2010 Cardinals Game Notes

So Matt Holliday popped up on the first pitch of an at-bat in the ninth inning with the game on the line Tuesday night and everyone freaked out. I’m here to address that. The adage of taking the first pitch has been preached since little league, and it appears that it has stayed with most [...]

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Among the many topics being discussed today in the aftermath of last night’s loss to the Pirates is whether or not Randy Winn had a legitimate shot at scoring from second base on Albert Pujols‘ single in the top of the ninth inning.  Jose Oquendo thought not, and held him up, but was it the [...]

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Sick of reading about how great Jaime Garcia‘s start yesterday was?  Good, me neither, so here’s some more… Derrick Goold and Brian Walton have already covered how Garcia’s start ranked in efficiency – Bird Land comparing fewest number of pitches for a 2010 MLB shutout, and The Cardinal Nation Blog comparing to other past Cardinal [...]

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Brendan Ryan is penciled into the first slot in Tony La Russa’s batting order today, facing Barry Zito and the San Francisco Giants. This will be the first time back in the lead-off spot for Ryan since July 1 against the Milwaukee Brewers. Ryan has obviously improved at the plate as the season has gone [...]

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If you watch much Cardinal baseball and read much Pitchers Hit Eighth, you know that Tony La Russa loves to sacrifice bunt and we hate giving away the out when it’s not necessary. On Saturday against the Cubs, the Cards’ half of the ninth provided such an occasion and a prime opportunity to present why [...]

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I’m going to take a different approach to this.  Everyone clearly has their opinion of whether Chris Carpenter‘s “aside” with Brendan Ryan last night was appropriate or not, and forced to give *my* opinion, I’d probably side with a little bit of what everyone says. Carp is a little extreme sometimes.  About pretty much everything. [...]

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Unfortunately, it’s the wrong kind of history to be setting. From the “if you can’t say anything nice…” files, comes the following graph: Rk Date Tm Opp Rslt IP H R ER BB SO HR Pit Str IR IS BF AB # 1 1925-06-22 STL PIT L 6-24 9.0 21 24 17 7 0 6 [...]

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A Good Night Turned Bad

by on August 3, 2010 · 4 comments

I watched last night’s game while also trying to get some other things done – multi-tasking! – and decided I’d try to keep some stream of consciousness notes on the game so I could easily recall some things to write about today. Well, if you watched the game or have checked the box score – [...]

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The Cardinals were shut out yet again yesterday by the New York Mets, leading to some questions (in my brain and from others’ fingers) as to whether the Cards have been shut out the most of any team in MLB in 2010. As so often happens, to borrow a phrase from Mr. Goold, the perception [...]

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Take a look at the win probability graph for last night’s loss from Fangraphs: It’s almost as if this graph, for last night’s game, might as well illustrate the way the Redbirds’ season has gone in 2010. Started out strong, had a couple of early hiccups where the offense sputtered a bit, but ultimately ran [...]

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