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    May 13, 2013

    Cardinals Send Mother's Day Greetings (VIDEO)

    Even the Cardinals had time to say happy Mother's Day to their moms. With tweets and a video! Check out the footage below of Daniel Descalso, Jon Jay, David Freese and Lance Lynn expressing their gratitude to their hard-working, nurturing moms who helped them become baseball stars. Driving the ... More >>

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    October 10, 2012

    Is Jaime Garcia's Problem With His Shoulder or His Head?

    The Cardinals did what they needed to do in game two of their NLDS series against the Washington Nationals, beating up on the Nats' pitching staff to the tune of twelve runs and evening the series at one game apiece. Unfortunately, the victory didn't come easily, and things can't just be simple for ... More >>

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    October 8, 2012

    Can Cardinals Rebound in Game 2 of NLDS?

    After the Cardinals beat the Braves in the first-ever Wild Card slash play-in game, I kind of thought things might be falling into place for this team. Don't get me wrong; the Braves lost that game more than the Redbirds won it, going all 2006 Detroit Tigers and throwing away their chance to win lik ... More >>

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    October 3, 2012

    The Cardinals Finally Clinch

    In the end, it probably happened the only way that made sense. The 2012 Cardinals are not about dramatic, thrilling victories, even if they occasionally pretend to be. The 2012 Cardinals are about letdowns at the biggest moments, and just being good enough overall to power through the heartbreak.&nb ... More >>

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    September 26, 2012

    Jaime Garcia, aka The Road Warrior

    A lot of ink, both digital and traditional, has been spilled on the subject of Jaime Garcia's struggles on the road. And with good cause, really; the discrepancy in Jaime's performance at home versus what he does away from Busch Stadium is, well, large enough it stretches the definition of discrepan ... More >>

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    September 25, 2012

    The Redbird Playoff Report: September 25, 2012

    I like to put up misleading headlines like the one above sometimes; the sort that make you think whatever random crap I'm about to spew out is part of some continuing, regular feature that maybe you've missed. Redbird Playoff Report? Is that a thing, like a series of columns he's done tracking the C ... More >>

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    September 21, 2012

    Cards Finish Off Sweep of Astros; Gain Real Breathing Room

    It may not have been the prettiest game any of us have ever seen -- or the prettiest the Cardinals have played -- but it got the job done. The Cards finished off a three game sweep of the Houston Astros yesterday at Busch Stadium behind a shaky-but-effective Jaime Garcia pitching performance an ... More >>

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    September 13, 2012

    The Cards' Road Woes Continue

    Question: Why is Jaime Garcia so unpopular with hotel maids? Answer: Because he always shits the bed when he's on the road! Wakka wakka, and all that sort of thing. I'll be here all week, folks. (I really will be; I have nowhere else to go.) So in case you missed it, the Cardinals jus ... More >>

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    August 20, 2012

    The Cardinals Run a Marathon -- And Come in Second

    It took 19 innings, but the Cardinals managed to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory in the end. It was, in a very special way, the perfect version of a 2012 Cards game. Coming into this latest series against the Pittsburgh Pirates -- aka the team the Cards are chasing in the standings -- th ... More >>

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    August 19, 2012

    The Cards' Biggest Game of the Year?

    On Friday night, the Cardinals laid a real egg against the Pittsburgh Pirates, getting shut down by James McDonald and losing by the score of 2-1. It was an ugly showing for a club coming in to one of their biggest series of the year; the Cards did exactly what they couldn't afford to do and came ou ... More >>

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    August 15, 2012

    Joe Kelly By the Numbers

    Joe Kelly's time as a starter for the St. Louis Cardinals -- in 2012, at least -- may have come to an end last night. Jaime Garcia made a rehab start for Triple A Memphis last night, and if the Cardinals are happy with the way his arm responds to this latest outing, there is every indication he may ... 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 22, 2012

    Tyler Greene Get the Cards Off the Schneid

    The Cardinals were very, very close to losing a fifth consecutive game last night. It would have been their longest losing streak of the season, and continued a rather brutal May that has seen the Cards undo a fair amount of the good work they did in April. On the first day of May, the Cardinal ... More >>

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    October 28, 2011

    A Brief History of the Game Six Miracle

    Edmonds, the man who brought us a miracle in 2004, then gave us David Freese on his way out the door. ​On the 20th of October, 2004, Jim Edmonds hit a walkoff home run in game six of the National League Championship Series against the Houston Astros. Bottom of the twelfth, Albert Pujols stand ... More >>

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    October 27, 2011

    3 Ways Cardinals Benefit from Rain Rescheduling

    Purple Rain: still better than a rainout. But it's actually kind of close this time. ​It was disappointing to see the game rained out last night. You get all geared up for a do-or-die game, and then down comes the rain, washing the spider out and pushing all that pent-up energy off for another nig ... More >>

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    October 20, 2011

    World Series: Game 1 Observations From an Idiot Sports Reporter

    Observation 1: That was a friggin' big flag they unfurled at the start of the game.​Major League Baseball was nice enough to extend media credentials to Riverfront Times for the fall classic. Why? We're not sure. But believe us, we tried our best to look like legitimate sports reporters last nigh ... More >>

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    October 19, 2011

    The Single Biggest Key to the Cardinals Defeating the Rangers

    Now that's a really big key. ​World Series starts tonight, kids. Exciting stuff, any time you can watch your team playing for the title. Plenty of ink has been spilled analyzing the two sides nearly to death, and plenty more will be spilled between now and the day the series ends. Let me boil ... More >>

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    October 14, 2011

    Cardinals Do Some Serious Backsliding

    ​And just when things seemed to be going so well, too. The Cardinals headed into game four of the NLCS last night up two games to one, with all the cards in their favor. They had stolen home field advantage from the Brewers thanks to a road win in game two, and a brilliant bullpen performance ... More >>

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    October 10, 2011

    Jaime the Headcase and His Pitching-Impaired Friends

    ​The Great Big Grudge Match between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Milwaukee Brewers got off to a mighty thud of a start yesterday, with the Brewers shellacking the 'Birds 9-6. Things started out okay, but the beating came up in a hurry, courtesy of a six-run fifth inning and a pair of Cardinal p ... More >>

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    October 5, 2011

    Phillies 3, Cardinals 2: Missed Opportunities and One Very Bad Decision

    ​If you're surprised it was a double play that broke the Cardinals' collective back, then you just haven't been paying attention. The story of the season -- the historic number of double plays the Cards have grounded into this year -- popped up once again, killing an eighth inning bases loade ... More >>

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    October 3, 2011

    Who'dda Thunk? Cardinals Bullpen Saves the Day

    commons.wikimedia.orgFernando Salas was just the first in a parade of lifesavers last night for the Redbirds, but may very well have been the most important.​The Cardinals -- and their oft-maligned bullpen -- did the impossible last night. They beat Cliff Lee in the playoffs. It clearly wasn' ... 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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    July 14, 2011

    Breaking Down the Garcia Extension

    ​Chad Garrison's disappointment notwithstanding (tee-hee), the news of the Cardinals and Jaime Garcia reaching an agreement on a four-year contract extension should come as music to any Redbird fan's earholes. Locking up their most talented pitcher (and yes, I say that including Adam Wainwright in ... More >>

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    July 13, 2011

    Cardinals Sign Jaime Garcia to 4-Year Extension

    All together now: "Four more years!"​When the Cardinals sent out a note this morning inviting media to a 12:30 p.m. press conference, fans of the Redbirds couldn't help but speculate that something big was about to happen.Did the Cardinals reach a contract with Albert Pujols? Were the Cardinals go ... More >>

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    June 2, 2011

    Keith Law Releases New Prospect Rankings; Two Cardinals Make the List

    ​Keith Law, ESPN's prospect guru, released his updated rankings of the top 25 minor league prospects Tuesday, and the first couple names on the list aren't really all that surprising. The Angels' Mike Trout, who began the year atop virtually every prospect list in creation, is still there, followe ... 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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    May 9, 2011

    Kyle McClellan's Pitching Success Defies Explanation

    Kyle McClellan's 2011 season to date, shown here in lithograph form. ​Kyle McClellan became the third pitcher in baseball to reach five wins yesterday, throwing eight innings of one-run ball to beat Chris Narveson and the Milwaukee Brewers. He gave up four hits, walked three, and struck out three. ... More >>

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    April 5, 2011

    Game Notes: Pirates 4, Cardinals 3, 5/04/11

    ​You know, it's bad when you play the Pittsburgh Pirates, and they look like the young, energetic, dynamic team, and you look like the tired, poorly constructed and fatally flawed team.Unfortunately, that's not all that far from how things looked last night. It's much too soon to really start worr ... More >>

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    April 4, 2011

    5 Lessons From the Cardinals' First Three Games

    All right, listen up, kids. This moderately attractive and no doubt long-dead teacher from Pleasantville is gonna learn you up reeeaal nice. ​One series in the can, god only knows how many more to go in the baseball season. Unfortunately, 2011 hasn't exactly begun in stellar fashion for the Redbir ... More >>

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    March 31, 2011
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    March 14, 2011

    Is It Time to Worry About Jaime Garcia?​Last year Jaime Garcia was the darling of spring training. He came in the longest of longshots, a talented youngster coming off a 2009 spent mostly rehabbing from Tommy John surgery, expected to spend most, if not all, of 2010 proving his health and mettle in Triple A. He lef ... 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 16, 2010

    Jaime Garcia, the Bronze Medal Rookie

    Bronze age weaponry: Get it? Anyone?​So the National and American League Rookie of the Year award were announced yesterday, and neither winner was a huge surprise. Rangers closer Neftali Feliz took home the trophy in the AL, while Buster Posey, catcher extraordinaire for the Giants, won the award ... 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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    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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    August 12, 2010

    Five Cardinals You Don't Ever Want to Piss Off

    ​So the great fracas that was the Reds/Cardinals series is over, with our boys in red roundly thumping their boys in red and taking over sole possession of first place in the National League Central. The series was an outstanding one, full of drama and heartbreak and brilliance on both the offensi ... More >>

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    August 10, 2010

    Skip Schumaker Objects to Column; Finds Support Among Blind Squirrel, Broken Clock Communities

    commons.wikimedia.orgSkip Schumaker, almost assuredly putting a ball into the bleachers somewhere. ​Apparently Skip Schumaker doesn't like conjecture he may, in fact, be the worst everyday player in the big leagues. Of course, the first grand slam of his career doesn't change anything beyond last ... More >>

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    June 28, 2010

    The Cardinals Weekend Review: A Royal Letdown

    This Royal did NOT start against the Cardinals over the weekend; however, I'm convinced he could have thrown six shutout without much of a problem. ​So the 2010 edition of the I-70 series went about as poorly as one could possibly imagine. The Cardinals managed to lose two of three, Aaron Miles pl ... 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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    May 25, 2010

    Previewing the Padres

    commons.wikimedia.orgAdmit it. That's a creepy effing mascot. ​​The Cardinals travel to San Diego tonight to begin a series against the surprising Padres, who sit atop the NL West. Looking over at the other dugout, the Cards just may see a mirror image of themselves, a team succeeding mostly on ... 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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    April 29, 2010

    Jaime Garcia's Historic Start​The first month of the season has certainly been a productive one for the Cardinals, as they currently stand at 14-7 and have a four-game lead over the second-place Cincinnati Reds. All in all, not a bad April. It's not all that surprising the Cardinals are playing this ... More >>

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    April 20, 2010

    Pining For Pineiro: Ex-Cardinal Off to a Brilliant Start This Season

    commons.wikimedia.orgPlease come back to us, Jo-El! ​I don't know if anyone else has been following the performance of one Joel "El Pinata" Pineiro since he left the Cardinals this past offseason, but I have. Not out of some sort of masochistic impulse to see the Cards' moves turn out badly and se ... More >>

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    March 24, 2010

    The Redbird Relief Race Heading Into the Home Stretch

    Coming into spring training, the Cardinals only had a few real holes to fill. Well, perhaps not holes to fill, really, but at least decisions to make on how best to utilize their resources. Ryan Franklin and his awful beard will once again be closing games for the Cardinals this season. The res ... More >>

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    August 17, 2009

    Shelby Miller a Cardinal

    Our long regional nightmare is over. Shelby Miller, the Cards' first round draft pick in this year's draft, has now been signed, sealed, and delivered, to the tune of $2.875 million. Good for him, and good for the Cardinals. They badly needed to get this deal done, in order to begin restocking ... More >>

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    August 5, 2009

    Jaime Garcia On the Comeback Trail

    Cardinals GM John Mozeliak was down in Florida last night to watch Jaime Garcia pitch. Could the youngster be in the bigs this season?​One of the Cardinals' best pitching prospects - probably the best, actually, at least until Shelby Miller signs - took another step last night in his attempt to re ... More >>

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    September 4, 2008

    Jason Motte Makes Powerful Debut on Mound for Cardinals

    Well, we all knew it had to happen eventually. Chris Perez finally blew a save, his first bump in the road since being appointed the team's closer (and second blown save in eight opportunities.) It sucks, but it happens. Of course, the problem here is that it was the team's 29th blown save of the ... More >>

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    August 14, 2008
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    August 6, 2008

    Watching Cardinals' Bullpen is Second-Worst Pain Ever

    You know, I had planned on writing about Chris Carpenter's return to the mound this morning. I had planned on writing about Manny Ramirez making his ridiculous way to St. Louis. Instead of all that, though, I would like to tell you a little story. One of my earliest -- and, unfortunately, most viv ... More >>

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