Rusty Groppel

While it’s debatable just how much impact a manager — and especially a hitting coach — can have, it became apparent that the situation under Mike Matheny had deteriorated to the point of a clear negative impact on player performance, and ultimately wins and losses. Additionally, John Mabry, though he had some merits as an [...]

Bird Law is proud to present the Word from the Warm-Up series. With podcast co-host, Adam Butler on the scene at the 2019 Cardinals Care Winter Warm-Up, he was able to collect more press conference audio than we could ever fully cover in any single episode. And so, for your listening pleasure, we will be providing [...]

In this episode, Rusty and Adam talk over the acquisition of Paul Goldschmidt, some low-end roster churn, Right Field, and more. Or Click the links below to subscribe to Bird Law on the following platforms: Itunes / Apple Podcasts Stitcher TuneIn Soundcloud Credits: Intro: Audio – “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” (FOX) ; Music – [...]

Nothing like waiting until the last day. Takes me back to college and starting papers about 5 hours ahead of a midnight deadline. Good times. Luckily, I enjoy writing about the Cardinals alot more than Impressionism in Modern Society. So without further ado, here are my picks on the Blogger Award ballot. Award 1: Player of [...]

Putting 2018 behind us, Rusty and Adam return to the podcast by turning their attention to 2019. Covering topics such as Adam Wainwright, Big Bats, Bullpens, and Carlos Martinez, we get our 3rd season rolling. Listen to this episode on Soundcloud: Or Click the links below to subscribe to Bird Law on the following platforms: [...]

This flashback takes us to the very first article ever published by the Redbird Daily. Coming out of the gates strong, the site launched with an exclusive interview with (at the time) General Manager, John Mozeliak. This interview was conducted by the site’s founder, John Nagel, with questions contributed by the entire writing staff. Keep [...]

Four days ago I set out to look at potential starting pitching match-ups for the postseason. 1000 words later I realized that there was no way I could cover all the ground I wanted to in a single post. And then I realized that I couldn’t stop at the starting rotation, or pitching for that [...]

We know that bullpens are all the rage when it comes to October baseball. Going back to 2011 — when Tony LaRussa and the Cardinals made up for starting pitching deficiencies by throwing a parade of relievers at the issue — “bullpen-ing” has become increasingly popular. Most of the aspects of this strategy don’t translate [...]

Yesterday I took a look at which starting pitchers the Cardinals could expect to see in a Wild Card game along with a quick hit on how I viewed the match-up. Today, I will expand that to look at how the rotation for a playoff series would look for the Cardinals, up against the teams [...]

As each day passes, the Wild Card and Division races gain a little more clarity. Following the Dodgers-Cardinals 4-game match-up this weekend, there will be even more clarity. Hopefully, that comes in the form the Cardinals putting Los Angeles firmly in their rearview mirror. While this is likely a week or so premature, I thought [...]

It has been an extremely active season with the Cardinals 40-man roster. By my count 10 players are currently on the 40-man that were not on Opening Day. But of all the players added to the roster during the course of this season, left-handed pitcher Tommy Layne is not one of them. I have to [...]

Considering the Dodgers were the reigning NL Champs and the Nationals were widely regarded as a powerhouse, to make a pre-season prediction that the 3 best records in the NL would all reside in the Central Division would have been a stretch. Considering where the Cardinals were 2 months ago, it would have seemed even [...]

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Last updated: 06/19/2019