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Sun, 20 May 2012 16:31:00 +0000Beating the Dodgers was always going to be a difficult task last night going against defending NL Cy Young winner Clayton Kershaw, but the news was even worse than the loss. Lance Berkman had to be helped off the field after injuring his knee, one day after hitting his first home run of the season. Today he will likely join John Jay, Allen Craig and Kyle McClellen as Cardinals to be put on the DL in the last week. What was thought to be a deep team is now far from that. Look for Matt Adams to be recalled from AAA and likely get a shot to play 1B everyday. It could be a job he keeps for a while, as no one knows how much time Craig and Berkman will miss right now. In fact, of the four recently hurt players, Jay seems to be only one likely to see the minimum stint. What we need now is for the starters to pick things back-up and carry the team like they did the first few weeks. Unfortunately, I am not sure they are up to that task. Could be a rough next six weeks or so in Cardinal land. -Trey
Thu, 10 May 2012 16:18:00 +0000Will we be crying "Come back, Shane!"?According to Jennifer Langosch, Berkman is expected to come off the DL on Friday. As exciting a prospect of adding Big Puma (did you know he got this nickname because he said, tongue in cheek, in an interview, "I'm more like a puma.... Agile, athletic, sleek") is, there's always the inevitable bad news for the more junior members of the squad. Komatsu already got the axe--the particularly harsh Rule 5 trip to waivers--actually, since he got picked up on waivers he'll be on the active roster for the Twins...that's probably not as bad in some regards. Wait, he'll be playing for the Twins--that's really harsh! (At least they don't play in the Metrodome anymore). Here's some of the candidates to go sub-level: The Memphis BubbleNamePAHRSBAVGSLGwOBAFldWAROptions RemainingDaniel Descalso7011.200.333.281-.8.12*Tyler Greene6033.226.434.336-.9.30Shane Robinson4711.318.432.355.1.53*Matt Carpenter8811.269.462.338-3.3.12Sooooo....those look like some random categories, but I've selected a few just to show some of the main reasons why someone might get cut and why someone should get cut. "Let me 'splain, no there is no time. Let me sum up." The first thing to note is these are clearly the 4 bottom players on the bench who aren't a catcher. The second thing to note then is that nobody really sucks. Everyone (cept the aforementioned Tony Cruz) is above replacement level (most well above). Yay for us. Back to business. The next thing we can clearly see is that big fat goose-egg at the far right. Greene will have to make like Komatsu and head to waivers if he's sent down. Furthermore, since all these jokers started the season with the big club, anyone sent down will indeed lose one of those options. I think we can fairly safely say that because Matheny has tended to lean toward Greene, plus 3 dingers, plus the lack of options, his job is safe--for now. Losing the option year for Robinson probably isn't that big of a deal. Strike one for him. Next, judging by the WAR (wins above replacement player, which is a comprehensive stat which enables players of different positions to be compared to each other) Descalso and Carpenter are literally 1 run created over the run of the mill guy you can pick up off the waiver wire. Right, not so hot. What is hot? That fat daddy .5 for Shano. Pretty filthy for a 47PA bench warmer. Strikes for Descalso and Carpenter.See the Fld next to WAR, that's a fielding stat that quite similar to UZR, and essentially it plays a part of WAR--sorta. Anyhow, you want that number to be positive. 0 is the average player. See that -3.3?Yeah, that's U-G-L-Y you ain't got not alibi. One of the main reasons to keep Carpenter is that Berkman will not be an everyday player for a little bit (see the aforementioned Langosch article) and he will still spend some time backing him up. But with Craig available to play first, and with Carpenter's horrible defending, what's the problem? I'd rather have Craig in everyday--and this is a great excuse to do it. Strike 2 to Carpenter. One thing to note though, fielding stats like UZR and Fld need larger sample sizes and perhaps his Fld will improve. But even if it does a bit...I'd still like Craig there with Berkman.If we look at more traditional stats like AVG and SLG, which Matheny might be doing, Carpenter's 30 point lead in slugging, higher walk rate (not listed), is still probably overshadowed (in the masses' view) by a .269 vs. Robison's .318 AVG. Robinson is faster, despite the single SB a piece. Add in a real stat like wOBA (weighted on base average) and Robison is shining in comparison. Strike 3 to Carpenter.So that's who I think should get sent down. Descalso is a middle infielder and Berkman is a firstbaseman--doesn't make too much sense to demote him. Who will get sent down? Robinson. The extra option year and the smaller PA show a lack of overall trust from management. It is also a smaller sample[...]
Mon, 30 Apr 2012 03:53:00 +0000A pretty good April for your defending World Series Champs, with a 14-8 record. One thing worth keeping in mind though: only one of the 22 games was played out of the division. The good part of this is that the Cardinals have a nice three game lead over the Reds, but that bad part is that the division looks like the worst in baseball. So, how good is this Cardinals team really? Even though the competition has been poor, I think this team is a pretty good one. Allen Craig and Chris Carpenter have yet to see the field and Lance Berkman is also on the DL. Despite this, the Cardinals have an astounding +53 run difference. In other words, they unlucky to be "only" 14-8. The starting pitching has been amazing. Wainwright had a rough first three starts, but looked good his last one against the Cubs. The other four guys have all pitched like aces, with Lance Lynn being the real revelation. Lynn has been so good in fact, that if he continues to pitch this way; someone else may have to move to the bullpen to make way when Carpenter comes back (though that seems a ways off yet). The offense has been almost as good as the rotation, with Freese playing like the postseason MVP he was last year and Beltran looking like a great offseason pick-up. It also can't be overstated what a dramatic upgrade Furcal is compared to Theriot from last season. Matt Carpenter has filled in admirably for Berkman. Second base continues to be the one problem area in an otherwise deep line-up. The only other major negatives are the injuries and the bullpen being a little inconsistent. I still have way more faith with the guys we have in the pen that I did at this time last year though. Salas in particular I expect to pitch much better the rest of the year. Going forward, Craig and Berkman should be back soon, so hopefully that will keep the team rolling. The next six games are against the Pirates and Astros, but the schedule is much tougher the rest of May. One final note: I REALLY like the way Mike Matheny has fit in as manager. No question, we would not have won the World Series without LaRussa last year, but his constant tinkering seemed to wear on the team during the regular season. Matheny is letting them play a little more, and that is a good thing for what appears to be a good team. Trey
Wed, 18 Apr 2012 18:30:00 +0000(image) Retrosimba, a blog which focuses on the Cardinals' history, compared Beltran's hot start to my all-time favorite Cardinal (I don't care how short his tenure was)--Will Clark. Here's the link: Will Clark-Carlos Beltran What's even more interesting is that he posted that BEFORE Beltran's 4th dinger last night. May have another Berkman-esque free agent signing on our hands. Considering that Berkman equaled Pujols' WAR last year--that's a very exciting prospect.
Thu, 05 Apr 2012 17:18:00 +0000Guess Matheny missed the memo about how the Marlins were supposed to win in their new stadium. Actually, maybe he didn't. Thanks to the cornucopian outfield that is apart of the new stadium several would be homers were tracked down. Add in some horrible baserunning by John Jay, Lance Berkman, et.al. and I'd say we didn't play that great. There were several hits that were laced, but right at defenders. This could have easily been a loss. However, I'll be fair and say that we had some bad luck on well struck balls as well. In the end, I thoroughly enjoyed the first game of the season.
Sat, 28 Jan 2012 15:16:00 +0000ESPN is reporting that Oswalt is going to going sign with the Cards "soon". Its not a done deal, but this shocks me personally. I figured the Red Sox would give him an offer he couldn't refuse. I can only guess that he is taking a short term deal (probably just one year) at not a ton of money in order to stay in NL. Obviously he has some serious health concerns with his back, but if he stays healthy this season.....wow. Carpenter-Wainwright-Oswalt-Garcia. That rotation is as good as anyone's, including the Phillies and Giants, health pending. I can only assume they will turn around and try and deal either Westbrooke or Lohse if this goes down. I have to hand in to Cards management/ownership. They clearly are trying to win over the next two years at least, even with Albert in L.A.
Fri, 16 Dec 2011 05:56:00 +0000Well, now that the dust has settle a bit from Albert leaving, we can ask, what's next? Certainly, next year's team will feel very different with franchise icon's like Pujols and TRL gone, but it likely will still be the favorite to win the NL central and a real contender to win World Series #12. Here's the moves since Pujols left town so far:
Fri, 09 Dec 2011 11:20:00 +0000Albert in the Birds on the BatThe outlook seemed brilliant for the Cardinal winter meeting:The bidders were down to three or two but their grasps ‘peared only fleeting.And then when Reyes signed down South, and Belldid the same,A sickly silence fell upon the fandom of “the Mang.”Many stated coldly that the Redbirds should send him packing,For, they thought, that Albert’s salary would only bring the team to lacking.Others thought it would be worth the risk to put up more than that-Put up more money to keep him wearing the Birds on the Bat.Although his numbers had declined, yet so many records he could break,It was history, loyalty, and home-team pride that was at stake;Upon the stricken Cardinal-nation such ambiguity doth sat;There was a divide among the faithful over the price of Albert’s bat.The Marlins made an offer to the wonderment of all.The Angels, the silent, had made no attempt so far this fall;Then the cloud had lifted, and people saw what had occurred,For the Fish had signed Buehrle thus no longer could afford.From millions of throats and more there rose a lusty yell;It rumbled through the archway, it rattled through Foristell;It knocked over the Rocky Mountains and beyond way more than that.For Albert, so it seemed, would again wear the Birds on the Bat.Throughout the years Pujols stated that St. Louiswas his place;That this is where Albert wanted to always keep his space.And when money had been mentioned, he almost always spat-"There’s more to me than money; there’s more to me than that."Whether at home or on the road thousands would cheer him and stand;He rarely failed to disappoint the 46,861 who were on hand.For it can never be said that what he gave wasn’t surely worth the trip,And whether he stayed or went, for this may our hat we will always tip.Looking back we can remember his many fantastic years,Killing Cubs, whipping the Astros, demolishing any thrown spheres.Always close by LaRussa’s lips many complements would shed,“He’s the greatest I’ve ever coached,” the manager had said.From off the pitch of Lidge in October two-thousand and five;His bat did so much damage it made us fans alive.Thanksgiving for two-thousand eleven and don’t forget Oh-6.His play was always exciting and we were always in the mix.With a smile of Christian charity great Albert always shone;And he practiced so relentlessly so his craft he could always hone.He tortured opposing pitching, and although allegations flew,He stands as one who played the game clean, truly through and through.But now the faithful hear of what had been some debate;A mystery team also had put an offer upon Albert’s plate.They say Albert’s face grew stern and cold, they said his muscles did strain,As he pondered a deal that may not come by his way again.The Angels, now revealed from secrecy, had offered him so much,A deal so great it would have made Solomon to blush.And now the Angels held the deal, and how they let it show,That the baseball world was duly stunned by the amount of Angel dough.Oh, sometime in the future, the sun will again shine bright;Sometime the Cardinals will be winning, and everything will be alright,And sometime we’ll again be laughing, with cheering and a shout;But today, there is no joy in St. Louis– mighty Albert has walked out. -CJ (Obviously based upon "Casey at the Bat" by Ernest Thayer.)[...]
Thu, 08 Dec 2011 14:54:00 +000024 hours ago, it seemed like there was a good chance Pujols was headed to Miami. Now, there is almost no chance of that, but there also seems to be little chance that he will sign with anyone this week during the Winter Meetings. Now, the bad news. As John covered in two earlier posts, the Angels are a team that makes a lot of sense for Pujols to potentially join. Also in an earlier post, John reported that they did not intend to bid for him. Well, that seems to have changed. I feel that their offer would have to be at least 1 mil per year more than the Cards for him to consider it, but there is a good possibility they will exceed that threshold. The fact that no deal with anyone appears immanent says to me that Pujols has not come close to the numbers he wants. The good news then is that probably no one has significantly out-bid the Cardinals, and at this point, it's likely no one will. If the bids are fairly equal, then I think he stays, and I do think that is the likely outcome at this point. 24 hours ago with the suddenly loose-purse Marlins in the picture, I wasn't so sure. Now is keeping Albert into his 40s a good idea for anyone? That's a topic for another day. Keeping a icon in St. Louis? That's always a good idea.
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Sat, 12 Nov 2011 17:58:00 +0000http://eye-on-baseball.blogs.cbssports.com/mcc/blogs/entry/22297882/33247619
Fri, 11 Nov 2011 14:30:00 +0000Post after post have been made seeming stymied at the thought of where Pujols will be going next season. But in actual fact it's really very simple. Taking a page from Dan at C70 and Bernie Miklasz, let's be explicit. There are several factors to consider. First, the obvious, money, position availability, winnability and legacy, and misc (e.g., location, teammates, history).There's 30 teams in baseball--so let's eliminate them by groups to start.-POSITION AVAILABILITY: Let's start with those who already have a big name 1B locked up on the roster even if they could afford him.1. Nationals (LaRoche)2. Red Sox (Youkilis/Gonzalez)3. Reds (Votto)4. Rockies (Helton)5. Tigers (Cabrera)6. Twins (Morneau)7. White Sox (Konerko/Dunn)8. Yankees (Teixeira)*9. Giants (Huff)10. Phillies (Howard)-MONEY: Those who simply can't afford him.11. Astros (whose new ownership has tightened the belt)12. Athletics13. Brewers14. Diamondbacks15. Dodgers (extreme financial hardship)16. Mets (see Dodgers)17. Orioles18. Padres19. Pirates20. Rays21. Braves (They could do it, but it would cripple the budget minded team).BAM! Over 2/3rds of the teams are down.-Winnability and Legacy: Pujols has said that he wants to play for a contender. Now, if we are even remotely optimistic that this means money isn't absolutely everything to Pujols, then we can eliminate teams that signing Pujols would probably weaken the overall team because of lack of depth at other positions. Furthermore, Pujols has the opportunity to build upon his legacy. If we assume he isn't completely aware of his potential he would want to put himself in a position to be as great as possible. This would eliminate several teams.22. Royals (It's hilarious they aren't in the last category. But as Bernie pointed out they technically have the money to pull this off--Pujols would be close to home and as others have pointed out they have the farm to support. But it would still be a super long-shot and Pujols probably won't be tempted by that from a legacy stand-point.23. Blue Jays (They could do it like the Royals and they have a higher ceiling money-wise, but they don't have the farm the Royals do.)24. Indians (many people have dismissed them because of their super-low payroll. But look at the past few years--it has declined to an ultra-low rate--almost as if they've been preparing for a super-move like this. However, Pujols won't position himself in a place where he will go the way of Jayson Werth--mired as the one big name on a team with no chance).25. Marlins (Pujols won't want to go to a place with a competitive method like the Marlins--it's legacy suicide. Don't believe me, what are the Marlins called? And after 9PM EST tonight? Yeah, see?).26. Cubs (This would embitter him to so many it simply doesn't make sense. Sure, it's possible but with how things are simply not stable there at the moment I don't see it happening. Theo could want to make a big hit, but Pujols is particular about managers and whoever they get may not be workable for him. Furthermore, if he believes they aren't winners he might side-step that whole thing. Another thing, he's seen how they've treated the likes of Soriano and other big pay players who don't turn out well).27. Mariners (if the offer was off the charts it might be too hard to pass up--but it would have to be significantly more than other suitors' bids. The Mariners have more pieces than other teams, but location-wise it is not preferable, it's a pitcher's park, and the Mariner's are pretty much division cellar-dwellers).28. Rangers (they could make room, they have the payroll, and Pujols perhaps would want to play in conservative Texas alongside like-minded[...]
Sat, 29 Oct 2011 02:34:00 +0000I'm exhausted. It's 4:30 AM here in Ireland. It was around 5:30 AM yesterday when game 6 finished. Yet, I'm more exhausted from the drama and excitement than from the time difference.I believed the Cardinals were done 10.5 games back. I didn't think they had a chance against the Phillies' starters in a short series. I also believed the Cardinals were done in game 6. Being absolutely wrong never felt so good.Personally, I believe that there are some accomplishments (e.g., winning 100 games in a season) which by technicality are greater feats than sneaking in as the wild card and winning the crap shoot that is the modern-day MLB postseason. However, when you consider what the Cardinals have had to face this year, loss of Waino, below avg Pujols, injuries to Pujols and Holliday, their season shouldn't be anything to scoff at. In the end, it's the title that matters and the ability to perform in that smaller sample size that is so so memorable. In what may be (but I don't believe will be) Pujols' last season as a Cardinal, it's fitting to see the magic of game 3. It's also fitting that local kid, David Freese, traded for Jim Edmonds (our other game 6 walk-off hero), became the super-clutch-hero and WS MVP for his amazing and timely hits (although I feel that the full body of work should go to Napoli). It's also fitting that the series goes to the Cardinals based on the gutty game six performance. A performance, which, with all due respect to the 3 HR surge by Pujols, was the most amazing thing I've ever seen in the World Series. It's also fitting that Berkman would get his first ring with the Cardinals--an irony I find most satisfying. The Cardinals did their best to give away the series. Botched hit-and-runs. Loads of fielding mistakes and errors. Blunders on the base paths. Phone-gate of game 5. Miserable at-bats with RiSP.But the Rangers may have done even more to give it away. Loads of mistakes and errors or their own. Lots of LoB. But perhaps the most telling of all was the unreal amount of free-passes dealt out by the Rangers: 41 BB (a World Series record). One reason I felt so confident about the Cardinals coming into the WS was the lackluster Rangers' pitchers--looks like my confidence was well founded.The Rangers are certainly a likable team with the inspirational Hamilton, ultimate nice guy Murphy, and the phenomenal bat of Young. Tip of the hat to the Rangers for a clean and classy series. But the Cardinals are filled with the same type of folks, Craig (long suffering in the minors) with his power, the bullpen oft-maligned, El Hombre, Big Puma, the list can go on. I'm going to bed now. Doubt I'll sleep. Excellent.-CJP.S. I love the beauty of Pujols' last at-bat. It was drowned out by the oncoming celebration. It's not that I'm not appreciative--exactly the opposite. But in this instance it was more about the team than about the man--as it should be. [...]
Sat, 15 Oct 2011 02:09:00 +0000Watching the Brewers fielders is like nothing I've ever seen...cept maybe the 2006 Tigers in the World Series. The Tiger's errors (especially by Inge and Zumaya) laid out the welcome mat for a series that may have gone on much longer. Similarly, although the Cardinals are doing damage on their own part, they are certainly being helped along by Betancourt, Weeks, and Hairston (as I watch in game 5). Don't forget Estrada doing his best Zumaya pick-off impersonation. Furthermore, there have been many "non-errors" which should have been outs by Hart as his clumsily stumbles about right field. The limpy weeks let a soft hit ball behind second drop for what should have been a relatively easy out. Similarly, Nyjer Morgan too worried about how...soft...the center field padding was or too frozen to get a decent jump comically misplayed two balls that should/could have been outs. As beastly as the Brewers have been at the plate they have been anything but patrolling the diamond. In fact I would describe them as looking timid and bewildered--especially Hart who looks absolutely lost. Despite the Brewers' home record, when one combines the Cardinals hot bats, resurgent bullpen, starting pitching matchups, and Milwaukee's fielding I don't see the Cardinals NOT taking one over the next two. In fact, I don't see how Marcum stands a chance in game 6. We will see. Video of many of the gaffs here.
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Thu, 29 Sep 2011 03:43:00 +0000I know I haven't posted anything all season, but wow. I just saw a Cardinal's team that was dead and burried at the end of August win the NL wild card. Four weeks ago, ESPN gave them about a 2% chance of making the postseason. Certainly, there are lots of areas to criticize with this team, but you have to give the guys credit for giving their all to literally the very last game. I doubt they will be able to do much against the Phillies, but they got there, against all odds, and for that I salute them. Well, done 2011 St. Louis Cardinals.
Wed, 08 Jun 2011 09:31:00 +0000Have I mentioned that I hate MM park before? Yes, yes I have. It's a joke. And now I have another reason, the fact that there is NO foul territory Right. This lack has led to another Cardinal injury. With the Metrodome gone, this has become public enemy #1. Don't get me wrong, I'm the first to say how much I love the nuances of different stadiums, but I can't believe that this is a real ballpark and that games are approved to be played there.
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Sun, 05 Jun 2011 00:04:00 +0000The link isn't up yet, but watch Jeff Samardzija's reaction to Pujols golfing out his slider for the walkoff win.
Fri, 29 Apr 2011 08:45:00 +0000I'm in the throws of wrapping up major dissertation work--so I haven't taken the time to post here anymore. But for last night...I just can't help myself. Does it get any sweeter than Lance Berkman hitting a HR to right-center, a HR to the Crawford boxes, and 5 RBIs....in MM Park....FOR the Cardinals?