Rusty Groppel

Watching Carlos Martinez has been a bit of a roller-coaster ride as he’s come out of the bullpen this season. However, despite some scary moments, he has turned out 21 saves in 24 opportunities behind a solid 3.50 ERA and 26.5% Strikeout-rate. Unfortunately, a bad outing struck at the wrong time on Thursday night at [...]

Apr 28, 2019; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Jack Flaherty (22) throws the ball against the Cincinnati Reds during the second inning at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Puetz-USA TODAY Sports — — — — We’ve been talking about it — staring at it on the calendar — for couple months [...]

Aug 31, 2019; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Michael Wacha (52) pitches during the fourth inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports — — — — What a year it has been for Michael Wacha. What a frustrating year. Going into the season, one [...]

As the Cardinals leadoff hitter, Skip Schumaker would hit .302 and .303 during the 2008 and 2009 seasons, respectively. Image Credit: UPI/Bill Greenblatt — — — — Recently pondered on a Cardinals broadcast was how the game has changed — with contact being traded for power — and how the number of .300-hitters has likely [...]

During my commute on Thursday evening, I flipped the radio on to The Fastlane, 101 ESPN’s drive-time show. Greg Amzinger of MLB Network, regular Thursday guest of the show, was on discussing baseball and was presented with the question, “Should or will the Cardinals re-sign Marcell Ozuna?” His answer was that he didn’t think they [...]

Mar 21, 2019; Jupiter, FL, USA; St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Jake Woodford (80) delivers a pitch to the New York Yankees during a spring training game at Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports — — — — On Wednesday, the Cardinals gave IF/OF Drew Robinson his outright release, removing him [...]

September 26th, 2018 – Pinch Runner Jose Adolis Garcia, representing the tying run, stumbles after rounding 3B in the 8th inning of a game vs. the Milwaukee Brewers. — — — — As we move through the final week of August, we near one of baseball’s oddities — September roster expansion. In 2019, perhaps for [...]

Aug 22, 2019; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Cardinals right fielder Dexter Fowler (25) reacts to the bench after hitting a two run home run against the Colorado Rockies during the seventh inning at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Puetz-USA TODAY Sports — — — — In a shocking turn of events, the Cardinals [...]

A major source of fan consternation this season has been the success that players the Cardinals have traded away are having for other teams. While this topic could be stretched to cover as far back as the trades of Stephen Piscotty and Randal Grichuk, the focus in 2019 always directs back to the 3 players [...]

An ongoing theme this season has been Matt Carpenter and his battle with the shift. It’s in everyone’s heads. From fans, to the team, to Carpenter. It’s a mental plague. But here’s the thing. Everyone needs to ignore it, because it doesn’t really matter as much as folks want to believe. Carpenter needs to forget [...]

It’s crunch time. The final week before the one-and-only, July 31st trade deadline. The old August waiver trades no longer provide a backdoor “we could still do something” excuse for not being aggressive in July’s final days. 2019 matters, or so they said. Now is the time to prove it. The given roster has done [...]

With the Cardinals on a good run of winning, the Bird Law boys set their sights on the upcoming trade deadline and discuss the areas, and players, that the Cardinals should be targeting. You can listen to this episode via this Soundcloud player: OR Click the links below to find Bird Law on your favorite [...]

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Last updated: 09/30/2019