Allen Craig

Back in January of last year, we made a “mashup” of the Cardinal teams of 2000 and 2010 – choosing the best player seasons of each year and combining them to form one lineup/roster. In anticipation of NLCS Game Three, here is a similar exercise for the 1982 World Series and 2011 National League Championship [...]

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In an effort to keep things positive, to look forward to games still winnable, and – well – to ultimately put the bad taste of last night’s NLCS Game One loss out of our collective mouths, let’s look at some things we can reasonably expect to see tonight and beyond: Tony La Russa will not hesitate [...]

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About Last Night

by on September 27, 2011 · 0 comments

Reporter: ”Coach, what do you think about your team’s execution?” Coach John McKay:  “I’m all for it.” The Cardinals should definitely be looking ahead, but there are several valuable lessons worth taking away from last night.  They are much the same lessons that have been giving the guys fits all season long, and it is never too late [...]

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3 and Out

by on September 26, 2011 · 7 comments

“You can’t ask for anything more than to be playing meaningful games in September with a chance to make the playoffs.” ~Practically every player/coach/manager on a team about to miss the playoffs. Boom goes the dynamite, people.  I sincerely hope that the folks in the video department for the Cardinals took time to piece together [...]

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Reality Bites

by on September 2, 2011 · 0 comments

I hate to break the news to everybody else in Cardinal Nation, but the chances of the Cardinals reaching the playoffs increased from just above 1.0% to a whopping 4.3% after a 3 game sweep of the Brewers.  With only 24 games left on their schedule, the Brewers have a magic number of 18 to [...]

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Carpenter for Hamels

by on August 22, 2011 · 10 comments

If you take that “go big or go home” mentality, then this is just about as big as it gets right now.  No, I’m not actually suggesting an outright trade of Chris Carpenter for Cole Hamels, but I am suggesting that the Cardinals could basically replace Chris Carpenter with Cole Hamels.  The problem is that [...]

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Maybe the Cardinals have been going about things all wrong for the past couple of weeks.  The Redbirds did nothing on the field worth noting yesterday, and yet they picked up a half game on the Brewers in the standings.  “Huzzah” for doing nothing, I say.  If only the Cardinals could pick up a few games by doing [...]

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So, what is the good news?  You may have to dig a little for it, but I’ll give you 10 reasons why Cardinal fans should be optimistic during the next 6 weeks. On paper, the Cardinals start off with a relatively tough schedule, but they tend to play to the level of their competition.  They are 2-0 against [...]

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Soft In The Middle

by on June 17, 2011 · 10 comments

“A man walks down the street, He says, Why am I soft in the middle now? Why am I soft in the middle? The rest of my life is so hard! “  ~You Can Call Me Al (Paul Simon)   Paul had it right.  Why are the Cardinals so soft in the middle?  The answer [...]

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Following the weekend that shall no longer be named, suffering a sweep at the hands of the Reds in Cincinnati that was really making me rethink this post – or, more specifically, my assertion that the 2011 Cardinals were much different than the 2010 version. No sooner had the Cards finished rolling over for the [...]

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