1. UCB Predictions IV: NL West

    I'm way behind on getting these up, but I wanted to do my duty as a United Cardinal Blogger. Not a lot of detail, but at least I'll be on record...

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  2. The Real Work Begins

    Opening Day is a great time, a wonderful time of spectacle, of renewal, of pomp and circumstance. Today, however, it's time for unadorned baseball.The story in the Post-Dispatch this morning is talking about the bullpen trying to figure out its roles...

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  3. Around The Blogs: Opening Day 2010

    I've not done one of these in a long, long time, but with the season upon us, I wanted to highlight some of the posts about yesterday's game. Because almost everyone will blog on Opening Day...

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  4. An Explosive Start

    Now that's a heck of a way to start a season!Those that look for omens in the tea leaves had to be excited about Albert Pujols--yes, the Hero of yesterday's contest--going yard in his first at-bat...

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  5. Opening Day 2010

    It's another wonderful opening day! Let's take a look at http://www.baseballreference.comthe first lineup that matters:Skip Schumaker, 4Brendan Ryan, 6Albert Pujols, 5Matt Holliday, ...

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  6. Talking Cardinals

    I know, I still have UCB predictions to get up. (It's sad when the head guy can't get them done, isn't it?) I still have a few Playing Peppers to post...

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  7. UCB Predictions, Part III: NL Central

    Now we get down to brass tacks. The NL Central is the division that we'll be watching on a daily basis, the division that we should know the best. I feel pretty confident about the top slot and, really, that's all that matters, right? 1...

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  8. UCB Project: NL East Predictions

    Day two of the UCB Prediction Project has us in the relevant league, though still a division over. The NL East generates a lot of press, not just because of the East Coast teams, of ...

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  9. UCB Predictions: American League

    My apologizes for any typos, etc., but my right hand is still wrapped from my surgery and will be for a couple of weeks. So the blog posts may be short and irregular for a while...

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  10. Cardinals Continue To Battle Injuries

    Things were rolling along. Matt Holliday was back from his rib cage injury and starting to find his groove. Albert Pujols was back from his back, relieving a lot of worries in Cardinal Nation...

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  11. Playing Pepper 2010: Toronto Blue Jays

    Last year before the season began, I posed five questions to a blogger for each team, so as to get to know the rest of baseball. I focus so heavily on the Cardinals that sometimes the rest of MLB can pass me by...

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  12. A Pain In The Back

    The Cardinals split up the squad yesterday and wound up with two wins, including a huge eighth inning that brought them from behind against the Red Sox. So what's the major story today? Albert Pujols's back, of course...

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  13. UCB Project: February/March Roundtable

    Starting at the latter part of February and running through last week, the United Cardinal Bloggers held one of their regular roundtables...

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  14. Dark Horse Comes Galloping Up The Stretch

    The Cardinals had a pretty eventful weekend, even with their Sunday game being rained out. More data points for decisions were made and one possible move was revealed...

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  15. Subtle Shifts

    While no major news came out of Jupiter yesterday, there were a couple of things that could have an impact on the season to come.First, the Cards returned Ben Jukich to the Reds...

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  16. Off Day Miscellany

    I hate off days, even in the spring. Yeah, I know they are necessary, but once you get in the habit of seeing or hearing baseball on a daily basis, those gaps really can throw you off...

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  17. Playing Pepper 2010: San Diego Padres

    Last year before the season began, I posed five questions to a blogger for each team, so as to get to know the rest of baseball. I focus so heavily on the Cardinals that sometimes the rest of MLB can pass me by...

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  18. Garcia Makes A Statement

    Even though the Cardinals lost to the Nationals yesterday, they were able to take something away from it. Jaime Garcia isn't interested in Memphis.Garcia struck out seven batters in three innings, allowing no runs and just one hit and a walk...

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  19. Playing Pepper 2010: Seattle Mariners

    Last year before the season began, I posed five questions to a blogger for each team, so as to get to know the rest of baseball. I focus so heavily on the Cardinals that sometimes the rest of MLB can pass me by...

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  20. Dealing With The "Rumor"

    I guess not surprisingly, the biggest thing coming out of Cardinals camp yesterday was a Seinfeldian discussion about nothing.Look, no one took that "trade rumor" involving Albert Pujols and Ryan Howard the least bit seriously...

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  21. Playing Pepper 2010: Pittsburgh Pirates

    Last year before the season began, I posed five questions to a blogger for each team, so as to get to know the rest of baseball. I focus so heavily on the Cardinals that sometimes the rest of MLB can pass me by...

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  22. Fun At The Old Ballpark

    The Cardinals seem to have righted the ship and are moving in a positive direction, winning both games of the weekend...

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  23. Playing Pepper 2010: Oakland Athletics

    Last year before the season began, I posed five questions to a blogger for each team, so as to get to know the rest of baseball. I focus so heavily on the Cardinals that sometimes the rest of MLB can pass me by...

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  24. Book Review: Joe Cronin, A Life In Baseball

    One of the perks of being a baseball bloggers is, at times, you get a chance to get a free baseball book on the off-chance that you'll write about it to an audience that may care what you have to say...

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  25. Wounded Birds

    While there was plenty of news from the game yesterday, the biggest discussion point probably happened before the first pitch was ever thrown.Albert Pujols and Matt Holliday were both scratched from yesterday's game against the Nationals...

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