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

Archive for June, 2011

Carpenter throws most pitches since 1998

St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Chris Carpenter is being asked to do more, much more, and so far, is responding. Can the 36-year-old keep it up?

Relief for Cardinals relief

Two St. Louis Cardinals relievers did their jobs Tuesday night, but one once again did not.

Cardinals players hearing it from fans

A guest editorial on direct observations of the decline in decorum from St. Louis Cardinals fans.

Walton joins Rains duo on radio Monday

St. Louis Cardinals minor league talk on St. Louis Sports Radio 1380 at 2 P.M. CDT Monday

Is Pujols worth 20 wins per season?

Comparing the St. Louis Cardinals’ record with and without Albert Pujols.

Cardinals organization roster matrix: 2011 short season

The St. Louis Cardinals full system view reflects rosters for the 2011 regular season and short-season clubs.

Men, not machines

A reminder that player criticism should always have its bounds.

What’s in a name?

Trying to get the little things right – including first names of St. Louis Cardinals’ minor leaguers.

Walton on RotoWire Fantasy Sports Tuesday on Sirius/XM

Brian Walton joins Jeff Erickson and Chris Liss on RotoWire’s Fantasy Sports Today on Sirius 211 / XM 147 at 12:00 p.m. Central on Tuesday.

Baseball by Positions: A great resource

An introduction to a new site that offers a different look at baseball from a historical perspective.

Happy Father’s Day – Do as I say

A non-baseball message for a very special day.

Carpenter and Pujols need to party like it is 2005

The St. Louis Cardinals badly need a major dosage of the Chris Carpenter and Albert Pujols of old.

Cardinals minors first half all-stars: 2011 versus 2010

Looking at St. Louis Cardinals mid-season minor league all-stars at three levels from last season and this.

What about baseball’s realignment?

Recapping some of the key elements of the rumored MLB realignment proposals with a chance to express your opinion.

The Cardinal Nation post-draft minor league activity

The Cardinal Nation site has been an especially busy place since the draft.

Blogger blogging about Rasmus reader comments at another blog

Background for those arriving here looking for comments by Tony Rasmus about his son, St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Colby Rasmus.

Walton joins Rains on KTRS Sunday

Brian Walton joins B.J. Rains on KTRS Radio on Sunday morning for Cardinals minor league talk.

Berkman: Cardinals have winning culture that Houston lost

Former Houston Astros star Lance Berkman compares his old club to his new home in St. Louis.

Theriot’s chase of Rajah, The Man and The Machine ends

The 20-game hitting streak of St. Louis Cardinals shortstop Ryan Theriot ended on Wednesday night, short of past team greats.

How rare is Fernando Salas’ 44-pitch save?

Very few St. Louis Cardinals pitchers have thrown more pitches in securing a save than did Fernando Salas on Tuesday night.

The Cardinal Nation Blog featured on again!

Pujols consecutive walkoffs article with Yardbarker leads to repeat national exposure for St. Louis Cardinals-oriented blog.

Pujols consecutive walkoff homers in extras a rare feat

Sinking the Chicago Cubs with walkoff home runs in extra innings on Saturday and Sunday put St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols in select company.

Heat turned up in Wrigleyville

The Cubs’ general manager may be in trouble and the team is floundering under his choice as skipper.

Dual six-RBI night elicits memories of “The Sandberg Game”

Colby Rasmus and Aubrey Huff both had six RBI on Thursday night. It was only the third time in history a St. Louis Cardinal and opponent did it in the same game.

Lance Lynn’s non-day of rest

A quick look at new St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Lance Lynn’s recent usage history.

Salas: Fastest Cardinal to 10-for-10 in saves

No St. Louis Cardinals closer has ever logged his first ten saves without a blown opportunity faster than Fernando Salas in 2011.