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

Archive for August, 2009

Wainwright extends Cards starters stingy streak to 11

Through Sunday’s game, pitchers starting the last 11 St. Louis Cardinals games have each allowed three or fewer runs

Will Duncan end up like Rolen?

This isn’t the first time that off-field issues may be driving away an important member of the St. Louis Cardinals

Smoltz’ fast Cardinals start approaches… Andy Rincon?

St. Louis Cardinals pitcher John Smoltz has gotten out of the blocks quickly with his new team – almost as fast as did Andy Rincon back in 1980.

Why would La Russa be a candidate for Mets GM?

This idea looks to be a match made in… well, not heaven. That’s for sure!

Best minor league markets: Quad Cities at 31, Batavia ranked 48th!

A new study ranking minor league sports markets provides mixed results

Thursday afternoon live blogging on FOX Sports Midwest

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

Where to get in-depth Cardinals prospect news fast

Looking back at how various sites reported on the Cardinals’ Arizona Fall League selections

Cardinals early Arizona Fall League leftovers

Answering follow-on questions about Cardinals prospects and the 2009 Arizona Fall League

Jones leads eight Cards to Arizona Fall League

Eight top St. Louis Cardinals prospects will participate in the 2009 Arizona Fall League as members of the Surprise Rafters, led by the organization’s 2008 Player of the Year, Daryl Jones.

TCN blog’s Carp K:BB article featured on KSDK Channel 5

The Cardinal Nation blog has again been highlighted on KSDK Channel 5, the Sunday home of the St. Louis Cardinals. This time, the focus was on Chris Carpenter’s strikeout to walk ratio.

Cardinals fall ball changes may not be for the better

The 2009 fall instructional league camp has been canceled by the St. Louis Cardinals. The reason is unclear.

Not recognizing 10,000 wins ignores American Association

The Cardinals aren’t the only club to not recognize play during the 1880s while in the American Association, but not doing so muddies the historical water

Cardinals assert team history began in 1892

Controversy over 10,000th win drives explanation by Cardinals organization

Rasmus youngest to share Cardinals walk-off record

22-year-old Colby Rasmus already has two walk-off home runs this season, tying the franchise record

Roger Dean Stadium name to remain

The Cardinals Florida facility’s name will remain through 2017

Pujols’ four-on-base, no-hit oddity

Albert Pujols leads the Cardinals in every other statistical category, so why not in obscure ones, too?

Cardinals happily serve as Red Sox dumping ground

John Smoltz may be next in a recent line of unwanted Boston players that became St. Louis successes

Looking into John Smoltz, circa 2009

Ian Walton delves in to the newest Cardinals pitcher’s recent performance and is enthused

Batavia franchise may be nearing its end

A 2008 New York-Penn League championship did not stem the flow of red ink from the Batavia Muckdogs’ operation

Cardinals crush classy closers

The St. Louis Cardinals have fared very well against elite closers recently

Carpenter’s walk stinginess

Chris Carpenter hasn’t walked three or more batters in a game in 35 starts, covering the last three years

Molina approaching Cards catching single-season steals leaders

The Cardinals post-1932 franchise season record for stolen bases by a catcher is held by three men. Believe it or not, Yadier Molina is approaching – fast.

Will Holliday pull a Lohse or a Weaver this off-season?

While Matt Holliday’s hitting surge as a Cardinal is good for the present, will it damage his chances of remaining with the club in 2010 and beyond?

Can Wainwright continue his streaks?

In addition to pitching consistent winning baseball, Adam Wainwright is looking to extend current game streaks in innings pitched, earned runs allowed and strikeouts.

Carpenter’s historic strikeout-to-walk ratio

In 2009, St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Chris Carpenter is delivering the best season in franchise history in terms of strikeout-to-walk ratio

Weekly live blog on FOX Sports Midwest: Wednesday, August 12

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

Cardinals hit by pitch overreaction… or is it?

Another data point regarding Pittsburgh closer Matt Capps’ history changes one man’s opinion of Albert Pujols’ plunking on Sunday

Will Cincy’s deadline trades pay off with a wild card?

Cincinnati seems the only National League team out of playoff contention that made a big trade acquisition.

Cardinals spring training demographics

Who attends St. Louis Cardinals spring training games and how often do they do it?

Pujols: 100 is a serious number

On Saturday, Albert Pujols drove in his 100th run of the season, again.

DeRosa: Long balls at a record pace

New Cardinals third baseman Mark DeRosa has eight home runs in his first 22 games with the team

Pujols: Extra bases in bunches

Albert Pujols has two games with multiple extra-base hits this week, something he has done with great frequency

Cardinals quiz of the day: August 6, 2009

Who is the only St. Louis Cardinal to drive in seven runs in a game without the benefit of a home run?

St. Louis and Memphis: Like father, like son

Calling out stat sheet similarities between the St. Louis Cardinals and their Triple-A affiliate, the Memphis Redbirds

Wednesday afternoon live blogging on FOX Sports Midwest

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

Minor league affiliates are miles away

Looking at the distances of Cardinals minor league affiliates compared to their NL Central peers

Maloney guides Memphis back from the dead

Chris Maloney’s Memphis Redbirds have clawed back from 8 ½ games out to take their division lead.

Cardinals quality starts come from quality starters

The St. Louis Cardinals’ top three starters have 43 quality starts among them so far this season

Cardinals employ two top athletic trainers

The St. Louis Cardinals employ two 2009 Minor League Athletic Trainers of the Year, Chris Conroy and Tim Steinhaus

Why Holliday should bat second

A case is made for the St. Louis Cardinals to bat new cleanup hitter Matt Holliday second

Holliday hitting and getting on base at a record pace

Matt Holliday’s scalding offensive start as a St. Louis Cardinal is rewriting the record books