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0 Circle Change: The Fate of the Unknown All-Star by Zach Crizer
0 Short Relief: Small Blessings of Baseball by Nathan Bishop, Patrick Dubuque and David Temple
0 Rubbing Mud: What We Talk About When We Talk About Launch Angle by Matthew Trueblood
7 Banjo Hitter: Albert Pujols, From 0 to 600 by Aaron Gleeman
1 Transaction Analysis: Big City, Georgia by Bryan Grosnick and Wilson Karaman
7 Rubbing Mud: What Ozzie Smith Thinks Can (and Can't) Make Baseball Better by Matthew Trueblood
9 Let It Eat: Who Is Responsible for Joe Kelly Has Great Stuff? by Ben Carsley
1 Rubbing Mud: Adam Wainwright Moving Side to Side by Matthew Trueblood
1 Short Relief: Marvel's New Series, a White Sox Story, and Baseball Seeking Elbow by David Temple, Zack Moser and Kate Preusser
6 Short Relief: Sunday Night Vespers, Parking, and Greinke Thinking by Nathan Bishop, James Fegan and Jason Wojciechowski
1 Looking Back on Tomorrow: St. Louis Cardinals by Jeff Quinton
2 Transaction Analysis: The Three Types of Extension by Bryan Grosnick
6 Short Relief: Disputing Crash, Remembering Bonderman, and Forgetting Pham by Zack Moser, David Temple and James Fegan
6 Rubbing Mud: Carlos Martinez, Tunnels, and PECOTA by Matthew Trueblood
4 Rubbing Mud: Yadier Molina Through PECOTA's Eyes by Matthew Trueblood
1 Flu-Like Symptoms: Counting Cardinals by Rob Mains
10 Transaction Analysis: Daddy Long Legs Hops From Chicago to St. Louis by Matthew Trueblood
0 Transaction Analysis: Holliday in New York by Kenny Ducey
26 Transaction Analysis: Atlanta's Old-Fashioned Rebuild by Matthew Trueblood
2 Prospect Profile: Magneuris Sierra by Ryan Davis
0 The Call-Up: Luke Weaver by Christopher Crawford and George Bissell
2 The Call-Up: Alex Reyes by Christopher Crawford and George Bissell
1 What You Need to Know: Hey Switch, Turn It Over and Hit It by Emma Baccellieri
0 Transaction Analysis: Cardinals Add Duke to Bullpen by James Fegan and Christopher Crawford
0 Raising Aces: Warm It Up, Chris by Doug Thorburn
0 What You Need to Know: Ambition Can Lead Only To Failure by Nicolas Stellini
0 Player Profile: The Cardinals' Sleeper Prospects by Ryan Davis
0 BP Unfiltered: Hope Springs Eternal, Shouldn't by Rob Mains
1 Two-Strike Approach: Aledmys Diaz and the Value of Development by Cat Garcia
0 Transaction Analysis: The St. Louis Outfield Shuffle by Grant Jones, Christopher Crawford and Bryan Grosnick
2 Raising Aces: Two Very Different Greinke Masterpieces by Doug Thorburn
2 What You Need to Know: What Is A Catch, And What Does It Matter? by Emma Baccellieri
3 Transaction Analysis: Escape From L.A. by Bryan Grosnick and Brendan Gawlowski
0 Raising Aces: Instant Gratification by Doug Thorburn
0 Transaction Analysis: Just A Guy(s) by Bryan Grosnick
9 Prospectus Feature: Wainwright's Curve Takes A Turn For the Worse by Ryan Davis
0 What You Need to Know: Nomar Mazara Makes Five Of Us Look Smart by Daniel Rathman
21 Life at the Margins: Why St. Louisians Pursed Their Lips And Yelled Boooooo by Rian Watt
7 Winter Is Coming by Brendan Gawlowski
0 Rumor Roundup: Angels Out Of Their Depth by Demetrius Bell
2 Baseball Therapy: Let's Figure Out What a Scouting Department's Entire Product is Worth by Russell A. Carleton
12 Rubbing Mud: Why Do So Many Baseball Men Say Bad Things About Jason Heyward? by Matthew Trueblood
1 Rumor Roundup: Is Yovani Gallardo Worth the 13th Pick? by Daniel Rathman
1 Rubbing Mud: How Carpenter Swung the Hammer by Matthew Trueblood
3 Transaction Analysis: How the NL Division Winners Got Here by BP Staff
13 Playoff Prospectus: NLDS Preview: Cubs vs. Cardinals by Sahadev Sharma
0 What You Need to Know: Cardinals Clinch; Cardinals Are Doomed? by Daniel Rathman
1 What You Need to Know: July 23, 2015 by Steven Jacobson
5 Rubbing Mud: The Hollidays are Coming to an End in St. Louis by Matthew Trueblood
2 Rubbing Mud: The Best Rivalry In Baseball (Right Now) by Matthew Trueblood
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July 11, 2017 6:00 am
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
came in to face the third wave of Andrew Miller ’ 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 Terry Collins and Cardinals shortstop Adam Duvall . 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
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. Mike Leake Adam Duvall? Who’s that?
Nathan on waiting for spring, Patrick on an unexpected bonus of replay, and David on going to SABR.
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June 9, 2017 6:00 am
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 , and Dexter Fowler . 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. Stephen Piscotty
The remainder of this post cannot be viewed at this subscription level. Please click here to subscribe. 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
' 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. Albert Pujols Read the full article...
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May 26, 2017 6:00 am
Atlanta ditches James Loney for Matt Adams as Freddie Freeman's replacement and the Padres mercifully put Jered Weaver on hold.
The remainder of this post cannot be viewed at this subscription level. Please click here to subscribe. 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.
Read the full article... 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
’s Great Stuff™. Joe Kelly 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.
Read the full article... 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
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. Adam Wainwright
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 , and Stephen Drew . Matt Wieters Read the full article...
Featuring Hot Dog Man, The Talking Heads, and Stephen Piscotty's Pain.
Crying and baseball, Allen Iverson, Braves spokesperson, and Zack Greinke vs. Madison Bumgarner.
Devil Magic, against the wind.
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March 23, 2017 6:00 am
Carlos Martinez, Tim Anderson, and Kevin Kiermaier sign long-term deals, for different reasons.
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