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Cardinals quality start streak pushing 1973 run

With another quality start on Monday night in Philadelphia, the St. Louis Cardinals rotation would establish their longest string of quality starts since 1973.

Lohse adds to list of Cardinals tough-luck starts

Kyle Lohse deserved a win on Saturday after tossing seven innings of one-run ball for the St. Louis Cardinals, but instead took a no-decision.

Rasmus’ unusual run-scoring day

On Thursday, St. Louis’ Colby Rasmus did something only four other Cardinals in team history had accomplished in a single game.

Freese’s six RBI in historical context

St. Louis Cardinals third baseman David Freese drove in six runs against the Atlanta Braves Thursday afternoon. We tell you how unique that is.

Penny matches Wainwright stingy streak

Two St. Louis Cardinals hurlers have current runs of four starts of seven innings or more and two or fewer earned runs. The last time it was done even once to start a season was in 1973.

Wainwright extends streak to four in Saturday loss

Three St. Louis Cardinals starters are working on pitching streaks of six innings or more while allowing two or fewer runs.

Carp’s 10K report

Chris Carpenter added his name to an exclusive list on Thursday night with his second consecutive ten-strikeout game for the St. Louis Cardinals.

Cardinals starting streak broken at seven; not close to record

The St. Louis Cardinals’ run of seven consecutive starts of seven innings or more allowing two or fewer runs ended Tuesday night in Arizona. The team record may be 12, set in 1944.

Penny extends Cardinals starting streak to seven

The St. Louis Cardinals are working on run of seven consecutive starts of seven innings or more allowing two or fewer runs.

Wainwright extends Cardinals best streak in almost a quarter century

With his complete game on Sunday, St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Adam Wainwright extended the team’s streak of seven or more innings pitched while allowing two or fewer earned runs to six games, longest since 1986.

Garcia extends Cardinals best starting streak since 1993

The St. Louis Cardinals are working on run of five consecutive starts of seven innings allowing two or fewer runs.

Lopez’ and Carpenter’s Friday feats

Felipe Lopez and Chris Carpenter powered the Cardinals to a comeback win over the Mets Friday. Each man’s feat was notable in the context of team history.

The Cardinals’ Mike Leakes

Brothers Lindy and Von McDaniel along with Bob L. Miller joined the St. Louis Cardinals in the 1950’s without playing in the minor leagues first.

Pujols’ four runs scored put him in elite company

When he crossed the plate four times on opening day, Albert Pujols tied for the fourth-most such games in St. Louis Cardinals history.

Long-living former Cardinals

Stan Musial isn’t the oldest or even second-oldest former St. Louis Cardinals player living. The latter is the relatively-unknown Freddie Schmidt.

Current Cardinals heritage spans eight decades

Those working for and around the St. Louis Cardinals today reach back to the 1940’s.

When Musial didn’t wear number 6

A search through baseball history is underway to identify a most unusual Stan Musial photo.

Breadon outshines Busch and DeWitt as Cardinals owner

Passed over in the Hall of Fame veterans committee vote was the winningest St. Louis Cardinals owner ever, Sam Breadon.

Don’t retire Herzog’s number – a different approach

Rather than retiring the number of every new Hall of Famer, the St. Louis Cardinals need a two-tiered system.

Herzog follows top Cardinals managers to Cooperstown

Whitey Herzog and the other six most-winning St. Louis Cardinals managers in club history are either in or locks for the Hall of Fame.

Ballpark Village holding Cardinals Museum hostage

St. Louis Cardinals history remains in mothballs while development project flounders.

Breadon among deserving Hall of Fame candidates

The St. Louis Cardinals owner during a record period of prosperity is being considered for election to Baseball’s Hall of Fame.

Cardinals top minor league manager – Chris Maloney

No Cardinals minor league skipper with at least six years of service has won a higher percentage of regular season games than Chris Maloney.

Tough Friday defeat invokes memories of past 1-0 Cardinals losses

Looking back at recent 1-0 St. Louis Cardinals defeats, including Friday’s game with Atlanta

Top Cardinals minor league managers – 1966 to present

Re-starting an earlier series by reviewing the top St. Louis Cardinals minor league managers in a number of statistical categories

Carpenter approaching Gibson superiority

Cardinals pitcher Chris Carpenter’s win, low hits allowed and strikeout rates are now in Bob Gibson territory. That is a pretty rare place, indeed.

Pineiro misses 15th win but top starting trio close to history

Joel Pineiro is striving to join two St. Louis Cardinals teammates with 15 or more wins. It would be just the 21st time for the franchise since 1901.

For Ludwick, five and five is a serious number

On Friday, Cardinals outfielder Ryan Ludwick had five hits and five RBI, a rare combination

Can the Cardinals sweep 2009 NL individual awards?

The 2009 St. Louis Cardinals have serious contenders for each of the major National League individual awards. To pull it off, they would have to go where no team has gone before.

Trever Miller time is strikeout time

The St. Louis Cardinals left-hander is sitting down opposing hitters at a historic rate.

1800’s AA player stats ok, but team stats are not

The Cardinals don’t recognize 10,000 wins, but the records set by their players during their early, unrecognized years are in the books

Smoltz’ fast Cardinals start approaches… Andy Rincon?

St. Louis Cardinals pitcher John Smoltz has gotten out of the blocks quickly with his new team – almost as fast as did Andy Rincon back in 1980.

Not recognizing 10,000 wins ignores American Association

The Cardinals aren’t the only club to not recognize play during the 1880s while in the American Association, but not doing so muddies the historical water

Cardinals assert team history began in 1892

Controversy over 10,000th win drives explanation by Cardinals organization

Rasmus youngest to share Cardinals walk-off record

22-year-old Colby Rasmus already has two walk-off home runs this season, tying the franchise record

Molina approaching Cards catching single-season steals leaders

The Cardinals post-1932 franchise season record for stolen bases by a catcher is held by three men. Believe it or not, Yadier Molina is approaching – fast.

Carpenter’s historic strikeout-to-walk ratio

In 2009, St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Chris Carpenter is delivering the best season in franchise history in terms of strikeout-to-walk ratio

Cardinals spring training demographics

Who attends St. Louis Cardinals spring training games and how often do they do it?

Pujols: 100 is a serious number

On Saturday, Albert Pujols drove in his 100th run of the season, again.

DeRosa: Long balls at a record pace

New Cardinals third baseman Mark DeRosa has eight home runs in his first 22 games with the team

Pujols: Extra bases in bunches

Albert Pujols has two games with multiple extra-base hits this week, something he has done with great frequency

Cardinals quiz of the day: August 6, 2009

Who is the only St. Louis Cardinal to drive in seven runs in a game without the benefit of a home run?

When Houston was on the Cardinals’ side

Calling out a pair of excellent articles by Houstonian Bill McCurdy that look back at some notable players from the Cardinals’ affiliate in Houston. Yes, THAT Houston.

Pujols moves up on list of Cards last at-bat winning hits

Albert Pujols’ last at-bat game-winning hit on Wednesday was the 28th of his career

MLB needs to respect Hall of Fame inductions

Why does Major League Baseball play a full slate of games during their annual Hall of Fame induction ceremony?

Pineiro carries the load

St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Joel Pineiro carried his club to a win with his arm and his bat on Sunday.

Carp’s scoreless games can’t touch Gibby

Chris Carpenter’s 12th scoreless eight-inning outing Friday night puts him “just” 55 behind the great Bob Gibson

Pujols’ 2009 multi-homer games approach Big Mac land

With two more multiple home run games, Albert Pujols would tie Mark McGwire for the most in a Cardinals season

Cardinals Triple-A All-Star Game history

Jess Todd is the Cardinals organization’s 38th player named to the Triple-A All-Star Game since its 1988 inception.

Pineiro: Quietly Effective

Joel Pineiro’s complete game three-hitter against Milwaukee on Thursday wasn’t his first such gem this season.

Pujols does it for the 15th time: five RBI

Albert Pujols put the St. Louis Cardinals on his back again on Friday night in Cincinnati.

Where have the Cardinals walk-offs gone?

After averaging eight walk-offs per season, the St. Louis Cardinals have just one here in 2009.

Carpenter’s streaks end

Chris Carpenter’s six runs on 11 hits on Tuesday broke an impressive run of pitching.

Bob Gibson: “Who will buy my memories?”

Former St. Louis Cardinals great Bob Gibson is selling his baseball memorabilia at auction.

Cards and their fans get “Super Freaked”

On Monday night, the Giants’ Tim Lincecum dominated the Cardinals – again.

Cardinals in-season trades since 1964

Going back to Lou Brock for Ernie Broglio (and others), we have St. Louis Cardinals trades made during the season.

Cardinals vs. Twins – Regular season history

The St. Louis Cardinals and Minnesota Twins have met 15 times in the regular season prior to this weekend. Kyle Lohse had the last start for the Twins – in 2001.

Pineiro delivers career-best outing

St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Joel Pineiro shut out the New York Mets on two hits Tuesday.

Carpenter extends stingy streak

St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Chris Carpenter has gone ten games and counting without allowing more than six hits or three runs.

First Cards home run trifecta in almost two years

Until Friday, the St. Louis Cardinals hadn’t hit three home runs in an inning since July of 2007.

Rasmus among youngest Cards with four hits in a game

With four hits on Friday, Colby Rasmus is only the 15th youngest Cardinal since 1954 to accomplish the feat.

Pujols: one-man home run band

Albert Pujols tied the second-longest home run streak for the St. Louis Cardinals since 1954 until broken on Tuesday.

Pujols approaching Cards consecutive home run mark

On Saturday, Albert Pujols slammed consecutive home runs for his 27th time as a Cardinal.

Cards high-walk games occurring at record pace

The 2009 St. Louis Cardinals pitching staff is issuing walks in large groups with high frequency.

Carpenter’s current streak approaches Gibson in 1968

Chris Carpenter can tie a 41-year-old St. Louis Cardinals record with a fifth consecutive shutout start on Saturday.

More on Cardinals stinginess streaks

Curious about the best St. Louis pitching performances over five games and more during the last 50 years? If so, it’s right here!

The Milwaukee Cardinals?

The St. Louis Cardinals almost moved to Milwaukee in 1953. How might it have changed the face of the game?

Book review: “St. Louis Cardinals Past & Present”

A new photographic essay by Doug Feldmann covers the Cardinals’ rich history.

La Russa’s coaching legacy: Part two

The Cardinals manager’s staffs have been very static in recent years. It is a two-edged sword.

Where is La Russa’s legacy being passed? – Part one

Should the extent of a coach’s tree be a part of how he is assessed with the greats?

Los cincos de los Cardenales de San Luis

On Cinco de Mayo, a quick run through some of the players who have worn the number “5” for the St. Louis Cardinals over the years.

A Decade of Cardinals Grannies

Putting Albert Pujols’ Saturday grand slam into historical context.

Cardinals youth movement continues through NRIs

Colby Rasmus and David Freese will be the most St. Louis Cardinals non-roster players to make their MLB debut to open a season since 1998 and tie for tops in the La Russa era.

Cardinals minor league franchise census since 1974

The eighth look at St. Louis Cardinals minor league franchises offers a summary of all locations by season over the last 35 years.

Cardinals in the Gulf Coast, Arizona and Pioneer Rookie Leagues

The seventh in-depth look at St. Louis Cardinals minor league franchises continues with their complex rookie league club, currently the Gulf Coast League Cardinals.

Cardinals in Triple-A – 1977 to present

The sixth in-depth look at St. Louis Cardinals minor league franchises continues with their Triple-A entries, currently the Memphis Redbirds of the Pacific Coast League.

Cardinals in Double-A – 1966 to present

The fifth in-depth look at St. Louis Cardinals minor league franchises continues with their Double-A entry, currently the Springfield Cardinals of the Texas League.

September: Time for Cardinals streaks

Reviewing winning and losing streaks registered by recent St. Louis Cardinals baseball clubs

Cardinals in the Florida State League – 1966 to present

The fourth of six in-depth looks at St. Louis Cardinals minor league franchises continues with their Class A-Advanced Florida State League entry, currently the Palm Beach Cardinals.

Cardinals results against left- (and right-) handed starters

How have the St. Louis Cardinals fared against left-handed starting pitchers and at what frequency?

Trends in Cardinals left-handed and switch hitters

2009 signals a change in the traditional make up of the St. Louis Cardinals roster with the potential for the fewest number and left-handed and switch-hitters since 1999.

Three more Cardinals injuries ahead this spring?

Looking at a typical number of disabled St. Louis Cardinals players to start the season and wondering about any possible correlation with the team’s won-loss record.

La Russa’s lineups – a historical view

A 13-year analysis of St. Louis Cardinals Manager Tony La Russa’s defensive deployment of his starters as well as his starting lineups.

Quad Cities: Cardinals top minor league club has a long history

The St. Louis Cardinals Single-A entry, currently the Quad Cities River Bandits, is their top affiliate in terms of wins and playoff appearances. This is the third of six in-depth looks at the history of the Cardinals system’s minor league clubs.

St. Louis Cardinals streaks – a brief history

Looking back at winning and losing streaks registered by past St. Louis Cardinals baseball clubs

Cardinals in the Appalachian League – 1975 to present

The second of six in-depth looks at St. Louis Cardinals minor league franchises continues with their Appalachian League entry, the Johnson City Cardinals.

Cardinals in the New York-Penn League – 1981 to present

The first of six in-depth looks at St. Louis Cardinals minor league franchises begins with the New York-Penn League

A quarter century of Cardinals minor league results

A new series highlighting St. Louis Cardinals minor league results system-wide from 1984 through 2008.

La Russa’s lineup combinations increasing

The St. Louis Cardinals manager’s use of different daily lineups is trending upward and 2009 is shaping up to offer more of the same.

Cardinals non-roster invitees – an update

Revisiting current and past St. Louis Cardinals non-roster invitees to their major league spring training camps.

Cardinals emergency pitchers – 1996-2008

Since Tony La Russa has managed the St. Louis Cardinals, he has called upon non-pitchers to take the mound eight different times. The most recent three were by Aaron Miles. Who will get the mop-up job in 2009?

Who gets Cardinals number seven?

With second baseman Adam Kennedy on the waiver wire, what will the St. Louis Cardinals do with the uniform number 7?

Cardinals spring training second base failures

Trying 30-something year old second basemen off the scrap heap in spring training in recent years hasn’t proven to answer St. Louis Cardinals’ needs.

Breaking down Cardinals September call-ups

Are the St. Louis Cardinals bringing up more players from the minor leagues in September? Are more of them prospects, as compared to veterans? What about the ones passed over?

Cardinals arbitration history – 1974-2008

With Rick Ankiel and Ryan Ludwick heading for arbitration hearings, how have the St. Louis Cardinals fared in these salary disputes over the years?

Cardinals first-year players and rookies – 1996-2008

Breaking down which St. Louis Cardinals players debuted during the Tony La Russa years and which exhausted their rookie status in the process.

The changing face of Cardinals NRIs – Part two

In the second of two-part look at St. Louis Cardinals non-roster invitees, we look at past players that made the major league club out of spring training and some others that fell short.

The 2008 All Ex-Cardinals Team

56 players that were once St. Louis Cardinals property played elsewhere in the majors last season, to be joined by 15 more next year. How many of them were really a loss to the organization?

Mac declines La Russa’s suggestion to speak up

Tony La Russa suggested Mark McGwire come to spring training – and answer questions from the media. Big Mac passed on both.

The Cardinals “Let ‘em Go” Team

Looking back at some of the wise player departures from the St. Louis Cardinals this decade.