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Cardinals walk off losses on record pace

The 2010 St. Louis Cardinals have already lost five games on walk offs, one short of their worst season since at least 1952.

About Cardinals low-scoring games

The St. Louis Cardinals rank among MLB leaders in low-scoring games on both sides of the ledger.

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.

The Cardinals’ Bud Norris club

The St. Louis Cardinals have been held to no runs by 11 opposing starters in the first 59 games in 2010.

Cardinals unusual balanced attack

Six St. Louis Cardinals players have 25 RBI or more through 55 games, the most in at least the last half century.

Cardinals suddenly scoring runs in bunches

The St. Louis Cardinals have scored at least eight runs on 14 or more hits in three consecutive games.

Pujols’ career on-base streaks mount

Albert Pujols’ recent streak of reaching base nine times in a row just fell short of his career best.

Cardinals double triples not all that rare

Multiple three-base hits in one game aren’t that unusual for the St. Louis Cardinals.

Cardinals number six spot not producing

The St. Louis Cardinals aren’t getting many RBI from the sixth spot in their batting order.

Cardinals organization roster matrix: 2010 regular season

The St. Louis Cardinals full system roster view will reflect changes during the 2010 regular season.

Cardinals home opener live blogging on FOX Sports Midwest

I will be back as a panelist on FOX Sports Midwest’s live blog during Monday afternoon’s St. Louis Cardinals home opener. Join in the discussion!

Cost to attend a Cardinals game up slightly in 2010

The St. Louis Cardinals rank ninth in the 2010 MLB Fan Cost Index with a 0.7 percent increase compared to 2009.

Walton on KXnO FOX Sports Radio Thursday

Catch me talking St. Louis Cardinals baseball with Matt Perrault and Ken Miller on KXnO FOX Sports Radio 1460 in Des Moines today (Thursday) at 4:35 p.m. CDT.

The Cardinals organization roster matrix: Season-opening update

The St. Louis Cardinals full system view is refreshed to reflect tentative opening season rosters and extended spring camp invitees.

Cardinals Minor League Spring Training Notebook: 04/04

Highlights from Sunday’s St. Louis Cardinals minor league spring training games in Florida.

Cardinals Minor League Spring Training Notebook: 04/03

Highlights from Saturday’s St. Louis Cardinals minor league spring training games in Florida.

Cardinals Minor League Spring Training Notebook: 04/02

Highlights from Friday’s St. Louis Cardinals minor league spring training games in Florida.

Cardinals Minor League Spring Training Notebook: 04/01

Highlights from Thursday’s St. Louis Cardinals minor league spring training games in Florida.

Cardinals Minor League Spring Training Notebook: 03/31

Highlights from Wednesday’s St. Louis Cardinals minor league spring training games in Florida as Shelby Miller stars.

Cardinals Minor League Spring Training Notebook: 03/30

Highlights from Tuesday’s St. Louis Cardinals minor league spring training games in Florida as the Memphis Redbirds hammered Mets ace Johan Santana.

River Bandits to Broadcast Home Games via Internet Only

Rather than stop audio broadcasts of their games entirely, the Quad Cities River Bandits will live stream 2010 home games on the internet.

Cardinals Minor League Spring Training Notebook: 03/28

Highlights from Sunday’s St. Louis Cardinals minor league spring training games in Florida.

Cardinals Minor League Spring Training Notebook: 03/27

Highlights from Saturday’s St. Louis Cardinals minor league spring training games in Florida.

Cardinals Minor League Spring Training Notebook: 03/26

Highlights from Friday’s St. Louis Cardinals minor league spring training games in Florida.

Cardinals Minor League Spring Training Notebook: 03/25

Highlights from Thursday’s St. Louis Cardinals minor league spring training games in Florida.

Cardinals Minor League Spring Training Notebook: 03/24

Highlights from Wednesday’s St. Louis Cardinals minor league spring training games in Florida.

Cardinals Minor League Spring Training Notebook: 03/23

Highlights from Tuesday’s St. Louis Cardinals minor league spring training games in Jupiter, Florida.

Cardinals Minor League Spring Training Notebook: 03/22

Highlights from Monday’s St. Louis Cardinals minor league spring training games in Port St. Lucie, Florida.

Cardinals Minor League Spring Training Notebook: 03/21

Highlights from Sunday’s St. Louis Cardinals minor league spring training games in Jupiter, Florida.

Cardinals Minor League Spring Training Notebook: 03/20

Highlights from Saturday’s St. Louis Cardinals minor league spring training games from Jupiter, Florida.

Cardinals Minor League Spring Training Notebook: 03/19

Highlights from Friday’s St. Louis Cardinals minor league spring training games from Jupiter, Florida.

Cardinals Minor League Spring Training Notebook: 03/18

Highlights from Thursday’s St. Louis Cardinals minor league spring training games from Jupiter, Florida.

Cardinals Minor League Spring Training Notebook: 03/17

Highlights from Wednesday’s St. Louis Cardinals minor league spring training games from Jupiter, Florida.

Cardinals spring training hitting and pitching in the last decade

Comparing St. Louis Cardinals spring vs. regular season batting average and ERA during the 2000-2009 period.

More St. Louis Cardinals talent inventory rankings

Looking at three new lists assessing young major league players and international prospects.

Miscellaneous Cardinals links: March 8, 2010

Offering up some links to interesting St. Louis Cardinals-related reading around the web.

A glance at St. Louis Cardinals 2010 betting odds

Just for fun, not for keeps, we’ll take a quick look at where the 2010 Cardinals line up with the gamblers.

The Cardinal Nation Blog: FOXSports.com’s Blog of the Day again!

McGwire family story and association with Yardbarker leads to repeat national exposure for St. Louis Cardinals-oriented blog.

The Cardinals organization roster matrix: Pre-camp update

The St. Louis Cardinals full system rosters are refreshed to reflect spring training camps, both major and minor league.

A St. Louis Cardinals Twitter directory

One man’s view of those to consider following on Twitter for St. Louis Cardinals-major and minor league-related information.

Philly driver guilty in death of Cardinals fan

The drunken driver who killed a St. Louis Cardinals fan and seriously injured another in Philadelphia last summer accepts a pair of guilty pleas.

Defending Cardinals Nation to the Cardinal Nation

A St. Louis Cardinals promotional program new to some has them strangely angry.

Random newspaper-related thoughts

A series of somewhat-related, somewhat non-related newspaper-oriented items in the news.

Quad Cities River Bandits silence radio broadcasts

In addition to a change in personnel, the St. Louis Cardinals Midwest League affiliate’s games will no longer be on radio.

Rochester group increases share of money-losing Batavia Muckdogs

Each year Rochester Community Baseball operates the Batavia Muckdogs, they pick up five percent ownership – but there is a catch.

Cardinals Winter Warm-Up autograph prices reflect economy

Autograph prices at the St. Louis Cardinals fan event, Winter Warm-Up, demonstrate an appreciation of the down economy.

The Cardinal Nation Blog top stories of 2009 #10: Kennedy’s final season Skip-ped

After the St. Louis Cardinals ate the final year of Adam Kennedy’s contract, they turned second base over to neophyte Skip Schumaker – and it worked!

The Cardinal Nation Blog named FOXSports.com’s Blog of the Day

McGwire story and association with Yardbarker leads to national exposure for Cardinals-oriented blog.

The Cardinal Nation Blog top stories of 2009 #13: Memphis and Springfield success

The youngest Triple-A and Double-A clubs in baseball both made the playoffs, the first time that was accomplished by Cardinals’ clubs in a quarter of a century.

Cardinals minor league defense below average

Using unearned runs to measure fielding prowess, St. Louis Cardinals minor leaguers don’t measure up to par.

Busch Stadium debt may hurt players more than taxpayers

Some major league clubs have advantageous leases that offer flexibility but shackle their communities. Others carry stadium-related debt.

Muckdogs holding Rochester in financial muck

The Batavia Muckdogs lost less money in 2009 than in 2008, but the deficit still runs in six digits and their patron is hurting, too.

Elias Ranking the St. Louis Cardinals roster

Rankings for the entire Cardinals team, not just their free agents, offer some interesting comparisons.

Happy Birthday to TheCardinalNationblog.com!

This blog is officially one year old today, December 12.

Cardinals spring training ticket prices this decade

The progression of St. Louis Cardinals spring training ticket prices since 2000.

2010 Cardinals major and minor league schedules

The title pretty much says it all – links to 2010 schedules for the St. Louis Cardinals and their top minor league affiliates.

Spying on Cardinals reader’s queries: November 29

Commentary on 20 search arguments that recently brought readers to TheCardinalNationblog.com.

A scouting market correction taking hold?

Toronto offers at least one recent indication of scouts coming back into prominence.

St. Louis Cardinals lose one owner

Chicagoan Nick Kladis, a member of the St. Louis Cardinals ownership group, passed away on Monday.

Cardinals minor matters: November 16

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

Springfield icon Lindskog heads west

Long-time Double-A Cardinals radio voice and media contact Mike Lindskog takes job in California.

2009 recap of Cardinals pitchers hitting eighth

Tony La Russa’s use of pitchers in the eighth spot in the St. Louis Cardinals lineup ended in late July. Did it matter this season?

New Palm Beach GM looks to grow success

The new general manager of the St. Louis Cardinals A-Advanced club has a down-to-earth background.

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.

How aggressive have Cardinals minor league player movements really been?

A comprehensive look at multi-year in-season roster changes across the Cardinals minor league system leads to conclusions that may differ from prevailing perception.

Walton on KXnO FOX Sports Radio Friday

Catch Brian Walton talking Cardinals baseball with Matt Perrault and Ken Miller on KXnO FOX Sports Radio 1460 in Des Moines today (Friday) at 6:05 p.m. Central.

Cardinals Futures Game history uneven

An in-depth look at St. Louis Cardinals participation in the mid-summer prospect showcase shows strong representation from the 2005 draft class.

Muckdogs to remain in Batavia for third season in 2010

Rochester group will continue to try to stem continued financial losses in management of Cardinals New York-Penn League affiliate.

Six years of Cardinals minor league all-stars

Analyzing changes in levels of recognized St. Louis Cardinals minor league standouts since 2004.

Cardinals minors all-star representation down

The number of St. Louis Cardinals minor league selections for all-star and elite competitions was down 18 percent from 2008.

Cardinals minors won-loss record backslides

After a robust 60 games-over-.500 total in 2008, the top six Cardinals minor league clubs posted their fourth losing mark in five years in 2009.

Cardinals spur Houston in-season managerial changes

The last two Astros managers lost their jobs when St. Louis arrived in town.

Cardinals early September results mean next to nothing

Looking at the results of the first dozen games in September by world champions this decade.

Cardinals end long Triple-A, Double-A playoff drought

It has been 24 years since the Cardinals’ top two farm clubs have been in the post-season at the same time

Roger Dean Stadium name to remain

The Cardinals Florida facility’s name will remain through 2017

Batavia franchise may be nearing its end

A 2008 New York-Penn League championship did not stem the flow of red ink from the Batavia Muckdogs’ operation

Cardinals crush classy closers

The St. Louis Cardinals have fared very well against elite closers recently

St. Louis and Memphis: Like father, like son

Calling out stat sheet similarities between the St. Louis Cardinals and their Triple-A affiliate, the Memphis Redbirds

Minor league affiliates are miles away

Looking at the distances of Cardinals minor league affiliates compared to their NL Central peers

Maloney guides Memphis back from the dead

Chris Maloney’s Memphis Redbirds have clawed back from 8 ½ games out to take their division lead.

Cardinals employ two top athletic trainers

The St. Louis Cardinals employ two 2009 Minor League Athletic Trainers of the Year, Chris Conroy and Tim Steinhaus

Scout.com Cardinals site gets new name

The Birdhouse has become The Cardinal Nation, while The Cardinal Nation blog… remains The Cardinal Nation blog!

Mediocre starters dominating Cardinals

The title pretty much says it all.

Is publishing players’ home addresses going too far?

Riverfront Times did just that with some current and former Cardinals. Their wrists were slapped as a result. Was it warranted?

Memphis’ emperor has no clothes

A corporate management group has taken over operations of the Memphis Redbirds and AutoZone Park. Guess what is coming next?

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.

Time to admit there WAS “dry powder”

Despite what some think, the St. Louis Cardinals are spending money. Where is all the “DeWallet” whining now?

DSL Cardinals Report: June 29, 2009

Josh Jones’ weekly report on the 2009 Dominican Summer League Cardinals.

VSL Cardinals Report: June 28, 2009

Josh Jones’ weekly report on the 2009 Venezuelan Summer League Cardinals.

Jason Stidham to sign with Cardinals

The St. Louis Cardinals’ eighth-rounder’s coach says his junior infielder is turning pro.

The Cardinals organization roster matrix: Short-season update

The St. Louis Cardinals system rosters are refreshed to reflect the three US-based short-season clubs: Batavia, Johnson City and the Gulf Coast League Cardinals.

Gulf Coast League Cardinals opening roster

The 2009 season-opening roster for the Gulf Coast League Cardinals.

Cardinals New York minutes – 06/23/09

Reporting from the new Citi Field in New York as the Cardinals visit the Mets.

Walton on KXnO FOX Sports Radio Tuesday

Catch Brian Walton live on KXnO FOX Sports Radio Des Moines at 5:30 P.M. Central today, Tuesday.

Batavia Muckdogs opening roster

The 2009 season-opening roster for the Batavia Muckdogs of the New York-Penn League.

Johnson City Cardinals opening roster

The 2009 season-opening roster for the Johnson City Cardinals of the Appalachian League.

DSL Cardinals Report: June 22, 2009

Josh Jones’ weekly report on the 2009 Dominican Summer League Cardinals.

VSL Cardinals Report: June 21, 2009

Josh Jones’ weekly report on the 2009 Venezuelan Summer League Cardinals.

Productive Cardinals Balks

St. Louis Cardinals runners have scored as a result of each of their last three balks received.