I may try to make this a semi-regular activity, linking up what the other quality blogs in Cardinal Nation and elsewhere. There's a lot of good stuff out there. You probably have seen some of it, but in case you are missing out, let me point out a few things I found interesting.
Not surprisingly, the tone in the Cardinal blogosphere is, for the most part, pretty upbeat after a 5-1 homestand to begin the year. Witness Stan Musial's Stance
, for example. It's a good wrapup of all that went right for the Cardinals in their first week of 2008.
The Redbird Blog did a little schedule analysis
and figured an 18-11 record at the end of April would be pretty reasonable, with 20-9 not out of the question. Imagine that kind of April, with the team then fortified with Joel Pineiro and Mark Mulder coming back. If they show they can have success and Mozeliak is then able to trade off some pitching for some offense, people might have to take the Cardinals a little more seriously.
Rockin' the Red, sporting a bit of a new look, has a good look
at the patience Cardinal hitters are showing so far this year. Having batters on base when the thumpers get to the plate can only bode well for the Cardinal offense this season. There's a long way to go and we can't be sure that this is a continuing trend, but it definitely looks like a positive development.Mike on the Cards
has a look at last night's game, plus the anniversary of the repeal of Prohibition. Not being a drinker myself, that doesn't make much impact on me save the fact that beer money has fueled the Cardinals throughout my entire life. So a toast to that!
CardinalNationGlobe points out how much he enjoys watching Brian Barton play
. Told you
he'd become a fan favorite!
Not everything is great in the Nation following the hot start. Some raised expectations have created some ugly scenes
when things go south.
You want good sabermetric discussion of the Cardinals, eventually everyone goes to Fungoes. Pip takes a statistical look
at the Cardinals' starting rotation and whether it has been as good as we think.
A new look for the premier Cardinal minor league blog on the web, but the same great content at Future Redbirds. Check it out daily for the Daily Farm Report. In today's
, you'll find that the Cardinals are moving around Pete Kozma (for reasons not quite understood) and that Memphis had their hitting shoes on last night.
Matthew Leach doesn't have his tidbits up for today yet, but keep checking his blog
for them. Being the beat writer for the Cardinals for MLB.com, he usually has info before almost anyone else. Same goes for Derrick Goold and Bird Land
, who did a nice live blog from last night's game.View From the Cheap Seats
takes a whack at the Dave Duncan/Kevin Slaten controversy. Not being a St. Louisian, I don't hear Slaten, but what I hear from word of mouth isn't good. From looking over the transcript of the call, it definitely appears like an ambush and that's not good radio, in my opinion.
Check out the Team Audit
from Baseball Prospectus. All you need to know about the Cards in one handy-dandy stop. Very rare to see a hitter besides Pujols at the top of the VORP standings.
Reading Joe Posnanski is a treat, no matter what topic (well, topics) he's writing on. Today's entry
references the new book he's writing about the Big Red Machine, last night's basketball game, and Joe Morgan. (Love that the entry title is a takeoff of one of my favorite sites
.) Along the same vein (and what is it about the Royals having great writers with unpronounceable last names as fans?), check out Rany Jazayerli and his thoughts
about the Royals. Yeah, those above .500 Royals. They're going to surprise some people.
You want awards? The Hardball Times
has them. Maybe they aren't the mainstream ones, but who could turn down "The Harmon Killebrew Batting Average Is For Wussies Award"?
That should give you plenty to examine. If you've got any other links, put them in the comments. I'm always interested in finding new blogs!
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