Brendan Ryan

A Time for Giving Thanks

by on November 24, 2010 · 0 comments

As the members of Cardinal Nation prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving, I want to take this opportunity to wish everyone a safe and happy holiday.  If you are driving this weekend, please be mindful of not only yourself but everybody else out there driving as well.  Most accidents are caused by people who don’t expect to [...]

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The Not-so-hot Stove

by on November 23, 2010 · 2 comments

I don’t claim to know any more or less about baseball, cars, or string theory (okay, well maybe string theory) than anybody else.  However, I did stay at a Holiday Inn Express several times, so I think that qualifies me to make some wild guesses about what is going to happen over the next few [...]

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Brendan Ryan is penciled into the first slot in Tony La Russa’s batting order today, facing Barry Zito and the San Francisco Giants. This will be the first time back in the lead-off spot for Ryan since July 1 against the Milwaukee Brewers. Ryan has obviously improved at the plate as the season has gone [...]

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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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I’m going to take a different approach to this.  Everyone clearly has their opinion of whether Chris Carpenter‘s “aside” with Brendan Ryan last night was appropriate or not, and forced to give *my* opinion, I’d probably side with a little bit of what everyone says. Carp is a little extreme sometimes.  About pretty much everything. [...]

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Unfortunately, it’s the wrong kind of history to be setting. From the “if you can’t say anything nice…” files, comes the following graph: Rk Date Tm Opp Rslt IP H R ER BB SO HR Pit Str IR IS BF AB # 1 1925-06-22 STL PIT L 6-24 9.0 21 24 17 7 0 6 [...]

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A Good Night Turned Bad

by on August 3, 2010 · 4 comments

I watched last night’s game while also trying to get some other things done – multi-tasking! – and decided I’d try to keep some stream of consciousness notes on the game so I could easily recall some things to write about today. Well, if you watched the game or have checked the box score – [...]

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Taking into account that Whiteyball is all but dead, I am still surprised by what this little experiment has taught me. My heart and head were in the right place (for once) by pushing for Colby to take over his chosen role. But boy, the responses shocked even my most cynical viewpoints about TLR and [...]

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An expression is worth what you say? I took this pic with my wife last year during the STL/KC game, and I imagine it is the same look Colby Rasmus gave TLR when the lead-off question came up. The truth hurts, and the Cardinals have only one true option to man the most important spot [...]

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Looking at current Yahoo rankings, I decided to look at whether or not Cardinal hitters would be over or under this ranking at season’s end. This does not include today’s game. Player: Yadier Molina Current Rank: 191 Outlook: Molina has appeared in 28 of 31 games and started in 27 of those games. He is [...]

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