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System Sort-of Sundays 20th June 2021: Okay, So We Have to Talk About Delvin Perez

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There’s a shortstop breakout happening in the minors right now. And it might not be the one you’re thinking of.

Howdy, folks. Apologies for this belated Sunday post; I had hoped to be able to get this done despite both work and Father’s Day obligations (went to a car show, had dinner, it was nice), but ended up just not being able to. I will, however, not be changing the title of this post to System Mondays, because...

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Thou shalt not steal on Yadier Molina (or these other great catchers) — A Hunt and Peck

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How does Yadier Molina stack up against the great caught stealing catchers in baseball history?

On Sunday afternoon Yadier Molina threw out yet another baserunner. It was the 361st caught stealing of his catching career. It was just the 893rd steal attempt against him. Historical data is hard to compile because for a lot of great players, it just is not all there. For instance, according the Baseball Reference the leader in caught stealing...

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Lars Nootbar and other standout players in the minors

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A few thoughts on a few minor league players I noticed.

Well that was unfortunate. The Cardinals are in the midst of a stretch of bad teams, but I do not think the Braves are one of them and that showed. I know yesterday was frustrating, in the sense that the offense only showed up for one of the games and I can’t really point to Drew Smyly as being good as the reason they were shut down, but well it happens. And frankly, the Cardinals have a -32 run...

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Cards Held Scoreless in 1-0 Loss in Game 2

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KK was saddled with a hard-luck loss as the Cards’ offense went absent in the back half of Sunday’s twin bill.

The Cardinals continued Sunday’s doubleheader with Atlanta, starting Kwang Hyun Kim across from Drew Smyly. Kim pitched a solid four innings with his only mistake resulting in a solo home run from Ronald Acuna, Jr. but was saddled with a hard-luck loss as the Cards’ bats went silent once again against Smyly and the Braves in the...

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Cards Take Game 1 of Double Feature, 9-1

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Wainwright cruised as Goldschmidt and Arenado homered in the lopsided win.

The Redbirds got slated for a doubleheader with the Braves on Sunday after getting rained out on Saturday night. Adam Wainwright went the distance in game one, throwing seven solid innings of one-run ball with eleven strikeouts as the Cardinals cruised to a win. Bryse Wilson started for the Braves and was tagged for five runs over four innings. The Braves’ bullpen didn’t fare...

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Cardinals GM John Mozeliak discusses slump, trade possibilities

The club has been struggling and will have some interesting choices to make as the trade deadline approaches.

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John Mozeliak Discusses Cardinals’ Slump, Trade Possibilities

The Cardinals didn’t play on Saturday due to a rainout, and team president of baseball operations John Mozeliak admitted to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis

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St. Louis Cardinals at Atlanta Braves — a double header game thread for June 20, 2021

Game 70

The St. Louis Cardinals take on the Atlanta Braves this afternoon at 1:10 PM CT.

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Blake Newberry

The Cardinals Should Stick With Paul DeJong

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It is clear that Paul DeJong has struggled at the plate this season, and it is clear that his struggles have not helped the St. Louis Cardinals’ lineup, which is also struggling. This is certainly not ideal for the team, as DeJong has plenty of pop in his bat, and has been a productive hitter in the past. Edmundo Sosa performed admirably when replacing the injured DeJong, but Sosa is not near peak DeJong at the plate.

Sosa’s .358 OBP is inflated by the...

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Carlos Struggles in Atlanta, Cardinals Fall 9-1

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Carlos Martinez was rocked for eight runs early in Friday’s match as the Cardinals’ offense continued to struggle to produce runs.

The Cardinals continued their four-game set in Atlanta on Friday, looking to take game two of the series behind Carlos Martinez. Martinez was shelled for eight runs while recording just nine outs before getting lifted in the fourth in favor of Jake Woodford. Free passes came back to haunt Cardinals pitchers again, as Martinez and...

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J. P. Hill

Stats that Matter: Putting the Cardinals’ Offense in Context

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The Cardinals offense is struggling right now. But overall it’s not as bad as you would think and there is hope for real improvement.

Sigh.

So, the pitching has improved. (I wrote this before Friday’s blow-up by Martinez...) That’s a (short-lived) relief. The Cardinals swept three games at home against the hapless Marlins. Two wins came in walk-off fashion, with the pitching – both starters and the relief corps – finally settling down with solid...

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Cardinals Sign Brandon Dickson

The Cardinals have signed right-hander Brandon Dickson to a minor league contract, as Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch (Twitter link) first reported.

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St. Louis Cardinals at Atlanta Braves – a game thread for June 18, 2021

Game 70

The St. Louis Cardinals take on the Atlanta Braves this evening at 6:20 PM CT

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John LaRue

The Cardinals, Baseball, and the Ties That Bind

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Honoring Jack Buck, my mom, and their legacies

Jack Buck passed away on this date 19 years ago. He was 77 years old at the time and had been struggling with lung cancer and Parkinson’s. It feels wrong to start off an article that way because Jack Buck’s life was extraordinary. His passing was a mere footnote, the completion of a journey that brought joy to so many. Admittedly, it saddens me that there are college age St. Louis Cardinals fans- and just...

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Cards bats silent against Morton, lose 4-0 to Braves

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Morton took a no hitter into the 7th, until a great 10 pitch AB by Goldschmidt said “No”

I have picked up this rather annoying trait from my dad. You see I pay attention to what teams do prior to facing the Cardinals. And one of the things he has imprinted on me was to dread facing teams who are coming off losing streaks. What, you may ask? How does that make sense?

Let me explain it to you. You see, our logic goes, that a team on a losing streak is going...

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St. Louis Cardinals at Atlanta Braves - A game thread for June 17, 2021

game 69 (nice)

The St. Louis Cardinals take on the Atlanta Braves this evening at 6:20 pm CT.

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Cardinals Sign Wade LeBlanc

The Cardinals announced the signing of left-hander Wade LeBlanc.  The deal is apparently a Major League contract, as LeBlanc will move directly onto the Cards’ active roster.  In corresponding moves, right-hander Seth Elledge was optioned to Triple-A, and infielder Max Moroff was moved from the 10-day injured list to the 60-day IL.

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The St. Louis Cardinals should respectfully defeat the Atlanta Braves

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A wholesome preview

Starting Thursday, June 17 at 6:20 pm CT through Sunday, June 20 at 6:08 pm CT the St. Louis Cardinals travel to Atlanta to take on the Braves for four games. The Cardinals have had a really tough month with a record of 5-9 in June, but recently things have started looking up. They are coming off a sweep of the Miami Marlins and two-straight walk off wins and hope to keep it moving against the Braves, who at 30-35 sit in third...

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A.E. Schafer

2021 Draft Preview No. 7: Big, Big Bats

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Looking around the draft for some bat-first (and occasionally bat-only), talent.

What we have here, ladies and gentlemen, is another fine installment in a long-running series of scouting reports on guys who can hit, and guys who can hit, and guys who can hit. The catch being, these guys don’t necessarily do a whole lot else quite as well as you might hope. This is, somewhat notably, an interesting version of this yearly batch of reports; none of the...

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J. P. Hill

The Schedule Should Allow the Cardinals to Survive Until Help Can Come

The Cardinals are struggling. But the next few weeks should allow them to survive until the All-Star Break when reinforcements might be easier to find.

The last few weeks have featured some of the worst baseball that the Cardinals have played in a long time. Not only were they mired in a lengthy losing streak, but the games they lost were frequently and painfully non-competitive.

After winning four in a row on the road against the White Sox and Diamondbacks in late May, the Cardinals...

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