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An Unofficial St. Louis Cardinals baseball blog.

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When it’s over…

Sun, 23 Jun 2013 14:28:07 +0000

When it’s over That’s the time I fall in love again -Sugar Ray If you’re still following @PitchersHit8th on Twitter, this post will come as no surprise to you, and is actually long overdue.  If you loyal four readers are REALLY loyal and only come here, well, then I apologize for the lack of updates [...]

Stacking the Draft (Part 2): Arms Race Times Two

Mon, 03 Jun 2013 01:00:19 +0000

The excitement of Draft Day feels similar to the start of Hot Stove action with the main difference being June almost always brings promise. December typically offers highs and lows depending on the season, but only an occasional head-scratching move in the first round can dampen the mood of adding new hope to the ranks. [...]

Stacking the Draft (Part 1): Singing in Springfield

Sat, 01 Jun 2013 05:01:42 +0000

As much as I enjoy the lead-up to the MLB Rule 4 Draft, the honest truth is way too much misinformation comes out in the week before Ryan Franklin represents the Cardinals. It appears picking 19th serves St. Louis well in the first round, however,  with the 2013 edition looking to score the third potential [...]

Lyons and Miller and Gast (oh my)

Thu, 30 May 2013 12:08:57 +0000

With Tuesday night’s impressive performance – again – Tyler Lyons (who is this guy, really?) has continued the success of Cardinal rookie starting pitchers in 2013. Leading all of baseball in 2013 with nine wins from rookie starting pitchers, the Cardinals have relied on one pitcher they hoped would have this success, Shelby Miller, and [...]

Sports Illustrated cover jinxes the Cards rotation

Wed, 22 May 2013 21:50:06 +0000

The Cardinals’ starting pitching rotation is on this week’s cover of Sports Illustrated. Well, what WAS the Cardinals’ starting pitching rotation. Two-fifths of that photo are now on the disabled list. One for the season (Jaime Garcia) and one indefinitely or until the medical staff runs out of elbow injections (Jake Westbrook). Damn you Sports [...]

Cardinals proving Road Warriors

Tue, 07 May 2013 04:52:36 +0000

As the Redbirds prepare to begin another road series, this one their first trip to Wrigley Field in 2013, they bring with them a 2013 MLB best seven-game road winning streak. By virtue of a three-game sweep in the nation’s capital and four games worth in Milwaukee, the Cards head into Chicago with an opportunity [...]

2013 UCB Progressive Game Blog – Cards vs Brewers – Third Inning

Sat, 04 May 2013 21:00:13 +0000

Pitchers Hit Eighth has the distinct honor of calling the third inning action in the United Cardinal Bloggers’ 2013 Progressive Game Blog.  If you’ve not seen one of these things before, here is the gist of it, from the UCB site: If you’ve never read one of our Progressive Game Blogs before, you are in [...]

Please stop booing Brandon Phillips

Fri, 03 May 2013 20:04:50 +0000

Dearest Cardinals fans, I am before you today, a humble basement blogger, asking – nay, pleading – that you stop your incessant booing of Brandon Phillips when he plays at Busch III. Exhibit A: Split G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BA OBP SLG OPS STL-Busch Stad 3 6 26 23 3 [...]

UCB Weekend: Mo Knows Drama

Wed, 01 May 2013 06:00:49 +0000

For the third straight season, the United Cardinal Bloggers were guests in St. Louis and in my opinion, the team may even invite us back! It is the least we can do since the win streak was snapped by Pittsburgh. Christi and I made the trip up Saturday to attend the dinner and brought with [...]

Re-reviewing Mitchell Boggs’ Mechanics (they seem bad)

Thu, 25 Apr 2013 04:04:41 +0000

[ED. note – I am not a pro-fesh-un-ul scout nor do I pretend to be one.  I am far from qualified to be giving advice to big-league pitchers.  That said, here are some things I would consider, were I in a position to communicate things to the staff in charge of said advice and/or improvement [...]

Miller, Wainwright Allow Matheny to Reset Bullpen

Wed, 24 Apr 2013 03:42:20 +0000

Shelby Miller: 6.2 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 8 K Adam Wainwright: 8.1 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 9 K Three total innings of relief in two games. This is an opportunity for the much-maligned Cardinals bullpen and their manager to reboot. Reset expectations. Survive and advance [...]

Ty Wigginton Spray Chart – 04.19.2013 at Phillies

Sun, 21 Apr 2013 14:36:28 +0000

Oh, you thought it was going to be of hits?

Want a Shot at $50k Playing Fantasy Baseball?

Tue, 02 Apr 2013 02:35:36 +0000

[Ed. Note – the following post is sponsored by PH8 Partner – we encourage you to visit their site and participate in this fantastic contest that offers our wonderful readers the opportunity to win $50,000!  Thanks for reading.] Baseball season is here and that means one thing—fantasy baseball is upon us! We know you’ve [...]

Win a Cardinals egraph from!

Tue, 19 Feb 2013 15:00:25 +0000

Have you ever wanted a personalized message from a big-league ballplayer?  From one who plays for the Cardinals, at that? Nevermind asking a Cardinal to write a treatise to how cool you are on their latest baseball card or a fresh horsehide from the team store – now you can get a personalized voice message [...]

Michael Wacha talks about learning from Cardinal veterans on TexAgs Radio

Mon, 18 Feb 2013 14:00:25 +0000

Michael Wacha was a guest on TexAgs Radio in late January, with fellow former Aggies Barret Loux and Brooks Raley, both members of the Chicago Cubs organization. There’s obviously a lot of chatter about the latter two throughout the video, but Wacha gets his time to talk about going to Cardinals camp in Jupiter and [...]

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