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Where are the Cardinals’ Winning Streaks?

The St. Louis Cardinals haven’t won four games in a row in over two months, yet remain a Wild Card leader.

Tuesday Marks FOX Sports Midwest’s Annual “This One’s for You”

Annual special St. Louis Cardinals game broadcast connects local families with troops stationed overseas.

NL Central is MLB’s Tightest Four-Team Race Since 2006

Four teams in the National League Central Division are separated by just 5 ½ games, tightest since the 2006 NL West.

The Game that Never Happened in a Season that Never Concluded

The 20-year anniversary of the start of the 1994 Major League Baseball strike brings back unpleasant memories.

Will 2014 Cardinals’ Run Scoring Mirror 1973 Mets?

The St. Louis Cardinals are track to make the playoffs despite being near the bottom of run scoring, something that has not been accomplished in over 40 years.

Cardinals Log a Losing Record in Series Openers

The 2014 St. Louis Cardinals need to find a way to be more competitive in the first game of series. Scoring more runs would be a nice start.

Talking with Washington University on the Cardinals

St. Louis’ Washington University has a student-operated blog focusing on the St. Louis Cardinals. I answered a series of questions about the team for them.

New Features at The Cardinal Nation

A number of start-of-month features at The Cardinal Nation focus on minor league standouts in the St. Louis Cardinals system.

After Cardinals Injuries, Oddsmaker Establishes New Division Favorite

With 2/5 of the rotation out with injuries, the St. Louis Cardinals are no longer one oddsmaker’s favorite to win their division.

From Where Will Cardinals Roster Replacements Come?

From St. Louis to Class-A Peoria, the Cardinals system has 23 players on the disabled list and is down seven healthy players across its active rosters.

Cardinals Finally Get Back to Scoring Six

The St. Louis Cardinals did a good job of scoring runs in bunches in April, but have not been very good since. Maybe Monday is the start of a trend.

Cardinals organization roster matrix: 2014 draft and short season

The St. Louis Cardinals’ full system view by position and level reflects the 2014 draft plus rosters for short-season play with all organization players listed by level and position.

Cardinals Triple Plays Are Not Game Changers

Rarely if ever does a St. Louis Cardinals game change its trajectory after the defense executes a triple play.

Without KC, the American League Owns the Cardinals

No matter which American League teams the St. Louis Cardinals play, Kansas City is the only one they can consistently beat.

Cardinals’ Opponent Miscues Mean Walkoff Wins

The final play of over half of the St. Louis Cardinals’ walkoff wins this season and last was a mistake by their opponent. This rate is historically high.

TheCardinalNation.com Has a New Look

The main site, The Cardinal Nation, has undergone a much-needed facelift, making it more visually appealing and more accessible to mobile users.

Is the Cards’ schedule an excuse, an explanation or irrelevant?

The St. Louis Cardinals played 26 of their first 38 games away from home and are just .500 overall. How much did the schedule play into the record?

2014 Major League Baseball odds – May update

Reviewing the lines on six division races in Major League Baseball, the league championships and World Series.

Two losses would put Cardinals in biggest April hole since 1988

Playing red-hot first-place Milwaukee offers opportunity as well as danger for the St. Louis Cardinals’ division title hopes.

Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum grand opening

Brian Walton’s first-hand photo gallery of a very important event in St. Louis on Monday.

Bourjos among 10 worst starts through five Cardinals games

New St. Louis outfielder Peter Bourjos is just the 10th player in the last century to go hitless in 10 or more at-bats over his Cardinals team’s first five games.

Cardinals organization roster matrix: 2014 regular season

The St. Louis Cardinals’ full system view by position and level reflects rosters for the 2014 regular season.

2014 season-opening MLB odds

Reviewing the lines on six division races in Major League Baseball, the league championships and World Series.

Cardinals organization roster matrix: 2014 spring training

The St. Louis Cardinals’ full system view by position and level reflects rosters for 2014 spring training.

Oddsmakers weigh in on 2014 MLB regular season

Over-unders for the 30 MLB teams look more like last spring’s odds than they do last fall’s final results.

How much fire is behind the Cardinals’ Aledmys Diaz smoke?

The St. Louis Cardinals appear to be “in” on a hot Cuban infield prospect. Will they get their man?

Talking Cardinals with Miller Park Prospects

Brian Walton’s interview on the St. Louis Cardinals running on Milwaukee Brewers-based site Miller Park Prospects.

Rob Johnson takes Aaron Miles to the next level

One former St. Louis Cardinals position player-turned emergency pitcher has reportedly made the move for good. Could another be far behind?

TCN blog 2013 top story #2: Back on top of the National League

The 2013 St Louis Cardinals recaptured the National League Central Division crown for the first time since 2009 and tied for the best record in Major League Baseball.

2014 Cardinals Winter Warm-Up autograph prices

Some autograph prices at the St. Louis Cardinals fan event, Winter Warm-Up, are slightly up for 2014, though there will more freebies.

Don Mattingly on St. Louis Cardinals sign stealing

Apparently, bad blood remains from the 2013 National League Championship Series.

What might be next for the Memphis Redbirds and AutoZone Park?

If the current sale proposal unravels, what could happen to the Memphis Redbirds and AutoZone Park?

The Mariners can only hope for Cardinals-like stability

The Seattle Mariners have been in the MLB headlines this week, but not always for the right reasons.

Annual Cardinals Top 40 prospect countdown underway

The Cardinal Nation’s top prospect list for 2014 is being unveiled over the next 40 days.

Jhonny Peralta pros and cons for the Cardinals

Rumors have a deal between free agent shortstop Jhonny Peralta and the St. Louis Cardinals close. Early views from fans have been mixed.

Could the Memphis Mets be in the future?

New news from Memphis indicates another Major League club has expressed interest in acquiring the Triple-A Redbirds and AutoZone Park.

Key players in the proposed Memphis baseball sale

Looking at the impending sale of the Memphis Redbirds and AutoZone Park from the perspective of key participants.

Why the Cardinals could afford Tulowitzki and Ellsbury

The 2014 St. Louis Cardinals seem to have room to take on payroll and build what could be an unstoppable lineup.

Cardinals organization roster matrix: 2013-2014 off-season

The St. Louis Cardinals full system view reflects rosters for the 2013-2014 off-season.

AutoZone Park sale plan “fairly close”

A plan to clear the major hurdle in the proposed sale of AutoZone Park and the Memphis Redbirds is almost ready.

Cardinals open at 10/1 odds to win 2014 World Series

Initial odds for next year’s World Series indicate two new favorites.

Cardinals rank eighth in one view of system rankings

Baseball America has used a formula to order minor league organizations based on top prospects by league.

Why do foreign substances have to be a gray area?

Major League Baseball’s rule on the use of foreign substances by pitchers is clear. Enforcement is not.

Cardinals and Red Sox World Series odds

Looking the odds associated with the 2013 World Series.

Help the United Way and win World Series Game 3 tickets

The United Way of Greater St. Louis is raffling off prime tickets for Saturday’s World Series Game 3 at Busch Stadium.

Cardinals have longest odds among MLB’s final four

Looking at how the odds to win the two pennants and the World Series have shifted since April. As the LCS opened, the St. Louis Cardinals had the longest odds of the final four.

Parabola Power: Field Geometry Helps the Cardinals Win

Could the power of the parabola be a contributor to the success of the St. Louis Cardinals?

Help the United Way and win NLCS Games 1/2 tickets

The United Way of Greater St. Louis is raffling off prime tickets for Friday and Saturday’s NLCS Games 1 and 2 at Busch Stadium.

Cardinals improve again in Major League Baseball odds

Looking at how the odds to win the two pennants and the World Series have shifted since April. For the St. Louis Cardinals, the odds are continuing to move in the right direction.

Help the United Way and win NLDS Game 2 tickets

The United Way of Greater St. Louis is raffling off two pairs of prime tickets for Friday’s NLDS Game 2 at Busch Stadium.

Cardinals-Brewers, Reds-Pirates probable pitchers

Weekend pitching matchups for key games in the National League Central race.

Cardinals improving in Major League Baseball odds

Looking at how the odds to win the NL Central, two pennants and the World Series have shifted since April. For the St. Louis Cardinals, the odds have turned back in the right direction.

Yadier Molina’s four seasons in one

Considering the potential impact of Yadier Molina’s knee problems on him, his MVP hopes and his team’s won-loss record.

Cardinals sliding in September Major League Baseball odds

Looking at how the odds to win the two pennants and the World Series have shifted since April. For the St. Louis Cardinals, the odds are heading in the wrong direction.

2014 St. Louis Cardinals schedule PDF

Single-page version of the St. Louis Cardinals 2014 schedule.

Comparing Cardinals, Reds, Pirates schedules

How the three National League Central Division combatants’ schedules line up based on results to date.

The tale of two Cardinals seasons remaining

The St. Louis Cardinals are entering a 2 ½ week stretch of games against playoff clubs that could shape their post-season plans.

Poll: Which reliever should the Cardinals add?

Vote on which Triple-A reliever you think the St. Louis Cardinals should call up on Thursday.

How Major League Baseball odds have shifted in-season

Looking at how the odds to win the six Major League Baseball divisions, the two pennants and the World Series have shifted since April.

How rough is the Cardinals current stretch historically?

The St. Louis Cardinals have lost seven in a row, including four straight at Pittsburgh, with run scoring at a premium. Just how bad is it?

Cardinals organization roster matrix: 2013 short-season

The St. Louis Cardinals system view reflects rosters for 2013 short-season play with all organization players listed by level and position.

Cardinals World Championship odds improve

The odds of the St. Louis Cardinals winning the World Series have improved from 16/1 to 8/1 since the start of the season, according to bookmakers.

St. Louis Cardinals records through May 15

Checking the relative early season performance of recent St. Louis Cardinals clubs.

Checking the 2013 MLB odds lines

Who are the leaders among the oddsmakers to win (or be fired) across Major League Baseball in 2013?

St. Louis Cardinals starters pitch counts

A look at how deeply St. Louis Cardinals starting pitchers are going into their games based on pitch counts.

Memphis Redbirds, AutoZone Park sale may have a ways to go

The rumored sale of the Memphis Redbirds and its state of the art stadium may hinge on the City of Memphis.

St. Louis Cardinals bunting – 2000 to present

Answering some questions about St. Louis Cardinals bunting results in recent seasons raises more questions.

Is bunting overrated?

An oft-used, oft-second guessed play deployed by the St. Louis Cardinals is questioned by the Tampa Bay Rays manager.

Cardinals organization roster matrix: 2013 full-season

The St. Louis Cardinals system view reflects rosters for 2013 full-season play with all organization players listed by level and position.

Poll: St. Louis Cardinals hitting leaders in 2013

Readers can vote on a series of hitting-related questions regarding the St. Louis Cardinals.

Polls: St. Louis Cardinals pitching leaders in 2013

Readers can vote on a series of pitching-related questions regarding the St. Louis Cardinals

How many games will the 2013 Cardinals win?

One view comes from Baseball Prospectus, adjusting its projections for the number of wins for each club along with their odds of reaching the post-season.

Potential reserves for the Cardinals reserves

Who might be next in line if one of the five projected season-opening position player reserves on the St. Louis Cardinals is injured?

On World Baseball Classic participation and funding

Documenting and dissecting a recent twitter exchange about the World Baseball Classic.

When does rooting for prospects cross the line?

A prospect-related question for fans of Tampa Bay, Atlanta, Washington, Texas, etc…

FOX Sports Midwest doubles Cardinals spring telecasts to 10

The television home of the St. Louis Cardinals, FOX Sports Midwest, has increased its number of televised spring training games to 10 in 2013.

Is the Cardinals’ window of opportunity closing?

Could 2013 offer the St. Louis Cardinals’ best chance in the near future of going all the way again?

Cardinals Winter Warm-Up photos: Saturday, 1/19/13

Selected St. Louis Cardinals player and executive photos from Saturday’s first day of the 2013 Winter Warm-Up at St. Louis’ Hyatt Regency at the Arch.

2013 Cardinals Winter Warm-Up shows on FOX Sports Midwest

FOX Sports Midwest will produce two 30-minute shows from the 2013 Cardinals Winter Warm-Up.

TCN Blog 2012 top story #1: NLDS comeback over Washington

In the 2012 National League Division Series, the St. Louis Cardinals came back to defeat the favored Washington Nationals.

Cardinals initiate action to protect “Rally Squirrel” mark

The St. Louis Cardinals want to stop a company’s application to trademark the term “Rally Squirrel.”

Will Mo play the prospect market this winter?

The St. Louis Cardinals are well-stocked in an in-demand commodity this off-season, but will they exploit their advantage?

Comparing Cardinals Winter Warm-Up autograph prices

Autograph prices at the St. Louis Cardinals fan event, Winter Warm-Up, are flat for 2013, though there will be many fewer freebies.

Cardinals Top 40 prospect countdown begins Monday, 12/3

The Cardinal Nation’s top prospect list for 2013 will be unveiled over the next 40 days.

2013 Cardinals Legends Camp accepting enrollments

Registration is open to the 2013 St. Louis Cardinals Legends Camp, to be held in Jupiter, Fla. in January.

What is your opinion of the Cardinals uniform changes?

A simple vote on the new alternate uniform to be worn by the 2013 St. Louis Cardinals and other minor changes.

Cardinals organization roster matrix: 2012-2013 off-season

The St. Louis Cardinals full system view reflects rosters for the 2012-2013 off-season.

Cardinals open at 14/1 to win 2013 World Series

Six teams are viewed to have a better chance to take next year’s World Series ahead of the St. Louis Cardinals.

Long Cardinals post-season run-scoring droughts

While scoring one run in their final 28 innings set a new post-season futility mark for the St. Louis Cardinals, similar problems occurred previously.

Jason Motte nearing a very unusual record

Jason Motte has every one of the St. Louis Cardinals saves in 2012 and is on track to become only the sixth closer ever to do so.

Troy Tulowitzki versus Chris Carpenter?

Could minor league fans see two recovering MLB heavyweights meet in Springfield on Saturday?

Astros mulling future of Tal’s Hill

A long-time rival of St. Louis is considering big changes off the field as well as on.

Cardinals, Braves taking different rotation route toward Wild Cards

The St. Louis Cardinals and Atlanta Braves may have both considered a six-man rotation, but the latter is doing it.

On bad Cardinals losses and making the post-season

Is one decisive defeat an isolated incident or an indication of a bigger problem?

What if the Cardinals had traded more prospects?

Comparing the rankings of prospects traded for major leaguers at the non-waiver deadline to St. Louis Cardinals prospects.

Cardinals having run-scoring problems

Since the All-Star break, the St. Louis Cardinals have scored no more than three runs in all six games.

Cardinals last at-bat road comeback wins

A look back at a rare, but satisfying method of winning a baseball game.

MLB All-Star Final Vote process loses any credibility

The lengths to which Major League Baseball is going to generate interest in the All-Star Game have crossed the line, in my opinion.

Cardinals run-scoring in consecutive innings

When the St. Louis Cardinals can score in four consecutive innings, they generally win.

Be the Cardinals GM: Who to trade?

Who should the St. Louis Cardinals consider making available in trade and which prospect should they keep?