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Washington Nationals at Houston Astros - A World Series Game Two thread for October 23, 2019

Game Two

Game Two of the World Series begins tonight at 7:07 pm CST of FOX. That Nationals lead the series 1-0. Feel free to discuss that or anything else within the community guidelines here this evening. Here are the lineups for Game Two:

Today's Lineups Trea Turner - SS George Springer - CF Adam Eaton - RF Jose Altuve - 2B Anthony Rendon - 3B Michael Brantley - LF Juan Soto - LF Alex Bregman - 3B Howie Kendrick - DH Yuli Gurriel - 1B Asdrubal Cabrera - 2B Yordan Alvarez - DH Ryan...

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Remember when Albert Pujols hit three home runs in a World Series game? - A Hunt and Peck

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That was cool.

The date was October 22, 2011. The place was Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, Texas. It was somewhat cloudy, but otherwise fine October night in the South; there was no wind and the temperature was pleasant 80 degrees Fahrenheit. It was an excellent evening for game three of the World Series.

This contest between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Texas Rangers began innocuously enough, but after only...

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Ben Godar

The David Ross movie needed a 3rd Act

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He may not help them win but maybe this will get that movie made?

As a screenwriter myself, the first thing I thought when I heard the Cubs were actually, for real, going to hire David Ross as their manager, was that maybe this would finally get that David Ross movie made.

You may recall that soon after the 2016 World Series it was reported that Ross’s memoir Teammate had been optioned to become a feature film. I pulled some strings and reached out to...

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A.E. Schafer

Oscar Taveras, Five Years On

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Five years ago this week, the direction of the Cardinal franchise was diverted due to a terrible decision.

Do you know that it’s been almost five years since Oscar Taveras died? Three days from now, in fact, we will pass the fifth anniversary of the young outfielder making a terrible decision and paying the worst price anyone can. Even worse, he took his girlfriend with him, and we should remember that. Killing yourself by your own stupidity is a...

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Ben Godar

Randal Grichuk, Harrison Bader and Tommy Edman

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The Cardinals have twice recently been fooled by strong half-seasons from rookies. Will the third time be the charm?

From the moment Tommy Edman joined the team this summer, he was something of a folk hero. He showed a penchant for big moments early on, and while his underlying numbers were sometimes a little soft, he finished the season with a team-best 123 wRC+. He ranked 3rd in WAR among position players, despite amassing 100 and 200 fewer plate...

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Nationals at Astros - A World Series Game One thread for October 22, 2019

Game One

The Worshington Nationals take on the House Astros this evening in Houston for game one of the World Series. Game time is 7:08 pm CST. Here are tonight’s lineups:

Today's Lineups Trea Turner - SS George Springer - CF Adam Eaton - RF Jose Altuve - 2B Anthony Rendon - 3B Michael Brantley - LF Juan Soto - LF Alex Bregman - 3B Howie Kendrick - DH Yuli Gurriel - 1B Asdrubal Cabrera - 2B Carlos Correa - SS Ryan Zimmerman - 1B Yordan Alvarez - DH Kurt Suzuki - C Martin Maldonado -...

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The World Series begins tonight - A Hunt and Peck

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7:08 pm CST

A clean slate, a fresh series, no records, no scores, nothing to this point matters, yet everything to this point mattered. Tonight the Houston Astros take on the Washington Nationals in the 115th World Series.

The favored team is likely the Astros. After spending much of the mid-aughts coming in second to the Cardinals in the NL Central, the team found itself near the bottom of the division for the remainder of the decade. Their fortunes...

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Offseason Transaction Preview and Timeline

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Although the Cardinals have been eliminated from the postseason, there will still be many transactions to watch for this offseason. In this article, I will give you a preview of what is to come, as well as a timeline. I will outline the transactions that are automatic that will be coming up shortly, as well as offer some players to watch that will be affected by certain transactional rules and deadlines.

The Day After the World Series Ends—6 year free...

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The top ten Cardinals moments of the year - A Hunt and Peck

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Do you agree?

The St. Louis Cardinals season is over. With no Cardinals baseball left to play this season, all we are left with are the memories. The Cardinals put together a video to commemorate the best of those memories. I watched that video and compiled a list with links to that moment’s Baseball Reference page for your enjoyment.

10. June 2, 2019 Cardinals vs. Cubs — Adam Wainwright strikes out eight in eight
9. May 31, 2019 Cardinals vs....

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Who is getting traded?

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A ranking of the Cardinals likely to get traded in the offseason.

The Cardinals enter the offseason as defending NL Central champions, a good season in the rearview, and a future that is uncertain. With the 5 year-extension signed by Paul Goldschmidt in spring training and to a lesser extent, the two-year contract extension of Matt Carpenter, the Cardinals have rather severely limited their potential range of outcomes for this offseason. Anthony Rendon...

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A.E. Schafer

The Sudden Stop At the End

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Not with a bang, but a whimp— actually, it was more like a dull thud.

And just like that, it was over.

I write these same words at the end of pretty much every season, for how many years now I don’t even remember. Unless you happen to win a championship, it seems like the end is always swift, and early, and not at all what you were hoping for.

And just like that, it was over.

I have walnut trees.

Big ones. One on either side of my house. The...

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Cardinals pitcher Carlos Martinez undergoes 'small procedure' on shoulder

Carlos Martinez recently underwent a “small procedure” on his bothersome right shoulder, Cardinals president of baseball operations John Mozeliak said during a radio interview on KMOX 1120 AM Sunday (hat tip to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch).   The treatment involved a platelet-rich plasma injection. Martinez isn’t expected to miss any significant time, as Mozeliak said the right-hander “should have a pretty normal offseason” and is expected to be ready for the...

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Blake Newberry

The Young Cardinals Can Run

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Now they just need playing time.

Despite the brutal NLCS sweep at the hands of the Washington Nationals, the Cardinals made strides this season. Perhaps the most notable improvement was seen on the base paths.

St. Louis finished tied for third in stolen bases (116) Washington, behind Texas and Kansas City. They stole bases at a high efficiency as well getting thrown out just 29 times. This helped the team finish second in Fangraphs BsR statistic, which...

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Report: Cardinals 'not going to make an effort' to sign Marcell Ozuna to long-term deal

Pending free-agent left fielder Marcell Ozuna has made it known he’d prefer to re-sign with the Cardinals, but it doesn’t look likely with free agency approaching. The Cardinals are "not going to make an effort" to sign Ozuna to a long-term contract before the market opens in a couple of weeks, Mark Saxon of The Athletic writes (subscription link). They are, however, likely to issue Ozuna a $17.8M qualifying offer, according to Saxon. If the Cardinals do hit Ozuna with a QO and he...

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Ben Clemens

A Slight Feeling of Helplessness

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Maybe you’ve heard — the Cards didn’t win the NLCS.

Initially, I had planned to write about Mike Shildt’s decision-making in the NLCS. He made some odd decisions, to my eyes; leaving Wainwright in longer than he should have, a potentially too-aggressive intentional walk in the deciding game, bringing Wainwright in mid-inning in the same game. But honestly, the Cardinals just got blitzed, and as much fun as it is to go through the math of some marginal...

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On this day in 2013 the Cardinals were going to the World Series - A Hunt and Peck

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The Cardinals advanced.

On October 18, 2013 the St. Louis Cardinals squared off against the Los Angeles Dodgers for game 6 of the NLCS. Michael Wacha took the mound against Clayton Kershaw in a reprisal of their game 2 matchup the ended with the Cardinals 1-0 victory.

This game went a little differently:

The Cardinals 9-0 victory clenched the Championship Series and sent the team on to play the Boston Red Sox in the World Series.

what else is...

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John LaRue

Where do the Cardinals Need to Improve in 2020?

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Let’s use graphs to identify areas of need

The off-season’s icy grip has officially wrapped around the Cardinals. We’re in the long, baseball-free stretch between the last game of the 2019 Cardinals season and the first sunny day on a practice field in Jupiter, Florida to begin the 2020 Cardinals season. Fortunately, there will be plenty to discuss in the coming months. The General Manager’s meetings will happen in mid-November, the Winter Meetings...

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Adam Wainwright to contemplate future after Cardinals were swept in NLCS

In the wake of the Cardinals being swept out of the National League Championship Series, it isn’t surprising that Adam Wainwright was more focused on the end of his club’s season than he was on his future plans. The 38-year-old righty told MLB.com’s Adam Berry and other reporters after Game 4 of the NLCS that “I haven’t even thought about” what he might do for the 2020 season, though “we’ll talk about it over the next couple weeks.” If the veteran does decide to hang up his...

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The Cardinals should talk to Marcell Ozuna - A Hunt and Peck

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Let’s get this out of the way.

I am sure this will be discussed at length later on in the offseason, but let’s get some of it started now. The Cardinals should consider signing Marcell Ozuna.

His numbers were a bit down during his time with the Cardinals, but both seasons saw him miss time with an injury or struggle to play through one. 2020 would be the leftfielder’s age 29 season and a year he seems poised to elevate his play. Perhaps the price will be...

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Who to root for in the playoffs now

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The Cardinals, the obvious choice, are out, leaving the floor theoretically open to the three remaining teams

It’s a bit awkward when you’re heavily invested in the outcome of playoff games only for your team to lose with more games yet to be played and a winner yet to be crowned. You’ve recently went through the gauntlet of emotions, lived and died with every pitch, and occasionally found moments to breathe. And then you watch...

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