News, Notes and Historical Information on the St. Louis Cardinals
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Shelby Miller was in some exclusive company as he was picked as the fifth best prospect in baseball in MLB.com. He had solid stints for both the Texas League and the Florida State League last year and he finished with 170 strikeouts in 139 2/3 innings.
So far, he’s avoided a lot of home runs despite being a fly ball pitcher. His walk rate is also a little high but he’s still young and will be working on that as he moves up the ladder. The Cardinals got this kid at number 19 in 2009 and it’s looking like a solid steal at that pick.
The Cardinals inked pitcher Kyle McClellan to a one year deal and they’ll avoid arbitration. The deal will bring McClellan around $2.5 million and that leaves just one player, Jason Motte, to deal with as far as arbitration.
McClellan filled in as a starter in 2012 for the first time in his four year career with the Cardinals. He was solid enough with a 12-7 record but it cost him considerably with regard to his strikeout rate. At this point, I like McClellan as a fill in for the rotation if needed, but I like him better as a reliever and his 2010 was a nice one.
The 2012 St. Louis Cardinals schedule is up and fans are on the hunt for those Cardinals Busch Stadium tickets. The defending World Series champions are about to face an interesting 2012 season, as they experience the first manager change-up since 1995. Albert Pujols is also up in the air as a free agent and Cards fans are biting their nails as he makes his big decision. Whatever the case, the Cardinals will undoubtedly make something work and will continue to represent the National League as one of the greatest MLB teams around. I mean, they made it into the Playoffs by just a hair and ended up claiming the World Series title, didn’t they? Not many teams can say that… Go Cards!
The Cardinals made some changes to their 40 man roster with the deadline to protect players from the Rule 5 draft on the horizon. Sam Freeman, Adam Ottavino and Chuckie Fick were all to the 40 man roster. The Cardinals had plenty of room and they head into the deadline with four open spots still.
None of these guys were on the Baseball America Top Ten Cardinals prospects but that still doesn’t mean we have to just give them away. Freeman is a left and coming off surgery in 2010 so he could have some upside. Fick put up decent numbers at Memphis and he could see some time as a call up reliever.
With the Cards coming off of a World Series, you wonder what Cardinals tickets are going to be like this year. I’d bet they sell out quick so you need to get what you can when you can.
Well, it was his last one and Tony LaRussa came in third place in the Manager of Year voting. He was only one of three managers to get a first place vote but he was well behind the favorite for the award, Kirk Gibson. Ron Roenicke of the Brewers came in second place.
I thought with the last season run, LaRussa might get some more votes but everyone had Gibson and the way he turned around the Diamondbacks well out in front. Gibson picked up 28 first place votes and if he wasn’t in first, he was in second place. Roenicke was named on 30 of 32 ballots and he picked up three first place votes, 25 second place votes and two third place votes. The only other manager other then the top three to get a second place vote was Charlie Manuel.
The Cardinals are World Champs and while I’m waiting for the 2011 World Series set to come out, I was happy to see that the Cardinals made the cut with another great game in the Baseball Greatest Games set. In 1985, the Cardinals played the Dodgers in the NLCS and after going down two games to none, the Cardinals came back and won two straight before an important game five.
The Cardinals jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first but the Dodgers tired it in the fourth. A classic pitchers duel between Fernando Valenzuela and Bob Forsch and the Cardinals pen but in the bottom of the ninth, the heroics came from an unlikely person. The light hitting Ozzie Smith belted a walk off solo home run to win it for the Cardinals. They then won games six to move on to the World Series where they eventually lost to the Royals. Still, that Ozzie Smith home run is one that’s going to be talked about for a long time to come.
The Cardinals did it again. They needed all seven World Series games but they pulled a historic comeback in game six and then took care of business in game seven to win another World Series. Chris Carpenter pitched on short rest again but this time he came up with a gutty performance to help push the Cardinals through six innings. He got off to a rough start and gave up two runs in the first but that was all the Cardinals got. Four relievers then combined to hold the Rangers scoreless in the final four frames.
David Freese drove in two runs to tie the game with a double and he ended up being the World Series MVP. Yadier Molina drove in two runs and Allen Craig belted his third home run of the series with a solo shot in the third inning.
Now of course all eyes will be on Albert Pujols. He’s going to test the market but I’m still optimistic that he’ll be in a Cardinals uniform in 2012. You wonder how Pujols decision is going to affect Cardinals tickets sales. You figure the earlier they can lock him, the better season ticket sales are going to be.
The Cardinals took the first game in the 2011 World Series behind a solid outing by Chris Carpenter. He gave up two runs on five hits and a walk with four strikeouts in six inning. Five relievers then combined to hold the Rangers scoreless after that. Jason Motte pitched a shutout ninth and he picked up another post season save.
Lance Berkman went two for four with two RBIs. Rafael Furcal drew two walks and David Freese went one for two with a walk and a run.
Game two is tomorrow. It’ll be Colby Lewis going up against Jaime Garcia.
The Cardinals are in the World Series. Game six was anti-climactic as the Cardinals doubled up the Brewers in a 12-6 blowout. Rafael Furcal, David Freese and Albert Pujols all went yard in the win. Freese finished with three RBIs and three runs while Matt Holliday went two for five with three runs.
Edwin Jackson didn’t last very long and well the pen was far from perfect, they were good enough with all of the offense. Jason Motte once again got into the game and he struck out one in a shutout ninth.
The Rangers will be the next opponent and this will be nice because we’ll get to start at home. Game one is Wednesday.
The Cardinals played their last NLCS game in St. Louis and they got the job done to take a 3-2 lead in the series. Once again, LaRussa did his micromanaging but it worked out and the Cards walked away with the win. Jaime Garcia gave up a run in 4 2/3 innings before yielding to the pen. Then four relievers combined for 4 1/3 innings to close the game out. Jason Motte was there in the ninth and for one run in th eighth and he picked up another save.
Matt Holliday went three for four with two RBIs. Yadier Molina also had a nice game and he went three for four with a run and an RBI.
The Cardinals can wrap things up tomorrow. Edwin Jackson gets the nod and the ineffective Shaun Marcum throws for the Brewers.
Kyle Lohse was tagged for three runs and he took the loss in game four of the NLCS. Lohse gave up the three runs on six hits with three strikeouts in 4 1/3 innings. Mitchell Boggs also gave up a run in his one inning of work.
Matt Holliday was the Cards best hitter. He went two for four with a double and a solo home run. David Freese went two for four.
Game five is huge and it’s tomorrow. Jaime Garcia needs to come up big. Zach Greinke throws for the Brewers.
The Cardinals took a 2-1 lead in the NLCS. They jumped out to a four run lead in the first inning and never looked back. The Brewers scored two in the second and one in the third but they held on the rest of the way to win it.
Carptenter lasted five innings and he gave up the five runs. Then it was the LaRussa pen with Jason Motte closing it out. He pitched 1 1/3 innings and he picked up his third save of the post-season.
David Freese went three for four with an RBI. Albert Pujols also had a nice game and he went two for two with two walks, a run and an RBI.
Game four is tomorrow and with a Cards win, they could take a commanding lead. It’ll be Kyle Lohse against Randy Wolf.
Albert Pujols is the man and he proved as he put the Cardinals on his back and helped carry them to a game two win over the Brewers. He finished four for five with a home run, five RBIs and three runs. Jon Jay scored three runs and David Freese also had another nice game with his second home run of the series.
Edwin Jackson gave up two runs in 4 1/3 innings. Then LaRussa went to the pen and did his usual micro-managing. Jason Motte was one of the four relievers to throw a shutout inning.
Now things move to St. Louis. Game three will have Chris Carpenter going against Yovani Gallardo. Big game.
The Cardinals dropped game one of the NLCS in an ugly outing by Jaime Garcia. The Cardinals were up 5-2 but then a six run fifth proved to be the difference. In all, Garcia gave up six runs in four innings of work. Octavio Dotel gave up a pair of runs as well.
David Freese hit a three run home run. Lance Berkman had a nice game and he went two for four with a run and an RBI. Rafael Furcal went two for five with two runs.
Game two is tomorrow. It’ll be up to Edwin Jackson to tie this one up.
Well, Chris Carpenter got it done. He threw a three hit shutout against the best team in baseball to help the Cardinals move on to the NLCS. This was one of those games that, if it weren’t in such an early round, would be an instant classic. Still, for Cardinals fans it is.
Carpenter gave up the three hits and he struck out three in the shutout. He needed just 110 pitches and it was one of the most important starts of his career.
The lone run came in the first. Rafael Furcal led off the game with a triple and then Skip Schumaker doubled him home. One run, but that was enough.
Next up are the Brewers. Game one is in two days. What an awesome series considering that September run so hopefully the Cards will be able to keep it going.
Well, the Cardinals lived to fight another day and they took care of the Phillies to force a winner take all game five in a couple of days in the NLDS. The Phillies jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first and the Cards cut that in half with a run in the bottom of the first. The Cardinals then took the lead in the fourth with two runs and they added two more in the sixth.
Edwin Jackson gave up two runs in six innings then Tony LaRussa went to the pen. Five relivers held the Phillies to a single run and one of those was Jason Motte, who pitched a shutout ninth for his second save.
David Freese was awesome in this one. He went two for three with a home run and four RBIs. Skip Schumaker went two for three with a run.
Game five will see Chris Carpenter going up against Roy Halladay. This one is going to be a classic.
Jaime Garcia was on his game but he wasn’t quite good enough because the Cardinals lost to the Phillies 3-2. The big hit was a three run home run by Ben Francisco and while the Cardinals put a couple on the board to make it a one run game, it just wasn’t quite good enough.
Garcia pitched seven innings and he was good other then that one frame. Fernando Salas and Jason Motte threw a shutout inning each to wrap up the game.
Ryan Theriot went for four for five in the win. Albert Pujols also had a great game and he went four for five with a run.
The Cardinals need to win. Game four is tomorrow and it’ll be all up to Edwin Jackson.
This was the opposite of game one. The Phillies jumped out to a 4-0 lead early but the Cardinals stuck with it and got back into the game. By the seventh inning, the Cardinals had the lead and so goes the tie series.
Chris Carpenter was tagged for four runs in three innings. From there, the pen took over and did an awesome job. Fernando Sala pitched two shutout frames and Jason Motte pitched 1 1/3 innings of shutout relief to close the game out.
The Cardinals put three runs on the board in the fourth and then Jay singled home a run in the sixth to tie the game up. Finally, Albert Pujols singled home Craig for the game winner.
Now the scene moves to St. Louis. It’ll be Jaime Garcia going up against Cole Hamels.
Things started off well. The Cardinals jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning but then in the sixth inning, the wheels fell of the wagon when the Phillies scored five runs in the sixth. The Cardinals scored three in the ninth but by then, the game was way out of reach.
Kyle Lohse was pummelled for six runs in 5 1/3 innings. Marc Rzepczynski was tagged for three runs and Mitchell Boggs gave up two runs. Ugly, ugly pitching performances and you hope they can bounce back from this one.
Lance Berkman put the Cardinals on the board with a three run home run in the first inning. Skip Schumaker also had a nice game and he went two for four with two RBIs.
Game two is tomorrow. It’ll be Chris Carpenter going up against Cliff Lee in this one.
What a September and I never thought I’d be thinking about Cardinals playoff tickets. The Cardinals were pretty much left for dead but a great month combined with a wicked collapse by the Braves and the Cardinals find themselves in the playoffs with their 90th win of the season. Of the four games that had an impact on either league’s wild card, this was the least dramatic. The Cardinals put a five spot on the board in the first inning against the worst team in baseball and the rest was history.
Chris Carpenter went the distance and he struck out eleven in the two hit shutout. He gave up two singles and one walk and that was it. He needed only 105 pitches to get the job done.
Allen Craig continued to rake. He went two for five with a home run and two runs scored. David Freese also had a nice day at the plate. He went two for four with two doubles and three runs.
The bad thing is, the Cardinals get the best team in baseball in the Phillies in their NLDS series. Things kick off in Philly on Saturday.
It’s a drag when the Cardinals when seven out of ten, but still lose ground to the red hot Brewers. As it stands, the Cardinals have to make up five games in the final month and a half. The Wild Card is in play, but it’s just as far out of reach because the Braves have the same record as the Brewers. Regardless, unless the Cardinals go on a huge tear, it’s unlikely we’ll need to worry about MLB playoff tickets this year.
Yesterday, Edwin Jackson pitched a solid game and he picked up his second win since joining the team. He lasted only 5 1/3 innings though so the Cardinals, in true Tony LaRussa form, used five relievers to get through the final 3 2/3 innings. Dotel was sharp with four strikeouts in 1 2/3 innings while Fernando Salas pitched a shutout ninth to close out the game.
Albert Pujols had three hits, including his 29th home run of the season. Yadier Molina was a perfect three for three while David Freese went two for three with a pair of runs.
The Cardinals get the sinking Pirates next. Jake Westbrook gets the start in the opener tonight.
Well, the Cardinals passed up those pesky Pirates thanks to a couple of wins over the Cubs and they now find themselves a game and a half (just one loss) back of the first place Brewers. What was at one point a four team race still kind of is, but the Reds are starting to fall out and it looks like the Pirates may be running out of gas. Still, there’s a lot of games to play so this definitely isn’t a time to give up. In fact I’m going to get my Cardinals tickets here in the next couple of days because if this race goes deep into September, tickets could be limited.
The Cardinals have been able to score a bunch of runs and yesterday was no exception. Ryan Theriot and David Freese both drove in three runs in the 13-5 win and both Albert Pujols and Freese went yard in the contest. Theriot finished with four hits to lead the way at the plate.
Kyle Lohse gave up five runs but none of them were earned. He gave up two hits and he walked two in five innings. Three relievers combined to throw four shutout innings to close out the game.
Jake Westbrook gets the nod today as the Cardinals go for the sweep. Then it’s off to Milwaukee for that big series.
Just like that, the Cardinals now have a three game deficit to make up in the NL Central. Throw in the injury to Albert Pujols and things aren’t looking good for the Cardinals. Things really came to a head this weekend with the Cardinals losing three straight to the Blue Jays and then the Brewers won three straight. That puts them just one game back of the Reds and Pirates. There’s still plenty of games left but the team is now without both it’s best pitching and best hitter so this is going to be tough no matter what.
This afternoon they got shutout. They made a decent pitcher in Ricky Romero look like a Cy Young contender and then Kyle McClellan had a tough time and he fell to 6-4. He gave up five runs in 5 1/3 innings.
Four hits isn’t going to cut it and that’s all the Cards could muster. Andrew Brown doubled and that was his first extra base hit of his career and the only extra base hit of the game for the Cardinals.
The Cardinals get a day off, then it’s three against the Orioles. Time to turn things around here. It’s also time to get some Cardinals tickets because they’re only going to be tougher to get as the season goes on. I know they’re banged up, but I expect them to stay in contention.
Thanks to a Reds losing streak and some solid baseball, the Cardinals sit atop the NL Central with a 2 1/2 game lead. This team had some big time question marks once Adam Wainwright went down and with a guy like Chris Carpenter struggling it’s nice to see this team didn’t fall off of a cliff.
It’s nice to see the Cardinals have that set of hitters like they did when they were winning the division every year in the 2000s. Lance Berkman has been a huge pickup and I could see him winning comeback player of the year. Matt Holliday has been blasting the ball as well and Albert is Albert. Heck, even Yadier Molina is raking right now.
And they’re all newer names but guys like Kyle McClellan, Jamie Garcia and Kyle Lohse have been getting it done on the mound. Of course the one big problem was the Cardinals still haven’t figure out who’s going to close. Not that it’s an issue by itself, but it seems to be causing a distraction.
Next up for the Cardinals is a three game series against the Padres. Kyle Lohse gets the nod for the Cardinals and Dustin Moseley throws for the Padres.
Record wise, the Cardinals are in a tie for first place with the Reds and the Brewers are just a half game back of that. Of course when you’re only a game over .500, there’s not a whole lot to brag about either but a lead is a lead and right now, 12-11 is good enough for first place.
Albert Pujols has been the man but he’s gotten help from Matt Holliday and Lance Berkman. Holliday is hitting .407 and while he has just two home runs, he still sports a .627 slugging percentage and he has thirteen strikeouts versus eleven walks. Lance Berkman has been very effective too and he’s a home run behind Albert for the league lead but he’s hitting .378. Pujols in the meantime is only hitting .250, but he has the power numbers (seven home runs) to make up for it a little. Still, once Albert really heats up, things are going to be interesting.
On the pitching side, Kyle Lohse is off to a fantastic start. He always has the nice strikeout to walk ratio but 22 to 4 is a little ridiculous. He’s 3-1 with a 2.01 ERA and his lone loss was his first start where he gave up four runs. He’s gone at least seven innings in all of his starts so far. Jaime Garcia has also been top notch. He has 30 strikeouts and his strikeout to walk ratio is almost as good as Lohse’s. Of course Chris Carpenter is 0-3 so like Pujols, hopefully when he gets back on track this team will start to hum.
The Cardinals finish up against Houston then head to Atlanta this week. Hopefully they can give themselves some breathing room in this tight race. Also, the fact that the Cardinals are in first place means it’s going to be tougher to get Cardinals tickets going forward. The Cardinals are always near the top in attendance so you might want to get your tickets now while you still can.
The Cardinals improved to 12-10 on the spring with a 10-3 win over the Boston Red Sox. Albert Pujols led the way with a double, three RBIs, two runs and a walk. Matt Holiday went two for three with two RBIs and a run while David Freese went two for three with a run and an RBI.
Kyle McClellan continued his impressive spring with five shutout innings. He gave up three hits and three walks with two strikeouts. Joe Kelly gave up all three runs in his two innings of work and Bryan Augenstein struck out two in a shutout ninth inning.
Chris Carpenter gets the start this afternoon in a game against the Nationals. Game time is 1:05.
The Cardinals are one of the last teams to have their spring debut but the waiting is over as done with because they face the Marlins today. Of course a lot of the news surrounding the leadup to spring training was the Albert Pujols signing situation and he’ll be one of the Cardinals to see some time. We’ll also see the debut of Lance Berkman and Matt Holliday should get some swings.
Of course the bad news out of camp is the season ending injury to Adam Wainwright. I wish him the best in his recovery and it’s going to be tough to replace him out on the mound. Raul Valdes, who’s going to be fighting for the rotation spot that’s opened up because of Wainwright’s injury gets the start today.
Single game Cardinals tickets are on sale now. What’s the game or series you would most like to see?
Yes, for a lot of people he’s our favorite player but at this point,Albert Pujols is putting the Cardinals in a bind. The team will sign him to a big extension but until we know how much that’s going to be, the team has no cost certainty. So we can’t let him go, but at least from what we’ve seen, there’s been no back and forth so until we get Pujols locked up, signing some of our other top notch players is going to be tough.
Anyway, this all made the news because Pujols said that if there’s no deal in place by the start of spring training, then contract talks will be off the table. So if things weren’t quickly before, they’re going to have to speed up soon because that’s just over a month away. I’ve heard everything from 10 year, $300 million to a nine year deal being bounced around but all I know is, getting past this is going to be huge for the team because it will bring some certainty to what their costs are going to be moving forward.
Baseball America recently unveiled their Cardinals top ten prospect list and topping the list is 2009 first round draft pick Shelby Miller. Miller had 24 starts at Low-A and he was pretty dominating with 140 strikeouts and 33 walks in 104 innings. We’ll get a look at this blue chip come spring training and there’s a chance he skips High A and pitches for Double A in 2011.
Number two is the Cards second round pick in 2010, Zach Cox. Cox signed enough to get a few swings in the Gulf Coast League and he’ll get his first full season of pro ball this year. He had a nice AFL so that might even allow the Cardinals to speed up his ascent through the system.
Number three is Dominican hurler Carlos Martinez who will be 19 all season. He was lights out in twelve starts for the DSL Cardinals and there’s a chance they could put him on a full season club despite his youth. Tyrell Jenkins (2010 draft pick, only 18 year old pitcher) and Allen Craig (major league ready outfielder) round out the top five.
The Cardinals are in a bind and you wished Albert Pujols would do something about it. Pujols is almost certainly going to re-sign with the Cardinals but there hasn’t been much talk about a deal. Until we know how much Albert is going to cost, it handcuffs the team because there’s not a lot of cost certainty. That makes the Zach Greinke to the Brewers trade that much tougher. The Cards have the talent, but they’re largely the same team as they were last year. Yeah, the Lance Berkman and Jake Westbrook signings could be a bigger help then people make it out to be but outside of that, the Cardinals seem to be set on going with what they have.
The Reds aren’t going away and the Brewers are now better. It’ll be interesting to see what the Cardinals do in the aftermath of that deal. Of course with the talent pool thinning, it might make sense to just sit tight and hope the Cardinals are in the mix and make a deal at the trade deadline to fill in any gaps.
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