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That is a question on many a Cards fan’s tongue as the season winds to a close. As Braden Looper prepares to take the mound tonight, in the Cardinals’ final series of this wildly entertaining (and similarly frustrating) season, it could be his final appearance wearing the Birds-on-the-Bat. It can be argued that Looper’s conversion [...]

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Vote Albert for MVP

by on September 25, 2008 · 8 comments

Ok, so I don’t have any great way for you to influence that decision. What I do have, is a link to a post over at Redbird Review, where John dug up a great article on Page 2 at ESPN.com about the typical responses to Albert Pujols’ chances to win the NL MVP. Cruise over [...]

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Put aside for a minute the fact that he wants to be traded (or for that matter, thinks he’s a tradeable commodity at this point). Adam Kennedy had another ho-hum two-for-four last night with one run batted in.  The effort raised his season batting average to .271. Sure, he’s not hitting for power, as his [...]

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As if watching the late-August and early-September swoon of the Cardinals hasn’t been bad enough, it appears no one else wants to take the NL Wild Card spot in the playoffs.  The Mets lost to the Cubs tonight, allowing the Cardinals to mathematically remain “in the race” regardless of their outcome versus Arizona tonight (and [...]

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Save McClellan for next year

by on September 19, 2008 · 2 comments

I think it’s time to start thinking about shutting Kyle McClellan down (if he’s not unofficially done anyway) for the season, albeit what little is left of it. Kyle had another rough outing on Tuesday night, surrendering three runs in one-third of an inning. Unfortunately, this type of appearance has become all too common in [...]

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I received an e-mail over the weekend from Alex Eisenberg over at Baseball-Intellect.com, alerting me to his analysis of Nico Vasquez‘ swing and projections going forward. From Eisenberg’s article Scouting Cardinals Prospect Niko Vasquez: Vasquez is coordinated and fairly agile with a strong arm at the shortstop position, but questions about his overall foot speed [...]

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Beat the Pirates

by on September 13, 2008 · 2 comments

That’s really all the Cardinals had to do this season, with any sort of regularity, to be staring a playoff berth right in the eyes. Sure, 5-10 against the Brewers hasn’t done them any favors either (and 2-4 against the Royals, and 3-4 against the Giants). They’ve had their other opportunities, they’ve had many chances [...]

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I would not have sent Ryan Franklin out for a second inning (although, who I am kidding, I wouldn’t have brought him into a tie game to begin with). I would have had Felipe Lopez bunting with Brendan Ryan on first and no one out. I definitely would have had Lopez bunting with Ryan on [...]

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UCB: Top 7 Prospects

by on September 7, 2008 · 10 comments

I was asked to take part in a ‘United Cardinal Bloggers‘ project which tasked several of us Cardinal blog writers to list our top seven prospects in the organization.  That was the only instruction, there were no further restrictions.  As such, my list follows: 1.  OF Colby Rasmus – Obviously, any Cardinal prospect list has [...]

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Well, that’s really where it all began, isn’t it? I apologize for my longer than anticipated absence, and in some ways, I’m not that sorry.  I barely got to see any Cardinal baseball while I’ve been on ‘hiatus’, and that’s seemingly been a good thing.  I hate to go down the path of pessimist, but [...]

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