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Cardinals: How John Lackey has done with three days rest

After the St. Louis Cardinals dropped Game 3 of the NLDS to the Chicago Cubs despite scoring four runs off of the invincible Jake Arrieta, one could easily predict the hysteria and panic many would have on social media and Twitter.  As he teased prior to Game 3, leaving the door open for an appearance by John Lackey on three days rest, it did not take long after the loss for manager...
Via STLSportsMinute
9 hours ago  |  Discuss

The Cubs win Game 3 loudly, set MLB record with six home runs

The sun was still out when the first pitch was thrown in today’s Cubs-Cardinals Game 3. That’s as it should be. Wrigley Field is all about day baseball, and with a five o’clock start, the skies didn’t begin to darken until the fourth inning. Right from the get-go, the crowd was sonorous, and without need of “Get loud!” prompting from the video board. A fervent fan base...
Via Fangraphs
12 hours ago  |  Discuss

Cardinals Yearbook Digs into Uniform Numbers

As regular readers know, St. Louis Cardinals uniform numbers – whether worn by past or current players – continues to be a subject of great interest to me. As a result, I was delighted when I learned it was to be the subject of the 2015 Cardinals Yearbook. Its formal title is “Cardinal Numbers: The History of Cardinals Uniform Numbers, from 0-99”. The 224-page glossy magazine...
Via The Cardinal Nation blog
23 hours ago  |  Discuss

Buffa: Cards undone by virus’ of many kinds 

A stomach virus. That was the cause of death for another Jaime Garcia playoff start. A virus that seemed to be contagious on the field.  Maybe it was Kolten Wong’s inability to turn a double play that revealed a crack in the St. Louis Cardinals foundation. Maybe it was the lack of attention paid to Austin Jackson basically trotting to third base as Garcia’s head laid elsewhere...
Via STLSportsMinute
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Jaime Garcia’s Aching Tummy Puts Cardinals In Deep NLDS Hole

Heartburn? Maybe diarrhea? Maybe. Very few ailments could come upon Cardinals NLDS GM2 starter Jaime Garcia that would be more appropriate to St. Louis fans current mood than ‘stomach virus’. Jaime Garcia was removed from the game in the 3rd inning with a stomach virus. — St. Louis Cardinals (@Cardinals) October 10, 2015 Lasting just 2 innings, Garcia surrendered 5 runs...
Via Cardinals Diaspora
2 days ago  |  Discuss

St. Louis Cardinals: looking back at the John Lackey trade

Oct 9, 2015; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher John Lackey (41) reacts after a double play during game one of the NLDS against the Chicago Cubs at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports On July 31, 2014 General Manager John Mozeliak made a shocking trade. Starting pitcher Joe Kelly and utility player Allen Craig were dealt to Boston...
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Can Cardinals Co-sign?

When all is said and done, the 2015 edition of the Cardinals will be deemed a success no matter how far they play into October or even November. People will talk about how good the rookies have been and that the future on offense is red hot. There will also be those in St. Louis [...]
Via The Cardinal Conclave
2 days ago  |  Discuss

St. Louis Cardinals: do the Cubs have a chance?

The St. Louis Cardinals had a shutout win in their first postseason matchup against the Chicago Cubs on Friday. The Cards won 4-0 as they opened their best-of-five National League Division Series. Oct 9, 2015; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher John Lackey reacts after inducing a double play to end the top of the 7th inning in game one of the NLDS against the...
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Adam Wainwright criticizes erectile dysfunction ads in MLB playoff coverage

St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright had some harsh words for Major League Baseball and its television partners on Friday. Wainwright tweeted the official accounts for MLB and MLB on Fox, critical of the constant ads for erectile dysfunction remedies that are a fixture in commercial breaks. @MLBONFOX @MLB I shouldn't have to turn the...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Inside the At-Bat: Matt Holliday’s Game-Winning, First-Inning Single

A pitcher at the top of his game executed perfectly a well-called pitch against against an injury-riddled veteran who slugged .208 against the pitch since the All-Star break. Perhaps nine times out of 10, this ends in the pitcher’s favor. This is the cruel uncertainty of the playoffs, though, and the batter won this one-pitch battle. […]
Via BP Wrigleyville
3 days ago  |  Discuss

John Lackey gets Game One because he is the Cardinals

The St. Louis Cardinals won 100 regular season games this year and there’s no way to keep that from sounding impressive. They had a fantastic season. No matter how much their record benefited from good timing, the underlying performance was still great. Looking at their runs scored and allowed, they played like a team that would typically win 96 games. Looking at their expected...
Via Fangraphs
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Cardinals Announce 25-Man Roster For NLDS

The Cardinals have made their 2015 NLDS final roster. Headlines: Yadier Molina in on and will play Adam Wainwright has made the roster Pitchers Randy Choate & Steve Cishek are off Tommy Pham & Greg Garcia are on Matt Adams & Peter Kozma are off 11 pitchers | 14 position players Notes: Jon Jay got the nod over Peter Bourjos. Jay is a Matheny favorite and Bourjos is,...
Via Cardinals Diaspora
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Molina on Cardinals' NLDS roster, will play wearing splint

ST. LOUIS -- All-Star catcher Yadier Molina is on the St. Louis Cardinals roster for the NL division series against the Chicago Cubs and will play wearing a splint to protect a strained ligament in his left thumb. Molina was injured on a tag play in Chicago on Sept. 20. The Cardinals roster includes four rookies -- outfielder Randal Grichuk, outfielder-first baseman Stephen Piscotty...
Via AP on Fox
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Cardinals: Assumption to use Stephen Piscotty at first base is curious

Now that we know who the St. Louis Cardinals will be facing in the NLDS, the Chicago Cubs, the focus of Cardinals fans and armchair managers can focus more on the same topics that have been beaten to death for weeks already. Topics such as: Why Jon Jay is the worst outfielder in the history of the universe and since he is Mike Matheny’s pet rock, he will start in center field...
Via STLSportsMinute
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Cardinals, Matheny 'much more optimistic' about Molina's NLDS chances

St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny doesn't like to tip his hand very often, but he couldn't contain himself on Wednesday.  Catcher Yadier Molina, working his way back from a torn ligament in his left thumb, did some drills on Tuesday and things went quite well - so well, in fact, that Matheny said he was 'much more optimistic' about Molina's chances of playing in the NLDS...
Via Fox Sports
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Cardinals Open Registration for Chance to Purchase Potential World Series Tickets

Online registration runs through Wednesday, October 14 at            ST. LOUIS, October 8, 2015 – Today at 10 a.m. CT, the Cardinals opened an online registration for the opportunity to purchase potential World Series tickets. Fans have until Wednesday, October 14, to submit their registration. Winners of the random drawing will be [...]
Via The Cardinal Conclave
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Cardinals' offense gets power boost from leadoff man Carpenter

ST. LOUIS -- Matt Carpenter really muscled up this season. The St. Louis Cardinals leadoff man hit 28 homers, more than his first three major league seasons combined. Carpenter struck out a lot more, too, but it seemed to be a worthy trade-off. "He's having an incredible season, an incredible season," manager Mike Matheny said Wednesday, two days ahead of the NL Division Series opener...
Via AP on Fox
4 days ago  |  Discuss

John Lackey Named Starter of NLDS Game 1 for St. Louis Cardinals

Starter John Lackey #41 of the St. Louis Cardinals pitches against the Cincinnati Reds in the first inning at Busch Stadium on September 22, 2015 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Mandatory Credit: Dilip Vishwanat via ESPN/Getty Images) Earlier today, the St. Louis Cardinals announced that John Lackey would be their starter in game one of the National League Division Series Friday that pits...
Via The Sports Journal
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Here’s A Huge Stan Musial Mural Made From Rubik’s Cubes

Today the Cardinals unveiled an art project that will be a permanent installation at Ballpark Village. It was made by Connor Wright, a senior at Priory High School. And it’s made entirely from 5,980 Rubik’s Cubes: What more is there to really say? That’s a badass piece of art. If you’re down around Ballpark Village (Cardinals Nation to be exact) check it out and let us know...
Via Cardinals Diaspora
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Cardinals Launch #12inStL Fan Video Rally for 2015 Postseason

First 500 Fans Who Submit Videos to Receive Complimentary #12inStL Rally Bands – The Ultimate in 2015 Postseason Fan Apparel ST. LOUIS, MO, October 6, 2015 – The St. Louis Cardinals have launched a unique #12inStL Fan Video Rally encouraging fans of all ages to rally behind the Cardinals during the 2015 Postseason by sharing [...]
Via The Cardinal Conclave
6 days ago  |  Discuss

The matter with Michael Wacha (maybe)

Around the beginning of the year, the Cardinals lost Adam Wainwright, and though they just welcomed him back to the active roster, there’s no time to build him up as a starter. Around the end of the year, the Cardinals lost Carlos Martinez, and while the hope is that there’s nothing seriously wrong with his shoulder, he won’t pitch again for a while. It speaks to the Cardinals’...
Via Fangraphs
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Cardinals clinch NL Central; first 100-game winner since 2011

It’s getting difficult to remember the last time the St. Louis Cardinals weren’t part of the MLB postseason. The Cards clinched their third straight NL Central title with an 11-1 win over the Pirates on Wednesday, putting them in the playoffs for the fifth year in a row. With the victory, St. Louis also gets their 100th win of the season, becoming the first team to crack triple...
Via The Outside Corner
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Cardinals Pitching Sets MLB Single-Game Stinginess Record

Everyone who follows the 2015 St. Louis Cardinals knows by now that the club’s success is rooted in its pitching. One measure is the team ERA of 2.89, a third of a run per game better than the next-closest of the 29 other staffs. Another is 105 quality starts, again tops in the game this season. Researcher Tom Orf came up with what I believe is an even better measure of just how...
Via The Cardinal Nation blog
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Cards' Stephen Piscotty leaves field on stretcher after collision

In the seventh inning of Monday’s Pirates-Cardinals game at PNC Park, Cardinals outfielder Stephen Piscotty left the game on a stretcher after a collision with Peter Bourjos. Here’s the video. It’s not a pretty sight, as Piscotty took Bourjos’ knee in his face. Here’s what happened to Piscotty. Not a pretty sight. — Joe Lucia (@Joe_TOC...
Via The Outside Corner
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Cardinals shutting down Carlos Martinez for rest of season

The St. Louis Cardinals’ rotation took a big hit on Saturday when the club announced that starter Carlos Martinez would be shut down for the rest of 2015, including the Postseason, with a strained shoulder. Carlos Martinez (shoulder strain) will miss remainder of season, Mozeliak announces #cardinals #stlcards News coming soon at @StlToday. — Derrick Goold (@dgoold) September...
Via The Outside Corner
15 days ago  |  Discuss

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