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

Archive for May, 2009

Venezuelan Summer League Cardinals Report: 05/31/09

Josh Jones’ second weekly report on the 2009 VSL Cardinals.

Carpenter’s current streak approaches Gibson in 1968

Chris Carpenter can tie a 41-year-old St. Louis Cardinals record with a fifth consecutive shutout start on Saturday.

Tandem starting ends early in Quad Cities

The St. Louis Cardinals are dropping their use of tandem starting pitchers in their second of two full-season affiliates where deployed.

Walton on Baseball Digest Daily’s Saturday marathon blog

Brian Walton will be participating in a live blog during Saturday night’s St. Louis Cardinals game.

Hunting the Cardinals’ precious Faberge Eggs

Some believe St. Louis Cardinals prospects are overvalued internally and are untouchable via trade. Others are reluctant to paint with such a wide brush.

Wallace and the hot seat

The St. Louis Cardinals have no plans to bring up prospect Brett Wallace to try to fix their third base problem. What are some of the key considerations?

Cards double digit strikeouts – where have they gone?

Chris Carpenter is the only active pitcher to collect ten or more strikeouts in a game for the St. Louis Cardinals. It hasn’t always been a rarity, however.

Open letter from Dr. Mike Marshall

The former Cy Young Award-winning pitcher turned doctor and pitching coach responds to recent articles related to his interaction with the St. Louis Cardinals

The Pujols “convenience fee”?

What if the St. Louis Cardinals asked fans to cover part of the cost of keeping Albert Pujols under contract?

Venezuelan Summer League Cardinals Report: 05/24/09

Josh Jones is providing weekly reports on the VSL and DSL Cardinals this season. Here is his first.

More on Cardinals stinginess streaks

Curious about the best St. Louis pitching performances over five games and more during the last 50 years? If so, it’s right here!

Cardinals inherited runners in context

The St. Louis Cardinals’ relievers are leading the world in lowest percentage of inherited runners scoring. That is good, but not the end-all.

Can Wellemeyer keep the streak going?

The St. Louis Cardinals rarely have held opponents to two or fewer runs in three consecutive games. One occurred this week. Can they reach four or even five?

Does the Cardinals’ signing of Joe Williams have a deeper meaning?

At least one well-placed writer sees continued conflict between the Cardinals major league staff and the organization’s player development function.

MLB celebrates keeping fans from seeing games

Major League Baseball Advanced Media received a patent for technology that protects their blackout rules.

The Cardinals organization roster matrix: VSL version

The St. Louis Cardinals system rosters are refreshed to reflect the start of the regular season of the Venezuelan Summer League.

Is not signing minor league vets really the Cards’ problem?

Complaints that the St. Louis Cardinals didn’t sign enough veterans to minor league contracts do not hold water.

The Milwaukee Cardinals?

The St. Louis Cardinals almost moved to Milwaukee in 1953. How might it have changed the face of the game?

Book review: “St. Louis Cardinals Past & Present”

A new photographic essay by Doug Feldmann covers the Cardinals’ rich history.

And Maiques makes four and 13 suspended Cardinals

St. Louis Cardinals minor league pitcher Kenny Maiques was suspended 50 games, joining three other Cards farmhands who recently tested positive. The organization’s total is 13 over the last five years.

April highs and May Lohse

Kyle Lohse is being asked to open the homestand coming off a very rough period for the St. Louis Cardinals. The question is whether or not he is up to the task.

SI: DeWitt third-best MLB owner

The Cardinals enjoy one of the top three owners in Major League Baseball, according to Sports Illustrated

Wellemeyer underscores Cards starting pitching woes

The St. Louis Cardinals starting pitchers are struggling as a group.

The Cards’ 25th man, the DH and MLB indecision

A take off on a current issue as a way to reconcile a long-standing inconsistency across MLB.

La Russa’s coaching legacy: Part two

The Cardinals manager’s staffs have been very static in recent years. It is a two-edged sword.

Cardinals youth movement ahead of 2008 pace

The 2009 St. Louis Cardinals have used ten rookies, including five MLB first-timers already this season

Quad Cities alters tandem rotation

The Quad Cities River Bandits of the Midwest League have dropped from five tandem pairings to four

Where is La Russa’s legacy being passed? – Part one

Should the extent of a coach’s tree be a part of how he is assessed with the greats?

Was Boggs’ hook too quick?

St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa pulled starter Mitchell Boggs after 4 1/3 innings of two-run ball on Wednesday.

Palm Beach tandem starters done

The A-Advanced Palm Beach Cardinals abandoned tandem starting pitching three weeks earlier in 2009.

Los cincos de los Cardenales de San Luis

On Cinco de Mayo, a quick run through some of the players who have worn the number “5” for the St. Louis Cardinals over the years.

Forbes: Busch tenth-best ballpark

Forbes ranked MLB stadiums on affordability, access, participation and concessions.

Cardinals Washington Whispers – 05/03/09

What was being discussed on Sunday before and after the Cardinals rainout in Washington

I like to watch

Checking in from Washington on Saturday

Cardinals Washington Whispers – 05/01/09

What is being discussed as the Cardinals prepared to take on the Nationals in game two of their weekend series.