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FIP’ing The Birds

by on February 3, 2012 · 0 comments

Pitching wins championships.  Defense wins championships.  The best defense is a good offense.  A watched pot never boils. These cliches make some sense, but there is no absolute truth to be found among them.  The Cardinals won the 2011 World Series with something short of a stellar defense, but it would be woefully inaccurate to [...]

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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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I’m BACK!  After over a two week “hiatus” which consisted primarily of being forced to do what’s known in some circles as “work”, I’m back and worse than ever.  Fear not, though.  It’s not like I used my time wisely and tried to make the world a better place or volunteered to help Carlos Lee [...]

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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 year’s Cardinal team has struggled mightily putting the ball in play with runners in scoring position.  I’ll allow the numbers to speak for themselves (and note that these numbers are PRE-Thursday’s game): Split G PA AB R HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS BAbip RISP 28 310 252 100 12 92 45 [...]

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A day off is good for this team’s bullpen, still not far enough removed for Tony’s liking from the 20-inning marathon last weekend. Rest assured PH8 loyal readers (all three of you), we do not have any intention of hosting a live blog this weekend.  As such, expect regular-old boring nine-inning games.  Sorry. Peoria Cardinals [...]

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During the 2008-2009 off-season, Ryan Ludwick spent the majority of his time conditioning to put on more muscle and bulking up, but he hindered his swing by doing so. Though he was also plagued by an injury, a majority of his problems arose from struggling to drive balls to the opposite field because his added [...]

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Our initial goal was to have this series done by say…Turkey Day or so but in my mind President’s Day makes a lot more sense. And here’s why — the Cardinals had no clue how the last three months were going to play out and the results to me were still going to be skewed [...]

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Before you all lambast me for running down the esteemed new hitting coach before he can work his magic with all of the Redbird hitters, please note that this post is intended mostly tongue-in-cheek, as I know Mark McGwire has had success working with the likes of Skip Schumaker, most certainly not a power hitter. [...]

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Fun with Cardinal streaks

by on August 28, 2009 · 2 comments

Spurred on again by Baseball-Reference’s Stat of the Day blog who ran the first streak number below (6+ IP) this morning, I’ve been fiddling around with the B-R Play Index and came up with a bunch of my own that feature some Cardinals. Longest streak in 2009 for a starting pitcher going six or more [...]

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