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Draw a Bulls Eye on Cardinals Hitters

Never before have as many St. Louis Cardinals batters been hit by opposing pitches than in 2014’s first half. The Cards also seem to retaliate less often than other clubs.

Cardinals First-Half Hitting Does Not Stand Test of Time

The St. Louis Cardinals hitting in the first half of the 2014 was among the worst in the last century.

Cardinals First-Half Pitching Compares Well

By some measures, the St. Louis Cardinals pitching in the first half of the 2014 was among the best in the last century.

Cardinals SS and C Batting Fourth and Fifth is Very Rare

It has been almost a century since the first two times the St. Louis Cardinals shortstop and catcher batted fourth and fifth. Hall of Famers Rogers Hornsby and Miller Huggins were directly involved.

Cardinals Triple Plays Are Not Game Changers

Rarely if ever does a St. Louis Cardinals game change its trajectory after the defense executes a triple play.

With Perfect Night, Carpenter Joins Some Big Cardinals Names

St. Louis Cardinals third baseman Matt Carpenter became the 21st player in team history to reach base every time in a game with at least six plate appearances.

The Benefits of Cardinals Bunting

The St. Louis Cardinals made a major effort to add team speed in 2014. It had rarely been evident until Saturday.

Celebrating George Kissell, the Hall and The Cardinal Way

The St. Louis Cardinals’ most influential teacher ever was passed over in the organization’s 2014 Hall of Fame selections.

Cardinals to don 1929 uniforms on Sunday

The St. Louis Cardinals and Chicago Cubs will wearing throwback uniforms from 1929 on Sunday night’s nationally-televised game.

Cardinals Hall of Fame announcement Wednesday

The three or four members of the St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame Class of 2014 will be announced before Wednesday’s game.

Cardinals RBI leaders on pace for just 81

In just four of the last 45 years did the St. Louis Cardinals’ team RBI leaders through 22 games have fewer than in 2014.

Guess who is leading the Cardinals in hitting?

Who would have guessed that after three weeks, big first baseman Matt Adams would be leading the St. Louis Cardinals in batting average and multi-hit games?

Discussing Cardinals Hall of Fame ballot and voting

With just a few days remaining in 2014 voting for the St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame, the club’s Brian Finch and I discuss the process and candidates.

Lynn’s Milwaukee gem in historical context

Lance Lynn dominated hot-starting Milwaukee’s lineup Monday night. He has done the same kind of thing before.

Brian Finch on St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum

One of the principals of the new St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum discusses the behind-the-scenes preparation and opening the new facility.

Talking Cardinals Hall of Fame with Marilyn Green

A guy normally asking the questions has the shoe on the other foot in a Q&A session about the new St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame.

Reader poll – Which two should be Cardinals Hall of Famers?

A pre-vote for your two favorites among the eight to appear on the first St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame ballot.

Ozzie and Gibson discuss their most memorable games

Two St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Famers to recount their most unforgettable games on MLB Network.

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.

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.

Cardinals September hitting equals Kozma’s season

Halfway through September, the St. Louis Cardinals are on their way to their worst final month in terms of batting average in team history.

Who was the best minor league acquisition in Cardinals history?

The St. Louis Cardinals have acquired many players over time, but which minor league addition became the best as a major leaguer?

How rough is the Cardinals current stretch historically?

The St. Louis Cardinals have lost seven in a row, including four straight at Pittsburgh, with run scoring at a premium. Just how bad is it?

Red, Brock Peterson, Mike Ryba and George Watkins

On Saturday night, Brock Peterson became the oldest St. Louis Cardinal to collect an RBI in his first MLB at-bat since at least 1935.

Siegrist hits the record books before allowing a run

Left-handed pitcher Kevin Siegrist set a St. Louis Cardinals record and placed on the MLB top 10 all-time list for scoreless appearances to open a career.

How does nine winning Cardinals starting pitchers compare?

Through 91 games, the St. Louis Cardinals have collected wins from nine different starting pitchers 12 different times, including this season.

Carpenter sets a painful St. Louis Cardinals record

Matt Carpenter has taken the lead on an unenviable St. Louis Cardinals career list – most hit by pitches in a game. We look back at other oft-plunked Cardinals.

Matheny to manage first double-header

A look back at St. Louis Cardinals double-headers since 1996.

Will Michael Wacha meet or exceed Joe Magrane?

The career WAR of fast-risers to St. Louis points to Joe Magrane as closest to average. Will new arrival Michael Wacha meet or exceed Magrane’s results?

Wacha to join Carpenter and Drew as Cardinals’ fastest risers

A look at the players who reached the St. Louis Cardinals the soonest after being drafted.

Baseball and Memorial Day – a time to remember

Memorial Day is a time to remember those who have protected our freedom. Baseball plays a part.

Tyler Lyons, Andy Rincon and Dizzy Dean

Looking at effective first-game starters in St. Louis Cardinals history who also collected a hit.

Miller, Wainwright with best pair of Cards starts in over 50 years

Game scores put recent St. Louis Cardinals pitching dominance of Shelby Miller and Adam Wainwright into historical perspective.

The Shelby Miller lists

Comparing Shelby Miller’s almost-perfect game to others in St. Louis Cardinals team and Major League Baseball history.

St. Louis Cardinals players best at bunting

Lists of St. Louis Cardinals players with the most bunt hits and sacrifices in recent years.

Scoreless pitching streak in Cardinals top three all-time

The St. Louis Cardinals’ string of scoreless innings pitched reached 39 before ending on Sunday.

50 years ago, the Grapefruit League was far less complicated

Almost all of Major League Baseball’s growth over the last 50 years fed the Cactus League, creating travel distance issues in Florida.

Now batting, number 19, Stanley Musial

A long search leads to proof when and where the greatest St. Louis Cardinals player of all time once wore number 19, rather than his well-known number 6.

Remembering Stan Musial on WFAN Radio

I joined host Lori Rubinson on WFAN Radio in New York to discuss the life of the late Stan Musial.

Cardinals number 12s on 12/12/12

A look back at some prominent St. Louis Cardinals to have worn the number 12 jersey.

Musial faced MLB’s last left-handed shortstop – sort of

A left-handed thrower designated as shortstop appeared in the field in 1954 as part of a unique attempt to retire Stan Musial at the plate.

Ex-Cardinals greats Marion and Breadon on Hall of Fame ballot

A former owner and shortstop behind some very successful St. Louis Cardinals clubs of the past will soon receive another chance at induction to the Baseball Hall of Fame.

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.

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.

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.

Lance Lynn a throwback to Ernie Broglio

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

On bad Cardinals losses and making the post-season

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

Remembering the 1982 St. Louis Cardinals

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

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.

Cardinals double their pleasure against Cubs

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

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.

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.

Beltran’s big May continues

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

2012 Cardinals tied for best start in modern era

With a 9-3 record through the first 12 games of the season, the 2012 St. Louis Cardinals have tied the club-record best start since 1900.

Cardinals all-time Scrabble leaders by decade

The top Scrabble-scoring names by decade in St. Louis Cardinals team history.

St. Louis Cardinals all-time All-Scrabble team

The top Scrabble-scoring names by position in St. Louis Cardinals team history.

Cardinals where are they now? – LaPoint and Ryde

The paths of a St. Louis Cardinals pitching star from the 1980s and a failed big-bonus outfield signing from 2007 have come together in Rockland County, New York.

The St. Louis Cardinals Canadian MVP

Which Canadian-born player contributed the most to the St. Louis Cardinals?

Red Schoendienst celebrates his 89th birthday

St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Famer Red Schoendienst is still in uniform after 70 seasons in professional baseball.

St. Louis Cardinals open virtual museum

The St. Louis Cardinals have a new online museum designed to help fill the gap until the physical one is re-opened someday.

Roy Oswalt and Cardinals number 44

If pitcher Roy Oswalt signs with the St. Louis Cardinals, will his familiar number 44 be available?

Yadier Molina and Walker Cooper

What might we learn from a time in history when the St. Louis Cardinals got rid of the best catcher in the National League instead of paying him what he deserved?

Matheny is youngest, but not really youngest

New Cardinals manager Mike Matheny becomes the youngest current manager in MLB, but only 14th-youngest St. Louis skipper in the last century.

More on Pujols’ World Series Game 3 hitting marks

All-time ranking of some of St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols’ hitting feats accomplished Saturday night in Game 3 of the 2011 World Series.

Pujols ties MLB greats with three-homer performance

St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols had a performance for the ages on Saturday night, hitting three home runs against the Texas Rangers in a 16-7 win in Game 3 of the 2011 World Series.

Cardinals World Series Game 2 pitching leftovers

Looking at Thursday’s pitching performances by Jaime Garcia and Jason Motte of the St. Louis Cardinals in historical context.

Cardinals World Series offensive records

Top St. Louis Cardinals World Series hitting stats in team history.

Carpenter ties Gibson in Cardinals post-season wins

Chris Carpenter’s seventh post-season win tied him with Hall of Famer Bob Gibson for the most in St. Louis Cardinals history.

Pujols cracks top ten MLB post-season homer, RBI lists

With a huge game in NLCS Game 2 Monday night, St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols moved into the MLB career top ten in post-season home runs and RBI.

Was Carpenter’s the best clutch playoff start in Cardinals history?

Looking at the best playoff pitching performances in the history of the St. Louis Cardinals.

Road warriors fare well in NLDS Game 5’s

The away team has won the last three National League Division Series-deciding Game 5’s. That should be good news for the St. Louis Cardinals, right?

Freese has a night for the record books

St. Louis Cardinals third baseman David Freese drove in four runs Wednesday night. Only one player had more RBI in a post-season game in team history.

Molina joins top four doubles-hitting Cardinals catchers of all time

St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina is only the fourth catcher in team history to collect 30 doubles in a season.

La Russa-Duncan and 40-year-old hurlers

Looking back at the St. Louis Cardinals’ use of aged pitchers since 1996.

Cardinals past fast finishes

During their long history, the St. Louis Cardinals have come back from some large deficits to take over first place.

Who is this former St. Louis Cardinal?

Help is needed to identify a one-time St. Louis Cardinals player.

La Russa’s last reliever standing

The St. Louis Cardinals used their entire bullpen in Friday night’s loss to Cincinnati. It is a rarer occurrence than you might think.

Keith Hernandez and his overbearing father/hitting coach

An earlier St. Louis Cardinals hitting star relied on his father for regular hitting instruction, like Colby Rasmus is today.

Pujols chasing hit milestones, too

St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols is moving up career hit lists while improving his 2011 totals as well.

Bitter blogger Chass rips another Hall of Famer Gibson

Upcoming Curt Flood HBO special serves as Trojan horse for a writer’s attack on an ex-star player.

Baseball by Positions: A great resource

An introduction to a new site that offers a different look at baseball from a historical perspective.

Theriot’s chase of Rajah, The Man and The Machine ends

The 20-game hitting streak of St. Louis Cardinals shortstop Ryan Theriot ended on Wednesday night, short of past team greats.

D-Money chasing Big Mac and The Machine

In terms of crucial RBI for the St. Louis Cardinals, Daniel Descalso’s 2011 start trails only Mark McGwire and Albert Pujols in the last 60 years.

Saying goodbye to another old ballpark

The seats from long-time home of the Arkansas Travelers, Ray Winder Field, were given away last weekend.

Cardinals pitchers log best three-game series since 1972

The St. Louis Cardinals had a trio of unusually well-pitched games this past weekend – their best in almost four decades.

Deep Time Baseball Venues in St. Louis

Our Cardinals Social Media Night contest submissions continue with a look back at old-time ballparks in St. Louis.

Cardinals declines from second place

Looking back at when the St. Louis Cardinals declined from second place one year to a poorer finish the next.

Cardinals seasons going from second place to first

Looking back at when the St. Louis Cardinals improved from second place one year to first place the next.