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Archive for 2010

2010, 1924 and the Rajah

In many ways, 1924 was a year like 2010 would later turn out to be for the St. Louis Cardinals.

Cardinals 2011 spring training schedule update #1

Three St. Louis Cardinals tentative 2011 spring training games with the Atlanta Braves are the first to be made public.

Unearned runs link Garcia with Magrane and Forsch

A historical view of St. Louis Cardinals unearned runs by pitcher.

Cardinals top 20 career multi-home run game leaders

Who is trailing Albert Pujols and Stan Musial with the most multiple-home run games in St. Louis Cardinals history?

The Lohse-Suppan tandem

Why not pair up a couple of St. Louis Cardinals’ five-inning starters every fifth day?

Cardinals minor league attendance trending downward

Despite solid play on the field, the St. Louis Cardinals’ top four minor league clubs had down attendance in 2010.

Join The Cardinal Nation community top prospect list voting

Annual fan-driven process to select the top prospects in the St. Louis Cardinals minor league system is now underway and open to all!

MLB.tv via ROKU: Six months of headaches

A promising new way to watch MLB games over the internet has proven to be extremely disappointing.

Cardinals reach new level of scoring futility

At the worst possible time, the St. Louis Cardinals are in the midst of their lowest run-scoring ten-game stretch of the 2010 season.

Cardinals minor league history being made

St. Louis Cardinals minor leaguers posted the system’s highest winning percentage since 1966 and could set a new high in championships, too.

Team Tony vs. Team Colby – What about Team Cardinals?

Fans are taking sides in support of the St. Louis Cardinals manager or his centerfielder, but what about the team?

Slowly cleaning up the mess in Memphis

Progress is being made in improving the financials of the Memphis Redbirds while attempting to attract new events to AutoZone Park.

Walton on KXnO FOX Sports Radio Friday

Brian Walton’s weekly radio appearance at 5:50 p.m. CT Friday.

Cardinals low run-scoring streak continues

The St. Louis Cardinals have scored two or fewer runs in four consecutive games – again.

Cardinals live chat on FOX Sports Midwest Wednesday

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

Two more Cardinals minor leaguers suspended

The St. Louis Cardinals have now had 19 drug-related suspensions of minor leaguers since 2005.

Pujols ties MLB career lead in 30-30 power seasons

St. Louis Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols now has as many 30 doubles-30 home run seasons as anyone in MLB history.

Cardinals home-road splits telling

The St. Louis Cardinals are a dramatically different team at Busch Stadium vs. on the road.

Pujols reaches 400 home runs in fifth fewest at-bats

St. Louis Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols became the 47th member of MLB’s 400 home run club, doing it in fewer at-bats than all but four of them.

Pujols third youngest to reach 400 home runs

St. Louis Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols has become the 47th member of MLB’s 400 home run club, doing it faster than all but two of them.

Pujols fans need to watch Votto… and Infante?

Could an unexpected challenger ruin the chase for the Triple Crown?

Pujols joins a more elite list than 400 homers

Albert Pujols hit his 33rd home run of the season Monday night. How does that stack up in the history books?

A Historical Look at Garcia’s Gem

St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Jaime Garcia tossed a three-hit shutout on Sunday. How often has it happened in the last 90 years?

Bissinger Blasts Birds

Buzz Bissinger, author and friend of Tony La Russa, makes a series of comments critical of the St. Louis Cardinals organization.

MLB’s quick discipline breeds inequity

An arbitrary agreement between MLB and the Players Union led to unfair discipline decisions – a systematic problem that should be fixed.

Cardinals days off don’t seem to help

The 2010 Cardinals seem to play worse after having a day off than they did just prior.

Cardinals live chat on FOX Sports Midwest Wednesday

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

With the Muckdogs on the block, what might the Cardinals do?

There are many uncertainties as the Batavia Muckdogs are for sale and their Player Development Contract with the St. Louis Cardinals is also up.

How rare is Steven Hill’s debut homer?

In his first major league contest, St. Louis Cardinals catcher Steven Hill hit a home run, the 11th time it has occurred in team history.

Wainwright among MLB’s elite, but is it good enough?

Based on success of others before him, St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright’s pace though 113 games may have him on a track to win the Cy Young Award.

Matt Holliday and Albert Pujols chasing Curt Flood

In the last half-century, no St. Louis Cardinals hitter has had more seasons of four or more four-hit games than Curt Flood.

Carpenter builds historic streak against Cincinnati

Putting St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Chris Carpenter’s nine consecutive wins against the Cincinnati Reds into historical context.

Cardinals live chat on FOX Sports Midwest Wednesday

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

What to do with Kyle Lohse?

Considering from every angle the actions the St. Louis Cardinals could take with rehabbing pitcher Kyle Lohse.

Top Ten Reasons Why Kyle Lohse Doesn’t Want to Make a Fourth Rehab Start

Despite shaky results to date, St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Kyle Lohse isn’t happy about having to make another minor league rehab start.

Westbrook’s whiff-fest

New St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Jake Westbrook has been striking out NL opponents at a record pace.

Why the Cardinals need help at third base

Rookie David Freese’s season-ending injury and fill-in Felipe Lopez’ leadoff role mean RBIs from the St. Louis Cardinals third base position have been increasingly rare.

If Waino is the ace, Carp is the horse

At age 35, Chris Carpenter has been pitching deep into games for the St. Louis Cardinals this season.

Craig’s impressive RBI pace in early action

Rookie St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Allen Craig has seven RBI in his first 15 career games.

Jon Jay at 50 (games, that is)

After 50 games, outfielder Jon Jay has the third highest average of any St. Louis Cardinals player since 1920.

Westbrook’s first Cardinals start: A historical take

A look at how starting pitchers acquired in deadline deals prior to Jake Westbrook fared for the St. Louis Cardinals.

Closing the Cardinals books on Ludwick

Traded outfielder Ryan Ludwick had been one of St. Louis’ top two offensive leaders since his 2007 arrival.

Managing Garcia’s workload during a pennant race

What is the best way for the St. Louis Cardinals to manage their number three starter, rookie Jaime Garcia?

Reliever MacDougal’s rare introductory feat

New St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Mike MacDougal is the 23rd reliever to win in his first game with the team.

Cardinals live chat on FOX Sports Midwest Thursday

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

FOX Sports Midwest Cardinals ratings tops in MLB

In the most recent Nielsen research data, the St. Louis Cardinals games have taken over the highest local ratings in baseball.

Great Museums: The National Baseball Hall of Fame

A one-hour video tour of one of nation’s greatest museums, located in Cooperstown, New York.

Hall of Fame Sunday thoughts

Anger over MLB’s Hall of Fame Sunday games and wonder about ESPN’s Sunday night choice.

Molina’s pickoffs: The recap

St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina is amazingly proficient at picking off opposing baserunners.

Batavia Muckdogs financial situation eroding

Lack of attendance is killing the St. Louis Cardinals New York-Penn League affiliate, the Batavia Muckdogs.

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!

Will Wainwright’s home pitching feats continue?

At Busch Stadium, Adam Wainwright has posted among the most impressive results of any pitcher in St. Louis Cardinals history.

Cardinals extend winning streak to seven

Since Tony La Russa became St. Louis Cardinals manager in 1996, his clubs have had only seven longer winning streaks.

Jay’s doubles among all-time Cards early leaders

Jon Jay has nine two-base hits in his first 38 games, joining just 16 other St. Louis Cardinals who could say the same.

Craig celebrates 26th birthday in style

St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Allen Craig had a three-RBI game on Sunday as the Dodgers were swept out of town.

Molina snaps out of it

St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina has resumed driving in runs.

Time to revisit McClellan in the rotation?

The Cardinals need another dependable starter. They may have one in their bullpen.

FOX Sports Midwest confirms full slate of Cardinals games in 2011

Starting next season, FOX Sports Midwest will be televising all games that were on KSDK in recent years.

The Cardinals ace: A changing of the guard?

Has Adam Wainwright supplanted Chris Carpenter as the St. Louis Cardinals’ ace – on paper, at least?

Can Jon Jay sustain?

St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Jon Jay has been a pleasant surprise in right field for the injured Ryan Ludwick. When Ludwick returns, can Jay keep it up?

New Cardinals minor league segment on Channel 5

Catch Brian Walton and Katie Felts talking Cardinals minor leaguers during KSDK’s Sunday post-game show.

Pujols and Holliday deliver with two out

The two big bats in the St. Louis Cardinals lineup have been driving in runs with two outs in 2010.

Several Rays adopt Cardinals old-school stirrups

Several of the Tampa Bay Rays are modeling hose in the Brendan Ryan, old-school St. Louis Cardinals look.

Walton on KXnO FOX Sports Radio Friday

Brian Walton’s weekly discussion about the 2010 St. Louis Cardinals with Matt and Miller of KXnO FOX Sports Radio 1460 in Des Moines.

Cardinals live chat on FOX Sports Midwest Thursday

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

Ludwick greatly missed at Coors

Injured St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Ryan Ludwick is the team’s career leader in SLG and OPS in Denver.

Cardinals first half rankings

Looking at how the 2010 St. Louis Cardinals stack up against their peers over time.

Wainwright’s big July 4 boom stick

St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright was the team’s top pitcher – and hitter – on Sunday.

Cardinals staff continues home run stinginess

St. Louis Cardinals pitchers are not giving up as many home runs as in most recent seasons.

Breaking down Pujols’ declining slugging percentage

What Albert Pujols is swinging at, where and resulting contact rate leads to a lower slugging percentage in 2010.

Trading Shelby Miller – legal or not?

Summarizing a Twitter discussion about rules regarding trading of recently-drafted players.

Cardinals live chat on FOX Sports Midwest Wednesday

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

La Russa pal Bissinger rips Sweet Lou

One of the oddest and most famous of Twitter personalities aims a series of shots directly at the manager of the Chicago Cubs.

Cardinals starters exiting games early

St. Louis Cardinals starters have gone five innings or less in four consecutive games.

2010 Cardinals are the opposite of streaking

This year’s version of the St. Louis Cardinals has an unusually low quantity of both winning and losing streaks.

La Russa “Housecat Housecall” appearance on Saturday

St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa and family to appear on feline-focused television show Saturday morning.

Holliday serious about six consecutive hits

Picking out one of St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Matt Holliday’s hot hitting stats.

Cardinals organization roster matrix: 2010 short season

The St. Louis Cardinals full system roster view will reflect changes during the remainder of the 2010 regular season.

Cardinals unable to sweep three-game series

The St. Louis Cardinals have failed all six times to sweep three-game series this season, but almost always come close.

Skip moving up Cardinals leadoff hitter lists

Batting first, St. Louis Cardinals second baseman Skip Schumaker has been getting on base regularly.

Cardinals pitcher hitting eighth experiment failing

Both the position players and pitchers were more productive offensively when hitting in their traditional spots in the St. Louis Cardinals batting order.

Walton on KXnO FOX Sports Radio Friday

Brian Walton’s weekly discussion about the 2010 St. Louis Cardinals with Matt and Miller of KXnO FOX Sports Radio 1460 in Des Moines.

Cardinals pitchers hitting eighth vs. ninth not good for them

A cursory glance at how the St. Louis Cardinals pitchers batting eighth compares to when they bat ninth by season does not leave a positive impression.

Jeff Suppan solid in Cardinals return

Analyzing returned St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Jeff Suppan’s four-inning outing on Tuesday evening.

Cardinals walk off losses on record pace

The 2010 St. Louis Cardinals have already lost five games on walk offs, one short of their worst season since at least 1952.

Cardinals lead MLB with three starters with sub-3.00 ERAs

Adam Wainwright, Chris Carpenter and Jaime Garcia are among MLB’s top pitchers this season.

Suppan is a bad option, but not that bad

The St. Louis Cardinals added Milwaukee’s reject, Jeff Suppan. How much trouble will ensue?

About Cardinals low-scoring games

The St. Louis Cardinals rank among MLB leaders in low-scoring games on both sides of the ledger.

Wainwright’s one-run or less outings ends

On Wednesday night, St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright failed in his attempt for a fourth straight one or no run outing of seven innings or more.

The Cardinals’ Bud Norris club

The St. Louis Cardinals have been held to no runs by 11 opposing starters in the first 59 games in 2010.

Cepeda enters new Latin Baseball Hall of Fame

Ex-St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Orlando Cepeda is a Latin Baseball Hall of Famer.

Studying Adam Ottavino’s second start

Graphs tell the story of St. Louis Cardinals right-hander Adam Ottavino’s second start of his major league career.

Cardinals unusual balanced attack

Six St. Louis Cardinals players have 25 RBI or more through 55 games, the most in at least the last half century.

Wainwright joins Cardinals two-hit complete game list

Adam Wainwright registered the 97th two-or-less hit complete game for the St. Louis Cardinals since 1952.

Walton on KXnO FOX Sports Radio Friday

Catch Brian Walton in his weekly show, “Cardinals Talk,” streamed live on KXnO FOX Sports Radio 1460 Des Moines today (Friday) at 6:15 P.M. Central.

Cardinals extend MLB lead in stingy seven inning starts

No team has more seven or more inning starts with no or one run allowed this season than the St. Louis Cardinals.

Cardinals suddenly scoring runs in bunches

The St. Louis Cardinals have scored at least eight runs on 14 or more hits in three consecutive games.

Walton on RotoWire Fantasy Sports Today show on Sirius/XM

Brian Walton joins Jeff Erickson and Chris Liss on RotoWire’s Fantasy Sports Today on Sirius 125 / XM 241 at 11:30 a.m. Eastern on Wednesday.

Pujols’ career on-base streaks mount

Albert Pujols’ recent streak of reaching base nine times in a row just fell short of his career best.

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.