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    October 17, 2012

    Kyle Lohse Lays It On the Line

    In just a little while now, the Cardinals will take on the San Francisco Giants in game three of the NLCS, with the series moving here to the heartland. The Redbirds have been brilliant in Busch Stadium this season, winning 50 games and, frankly, looking like a com ... More >>

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    October 15, 2012

    Cards Hold On Against Giants; Take 1-0 NLCS Lead

    It went about as well as one could have possibly hoped for the Cardinals in game one of their National League Championship Series matchup against the San Francisco Giants. The offense broke through for a big chunk of runs against Madison Bumgarner, and the pitching staff flipped the expected script, ... More >>

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    August 22, 2012

    Shelby Miller: Back on the Road to Uber-Prospectdom

    The 2012 season has been, by and large, a somewhat forgettable one for Shelby Miller. He entered the season as the number one ranked prospect in the Cardinals' system and one of the top rated pitching prospects in all of baseball. It didn't seem like things could get much better, even with the mild ... More >>

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    August 10, 2012

    Cards Split With the Giants; Adam Wainwright Does a Thing

    Thank god for Adam Wainwright. I've said it before over the past four or five seasons, but I think it bears repeating now and again. Thank god for Adam Wainwright. It's been a great ride, watching Wainwright progress from hyped prospect (acquired in return for J.D. Drew way back in the 200 ... More >>

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    July 27, 2012

    Market Moves and What They Mean For the Cardinals

    The trade deadline is just a few days off now, and the Cardinals are in a dogfight for the NL Central. Whether or not that ultimately translates into actual movement for the Cards on the trade market remains to be seen, but the conditions are certainly right. It's been a fairly robust trade mar ... More >>

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    June 11, 2012

    Joe Kelly Starts Off Strong; Cards Fall to Indians Anyway

    The Cardinals have still never won a series against the Cleveland Indians. Ever. Seems weird, doesn't it? To say there's a team that another team has literally never beaten, at least in a series sense? That, in all the history of the game of baseball, the Cardinals have never gone up against th ... More >>

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    May 25, 2012

    The Time for Roy is Now

    John Mozeliak should be on the phone right now to Roy Oswalt. And I'll tell you why. The St. Louis Cardinals scored nine runs last night. It was a beautiful offensive performance, just the kind of beating a team of this talent level should regularly put on pitchers the caliber of one Joe Blanto ... More >>

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    April 6, 2012

    The Five Best Sushi Restaurants in St. Louis

    Selecting Riverfront Times' Best of St. Louis 2011 was no picnic. Choosing the winner meant several worthy candidates would go unmentioned -- until now. In this Gut Check series, we are chewing our way through notable runners up in a number of categories. To see hundreds more winners and finalists a ... More >>

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    February 24, 2012

    Roy Oswalt Sez: Call Me Back in July

    ​So, after months of dancing and dodging, hemming and hawing, flirting and some other word that starts with an F, Roy Oswalt finally came out and made it official yesterday: Eh, just call me back in a couple months. Oswalt announced yesterday he isn't going to sign with any team at the m ... More >>

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    November 10, 2011
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    November 2, 2011

    The Preseason Rams Arrive Midseason

    Steven Jackson, still the engine for the Rams' offense after all these years. ​Something odd happened on Sunday, something folks around these parts just aren't used to seeing. See, there was this football game held at the Edward Jones Dome, which isn't all that weird, and the St. Louis Rams played ... More >>

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    October 25, 2011

    Game 5: Mid-Season Cardinals Come Home to Roost

    No! Not now. Not the 10-15 June Cardinals.​Remember mid-season when the sputtering St. Louis Cardinals took two steps backward for every one step forward? Remember, particularly, that week-long stretch in June when the Redbirds dropped seven in a row? Well, sports fans, that team has returned to t ... More >>

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    September 30, 2011

    Baseball's Best Night Ever

    ​I really, really hope everyone out there saw at least part of all the important games played Wednesday night, because chances are we may never see their like again. The 28th of September, 2011 should -- and very possibly will -- go down in history as the single greatest night in the history of ba ... More >>

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    August 11, 2011

    Tonight: The Cardinals' Last Stand

    General George Custer, moments before telling one of his men, a Lieutenant Patterson, he had, "Complete faith you can lead us to victory over these Algonquin sunsabitches."​Things have not been going all that well for the Cardinals lately. What's that, you say? You expected an expletive-laced ... More >>

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    July 25, 2011

    Cardinals Make Statement in Pittsburgh, Then Promptly Retract It

    ​If you're looking for an allegorical representation of the Cardinals' season so far, you could do a whole lot worse than the weekend series against Pittsburgh. After all, it was a series absolutely fraught with symoblic importance, as both teams came in trying to make a statement. For the Pi ... More >>

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    June 21, 2011

    No Pujols? No Problem.

    ​So I'm sure everyone's heard by now that Albert Pujols, formerly unstoppable baseball machine, will miss somewhere between four and six weeks with a fractured wrist/forearm/whatever other random bone you like. There are plenty of questions and concerns in the wake of Albert's injury, not least of ... More >>

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    June 2, 2011

    Cardinals Call Up Pitching Prospect Lance Lynn; But Why Is He Starting Tonight?

    Lance Lynn looks a little frustrated. I know just how he feels. ​I must admit, this team continually finds a way to confuse and flabbergast me at every turn. Just when I think I have a proper handle on things and can see the path ahead, BAM! Out of left field, here comes another head-scratcher.&nb ... More >>

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    March 31, 2011
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    March 29, 2011

    Augenstein In, Salas Out As Cards Finalize the 'Pen

    Augenstein and his sidearm funk last saw the majors in 2009. ​The Cardinals made their roster official yesterday, as they announced Daniel Descalso and Bryan Augenstein will both make the club's Opening Day roster. Descalso will serve as a utility infielder, while Augenstein becomes the final righ ... More >>

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    September 9, 2010

    Jaime's Bad Night and an Award's Race Update

    The Fonz expresses his displeasure with Jaime's performance last night. ​So Jaime Garcia had a really, really bad night yesterday. I mean really bad. The type of bad we hadn't seen up until this point in his career. Seven runs in just four innings. Not at all the result we've come to expect from t ... More >>

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    June 30, 2010

    Some Jeff Suppan-Induced Thoughts on Trading for Cliff Lee​So I'm watching the Cardinals play, suffering through watching Jeff Suppan pitch, and it got me thinking about who the Cards might be able to get to replace him. Now, it's not that Suppan has actually been all that bad since returning to us; he's certainly been better th ... More >>

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    June 15, 2010

    A Brief Interlude of Niceness For Jason Motte

    ​The Cardinals haven't been playing very well lately, plain and simple. The offense has been wildly inconsistent, the defense has been ragged, the pitching is beginning to show definite signs of stress. And to top it all off, the few nights all three of those potential stumbling blocks are avoided ... More >>

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    May 20, 2010

    Cardinals Offense: The One That Got Away

    Up yours, marlin. ​Well, at least the Reds lost too. Of course, the fact Cincinnati was unable to come back against the Braves just means the Cardinals missed a golden opportunity to retake their rightful place at the top of the NL Central. So maybe the Reds losing should go under the 'piling ... More >>

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    March 19, 2010

    Rich Hill's Sinking Ship

    boobalikes.comWhat? Oh, come on. That's a funny picture and you know it. ​It's looking more and more as if the Rich Hill Era is probably going to end before it begins here in St. Louis. Since Hill joined the team, I've been rooting for him to win the vacant fifth spot in the Cardinals' rotati ... More >>

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    October 21, 2009

    Let the Panic Begin: Albert Pujols to Have Elbow Surgery

    Well, we all knew it was coming eventually. Just a matter of time, really. Of course, knowing it was inevitable that Albert Pujols' balky elbow would eventually necessitate a surgical fix doesn't make it any easier to swallow when said inevitability becomes a reality. Albert is going under the ... More >>

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    October 10, 2009

    Ryan Franklin vs. Matt Holliday: Playing the Blame Game

    ​So the question must eventually be asked, you know. I don't want to have to ask it, and I'm sure you probably don't want to have to try and answer, but the question will not just go away. So here goes. Who was really at fault for the Cardinals ninth-inning, two-out implosion Thursday night? ... More >>

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    September 16, 2009

    An Extension for El Piñata?

    Sure, he hasn't actually pitched like a piñata this year, but it's just too good a nickname to stop now. ​Apparently, Joel Piñeiro really wants to stick around with the Cardinals a while longer. He has reportedly told his agent to get a deal done that will keep him here if at all possible.&n ... More >>

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    July 8, 2009
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    June 17, 2009

    Tigers at Cardinals: Anatomy of a Beatdown

    Sunday night, the Cardinals played the Cleveland Indians on ESPN and were dominated. Not just beaten, but absolutely humiliated by the sinister wizardry of one Clifford Lee. Last night, that same Cardinal squad blew Justin Verlander right off the field, with five runs in a mere four innings. I think ... More >>

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    May 26, 2009

    Roster Problems

    Yesterday afternoon, we saw what was, in my ever so humble opinion, the best start so far this year from a Cardinal go to waste. Chris Carpenter deserves some apologies, and a better outcome next time out. The question, of course, is how do you get him a better outcome next time? 

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    May 22, 2009

    Baseball Card of the Week- Adam Wainwright

    Things got scary for a little while there with Adam Wainwright, I have to admit. It wasn't just that he was struggling, it was the way that he was struggling. He was all over the place, and when he did manage to throw a strike, it got whacked all over the yard. Wainwright didn't even look like the s ... More >>

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    May 11, 2009

    Maybe Duncan's Just Too Busy?

    Adam Wainwright has discovered a flaw in his delivery, and will shortly be back to perennial Cy Young contender form. He and Chris Carpenter, papier mache ace extraordinaire, were looking at some video yesterday, and, wonder of wonders, they found out what was wrong with Adam's mechanics! I'm a ... More >>

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    May 8, 2009

    Baseball Card of the Week: Mitchell Boggs Steps Up

    2005 Mitchell Boggs card, by BowmanWhen Chris Carpenter went on the DL with an oblique injury, I must admit to feeling more than a little nervous about the Cardinals' rotation. There was some decent talent, yes, but the depth? Not really there. "If the Cards have to start reaching into the mino ... More >>

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    February 11, 2009

    Last Night: The Blues "Pull an Izzy"

    Jason IsringhausenWith a scant twelve minutes to go in the third period last night, it looked as if all was well in Bluesland. The Note found themselves up 3-2 over the Vancouver Canucks, thanks to another strong showing by goalie Chris Mason, as well as goals from Steve Wagner, Brad Boyes, and Keit ... More >>

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    February 6, 2009

    Ben Sheets Breaks Elbow, Local Writer's Heart

    My personal cheeseball this off-season, the man they call Sheets, is going under the knife. The Texas Rangers apparently discovered a tear in the flexor tendon of his throwing arm when performing the mandatory physical required for a contract to be finalized. Now the deal is dead, and Ben Sheets is ... More >>

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    January 27, 2009

    Bloggers React to Cards GM's Infamous Online Spat with Fans

    UPDATE: More comments from Chuck Brownson, a blogger at Viva El Birdos, are at the bottom of this post.In July 2007 I wrote an article for the RFT about the increasing influence that statistically-minded baseball blogs were starting to have on the day-to-day operations of the teams they cover. In ad ... More >>

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    December 8, 2008

    The Winter Meetings, Day One: A.J. Burnett, Anyone?

    My father called me just a little while ago, all excited. Apparently, Fox Sports is reporting that the Cardinals are going to major players for A.J. Burnett. He heard in on the radio on his way in to work; a cursory search of the Fox Web site leads us to Ken Rosenthal's story. Rosenthal usually has ... More >>

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    December 2, 2008

    Cardinals Pass on Arbitration for Isringhausen and More

    At 11:00 p.m. central time on Monday, baseball's arbitration deadline passed. And one of the most puzzling storylines of the off-season began.

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    October 22, 2008
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    December 26, 2007

    Unreal News Challenge 2007

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    November 8, 2006

    Two Kind

    Trattoria Two gives Two Nice Guys something to look up to.

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    November 16, 2005

    The Times, They Are A-Changin'

    But St. Louis sportswriters unapologetically cast MVP ballots

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