2017 Division Preview: 2nd Place St. Louis Cardinals

I get it.  This is a Cubs’ blog.  And I am a Cubs’ fan.  So anything critical of the Cardinals comes off as “jealousy”, a “hot take”, or any series of things that the Best Fans twitter account could have a world of fun with.  But here’s the God’s honest truth from my perspective… I don’t think the Cardinals are that good.  I don’t.  I know they added Dexter...
Via World Series Dreaming
5 hours ago  |  Discuss

Cardinals Add Eric Fryer To 40-Man Roster

The Cardinals announced on Wednesday that they’ve selected the contract of catcher Eric Fryer and placed injured left-hander Zach Duke on the 60-day disabled list to create a spot on the 40-man roster. The 31-year-old Fryer batted .267/.336/.319 in 133 plate appearances as a backup between St. Louis and Pittsburgh last season and returned to the Redbirds on a minors pact this winter...
Via MLB Trade Rumors
8 hours ago

Clock 'still running' on Yadi's contract situation

The Cardinals cleared out their Spring Training complex and departed for Memphis late Wednesday afternoon with Yadier Molina's contract situation still unresolved.
13 hours ago

Cardinals Spring Roster Trimmed to 30

TEAM ADDS ERIC FRYER, RE-ASSIGNS FIVE PLAYERS & PLACES ZACH DUKE ON 60-DAY D.L. JUPITER, Fla., March 29, 2017 – The St. Louis Cardinals announced the following roster moves following their Grapefruit League finale this afternoon: Placed left-handed pitcher Zach Duke (left elbow) on the 60-day disabled list; Purchased the contract of catcher Eric Fryer [...]
Via The Cardinal Conclave
14 hours ago

Fowler goes 2-for-2, Wacha fans four in win

With his fourth multihit game of spring, Dexter Fowler keyed the Cardinals' 6-2 win over the Nationals in St. Louis' Grapefruit League finale on Wednesday. The Cardinals finished 7-0-1 against Washington this spring and won 20 games in Grapefruit League play for the first time since 1997.
15 hours ago

Heavy Hitting on the Cardinals – March 28, 2017

Monday evening, I joined host Matt Berger on the St. Louis evening radio show, The Heavy Hitters, on @590TheFan and @InsideSTL. As always, it was a busy 14-minute chat as we ran through a number of St. Louis Cardinals spring training-related subjects. Topics included the strengths and weaknesses of the club, the changing outfield situation, the Kolten Wong controversy, Yadier Molina’s...
Via The Cardinal Nation blog
17 hours ago

Cardinals and Community Coffee Announce $5 Ticket Offer

Discounted Tickets Available for April Games vs. Pirates & Blue Jays ST. LOUIS, Mo., March 29, 2017 – The St. Louis Cardinals and Community Coffee are teaming up once again to present fans with a special discount ticket offer.  On sale now, fans can purchase tickets for just $5 to watch the Cardinals take on [...]
Via The Cardinal Conclave
19 hours ago

Coddlin’ Kolten or Wronged Wong?

I’ll admit, I’m a bit hesitant to tackle the Kolten Wong situation.  Not because I don’t have opinions on the matter, of course, but because Tara did such a thorough job of going through it all Sunday night on Gateway . Some of this may be a retread for those that listened, but given the fact that this is one that [...]
Via The Cardinal Conclave
22 hours ago

Adams goes yard in Waino's final tuneup

Yoenis Cespedes flashed both power and leather, while Matt Adams added to his impressive spring resume Tuesday in the Mets' 3-3 tie with the Cardinals at First Data Field.
1 day ago

Over/Under Props on Individual Cardinals Results in 2017

Over/under targets on over 500 Major League Baseball player’s individual stat lines for the 2017 regular season have been released by Bovada, Here are the ones specific to the St. Louis Cardinals. Sound off below on which ones you would be most interested in taking. Personally, I would be all over the Carlos Martinez overs. I would take the under on Yadier Molina...
Via The Cardinal Nation blog
1 day ago

Looking Back on Tomorrow: St. Louis Cardinals by Jeff Quinton

Devil Magic, against the wind.
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Cardinals Minor League Spring Training Notebook: 03/27/17

Welcome back to our ninth year of providing results and much more from St. Louis Cardinals minor league spring training games here at The Cardinal Nation Blog. This year, I am joined in these recaps by TCN writer Derek Shore. Following are the highlights from the Cardinals minor league games held on Monday against the Nationals. Memphis and Springfield joined St. Louis on the road...
Via The Cardinal Nation blog
2 days ago

Report: Yadier Molina, Cardinals progressing on contract extension

The St. Louis Cardinals heard Yadier Molina say he was intrigued by the possibility of becoming a free agent, and they apparently didn’t like it.Just on Saturday, Molina said he would not negotiate a contract extension during the season and that he was intrigued by the possibility of becoming a free agent.Two days later, FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman reports that the sides are making...
Via Larry Brown Sports
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Former Cards World Series hero Anthony Reyes now a firefighter

Former MLB pitcher Anthony Reyes enjoyed a relatively short career, playing for two teams from 2005-2009 and compiling a record of 13-26. Now, he has dedicated himself to helping his community stay safe.Reyes officially became a firefighter in L.A. County over the weekend. A former 15th-round pick out of USC, Reyes is best known for his role on the 2006 St. Louis Cardinals World...
Via Larry Brown Sports
2 days ago  |  Discuss

St. Louis Cardinals: Yadier Molina is a must re-sign

Yadier Molina has put some pressure on John Mozeliak and the St. Louis Cardinals. Molina has said that he will not negotiate an extension during the regular season and has no worries about testing free agency. Not words you want to hear from your star catcher. In order for the Cardinals to keep the 34 year old (who turns 35 in July), they will need to blow him away with their offer...
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Yadier Molina finds free agency intriguing, will not negotiate during season

Could Yadier Molina be entering his final season as a St. Louis Cardinal?The All-Star catcher, who is entering the final guaranteed year of his current contract, admitted Saturday that the thought of going into free agency intrigues him, and he expects to be paid on par with the highest-paid catchers in baseball. He also said that he won’t negotiate with the Cardinals once the...
Via Larry Brown Sports
4 days ago  |  Discuss

What Yadier Molina’s performance in the WBC means to the St. Louis Cardinals in 2017

For the past month, the World Baseball Classic has been the focus of the baseball world. As it comes to a conclusion tonight between Puerto Rico and the United States, we look back at the energy that Puerto Rico has shown. They go out to every game with energy bursting and looking like they are having fun. All the while they are playing some great baseball. Where does this energy...
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Why are Cardinals being overlooked as World Series contender?

The St. Louis Cardinals are a class organization, and have one of the best farm systems in Major League Baseball. By that logic alone, they can never be counted out heading into each season as a legitimate contender.But with the Chicago Cubs winning the World Series in 2016, no one is talking about the Cardinals. It’s understandable, given that the Cubs won 103 games last season...
Via The Sports Daily
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Adams works out in left field as Cardinals test his position flexibility

JUPITER, Fla. -- During Saturday's pregame workout, St. Louis first baseman Matt Adams found himself in a rather unusual place. Instead of him fielding throws at first base, manager Mike Matheny asked Adams to go to a practice diamond with St. Louis outfielders to listen to some tips from former Cardinals great Willie McGee. "He'll be on the back fields working there today -- just...
Via Associated Press
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Cardinals' Pham leaves game with injury on headfirst slide

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- St. Louis Cardinals center fielder Tommy Pham has left a spring training game after jarring himself on a headfirst slide. Pham was thrown out trying to steal second base Friday against the New York Mets. Shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera tagged Pham on the helmet. Pham was on his back while the training staff assisted him. He appeared to have discomfort in the area...
Via Associated Press
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Cardinals' Schafer to undergo elbow surgery Friday

JUPITER, Fla. -- St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Jordan Schafer will have surgery this week on his left elbow and could ultimately need a Tommy John operation. The 30-year-old Schafer is one of the more intriguing stories across spring training. He spent six seasons in the big leagues as a speedy outfielder with the Braves, Astros and Twins, but is trying to reinvent himself as a pitcher...
Via Associated Press
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Dexter Fowler’s plate routine involves him licking, smelling bat

When you’re the defending world champions, you can do what you want on the field, and won’t really get questioned all that much. But Dexter Fowler no longer plays for the Cubs, and is now a member of the Cardinals, so we can say with confidence that he pushed the envelope a bit during Monday’s Grapefruit League game. Fowler was faced with a 2-2 count in the first inning of...
Via The Sports Daily
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates, Cardinals to play in ‘Little League Classic’ in August

Major League Baseball is sending the Pittsburgh Pirates and St. Louis Cardinals in August to Williamsport, Pa., to play a game right in the midst of the all Little League World Series action in town. Dubbed the “Little League Classic,” the game will be held on Aug. 20. The game obviously won’t be held at Howard J. Lamade Stadium, the main ballpark in the Little League World...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Adam Wainwright buys car for St. Louis Cardinals minor-league teammate

Adam Wainwright is 35 years old and one of the elder statesmen in the St. Louis Cardinals clubhouse this season. He also happens to be one good human being as well. We can say that thanks to his effort with minor-league spring training invitee Ryan Sheriff, who is also vying for a role on the pitching staff this upcoming season. You see, Sheriff has been walking to the Cardinals...
Via The Comeback
26 days ago  |  Discuss

Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright purchases teammate a rental car for the spring

Ryan Sherriff is a 26-year-old lefty in St. Louis Cardinals camp. He’s not only a longshot to make the Cardinals, but is a longshot to ever pitch in the majors. Still, Sherriff and Adam Wainwright combined for what will be one of Spring Training’s nicest stories.Wainwright had spotted Sherriff walking 10-15 minutes to the team’s facility to his condo. He’d also seen Sherriff...
Via Sportsnaut
27 days ago  |  Discuss

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