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Archive for September, 2011

Vote for your Cardinals NLDS roster

The St. Louis Cardinals face a number of decisions as they set their first-round playoff roster. Who would you select and why?

Vote for your Cardinals NLDS starting pitchers

The St. Louis Cardinals have a number of choices as they set their playoff rotation. Who would you start and why?

Cardinal Talk: KXnO FOX Sports Radio: Game 162 (and 163?)

Brian Walton’s weekly discussion about the 2011 St. Louis Cardinals with Jim Brinson of KXnO FOX Sports Radio 1460 in Des Moines.

Walton with Rains duo on radio Tuesday

Replay of St. Louis Cardinals minor league talk on St. Louis Sports Radio 1380 from Tuesday afternoon.

Putting Cardinals double plays into perspective

How the 2011 St. Louis Cardinals’ rate of hitting into double plays compares to other teams past and present.

Cardinals announce Tiebreaker Game and NLDS ticket sales

Tickets go on sale Monday for St. Louis Cardinals’ potential Thursday game with Atlanta and first-round series against Atlanta.

Carpenter’s lack of support includes more double plays

No NL pitcher has more no-decisions in 2011 than St. Louis Cardinal Chris Carpenter. The offense is hitting into more double plays and scoring fewer runs when he takes the mound.

Will the Phillies determine their playoff opponent?

Whether or not the Philadelphia Phillies have a wild card preference, they may have a major hand in its selection.

Cardinal Talk: KXnO FOX Sports Radio: Can they do it?

Brian Walton’s weekly discussion about the 2011 St. Louis Cardinals with Ken Miller and Jim Brinson of KXnO FOX Sports Radio 1460 in Des Moines.

Molina joins top four doubles-hitting Cardinals catchers of all time

St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina is only the fourth catcher in team history to collect 30 doubles in a season.

Vote now for your Cardinals top prospect list

Join in reader voting on top St. Louis Cardinals prospects on The Cardinal Nation message board.

Can the Cardinals break “The Curse of Octavio Dotel”?

The St. Louis Cardinals’ well-traveled reliever previously joined four teams in pennant races. None of the them reached the playoffs.

Milwaukee cleaned up when St. Louis could not

Looking at the splits to help understand why Milwaukee is leading the National League Central and St. Louis is not.

Cardinal Talk: KXnO FOX Sports Radio: Ready for Philly

Brian Walton’s weekly discussion about the 2011 St. Louis Cardinals with Ken Miller and Jim Brinson of KXnO FOX Sports Radio 1460 in Des Moines.

Jocketty-TLR-Pujols in Cubbie blue?

Could the St. Louis Cardinals’ 2006 World Champion GM-manager-star trio be lured to Chicago’s North Side?

Ex-Cardinal Andy Benes points to team’s problems

A former St. Louis Cardinals pitcher says the Pujols contract situation and lack of vocal leadership has affected the current team’s results.

Chris Carpenter’s contract extension: Pro and con

The St. Louis Cardinals and pitcher Chris Carpenter have reportedly agreed to continue their long marriage for two more years. Is it good or bad news?

Before Rzepczynski came Mierkowicz

The St. Louis Cardinals’ current Scrabble point champion tied a former player from 1950.

Rochester to wait another year for Batavia sale

If the St. Louis Cardinals’ New York-Penn League affiliate is not sold over the winter, Rochester Community Baseball will be back to operate the Batavia Muckdogs for a fifth year.

Cardinal Talk: KXnO FOX Sports Radio: Looking at call ups

Brian Walton’s weekly discussion about the 2011 St. Louis Cardinals with Jim Brinson of KXnO FOX Sports Radio 1460 in Des Moines.

Eck joins Pepsi MAX Field of Dreams roster

Former Cardinals closer and Hall of Famer Dennis Eckersley is voted onto 11-man dream team.

Cardinals shadowy complaints reflect badly

Apparently legitimate concerns over late afternoon shadows making play dangerous could have been handled more discreetly by the St. Louis Cardinals.

Scoring the Cardinals’ “Scrabble”

In Scrabble scoring, how does Marc Rzepczynski stack up compared to others in the St. Louis Cardinals organization?

What course will the Cardinals chart next?

With declining attendance and the future of Albert Pujols to be determined, how will the St. Louis Cardinals approach this off-season?

Cardinals Broadcast to the Troops is Friday night

FOX Sports Midwest This One’s For You telecast will connect Missouri National Guard troops in Afghanistan with home.

Walton with Rains duo on radio Thursday

Replay of St. Louis Cardinals minor league talk on St. Louis Sports Radio 1380 from Thursday afternoon.