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

Archive for September, 2009

Thursday live blogging on FOX Sports Midwest

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

Six years of Cardinals minor league all-stars

Analyzing changes in levels of recognized St. Louis Cardinals minor league standouts since 2004.

Could a World Series win drive La Russa and Duncan out?

At least one recent Cardinal thinks a World Series win would set up a “leave on top” scenario for the manager and pitching coach.

Cardinals minors all-star representation down

The number of St. Louis Cardinals minor league selections for all-star and elite competitions was down 18 percent from 2008.

Cardinals minors won-loss record backslides

After a robust 60 games-over-.500 total in 2008, the top six Cardinals minor league clubs posted their fourth losing mark in five years in 2009.

Is Pujols out of the Triple Crown race?

Though the odds are clearly against him, Albert Pujols still has a chance to match Ducky Medwick.

The sun shines on Albert, but not on Sunny Jim

The Cardinals current RBI leader has nothing on an under-recognized former great from the 1920’s and 1930’s.

Wednesday evening 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: One is the loneliest number

90 percent of Mark DeRosa’s home runs with the St. Louis Cardinals have come with the bases empty.

Cardinals spur Houston in-season managerial changes

The last two Astros managers lost their jobs when St. Louis arrived in town.

Cardinals top minor league manager – Chris Maloney

No Cardinals minor league skipper with at least six years of service has won a higher percentage of regular season games than Chris Maloney.

McClellan Cardinals unsung hero Friday

Cubs’ 1-2-3 hitters were sat down in order via strikeout by Kyle McClellan in a crucial situation Friday night

Does a big September lead mean Cardinals October success?

2009 is the third time this decade that the St. Louis Cardinals entered the final month with a double-digit lead. That hasn’t yet meant much in October.

Cardinals and September not made for one another

The St. Louis Cardinals have not played well in recent Septembers. That doesn’t mean they will fail in October, however.

Wednesday afternoon live blogging on FOX Sports Midwest returns

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

TCN blog’s trio of 15-game winners 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 three 15-game winners – if Joel Pineiro can squeeze out one more…

Cardinals early September results mean next to nothing

Looking at the results of the first dozen games in September by world champions this decade.

Riding the Cardinals horses versus saving bullets

Can aces be pitched too much and peak too soon? Will it be too late to adjust if it happens?

Was it Holliday, the schedule or the pitching?

The St. Louis Cardinals have played superb baseball since the late July arrival of Matt Holliday. Why is that?

Tough Friday defeat invokes memories of past 1-0 Cardinals losses

Looking back at recent 1-0 St. Louis Cardinals defeats, including Friday’s game with Atlanta

Holliday re-signing hype and hysteria receiving too much ink

With three weeks still remaining in the regular season, speculation over Matt Holliday’s future is getting out of hand

Top Cardinals minor league managers – 1966 to present

Re-starting an earlier series by reviewing the top St. Louis Cardinals minor league managers in a number of statistical categories

Albert and Babe

Albert Pujols’ 2009 home run, doubles, RBI and stolen base output matches only a select few in MLB history

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!

Ryan’s triples stacking up

St. Louis Cardinals shortstop Brendan Ryan picked up his seventh three-base hit of the season on Tuesday night

Cardinals end long Triple-A, Double-A playoff drought

It has been 24 years since the Cardinals’ top two farm clubs have been in the post-season at the same time

Carpenter approaching Gibson superiority

Cardinals pitcher Chris Carpenter’s win, low hits allowed and strikeout rates are now in Bob Gibson territory. That is a pretty rare place, indeed.

Pineiro misses 15th win but top starting trio close to history

Joel Pineiro is striving to join two St. Louis Cardinals teammates with 15 or more wins. It would be just the 21st time for the franchise since 1901.

Improved ticket sales mean improved regional economy

There is a greater benefit from increased ticket sales than just adding better players. It also means a stronger economy and more jobs.

For Ludwick, five and five is a serious number

On Friday, Cardinals outfielder Ryan Ludwick had five hits and five RBI, a rare combination

Can the Cardinals sweep 2009 NL individual awards?

The 2009 St. Louis Cardinals have serious contenders for each of the major National League individual awards. To pull it off, they would have to go where no team has gone before.

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!

Trever Miller time is strikeout time

The St. Louis Cardinals left-hander is sitting down opposing hitters at a historic rate.

Pujols, Wainwright on way to triple milestones

Average, home runs and RBI for hitters. Wins, strikeouts, ERA for pitchers. The quick measures of a balanced and successful season.

1800’s AA player stats ok, but team stats are not

The Cardinals don’t recognize 10,000 wins, but the records set by their players during their early, unrecognized years are in the books