Cardinals Coaches

Introduction (aka a bunch of words at the top): An introduction is most certainly in order.  I’m Dennis, but you may know me on Twitter as gr33nazn – owner of #ManFridge.  I recently authored a post on my personal blog about why I’m not a baseball blogger, so naturally I’m now attempting to be a baseball [...]

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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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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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This weekend’s series was awful.  It was a seemingly fitting display for a baseball club that has been so inconsistent this season that they can’t even consistently be inconsistent. One of the popular fan responses and behavior this weekend was to pile onto Kyle Lohse as somewhat of a figurehead for everything that has gone [...]

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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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With the Cardinals playing turn-back-the-clock ball again, having signed former Cardinal Jeff Suppan to help stabilize the injury-riddled starting rotation, I got to thinking about Suppan’s plight and the “developmental prowess” of pitching coach Dave Duncan. By now, we’re all well-versed in the plight of Suppan – signed by the Cardinals on the cheap originally, [...]

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Well, the game wasn’t really the story last night, was it? It’s still difficult for me to determine exactly when, by watching the various videos of the incident, the young man was tasered, but the lead photo at Deadspin makes it clear that it actually happened. Wonder if a person that would run onto the [...]

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Time to play catch up with all of the random things flailing about in my brain over the weekend and this morning: Batting in the ninth slot agrees with Brendan Ryan.  He’s got 5 hits in 16 at-bats and 2 walks since Tony La Russa has gone back to the well with the pitcher-eighth lineup.  [...]

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I had a lot more fun writing my regular Sunday piece at Baseball Digest today than I thought I would. All of the anxiety and distaste for in-game decisions that I had last night had faded.  I had read the various game stories telling of Tony LaRussa and his staff applauding the team in the [...]

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