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  • 2015 Cardinals Season Thread

    Thought i'd get this up and ready to go.

    Here is a fun article about the glory of the past 15 years:


    http://www.vivaelbirdos.com/st-louis...ence-2000-2014
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    1887 1888 1928 1930 1943 1968 1985 1987 2004 2013

    1996 2000 2001 2002 2005 2009 2012 2014 2015


    The Top 100 Pitchers In MLB History
    The Top 100 Position Players In MLB History

  • #2
    Great article, BA. I love it. It has been one helluva great run since 2000. The 1990s were so damn depressing. Besides living in Germany and unaware of many of the seasons, which didn't look like baseball as I had grown up knowing it anyway, the Cardinals teams just seemed to be good if they were mediocre. There was that brief flash of greatness in 1996, but the Braves woke up and brought us back down to reality.

    The team has done a fantastic job at getting the right pieces to keep us rolling, but some of that has been a stroke of pure luck (not too often you draft an Albert Pujols -- not since we signed Stan Musial actually), and there is also the idiot component from other teams (Bottenfield for Edmonds? Sure, why not!). I would think that other teams would be wisening up to not pull those kinds of trades any more, but we did get Heyward for Miller last autumn, and Mo is a genius at finding the right talent to feed out team.

    It is nice having an ownership group that cares again, something we haven't had since Gussie died and his son turned his back on the team. We have the right people making the decisions, and the right guys on the field getting the job done. It is nice, and has been for a long time. I don't want to say how I forgot what it was like to suck. Of course, our definition of "suck" and the Pirates/Royals/Braves/etc definitions of "suck" are entirely different things. Thankfully.
    "It ain't braggin' if you can do it." Dizzy Dean

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    • #3
      Here we go! C'mon Red Team!
      "It ain't braggin' if you can do it." Dizzy Dean

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      • #4
        Welcome to the Redbirds, Heyward!!!
        "It ain't braggin' if you can do it." Dizzy Dean

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Herr28 View Post
          Welcome to the Redbirds, Heyward!!!
          Sign him!
          1885 1886 1926 1931 1934 1942 1944 1946 1964 1967 1982 2006 2011

          1887 1888 1928 1930 1943 1968 1985 1987 2004 2013

          1996 2000 2001 2002 2005 2009 2012 2014 2015


          The Top 100 Pitchers In MLB History
          The Top 100 Position Players In MLB History

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          • #6
            Man, I love this team.
            "It ain't braggin' if you can do it." Dizzy Dean

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Herr28 View Post
              Man, I love this team.
              On pace for best team ever.

              #peopleontheinternetdomnotunderstandextrapolation.
              1885 1886 1926 1931 1934 1942 1944 1946 1964 1967 1982 2006 2011

              1887 1888 1928 1930 1943 1968 1985 1987 2004 2013

              1996 2000 2001 2002 2005 2009 2012 2014 2015


              The Top 100 Pitchers In MLB History
              The Top 100 Position Players In MLB History

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Bothrops Atrox View Post
                On pace for best team ever.

                #peopleontheinternetdomnotunderstandextrapolation.
                162-0! It can happen. . .
                "It ain't braggin' if you can do it." Dizzy Dean

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Herr28 View Post
                  162-0! It can happen. . .
                  The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.
                  The Evil Empire shall strike back again!
                  http://litbases.wordpress.com/

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                  • #10
                    Here we go again.

                    Lynn reaches the 85 pitch mark, and is due up in a scoreless tie. Two out, nobody on, this is why God created Mark Reynolds, and why the Cards signed him. The bullpen is, to put it mildly, rested. No, Lynn bats for himself.

                    Next batter, Lynn drills Rizzo. Then throws a pitch a half a yard outside. Then a wild pickoff throw. Why is Lynn still in the game? Well, he is, and Matheny loses another one..

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                    • #11
                      Personally I don't know why we signed Mark Reynolds. Guys that can't hit the ball often usually don't make very effective pinch hitters, do they? I can't think of one. I don't know if I would sit my starter in a scoreless game to gamble on Mark Reynolds doing anything more than striking out -- which is what I could expect from my pitcher anyway.
                      "It ain't braggin' if you can do it." Dizzy Dean

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                      • #12
                        Do the Cardinals intentionally walk Billy Hamilton every time he leads off an inning? Or simply incapable of throwing a ball across the plate when he comes up?

                        Last year, the Cards walked Hamilton 6 times in 64 PAs, a rate of .093. The rest of the league walked him 28 times in 555, PAs, which is .050. Does Matheny think he has stumbled onto some magic formula for success--walk Billy Hamilton so he can't hurt you?

                        At the current rate, the Cards are on a pace to walk him 30 times this year -- nearly his entire output from the whole league last year.

                        Our wonderful play by play announcers last night did not remark in any way on the two walks to Hamilton, on a total of only nine pitches, both times in a scoreless game, both times Hamilton came around to score. I wonder if they noticed? I wonder if Matheny noticed and said anything to his pitchers.
                        Last edited by jtur88; 04-11-2015, 09:14 AM.

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                        • #13
                          Well, it doesn't look like my fellow Hawkeye State expat Michael Wacha got that memo on walking Hamilton (0 for 4 with a K). Wacha did a very fine job in handing the Reds their first loss of the season. Good to see big Matt Adams crush one, too! Go 'Birds!
                          "It ain't braggin' if you can do it." Dizzy Dean

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                          • #14
                            I really have to wonder about the value of Randy Choate, which seems to be a waste of a roster spot, and that, today, was pretty precious. Counting back through the post season, Choate has retired only one of the last eight batters he has faced.
                            Last edited by jtur88; 04-12-2015, 03:23 PM.

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                            • #15
                              Choate is there to give us thrilling Jhonny Peralta and Matt Carpenter highlights in late and extra innings. He'll be gone soon if he doesn't get it done.
                              "It ain't braggin' if you can do it." Dizzy Dean

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