David Freese

The last earned run the Cardinals scored came on Monday evening in the top of the 6th inning against the Pirates.  Matt Holliday hit a home run off of A.J. Burnett, and that’s the last time the team scored an earned run.  Since that moment, opponents hold a 22-0 earned run advantage.  So, during the [...]

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Riddle Me This

by on August 20, 2012 · 0 comments

Riddle me that.  Who was sitting in the dugout with Descalso at-bat? Allen Craig. Granted, Mike Matheny chose Daniel Descalso to pinch run for the hobbled Craig in a close game in hopes of gaining a speed advantage on the bases.  Certainly, few would argue that Craig can best Descalso in a foot race, but [...]

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If I told you that David Freese has been just as productive and valuable as Adrian Beltre this season, would you believe me?  After all, many consider Beltre as the gold standard at 3rd base, and he remains a solid choice to defend his AL Gold Glove and Silver Slugger awards.  Beltre currently boasts a [...]

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Beyond the Pythagorean win/loss method of calculating what a team’s record should be based on a number of factors, even advanced statistics provides few tools for truly explaining team performance.  In fact, there currently exists no really useful or practical mathematical model that helps explain team performance while also including factors such as age, payroll, [...]

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Apparently, Skip’s generosity brings all the stars to the yard (or the church in this case).  The host of the charity event “STARS 4 Baby Reesa” worked with some St Louis and Mizzou sports favorites and an incredible team of volunteers from Sunrise UMC to create a miracle.  While the quick takeaway from the charity [...]

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UPDATED 07/17/2012: Many thanks to the folks from 101 ESPN The Fast Lane for giving us some linkage love today.  To get the absolute latest information, click here. Several weeks ago I posted information about Skip Schumaker’s upcoming charity event to benefit Reesa Stutzman (original post here).  Some relevant information has since become available, and [...]

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STARS 4 Baby Reesa

by on June 18, 2012 · 19 comments

Skip Schumaker – Champion in more than 1 sense… You probably do not know Sean, Jamie, and Reesa Stutzman.  I believe it even less probable that you have heard of Krabbe Leukodystrophy.  Fortunately, Skip Schumaker knows both the family and a little about Krabbe Leukodystrophy.  Even more importantly, Skip has stepped up in a big [...]

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David Freese: Two-for-four, one double, one home run, three runs batted in. Both the double and the home run were to the right-center gap. That’s important, in context. Post-game, the @Cardinals social media folks had this to add on Freese’s solid day at the plate: https://twitter.com/Cardinals/status/213471819636817921 What could he possibly have found?  Cards beat-writer extraordinaire Derrick [...]

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Cardinals attempt to rock the vote by swaying voters using rather old-fashioned tactics that involve sensory overload of some kind.  In this case, they have started the “Vote to send Cardinals to All-Star Game” ad campaign with a questionable list of choices.  According to this screenshot taken from the Cardinals.com website just a few days [...]

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  The seemingly rhetorical question may actually deserve an answer this time.  Why must reality dictate that what our brains believe to be “right” be so far on the bad side of “wrong”?  How can intuition fail so often?  More importantly, why do we lie to ourselves in an effort to convince ourselves (and others) [...]

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