Colby Rasmus

Reasons for optimism

by on April 12, 2011 · 3 comments

For those of you who follow on Twitter, you know that I announced I was going to err on the side of “blinded optimism” for a while.  At least one respondent argued that I had already gone crazy.  Yet, as Tony La Russa is quick to inform us, the season is young. Matt Holliday returned [...]

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After scoring just 15 runs in the first 6 games of the season, it’s fairly safe to say that the Cardinals are not lighting anybody up on offense.  With the Redbirds sitting at 2-4, I’m willing to look at the bright side of things for a moment, though.  They’ve wasted two pretty good outings by [...]

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The rumors of Albert Pujols‘ demise have been greatly exaggerated (already).  He may have another 700 plate appearances to compensate for his lousy opening day performance, and he does have a history of putting up decent numbers by season’s end.  Despite the 0-everything from AP, the Cardinals still had the lead in the 9th with [...]

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Runner’s Indifference

by on March 13, 2011 · 0 comments

Darn the limitations of the 25 man roster.  If ever there was a year the Cardinals could use a 30 man roster, it’s 2011.  It’s not that the team would be all that much better (it probably would), it’s just that it would probably be a bit more fun to watch.  Take Matt Carpenter for [...]

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Proceed With Caution

by on March 8, 2011 · 4 comments

The Cardinals looked great in a 10-4 dismantling of the Twins, and they didn’t even bring out the “big guns”, Holliday and Pujols.  Skip Schumaker is hitting .385, Matt Carpenter is hitting .375, Daniel Descalso .333, Colby Rasmus .381, Jon Jay .375, Allen Craig .364, Mark Hamilton .348, Yadier Molina .357, and David Freese is [...]

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Build it Backwards

by on March 3, 2011 · 2 comments

It’s one thing to look at the 2011 Cardinals and think about tweaking one thing here or making an adjustment there.  Rebuilding is an altogether different approach, but few people really want to think about the “R” word right now.  What about looking at the team by deconstructing it first?  It’s like taking apart your [...]

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This piece was originally titled “World’s Worst 5×5 Fantasy League Baseball Guide for Spork Users“, but I determined that was decidely too pessimistic and catered to a very small audience (spork users).  It was also a ridiculously long title, so I abandoned it in favor of something a bit easier to remember.  Keep in mind [...]

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Play That Funky Music

by on February 25, 2011 · 4 comments

Before the Cardinals take the field for opening day, I thought I’d just give my suggestions on some walkup music options for some of the players.  The “walkup music” is the music that you hear as players are introduced for each at-bat, so some people know it as the “at-bat” music.  The music is usually [...]

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Find a happy place, think positive, think happy thoughts…..got it!  Sorry, but I needed to get myself into the right mindset to write this one.  As a member blog of the United Cardinal Bloggers, PH8 is committed to participating in the various projects sponsored by the UCB throughout the year.  This one happens to be due [...]

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Show Him The Money!!!

by on January 14, 2011 · 1 comment

Not so fast.  Slow down there, wonder fan.      How much money are we talking about and for how long?  8 yrs and $240M?  10 yrs and $300M?  7 yrs / $225M plus the Gateway Arch and a riverboat?       Seriously?  I’ve heard or read just about every variation you can imagine for the next Pujols contract in [...]

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