Nick

There exists a gambling fallacy – one that applies to many games, but is especially evident in roulette – in which a player believes that if the bouncing ball has landed on red enough times, black is bound to come up next. There are a few other ways to play this particular gambit on a [...]

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Just like that, less than 48 hours removed from another thrilling do-or-die postseason victory, the Cardinals have negated the San Francisco Giants’ home-field advantage by winning Game One of the NLCS. The win wasn’t without its own fair share of heartburn, though, as the hometown Giants tried their best to replicate the Cards’ miracle comeback [...]

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Joe Kelly and Trevor Rosenthal made their postseason debuts on Monday, each successfully preventing the Nationals from scoring a run in their respective innings pitched. With the addition of Kelly and Rosenthal to the roll, the Cardinals have employed sixteen rookie pitchers in the postseason since 2000.  With one glaring exception (Mike Matthews in 2001), [...]

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Ok, to be fair, what I’m about to lay on you folks isn’t a perfect equal and opposite of the TOOTBLAN, because the TOOTBLAN specifically does not incorporate caught stealing – but I’m going to use it in this case because I think the theory behind it still applies… How can a Major League Manager [...]

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For the first time since May 24 of this season, the Cardinals control their own playoff destiny. By that I mean, if the playoffs were to start today, the Cards are in sole possession of a playoff berth.  If they win enough games between now and the end of the season, and their pursuers lose [...]

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This week has been one of reflection for many people associated with the Cardinals – including us fans.  The current team is struggling, and yet it seems so trivial in a way, as the mind wanders to teams gone by. Specifically, the 2002 Cardinals were a team struck with far more adversity than the injury-riddled [...]

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Jake Westbrook sure twirled a gem last night didn’t he? Look at the smile on his face at the end of the game, shaking hands with his teammates – looks like a man who just had a blast tossing a baseball, and being really successful doing it: As my mind tends to wander following a [...]

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Without a game to talk about, the Cardinals having Monday off in preparation for this week’s inter-league road trip, I felt it a good time to clear out the ole’ PH8 inbox – from time to time we receive notes from various folks with Cardinal-related information they’d like us to pass along to you, the three [...]

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Happy Father’s Day to all of you dads. I spent the mid-afternoon of my Father’s Day at the local swimming hole with the young boy PH8 and Wife PH8 – who, bless her heart, advised me to start the Cards game from the beginning once we returned home and nap-time had ensued. *sigh* Little did [...]

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David Freese: Two-for-four, one double, one home run, three runs batted in. Both the double and the home run were to the right-center gap. That’s important, in context. Post-game, the @Cardinals social media folks had this to add on Freese’s solid day at the plate: https://twitter.com/Cardinals/status/213471819636817921 What could he possibly have found?  Cards beat-writer extraordinaire Derrick [...]

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