Ryan Theriot

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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…and apparently, neither can Tony La Russa. Chris Carpenter threw another 119 pitches last night, marking the ninth time this season he has gone over 115 in a start, the most in one season in his career. After the first inning, it appeared those 119 might only last him five innings.  Alas, Carpenter settled down [...]

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I thought about titling this post “Re-opening old wounds” – for I expect it to be painful for many of us, myself included. I do my best to be balanced about baseball, I really do.  Objectively viewing certain situations and outcomes is good for my blood pressure, I’ve found.  But sometimes, unabashed homer or Kool-Aid [...]

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Rather than focus on just one topic, I’m giving in to my less focused side and tossing a bunch of thoughts against the perverbial wall to see what sticks.  The end result is a shotgun splatter pattern of fragmented thoughts that exceed the 140 character limit of a tweet but aren’t deserving of a complete [...]

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Soft In The Middle

by on June 17, 2011 · 10 comments

“A man walks down the street, He says, Why am I soft in the middle now? Why am I soft in the middle? The rest of my life is so hard! “  ~You Can Call Me Al (Paul Simon)   Paul had it right.  Why are the Cardinals so soft in the middle?  The answer [...]

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Jack Moore of Disciples of Uecker (U before the E, fools), Fangraphs, and Roto Hardball joins us to talk Brewers baseball.  Luckily his segment was recorded before the weekend series, so he couldn’t embarrass us.  (I’m sure that’s bound to come in the comments.) Additionally, despite the title of this episode, I’m still a relatively [...]

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Hellooo, TLR!  Is this thing even on?  Has anybody besides me noticed that Matt Holliday hasn’t exactly been pounding the ball since going 3/5 on May 13th against the Reds?  Since that day, he’s gone 4/31 and dropped his batting average from .398 to .344.  A hitting slump alone isn’t cause for concern, especially when [...]

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Following the weekend that shall no longer be named, suffering a sweep at the hands of the Reds in Cincinnati that was really making me rethink this post – or, more specifically, my assertion that the 2011 Cardinals were much different than the 2010 version. No sooner had the Cards finished rolling over for the [...]

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Drew Silva from NBCSports.com’s Hardball Talk blog and Rotoworld.com joins us to talk about the Cardinals and the NL Central. We touched on several topics (ranging across a couple recording dates) including the Cards’ defense, bullpen, Chris Carpenter‘s struggles, and Ryan Theriot versus Brendan Ryan (and Tyler Greene, and Nick Punto, and Daniel Descalso, and [...]

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TheRiot Platoon?

by on May 10, 2011 · 6 comments

Maybe Ryan Theriot‘s current line of .287/.341/.320/.661 isn’t really that far off of his career line of .284/.348/.354/.702, but I’m beginning to question whether or not he’s the right guy at the leadoff spot for the Cardinals.  More pointedly, I’m questioning whether or not he’s the right guy at that spot on a full-time basis.  [...]

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