NL Central Division

…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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There are plenty of blog, sports sites, radio shows, and tv programs that will dedicate time and space to previews of the Cardinals/Pirates series.  Some will give you fancy charts, high definition video clips, expert analysis, and a multitude of reasons why each team will win.  Others will hedge their bets and provide mind-numbingly neutral-sounding rationale backed [...]

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There is no shortage of talking heads asking the same question right now – “How are the Pirates leading the NL Central?”  The answers given are varied yet predictable. The Pirates have had really, really good pitching, and pitching wins.  Yes, the Pirates have allowed a division low 357 runs, but they have only scored [...]

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The Brewers went out and traded for Francisco Rodriguez (K-Rod) from the Mets.  That means that the Cardinals need to respond with a trade of their own, right?  Wrong.  The team’s needs haven’t changed just because one of their main competitors for the division title made a move.  Instead, the management team will see the [...]

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Take The Gloves Off

by on May 16, 2011 · 17 comments

Let me begin with a huge disclaimer, because I like disclaimers a lot.  The Reds are presently constructed a lot like I would like to see the Cardinals put together right now.  They have a lot of speed and power in the right places, defend well, and they appear to have just enough pitching to [...]

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On the morning of January 19th, I started collecting links – as many as I can find with minimal effort – that discuss the Albert Pujols contract discussions. Why? Who knows, yet here they are. Oh, and to serve you all, our three loyal readers! The Daily Pujols certainly won’t be a comprehensive list, but between [...]

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As the Reds prepare to host the Cardinals this weekend, I thought it might be necessary to help the host team out with a few friendly suggestions about how to stay hospitable and maintain the highest level of decorum they can muster. Don’t do “The Wave”.  It’s pathetic in any stadium, and it just looks [...]

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Cardinals fans at Busch Stadium this weekend have been treated to three starting pitching gems so far in just two games – two for the good guys (Jaime Garcia and Kyle Lohse) and one by the opposing Brewers (Yovani Gallardo).  Lohse’s required a bit more wiggle work, but he was outstanding again nonetheless. We enter [...]

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[ Rock ] Finally, the Puma has come back to Houston, Texas! [ /Rock'd ] Indeed, last night marked the first return trip for Lance Berkman to Houston and Minute Maid Park. A quick glance at the #stlcards hashtag on Twitter prior to the game seemed to foreshadow a large contingent of Cards being in [...]

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Greetings on a night where the big club hopefully escapes the weather and builds upon a very successful few turns through the rotation. After some needed deliberation, the format and name shall stay the same as will the time frame. For at least this member of the PH8 team, one five-game stretch is not enough to [...]

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