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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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

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.

Chris Carpenter overreaction reaction

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

Projected top five St. Louis Cardinals stories of 2013

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

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.

Will Greinke create opportunity for Miller and Rosenthal?

The hot market for free agent pitching could improve the rotation bids of young St. Louis Cardinals starting pitchers.

Cardinals first-ever playoff loss with 10-strikeout starter

Adam Wainwright struck out 10 Washington Nationals, but his St. Louis Cardinals lost on Sunday.

Wainwright calls wild card win while Chipper shrugs

If St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright is looking ahead to the National League Division Series, Atlanta third baseman Chipper Jones doesn’t appear concerned about it.

Would you use Lohse to force an early decision from Wainwright?

The St. Louis Cardinals’ two best pitchers this season are heading for free agency this fall and next. Should the team try to lock up the second before losing the first?

Another angle on a Wainwright extension

A couple of other comparative contact cases to consider in the context of Adam Wainwright.

If the Cardinals can’t keep Wainwright, what is the best consolation prize?

Considering various timing and action alternatives by the St. Louis Cardinals regarding Adam Wainwright’s contract.

How much will it take for the Cardinals to keep Wainwright?

Looking at Adam Wainwright’s contract situation in comparison to other big deals across MLB.

Humber surpasses Wainwright – for one day at least

Philip “Perfect Game” Humber entered baseball’s history books on Saturday. Like Adam Wainwright, he is a Tommy John survivor, but one who took a long route to success.

2012 Cardinals finding unexpected motivation

The many questions about recovering from significant off-season losses seem to be strengthening the 2012 St. Louis Cardinals’ resolve.

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

Selected St. Louis Cardinals player photos from Saturday’s first day of the 2011 Winter Warm-Up at St. Louis’ Hyatt Regency at the Arch. Two executives are also included.

Projected top five St. Louis Cardinals stories of 2012

A look ahead to the top projected stories across the Cardinal Nation in 2012.

The Cardinal Nation Blog 2011 top story #13: Wainwright’s lost season

How many clubs could lose one of their top two starters for the entire season and still win the World Series? The 2011 St. Louis Cardinals could and did.

Losing 20-game winners have not been kind to the Cardinals

While the St. Louis Cardinals have twice experienced the loss of a 20-game winner for the entire next season, neither case turned out well.

Gomes-Wainwright and anger displacement

Many in the Cardinal Nation are upset over Adam Wainwright’s injury. Should they be angry at the Reds’ Jonny Gomes, too?

Cardinals rotation: 2012 question marks

With news of Adam Wainwright’s elbow injury, how does the St. Louis Cardinals rotation look for 2012?

The Cardinal Nation Blog top stories of 2010 #7: Adam the new ace

Performance on the field in 2010 seemed to confirm the passing of the torch of ‘the ace of the St. Louis Cardinals’ from Chris Carpenter to Adam Wainwright.

ERA+ from the Cardinals’ big three

Looking at ERA+ marks by the St. Louis Cardinals’ top three pitchers over the Albert Pujols years.

Wainwright repeats as Allen Watson Award winner

Adam Wainwright again takes our annual recognition for the top hitting performance by a St. Louis Cardinals pitcher.

Wainwright among MLB’s elite, but is it good enough?

Based on success of others before him, St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright’s pace though 113 games may have him on a track to win the Cy Young Award.

Will Wainwright’s home pitching feats continue?

At Busch Stadium, Adam Wainwright has posted among the most impressive results of any pitcher in St. Louis Cardinals history.

The Cardinals ace: A changing of the guard?

Has Adam Wainwright supplanted Chris Carpenter as the St. Louis Cardinals’ ace – on paper, at least?

Wainwright’s big July 4 boom stick

St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright was the team’s top pitcher – and hitter – on Sunday.

Cardinals starters exiting games early

St. Louis Cardinals starters have gone five innings or less in four consecutive games.

Cardinals lead MLB with three starters with sub-3.00 ERAs

Adam Wainwright, Chris Carpenter and Jaime Garcia are among MLB’s top pitchers this season.

Wainwright’s one-run or less outings ends

On Wednesday night, St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright failed in his attempt for a fourth straight one or no run outing of seven innings or more.

Wainwright joins Cardinals two-hit complete game list

Adam Wainwright registered the 97th two-or-less hit complete game for the St. Louis Cardinals since 1952.

A dozen strikeouts for Wainwright not enough

Adam Wainwright pitched a great game for the St. Louis Cardinals against the San Diego Padres on Tuesday night, but great wasn’t great enough.

Quality starts: And then, there was Jaime

Two of three St. Louis Cardinals starters working on quality start streaks saw them end over the weekend.

Wainwright’s quality pitching continues

The St. Louis Cardinals Adam Wainwright has 25 quality starts in his last 26 outings, including all seven in 2010.

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.

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.

The Cardinal Nation Blog top stories of 2009 #3: Cy close and closer

Chris Carpenter and Adam Wainwright led the St. Louis Cardinals pitching staff all season long but fell short in individual recognition.

Wainwright fires at sabermetric voters

St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright tells those who value baserunners more than runs scored where they can stick their views.

Changing Cy Young scoring doesn’t change winner

Using an MVP-like scoring system for the Cy Young Award keeps Tim Lincecum on top.

Would an expanded NL Cy Young Award vote bring a different result?

Would a hypothetical expansion of the 2009 National League Cy Young Award vote to five places have changed the winner?

(Brief) History of the Cardinals Allen Watson Award

Looking at past good-hitting pitchers on the St. Louis Cardinals.

Wainwright wins 2009 Allen Watson Award

Creating a new award to recognize the best-hitting St. Louis Cardinals pitcher during the previous season.

Cardinals fans – Watch the World Series and be thankful

Two former Cleveland stars face off Wednesday night for other teams while the Cardinals’ aces are under contract at least three more seasons.

Don’t blame McClellan for blowing Wainwright’s 20th win

St. Louis’ ugly and costly loss on Friday night has to be hung on the manager.

Wainwright’s rare triple milestone performance

Adam Wainwright is on his way to the seventh-best pitching season in MLB this decade.

TCN blog’s trio of 15-game winners article featured on KSDK Channel 5

The Cardinal Nation blog has again been highlighted on KSDK Channel 5, the Sunday home of the St. Louis Cardinals. This time, the focus was on three 15-game winners – if Joel Pineiro can squeeze out one more…

Riding the Cardinals horses versus saving bullets

Can aces be pitched too much and peak too soon? Will it be too late to adjust if it happens?

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.

Pujols, Wainwright on way to triple milestones

Average, home runs and RBI for hitters. Wins, strikeouts, ERA for pitchers. The quick measures of a balanced and successful season.

Wainwright extends Cards starters stingy streak to 11

Through Sunday’s game, pitchers starting the last 11 St. Louis Cardinals games have each allowed three or fewer runs

Can Wainwright continue his streaks?

In addition to pitching consistent winning baseball, Adam Wainwright is looking to extend current game streaks in innings pitched, earned runs allowed and strikeouts.

Cardinals quality starts come from quality starters

The St. Louis Cardinals’ top three starters have 43 quality starts among them so far this season

Wainwright’s increasingly effective curve

Analyzing why Adam Wainwright’s pitching has been so good in 2009.

Cardinals starters keeping the ball in the park

St. Louis Cardinals starters lead the National League in ERA and in fewest home runs allowed.

Is Waino’s hook an illusion?

The St. Louis Cardinals and Adam Wainwright took a disappointing loss on Sunday as the starter’s trademark curveball wasn’t working. An academic theory is offered as to why.

Cards double digit strikeouts – where have they gone?

Chris Carpenter is the only active pitcher to collect ten or more strikeouts in a game for the St. Louis Cardinals. It hasn’t always been a rarity, however.

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!

Can Wellemeyer keep the streak going?

The St. Louis Cardinals rarely have held opponents to two or fewer runs in three consecutive games. One occurred this week. Can they reach four or even five?

Who takes the Cards-Braves series?

How the Wednesday pitchers match up against the opposing lineups.

Going beyond three years just feels wrong

The St. Louis Cardinals may have some good reasons to be nervous about going beyond three years on player contracts.

Cardinals minor matters – January 22

Continuing a semi-regular series of quick hits on and links to recent St. Louis Cardinals baseball news on the ‘net.

Top 20 Cardinals Stories of 2008: #6-10

Brian Walton’s look back at the biggest stories across the St. Louis Cardinal Nation during 2008 continues with those ranked six through ten.