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08-11

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Short Relief: Of Monikers and Catnappers
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Matt Sussman and Zack Moser

08-04

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Short Relief: The Chris Archer/Orbitz Memorial Poetry Slam
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Matt Sussman, Mary Craig and Patrick Dubuque

07-31

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Short Relief: Kris Bryant Gets Ejected, Tim McCarver Commutes, and the Greatest Two-Sport Athlete in History
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James Fegan, Martin Nolan and Patrick Dubuque

06-02

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Short Relief: Another Mascot Firing, and the Oppposite of Schadenfreude
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Patrick Dubuque and Zack Moser

05-11

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Short Relief: Rejected Cardinals Tweets and Injury Manipuation
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David Temple and Trevor Strunk

11-30

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BP Job Postings: Cardinals Fellowship Position
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Rob McQuown

10-14

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Playoff Prospectus: Party Time in Wrigleyville: NLDS Game 4
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Sahadev Sharma

10-13

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Playoff Prospectus: Homers, Homers, Homers, Homers: NLDS Game 3
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Mike Gianella

10-13

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Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and NLDS Game 4 Previews
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Rian Watt and Chris Mosch

10-12

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Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and NLDS Game 3 Previews
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Chris Mosch and Sahadev Sharma

10-11

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Playoff Prospectus: The Cubs Do Simple Better: NLDS Game 2
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Rian Watt

10-10

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Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and NLDS Game 2 Previews
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Mike Gianella and Jeffrey Paternostro

10-10

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Playoff Prospectus: Missed Opportunities Haunt Cubs: NLDS Game 1
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Sahadev Sharma

01-31

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BP Announcements: Baseball Prospectus Night at Busch Stadium - August 2, 2014
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Joe Hamrahi

07-12

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Hot Prospect Video
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Jason Cole

06-29

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BP Announcements: Baseball Prospectus Day at Busch Stadium - July 21, 2013
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Joe Hamrahi

06-25

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 231: Revisiting Several Things We've Said
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

06-06

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Overthinking It: The Plate Discipline-Only Prospect
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Ben Lindbergh

05-30

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The Call-Up: Michael Wacha
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Jason Cole and Bret Sayre

05-04

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The Call-Up: Carlos Martinez
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Mark Anderson and Bret Sayre

04-24

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Overthinking It: Yadier Molina's Maybe-Amazing Powers of Defensive Positioning
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Ben Lindbergh

03-26

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Prospectus Preview: These Questions Three: The Legit Contenders
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Sam Miller and Adam Sobsey

02-26

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BP Unfiltered: Top 101 Prospects of 2013, Sliced and Diced
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Rob McQuown

02-26

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 148: 2013 Season Preview Series: St. Louis Cardinals
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Ben Lindbergh, Sam Miller and Pete Barrett

12-22

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Overthinking It: The Winter's Quietest Contenders
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Ben Lindbergh

12-06

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Transaction Analysis: Double LOOGY Day
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R.J. Anderson

10-23

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 67: Did Our Opinions of Players Change in the NLCS?
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

10-21

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Playoff Prospectus: NLCS Game Six Preview: Cardinals at Giants
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Daniel Rathman

10-19

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BP Announcements: NLCS Game Five Friday Roundtable HERE
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Ben Lindbergh

10-18

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 65: The Impact of the ALCS Rainout/The Strange Appearance of Hunter Pence/Do We Dislike Any Players or Teams?
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

10-18

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Playoff Prospectus: NLCS Game Four Preview: Giants at Cardinals
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Daniel Rathman

10-17

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Playoff Prospectus: NLCS Game Three Preview: Giants at Cardinals
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Daniel Rathman

10-16

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 63: The Slide Heard 'Round the World/Why Does Everyone Hate the Cardinals?/Ryan Vogelsong Rewards Bruce Bochy
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

10-15

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Playoff Prospectus: NLCS Game Two Preview: Cardinals at Giants
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Daniel Rathman

10-14

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Playoff Prospectus: NLCS Game One Preview: Cardinals at Giants
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Daniel Rathman

10-13

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Playoff Prospectus: NLDS Recap: Cardinals Defeat the Nationals
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R.J. Anderson

10-09

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Playoff Prospectus: NLDS Game Two Recap: Cardinals 12, Nationals 4
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R.J. Anderson

10-08

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Playoff Prospectus: NLDS Game Two Preview: Nationals at Cardinals
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Daniel Rathman

10-07

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Playoff Prospectus: NLDS Game One Preview: Nationals at Cardinals
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Daniel Rathman

09-20

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BP Unfiltered: Chris Carpenter's Comeback and the Unlikeliest Post-Season Player
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Ben Lindbergh

09-10

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 38: The Greatness of Yadier Molina and the Not-So-Greatness of Omar Vizquel
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

12-08

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The BP Wayback Machine: Cardinals' Special Era Reaches a Crossroads
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Bradford Doolittle

11-01

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On the Beat: At Least One Era Comes to an End
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John Perrotto

10-31

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Playoff Prospectus: Shuffling Through the World Series
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Jason Parks

10-31

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Kiss'Em Goodbye: St. Louis Cardinals
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Ben Lindbergh, Kevin Goldstein and ESPN Insider

10-28

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World Series Prospectus: Game Six: The Crazy Train Keeps Rolling
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Jay Jaffe

10-19

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World Series Prospectus: The Midwest Showdown
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Baseball Prospectus

10-19

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On the Beat: Cardinal Comeback
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John Perrotto

10-17

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Playoff Prospectus: NLCS Game Six: It was in the Cards
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Jay Jaffe

09-26

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Divide and Conquer, NL East: The Surprise Wild Card Race
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Michael Jong

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October 10, 2015 12:52 am

Playoff Prospectus: Missed Opportunities Haunt Cubs: NLDS Game 1

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Sahadev Sharma

John Lackey flirts with a no-hitter, as the Cubs' squander their chances in the opener.

Let’s be clear: I don’t believe in second-guessing managers. I spend a lot of time around clubhouses during the season, and one of the many things I’ve learned with that access is that there are dozens of things we can’t begin to understand that go into the in-game decisions made by managers. However, on Friday evening, for the first time in 164 games, I couldn’t shake the feeling that Joe Maddon had done something wrong in the top of the eighth inning.

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Join Baseball Prospectus for a great night of baseball with the 2013 National League champs

Baseball Prospectus and the St. Louis Cardinals invite you to join us for a great day of baseball on Saturday, August 2 at Busch Stadium. Thanks to the fine folks in the Cardinals front office, we are proud to be able to offer our guests the following:

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July 12, 2013 6:04 am

Hot Prospect Video

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Jason Cole

Jason chats with the Cardinals' top pitching prospect.

When the Cardinals selected Michael Wacha 19th overall in last year’s draft, the right-hander was widely regarded as a polished arm who could potentially zoom to the major leagues. While that has proven to be true––Wacha reached St. Louis less than a year after he was drafted––he’s showing to be more than just a “safe” pick.

The Texas A&M product put himself in the big-league discussion this spring by yielding one unearned run in 11.2 innings out of the bullpen, walking one and striking out 15 while flashing 95-98 mph velocity. The impressive performance yielded an aggressive assignment to Triple-A Memphis out of camp.

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Ballpark tour rolls into St. Louis

Baseball Prospectus and the St. Louis Cardinals invite you to join us for a great day of baseball on Sunday, July 21 at Busch Stadium. Thanks to the fine folks in the Cardinals front office, we are proud to be able to offer our guests the following:

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Ben and Sam revisit some predictions and discussions from prior episodes to see how their thoughts have changed.

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June 6, 2013 8:48 am

Overthinking It: The Plate Discipline-Only Prospect

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Ben Lindbergh

He doesn't strike out, and he doesn't hit for power. Does Cardinals Double-A outfielder Mike O'Neill have a major league future?

You know that the strikeout has become a much more common occurrence in the majors. What you might not know is that the story is much the same in the Texas League, whose Double-A history dates back to the mid-1940s. The progression hasn’t been quite as steep or as steady, but the end result is the same: this season, Texas League pitchers are striking out 7.6 batters per nine innings, just like the ones in the majors.

But there’s one Texas Leaguer whose strikeout rate refuses to rise. He’s an outfielder for the Springfield Cardinals, and his name is Mike O’Neill.

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May 30, 2013 6:27 am

The Call-Up: Michael Wacha

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Jason Cole and Bret Sayre

The Cardinals dip into their Triple-A rotation to reinforce their depleted big-league staff.

The Situation: After logging only 73 2/3 minor-league innings, Michael Wacha will make his major league debut for the Cardinals against Kansas City today. The club currently has four starters on the disabled list, leaving them with few other options. In fact, three-fifths of the Triple-A Memphis rotation from just two weeks ago is now in the majors. One of those arms, lefty John Gast, landed on the big-league DL this week, creating the need for Wacha.

Background: Regarded as a polished college arm when he was selected 19th overall in last year’s draft, Wacha has moved more quickly than anyone could’ve expected. The Texas A&M product made brief cameos at three levels last summer, striking out 40 batters in 21 innings and rising to Double-A. An impressive performance in spring training, where his fastball touched 98 miles per hour in short bursts, earned him an aggressive Triple-A assignment out of camp. Wacha has been equal to the challenge, posting a 2.05 ERA through nine starts. In 52 2/3 innings, he has yielded just 35 hits, walked 15, and struck out 34.

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May 4, 2013 5:00 am

The Call-Up: Carlos Martinez

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Mark Anderson and Bret Sayre

The Cardinals look for bullpen help from their top starting pitcher prospect.

The Situation: With the worst bullpen in the major leagues as measured by ERA, the Cardinals are in desperate need for relief help. Just as they turned to right-hander Trevor Rosenthal down the stretch and in the playoffs last year, the Cardinals will again turn to a young, hard-throwing right-hander in Carlos Martinez.

Background: Previously known as Carlos Matias, Martinez failed a background inspection and was suspended for a year by Major League Baseball rather than being allowed to sign with the Red Sox in in 2009. After the suspension was up, the Cardinals gave him a massive payday, ponying up a $1.5 million signing bonus. Pitching in the Dominican Summer League in 2010, Martinez started 12 games en route to posting a miniscule 0.76 ERA and 78 strikeouts in 59 innings.

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Is the Cardinals' catcher even better than we think?

Several months after Yadier Molina made his major-league debut, we panned his career prospects in Baseball Prospectus 2005. “He’s every bit a Molina,” we said, “like his brothers in Anaheim: admirable defensive skills, inadequate bat.” Molina was 21 at the time, and catchers tend to peak later than players at other positions, so we acknowledged that there was “hope for improvement.” But not much improvement, evidently: “Expect Matheny levels of production with maybe a handful more homers.” Matheny levels of production are pretty terrible, even with a handful more homers. Given that pessimistic offensive projection, the comment’s conclusion didn’t come as a shock: “best suited to a backup role.”

Well, we nailed the part about the defensive skills. The rest seems silly now. But it didn’t start to look silly for a few seasons, and it took a few seasons more for it to become outright wrong. Through his age-27 season, Yadier’s career TAv (.237) was lower than his brother Jose’s through the same age (albeit in many more plate appearances).

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The second installment of a five-part series on the pressing questions confronting each team in 2013.

In the week leading up to Opening Day, we're asking and answering three questions about each team in a five-part series ordered by descending Playoff Pct from the Playoff Odds Report. Today, we continue with a look at the group of six teams with the highest odds of winning at least a Wild Card. As a reminder, you can find links to our preview podcasts for each team here.

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The Baseball Prospectus 2013 Top 101 Prospects, by Position, by Organization, and by Age

Yesterday, Jason Parks and the Baseball Prospectus prospect crew released our Top 101 Prospects of 2013, also newly available in printed form in the now-shipping Baseball Prospectus 2013 annual. The festivities were wild and raucous for all, perhaps tempered slightly for fans of the Chicago White Sox. Here is the Top 101 list displayed by position, by organization, and by prospect age. Enjoy!

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Ben and Sam preview the Cardinals' season with Ken Funck, and Pete talks to St. Louis Post-Dispatch sports columnist Joe Strauss (at 18:06).



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