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Poll: How Should Cardinals Best Use Alex Reyes?

Alex Reyes is dominating in long relief while the St. Louis Cardinals starters are struggling. Should a change be made?

Heavy Workloads Catching up with Rosenthal, Maness and Siegrist?

Has heavy workload over the last three seasons led to injury problems faced by three key St. Louis Cardinals relievers?

Walton on Reyes on The Afternoon Drive

Brian Walton discusses Alex Reyes’ immediate future and the tradeoffs involved with bringing him to St. Louis.

How Should Gold Glove Affect Kelly’s Prospect Ranking?

St. Louis Cardinals prospect Carson Kelly won the 2015 minor league Gold Glove Award at catcher. How much should that improve his prospect status relative to others?

How Good is Matt Carpenter’s .500 June OBP?

Putting St. Louis Cardinals third baseman Matt Carpenter’s June on-base mark into historical context.

What Kind of Player Should Kolten Wong Be?

Is seven games at Triple-A enough to reverse two months of shaky offense and to learn a new position defensively?

Carpenter Chasing Musial’s Four-Hit Record

St. Louis Cardinals third baseman Matt Carpenter is trying for his third straight four-hit game at Milwaukee on Wednesday.

Hot Take on Carpenter’s Paternity Leave Creates Furor

A fantasy writer took a shot at MLB’s paternity rules, but it looked to many as much more.

The Cardinals Need More Baders and DeJongs This June

There is a consistent lack of home runs across the St. Louis Cardinals minor league system, with a pair of 2015 draftees powering the one club doing well.

Wong Strives to Out-Homer Grichuk

St. Louis Cardinals second baseman Kolten Wong bets that he can hit more home runs than teammate Randal Grichuk.

Joey Butler and Lessons of Early Success

The St. Louis Cardinals have an unexpected early season star in Jeremy Hazelbaker, causing a reminder of a similar emergence and rapid decline of another long shot, Joey Butler, last season.

All the Cardinals’ Catching Eggs are in Kelly’s Basket

Carson Kelly looks to be the only catcher in the St. Louis Cardinals system with a reasonable shot at being ready to replace Yadier Molina in two to three years.

Cardinals Winter Warm-Up Photos: Monday, 1/18/16

St. Louis Cardinals photos from Monday’s third and final session of the 2016 Winter Warm-Up at St. Louis’ Hyatt Regency at the Arch.

Cardinals Winter Warm-Up Photos: Sunday, 1/17/16

Selected St. Louis Cardinals player and executive photos from Sunday’s second day of the 2016 Winter Warm-Up at St. Louis’ Hyatt Regency at the Arch.

Cardinals Winter Warm-Up Photos: Saturday, 1/16/16

Selected St. Louis Cardinals player and executive photos from Saturday’s first day of the 2016 Winter Warm-Up at St. Louis’ Hyatt Regency at the Arch.

TCN Blog 2015 Top Story #6: The Rookie Outfield Trio

The 2015 St. Louis Cardinals received unexpected levels of contribution from three first-year outfielders – Randal Grichuk, Stephen Piscotty and Tommy Pham.

TCN Blog 2015 Top Story #8: Overcoming Pitching Injuries

The 2015 St. Louis Cardinals led MLB in WAR lost due to injury, yet posted a historically-low team ERA.

TCN Blog 2015 Top Story #9: Carpenter’s Consistency

Despite a fatigue scare, St. Louis Cardinals third baseman Matt Carpenter paced his 100-win team’s offense in 2015.

TCN Blog 2015 Top Story #10: Rosenthal Steps Up

St. Louis Cardinals closer Trevor Rosenthal upped his game in 2015, setting the new franchise single-season saves record.

TCN Blog 2015 Top Story #11: Outfield Churn

Expected to be stable in 2015, instead the St. Louis Cardinals outfield turned into a major area of churn with uneven performance, especially in center.

TCN Blog 2015 Top Story #16: Carlos Martinez’ Breakout

23-year-old Carlos Martinez stepped forward to become one of the most effective starters in the St. Louis Cardinals rotation.

TCN Blog 2015 Top Story #18: Alex Reyes’ Suspension

The St. Louis Cardinals’ top prospect made a second blunder with marijuana use, slowing his impressive march toward the majors.

TCN Blog 2015 Top Story #19: First Base (Mis) Fortune

The St. Louis Cardinals had especially discouraging offensive results from their collection of first basemen in 2015.

Molina Mourns Trades, Criticizes Management

St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina is already missing traded teammates Tony Cruz and Jon Jay while asserting his team only cares about business.

Matt Adams and The Hammer

Similarity between two slugging first basemen 20 years apart was predicted by a scout five years ago.

Grichuk Makes Topps MLB All-Star Rookie Team

Randal Grichuk of the St. Louis Cardinals is one of the three outfielders included among the 12-man Topps MLB All-Star Rookie Team for 2015.

Talking Cardinals Prospects from Arizona Fall League

Brian Walton went on Brian Stull’s St. Louis Baseball Weekly radio show to discuss St. Louis Cardinals prospects competing in the Arizona Fall League.

Randal Grichuk’s Powerful 2015 in a Historical View

By several measures, Randal Grichuk’s rookie season was among the best by a young high-strikeout power hitter in MLB history.

Disconnecting Pete Kozma and Aledmys Diaz

Expanding on a Twitter discussion with a person who wanted Pete Kozma off the St. Louis Cardinals during the season.

Piscotty’s First 60 Games Among Best in Cardinals History

St. Louis Cardinals outfielder/first baseman Stephen Piscotty has tied for the sixth-most doubles by any player in team history through their first 60 MLB games.

A History of Cardinals Substance Suspensions

Catcher Cody Stanley’s second suspension is the 32nd affecting the St. Louis Cardinals since 2005.

Stacking up Stephen Piscotty’s First 30 Games in Cardinals History

St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Stephen Piscotty has tied for the fourth-most extra-base hits of any player in team history through their first 30 MLB games.

Carpenter’s Hot Streak Silences Craig Comparisons

Many of those comparing Matt Carpenter to Allen Craig are singing a different tune now that the third baseman is out of his earlier slump.

Scout.com Cardinals Fantasy Talk on SiriusXM

Brian Walton joined Scout.com’s nightly show on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio to discuss the 2015 St. Louis Cardinals from a fantasy point of view.

Cardinals Fans All-Star Grumblings Unwarranted

I do not see merit in several common complaints being aired by some St. Louis Cardinals fans about the 2015 All-Star Game.

Why Isn’t Stephen Piscotty a First Baseman?

The St. Louis Cardinals backed off on an earlier plan to see if Stephen Piscotty can handle first base, but now they could really use him there.

Nielsen Tops Reyes and Kaminsky at Palm Beach

The Palm Beach Cardinals starter with the best ERA isn’t who you think.

Matt Carpenter on his July Youth Camp, His Dad and His Future

St. Louis Cardinals third baseman Matt Carpenter discusses his post-playing aspirations, his July Youth Camp in Wildwood, Missouri and the impact of his father, Rick.

Cardinals Memorial Day Pregame to Include Special Features

FOX Sports Midwest’s Memorial Day plans include tributes to those who have served our country.

Scout.com Cardinals Fantasy Talk on SiriusXM

Brian Walton joined Scout.com’s nightly show on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio to discuss the 2015 St. Louis Cardinals from a fantasy point of view.

Carpenter’s Early Doubles Pace Would be Historic

A major difference in Matt Carpenter last season was a drop in two-base hits. They are back in the early going in 2015.

Kaminsky Bests Moya in Top Prospect Showdown

Two top-three prospects in the St. Louis Cardinals and Detroit Tigers systems faced off on Thursday night.

Grichuk vs. Pham vs. Kelly for Cardinals Final Bench Spot

The St. Louis Cardinals have three very different players as apparent competitors for the final spot among its season-opening reserves.

Why Carlos Martinez Cannot be Traded

The St. Louis Cardinals pitcher carries the memory of his late friend and teammate Oscar Taveras with him. In 2015, how could that be anywhere other than in St. Louis?

Adams’ Number Retired by Slippery Rock

The St. Louis Cardinals first baseman’s university retired his number in a recent ceremony.

Cardinals, Jay Running Out of Contract Time

An arbitration hearing will be held this month if outfielder Jon Jay and the St. Louis Cardinals cannot agree on the amount for his 2015 contract.

Cardinals Garcia and Orozco in Caribbean Series

Palm Beach outfielder Anthony Garcia and Peoria coach Dernier Orozco are representing Puerto Rico and Venezuela, respectively, in the 2015 Caribbean Series.

Recapping Cardinals Awards from Writers’ Dinner

A series of St. Louis Cardinals were honored at last Sunday night’s Baseball Writers’ Association Dinner.

Matt Carpenter’s Dad Rick Wins National Coaching Honor

The father of St. Louis Cardinals third baseman Matt Carpenter is the nation’s top high school baseball coach in 2014.

Marco Gonzales’ Dad Becomes Minor League Manager

The father of St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Marco Gonzales, Frank Gonzales, will be managing in the Northwest League in 2015.

Projected Top Five St. Louis Cardinals Stories of 2015

A look ahead to what may be the top stories surrounding the St. Louis Cardinals in 2015.

Past Predictions: TCN Blog’s Top Five Cardinals Stories of 2014

A look back at the top projected stories across the St. Louis Cardinals world in 2014 from last January.

TCN Blog 2014 Top Story #2: Oscar Taveras’ Death Not About Baseball

St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Oscar Taveras died in October in his native Dominican Republic. His girlfriend also was killed in an automobile accident due to his drunken driving.

TCN Blog 2014 Top Story #4: Dodgers Dispatched in DS

The St. Louis Cardinals once again eliminated the Los Angeles Dodgers from MLB’s post-season as Matt Carpenter starred with the bat and Yasiel Puig wore the black hat.

TCN Blog 2014 Top Story #5: Quick Move to Add Heyward

The St. Louis Cardinals addressed their right field need by acquiring Jason Heyward from the Atlanta Braves.

TCN Blog 2014 Top Story #7: The Lackey Trade

At the July 31 deadline, the St. Louis Cardinals added pitcher John Lackey and a minor leaguer for pitcher Joe Kelly and 1B/OF Allen Craig.

TCN Blog 2014 Top Story #8: Wong Perseveres

Rookie second baseman Kolten Wong persevered through demotion, injury and post-season benching to post a very strong rookie season for the St. Louis Cardinals.

TCN Blog 2014 Top Story #10: Right Field Rub

The St. Louis Cardinals received painfully little offense from the important right field position in 2014.

TCN Blog 2014 Top Story #11: Losing 2/5 of the Rotation

The St. Louis Cardinals had to make a series of adjustments to their rotation, including two trades, due to major injuries to Michael Wacha and Jaime Garcia.

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.