Final Look at 2016 Cardinals Draft Spending

With the July 15 signing deadline for (non-senior) players taken by Major League Baseball clubs in the 2016 First-Year Player Draft almost a week in the rear-view mirror, this post is to summarize the final spending results against the pool allocation by the St. Louis Cardinals. This is, of course, based on the best information from sources such as Baseball America and, as...
Via The Cardinal Nation blog
1 hour ago

Matt Adams flips bat and screams into Cardinals dugout after dramatic walk-off HR

Matt Adams' only hit in Friday's game put the finishing touch on a marathon that actually ended on Saturday morning.Adams sent a Bud Norris offering deep -- 444 feet to be exact -- into the right-field seats to give the St. Louis Cardinals a 4-3 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 16th inning.And he certainly showed some exuberance as he passed his dugout on the way to first...
Via Fox Sports
6 hours ago  |  Discuss

Cardinals will need a lot of innings from Leake on Saturday

ST. LOUIS -- Even when you're tired, you know when you've hit it well.Matt Adams' 444-foot game-winning homer in the bottom of the 16th inning early Saturday morning against the Los Angeles Dodgers that gave the St. Louis Cardinals their fifth straight win, tying a season high, fits neatly into that category."That might be my best bolt," Adams said.Adams and the Cardinals try to...
Via Fox Sports
7 hours ago  |  Discuss

Lyons saves 'pen with extra-long relief

Instead of stepping in to fill a rotation void this weekend, Tyler Lyons stepped up to lift the Cardinals to their fifth straight win by covering the bulk of the extra frames in the team's 4-3, 16-inning victory over the Dodgers at Busch Stadium.
12 hours ago

Matt Adams ends 16-inning marathon with walk-off homer

ST. LOUIS -- Matt Adams homered in the 16th inning to lead the Cardinals to a 4-3 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday night for St. Louis' season-best fifth straight victory.It was the second consecutive game that the Cardinals won in their final at-bat. They beat the Padres on Thursday after scoring a run in the ninth inning.Adams homer came with one out off Bud Norris (5...
Via Associated Press
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Leake on special K diet entering matchup with LA

Cardinals starter Mike Leake has two consecutive starts of at least 10 strikeouts and no walks. He will try to continue to carve up batters Saturday against the Dodgers, who counter with right-hander Kenta Maeda.
18 hours ago

Holliday back in lineup after pitch hits nose

Matt Holliday didn't need to sleep on it before he reached out to Mike Matheny with the request late Thursday night. Hours after being hit in the nose by a pitch, Holliday asked his manager to reconsider his lineup plans for Friday.
19 hours ago

Was That The Turning Point?

The Cardinals  were following a familiar script on Thursday night. On the precipice of really building some momentum (especially at home) and sweeping the San Diego Padres, the wheels were coming off. They were in the friendly embrace of Busch Stadium, facing a poor team, throwing their ace – a real peach of scenario for a win… 2-0 after 5. 4-1 after 7. 5-1 heading into the...
Via Cardinals Diaspora
1 day ago

Cardinals rally for walk-off win to complete four-game sweep

ST. LOUIS -- Aledmys Diaz's walk-off single in the ninth inning gave the St. Louis Cardinals a 6-5 come-from-behind victory over the San Diego Padres on Thursday night.St. Louis, which scored four runs in the eighth, recorded its first four-game series sweep at home since beating Colorado on Sept. 30-Oct. 3, 2010.San Diego has lost four of seven since hosting the All-Star Game.Tommy...
Via Associated Press
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WATCH: Matt Holliday gets hit in face by a 95-mph fastball

St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Matt Holliday left Thursday night’s game against the San Diego Padres after getting drilled right on the nose by an Andrew Cashner 95-mph fastball. Holliday stayed on his feet and walked to first base, before the Cardinals wisely chose to remove him from the game. Fortunately, Holliday suffered no fractures, and the Cardinals are referring to his...
Via The Comeback
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Don’t pretend the Cardinals’ punishment for hacking is about deterrence or fairness

Those who want draft picks or signings taken away from the Cardinals due to the hacking scandal want to see the Cardinals humbled, and it makes no sense to pretend otherwise. A story that has been slightly dormant over the past few months has picked up in intensity as former Cardinals employee Chris Correa has been sentenced to 46 months in prison for hacking the Houston Astros database...
Via Viva El Birdos
2 days ago

The Cardinals are reluctant to trade for a hitter and that's probably fine

Even with a banged up offense, reports are that the Cardinals are not interested in acquiring a quick fix. Good move or no? With Matt Carpenter still recovering from an oblique strain, Brandon Moss hobbling around on a bad ankle, and Jhonny Peralta joining them on the 15-day DL on Tuesday with an injured thumb, which may or may not be related to the injury he sustained in spring...
Via Viva El Birdos
2 days ago

The emergence of strikeouts for Mike Leake

It's Mike Leake's world -- we just live in it. Prior to the start of the season, I did my best to come up with a scenario in which a historically average Mike Leake could be viewed as a crucial contributor for the St. Louis Cardinals. I must note that I wanted Leake's value to extend beyond mere "innings eater" status, and in the end, I concluded that in order for this to happen...
Via Viva El Birdos
2 days ago

Jedd Gyorko, Everyone

Break-ups are never easy. And, just like in real life, professional baseball break-ups are pretty common. Sometimes it’s by choice (hello, Jason Heyward), sometimes it’s not (Tulo is totally fine now) and every once in a while, the tears are all for naught. Over 162 games it’s hard to get yourself capital F capital U Fired Up every single night (or day). But you better believe...
Via Cardinals Diaspora
2 days ago

Cardinals hacker Chris Correa gets 46 months in prison

Chris Correa, the former St. Louis Cardinals scouting director who hacked the Houston Astros’ database over a year span from 2013-2014, was sentenced to 46 months in prison on Monday for his crimes. Correa pleated guilty in January to five counts related to his hacking, so he had been awaiting his sentencing. He admitted to using unauthorized access to view scouting reports, evaluations...
Via Larry Brown Sports
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Ex-Cardinals exec sentenced to 46 months in prison for hacking

Christopher Correa, the St. Louis Cardinals executive who hacked into the Houston Astros computer database, was sentenced to 46 months in federal prison on Monday for his role in the scandal. Correa, who pled guilty on Jan. 8 to five counts of unauthorized access of a protected computer from 2013-14, will begin serving his sentence in the next two-to-six weeks. Chris Correa...
Via The Comeback
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Cardinals look to win first series of second half on Sunday

ST. LOUIS -- Lost in the dominant shutout tossed by Adam Wainwright Saturday night was some good situational hitting by the St. Louis Cardinals in the bottom of the third inning.Four consecutive hitters stepped to the plate with a man at second and no outs. Aledmys Diaz walked. Stephen Piscotty doubled home two runs. Randal Grichuk doubled in Piscotty, and Matt Adams singled Grichuk...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

St. Louis Cardinals Trade Rumors: will they make a move?

Let’s look at some of the facts: it’s July 8, and the Cardinals are 44-41. That puts them eight games behind the Chicago Cubs in the NL Central race, and two and a half games back in the NL Wild Card. The Cardinals might need to add players if they want to make a push for the playoffs this season. Luckily, General Manager John Mozeliak has been known to have a few tricks up his...
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Aledmys Diaz, the Improbable All-Star

Beginning last season, there’s been a raging debate concerning the identity of baseball’s best shortstop. In fairness, I guess, people have probably been arguing about this forever, but now there’s this outstanding, new, young crop, and it’s hard to believe they all exist. There are veterans in there like Troy Tulowitzki and Brandon Crawford, but you’ve also got Carlos...
Via Fangraphs
15 days ago  |  Discuss

St. Louis Cardinals Hold John Goodman Night

You count me among the many, I assume, that had no idea John Goodman was a St. Louis native. I’m not sure where I thought he was from (California, maybe…Louisiana, perhaps), but dude is apparently a big enough name in the Gateway City, that the Cardinals honored him with his own night as the team took on the Pittsburgh Pirates Wednesday. And prior to the game…the film and TV...
Via Hall of Very Good
16 days ago  |  Discuss

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