Cy Young

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    October 25, 2012

    The Lohse Legacy

    Okay, so it isn't exactly as exciting as The Bourne Legacy, but it works better from an alliterative angle, right? Of course it does. Plus, so far as I know, Jeremy Renner isn't any good at baseball. So we've got that going for us right off the bat. (If Jeremy Renner is actually an ex-minor league b ... More >>

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    October 5, 2012

    Game Preview: Cardinals at Braves, 5th October 2012

    The Cardinals and Braves will play in the first-ever single game Wild Card playoff this afternoon, with the season for each hanging in the balance. It's a strange situation for a baseball team, to be in a one game do or die showdown. Baseball is a game played in series, all year long. One game is ju ... 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 25, 2012

    Midseason Reviews for Preseason MLB Team Predictions, In Which I Eat Lots of Crow

    Hey, you guys remember way back when, before the season really got going, and I made a whole bunch of predictions? Sure you do. I predicted MVP winners and Cy Young winners and a bunch of other stuff like that. I predicted stuff for teams, too; stuff like division standings and won/loss records. It ... More >>

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    July 19, 2012

    Midseason Reviews for Preseason Predictions -- Individual Awards Edition

    You know, the All-Star break has come and gone. The second half (I should really put that in quotation marks, but screw it), of the baseball season is well and truly underway. I had a dozen different things I was planning on writing while the break was going on, all kinds of progress reports an ... More >>

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    July 10, 2012

    Trade Target Talkin': How Much for that Pitcher in the Window?

    Chris Carpenter is done for the season. The man be gone, and the man ain't be comin' back. Not in 2012 for sure, and maybe not never no more. Given this grammatically poor but factually accurate state of affairs, the Cardinals' pitching situation looks...well, it looks pretty ugly, to tell you ... More >>

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    May 23, 2012

    The Wainwright Report

    Adam Wainwright was amazing last night. Just flat-out, unequivocally brilliant. Wainwright went the distance, earning his first shutout since 2010 by dominating the Padres from delivery number one to pitch number 111, an 86 mph cutter that resulted in a game-ending groundball force play off the ... More >>

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    May 9, 2012

    Walt Jocketty's Two Worst Trades, And Why Cardinals Fans Should Still Feel Worse

    You may or may not have heard yet, but Josh Hamilton had himself quite a game last night. The Texas Rangers outfielder became just the 16th player in major league history to hit four home runs in a single game as part of a 5-for-5 night that saw him collect 8 RBI and 18 total bases. Bizarrely e ... More >>

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    April 3, 2012

    Cy Young, MVP Predictions for 2012 MLB

    You know, as a semi-professional sportswriter there are a few things toward which I am genetically predisposed. (Why semi-professional? Because I do get paid, but my talent and behavior are both, well, somewhat short of what is usually termed professionalism.) I love to hear myself talk, for one thi ... More >>

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    October 27, 2011

    World Series 2011: The Fucking Chris Carpenter Fly Out Song

    BLEEEEEEP​So, you think you're the best fucking fans in baseball, huh? Well fucking prove it! Download this fucking .mp3 file, stick it on your goddamn iPod and fucking memorize the fucking thing. Then, when the fucking guy who runs the PA system at Baseball Fucking Heaven tries to get you p ... More >>

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    October 21, 2011

    Ever Wonder How the Cardinals Got Their Name?

    image viaThe original Cards logo. The team didn't adopt the more familiar birds-on-a-bat until 1922.​Uh, well then, you're not nearly as nerdy as Daily RFT. During a recent game, we came up with four possibilities: 1. The team's early owners were ardent birdwatchers and especially fond of the ... More >>

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    March 31, 2011

    The Opening Day Crystal Ball: 2011 MLB Predictions

    I actually dressed up like this to write this post. I predict the itching of this beard will soon drive me to madness. ​Just a bare handful of hours, now, until the Cardinals' 2011 season gets underway. Plenty of ink and bytes have been spilled talking about what the season may bring, lots of it r ... More >>

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    February 23, 2011

    Adam Wainwright Has 'Significant' Elbow Injury; Mass Panic Ensues

    ​Well, just in case everyone wasn't already bummed enough about the whole Albert-Pujols-is-leaving-after-the-season storyline for 2011, we now have the news that Adam Wainwright, ace of the Cardinals' staff and eternal Cy Young runner-up, has left spring training camp in Florida and is headed to t ... More >>

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    November 17, 2010

    Adam Wainwright: Always a Bridesmaid, Never a Cy

    commons.wikimedia.orgAdam Wainwright, contemplating the most likely candidates to beat him out for future Cy Young awards. ​I wonder if Cy Young Award Winner Announcement Day is just like the worst day of the year for Adam Wainwright. The way some people have particularly sad anniversaries marked ... More >>

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    August 24, 2010

    Jaime Garcia and The Rookie of the Year Award

    Every caption I think of comes off sounding like a threat to send mailbombs to Baseball Writers of America members, so I'm just going to quit trying. ​So over the weekend, I was sitting alone in my darkened shack watching any and all sports coverage I could find on the television. (This is standar ... More >>

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    May 25, 2010

    What Now For the Cardinals Rotation?

    What? It's appropriate. See, 'cause everyone wants to push the panic button. Get it? ​Going into last weekend, the Cardinals had one of the best starting rotations in all of baseball. Anchored by dual Cy Young contenders, the Cards' rotation had been the bedrock for their success to this poin ... More >>

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    April 7, 2010
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    January 27, 2010

    Rich Hill Bends Into Town

    So apparently the plan from here on out for the Cardinals is the proverbial wall covered in feces. As in, see what sticks and then rosterfy them sumbitches. A comment on the state of Hill's shoulder? ​The Cards reached a deal yesterday with Rich Hill, former Baltimore Oriole and Chicago Cub. ... More >>

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    December 31, 2009

    The Most Momentous Moments of the Aughts: The Cardinals

    So on this last day of the decade, I had myself a thought. "Aaron," I thought, "You should really try to do some sort of decade-long wrap for St. Louis sports." ​"You know what, Aaron? That's an excellent idea!" I paused for a moment, considering the notion further. "Now why didn't I think of ... More >>

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    December 14, 2009

    What the Hell are the Astros Thinking?

    I really, really don't get it. The Houston Astros just keep making these bizarre decisions, and I've finally given up trying to figure it all out. The Lance Berkman Fan Club isn't happy about this post, but they feel it needs to be said. ​The most recent onslaught of craziness came just last ... More >>

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    November 20, 2009

    The Cy Young Shutout

    Cy Young agrees with me. It's a shame his namesake award didn't go to a Cardinal. Hell, he even played for the Cardinals for awhile! If anything, I'll bet he's even MORE pissed than I am!​Sigh. What? Oh, no. Nothing. No, I'm fine. It's just... no, never mind. Well, I mean, it's just that ... More >>

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    October 30, 2009

    Yankees 1, Phillies 1, Derek Braunecker Millions

    ​As the World Series heads back to Philadelphia tied at one game apiece, both the Yankees and the Phillies have reason to be optimistic. The Phillies have to feel great about where they stand, as they succeeded in wresting home field advantage away from the Yankees and now have three games in thei ... More >>

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    October 7, 2009

    Back In the Saddle (Hopefully, Anyway)

    For the past couple of weeks, I've been feeling really kind of rough. Not sick, necessarily, but just not all that well. Every few days, I would feel a little better, but then the next day it would be right back down. I had a hell of a time mustering the wherewithall to complete much of anything. No ... More >>

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    September 8, 2009

    A Serious Number of Amazing Things About Chris Carpenter

    Chris Carpenter is 11-0 since the beginning of July. In that time, he has held opponents to a batting line of .240/.286/.312, good for an OPS of .598. Basically, Chris Carpenter turns every major league hitter into a slightly more potent batter than this guy. Chris Carpenter is one of only two ... More >>

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    August 10, 2009

    Looking Ahead: Lohse Looks to Rebound

    As outstanding as it was to finally see the Cardinals able to seal the deal against the Pirates and finish off the sweep, it's far too early to relax. Even after dropping two of three to the Rockies, the Cubs are still surging, and the Cards are going to need to keep winning games if they want to st ... More >>

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    June 9, 2009

    Dubious Diagnosis: Does Kahlil Greene Really Have a Social Anxiety Disorder?"It's not like catching the chickenpox. There has to be a history." So says Dr. Allan Lans regarding social anxiety disorder and this season's toll of ballplayers said to be suffering from it, a list that includes St. Louis' introspective shortstop Khalil G ... 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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    August 11, 2008

    It Could've Been Worse: Cards vs. Cubs Wrap-Up

    Well, I suppose things could be worse. We could have lost more than one ace pitcher over the weekend. Fortunately, the Cardinals only have one on the roster currently, so losing Carpenter was pretty much as bad as it gets. I've tried to stay positive this season, and it hasn't been particularly ha ... More >>

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    July 10, 2008

    The Mark Mulder Pitching Obituary

    Well, it certainly did shoot the idea of a prediction contest all to hell and back, didn't it? Who had a third of an inning, with no runs? No one? Really? Didn't see that one coming? Seriously, though, that's obviously the sort of line that no one could have really predicted. However, I am a man ... More >>

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    July 1, 2008

    Welcome Back, Mark Mulder

    Welcome back, Mr. Mulder. It may have only been an inning. It may have come with a six-run lead. It may have only been a tease, yet another heartbreak just waiting to happen. Nonetheless, Mark Mulder took the mound on Monday night, and it was good.

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    June 20, 2008

    Why I Continue to Hate the Boston Red Sox

    Let Me Tell You Why I Hate the Red Sox Gentle Readers, (in my best Stephen King): I despise the Boston Red Sox. It's a little odd, too, because there are a ton of reasons that I should like them. I love teams that draft and develop their own players, and the Red Sox have done a better job of bring ... More >>

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    June 5, 2008

    John Smoltz: A First-Ballot Hall of Famer

    The Cardinals didn't play Wednesday, but something big happened in the world of baseball. John Smoltz announced yesterday that he'll have to have surgery on his right shoulder, thus ending his season. He stated that he intends to come back and pitch again next year, but I have to question how legi ... More >>

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    May 13, 2008

    Cards Blog: Finding Strong Bats in the Minors

    Remember when I said Monday that Sunday's loss was the worst game I had seen the Cardinals play this season? Well, apparently the team took some pretty serious umbrage at that statement, because they did their very best to convince me otherwise last night. Look, Adam Wainwright is going to have ... More >>

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    May 13, 2008

    Cards Blog: Finding Strong Bats in the Minors

    Remember when I said Monday that Sunday's loss was the worst game I had seen the Cardinals play this season? Well, apparently the team took some pretty serious umbrage at that statement, because they did their very best to convince me otherwise last night. Look, Adam Wainwright is going to have ... More >>

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    July 4, 2007

    Follow the Money

    Readers call out Paul McKee and Prince Joe.