Rick Ankiel

Joe Kelly and Trevor Rosenthal made their postseason debuts on Monday, each successfully preventing the Nationals from scoring a run in their respective innings pitched. With the addition of Kelly and Rosenthal to the roll, the Cardinals have employed sixteen rookie pitchers in the postseason since 2000.  With one glaring exception (Mike Matthews in 2001), [...]

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With the trade of Tyler Greene to the Houston Astros, the list of ex-Cardinals grew just a bit.  As a matter of fact, he might be the final piece to the most epic NotCardinals team ever.  Consider the potential NotCardinals 25-man roster.  Note that several ex-Redbirds have been excluded, but many belong on the 40-man [...]

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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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We’re slowly inching our way back into the game, and closer to Episode 1.0. Josh and I took about thirty minutes today to discuss the first game and further attempt to polish our SKILLS in the lead-up to the big 1.0. Have a listen to our ramblings about Jake Westbrook, Rick Ankiel, Colby Rasmus and [...]

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A little later than scheduled, I finally posed my question to the United Cardinal Bloggers for the Fall Roundtable discussions: It would appear as if the Tony La Russa Era is soon coming to a close, but in MLB terms he’s had a unusually long run managing in St. Louis. As we all know, that [...]

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Aside from Albert and Yadier, the one standard on recent St. Louis teams has been pop from the left side via the outfield. 2009 was shaping up to be no different, at least before the injury bug turned the Cardinals’ OF into a MASH unit. August brought a completely revamped look to the outfield, as [...]

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With names from Cardinal teams past popping up everywhere – Mark McGwire is the team’s new hitting coach and possible pinch-hitter (depending on whether Tony would ever really push for such a thing), and now Jim Edmonds has “challenged” LaRussa to give him a roster spot (believe what you will there) – I thought it [...]

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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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This one fell into my lap, and who am I to not to jump at the chance to get everyone’s feelings… The Monday (10.26) night Radio Show was just the start, and the UCB crew takes a lot of pride in our work. With that being said, how much of a circus is it going [...]

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Dodgers’ pitcher Charlie Haeger made only his second MLB start last night against the Cardinals at Dodger Stadium, and the young knuckleballer had certain measures of success. Sure, there was the inevitable home run from Albert Pujols and the bomb from Rick Ankiel, but for the most part Haeger kept the Cardinals off balance at [...]

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