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John J. Fleming

Tommy Pham is for real

Tommy Pham was a breakout star in 2017, but that doesn’t mean he was an illusion.

On October 9, 2015, the St. Louis Cardinals defeated the Chicago Cubs in Game 1 of the National League Division Series, in what is to date the last victory earned by the Cardinals in postseason play. It was a game characterized mostly by the starting pitching—Cardinals starter John Lackey was dominant, not surrendering a base hit until the sixth inning, and Jon Lester was nearly as good for the Cubs,...

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Cardinals news and notes: Jose Adolis Garcia and the new bullpen

So Aaron Schafer was the only person who did any work around here this weekend and thus the “here’s the links” part is going to be rather brief. But I have some time to kill so here’s a quick bit on Eric Hosmer. The San Diego Padres signed former Kansas City Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer on Saturday night for a contract worth $144 million over the next eight seasons. The contract is apparently a bit front-loaded, which is to the benefit of Hosmer—essentially, this contract is a...

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John J. Fleming

Cardinals news and notes: Jose Adolis Garcia and the new bullpen

So Aaron Schafer was the only person who did any work around here this weekend and thus the “here’s the links” part is going to be rather brief. But I have some time to kill so here’s a quick bit on Eric Hosmer.

The San Diego Padres signed former Kansas City Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer on Saturday night for a contract worth $144 million over the next eight seasons. The contract is apparently a bit front-loaded, which is to the benefit of Hosmer—essentially, this contract is a...

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What role will Bud Norris have with the St. Louis Cardinals?

Starting pitcher, reliever, or closer? Which one is it St. Louis? The Redbirds made yet another signing this offseason, but similar to the others it was a low cost, low risk signing. St. Louis signed Bud Norris to a one year $3 million contract last week, but fans were left wondering what role Norris is going to play with the Cardinals in 2018. The nine year veteran emerged as a starting pitcher when he broke into the league with Houston in 2009. Norris continued to start games for Houston...

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Versatile Carpenter dealing with back tightness

With tightness in his back, Cardinals infielder Matt Carpenter won't be moving around the infield a whole lot, especially at the beginning of Spring Training, which starts in earnest for position players Monday.

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A.E. Schafer

The Cards’ High-Strikeout Bullpen Gamble

El Birdos have largely overhauled their bullpen, and seem to have targeted a specific type of pitcher in doing so.

There has been a lot of hand-wringing and general consternation over the Cardinal bullpen this offseason. To a certain extent, that makes sense; while the Cards’ relief corps in 2017 was, in aggregate, a fairly average sort of unit, or at least an innocuous one, the Redbirds’ record in close games (particularly, ahem, against the Cubs), seemed to magnify every misstep of the...

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Reinvented Lyons a late-inning candidate

Cardinals brass knows their late-inning solutions may come from within. On that front, the club is already keeping a close eye on Tyler Lyons, who quietly reinvented himself into an exceptional reliever in 2017.

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St. Louis Cardinals: John Mozeliak still knows what he’s doing

Heading into spring training, a big concern among St. Louis Cardinals fans is if the Cards did enough this offseason to win the NL central. Especially with the Chicago Cubs singing Yu Darvish, many are frustrated with managements complacency. I’m here to tell you that Mozeliak and the Cards did everything right this offseason. Throughout the years, John Mozeliak has proven to be a level-headed executive who isn’t going to make a splashy signing that can handicap the club in the future....

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Did the St. Louis Cardinals do enough this offseason?

With Spring Training underway, St. Louis Cardinals President of Operations, John Mozeliak, has said that he is comfortable with the roster moves the Cardinals made this offseason. That raises the question, is it enough to win the National League Central Division? Obviously, the biggest move of the offseason for the Cards was trading for Marcell Ozuna. The former Miami Marlins outfielder belted 37 homers last year, good for third best in the National League. Manager Mike Matheny plans to plug...

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Ozuna on Fernandez: I 'keep him in my heart'

The biggest change for Marcell Ozuna during his breakout 2017 campaign, the Cardinals' new left fielder said Saturday, was mental. Or maybe, more accurately, emotional.

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A.E. Schafer

Viva El Birdos Cardinals 2018 Prospect Rankings: #11 Jose Adolis Garcia

Former Cuban player isn’t too far away

Editor’s Note: A.E. Schafer aka the red baron has once again compiled a rather impressive list of Cardinals prospects doing a write-up on 40 individual prospects. As a convenience to our readers, he releases the list in a couple big chunks so everyone can read about all of the prospects at once. While that is a convenience to all of us who eagerly await the arrival of prospect lists, it might not be as convenient if you are looking for a player’s...

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Cardinals News and Notes: Bud Norris, prospects, a potential closer, and prospects

The latest at VEB Here’s what we’ve been up to... The upside of Bud Norris Viva El Birds Cardinals 2018 Prospect Rankings: #12 Max Schrock Could Sam Tuivailala close for the Cardinals? Let’s look at some Cardinals Spring Training photos - A Hunt and Peck That’s all for now, peace!

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Viva El Birdos Cardinals 2018 Prospect Rankings: #11 Jose Adolis Garcia

Former Cuban player isn’t too far away Editor’s Note: A.E. Schafer aka the red baron has once again compiled a rather impressive list of Cardinals prospects doing a write-up on 40 individual prospects. As a convenience to our readers, he releases the list in a couple big chunks so everyone can read about all of the prospects at once. While that is a convenience to all of us who eagerly await the arrival of prospect lists, it might not be as convenient if you are looking for a player’s...

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Matthew T. Ludwig

Cardinals News and Notes: Bud Norris, prospects, a potential closer, and prospects

The latest at VEB

Here’s what we’ve been up to...

The upside of Bud Norris Viva El Birds Cardinals 2018 Prospect Rankings: #12 Max Schrock Could Sam Tuivailala close for the Cardinals? Let’s look at some Cardinals Spring Training photos - A Hunt and Peck

That’s all for now, peace!

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Fowler preparing for shift to right field

Signed ahead of last season to serve as the Cardinals' center fielder, Dexter Fowler is ready to move to right at the behest of the team.

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Let’s look at some Cardinals Spring Training photos! - A Hunt and Peck

The post idea well is running a little dry, folks. Sorry. Hello there! As you may know, pitchers and catchers reported to Spring Training on February 13. A bit of news has happened since then. Here are some links: Photos from Jupiter: Pitchers and catchers report to spring training | St. Louis Cardinals | stltoday.com Hear ye, hear ye: Waino won't be talking retirement, extension or 'anything past today' | Cardinal Beat | stltoday.com Video: Adam Wainwright gathers media for big announcement...

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Tyler Kinzy

Cardinals News and Notes: Batting Order, Spring Training, Delvin Perez, Fowler Family

Getting you caught up on yesterday’s VEB happenings

Here is what went down yesterday at Viva El Birdos:

Optimizing the 2018 batting order: John looks at the most effective ways to assemble the Cardinals lineup. Do spring training records mean anything?: I research what, if anything, spring training can tell us about the upcoming season. Viva El Birdos Cardinals 2018 Prospect Rankings: #13 Delvin Perez: Aaron continues his top prospects list with a former first-round draft pick. Dexter...

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lil_scooter93

Let’s look at some Cardinals Spring Training photos! - A Hunt and Peck

The post idea well is running a little dry, folks. Sorry.

Hello there! As you may know, pitchers and catchers reported to Spring Training on February 13. A bit of news has happened since then. Here are some links:

Photos from Jupiter: Pitchers and catchers report to spring training | St. Louis Cardinals | stltoday.com

Hear ye, hear ye: Waino won't be talking retirement, extension or 'anything past today' | Cardinal Beat | stltoday.com

Video: Adam Wainwright gathers media for big announcement...

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Could Sam Tuivailala close for the Cardinals?

A recent story out of camp mentioned Sam Tuivailala as an option to close for the big-league squad. The pitchers and catchers have been working out for a few days and position players will soon follow suit, as the Cardinals are scheduled to play their first exhibition game of the spring season on February 22. After losing franchise leader in single-season saves Trevor Rosenthal to Tommy John surgery (this led to the club releasing him) and Seung Hwan Oh, Juan Nicasio, and Zach Duke to free...

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Cardinals News and Notes: Batting Order, Spring Training, Delvin Perez, Fowler Family

Getting you caught up on yesterday’s VEB happenings Here is what went down yesterday at Viva El Birdos: Optimizing the 2018 batting order: John looks at the most effective ways to assemble the Cardinals lineup. Do spring training records mean anything?: I research what, if anything, spring training can tell us about the upcoming season. Viva El Birdos Cardinals 2018 Prospect Rankings: #13 Delvin Perez: Aaron continues his top prospects list with a former first-round draft pick. Dexter...

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