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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]

Playing The Ace

Every five days, Adam Wainwright goes to the mound.  Which means every five days, we have the chance to see something special.Last night Jeff Passan tweeted out that you could argue Wainwright has been the best pitcher in baseball so...  [Posted on April 24, 2013 6:47 AM]

A Place In The Middle

[Mal jumps four marbles] Zoë: That's a bold move. Mal: I live on the edge. [Zoe jumps six of his marbles] Jayne: Nice work [idiot]. Mal: [as Zoe chuckles] I've given some thought to moving off the edge. Not an ideal location. Might get a...  [Posted on April 19, 2013 6:49 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]

Ruining The Moment

With two innings to go yesterday, the Cardinals were on the brink of something pretty extraordinary.  Not only were they in position for the sweep, but they just had to get six outs and they could blank the Brewers for...  [Posted on April 15, 2013 6:46 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]

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]

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]

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]

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: Tony Cruz

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...  [Posted on October 27, 2012 1:45 PM]

Heading For Home

The Cards start the last four weeks of the season today.  Hopefully, it goes much better than Wednesday did.There was a lot of complaining before that game about the lineup that Mike Matheny ran out there.  No Matt Holliday,...  [Posted on September 7, 2012 7:07 AM]

Unfulfilled Expectations

After Monday night, when the Cards had won to put the Pirates three back and to make ground on about everyone else in the wild card race, things were looking good.  It seemed likely that the Cardinals had put...  [Posted on August 30, 2012 6:47 AM]

The Defense Of Yadier Molina

And to think, we almost made it through the season without an Incident.You know, one of those moments where the national press and those that think the worst of the Cardinals get a chance to moralize or condemn the...  [Posted on August 29, 2012 6:50 AM]

Better Than The Alternative

The Cardinals were able to take two of three this weekend from the Reds. While that's a good thing for their playoff hopes, it's more like a mosquito bite to the chances of actually taking the division.  Whether that matters...  [Posted on August 27, 2012 7:30 AM]

Broken Broom

So close.  So close to a sweep and going into the Pittsburgh series tied with the Pirates for a playoff slot.  But just as the Cards got the broom out of the closet, the handle snapped off and they...  [Posted on August 17, 2012 10:25 AM]

Mood Swing

Late on Sunday afternoon, things looked pretty good.  The Cards had had a test this week versus San Francisco and Philadelphia and after splitting with the Giants, they were looking to take two out of three from the Phillies....  [Posted on August 13, 2012 6:47 AM]

Wrapping The First Half

Various work-related things have kept me from catching up on the Marlins series that ended the traditional "first half" of the Cardinals series.  Now, for you, the wait is over!Friday (3-2 loss)Hero: It's tough to know who to give...  [Posted on July 10, 2012 6:50 AM]

Wainwright Day

Before we get into looking at today's game and other issues around the Cards, I guess we should really take a gander at Wednesday's loss to the Marlins, huh?  Have to be complete and all that, but it was...  [Posted on June 29, 2012 11:37 AM]

Exaggerated Reports

To paraphrase Mr. Twain, reports of the Cardinals' offensive demise have been greatly exaggerated.The activation of Jon Jay and Matt Carpenter (or the pitching staff of the Royals) seemed to give this team a spark this weekend.  After scoring...  [Posted on June 25, 2012 6:57 AM]

Word Of The Day: Sweep

The Cardinals got to see an old friend last night.  Then they showed him why he was an old friend and not a current one.I think it was key that the Cards were able to bounce back from that...  [Posted on May 24, 2012 7:15 AM]

Wainwrighting The Ship

I'd say that I took a personal vow not to write again until the Cards won a game, but we all know better than that.  A rough patch for the Cards did clear up yesterday, which makes getting back...  [Posted on May 7, 2012 6:34 AM]

An Eventful Cardinal Weekend

Seems like there's a lot that's gone on since we last spoke on Friday, and that's not completely a good thing.The biggest news, of course, was that Chris Carpenter may have avoided surgery for his nerve problems, but that...  [Posted on March 26, 2012 6:49 AM]

The Legend of Matt Adams

Our good friends at Pitchers Hit Eighth have been on this bandwagon for quite some time, but yesterday, Matt Adams no doubt added a few more to that group.In the sixth inning, trailing by three but with the bases loaded,...  [Posted on March 7, 2012 7:01 AM]

From Rumor To Reality

(Edit: The title should be From Report To Reality, per Derrick Goold.  I won't argue the point, because I'd absolutely lose, but I can't change it now.  When you read the definition of rumor, you understand where Derrick is coming...  [Posted on March 2, 2012 7:04 AM]

"We Have A Chance To Be Better"

There's no doubt that the spring is time for optimism.  Rookies are heralded as the next great player.  Pitchers are said to have a new pitch that will dominate for them.  And, of course, everyone's in the best shape...  [Posted on March 1, 2012 7:03 AM]

The Molina Quandry

I wasn't sure that anything could overshadow Adam Wainwright getting back on the mound, but Yadier Molina giving a good interview about the past, present and future pretty much did it.Molina, as will be pointed out numerous times this spring,...  [Posted on February 10, 2012 7:32 AM]

"A Small Bit of Churn"

Mike Matheny was introduced as the new Cardinals manager yesterday to rave reviews.  We've talked a good bit about Matheny and there wasn't much new that came out of yesterday's press conference, except maybe the fact that Matheny may be...  [Posted on November 15, 2011 6:34 AM]

Looking At The NLDS

The aftermath of Wednesday's excitement is still being felt.  Granted, not much on the major networks, as they seem to be pretty focused on some team from the Northeast having some sort of failure.  (I don't know, it's the American...  [Posted on September 30, 2011 10:11 AM]

Just When You Thought It Was Safe

Of course, the day when I make sure to mention how well the bullpen is doing, they decide to remember how things were at the beginning of the year.There's an argument to be made that Tony La Russa didn't...  [Posted on September 13, 2011 6:46 AM]

The Downward Swing

I hope all of you and yours had a wonderful Labor Day weekend.  Heaven knows the Cardinals sure didn't.I said on Sunday's Gateway to Baseball Heaven (or perhaps it was the end of the most recent Conversation with C70...  [Posted on September 6, 2011 6:37 AM]

Another Small Step

I don't think Milwaukee is worried yet, but it's very nice to cut into their lead in two successive days rather than them expanding it.  The season isn't over just yet, it appears.It wasn't necessarily the finest outing for...  [Posted on September 1, 2011 6:47 AM]

Broom Me!

Wow, how nice is it to be able to talk about a Cardinal sweep?  You've got to go all the way back to the end of June to find a series where the opponent didn't win one at all....  [Posted on August 8, 2011 6:49 AM]

Crazy Day In Cardinal Nation

Lots of stuff floating around today, as the Cards made some moves on the field and off of them.  Let's hit the game first, followed by the cavalry.Sometimes I think Kyle Lohse just shouldn't be allowed to pitch against the...  [Posted on July 30, 2011 11:53 PM]

Is It Too Late?

The idea at the trade deadline is to give a team an added boost to push them to the finish line.  While it's way too early to determine whether it worked or not here, the last couple of nights have...  [Posted on July 29, 2011 10:29 AM]

Not Alarmed...Yet

While that wasn't the best of weekends in the Queen City, not only for the fact that the Cards lost two of three but also because Brandon Phillips played a major role in both losses, I'm not quite ready to...  [Posted on July 18, 2011 7:10 AM]

Concluding The First Half

After everything this team has been through, both with injuries and ineffectiveness (especially out of the bullpen), for them to be tied with the Brewers for first place in the division is a huge accomplishment.  They split with a...  [Posted on July 11, 2011 7:00 AM]

A Fire In The Belly

Yes, the Cardinals lost last night.  However, the way they lost provides hope for the coming days.That hope doesn't come from the starting pitching, of course.  Jake Westbrook had a terrible first inning, giving up five runs before getting...  [Posted on July 7, 2011 10:26 AM]

Freedom, Fireworks, and Baseball

As the noise of the fireworks reverberates around my neighborhood, it seems only appropriate to spend the last part of the holiday weekend catching up talking about the all-American sport.  Little known fact: The Continental Congress used a home run...  [Posted on July 4, 2011 9:56 PM]

A Changing Of The Guard

The Cardinals may have gone out of town, but that doesn't mean out of sight out of mind.  There's been plenty to talk about out of this series in Baltimore, so let's quickly look at the last two games...  [Posted on June 30, 2011 6:48 AM]

It's No Holliday

Sorry for the delay in posting.  Between the holiday weekend and some back trouble, it's been a while since I've had a chance to sit down and write up anything.  You know what that means--catchup time.  Let's see what's been...  [Posted on June 2, 2011 10:29 AM]

A Shaky Weekend

It's been a busy time the last week, but I've got a chance here to catch my breath and get caught up on what's been going on with the Cardinals.  It's been a busy few days!Wednesday (5-1 win vs. Houston)Hero:...  [Posted on May 23, 2011 12:05 PM]

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