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Archive for October, 2013

Cardinals open at 10/1 odds to win 2014 World Series

Initial odds for next year’s World Series indicate two new favorites.

Cardinal Talk: KXnO FOX Sports Radio: World Series elimination time near

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

Cardinals’ Lynn just misses out on big Super 2 payout

St. Louis Cardinals right-hander Lance Lynn fell short of arbitration eligibility by three days.

Cardinals rank eighth in one view of system rankings

Baseball America has used a formula to order minor league organizations based on top prospects by league.

Why do foreign substances have to be a gray area?

Major League Baseball’s rule on the use of foreign substances by pitchers is clear. Enforcement is not.

The obstruction rule and call

Game 3 of the 2013 World Series ended on a very unusual play that the umpires got right.

Cardinal Talk: KXnO FOX Sports Radio: World Series knotted

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.

The Red Sox already knew Baby Pedro well

The Boston Red Sox originally signed pitcher Carlos Martinez but the St. Louis Cardinals picked him up after his original contract was voided.

Was Boston’s Lester loading up baseballs?

Photo and video of Wednesday’s World Series Game 1 Boston starter Jon Lester suggest the possibility of a foreign substance in his glove.

Cardinals and Red Sox World Series odds

Looking the odds associated with the 2013 World Series.

Help the United Way and win World Series Game 3 tickets

The United Way of Greater St. Louis is raffling off prime tickets for Saturday’s World Series Game 3 at Busch Stadium.

On Michael Wacha and Steve Carlton

Two high-profile 22-year-old pitchers for the St. Louis Cardinals faced the Boston Red Sox in the World Series – 46 years apart.

Wacha boldly goes where no man has gone before

St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Michael Wacha has put his name in the post-season record books.

Cardinal Talk: KXnO FOX Sports Radio: Closing down the NLCS

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

Talking Cardinals NLCS on CBS Sports Radio 920 in St. Louis

St. Louis Cardinals post-season and prospect talk with Rene Knott and Joe Roderick on CBS Sports Radio 920 in St. Louis.

Summarizing Baseball America’s top Cardinals prospects by league

12 St. Louis Cardinals players are listed 13 times among Baseball America’s top prospects by league.

Agent says Chris Carpenter will retire

According to his agent, St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Chris Carpenter will retire as an active player.

Cardinals have longest odds among MLB’s final four

Looking at how the odds to win the two pennants and the World Series have shifted since April. As the LCS opened, the St. Louis Cardinals had the longest odds of the final four.

Cardinal Talk: KXnO FOX Sports Radio: Setting up the NLCS

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.

Parabola Power: Field Geometry Helps the Cardinals Win

Could the power of the parabola be a contributor to the success of the St. Louis Cardinals?

Help the United Way and win NLCS Games 1/2 tickets

The United Way of Greater St. Louis is raffling off prime tickets for Friday and Saturday’s NLCS Games 1 and 2 at Busch Stadium.

Poll: Who are your Cardinals NLCS starting pitchers?

Who should start for the St. Louis Cardinals in Games 1 and 2 of the NLCS in St. Louis this weekend?

Lou Brock-related St. Louis Cardinals trivia

With Hall of Famer Lou Brock throwing out the ceremonial first pitch prior to Wednesday night’s Game 5 of the National League Division Series, researcher Tom Orf offers up a quick and timely bit of trivia.

Talking St. Louis Cardinals NLDS on WGEM

St. Louis Cardinals post-season talk with Josh Houchins of WGEM Sportscenter on ESPN 1440 radio in Quincy, Ill.

Remember why Wacha is with St. Louis and be thankful

Simply put, the St. Louis Cardinals have Michael Wacha because they don’t have Albert Pujols. This gift is set to keep on giving for many years to come, but even in 2013, it has been a good deal.

Counting out the Cardinals Kelly is not new, but still a bad idea

The St. Louis Cardinals are starting Joe Kelly on Sunday against Pittsburgh’s Francisco Liriano. Many chalked up a Pirates’ win in advance. I am not so sure.

Cardinal Talk: KXnO FOX Sports Radio: Trying to keep the Jolly Roger down

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 improve again in Major League Baseball odds

Looking at how the odds to win the two pennants and the World Series have shifted since April. For the St. Louis Cardinals, the odds are continuing to move in the right direction.

Help the United Way and win NLDS Game 2 tickets

The United Way of Greater St. Louis is raffling off two pairs of prime tickets for Friday’s NLDS Game 2 at Busch Stadium.

Will the Cardinals’ momentum carry into the post-season?

Looking at past St. Louis Cardinals season-ending results and comparing them to post-season outcomes.