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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

10-11

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Playoff Prospectus: NLCS Series Preview: Giants vs. Cardinals
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R.J. Anderson

10-09

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Prospectus Feature: Check Out This Obnoxious Cardinals Fan
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Brian Gunn

10-08

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BP Unfiltered: The Cardinals' Flickering Magic Lantern
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Russell A. Carleton

10-08

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Playoff Prospectus: Mattingly's Missteps: NLDS Game Four
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Sahadev Sharma

10-06

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Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and Monday Previews
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Mike Gianella and Zachary Levine

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As the end of Jason Heyward's free agency approaches, we look at the anti-Heyward arguments that managers and execs are surprisingly attached to.

Jason Heyward will sign somewhere soon. If you’re reading this, it hasn’t happened yet, but soon it will. When he signs, be it with the Cubs, the Cardinals, the Nationals, or the Angels, it will be for a ton of money. Heyward seems poised to get somewhere around $200 million on an eight- or nine-year deal, and it would be a surprise if it weren’t more, absent at least one opt-out clause.

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And, does Dave Stewart care?

Diamondbacks interested in Yovani Gallardo
The desert was ripe with rumors over the weekend, one that came to fruition and others that might take time to unfold. After exporting Jeremy Hellickson to Philadelphia, the D’backs are said to be in the market for free-agent pitchers, but it’s not yet clear which starters could fit into general manager Dave Stewart’s budget.


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How Matt Carpenter kept his signature skill from being a weakness.

Just over a year ago, Rob Arthur put together a series on plate discipline in which he used integrated probabilistic models to evaluate batters’ decisions to take pitches. It’s well worth going back to read in full, but for our purposes, I offer the nugget that I would remember most often throughout the 2015 season: Rob’s model found that Matt Carpenter was one of the 10 or so worst hitters in baseball at deriving value from taking pitches. That confused even Rob, who wrote, “Carpenter walks plenty, has good plate discipline statistics, and yet gains little value, at least on average, by taking pitches.”

Now, Carpenter took a ton of pitches during the period of that study, so though he wasn’t getting much from each individual take, he racked up plenty of value simply by taking a very, very patient approach. Still, Rob’s model had found something significant. Maybe Carpenter’s approach was too simplistic, or too passive. One way or another, in terms of leveraging each decision not to swing into added probability of the at-bat ending well, Carpenter was missing something.

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What we said when the Dodgers hired Friedman, when the Mets got Syndergaard, and when the Cardinals landed Heyward, among other key moves.



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October 9, 2015 12:01 am

Playoff Prospectus: NLDS Preview: Cubs vs. Cardinals

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Sahadev Sharma

A knock-down season series carries over into the postseason, as the more talented Cubs face the more experienced Cardinals.

The Cubs knocked Pirates ace Gerrit Cole out of the Wild Card game after just five innings, while their own dominating ace did what he’s done for months: Dominated. They now head to St. Louis for their first ever playoff clash with their arch-rivals.

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About Michael Wacha's arm slot, Marcus Stroman's comeback, and Rich Hill's start today.

The Wednesday Takeaway

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July 23, 2015 4:04 pm

What You Need to Know: July 23, 2015

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Steven Jacobson

Mets muster up some runs, but miss out on a chance to climb closer to first place.

The Wednesday Takeaway
The Mets have had an up-and-down July after a terrible June. They had put together some good games entering Wednesday's series finale against the NL East-leading Nationals, winning six of their previous 10 games. Their playoff odds had risen from 25 percent in the beginning of July to 39 percent after Tuesday's win against the Nationals.


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That's a pun because this article is about Matt Holliday's injury and the possible end of the Cardinals' run of offense

From 2011 through 2013, four Cardinals qualified for the batting title with an OPS+ north of 120 each year. They were the first NL team since the 1975–77 Reds to manage that for three consecutive seasons. Impressively, too, they did so without perfect (or even significant) stability among that core of their lineup. In 2011, the four guys who met these criteria were Albert Pujols, Lance Berkman, Yadier Molina, and Matt Holliday. In 2012, five guys did it: Allen Craig, David Freese, Carlos Beltran, Holliday, and Molina. In 2013, there were five again: Beltran, Craig, Holliday, Molina, and Matt Carpenter.

After a down year for the entire offense in 2014, in which Holliday was the only qualifying hitter with at least a 120 OPS+, the 2015 Cardinals are back in the saddle. This time, the four qualifiers meeting our criteria are: Carpenter, Holliday, Jhonny Peralta, and Kolten Wong. For much of the last two weeks, Wong, Carpenter, Holliday, and Peralta have batted first through fourth in the Cardinals' batting order.

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While the boxers were holding their punches this weekend, the Cardinals and Pirates slugged each other into exhaustion.

Since the start of the 2011 season, the St. Louis Cardinals have won two NL Central titles, but reached the playoffs all four seasons (and they’re off to a blazing start that gives them a very good chance of extending that streak). It’s not quite fair to say that they’ve dominated the division—their two wins have been narrow, by five combined games, whereas they lagged well behind the Brewers and Reds in 2011 and 2012, respectively. Still, there’s no question the Cardinals are the dominant power of the group.

To wit, they have steamrolled three of their four (and for two seasons, four of their five) divisional foes in head-to-head matchups over the last four-plus seasons. Here are the records of those encounters:

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May 4, 2015 9:26 am

What You Need to Know: Jake!

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Ian Frazer

The incredible rise of Jake Marisnick, the Cardinals long and difficult sweep, Addison Russell's first bomp, and the best defensive play of the weekend.

The Weekend Takeaway
Is this the season that the #process finally pays off for the Astros? The odds still aren’t fantastic—40.6 percent adjusted odds to make the playoffs, as of Sunday—but they’re sure as heck better than they were at the beginning of the season, and they’ve shot up 25 percentage points since last Saturday.


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Lance Lynn has one of the lowest Takeoff Rates in baseball. Credit him, not just his catcher.

For as unpredictable as April was—the Mets and Astros are in first place! A.J. Pierzynski is out-hitting Mike Trout! Devon Travis is the runaway favorite for Rookie of the Year!—it's refreshing and, in a sense, validating that some things we held as near-facts remained true. Take Lance Lynn.

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April 23, 2015 6:00 am

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Matthew Trueblood

What separates the Cardinals and the Cubs? So far this year, it's been catching baseballs.

This piece originally appeared on BP Wrigleyville, Baseball Prospectus' local site for all your Cubs needs. And be sure to visit BP Boston and BP Bronx for Red Sox and Yankees analysis as well.

The St. Louis Cardinals and the Chicago Cubs are the two most serious contenders for the NL Central title. If that wasn’t apparent coming into the season, the Pirates’ early unsteadiness should throw it into relief. While the Cardinals are the heavy favorites—as of Monday morning, the Playoff Odds report gives them a 59.3-percent chance to win the division, more than double that of the Cubs—the Cubs have a lot going for them, too. Their long-awaited offensive metamorphosis is matriculating from tantalizing possibility to tangible reality: they have the second-best OBP, second-best walk rate, and tied for the most pitches seen per plate appearance in the NL. They also have more pitching depth than any Cubs team in recent memory, though that depth has been tested by an early spate of injuries.

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