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Brian Walton's news and commentary on the St. Louis Cardinals (TM) and their minor league system

Archive for April, 2009

Cardinals Washington Whispers: 04/30/09

What’s being discussed in Washington as the St. Louis Cardinals prepared to play the Nationals in a four-game series.

Cardinals short bench cut in half

Ryan leaves Thursday’s game with a tight hamstring after Greene sits out with a tight forearm. How might the St. Louis Cardinals compensate?

Who takes the Cards-Braves series?

How the Wednesday pitchers match up against the opposing lineups.

Why cutting Cardinals errors is important

Committing the most errors in MLB over a season doesn’t rule out making the playoffs, but it sure is rare.

Breaking the early Cardinals-Cubs “tie”

Head-to-head stats from the six Cardinals-Cubs games to date indicates a leader among “equals”.

A Decade of Cardinals Grannies

Putting Albert Pujols’ Saturday grand slam into historical context.

Forbes: Cardinals revenue, value up slightly in 2009

Forbes ranks the Cardinals as MLB’s eighth most valuable franchise.

Cost to attend a Cardinals game down in 2009

The St. Louis Cardinals rank tenth in the 2009 MLB Fan Cost Index with a 1.2 percent decline compared to 2008.

Can the Cardinals sweep the Mets?

How the Thursday afternoon pitchers match up against the opposing lineups.

Hill the Homeless Hitman

Springfield Cardinals utilityman Steven Hill is leading the Double-A Texas League in batting average, slugging and OPS.

Cardinals minor matters – April 21

What others are saying about the St. Louis Cardinals and their NL Central rivals.

Cards early attendance down more than MLB average

Depending on how you look at it, St. Louis Cardinals average attendance is down either 9.4% or 5.1% year-to-year.

Unlikely leader Descalso trying to help Springfield

With the worst pitching in the Texas League, the Springfield Cardinals are trying to outscore their opposition. They’re being led by an unexpected source, second baseman Daniel Descalso.

Wellemeyer vs. Lilly – Start ‘em or sit ‘em?

How have the Cardinals and Cubs Sunday starting pitchers fared against the opposing lineups in the past?

One in a row for Springfield’s green staff

The entire Double-A bullpen for the Cardinals are new to the level this season and their early results reflect the difficulties in making the jump.

Lohse vs. Dempster – Start ‘em or sit ‘em?

How might the Cardinals and Cubs Saturday starting pitchers fare against the opposing lineups?

Is the Cardinals organizational direction about one guy?

It is agreed that the St. Louis Cardinals player development system needs to deliver results. Should one man take all the blame or receive all the credit?

Cardinals are atop the stat sheets

The St. Louis Cardinals are hitting and pitching well in the early going of the 2009 season.

Good Duncan, Bad Duncan, Good Ending

Cardinals outfielder Chris Duncan seemed to have been involved in every key play in Thursday’s series opening victory over the Cubs – both good and bad.

Fewer recent Cards top draft picks made the bigs

Looking at how many first-round and top 100 picks made by the St. Louis Cardinals in recent years became major leaguers.

Using Woody to estimate Carp’s return

Like Chris Carpenter today, former St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Woody Williams was shelved by a ribcage injury back in 2002.

Breaking down the Cards bullpen

Early performance of the 2009 St. Louis Cardinals relievers compared to the 2008 version and the rest of the National League.

All about Albert

Stop for a few moments and appreciate the greatness of Albert Pujols.

Rotating the Cardinals outfielders

The St. Louis Cardinals are currently deploying four regular outfielders. Why is that surprising to some?

Glaus: Guilty once, so guilty twice?

St. Louis Cardinals third baseman Troy Glaus’ alleged steroids use in 2003 and 2004 is back in the news again.

Where does Motte’s baby step lead?

St. Louis Cardinals reliever Jason Motte delivered in a non-pressure situation on Saturday. What is next?

Perdomo’s moves from StL to SF to SD reinforce mistake

Reliever Luis Perdomo, the primary reminder of the Anthony Reyes era, has been claimed off waivers by San Diego

The Cardinals organization roster matrix: regular season

A complete listing of all 282 players currently known to be under contract in the St. Louis Cardinals organization from top to bottom by level and position.

Carp joins 56 Cards top pitching performances

Starting pitcher Chris Carpenter joined 55 other St. Louis Cardinals who have thrown a no-hitter or one-hitter in the last half century.

Cardinals minor league opening rotations

Starting pitchers for Memphis, Springfield, Palm Beach and Quad Cities to open the 2009 season.

Who will be the first player called from Memphis?

When the St. Louis Cardinals need reinforcements from Triple-A, who will receive the call?

Cardinals opening day disabled list history

An assessment of Cardinals players on the season-opening disabled list during the La Russa years in St. Louis.

Walton on KXnO FOX Sports Radio Wednesday

Catch Brian Walton on KXnO FOX Sports Radio in Des Moines on Wednesday, April 8 at 2:30 p.m. Central time.

Dealing with adversity – Motte’s time is now

St. Louis Cardinals reliever Jason Motte blew his first 2009 save opportunity on Opening Day. What happens next could be crucial.

Palm Beach Cardinals 2009 opening roster

The Palm Beach Cardinals of the A-Advanced Florida State League have announced their season-opening roster.

Projecting the Palm Beach Cardinals roster

Not yet having the roster for the St. Louis Cardinals A-Advanced club won’t stop us from speculating.

Trio officially added to Cards opening day roster

The St. Louis Cardinals have purchased the contracts of David Freese, Colby Rasmus and Joe Thurston.

Traveling man Cazaña returns to Mexico

Outfielder Amaury Cazaña is playing for his third Mexican League team in three years and 15th stop overall just since 2005.

Springfield Cardinals 2009 opening roster

The Springfield Cardinals of the Double-A Texas League have announced their 24-man season-opening roster.

Cards minors spring game reports – April 3

St. Louis Cardinals minor league spring training game action from Friday, April 3.

Memphis Redbirds 2009 opening roster

The Memphis Redbirds of the Triple-A Pacific Coast League have announced their season-opening roster.

Quad Cities River Bandits 2009 opening roster

The Quad Cities River Bandits of the Single-A Midwest League have announced their season-opening roster.

Cardinals youth movement continues through NRIs

Colby Rasmus and David Freese will be the most St. Louis Cardinals non-roster players to make their MLB debut to open a season since 1998 and tie for tops in the La Russa era.

Cards minors spring game reports – April 2

St. Louis Cardinals minor league spring training game action from Thursday, April 2.

Scanning the Cardinals spring stat sheets

What might the St. Louis Cardinals spring training statistics tell us, if anything?

Cards minors spring game reports – April 1

St. Louis Cardinals minor league spring training game action from Wednesday, April 1.

Cardinals minor matters – April 1

Reactions to what others are saying about the St. Louis Cardinals.