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Cardinals remove Rosenthal as closer

The Cardinals have removed Trevor Rosenthal as closer, one night after he blew his third save opportunity of the season.
Via Cardinals.com
2 hours ago

TKB’s Biggest Surprises of 2016: #1 Aledmys Diaz

Throughout the week, Today’s Knuckleball has looked at — and ranked — the top-five surprises in the major leagues this season. Coming in at No. 1 is St. Louis Cardinals shortstop Aledmys Diaz. If you missed any of the previous entries 5) Blue Jays outfielder Michael Saunders 4) Twins infielder Eduardo Nunez 3) Reds outfielder Adam Duvall 2) Red Sox pitcher Steven Wright Aledmys...
Via Today's Knuckleball
9 hours ago

Cardinals hope to rebound Saturday after tough loss in series opener

SEATTLE -- While the Seattle Mariners' Nathan Karns is certainly no Felix Hernandez, he may well be greeted with a King-sized welcome when he takes the mound Saturday against the St. Louis Cardinals.Unlike recent starters Wade LeBlanc, Adrian Sampson and Vidal Nuno, Karns is a major league starting pitcher. That's a rarity on a pitching staff that's running out of pitching options...
Via Fox Sports
14 hours ago  |  Discuss

The Cardinals' pen likely to bounce back; still likely to be upgraded at the deadline

The volatility of major league relievers has reared it's ugly head in St. Louis this year As we've talked about at length this year, the Cardinals' 2015-2016 off-season was all about building depth. Jedd Gyorko, Mike Leake, retaining Jonathan Broxton and  Brandon Moss, yada, yada, yada. You guys know that, you've been inundated with it. It's worked out pretty well so far. Enough...
Via Viva El Birdos
14 hours ago

Cardinals news and notes: Carp, CF, and Seattle

June 24 brought several VEB articles and the return of #LateNiteBaseball 2016 is an amazing time to be alive, and nothing about it is more amazing than the democratization of mass media. For $10 a month, Spotify Premium allows me unlimited, commercial-free access to over 20 million songs. Also for $10 a month, Netflix allows me unlimited streaming of countless movies and TV shows...
Via Viva El Birdos
15 hours ago

Rosenthal allows three-run walk-off homer, Cardinals lose 4-3

SEATTLE -- Adam Lind hit a game-winning three-run home run in the ninth inning off St. Louis closer Trevor Rosenthal, and the Seattle Mariners rallied for a 4-3 win over the Cardinals on Friday night to snap a six-game losing streak. The Mariners opened the ninth with a double by Kyle Seager and a walk to Dae-Ho Lee. Lind reached down and drove a 1-1 pitch out to right field for...
Via Associated Press
21 hours ago  |  Discuss

Leake looks to extend road streak to 10

Nathan Karns looks for his first victory since May 30 when he faces the Cardinals on Saturday. St. Louis counters with Mike Leake, who has allowed two or fewer runs in seven of his last eight starts.
Via Cardinals.com
22 hours ago

Adams scratched with lower back tightness

Matt Adams was a game-time scratch by the Cardinals on Friday due to lower back tightness. He was replaced at first base by Jedd Gyorko, whose only previous start at that position came a week ago.
Via Cardinals.com
1 day ago

There’s No Place Like Home. Unless You’re The Cardinals.

Credit: pdsphil/Flickr Home-field advantage. Experts spend weeks debating whether it makes a difference or if it just lends the false notion of giving a team a leg-up on the competition. During the playoffs it’s considered a huge, series swinging feat if  a team “takes away home field advantage” by winning one of the first two games on the road. In the regular season,...
Via STLSportsMinute
1 day ago

Cardinals Fans Pre-Game Party Tonight In Seattle

The Cardinals are in Seattle to play professional baseball for the first time. Exciting stuff, RIGHT? And if you happened to use this occasion to travel to the northwest (or know someone who has), I want you to be aware of a Cardinals fan pre-game party tonight. All the details from the FB invite: LINK HERE (and it looks like there will be a fair number of St. Louis supporters there...
Via Cardinals Diaspora
1 day ago

Matt Carpenter is one of the best players in baseball

Important people in MLB voting circles should love Matt Carpenter more.  Matt Carpenter, St. Louis Cardinals’ bearded warrior, is severely underrated in the game of baseball. This is a nasty trend that was enlarged this week when he was left off the Top 50 players list in the Major Leagues put together by The Sporting News, which serves as the latest reason to completely disregard...
Via STLSportsMinute
1 day ago

Talking Mariners with Section 331

A Mariners-Cardinals series is still a pretty interesting novelty.  The two teams last played in 2013 in Busch Stadium, where the Cardinals took the series 2-1.  You have to go all the way back to 2002, just a few days before the terrible week that saw the losses of Jack Buck and Darryl Kile , to find a [...]
Via The Cardinal Conclave
1 day ago

Cardinals’ bullpen is bad, Matheny making it worse

Wednesday afternoon, the St. Louis Cardinals completed a sweep of the Cubs — as inexplicable an outcome as anything else the Cardinals have done this season. But while the boxscores of the sweep indicate the Cardinals’ bullpen pitched seven shutout innings across the three games, anyone who watched the games can see the reality. The Cardinals’ bullpen is in crisis and Mike...
Via Today's Knuckleball
2 days ago

A Look at Matheny-led Cardinals Teams of Yore (OK, the last 4 years)

Matheny looking all managerial or something. The 2016 St. Louis Cardinals have not gotten off to the best start. Fans are in a tizzy – although that’s been somewhat calmed by winning the first two of three in Chicago against the juggernaut Cubs. I decided to take a look back over the last four years of Mike Matheny to see if there are any patterns that the Cardinals should be...
Via STLSportsMinute
3 days ago

Holliday, Carpenter homers lead Cardinals to 4-3 victory over Cubs

CHICAGO -- Matt Carpenter and Matt Holliday homered to back Adam Wainwright, and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Chicago Cubs 4-3 on Tuesday night.The Cardinals won their second straight game after going 0-5 on their first winless homestand of at least two series since 1983. Carpenter and Holliday connected against Jason Hammel (7-3) in a three-run third inning that made it 4...
Via Associated Press
3 days ago  |  Discuss

It’s Time for the Cardinals to Shake Up Their Bullpen

Sunday morning, I was talking with Craig Edwards and some others in the lobby of a New York hotel. Craig, who as you probably know runs the Cardinals’ site Viva El Birdos in addition to his work for FanGraphs, lamented Trevor Rosenthal‘s “shaky” performance this season. After checking in on Rosenthal and the Cardinals’ bullpen, it is even more clear than it already was...
Via Fangraphs
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Cardinals hope to avoid being swept behind surging Leake

ST. LOUIS -- If there is a consolation to blowing a 3-0 lead with four outs left, it's that the schedule gives the St. Louis Cardinals little time to mourn arguably their worst loss of the season.Another day game with the surging Texas Rangers awaits Sunday in Busch Stadium, the last game of a five-game homestand in which St. Louis has gone 0-4, hacking up eighth and ninth inning...
Via Fox Sports
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Cardinals, Delvin Perez address first-round draft pick's 'ignorant mistake'

ST. LOUIS — Delvin Perez, the 17-year-old Puerto Rican shortstop who fell to the 23rd pick in the draft after testing positive for performance enhancing substances, signed with the St. Louis Cardinals on Friday.Perez said a friend gave him the banned substance "to not lose weight and to stay healthy." He called it "an ignorant mistake."Perez said he wasn't worried about failing...
Via Associated Press
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Jhonny Peralta’s return ignites a hot Cardinals team

Last week, St. Louis Cardinals infielder Jhonny Peralta (#27) returned from the disabled list and rejoined the Cardinals for the first time all season. In order for him to be added to the 25 man roster, second baseman Kolten Wong was sent down to the AAA team in Memphis. Manager Mike Matheny opted to put Peralta at third base, leaving rookie sensation Aledymys Diaz (#36) to man the...
Via isportsweb.com
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Cardinals take shortstop who reportedly tested positive for PEDs in 1st round of MLB draft

The St. Louis Cardinals decided Delvin Perez was too good to pass up with the 23rd pick of Thursday's MLB draft, despite the 17-year-old shortstop reportedly failing a test for performance-enhancing drugs.Perez, who played at the International Baseball Academy in Ceiba, Puerto Rico, was expected be a top-five pick, but his stock fell. Baseball America had him ranked as the fifth...
Via Fox Sports
15 days ago  |  Discuss
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