Kyle McClellan

Reading a couple of posts over at STLCardinalBaseball this weekend led me into a bit of a debate with Ray over whether the Cardinals routinely pay market value for their players or not.  Spurred on by the ongoing discussions about what market value may look like for one Yadier Molina, Ray took a look at [...]

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FIP’ing The Birds

by on February 3, 2012 · 0 comments

Pitching wins championships.  Defense wins championships.  The best defense is a good offense.  A watched pot never boils. These cliches make some sense, but there is no absolute truth to be found among them.  The Cardinals won the 2011 World Series with something short of a stellar defense, but it would be woefully inaccurate to [...]

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Under Construction

by on February 1, 2012 · 8 comments

  There is no questioning the results thus far.  Cardinals’ GM John Mozeliak has built a good track record during his time with the team.  Is there a method to his madness?  Maybe.  He may not have a printed set of blueprints for building a team, but he certainly seems to have an idea of [...]

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It’s that time of the year again, for the United Cardinal Bloggers’ Fall Roundtable discussions.  You can find all of the other question and answer sessions by visiting the UCB site - but yesterday was our turn to do the asking, thus today is the day to do the posting. We asked: It seems with every [...]

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A Quick Nine

by on September 6, 2011 · 5 comments

I had the unfortunate displeasure last night of sitting through almost an entire game at Busch Stadium with a loud, obnoxious know-it-all “fan” blathering on and on right behind me.  The man looked to be in his early to mid 70′s, and he seemed harmless enough until he claimed that Brandon Dickson had just made his [...]

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That’s Plausidiculous

by on August 29, 2011 · 3 comments

Admit it.  Y’all have already huddled around water coolers, in break rooms, or gathered for drinks after work to discuss the state of the Cardinals more than once recently and discussed bringing back Berkman, Albert’s contract, and/or the state of TLR’s mental health.  That’s all well and good, but how many of you did your homework [...]

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The Cardinals have spent most of this season playing with house money, and they know it.  The $8M they bet on Lance Berkman may have been the best signing of last offseason in terms of risk/reward.  A good bit of Cardinal Nation is now drinking the Kool-Aid, and I don’t have a problem with that [...]

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After another gut-punch loss where the Cardinals were seemingly cruising only to run into THAT BIG INNING again, I think it’s time to acknowledge there is a problem. The Cardinals have allowed five or more runs in one inning fourteen times this season, including last night’s fifth inning from Chris Carpenter. In terms of ranking [...]

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Inheritance Tax

by on June 22, 2011 · 0 comments

In baseball, walks are far more frustrating than hits.  In walking a batter, the pitcher removes all possibility for the defense to play a role in potentially preventing the hitter from reaching base safely.  The walk creates an additional burden for the defense, and the person responsible for the walk might not even stick around [...]

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Daniel Shoptaw of C70 At The Bat joins us to discuss United Cardinal Bloggers, Baseball Bloggers Alliance, Cardinal baseball and Baby Birds. On the agenda for Ep 2.0 – Kyle McClellan, Matt Holliday, Lance Lynn, Maikel Cleto, Shelby Miller, Zack Cox, Carlos Martinez, Chris Carpenter, Ryan Franklin, Chris Duncan – AND OH SO MUCH MORE. [...]

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