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Brian Walton's news and commentary on the St. Louis Cardinals (TM) and their minor league system

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St. Louis Cardinals arbitration offer predictions

How many draft picks might the St. Louis Cardinals pick up by making offers of arbitration Wednesday night?

Miami sideshow leads to more Pujols age questions

The ongoing subject of Albert Pujols’ age continues to make the papers, still without any substantiation.

Some very different Albert Pujols splits

You thought you had seen every stat? How about hitting results based on the bat used?

Catching up on La Russa’s and Freese’s television appearances

Videos of recent St. Louis Cardinals World Champions television appearances.

Former Cardinal P.J. Walters welcomes newborn

A new son has joined the family of ex-St. Louis Cardinals pitcher P.J. Walters.

Cardinals World Series Game 6 and Game 7 factoids

Putting St. Louis’ 10-9 World Series Game 6 win into historical context while looking ahead to Friday’s Game 7.

Two of a record 65 Cardinals relief changes that did not work

The St. Louis Cardinals set a post-season record for the most pitching changes, but two of them made on Monday night did not work as intended.

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.

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.

Cardinals Monday leftovers worth consuming

First baseman Albert Pujols and the St. Louis Cardinals logged a number of milestones in their NLCS Game 2 victory Monday night.

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.

Greinke gives Cardinals additional motivation

On the eve of NLCS Game 1, Milwaukee starter Zack Greinke ripped St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Chris Carpenter.

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.

Vote for your Cardinals NLDS starting pitchers

The St. Louis Cardinals have a number of choices as they set their playoff rotation. Who would you start and why?

Carpenter’s lack of support includes more double plays

No NL pitcher has more no-decisions in 2011 than St. Louis Cardinal Chris Carpenter. The offense is hitting into more double plays and scoring fewer runs when he takes the mound.

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.

Can the Cardinals break “The Curse of Octavio Dotel”?

The St. Louis Cardinals’ well-traveled reliever previously joined four teams in pennant races. None of the them reached the playoffs.

Jocketty-TLR-Pujols in Cubbie blue?

Could the St. Louis Cardinals’ 2006 World Champion GM-manager-star trio be lured to Chicago’s North Side?

Chris Carpenter’s contract extension: Pro and con

The St. Louis Cardinals and pitcher Chris Carpenter have reportedly agreed to continue their long marriage for two more years. Is it good or bad news?

Before Rzepczynski came Mierkowicz

The St. Louis Cardinals’ current Scrabble point champion tied a former player from 1950.

Scoring the Cardinals’ “Scrabble”

In Scrabble scoring, how does Marc Rzepczynski stack up compared to others in the St. Louis Cardinals organization?

What course will the Cardinals chart next?

With declining attendance and the future of Albert Pujols to be determined, how will the St. Louis Cardinals approach this off-season?

Carpenter’s support ranks among MLB’s worst

St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Chris Carpenter could present a strong case if he chose to sue his teammates over lack of support.

Torre calls Molina act disrespectful

MLB’s head for on-field matters wants players to show more respect for the game while supporting umpires in his remarks.

Jackson joins Cardinals double-digit runs yielded list

New St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Edwin Jackson was roughed up for ten runs against first-place Milwaukee on Wednesday.

Holliday’s hard slide aok with Byrd

Chicago Cubs outfielder Marlon Byrd supports a slide by St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Matt Holliday that took out his teammate Starlin Castro on Saturday.

Colby Rasmus trade: What he and others are saying

The St. Louis Cardinals dealt centerfielder Colby Rasmus to the Toronto Blue Jays in an eight-player deal on Wednesday.

La Russa: Rasmus still not listening to coaches

In a Tuesday afternoon video, the manager of the St. Louis Cardinals expresses continued concern over his centerfielder Colby Rasmus.

Silent Colby Rasmus?

Like a St. Louis Cardinals outfield predecessor from 30 years ago, Colby Rasmus has chosen not to speak with the media.

Tony Rasmus is not acting alone

The father of St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Colby Rasmus is not the player’s only outside source of hitting instruction.

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.

Tony La Russa on Colby Rasmus’ outside help

The manager of the St. Louis Cardinals discusses challenges facing his struggling centerfielder Colby Rasmus as well as where he sees the responsibility resides

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.

Where would the 2011 Cardinals be without Berkman?

Once thought to be washed up, Lance Berkman has been a savior for the St. Louis Cardinals.

Pujols, Cardinals continue historically high double play rate

Both Albert Pujols and his St. Louis Cardinals team lead the National League in an unenviable category.

Opening up a Cardinals 40-man roster spot

What move might the St. Louis Cardinals make to clear space on their 40-man roster for a fresh pitcher?

Cardinals-Reds match-up means Fourth of July fireworks ahead

On Monday, Chris Carpenter and Johnny Cueto take each other on once again.

Carpenter throws most pitches since 1998

St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Chris Carpenter is being asked to do more, much more, and so far, is responding. Can the 36-year-old keep it up?

Relief for Cardinals relief

Two St. Louis Cardinals relievers did their jobs Tuesday night, but one once again did not.

Is Pujols worth 20 wins per season?

Comparing the St. Louis Cardinals’ record with and without Albert Pujols.

Carpenter and Pujols need to party like it is 2005

The St. Louis Cardinals badly need a major dosage of the Chris Carpenter and Albert Pujols of old.

Blogger blogging about Rasmus reader comments at another blog

Background for those arriving here looking for comments by Tony Rasmus about his son, St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Colby Rasmus.

Berkman: Cardinals have winning culture that Houston lost

Former Houston Astros star Lance Berkman compares his old club to his new home in St. Louis.

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.

Pujols consecutive walkoff homers in extras a rare feat

Sinking the Chicago Cubs with walkoff home runs in extra innings on Saturday and Sunday put St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols in select company.

Dual six-RBI night elicits memories of “The Sandberg Game”

Colby Rasmus and Aubrey Huff both had six RBI on Thursday night. It was only the third time in history a St. Louis Cardinal and opponent did it in the same game.

What if Pujols follows Helton’s career trajectory?

Colorado’s Todd Helton eventually renegotiated his nine-year contract downward after his performance declined. Would Albert Pujols do the same?

Cardinals and Rockies pitching have similarities

The St. Louis Cardinals and Colorado Rockies both feature ground-ball staffs with strong starting pitching and hittable relief.

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.

Colby Rasmus’ transformation continues

The St. Louis Cardinals’ centerfielder has a higher average, is drawing more walks, striking out less and scoring more often, but his power is down.

Molina’s fast start deserves attention

St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina is off the best start with the bat in his seven MLB seasons.

Pete Kozma’s excellent Cardinals debut

In a rare occurrence, a St. Louis Cardinal reached base twice in his first Major League game when light-hitting Pete Kozma did it Wednesday night.

Garcia has fifth-lowest MLB ERA since joining Cards rotation

Over the last season plus six weeks, St. Louis Cardinals left-hander Jaime Garcia has been pitching in some select company.

Where will the Pujols-Hendry bromance lead?

Speculation that Albert Pujols may end up as a Chicago Cub starting in 2012 is growing and the two sides are contributing.

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.

Pujols as part owner of the Cardinals: Not so fast!

Examining inhibitors that might keep Albert Pujols from being granted an ownership stake in the St. Louis Cardinals.

The $64,000 (or perhaps $300 million) question

Is Albert Pujols’ impending free agency affecting his results on the field? The first of our reader contest submissions digs into the question.

Pujols, Cardinals grounding into double plays at record pace

Albert Pujols and his St. Louis Cardinals are leading MLB in an unenviable stat, grounding into double plays.

Breaking down Kyle Lohse’s 2011 success

St. Louis Cardinals right-hander Kyle Lohse has returned to 2008 form this season. Ian Walton helps us understand how.

Boggs’ 3-for-3 in saves a good start, but not unusual

St. Louis Cardinals closer Mitchell Boggs is 3-for-3 in saves, but so were 45 other Cardinals since 1950.

Lohse joins select Cardinals few with April gem

On Thursday, Kyle Lohse pitched one of the best April games in St. Louis Cardinals history.

Who will start for St. Louis on Sunday?

Jake Westbrook, struggling in 2011, may be asked to pitch on three days rest on Sunday night. He has had mixed results doing this in the past in a very limited sample.

Eduardo Sanchez cannot top John Goody Urrea

An almost-forgotten name from the 1970’s had an unbelievable start closing games.

Blown Saves, Inc.: Franklin, Thornton and Marshall

St. Louis Cardinals closer Ryan Franklin joins select company in having blown four save opportunities in his team’s first 16 games.

Cardinals offensive explosion continues

The St. Louis Cardinals pounded the ball once again Friday night, led by Albert Pujols and Lance Berkman.

Eduardo Sanchez’ Wednesday first

Eduardo Sanchez became the first St. Louis Cardinal ever to fan five in a relief debut of less than three innings.

Kyle McClellan at the bat

In an unexpected event, St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Kyle McClellan excelled Monday night at the plate as well as on the mound.

Season-opening strikeout outings like Jaime Garcia’s are rare

St. Louis Cardinals left-hander Jaime Garcia made his second consecutive nine-strikeout start on Saturday night. Here is how they stack up against others.

Albert Pujols’ 2011 by the numbers

The St. Louis Cardinals superstar first baseman and his team are struggling in the early going.

Jaime Garcia’s Sunday gem in historical context

Looking at historical comparisons to St. Louis Cardinals’ left-hander Jamie Garcia’s complete-game four hit shutout with nine strikeouts on Sunday.

Polls: How would you deal with Matt Holliday’s absence?

A series of questions to determine what you would do if you were the St. Louis Cardinals, having to decide how to deal with Matt Holliday’s unexpected time out of the lineup.

Lance Berkman drops to the Mendoza Line

The St. Louis Cardinals’ new right fielder is hitting just .200 on the spring with no extra base hits since March 1.

John Hart and Harold Reynolds answer Cardinals questions

MLB Network analysts John Hart and Harold Reynolds answer St. Louis Cardinals questions in support of their 30 Clubs in 30 Days Cardinals segment.

Cardinals concerned about Albert Pujols’ age?

A national writer is quoted as saying the t. Louis Cardinals have concerns about the accuracy of their superstar’s age.

Fan optimism slipping about Pujols’ Cardinals future

Results from a series of reader polls on the subject of St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols’ contract.

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?

Could Pujols’ situation end up like Jeter’s?

Bad feelings remain in New York even after a new deal with Derek Jeter was done. Could the same thing happen in St. Louis with Albert Pujols?

Build your winning bid for Albert Pujols

Readers can select the components of their best contract offer to soon-to-be free agent Albert Pujols.

Pujols and the 2004 wayback machine

Looking back at three big Albert Pujols stories from seven years ago.

Seven years ago today: Announcing Pujols’ new contract

On February 18, 2004, I broke the story of an event that was unprecedented in Major League Baseball.

Pujols and the money: What to believe?

Differing reports on the specifics of the Albert Pujols contract negotiations leave no clear answers.

Pujols’ contract remarks from spring 2009 and 2010

What did St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols say about his contract in spring training camps during the most recent two springs?

Pujols’ shadow means 10 more months of winter

Once Albert Pujols saw his shadow, his contract saga was assured of continuing for months.

Stacking Pujols up against other career Cardinals

Putting Albert Pujols’ opportunity to remain a life-long St. Louis Cardinal into games-played context.

February 16 Pujols-Cardinals media scenarios

How might the story unfold if the St. Louis Cardinals and Albert Pujols are unable to come to contract terms by the reported deadline of February 16?

Still flipping out over Flip

The St. Louis Cardinals risked a small missed opportunity cost in releasing infielder Felipe Lopez in September. It looks like it didn’t matter.

Why are some surprised by the Pujols no-trade rumor?

The national media and a segment of St. Louis Cardinals fans reacted strongly to a rumor that Albert Pujols would veto any trades. Why were they surprised?

Pujols’ endorsement earnings grew four-fold last year

St. Louis Cardinals Albert Pujols’ endorsement earnings have grown to about half his baseball salary, but the first baseman still dropped in the 2011 Power 100.

Joey Bombs prepares for new life with the Atlanta Braves

Former St. Louis Cardinals infielder/outfielder Joe Mather discusses his move to the Atlanta Braves.

Projected top five St. Louis Cardinals stories of 2011

A look ahead to the top projected stories across the Cardinal Nation in 2011.

Pujols and the Cardinals: Is it a matter of trust?

Thoughts about why the Albert Pujols contract negotiations with the St. Louis Cardinals appear to be moving so slowly.

The Cardinal Nation Blog top stories of 2010 #2: Holliday’s signing

Though agent Scott Boras took Matt Holliday into free agency one year ago, the outfielder returned to the St. Louis Cardinals via the biggest contract team history.

The Cardinal Nation Blog top stories of 2010 #3: The big trade

The Ryan Ludwick for Jake Westbrook trade was one of the biggest and arguably the most surprising story of the St. Louis Cardinals’ 2010 season.

The Cardinal Nation Blog top stories of 2010 #4: The Pujols decade

Completing his first decade as the on-field leader of the St. Louis Cardinals, first baseman Albert Pujols racked up a series of milestones during 2010.

The Cardinal Nation Blog top stories of 2010 #6: The Penny/Lohse injuries

On consecutive days in late May, starters Brad Penny and Kyle Lohse went down with injuries that would wreck their personal seasons and arguably that of the St. Louis Cardinals.