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

Archive for July, 2009

When Houston was on the Cardinals’ side

Calling out a pair of excellent articles by Houstonian Bill McCurdy that look back at some notable players from the Cardinals’ affiliate in Houston. Yes, THAT Houston.

Pujols moves up on list of Cards last at-bat winning hits

Albert Pujols’ last at-bat game-winning hit on Wednesday was the 28th of his career

Holliday and more: Recapping the last week

Offering a personal angle on the major stories last week across the Cardinal Nation and digging up some old ones, too

Wednesday live blogging on FOX Sports Midwest

I will be back as a panelist on FOX Sports Midwest’s live blog during Wednesday evening’s Cardinals game. Join in the discussion!

Carpenter’s consistency continues

Cardinals starting pitchers Chris Carpenter and Joel Pineiro are not beating themselves with the walk, putting together a pair of impressive streaks

Scout.com Cardinals site gets new name

The Birdhouse has become The Cardinal Nation, while The Cardinal Nation blog… remains The Cardinal Nation blog!

Holliday, Lugo fast starters for Cardinals

St. Louis Cardinals’ trade acquisitions Matt Holliday and Julio Lugo had big first weekends with the club

TCN blog’s Pineiro facts featured on KSDK Channel 5

The Cardinal Nation blog again highlighted on KSDK Channel 5, the Sunday home of the St. Louis Cardinals

MLB needs to respect Hall of Fame inductions

Why does Major League Baseball play a full slate of games during their annual Hall of Fame induction ceremony?

Mediocre starters dominating Cardinals

The title pretty much says it all.

IMPORTANT: Blog URL change

This blog is now thecardinalnationblog.com. Please change your bookmarks accordingly.

Will the Holliday trade be good, bad or neutral?

An attempt to quantify the value of the Matt Holliday trade

ESPN: bringing local sports news to a city near you

A successful Chicago pilot delivering local sports online is being expanded to three more cities

Wallace for Holliday: Who to believe?

Lots of signals, many of them mixed, regarding a rumored deal between the Cardinals and A’s.

Walton on MLB.com’s Fantasy 411 Show Friday

I will be calling in from Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia to talk baseball with co-hosts Corey Gottlieb and Cory Schwartz.

James says Cooperstown should expect steroid players

The “father of sabermetrics” Bill James explains why he thinks players from baseball’s steroids era will eventually reach the Hall of Fame.

Wednesday live blogging on FOX Sports Midwest

I will be back as a panelist on FOX Sports Midwest’s live blog during Wednesday evening’s Cardinals game. Join in the discussion!

DeRosa: Small bright spot on an otherwise dismal day

Mark DeRosa’s two home runs were a rare positive in the Cardinals system on Tuesday.

Why I hate Minute Maid

Win, lose or draw, Houston’s baseball park is a joke. When it has an impact on the game, old complaints are exhumed.

Wainwright’s increasingly effective curve

Analyzing why Adam Wainwright’s pitching has been so good in 2009.

Pineiro carries the load

St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Joel Pineiro carried his club to a win with his arm and his bat on Sunday.

Arizona fantasy vs. St. Louis reality

On Saturday night, an important fantasy baseball team intersected with the real thing

Carp’s scoreless games can’t touch Gibby

Chris Carpenter’s 12th scoreless eight-inning outing Friday night puts him “just” 55 behind the great Bob Gibson

Pujols’ 2009 multi-homer games approach Big Mac land

With two more multiple home run games, Albert Pujols would tie Mark McGwire for the most in a Cardinals season

Is publishing players’ home addresses going too far?

Riverfront Times did just that with some current and former Cardinals. Their wrists were slapped as a result. Was it warranted?

Memphis’ emperor has no clothes

A corporate management group has taken over operations of the Memphis Redbirds and AutoZone Park. Guess what is coming next?

Walton on Thursday Fantasy Focus show

Brian Walton joins Rotowire.com’s Jeff Erickson and MLB.com’s Cory Schwartz on Fantasy Focus on Blog Talk Radio Thursday at noon Eastern time.

All-Star Game ratings: Figures never lie and …

The television ratings from Tuesday’s night’s MLB All-Star Game are open to wide interpretation.

“The Heart and Soul of St. Louis Cardinals Baseball”

Hall of Famer Stan Musial made a rare appearance at Tuesday’s MLB All-Star Game.

Pujols’ Home Run Derby flop

Albert Pujols stubbed his toe in Monday evening’s MLB Home Run Derby. I think I know why.

Cardinals Triple-A All-Star Game history

Jess Todd is the Cardinals organization’s 38th player named to the Triple-A All-Star Game since its 1988 inception.

Franklin leads Cards bullpen resurgence

Closer Ryan Franklin and the entire Cardinals bullpen are markedly improved year-to-year.

Wellemeyer’s season stacking up among worst ever

In 18 starts, Todd Wellemeyer has etched his name among the highest ERAs ever posted by a St. Louis Cardinals starter in a season.

Wellemeyer vs. Thompson as Cards’ fifth starter

Ian Walton puts forth his case as to which of the two struggling starters should remain in the St. Louis Cardinals rotation.

Pujols’ Friday Rarity

Among Albert Pujols’ feats against Chicago on Friday were a home run and one of the rarest offensive plays, a triple.

Useless Hoffpauir facts

Factoids about Cardinals second baseman Jarrett Hoffpauir that can be used to amaze your friends…

Pineiro: Quietly Effective

Joel Pineiro’s complete game three-hitter against Milwaukee on Thursday wasn’t his first such gem this season.

All-Star FanFest Free Ticket Trivia Contest Question #11

The final question for a pair of free tickets to the All-Star FanFest this weekend!

All-Star FanFest Free Ticket Trivia Contest Question #10

The second-to-last question for a pair of free tickets to the All-Star FanFest this weekend!

All-Star FanFest Free Ticket Trivia Contest Question #9

The ninth question for a pair of free tickets to the All-Star FanFest this weekend!

All-Star FanFest Free Ticket Trivia Contest Question #8

The eighth question for a pair of free tickets to the All-Star FanFest

All-Star FanFest Free Ticket Trivia Contest Question #7

The seventh in a series of questions that will earn one respondent a pair of free tickets to the All-Star FanFest

Thursday live blogging on FOX Sports Midwest

I will be back as a panelist on FOX Sports Midwest’s live blog during Thursday afternoon’s game. Join in the discussion!

Win free tickets to MLB All-Star FanFest at The Cardinal Nation

Would you like to attend the Major League Baseball All-Star FanFest for free, courtesy of Wilson Sporting Goods and The Cardinal Nation?

All-Star FanFest Free Ticket Trivia Contest Question #6

The sixth in a series of questions that will earn one respondent a pair of free tickets to the All-Star FanFest

All-Star FanFest Free Ticket Trivia Contest Question #5

The fifth in a series of questions that will earn one respondent a pair of free tickets to the All-Star FanFest

All-Star FanFest Free Ticket Trivia Contest Question #4

The fourth in a series of questions that will earn one respondent a pair of free tickets to the All-Star FanFest

All-Star FanFest Free Ticket Trivia Contest Question #3

The third in a series of questions that will earn one respondent a pair of free tickets to the All-Star FanFest

All-Star FanFest Free Ticket Trivia Contest Question #2

The second in a series of questions that will earn one respondent a pair of free tickets to the All-Star FanFest

All-Star FanFest Free Ticket Trivia Contest Question #1

The first in a series of questions that will earn one respondent a pair of free tickets to the All-Star FanFest concerns Stan Musial

July is Colby Rasmus time

With three home runs in five July games and ten on the season, Cardinals outfielder Colby Rasmus is joining some elite company.

Pujols does it for the 15th time: five RBI

Albert Pujols put the St. Louis Cardinals on his back again on Friday night in Cincinnati.

MLB All-Star Game: Vote early and often for the home team

The voting process for MLB’s “Midsummer Classic” is made even more of a sham than previously.

Where have the Cardinals walk-offs gone?

After averaging eight walk-offs per season, the St. Louis Cardinals have just one here in 2009.

Time to admit there WAS “dry powder”

Despite what some think, the St. Louis Cardinals are spending money. Where is all the “DeWallet” whining now?

Carpenter’s streaks end

Chris Carpenter’s six runs on 11 hits on Tuesday broke an impressive run of pitching.

More live blogging on FOX Sports Midwest

I will be back as a panelist on FOX Sports Midwest’s live blog during Wednesday evening’s game. Join in the discussion!