2017 Division Preview: 2nd Place St. Louis Cardinals

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I get it.  This is a Cubs’ blog.  And I am a Cubs’ fan.  So anything critical of the Cardinals comes off as “jealousy”, a “hot take”, or any series of things that the Best Fans twitter account could have a world of fun with.  But here’s the God’s honest Continue reading 2017 Division Preview: 2nd Place St. Louis Cardinals

Answer to Lester’s Pick Off Problems Could Be Welington Castillo

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The book on Jon Lester has been written.  He hates throwing to first base.  Because of that, teams are more aggressive in their leads and they are much more willing to attempt steals against him.  Already this season Lester has allowed 13 stolen bases, after today’s game.  That is well Continue reading Answer to Lester’s Pick Off Problems Could Be Welington Castillo

NL Central Preview: 1st Place St. Louis Cardinals

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Manager: Mike Matheny Projected Record: 90-72 As is usually the case, the Cardinals have no obvious weaknesses.  They are the well-oiled developmental machine that successful organizations around baseball seek to emulate because even though they lose players to free agency or in trades, they seemingly always produce replacements who can keep them Continue reading NL Central Preview: 1st Place St. Louis Cardinals

Catching Upgrades Will be Difficult for Cubs

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One of the popular topics of conversation in the Twitterverse has become upgrading the catcher position moving into 2015.  Without question, incumbent Welington Castillo has not had the type of season that we all would have liked, which is to say he has not emphatically made himself a core piece Continue reading Catching Upgrades Will be Difficult for Cubs

Cubs and Cardinals Illustrate Need for Computerized Strike Calls

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If the weekend has shown us anything about the Cubs and the Cardinals, it is the stark contrast in one talent between the two catchers: pitch framing.  Welington Castillo, while a much improved defensive player, is still deficient in this one critical area of the game.  Yadier Molina, on the Continue reading Cubs and Cardinals Illustrate Need for Computerized Strike Calls

2014 NL Central Preview: 1st Place – St. Louis Cardinals

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Of all of the teams in the NL Central, the Cardinals may stand head and shoulders above the rest.  Mike Matheny‘s club lost Carlos Beltran, David Freese, Fernando Salas, Edward Mujica, and in spite of not playing at all in 2013, Rafael Furcal and former ace Chris Carpenter.  Those losses Continue reading 2014 NL Central Preview: 1st Place – St. Louis Cardinals

OBSTRUCTION!

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This World Series is fixing to be a good one as I had hoped when I previewed the championship round (kinda poorly, but I figured others could do better and I just wanted to see good games).  It seems, however, that the games are good not so much because of Continue reading OBSTRUCTION!

On Carlos Beltran and a Love For Baseball

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Last night, we were treated to the Carlos Beltran Show.  You may still be a bit pissed off about the “non-tag” at home plate when Beltran threw a strike to home plate and Yadier Molina sort of just sat there and took the charge from Mark Ellis.  But the point Continue reading On Carlos Beltran and a Love For Baseball

Top Ten List: Things That Happened Since the Last Time We Blogged

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  I was busy most of the week trying to appease my boss (not Anno, the real one) so we haven’t done much in the way of blogging lately.  Not that there’s a whole lot out there to write about as spring training has barely started, and the stories being Continue reading Top Ten List: Things That Happened Since the Last Time We Blogged