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Archive for October, 2011

Former Cardinal P.J. Walters welcomes newborn

A new son has joined the family of ex-St. Louis Cardinals pitcher P.J. Walters.

Cards invite fans to celebrate 11th World Championship Sunday

St. Louis Cardinals World Championship celebration starts with Sunday Victory Parade. Tickets to Busch Stadium Ceremony will be available Saturday.

Cardinals World Series Game 6 and Game 7 factoids

Putting St. Louis’ 10-9 World Series Game 6 win into historical context while looking ahead to Friday’s Game 7.

Cardinal Talk: KXnO FOX Sports Radio: Elimination avoidance

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.

World Series Game 6 – the good and the bad

No matter how you think the 2011 World Series might end, there is history to reinforce your view.

Two of a record 65 Cardinals relief changes that did not work

The St. Louis Cardinals set a post-season record for the most pitching changes, but two of them made on Monday night did not work as intended.

More on Pujols’ World Series Game 3 hitting marks

All-time ranking of some of St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols’ hitting feats accomplished Saturday night in Game 3 of the 2011 World Series.

Pujols ties MLB greats with three-homer performance

St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols had a performance for the ages on Saturday night, hitting three home runs against the Texas Rangers in a 16-7 win in Game 3 of the 2011 World Series.

Cardinals World Series Game 2 pitching leftovers

Looking at Thursday’s pitching performances by Jaime Garcia and Jason Motte of the St. Louis Cardinals in historical context.

Cardinals World Series offensive records

Top St. Louis Cardinals World Series hitting stats in team history.

Cardinals familiar with Rangers at the Triple-A level

Many St. Louis and Texas players have faced off before – in the Triple-A Pacific Coast League.

Sports Talk with Bo Mattingly: Setting the World Series

Brian Walton’s discusses the 2011 St. Louis Cardinals’ World Series bid on Sports Talk with Arkansas sports radio’s Bo Mattingly.

Looking forward to a Cardinals designated hitter for once

After an .071 average from their designated hitters in the 2004 and 2006 World Series, the St. Louis Cardinals can look to more from Allen Craig in 2011.

MLB games drawing high levels of social media activity

St. Louis Cardinals-Philadelphia Phillies NLDS Game 5 was third-most commented upon sporting event last week.

Cardinal Talk: KXnO FOX Sports Radio: Anyone’s series

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.

Money will not buy the 2011 MLB title

The top nine payroll teams in Major League Baseball are at home watching the LCS, with seven of them having missed the playoffs entirely.

Carpenter ties Gibson in Cardinals post-season wins

Chris Carpenter’s seventh post-season win tied him with Hall of Famer Bob Gibson for the most in St. Louis Cardinals history.

Cardinal Talk: KXnO FOX Sports Radio: Carp goes again

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

Flap over Cardinals ticket seating to Brewers party

The St. Louis Cardinals have angered some of their visitors from Milwaukee due to their NLCS seating policy for player families and friends.

Cardinals Monday leftovers worth consuming

First baseman Albert Pujols and the St. Louis Cardinals logged a number of milestones in their NLCS Game 2 victory Monday night.

Pujols cracks top ten MLB post-season homer, RBI lists

With a huge game in NLCS Game 2 Monday night, St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols moved into the MLB career top ten in post-season home runs and RBI.

Was Carpenter’s the best clutch playoff start in Cardinals history?

Looking at the best playoff pitching performances in the history of the St. Louis Cardinals.

Walton on RotoWire Fantasy Sports Monday on Sirius/XM

Brian Walton joins Jeff Erickson on RotoWire’s Fantasy Sports Today on Sirius 211 / XM 147 at 11:30 A.M. Central on Monday.

Greinke gives Cardinals additional motivation

On the eve of NLCS Game 1, Milwaukee starter Zack Greinke ripped St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Chris Carpenter.

LCS television schedule announced

Major League Baseball has announced television plans for the 2011 League Championship Series.

Cardinal Talk: KXnO FOX Sports Radio: One goes home

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.

Road warriors fare well in NLDS Game 5’s

The away team has won the last three National League Division Series-deciding Game 5’s. That should be good news for the St. Louis Cardinals, right?

Freese has a night for the record books

St. Louis Cardinals third baseman David Freese drove in four runs Wednesday night. Only one player had more RBI in a post-season game in team history.

Cardinal Talk: KXnO FOX Sports Radio: Avoiding elimination

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.

Sizing the NLDS impact on St. Louis’ economy

According to a new report, the National League Division Series will generate $5.2 million per game to the St. Louis region.

Time to end the MLB in-game interviews

St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa criticized the umpiring on camera during Sunday’s NLDS Game 2.

Cardinals post-season roster questions

Clarifying options available to the St. Louis Cardinals in setting their 2011 NLDS roster.

Cardinals announce NLDS roster

The St. Louis Cardinals have announced their NLDS roster, consisting of 11 pitchers and 14 position players.