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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

05-04

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What You Need to Know: Jake!
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Ian Frazer

05-01

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Painting the Black: Truth-Testing TRAA
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R.J. Anderson

04-23

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BP Chicago
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Matthew Trueblood

04-14

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Prospectus Feature: How To Design A Modern Box Score
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Jesse Krailler

04-14

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Baseball Therapy: Hit the Pitcher Eighth?
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Russell A. Carleton

04-03

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Every Team's Moneyball: St. Louis Cardinals: The Player Development Appliance
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Ken Funck

04-03

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Rubbing Mud: Four Good Young PItchers, Four Unusual Situations
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Matthew Trueblood

01-09

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Rumor Roundup: Cardinals Like Their Rotation, Intent On Improving Their Rotation At Great Cost
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Chris Mosch

12-29

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Transaction Analysis: Grilli, Pierz In
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R.J. Anderson

12-29

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Fantasy Team Preview: St. Louis Cardinals
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Matt Collins

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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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Zack takes on one of baseball's favorite cliches, while David and Tommy Pham cling stubbornly to their souls.

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Taking a deep dive into the Cardinals right-hander's repertoire, sequencing, tunnels, and overall approach.

In one sense, Cardinals right-hander Carlos Martinez is an easy pitcher to understand. He can touch 100 miles per hour with his fastball. He throws both a four-seamer and a sinker, has a slider and a changeup to go with them, and all four pitches could be counted as above average. He’s fiercely competitive and a great athlete. Bob Gibson was a bigger guy than Martinez at a time when everyone else on the field was smaller. Gibson had only two dominant pitches, and rarely even bothered with others. He’s also a Hall of Famer. Still, it’s really hard not to compare Martinez to Gibson.

In another sense, though, there’s a whole lot we don’t know about Martinez. No, that’s not true. We know a ton about Martinez, far more than we would have known 10 years ago. Yet, we would have been much more confident in our assessments of Martinez then than we are now. Sometimes, even valuable new information only makes the essential truth about something feel further beyond our reach.

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Are the Cardinals and their long-sturdy catcher starting to show some cracks?

All winter, Isaac Bennett (whose work you’ve seen at BP Wrigleyville) and I have carried on baseball talk via Google Hangouts. We agree on more things than not, which is something neither of us can say about most of the other people with whom we get to consistently converse about this kind of stuff, so the conversations are usually easy. Two things divide us pretty sharply, though, at least at the moment. They are:

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February 6, 2017 6:00 am

Flu-Like Symptoms: Counting Cardinals

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Rob Mains

How the NL's fifth-worst offense in 2015 became its third-best offense in 2016.

The 2016 Cardinals were a disappointing team. The year before, they’d been the first team since the 2011 Phillies to win 100 games. Their loss to the Cubs in the Divisional Series stung, but it was the team’s fifth straight trip to the postseason. With a strong pitching staff—the team’s 2.94 ERA was the majors' lowest in 27 years and the first team ERA under 3.00 since the 1989 Dodgers—and a farm system that produced a seemingly endless supply of new talent, they seemed poised to remain a playoff contender, if not fend off the fast-charging Cubs.

We know what happened next. As the stat-heads predicted, the team’s FIP (3.50, fifth in the league) and DRA (4.11, sixth) presaged 2016 better than the sparkly ERA, as the Redbirds compiled a 4.08 ERA that ranked seventh in the league. That decline in pitching pretty much summed up the story of the season, as the team finished with an 86-76 record, one game behind the Mets for the second Wild Card.

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Dexter Fowler stays in the NL Central, signing a five-year, $82.5 million deal with the Cardinals.

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December 6, 2016 1:33 pm

Transaction Analysis: Holliday in New York

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Kenny Ducey

Matt Holliday is 37, but the Yankees hope the longtime slugger can still beef up the middle of their lineup.

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R.A. Dickey, Bartolo Colon, and now Jaime Garcia? What are the Braves doing?

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Magneuris Sierra got the call every prospect dreads last year. The last year has been about attitude, adjustments, and reclaiming his path to the majors.

Last year, Magneuris Sierra got dropped from Peoria midseason, the rare case of a good prospect moving backward. It stalled what had been an encouraging rise for the slender center fielder, who is back in Peoria with the St. Louis Cardinals Low-A affiliate this season. The Cardinals signed Sierra out of the Dominican Republic back in 2012 for just $105,000, and he quickly found favor with evaluators and prospect writers. But leaping from the rookie league to Peoria in 2015 may have been too much too fast for the 19-year-old.

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August 10, 2016 6:00 am

The Call-Up: Luke Weaver

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Christopher Crawford and George Bissell

With Alex Reyes assigned to the bullpen, the Cardinals will turn to Weaver to fill their rotation slot for Saturday.

The Situation: Yesterday, we wrote a call-up on Cardinals right-hander Alex Reyes, and how he was on his way up to help stabilize the rotation. Apparently, that’s all hogwash and poppycock, because Reyes is headed to the bullpen, and Luke Weaver will make his big-league debut on Saturday in place of Michael Wacha.

Background: Weaver was one of the best pitchers in the country his sophomore year at Florida State University, posting a 2.29 ERA and an impressive 119/19 strikeout-to-walk ratio in just over 98 innings. He struggled to repeat those numbers as a junior (85 strikeouts in just over 106 innings), but still was considered a first-round talent in the 2014 draft, and St. Louis procured his services with the 27th pick that June. Since entering the Cardinals system, the numbers have been ridiculous; he’s posted a career era of 1.78, and after posting a 1.40 ERA with 88 strikeouts in Double-A Springfield and a shutout in his first start at Triple-A, St. Louis is ready to see if those numbers can translate to the next level.

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August 9, 2016 6:00 am

The Call-Up: Alex Reyes

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Christopher Crawford and George Bissell

The Cardinals are calling upon one of the top arms in the minors to aid their run for the playoffs.

The Situation: Barring a 1995 Mariners-esque comeback, the Cardinals are not going to catch the Cubs. They’re right in the thick of the wild-card race despite some so-so starting pitching, however, and they’re going to call on Alex Reyes to see if he can be part of the solution.

Background: Similar to what Lucius Fox did last June, Reyes “defected” from New Jersey to the Dominican Republic in 2012, and the Cardinals were able to sign him $950,000 that December. After impressing the next summer in the Appy League, Reyes struck out 137 batters in 109 innings for Low-A Peoria in 2014 , and quickly became one of the most intriguing right-handed pitching prospects in baseball. That stock went up substantially in 2015 after dominating in the Florida State League, and he more than held his own as a 20-year-old in Double-A later in the year. He was throwing well in the Arizona Fall League, but then a marijuana suspension not only cut his AFL stay short, but caused him to miss the first couple months of the 2016 season. Pitching in the treacherous PCL, he’s posted a 4.96 ERA, but he’s also struck out 93 hitters in just over 65 innings, and the Cardinals believe he’s ready to contribute.

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