C70 At The Bat

Win or Go Home

The League Divisional Series became a playoff round in 1995.  (It would have been 1994, but, well, you know what happened there.)  That means this is the 25th year of said series and the Cardinals have made a home there.  Out of those 25 years, St. Louis has played in the LDS 14 years, counting [...]

At times this season, this seemed almost impossible.  When the Cardinals were going 9-18 in May, we wondered if they’d win another regular-season game, much less get to the postseason.  When they reached the All-Star Break at .500 and in third place, we hoped they had a run in them but we weren’t sure.  When [...]

For the fifth straight year, as the Cardinals wrap up the regular season, we spend some time looking at the Cardinal community on Twitter that we just spent six months with (and, this year, have more time together to come!)  If you’ve not done this before, you can go back through the posts of the [...]

If you aren’t acquainted with Scenes from an Italian Restaurant by Billy Joel, fix that.  A rare three-in-one song, it tells the story about high school friends getting together and reminiscing.  The line “from the high to the low to the end of the show” seemed to be a great descriptor of the last couple [...]


All season, we’ve said that the road to the division goes through Chicago.  Even when the schedule came out last August, these four games (and the three next week at Busch) loomed large.  Now, they are here. The Cardinals go into Wrigley in better shape than many thought, especially a few days ago.  With a [...]

Those Day-After-Off-Day Blues

Everyone was feeling good about the Cardinals going into last night’s game.  They’d just finished winning two of three in Pittsburgh and had completed a stretch where they won eight of 11.  They were in first place, the pitching was great, the offense was clicking, and things overall were looking bright.  There was just one [...]

The Cardinals lost to the Giants last night.  Earlier in the season, that’d have been a reason to gnash some teeth and talk about how this team didn’t really rise to the occasion.  Now, it’s a disappointment, but not a tragedy. That’s what happens when you put on a remarkable run of baseball.  As you [...]

Why So Serious?

Six games in a row where the Cards have won and scored at least six runs.  Time to break this out. (Can you believe this has been around for 10 years?  I mean, I guess the fact that drinks used to be a quarter and now are 50 cents is somewhat of a tell, but [...]

The old SportsCenter catchphrase was “a good carpenter never blames his tools”.  However, a good carpenter still has to have tools.  Right now, it’s hard to know what tools Matt Carpenter is bringing to the table. Let’s look at some numbers.  As you know, I’m not the most stat-savvy guy out there (so, so far [...]

All season long, there have been some, shall we say, debatable choices made by Mike Shildt in regard to deploying his personnel.  Over the last week or so, that hasn’t changed.  However, as surprising as it is, at least some of them have borne a lot of fruit.  A sampling: Tommy Edman starting in right [...]

Ever since last week’s bust at the trading deadline, there’s been a lot of vitriol and blame thrown at the front office of the Cardinals.  If only John Mozeliak and Michael Girsch would have done something, this team would not now be in third place, 3 1/2 games behind a Cubs team that seems to [...]

It was about last week at this time when the Cardinals announced that Michael Wacha would be sliding back into the rotation the next time the fifth starter came around.  There was some question about when that would be, since with two off days last week a fifth starter could be skipped this time around.  [...]

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Last updated: 09/30/2019