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How to Shorten the MLB Schedule

How to condense the MLB regular season schedule, increase the playoffs, but still finish play in October.

TCN Blog 2015 Top Story #2: Losing to the Cubs

The Central Division Champion St. Louis Cardinals fell to the Wild Card Chicago Cubs in the National League Division Series.

Cardinals New NL Favorite as Jays Lead in World Series Odds

The St. Louis Cardinals have the shortest odds to win the 2015 National League but based on betting lines, Toronto is favored to win it all.

2015 National League Post-Season Schedule

Dates, times, locations, television coverage plans for all National League playoff clubs through the 2015 World Series.

Cardinals Among NL Favorites as Jays Lead in World Series Odds

As the 2015 regular season winds down, the St. Louis Cardinals’ odds to win the 2015 National League are the same the other two division leaders.

Al Michaels Sounds Off On 1987 World Series Sound Level

National broadcaster accuses the Minnesota Twins of pumping in artificial noise during the 1987 World Series.

Two Dodgers Respect and Target Cardinals

Los Angeles Dodgers Yasier Puig and Clayton Kershaw each made recent comments noting their club’s failures to eliminate the St. Louis Cardinals in the post-season.

TCN Blog 2014 Top Story #3: Giants Squash Cardinals

The St. Louis Cardinals were again eliminated from MLB’s post-season by the eventual champion San Francisco Giants.

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.

Oddsmakers Weigh in on NLCS, World Series

Courtesy of Bovada.lv, here are the most recent odds for the Major League Baseball post-season as they relate to the St. Louis Cardinals.

Wild Card Winner Batting .500 in Reaching Championship Series

The Wild Card Game winner has reached three of the six League Championship Series since Major League Baseball added the second wild card.

Don Mattingly on St. Louis Cardinals sign stealing

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

Cardinals bring home extra holiday cash in postseason shares

A postseason share for the 2013 National League Champion St. Louis Cardinals totaled over $228,000.

The obstruction rule and call

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

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.

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?

Will the Cardinals’ momentum carry into the post-season?

Looking at past St. Louis Cardinals season-ending results and comparing them to post-season outcomes.

MLB updates 2013 post-season schedule

Schedules for Major League Baseball post-season games through Friday, October 4 have been announced.

Why the Cardinals should keep winning

Brian Walton’s thinking behind the optimal path for the Cardinals to take to and through the post-season.

MLB announces 2013 post-season schedule

On Tuesday, Major League Baseball announced the schedule for the 2013 Postseason, with coverage shared by TBS, MLB Network and FOX Network.

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.

TCN Blog 2012 Cardinals top story #2: The NLCS collapse

Needing just one win to return to the World Series, the St. Louis Cardinals lost three straight to San Francisco in the National League Championship Series.

TCN Blog 2012 Cardinals top story #3: Wild Card win in Atlanta

In the first-ever National League Wild Card game, the St. Louis Cardinals defeated the Atlanta Braves on the road.

La Russa favors post-series handshakes

MLB special assistant Tony La Russa would like to see greater sportsmanship exhibited by players as post-season series conclude.

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.

2012 Cardinals unearned post-season runs in historical context

How does the St. Louis Cardinals 12 unearned post-season runs allowed compare to past clubs?

Unearned runs killing Cardinals in post-season

Over 25 percent of the runs allowed by the St. Louis Cardinals in this post-season have been unearned.

Most feast-or-famine offense in Cardinals post-season history

Never before did the St. Louis Cardinals log such a big difference between run scoring in playoff wins versus losses as in 2012.

Fewer Cardinals quality starts but more quality relief

Solid bullpen work has helped the St. Louis Cardinals win a dozen games in the last two post-seasons when their starter left early.

Better Cardinals drafts mean fewer free agents

The construction of the last five St. Louis Cardinals National League Championship Series rosters indicates a major change driven by home-grown talent.

Cardinals held to three hits twice in NLDS

The St. Louis Cardinals had three or fewer hits just 12 times in 205 prior post-season games, but now it has happened twice in four NLDS contests.

On this date in Cardinals history: October 10

The St. Louis Cardinals won their first World Series on this date in 1926 behind a most unlikely hero – Grover Cleveland Alexander.

How would you replace Jaime Garcia?

Considering the St. Louis Cardinals’ roster alternatives if Jaime Garcia is out.

Cardinals first-ever playoff loss with 10-strikeout starter

Adam Wainwright struck out 10 Washington Nationals, but his St. Louis Cardinals lost on Sunday.

Cardinals NLDS pre-game schedules and highlights

Planned activities prior to Sunday’s and Monday’s National League Division Series Games 1 and 2 in St. Louis.

Looking at the Cardinals playoff path ahead

The post-season schedule for the St. Louis Cardinals if they are able to win Friday’s wild card game.

Why Cardinals game 162 may still matter

The St. Louis Cardinals and Cincinnati Reds have already clinched, but NLDS matchups are not yet set.

Second wild card update – Tuesday, 10/2

A quick glance at the race between the St. Louis Cardinals and Los Angeles Dodgers for the second National League wild card after game #160.

Second wild card update – Monday, 10/1

A quick glance at the race between the St. Louis Cardinals and Los Angeles Dodgers for the second National League wild card.

The most damaging loss of the Cardinals season?

The St. Louis Cardinals final West Coast road trip (and a non-winning record in their final four games) may lead to a grueling travel schedule this coming week.

Wainwright calls wild card win while Chipper shrugs

If St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright is looking ahead to the National League Division Series, Atlanta third baseman Chipper Jones doesn’t appear concerned about it.

Cardinals World Series Game 6 DVD Set trivia: “Mo’s beginnings”

Correctly answer a multi-part St. Louis Cardinals-related trivia question and win a free Baseball’s Greatest Games: 2011 World Series, Game 6 DVD Set from The Cardinal Nation Blog and A+E Networks Home Entertainment/MLB Productions.

Cardinals World Series Game 6 DVD Set trivia: “RBI kings”

Correctly answer a multi-part St. Louis Cardinals-related trivia question and win a free Baseball’s Greatest Games: 2011 World Series, Game 6 DVD Set from The Cardinal Nation Blog and A+E Networks Home Entertainment/MLB Productions.

Cards World Series Game 6 DVD Set trivia: “We’ll see you tomorrow night!”

Correctly answer a multi-part St. Louis Cardinals-related trivia question and win a free Baseball’s Greatest Games: 2011 World Series, Game 6 DVD Set from The Cardinal Nation Blog and A+E Networks Home Entertainment/MLB Productions.

Win more Cardinals World Series DVD sets at The Cardinal Nation Blog

An even bigger giveaway than last time! Pre-registration to answer St. Louis Cardinals-related trivia questions is required.

Union holding up expanded MLB playoffs

One month remains for Major League Baseball owners and players to agree whether or not to add a second Wild Card per league in 2012.

Video: David Freese takes Babe Ruth Award

St. Louis Cardinals third baseman David Freese was recognized again for his 2011 post-season, this time by the New York chapter of the BBWAA.

Cardinals planning White House visit

The World Champion St. Louis Cardinals are reportedly making plans to visit the White House on January 17.

The Cardinal Nation Blog 2011 top story #1: 11th World Championship

In 2011, the underdog St. Louis Cardinals won their 11th championship of Major League Baseball.

The Cardinal Nation Blog 2011 top story #5: NLDS win over Phillies

The heavy underdog St. Louis Cardinals defeated the team with baseball’s best record, the Philadelphia Phillies, in the first round of the 2011 playoffs.

The Cardinal Nation Blog 2011 top story #6: NLCS win over Brewers

The St. Louis Cardinals defeated NL Central rival and 2011 Division champion Milwaukee Brewers in the Championship Series.

The Cardinal Nation Blog 2011 top story #10: Freese’s fantastic finish

St. Louis Cardinals’ third baseman David Freese won the Most Valuable Player Award in both the National League Championship Series and the World Series.

World Series DVD Set trivia: Dynamic doubles

Correctly answer a multi-part St. Louis Cardinals post-season-related trivia question and win a free 2011 World Series DVD Set from The Cardinal Nation Blog.

World Series DVD Set trivia: Cleaning up at the plate

Correctly answer a multi-part St. Louis Cardinals post-season-related trivia question and win a free 2011 World Series DVD Set from The Cardinal Nation Blog.

World Series DVD Set trivia: Home-grown heroes

Correctly answer a multi-part St. Louis Cardinals post-season-related trivia question and win a free 2011 World Series DVD Set from The Cardinal Nation Blog.

World Series DVD Set trivia: Calling the pen… again and again

Correctly answer a multi-part St. Louis Cardinals post-season-related trivia question and win a free 2011 World Series DVD Set from The Cardinal Nation Blog.

World Series DVD Set trivia: Freese’s MVP Booty

Correctly answer a multi-part St. Louis Cardinals post-season-related trivia question and win a free 2011 World Series DVD Set from The Cardinal Nation Blog.

World Series DVD Set trivia: Getting the quick hook

Correctly answer a multi-part St. Louis Cardinals post-season-related trivia question and win a free 2011 World Series DVD Set from The Cardinal Nation Blog.

World Series DVD Set trivia: La Russa on the “other” career wins list

Correctly answer a two-part St. Louis Cardinals post-season-related trivia question and win a free 2011 World Series DVD Set from The Cardinal Nation Blog.

Win 2011 World Series 8-disc sets at The Cardinal Nation Blog

An even bigger giveaway than last week! Pre-registration to answer St. Louis Cardinals-related trivia questions is required.

Reviewing the Official 2011 World Series DVDs

Highlighting complementary two- and eight-disc sets commemorating the St. Louis Cardinals 2011 World Championship.

10 World Series DVD Set winners at The Cardinal Nation Blog

Announcing the identities of the 10 winners of the Official 2011 World Series Highlight Film 2-Disc Set.

Cardinals playoff chances – What others said

Not surprisingly, the St. Louis Cardinals’ progression to the 2011 World Championship was not expected by the national media.

Cards invite fans to celebrate 11th World Championship Sunday

St. Louis Cardinals World Championship celebration starts with Sunday Victory Parade. Tickets to Busch Stadium Ceremony will be available Saturday.

Cardinals World Series Game 6 and Game 7 factoids

Putting St. Louis’ 10-9 World Series Game 6 win into historical context while looking ahead to Friday’s Game 7.

World Series Game 6 – the good and the bad

No matter how you think the 2011 World Series might end, there is history to reinforce your view.

Two of a record 65 Cardinals relief changes that did not work

The St. Louis Cardinals set a post-season record for the most pitching changes, but two of them made on Monday night did not work as intended.

More on Pujols’ World Series Game 3 hitting marks

All-time ranking of some of St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols’ hitting feats accomplished Saturday night in Game 3 of the 2011 World Series.

Pujols ties MLB greats with three-homer performance

St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols had a performance for the ages on Saturday night, hitting three home runs against the Texas Rangers in a 16-7 win in Game 3 of the 2011 World Series.

Cardinals World Series Game 2 pitching leftovers

Looking at Thursday’s pitching performances by Jaime Garcia and Jason Motte of the St. Louis Cardinals in historical context.

Cardinals World Series offensive records

Top St. Louis Cardinals World Series hitting stats in team history.

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.

MLB games drawing high levels of social media activity

St. Louis Cardinals-Philadelphia Phillies NLDS Game 5 was third-most commented upon sporting event last week.

Money will not buy the 2011 MLB title

The top nine payroll teams in Major League Baseball are at home watching the LCS, with seven of them having missed the playoffs entirely.

Carpenter ties Gibson in Cardinals post-season wins

Chris Carpenter’s seventh post-season win tied him with Hall of Famer Bob Gibson for the most in St. Louis Cardinals history.

Flap over Cardinals ticket seating to Brewers party

The St. Louis Cardinals have angered some of their visitors from Milwaukee due to their NLCS seating policy for player families and friends.

Cardinals Monday leftovers worth consuming

First baseman Albert Pujols and the St. Louis Cardinals logged a number of milestones in their NLCS Game 2 victory Monday night.

Pujols cracks top ten MLB post-season homer, RBI lists

With a huge game in NLCS Game 2 Monday night, St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols moved into the MLB career top ten in post-season home runs and RBI.

Was Carpenter’s the best clutch playoff start in Cardinals history?

Looking at the best playoff pitching performances in the history of the St. Louis Cardinals.

Greinke gives Cardinals additional motivation

On the eve of NLCS Game 1, Milwaukee starter Zack Greinke ripped St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Chris Carpenter.

LCS television schedule announced

Major League Baseball has announced television plans for the 2011 League Championship Series.

Road warriors fare well in NLDS Game 5’s

The away team has won the last three National League Division Series-deciding Game 5’s. That should be good news for the St. Louis Cardinals, right?

Freese has a night for the record books

St. Louis Cardinals third baseman David Freese drove in four runs Wednesday night. Only one player had more RBI in a post-season game in team history.

Sizing the NLDS impact on St. Louis’ economy

According to a new report, the National League Division Series will generate $5.2 million per game to the St. Louis region.

Time to end the MLB in-game interviews

St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa criticized the umpiring on camera during Sunday’s NLDS Game 2.

Cardinals announce NLDS roster

The St. Louis Cardinals have announced their NLDS roster, consisting of 11 pitchers and 14 position players.

Vote for your Cardinals NLDS roster

The St. Louis Cardinals face a number of decisions as they set their first-round playoff roster. Who would you select and why?

Vote for your Cardinals NLDS starting pitchers

The St. Louis Cardinals have a number of choices as they set their playoff rotation. Who would you start and why?

Cardinals announce Tiebreaker Game and NLDS ticket sales

Tickets go on sale Monday for St. Louis Cardinals’ potential Thursday game with Atlanta and first-round series against Atlanta.

Will the Phillies determine their playoff opponent?

Whether or not the Philadelphia Phillies have a wild card preference, they may have a major hand in its selection.

Extra wild cards, expanded playoffs shelved

Major League Baseball’s plan to add two wild cards may be off the table for 2011, but is far from dead.

Revamping MLB’s post-season format

A quick look at two proposals to expand Major League Baseball’s Wild Cards.

The need for expanded instant replay made obvious

A rash of managerial ejections highlights poor umpiring decisions helping to decide MLB playoff games.

Another bad Bud idea: More MLB wild cards

Major League Baseball’s commissioner sees more Wild Card teams as “very attractive.”

Cardinals NLDS optimism and pessimism

Two perspectives on the Cardinals chances of coming back against the Dodgers based on past League Division Series.

Smoltz and Lohse: Different post-season bullpen histories

Now available in relief, two veteran Cardinals starters have been there before.

Does a big September lead mean Cardinals October success?

2009 is the third time this decade that the St. Louis Cardinals entered the final month with a double-digit lead. That hasn’t yet meant much in October.

Cardinals and September not made for one another

The St. Louis Cardinals have not played well in recent Septembers. That doesn’t mean they will fail in October, however.