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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.

Cardinal Talk: KXnO FOX Sports Radio: Baltimore Bound

Brian Walton’s weekly discussion about the St. Louis Cardinals with Ken Miller of KXnO FOX Sports Radio 1460 in Des Moines.

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.

Cardinal Talk: KXnO FOX Sports Radio: After the Trades

Brian Walton’s weekly discussion about the St. Louis Cardinals with Jim Brinson of KXnO FOX Sports Radio 1460 in Des Moines.

Cardinals Make Hall of Fame Induction a Pay Event

$18 tickets for the St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame induction ceremony on August 16 are now on sale.

Cardinals Telecasts Top-Ranked in St. Louis, No. 2 in MLB

St. Louis Cardinals games on FOX Sports Midwest are the No. 1-rated programming in prime time with the second-highest ratings in Major League Baseball.

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.

Help United Way While Helping Yourself to Cardinals Baseball

Hall of Fame induction, Chris Carpenter bobbleheads and special-price tickets make August 15-16 a great time to head to Busch Stadium for St. Louis Cardinals baseball.

Cardinal Talk: KXnO FOX Sports Radio: HoF, Lottery and Cubs

Brian Walton’s weekly discussion about the St. Louis Cardinals with Ken Miller and Jim Brinson of KXnO FOX Sports Radio 1460 in Des Moines.

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?

Draw a Bulls Eye on Cardinals Hitters

Never before have as many St. Louis Cardinals batters been hit by opposing pitches than in 2014’s first half. The Cards also seem to retaliate less often than other clubs.

Cardinal Talk: KXnO FOX Sports Radio: Coming Out of the Break

Brian Walton’s weekly discussion about the St. Louis Cardinals with Ken Miller of KXnO FOX Sports Radio 1460 in Des Moines.

Cardinals First-Half Hitting Does Not Stand Test of Time

The St. Louis Cardinals hitting in the first half of the 2014 was among the worst in the last century.

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.

Cardinals First-Half Pitching Compares Well

By some measures, the St. Louis Cardinals pitching in the first half of the 2014 was among the best in the last century.

Cardinal Talk: KXnO FOX Sports Radio: Heading into the Break

Brian Walton’s weekly discussion about the St. Louis Cardinals with Ken Miller and Jim Brinson of KXnO FOX Sports Radio 1460 in Des Moines.

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.

Cardinal Talk: KXnO FOX Sports Radio: Heading Back Home

Brian Walton’s weekly discussion about the St. Louis Cardinals with Ken Miller and Jim Brinson of KXnO FOX Sports Radio 1460 in Des Moines.

Cardinal Talk: KXnO FOX Sports Radio: Tough Road Traveled

Brian Walton’s weekly discussion about the St. Louis Cardinals with Ken Miller and Jim Brinson of KXnO FOX Sports Radio 1460 in Des Moines.

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.

Handicapping Cardinals Wednesday Rotation Options

Looking at who might make the start for the St. Louis Cardinals in Jaime Garcia’s place on Wednesday.

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.

Cardinal Talk: KXnO FOX Sports Radio: Runs Too Scarce

Brian Walton’s weekly discussion about the St. Louis Cardinals with Ken Miller and Jim Brinson of KXnO FOX Sports Radio 1460 in Des Moines.

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.

Cardinal Talk: KXnO FOX Sports Radio: Shutouts Mean Wins

Brian Walton’s weekly discussion about the St. Louis Cardinals with Ken Miller and Jim Brinson of KXnO FOX Sports Radio 1460 in Des Moines.

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.

Cardinal Talk: KXnO FOX Sports Radio: Scoring Woes Continue

Brian Walton’s weekly discussion about the St. Louis Cardinals with Ken Miller and Jim Brinson of KXnO FOX Sports Radio 1460 in Des Moines.

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.

Cardinal Talk: KXnO FOX Sports Radio: Has Progress Stalled?

Brian Walton’s weekly discussion about the St. Louis Cardinals with Ken Miller and Jim Brinson of KXnO FOX Sports Radio 1460 in Des Moines.

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 Log Ninth Shutout of 2014

Lance Lynn joined Adam Wainwright with his complete game shutout for the 2014 St. Louis Cardinals Tuesday night.

WHO News Talk Radio: Yankee Invasion Looming

Brian Walton’s discussion about the St. Louis Cardinals with Chuck Reed and Jim Walden of WHO News Talk Radio 1040 in Des Moines.

Cardinal Talk: KXnO FOX Sports Radio: Leveraging the Home Stand

Brian Walton’s weekly discussion about the St. Louis Cardinals with Ken Miller of KXnO FOX Sports Radio 1460 in Des Moines.

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.

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.

Cardinal Talk: KXnO FOX Sports Radio: The Braves Arrive

Brian Walton’s weekly discussion about the St. Louis Cardinals with Ken Miller and Jim Brinson of KXnO FOX Sports Radio 1460 in Des Moines.

The Wizard and Jimmy Ballgame Talk Defense

Retired St. Louis Cardinals greats Ozzie Smith and Jim Edmonds share their thoughts on defense this week on FOX Sports Midwest.

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?

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.

Cardinal Talk: KXnO FOX Sports Radio: Still On The Road

Brian Walton’s weekly discussion about the St. Louis Cardinals with Ken Miller and Jim Brinson of KXnO FOX Sports Radio 1460 in Des Moines.

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.

Cardinals to don 1929 uniforms on Sunday

The St. Louis Cardinals and Chicago Cubs will wearing throwback uniforms from 1929 on Sunday night’s nationally-televised game.

Cardinal Talk: KXnO FOX Sports Radio: On the road again

Brian Walton’s weekly discussion about the St. Louis Cardinals with Ken Miller of KXnO FOX Sports Radio 1460 in Des Moines.

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.

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.

Cardinal Talk: KXnO FOX Sports Radio: Finally home

Brian Walton’s weekly discussion about the St. Louis Cardinals with Ken Miller of KXnO FOX Sports Radio 1460 in Des Moines.

Cardinals RBI leaders on pace for just 81

In just four of the last 45 years did the St. Louis Cardinals’ team RBI leaders through 22 games have fewer than in 2014.

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?

Finding Cardinals broadcasts on Monday and Wednesday

This week, two of the four St. Louis Cardinals games from New York overlap with Blues hockey, so alternate broadcast arrangements have been made.

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.

Cardinal Talk: KXnO FOX Sports Radio: East coast swing

Brian Walton’s weekly discussion about the St. Louis Cardinals with Ken Miller and Jim Brinson of KXnO FOX Sports Radio 1460 in Des Moines.

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.

Six-inning Joe Kelly may have been a better idea

Articulating a concern different from some others with how Friday’s St. Louis Cardinals home loss was managed.

Cardinal Talk: KXnO FOX Sports Radio: Cleaning up on the Cubbies?

Brian Walton’s weekly discussion about the St. Louis Cardinals with Ken Miller and Jim Brinson of KXnO FOX Sports Radio 1460 in Des Moines.

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.

Cardinal Talk: KXnO FOX Sports Radio: Pittsburgh and beyond

Brian Walton’s weekly discussion about the St. Louis Cardinals with Ken Miller and Jim Brinson of KXnO FOX Sports Radio 1460 in Des Moines.

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.

Cardinal Talk: KXnO FOX Sports Radio: Opener and beyond

Brian Walton’s weekly discussion about the St. Louis Cardinals with Ken Miller and Jim Brinson of KXnO FOX Sports Radio 1460 in Des Moines.

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?

The weight of expectations on Cardinals shortstops

The bar was set too high for St. Louis Cardinals shortstop Pete Kozma. Is it happening again for Aledmys Diaz?

I am from Missouri on Aledmys Diaz

The St. Louis Cardinals landed a top Cuban free agent middle infielder, but how good is Aledmys Diaz?

Saturday 3/8 Cardinals television may be a mistake

One schedule says the Cardinals-Nationals game on Saturday, March 8 will be on MLB.tv, but another does not.

How to catch both Cardinals Friday split squad games

With two St. Louis Cardinals games being played simultaneously on Friday, here is how to ensure you can watch both.

Talking Cardinals Hall of Fame with Marilyn Green

A guy normally asking the questions has the shoe on the other foot in a Q&A session about the new St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame.

Reader poll – Which two should be Cardinals Hall of Famers?

A pre-vote for your two favorites among the eight to appear on the first St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame ballot.

Cardinals organization roster matrix: 2014 spring training

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

FOX Sports 1 adds Wednesday Cardinals spring telecast

New network FOX Sports 1 will be carrying selected spring training games, including three this week. The St. Louis Cardinals will be featured on Wednesday, March 5

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.

MLB on FOX national schedule includes 10 Cardinals games

With the announcement of FOX’s schedule for 2014, 10 more St. Louis Cardinals can be watched by a national audience.

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.

Ex-Cardinals, now Angels doing their thing

Checking what two former St. Louis Cardinals crucial to the club’s 2011 World Championship are up to.

Aledmys Diaz, meet Pete Kozma

Comparing results with the bat between a prospective St. Louis Cardinals shortstop and a former one.

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.

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.

WHO News Talk Radio: More Cardinals talk on a new stage

Brian Walton’s discussion about the St. Louis Cardinals with Chuck Reed and Jim Walden of WHO News Talk Radio 1040 in Des Moines.

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?

Cardinal Talk: KXnO FOX Sports Radio: Pre-camp overview

Brian Walton’s weekly discussion about the St. Louis Cardinals with Ken Miller and Jim Brinson of KXnO FOX Sports Radio 1460 in Des Moines.

Nielsen: St. Louis has the top local fan base in MLB

Newly-released report from The Nielsen Company indicates more St. Louisans watch, attend or listen to their Major League Baseball team’s games than in any other city.

Updated 2014 Cardinals home and away spring broadcast schedule

2014 spring training television and radio plans from the St. Louis Cardinals and their opponents.

Why Chris Carpenter fans should pull for Josh Beckett

Two star pitchers have battled a debilitating nerve condition. One is still fighting the fight – with the support of the other.

Score Matheny’s autograph at Baseball Bash

February 21 event at Jupiter, Florida will offer fan access to the St. Louis Cardinals manager and selected players.

Holliday wants free agent compensation rules changed

St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Matt Holliday joins those who feel some Major League Baseball free agents are being unfairly restricted.

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.

Cardinals are cost-efficient, but not the best

A look at wins versus player payroll spending might lead to an unexpected conclusion about the recent success of the St. Louis Cardinals.

Ozzie and Gibson discuss their most memorable games

Two St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Famers to recount their most unforgettable games on MLB Network.

2014 Cardinals spring training number assignments

You know who wears number 4 for the St. Louis Cardinals, but who is that guy wearing number 91 in spring training?

Counting down to Cardinals Truck Day

If you can’t wait for pitchers and catchers to report to spring training, here is an even shorter countdown to follow.

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.

Proposed Astros-Blue Jays Florida complex hits a snag

The proposed southeast Florida location for the new spring training home of the Houston Astros and Toronto Blue Jays is off the table and the St. Louis Cardinals could be indirectly impacted.

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.