Rusty Groppel

Last offseason, it was reported and discussed — to an extent — that Nolan Arenado was seeking to get more opposite field authority in his swing. I don’t want this to sound anecdotal or as if I’m making it up. I’ve struggled to find anything more than it being mentioned in passing, but it has [...]

This isn’t an overreaction piece. The first week has been loaded with things to overreact to and social media has mostly been insufferable. There is nothing truly positive about the team, right now, for the beat writers, columnists and bloggers to write about. It’s a barren wasteland of pure awfulness. Well… Jordan Walker has been [...]

Photo Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports // All stats provided by FanGraphs — — — — I’m in the minority opinion on this, but I like the 2023 Cardinals starting rotation. A lot. The caveat, of course, being health. We don’t have to discuss the offseason approach to the rotation in great detail. Most fans [...]

Let me preface all of this by saying: I have seen nothing to link the St. Louis Cardinals to free agent Josh Bell. In fact, in Derrick Goold’s most recent chat on STLToday he said this in response to a fan asking about Bell: Have not heard him come up in connection to the Cardinals [...]

On Wednesday, the Cardinals announced that — in addition to Skip Schmuaker leaving for the Miami managerial job — three coaches would not be returning to the 2023 staff. Jeff Albert, Mike Maddux, and bullpen coach Brian Eversgerd. I covered this in my post on the hitting coach, which you can find here, but to [...]

Photo Credit: Jeff Curry — USA TODAY Sports — — — — Well, the Cardinals coaching staff is going to look vastly different for the 2023 season. Just days after bench coach Skip Schumaker was hired away as the new manager of the Miami Marlins, the Cardinals announced that pitching coach Mike Maddux, bullpen coach [...]

I’m not breaking any news here, so I’ll just jump right in. The Cardinals are making the long awaited move to promote their top hitting prospect, slugging 2B Nolan Gorman — with Derrick Goold reporting that he will be in the lineup Friday in Pittsburgh. And as a bonus, Goold also reported that the team [...]

Pujols takes a curtain call following his first homerun in front of the St. Louis crowd, 4/9/01. — — — — It’s Opening Day, my friends. Baseball is officially back. Albert Pujols is in the Cardinals starting lineup. Adam Wainwright is starting. It’s going to be Bedlam at Busch. It truly is one of the [...]

Let me start by saying that I do not have an answer to the question that I pose. Mostly, this is me calling out the continued failure of the Cardinals front office and the their affinity to sit on their hands. Specifically, their failure to address the desperate need for Major League starting pitching. I [...]

“Hey (baseball), how we doin’ man?” “It’s been a while man, life is so rad.” “Aw man, hell, brah, this is the best, man. I’m so glad (baseball’s) back…and stuff, this is great, man.” “Ah man, it’s gonna be the best, I’m so stoked.” Did I manipulate lines from Weezer’s Undone – The Sweater Song [...]

St. Louis Cardinals infielder Nolan Arenado smiles as he jogs out to his position during spring training baseball practice Monday, Feb. 22, 2021, in Jupiter, Fla. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) — — — — Been a minute since I’ve posted on this blog. Hopefully this is the start of a writing groove. Let’s talk defense. The [...]

The Cardinals outfield has been a messy place in recent years. There are a lot of names, but not a lot of production. We don’t need to rehash it. As it stands, Dylan Carlson, Dexter Fowler, and Harrison Bader would project as the starting 3. Behind them are O’Neill, Thomas, and Dean. Frankly, I’m still [...]

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