NL Central Division

Reds.  How can I get past the basebrawl thing and provide an unbiased preview of the Reds?  Easy.  There are a lot of players on that team worthy of respect, and I won’t let Cueto and Phillips detract from that respect.  On to the preview…  I expect a very slight decline from 2010 and a ceiling of [...]

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     The Pirates just finished their 18th straight losing season, and 2010 was by far the worst season of those 18.  At least 1997 was close to respectable at 79-83 and within shouting distance of .500.  Last season’s record was 57-105 which represents a .352 winning percentage.  How does a team accomplish such a [...]

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  Seriously, why not consider one Clifton Phifer Lee?  You’ve probably heard of him.  After all, Cliff Lee does own a postseason batting average of .308 which is pretty darn good.  Oh, and he can pitch pretty well, too.  Yeah, he can really pitch.  Try 7-2 with a 2.12 ERA in the playoffs.  For his [...]

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If you only look at the 75-87 record for 2010, the Cubs look a lot like…well, the Cubs.  To make matters worse, they don’t have a lot of flexibility going forward into 2011, because they are burdened with some horrific contracts.  Alfonso Soriano ($18M), Carlos Zambrano ($17.875M), Kosuke Fukudome ($13.5M), Carlos Silva ($11.5M), Ryan Dempster ($13.5M), [...]

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Looking back at 2010 should give Cardinal Nation a bit of hope for the future.  After all, this team was a full game ahead of the Reds on August 12th and fresh off of a 3 game sweep at Cincinnati.  A snapshot of 08/12/10 shows that the Cardinals were 64-49 and two games ahead of [...]

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Saturday brought not only a much needed win for the St. Louis Cardinals, but also another bat for their sometimes slumping offense. Many Cardinal fans had been clamoring for weeks for Cards GM John Mozeliak to acquire the versatile Mark DeRosa from the Cleveland Indians, and the deal was made late Saturday night for reliever [...]

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Chris Carpenter’s fine outing against the Cincinnati Reds last night had me wondering: The Cardinals’ starting pitching staff has been phenominal (with a few hiccups) in the last month or so, but are they clearly distancing themselves from the rest of the league in that regard? Well, classic metrics tell us it is so. The [...]

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Beat the Pirates

by on September 13, 2008 · 2 comments

That’s really all the Cardinals had to do this season, with any sort of regularity, to be staring a playoff berth right in the eyes. Sure, 5-10 against the Brewers hasn’t done them any favors either (and 2-4 against the Royals, and 3-4 against the Giants). They’ve had their other opportunities, they’ve had many chances [...]

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