Kyle McClellan

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    December 7, 2012

    The Cards Get Their (Left-Handed) Man

    Baseball's Winter Meetings are over, and the various and sundry general managers, along with their entourages, are back on the respective roads to their respective homes. It was eventful to be sure this year, with plenty of incoming television money bolstering several teams' spending abilities. The ... 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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    March 14, 2012

    Kyle McClellan Back On the Block?

    ​For most of the offseason it's been a poorly-kept secret the Cardinals are trying to move Kyle McClellan. They signed him back in January to a $2.5 million contract for the 2012 season, and pretty much from the moment the ink dried on the deal K-Mac's name has been floating around as potential tr ... More >>

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    March 13, 2012

    Of Adam Wainwright & Backup Catchers: Spring Training Notes 03/13/12

    ​Thanks to the magic of modern technology, I got to watch Adam Wainwright make his second start of the spring this afternoon; it was extremely comforting to see him back on the mound. You can forget about an injured pitcher surprisingly easily, thanks to the occasional nature of their appearances ... More >>

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    February 21, 2012

    Five Fringe Players to Watch in Spring Training

    ​Spring Training is finally underway, promising an end to winter and a return of sunny days and the smell of stadium hot dogs. The St. Louis Cardinals enter the 2012 iteration of spring training looking to defend an unlikely championship, the result of a magical late-season run and one of the ... More >>

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    December 23, 2011

    Cards Win Beltran Sweepstakes

    It's like Ed McMahon dropped by Busch Stadium yesterday, with a big check that read 4.0 WAR in the dollar amount box. ​Christmas came a little early for Cardinal fans this year. For the Cardinal offense, too. The Cards agreed to terms with Carlos Beltran yesterday on a two-year deal for appro ... 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 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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    August 12, 2011

    Arthur Rhodes: Cardinals Throw More Crap At the Wall

    Now tell me that's not a face that inspires confidence. ​The Cardinals yesterday came to terms with the latest in a long, long line of reclamation projects, signing 41-year-old Arthur Rhodes to a contract which will make him the club's new LOOGY. (Left-handed One Out GuY.) The Cards have been dang ... More >>

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    June 22, 2011

    Five Best Tweets From Cardinals Epic 8th-Inning Meltdown

    Cards recovering from nasty case of twitterhea.​Starting pitcher Kyle McClellan handed the Cardinals' bullpen a 2-1 lead headed into the eighth inning last night. Five pitchers later, the Cardinals finally escaped the top half of the eighth -- down by a score of 2-10 on five hits, four walks and t ... More >>

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    June 10, 2011

    Reviewing the Cardinals' Draft -- Rounds 6-10

    ​When we last saw our red-clad heroes, they were trapped deep in the bowels of the 2011 draft, having just attempted to extricate themselves with the help of a polished sinker-y righthander from Oregon State named Gaviglia. He was the first pitcher taken by the Redbirds, after a truly bizarre run ... More >>

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    June 1, 2011

    Kyle McClellan to Hit the DL; Who Takes His Turn?

    The Cardinals' current roster. ​It looks like Kyle McClellan is headed for the disabled list. He's scheduled to have an MRI on his hip today, and all indications are that he'll be placed on the DL shortly afterward. K-Mac was pulled from his last start with discomfort in the joint, and it's a ... More >>

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    May 24, 2011

    Game Notes: Cardinals 3, Padres 1, May 23

    commons.wikimedia.orgA sight that used to be so common, but has been a bit rare of late. ​Ladies and gentlemen, our long national nightmare is over. Albert Pujols has hit a home run. Sure, that may not seem like the biggest deal; I remember a time when Albert Pujols hitting a home run wa ... 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 12, 2011

    Game Notes: Cardinals 8, Diamondbacks 2

    Oh, sure. I could have found a picture of an actual puma, but tell me those aren't awesome. ​Title of the novel based on tonight's game: The Puma's Roar. Well that certainly was exhilarating. The second time the Cards have scored more than six runs this season, and the second in a row, i ... 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 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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    March 16, 2011

    K-Mac Keeps Rolling for Cardinals

    Corvus brachyrhynchos, also known as the American Crow. I hear they're delicious broiled. ​Kyle McClellan is clearly gunning for me. He wants to make me look like a fool. He wants to destroy the last tattered vestiges of my once-glorious credibility. And as painful as it is for me to watch him do ... More >>

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    March 3, 2011

    Lance Lynn Gets His First Shot At the Limelight

    Lynn during his time pitching for the University of Mississippi. ​Lance Lynn, suddenly one of the most intriguing names in Cardinals' spring camp, made his 2011 debut yesterday in the Cards' 3-2 victory over the New York Metropolitans of Port St. Lucie, Florida. (I envision one day all major leagu ... More >>

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    October 20, 2010

    The Cardinals Have an Infield Question; The Import Market May Have an Answer

    ​Okay, before everyone gets all pissed off at me, I don't have anything personal against Skip Schumaker. I don't. Scout's honor. I mean, I don't really get the whole handsome thing with Skip, but that's mostly a matter of taste. I'll swoon at the mere mention of Joe Mather, and every so often in j ... 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 8, 2010

    Game Notes: Cardinals 6, Redlegs 3 -- 7th April 2010

    ​Well, I think it's pretty clear by now the 2010 Cardinals aren't going to lose a game this year. I can honestly say, after viewing them for two entire games all the way through, this may be the single greatest athletic entity in the history of the world. Move over, '27 Yankees, the Cardinals are ... More >>

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    April 1, 2010

    Cards Pitcher Dennys Reyes to Open Casual Family Restaurant

    Image via​Stan Musial. Albert Pujols. Ozzie Smith. Dennys Reyes?That's right: The Cardinals pitcher announced this morning that he will join the ranks of current and former Redbirds who have opened restaurants in St. Louis when Dennys's, a casual family restaurant, debuts in Affton this summer."I' ... 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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    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 8, 2009

    NLDS Game One Recap: Dodgers 5, Cardinals 3

    Okay, so it wasn't quite the start the Cardinals were hoping for. Okay, so maybe that isn't quite strong enough. ​Going into last night's game, the Cardinals should have been confident. Hell, even I was confident, and I am never, ever, ever confident when it comes to October baseball. Th ... 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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    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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    June 28, 2009

    Mark DeRosa Joins the Cardinals

    When I heard last night that the Cardinals had acquired Mark DeRosa for Chris Perez and a player to be named later, I went through what I like to call a three part response. Part one: "Hey, we got DeRosa! Sweet! Good job getting a deal done, Mo. Glad to see them upgrade the team." Part two ... 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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    April 16, 2009

    Cardinals Post-Game Notes: April 16, 2009

    Just a couple of quick impressions from the Cards' first contest of the year against the Chicago Nine.  

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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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    April 1, 2009
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    November 25, 2008

    Awards Time: The Best of the Cardinals and the Cardinal Blogs

    I've spoken in the past of the United Cardinal Bloggers project, I know. Well, see, it's the time of year when those of us who take part in such things all gather 'round the flickering monitor screen and take a vote. We vote on things large and small, exquisite and banal. And then, when all the vote ... 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 12, 2008

    McClellan, Perez, Show Against Marlins They are Future of Cardinals Bullpen

    I do believe we may have seen the future last night. Or, at least, I hope we saw the future. Seems like a trip to south Florida always does wonders for the spirits (and the record) for the Cardinals, doesn't it? The Cards have consistently pounded the Marlins the past few years, both here in St. L ... 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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    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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    July 29, 2008

    Joe Mather a Bright Spot in a Frustrating Season

    Ah. I see your game now, Tony. You give Ryan Franklin the vote of confidence, causing me to go into a raging tirade about making Kyle McClellan the closer, then you come out a couple of hours later and make Izzy the closer again. I see what you did there. Tony La Russa is trying to destroy my br ... More >>

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    July 28, 2008

    The Case for Kyle McClellan as the Cards Closer

    Well, one out of three against the Mets is certainly better than 0-for-4 against the Brewers, right? Of course, even within that one victory over the New York club, we still saw the club's current closer, one Mr. Ryan Franklin, give up a home run in the ninth inning. It was the third outing in a r ... More >>

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    July 14, 2008

    Four Positive Notes for the Cardinals at the All-Star Break

    Ah, the All-Star break. That special time of the year when we all huddle up together around the television with a big bowl of popcorn and listen to Chris Berman make an ass of himself calling the Home Run Derby and then watch one of the biggest farces in all of sports. That's right, everybody! We th ... More >>

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    May 29, 2008

    Izturis' Triple Tells Us of the '08 Cardinals

    I can tell you everything you need to know about the 2008 Cardinals, and it will only take one at-bat to do so. Please allow me to set the scene. Bottom of the fourth inning Wednesday night against the Houston Astros. One out. Cesar Izturis Leading off the inning, Yadier Molina had sin ... More >>

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    May 27, 2008

    The Cardinals: Where Do They Go From Here?

    So, where do we go from here? (Vote on your changes here). Memorial Day has come and gone. The first real holiday of summer always provides a nice opportunity to look around and take stock of a baseball team; to assess the strengths, weaknesses, and everything in between. So, what have we learned s ... 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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    April 2, 2008

    Cardinals Opening Day v2.0: The Brightest Spot

    Well, there wasn't much for Cards fans to cheer in last night's 2-1 loss to the NL champion Colorado Rockies. Later today our baseball blogger Aaron Schafer will glance back and look forward to tonight's rematch. But despite Kip Wells' hanging five zeroes on the Redbirds and Troy Glaus causing the ... More >>

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