1. How Wainwright and Carpenter Can Be Cardinals' Dominant 1-2 Punch Again

    When it comes to competitive sports, the word luck has been taboo for nearly a century. Luck is often the last refuge for fans of a losing team, for players who feel they did everything ...

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  2. 3 Veteran Free Agents Cardinals Should Bring in for Spring Training

    As MLB leaves the performance-enhancing drug era behind, there suddenly seems to be a plethora of veteran players on the wrong side of 30. It's doubtful we'll see a 40-homer season from a 35-year-old anytime soon...

    Will Grapperhaus Written by Will Grapperhaus about over 1 year ago 6,587 reads 21 comments

  3. Early Predictions for the St. Louis Cardinals' 25-Man Roster on Opening Day

    Spring Training can't come soon enough for rabid Cardinal fans, and with the turning of the new year, it's a good time to preview the Cardinals ' 25-man Opening Day roster...

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  4. UPDATE: Latest NL Central Rotation Rankings

    While the usual suspects like the Angels , Dodgers and Red Sox have all made splashes in free agency, the past two weeks have featured a cry of relevance from several longtime losing franchises...

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  5. 'Twas a St. Louis Cardinals' Night Before Christmas

    Twas the night before Christmas and all through Busch Stadium not a creature was stirring, not even a squirrel. The ball gloves were hung in the clubhouse with care in hopes that a new pennant would soon be won there...

    Will Grapperhaus Written by Will Grapperhaus about almost 2 years ago 4,001 reads 10 comments

  6. Have Recent Ace Contracts Priced Adam Wainwright out of the Cardinals' Budget?

    I can't help but think there has to be some serious, old-school respect between baseball agents and the Cardinals ' front office when the time comes for a star like Adam Wainwright to get a contract extension...

    Will Grapperhaus Written by Will Grapperhaus about almost 2 years ago 5,303 reads 21 comments

  7. Where the Cardinals Rotation Ranks in NL Central After Winter Meetings

    It has been a quiet offseason in the NL Central. The division no longer has the rebuilding Houston Astros to kick around and that seems to be the biggest change heading into the 2013 season...

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  8. 5 Reasons the Michael Young Trade Won't Help the Phillies Win the NL East

    As young and talented as the Washington Nationals are, there's probably not a single trade the Phillies can make to give them a chance to win the NL East in 2013...

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  9. Is Yadier Molina the Best Defensive Catcher in St. Louis Cardinals History?

    After Yadier Molina won his fifth Gold Glove in a row in 2012, one must wonder if the Cardinals ' tattooed pickoff -artist is their best defensive catcher in team history...

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  10. 5 Ex-Cardinals Free Agents St. Louis Should Avoid at All Costs

    The Cardinals as an organization generally avoid signing free agents of any kind (at all costs) so the title of this slideshow is a little misleading, admittedly...

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  11. 2013 MLB Awards Predictions: All Dark-Horse Edition

    Best rookie season ever? Meh. First batting Triple Crown since 1967? Yawn. That's not as interesting as seeing an MVP elected from a last-place team as Andre Dawson of the Cubs was in 1987...

    Will Grapperhaus Written by Will Grapperhaus about almost 2 years ago 8,632 reads 58 comments

  12. Can Pete Kozma Turn into a Star at Shortstop for the St. Louis Cardinals?

    You remember what your father used to tell you about baseball, right? "Son, baseball players don't learn to hit at the major league level after compiling a .652 OPS in six minor league seasons...

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  13. 10 Reasons for Cardinals Fans to Be Thankful in 2012

    Another year. Another playoff appearance for your intrepid St. Louis Cardinals . The organization lost three Hall of Fame individuals in Albert Pujols, Tony La Russa and Dave Duncan, ...

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  14. Look After Your Own: Dodgers Protect Two Double-A Hurlers from Rule 5 Draft

    Rule 5 draft diamonds are few and far between. MVP-caliber players like Josh Hamilton and Johann Santana, both Rule 5 draftees, may come along once or twice a generation...

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  15. MLB Power Rankings: Where Teams Stand After Reyes, Buehrle, Johnson Blockbuster

    What a wild baseball offseason this is turning into. Even the Dodgers' front-office heads are spinning after this one...

    Will Grapperhaus Written by Will Grapperhaus about almost 2 years ago 4,315 reads 46 comments

  16. Dodgers Rotation Update: How Ryu Hyun-jin Solidifies 2013 Pitching Staff

    The Los Angeles Dodgers have a history of success with Asian pitchers that any franchise would envy. Chan Ho Park and Hideo Nomo both made All-Star teams in the mid-to-late ...

    Will Grapperhaus Written by Will Grapperhaus about almost 2 years ago 7,959 reads 13 comments

  17. Pros and Cons of Cardinals Pulling off a Trade for Asdrubal Cabrera

    The St. Louis Cardinals have been a perfect five-for-five in deploying a different Opening Day shortstop every year since parting ways with 2006 World Series Most Valuable Player David Eckstein...

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  18. St. Louis Cardinals Lack of Pitching Ace Was Ultimate Downfall in 2012

    If one phrase could describe the 2012 Cardinals , it would be, "Jack of all trades, master of none." Well, OK, their outfield defense was one of the worst in the National League ...

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  19. What Hiring Mark McGwire Means for Los Angeles Dodgers' Offense in 2013

    While Mark McGwire and his bulging biceps may never be respected enough to grace the halls of Cooperstown, he has certainly crossed over into the ranks of the most respected coaches in baseball...

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  20. 5 Benefits to the St. Louis Cardinals Closing out the Giants in NLCS Game 5

    Pivotal Game 3 of the 2012 NLCS was a bit like a bad dream, a game punctuated with injuries, Midwest thunderstorms and Tim McCarver's "golden days" baseball stories...

    Will Grapperhaus Written by Will Grapperhaus about almost 2 years ago 1,044 reads 1 comments

  21. 2012 World Series Prediction: National League Is Going to Party Like It's 2006

    I'm going to warn you right now, Detroit Tigers fans. It's deja vu all over again. Justin Verlander and the Tigers held on to beat the Yankees 2-1 to take a commanding 3-0 ...

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  22. NLDS Analysis: Matheny Has Kept Jason Motte's Sauce from Being a Factor vs. Nats

    When talking about the Cardinals ' arsenal of power arms in their bullpen, it seems Mike Matheny and even other players have enjoyed mentioning the All-Star 18-game winner they have at their disposal, Lance Lynn...

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  23. NLDS Game 4: Umpire Jim Joyce Takes Bat out of Cardinals' Hands

    There is well-known baseball quote ascribed to Hall of Fame umpire Bill Klem. As the tale goes, an unnamed rookie pitcher complained that he was not getting strike calls on the batter ...

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  24. Cardinals Swat Nats: NL East Champs Facing Elimination

    The Game 3 matchup looked bad on paper. The results were even worse. Cardinals ace Chris Carpenter pitched liked a seasoned veteran, dancing in and out of trouble during his 5 ...

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  25. Cardinals vs. Nationals: 3 Reasons St. Louis Will Win the Series in Washington

    The St. Louis Cardinals were predictably unpredictable during the 2012 regular season. With a maddeningly inefficient offense, the Cards struggled in one-run contests with a record ...

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