Monday, September 20, 2004

Yahoo! Sports - MLB - Expect surprises in baseball postseason

Yahoo! Sports - MLB - Expect surprises in baseball postseason: "The Cardinals are more vulnerable to an early exit. They have five decent starters, but no true aces. "

U.S.S. Mariner � Madritsch

U.S.S. Mariner � Madritsch: "The fact that Bill Bavasi is quoting Whitey Herzog is not a good thing."

Baseball Prospectus | Events | Chat with Will Carroll

Baseball Prospectus | Events | Chat with Will Carroll: "Josh (San Diego): In your monday UTK you said 'We'll see if that holds when Ankiel starts Monday' WTF?

Will Carroll: Speaking of not being perfect ...

I made a mistake here. Short explanation - you know where they show the pictures of tomorrow's starters at the top right of every MLB team page? They also show the CURRENT pitchers there. I saw Ankiel, thought he was in for the next start, and ran with it. I should have double-checked, but I'm such an Ankiel fan that I geeked out a bit. I did correct it and apologize for the error.

Ankiel COULD start and I think they've really failed to find out what they have with him. The Cards are 900 games up, so why not give it a chance?

Cubs up 4-1 after 3. Prior's still struggling to find his release point, but when you're winning and the left side of the infield is Perez/Macias, you can't help but worry.
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Sunday, September 19, 2004

Royalties & Cardinalate

Royalties & Cardinalate: "I have covered several baseball games at Busch Stadium, but before this weekend it had always been for the visiting team. Either way, it is always memorable. Now that the Busch press box has wireless Internet, covering games is much easier. I handled the Cards-Diamondbacks series for MLB.com this weekend and it went pretty well."

Lucky Bastard.

Thursday, September 16, 2004

Wait Til Next Year: As Good As It Gets

Wait Til Next Year: As Good As It Gets: "Rick Ankiel was sidelined, but for what no one knew. More like, for what no one could understand. No one could understand that a professional athlete could wake up forgetting how to throw. No one could understand that such a bright prospect had such a fast burn out. No one understood Rick Ankiel, and his name has faded into oblivion since the ugly 2001 playoffs. A tarnished life, seen through a few ghastly pitches."

Baseball Prospectus | Events | Chat with Clay Davenport

Baseball Prospectus | Events | Chat with Clay Davenport: "Pablo Ozuna was supposed to be a big deal after a monster Midwest league season, and was a key player in a trade; that didn't work so well. Those are the ones that stick out in my mind."

Wednesday, September 15, 2004

The Southern Illinoisan - Top Stories - REDBIRD PRIDE: CARTERVILLE RESIDENT IS ONE OF REGION'S MOST ARDENT CARDINALS FANS

The Southern Illinoisan - Top Stories - REDBIRD PRIDE: CARTERVILLE RESIDENT IS ONE OF REGION'S MOST ARDENT CARDINALS FANS: "
One Southern Illinoisan who has cheered on the Redbirds since he was old enough to walk and is thoroughly enjoying this year's run for a title is Carterville resident Steve Stevenson. The affable 81-year-old barber said this year's team reminds him a lot of the 1942 World Series championship team. "

Monday, September 13, 2004

Baseball Prospectus | Events | Chat with Nate Silver

Baseball Prospectus | Events | Chat with Nate Silver: "brad (morristown): Is there still a question about Pujols' actual age? If he really is only 24, is there any reason to believe he is not the NL MVP for the next 10 years post-Bonds.

Nate Silver: Last question. Thanks to everyone for turning out and my apologies again for the late start.

Nobody that I know has been presented with any sort of evidence that Pujols is in fact older than he is listed. And while I am not nearly as well-informed as I pretend to be, I do know of a couple of other prominent players who *are* widely believed within baseball circles to be older than listed.

Pujols profiles something like Hank Aaron - extemely good and extremely consistent for a long time. He's probably not quite the athlete that Aaron was, but like Aaron he's shown a propensity to stay healthy early in his career, and that's a very positive sign for his future. The thing is, though, that Hank Aaron won just one MVP award; Pujols will have a lot of great seasons, but so will a lot of other guys.

Nate Silver: Thanks!"

Baseball Prospectus | Events | Chat with Nate Silver

Baseball Prospectus | Events | Chat with Nate Silver: "TheLaird (Williamsburg, VA): I liked your Wily Mo article. Maybe you can help clear up another player for me. When PECOTA takes a look at Rick Ankiel in the offseason, what will it see?

Nate Silver: PECOTA's fuel is data, and it just doesn't have very much data to work with in the case of a player like Ankiel. Personally, I'm on the buy side on Ankiel, but I don't think that PECOTA will have much useful to say about him until 2006 or so."

Ichiro's Edge -- The Hardball Times

Ichiro's Edge -- The Hardball Times: "A friend of mine claims that it is obviously impossible for a modern hitter to hit .400, because, if it could be done, Barry Bonds obviously would have done it by now"

Friday, September 10, 2004

Baseball Prospectus | Articles | Can Of Corn: Terrific Tandems

Baseball Prospectus | Articles | Can Of Corn: Terrific Tandems: "There's just no excuse for a Cardinal post-season rotation fronted by veteran faves Matt Morris and Woody Williams. At least not when Chris Carpenter and Jason Marquis grade out as the seventh-best tandem in baseball this season."

Newsday.com - New York Mets

Newsday.com - New York Mets: "As a parting gift, Howe said he will try to get Zeile an inning behind the plate before the season is over, commemorating his early days as a catcher."

Thursday, September 09, 2004

The Cardinal Nation

The Cardinal Nation: "It appears that the Cardinals will have to find a new Low-Class A minor league affiliate for next season as the Peoria Chiefs will likely affiliate with the Chicago Cubs according to the Peoria Journal Star."

An example of why sports fans are so great

An example of why sports fans are so great: "On Wednesday, I drove to San Diego with my friend Michelle to see the Padres host the St. Louis Cardinals. It was the first time either of us had been to PETCO Park, the new home of the Padres, and seeing the place was something we were both looking forward to."

The Desert-Mountain Times :: Bad news: El Paso loses Diablos baseball

The Desert-Mountain Times :: Bad news: El Paso loses Diablos baseball: "Over 40 years of Texas League tradition came to an end Sunday (Sept. 5), when the El Paso Diablos played their last game. The team, which brought decades of fun and a number of baseball championships to Far West Texas, has been sold to the St. Louis Cardinals organization, which will move the franchise to Springfield, Mo., for the 2005 season."

Wednesday, September 08, 2004

Baseball Prospectus | Articles | Breaking Balls: Pitch to Him!

Baseball Prospectus | Articles | Breaking Balls: Pitch to Him!: "The essence of baseball, like any sport, is competition, and teams should pitch to Bonds in the same way they shouldn't refuse to field a team if they're facing the Cardinals (92-45, folks, that's nutty) and forfeit the game to save their starters for a better matchup."

Random Redbird Reasoning: 09/01/2004 - 09/30/2004

Random Redbird Reasoning: 09/01/2004 - 09/30/2004: "As long as he's healthy come October (Note to Larry: Avoid automatic tarps and gift hunting knives) then I am fine."

Friday, September 03, 2004

throws like a girl: Hurricane warning (ignored)

throws like a girl: Hurricane warning (ignored): "Cubs Fan tells me that a certain Cardinals fan of her acquaintance admits to being 'creeped out' by the Stepford-esque excellence of St. Louis' play these days, he suspects that deals have been made with the devil, black magic worked. Something just doesn't seem right.

I never get tired of referring to King Kaufman's ancient column about the 2000 Subway Series between the Yankees and Mets, in which he likened the Yankees to 'a gigantic titanium robot with chainsaws for arms.' At least St. Louis has the courtesy to feel a little abashed about it."

Baseball Prospectus | Articles | When Greatness Comes Early

Baseball Prospectus | Articles | When Greatness Comes Early: "But let's say we have a player--call him Albert--who, at a very young age, is already performing at a level which almost every player in baseball would kill to reach at his peak. The club that holds Albert is lucky indeed, you would reason, because not only does it benefit from his outstanding early years, but it can look forward to an even better peak. "

Baseball Prospectus | Articles | Prospectus Matchups: Being Valuable

Baseball Prospectus | Articles | Prospectus Matchups: Being Valuable: "That's what we're looking at here: the Loneliness Factor. How much help do the best players on each team have? Beltre's Loneliness Factor is 2.88 - it takes the next two best players on his team and 88% of the one after that to equal his value over replacement. For Pujols, it's only 1.05. Here are the five highest LFs the National League:

6.16: Barry Bonds, San Francisco
3.78: Lyle Overbay, Milwaukee
2.88: Adrian Beltre, Los Angeles
2.51: Todd Helton, Colorado
1.68: Lance Berkman, Houston

I'm not arguing that Overbay is more valuable than Pujols, I'm merely pointing out for those keen on the contextual argument for MVP, that Bonds and Beltre are operating in a relative talent vacuum compared to their Cardinal counterparts."

The Cub Reporter: Guest Column: Brian Gunn

The Cub Reporter: Guest Column: Brian Gunn: "Cubs fans believe Steve Kline is a psychotic asshole."

Random Redbird Reasoning: 09/01/2004 - 09/30/2004

Random Redbird Reasoning: 09/01/2004 - 09/30/2004: "In those games, he's hitting .550 with a .591 OBP and a 1.400 SLG, good for an 1991 OPS. Any time your OPS looks like a year in recent history, you're doing something right."

Thursday, September 02, 2004

Royalties & Cardinalate

Royalties & Cardinalate: "I had a dream last night that I was in the bleachers at Busch Stadium and was part of a frenzied standing ovation as Ricky Ankiel made his first appearance for the Redbirds in a very, very long time. He proceeded to blow hitters away with ridiculous stuff, the kind of pitches you can only dream about."

STLtoday - Sports - Cardinals

STLtoday - Sports - Cardinals: "'It's a little silly, I guess,' admitted Cardinals right fielder Larry Walker in admiration. "

All-Baseball.com: Batting First, At Pitcher, Ben Grieve?

All-Baseball.com: Batting First, At Pitcher, Ben Grieve?: "Over at Dodger Thoughts, I suggested a solution for the problems at the bottom of the Dodger lineup that would take good advantage of the expanded September rosters. In road games, start regular pinch-hitters or minor league prospects at pitcher and catcher at the top of the lineup, then substitute in your actual pitcher and catcher in the bottom of the first inning. This would postpone the pitcher batting until the 11th spot in the game, instead of the ninth.

Do you like this idea for your team? It would seem to work best for a team that has a leadoff hitter of some limitation, like the Dodgers have in Cesar Izturis."

Bloglines | Preview Feed

Bloglines | Preview Feed: "In 1987, St. Louis Cardinals manager Whitey Herzog continually asked umpires to inspect bats from the New York Mets’ Howard Johnson because he believed they were corked. Johnson was on his way to hitting 36 home runs that year, three times his previous career high of 12, and Herzog reasoned that the jump in production could only be explained by subterfuge. But no cork was ever found, and after Johnson blossomed into a legitimate power hitter over the next four years, Herzog was forced to admit he had made a mistake."

Random Redbird Reasoning: 09/01/2004 - 09/30/2004

Random Redbird Reasoning: 09/01/2004 - 09/30/2004: "I would have no problem with Hector Luna starting games in October. He's not exactly Rogers Hornsby, but compared to Marlon Anderson...well, he kind of is."

Towers sought Pujols in 2000 deal | The San Diego Union-Tribune

Towers sought Pujols in 2000 deal | The San Diego Union-Tribune: "Imagine Albert Pujols in a Padres uniform. General Manager Kevin Towers tried to make it happen four summers ago when Pujols was playing for a low-Single A club in the St. Louis farm system."

Wednesday, September 01, 2004

Big Bad Reviews

Big Bad Reviews: "Ankiel has been recalled. I'm pretty excited about it. Here's a guy who had a realistic chance of never pitching in the majors again and suddenly he's dominating the minors. He's done with his rehab assignment and could potentially be in the playoff picture. Of course time will tell but I'm rooting for him. A dominant lefty is a good thing to have. He's also got a new number. He's not #66 anymore, but #49. Interesting change."

Baseball Prospectus | Articles | Under The Knife: Neifi's Coming

Baseball Prospectus | Articles | Under The Knife: Neifi's Coming: "The black cloud is back over the Cards bullpen. New hat and all, Steve Kline is done for the regular season. Just a day after saying he felt better, an MRI came back with a Grade III strain of his groin. You and I would call that a tear. The four weeks he's likely to be out may make it hard to put him on the playoff roster if he's unable to show what he can do. I'm unsure which way the Cards will go, but they do have that cushion and a full month wit which to figure it out."

Will the Cards make it?

Odds the Cardinals will reach the postseason:: "St. Louis 82 43 .613 .495 .618 104.9 99.9% 0.1% 100.0% 90"

That's 100%.

I like those odds

The Cardinals' Birdhouse, Home of the Fans

The Cardinals' Birdhouse, Home of the Fans: "Kiko Calero followed with two innings, fanning five of six hitters faced. "