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

Archive for May, 2010

Pujols breaks big home run game knot with McGwire

Albert Pujols had his fourth three-home run game on Sunday. Mark McGwire had just three as a St. Louis Cardinal.

Breaking Down Ottavino’s Debut

An over reliance on a fastball declining in velocity, no viable off-speed pitch and minimal pitching inside add up to a shaky debut for St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Adam Ottavino.

Salas joined six other here and gone Cardinals #59s

Like a number of short-timers before him, St. Louis Cardinals reliever Fernando Salas wore number 59 for his one-game MLB introduction before returning to Triple-A.

Cardinals live chat on FOX Sports Midwest Friday

Catch FOX Sports Midwest’s live chat during Friday afternoon’s St. Louis Cardinals game. Join our discussion!

Pujols extends decade multi-RBI game lead

Ho hum. Albert Pujols drove in multiple runs in Thursday’s game – again.

Jaime’s hard luck continues

St. Louis Cardinals starter Jaime Garcia already has three no-decision shutout outings this season.

A dozen strikeouts for Wainwright not enough

Adam Wainwright pitched a great game for the St. Louis Cardinals against the San Diego Padres on Tuesday night, but great wasn’t great enough.

2010 Freese laps 2009 Cardinals third basemen

David Freese is delivering considerably better offensive production from the third base position than the St. Louis Cardinals received in 2009.

Ludwick: Mr. Clutch dons the golden sombrero

Streaky St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Ryan Ludwick had a rough day on Sunday, striking out four times.

Cardinals double triples not all that rare

Multiple three-base hits in one game aren’t that unusual for the St. Louis Cardinals.

Gibson watches Penny’s grand slam

Brad Penny is now one of a select group of St. Louis Cardinals pitchers with a grand slam. Bob Gibson, who watched Penny’s shot Friday night, has two.

Walton on KXnO FOX Sports Radio Friday

Catch me talking St. Louis Cardinals baseball with Matt Perrault and Ken Miller on KXnO FOX Sports Radio 1460 in Des Moines today (Friday) at 6:05 p.m. CDT.

Cardinals live chat on FOX Sports Midwest Thursday

Catch FOX Sports Midwest’s live chat during Thursday afternoon’s St. Louis Cardinals game. Join in the discussion!

Jaime Garcia tidbits from Wednesday’s wreckage

A handful of factoids relating to St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Jaime Garcia.

Ludwick has earned clutch tag

On Tuesday, outfielder Ryan Ludwick collected his ninth final-at bat winning hit in the last three-plus years for the St. Louis Cardinals.

Three Cardinals on pace for 100 RBI

Three St. Louis Cardinals hitters have at least 24 RBI through the team’s first 39 games and are on pace for 100 RBI seasons.

Quality starts: And then, there was Jaime

Two of three St. Louis Cardinals starters working on quality start streaks saw them end over the weekend.

Ludwick the hit machine

Streaky Ryan Ludwick is in the midst of one of his hottest runs as a St. Louis Cardinal.

Walton on KXnO FOX Sports Radio Friday

Catch me talking St. Louis Cardinals baseball with Matt Perrault on KXnO FOX Sports Radio 1460 in Des Moines today (Friday) at 5:20 p.m. CDT.

Cardinals live chat on FOX Sports Midwest Thursday

Catch FOX Sports Midwest’s live chat during Thursday afternoon’s St. Louis Cardinals game. Join in the discussion!

Garcia on Fernando’s rookie track

St. Louis Cardinals rookie Jaime Garcia’s 2010 start invokes memories of another left-hander from Mexico who made his MLB debut 30 years ago, Fernando Valenzuela.

Wainwright’s quality pitching continues

The St. Louis Cardinals Adam Wainwright has 25 quality starts in his last 26 outings, including all seven in 2010.

Garrett Jones, the Pirates’ Ryan Ludwick

The Pirates and Cardinals right fielders this weekend traveled long roads before achieving major league success.

Molina was everywhere Friday night

Yadier Molina found himself in the middle of most of the pivotal plays in the St. Louis Cardinals’ 4-3 series-opening win in Pittsburgh on Friday night.

Six reasons why Carpenter should defeat Pittsburgh

History is on the side of Chris Carpenter and the St. Louis Cardinals Friday night in Pittsburgh.

Cardinals live chat on FOX Sports Midwest Thursday

I will again be a panelist for FOX Sports Midwest’s live chat during Thursday afternoon’s St. Louis Cardinals game. Join in the discussion!

Stavi’s hot pinch-hit home run pace

Nick Stavinoha is only one short of tying for the most pinch-hit home runs in a season by a Cardinal since Tony La Russa became manager in 1996.

Garcia invokes early memories of another “Lefty”

Of course it is early, but Jaime Garcia’s 2010 start matches that of a couple of Hall of Famers, including one named “Lefty.”

Cardinals quality start streak pushing 1973 run

With another quality start on Monday night in Philadelphia, the St. Louis Cardinals rotation would establish their longest string of quality starts since 1973.

Lohse adds to list of Cardinals tough-luck starts

Kyle Lohse deserved a win on Saturday after tossing seven innings of one-run ball for the St. Louis Cardinals, but instead took a no-decision.

TCN blog’s Freese article featured on KSDK Channel 5

The Cardinal Nation Blog will again be highlighted on KSDK Channel 5, the Sunday home of the St. Louis Cardinals. This time, the focus is on David Freese’s six RBI on Thursday.