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Boggs-ing Down

Who knew that the stellar play by Alcides Escobar on Wednesday night's game won a game for the Royals on Thursday?With Edward Mujica and Trevor Rosenthal off-limits due to their recent usage (and, in Rosenthal's case, warming up even when...  [Posted on May 31, 2013 7:01 AM]


Ain't Nothing Going To Break Their Stride

The Cardinals lost as many pitchers as they did games over this long holiday weekend.  That seems to be about par for the course the season; no matter how many obstacles get thrown in their way, the Cards just throw...  [Posted on May 28, 2013 2:00 PM]


Bouncing Back In Grand Fashion

Last time out, Adam Wainwright struggled against the Mets.  For most of the year, Daniel Descalso has struggled against everybody.  Last night, well, last night was good for everybody.There's no doubt that Dirty Dan is the Hero of last night's...  [Posted on May 22, 2013 7:10 AM]


Brewing Up Some Dominance

The Cards have now played the Brewers 10 times this season.  They wish they could play them 100 more.After winning two of three against the Milwaukee squad, St. Louis has now won eight of 10 against them this season.  David...  [Posted on May 20, 2013 6:44 AM]


A Sinister Problem

sinister (adj): singularly evil or productive of evil; also, of, relating to, or situated to the left or on the left side of something; also, of ill omen by reason of being on the left.That's a long way to say...  [Posted on May 17, 2013 7:10 AM]


Churning Them Out

The Cardinals ran another young pitching prospect to the mound.  The results were delightfully familiar.John Gast threw five scoreless innings before running into a spot of trouble in the sixth.  Even that wasn't entirely of his own making, as two...  [Posted on May 15, 2013 7:10 AM]


Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

There's a reason while the Cardinals have been recognized as one of the more environmentally-conscious teams in baseball.  Some teams would have seen a six-run lead as something to waste, using that cushion and cruising to a 6-2 win or...  [Posted on May 3, 2013 7:09 AM]


Going First To (Almost) Third

UCB Weekend was, as always, a completely enjoyable time full of great people, good times and memorable moments.  I hope to sit down and write about the dinner and the event with the Cardinals shortly, but in the meantime, the...  [Posted on April 30, 2013 6:33 AM]


Swatting a Nat With a Broom

Amazing how three straight wins over a serious contender can give you a new perspective on a team, huh?  The Cardinals limped into Washington with a leaky bullpen and questions about what this team was going to be like.  They...  [Posted on April 25, 2013 6:46 AM]


Finishing The Task

For one evening, at least, things worked the way they were supposed to.  The starter had a strong outing, the offense did just enough (though, unsurprisingly, they could have done more) and the much-maligned bullpen closed the door.  It's a...  [Posted on April 23, 2013 6:49 AM]


Riding The Roller Coaster

Computer glitches this morning have already cost me a good chunk of my blogging time, so let's jump straight into this and see how far we can get.  There's plenty to talk about in relation to the last three games,...  [Posted on April 22, 2013 10:35 AM]


Closer Than It Had To Be

We've seen some good things out of this offense this season.  We've seen a few double-digit games and we've seen them adjust in mid-game, going the first four or five innings without denting the plate, then exploding to take over...  [Posted on April 16, 2013 6:56 AM]


A Great Day Ruined

I'm a big believer in the Golden Rule.  As a Christian, it's one of those basic foundations of how I try to live my life.  The world would be better if we all did that, I'd suggest.  That said, every...  [Posted on April 9, 2013 6:47 AM]


Coming Out Of The Trance

"And when I snap my fingers, you will realize you can hit Giants pitching."Whomever snapped their fingers and pulled the Cardinals out of being mesmerized by anyone hurling the baseball wearing a San Francisco uniform should have done it a...  [Posted on April 8, 2013 6:44 AM]


Prizefight

I'll start this off with a caveat that should surprise no one: I didn't see about half this game.  I don't think many did that aren't in college or at least didn't have to go work today.  It's not a...  [Posted on April 4, 2013 6:59 AM]


Unfulfilled Promise

There's a lot of hope and excitement that surrounds Opening Day.  The problem is, by the end of the night only one team continues to feel that way.  Last night, that team wasn't the Cardinals.There wasn't one facet of the...  [Posted on April 2, 2013 6:47 AM]


The Wagonmaker Rides High

It sounded like it was only a matter of time.  Thankfully, this time the sounds were right.Yesterday afternoon, it leaked out that the Adam Wainwright negotiations had reached a productive end.  Wainwright will sign a five year, $97.5 million extension...  [Posted on March 28, 2013 6:46 AM]


Taking The Fifth

As we expected before the spring (though not necessarily throughout the camp), Shelby Miller will be the fifth starter in the Cardinal rotation.  While the loss of Jason Motte, freeing up a bullpen spot, didn't hurt Miller's case (as Joe...  [Posted on March 26, 2013 6:59 AM]


A Twist On Survivor: Jupiter

Every spring, Derrick Goold follows what he calls Survivor: Jupiter.  He keeps track of who is the last player not to appear in a spring training game.  It's a neat diversion and I think Adron Chambers won this year, though...  [Posted on March 25, 2013 6:46 AM]


Mene, Mene, Tekel, Parsin

While it wasn't as dramatic as a hand appearing out of nowhere and making out the roster on the side of the Jupiter clubhouse, the writing on the wall was starting to become clear.  Yesterday, Ronnie Cedeno was weighed on...  [Posted on March 20, 2013 7:59 AM]


A Relieved Cardinal Nation

While the Cardinals did play yesterday and actually scored, snapping another of those long scoreless streaks, the best news that came out likely was in Derrick Goold's weekly chat.  Goold noted that there was no truth to the idea that...  [Posted on March 19, 2013 7:41 AM]


Crazy Rumor Weekend

When the games on the field aren't that interesting, it seems like the off-the-field stuff makes up for it.  The Cardinals were shut out both Saturday and Sunday, capping a week of limited offense, but were quite active in the...  [Posted on March 18, 2013 7:57 AM]


Two Men Enter, But Which One Leaves?

Yesterday's game was billed as the deciding factor for the fifth starter slot.  Joe Kelly would start the game, Shelby Miller would come in afterwards, and we'd all get a good idea of who was going to take the last...  [Posted on March 15, 2013 6:59 AM]


Getting It Out Of The Way

Let's look at the positive side.  At least these games don't count for anything.  Better to have this in the spring than in May or June, right?That's the way to look at this because otherwise, this losing streak would get...  [Posted on March 13, 2013 7:06 AM]


UCB Project: Playing Pepper

For the fifth straight year, Playing Pepper returns to C70 At The Bat.  If you aren't aware, this series helps get a feel for the other 29 teams in baseball by asking those that follow them the closest--their bloggers.  We've...  [Posted on March 11, 2013 11:00 AM]


Halfway Home

We've hit the midpoint of spring training.  Three weeks from today, we're avoiding stupid April Fool's jokes and focusing on the pitching matchup out in Arizona.  It's a long spring this year, what with the World Baseball Classic going on,...  [Posted on March 11, 2013 8:15 AM]


Confirming The Obvious (And Not As Obvious)

You know, during the winter, there were a lot of days where there just wasn't anything to talk about.  Things were slow and we grasped at whatever crumbs we could find.  Yesterday, well, yesterday wasn't one of those days.Let's start...  [Posted on March 8, 2013 6:54 AM]


Power Show

It was almost like an episode of Oprah yesterday.  "You get a home run, and YOU get a home run.  Everybody gets a home run!"While it wasn't quite that bad--the Cards didn't score 20+ runs or anything--all of their scoring...  [Posted on March 7, 2013 9:09 AM]


Another Day, Another Rout

Blast it, I'm starting to get used to this type of game, the large-offense, small-pitching type which leaves the Cardinals comfortably in hand by the end of nine innings.  I know it won't continue, but even in spring, it's fun...  [Posted on March 1, 2013 7:29 AM]


Wacha, Wacha Man

While the Cardinals may have scored double-digit runs for the third straight day, the offense was overshadowed by a presence on the mound, and it wasn't mean, lean Lance Lynn.Michael Wacha is becoming the story of the spring, and with...  [Posted on February 28, 2013 6:59 AM]


A-Thumping We Will Go

You know that on those spring road trips, a lot of the regulars pull rank and don't have to go.  It gives them rest and it avoids any stiff backs or any other bus-related injuries.  So yesterday's lineup had no...  [Posted on February 27, 2013 7:01 AM]


Connections

If you haven't already, you must read the outstanding piece by Jenifer Langosch over at the official site, detailing the mentor/mentee (is that a word) relationship between some of the veterans and some of the youngsters coming up.  It's a...  [Posted on February 19, 2013 7:06 AM]


Carpenter Speaks, Others Throw

For most of the world, the Pope's retirement was the biggest press event involving cardinals.  Not so much in St. Louis, of course, because Chris Carpenter coming to the microphone can top even the Holy Father in baseball heaven.Carpenter spoke...  [Posted on February 12, 2013 7:00 AM]


The End Of An Era

When word of a press conference came out yesterday morning, there was a lot of general speculation.  Had the club bought out David Freese's arbitration years?  Was John Mozeliak a stealthy ninja, settling the Adam Wainwright situation while we weren't...  [Posted on February 6, 2013 6:59 AM]


Book Excerpt: The United Cardinal Bloggers Annual

As you know, the intrepid band of opinionated writers known as the United Cardinal Bloggers has put together another annual.  This time, as again you know, it is on Amazon as an ebook for $4.99.  For you what you get, I still...  [Posted on February 4, 2013 11:27 AM]


UCB December Project: Top 5 Stories

It's telling about this offseason that I can not write for over a week and still not necessarily have a backlog of things to talk about.  Sure, Ty Wigginton got signed and that's pretty inexplicable, but others have covered that...  [Posted on December 28, 2012 4:50 PM]


Winter Meetings In Spring Temperatures

The general manager meetings start in Nashville today.  If the climate in Nashville is similar to what it is here--and it should be--it might be less meetings and more pickup softball games.  I know that we don't often have white...  [Posted on December 3, 2012 7:00 AM]


Cardinal Bloggers Awards: 2012 Ballot

Every year about this time, the United Cardinal Bloggers make their selections on who should win the Cardinal Blogger Awards.  This is the sixth time we've handed out these awards and each year is as much fun as the last.The...  [Posted on November 30, 2012 2:12 PM]


Exit Interviews: The Synopsis

So, after 2 1/2 weeks, 45 players, one manager, one general manager, and a whole lot of blog posts, the Exit Interview series has come to an end.  I hope you enjoyed it.  I know it gave me a better...  [Posted on November 11, 2012 3:35 PM]


Exit Interview: Joe Kelly

To give myself a reason to look back on this season, I've started this series of blog posts to review each player that spent time in St. Louis during 2012.  More summaries than anything, I imagine the player coming into Mike...  [Posted on November 1, 2012 8:15 PM]


An Unexpected Position

Well, this isn't where we thought we'd be in the afterglow of Thursday, is it?Sadly, it was foreseeable.  After all, Barry Zito is one of those lefties that, no matter how much the Cardinals should be able to hit him,...  [Posted on October 22, 2012 6:55 AM]


Ribs Are Overrated

There was so much buildup and excitement before yesterday's start by Chris Carpenter that I started to get concerned.  Baseball seems to love to "flip the script" and, after all, Carpenter is only human.  A human that had missed almost...  [Posted on October 11, 2012 6:28 AM]


Quieting The Noise

So I gotta figure there's a lot fewer Chicken Littles in Cardinal Nation today.  Twelve runs will do that.The Cards got behind again in the second, allowing a run to the Nationals.  Jaime Garcia wasn't sharp and apparently there...  [Posted on October 9, 2012 6:38 AM]


Squandering The Advantage

When the Cardinals went four innings without getting a hit, there was a feeling it would catch up with them.When they left runners on in scoring position, there was a feeling of unease about the whole situation.When they loaded...  [Posted on October 8, 2012 7:24 AM]


Live By The Sword, Die By The Sword

Last year, the Cardinals thrived with one last strike.  This year, their opponents are.For the third time in less than two weeks, the Cardinals were just a pitch away from winning a big ballgame, only to see a home...  [Posted on September 22, 2012 9:18 AM]


The Pause That Refreshes

Lance Lynn spent his time in the bullpen.  Apparently, he has no urge to go back.For the second straight outing after his stint out of the starting rotation, Lynn threw a solid game, pushing the Cardinal wild card lead...  [Posted on September 20, 2012 6:47 AM]


A Nice, Quiet Win

When you run out the pitcher with the highest winning percentage in baseball against a team that is on the verge of losing its 100th game, you would expect that there wouldn't be a lot of drama.  Thankfully, this...  [Posted on September 19, 2012 6:33 AM]


Living Right In LA

Something had to give last night.  Thankfully, it was on the Cardinals' side.With both teams doing their darndest to let someone else take the wild card, the Cards were able to break through and get a 2-1 win.  Obviously,...  [Posted on September 14, 2012 7:00 AM]


Trying To Survive

First off, UCB weekend was a major success.  Lots of great times with some great people and I can't wait to write it all up for you.  That said, a proper post on the weekend will take some time that...  [Posted on September 11, 2012 9:28 AM]


Laboring For A Win

After the last week, a win is a win is a win and you can't complain too much about it, but yesterday's victory against the Mets was a little more nerve-wracking than you'd care for when you are drawing...  [Posted on September 4, 2012 6:47 AM]



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Heroes
Carlos Beltran (6)
Yadier Molina (5)
Matt Holliday (4)
Jon Jay (4)
Matt Carpenter (3)
Daniel Descalso (3)
Jaime Garcia (3)
Pete Kozma (3)
Shelby Miller (3)
Adam Wainwright (3)
Allen Craig (2)
Lance Lynn (2)
Tyler Lyons (2)
Edward Mujica (2)
Jake Westbrook (2)
David Freese (1)
Joe Kelly (1)
Seth Maness (1)
Trevor Rosenthal (1)
Michael Wacha (1)
Ty Wigginton (1)

2012 Top Hero: Matt Holliday (17)
2011 Top Hero: Lance Berkman (24)
2010 Top Heroes: Matt Holliday and Albert Pujols (24)
2009 Top Hero: Albert Pujols (28)
2008 Top Hero: Albert Pujols (25)

Goats
Jon Jay (6)
David Freese (5)
Mitchell Boggs (4)
Joe Kelly (4)
Pete Kozma (4)
Matt Carpenter (3)
Allen Craig (3)
Daniel Descalso (3)
Jaime Garcia (3)
Yadier Molina (3)
Matt Adams (2)
Carlos Beltran (2)
Matt Carpenter (2)
Matt Holliday (2)
Lance Lynn (2)
Seth Maness (1)
Shane Robinson (1)
Fernando Salas (1)
Adam Wainwright (1)
Jake Westbrook (1)

2012 Top Goat: Rafael Furcal (11)
2011 Top Goat: Ryan Theriot (12)
2010 Top Goat: Brendan Ryan (14)
2009 Top Goats: Rick Ankiel and Todd Wellemeyer (13)
2008 Top Goat: Troy Glaus (13)

Cardinal Nation Approval Ratings (March 2013)
Yadier Molina 96.2% (up 8.8%)
Chris Carpenter 89.8% (down 0.3%)
Derrick Goold 89.1% (up 6.3%)
Matt Holliday 88.4% (up 0.9%)
Allen Craig 88.3%
Adam Wainwright 88.2% (down 3.7%)
Jose Oquendo 87.1% (up 2.4%)
Jason Motte 86.9%
John Mozeliak 86.5% (up 1.1%)
United Cardinal Bloggers 85.2% (up 6.3%)
Bill DeWitt 85.1% (up 5.3%)
Mike Shannon 85.1% (down 0.2%)
John Rooney 84.5% (up 3.0%)
Mike Matheny 84.4% (up 3.3%)
David Freese 82.9% (down 2.6%)
Jon Jay 81.8% (up 10.7%)
Lance Berkman 80.6% (down 8.0%)
Jenifer Langosch 79.5%
Lance Lynn 79.5%
Dan McLaughlin 76.0% (up 8.0%)
Jim Hayes 73.0% (up 1.1%)
Ricky Horton 65.5% (down 2.0%)
Jaime Garcia 64.1%
Albert Pujols 59.2% (up 4.3%)
Ballpark Village 58.3%
Joe Strauss 54.3% (down 13.4%)

2012
Tony La Russa 88.2% (up 17.4%)
Mark McGwire 82.6% (up 20.1%)
Skip Schumaker 73.3% (up 9.2%)
B.J. Rains 69.5% (down 0.9%)
Kyle Lohse 68.9% (up 13.8%)
Al Hrabosky 66.4% (up 3.2%)
Colby Rasmus 46.5% (down 35.3%)

2011
Dave Duncan 87.9% (up 0.9%)
Matthew Leach 85.5%
Pop Warner 76.7%
Ryan Franklin 72.8% (up 3.1%)
John Vuch 68.9%
Jeff Luhnow 66.4%
Dan Lozano 58.7%

2009
Rick Ankiel 83.9%
Chris Duncan 69.1%


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