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3/25/15: It is time for the Best Fans in Baseball to get excited again. The St. Louis Cardinals are back and looking for a fifth straight visit to the NLCS or even beyond. There has been some concern about workhorse ace Adam Wainwright, and he has missed a lot of spring training with an abdominal strain. But he will be fine. So will John Lackey. And Lance Lynn. And Michael Wacha. Even lefty Jaime Garcia is looking good this spring, which is bringing a lot of optimism. It will be interesting to see how Jason Heyward does in his first season in St. Louis. He will bat second but has been told to approach it as if he were hitting third.
3/18/15: The St. Louis Cardinals have largely stayed out of the limelight this offseason and spring training because that is just how they handle their business. While the Chicago Cubs have made all sorts of headlines with their new-look roster, the Cardinals will trot out most of the lineup they had last year, and they won the NL Central. But they may have a healthy Jaime Garcia back. Garcia has missed most of the last two seasons because of injury, but pitched four strong innings with five strikeouts against the Baltimore Orioles last week. Believe it or not, the Cards could have one of the best rotations in the majors, though no one is talking about it.
3/11/15: According to St. Louis Cardinals' General Manager John Mozeliak, the team is 'boring'. Even ace Adam Wainwright agrees. At least that is how they put it in a recent article by Bob Nightengale. That is true, to an extent. There are no wild public personalities like Milton Bradley or Carlos Zambrano (in their respective primes) and there are no superstars that obliterate records on the roster. However, the Best Fans in Baseball do not care if the team considers themselves as boring if that means winning pennants and World Series titles versus being 'intriguing' and going 107 years without a championship.
3/4/15: Cardinals infielder Pete Kozma gained the affinity from the Best Fans in Baseball a few years ago when he was thrown into the starting shortstop job. He played pretty well and actually contributed with the bat to top it off. He went back to utility man last season with the addition of shortstop Joel Peralta. Now the team is asking him to learn how to catch. As in squat behind the plate, issue pitch calls and call the game. He is not taking Yadier Molina's job by any means, but could be used as an emergency catcher behind Molina and Tony Cruz in the event that last season's issues pop up again.
2/25/15: The Cardinals made some waves late last season when they traded pitcher Joe Kelly and struggling slugger Alan Craig to the Boston Red Sox for starting pitcher John Lackey. Lackey has a unique contract that pays him only $500,000 this season, the last year of the deal. He initially said he did not want to play for that 'low' amount, but has changed his tune. Now he is even talking about working out an extension to stay with the Red Birds for 2016 and beyond. Lackey must have seen how great the Cardinals clubhouse and fans were, and like many other players, appreciates being in a great baseball city with a chance to win the World Series every year.
2/18/15: New Cardinals outfielder Jason Heyward may be endearing himself to the Best Fans in Baseball, even before spring training starts. Heyward, along with about 10 other Cardinals, arrived to Cardinals' camp a week before being required to. They are taking the extra time to get in workouts and knock off the rust from the offseason. Actually, the Cards have quite a few of their cornerstone players in Jupiter, Florida already, including ace pitcher Adam Wainwright, catcher Yadier Molina and outfielder Matt Holliday. When vets like these guys are showing up a week early, that certainly sends a professional message to the rest of the team that Cardinals baseball is about winning.
2/11/15: The fans in St. Louis are getting ready for baseball season and once again should have a contender to root for. The Cardinals keep making the playoffs and keep advancing, despite the improvement of NL Central rivals. What separates the Cardinals from the other teams in the NL Central is that their system keeps them competitive year in and year out. The Reds had a nice run a few years ago, then faded. Same with Milwaukee. The Pirates are a good team capable of winning the division and the Cubs are up and coming. But one thing stays constant. The Cardinals are playing meaningful games in October.
2/5/15: The St. Louis Cardinals were mentioned several times in the Max Scherzer and Jon Lester sweepstakes, but were never really a contender for either pitcher. The Cardinals simply do not operate that way: giving out long term, nine figure contracts to veteran pitchers. And that is worked well for them so far (11 rings!). They are still being mentioned in the Cole Hamels proceedings. Still, it is tough to see a ballclub that is run as well as the Cardinals giving up top prospects and agreeing to take on Hamels contract, which still has four years and $96 million due. In any case, St. Louis has a very good rotation already, and would be more likely to try to sign free agent James Shields.
1/28/15: Congratulations, St. Louis! You are America's best baseball city. That endorsement came from MLB Commissioner Emeritus Bud Selig recently, but it plays well in baseball-crazy St. Louis. Other fan bases may not like that unofficial award going to the Gateway City, but to be fair, the Cardinals are the heartbeat of St. Louis. That is not to say they do not support the Blues or Rams, but baseball is different. Perhaps it is the 11 World Series titles, the consistent commitment to excellence, or just a great family experience that does it, but St. Louis is a baseball town and the good people of the city should be proud of that.
1/21/15: There is a lot of speculation that the Cardinals are going to land a big name pitcher such as James Shields or Cole Hamels this offseason, though that has not come to fruition yet. The funny thing about that is that the Cardinals have a pretty deep and strong rotation as it is. Adam Wainwright is the ace and Michael Wacha is the future, but do not forget about Lance Lynn. Lynn has been unsung but vital to the Redbirds' success for the last several years, and the Cardinals rewarded him with a three year contract.
1/14/15: The St. Louis Cardinals have been mentioned in connection with a few of the bigger names in pitching such as Max Scherzer, James Shields and Cole Hamels. Adding one of those big arms would provide a great tandem with Adam Wainwright. Actually, the Cardinals have a pretty good rotation with Michael Wacha, Lance Lynn, and Carlos Martinez. There is always a chance Jaime Garcia could come back as well. But the Cardinals want another power arm for the playoffs. However, the Cardinals are very shrewd and do not like to give up prospects. Perhaps they will simply wait it out and make a move around the trade deadline.
1/7/15: The St. Louis Cardinals retooled this offseason rather than rebuild. Of course, there is not much rebuilding when you return most of a team that made it to the National League Championship Series. The Redbirds did add Mark Reynolds for a little pop, but the most notable items are the acquisition of Jason Heyward for Shelby Miller, the fact that the Cardinals may have five left-handed hitters in the lineup and a (hopefully) improved bullpen. Today's MLB playoffs require a strong bullpen and the Cardinals' came up short against the San Francisco Giants two months ago. The team added Matt Belisle, who is among the more durable and better right-handed relievers in the game. He keeps the ball in the yard and is effective against lefties - two things that the Cardinals will need in 2015.
12/3/14: The feeling around the city of St. Louis is that GM John Mozeliak and company are getting ready to pull off a big move. The thing is that no one knows what that move may be. Trading starting pitcher Shelby Miller for outfielder Jason Heyward was big, but what else is in store? After all, many Cardinals fans figured Miller would be gone anyhow. Recent reports indicate that the Redbirds have interest in either Jon Lester or Max Scherzer. Both would be expensive, but pitching is at a premium. For what it is worth, Scherzer is from St. Louis and would likely be welcomed home very quickly.
11/19/14: The St. Louis Cardinals, in conjunction with the Atlanta Braves, pulled off the first blockbuster trade of the offseason. The Cardinals sent young starting pitcher Shelby Miller and starting pitcher prospect Tyrell Jenkins to Atlanta for outfielder Jason Heyward and reliever Jordan Walden. Both Miller and Heyward are in their 20's and have shown stretches of dominance, but not the consistency to be elite. The Cardinals hope they can work with Heyward to recapture his rookie year form. It is a risky move because he can be a free agent at the end of next season while Miller is under contract for four more years. The trade leaves the Cards a bit light in starting pitching, so they have reportedly entered the Jon Lester sweepstakes.
11/12/14: If the baseball season is over then it is time to give Cardinals' catcher Yadier Molina another Gold Glove. Molina missed almost two months in the regular season sue to injury, but was able to get back just before the playoffs. The 110 games he played in were enough to top Pittsburgh's Russell Martin and Milwaukee's Jonathan Lucroy - both of whom enjoyed career years. Aside from handling the pitchers, he also led the National League in caught base-stealers at a whopping 48%. It was the seventh consecutive Gold Glove for Molina, who followed that up with his third Platnium Glove.
11/5/14: The St. Louis Cardinals, along with many others, are in mourning after the tragic loss of outfielder Oscar Tavares. Tavares had been the top prospect in the Cardinals organization for a few years and finally made it to the everyday roster in 2014. In a terrible accident, his life, and the life of his girlfriend, were lost last week in a car wreck. Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura dedicated his World Series Game 6 start to Tavares (and won convincingly). Tavares his a key home run in the Cardinals series against the Giants, and will be remembered as a great man and teammate.
10/29/14: The Cardinals, by most accounts, are one of the best run organizations in all of professional sports. They have their core group, but do rotate specialists in and out every year. This offseason is expected to the be the same as the Cardinals are expected to let five players, including bullpen pitchers Jason Motte and Pat Neshek be free agents. Motte has struggled for some time, so that is not surprising, but Neshek was a valuable arm as a set-up guy. The team is also trying to trade reliever Randy Choate, which most Cardinals fans will agree with. In better news, ace Adam Wainwright will not require surgery, but will just need to rest his arm over the winter.
10/22/14: While the St. Louis Rams have not done much since the "Greatest Show of Turf" days, the baseball Cardinals have enjoyed a tremendous run of success over the past decade. The team has appeared in four World Series and won two of those. Additionally, they have been a consistent visitor to the MLB playoffs and have simply owned the National League Central during that time. The Redbirds were in the playoffs again this season, but were eliminated in the NLCS by their longtime playoff rival, the San Francisco Giants in five games. The Cards were competitive in all the games, but simply could not overcome the loss of catcher Yadier Molina. Look for the Cardinals to again be at the top of the division next season, as they always are.
10/14/14: The Cardinals only hit 105 home runs all season, the lowest in the National League. However, they are using the long ball a lot this postseason, including four in Game 2 of the NLDS. St. Louis' offense was shuttered in Game 1 by San Francisco's Madison Bumgartner (3-0 loss), but the Cardinals rebounded and tied the series 1-1 with Kolton Wong's walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth in Game 2. The next three games are Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday in San Francisco. Games 6 and 7 (if needed) will be in St. Louis on Saturday and Sunday.
10/7/14: It's October, so that means that the Cardinals are back in the playoffs and some unassuming player will turn into a hero. Cue the script as Matt Carpenter has homered in three straight games against the L.A. Dodgers, while others have added in the sudden power surge. The Cardinals are now 2-1 in the best of five series and have shown that they are not afraid of Clayton Kershaw. Kershaw goes tonight for L.A. while the Cardinals are not putting Adam Wainwright out on short rest, but will go with Shelby Miller, who will pitch in his first ever playoff game.
10/1/14: The Cardinals clinched a playoff birth last week, but took until the final day of the season to sew up the NL Central crown. The title was actually won when the Cincinnati Reds did the Redbirds a solid by beating the Pittsburgh Pirates prior to the game, therefore Adam Wainwright was scratched and gets a few extra days of rest. A pitching committee shut out the Arizona Diamondbacks in game 162 for good measure. St. Louis has a history of making things hard on themselves in getting to the playoffs - the 2006 year comes to mind, but they won the World Series that year. The playoff start on Friday when the Cardinals head out to Los Angeles for the first game of the series.
9/24/14: It has been a good decade to be a Cardinals fan. The team has played in four World Series, winning two and is a constant participant in the playoffs. This season looks no different. The Cardinals increased their lead over the Pittsburgh Pirates for the NL Central to 3.5 games with a big win last Saturday night and are pretty much assured a playoff spot, if not the NL Central crown. Even better is that pitchers John Lackey and Michael Wacha appear to be improving. If they can have those guys back at 100% in the playoffs, then this team could win it all. Again.
9/17/14: The Cardinals seized the National League Central lead over the past few weeks by making do with who was available and playing quality, fundamental baseball. It also helped (a lot) that the Milwaukee Brewers morphed into a high school team, but that is another story. The Cards got pitcher Michael Wacha back from the DL a few weeks ago, but he only lasted three and four innings in two starts. He was scratched from his Sunday start. While the team has gotten on without him, he would be a welcome addition if he can get straight before the playoffs start.
8/28/14: The Cardinals are starting to make their traditional late season run, which is nothing new for the good fans of The Birds on the Bat. Most expect St. Louis to make the playoffs and the team has a history of defying the odds and advancing. But what was really interesting this week is the revelation that new pitcher John Lackey paid reliever Pat Neshek a baseball autographed by Babe Ruth for the number 41 on his jersey. Maybe when you have millions to burn that makes sense, but a Babe Ruth baseball seems to be an exorbitant amount for the number on a jersey. But if everyone is happy...
8/21/14: On paper, the Cardinals have one of the best teams in the National League. The are the defending NL champs and were/are expected to contend this season. Unfortunately, it seems the Cards have been stuck in second gear all season long. They set the major league record by hitting about .330 with runners in scoring position a year ago, but are about .240 this season. Help may be on the way soon, though. Team MVP Yadier Molina caught a bullpen session last week, the most concrete sign he could return in September. The team needs him now for the stretch run to get back into the playoffs.
8/14/14: The Cardinals spent another week battling it out with the Milwaukee Brewers and Pittsburgh Pirates for control of the NL Central, with the Cincinnati Reds lurking close behind. The Cards seemed mired at the same level and have been for the past few weeks. They had overtaken the Brewers right before the All-Star break, but that was about the time that team MVP Yadier Molina got injured. Molina will not return before September. But the good news is that he is out of a cast now and may resume baseball activities in the very near future.
8/7/14: The Cardinals have a history of making trade deadline deals, particularly under GM John Mozeliak, and 2014 was no different. First the, the team traded a mid-level prospect to the Cleveland Indians for starting pitcher Justin Masterson. Masterson has struggled this season and is currently injured, but should be back soon. The bigger trade was sending popular players Alan Craig and Joe Kelly to the Boston Red Sox for starting pitcher John Lackey. Lackey has been very good since Tommy John surgery a few years ago, and is under contract for just $500,000 for the 2015 season.
7/31/14: The Cardinals started out after the All-Star break red-hot in beating the Dodgers (and Clayton Kershaw) in their first series. But they have dropped off since then and are again looking up at the Milwaukee Brewers. The Cards have a few issues and flaws. The biggest being that they have lost the best catcher in the game in Yadier Molina for eight to 12 weeks. The team signed veteran A.J. Pierzinski last Saturday. While Pierzinski is not known to be 'clubhouse friendly', he is still a decent talent and the Cardinals really only need him for two or three months - at least until Molina returns behind the plate.
7/24/14: The Cardinals have interest in bolstering their starting pitching, even though their rotation has been among the better units in the majors this season. But there have been injuries to Jaime Garcia and Michael Wacha, and Shelby Miller has been demoted to the bullpen indefinitely. They have interest in David Price of the Rays, who is signed through next season. That would be an expensive trade, and the Cardinals, reportedly, would only consider it if Price gave them a long-term commitment. This could be a great deal for the Redbirds, and would give them two legitimate aces going into the final stretch.
7/17/14: It is a case of good news and bad news for the Cardinals. The good news is that the recent surge has left the team in striking distance of the first place Brewers. A couple of good weeks could put St. Louis in first place. The bad news is that All-World catcher Yadier Molina is out 2-3 month with a hand injury. Molina's presence cannot be understated. He handles the pitching staff like a surgeon and hits around .300. He is the best catcher in MLB today, and is one of the 10 greatest Cardinals of all time. And that is saying a lot, considering the legends that have played for the Cardinals throughout the years.
7/10/14: The All-Star Game is this week in Minneapolis and teams are pounding the pavement to get votes for their players. Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina had a huge lead in the voting until last week when Jonathan Lucroy of the Milwaukee Brewers started closing in on him, likely due to the humorous pitch ad the team published. But not getting the All-Star start may be a positive thing. Cards manager Mike Matheny is leading the National League team and may get some extra intel on Lucroy. It also could give Molina a bit of a rest - and if anyone on the Cardinals deserves a few days off, it is the best catcher in the game.
7/3/14: Cardinals' ace Adam Wainwright should be very worried about the Cy Young Award, if he is inclined to worry about such individual achievements. Waino has been nothing short of brilliant this season, as he is every year. But the Cy Young Award voters tend to place a heavy burden on wins. Waino pitched seven scoreless innings against the Dodgers last week, but the Cards lost 1-0. The team simply cannot find run support for the guy. There are others in the NL who are worth of the Cy Young, and that is fair, but losing out because of a lack of offense seems kind of cruel to one of the better pitchers and people in the game.
6/26/14: The Cardinals got a big scare recently when Adam Wainwright complained of tightness in his elbow after throwing 7 plus inning in Tampa (he got the win, by the way). Waino went back to St. Louis for an MRI, but, fortunately, there was no structural damage to the elbow, and it was later described as similar to 'tennis elbow'. The Cardinals will fare as well as Wainwright's health this season, so they need him to be healthy. He missed one scheduled start, but that is better than the alternative of missing months or even a year by doing more damage.
6/19/14: The Cardinals seem stuck in neutral this season, unable to consistently generate the big hits they need to put runs on the board. It seems they can hit the singles, but are among the worst in the league in hitting for power. They had hoped that top prospect Oscar Tavares would provide a jolt. He homered in his first game, but then fell to a .183 average and was sent back to the minors when slugger Matt Adams came off the DL. The good news about Adams is that he hit a solo homer in his return, which ended up being the only run in a 1-0 win over the Nationals.
6/12/14: There has not been much good news coming out of Cardinals camp for the past couple weeks as they have lost series to the Yankees, Giants and even the cross-state Kansas Royals. The one nice highlight is the triple play the turned against the Blue Jays last week. Toronto had bases loaded with no outs in the sixth inning of a 2-1 game and were threatening to break the game open. Jose Bautista ripped a line drive to second base. Daniel Descalso caught it, flipped to Johnny Peralta, who then threw to first for the 4-6-3 triple play. That got them out of that jam, but the Cards need more offense to get back in the race.
6/6/14: OK St. Louis, you wanted it and now you are finally getting it. Star outfield prospect Oscar Tavares finally made his big league debut last Saturday, and what a debut it was. He homered in his first game, sending the Cardinals Nation to their feet with a standing ovation. This has been a long time coming. The Cardinals wanted to call him up last season but he was injured. He did not do well in spring training and was sent to the minors to start this season. He seems to have found his stroke and has the ability to hit about anything. The Cards hope that he injects some life into a dull offense, and hopefully get back on the winning track.
5/29/14: Cardinals' pitcher Adam Wainwright is among the best in the business and may get his own statue outside Busch Stadium one day. The Georgia native came to St. Louis as a prospect from Atlanta about a decade ago. Since then, he has won two World Series, appeared in two more, and should have won a couple of Cy Young Awards. He completely shut down the Arizona Diamondbacks last week, facing one more batter than the minimum in a complete game shutout. He is something special and a big reason that the Cardinals should be in the thick of things again come playoff time.
5/22/14: The more game the Cardinals play, the more they become an enigma. The team, and actually the entire organization and farm system, is loaded with talent. They have made the World Series four times in the past decade, winning two. But the Cards are just languishing this season. They are hovering around the .500 mark and Milwaukee is threatening to take off. The Redbirds seem allergic to offense in 2014, and until they get that factor straightened out, they will continue to be an average club with more talent than anyone else in the NL Central.
5/15/14: The Cardinals still do not look like the Cardinals this season, even as the season is nearing the quarter pole. St. Louis sits idling around 500, and are four games back of the Milwaukee Brewers. Offense has been a big problem this season. The team is not hitting - whether that be for power or in the clutch. The Cards set an MLB record last season for hitting with runners in scoring position, and were simply outstanding with two outs. There does not seem to be much of a quick fix this time around, so it may be time for the team to consider bringing up Oscar Tavares and see what he can do to help out.
5/8/14: What is wrong with the Cardinals? The Cards have been among the MBL elite for a long time. Victories are taken for granted. Playoff appearances are expected, and anything short of getting to the World Series is just not accepted. But the Cardinals are struggling this season. They are not out of the playoffs by any means, but just seem to lack a sense of urgency. This all may be an over-reaction, but the Cardinals must do a better job on offense if they are going to get back to the post-season this season, especially since Milwaukee looks for real.
5/1/14: Last seasons, the Cardinals set a new MLB mark for batting average (effectiveness) for hitting with runners in scoring position (on second or third base). They were even better when there were two outs. That clutch hitting was a major reason they made it to the World Series last year. While that excellence was not sustainable, the team has been well below average this season. The result is that the Cards are 5.5 games out of first after four weeks. The bats will come back, but the Cardinals cannot afford to give up any more ground to the Milwaukee Brewers.
4/24/14: The Cardinals brought up Tyler Lyons to replace starter Joe Kelly in a spot start last week. The Cards make a living out of winning series after series to get around the .600 winning percentage each year, and that is what they had done against most of the NL Central in the early part of the season. That came to an end when they dropped the rubber match against the Washington Nationals over the past weekend. The Nats got to the Cards' bullpen to turn a 2-0 deficit into a 3-2 win. Don't worry, Cardinals Nation, the Redbirds will rebound.
4/17/14: The Cardinals are back on the winning track after taking their first series against the Chicago Cubs last weekend. The Redbirds dropped the opener 6-3 in 11 innings before getting their bearings and winning 10-4 and 6-4 in the final two games. That pushed their record to 7-5 on the season, second behind Milwaukee who won 10 straight. This is what the Cardinals tend to do. They do not have prolonged winning streaks, but over the past several years simply win series. Over the course of the season, that builds up, and they can win over 90 games and get into the playoffs.
4/10/14: The Cardinals are off to a decent start, though unspectacular. They are alternating wins and losses so far. That is fine for April, but they will have to put together some lengthy winning streaks if they are going to stay on top of the NL Central. In an interesting aside, manager Mike Matheny said that he does not like the use of the term "The Cardinals Way". It was originally intended to mean how the organization develops players, but has been re-defined by the media as a term of arrogance. The Cardinals are not an arrogant organization, so Matheny has decided to not use the term anymore.
4/3/14: The St. Louis Cardinals picked up in the NL Central where they left off last year - taking wins from their division rivals. In the season opener on Monday, the Cards sent out staff ace Adam Wainwright to battle Reds' ace Johnny Cueto. Both pitchers faried well and struck out eight batters. But the Cards got the best of this one when catcher Yadier Molina belted a solo homer in the seventh inning, which was enough for a 1-0 win. The Cardinals look good this season and are certainly one of the contenders going into the season.
3/27/14: The season is about to start and the Cardinals are the defending National League champions. They look good this season as well, and will return almost all of the players that got them to the World Series last year. The big addition in the offseason is shortstop Jhonny Peralta, who was suspended for 50 games for PEDs. With Peralta in the mix, fellow shortstop Pete Kozma is now on the trading block. Kozma is a below average hitter, but is good defensively and is a fan favorite. Detroit, among others, needs help at the 6-spot, so be on the lookout for a trade in the near future.
3/20/14: It looks like it will be another season without stud prospect outfielder Oscar Tavares breaking spring training with the major league club. Tavares has long been the 'next big thing' for the Cardinals, but was limited to less than 50 games in the minors last season due to injury. He has not played aggressively this spring and will start the season with the AAA Memphis Redbirds. Perhaps a development trip to the minors is what he needs to get back to form. In the meantime, the Cards are not hurting in the outfield with Matt Holiday, Jon Jay, Peter Borjeos, and even Allen Craig available.
3/13/14: The Cardinals took a page from the Atlanta Braves' book by signing infielder Matt Carpenter to a six year, $52 million extension. Last season was Carp's first full season and he developed into one of the best offensive players in the National League. Overall, Carp posted a 6.6 Wins Above Replacement, which is pretty solid. But more importantly, he led the NL in hits (199), runs (126) and doubles (55). In comparing across history, only seven infielders have reached 125 runs, 50 doubles, and 190 hits and done more than him. And that list includes Lou Geherig, Alex Rodriguez, and Albert Pujols.
3/6/14: There are always bumps, bruises and questions at every spring training. Two big questions for the Cardinals this year are how the pitching rotation will shake out (since the Cards have a surplus of talented pitching) and how the outfield will look (since the Cards also have a surplus of talented outfielders). Flame thrower Trevor Rosenthal threw his pitches since experiencing tightness in his groin. The injury was never considered serious and he was only held out as a precaution. Phenom outfielder Oscar Tavares is pushing for time, but looks like he is not fully recovered from ankle surgery last year and may start the season in the minors.
2/27/14: The Cardinals may be without starting pitcher Jaime Garcia for an extended period again. Garcia reported arm pain at spring training and has been sent back to St. Louis for tests and treatment. When healthy, Garcia can be a dominant left handed pitcher. He showed that in his first two seasons as a pro. He missed most of last season and this setback does not look good for him or the team. Lucky for the Cardinals, they have a wealth of pitching talent including Adam Wainwright, Lance Lynn, Trevor Rosenthal, Shelby Miller, and Michael Wacha. This injury hurts depth, but the Cards have shown they can live without Garcia if needed.
2/20/14: The Cardinals are looking to have starting pitcher Jaime Garcia return to action this spring training. Garcia seems healthy after missing most of last season with a major shoulder injury. Garcia's last two seasons have been cut short, which does cause some to question his durability. However, he has shown that he is a very talented young pitcher (just like all Cardinal pitchers). He also makes the rotation even better, and that rotation will include Adam Wainwright, Lance Lynn, Michael Wacha, and Shelby Miller - that's pretty good, especially since each of those guys may be a number one pitcher if on another team.
2/13/14: There are a select few places in the world where the flagship franchise is more than just a sports team, it is close to a religion. You can find it with the Toronto Maple Leafs, the L.A. Lakers, the Green Bay Packers, and the St. Louis Cardinals. The Redbirds are coming off of a World Series loss. That is not good enough for this franchise, and they expect to be better in 2014. It is just about time for pitchers and catchers to report, and you can bet that this team, with this manager (Mike Matheny) is going at the season very hungry and ready to win their third World Series since 2006.
2/6/14: The Cardinals will enter spring training shortly with a problem. Actually, it is a good problem to have - they may have too much pitching depth, particularly in the rotation. Adam Wainwright is a lock. So too is Jaime Garcia and Shelby Miller. Michael Wacha seems to have earned his way in as well. But there are others in the mix, including some of the young arms last seen in the playoffs and World Series. Of course, there really is no such thing as too much pitching, as the Dodgers learned early last year when they started with nine potential guys in the rotation, but trades and injuries left them scrambling.
1/30/14: The Cardinals will enter the 2014 season as one of the favorites in the National League. The team deserves a lot of credit for successfully identifying, developing, and keeping talent in their farm system for several years - a tradition known as "The Cardinal Way". But sometimes there are holes, and shortstop is one of them. The team signed Johnny Peralta to a four year deal, and he wants to prove that his PED use was not the reason he got great. Outfielder Matt Holiday is ready to welcome him with open arms, and if Peralta plays well, so will Cardinal Nation.
1/23/14: Tim McCarver ain't dead - heck, he ain't even resting! McCarver and the Cardinals announced this past week that he would broadcast 30 Cardinal games in 2014. McCarver is now 72 years old and actually started his professional baseball career in 1959 (as a 17 year old) with the St. Louis Cardinals. He played there for 14 years. It is a nice 'full circle' for McCarver who retired at the end of last season. Cards fans will enjoy it too. McCarver has been a fan favorite in St. Louis for generations and it is nice that he will have the chance to finish his career in the same place that he started.
1/16/14: Of course the Cardinals were a great team in 2013. They had to be to win the ultra-competitive NL Central, have the most wins in the National League, and make it to the World Series. However, they may be even better in 2014. It starts with manager Mike Matheny, who now has two years experience and postseason success under his belt. He is out of LaRussa's shadow. It extends to the pitching staff that was young and untested last season - then excelled in the playoffs. And now that they have a legitimate shortstop, the sky is the limit for the Cardinals.
1/9/14: The Cardinals won the National League pennant fueled by outstanding pitching from several rookie flamethrowers. They were forced into action (and succeeded wildly) because of injuries or ineffectiveness of veterans. Two good veterans are on schedule to return next season. Starting pitcher Jaime Garcia is on track to be back by spring training and reliever Jason Motte will likely be back after the first couple of months. In short, a very good rotation and bullpen is looking to get stronger next season - and that is bad news for the rest of the National League and NL Central.
1/2/14: One year ago, in the same Sugar Bowl that the Crimson Tide will play in, the Florida Gators were completely whipped by the Louisville Cardinals. The Gators seemed sad that they were not in a bigger game and let their emotions beat them (giving rise to to a joke about how to make Gator Cookies - put them in a Sugar Bowl for three hours and whip them). Alabama could suffer the same fate except they have one of the best coaches in history leading them into the Sugar Bowl against Oklahoma. No, it is not the Championship, but Alabama is a dynasty.
12/26/13: The Raphael Furcal era in St. Louis is officially over as he signed a one year deal with the Miami Marlins last week. He was not likely to return anyhow, as the Cardinals signed free agent Jhonny Peralta to play shortstop. But Cardinals fans will always hold a special place for Furcal, even if he was only in St. Louis for 2.5 years and missed all of last season with an elbow injury. Furcal came in the middle of the magical 2011 season and sparked the team with his solid play and positive attitude. The Cardinals won the World Series that season using Furcal's mantra of "Happy Flight".
12/19/13: Welcome to the club Mr. LaRussa and Mr. Torre. Along with former Braves Manager Bobby Cox, former Cardinals managers Tony LaRussa and Joe Torre were invited to join the Baseball Hall of Fame. LaRussa is the winningest manager in Cardinals history and led the team to three World Series appearances and two championships. Torre, before he bolstered his resume as manager of the Yankees, was an MVP for the Cardinals as well as manager prior to LaRussa. Torre took three terrible teams to respectable records, before the launch of the Cardinal Way. Congrats to all - well deserving.
12/12/13: The Cardinals officially said goodbye to outfield Carlos Beltran, as the slugger signed a three year deal with the New York Yankees. The Cardinals expected to lose Beltran, but tender him a qualifying offer for $14.1 million. That qualifying offer meant that anyone who signs Beltran would give up their first round pick. The Yankees already gave up their first rounder on another signing, so MLB will award the Cardinals a compensatory pick in the first round. By dumping salary on a player who is past his prime and picking up an extra first round pick in the process, St. Louis again showed why it is the best run team in the league.
12/5/13: The Cardinals made waves by signing shortstop Jhonny Peralta to a four year, $52 million contract. Peralta is 31 years old and served a 50 game suspension for his association with the Biogenisis scandal. Many feel that is rewarding cheating, but the Cardinals have some justification. They desperately needed a shortstop, which are in short supply this free agency period. The other option was to get into a bidding war for Steven Drew, but that would also cost the Cardinals their first round pick. The price tag may be high, but that is the market value right now.
11/28/13: The Cardinals made a major trade to bolster their roster by trading third baseman David Freese and set-up man Fernando Salas to the Anaheim Angels for outfielder Peter Bourjos and outfield prospect Randal Grichuk. Freese is a hometown guy who was the hero in the 2011 World Series. He slumped in 2013. That, combined with the emergence of first round draft pick Kolton Wong made him expendable. The Cards will probably move Matt Carpenter to third and Wong to second. Center fielder Jon Jay may be the odd man out in the outfield. In other news, Former Cy Young winner Chris Carpenter formally retired and may take a job in the front office.
11/21/13: The MVP votes are in, but the Cardinals somehow were left out. Many feel that Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina deserved the National League MVP. Molina had a great offensive year and has really developed as a hitter over the past decade. But it his work behind the plate that separates him apart from everyone else. He handles the pitching staff like a coach and rarely makes a mistake. Meanwhile, runners are scared to steal on him because his so good. Molina and Matt Carpenter split votes and finished third and fourth, respectively, in the voting, with the Pirates Andrew McCutchen winning the award.
11/14/13: To no one's surprise, the Cardinals gave outfielder Carlos Beltran a $14.1 million qualifying offer. Beltran will likely reject the offer and hit free agency where he will probably get a better offer. There are several teams interested in him, including the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox. By placing the qualifying offer, the Cardinals guaranteed some compensation if Beltran signs elsewhere. At age 37, Beltran reportedly wants a four year deal, and his best bet may be in the American League where he can be a designated hitter and not strain his knees playing the field everyday.
11/7/13: There is no doubt that the two best teams in MLB played for the World Series, and that does not happen often. In the end, a lack of offense from the Cardinals and timely hitting from the Red Sox gave Boston the Championship four games to two. The Redbirds have nothing to be ashamed of and look to be in great shape for the future with outstanding young pitchers like Michael Wacha, Shelby Miller, Joe Kelly, and Trevor Rosenthal. Expect the Cards to continue to be competitive and possibly add to their National League record 11 World Series titles.
10/30/13: The Cardinals find themselves in a difficult spot, trailing the Boston Red Sox three games to two in the World Series and the series shifts back to Boston. The first four games of the series were defined by major mistakes, with the unprecedented "obstruction call" in Game 3. The Cardinals will send unflappable rookie Michael Wacha to the mound tonight to try to force a Game 7. Wacha has the opportunity to be the first rookie to win five games in the post-season. The Cards need to come out strong tonight, particularly their offense which has struggled all series.
10/24/13: The Cardinals are back in the World Series again - this marks the second time in three years and the fourth time in ten years. In those appearances, they lost to the Red Sox (2004) and beat the Tigers (2006) and the Rangers (2011). The Cardinals have proven that they did not need Albert Pujols to win. To get to the Series, the Cardinals had to get through the $250 million L.A. Dodgers. St. Louis went 3-1 against Dodger aces Zack Greinke and Clayton Kershaw. Even more impressive is that they relied heavily on rookie pitching that they drafted and developed - a stark contrast to the Dodgers who have bought almost all of their talent. Good luck in the World Series and bring home championship number 12 against the Boston Red Sox.
10/17/13: Despite having the best record in the National League and owning homefield advantage, the Cardinals were not favored in this series primarily due to pitching. While L.A. trotted out their high-priced aces for the first two games of the series, the Cardinals sent out a pair of rookies. The rookies, Joe Kelly and Michael Wacha, were up to the task and, combined with the bullpen, allowed only two runs in 22 innings. The Cards took a 2-0 lead to L.A. but lost Game 3 3-0. Hitting has been at a premium in the series and will likely continue to be so until someone wins four games.
10/10/13: The Cardinals are currently engaged in a great playoff series with the Pittsburgh Pirates - the team they edged out for the NL Central title. St. Louis dominated the first game in St. Louis then were blown out in Game two. The Pirates took Game 3 at PNC Park, but the Cards came back in Game 4. Rookie pitcher Michael Wacha took a no-hitter into the eighth inning as the Cardinals won 2-1 to force the decisive Game 5 back in St. Louis. The Cardinals will put out ace Adam Wainwright who won Game 1 while the Pirates will use rookie Garrett Cole, who won Game 2. Winner faces the L.A. Dodgers in the NLCS.
10/3/13: The race for the NL Central is finally over and the St. Louis Cardinals came out on top. The best news of this is that the Cards go straight into the division round rather than burn a pitcher and possibly get eliminated from in a play-in game. St. Louis finished the season strong, taking two of three from the Nationals then sweeping the Cubs to secure their spot. St. Louis also sneaked into the best record in the entire National League, and will have home field advantage in NL playoffs. St. Louis plays the Pittsburgh Pirates in the Divisional Round.
9/26/13: The Cardinals, like the Cincinnati Reds and Pittsburgh Pirates, have punched their ticket for the playoffs. St. Louis in the post season is as American as apple pie, and no National League team has more World Series titles than the Redbirds with 11. As many expected, the top three teams from the NL Central are all in the playoffs, but the order has yet to be determined. St. Louis has a magic number of 4 and a two game lead on the Reds and Pirates. The Cards hope that Allen Craig will be able to return from a foot injury in the postseason, but there is no official word that will happen yet.
9/12/13: The National League Central is quickly becoming a division race for the ages. Just a week after dropping two of three in Pittsburgh, followed by dropping three of four in Cincinnati, the Cardinals got home and promptly swept the Pirates. The three game domination put the Cards in first place by 1.5 games. The season does not get much easier, and the Reds appear to be playing their best ball of the year. St. Louis should have a spot in the playoffs, but the question is if it will be as a division champion or as a wild-card.
9/4/13: The Cardinals escaped from PNC Park in Pittsburgh with a win in the final game of the three game series. That win put them back into a tie with Pittsburgh for first place in the NL Central, with Cincinnati lurking just a few games back. However, it leaves them at 3-7 against the Pirates this year, meaning they will lose the season series even if they sweep the next series, which is this week in St. Louis. Newly minted starting pitcher Joe Kelly has been the Card's saving grace lately, pitching six strong innings and allowing only one run, as the Cardinals won the Sunday game 7-2.
8/29/13: The Cardinals slid after the All-Star break, losing their hold on the NL Central in process. As the season gets closer to the end, the Cardinals have rallied and tied the Pirates at the top of the division. MVP candidate catcher Yadier Molina is off the disabled list and hitting over .400 since his return. The NL Central is easily the most competitive division in baseball with St. Louis, Pittsburgh, and Cincinnati all in the mix. All three teams will likely make the postseason, but only the division champ will avoid a play-in game and risk going home early.
8/22/13: If there was any doubt that Cardinals' catcher Yadier Molina should be the National League MVP, then it should be gone now. Molina went on the 15 day DL. The Cardinals only won five games. They are back on track now that Yadi is in the line up and is handling the pitchers again. Molina is second in the NL in batting average this season, something no one could have expected even three years ago. But his greatest talent is calling the games from behind the plate. He knows every batter in the league, exploits their weaknesses, and keeps pitchers calm. There should be no other choice for MVP at the end of the year.
8/15/13: The Cardinals just finished up what may have been the toughest 15 game stretch that any team could endure this season. The team went on the road for a three game series against the AL East leading Atlanta Braves. Then they had five games against the NL Central leading Pittsburgh Pirates. Then a three game series against the Cincinnati Reds (all of those games on the road). They were welcomed back home with a four game stint against the NL West leading Dodgers. The Cards went a terrible 4-11 during the stretch, and now need to make up some ground to get a better position for the playoffs.
8/8/13: The Cardinals picked a terrible time to go into a slump. They embraced a slim lead in the NL Central over the Pittsburgh Pirates, then got swept in a three game series by the Atlanta Braves right before a five game series against the Pirates. They lost the first four games to Pittsburgh, including a double-header sweep. They did win the final game of the series 13-0, but left the Steel City 2.5 games behind the Pirates. Then they have to deal with Cincinnati. Yadier Molina is on the DL for two weeks, and it is obvious they need him back.
8/1/13: The Tigers earned their 16th commitment for the 2014 signing class with offensive lineman Sam Bailey. Bailey is from the southwestern area of the state and says he always wanted to play for the Tigers. No precise position has been decided for the 6'5, 225 pound lineman, but it will be on the offensive line. In other news, it looks like it is time for QB James Franklin to take the team on his shoulders. Franklin is a talented young QB, but struggled with the transition to the SEC last season. Here is hoping that he learns from the 2012 campaign and can put together a better performance this season.
7/25/13: The Cardinals got off on the right foot following the All-Star Break, beating visiting San Diego 9-6 in the opener of a three game series. The Redbirds had several representatives in the mid-summer classic, but used the time to give rookie pitcher Shelby Miller a few extra days off and let Matt Holiday rest his aching hamstring. Holiday was put on the DL retroactive to July 12 on Saturday. In the meantime, the Cardinals are leading the NL Central and the entire league at this point. They cannot get too complacent, though, both the Reds and Pirates are within striking distance.
7/18/13: The Cardinals enter the All-Star Break with not only the best record in the NL Central, but the best record in all of baseball at 57-36. They hold a one game lead over the pesky Pittsburgh Pirates and a five game lead over the favored Cincinnati Reds. Catcher Yadier Molina is a legitimate MVP candidate. His defensive prowess has always been well regarded, but he is better offensively than anyone thought - he leads the National League in batting average at this point. The Cards could use another bat and possibly a starting pitcher down the stretch, but they should make the playoffs again.
7/11/13: The Cardinals come from behind to beat the Miami Marlins last Saturday on the rare walk-off error. With John Jay on first, pinch batter lined a two out single to right field. Jay advanced to third, but RF Giancarlo Stanton gently lobbed the throw back to first baseman Logan Morrison. As Morris walked to pick up the ball, Jay raced home and ended the game 5-4 in favor of the Redbirds. The Cardinals became the last team to win in a walk-off manner this season, and it was not because of any of their five All-Stars, but rather the bench that came through.
7/4/13: After a stellar start to the season, the Cardinals have tailed off of late. The bats are not making contact like they had earlier and the steady conveyor belt of rookie pitchers seems to have gotten off track. The Pirates overtook first place in both the NL Central and all of Major League Baseball. St. Louis still is in second place (first wildcard), but the Reds are close behind as well. The Reds may find life tougher in the second half as they are getting a bit dinged up and the will finally play some consistently good competition for the next few months.
6/27/13: We are just shy of the all-star break and the Cardinals keep cruising. They have accomplished veterans like Yadier Molina, Carlos Beltran, and David Freese, but much of their pitching has been provided by rookies like Shelby Miller and Tyler Lyons. Molina, the best catcher in the game, should be the MVP. He is a genius behind the plate and has guided his young battery mates to great early success. He has never been known for offense (except the home run against the Mets in 2006 NLCS), but actually leads the national league in batting average. Yadi is doing it all this season and will surely go down in Cardinals lore with Stan Musial, Bob Gibson, and Ozzie Smith.
6/20/13: The Cardinals had hoped to stretch their NL Central lead by taking advantage of their easiest stretch of the season. This stretch included series against the New York Mets, the Miami Marlins, and Chicago Cubs. The team took two of three from the Mets, and Adam Wainwright became the game's first 10 game winner. However, they lost the series with the lowly Marlins - the first series lost since mid-April. The Redbirds have surprisingly struggled with the Cubs at home, and Wainwright actually lost to them. They will be OK in the long run, but they do need some veteran pitchers to return to keep the burden off of the rookies for a while.
6/13/13: The Cardinals further solidified their standing as the NL Central leader and the best team in baseball. The Redbirds visited the rival Reds for a crucial three game series over the weekend. St.Louis won two of three, and have not lost a series since the third week of April. This gave the Cardinals a four game cushion in the division. St. Louis was the first team to reach 40 wins and the last to reach 10 road losses. They continue their roadtrip with series against the lowly New York Mets, Miami Marlins, and Chicago Cubs. If the Cardinals can continue to roll, they should be able to stretch their lead over the next few weeks.
6/6/13: The Cardinals are maintaining their perch at the top of the league, and they are doing it with rookies and without home runs. With Jake Westbrook, Jaime Garcia, and now John Gast out, heralded draft pick Michael Wacha got his chance - and he was brilliant in his debut. He did not the win, as Mitchell Boggs imploded again in the rain-delayed game, but did show that he can compete. He was the compensatory pick from the Albert Pujols signing in 2011, and may be here to stay. Boggs was demoted back to AAA and his time with the Redbirds may be over. It is obvious that he is not a closer and has lost his confidence to hold games at this point.
5/30/13: The Cardinals keep winning despite a recent rash of injuries. They have lost starting pitcher Jaime Garcia and closer Jason Motte for the season. Ace Chris Carpenter is still out. Jake Westbrook is on the DL, as is his replacement John Gast. But the Redbirds keep calling up young talent and keep winning. St. Louis leads not only the NL Central, but the entire league through Memorial Day. And the competition is tough. Cincinnati and Pittsburgh are 2 and 3 in the division, as well as 2 and 3 in all of MLB. The credit goes to the Cardinals farm system, which has to be considered the best in the league at this point.
5/23/13: The Cardinals have surged into the top of the National League in the past month, winning 12 of their last 14 games. As with any team on a prolonged surge, they seem unbeatable right now. Their starting pitching has been outstanding, but have lost both Jake Westbrook and Jaime Garcia to injury. Garcia may be done for the year, though Westbrook should be back in the next couple weeks. And don't forget Chris Carpenter. He is throwing well and is conditioning to return as a starter. Even if that does not work, the Redbirds have a lot of arms in the minors - another reason why they are competitive every year.
5/16/13: The Cardinals have put on an impressive display of late to seize the National League Central division lead by two games over the Cincinnati Reds. Particularly impressive is the starting rotation. Rookie Shelby Miller allowed a lead-off broken bat single to the Rockies, then proceeded to completely shut down the potent Colorado offense. He retired the next 27 batters in a row for a one hit complete game shutout. The next day, Adam Wainwright had his moment by pitching a two hit shutout. He retired his first 13 batters so the Rockies went 40 batters without a man on base.
5/9/13: A little more than a month into the season and the NL Central is not shaking out as expected so far. The Reds were supposed to run away with the division, leaving St. Louis, Milwaukee and Pittsburgh to battle over a possible wild card spot. But St. Louis has positioned themselves as the class of the division (again, it is early). The Cards are getting great starting pitching and winning series against division rivals. If the Redbirds have a weakness, it is the bullpen. Closer Jason Motte will have Tommy Johns surgery, Mitchell Boggs is now in AAA, and no one seems to want the position. Expect Mo to make a move.
5/2/13: The Cardinals are going to have to make a move here shortly. They are getting great starting pitching - even from Jake Westbrook. Their offensive has been serviceable (if not streaky), but they are having trouble closing games. Closer Jason Motte is likely out for the year. Fill in Mitchell Boggs is terrible in the ninth inning. Flamethrower Trevor Rosenthal seems like a good fit, but cannot seem to control the ball when he needs to. If St. Louis can find a closer, they can win the division. If not, then they will be at home in October.
4/25/13: The Cardinals are holding on to a one game lead in the NL Central through the first few weeks of play. St. Louis has gotten very good starting pitching so far, even from rookie Shelby Miller and journeyman Jake Westbrook. If the Cardinals have a glaring hole, it is late in the bullpen. Jason Motte is out, possibly for the season. Mitchell Boggs was terrible as a replacement for Motte's closer position, and now cannot hold anything in the eight inning. It could be time for GM John Mozaliak to start looking for some help in the bullpen.
4/18/13: The Cardinals are riding a wave of good pitching and have overcome their 0-2 start. They took two of three from both the Cincinnati Reds and Milwaukee Brewers, and threw in some big offense in the meantime. One of the biggest victories was against former Cards pitcher Kyle Lohse. The Cards offered him a one year, $13 million deal, but he wanted a longer term agreement. Milwaukee finally came through with a three year deal. Lohse went up against the man who replaced him, Shelby Miller, who threw another gem for his second win of the season. The Cardinals lead the NL Central with eight wins so far.
4/11/13: The Cardinals got a tough draw to start the season with a six game western road trip against the rebuilt Arizona Diamondbacks and defending World Champion San Francisco Giants (who eliminated the Cardinals in the National League Championship Series last year). The Redbirds only took one of three games from the Dbacks, but walloped the Giants for two of three in San Francisco. That included dropping nine runs in the fifth inning on Sunday against ace Matt Cain. St. Louis got thier home opening on Monday, the first time since the 1940's that legend Stan "The Man" Musial is not part of the festivities. Musial passed away in January.
4/4/13: Fans in St. Louis were upset this week because of the Opening Day schedule. The Cardinals are among the elite franchises in MLB, along with the New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox, and Los Angeles Dodgers. But the Redbirds did not get the opening day at home. Last season, as the defending World Series Champs, they opened the entire MLB season with a road game in the new Miami Marlins Ballpark. This year, they have a three game road series against the Arizona Diamondbacks, will all games starting at 9pm Central Time. While it may be good for national ratings, it is tough for STL fans to watch those games in their entirety.
3/28/13: The battle for the fifth rotation spot for the Cardinals rages on, with rookie (and top organizational prospect) Shelby Miller going up against Joe Kelly. The winner will see action every five days as a starter. The loser may end up in the bullpen or be sent to AAA affiliate Memphis. But while that may be a good problem to have, the Cards now have a bad one. Closer Jason Motte will start the season on the DL with an injury. Mitchell Boggs will likely take his place. Also, David Freese is scheduled for an MRI on his back after falling chasing a foul ball. His status for opening day is in doubt.
3/21/13: The Cardinals are in their final preparations for the regular season, and it looks like Adam Wainwright will get the nod for the opening day start. Pitcher Chris Carpenter made an appearance at spring training to see the team and offer some inspiration. Carpenter, who is suffering from nerve damage and is out for the seasons, admits that his career may be over. On the field, Pete Kozma looks like the opening day shortstop. He played well in the postseason and so far this year, and the team hopes his strong offense continues for the next six months.
3/14/13: The Cardinals will have a tough decision to make that may affect the rest of their season. Both Joe Kelly and Shelby Miller are competing for the fifth starter position. The loser will likely go to the bullpen. Kelly pitched well last season out of the pen, while Miller is the Cards top pitching prospect and was in Memphis. The team would love to bring Miller to the big leagues but think Kelly may be better in the short term. In other news, shortstop Raphael Furcal will be lost for an extended period of time, possibly for the season. Now the team has to scramble for a replacement.
3/7/13: More bad news for the Cardinals and shortstop Raphael Furcal. His elbow ligiment tear is taking longer to heal than expected. The tear itself is healed, but there is irritation in the area, likely due to bone spurs. He has been deactivated. Raphael joined the Cardinals late in 2011 and provided enthusiasm and a jolt to a middling team that went on to win the World Series. Furcal coined the term "Happy Flight", meaning to win the last game of a road series and make the voyage to the next destination a happy one rather than wallow in the misery of a loss.
2/28/13: Cardinals fans are getting anxious. In just a handful of spring training games, the Cards have yet to win one. Cardinals Nation has been spoiled. Not just in the last 15 years, but throughout history. St. Louis has won 11 World Series championships, that is firs
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|Apr 26, 2015||St. Louis Cardinals vs Milwaukee Brewers|
|Apr 27, 2015||Philadelphia Phillies vs St. Louis Cardinals|
|Apr 28, 2015||Philadelphia Phillies vs St. Louis Cardinals|
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|Apr 24, 2015||St. Louis Cardinals - Milwaukee Brewers||3 - 0|
|Apr 22, 2015||St. Louis Cardinals - Washington Nationals||7 - 5|
|Apr 21, 2015||St. Louis Cardinals - Washington Nationals||1 - 2|
|Apr 19, 2015||Cincinnati Reds - St. Louis Cardinals||1 - 2|
|Apr 18, 2015||Cincinnati Reds - St. Louis Cardinals||2 - 5|
|Apr 17, 2015||Cincinnati Reds - St. Louis Cardinals||1 - 6|
|Apr 16, 2015||Milwaukee Brewers - St. Louis Cardinals||0 - 4|
|Apr 15, 2015||Milwaukee Brewers - St. Louis Cardinals||2 - 4|
|Apr 13, 2015||Milwaukee Brewers - St. Louis Cardinals||5 - 4|
|Apr 12, 2015||St. Louis Cardinals - Cincinnati Reds||7 - 5|
|Apr 11, 2015||St. Louis Cardinals - Cincinnati Reds||4 - 1|
|Apr 10, 2015||St. Louis Cardinals - Cincinnati Reds||4 - 5|
|Apr 8, 2015||St. Louis Cardinals - Chicago Cubs||0 - 2|
|Apr 5, 2015||St. Louis Cardinals - Chicago Cubs||3 - 0|
|Apr 2, 2015||Spring Training: New York Mets - St. Louis Cardinals||0 - 0|
|Apr 1, 2015||Spring Training: St. Louis Cardinals - New York Mets||5 - 4|
|Mar 31, 2015||Spring Training: Miami Marlins - St. Louis Cardinals||3 - 2|