Starting Rotation

Find a happy place, think positive, think happy thoughts…..got it!  Sorry, but I needed to get myself into the right mindset to write this one.  As a member blog of the United Cardinal Bloggers, PH8 is committed to participating in the various projects sponsored by the UCB throughout the year.  This one happens to be due [...]

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Entertain this post in the hypothetical, if you will. Its July 12th, 2010, the All-Star Break, and all is terribly wrong in the world of Cardinal Nation. Forget the relatively frigid weather of the winter and indulge yourself in a warm summer day. Don’t get too comfortable though. After all, it’s not the Winter-Warmup that [...]

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Labor Day Links

by on September 7, 2009 · 5 comments

I have been giving a lot of thought to how impressive the post All-Star run by the big club has been, and they are not alone. Memphis and Springfield secured postseason berths in quite different ways, as the revolving 2009 season has proven that the Cardinals still have plenty of depth. Tonight’s focus has to [...]

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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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It occurred to me after Kyle McClellan walked Omar Infante to load the bases last night in the eighth inning, “we’ve seen this before, I know we have.” Thing is, I wasn’t referring to the impending blown save and loss. Cardinal pitchers have walked twelve batters this season with no one out and the bases [...]

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Tony LaRussa wanted the Cardinals to show they could win those games too. The 3-2 affairs, the 2-1 dances. The Cards proved they could win the close game on the back of (dare I say it?) a good performance by the bullpen. —– Chris Perez slammed a door. Kyle McClellan did his best Jason Isringhausen [...]

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Kyle McClellan and closing?

by on January 15, 2009 · 1 comment

…and we continue. It’s no secret that I’m against (and on the record as such) attempting to make Kyle McClellan a starting pitcher. If the Cardinals want to do anything with McClellan other than the middle relief role he seems so well-suited for, why not this suggestion from my post McClellan to the rotation? Why?? [...]

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Rumors persist among Cardinal fans and scribes that Kyle McClellan is the logical fifth starter if Chris Carpenter can’t go because of persistent injury issues. I’ve gone on record here more than once as being opposed to this idea, and I haven’t changed my tune. As McClellan labored down the stretch, I wrote Save McClellan [...]

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MVP(ujols)

by on November 17, 2008 · 2 comments

The announcements are in and Sir Albert has brought home another well deserved MVP Award. You can listen to the conference call, watch video, etc from the link above. Highlights : Elbow is doing good   Will be cleared to do weight lifting soon, but can’t push too much. Other questions surrounded the fact that the [...]

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That is a question on many a Cards fan’s tongue as the season winds to a close. As Braden Looper prepares to take the mound tonight, in the Cardinals’ final series of this wildly entertaining (and similarly frustrating) season, it could be his final appearance wearing the Birds-on-the-Bat. It can be argued that Looper’s conversion [...]

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