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Lance Lynn tops Dizzy Dean but still chases Bob Gibson

OK, it was just one stat over two starts, but St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Lance Lynn logged two rare high-strikeout games.

Has Salas hit The Verducci Effect?

An ineffective Fernando Salas has been sent down to Triple-A Memphis. Was his increased workload in 2011 a factor?

Where is Matt Adams, already?

Despite the current injury situation of the St. Louis Cardinals, their top first base prospect remains at Triple-A. I believe that is the right way to go – at least for now.

Looking through Rosenthal-colored glasses

No first-time player in St. Louis Cardinals major league camp this spring was talked about more than right-handed pitcher Trevor Rosenthal.

Cardinals log of minor league suspensions grows

Cody Stanley is the 24th name on the St. Louis Cardinals minor league drug suspension list since 2005.

Comparing Pujols and Adams in the AFL

Excitement about St. Louis Cardinals prospect Matt Adams sent me back to the records to compare his Arizona Fall League results with Albert Pujols’ 11 years earlier.

Cardinals sixth starter, what took you so long?

On Monday, the St. Louis Cardinals moved Lance Lynn from relieving to starting. Why did they wait for an injury to another?

Cardinals spring phenom named Matt will return to earth

For the second consecutive spring, the St. Louis Cardinals top minor league hitter is standing out in major league camp. Let’s not get carried away, though.

Poll: When will Shelby Miller arrive in St. Louis?

Vote on when you think the St. Louis Cardinals’ top prospect will make his major league debut.

Cardinals Winter Warm-Up photos: Monday, 1/16

St. Louis Cardinals photos from Monday’s third and final session of the 2012 Winter Warm-Up at St. Louis’ Hyatt Regency at the Arch.

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.

Off-the-wall Cardinals story ideas for 2012

Seven lower-odds storylines possibly ahead for the 2012 St. Louis Cardinals. Or not.

The Cardinal Nation Blog 2011 top story #11: Young position players emerge

Three young position players made significant contributions along the way to the St. Louis Cardinals’ 2011 World Series title.

The Cardinal Nation Blog 2011 top story #12: Young relievers emerge

Three rookie pitchers not on the roster to open the season contributed to the St. Louis Cardinals World Championship push.

The Cardinal Nation Blog 2011 top story #15: Changes up the middle

The St. Louis Cardinals starting middle infielders to begin 2011 did not last the season, with more change likely for 2012.

The Cardinal Nation Blog 2011 top story #17: Closer changes

Eight different relievers collected saves and four of them lost the closers job, but the 2011 St. Louis Cardinals secured the conversions when they were needed the most.

Looking forward to a Cardinals designated hitter for once

After an .071 average from their designated hitters in the 2004 and 2006 World Series, the St. Louis Cardinals can look to more from Allen Craig in 2011.

How rare is Fernando Salas’ 44-pitch save?

Very few St. Louis Cardinals pitchers have thrown more pitches in securing a save than did Fernando Salas on Tuesday night.

Lance Lynn’s non-day of rest

A quick look at new St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Lance Lynn’s recent usage history.

Salas: Fastest Cardinal to 10-for-10 in saves

No St. Louis Cardinals closer has ever logged his first ten saves without a blown opportunity faster than Fernando Salas in 2011.

Twitter and Shelby Miller’s promotion

What may be the St. Louis Cardinals’ biggest minor league promotion of the year was announced by the player himself – via Twitter.

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.

Cardinals minor league video updates

Links to several videos of features about St. Louis Cardinals prospects.

It is time to appreciate Fernando Salas

Fernando Salas is the only St. Louis Cardinals reliever not to blow a save or take a loss in 2011.

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.

Could Daniel Descalso win a job by survival?

Comparing pros and cons of Matt Carpenter, Ramon Vazquez and Daniel Descalso, competitors for one job with the St. Louis Cardinals.

Can Ramon Vazquez become Abraham Nunez?

I hear all the early St. Louis Cardinals camp excitement about third baseman Matt Carpenter, but my thoughts are elsewhere, back in 2005.

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 #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 #16: Zack Cox’ major league deal

The St. Louis Cardinals’ first pick in the 2010 draft received near-record money and a major league contract.

St. Louis Cardinals roster risers and fallers

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

Cardinals hot stove update: 11/30/10

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

Why wasn’t Descalso better prepared?

In a surprise, second baseman Daniel Descalso became the late-season third baseman for the St. Louis Cardinals.

Pags’ squeeze a rare play

Friday night’s suicide squeeze by Matt Pagnozzi was the St. Louis Cardinals’ first in three years.

Craig’s impressive RBI pace in early action

Rookie St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Allen Craig has seven RBI in his first 15 career games.

Jon Jay at 50 (games, that is)

After 50 games, outfielder Jon Jay has the third highest average of any St. Louis Cardinals player since 1920.

Jay’s doubles among all-time Cards early leaders

Jon Jay has nine two-base hits in his first 38 games, joining just 16 other St. Louis Cardinals who could say the same.

Can Jon Jay sustain?

St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Jon Jay has been a pleasant surprise in right field for the injured Ryan Ludwick. When Ludwick returns, can Jay keep it up?

Trading Shelby Miller – legal or not?

Summarizing a Twitter discussion about rules regarding trading of recently-drafted players.

Cardinals starters exiting games early

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

Studying Adam Ottavino’s second start

Graphs tell the story of St. Louis Cardinals right-hander Adam Ottavino’s second start of his major league career.

Breaking Down Ottavino’s Debut

An over reliance on a fastball declining in velocity, no viable off-speed pitch and minimal pitching inside add up to a shaky debut for St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Adam Ottavino.

Salas joined six other here and gone Cardinals #59s

Like a number of short-timers before him, St. Louis Cardinals reliever Fernando Salas wore number 59 for his one-game MLB introduction before returning to Triple-A.

A different kind of prospect list focused on 2010 impact

St. Louis Cardinals prospects stack up very differently when looking at potential contribution at the major league level this season.

Gotay and the goats

A look at St. Louis Cardinals second base non-roster invitees over the last five seasons.

Descalso to get shot at third base?

One report has St. Louis Cardinals second base prospect Daniel Descalso joining the spring third base scrum, but it seems an isolated thought.

Strike two for Cardinals prospect Tyler Bighames

Already suspended for drug use, Cardinals outfield prospect is arrested for DUI and other violations.

The Cardinal Nation Blog top stories of 2009 #11: Third base turmoil

Eight different players had a piece of the St. Louis Cardinals’ starting third base job in 2009. None of them did much of anything with it.

Bighames becomes sixth Cardinal suspended in 2009

St. Louis 2009-drafted outfielder Tyler Bighames tests positive for drug of abuse.

The Cardinal Nation Blog top stories of 2009 #18: Shelby Miller

The St. Louis Cardinals ventured into unfamiliar territory when making their first-round pick in the 2009 draft.

Cardinals prospect leftovers: November 25

A quick look at several St. Louis Cardinals prospect-related items.

Cardinals September call-up results

How much playing time did those called up from Memphis to St. Louis actually receive in the final days of the 2009 season?

Cardinals Minor Matters: October 25

A collection of recent St. Louis Cardinals-related links of interest with a little commentary mixed in.

Cardinals early Arizona Fall League leftovers

Answering follow-on questions about Cardinals prospects and the 2009 Arizona Fall League

Jones leads eight Cards to Arizona Fall League

Eight top St. Louis Cardinals prospects will participate in the 2009 Arizona Fall League as members of the Surprise Rafters, led by the organization’s 2008 Player of the Year, Daryl Jones.

Wallace for Holliday: Who to believe?

Lots of signals, many of them mixed, regarding a rumored deal between the Cardinals and A’s.

Cardinals Triple-A All-Star Game history

Jess Todd is the Cardinals organization’s 38th player named to the Triple-A All-Star Game since its 1988 inception.

Cardinals Monday transactions: Niko, Luis DLC down

The St. Louis Cardinals made three roster moves from A-Advanced Palm Beach down to short-season Batavia.

Cardinals weekend transactions

The St. Louis Cardinals made three roster moves from A-Advanced Palm Beach up through Triple-A Memphis.

David Kopp: Coming back soon

The Springfield Cardinals starter is improving and should return to action shortly

Tandem starting ends early in Quad Cities

The St. Louis Cardinals are dropping their use of tandem starting pitchers in their second of two full-season affiliates where deployed.

Wallace and the hot seat

The St. Louis Cardinals have no plans to bring up prospect Brett Wallace to try to fix their third base problem. What are some of the key considerations?

And Maiques makes four and 13 suspended Cardinals

St. Louis Cardinals minor league pitcher Kenny Maiques was suspended 50 games, joining three other Cards farmhands who recently tested positive. The organization’s total is 13 over the last five years.

Quad Cities alters tandem rotation

The Quad Cities River Bandits of the Midwest League have dropped from five tandem pairings to four

Palm Beach tandem starters done

The A-Advanced Palm Beach Cardinals abandoned tandem starting pitching three weeks earlier in 2009.

Cardinals minor matters – April 21

What others are saying about the St. Louis Cardinals and their NL Central rivals.

Unlikely leader Descalso trying to help Springfield

With the worst pitching in the Texas League, the Springfield Cardinals are trying to outscore their opposition. They’re being led by an unexpected source, second baseman Daniel Descalso.

Who will be the first player called from Memphis?

When the St. Louis Cardinals need reinforcements from Triple-A, who will receive the call?

Traveling man Cazaña returns to Mexico

Outfielder Amaury Cazaña is playing for his third Mexican League team in three years and 15th stop overall just since 2005.

The seventh man in the Cardinals bullpen

When Dennys Reyes was added to the St. Louis Cardinals’ bullpen, who lost his roster spot as a result?

Cards lefties should be looking over their shoulders

Dissatisfied with their left-handed relievers, the St. Louis Cardinals are apparently shopping again.

Cardinals minor matters – March 1

Short bursts of St. Louis Cardinals-related news from all over the web.

Cardinals non-roster invitees – an update

Revisiting current and past St. Louis Cardinals non-roster invitees to their major league spring training camps.

Cardinals minor matters – February 11

St. Louis Cardinals news include three former hurlers finding new homes, three additional spring training invites and more.

Cardinals first-year players and rookies – 2009 forecast

Considering which St. Louis Cardinals minor league players may debut in 2009 and the subset that may stay up long enough to exhaust their rookie qualification.

Cardinals minor matters – February 8

St. Louis Cardinals-related news includes the Caribbean Series, “A-Fraud”, Joe Torre, MLB Network, TLR on scouts vs. stats, Todd Worrell, Scott Gorgen and more!

Cardinals minor matters – February 5

Amaury Marti struggling in Mexico, Larry Bigbie’s 15 minutes of fame, Skip Schumaker at second base and Tyler Johnson heads west.

Cardinals minor matters – February 4

Dates for Ankiel and Ludwick arbitration hearings, Choi contract clarification, club out of money and more St. Louis Cardinals news.

Cardinals minor matters – January 30

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

Cardinals unnecessary second and third base intrigue

Recent actions by the St. Louis Cardinals front office are causing already-wary fans to wonder what is going on.

The changing face of Cardinals NRIs – Part one

The quantity and makeup of the St. Louis Cardinals non-roster invitee list is evolving, giving prospects like Colby Rasmus, Brett Wallace and David Freese a better chance to make the major league club out of spring training.

“Frankie and the Teenagers” to play in St. Louis

Comparing the inexperience level of Ryan Franklin and the rest of the projected 2009 St. Louis Cardinals bullpen to peer groups from recent seasons.

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.

Pujols recovery tangles WBC participation

An initial report from Colombia, referenced from the Dominican, includes Albert Pujols among six players that may be out of the World Baseball Classic. The player later confirmed the report, citing insurance liability issues.

Cardinals LOOGYs: Isn’t there more to it?

Considering alternate methods to gauge the comparative effectiveness of the St. Louis Cardinals’ new left-handed relievers for 2009.

Cards add Royce Ring instead of Rolls Royce

The St. Louis Cardinals are adding another castoff to their growing mix in a questionable attempt to fix their left-handed relief need.

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.

Eleven Cardinals Rookies Debuted in 2008

During the 2008 regular season, the St. Louis Cardinals called up eleven different players from the minors for their first exposure to the big leagues, the most in the Tony La Russa era.

Cardinals Add Two Young Latin American Relievers

The St. Louis Cardinals have signed a pair of minor league relievers, right-hander Luis Orozco from Colombia and Venezuelan lefty Julio Castellano.

Ex-Cardinals News: Mulder, Edmonds, Looper

Former St. Louis Cardinals Mark Mulder, Jim Edmonds and Braden Looper are in the news as all three search for new 2009 homes.

More on New Cardinal Maekawa from Luhnow and Rodriguez

St. Louis Cardinals execs Jeff Luhnow and Moises Rodriguez fill in gaps in the story of troubled and well-traveled Japanese LHP Katsuhiko Maekawa, recently signed by the club.

Cards sign Katsuhiko Maekawa – Who?

The St. Louis Cardinals have reportedly signed LHP Katsuhiko Maekawa to a minor league contract.

Cards to Re-Use Uniforms in Minors

Brian Walton notes the St. Louis Cardinals are saving money by re-using minor league uniforms.

Links to Cardinals “Best of” Lists

Lists of some of the top current St. Louis Cardinals minor leaguers and past major leaguers. (Remember to click on the title to see the entire post.)

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