1. Didn't We Just Leave This Party?

    Opening Day has come and gone for 2009. Cardinal fans will be forgiven if it seemed more like a continuation of 2008 than a new beginning.As we return to another season, that means that the Heroes and Goats device returns for another year...

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  2. Baseball's Easter: It's Opening Day

    At the beginning of spring training, I mentioned the analogy I originated last year that spring training is baseball's version of Lent. Which makes Opening Day baseball's version of Easter...

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  3. Cards' Prospect Mather Swingin' in Memphis to Start Season

    The Cardinals made their final cuts yesterday to get to their opening day roster size of 25. The makeup of that roster was a bit of a surprise however...

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  4. Mets Vs Yankees World Series Prediction: Yanks' in Five

    OK, we've done our tour around the leagues, picking where the teams will finish. But what will October bring us?We have the Red Sox, Twins, and Angels winning their divisions. I expect that the Yankees will get the wild card...

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  5. St. Louis Cardinals Say Goodbye to Florida

    Let's take a quick look at yesterday's 5-2 loss to the Mets before moving on. As we said numerous times last night during the UCB Radio Hour (and thanks to everyone who helped me survive that!), ...

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  6. UCB Project: NL West Predictions

    We hit the last division in baseball today. If you've missed the rest of the week, you can find my AL predictions here, as well as the NL East and Central.As with the others, I ranked the players against their counterparts on a 1-5 scale...

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  7. St. Louis Cardinals Spring Training: Heading Down the Stretch

    The Cardinals beat the Orioles yesterday 7-3 , as they started their stretch of "lasts" in Florida. Yesterday was the last road trip and likely the last time the regular lineup won't ...

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  8. UCB Project: NL Central Predictions

    After a day of the AL and a day of the NL East, we come back to the only division that matters. Sure, we'll keep going the rest of the week, but we know the NL Central is where most of our attention is going to be focused this year...

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  9. The (Almost) Final Cuts

    More news was made off-the-field than on it yesterday, which is not uncommon during the spring. After their morning meeting and the game, two players were sent down to the minors. Matt Pagnozzi was no surprise...

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  10. UCB Project: NL East Predictions

    Yesterday, we took a look at the American League, making my predictions for what will happen over there. Today, we start taking a look at the important stuff, starting with the NL East...

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  11. St. Louis Cardinals Lose a Weekend

    Friday, Saturday, Sunday. Three games that the Cardinals played against AL foes. Two of them with what portends to be close to the Opening Day lineup. And the Cardinals couldn't win any of them...

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  12. UCB Project: AL Predictions

    It's United Cardinal Bloggers prediction week. The member blogs are making their predictions about how things are going to go this year, now that we are down to the final week of spring training...

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  13. Cardinals Lose Amidst Ugly Plays, Poor Pitching

    You'd never know it from the final 9-5 score, but yesterday's game against the Mets was a close, low-scoring affair in which the Cardinals led. Until the seventh inning...

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  14. Bullpen Fails Cardinals (Kinda)

    Yesterday, the Cards lost the game in the ninth inning. While that was a fairly regular occurrence last year, I'm only remembering one game this spring that's been like that...

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  15. La Russa: No Closer? No Problem!

    Apparently Tony La Russa is going to continue not only batting the pitcher eighth but not naming a closer. As St Louis Post Dispatch columnist Derrick Goold writes, though, not naming one doesn't mean the team doesn't have one...

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  16. St. Louis Cardinals' Comings and Goings

    The Cardinals had a pitcher arrive in camp, a pitcher leave for the minors, and a pitcher leave for another team yesterday. None of them were able to overshadow the pitcher that pitched, however...

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  17. St. Louis Cardinals Continue To Roll Heading Into Regular Season

    Since we last got together to discuss the St. Louis Cardinals on the field, they've won three of four and tied in the other...

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  18. UCB Roundtable: Anticipating 2009

    The month-long United Cardinal Bloggers roundtable finally reaches its end. It must have been time, because the last few questions elicited fewer responses than some of the early ones...

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  19. St. Louis Cardinals Win One, Possibly Lose One?

    There was some great news out of yesterday's ball game. Too bad it was overshadowed, at least in part, by the news that came out afterwards.The Cardinals announced that Chris Perez was having arm troubles...

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  20. St. Louis Cardinals: Off Day Doldrums

    Perhaps everyone was out celebrating St. Patrick's Day yesterday, because there wasn't a whole lot of Cardinal news made on the off day.The lead story over at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch is that payroll is retreating for 2009...

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  21. St. Louis Cardinals: Cutting Them Down to Size

    Along with a loss to go into an off day, yesterday was particularly painful for some players, as they were reassigned to the minor-league camp, ending their shot (for the most part) of starting the season in St...

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  22. The St. Louis Cardinals Split the Two-Game Weekend With a Win Over the Braves

    A win and a loss this weekend. While neither were all that dramatic, they are worth taking a look at.The best part about Saturday's game against the Braves was that it was on KSDK ...

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  23. St. Louis Cardinals: Doubling The Fun

    The St. Louis Cardinals took both split-squad games from the Orioles yesterday. Let's take a look at who had a hand in the victories.In the first game, Cards won 6-5...

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  24. Chris Carpenter Crafts Another Victory for Cardinals

    For a spring training game, yesterday's matchup with the Boston Red Sox was a darn good pitching matchup. Josh Beckett went for the visitors and allowed nothing over four innings. The good news for Cardinal fans is that Chris Carpenter did the same...

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  25. Skip-ping Second

    Lots of stuff to get into today. Plenty off the field and, oh by the way, there was a game yesterday.Let's take the biggest news first, though. According to Joe Strauss, the Skip Schumaker at second story isn't succeeding...

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