Early Line has Cardinals at 87.5 Wins, Cubs at 89

The Atlantis Casino in Reno, Nevada is one of the first to post its over/under totals for 2016 regular-season wins in Major League Baseball (hat tip to ESPN). Based on their initial assessment, the National League Central could be another tight three-way race this coming season. Betting lines are set in such a way that the house anticipates an equal measure of bets will be placed...
Via The Cardinal Nation blog
1 day ago  |  Discuss

St. Louis Cardinals to watch during spring training

The St. Louis Cardinals finished the regular season with 100 wins last year, tops in baseball, only to see their season end in the NLDS to their division rivals, the Chicago Cubs. The Cardinals then saw two of their top players, outfielder Jason Heyward and pitcher John Lackey, leave for the Cubs in free agency. Now, heading into spring training, St. Louis is no longer favored to...
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Cardinals 2016 Offensive Steamer Projections Not Awesome

So this whole ‘one week until Spring Training’ got me excited! Fired up! Turnt! Then I looked at the Steamer projections for the Cardinals in 2016. Not to go full Deb Downer on you guys, but I kind of forgot that the Cardinals didn’t do anything to improve their offense in the off-season while simultaneously losing a tremendous asset in RF (again). Below is the full table w...
Via Cardinals Diaspora
3 days ago  |  Discuss

2016 Fantasy Baseball: St. Louis Cardinals Team Preview

The St. Louis Cardinals fell short of a magical feat last season when they won 100 games during the regular season only to lose to their divisional foe Chicago in the first round. The team, which has not had a losing season in their least eight years, has won at least 90 games five times in that stretch and is predominantly run by the team’s youth, which seems to get better and...
Via The Fantasy Fix
3 days ago  |  Discuss

How Would You Set Up The Rotation?

With nothing else to do, let’s do a little group thinking, shall we? When the Cardinals lost Lance Lynn for the year due to Tommy John surgery, they eventually picked up Mike Leake to fill that void.  However, few of us immediately slotted Leake into Lynn’s spot in the rotation.  Lynn was set up as the #2 starter in 2015 (though [...]
Via The Cardinal Conclave
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Cardinals Lead MLB in Youthful Manager-Bench Coach Combo

When hired to replace Hall of Famer Tony La Russa in late 2011, St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny was among the first in a new wave of Major League Baseball managerial hires – young, former players (often catchers) with minimal, if any, prior coaching experience in either the majors or minors. That once-new wave has now become the new normal. I was surprised to learn...
Via The Cardinal Nation blog
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Josey’s Inbox: Can the Cardinals hold off Chicago?

Full squad workouts begin on Tuesday, February 23, and the Cardinals’ first exhibition game is on the second day of March. It’s a fine time to discuss any questions that may be had heading toward the 2016 season. @Curtis_Josey @stlsportsminute thoughts on the Pena signing? — Jodi RVT Umo (@JodiUmo) February 6, 2016 The addition of Brayan Pena assists the Cardinals in more...
Via STLSportsMinute
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Cardinals Nation Valentine’s Day Specials

DINNER FOR TWO OR SUNDAY BRUNCH FOR CARDINALS LOVEBIRDS ST. LOUIS, Mo., February 5, 2016 – Cardinals fans, grab your sweetheart and head to Cardinals Nation Restaurant and Bar in Ballpark Village for Valentine’s Day. Cardinals Nation Restaurant will be hosting two separate events on Valentine’s Day weekend, one on Saturday night, February 13, and [...]
Via The Cardinal Conclave
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Johnny Keane’s mistake to leave the St. Louis Cardinals organization

Recapping the managerial career of 1960s MLB manager Johnny Keane, it is easy to discuss the difficulties he faced to get to the major leagues. He certainly took the the scenic route to get to there. With his minor league baseball career ending in the mid part of his twenties, he started to learn about being a coach. By the time he was 26, he was a manager in the minor leagues...
Via Baseball Essential
11 days ago  |  Discuss

St. Louis Cardinals: Offseason Report Card

Credit: Michael B. Thomas / Getty Images North America After a tumultuous offseason that left many St. Louis Cardinals fans disappointed, Spring Training is finally right around the corner. With camp opening soon, the Cardinals and their fans will be eager to see how Randal Grichuk and Stephen Piscotty will perform in Jason Heyward‘s absence, and the team’s coaches will also...
Via Baseball Essential
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Cardinals Nation Hosts Family Night with Fredbird

Every Wednesday Night until the Regular Season Starts Kids Can Eat Free ST. LOUIS, Mo., February 2, 2016 – Cardinals Nation Restaurant and Bar in Ballpark Village has announced a new Family Night with Fredbird that begins tomorrow, February 3.  During Family Night with Fredbird, families will receive one free kids meal for any child [...]
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11 days ago  |  Discuss

Q&A: Luke Weaver, Cardinals Pitching Prospect

Luke Weaver dominated high-A in his first full professional season. In 19 Florida State League starts, the St. Louis Cardinals’ 2014 first-round pick had a 1.11 WHIP and a 1.62 ERA. There was no opportunity for the lanky righty to prove himself in Double-A. He didn’t make his first 2015 appearance until mid-May — according to St. Louis assistant GM Michael Girsch, there was...
Via Fangraphs
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Setting the Cardinals’ table: Matt Carpenter or Kolten Wong?

For a sizable chunk of the previous season, Cardinals’ third baseman Matt Carpenter served as the team’s leadoff hitter. Nonetheless, when he was not there, a significant decline in offensive production was the outcome.  It’s claimed that the decrease was only coincidental, and there are happenings to support that. So, it’s possible that sifting the two-time All-Star a...
Via STLSportsMinute
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Tony LaRussa Gives Tour Of Cardinals Locker Room

Found something on YouTube, friends. This Tony LaRussa video was published around 3 months ago, but was shot sometime after the ’11 season. Let’s take a look: Candidly, I’m not sure what’s going on here. I mean, yes, I know what’s going on here. It’s a tour of the Cardinals facilities let by Tony LaRussa. And FWIW, it’s good video. The part where he’s in the equipment...
Via Cardinals Diaspora
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Tennessee Smokies Ownership Group Assumes Management of Johnson City Cardinals

Though the St. Louis Cardinals hold the Johnson City franchise in the Appalachian League, providing coaches and players, they do not manage the local operation. That role has been played since 2004 by the non-profit, charitable-focused Johnson City Sports Foundation, but recent financial challenges and the need to improve the Cardinal Park facility has led to a change in leadership...
Via The Cardinal Nation blog
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Wainwright angry over going late in ‘expert’ fantasy draft

For every 1,000 professional athletes that claim they don’t pay attention to fantasy sports and could not possibly care less about your fantasy team, there is a guy like St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright who pays close attention to where he is drafted. Earlier this week, Sirius XM held its F.S.T.A Experts Baseball Draft. Wainwright, who is less than nine months removed...
Via Larry Brown Sports
23 days ago  |  Discuss

Cardinals Plan At Least Nine 6 PM Starts At Home In 2016

The Cardinals have been playing around with start times for a couple of seasons. In 2016, they are planning at least 9 home games to start at 6p versus 7p or 7:15p. Fans seem to be split on their opinion of the earlier start time while the players are generally in favor of the 6p first pitch. This note was among the Cardinals tidbits that have made the news this week: +++ The Cardinals...
Via Cardinals Diaspora
24 days ago  |  Discuss

Wong happy to bat eighth -- but man, would he love to lead off

ST. LOUIS -- Kolten Wong wants to be the leadoff man for the St. Louis Cardinals. He recognizes there's quality competition.Seeing the power numbers Matt Carpenter put up last year and touting his own base-stealing ability, Wong believes batting him first and putting Carpenter in the heart of the order would benefit the NL Central champions most. The problem: Carpenter appeared most...
Via Associated Press
26 days ago  |  Discuss

Crowds typically heavy at Cardinals' Winter Warm-Up

ST. LOUIS -- Bill DeWitt says it's been a very productive offseason for the St. Louis Cardinals, even though they missed out on David Price and lost Jason Heyward.Crowds have been typically heavy at the annual three-day Winter Warmup, with fans snaking through long lines to pay triple-digit sums for an autograph from Adam Wainwright, Yadier Molina or 2006 World Series star David...
Via Associated Press
27 days ago  |  Discuss

Cardinals GM: ‘More momentum’ for bringing designated hitter to NL

Could the designated hitter be on its way to the National League? St. Louis Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said on Saturday that there is “more momentum” building to bring the rule to the Senior Circuit. Mozeliak says there is "more momentum" in discussions with GMs and owners for the DH coming into the National League. #MLB #cardinals — Derrick Goold (@dgoold) January...
Via Larry Brown Sports
28 days ago  |  Discuss

Cardinals Winter Warm Up Progressive Blog – Day 1

The unofficial start to Cardinals baseball season is underway this weekend in downtown St. Louis, as the Cardinals Care Winter Warm Up is underway. It is the 20th anniversary of the team’s fanfare extravaganza, and I70 Baseball is on site to bring updates throughout the day from the player media sessions as they return to the Hyatt Regency at the St. Louis Arch as well. As has...
Via i70baseball
28 days ago  |  Discuss

20th Annual Winter Warm-Up To Kick Off Cardinals 2016 Season

  ST. LOUIS, January 14, 2016 – The 20th annual Cardinals Care Winter Warm-Up (#CardsWarmUp) and the Cardinals Caravan (#CardsCaravan) highlight a busy Cardinals-themed holiday weekend that kicks off the 2016 baseball season. Winter Warm-Up – the largest fundraising effort for the team’s charitable fund, Cardinals Care – returns to the Hyatt Regency St. Louis at the Arch...
Via i70baseball
January 14, 2016  |  Discuss

Former Cardinals scouting director pleads guilty in Astros hacking case

This past June, reports surfaced that the FBI was investigating the St. Louis Cardinals for allegedly hacking data from the Houston Astros, who had previously been a fellow NL Central team before moving to the AL West.In July, the Cardinals fired Christopher Correa, their former scouting director who was at the center of these allegations. Those allegations included reports that...
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January 08, 2016  |  Discuss

Job Posting: St. Louis Cardinals Baseball Operations Fellowship

Position: St. Louis Cardinals Baseball Operations Fellowship Location: Jupiter, Fla. Description: The St. Louis Cardinals baseball club is seeking candidates for a new Baseball Operations Fellowship position to be based out of the Jupiter, FL complex. The Fellowship position runs from early 2016 through December 31, 2016. It is a full-time position eligible for insurance consistent...
Via Fangraphs
January 07, 2016  |  Discuss

Cardinals: A rebound for Matt Holliday?

St. Louis Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday would probably like to forget his injury plagued 2015 season. I know I’d like to forget about it but I can’t because I’m curious. I’m curious to know if the quad injury that sidelined him for extended periods of time twice last season was a freak injury or a sign of his body slowing down. In baseball years, he’s entering that...
Via STLSportsMinute
January 05, 2016  |  Discuss

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