos 6 hours ago

Cardinals complete season sweep of Diamondbacks in 5-3 win

The Cardinals won every game they played against the Diamondbacks this season. That's kind of amazing. Seth Maness is also amazing. Since I will try to write this as fast as possible or lose all of the readership - that's right ALL of it - I will start at the most important part of the game.  To provide an ending, Seth Maness won player of the game with one inning pitched and it was completely deserved.  In the 8th inning of a 5-3 Cardinals lead, Steve Cishek came in to preserve the lead.  He was given the almighty setup man role for the night.  It didn't matter that Kevin Siegrist...
Viva El Birdos 21 hours ago

St. Louis Cardinals: A minor league progress report

A look at where the teams stand as the season winds down As we make our way through the 2015 minor league season, there are several St. Louis Cardinals' affiliates who could be headed to postseason play. With that said, future promotions could cause some issues for those teams fighting for playoff spots. Here is a quick rundown of where the teams stand at this point in the season. Memphis Redbirds Entering play on the Thursday, the Redbirds are an even 66-66 on the season and 5 games behind the Pacific Coast League American Southern division leaders, the Round Rock Express (Rangers). The...
Viva El Birdos 22 hours ago

St. Louis Cardinals Prospect Report: Bader hits two 3B, Fernandez dominates GCL

It was a slow day on the farm, with only a few notable performances on Wednesday. Link to Box Scores Memphis 7 - Tacoma 13 Jeremy Hazelbaker provided most of the offense with a 3-run homer. Anthony Garcia went hitless, but did manage to pick up two walks. Arturo Reyes continues to struggle since his promotion to AAA. His line was 4 IP, 9 H, 9 ER, 4 BB and 4 K. He started the year in Palm Beach, so it’s not surprising that he’s finally hit a speed bump. Springfield 3 – NW Arkansas 5 Charlie Tilson reached base twice, with a single and a BB. Bruce Caldwell hit a 2-run...
Viva El Birdos 22 hours ago

Lance Lynn should start game one of any potential playoff series

Last night, the St. Louis Cardinals improved their 2015 record to 81-45 (.643) with a 3-1 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks. Per Fangraphs, the Cardinals' playoff odds stand firmly at 100.0%, but I don't consider the coin-flip "play-in" game as truly reaching the playoffs, so it is comforting to see that they have the Cardinals at a 77.1% chance of winning the division. For perspective on just how good the National League Central actually is, the 70-56 Mets have an 85.6% chance of winning the East, and the 69-56 Dodgers have an 88.2% chance of winning the West. As we all know by now,...
Viva El Birdos Aug 27, 2015

8.26.15 Cardinals @ Diamondbacks Recap: Cards Win 3-1

Timely hits from Matt Carpenter and Kolten Wong, along with a Mark Reynolds home run, led the Redbirds to another victory in the desert. In August the Redbirds came to AZ They won the first two, were looking for three I knew we'd prevail When Reynolds' ball sailed With a true distance of 393 The Game The Cardinals headed into tonight's game with a 2-0 lead in the series against the Diamondbacks, and riding a three-game winning streak, after two embarrassing games against the Padres last Friday and Saturday.  I was at that game on Saturday, by the way, and I will say that the only thing...
Viva El Birdos Aug 26, 2015

Trying to figure out Matt Carpenter, the hitter

In each of the last three seasons, Matt Carpenter has been a similar, yet fundamentally different type of hitter. In 2013, Carpenter, overall, was one of the best hitters in baseball (high average, very high on-base percentage, and above-average power). Last year, Carpenter remained a high OBP guy, but saw both his average and power dip. So far this season, his average is down to its lowest level in the last three seasons (largely because of a two-month slump after a bout with extreme fatigue), but his OBP is team's highest yet again and his increase in power has been significant (leading...
Viva El Birdos Aug 26, 2015

Two Shortstop Prospects: Taking a Look at Edmundo Sosa and Oscar Mercado

Like it or not, the clock is ticking on the Cardinals needing to find a long-term solution at shortstop. There are two players in the system who present intriguing cases. Good game last night, huh? The Cardinals busted out the big boy bats, Jaime was awesome yet again, and the Cards became the first team in baseball to reach 80 wins. They're no longer hitting these milestone totals with the kind of lead time over the rest of the league that I would like to see; the Royals are only three games shy of 80 wins, and the Pirates already have 75. Nonetheless, it's still fun when your team is the...
Viva El Birdos Aug 26, 2015

St. Louis Cardinals Prospect Report: Aledmys Diaz brings hot streak to Memphis; Carson Kelly continues his surge with a pair of doubles; Darren Seferina has a quartet of hits

The system was 4 and 3 on the day, with victories for Memphis, Palm Beach, Peoria, and the GCL Cardinals. Yesterday's Scores Memphis had a decisive victory behind a solid start from Tyler Lyons, who struck out six against a single walk in five innings, and was supported by Sam Tuivailala and Miguel Socolovich in relief. Socolovich struck out three batsmen in just 1 2/3 IP. Offensively, every player in the lineup had at least one hit, and six of them had two. Both of Dan Johnson's hits were of the round trip variety. Springfield fell 7-4 thanks largely to some shoddy relief work. Palm Beach...
Viva El Birdos Aug 26, 2015

Cardinals @ Diamondbacks: First to 80 wins.

Bats hot from the start. Jaime Garcia wins game, hearts, minds. Cardinals go 35 games over .500 in 9-1 win. It's Jaime Garcia! (1.79 ERA, 3.14 FIP, 3.21 xFIP)! It's Robbie Ray! (3.38 ERA, 3.31 FIP, 4.02 xFIP)! Baseball! After last night's Adventures with Greg Garcia, Matheny gave him the night off and brought Kolten Wong back from his brief sabbatical. Also: Brendan Ryan goes 1-2-3 in the 9th. Last #Yankees position player to pitch 2+ innings: Gene Michael went 3 vs. #Angels on 8/26/68!— Jayson Stark (@jaysonst) August 26, 2015 The Game It was a fun night to be a Cardinals fan as...
Viva El Birdos Aug 25, 2015

Has St. Louis Cardinals prospect Aledmys Diaz finally turned the corner?

Aledmys Diaz has been in the St. Louis Cardinals organization for roughly 16 months and it would be kind to say the road has been rough. The transition from Cuba to the United States has been challenging, both on and off the field for the 25-year old Santa Clara, Cuba native. Injuries, visa issues, more injuries, poor performance have all plagued the shortstop. Now that it appears those things are behind him, is he ready to take the next step? Diaz has been a favorite writing topic for fellow VEB editor Joe Schwarz. Joe had first hand analysis on Diaz even before the Cardinals signed him....
Viva El Birdos Aug 25, 2015

St. Louis Cardinals Prospect Report: Harrison Bader Hit A Home Run for Peoria; Aledmys Diaz Doubles in His Memphis Debut; Debacle in Peoria

The St. Louis Cardinals Prospects didn't provide a lot of highlights, last night. Unfortunately for them, their opponents did. It was not a full slate of games for the St. Louis Cardinals prospects, Springfield and the DSL Cardinals had the night off. Peoria managed to make history. AAA: Memphis 6 - Tacoma 10 Aledmys Diaz debuted for Memphis last night. He started at SS and went 2-4 with a 2B, a R and an RBI. Rafael Ortega was 1-4 with a 2B a BB, a R and 2 RBI. Xavier Scruggs was 3-5 with a 2B and 2 RBI. Nick Greenwood did not have a good night. He surrendered 12 hits, 9 ER and 4 HR...
Viva El Birdos Aug 25, 2015

Odd Man Out: Cardinals' potential playoff rotation

The Cardinals have five starters pitching well, but only four will make the rotation in the playoffs. If the Cardinals qualify for the Division Series, John Lackey should be the odd man out. Four year ago today, the Cardinals were ten games behind in the division and 10.5 out of the Wild Card Race. The Cardinals franchise has not been alone in first place on today's date since 2009, Matt Holliday's first full year with the club. These are small reminders that standings can fluctuate, even in the last month of the season. These reminders are necessary only as a caveat for the remainder of...
Viva El Birdos Aug 25, 2015

Cardinals at Diamondbacks recap: Cards turn four double plays, Carp hits homer in 5-3 win.

Greg Garcia committed two errors, turned three double plays, scored the go-ahead run, and got injured. Lance Lynn threw six innings. By the time tonight's game had started, the Cubs had already won and the Pirates were about to. Well the Cardinals won, too, and here are some things that happened in this game of...SORTA WEST COAST BASEBALL. 1st Inning The Cards' bats came out on fire, really scorching everything starter Jhoulys Chacin threw at them. And yet! Chacin fooled a grand total of zero hitters in the first. pic.twitter.com/dqRAkYhQbb — viva el birdos (@vivaelbirdos) August 25,...
Viva El Birdos Aug 24, 2015

Weekend DFR: Carson Kelly is alive! Aledmys Diaz stays hot. Marco Gonzales improves.

After a rough start to the weekend, Sunday's win and Stephen Piscotty's heroics helped. An exciting weekend in the minors should help, too. Marco Gonzales made progress, Anthony Garcia is hitting in Memphis. Good news from Carson Kelly and Aledmys Diaz, too. Need relief from Friday and Saturday's big league bullpen blowups? Catch up with action down on the farm. Anthony Garcia continues his good run in Memphis. Aledmys Diaz hit one out. Carson Kelly wakes up, both with power and multi-hit games. Oscar Mercado does it all (good and bad). The scores... Friday, 8/21 Saturday, 8/22 Sunday,...
Viva El Birdos Aug 24, 2015

Adam Wainwright is awesome - A Hunt and Peck

heart u, Waino. Adam Wainwright is a great pitcher, a great guy, and a great interview. Please get well soon - we miss you! Your browser does not support iframes. He even made the "Dad-est outfit ever" cool. what else is going on in baseball... Statcast looks at this nearly 500 foot homer. - MLB This is a great site showing the time each team has lost to injury and the impact the injuries have had on the team. (thanks to Rick for sending this!) - Man Games Lost Mike Fiers throws a no-hitter. - MLB And here are all the outs! - MLB 1) Can this guy play first base? and 2) Is...
The Cardinal Nation Aug 24, 2015

Stacking up Stephen Piscotty’s First 30 Games in Cardinals History

St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Stephen Piscotty has tied for the fourth-most extra-base hits of any player in team history through their first 30 MLB games.
Viva El Birdos Aug 24, 2015

St. Louis Cardinals injury updates: When will Matt Adams, Matt Holliday, Randal Grichuk, and Jon Jay return from the DL?

As Joe broke down on Thursday, the St. Louis Cardinals have dealt with a number of injuries this 2015 season. The club currently has seven players on the disabled list. General manager John Mozeliak appeared on KMOX Sunday morning with Mike Kelly. Mozeliak discussed the health of the Cardinals outfielders currently on the DL, so I thought today would be a good day to take stock of the status of some of our injured Redbirds. Matt Adams Mozeliak stated that he would revisit Adams as early as Tuesday of this week. Mozeliak said that if things were going well, he was "hopeful" that Adams would...
Viva El Birdos Aug 24, 2015

St. Louis Cardinals podcast: After the club's recent slump, is it time for Cards fans to panic?

Viva El Birdos editor Heather Simon joined site manager Ben Humphrey. The two recorded Episode 41 of the Viva El Birdos podcast on the evening of August 23, 2015, after the St. Louis Cardinals defeated the San Diego Padres to avoid being swept at Petco Park. Heather and Ben discussed: The Cardinals' recent poor play Whether it is time to panic Whether roster construction had led to Jhonny Peralta and Kolten Wong being forced to play too often and if that has worn them down during the dog days of summer The Cardinals' remaining schedule Matt Adams, Randal Grichuk, and Matt Holliday's...
Viva El Birdos Aug 23, 2015

Cardinals @ Padres recap 8.23 - Cards turn tables to avoid sweep

After the first two games of the series came up all Padres, the Cards avoided the sweep with style. St. Louis Cardinals @ San Diego Padres Michael Wacha (14-4, 2.85 ERA, 3.19 FIP, 1.115 WHIP) vs. Colin Rea (2-0, 4.22 ERA, 3.40 FIP, 1.313 WHIP) 3:10 p.m. CT Petco Park - San Diego, California Today's Lineups - Greg Garcia gets a start at 2b. The lineup: Carpenter 3b Pham cf Peralta ss Heyward rf Molina c Piscotty lf Reynolds 1b Garcia 2b Wacha p — St. Louis Cardinals (@Cardinals) August 23, 2015 Final game of the homestand coming up at 1:10 & the #Padres are going for a sweep...
Friars on Base Aug 22, 2015

Padres Host MLB-Best Cardinals

The San Diego Padres (59-62) host the best team in major league baseball, the St. Louis Cardinals (77-43). The Padres are coming off of their second sweep of the season against the Atlanta Braves. They are three games below .500. The Cardinals are coming off a series win at home against the Giants. These two […] Padres Host MLB-Best Cardinals - Friars on Base - Friars on Base - A San Diego Padres Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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