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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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The Cardinal Nation Blog top stories of 2010 #9: The fight in Cincinnati

The St. Louis Cardinals experienced both highs and lows during a series sweep in Cincinnati on August 9-11.

The Cardinal Nation Blog top stories of 2010 #10: Puma or Elvis?

The St. Louis Cardinals added veteran Lance Berkman to be their 2011 right fielder.

The Cardinal Nation Blog top stories of 2010 #11: Garcia’s emergence

Rookie left-hander Jaime Garcia surged onto the scene for the St. Louis Cardinals, winning 13 games and finishing third in the National League Rookie of the Year vote.

The Cardinal Nation Blog top stories of 2010 #13: The muddled middle

Middle infield play was a major concern for the 2010 St. Louis Cardinals. Not everyone is comfortable with the changes made for 2011.

The Cardinal Nation Blog top stories of 2010 #14: An even worse year at third

Third base was a major problem for the St. Louis Cardinals for the second consecutive season.

The Cardinal Nation Blog top stories of 2010 #15: Young bench, veteran stopgaps

Starting in June, the St. Louis Cardinals called on five minor league castoffs with below-average results.

The Cardinal Nation Blog top stories of 2010 #17: Not trading Colby Rasmus

The St. Louis Cardinals’ second-year outfielder went through some bumps and bruises on and off the field.

ERA+ from the Cardinals’ big three

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

OPS+ from the Cardinals’ big three

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

Could a new Cardinals MV3 appear in 2011?

How does the current middle of the St. Louis Cardinals lineup compare to their 2004 predecessors?

A very different Colby Rasmus coming in 2011?

The St. Louis Cardinals are reportedly remaking Colby Rasmus into a 175-pound opposite-field slash-and-run hitter.

Cardinals hot stove update: 12/07/10

A series of quick updates on St. Louis Cardinals subjects currently in the news.

Have the Cardinals improved toughness and chemistry?

The St. Louis Cardinals have made a pair of changes to their starting lineup for 2011, in the outfield and at shortstop. What might the impact be?

St. Louis Cardinals roster risers and fallers

Which St. Louis Cardinals players may benefit or suffer from the club’s recent roster moves?

What market is there for Brendan Ryan?

The St. Louis Cardinals appear to be shopping shortstop Brendan Ryan, but will he generate trade interest?

Dr. Jeckyll and Mr. Tallet

An imaginary conversation about the St. Louis Cardinals’ new left-handed reliever, Brian Tallet – using real facts.

Cardinals hot stove update: 11/30/10

A series of quick updates on St. Louis Cardinals subjects currently in the news.

Could Jeter be the missing link or another Tino?

One columnist suggests the St. Louis Cardinals should sign Derek Jeter to replace Albert Pujols.

Using WAR to identify Cardinals bargains and busts in 2010

Looking at WAR and player salaries to determine which players helped and hurt the 2010 St. Louis Cardinals.

Carpenter takes 2010 Vicente Palacios Award

Intended only in fun, this award honors the highest level of hitting futility by a St. Louis Cardinals pitcher in a season.

Flipping Lopez for a comp pick

The Boston Red Sox shrewdly saw a compensation draft pick in a player the St. Louis Cardinals simply wanted to be rid of.

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.

Rasmus for Uggla? Really?

According to a media report, the Florida Marlins expected Colby Rasmus from the St. Louis Cardinals in return for Dan Uggla.

Cardinals hot stove update: 11/16/10

A series of quick updates on St. Louis Cardinals subjects currently in the news.

A happy home for Rasmus?

It is big news when Cardinals outfielder Colby Rasmus buys a new house – simply because it is in St. Louis!

A decade of Cardinals Gold Glove and Silver Slugger excellence

With 21 Gold Glove Awards over the last ten years, the St. Louis Cardinals almost doubled the next closest team and added another 13 Sliver Slugger Awards.

Has Pujols’ negotiating stance changed?

St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols now says he wants to get a new contract done before the 2011 season begins.

Pujols’ odds of signing slipping under 50 percent?

Could the St. Louis Cardinals’ chance of keeping Albert Pujols beyond 2011 be heading south?

Elias twist: Lopez tops Cardinals’ free agents

The top-ranked free agent from the St. Louis Cardinals has already been released.

New Rasmania over for-sale signs unwarranted

Word that St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Colby Rasmus is selling his St. Louis-area home fans trade speculation flames for some.

Rumor: Sox offering a joyless Ludwick for Rasmus?

Word is that the White Sox are targeting St. Louis Cardinals centerfielder Colby Rasmus in trade, with Chicago offering a player with a very familiar profile and red flags attached.

Pujols in Boston and La Russa 2.0

Calling out a pair of interesting articles about the St. Louis Cardinals star player and his former teammate (along with his current manager, sort of).

Jaime Garcia and arbitration eligibility

An apparent typo in a service time date has led to an incorrect conclusion on several prominent sites.

Will the Cardinals’ young outfielder play every day?

Another talented outfielder from the past was traded away by the St. Louis Cardinals.

Rasmus and the Cardinals: Managing the Market?

Wondering from where and why the recent trade rumors about St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Colby Rasmus originated.

Another waiver claim for Hoffpauir

Former Memphis and St. Louis second baseman Jarrett Hoffpauir has moved from Toronto to San Diego.

Pujols’ 2010 quick hits and misses

Some statistical highlights and just-misses in another stellar season for St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols.

Another in a line of Holliday game-winners

On Saturday, St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Matt Holliday hit his sixth last at-bat game-winning hit since August 2009.

Carpenter’s complete game an increasingly-rare event

St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Chris Carpenter collected his 17th complete game for the club, the most over the last decade, but few compared to past greats.

Pujols ties Aaron in 40-115 seasons at six

St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols continues to put his name among MLB’s greats, this time for combined seasons of 40 home runs and 115 RBI.

MLB’s most 40 home run seasons

Albert Pujols is competing with some of baseball’s greatest ever as he compiled his sixth 40 home run season in 2010.

Cardinals catching injury trickledown theory

How much might Jason LaRue’s injury have affected Cardinals minor league results?

Pujols’ historic 36-36

Albert Pujols already has more 36 doubles-36 home run seasons than anyone in MLB history.

Yadier Molina’s five-RBI feat

St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina did something that has only been accomplished 25 times in 90 years.

Unearned runs link Garcia with Magrane and Forsch

A historical view of St. Louis Cardinals unearned runs by pitcher.

Cardinals top 20 career multi-home run game leaders

Who is trailing Albert Pujols and Stan Musial with the most multiple-home run games in St. Louis Cardinals history?

The Lohse-Suppan tandem

Why not pair up a couple of St. Louis Cardinals’ five-inning starters every fifth day?

Team Tony vs. Team Colby – What about Team Cardinals?

Fans are taking sides in support of the St. Louis Cardinals manager or his centerfielder, but what about the team?

Pujols ties MLB career lead in 30-30 power seasons

St. Louis Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols now has as many 30 doubles-30 home run seasons as anyone in MLB history.

Pujols reaches 400 home runs in fifth fewest at-bats

St. Louis Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols became the 47th member of MLB’s 400 home run club, doing it in fewer at-bats than all but four of them.

Pujols third youngest to reach 400 home runs

St. Louis Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols has become the 47th member of MLB’s 400 home run club, doing it faster than all but two of them.

Pujols fans need to watch Votto… and Infante?

Could an unexpected challenger ruin the chase for the Triple Crown?

Pujols joins a more elite list than 400 homers

Albert Pujols hit his 33rd home run of the season Monday night. How does that stack up in the history books?

A Historical Look at Garcia’s Gem

St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Jaime Garcia tossed a three-hit shutout on Sunday. How often has it happened in the last 90 years?

MLB’s quick discipline breeds inequity

An arbitrary agreement between MLB and the Players Union led to unfair discipline decisions – a systematic problem that should be fixed.

How rare is Steven Hill’s debut homer?

In his first major league contest, St. Louis Cardinals catcher Steven Hill hit a home run, the 11th time it has occurred in team history.

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.

Matt Holliday and Albert Pujols chasing Curt Flood

In the last half-century, no St. Louis Cardinals hitter has had more seasons of four or more four-hit games than Curt Flood.

Carpenter builds historic streak against Cincinnati

Putting St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Chris Carpenter’s nine consecutive wins against the Cincinnati Reds into historical context.

What to do with Kyle Lohse?

Considering from every angle the actions the St. Louis Cardinals could take with rehabbing pitcher Kyle Lohse.

Top Ten Reasons Why Kyle Lohse Doesn’t Want to Make a Fourth Rehab Start

Despite shaky results to date, St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Kyle Lohse isn’t happy about having to make another minor league rehab start.

Westbrook’s whiff-fest

New St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Jake Westbrook has been striking out NL opponents at a record pace.

Why the Cardinals need help at third base

Rookie David Freese’s season-ending injury and fill-in Felipe Lopez’ leadoff role mean RBIs from the St. Louis Cardinals third base position have been increasingly rare.

If Waino is the ace, Carp is the horse

At age 35, Chris Carpenter has been pitching deep into games for the St. Louis Cardinals this season.

Westbrook’s first Cardinals start: A historical take

A look at how starting pitchers acquired in deadline deals prior to Jake Westbrook fared for the St. Louis Cardinals.

Closing the Cardinals books on Ludwick

Traded outfielder Ryan Ludwick had been one of St. Louis’ top two offensive leaders since his 2007 arrival.

Managing Garcia’s workload during a pennant race

What is the best way for the St. Louis Cardinals to manage their number three starter, rookie Jaime Garcia?

Reliever MacDougal’s rare introductory feat

New St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Mike MacDougal is the 23rd reliever to win in his first game with the team.

Molina’s pickoffs: The recap

St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina is amazingly proficient at picking off opposing baserunners.

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.

Molina snaps out of it

St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina has resumed driving in runs.

Time to revisit McClellan in the rotation?

The Cardinals need another dependable starter. They may have one in their bullpen.

The Cardinals ace: A changing of the guard?

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

Pujols and Holliday deliver with two out

The two big bats in the St. Louis Cardinals lineup have been driving in runs with two outs in 2010.

Ludwick greatly missed at Coors

Injured St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Ryan Ludwick is the team’s career leader in SLG and OPS in Denver.

Wainwright’s big July 4 boom stick

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

Breaking down Pujols’ declining slugging percentage

What Albert Pujols is swinging at, where and resulting contact rate leads to a lower slugging percentage in 2010.

Cardinals starters exiting games early

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

Holliday serious about six consecutive hits

Picking out one of St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Matt Holliday’s hot hitting stats.

Skip moving up Cardinals leadoff hitter lists

Batting first, St. Louis Cardinals second baseman Skip Schumaker has been getting on base regularly.

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.

Cardinals extend MLB lead in stingy seven inning starts

No team has more seven or more inning starts with no or one run allowed this season than the St. Louis Cardinals.

Pujols breaks big home run game knot with McGwire

Albert Pujols had his fourth three-home run game on Sunday. Mark McGwire had just three as a St. Louis Cardinal.

Pujols extends decade multi-RBI game lead

Ho hum. Albert Pujols drove in multiple runs in Thursday’s game – again.

Jaime’s hard luck continues

St. Louis Cardinals starter Jaime Garcia already has three no-decision shutout outings this season.

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.

2010 Freese laps 2009 Cardinals third basemen

David Freese is delivering considerably better offensive production from the third base position than the St. Louis Cardinals received in 2009.

Ludwick: Mr. Clutch dons the golden sombrero

Streaky St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Ryan Ludwick had a rough day on Sunday, striking out four times.

Gibson watches Penny’s grand slam

Brad Penny is now one of a select group of St. Louis Cardinals pitchers with a grand slam. Bob Gibson, who watched Penny’s shot Friday night, has two.

Jaime Garcia tidbits from Wednesday’s wreckage

A handful of factoids relating to St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Jaime Garcia.

Ludwick has earned clutch tag

On Tuesday, outfielder Ryan Ludwick collected his ninth final-at bat winning hit in the last three-plus years for the St. Louis Cardinals.

Three Cardinals on pace for 100 RBI

Three St. Louis Cardinals hitters have at least 24 RBI through the team’s first 39 games and are on pace for 100 RBI seasons.

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.

Ludwick the hit machine

Streaky Ryan Ludwick is in the midst of one of his hottest runs as a St. Louis Cardinal.

Garcia on Fernando’s rookie track

St. Louis Cardinals rookie Jaime Garcia’s 2010 start invokes memories of another left-hander from Mexico who made his MLB debut 30 years ago, Fernando Valenzuela.

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.

Garrett Jones, the Pirates’ Ryan Ludwick

The Pirates and Cardinals right fielders this weekend traveled long roads before achieving major league success.

Molina was everywhere Friday night

Yadier Molina found himself in the middle of most of the pivotal plays in the St. Louis Cardinals’ 4-3 series-opening win in Pittsburgh on Friday night.