Allen Craig

By The Numbers

by on September 24, 2012 · 2 comments

153 games down and 9 to go with the Cardinals owning a 2 1/2 game lead over the Brewers for the 2nd wild card spot in the National League.  Ironically, that’s exactly the same advantage that the Braves held last year over the Cardinals with 9 games to play.  That didn’t work out so well [...]

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David Freese and Yadier Molina both hit the 20 HR mark last night.  Based on the practically palpable excitement on the internets, this must have been a record or something.  It was.  The St. Louis Cardinals as a franchise has been around since prehistoric times – 1882 to be exact (that’s what we call the [...]

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It only seems fair to start off with a big “Thank You” to the St. Louis Cardinals organization for taking the time and making the effort to draw the United Cardinal Bloggers out of basements long enough to attend one of those fancy events where everyone wears pants.  In all seriousness, Ron Watermon, Lindsey Weber, [...]

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Ok, to be fair, what I’m about to lay on you folks isn’t a perfect equal and opposite of the TOOTBLAN, because the TOOTBLAN specifically does not incorporate caught stealing – but I’m going to use it in this case because I think the theory behind it still applies… How can a Major League Manager [...]

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Barring a statistical collapse by the likes of Andrew McCutchen and David Wright, the possibility of someone from the Cardinals taking home the NL MVP hardware this year seems remote at best.  That does not necessarily mean that one or more players has not earned the right to be mentioned in the MVP debate, but [...]

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Riddle Me This

by on August 20, 2012 · 0 comments

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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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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Joe Kelly has a pretty good sinking fastball, and it’s helped him hold down a 2.70 ERA through his first 6 big league starts.  Little do people realize that Kelly perfected his sinker at altitude.  No, we’re not talking about pitching in Colorado with baseballs from a humidor.  Think just a bit higher.  That’s right.  [...]

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Master Trade Baiting

by on July 6, 2012 · 2 comments

While some see Matt Carpenter getting the start at 2nd base last night as just a way to get him some at-bats, I see something else.  I see the seemingly innocuous occurrence as a harbinger of something in the works.  How else might one explain the sudden need to get Matt some playing time?  After [...]

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Happy Father’s Day to all of you dads. I spent the mid-afternoon of my Father’s Day at the local swimming hole with the young boy PH8 and Wife PH8 – who, bless her heart, advised me to start the Cards game from the beginning once we returned home and nap-time had ensued. *sigh* Little did [...]

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