Meet Jason Motte on an “Off” Day

by Dennis August 14, 2012

Need a reason to get out and do something the night of August 20th?  Some guy named Jason Motte is going to be doing an autograph signing at Chesterfield Baseball Cards according to this page.  Of course, the page lists the day as “Saturday, August 20, 2012″, so maybe Jason’s calendar isn’t the same as [...]

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Putting Freese on Lockdown

by Dennis August 13, 2012

If I told you that David Freese has been just as productive and valuable as Adrian Beltre this season, would you believe me?  After all, many consider Beltre as the gold standard at 3rd base, and he remains a solid choice to defend his AL Gold Glove and Silver Slugger awards.  Beltre currently boasts a [...]

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Grade Magic Mike

by Dennis August 12, 2012

Some have questioned his use of the bullpen.  Others laud him for steering the ship through injury-plagued waters.  Then there is that small, misguided group that would like to hang the 2 walks by Rzepczynski on Tyler Greene somehow.  What about Matheny?  He’s the manager, the skipper, the big cheese.  If you had to give [...]

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Not The News Vol XV – The McKayla Maroney Edition

by Dennis August 10, 2012

The Cardinals won the 2011 World Series and sit at 10 games above the .500 mark, but Olympic Gold Medalist McKayla Maroney is not the least bit impressed.  The “McKayla is not impressed” meme was started shortly after Maroney showed a visible sign of annoyance/displeasure at the XXX Olympics in London.  Since most people expect [...]

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The NotCardinals Active Roster

by Dennis August 9, 2012

With the trade of Tyler Greene to the Houston Astros, the list of ex-Cardinals grew just a bit.  As a matter of fact, he might be the final piece to the most epic NotCardinals team ever.  Consider the potential NotCardinals 25-man roster.  Note that several ex-Redbirds have been excluded, but many belong on the 40-man [...]

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Freeing Tyler Greene

by Dennis August 9, 2012

It takes a lot for baseball fans in St. Louis to boo one of its own.  Maybe the final straw came when Tyler Greene watched a ball go through his legs last night during the 6th inning.  Maybe.  The E4 allowed 2 runs to score, although the situation likely dictated that at least 1 would [...]

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Hump Day Poll: What is a K-Lo Worth?

by Dennis August 8, 2012

You’ve been given control of the decision-making process for the Cardinals just this once.  After you have bounced around in John Mozeliak’s office and called in Mike Matheny for a discussion about banning the bunt, you have to call Scott Boras and invite him in for a chat.  Would you rather extend Kyle Lohse’s stay [...]

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The Not Top 10 Deals in Cardinals History

by Dennis August 7, 2012

Whenever someone familiar with the Cardinals goes on a diatribe about the great lopsided trades that have worked in favor of the team, the Ernie Broglio for Lou Brock deal nearly always gets mentioned.  What about the trades that didn’t work out so well for the Redbirds?  Do people find no value in evaluating such [...]

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Wanted: Workhorse, Consumer of Innings

by Dennis August 6, 2012

Set aside all concerns about the relative importance of FIP, xFIP, and quality starts.  Free your mind of the shackles that ERA and ERA+ seek to limit your perspective by using.  Understand that wherever you go, there you are.  Once you have done all that, only then can you see the truth that has been [...]

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A New and Very Depressing Stat Called EffWAR

by Dennis August 2, 2012

Beyond the Pythagorean win/loss method of calculating what a team’s record should be based on a number of factors, even advanced statistics provides few tools for truly explaining team performance.  In fact, there currently exists no really useful or practical mathematical model that helps explain team performance while also including factors such as age, payroll, [...]

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