Doug V

The Next Phase.

I was thinking about how the Cardinals season had ended, and pondering one of those dreary end of the season memorials, but in reality, the season isn’t over, it’s simply moved on to the next phase. Personally, I usually don’t watch the playoffs unless the Cardinals are in them. To me it’s like rubbing salt [...]

Going Old School, Bader Style.

I grew up in the 80’s with those wonderful speed demon Cardinals teams that focused on that speed as well as pitching and defense to make up for a lack of power and capture 3 National League titles and one World Series. Growing up in that era led me to love me some speed. I [...]

In mythology, a phoenix is a bird that has risen from the ashes, reborn. Well in baseball, there are two teams that have done that during this season, one on each league: our Cardinals and the Oakland A’s over in the American League.  The AL West race is especially interesting to me as I’m going [...]

Comeback To Watch in 2019…

I don’t get FOX Sports Midwest down here in Texas so I’m probably a little behind on this one, but I saw a little blurb in an ESPN article that Rick Ankiel is going to attempt a comeback in 2019 as a reliever.  Ankiel, as you know, started as a pitcher, struggled with throwing pitches [...]

The Reckoning: John Mabry

As all of you are well aware, Mike Matheny got fired over the weekend. I was never his biggest fan and denounced his playing favorites with his players as well as his bullpen usage, but I’m sure I’m not the only one who feels that way and those subjects have undoubtedly been covered in somebody [...]

After an awful start to the season, Matt Carpenter has rebounded, to the point where he almost made the All-Star team (he is part of the final fan ballot where, if I’m honest, there are better candidates like Max Muncy from the Dodgers). Currently his slash line is .258/.365/.513 with 17 homers in 356 PA.  [...]

Toughness And Injuries.

I often hear, in real life and on TV, about being tough, or working through pain, or being a guy, or to “man up”. With Alex Reyes, and indeed throughout baseball, I wonder if this is a factor. Now, I’m no medical expert and don’t have a degree in any field remotely related to baseball, [...]

The other day our young flamethrower, Jordan Hicks, hit 105 on the radar gun twice, something that had never been done before. It was impressive. What really stood out, though, was that the batter made contact on that second 105 mph heater, fouling it off. He obviously knew a fastball was coming. Hicks’ reliance on [...]

Paul DeJong: Legit?

Hey there folks… Going into this season I’d planned to write an article about Paul DeJong, our young SS who had a breakout year last season, hitting .285 with 25 homers and 26 doubles in 443 PA. He ended up with a .532 slugging percentage. He also had 124 strikeouts and an OBP only 40 [...]

I thought I’d take a look at how some of our off-season acquisitions have started the season, starting with our (sort of) Japanese import Miles Mikolas. So far Mikolas has had two starts, both against the same opponent, the Milwaukee Brewers. One start was home and one was up north in Milwaukee. The stat lines from [...]

Hello there guys. Been a while. Like the Cards, I got off to a slow start this season. Last night though, the Cardinals were full speed ahead, thanks to a brilliant outing by Carlos Martinez, who struck out 10 Milwaukee Brewers in 8 and a third innings and didn’t allow a run. More performances like [...]

Now that I got my FA rant out of the way yesterday, my mind wandered to the other side of the fence. Specifically, the big class of 2019. What if Bill DeWitt suddenly decided to open his wallet, or found 2 Billion dollars of pocket change under his couch? Who would fit our team in [...]

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NL Central Standings

TeamWLPct.GB
Brewers9667.589 -
Cubs9568.5831.0
Cardinals8874.5437.5
Pirates8279.50913.0
Reds6795.41428.5

Last updated: 10/01/2018

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