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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

11-24

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2015 Prospects: St. Louis Cardinals Top 10 Prospects
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Nick J. Faleris and BP Prospect Staff

11-18

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Transaction Analysis: Heyward Movement
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Sam Miller, Jeff Moore, Ben Carsley and Wilson Karaman

11-13

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Hot Stove Scouting Report: Justin Masterson
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Mark Anderson

10-27

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Daisy Cutter: Oscar Taveras' Wondrous Career
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Sahadev Sharma

10-20

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Pebble Hunting: The Best Teams Should Make The World Series; A Defense of Bud Selig
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Sam Miller

10-17

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Playoff Prospectus: A Three-Act Tragedy, A Three-Act Triumph: NLCS Game 5
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Mike Gianella

10-16

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Skewed Left: The Molina Mind-bender
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Zachary Levine

10-16

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Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and Game Five Preview
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Mike Gianella

10-16

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Playoff Prospectus: No Pitching and No Defense Make St. Louis (Almost) Go Home: NLCS Game 4
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R.J. Anderson

10-15

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Playoff Prospectus: Karmic Kickback: NLCS Game 3
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Doug Thorburn

10-14

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Baseball Therapy: The Other Playoff Myths
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Russell A. Carleton

10-13

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Playoff Prospectus: It's a Very Very Mad World
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R.J. Anderson

10-12

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Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and Game Two Previews
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Mike Gianella

10-11

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Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and Saturday Previews
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Sam Miller and R.J. Anderson

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Notable pitching performances this week from Chris Archer, Chris Tillman and Mike Leake.

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Stephen Strasburg's perfect season gets befouled. Meanwhile, a baseball traveled 484 feet and Francisco Liriano righted himself.

The Thursday Takeaway

We’re not supposed to talk about pitcher wins anymore. There’s no real need to count the ways that the statistic is misleading and poorly constructed; Brian Kenny can take care of that for you. If you read this site, you should know why it’s not the greatest barometer of pitching success in a world filled with poor pitching barometers. In a world of blind men, the one-eyed man is king. The pitcher win is a blind man without a nose or nerve endings in his fingers.

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The Cardinals system is in a relatively fallow period, but one underestimates their development system at his own peril. We talk to pitchers Sandy Alcantara and Junior Fernandez.

Background: The St. Louis farm system is not what it once was. After several years rated as one of the best systems in the game, featuring impact talent at the top, supplemented by seemingly endless depth, most experts see the Cards’ system as having few in the way of potential stars and thin in the way of depth. Back in 2011, when the Cardinals’ A-ball affiliate was in Quad Cities, it won the Midwest League title with a roster that included Kolten Wong, Greg Garcia, Carlos Martinez, Seth Maness, Kevin Siegrist, Trevor Rosenthal, and the late Oscar Taveras.

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When it comes to the standings on the first day of the second half, what you see is *mostly* what you get.

Last year, the Cardinals had the best record in baseball, 100-62. The Pirates were second best, 98-64. This year, at the All-Star break, the teams find themselves looking up—looking pretty far up, in fact; 7.0 games for St. Louis and 7.5 for Pittsburgh—at the Cubs. Worse, they’re currently fourth and fifth, respectively, in the race for the two National League Wild Card slots, 1.0 and 1.5 games, respectively, behind the Mets and Marlins for the last spot. It’s leading fans of the two teams to ask, Are the Cubs really this good? and Are we really this bad? Cubs fans, by contrast, are looking at a team that was a ridiculous 39-15 record after play on June 10 but 14-20—third worst in the National League, tied for seventh worst in the majors—ever since.[1]

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A missed season put Aledmys Diaz behind the developmental curve, but in the past 12 months he has caught up.

“About as close as the Cardinals get to a ‘You only moved the headstones!’-level mistake, Aledmys Diaz hasn’t impressed since signing a four-year, $8 million contract prior to 2014. The expectation now is that he could turn into an extra infielder. Diaz passed through waivers untouched in July, so the rest of the league might find that evaluation a tad optimistic.”

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Randal Grichuk plays himself back to Triple-A, Mat Latos wears out another welcome, and the Dodgers and Mariners make an intriguing minor swap.

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Standout pitching performances this week, including Zack Greinke, Francisco Liriano and Adam Wainwright.

The past week to 10 days has seen a return to past glory for a pair of veteran right-handed, with both Zack Greinke and Adam Wainwright providing optimism that their respective seasons can be salvaged. A veteran southpaw has not been so lucky, and though Francisco Liriano’s last two starts came in week nine of the season (he was skipped this past week), he is scheduled to pitch today and all eyes will be on his performance and any potential adjustments that he makes.

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A play that was almost too close for replay, Ichiro marches on, and the Rangers and Orioles continue to surge.

The Thursday Takeaway
“What is a catch?”—one of the more complex existential questions of our time, albeit usually only in the context of the NFL and the subjectivity of its rules. In Thursday’s Cardinals-Reds game, though, it got a relatively rare turn in baseball’s limelight.


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Carl Crawford's tumultuous time in Tinsel Town comes to an end and Trea Turner gets the call.

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Standout performances this week from Yu Darvish, Carlos Martinez and Aaron Nola.

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A utility man who isn't, a formerly great closer who wasn't, and a comeback story no one knows.

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The early-season struggles of the Cardinals' erstwhile ace.

In 2015, the St. Louis Cardinals won 100 games on the back of a pitching staff that, by the measure of stranding baserunners, had one of the most historically good—or lucky, depending on how you see it—seasons ever. To that, the club added Mike Leake and, in effect, Adam Wainwright, who would be healthy again after missing nearly all of the 2015 season.

Yet, while the club’s offense has been better than expected—St. Louis ranks first in the NL in home runs and in OPS—the record sat at just .500 entering play Thursday. That’s because the club added Mike Leake and, in effect, Adam Wainwight, who has been healthy again after missing nearly all of the 2015 season.

Yup, it’s the upgrades who are leading the regression. Wainwright in particular has been dreadful. When he hasn’t been showing off his hitting skills , he has allowed four homers in 33 2/3 innings (after allowing just 10 in the 255 innings split he threw in 2014 and 2015). He has an ERA close to 7, a FIP close to 5, and just 4.8 K/9—the sixth-lowest in baseball, minimum 20 innings. Overall, the club’s starting rotation has a 4.38 ERA and just 7.0 K/9 as a collective this year, after posting a 2.99 ERA with 7.9 K/9 last season. What has happened to the Cardinals’ erstwhile ace?

The problem relates to what had historically been his greatest weapon. And that, ladies and gentlemen, leads us to the biggest question of all: What do Adam Wainwright’s curveball and a chained-up Chihuahua have in common? All bark, no bite.

The curve has long been Wainwright’s out pitch, with a career whiff rate of 17 percent—and, with two strikes, 21 percent. This year, the whiff rate is at 9 percent overall, and 11 percent with two strikes.

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