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Poll: How Should Cardinals Best Use Alex Reyes?

Alex Reyes is dominating in long relief while the St. Louis Cardinals starters are struggling. Should a change be made?

Heavy Workloads Catching up with Rosenthal, Maness and Siegrist?

Has heavy workload over the last three seasons led to injury problems faced by three key St. Louis Cardinals relievers?

Walton on Reyes on The Afternoon Drive

Brian Walton discusses Alex Reyes’ immediate future and the tradeoffs involved with bringing him to St. Louis.

How Should Gold Glove Affect Kelly’s Prospect Ranking?

St. Louis Cardinals prospect Carson Kelly won the 2015 minor league Gold Glove Award at catcher. How much should that improve his prospect status relative to others?

How Good is Matt Carpenter’s .500 June OBP?

Putting St. Louis Cardinals third baseman Matt Carpenter’s June on-base mark into historical context.

Cardinals Organization Roster Matrix: 2016 Draft and Short Season

The St. Louis Cardinals’ full system view by position and level incorporates the 2016 Draft and reflects rosters for 2016 short season play.

What Kind of Player Should Kolten Wong Be?

Is seven games at Triple-A enough to reverse two months of shaky offense and to learn a new position defensively?

Wainwright On Pace for Cardinals Pitching RBI Record

St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright already has 10 RBI through his club’s first 61 games in 2016, a historic pace.

Carpenter Chasing Musial’s Four-Hit Record

St. Louis Cardinals third baseman Matt Carpenter is trying for his third straight four-hit game at Milwaukee on Wednesday.

Hot Take on Carpenter’s Paternity Leave Creates Furor

A fantasy writer took a shot at MLB’s paternity rules, but it looked to many as much more.

The Cardinals Need More Baders and DeJongs This June

There is a consistent lack of home runs across the St. Louis Cardinals minor league system, with a pair of 2015 draftees powering the one club doing well.

Dave Duncan for Cardinals Hall of Fame

Making Cooperstown is going to take time for former St. Louis Cardinals pitching coach Dave Duncan, but there is no reason he could not be inducted into the team’s Hall of Fame as soon as 2017.

Wong Strives to Out-Homer Grichuk

St. Louis Cardinals second baseman Kolten Wong bets that he can hit more home runs than teammate Randal Grichuk.

Ex-Cardinals Peralta and Edwards Take Long Route to Bigs

Two released St. Louis Cardinals farmhands went to independent ball, switched positions and became Major Leaguers.

Molina’s Extra-base Power is Back

St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina’s 90 plate appearance extra-base hit drought is far in the past.

Fryer Passes Altman for Cardinals Initial Consecutive Hits Record

Catcher Eric Fryer’s six hits in his first six at-bats as a St. Louis Cardinal breaks a mark set in 1963.

Joey Butler and Lessons of Early Success

The St. Louis Cardinals have an unexpected early season star in Jeremy Hazelbaker, causing a reminder of a similar emergence and rapid decline of another long shot, Joey Butler, last season.

Cardinals Organization Roster Matrix: 2016 Regular Season

The St. Louis Cardinals’ full system view by position and level reflects moves during 2016 full-season ball.

Cardinals Organization Roster Matrix: 2016 Spring Training

The St. Louis Cardinals’ full system view by position and level reflects moves during spring training 2016.

All the Cardinals’ Catching Eggs are in Kelly’s Basket

Carson Kelly looks to be the only catcher in the St. Louis Cardinals system with a reasonable shot at being ready to replace Yadier Molina in two to three years.

Cardinals Lead MLB in Youthful Manager-Bench Coach Combo

The ages and experience levels of 30 Major League Baseball managers and 30 bench coaches are reviewed in context of the St. Louis Cardinals’ pair.

Cardinals Winter Warm-Up Photos: Monday, 1/18/16

St. Louis Cardinals photos from Monday’s third and final session of the 2016 Winter Warm-Up at St. Louis’ Hyatt Regency at the Arch.

Cardinals Winter Warm-Up Photos: Sunday, 1/17/16

Selected St. Louis Cardinals player and executive photos from Sunday’s second day of the 2016 Winter Warm-Up at St. Louis’ Hyatt Regency at the Arch.

Cardinals Winter Warm-Up Photos: Saturday, 1/16/16

Selected St. Louis Cardinals player and executive photos from Saturday’s first day of the 2016 Winter Warm-Up at St. Louis’ Hyatt Regency at the Arch.

Feds Hurting Cardinals with Limited Hacking Disclosure

Questions linger about who else may have known about former St. Louis Cardinals executive Chris Correa’s illegal access into Houston Astros computer systems.

TCN Blog 2015 Top Story #3: Coming in Second (for Free Agents)

The St. Louis Cardinals just missed out on three of their top free agent targets during the 2015-2016 off-season.

TCN Blog 2015 Top Story #5: The FBI Investigation

In shocking and embarrassing news, the St. Louis Cardinals found themselves under Federal investigation for illegal access into the Houston Astros internal systems.

TCN Blog 2015 Top Story #6: The Rookie Outfield Trio

The 2015 St. Louis Cardinals received unexpected levels of contribution from three first-year outfielders – Randal Grichuk, Stephen Piscotty and Tommy Pham.

TCN Blog 2015 Top Story #7: Lackey the Interim Ace

With ace Adam Wainwright missing most of the 2015 season for the St. Louis Cardinals, veteran John Lackey stepped into the void.

TCN Blog 2015 Top Story #8: Overcoming Pitching Injuries

The 2015 St. Louis Cardinals led MLB in WAR lost due to injury, yet posted a historically-low team ERA.

TCN Blog 2015 Top Story #9: Carpenter’s Consistency

Despite a fatigue scare, St. Louis Cardinals third baseman Matt Carpenter paced his 100-win team’s offense in 2015.

TCN Blog 2015 Top Story #10: Rosenthal Steps Up

St. Louis Cardinals closer Trevor Rosenthal upped his game in 2015, setting the new franchise single-season saves record.

TCN Blog 2015 Top Story #11: Outfield Churn

Expected to be stable in 2015, instead the St. Louis Cardinals outfield turned into a major area of churn with uneven performance, especially in center.

TCN Blog 2015 Top Story #13: Cardinals Hall of Fame Inductees

Four individuals joined the St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame during 2015 – Ted Simmons, Bob Forsch, Curt Flood and George Kissell.

TCN Blog 2015 Top Story #14: Mike Leake Signing

Right-handed pitcher Mike Leake has become the newest member of the St. Louis Cardinals rotation.

TCN Blog 2015 Top Story #15: Jaime Garcia’s Comeback

Left-handed pitcher Jaime Garcia led the 2015 St. Louis Cardinals rotation in ERA and number of doubters.

TCN Blog 2015 Top Story #16: Carlos Martinez’ Breakout

23-year-old Carlos Martinez stepped forward to become one of the most effective starters in the St. Louis Cardinals rotation.

TCN Blog 2015 Top Story #18: Alex Reyes’ Suspension

The St. Louis Cardinals’ top prospect made a second blunder with marijuana use, slowing his impressive march toward the majors.

TCN Blog 2015 Top Story #19: First Base (Mis) Fortune

The St. Louis Cardinals had especially discouraging offensive results from their collection of first basemen in 2015.

TCN Blog 2015 Top Story #20: The Bench Turns Over

The St. Louis Cardinals will have a completely different group of bench players in 2016.

Molina Mourns Trades, Criticizes Management

St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina is already missing traded teammates Tony Cruz and Jon Jay while asserting his team only cares about business.

Matt Adams and The Hammer

Similarity between two slugging first basemen 20 years apart was predicted by a scout five years ago.

Grichuk Makes Topps MLB All-Star Rookie Team

Randal Grichuk of the St. Louis Cardinals is one of the three outfielders included among the 12-man Topps MLB All-Star Rookie Team for 2015.

Who to Believe on the Freddie Freeman Rumors?

Reports conflict as to whether the Atlanta Braves looked into trading first baseman Freddie Freeman.

Could Andrelton Simmons Become Another Ozzie Smith?

There are similarities between the age 26 trades of Ozzie Smith in late 1981 and Andrelton Simmons this week.

Cardinals Organization Roster Matrix: 2015-2016 Off-Season

The St. Louis Cardinals’ full system view by position and level incorporates free agency and reflects rosters during the 2015-2016 off-season.

Talking Cardinals Prospects from Arizona Fall League

Brian Walton went on Brian Stull’s St. Louis Baseball Weekly radio show to discuss St. Louis Cardinals prospects competing in the Arizona Fall League.

Molina’s Mansions

St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina and his family recently moved into larger quarters.

Randal Grichuk’s Powerful 2015 in a Historical View

By several measures, Randal Grichuk’s rookie season was among the best by a young high-strikeout power hitter in MLB history.

Disconnecting Pete Kozma and Aledmys Diaz

Expanding on a Twitter discussion with a person who wanted Pete Kozma off the St. Louis Cardinals during the season.

Piscotty’s First 60 Games Among Best in Cardinals History

St. Louis Cardinals outfielder/first baseman Stephen Piscotty has tied for the sixth-most doubles by any player in team history through their first 60 MLB games.

A History of Cardinals Substance Suspensions

Catcher Cody Stanley’s second suspension is the 32nd affecting the St. Louis Cardinals since 2005.

Stacking up Stephen Piscotty’s First 30 Games in Cardinals History

St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Stephen Piscotty has tied for the fourth-most extra-base hits of any player in team history through their first 30 MLB games.

Cardinals Hall of Fame Induction to Air on FOX Sports Midwest

One-hour, tape-delayed special recapping the St. Louis Cardinals 2015 Hall of Fame Induction Ceremonies premieres Monday, August 17.

Carpenter’s Hot Streak Silences Craig Comparisons

Many of those comparing Matt Carpenter to Allen Craig are singing a different tune now that the third baseman is out of his earlier slump.

Cardinals Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Details

George Kissell, Curt Flood, Bob Forsch and Ted Simmons to be honored at Enshrinement Ceremony. Free, non-ticketed ceremony takes place at 2 p.m. on August 15th at Fox Sports Midwest Live! in Ballpark Village.

Scout.com Cardinals Fantasy Talk on SiriusXM

Brian Walton joined Scout.com’s nightly show on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio to discuss the 2015 St. Louis Cardinals from a fantasy point of view.

Cardinals Fans All-Star Grumblings Unwarranted

I do not see merit in several common complaints being aired by some St. Louis Cardinals fans about the 2015 All-Star Game.

Why Isn’t Stephen Piscotty a First Baseman?

The St. Louis Cardinals backed off on an earlier plan to see if Stephen Piscotty can handle first base, but now they could really use him there.

Nielsen Tops Reyes and Kaminsky at Palm Beach

The Palm Beach Cardinals starter with the best ERA isn’t who you think.

Cardinals Rumored to be on Two July 2nd Signees

The St. Louis Cardinals may be in the lead to sign two top 40 international prospects.

Cardinals Organization Roster Matrix: 2015 Draft and Short Season

The St. Louis Cardinals’ full system view by position and level incorporates the 2015 Draft and reflects rosters for 2015 short season play.

Matt Carpenter on his July Youth Camp, His Dad and His Future

St. Louis Cardinals third baseman Matt Carpenter discusses his post-playing aspirations, his July Youth Camp in Wildwood, Missouri and the impact of his father, Rick.

Bumping into Boras

My chance encounter with famed agent Scott Boras in the Dallas airport on Friday.

Holliday Enters New Top 10 On-Base List

St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Matt Holliday has reached base in 45 consecutive games, tied for 10th all-time for the team.

Cardinals Memorial Day Pregame to Include Special Features

FOX Sports Midwest’s Memorial Day plans include tributes to those who have served our country.

Scout.com Cardinals Fantasy Talk on SiriusXM

Brian Walton joined Scout.com’s nightly show on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio to discuss the 2015 St. Louis Cardinals from a fantasy point of view.

Holliday’s Season-Opening On-Base Streak in Cardinals Top 15

Matt Holliday has reached base in all 23 St. Louis Cardinals games in which he has played in 2015.

Carpenter’s Early Doubles Pace Would be Historic

A major difference in Matt Carpenter last season was a drop in two-base hits. They are back in the early going in 2015.

KXnO FOX Sports Radio: Wainwright’s Injury Aftermath

Brian Walton discusses Adam Wainwright’s injury and the St. Louis Cardinals with Ross Peterson and Chris Williams of KXnO FOX Sports Radio 1460 in Des Moines.

Kaminsky Bests Moya in Top Prospect Showdown

Two top-three prospects in the St. Louis Cardinals and Detroit Tigers systems faced off on Thursday night.

Cardinals Organization Roster Matrix: 2015 Regular Season

The St. Louis Cardinals’ full system view by position and level reflects rosters for the 2015 regular season.

Grichuk vs. Pham vs. Kelly for Cardinals Final Bench Spot

The St. Louis Cardinals have three very different players as apparent competitors for the final spot among its season-opening reserves.

On Pham, Kelly, Roster Cuts and the Cardinals Disabled List

Like all MLB clubs, the St. Louis Cardinals must keep one eye on the rule book while managing the spring training roster.

Cardinals Organization Roster Matrix: 2015 Spring Training

The St. Louis Cardinals’ full system view by position and level reflects rosters for 2015 spring training.

Wainwright’s 2014 First-Half Dominance

St. Louis Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright tied for the 2014 MLB lead in shutouts despite pitching in pain in the second half.

One Less Cardinals Retired Number is Good

The St. Louis Cardinals have re-issued Mark McGwire’s number 25 to bench coach David Bell.

Why Carlos Martinez Cannot be Traded

The St. Louis Cardinals pitcher carries the memory of his late friend and teammate Oscar Taveras with him. In 2015, how could that be anywhere other than in St. Louis?

Former Cardinal Faszholz Named Concordia Hall of Famer

Though Jack Faszholz was only briefly a St. Louis Cardinal, he had a very successful career as an educator and coach.

Adams’ Number Retired by Slippery Rock

The St. Louis Cardinals first baseman’s university retired his number in a recent ceremony.

Barkley, La Russa and Analytics

Here it is 2015, and yet there are still some who cannot or will not accept the value of analytics in the business of sports.

MLB Needs to Get Selling on Pace of Game

Pace of game could be an issue with a future generation of baseball fans, but if so, MLB needs to explain before the idea is taken down from within.

Banks, Musial, McGee Among Never Ejected MLBers

The late Hall of Famers Ernie Banks and Stan Musial are joined by Willie McGee in the top 20 of MLB’s greatest gentlemen on the field of play.

Cardinals, Jay Running Out of Contract Time

An arbitration hearing will be held this month if outfielder Jon Jay and the St. Louis Cardinals cannot agree on the amount for his 2015 contract.

Cardinals Garcia and Orozco in Caribbean Series

Palm Beach outfielder Anthony Garcia and Peoria coach Dernier Orozco are representing Puerto Rico and Venezuela, respectively, in the 2015 Caribbean Series.

Two Dodgers Respect and Target Cardinals

Los Angeles Dodgers Yasier Puig and Clayton Kershaw each made recent comments noting their club’s failures to eliminate the St. Louis Cardinals in the post-season.

Interview: Stan Musial Biographer Joseph Stanton

Exclusive interview with Stan Musial biographer Joseph Stanton.

Keith Hernandez Should Not Be Considered a Met Only

Consider a player’s team Hall of Fame credentials rather than discarding his candidacy because he starred for another team, too.

About Tony Cruz and Bob Uecker

Thinking about two St. Louis Cardinals reserve catchers a half-century apart.

Recapping Cardinals Awards from Writers’ Dinner

A series of St. Louis Cardinals were honored at last Sunday night’s Baseball Writers’ Association Dinner.

Reds-Cardinals Had Their Own “DeflateGate” in 2009-2010

Remembering a series of escalating incidents that began with accusations of improperly rubbed up baseballs in 2009 and 2010.

Cardinals Assign Numbers to Reynolds, Belisle, Walden

The St. Louis Cardinals’ newest additions have official uniform numbers for 2015.

Matt Carpenter’s Dad Rick Wins National Coaching Honor

The father of St. Louis Cardinals third baseman Matt Carpenter is the nation’s top high school baseball coach in 2014.

Cole Hamels and the Doppelgangers

A star baseball player and a television car show host could be brothers – though they are not.

Marco Gonzales’ Dad Becomes Minor League Manager

The father of St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Marco Gonzales, Frank Gonzales, will be managing in the Northwest League in 2015.

Eight Reasons Why the St. Louis Cardinals Could Want More Pitching

The St. Louis Cardinals are reportedly looking at one of three top pitchers to add to their rotation. Here are some potential reasons why.

Three New Arizona First-Time Managers Have Cardinals Ties

Former St. Louis Cardinals Mark Grudzielanek and Joe Mather are among new managers in the Arizona Diamondbacks minor league system.

James Shields and St. Louis Cardinals Non-Rumor Surfaces

A misrepresentation of a Ken Rosenthal remark lead to a new and unfounded rumor, this time connecting James Shields and the St. Louis Cardinals.

Projected Top Five St. Louis Cardinals Stories of 2015

A look ahead to what may be the top stories surrounding the St. Louis Cardinals in 2015.

Past Predictions: TCN Blog’s Top Five Cardinals Stories of 2014

A look back at the top projected stories across the St. Louis Cardinals world in 2014 from last January.