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Archive for September, 2012

The most damaging loss of the Cardinals season?

The St. Louis Cardinals final West Coast road trip (and a non-winning record in their final four games) may lead to a grueling travel schedule this coming week.

On this date in Cardinals history: September 29

On this date in 1963, the greatest St. Louis Cardinal player of all time, Stan Musial, played in his final game.

Wainwright calls wild card win while Chipper shrugs

If St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright is looking ahead to the National League Division Series, Atlanta third baseman Chipper Jones doesn’t appear concerned about it.

Cardinal talk: KXnO FOX Sports Radio: Winning when it counts

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

Lance Lynn a throwback to Ernie Broglio

Lance Lynn has done something no other St. Louis Cardinals pitcher has accomplished since 1960.

Jason Motte nearing a very unusual record

Jason Motte has every one of the St. Louis Cardinals saves in 2012 and is on track to become only the sixth closer ever to do so.

Molina becomes 2012 Cardinals’ fifth 70-RBI man

The 2012 St. Louis Cardinals reached another offensive balance milestone on Saturday, this one in run production.

Cardinal talk: KXnO FOX Sports Radio: Wrigley opener

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

Are expectations for Carpenter too high?

Vote on what you think would be an acceptable result from St. Louis Cardinals Chris Carpenter’s 2012 debut.

Molina, Simmons and Cardinals 20 home run hitters

Five 2012 St. Louis Cardinals have 20 or more home runs, but one, catcher Yadier Molina, really stands out.

Will Lohse’s win rate translate into Cy Young success?

Looking at the top winning pitchers in recent seasons to evaluate one aspect of Kyle Lohse’s 2012 Cy Young Award candidacy.

Musial’s career numbers being chased

Looking at several records set by Hall of Famer Stan Musial being approached by today’s MLB stars.

On this date in Cardinals history: September 16

This date in 1924 was arguably the biggest day in Hall of Famer Jim Bottomley’s career.

Cardinals may soon have first-ever five 20-home run hitters

The St. Louis Cardinals have three hitters with 20 or more home runs and two more with 19. We look at how that distribution stacks up in team history.

Vote now for your 2013 Cardinals top prospects

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

Cardinal talk: KXnO FOX Sports Radio: Road trip ugly

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

St. Louis Cardinals “catcher’s ERAs”

Looking at runs scored against the St. Louis Cardinals by the catcher then behind the plate.

On Jason Motte and home run balls

Looking into St. Louis Cardinal Jason Motte’s numbers compared to other MLB closers.

On McGwire and Berkman – at second base?

Why couldn’t the 2012 St. Louis Cardinals re-use a lineup trick first deployed by Tony La Russa in September 2000?

Cardinal talk: KXnO FOX Sports Radio: Don’t overlook Milwaukee and San Diego

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.

2012 St. Louis Cardinals reach historic heights at second base

The identity of the tallest men to ever play second base for the St. Louis Cardinals may be very surprising. We’ve seen three this season alone.

Troy Tulowitzki versus Chris Carpenter?

Could minor league fans see two recovering MLB heavyweights meet in Springfield on Saturday?

Carpenter, Miller and playoff-race piggybacking

Will Chris Carpenter return to starting in September for the St. Louis Cardinals? Who might his pitching partner be?

On Shelby Miller, major leaguer

Reversing field, the St. Louis Cardinals reportedly plan to have Shelby Miller make his major league debut in September.

Cardinals last four losses historically bad

The St. Louis Cardinals have been outscored by 31 runs over their last four games – one of the four worst stretches in team history.