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John LaRue

The State of the Franchise

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A big picture look at the Cardinals between seasons

Bill Connelly, the Godfather of college football advanced stats, once mentioned the concept of equilibrium in relation to college football programs. At least, I think it was Bill Connelly back when he wrote for our SB Nation sister site, Rock M Nation. Google can’t help mne confirm this. Whoever actually introduced the concept, the general idea is that programs have a baseline expectation from year to year....

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J. P. Hill

Alex Reyes as a Starter: Balancing Ks, BBs, & HRs

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Alex Reyes was spectacular in 2020. Can he translate that to the rotation in 2020? Yes. If he finds the right balance of rate stats.

Let’s talk about how great Alex Reyes was in 2020.

First, it was exciting that Reyes pitched at all. That is a feat worth celebrating since it’s something the not-so-young hurler hasn’t done since his debut in 2016.

Reyes missed all of 2017. He only managed 4 MLB innings in ’18 and 3 in ’19. Reyes entered summer...

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Yadier Molina mentions possibility of retirement as free agency lingers

Molina noted earlier in the winter that he’s heard from as many as five other clubs, but his preference has clearly been to return to the Cardinals.

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Molina Mentions Possibility Of Retirement As Free Agency Lingers

Cardinals icon Yadier Molina remains in a staredown of sorts with the only team he’s ever known, seeking a two-year deal while the Cards idle amid budgetary uncertainty.

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Three impactful players from the 1982 MLB Draft

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The Cardinals had an unusually high number of important contributors from the 1982 draft.

You’ve heard this stat before, but it bears repeating: the Cardinals have had a winning record for 13 straight seasons now and while we’re all unhappy with the lack of moves the Cardinals have made this offseason, they’re set up well for a 14th straight. A large, large reason for that is because they have been pretty good at drafting.

However,...

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Ben Godar

Mule Suttles deserves to be honored at Busch Stadium

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A contemporary who compared favorably to Babe Ruth, Mule Suttles is a Hall of Famer who should be honored at Busch Stadium.

This is my 2nd piece about a Negro Leagues great who deserves to be honored at Busch Stadium. You can read about Willie Wells here. I made the overall case for honoring Negro Leagues players at Busch Stadium here.

Three players for the Negro National League St. Louis Stars are in the National Baseball Hall of Fame: James “Cool...

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Blake Newberry

Should the Cardinals Trade for Andrew Benintendi?

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According to Jim Bowden of The Athletic, the Red Sox have engaged in trade talks centered around Andrew Benintendi. Bowden further reported that the Red Sox are looking for a pitching and outfield prospects.

This is a package that the St Louis Cardinals could put together as the organization has plenty of young outfielders and young pitchers. The headliner of such a package would probably be Tyler O’Neill, but if the Cardinals wanted to...

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Could the Cardinals be looking at DJ LeMahieu? - A Hunt and Peck

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(Spoiler: probably not.)

Really the only thing tying the Cardinals to DJ LeMahieu is the fact that the Cardinals declined Kolten Wong’s option and could use a second baseman so they kicked the tires early in the offseason, but this is technically news in a very slow baseball news cycle so... we shall discuss it.

DJ LeMahieu became a free agent this offseason after declining an $18.9 million qualifying offer from the Yankees. According to MLB Trade Rumors,...

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What would a Jack Flaherty extension look like?

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I try to come up with a couple of different extensions that won’t happen

There’s a recent rumor out there that Fernando Tatis is about to sign a 10 or 11 year extension for about $320 million. Since this is a Cardinals blog, I’m not going to write a post about that. Although my two cents are that... this seems pretty stupid from the Padres perspective. He’d get about $40-50 million in arbitration if he’s as good as expected. I expect the 11...

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Blake Newberry

Why Was Kwang-Hyun Kim Good in 2020?

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As MLB teams increasingly value things like velocity, spin rate, and whiff rate, Kwang-Hyun Kim succeeded last season despite being among the worst qualified pitchers in all of those things. His fastball and curveball spin rates were both well below average, with his curveball spin rate putting him in just the 9th percentile. Additionally, his fastball averaged just 89.9 mph. Therefore, it is not surprising that Kim ranked in just the 4th percentile in...

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Cardinals' Matt Carpenter explains why the 2021 MLB season is crucial for him

After struggling in both 2019 and 2020, Matt Carpenter has reshaped his offseason training routine in advance of what he considers to be a make-or-break year or perhaps even his final year in the big leagues.

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NL Central Notes: Carpenter, Alvarez, Cubs, Lindor, Reds, Eckstein

After struggling in both 2019 and 2020, Matt Carpenter has reshaped his offseason training routine in advance of what he considers to be a make-or-break year or perhaps even his final year in the big leagues, Carpenter tells Rick Hummel of the St.

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J. P. Hill

If January is the New December, are moves coming?

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A Saturday stream of consciousness on the Cardinals’ unwillingness to make moves this winter and Jeff Jones’ instruction to me to “work on believing it.”

First, let me apologize.

I know that’s a terrible way to begin an article. I was taught that if you begin any form of communication with “I’m sorry you have to read this” you’re giving your audience a reason to check out. That’s normally a bad thing for a communicator to do.

It’s...

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The Mets could trade for Kris Bryant - A Hunt and Peck

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The Cubs young star could be on the move.

One of the more interesting storylines of this offseason has been whether or not Kris Bryant will remain with the Cubs in 2021. For a while it looked like the answer might be yes. After struggling in 2020 Bryant’s trade value is probably near a career-low and it might make more sense for the Cubs to hold on to their young third baseman into the season.

Or maybe not. The rumors are the Mets, who just completed a...

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Josey Curtis

VEB Open Thread - Friday, 01/08/21

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We finally have something to talk about in this MLB “Hot Stove” season. (!!) On Thursday afternoon, the Mets acquired shortstop Francisco Lindor and right-hander Carlos Carrasco from the Indians for infielders Andres Gimenez and Amed Rosario, outfielder Isaiah Greene, and right-hander Josh Wolf.

Welcome to New York!

We’ve acquired Francisco Lindor and Carlos Carrasco. #LGMhttps://t.co/Bc0fICHUKn

— New York Mets (@Mets) January 7,...

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John LaRue

Johnny Wholestaff Will be the Most Important Cardinal Pitcher in 2021

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The Cardinals are going to need a lot of pitching depth in 2021, just like every other team.

You may have heard that 2020 was an odd year. The pandemic shortened the baseball season, including a giant vacuum between mid-March and July 1st in which players didn’t play any organized baseball. The break, and the unique way that games were eventually played, had ramifications. Players missed time either from contracting Covid or from contact tracing. Teams...

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Cardinals rumored to be interested in Diamondbacks David Peralta - A Hunt and Peck

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sure let’s talk about this.

Since 2014 David Peralta has been an average outfielder for the Arizona Diamondbacks. The 33 year old made his debut in 2014 and had two pretty solid years offensively in 2015 and 2018, hitting at a 137 and 131 wRC+, respectively. In 2020 he signed a 3-year, $22 million deal with the Diamondbacks. He was paid $7 million of that in 2020 and is owed $7.5 million in both 2021 and 2022. The Cardinals are rumored...

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J. P. Hill

A “Competitive Core”, “What Ifs” and Paul DeJong

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If the Cardinals want to project a contending, 90-win roster, they need more production from their core. That’s where Paul DeJong comes in.

Here’s an interesting question to consider: What player can make the most difference in the Cardinals’ season by performing as they are expected to perform?

The point of this question is to eliminate, for now, the extremes on the Cardinals’ roster. Take Alex Reyes. Yes, if Reyes earns a spot in the rotation in...

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Free Agent Spotlight: Corey Kluber

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Here’s a pitcher the Cardinals won’t sign, but should consider

As everyone is surely aware, we’re in the part of the offseason where we’re craving new things to write about. To have literally anything happen. Months and months of nothing happening creates a challenge. Usually, I’ll come up with something. Let’s just say my mind was not on writing an article at all nor on baseball until the 11th hour when I suddenly realized I needed to come up...

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Ben Godar

Willie Wells should be honored at Busch Stadium

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The St. Louis Stars great and National Baseball Hall of Famer meets all the criteria to be recognized at the ballpark.

A couple weeks back, I argued that the St. Louis Cardinals should honor more players from the Negro League St. Louis Stars at Busch Stadium. This was true before, but even more so in light of MLB designating the Negro Leagues as official “major leagues.”

The Cardinals have established a precedent where retired numbers and/or...

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