How Cardinals can use the offseason to chase wild card spot

The St. Louis Cardinals have a busy offseason ahead of them, after they get done watching the Chicago Cubs celebrate their first pennant since 1945 — and perhaps more, before it’s all said and done. It must be an odd feeling for fans of the St. Louis club that are so accustomed to winning — or at the very least not watching their rivals win in October. Those rivals look strong...
Via Today's Knuckleball
1 hour ago

Father Time Has Passed Away

Paul Pagano, known to St. Louisans as ‘Father Time’, has passed away at the age of 93. Mr. Pagano was a WWII veteran who represented the United States in the D-Day invasion of Normandy in 1944, but – most likely – is known by many Cardinals fans as one of the original super fans – smiling and waving as you came in or out of Busch Stadium. He was rocking a clock around his...
Via Cardinals Diaspora
1 day ago

St. Louis Cardinals: 2016 team awards

For the first time since 2010, the St. Louis Cardinals did not reach the postseason. With a season of ups and downs, there is a lot to think about and improve upon for next season. This season was a failure in terms of winning the Wild Card race, but that does not mean that this team was full of terrible players. MVP: Yadier Molina At the age of 34 Yadier Molina caught the most...
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Mike Matheny Proposes “Monumental” Sports Complex In Chesterfield

Wait, did being the St. Louis Cardinals manager just become a side gig? You could make a decent case it has when the St. Louis Post-Dispatch includes the keywords ‘Mike Matheny’ and ‘proposes monumental sports complex’ in a screaming headline. Monumental? Even turning around the Cardinals porous defense won’t be “monumental“! Here’s the scoop: “They want to create...
Via Cardinals Diaspora
2 days ago

Cardinals have limited outfield options in free agency

The St. Louis Cardinals finished well behind the Chicago Cubs in 2016, but suddenly the Cubs look mortal. Who would’ve thought that all you needed to beat that club was a generational talent and the game’s best pitcher used repeatedly on short rest, a journeyman lefthander who’s inexplicably awesome, and one of the game’s best closers? Alas, the Cardinals don’t have any...
Via Today's Knuckleball
3 days ago

It’s Time To Prepare For The Inevitable, Cardinals Fans

We need to talk. What you’re about to read isn’t going to make you happy. For some of you, it’s going to be downright unimaginable. I get it. I’m sorry. Here we go… The Cubs will go to and win a World Series in the next 3 years. Probably this year, if we’re being real honest with ourselves. And there isn’t a single thing we can do about it. Deep breath. Woosah. If...
Via Cardinals Diaspora
3 days ago

Holliday inducted into Arizona Fall League Hall of Fame

Former Rockies, A's and Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday was inducted into the Arizona Fall League Hall of Fame on Wednesday night prior to the contest between the Surprise Saguaros and the Scottsdale Scorpions at Scottsdale Stadium.
3 days ago

Cardinals Rumors: Center Field, Rotation, Bullpen, Moss, Wong

Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch tackled questions from a number of fans earlier today and addressed a wide number of topics pertaining to the team’s offseason. First and foremost, Goold reports that he’s heard “more and more… how the Cardinals see trade opportunities as their preference” in their search for a center fielder. Specifically, he mentions Charlie...
Via MLB Trade Rumors
4 days ago

Diaz Not Moved Up in Cardinals Lineup until 2nd Quarter

With the St. Louis Cardinals season ending prior to the playoffs for the first time in the Mike Matheny era, plenty of “what if?” articles have been written. Some look at specific tactical and roster decisions made or not made. Others considered key swing games in the standings. All have their place, but for me, one particular item that remains stuck in my craw was brought to...
Via The Cardinal Nation blog
6 days ago

Duke to miss 2017 season after arm surgery

Lefty reliever Zach Duke, who made 28 appearances for the Cardinals after being acquired on July 31, will not make another in 2017. General manager John Mozeliak confirmed that Duke recently underwent surgery to repair his ulnar collateral ligament as well as a forearm flexor muscle in his left arm. Recovery from the surgery is expected to take between 12 and 18 months.
9 days ago

Cardinals outright Ohlman, Rosario, Harris

The Cardinals began the process of trimming their 40-man roster by outrighting catchers Michael Ohlman and Alberto Rosario, as well as reliever Mitch Harris, on Thursday.
9 days ago

Gambling Suspension Hampers Cardinals Seung-hwan Oh

Upon his return to his native South Korea following his first season pitching in Major League Baseball, St. Louis Cardinals relief pitcher Seung-hwan Oh held a press conference with the media in Seoul on Wednesday. Among the topics, as reported by Yonhap News Agency: Oh is the first Korean to record a save in his home country, Japan and the United States. Even his father did not...
Via The Cardinal Nation blog
10 days ago

End of season post-mortem: 2016 St. Louis Cardinals

Winning the NL Central probably wasn’t going to happen for the St. Louis Cardinals in 2016. Not with the rival Chicago Cubs assembling a juggernaut at the top of the division with eyes on a World Series championship. But the Cardinals always compete for a postseason spot and have proven that just getting into the playoffs can be all the opportunity a team needs. Yet just how far...
Via The Comeback
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Cardinals now face task of fixing what ailed them in 2016

ST. LOUIS -- There will be no red October this year in St. Louis after the Cardinals missed the postseason for the first time since 2010.St. Louis finished 86-76, missing a wild-card berth by one game as the rival Chicago Cubs won the NL Central Division by 17 1/2 games over the second-place Cardinals."We didn't meet our goals. There's no other way to say other than it's disappointing...
Via Associated Press
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Martinez pitches a gem, Holliday hits emotional home run

ST. LOUIS -- Carlos Martinez pitched seven sharp innings, Matt Holliday hit an emotional home run and the St. Louis Cardinals stayed in the middle of the NL wild-card race, beating the Pittsburgh Pirates 7-0 Friday night.The Cardinals began the day trailing San Francisco by one game for the second NL wild-card spot. The Giants played host to the Los Angeles Dodgers.Martinez (16-9...
Via Associated Press
22 days ago  |  Discuss

Farewell tour? Cards activate Holliday from DL for final series

ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Cardinals have activated Matt Holliday from the disabled list, and the veteran outfielder could make his final appearance with the team this weekend.Holliday broke his left thumb when he was hit by a pitch Aug. 11. The Cardinals informed the slugger this week that it's not planning to pick up their $17 million option on his contract for 2017.Holliday released...
Via Associated Press
22 days ago  |  Discuss

Flaws of MLB replay system exposed in Cardinals’ victory

The end of Thursday’s game between the Cincinnati Reds and St. Louis Cardinals exposed a terrible rule in the MLB replay system. The Cardinals won the game on a walk-off double from Yadier Molina that scored Matt Carpenter from first base. It's a walk-off! #STLCards — St. Louis Cardinals (@Cardinals) September 30, 2016 The only problem is that...
Via Sportsnaut
23 days ago  |  Discuss

Cardinals beat Reds on missed, unchallenged call, impacting wild-card race

The National League wild-card race took a highly unusual turn Thursday night thanks to an apparent missed call of a ground-rule double in the bottom of the ninth in the Reds-Cardinals game. That gave the Cardinals a win and helped them in their wild-card positioning battle with the Giants and Mets. Here’s a GIF of the play in question, a hit from the Cardinals’ Yadier Molina...
Via The Comeback
23 days ago  |  Discuss

Cardinals-Reds game ends in controversy after umps leave field

The St. Louis Cardinals won their game against the Cincinnati Reds 4-3 on Thursday in controversial fashion that left Cincinnati highly dissatisfied. The game was tied at 3 entering the bottom of the ninth. Yadier Molina was up with Matt Carpenter on first and two outs in the inning. Molina smacked a ball to deep left field that bounced off the second wall at Busch Stadium. In live...
Via Larry Brown Sports
23 days ago  |  Discuss

Aledmys Diaz hits grand slam after being at Jose Fernandez’s funeral

Aledmys Diaz picked the perfect time to hit his first career grand slam, which came on Tuesday night. Diaz went to Miami Monday to be with Fernandez’s family and help them mourn, and attended a memorial for the former Marlins star. But he also indicated that the best way to mourn Fernandez was to play with passion, and that’s what he did. When he came to the plate in the fourth...
Via The Sports Daily
25 days ago  |  Discuss

Cardinals' Diaz hits grand slam in honor of friend Jose Fernandez

Aledmys Diaz hit his first career grand slam, and the shortstop did it all to honor his late friend, Jose Fernandez. Diaz went deep with a grand slam in the fourth inning against the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday to give his Cardinals a 5-2 lead. Diaz pointed to the sky after the grand slam as a nod to Fernandez. First career grand slam for Aledmys Diaz. #STLCards
Via Larry Brown Sports
25 days ago  |  Discuss

Both St. Louis & Los Angeles audiences tuned out the Rams’ return

St. Louis is understandably bitter about the way the Rams franchise left for Los Angeles. Los Angeles, meanwhile, is full of Los Angeles sports fans. When the Rams played their first game since returning to the once-again home of L.A., both fanbases did what you’d expect them to do. Not care. The latest Paul Finebaum calls Michigan fans 'a whiny and...
Via Awful Announcing
September 22, 2016  |  Discuss

Alex Reyes Might Have Saved the Cardinals’ Season

Alex Reyes was only called up in August. He’s appeared in just 10 games, started just three and thrown only 35 of the Cardinals’ 1352.1 innings. He is certainly not the most valuable player on the team. He isn’t the most important, either. He’s not their best reliever (because of Seung Hwan Oh‘s great performance), and he’s not the best starter on the team (that’s Carlos...
Via Fangraphs
September 21, 2016  |  Discuss

Matt Holliday’s Absence Not Inconsequential for St. Louis

We don’t talk much about Matt Holliday these days. It’s been awhile since he was one of the best players in baseball. Probably the last time you could have honestly made that claim was in 2014, when his 132 wRC+ was 28th-best in the game. However, with the news that Holliday has probably succumbed to his thumb injury for the rest of the season, I thought we would take a minute...
Via Fangraphs
September 19, 2016  |  Discuss

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