Bullpen

Entertain this post in the hypothetical, if you will. Its July 12th, 2010, the All-Star Break, and all is terribly wrong in the world of Cardinal Nation. Forget the relatively frigid weather of the winter and indulge yourself in a warm summer day. Don’t get too comfortable though. After all, it’s not the Winter-Warmup that [...]

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Labor Day Links

by on September 7, 2009 · 5 comments

I have been giving a lot of thought to how impressive the post All-Star run by the big club has been, and they are not alone. Memphis and Springfield secured postseason berths in quite different ways, as the revolving 2009 season has proven that the Cardinals still have plenty of depth. Tonight’s focus has to [...]

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Chris Carpenter’s fine outing against the Cincinnati Reds last night had me wondering: The Cardinals’ starting pitching staff has been phenominal (with a few hiccups) in the last month or so, but are they clearly distancing themselves from the rest of the league in that regard? Well, classic metrics tell us it is so. The [...]

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Nice of the Cardinals to decide to take a game from Pittsburgh while they were in town.  I was beginning to think that the Pirates would wind up in first place in the division by the time the Cards escaped… Mitchell Boggs did “just well enough” in his short outing again to put the Cardinals [...]

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It occurred to me after Kyle McClellan walked Omar Infante to load the bases last night in the eighth inning, “we’ve seen this before, I know we have.” Thing is, I wasn’t referring to the impending blown save and loss. Cardinal pitchers have walked twelve batters this season with no one out and the bases [...]

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Tony LaRussa wanted the Cardinals to show they could win those games too. The 3-2 affairs, the 2-1 dances. The Cards proved they could win the close game on the back of (dare I say it?) a good performance by the bullpen. —– Chris Perez slammed a door. Kyle McClellan did his best Jason Isringhausen [...]

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The Cardinals begin another homestand tonight, starting with a three-game set versus the New York Mets.  We exchanged quick Q&A with Mike Nichols over at MetsBlog.com.  Mike had some interesting questions for me that you can read here, and below are his responses to mine: PH8: The struggles of the Cardinals and Mets bullpens, respectively, [...]

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The Cardinals have made a move to bolster (???) their bullpen, in the wake of several rough outings for the season. Brian Barton, a Rule 5 draft selection a year ago, is headed to the Atlanta Braves for right-handed relief pitcher Blaine Boyer. Boyer hasn’t been a world-beater, but maybe Dave Duncan sees something he [...]

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[Ed. note - today we have a guest post from Alex Eisenberg of Baseball-Intellect.com on Memphis relief pitcher Jess Todd.  Todd is making the switch from starter to reliever in Memphis this season, and many believe he could be on the short list for a callup to St Louis at some point this season.  Alex [...]

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Kyle McClellan and closing?

by on January 15, 2009 · 1 comment

…and we continue. It’s no secret that I’m against (and on the record as such) attempting to make Kyle McClellan a starting pitcher. If the Cardinals want to do anything with McClellan other than the middle relief role he seems so well-suited for, why not this suggestion from my post McClellan to the rotation? Why?? [...]

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