Friday, July 30, 2004

The Cardinals' Birdhouse, Home of the Fans

The Cardinals' Birdhouse, Home of the Fans: "It was also pointed out that the Cards do not use an advance scout. Instead, they record and review all the games they need to see."

Thursday, July 29, 2004

SI.com - Writers - Donovan: Cardinals end Reds' dream of contending - Thursday July 29, 2004 11:39AM

SI.com - Writers - Donovan: Cardinals end Reds' dream of contending - Thursday July 29, 2004 11:39AM: "The Cardinals, of course, are winning against just about everybody. They are, as Graves said, the best team in baseball. Since May 27, they've won a staggering 75 percent of their games (42-14). They're 19-4 this month. They've hit 40 homers in those 23 games. Before their little bullpen burp Wednesday, they had a 3.02 ERA this month.

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Wednesday, July 28, 2004

The Cardinals' Birdhouse, Home of the Fans

The Cardinals' Birdhouse, Home of the Fans: "Cardinals Camp Out
For the first time ever, camp out in Busch Stadium. Watch the Dodgers game on the Diamond Vision, enjoy a barbeque dinner, get a free September 19 game loge ticket, free stadium blanket, and other souvenirs. This is limited to 300 people. Call the ticket office for more info at 314-421-2400.
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Get Up, Baby! - Jim Edmonds: Hall of Famer!? Part One.

Get Up, Baby!: Jim Edmons: Hall of Famer!? Part One: "That's all well and good, but where does he fit among the great center fielders? I decided to take a look. I'll compare Jim Edmonds to Ken Griffey, Jr., Bernie Williams, Kirby Puckett, and Dale Murphy from the modern era, and Willie Mays, Duke Snider, and Mickey Mantle from the past. All are hall of famers or possible hall of famers."

Saturday, July 24, 2004

The Psychotic Cardinal: TLR Does It Again

The Psychotic Cardinal: TLR Does It Again: "This is the critical time when we give ourselves a chance to win, or let them blow the game wide open. The way I see it TLR has two choices: 1) Walk Bonds and pitch to the righty Feliz, or 2) Bring in Kline/King to face Bonds (I would prefer King). Instead TLR chooses to pitch to Bonds...and continues to pitch to Bonds even though Suppan is behind 3-1. "

Friday, July 23, 2004

The Cardinal Nation

The Cardinal Nation: "
Jeremy from St. Louis asks: What happened to Rick Ankiel?

He started throwing bullpen sessions a couple weeks ago and is due to make his first rehab start on August 1 for Tennessee."

Baseball Prospectus | Articles | Prospectus Today: Four Sensible Trades

Baseball Prospectus | Articles | Prospectus Today: Four Sensible Trades: "he Astros are done, not just for '04, but for the next few seasons. This in an aging roster with too many past-prime, declining veterans to project continued success, and a two- or three-year run as an also-ran is just around the corner. "

Finley insists he'll play center or no deal: South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Finley insists he'll play center or no deal: South Florida Sun-Sentinel: "Any deal for Rockies outfielder Larry Walker would likely include Conine. In addition, the Cardinals are in need of a left fielder and may consider Conine."

Redbird Nation

Redbird Nation: "# Ray King was miked up during the game. The guy's incredibly engaging (at one point he said Steve Kline was '50 cards short of a deck') -- so much so that I'm surprised he doesn't have his own fan section somewhere in the stadium, perhaps a place where a bunch of collegiate types dress up as burgers and call their area Burger King's Kingdom or something like that. Seriously, how hard can it be to turn the guy into a folk hero? He's as round as Charlie Kerfield and almost as likable as Quisenberry. Let's make this happen. (I'd do it myself but I'm bad at making burger outfits.)"

Redbird Nation

Redbird Nation: "# In the first inning Jason Marquis leaped to spear a high-hopper off the bat of Geoff Jenkins. Have you noticed how much Marquis likes to jump? I mean in an elemental way, just as Frost's swinger of birches liked to swing. Seriously, watch him sometime -- when Cardinals infielders leap in the air, he leaps with them. A few weeks ago, Corey Patterson was robbed of a base hit when Tony Womack jumped in the air to nab his line drive, and there was Jason Marquis jumping along with him, like a synchronized pitcher. I saw him do it once with Renteria too. It's the damnedest thing. Call it the Marquis Hop."

Thursday, July 22, 2004

ESPN.com: Page 2 - The magic of the stance

ESPN.com: Page 2 - The magic of the stance: "I thought about what Fred said when I was watching the Cardinals dismantle the Cubs at Wrigley Tuesday afternoon, rallying from that 8-2 deficit. I saw Albert Pujols yank so many pitches over the wall I thought I was watching a tape loop, and I thought, Fred was right. So I'm going to say it right now. I am wrong. I am wrong to have doubted the Cardinals. I am wrong, very wrong, to have thought the Cubs could hang with this team. I am wrong, very, very wrong to have said that Houston even belonged in the same conversation with this team.

The Cardinals are right. Right as rain. Right as a rail, riding straight through to the playoffs.

And you want to know where I'll be on the Cardinals from here on out? Right in front of the television, saying 'I am wrong,' over and over and over again, like a mantra, like a desperate plea for forgiveness."

STLtoday - News - Columnists

STLtoday - News - Columnists: "
As regular readers know, I have not been a big fan of Twiggy LaGenius. What's a lawyer doing managing a baseball team? I have also criticized him for being too thin. Baseball is the only sport that makes its managers wear uniforms and the reason is that it's great fun watching an overweight, middle-aged man waddle out to the mound in a tight-fitting double-knit. Twiggy took that part of the game away.
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HaloScan.com - Comments

HaloScan.com - Comments: "I think it's a clubhouse thing too -- as in, now we've got Ray King, Jason Marquis, Chris Carpenter, and Jeff Suppan in our clubhouse rather than Jeff Fassero, Esteban Yan, Brett Tomko, and Garrett Stephenson."

Kline-Time: Steve Kline Fansite

Kline-Time: Steve Kline Fansite: "Kline-Time is dedicated to Steve Kline, a pitcher for the St. Louis Cardinals. Steve is a fan favorite because of his strong work ethic and personality. During his first year with St. Louis, Steve led the league in appearances.

At Kline-Time you can view the unofficial Steve Kline comic book, a badly written comic with Steve as the hero. You can also look at how different advertisements and products would be better if Steve Kline endorsed them."

Tuesday, July 20, 2004

Baseball Musings: Pujols Pull

Baseball Musings: Pujols Pull: "St. Louis is starting to look like a team of destiny."

ESPN.com: SPORTS NATION - Chat-5547

ESPN.com: SPORTS NATION - Chat-5547: "Gary: Memphis, Tn.: is it too soon to compare the 04 Cards to the 75 Big Red Machine?

Peter Gammons: Probably. The Hall of Fame ballots haven't been counted for Pujols, Rolen, Renteria or Edmonds. But seriously, the Cardinals have by far the best position players in the National League. "

ESPN.com: SPORTS NATION - Chat-5547

ESPN.com: SPORTS NATION - Chat-5547: "Gary: Memphis, Tn.: is it too soon to compare the 04 Cards to the 75 Big Red Machine?

Peter Gammons: Probably. The Hall of Fame ballots haven't been counted for Pujols, Rolen, Renteria or Edmonds. But seriously, the Cardinals have by far the best position players in the National League. "

Yahoo! Sports - MLB - Lancaster pitcher strikes out five in one inning

Yahoo! Sports - MLB - Lancaster pitcher strikes out five in one inning: "Lancaster JetHawks right-hander Mike Schultz struck out five batters in one inning Thursday night in a 19-4 loss to the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes on Thursday night."

The Uncouth Sloth

The Uncouth Sloth: "Obituary

CUBS, CHICAGO, a/k/a Chicago National League Ball Club, White Stockings, Orphans. Born 1876, Died July 19, 2004 after a long offensive blockage. Beloved child of A. G. Spaulding and William Wrigley, devoted sister of WGN Radio 720 (Chicago), WGN-TV Channel 9 (Chicago), and the Chicago Tribune. Survived by the Chicago White Sox and the St. Louis Cardinals. Preceded in death by Harry Caray, Jack Brickhouse, and that guy who wrote the song about them. Visitation will be held at uncouthsloth.blogspot.com July 21st from 9:00 - 1:00. Funeral rites performed by the Rev. Sloth July 22nd at 10:00. Cremation rites will follow. In lieu of flowers, donations may be given to the Carlos Beltran Beautification Fund, c/o Jim Hendry, at Northern Trust Bank."

Baseball Musings: Different Set of Wings

Baseball Musings: Different Set of Wings: "Jim Edmonds has homered to give the Cardinals a 2-0 lead over the Cubs. That gives him 161 of his 282 HR with the Cardinals. Edmonds was a good player with the Angels. Although age 30 when he joined St. Louis, he's been a consistently great player with the Cardinals. His OBA has been .385 or higher every year with the Cards; he never did that with the Angels. His slugging percentage has been above .550 every year with the Cards; he did that once with the Angels."

Redbird Nation

Redbird Nation: "But actually Zambrano kept things tense before Carpenter even took the mound. With two outs in the 4th, Zambrano struck out Matheny on a wicked two-seam fastball. Then Zambrano -- the same guy, mind you, who yelled at Edmonds a moment earlier for being so cocky -- pumped his fist furiously, pointed to heaven, roared out loud, then pointed to heaven again (presumably to thank Jesus for making him such a hot dog). At the time I'm thinking, 'dude, you just struck out Mike Matheny.'"

Monday, July 19, 2004

throws like a girl: Houston 5, San Diego 3

throws like a girl: Houston 5, San Diego 3: "Today was also the first time this season that I have seen the stadium A/V crew resort to those lame MAKE SOME NOISE graphics on the scoreboard. All season, I've been so proud of the people of Houston for finally watching the game closely enough that they do not need to be told when to applaud. Those days are apparently over, at least for this year."

Baseball Prospectus | Articles | Prospectus Today: NL Mid-Season Report Card

Baseball Prospectus | Articles | Prospectus Today: NL Mid-Season Report Card: "Watching the Cards' right-handed pitchers against the Cubs this season has reinforced for me the importance of a balanced lineup, in much the same way that the Astros' inability to hit scrubs like Garrett Stephenson made the same point in 1996. I think lineup balance matters more than most people do, although I've never been able to quantify the impact. In a year like this, though, it could possibly be making the difference in a division race that was supposed to be so much closer than this."

Sunday, July 18, 2004

Rocca: Once again, Braves proving the experts wrong

Rocca: Once again, Braves proving the experts wrong: "What we do know for sure is that his first-and only-choice right now is the Yankees. His agents are trying to get him to consider a trade to the Cardinals, the team with the second-best record in baseball but one which might be unwilling to take on his salary."

Friday, July 16, 2004

The Cub Reporter: July 2004 Archives

The Cub Reporter: July 2004 Archives

The Psychotic Cardinal: MAGIC NUMBER AT 68!!!

The Psychotic Cardinal: MAGIC NUMBER AT 68!!!: "MAGIC NUMBER AT 68!!!
Keep coming here for the Cardinals Magic Number Countdown!!!"

Thursday, July 15, 2004

Baseball Prospectus | Articles | Prospectus Triple Play: Houston Astros, St. Louis Cardinals, Texas Rangers

Baseball Prospectus | Articles | Prospectus Triple Play: Houston Astros, St. Louis Cardinals, Texas Rangers: "Nursing Arms: Tony LaRussa's sooper-genius status is well known; just ask him. But there's one area where he's earned his keep this season. Just one St. Louis starter, Woody Williams, has been put under enough stress to crack the top ten in Pit cher Abuse Points. Only six pitchers have made a start for the Cardinals this year, and a healthy rotation will bode very well for the Redbirds as they try to hold the Cubs and the rest of the Central at bay, and LaRussa is making sure to protect some of the injury-prone arms at his disposal, such as Chris Carpenter and Matt Morris."

Wednesday, July 14, 2004

ESPN.com: SPORTS NATION - Chat-5567

ESPN.com: SPORTS NATION - Chat-5567: "Patrick: Cardinals pitching. Stay strong or fail in the second half?

Rob Neyer: (9:14 PM ET ) I think three of them will pitch worse, but two of them will pitch better. And they'll finish the season with a three-game lead over the Cubs.
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Tuesday, July 13, 2004

New York Post Online Edition: sports

New York Post Online Edition: sports: "Asked about Roger Clemens coming out of retirement, Mark McGwire was asked whether he considered it.

Said Big Mac, 'I was sitting at home wondering if anyone was going to call. No one called.'"

STLtoday - Sports - Cardinals

STLtoday - Sports - Cardinals: "HOUSTON - Pittsburgh shortstop Jack Wilson, one of 23 first-time All-Stars, is pretty certain this wouldn't be happening if the Cardinals hadn't dealt him in July 2000, for reliever Jason Christiansen. Wilson was a Class AA shortstop at the time and Edgar Renteria was - and is - a young star at shortstop for the Cardinals."

Sunday, July 11, 2004

PURE CARDINAL OBSESSION: ...and why I do not love Matt Morris

PURE CARDINAL OBSESSION: ...and why I do not love Matt Morris: "(Side note: I hate to assume things about people, but it's hard not to with Matt... he just fits the stereotypical 'pothead' mold. That's why I found this box score funny/ironic: W - Bong, L - Morris.)"

Saturday, July 10, 2004

STLtoday - Sports - Cardinals

STLtoday - Sports - Cardinals: "Club sources have played down their interest in Pittsburgh Pirates righthander Kris Benson - considered among the most attractive targets for a deadline deal - but have inquired about Arizona Diamondbacks ace Randy Johnson. So far, the Diamondbacks have indicated they will not deal the five-time Cy Young Award winner. "

God Yes.

Thursday, July 08, 2004

The Cardinals' Birdhouse, Home of the Fans

The Cardinals' Birdhouse, Home of the Fans: "06/27 Bud Smith. The former Cardinal pitched three shutout innings Saturday night for the Single-A Clearwater Threshers. Smith opposed the Palm Beach Cardinals at Jupiter."

Wednesday, July 07, 2004

Redbird Nation

Redbird Nation: "After Jedmonds made that catch, my first thought wasn't how'd he do that?; it was of course. That's how much I've come to expect the extraordinary from him. It was similar with Mark McGwire. Sometimes after McGwire hit one of his towering, majestic, 500-foot blasts, it would dawn on me that the guy who came along after Big Mac would never hit 'em as high or as far. Same with Jedmonds. We might see a CF as good as him, but we're not likely to see that combination of raw offensive power and defensive derring-do. It's pretty thrilling."

Tuesday, July 06, 2004

HoustonChronicle.com - Justice's Q&A: Roster is biggest failing for Astros

HoustonChronicle.com - Justice's Q&A: Roster is biggest failing for Astros: "Based on what they're telling me, they put this team together for a one-year run and are going to see it through. If they're 12 games out at the July 31 trading deadline, I'm guessing they would try to trade Carlos Beltran and ask Jeff Kent to waive his no-trade clause. That's a long way from happening. Looking toward next year, Chris Burke will be at second base, and that's the only guaranteed change."

HoustonChronicle.com - Justice's Q&A: Roster is biggest failing for Astros

HoustonChronicle.com - Justice's Q&A: Roster is biggest failing for Astros: "I wouldn't hire Bob Brenly on a dare. He's probably as lowly regarded among his players and baseball people as anyone since Maury Wills."

Monday, July 05, 2004

Yankees: Panic button primed to get pushed

Yankees: Panic button primed to get pushed: "The Mets and St. Louis Cardinals are among the other teams interested in Benson, and both have more to offer in the way of prospects than do the Yankees."

Sunday, July 04, 2004

Rocca: Moody Garciaparra squarely on trading block

Rocca: Moody Garciaparra squarely on trading block: "St. Louis is shopping starter MATT MORRIS , a pending free agent whose stuff has dropped off markedly this year. The Seton Hall product used to hit 92-94 with his fastball but has been in the 88-92 range most of the season, with a diminished breaking ball. The Yankees have some interest, but won't offer a starter who interests the Cardinals, who might swap Morris for KEVIN MILLWOOD , another free-agent-to-be who has been disappointing this season."

Rocca: Moody Garciaparra squarely on trading block

Rocca: Moody Garciaparra squarely on trading block: "If the Red Sox want a shortstop in return, they might be able to work a two-for-two swap with St. Louis, sending the Cardinals Garciaparra and Derek Lowe for Edgar Renteria and Matt Morris."

Thursday, July 01, 2004

Astro In Exile: He's making it worse

Astro In Exile: He's making it worse: "I'm tired of having a guy in the lineup every day who has more GIDP than extra base hits. Yep, that's our friend Brad Ausmus. He's hit into 11 twin killings and has 9 extra base hits."

Baseball Prospectus | Articles | Breaking Balls: All-Albatross Team

Baseball Prospectus | Articles | Breaking Balls: All-Albatross Team: "3B: Jeff Cirillo, $6.725m. His contract's like the nuclear waste that hangs around and rides the rail from state to state, waiting for the country to finally figure out where we're going to bury it. Bets are on a return to Colorado, where he can be stuffed in a barrel, which will then be filled with concrete and buried deep in the ground, rendering him hopefully unable to cash his paychecks. Though would you put it past him to emerge from the ground, glowing and angry? Survival tip: Dress yourself in white leather with red stitching, chances are he won't be able to hit you."

Derek Zumsteg is funny.