Yadier Molina Injured by Bush Leaguer

by Dennis August 28, 2012

Take a close look at the above image.  It’s Josh Harrison of the Pirates propelling his body into catcher Yadier Molina.  Some will call it a clean baseball play.  Some may even call it a “scrappy”, “hard-nosed”, or “gritty” play.  Call it what you like.  I call it a gutless, bush league move made by [...]

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MLB Needs a Fan Cave Makeover

by Dennis August 28, 2012

Unless you live under a really nice rock and “watch” baseball games via some sports app that uses “in play” and “runs scored” to keep you updated, you have probably been subjected to MLB’s attempt to shove the Fan Cave down your throat.  If indeed you have been so fortunate as to avoid the forced [...]

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Excuses, Excuses

by Dennis August 27, 2012

The lineup for tonight’s game against the Pirates has just been posted.  It does not contain the name “Freese”.  He has not seen action since the game he was hit on the wrist by a pitch in Cincinnati.  Matheny has since had the opportunity to call upon a right-handed pinch hitter in important situations, and [...]

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We Are Cardinal Nation….I Think

by Dennis August 24, 2012

Indeed, as the marketing campaign for the Cardinals says, “We Are Cardinal Nation”.  At least that’s what I’ve been hearing.  Seems a bit pompous at times, but I suppose winning the World Series of American Baseball entitles the victor to a short bombastic honeymoon. If you only see the officially released campaign material, you might [...]

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How do you control something Wild?

by Nick August 23, 2012

For the first time since May 24 of this season, the Cardinals control their own playoff destiny. By that I mean, if the playoffs were to start today, the Cards are in sole possession of a playoff berth.  If they win enough games between now and the end of the season, and their pursuers lose [...]

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The New Deal: Jake Westbrook

by Dennis August 22, 2012

Cardinals just announced that the team has reached an agreement with pitcher Jake Westbrook that keeps him in St. Louis through at least the 2013 season and possibly the following year as well.  The deal basically guarantees his previous mutual option of $8.5M for 2013 and adds a new mutual option for 2014.  The deal [...]

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Jay Has CF Covered

by Dennis August 21, 2012

Despite playing only 77 games so far this season, Jon Jay ranks 3rd among all NL center fielders with 3.1 WAR, and he trails only Andrew McCutchen (6.4 WAR) and Michael Bourn (5.9 WAR).  Without even factoring in the playing time deficit, he has produced more on the field than guys like Dexter Fowler, Angel [...]

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Riddle Me This

by Dennis August 20, 2012

Riddle me that.  Who was sitting in the dugout with Descalso at-bat? Allen Craig. Granted, Mike Matheny chose Daniel Descalso to pinch run for the hobbled Craig in a close game in hopes of gaining a speed advantage on the bases.  Certainly, few would argue that Craig can best Descalso in a foot race, but [...]

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Cards Get Social

by Dennis August 17, 2012

As you can see from the look on McKayla Maroney’s face, McKayla is not impressed with Social Media Night at Busch Stadium.  Perhaps she was not alone, either.  An extremely unscientific and informal poll of random people who attended Social Media Night on Wednesday left me with the impression that people were generally unimpressed with [...]

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Sometimes You Are The Hammer; Sometimes You Get Nailed

by Dennis August 17, 2012

When Jason Motte gave up a 9th inning home run to Paul Goldschmidt last night, a good portion of Cardinal Nation on the tweeter machine questioned everything from the pitch selection to the height of Motte’s socks.  While hindsight may indeed be 20/20, the postmortem approach to analyzing pitch outcomes still leaves some questions unanswered.  [...]

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