Brian Barden

Now that the current St. Louis shortstop appears off the Troy Glaus recovery program, I felt it was a good time to close out the infield on our, ahem, rather late look at the 2009 Cardinals. Brendan Ryan has every opportunity to lock down a key defensive position for as long as he wants it, [...]

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As a failed former third baseman, I know just how crucial and difficult this position can be to a successful club. This becomes even more apparent when multiple players are used to try and lock down the hot corner. Some teams can hide an offensive liability around the diamond but rarely, if ever, does the [...]

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Let’s once again take a look at everyone who spent time with the Redbirds at second base this season. G GS 2B ▾ Skip Schumaker 153 128 133 Joe Thurston 124 64 47 Julio Lugo 51 35 30 Brendan Ryan 129 105 19 Tyler Greene 48 29 7 Jarrett Hoffpauir 8 2 5 Mark DeRosa [...]

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Trying to overcome nine walks from your pitching staff in one game is pretty difficult, yet there the Cardinals were, with the bases loaded and Yadier Molina at the plate. Alas, it wasn’t meant to be. As Brewers beat-man Tom Haudricourt Twittered during the game: Brewers-Cards, 4-4 in the 8th. If Brewers win, they pull [...]

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Joe Thurston has cost the Cardinals several outs on the bases (and thus himself as a baserunner and potential run, obviously) this season.  And when I say several, I mean a glaring amount, in comparison. This subject was first broached on Twitter by Matthew Leach, the answer to which I was quickly able to find [...]

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Earlier this week, Fox Sports Midwest studio anchor and co-host of the “Parris and Burwell” radio show Pat Parris posted to his blog on the 101 ESPN website, indicating he had the answer for the Cardinals’ offensive struggles. Please, Pat, do tell! Instant Help For Offense…Bat Pitcher 9th With a title like that, it seemed [...]

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Kyle Lohse left tonight’s game with further “discomfort” in his pitching elbow, likely (hopefully) stemming from the pitch that hit him in that right elbow a week-and-a-half or so back. Lohse’s lingering injury means Joel Pineiro is going to be counted on to make his next start as he claims he can.  Brad Thompson will [...]

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[Ed. note - As part of our vacation reading, I asked my Twitter buddy Jake Wagman, political reporter for the St Louis Post-Dispatch, to do a Q&A with us.  Happily, Jake obliged.  Extensively.  We couldn't have asked for better responses.  Jake gave us some great insight into the political workings that go along with a [...]

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[Ed. note - While the usual suspect around here is on vacation, we've drummed up some great guest posters to take the reins and keep our loyal readers (all three of you) entertained.  Today's guest post is from Sherwood Farnham.  If you're not already following Sherwood on Twitter @Mstrdstr12, you should be.  It should be [...]

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What an outing by Todd Wellemeyer last night.  Efficient, only 87 pitches through seven innings of work.  He scattered some hits, but only allowed one run – and most importantly – only one walk.  Gotta make Dave Duncan happy. This Cardinal staff is leading the National League in fewest walks allowed. —– Brian Barden got [...]

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