Bud Smith

Joe Kelly and Trevor Rosenthal made their postseason debuts on Monday, each successfully preventing the Nationals from scoring a run in their respective innings pitched. With the addition of Kelly and Rosenthal to the roll, the Cardinals have employed sixteen rookie pitchers in the postseason since 2000.  With one glaring exception (Mike Matthews in 2001), [...]

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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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The Imperfect Name

by on February 1, 2011 · 1 comment

I detest the phrase “perfect game”, and I think it should be removed from the baseball vernacular for good.  Why?  In it’s current form, it’s used to denote a winning effort that lasts a minimum of nine innings in which no opponent reaches base.  Basically, a “perfect game” is a “no-hitter” + “shutout” + “walk free” [...]

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Jack Morris Nick: Jack Morris doesn’t pass the sniff test for me. He was good, but folks hedge on Bert Blyleven but then gush over Morris? I’m sorry folks, a 10-inning playoff shutout start does not make you a Hall of Famer. Bud Smith threw a no-hitter once too. Morris doesn’t stack up for me [...]

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