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Archive for 2012

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.

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.

Another angle on a Wainwright extension

A couple of other comparative contact cases to consider in the context of Adam Wainwright.

Cardinal talk: KXnO FOX Sports Radio: In the ivy

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

If the Cardinals can’t keep Wainwright, what is the best consolation prize?

Considering various timing and action alternatives by the St. Louis Cardinals regarding Adam Wainwright’s contract.

How much will it take for the Cardinals to keep Wainwright?

Looking at Adam Wainwright’s contract situation in comparison to other big deals across MLB.

Could Jon Jay be traded?

Wondering out loud if the St. Louis Cardinals would consider a trade of their centerfielder for pitching for the second consecutive season.

MLB needs to show its Hall of Fame inductions more respect

Why does Major League Baseball continue to schedule games during their own Hall of Fame induction ceremonies?

Cardinals double their pleasure against Cubs

The St. Louis Cardinals hit nine doubles off Chicago Cubs pitching on Saturday night.

Red, Whitey and Tony to appear in Cooperstown Saturday

Hall of Famers Red Schoendienst and Whitey Herzog plus Tony La Russa to appear at Saturday Hall of Fame Awards Presentation.

Cardinal talk: KXnO FOX Sports Radio: It’s the Cubs!

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

Cardinals having run-scoring problems

Since the All-Star break, the St. Louis Cardinals have scored no more than three runs in all six games.

On Cardinals pitchers speed to the majors

Looking at pace to the majors in innings-pitched, rather than calendar time.

Cardinals last at-bat road comeback wins

A look back at a rare, but satisfying method of winning a baseball game.

What does the Trevor Rosenthal promotion mean?

Looking at the St. Louis Cardinals pitching prospect’s surprising jump from Double-A to the majors from multiple angles.

Cardinal talk: KXnO FOX Sports Radio: Seeing Reds

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.

Walton on Rains radio show to discuss Cardinals trade bait

Brian Walton’s St. Louis Cardinals Thursday segment with Rob and B.J. Rains on St. Louis Sports Radio 1380.

Don’t miss Thursday Darryl Kile special

The late St. Louis Cardinals pitcher is being remembered a decade after his passing in a Thursday night television special.

Barret Browning’s historic perfect start

To begin his MLB career, the St. Louis Cardinals reliever has gone four games of 4 1/3 innings without allowing a single baserunner, tying a record.

Cardinals “minor league guy” is a Canuck, eh?

The St. Louis Cardinals top position player prospect, outfielder Oscar Taveras, carries a Canadian passport.

Alternate baseball programming over the All-Star break

Kansas City Royals and St. Louis Cardinals specials planned on FOX Sports Midwest this week.

Cardinal talk: KXnO FOX Sports Radio: Catching Fish

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.

MLB All-Star Final Vote process loses any credibility

The lengths to which Major League Baseball is going to generate interest in the All-Star Game have crossed the line, in my opinion.

Cardinals run-scoring in consecutive innings

When the St. Louis Cardinals can score in four consecutive innings, they generally win.

Be the Cardinals GM: Who to trade?

Who should the St. Louis Cardinals consider making available in trade and which prospect should they keep?

Cardinal talk: KXnO FOX Sports Radio: Taming the Bucs

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

Two homers in one inning against Cards pitching not that rare

Wednesday night marked the 17th time since 2000 that two different St. Louis Cardinals pitchers allowed home runs in the same inning.

Be the GM: What do the Cardinals need most?

What need should the St. Louis Cardinals address first in the trade market?

Molina chasing Simmons for best HR season by a Cardinals catcher

Through 75 games, only one catcher in St. Louis Cardinals history had more home runs than does Yadier Molina this season.

Walton on RotoWire Fantasy Sports Monday on Sirius/XM

Brian Walton joined Jeff Erickson and Chris Liss on RotoWire’s Fantasy Sports Today on Sirius 211 / XM 147 at noon Central on Monday.

Could it be déjà vu for the 2012 Cardinals and trading?

Will right-handed pitcher Shelby Miller join former top organizational prospect Colby Rasmus as trade bait for the St. Louis Cardinals?

Cardinal talk: KXnO FOX Sports Radio: Another shot at KC

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 organization roster matrix: 2012 short season

The St. Louis Cardinals full system view reflects rosters for the 2012 regular season and short-season clubs.

What is new at The Cardinal Nation?

Taking notice of new St. Louis Cardinals-related content on the main site, TheCardinalNation.com.

Cardinals prepare for designated hitter in Detroit

Due to the schedule, the St. Louis Cardinals are the last MLB team to deploy the designated hitter in 2012. Here’s how they fared in the past against Tigers pitching.

New I-40 Cup to recognize Cardinals-Brewers Triple-A annual winner

Two National League Central clubs’ top farm teams have created a tangible remembrance of the season victor between the Memphis Redbirds and Nashville Sounds.

Cardinal talk: KXnO FOX Sports Radio: Interleague continues

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.

Lance Lynn tops Dizzy Dean but still chases Bob Gibson

OK, it was just one stat over two starts, but St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Lance Lynn logged two rare high-strikeout games.

How often did the Cardinals score so few despite so many hits?

It isn’t very often that the St. Louis Cardinals manage to score no more than one run on 11 or more hits, but that is what they did on Tuesday night.

Can MLB’s television blackouts be cracked in court?

A lawsuit was filed last month, alleging antitrust violations by Major League Baseball in the area of television blackouts.

How rough was the Cardinals’ last 30 days?

Looking back at the St. Louis Cardinals’ play over the last 30 days does not provide comfort.

Cardinal talk: KXnO FOX Sports Radio: Facing the Tribe

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.

Walton on Rob Rains radio show to discuss the St. Louis Cardinals

Brian Walton’s St. Louis Cardinals Friday segment with Rob and B.J. Rains on St. Louis Sports Radio 1380.

Separated at birth: Billy Bob and Dave Duncan?

The film adaptation of the best-seller “Three Nights in August” is slated to have Billy Bob Thornton playing Tony La Russa’s long-time confidante and pitching coach Dave Duncan.

Who is your Cardinals’ sixth starter?

Jaime Garcia’s health remains a concern for the St. Louis Cardinals. Vote on how to replace him if needed.

Cardinal talk: KXnO FOX Sports Radio: Escaping The Big Apple

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

Astros improving while Cardinals winning less in minors

Comparing two rivals’ minor league systems results over the first two-plus months of the 2012 season.

The Cardinals could do well to consider State College

The St. Louis Cardinals New York-Penn League club spent just one year in Pennsylvania, back in 2006, but the time might be right to consider it again.

Cardinal talk: KXnO FOX Sports Radio: The Big Apple

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.

Varied Cardinals weekend ahead in New York

In a series changing daily, the St. Louis Cardinals will be visiting the New York Mets for four games starting Friday.

Cardinals to appear on MLB Network four times in June

Out-of-market St. Louis Cardinals fans will have four additional opportunities to see their club on television during June.

Tony La Russa, future oil baron?

The former St. Louis Cardinals manager is seemingly everywhere – including North Dakota oil fields.

Has Salas hit The Verducci Effect?

An ineffective Fernando Salas has been sent down to Triple-A Memphis. Was his increased workload in 2011 a factor?

Cardinal talk: KXnO FOX Sports Radio: Under .500 in May

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.

Friday’s Cardinals telecast to feature soldiers in Afghanistan

FOX Sports Midwest’s annual “This One’s For You” telecast will be seen by troops across the world on American Forces Network.

Beltran’s big May continues

Carlos Beltran is approaching one of the 10 most productive Mays in recent St. Louis Cardinals history.

Which Cardinals injury will prove to be worst?

Vote for which player injuries will have the greatest impact on the 2012 St. Louis Cardinals.

Talking Cardinals changes on WGEM

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

Walton on RotoWire Fantasy Sports Monday on Sirius/XM

Brian Walton joined Jeff Erickson and Chris Liss on RotoWire’s Fantasy Sports Today on Sirius 211 / XM 147 at noon Central on Monday.

Walk-off walks: a Cardinals history

Since 1952, the St. Louis Cardinals have been involved in 43 games that ended with a base on balls.

Cardinal talk: KXnO FOX Sports Radio: Reeling on the coast

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.

More Cardinals World Series replica ring promotions coming

Five more chances coming to pick up your copy of the 2011 St. Louis Cardinals World Series ring.

What’s with all the helmet throwing, anyway?

A specific epidemic of bad behavior toward umpires has hit baseball this week.

A progression of Cardinals left-handed relievers

Looking back at St. Louis Cardinals’ season-opening left-handed relief pitchers since 1996.

Should Cardinals #5 be retired alongside #10?

The St. Louis Cardinals have retired Tony La Russa’s number 10. Should Albert Pujols be similarly honored in the not-too-distant future?

On this day in Cardinals history: May 13, 1958

St. Louis Cardinals star Stan Musial collected his 3,000th hit 54 years ago today, on May 13, 1958, at Chicago’s Wrigley Field.

Cardinal talk: KXnO FOX Sports Radio: TLR’s time

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.

Walton with Rains radio duo on Cardinals minors

Brian Walton’s St. Louis Cardinals minor league segment with Rob and B.J. Rains on St. Louis Sports Radio 1380.

Interview with Cardinals Hall of Fame shortstop Ozzie Smith

Exclusive interview with the Hall of Fame shortstop in which we discuss St. Louis Cardinals past and present.

The first five Cardinals in the order again go deep

Monday was the second time in St. Louis Cardinals’ history that their first five hitters launched home runs.

Batavia game gets Pettitted-out

A Sunday Triple-A game has been moved for the second time, with the most recent reason being most unusual.

Cardinal talk: KXnO FOX Sports Radio: Hitting the road

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.

17 strikeouts one off Cardinals worst outing ever

St. Louis Cardinals hitters had an unusually futile day with strikeouts on Thursday.

How rare is a stolen base by a Cardinals pitcher?

Jake Westbrook did something Thursday that has occurred only 64 times prior – a St. Louis Cardinals pitcher stealing a base.