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

Archive for August, 2012

Why Pete Kozma over Ryan Jackson?

Wondering why the St. Louis Cardinals elected to promote shortstop Pete Kozma over Ryan Jackson on Friday.

Cardinal talk: KXnO FOX Sports Radio: That’s Natitude

Brian Walton’s Thursday discussion about the St. Louis Cardinals with Ken Miller of KXnO FOX Sports Radio 1460 in Des Moines.

Would you use Lohse to force an early decision from Wainwright?

The St. Louis Cardinals’ two best pitchers this season are heading for free agency this fall and next. Should the team try to lock up the second before losing the first?

It is time for us to stop taking Kyle Lohse for granted

St. Louis Cardinal Kyle Lohse has quietly put together one of the best seasons among National League pitchers.

Holliday, Craig rack up the RBI

Two of the St. Louis Cardinals biggest RBI men padded their totals on Sunday.

Saluting Vin Scully and televised baseball

A very brief history lesson about Major League Baseball games and television – past, present and future!

Cardinal talk: KXnO FOX Sports Radio: Key road trip begins

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

Memphis Redbirds wearing patient-designed jerseys for charity

St. Louis Cardinals Triple-A players are wearing patient-designed jerseys in honor of the 50th anniversary of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Don’t forget about Carlos Martinez

How does Carlos Martinez’ Double-A results stack up against more highly-touted prospects Shelby Miller and Trevor Rosenthal?

Astros mulling future of Tal’s Hill

A long-time rival of St. Louis is considering big changes off the field as well as on.

Garcia joins list of five dominant Cardinals lefties

On Sunday, Jaime Garcia became the sixth left-hander in St. Louis Cardinals history to strike out at least 10 and walk no one in a game.

Cardinals lose Friday in an unusual manner

The St. Louis Cardinals lost Friday night for only the 18th time in team history when their opponent did not have a run batted in.

Cardinal talk: KXnO FOX Sports Radio: Big Bucs series

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

Cardinals, Braves taking different rotation route toward Wild Cards

The St. Louis Cardinals and Atlanta Braves may have both considered a six-man rotation, but the latter is doing it.

What to do when Jaime Garcia returns?

The St. Louis Cardinals will need to make a change to their rotation when Jaime Garcia returns on Sunday. Vote on your preference.

On Shelby Miller’s turnaround

Whether it was a delayed benefit from a no-shake rule or seeing others pass him, St. Louis Cardinals top prospect Shelby Miller has experienced a turnaround recently.

The cost of letting Octavio Dotel go

A look at some estimates at the costs involved in the 2012 St. Louis Cardinals keeping or not keeping reliever Octavio Dotel.

Cardinal talk: KXnO FOX Sports Radio: Phoning from Philly

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

On bad Cardinals losses and making the post-season

Is one decisive defeat an isolated incident or an indication of a bigger problem?

Fully appreciating Octavio Dotel

Wondering how much difference one short-duration member of the 2011 St. Louis Cardinals would have made to the 2012 club.

Matt Carpenter producing as a pinch-hitter

St. Louis Cardinals rookie Matt Carpenter is delivering like a veteran pinch-hitter off an inexperienced bench.

Remembering the 1982 St. Louis Cardinals

Then and now team photos of the 1982 World Champion St. Louis Cardinals.

Cardinal talk: KXnO FOX Sports Radio: Taking stock

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

FOX Sports Midwest 1982 World Series Championship Reunion Weekend

Catch the televised festivities from Busch Stadium this weekend as Whitey, Ozzie, Bruce and many of the St. Louis Cardinals World Champions from 30 years ago will re-assemble.

Talking Cardinals trade deadline on WGEM

St. Louis Cardinals talk with WGEM Sportscenter on ESPN 1440 radio in Quincy, Ill.

What if the Cardinals had traded more prospects?

Comparing the rankings of prospects traded for major leaguers at the non-waiver deadline to St. Louis Cardinals prospects.