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Archive for April, 2011

Four different Cards relievers with saves in last four wins

Who will be the next closer of the day for the St. Louis Cardinals?

Cardinals approach team record for runs in an inning

The St. Louis Cardinals’ sixth-inning offensive explosion on Thursday night ranked among their biggest ever.

Pujols, Cardinals grounding into double plays at record pace

Albert Pujols and his St. Louis Cardinals are leading MLB in an unenviable stat, grounding into double plays.

Breaking down Kyle Lohse’s 2011 success

St. Louis Cardinals right-hander Kyle Lohse has returned to 2008 form this season. Ian Walton helps us understand how.

Boggs’ 3-for-3 in saves a good start, but not unusual

St. Louis Cardinals closer Mitchell Boggs is 3-for-3 in saves, but so were 45 other Cardinals since 1950.

Win Cardinals Social Media Night tickets

The author of the best article submitted to The Cardinal Nation Blog will receive a free pair of tickets to the Cardinals’ May 17 game and attend a special pre-game event.

La Russa works weather and rules to advantage

St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa maneuvered through the rules and the weather to secure a pitching advantage against Dusty Baker and Cincinnati in Friday’s game one.

Lohse joins select Cardinals few with April gem

On Thursday, Kyle Lohse pitched one of the best April games in St. Louis Cardinals history.

Who will start for St. Louis on Sunday?

Jake Westbrook, struggling in 2011, may be asked to pitch on three days rest on Sunday night. He has had mixed results doing this in the past in a very limited sample.

Cardinals need 2001 results in 2011

The St. Louis Cardinals once made the playoffs with a 7-9 record over their first 16 games. This year, they are 8-8.

Eduardo Sanchez cannot top John Goody Urrea

An almost-forgotten name from the 1970’s had an unbelievable start closing games.

Blown Saves, Inc.: Franklin, Thornton and Marshall

St. Louis Cardinals closer Ryan Franklin joins select company in having blown four save opportunities in his team’s first 16 games.

Cardinals with no compensation picks in 2011 draft

A lack of top free agents lost means the St. Louis Cardinals have no extra selections in the 2011 draft.

Cardinals offensive explosion continues

The St. Louis Cardinals pounded the ball once again Friday night, led by Albert Pujols and Lance Berkman.

Tracking the St. Louis Cardinals hit parade

The St. Louis Cardinals offense is showing signs of life for the first time this season, with a quartet of 14-hit games.

Eduardo Sanchez’ Wednesday first

Eduardo Sanchez became the first St. Louis Cardinal ever to fan five in a relief debut of less than three innings.

Help the Cardinals help the needy in Japan

The St. Louis Cardinals and their fans are being active in support of Japanese earthquake and Tsunami victims.

Kyle McClellan at the bat

In an unexpected event, St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Kyle McClellan excelled Monday night at the plate as well as on the mound.

David Freese increases his total of three-RBI games

Over his first 95 major league games, St. Louis Cardinals third baseman David Freese already logged has five contests with three or more RBI.

Ex-Cardinals 2011 season-opening census

Where 76 former St. Louis Cardinals major and minor leaguers are now playing.

Season-opening strikeout outings like Jaime Garcia’s are rare

St. Louis Cardinals left-hander Jaime Garcia made his second consecutive nine-strikeout start on Saturday night. Here is how they stack up against others.

Albert Pujols’ 2011 by the numbers

The St. Louis Cardinals superstar first baseman and his team are struggling in the early going.

Cardinals hitters versus Giants starting pitchers

How St. Louis Cardinals batters have fared against the three San Francisco Giants starting pitchers they will face this weekend.

Cardinals organization roster matrix: 2011 regular season

The St. Louis Cardinals full system view reflects full-season club rosters for the 2011 regular season and Extended Spring Training invitees.

Biggest cost increase to attend a Cardinals game since 2008

The St. Louis Cardinals rank eighth in the 2011 MLB Fan Cost Index with a 3.1 percent increase compared to 2010.

Cardinals win-loss streaks signal season result

When Tony La Russa’s St. Louis Cardinals had more losing skids than winning streaks, they missed the post-season each time. 2010 continued that pattern.

Cardinals Minor League Spring Training Notebook: 04/03

Highlights from Sunday’s final St. Louis Cardinals minor league spring training games from Jupiter, Florida.

Jaime Garcia’s Sunday gem in historical context

Looking at historical comparisons to St. Louis Cardinals’ left-hander Jamie Garcia’s complete-game four hit shutout with nine strikeouts on Sunday.

Cardinals Minor League Spring Training Notebook: 04/02

Highlights from Saturday’s St. Louis Cardinals minor league spring training games from Jupiter, Florida.

Cardinals Minor League Spring Training Notebook: 04/01

Highlights from Friday’s St. Louis Cardinals minor league spring training games from Jupiter, Florida.

Polls: How would you deal with Matt Holliday’s absence?

A series of questions to determine what you would do if you were the St. Louis Cardinals, having to decide how to deal with Matt Holliday’s unexpected time out of the lineup.