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    August 30, 2012

    Rock Bottom Redbirds

    The game last night has to be the low point of the season, right? I mean, it can't possibly get any worse. ...right? I wrote before the series began about the Cardinals having a huge opportunity in front of them, an opportunity to virtually bury one of the teams chasing them for the second ... More >>

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    August 29, 2012

    Yadier Molina Injured: Part of the Game or Cheap Shot?

    So a bad thing happened last night. No, not the Cards losing to the Pittsburgh Pirates 9-0. I mean, don't get me wrong; that was definitely a bad thing. The Cardinals coming out and laying such a magnificent egg in such a big game sucked in a big way, and the fact James McDonald apparently just owns ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2012

    Opportunity is Knocking; Will the Cards Answer?

    It is both obvious and cliched to say that any series this time of year is pivotal. After all, you get down to the end of August, and every single out of every game has potential implications, much less entire series. But after taking two of three from the Cincinnati Reds over the weekend (yay! ... More >>

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    August 24, 2012

    This Season Once Again Has Cubs Fans Pulling Out their Hair

    The Chicago Cubs are currently rocking a 47-76 record on their way to another losing season. And because schadenfreude is one of the most powerful forces in the universe, that's something that warms the heart-cockles of untold Cardinals fans. That's a scientific fact that is indisputable, at least h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 23, 2012

    The Cards Take Control of Their Destiny

    With their 4-2 win over the Houston Astros last night (and a little help from the San Diego Padres, who finished up a three game sweep of the Pirates earlier in the day), the Cardinals moved half a game ahead of Pittsburgh, into sole possession of the second National League Wild Card spot. This ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 23, 2012

    The Westbrook Report

    Hey, you know who's been really good lately -- actually, he's been pretty damned good for most of the season -- and I haven't given nearly enough credit to? Jake Westbrook, that's who. The reason I haven't given him much credit is simple: I still kind of don't believe in him. I know, I know; it ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 22, 2012

    Cards Shut Out Houston; Adam Wainwright Does a Thing (Again)

    What the Cardinals did last night was exactly what they needed to do. Now, if they can just remember that feeling and do that same thing a couple dozen more times, we might be in business. The Cards were playing the Houston Astros, the worst team in baseball. Unfortunately, the Astros being the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 16, 2012

    Melky Cabrera Tests Positive, Suspended for the Season

    Melky Cabrera, left fielder for the San Francisco Giants and the beneficiary of an until-recently inexplicable surge in power despite playing in a hitter's graveyard this season, has tested positive for PED use and been suspended for 50 games under baseball's drug policy. Given there are but 44 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 6, 2012

    History Repeating for The Cardinals?

    It was a good weekend for the Cardinals. Like, a really good weekend. A really really good weekend, in fact. They swept the Milwaukee Brewers, looking like a legitimate title contender for the first time in quite a while. The Pittsburgh Pirates and Cincinnati Reds played each other, with the Re ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 3, 2012

    The Cards Keep Running in Place

    And just when things were looking so good, too. The first two games of the series against the Rockies, the Cardinals looked like a team ready to kick ass and chew bubblegum but forgot to bring any bubblegum. An offensive explosion good for 20 runs in two games had the Cards poised for a sweep i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 31, 2012

    Cards Add a Bullpen Arm; Local Columnist Remains Unimpressed

    The Cardinals did manage to make a deal today, adding Edward Mujica, a right-handed reliever, to their bullpen stable. Mujica was acquired from the Miami Marlins in return for Zack Cox, the Cards' first-round draft pick back in 2010. The good about this deal: Mujica is a reliever, and the Cards ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 23, 2012

    A Turning Point For the Cardinals? (Again)

    It may be that at the end of the season we will look back on the series sweep just completed by the Cardinals as a singularly important moment. I say singularly, but that may not be the absolute most correct word. I think we could very well see this series as an extraordinarily important moment ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 11, 2012

    The All-Star Game Goes the NL Way

    I wrote not too long ago about the San Francisco Giants' extraordinary presence at the All-Star Game, and how it was a perfect example of why the current format for baseball's midsummer classic is badly broken. Well, the game itself was played last night, and I have this to say: thank god that ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 9, 2012

    Even Denver Fans See Kroenke Moving Rams to L.A.

    Sure, it's not a done deal -- yet. But each additional day that the Rams and St. Louis officials haggle over stadium renovations it seems more and more likely that owner Stan Kroenke will move the team back to Los Angeles. And it's not just the Chicken Littles in St. Louis who see the Rams departure ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 6, 2012

    Another New Name for the Former Pujols 5 Westport Grill

    Oh, Albert. The Cardinals might have replaced your production thanks to Carlos Beltran's incredible season-to-date. Your brand, however, is proving a bit more problematic. Witness the latest news to come out of St. Louis Sports Hall of Fame Bar & Grill (342 Westport Plaza, Maryland Heights; 314-439 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 6, 2012

    Should the Cardinals Take a Paycut to Finance Their Own Ballpark Village? Nahhh

    St. Louis' Board of Alderman voted to approve up to $17 million in public subsidies to finance Ballpark Village, that oft-delayed development where you were supposed to watch the Cardinals take the World Series a year ago. Ah the best laid schemes of land developers and public officials... The deal ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 3, 2012

    A Giant Problem With the All-Star Game

    The rosters for the Major League All-Star Game were announced yesterday, and the Cardinals did pretty well for themselves. Rafael Furcal made it in as the starter at shortstop for the National League, Yadier Molina is going as the backup catcher, and Lance Lynn was selected to join the pitching staf ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 3, 2012

    The Allen Craig Show: It's Better than the Albert Pujols Hour of Power

    Allen Craig is good at the baseball. We already knew that, of course; he's hitting home runs at a pace of roughly one every 13.5 plate appearances and owns an OPS of 1.046. For his career, that home run pace is one every 18.5 PAs; his wOBA last season was .399, and this year it's .431. Allen Cr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2012

    Out Every Night: The Best Shows From July 2 to 8

    In case you hadn't heard, fireworks displays are cancelled all over town this year because everything is on fire. Fair St. Louis is just about the only game left in town, which is convenient for our music-related purposes since that's also where Heart will be playing this Wednesday. Other than that, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 29, 2012

    Moving Time For the Cardinals

    The St. Louis Cardinals, as of right this moment, the morning of the 29th of June in the Year of Our Lord 2012, right around twenty after nine Central Daylight Time, are a third-place team. That's kind of depressing, isn't it? Particularly after the blazing hot start to this season, I can't imagine ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 29, 2012

    Fun With Park Factors! (And College Draftees)

    I still haven't gotten my shit together enough (or found the multiple hours necessary), to complete the last part of my draft report for the Cardinals this year. I feel very bad about this state of affairs; I just thought you should all know. However, despite my inability to get the larger piec ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 28, 2012

    Just How Hot is 108 Degrees?: Daily RFT Time-Travels Back to 1954 to Find Out

    The National Weather Service predicts that the temperature will hit 108 degrees this afternoon. That's only a few degrees more than 105, which we've lived through plenty of times, but 108 seems more significant somehow, maybe because the last time it was ever this hot in St. Louis was back in July o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 27, 2012

    Ballpark Village Has Another Tenant? Ballpark Village Has Another Tenant.

    The St. Louis Cardinals and Cordish Companies have announced that they have a new tenant for the first phase of Ballpark Village: Anheuser-Busch has signed on the dotted line to be one of the anchors of the development. It's been a long time coming, but it's starting to feel like this thing could ac ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 19, 2012

    The Cardinals Draft Report, Part One

    It's been right about two weeks since the 2012 edition of the MLB First-Year Player Draft; the Cardinals have had time to come to terms with the majority of their selected players already. It was a remarkably interesting draft for the Redbirds, and one I've had kind of a tough time getting my head w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 13, 2012

    Boys at the Bar: New Movie Features St. Louis, Played By...Salt Lake City?

    Remember Up in the Air (aka the Only Thing That Happened in St. Louis in 2009 Worth Remembering)? Remember how delightful it was to see our city on the big screen? Remember how it was even more delightful to spot George Clooney roaming through our city before it appeared in the big screen? The Boys ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 12, 2012

    The Pythagorean Blues

    You know, it hasn't been the easiest season so far for the Cardinals. Don't get me wrong; it hasn't been a really miserable season of nothing but struggles, by any means. But when you looked at this team on paper before the season started, it looked like a team that should have comfortably taken the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 10, 2012

    Joe Kelly to Make his Major League Debut

    The Cardinals will be taking on the Cleveland Indians this afternoon at Busch Stadium, trying to win the rubber match of the series after Kyle Lohse put the team on his back last night, pitching the first leg of a combined shutout. Adding to the overall intrigue of watching the Cards try to win ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 5, 2012

    New Yorkers All Pissy Over P-D's No-Hitter Asterisk; St. Louisans Bask in Attention

    Johan Santana pitched a no-hitter for the New York Mets last Friday, the first in the franchise's history. Perhaps you heard the rumblings of rejoicing and self-satisfaction rolling out of New York over the weekend? It's OK if you didn't -- the losing team was the Cardinals, after all, and, as the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 4, 2012

    A Brief Cardinals Draft-Day Primer

    The Major League Baseball first-year player draft is just a few hours away, taking place in New York City and beginning at six pm central. The Houston Astros have the first overall pick, and are expected to take Mark Appel, a right-handed pitcher out of Stanford, with their selection. Appel isn't a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 30, 2012

    Forget the Rally Squirrel -- Wrigley the Goat is the Most Powerful Spirit Animal in Baseball

    Yes, the rally squirrel was endearing. Yes, it was a tiny, furry beacon of hope that sustained us through three-quarters of playoff season. Yes, it raised money for charity. But does it have the power to break a twelve-game losing streak? Never mind that the Cardinals seldom find themselves in that ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 30, 2012

    The Dream is Over: Roy Oswalt Signs With the Rangers

    So much for the early-season cavalry, folks. On the same day which would later see Jake Westbrook take the mound and get clubbed for five runs, the Texas Rangers signed Cardinals' fans' (and, ahem, certain sports columnists'), favorite target for signing speculation, inking Roy Oswalt to a one ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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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    May 24, 2012
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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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 22, 2012

    The Ten Best Places to Eat Out With Grandpa 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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 21, 2012

    The People vs. Public Transportation

    Editor: Tef Poe is an artist from St. Louis City. Through powerful imagery and complicated honesty, he has earned a reputation as one of the best rappers telling the story of St. Louis, which is about much more than one place. Poe has been featured in music publications such as XXL and Urb Magazine. ... More >>

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    May 21, 2012

    Ballpark Village Returns! Bet You Didn't See That One Coming

    Stop me if you've heard this one before. The St. Louis Cardinals today released plans for the development of Ballpark Village. The open lot adjacent to Busch Stadium will become a mixed-use retail, business, entertainment and residential district with an estimated final budget of $700 million.But no ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 18, 2012

    Postcard From the Future: Proof That The Rest of Baseball Season Will Be Really Exciting

    A view from Chicago, ca. 2030: Based on current standings, with the Cubs dead last in the NL Central -- and the Cards in first -- this is going to be a really exciting summer. Also, there will be an explosion of urban plant growth during the next 18 years and Katniss Everdeen-style bows and arrow ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 15, 2012

    Should We Be Worried About Cardinals' 0-4 Slump?

    The Cardinals are mired in their first real slump of the season. That's not to say the Cards haven't faced any adversity before now, of course; there have been a couple of really tough losses already in 2012, and they have seemed to come in bunches, little clusters of misery amidst what has bee ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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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    May 14, 2012

    Win Two Tickets to Tomorrow's Cards v. Cubs Game

    Don't say Gut Check never gave you anything -- at least, the winner of these baseball tickets can't say that, anyway. We have a set of tickets to tomorrow's (May 15) Cardinals day game at 12:45 p.m. against the Cubs. The seats are in section 137, row 21, seats fourteen and fifteen in the first base ... More >>

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