Jason Motte

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    January 28, 2013

    Videos: Stan Musial Honored at Funeral Service Featuring Bob Costas Eulogy

    Since news broke that St. Louis icon Stan Musial has died, fans have had many opportunities to pay tribute to the late, great Cardinal. And on Saturday, fans got to say a final goodbye to the baseball legend, packed inside the Cathedral Basilica in St. Louis for Stan the Man's public funeral servic ... More >>

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    January 24, 2013

    Cards Re-Sign Jason Motte, Avoid Arbitration

    I told you the Cardinals would manage to avoid going the full arbitration route with at least some of their eligible players, didn't I? Damned right I did.Alright, it isn't exactly a shock to see the organization trying to come to terms with players on their own, rather than going through the proces ... More >>

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    January 16, 2013

    Five Cardinals File for Arbitration

    It's that time of year again, when salary arbitration comes to the forefront, as players across baseball file for a raise. It's not quite as exciting as the run-up to the annual Winter Meetings, and certainly not as much fun as when the countdown to Pitchers and Catcher Report Day begins in earnest, ... More >>

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    October 14, 2012

    Previewing the Cardinals and Giants

    On Friday night, the Cardinals managed one of the greatest (if not the greatest), comeback in postseason baseball history, erasing a six run deficit en route to defeating the Washington Nationals. It was the largest deficit any team has ever overcome in the playoffs, and in typical Cardinal comeback ... More >>

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    September 18, 2012

    The Cards Come Home Looking for Some Breathing Room

    So, yeah, the Cardinals suck on the road. I mean, like, really suck. Like, dude, they suck. Seriously. By the way, yes, that English degree is totally paying off for me in a big way. Totally. Like, awesomely big time. My degree is as sweet as the Birds are suck on the road. See how I tied that ... More >>

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    July 16, 2012

    Jason Motte Vs. Twitter: At Least Johnny Cueto Didn't Kick Him in the Face

    To remind you that the Cardinals-Reds rivalry blabbed about for two nationally televised baseball games this weekend is in fact legitimate, if you're a Reds fan. Many of the sentiments on Twitter Sunday night were directed at Jason Motte, who posted this note on Twitter after Sunday night's game: ... More >>

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    July 16, 2012

    The Cards Turn Back the Clock -- To 2003

    Hey, who here remembers the year 2003? Yeah, I sure do too. It was a magical time for our great nation; Coldplay had yet to become the source of shame they would later, Mitsubishi commercials simultaneously aroused us, irritated us, and kind of made us want to buy our girlfriends pink Kangol hats. N ... More >>

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    May 14, 2012

    The Return of the Filthy Sanchez

    The Cardinals made a roster move today, attempting to shore up a recently shaky bullpen by recalling Eduardo Sanchez, aka Dirty Sanchez, aka Filthy Sanchez, aka Fast Eddie, aka Fritz von Filthington, aka The Southern Dandy (note: none of these are real nicknames, but they all should be), from Triple ... More >>

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    April 10, 2012

    Lance Lynn Impresses in his First Start for the Cards: Let the Lynnsanity Begin

    I haven't seen anyone else make the 'Lynnsanity' joke just yet, so I'm officially taking credit for it myself. I'm also copyrighting it; if Jeremy Lin can copyright Linsanity, then Lance Lynn should be able to copyright his version. Or, he could, if a certain clever, enterprising sports columnist ha ... More >>

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    April 5, 2012

    The Cards Open the Season in Style

    The Cardinals opened the 2012 season last night, playing -- and winning -- the first official game in the Miami Marlins' brand new ballpark. It was a night of firsts, really. It was the first win for manager Mike Matheny. The first hit for Carlos Beltran in a Cardinal uniform. The first time a ... More >>

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    January 12, 2012

    The Cincinnati Reds Get Better (Again)

    ​Cincinnati is really serious about winning the NL Central in 2012. I'm not sure if they'll do it or not, but you have to give them credit: they're going after it hard. The Reds continued their busy offseason of win-now moves yesterday, signing Ryan Madson, late of the Philadelphia Phillies a ... More >>

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    October 27, 2011

    Cardinals' Bullpen Phone Gets Twitter Account

    So, just to review: Allen Craig's fictitious pet turtle has a Twitter account. So does the Cardinals' rally squirrel and Jason Motte's glove. Only fitting, then, that the mysterious bullpen phone should also get its own Twitter handle. Then again, if it can't communicate effectively via the phone li ... 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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    October 21, 2011

    An Apology to Jaime Garcia, And Then a Bunch of Criticism

    I'm sorry, Jaime. Really. Truly.​Dear Jaime, I am very, very sorry for ever doubting you. I'm sorry for thinking you a head case, for calling you a blow-up waiting to happen. I'm sorry I thought you were probably worn down after throwing close to 50 more innings this season than you ever had ... More >>

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    October 20, 2011

    Three Things to Be Happy About From Game One (Well, Besides Winning)

    What? No, I haven't seen this movie. But, you know, it's called Happiness. I'm sure it's an uplifting, inspirational kind of story. Why are you looking at me like that? ​​Good time to be a Cardinal fan, right? I mean, the Redbirds just took care of business last night in game one of the World Se ... More >>

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    October 17, 2011

    The Starters Still Suck, But the Cardinals are Moving On

    This was the Mariners' bullpen car in 1982, back when baseball still had cool things like bullpen cars. No, this isn't really related to the Cards' current bullpen, but I've been waiting to use this picture forever. ​​The most improbable postseason run I can ever recall isn't ready to end just y ... More >>

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    October 13, 2011

    Cardinals' Bullpen Comes Through In Big Way

    La Russa kept the phone to the bullpen busy last night. It paid off.​Well, it wasn't quite the brilliant matchup of ace starters I think most of us were anticipating, but it'll do. Yovani Gallardo, ace of the Milwaukee Brewers, allowed thirteen baserunners, making it somewhat shocking the Car ... More >>

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    October 13, 2011

    5 Keys to Cardinals' Game 3 Win in NLCS

    The rally towels were out in force last night.​Unlike Chris Carpenter's last start, when he carried the Cardinals in a 1-0 shutout over the Phillies to advance to the NLCS, the clubhouse ace would require a team effort last night. He got it in a big first inning of production from Redbird batters ... More >>

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    September 23, 2011

    Cardinals' Bullpen Implodes at Worst Possible Time

    Aw, crap! That was our best reliever, too! ​Maybe it's only fitting the Cardinals' bullpen went nova on them at the end, putting another sizable ding in the team's already-faint playoff hopes. After all, the season began with a bullpen implosion, as Ryan Franklin turned into a white dwarf before o ... More >>

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    August 15, 2011

    Jason Motte: Crazy? Awesome? Or Crazy Awesome?​You know, it's kinda funny how sometimes you fail to really recognize something right in front of your face, even when it's sort of a big deal. So it was for me. I was watching the Cardinals last night, watching Edwin Jackson allow eleven base runners in five and a third ... More >>

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    June 29, 2011

    Colby Rasmus: Sabermetrics Nerd?

    We all think we know Colby Rasmus. Sure we do. Hell of an athlete, occasionally seems to not have his head all the way in the game. Quiet kid, awfully shy. Maybe not the brightest bulb in the scoreboard, if his interviews are any indication. Or, then again, maybe he's just too shy to interview well. ... More >>

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    June 15, 2011

    Cardinals Still Struggling to Spell Relief

    How come when he says it it's cute, but when I say it it's sexual harassment? ​The Cardinals are currently carrying eight -- count 'em -- eight relievers. So can anyone tell me why, exactly, we all had to watch one of the worst relievers in all of baseball this year blow last night's game?&nb ... More >>

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    April 19, 2011

    The Rise of Mitchell Boggs

    ​The bullpen has been a serious concern for the Cardinals in the early going, with a closer who can't seem to close a game leading the list of worries. They're down to just one lefty, never a good thing on a Tony La Russa-led team, Jason Motte has looked shaky in the early going (though, to be fai ... More >>

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    April 12, 2011

    Is The Cards' Bullpen Fixable?

    Oh, Billy Mays. We still miss you. ​We all saw the disaster over the weekend in San Francisco. Don't pretend you didn't. The Cardinals' supposed closer, Ryan Franklin, blew two more saves, giving him three on the season in four tries. In both games, the Cards were a single out away from winning be ... 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 3, 2010

    Jake Westbrook's Cardinal Debut: Random, Random Thoughts

    Okay, so it's a picture of a riot in LA, not Detroit. Still, it's too funny to pass up, because these people are looting a Payless Shoes, which is actually more expensive than shopping at a Payless. ​I think we can all safely say this: last night totally wasn't Jake Westbrook's fault. That's ... More >>

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    July 29, 2010

    The Trouble With Tony La Russa​After last night's rather ugly contest, Tony La Russa was heard to say in his postgame comments that he should have left Jason Motte in. My immediate reaction was a sudden, loud, "Hallelujah!" Maybe, I thought to myself, Tony has finally learned the lesson, that the quality o ... More >>

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    July 15, 2010

    Five Keys to the Cardinals' Second Half

    Hey, it's a key, it works. (Also a forgotten classic of power pop you should totally pick up if you ever see it like at a yard sale or something.) ​The second "half" of the baseball season kicks off for the Cardinals tonight (and I put "half" in quotes because technically we passed the halfw ... More >>

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    July 7, 2010

    Does the Cardinal Bullpen Need Fixing?

    ​Just how concerned should we really be about the Cardinal's bullpen after last night's debacle? Well, ordinarily I would say it was just a single game, and no matter how ugly it was that doesn't change the fact that it was a single game. No need to hit the panic button and do something stupi ... 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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    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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    October 1, 2009

    Game Notes: Cardinals 13, Redlegs 0, 1/10/09 -- Carpenter Does it Himself

    The Cardinals have had many, many great hitting pitchers in their long and illustrious history. Bob Gibson hit 24 home runs in his career and posted a .751 OPS in 1970. Mark Mulder was a designated hitter during his college career at Michigan State, as was Dan Haren at Pepperdine. Jason Marquis is a ... More >>

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    August 27, 2009

    Game Notes: Astros 4, Cardinals 3 08/27/09 -- An Ugly Loss​-- I hate Brian Moehler. A lot. It never fails to irritate me when the Cardinals get shut down by some journeyman pitcher, and it happens every single time they see Moehler. Somehow, he has still never lost to the Birds, despite being an incredibly mediocre pitcher overall. Hell, take ... More >>

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    July 29, 2009

    Game Notes: Cardinals 10, Dodgers 0 - A Vintage Ass Kicking

    -- Chad Billingsley is really, really good. It isn't often you see a pitcher with that kind of ability, that combination of velocity, movement, and location. Personally, I think Billingsley needs to learn to use both sides of the plate more effectively, as he essentially stays in the same area all g ... More >>

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    July 17, 2009

    The Cardinals Second Half Preview

    First, and most importantly, you'll have to forgive the lack of a clever title. I thought and thought, then thought some more, and really just didn't like any of the options I came up with. Some were too obscure, some not obscure enough, some didn't make much sense, still others lacked any tie to th ... More >>

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    July 8, 2009

    Game Notes: Cardinals 5, Brew Crew 0, 7th July

    -- I think that may have been the Cards' best win of the year so far. Facing the staff ace of their chief rival for the division, playing the first game of a truly pivotal three-game series, and they come up big, even sans Albert heroics. Too often, this team only performs when Albert Pujols puts th ... More >>

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    June 19, 2009

    Postgame Thoughts, 18th June: Double You. Tee. Eff.

    -Okay, so Jo-El Pineiro crapped the bed quite mightily in the first inning, but he certainly had some help from the defense. Just an ugly inning all around, the sort that we really haven't seen too many of from the Cards lately. Typing that, I find myself a bit surprised, to be quite honest. It ... More >>

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    June 10, 2009

    Motte's Walkoff Mistake

    In the future, I wonder if the slider will come to be known as "Motte's Folly?" I can only hope so, because that would at least make the ugliness we witnessed at the end of last night's game worth something. 

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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 1, 2009

    Cardinals Nickname Poll: Call for Jason Motte Nominations!

    You know him, you love him, but now it's time to start thinking of a nickname for him. Yes, we're referring to up-and-comin', goggles-sportin' Cardinals reliever Jason Motte.

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    April 22, 2009

    Rick Ankiel's Fancy New Mustache

    I really don't get it. What in the hell is going on with the Cardinals and their facial hair these days? Edit: Oh, and thank you very much to Mr. Nick Lucchesi for scooping me on this one. Awesome. Just what I've always wanted; to play second fiddle to an editor. A damned editor!!! 

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    April 15, 2009

    Last Night: Tony Takes his Best Shot with Brad Thompson

    That very well may have been the worst game of the year. Now, I know that it's only the ninth game of this young season. I don't mean it was the worst so far. I mean that if we actually see a worse game all season, it's going to shock the living shit out of me, because honestly, I just don't se ... More >>

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    January 6, 2009

    Cardinals Said to be Going After a Mystery Closing Pitcher

    You know, there are plenty of reasons that I get up out of bed every day. The smell of clean laundry. The laughter of a child. The off chance that a beautiful woman may walk up to me and demand that I immediately make passionate love to her.*But every so often, something comes along that makes me qu ... More >>

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    December 19, 2008

    Baseball Card of the Week: Ben Sheets

    It's Christmas time here in the Gateway City, and in honor of this most wonderful time of the year, I've decided that this week's Card of the Week is going to be a little bit different. See, this week, instead of featuring a player who recently won an award, or signed a big contract, or exposed ... 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 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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    May 8, 2008

    Cards Blog: A Nasty Bullpen Pattern Emerges

    So far this year, we've seen the Cardinals win games in a lot of different ways. We've seen great starting performances carry the day, despite little offense. We've seen mediocre starting performances get bailed out by solid offensive contributions. We've even seen games in which the bullpen, coming ... More >>

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    May 8, 2008

    Cards Blog: A Nasty Bullpen Pattern Emerges

    So far this year, we've seen the Cardinals win games in a lot of different ways. We've seen great starting performances carry the day, despite little offense. We've seen mediocre starting performances get bailed out by solid offensive contributions. We've even seen games in which the bullpen, coming ... More >>

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