2011 Cardinals Game Notes

I love Baseball-Reference.com’s Play Index. Not only did Rafael Furcal and Albert Pujols both hit home runs in the first inning for the second consecutive game, it’s now the third time the short-time teammates have done it in the last month. The other time it happened?  August 11th, also against the Brewers.  ALSO against Yovani [...]

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Well, okay, maybe the Cards need to run off fifteen or eighteen more wins in their next twenty to truly make that statement, but hasn’t it seemed like a few things have gone the Cardinals’ way lately? To wit: Yadier Molina gets caught up at second base having tea with Lance Berkman, but is able [...]

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To commemorate the 2011 season and be able to produce your own lasting memories of this season’s Cardinals team, you can now order your own Cardinals ProToast! No, this is not a joke. You can really order this product.  I have not been paid or otherwise motivated to post this, just found it with a [...]

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For any of you ready to pop champagne corks to celebrate the way the Rasmus trade has worked out, it’s just a bit early for gloating.  Trades involving young players like Colby Rasmus, Edwin Jackson, Corey Patterson, and Marc Rzepczynski are often measured both in terms of immediate impact and extended careers.  To say that [...]

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…and apparently, neither can Tony La Russa. Chris Carpenter threw another 119 pitches last night, marking the ninth time this season he has gone over 115 in a start, the most in one season in his career. After the first inning, it appeared those 119 might only last him five innings.  Alas, Carpenter settled down [...]

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Bad news, Cards fans.  Maybe you already know this, maybe you don’t. Albert Pujols being on the disabled list is not the only cause of the Cards’ recent slide.  The lineup looks really strange with him out and Matt Holliday hitting third, followed by whatever combination Tony La Russa scabs together that day.  But given [...]

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Inheritance Tax

by on June 22, 2011 · 0 comments

In baseball, walks are far more frustrating than hits.  In walking a batter, the pitcher removes all possibility for the defense to play a role in potentially preventing the hitter from reaching base safely.  The walk creates an additional burden for the defense, and the person responsible for the walk might not even stick around [...]

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It’s possible that you’ll read a lot about how Lance Lynn pitched a lot better than the box score indicates, and he deserved a better fate.  Indeed, he really did pitch better than the numbers show, but don’t think it’s all rainbows and fluffy bunnies, either.  Sure, he received no help from Ryan “Iron Skillet” [...]

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Chris Carpenter once again pitched well enough to win, yet received a no-decision. See, it’s not that Carpenter hasn’t been pitching well – or well enough to be better than his 1-5 record shows, given his 3.57 FIP (including last night’s game) – it’s that he’s seemingly working harder than ever to be “successful”. Take [...]

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By now, you should be fairly familiar with the Cardinals 25 active roster.  As of the completion of the game against the Royals, it consisted of 13 pitchers, 2 catchers, 6 infielders, and 5 outfielders, although technically Allen Craig was getting playing time as an infielder as of late.  Shortly after the game, it was [...]

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