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TCN Blog 2014 Top Story #14: Centerfield Consistency

Prior to the season, if anyone had forecast consistency in centerfield for the 2014 St. Louis Cardinals, they probably would have been referring to Peter Bourjos, not Jon Jay.

TCN Blog 2014 Top Story #15: Four National League All-Stars

The 2014 St. Louis Cardinals had four National League All-Stars, plus their manager. The only two to appear in the game had a rough night.

TCN Blog 2014 Top Story #16: Carpenter’s Cardinals Commitment

St. Louis Cardinals third baseman Matt Carpenter inked a six-year contract this past spring, but his results were down in 2014.

TCN Blog 2014 Top Story #17: Rosenthal’s Rocky Road

St. Louis Cardinals closer Trevor Rosenthal usually got the job done in 2014, but it was often a wild ride.

Is Anna the Cardinals New Castro?

For each of the last two winters, the St. Louis Cardinals bestowed a 40-man roster spot on a free agent signee that led me to scratch my head as to why.

Three Cardinals Receive Mention in AFL Top Tools

St. Louis Cardinals prospects C.J. McElroy, Sam Tuivailala and Tyrell Jenkins are among 2014 Arizona Fall League players with a standout tool.

Why the Cardinals Need a “Lackey” Right Fielder

The St. Louis Cardinals need offensive help, but seem worried about potential additions blocking others.

Cardinal Talk: KXnO FOX Sports Radio: Remembering Oscar

Brian Walton’s and Pat Parris’ discussion about Oscar Taveras of the St. Louis Cardinals with Ken Miller of KXnO FOX Sports Radio 1460 in Des Moines.

Does Knocking Down Taveras Help Anyone?

The St. Louis Cardinals are not happy with outfielder Oscar Taveras and now we know, too.

Cardinals First Base Options Could be Expanded

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

Is Descalso the New “Secret Weapon”?

St. Louis Cardinals infielder Daniel Descalso has matched a career feat previously accomplished by Jose Oquendo, among others.

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?

Lynn Joins Gibson, Dean in First-Half Win Success

Lance Lynn has won at least 10 games in his first three first halves in the St. Louis Cardinals rotation – a rare feat.

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.

Handicapping Cardinals Wednesday Rotation Options

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

With Perfect Night, Carpenter Joins Some Big Cardinals Names

St. Louis Cardinals third baseman Matt Carpenter became the 21st player in team history to reach base every time in a game with at least six plate appearances.

Will Taveras Overcome the Weight of Unrealistic Expectations?

Too many seem to be expecting too much too soon from St. Louis Cardinals outfield prospect Oscar Taveras.

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.

How does Matt Adams’ Wednesday blast stack up?

Matt Adams’ Wednesday home run was the longest of the season hit at Busch Stadium.

Cardinals place eight in Sickels’ 2014 top 150

The St. Louis Cardinals continue to be well-represented in John Sickels’ national prospect rankings.

Guess who is leading the Cardinals in hitting?

Who would have guessed that after three weeks, big first baseman Matt Adams would be leading the St. Louis Cardinals in batting average and multi-hit games?

Lynn is the only undefeated 10+win March-April pitcher in MLB history

All Lance Lynn does in the early going each season is win games – at a historic rate.

Lynn’s Milwaukee gem in historical context

Lance Lynn dominated hot-starting Milwaukee’s lineup Monday night. He has done the same kind of thing before.

Would the Cardinals consider a Julio Teheran-type deal?

It seems like Major League Baseball clubs are locking up talented young pitchers earlier and earlier. The St. Louis Cardinals surely have candidates, but should they leap?

Is Craig a better buy than Freeman?

Two players with similarities are going to be earning very different salaries for at least five years, starting with this season.

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.

Carlos Martinez’ starting role this spring is business as usual

St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Carlos Martinez is preparing this spring as a starting pitcher. Some may be reading more into that than they perhaps should.

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.

Could the Verducci Effect turn Wacha from rescuer to rescued?

Will the increase in St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Michael Wacha’s workload in 2013 lead to 2014 problems?

Pierce makes third Cardinals suspension since August

In the last five months, three St. Louis Cardinals minor leaguers have failed drug tests.

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.

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 #4: Matt Carpenter’s rise

All Matt Carpenter did in 2013 was learn a new position and serve as the National League champion’s leadoff hitter, amassing the most hits and runs scored in the league.

TCN blog 2013 top story #7: Miller’s puzzling rookie year

The St. Louis Cardinals relied on a rookie starter in the post-season, but it wasn’t the one most people expected. Still, the Cards would not have made it that far without Shelby Miller.

TCN blog 2013 top story #8: Wacha’s emergence

The St. Louis Cardinals ended up relying on a rookie starter in the post-season, but it wasn’t the one most people expected.

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 #15: The Craig-Adams two-step

The St. Louis Cardinals’ cleanup hitter went down in early August, but a rookie stepped up to help fill the void.

TCN blog 2013 top story #19: Oscar’s ongoing ouchie

One in the top handful of prospects in all of baseball did not make his major league debut for the 2013 St. Louis Cardinals due to injury.

2014 Cardinals tender/non-tender predictions

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

Why didn’t we take Wacha?

Checking with other clubs being asked by fans and media why they passed on Michael Wacha in the 2012 draft.

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.

The obstruction rule and call

Game 3 of the 2013 World Series ended on a very unusual play that the umpires got right.

The Red Sox already knew Baby Pedro well

The Boston Red Sox originally signed pitcher Carlos Martinez but the St. Louis Cardinals picked him up after his original contract was voided.

On Michael Wacha and Steve Carlton

Two high-profile 22-year-old pitchers for the St. Louis Cardinals faced the Boston Red Sox in the World Series – 46 years apart.

Wacha boldly goes where no man has gone before

St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Michael Wacha has put his name in the post-season record books.

Summarizing Baseball America’s top Cardinals prospects by league

12 St. Louis Cardinals players are listed 13 times among Baseball America’s top prospects by league.

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.

Wacha joins other Cardinals ever so close to a no-hitter

Instead of Michael Wacha joining Bud Smith and Jose Jimenez as St. Louis Cardinals rookies who threw no-hitters, he stands with Alan Benes and Rick Wise among those who lost a no-hit bid in the ninth inning.

Carpenter helps keep Cardinals triples alive

Matt Carpenter is on pace to accrue the most triples by a St. Louis Cardinals hitter since at least 2001.

Cardinals on more national mid-season prospect lists

Looking at the placement of four St. Louis Cardinals prospects on six national prospect lists.

Gonzalez is the Cardinals’ first 2013 drug suspension – sort of

The St. Louis Cardinals went almost 12 months between drug suspension announcements, but signed two already-suspended players in the interim.

Puig pulls ahead of Miller in NL Rookie of Year odds

According to Bovada, St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Shelby Miller is no longer the gamblers’ favorite to win the National League Rookie of the Year Award, as Yasiel Puig is staking his claim.

Cardinals on national mid-season prospect lists

Looking at the placement of four St. Louis Cardinals prospects on four national prospect lists.

Cardinals place four in mid-season top 50 prospect rankings

Four St. Louis Cardinals farmhands have placed in mid-season national top 50 prospect lists.

Oscar Taveras speaks

The St. Louis Cardinals’ top hitting prospect, currently with Triple-A Memphis, discusses his game.

Marco Gonzales can do more than pitch

The St. Louis Cardinals top draft pick received recognition as college baseball’s top two-way player in 2013.

Candidates to replace Taveras in the Futures Game

Who might represent the St. Louis Cardinals on the World roster in the MLB Futures Game if Oscar Taveras cannot play?

Why are Taveras and Wong in the Futures Game?

Considering possible reasons for the St. Louis Cardinals to repeat their 2012 All-Star Futures Game participants.

Shelby Miller leads NL Rookie of Year odds

According to Bovada, St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Shelby Miller is the favorite to win the National League Rookie of the Year Award, but Yasiel Puig is making a move.

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.

Greenwood absorbs odd double-whammy on Monday

St. Louis Cardinals minor league left-handed pitcher Nick Greenwood absorbed a double-whammy on Monday, with losses at two different levels of play, in two different roles.

Carpenter sets a painful St. Louis Cardinals record

Matt Carpenter has taken the lead on an unenviable St. Louis Cardinals career list – most hit by pitches in a game. We look back at other oft-plunked Cardinals.

Will Michael Wacha meet or exceed Joe Magrane?

The career WAR of fast-risers to St. Louis points to Joe Magrane as closest to average. Will new arrival Michael Wacha meet or exceed Magrane’s results?

Wacha to join Carpenter and Drew as Cardinals’ fastest risers

A look at the players who reached the St. Louis Cardinals the soonest after being drafted.

Tyler Lyons, Andy Rincon and Dizzy Dean

Looking at effective first-game starters in St. Louis Cardinals history who also collected a hit.

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.

The price of National League first basemen

Comparing recent contracts of Allen Craig, Paul Goldschmidt and Anthony Rizzo.

The Shelby Miller lists

Comparing Shelby Miller’s almost-perfect game to others in St. Louis Cardinals team and Major League Baseball history.

Cardinals Rosenthal being ridden hard in early action

Trevor Rosenthal is on pace for 92 mound appearances for the St. Louis Cardinals in his first full season in the major leagues.

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.

5-year deal good for Craig, Cardinals; no impact on Adams

Matt Adams had been blocked from everyday play at first base by Allen Craig for at least the next four years. Craig’s new contract extended it to six years.

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.

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.

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.

Projected top five St. Louis Cardinals stories of 2013

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

ESPN offers yet another bad Cardinals trade idea

Two weeks bring two ridiculously one-sided trade ideas from the world-wide leader in which the St. Louis Cardinals would play the victim.

TCN Blog 2012 Cardinals top story #7: The Class of 2006

Two young St. Louis Cardinals players assumed major roles for the 2012 playoff-bound club, centerfielder Jon Jay and first baseman Allen Craig.

TCN Blog 2012 top story #10: Five in the first round

St. Louis Cardinals had five selections in the first round of the 2012 draft, their most in over two decades.