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Archive for October, 2012

Cardinals organization roster matrix: 2012-2013 off-season

The St. Louis Cardinals full system view reflects rosters for the 2012-2013 off-season.

La Russa favors post-series handshakes

MLB special assistant Tony La Russa would like to see greater sportsmanship exhibited by players as post-season series conclude.

Cardinals open at 14/1 to win 2013 World Series

Six teams are viewed to have a better chance to take next year’s World Series ahead of the St. Louis Cardinals.

The unfortunate case of Mark Trentacosta

A drafted player came to terms with the St. Louis Cardinals but was sent home without signing his contract, and ended up losing his collegiate eligibility in the process.

“Dropping” into Memphis’ AutoZone Park

The St. Louis Cardinals Triple-A Memphis Redbirds club tried a sticky ticket promotion.

Long Cardinals post-season run-scoring droughts

While scoring one run in their final 28 innings set a new post-season futility mark for the St. Louis Cardinals, similar problems occurred previously.

Cardinal talk: KXnO FOX Sports Radio: Setting up the off-season

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

2012 Cardinals unearned post-season runs in historical context

How does the St. Louis Cardinals 12 unearned post-season runs allowed compare to past clubs?

Cardinal talk: KXnO FOX Sports Radio: Another elimination game

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

Unearned runs killing Cardinals in post-season

Over 25 percent of the runs allowed by the St. Louis Cardinals in this post-season have been unearned.

Most feast-or-famine offense in Cardinals post-season history

Never before did the St. Louis Cardinals log such a big difference between run scoring in playoff wins versus losses as in 2012.

Cardinal talk: KXnO FOX Sports Radio: Avoiding (an unhappy) flight

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.

Is Ozzie Smith wrong to sell off his memorabilia?

Hall of Fame shortstop Ozzie Smith announced plans to sell much of his memorabilia and plans the throw out the first pitch for NLCS Game 4 Thursday night.

Cardinal talk: KXnO FOX Sports Radio: More than the slide

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.

Fewer Cardinals quality starts but more quality relief

Solid bullpen work has helped the St. Louis Cardinals win a dozen games in the last two post-seasons when their starter left early.

Better Cardinals drafts mean fewer free agents

The construction of the last five St. Louis Cardinals National League Championship Series rosters indicates a major change driven by home-grown talent.

Cardinal talk: KXnO FOX Sports Radio: All the marbles

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.

Cardinals held to three hits twice in NLDS

The St. Louis Cardinals had three or fewer hits just 12 times in 205 prior post-season games, but now it has happened twice in four NLDS contests.

On this date in Cardinals history: October 10

The St. Louis Cardinals won their first World Series on this date in 1926 behind a most unlikely hero – Grover Cleveland Alexander.

Cardinal talk: KXnO FOX Sports Radio: Pivotal Game 3

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.

How would you replace Jaime Garcia?

Considering the St. Louis Cardinals’ roster alternatives if Jaime Garcia is out.

Cardinals first-ever playoff loss with 10-strikeout starter

Adam Wainwright struck out 10 Washington Nationals, but his St. Louis Cardinals lost on Sunday.

Cardinals NLDS pre-game schedules and highlights

Planned activities prior to Sunday’s and Monday’s National League Division Series Games 1 and 2 in St. Louis.

Looking at the Cardinals playoff path ahead

The post-season schedule for the St. Louis Cardinals if they are able to win Friday’s wild card game.

Why Cardinals game 162 may still matter

The St. Louis Cardinals and Cincinnati Reds have already clinched, but NLDS matchups are not yet set.

Second wild card update – Tuesday, 10/2

A quick glance at the race between the St. Louis Cardinals and Los Angeles Dodgers for the second National League wild card after game #160.

Switch-hitting Beltran’s unusual feat

St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Carlos Beltran hit a home run from each side of the plate on Sunday, a rare occurrence.

Second wild card update – Monday, 10/1

A quick glance at the race between the St. Louis Cardinals and Los Angeles Dodgers for the second National League wild card.