Joe Thurston

[by PH8 reader Ryan Dell - @KingRD3] In the 2010 off-season the Cardinals handed out the biggest contract in team history to Matt Holliday, and watched “plan B” leave for San Francisco. Plan B was no longer needed, nor did he want to wait around. Mark DeRosa, who just months earlier had been acquired for [...]

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As a failed former third baseman, I know just how crucial and difficult this position can be to a successful club. This becomes even more apparent when multiple players are used to try and lock down the hot corner. Some teams can hide an offensive liability around the diamond but rarely, if ever, does the [...]

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Many Cardinal fans have experienced increased teeth-gnashing since yesterday’s news that Mark DeRosa is signing with the San Francisco Giants on a seemingly reasonable contract, at two years, $12 million. Is all of this consternation really necessary? I dug into the Bag of Internet Baseball Tricks™ today and put to bed what little concern still [...]

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If you needed any more evidence to back up our prior assertion that Chris Duncan is one of the more polarizing players of recent Cardinal history, you need only read the wide variety and massive number of St Louis mainstream media pieces, blog posts, and message board threads on the Duncan-Julio Lugo trade. For every [...]

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Trying to overcome nine walks from your pitching staff in one game is pretty difficult, yet there the Cardinals were, with the bases loaded and Yadier Molina at the plate. Alas, it wasn’t meant to be. As Brewers beat-man Tom Haudricourt Twittered during the game: Brewers-Cards, 4-4 in the 8th. If Brewers win, they pull [...]

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Joe Thurston has cost the Cardinals several outs on the bases (and thus himself as a baserunner and potential run, obviously) this season.  And when I say several, I mean a glaring amount, in comparison. This subject was first broached on Twitter by Matthew Leach, the answer to which I was quickly able to find [...]

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I’m trying to get myself into a regular habit of writing again, so I decided yesterday (with credit due to a lot of other blogs that do this and inspired me a bit) to start writing quick game recaps – just a few things from each day’s post-game thoughts. Unfortunately, I picked a bad day [...]

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Earlier this week, Fox Sports Midwest studio anchor and co-host of the “Parris and Burwell” radio show Pat Parris posted to his blog on the 101 ESPN website, indicating he had the answer for the Cardinals’ offensive struggles. Please, Pat, do tell! Instant Help For Offense…Bat Pitcher 9th With a title like that, it seemed [...]

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Kyle Lohse left tonight’s game with further “discomfort” in his pitching elbow, likely (hopefully) stemming from the pitch that hit him in that right elbow a week-and-a-half or so back. Lohse’s lingering injury means Joel Pineiro is going to be counted on to make his next start as he claims he can.  Brad Thompson will [...]

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Well, judging by the title, this should be a fun exercise, no? Good thing: Colby Rasmus going three-for-four with a home run, double, single, a run scored and one batted in. Bad thing: Dan and Al going on incessantly about how Rasmus “only needs a triple for the cycle” following the single to put him [...]

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