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Rookie Redbirds

Because 2020 has been like nothing we have ever seen, it makes perfect sense that baseball has returned almost as an afterthought. With jobs, schools, and real life impacted on a daily basis, thoughts about a game would not normally take center stage. That all changed yesterday, however, and the sprint towards October while beating [...]

Stacking the Deck

When you look at the top of the current prospect rankings for the Cardinals, the one area seemingly already set was the hot corner. So it was a slight surprise to see St. Louis add another potential long term option at 3B with the 21st pick. Jordan Walker becomes the newest member of the Birds [...]

Draft Day?

We have finally reached what used to feel like Christmas Day but has taken an eerily similar feel to Groundhog Day instead. Those five loyal participants other than myself who have kept up with C70’s series know just how far away from real baseball we are so at least the MLB Draft provides a small [...]

Cardinals Making Moves

Rarely in over a decade of following mostly the minor leagues can I remember ever being shocked by any baseball news. That quickly changed this afternoon as just possibly all that talk from the St. Louis front office about movement was more than smoke. The Cardinals are preparing to pull off a potentially massive heist [...]

For many, the narrative on Matt Carpenter‘s season was written weeks before the Cardinals clinched the Central last Sunday. Entering September, Carpenter was hitting .219/.329/.374, had been on the IL multiple times, and benched in favor of Tommy Edman. The idea that Carpenter was finished as a productive major-league hitter was not without merit: he [...]

It has finally happened. Nope, I wish it was just falling out of Wild Card position or even Carpenter being shut down until 2020. For the first time in at least a decade, the Cardinals have become an afterthought. Yes the calendar still says August and plenty of winnable games remain if something drastic happens [...]

On Sunday, the Cardinals were lucky to make it to extra innings. Down 3-2 in the eighth, Goldschmidt singled on a swinging bunt to third and moved up to second on Manny Machado‘s throwing error. Then Tyler O’Neill singled to right, but Pop Warner initially held Goldschmidt at third but the ball was misplayed by [...]

Last night, the Cardinals cruised to a relatively easy 4-1 victory behind six shutout innings from Michael Wacha. This series should be a perfect opportunity for the Cardinals to gain some traction: the Marlins are 28th in Major League Baseball in position player WAR (1.0) and 23rd in WAR from pitchers (3.4). But, on Monday [...]

Following a trend that took over baseball, the 2019 MLB Draft is in the books with the majority of teams stocking up on pitchers. The second half finished up yesterday with St. Louis taking a few surprise picks but leaning towards power arms from major college programs. That strategy has served the Cardinals well over [...]

If a sign was needed of how stacked the Cardinals are with infielders, just remember the first half of the 2019 Draft. A few high school players were snagged after zero on day two but exactly no infielders were taken by St. Louis. It was more of the same for the Birds on the Bat, [...]

For many years the best part about covering the MLB Draft has always been the stories. Say what you want about the internet and technology in general, but it is great when it works. The 2019 edition is no different when researching picks made by the Cardinals, and plenty of good narratives will come to [...]

Continuing the same narrative, St. Louis added two more college players in rounds five and six. The Cardinals added to their pitching depth first, selecting LHP Connor Thomas with the 155th pick. He was not listed in MLB’s top 200 although the Georgia Tech hurler has a strong feel for his craft. Thomas has a [...]

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NL Central Standings

TeamWLPct.GB
Cubs103.769 -
Reds78.4674.0
Cardinals23.4004.0
Brewers57.4174.5
Pirates312.2008.0

Last updated: 08/09/2020

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