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Blake Newberry

A Few Game Notes From the Spring Opener

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Baseball is officially back. After a long offseason, the Cardinals finally suited up on Saturday for their Spring Training opener against the New York Mets. The game provided Cardinals fans there first glimpses at new players such as Austin Dean and Kwang-Hyun Kim and top prospects Dylan Carlson and Nolan Gorman. This article will present a few observations from that game. However, it is important to note that these are simply observations from one Spring...

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Jack Flaherty named Cardinals opening day starter

Jack Flaherty is getting the ball on opening day for the St. Louis Cardinals

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Shildt, Cardinals pencil in Flaherty as opening day starter

St. Louis manager Mike Shildt said Saturday the 24-year-old Flaherty will start the season opener March 26 at Cincinnati.

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Flaherty named Cardinals' opening day starter

Jack Flaherty, who finished fourth in the voting for the National League's Cy Young Award last season, will get the start for the Cardinals on opening day, manager Mike Shildt said Saturday.

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O'Neill launches homer as Cardinals win first game of spring 2-0 over Mets

Tyler O'Neill hit a solo homer and Dylan Carlson drove in a run as the Cardinals topped the split-squad Mets 2-0 on Saturday.

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Commentary on the New Rule Changes

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We have heard for almost a year now that the MLB Commissioner’s Office was planning to institute rule changes for the upcoming season. Although the 2020 editions of the Major League Rules and the Official Baseball Rules have not been released as far as I can tell, MLB did issue a press release on February 12th announcing the changes and confirming that the new changes will be in operation. One rule change will begin operation in the middle of spring...

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Baseball is Back and You Can Watch!

Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images The Cardinals play the Mets in their first spring game at noon today and there will be much rejoicing. Baseball is back! The St. Louis Cardinals play their first Spring Training game against the New York Mets today, Feb. 22, at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter, Florida. The game starts at 12:05 St. Louis time and will be broadcast on Fox Sports Midwest. Here is today’s lineup: Jack Flaherty will kick off the Cardinals’ spring season and is expected to...

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After offseason tinkering, Cards' Goldschmidt looking for consistent swing

Paul Goldschmidt never found consistency with his swing last season. He spent much of the offseason tinkering with it.

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Cards' Goldschmidt looking for consistent swing

St. Louis Cardinals slugger Paul Goldschmidt never found consistency with his swing last season

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Could Cardinals top prospect Dylan Carlson fill need in left field?

The Cardinals’ hole in left field has many fans focused on top prospect Dylan Carlson, and Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch explores the 21-year-old’s potential timeline to the big leagues.  The Cards, Goold notes, don’t have a history of service time manipulation — in part because they’re aggressive in trying to lock up key young players on long-term contracts that buy out the seventh year that would be gained by holding a prospect down in the minors.  That said,...

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Cardinals’ spring training opener airs Saturday on FOX Sports Midwest

The St. Louis Cardinals open spring training play Saturday, Feb. 22, against the New York Mets, and fans can watch the game live on FOX Sports Midwest.

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John LaRue

Reimagining the Cardinals Roster as Beer

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After a long, nearly finished stretch without baseball, it has finally come to this.

As you may have seen earlier this week, Eno Sarris released an excellent article at The Athletic- A Beer Nerd’s Guide to Baseball: Ranking Every Stadium by Craft Beer. If you love baseball and beer as much as I do- and you probably do if you’re reading this article- then it’s an article sure to warm the cockles of your liver....

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'Stronger' Martínez eyes Cardinals rotation spot with Mikolas sidelined

The health of Carlos Martínez's shoulder is even more important for the St. Louis Cardinals with Miles Mikolas missing the first few weeks of the season.

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Cardinals: Best Shape of Their Life

Alex Reyes, Matt Carpenter, and Carlos Martinez at Cardinals Spring Training camp in Jupiter, FL ; Photo Credit: Laurie Skrivan — STLToday.com/St. Louis Post-Dispatch — — — — It’s a tired Spring Training cliche — so much so that it has turned into somewhat of a running joke among fans and media alike. Every year ... [Read more]

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J. P. Hill

Expected Production vs. Upside: Replacements for Mikolas

Jason Hill using images from Getty Images.

Miles Mikolas will miss at least a few months. Let’s take a deeper look at the candidates to replace him.

Spring Training is finally here! And right on cue, the Cardinals have their first injury to a starting pitcher.

Miles Mikolas experienced pain in his forearm at the end of the 2019 season and received a PRP – platelet-rich plasma – injection early in the offseason. When Mikolas arrived at Spring Training, the same irritation cropped up...

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Organizational depth: Pitchers and Catchers

Ivan Herrera, top Cards catching prospect | Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images

The future St. Louis Cardinals are mentioned in this post. We just don’t know which ones they’ll be.

If you could define the modern day Cardinals by one thing, it’s probably their insane ability to develop average players. They have usually had good depth, even if it may not at first appear to be good depth. Both players who are legitimate prospects and seemingly random players picked up off the streets...

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Free agent lefty reliever Tony Cingrani generating interest

Left-hander Tony Cingrani has shown flashes of promise since he made his major league debut with the Reds in 2012, but injuries have knocked his career off course in recent years. Cingrani, who most recently took a big league mound with the Dodgers in 2018, totaled just 22 2/3 innings that year and then didn’t pitch in the bigs at all last season. He underwent shoulder surgery in June, and the Dodgers traded Cingrani to the Cardinals in July. That was a financially motivated move on the...

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Watch: Cardinals bullpen is deep but has no clear closer

The St. Louis Cardinals have no shortage of candidates for any of the roles in their bullpen this season, but it will take the spring to sort out who lands where -- including the closer.

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Pitchers’ fielding practice ends with dramatic victory for team Brebbia - A Hunt and Peck

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John Brebbia rules

Not a whole lot to report, so here are some sights and quotes from Wednesday’s Pitchers’ Fielding Practice. The pitchers broke into six teams to perform drills, with John Brebbia’s team of misfits winning it all. It was reportedly a beautiful sight to behold.

It’s PFP tournament day in #STLCards camp pic.twitter.com/g8dSMPRlGh

— Anne Rogers (@anne__rogers) February 19, 2020

Early scuttlebutt: Alex Reyes, John Gant may be...

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Ben Godar

Teams have chosen their postseason fate before, and the Cardinals were among the first

Baseball has played around with postseason formats and letting teams choose their fates before, and one of the first notable examples included the 1946 Cardinals.

Word leaked last week that Major League Baseball is considering a radical change to the playoff structure, which would include expanding to four wild card teams in each league and allowing certain teams to choose their opponent on a live TV broadcast.

The reaction I have seen has been overwhelmingly negative, and I share strong...

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