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Ben_Markham

Playing the blame game is never a good look

Somethings are best left in the locker room.

Things have been, well, different for the Cardinals this year. Over the entirety of the 21st century, the Cardinals have absolutely earned the title of being a “Model franchise”. Only the Yankees can really match what they’ve done. In 2016 however, they missed the playoffs while their historical rivals dominated baseball for basically the entire year, culminating in a World Series championship.

What the Cards did in 2016 wasn’t even...

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John J. Fleming

Cardinals news and notes: Trades, Cubs, and awards

A look back at the weekend

Congratulations to those of you who survived the weekend without melting or slowly shrinking and transforming into a corn cob following Saturday’s game. In case you found better things to do with your time than following baseball, impossible as that seems, here is what you might have missed at Viva El Birdos.

As was covered intensively on Friday, the Cardinals made a trade with the Seattle Mariners for outfield prospect Tyler O’Neill. As Ben Markham notes, this...

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Carpenter (quad cramps) exits as precaution

First baseman Matt Carpenter hopes to be back in the Cardinals' lineup on Monday after exiting Sunday night's game with cramping in his right quadriceps.

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VanHicklestein

Cards drop series in Chicago as the trade deadline looms

Wacha runs out of gas, Cards run themselves out the game, Cubs run the division.

Lineup

Events

1st Inning

Matt Carpenter led the game of with a weak, routine ground ball to 2B that defensive wizard Javier Baez booted, allowing the Cardinal lead-off man to reach. Pham and Fowler followed by tagging a pair of line drives to deep RF, but Jason Heyward made a couple of wonderful plays to turn them into outs, as he does. Jedd Gyorko then laced a double into the gap in LCF, but Carpenter tried...

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Carpenter exits early with quad tightness

Cardinals first baseman Matt Carpenter exited Sunday's series finale against the Cubs in the second inning due to right quadriceps tightness. He was replaced by rookie Luke Voit.

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Memphis putting together magnificent season

As the Cardinals continue to battle in the National League Central, their Triple-A affiliate is having one of its best seasons in franchise history.

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Craig Edwards

Cardinals v Cubs Lineups, Game Threads, July 23

Sunday Night Baseball

Cardinals v Cubs Lineups, Game Threads, July 23

Today's Lineups Matt Carpenter - 1B Jason Heyward - RF Tommy Pham - LF Kris Bryant - 3B Dexter Fowler - CF Anthony Rizzo - 1B Jedd Gyorko - 3B Willson Contreras - C Yadier Molina - C Kyle Schwarber - LF Paul DeJong - SS Ian Happ - CF Randal Grichuk - RF Addison Russell - SS Kolten Wong - 2B Javier Baez - 2B Michael Wacha - RHP Jose Quintana - LHP

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DeJong staking claim for shortstop job

Paul DeJong has done to Aledmys Diaz what Diaz did to Jhonny Peralta a year ago, which is nudge him out of a starting job by taking advantage of an opening.

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Pegasus

Michael Wacha is back, probably never left

He wasn’t as bad as he looked last year. But he’s even better now.

Coming into 2017, Michael Wacha’s role was up in the air. There have always been questions about his durability, and his 2016 ERA was over 5. This year, calls to move him to the bullpen peaked in late June, after a six-start stretch when Wacha failed to get past the 4th inning five times. After his start against Philadelphia on June 21, he had a 4.76 ERA.

As of this writing, Wacha’s ERA is down to 3.71 (35th among...

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Josey Curtis

Cardinals Farm Journal: Week of 7/16-22

Harrison Bader, Dakota Hudson, and Gabriel Lino notes

Here’s a look back at the week’s top performances:

Player of the Week: Memphis Redbirds outfielder Harrison Bader

Cardinals seventh overall prospect Harrison Bader went 8-for-23 over the last week with two home runs, three runs batted in, two stolen bases, and seven runs scored. Bader has tied a career-high with 19 long balls and is batting .299 for the Redbirds.

Though his bat may be his premier asset, Bader is a fine defender. Not...

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the red baron

System Sundays: Reliever Updates

Keeping track of minor league relief numbers is important if you expect to see them sooner than later. And, well.....

Look, I’m not necessarily suggesting anything specifically. But hey, you know, just in case the Cardinals need to make some alterations to their bullpen sometime soon, let’s take a look at a handful of notable relief arms down on the farm, shall we? You know, just in case....

Josh Lucas, RHP, Memphis

There are two righthanders on the Memphis Redbird roster I have to...

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Down on the farm: Andrew Knizner’s rapid ascent through the St. Louis system

With the rapid graduation of Carlos Rodon and Trea Turner to MLB after they were both first round picks in 2014, the minor league ranks have held few former Wolfpack players of late with much of a shot at making The Show. By virtue of his power potential and lofty draft position in this year’s draft, Joe Dunand has to rank as State’s top prospect alum, but it’s Andrew Knizner who is closest to the majors after a surprisingly fast and successful rise through the Cardinals system since...

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Wainwright on point, but win proves elusive

After breaking up Jon Lester's perfect game in the sixth and retiring 21 of the 24 batters he faced through the seventh, Adam Wainwright took the mound in the eighth having just been spotted a two-run lead. But Wainwright wouldn't escape with a win. Instead, the Cubs, with a three-run inning, evened the series with a 3-2 victory Saturday afternoon at Wrigley Field.

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IHeartBoog

7.22.17 Recap: Cards Lose a Heartbreaker at Wrigley, 3-2

A frustrating, heartbreaking, gut-wrenching, seemingly avoidable loss.

Cards' runs today: 2

Chicago Cubs' runs today: 3

Beers I've consumed: 4

The Game

Adam Wainwright took the mound today against Jon Lester.  A match up for the ages, maybe, if those ages are of the 2009 or 2010 variety.  Wainwright has been okay this year - better than I was expecting, to be sure.  Lester is still "good," even if he's no longer great.  Still, it was a match up that favored the Cubs and I went into the...

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Mozeliak, Lynn talk righty's future amid rumors

Cardinals president of baseball operations John Mozeliak met with starter Lance Lynn on Saturday to offer some transparency about the organization's plans leading up to the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline and the fluidity of Lynn's status. Lynn is due to be a free agent after the season, which is why the Cards are open to dealing him if the right return were to be offered this month.

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Craig Edwards

Cardinals v Cubs Lineups, Game Thread, July 22

Voit in the lineup

Cardinals v Cubs Lineups, Game Thread, July 22

Today's Lineups Matt Carpenter - 2B Ben Zobrist - 2B Tommy Pham - LF Kris Bryant - 3B Dexter Fowler - CF Anthony Rizzo - 1B Jedd Gyorko - 3B Willson Contreras - C Yadier Molina - C Kyle Schwarber - LF Luke Voit - 1B Addison Russell - SS Paul DeJong - SS Jason Heyward - RF Randal Grichuk - RF Jon Jay - CF Adam Wainwright - RHP Jon Lester - LHP

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A Glorious Ray of Joy in a Cloudy Cardinals Season

2017 has not been anybody’s idea of a great season.  While it’s not a wasteland, it probably should be worse than it is, given the team hasn’t been over .500 since early June.  When we look back on this one, nobody is going to list this as one of their favorite years to watch St. ... [Read more]

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Ben_Markham

Tyler O’Neill continues an interesting trend for the Cardinals

The Cardinals seem to be stockpiling players like O’Neill

The day is November 22nd, 2013. Fresh off a Wold Series appearance, the Cardinals make their first significant move of the winter. David Freese, local hero and pizza endorser, was traded along with Fernando Salas for Peter Bourjos and Randal Grichuk.

Freese had a perfectly fine season at the plate that year, hitting to a 105 wRC+. He played statue-esque defense at third though, as word on the street at the time was that he was...

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John J. Fleming

Voting for the Cardinals All-Time Awards

It will be an uphill battle for any Cardinals to win any awards this year, so let’s give them as many as we can.

Last October, for the Viva El Birdos Podcast, listeners voted for the winners of the major awards for the American League, National League, and the St. Louis Cardinals. A good time was had by all, even though even our Cardinals-centric audience couldn’t quite give NL awards to El Birdos.

Well, this year is looking...less exceptional. Like, the team isn’t horrible, but a...

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John J. Fleming

Cardinals news and notes: Cubs, Tyler O’Neill, and the bullpen

A lot of things happened at Viva El Birdos and here is a recap of them

So, I didn’t watch yesterday’s game between the St. Louis Cardinals and Chicago Cubs because I was at work. Wrigley Friday day games are an abomination and if I had grown up in otherwise neutral Chicago territory, this might be enough to have pivoted me towards the White Sox, etc.—but this is a gripe for another day.

But the Cardinals did win their game (more on that in a little bit) and in the eighth inning of...

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