Jake Westbrook

The Cardinals’ starting pitching rotation is on this week’s cover of Sports Illustrated. Well, what WAS the Cardinals’ starting pitching rotation. Two-fifths of that photo are now on the disabled list. One for the season (Jaime Garcia) and one indefinitely or until the medical staff runs out of elbow injections (Jake Westbrook). Damn you Sports [...]

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Sometime in mid-August (ok, August 12 to be exact – it’s right there on the Tweeter box) Cardinal fan Will Leitch began a dialogue “with” the Cardinals. Er, maybe AT the Cardinals is more appropriate. With Will’s permission, and maybe he’ll chime in with some of his own feedback and insight upon review of his [...]

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Nostradennis

by on October 23, 2012 · 8 comments

Based on what we saw in 2012, feigned knowledge of the minor league system, and some tarot cards someone left in the driveway, I shall attempt to predict the future.  Barring an unexpected retirement or alien abduction, the 2013 Cardinals have roughly $89.5M guaranteed in salary to 9 players.  Add up some guesstimates for arbitration-eligible [...]

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The 2012 season for the St. Louis Cardinals came to a rather abrupt, sobering halt tonight.  Taking time to reflect and collect one’s thoughts before writing a post-mortem might be a savvy move.  I am not that man.  So, please go elsewhere for brevity, hat tipping, and the usual exchange of pleasantries that often follows [...]

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Set aside all concerns about the relative importance of FIP, xFIP, and quality starts.  Free your mind of the shackles that ERA and ERA+ seek to limit your perspective by using.  Understand that wherever you go, there you are.  Once you have done all that, only then can you see the truth that has been [...]

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No Sacred Cows Here

by on July 30, 2012 · 0 comments

Be realistic, and please admit that you have certain players you do not wish to see leave the Cardinals or the farm system.  For whatever your reasons, you have grown emotionally attached to 1 or more, and the thought of them in another team’s uniform amounts to baseball sacrilege.  Well, try setting aside those thoughts [...]

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In the “Breaking Bad” series, I attempt to break down raw data about a specific player to try and understand or maybe explain their relative level of success.  Since Joe Kelly has 6 starts at the Major League level under his belt, now seems like a great time to analyze Joe’s body of work for [...]

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Carp Season Over

by on July 3, 2012 · 5 comments

Chris Carpenter will have season-ending surgery which means that he will not throw a truly meaningful pitch in the 2012 season.  Lesser men might call it quits.  Lesser men do not throw a masterpiece together for game 5 of the NLDS while facing Roy Halladay and the Phillies.  Lesser men do not have postseason records [...]

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Jake Westbrook sure twirled a gem last night didn’t he? Look at the smile on his face at the end of the game, shaking hands with his teammates – looks like a man who just had a blast tossing a baseball, and being really successful doing it: As my mind tends to wander following a [...]

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Ask a group of Cardinal fans about why the team sits 1.5 games behind the Reds in the NL Central division, and the 2 words most likely to appear in responses are “injuries” and “pitching”.  Certainly, injuries to key players have piled up and taken a toll on the team.  Losing both a pitching Carpenter [...]

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