Monday, October 16, 2017

Michael Wacha Expectations For 2018

After another down year, what can the St. Louis Cardinals expect from pitcher Michael Wacha in 2018?

Redbird Rants

Bob Nightengale: Manny Machado Is 'A Perfect Cardinal'

It’s an obvious question among Cardinals Nation, “what does St. Louis need to improve in 2018.” The obvious answer to that question: an impact bat.

KMOX

Yadier Molina On Ground In Puerto Rico Delivering Food, Water

There has been little opportunity for Yadier Molina to rest since the Cardinals' season ended two weeks ago, as his time and energy have been spent traversing the streets of Puerto Rico to hand-deliver food, water and ice to residents recovering from Hurricane Maria.

St. Louis Official Site

Mets To Interview Alex Cora & Joe McEwing This Week

Mike Puma Twitter

Cardinals Winter League Notebook 10-16-17: Angel Castro Strikes Out One Over Three Hitless/Scoreless Innings; Maikel Cleto Strikes Out Two Over Two Scoreless Innings; Efren Navarro Singles, Doubles, Walks, & Drives In Two Runs

Cardinals Winter League

The Cardinals Should Not Consider Eric Hosmer

The former Royals first baseman embodies the type of free agent the Cardinals should avoid this off-season.

Viva El Birdos

Postseason Points Out Cardinals' Lack Of Elite Reliever

The Cubs have Wade Davis.

Hochman

Dear Cardinals, Are You Glad You Saved The Cash On Justin Turner Now?

My one big wish for the St. Louis Cardinals over the off-season was that the club would have taken a serious run at then free agent slugging third baseman Justin Turner.

Cheap Seats

Greg Holland Is The Closer The Cardinals Need

With news that the Rockies closer is entering free agency, the St. Louis Cardinals are showing interest for good reason. Greg Holland would be an excellent candidate for the closer role in 2018.

Redbird Rants

A Look At The Prospect Price For Chris Archer

Investigating a popular option for the Cardinals to consolidate talent

Viva El Birdos

Why Solly Hemus Was Controversial Cardinals Manager

A month into his first season as Cardinals manager, Solly Hemus behaved in a way that damaged his reputation and diminished his stature among some players.

RetroSimba

Joe Maddon Explains Why Cubs Turned To John Lackey

Old-school-baseball convention dictates that teams should hold their closers for save situations. New-school strategy suggests that closers, who are generally their teams' best relievers, should pitch in tie games regardless of the inning.

Chicago-N Official Site

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Former Cardinals Playing In MLB Playoffs 10-15-17: Rich Hill Strikes Out Eight & Allows One Run Over Five Innings



Jon Jay (former St. Louis-Chicago-N) started in left field and batted leadoff.  1-for-4 at the plate.
Jason Heyward (former St. Louis-Chicago-N) started in right field and batted seventh.  0-for-3 at the plate.
John Lackey (former St. Louis-Chicago-N) entered in the ninth and pitched to two batters.  He allowed on hit, two earned runs, one home run, and one walk.  (p-s:8-3)(ir-s:1-1)

Rich Hill (former Memphis-Los Angeles) started and pitched five innings.  He allowed three hits, one earned run, one home run, one walk, threw one wild pitch, and struck eight out.  0-for-1 with one strikeout.  (p-s:79-55)(g/f:6-1)

Los Angeles beat Chicago-N 4-1

Cardinals Winter League Notebook 10-15-17: Wilfredo Tovar Singles Twice, Doubles, Walks, & Drives In Three Runs; Ronny Cedeno Collects Four Singles & Two RBIs; Jesus Cruz Strikes Out Five Over Four Scoreless Innings

Cardinals Winter League

Free Agents To Watch Out For In LCS

WANT A REASON TO WATCH THE LCS EVEN THOUGH YOUR TEAM ISN’T IN IT? HERE ARE SOME TOP FREE AGENTS THE CARDINALS COULD TARGET.

Cardsblog

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Former Cardinals Playing In MLB Playoffs 10-14-17



Carlos Beltran (former St. Louis-Houston) started as designated hitter and batted seventh.  0-for-3 at the plate.

Houston beat New York-A 2-1

Jon Jay (former St. Louis-Chicago-N) started in right field and moved to center, batting leadoff.  0-for-3 with one sacrifice and one strikeout.
John Lackey (former St. Louis-Chicago-N) entered in the seventh and pitched 1.2 innings.  He allowed one hit, no runs, one walk, threw one wild pitch, and struck one out.  (p-s:27-15)(g/f:2-1)(ir-s:2-1)

Los Angeles beat Chicago-N 5-2

Stay Away From Eric Hosmer, Please

The St. Louis Cardinals might be considering the Kansas City first baseman but I beg that they do not.

Redbird Rants

Mets To Interview Joe McEwing In The Next Couple Days

Mike Puma Twitter

Alex Cora To Interview With Red Sox

Astros bench coach Alex Cora is expected to be interviewed Sunday for the Red Sox's vacant managerial opening, the Boston Globe reported Saturday. The Globe reported Cora, 41, would interview with Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski.

Houston Official Site

Which Prospects Stood Out In Texas League This Past Season?

FanRag continues its look around the minor leagues looking for standout prospects at each level. The Texas League is one of the smaller leagues, with just eight teams, but that didn’t mean there weren’t plenty of exciting prospects.

FanRags

Cardinals Winter League Notebook 10-14-17: Randy Arozarena Hits Two Solo Home Runs; Cedric Hunter Singles, Walks, & Drives In Two Runs; Efren Navarro Singles Twice & Hits A Solo Home Run

Cardinals Winter League

The Magic Josh Donaldson Trade Package

Several days ago, I made my desire towards a Josh Donaldson to the St. Louis Cardinals trade clear. Now, several days later, here is a magical trade package that I believe will accomplish the goal.

Redbird Rants

Seung-Hwan Oh Would Make An Interesting Target For Athletics

The Oakland Athletics could use some help both in the rotation and in the bullpen if they hope to take a step forward in 2018. Former St. Louis Cardinals closer Seung-hwan Oh could be a terrific under-the-radar addition to a bullpen that is lacking.

Call To The Pen

The Josiah Viera Story On E:60

E:60 Twitter

Jose Oquendo Packed Potent Pennant Punch For Cardinals

By any definition, Jose Oquendo was a giant killer.

RetroSimba

Finally, Yusei Kikuchi Living Up Up To Potential This Season

Yusei Kikuchi had waited for this for far too long to not savor every last second. For seven years, the Seibu Lions left-hander had chased the shadow of his younger self, the high school phenom poised to skip right over NPB and head to the major leagues.

Japan Times