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Is Pat Neshek on Edward Mujica’s Trail?

The St. Louis Cardinals’ most dependable reliever during most of the season, Pat Neshek, is scuffling when the team needs him most. It is reminiscent of the Edward Mujica situation in 2013.

Cardinals First Base Options Could be Expanded

Why do the St. Louis Cardinals seem to have so many outfielders and so few first basemen?

Waino’s Big Year Slipping Away

Two recent data points indicate St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright’s Cy Young Award chances are declining.

Help United Way While Helping Yourself to Cardinals Baseball

Hall of Fame induction, Chris Carpenter bobbleheads and special-price tickets make August 15-16 a great time to head to Busch Stadium for St. Louis Cardinals baseball.

Will a Devalued Taveras Follow Rasmus’ Path Out of Town?

Is Oscar Taveras heading for a Colby Rasmus-like scenario in which he is devalued before being traded away?

Will Joe Kelly Be the Cardinals Wild Card?

If the St. Louis Cardinals add another starting pitcher via trade, could that mean a different role for Joe Kelly?

On Cardinals Mulder, Garcia and Lynn

The cries of concern over the contract the St. Louis Cardinals gave injured left-hander Jaime Garcia are reminiscent of those expressed over Mark Mulder six years ago.

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.

Handicapping Cardinals Wednesday Rotation Options

Looking at who might make the start for the St. Louis Cardinals in Jaime Garcia’s place on Wednesday.

Brewers, Lucroy Draw All-Star Attention Any Way Possible

The Milwaukee Brewers are pushing their all-star catching candidate Jonathan Lucroy by attacking his competition, St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina.

Cardinals Log Ninth Shutout of 2014

Lance Lynn joined Adam Wainwright with his complete game shutout for the 2014 St. Louis Cardinals Tuesday night.

Talking St. Louis Cardinals Prospects and More on WGEM

St. Louis Cardinals prospect talk and more with Josh Houchins of WGEM Sportscenter on ESPN 1440 radio in Quincy, Ill.

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.

Adams, Peralta and Craig are Cardinals RISP strugglers

Three key hitters for the St. Louis Cardinals are not producing consistently with runners in scoring position.

Later evaluation of Rasmus trade still holds promise

The 2011 Colby Rasmus trade was a shocker to many, but the St. Louis Cardinals may benefit further in the future from the deal.

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.

Six-inning Joe Kelly may have been a better idea

Articulating a concern different from some others with how Friday’s St. Louis Cardinals home loss was managed.

The weight of expectations on Cardinals shortstops

The bar was set too high for St. Louis Cardinals shortstop Pete Kozma. Is it happening again for Aledmys Diaz?

What might the Cardinals learn from the Braves and Kimbrel?

Atlanta has locked up its closer, Craig Kimbrel. By the end of this season, the St. Louis Cardinals will have to decide the contract fate of Jason Motte.

Ex-Cardinals, now Angels doing their thing

Checking what two former St. Louis Cardinals crucial to the club’s 2011 World Championship are up to.

Aledmys Diaz, meet Pete Kozma

Comparing results with the bat between a prospective St. Louis Cardinals shortstop and a former one.

Why Chris Carpenter fans should pull for Josh Beckett

Two star pitchers have battled a debilitating nerve condition. One is still fighting the fight – with the support of the other.

Could Holliday’s own eventual free agency shape his opinion?

Matt Holliday wants to see Major League Baseball change its free agent compensation rules. In a few years, he could be in a situation to take advantage.

Holliday wants free agent compensation rules changed

St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Matt Holliday joins those who feel some Major League Baseball free agents are being unfairly restricted.

Identifying late-blooming Cardinals prospects

A look back at prospect rankings of five St. Louis Cardinals-developed future major leaguers.

Looking back at Law’s number 10 Cardinals prospects

Reviewing the last name on ESPN’s Keith Law’s most recent six St. Louis Cardinals top 10 prospect lists.

Cardinals Winter Warm-Up photos: Monday, 1/20/14

St. Louis Cardinals photos from Monday’s third and final session of the 2014 Winter Warm-Up at St. Louis’ Hyatt Regency at the Arch.

Cardinals Winter Warm-Up photos: Sunday, 1/19/14

Selected St. Louis Cardinals player photos from Sunday’s second day of the 2014 Winter Warm-Up at St. Louis’ Hyatt Regency at the Arch.

Cardinals Winter Warm-Up photos: Saturday, 1/18/14

Selected St. Louis Cardinals player and executive photos from Saturday’s first day of the 2014 Winter Warm-Up at St. Louis’ Hyatt Regency at the Arch.

Of course, three eligible Cardinals filed for arbitration

St. Louis Cardinals Peter Bourjos, Jon Jay and Daniel Descalso are following the defined process to establish their 2014 salaries via MLB’s arbitration process.

How Motte could help Martinez become 2014’s Wacha

Returning reliever Jason Motte could enable Carlos Martinez to become a key late-season boost to the 2014 St. Louis Cardinals rotation.

Are the Reds and Cardinals heading in opposite directions?

The Cincinnati Reds are having trouble finding the money to keep key players, unlike their divisional rival from St. Louis.

Projected top five St. Louis Cardinals stories of 2014

A look ahead to what may be the top stories surrounding the St. Louis Cardinals in 2014.

Past predictions: TCN blog’s top five Cardinals stories of 2013

A look back at the top projected stories across the St. Louis Cardinal nation in 2013 from last January.

Young Cardinals hometown pride

Year-end articles from emerging St. Louis Cardinals players’ hometown papers.

TCN blog 2013 top story #3: Molina’s MVP bid

The days when some pundits trashed the St. Louis Cardinals for signing catcher Yadier Molina for a five-year, $75 million contract have long passed.

TCN blog 2013 top story #5: Wainwright’s continuing leadership

Adam Wainwright began the year with the news that he would have to lead the St. Louis Cardinals rotation without mentor Chris Carpenter. He carried a heavy load, leading MLB in innings pitched and tying for the National League wins with 19.

TCN blog 2013 top story #9: Chris Carpenter finally gives in

The 2013 St. Louis Cardinals did not have their veteran ace for the second consecutive year. Following the season, with his contract up, Chris Carpenter decided to retire.

TCN blog 2013 top story #10: Seamless closer transition

The St. Louis Cardinals unexpectedly replaced their closer multiple times during 2013 – and did so without much turbulence.

TCN blog 2013 top story #11: Young bullpen guns

The St. Louis Cardinals had to place unexpected responsibility on a trio of bullpen rookies in 2013 – and they answered.

TCN blog 2013 top story #12: The Freese-Bourjos trade

Following the 2013 season, the St. Louis Cardinals traded away two top 2011 contributors in an attempt to improve their 2014 play in centerfield.

TCN blog 2013 top story #13: Steady, unsteady rotation middle

Looking into the 2013 seasons of four members from the middle of the St. Louis Cardinals rotation.

TCN blog 2013 top story #14: Peralta, PEDs and penalties

The St. Louis Cardinals added a new shortstop but the size of the contract given a previously-suspended PED user alarmed some across the game.

TCN blog 2013 top story #16: Missing Motte

The St. Louis Cardinals’ closer sat out the entire 2013 season, but the team thrived anyway.

TCN blog 2013 top story #18: Beltran walks again

The St. Louis Cardinals’ top home run hitter in 2012 and 2013 has left the club as a free agent.

2014 Cardinals tender/non-tender predictions

Three eligible St. Louis Cardinals should receive contract offers for 2014, but one may not.

It is easy to cry “foul” over prospering cheaters

It will be interesting to see if Major League Baseball and its players’ union could develop new penalties that would limit lucrative free agent contracts given to previously-suspended PED users.

“What’s with the name, Jhonny?”

Questions about the spelling of his first name have followed new St. Louis Cardinals shortstop Jhonny Peralta for over a decade.

Jhonny Peralta pros and cons for the Cardinals

Rumors have a deal between free agent shortstop Jhonny Peralta and the St. Louis Cardinals close. Early views from fans have been mixed.

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.

Agent says Chris Carpenter will retire

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

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?

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.

Matt Holliday, Mr. 30/20

Outfielder Matt Holliday reached the 30 doubles, 20 home runs plateau for the eighth season, four-plus times with the St. Louis Cardinals.

Yadier Molina’s four seasons in one

Considering the potential impact of Yadier Molina’s knee problems on him, his MVP hopes and his team’s won-loss record.

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?

Kozma is what we thought he is

The offense from St. Louis Cardinals shortstop Pete Kozma has been on a free fall since his surprising September of 2012.

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.

Charting Chris Carpenter’s comeback

How might St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Chris Carpenter’s path to return to the majors be scheduled?

Workload worries for Beltran, Molina and Wainwright

Looking at how season-to-date at-bats and innings pitched could end for three key St. Louis Cardinals All-Stars.

Yadier Molina joins New Balance team

St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina will be endorsing New Balance athletic shoes.

Cleto lost via waivers – expect more of the same

In what I see as an expected element of ongoing improvement, the St. Louis Cardinals lost another player via waivers on Sunday, pitcher Maikel Cleto.

Pete Kozma, Michael Wacha and the . . . Play of the Decade?

One play can make a difference in the career of a young and promising pitcher.

Play like a Cardinal, Play like an MVP

In a very controversial move, St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina was ejected on Sunday. It wasn’t the first time.

What should the Cardinals do with Mitchell Boggs?

One of MLB’s top set up men in 2012 is struggling badly in 2013. What should be done about it?

The cowardice of Twitter users claims another

Former St. Louis Cardinals reliever Chris Perez was forced to delete his Twitter account due to angry Cleveland Indians fans.

Poll: Which Cardinals pitcher is most likely to get sent down?

The St. Louis Cardinals will apparently have to option out a pitcher on Wednesday. Who do you think it will be?

Who should start for St. Louis in Garcia’s spot?

Reviewing various starting pitching options for the St. Louis Cardinals in Jaime Garcia’s absence.

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.

Will 2013 be the last of Mujica?

The current closer of the St. Louis Cardinals, Edward Mujica, is eligible to become a free agent following this season.

Will Seth Maness be another Brad Thompson?

Is it a bad thing for some to compare new St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Seth Maness with another former Cardinals hurler, Brad Thompson?

What might be wrong with Mitchell Boggs?

The St. Louis Cardinals stellar set up man in 2012 lost his interim closer job and now is struggling in his old role. A former major leaguer offers his feelings as to why.

Greinke admits mistake calling out Carpenter in 2011

Former Brewers pitcher Zack Greinke wishes he had not made critical comments about St. Louis pitcher Chris Carpenter before the 2011 NLCS.

Molina Records website open for business

St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina’s new record label has established a web presence.

Memphis Redbirds all-time opening day starters

A look back at every opening day pitcher in the 16-year history of the Triple-A Memphis Redbirds.

Joe Kelly signing session and autographed 8×10 giveaway

Meet St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Joe Kelly at the St. Louis Sports Co on Thursday, April 11 and win a free autographed 8×10 photo here at The Cardinal Nation blog!

Yadier Molina starts record label

The St. Louis Cardinals catcher is entering the music business.

Adams should be pulling for Carpenter and Kozma

Why Matt Adams should be the biggest backer of defensive success by Matt Carpenter and Daniel Descalso with St. Louis.

Cards’ spotlight is directly on Joe Kelly and Shelby Miller

Just 10 games into spring training, St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny is almost ready to declare his fifth starter.

Don’t forget to thank Pujols for Wacha

Spring pitching phenom Michael Wacha would likely not be a St. Louis Cardinal had Albert Pujols remained.

Cardinals middle infield situation in same muddled place

Despite a lot of activity, the bottom line for the St. Louis Cardinals middle infield has barely changed since the end of 2012.

World Baseball Classic begins late Friday night

Five St. Louis Cardinals players will soon be taking leave from the club’s spring training camps to participate in the 2013 World Baseball Classic.

Carpenter, Lohse and Dave Duncan’s impact

Comparing ERAs of St. Louis Cardinals pitchers with and without Dave Duncan as pitching coach.

Adams’ MLB chances take a knee (or two)

First baseman Matt Adams’ chance of making the St. Louis Cardinals out of spring camp took a couple of blows over the weekend.

Chris Carpenter overreaction reaction

Considering the current state of the St. Louis Cardinals rotation and beyond.

Can Freese learn from the Cardinals’ 2009 arbitration cases?

The St. Louis Cardinals came down to the last days on a pair of arbitration hearings in 2009. Could it happen again with David Freese in 2013?

Players Union should follow Holliday’s lead on PED penalties

St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Matt Holliday doesn’t believe current penalties for performance enhancing drugs are strict enough.

Cardinals Winter Warm-Up photos: Monday, 1/21/13

St. Louis Cardinals photos from Monday’s third and final session of the 2013 Winter Warm-Up at St. Louis’ Hyatt Regency at the Arch.

Cardinals Winter Warm-Up photos: Sunday, 1/20/13

Selected St. Louis Cardinals player photos from Sunday’s second day of the 2013 Winter Warm-Up at St. Louis’ Hyatt Regency at the Arch.

Arbitration filing amounts by Cardinals Freese, Rzepczynski and Motte

The St. Louis Cardinals exchanged arbitration figures with David Freese, Marc Rzepczynski and Jason Motte on Friday.

Projected top five St. Louis Cardinals stories of 2013

A look ahead to the top projected stories across the Cardinal Nation in 2013.

Cardinals, arbitration-eligible five prepare to exchange salary amounts

The St. Louis Cardinals have five players eligible for salary arbitration in 2013. Two key milestones in the process occur this week.

Is Lohse’s delay the system or a price-demand mismatch?

Kyle Lohse is part of a subset of qualifying free agents still looking for a contract. Is the problem the system or his price?

Reviewing predictions: TCN Blog’s top five Cardinals stories of 2012

A look back at the top projected stories across the Cardinal Nation in 2012 from one year ago.

TCN Blog 2012 Cardinals top story #4: Molina, team MVP

Veteran St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina continues to improve each season. 2012 was no exception.

TCN Blog 2012 Cardinals top story #5: Lohse’s contract year

Veteran right-hander Kyle Lohse made what appears to be his final St. Louis Cardinals season a memorable one.

TCN Blog 2012 Cardinals top story #8: Berkman’s fade

Another major contributor to the St. Louis Cardinals 2011 World Championship missed most of 2012 due to a series of injuries.

TCN Blog 2012 top story #9: Carp’s injury and comeback

The St. Louis Cardinals relied heavily on Chris Carpenter in 2011, but the veteran right-hander was unavailable for much of 2012.