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07-11

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Circle Change: The Fate of the Unknown All-Star
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Zach Crizer

06-29

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Short Relief: Small Blessings of Baseball
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Nathan Bishop, Patrick Dubuque and David Temple

06-09

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Rubbing Mud: What We Talk About When We Talk About Launch Angle
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Matthew Trueblood

06-07

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Banjo Hitter: Albert Pujols, From 0 to 600
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Aaron Gleeman

05-26

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Transaction Analysis: Big City, Georgia
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Bryan Grosnick and Wilson Karaman

04-19

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Rubbing Mud: What Ozzie Smith Thinks Can (and Can't) Make Baseball Better
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Matthew Trueblood

04-12

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Let It Eat: Who Is Responsible for Joe Kelly Has Great Stuff?
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Ben Carsley

04-11

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Rubbing Mud: Adam Wainwright Moving Side to Side
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Matthew Trueblood

04-06

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Short Relief: Marvel's New Series, a White Sox Story, and Baseball Seeking Elbow
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David Temple, Zack Moser and Kate Preusser

04-05

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Short Relief: Sunday Night Vespers, Parking, and Greinke Thinking
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Nathan Bishop, James Fegan and Jason Wojciechowski

03-28

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Looking Back on Tomorrow: St. Louis Cardinals
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Jeff Quinton

03-23

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Transaction Analysis: The Three Types of Extension
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Bryan Grosnick

03-16

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Short Relief: Disputing Crash, Remembering Bonderman, and Forgetting Pham
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Zack Moser, David Temple and James Fegan

02-22

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Rubbing Mud: Carlos Martinez, Tunnels, and PECOTA
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Matthew Trueblood

02-09

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Rubbing Mud: Yadier Molina Through PECOTA's Eyes
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Matthew Trueblood

02-06

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Flu-Like Symptoms: Counting Cardinals
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Rob Mains

12-10

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Transaction Analysis: Daddy Long Legs Hops From Chicago to St. Louis
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Matthew Trueblood

12-06

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Transaction Analysis: Holliday in New York
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Kenny Ducey

12-03

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Transaction Analysis: Atlanta's Old-Fashioned Rebuild
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Matthew Trueblood

08-19

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Prospect Profile: Magneuris Sierra
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Ryan Davis

08-10

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The Call-Up: Luke Weaver
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Christopher Crawford and George Bissell

08-09

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The Call-Up: Alex Reyes
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Christopher Crawford and George Bissell

08-03

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What You Need to Know: Hey Switch, Turn It Over and Hit It
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Emma Baccellieri

07-31

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Transaction Analysis: Cardinals Add Duke to Bullpen
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James Fegan and Christopher Crawford

07-23

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Raising Aces: Warm It Up, Chris
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Doug Thorburn

07-22

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What You Need to Know: Ambition Can Lead Only To Failure
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Nicolas Stellini

07-18

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Player Profile: The Cardinals' Sleeper Prospects
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Ryan Davis

07-15

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BP Unfiltered: Hope Springs Eternal, Shouldn't
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Rob Mains

07-06

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Two-Strike Approach: Aledmys Diaz and the Value of Development
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Cat Garcia

06-21

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Transaction Analysis: The St. Louis Outfield Shuffle
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Grant Jones, Christopher Crawford and Bryan Grosnick

06-11

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Raising Aces: Two Very Different Greinke Masterpieces
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Doug Thorburn

06-10

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What You Need to Know: What Is A Catch, And What Does It Matter?
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Emma Baccellieri

06-06

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Transaction Analysis: Escape From L.A.
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Bryan Grosnick and Brendan Gawlowski

06-04

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Raising Aces: Instant Gratification
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Doug Thorburn

06-03

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Transaction Analysis: Just A Guy(s)
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Bryan Grosnick

05-06

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Prospectus Feature: Wainwright's Curve Takes A Turn For the Worse
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Ryan Davis

05-03

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What You Need to Know: Nomar Mazara Makes Five Of Us Look Smart
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Daniel Rathman

04-20

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Life at the Margins: Why St. Louisians Pursed Their Lips And Yelled Boooooo
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Rian Watt

03-25

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Winter Is Coming
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Brendan Gawlowski

03-24

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Rumor Roundup: Angels Out Of Their Depth
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Demetrius Bell

01-19

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Baseball Therapy: Let's Figure Out What a Scouting Department's Entire Product is Worth
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Russell A. Carleton

12-11

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Rubbing Mud: Why Do So Many Baseball Men Say Bad Things About Jason Heyward?
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Matthew Trueblood

11-16

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Rumor Roundup: Is Yovani Gallardo Worth the 13th Pick?
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Daniel Rathman

11-16

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Rubbing Mud: How Carpenter Swung the Hammer
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Matthew Trueblood

10-09

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Transaction Analysis: How the NL Division Winners Got Here
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BP Staff

10-09

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Playoff Prospectus: NLDS Preview: Cubs vs. Cardinals
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Sahadev Sharma

10-01

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What You Need to Know: Cardinals Clinch; Cardinals Are Doomed?
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Daniel Rathman

07-23

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What You Need to Know: July 23, 2015
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Steven Jacobson

06-10

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Rubbing Mud: The Hollidays are Coming to an End in St. Louis
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Matthew Trueblood

05-04

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Rubbing Mud: The Best Rivalry In Baseball (Right Now)
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Matthew Trueblood

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July 11, 2017 6:00 am

Circle Change: The Fate of the Unknown All-Star

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Zach Crizer

Which of this year's All-Stars will be forgotten?

One year ago, when the All-Star game loped into the eighth inning, the National League team trailed 4-2, and then-Yankees terror Andrew Miller came in to face the third wave of Terry Collins’ squad. To spare you the mess of a Midsummer Classic box score: After two outs and two singles, it became apparent that the ultimate destination of the tying runner would be decided by Reds outfielder Adam Duvall and Cardinals shortstop Aledmys Diaz.

Duvall was hitting .249 to that point in 2016—in his first sizeable stretch of major-league action after coming over from San Francisco in the Mike Leake trade—and getting on base at just a .288 clip. But (but!) he’d tallied 23 homers for a team that, by rule, needed an All-Star. When he stepped into the box, you could almost hear the chorus emanating from America’s armchairs. Adam Duvall? Who’s that?

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Nathan on waiting for spring, Patrick on an unexpected bonus of replay, and David on going to SABR.

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Cardinals teammates Matt Carpenter and Tommy Pham provide two sides to the same story.

Things are grim for the Cardinals right now. They’ve been disappointing, and worse, they’ve been frustrating. They cough up leads, they make mistakes on the bases and in the field, and the offense is really stuck in neutral. Coming into the season, they had a clear offensive core: Yadier Molina, Matt Carpenter, Aledmys Diaz, Randal Grichuk, Dexter Fowler, and Stephen Piscotty. Two months in, Molina looks too old; Diaz looks too young; Grichuk is in the Florida State League for some reason; and Fowler, Carpenter, and Piscotty simply aren’t producing at a level that might allow them to make up for that.

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Albert Pujols is one of the greatest players of all time, but the Cardinals version and the Angels version have been much different.

As a teenager, I took an annual trip to Arizona with my uncle to watch baseball. It started with going to spring training in March, but later we opted for the Arizona Fall League in November and I came to enjoy those trips even more. There were rarely more than a few hundred people in the stands, and the game results themselves mattered little; it was all about prospects furthering their development. As a young baseball fan who had begun down the path to baseball obsessive, I spent weeks before every trip reading up on prospects so that I’d know who to look for, and could impress my uncle with tidbits about players.

Our last trip to Arizona was in 2000. I was 17 years old and had started reading Baseball Prospectus, Rob Neyer, Baseball America, and old-school Bill James, so I was fully prepared for serious prospect spotting. Three times during our week-long stay we saw Albert Pujols' team. We sat a couple of rows behind the first-base dugout, which gave us an excellent view of the 20-year-old third baseman. I remember my uncle immediately making note of how huge Pujols was for the position. I dumped my prospect notebook, telling him that Pujols was a former 13th-round pick who crushed Single-A to get on the prospect map.

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May 26, 2017 6:00 am

Transaction Analysis: Big City, Georgia

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Bryan Grosnick and Wilson Karaman

Atlanta ditches James Loney for Matt Adams as Freddie Freeman's replacement and the Padres mercifully put Jered Weaver on hold.

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Maybe The Wizard has some magical ways to make baseball more appealing.

Everything in baseball divides itself into threes. There are three strikes in an out, three outs in an inning, three fundamental dimensions of the game (offense, pitching, and fielding), and three broad constituencies who constantly fight for control of the game, both on and off the field: owners, players, and fans.

Of late, though, each of those triads have become a bit problematic. The rate at which those three strikes get racked up has skyrocketed, and that trend is only increasing. The three outs per inning are taking a bit too long to accrue, not because outs have actually become harder to get, but because the action that begets those outs is unfolding more slowly. The game is spinning on an increasingly bipolar axis, as hitters and pitchers take center stage and defense becomes a smaller piece of the puzzle.

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Might as well lean into the wind, right?

If you’ve ever been on Baseball Twitter, or really any part of Baseball Internet, you’re familiar with Joe Kelly’s Great Stuff™. It’s been memed. It’s been looked at seriously. It’s allowed certain former BP Local site managers to get away with extreme abuse of editorial privilege. Any time Joe Kelly appears in a game the Great Stuffs start rolling in, from tweeters and commenters and Kelly’s colleagues in equal measure.

But just where did the saga of Joe Kelly Has Great Stuff begin, and how did we get to where we are now? Who is primarily responsible for the meme? These are the types of questions we’ve all been asking. These are the kinds of questions to which you deserve the answers.

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In the middle of his start, a struggling Adam Wainwright began switching sides of the pitching rubber.

The Cardinals’ season is off to a disastrous start. On Monday night, they got shelled by the Nationals, falling to 2-5. Things are going wrong everywhere, from a generally anemic offense to a bullpen that looks (surprisingly) like one of the NL’s worst. They also haven’t gotten many good innings from their starting pitchers, and on Monday night Adam Wainwright got knocked around by a good Washington offense. He left after facing three batters in the fifth inning, but without retiring any of them and with four Nationals runs already on the board.

If anything, the outing was worse than that brief summary sounds. For most of the night, Wainwright was unable to command his curveball to the third-base side of home plate, and unable to command his cutter to the first-base side. He struggled to create the angles that would allow him to miss bats, especially against the Nationals’ excellent left-handed hitters: Adam Eaton, Bryce Harper, Daniel Murphy, Stephen Drew, and Matt Wieters.

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Featuring Hot Dog Man, The Talking Heads, and Stephen Piscotty's Pain.

By: David Temple

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Crying and baseball, Allen Iverson, Braves spokesperson, and Zack Greinke vs. Madison Bumgarner.

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Devil Magic, against the wind.

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March 23, 2017 6:00 am

Transaction Analysis: The Three Types of Extension

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Bryan Grosnick

Carlos Martinez, Tim Anderson, and Kevin Kiermaier sign long-term deals, for different reasons.

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