Rusty Groppel

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 [...]

Bullpen calling to the minor league towns, Overuse is declared and fatigue has come down, The ice pack is coming, after pitches zooming in Meltdown expected, Martinez’s growin’ thin Starters lack innings, and it’s causing us fear ‘Cause the Bullpen is drowning, for the, the team by the river Sorry. Maybe I should leave parody [...]

As the Cardinals approach the trade deadline, the team’s needs don’t require a lot of digging. The team’s biggest downfall has been on offense, but is largely due to underperformance from Paul Goldschmidt, Matt Carpenter and Paul DeJong (since May 1st). The greatest remedy for the lineup comes from inside the organization, with the team’s [...]

Of all the Cardinals starting pitchers, Jack Flaherty has the highest upside. His stuff, especially his slider, can be dominant at times. Case in point, he allowed just 2 and 3 hits, respectively, in his last two starts covering 7 innings in each with just one run allowed. Unfortunately, the Cardinals lost both, scoring 1 [...]

Yadier Molina is an institution. He is a generational Cardinals player, the catching version of Ozzie Smith. So, I write this with all due respect. Yadier Molina is a major problem, right now. As stated in the title — and I want to be sure to state this fact early — it is largely because [...]

I’m sad to write this. I have always been a steadfast, “trust in Mo” fan. However, with each of the last 3 years, I have lost faith in him. Slowly, but surely. At this point, I lack confidence in his front office to make the necessary moves to push the team forward and back into [...]

The Cardinals starting rotation has been, in a word, poor. Through June 19th, the starters are mediocre in results (4.30 ERA ranks 8th in NL), bad in process (12th in FIP, 15th in K% & BB%), and bad in value (13th in fWAR). Some credit, their rotation ERA was 11th in Mar/April, 12th in May, [...]

As the Cardinals come off of a long road trip full of ups and downs, we talk about the recent play and the changes we would like to see. You can listen to this episode via this Soundcloud player: OR Click the links below to find Bird Law on your favorite podcast platform: Itunes / [...]

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Last updated: 09/30/2019