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Title: Redbird Rundown XIII
Post by: McKdaddy on February 15, 2019, 06:40:20 am
Itís time.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XIII
Post by: jrulz83 on February 15, 2019, 12:49:43 pm
Yeah, itís time. Postseason run or bust.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XIII
Post by: jrulz83 on February 23, 2019, 08:05:33 pm
Watched game 1 of Spring Training today. Helsley was impressive. Hit triple digits and was simply overpowering. Itís early of course, but if he continues like that thereís no way he shouldnít be in the bullpen on opening day.

Iím interested to see Dexter Fowler bat second tomorrow. Hopefully he comes out strong. One way or another, the Cardinals need him to go.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XIII
Post by: pigture perfect on February 23, 2019, 10:21:33 pm
Haven't seen any highlights, but 11-1 sounds pretty dog gone impressive.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XIII
Post by: pigture perfect on February 23, 2019, 10:22:34 pm
Thanks McK for kicking us off again this year. looking for better things this season.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XIII
Post by: BannerMountainMan on February 25, 2019, 03:39:09 pm
Need Fowler gone
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XIII
Post by: pigture perfect on February 25, 2019, 03:48:49 pm
So far: Blow out win, Blow out loss, and a tie. What's next? close win or close loss?
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XIII
Post by: RaisinHog on February 25, 2019, 09:14:16 pm
Need Fowler gone

I second the motion !
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XIII
Post by: jrulz83 on March 04, 2019, 10:57:52 am
The Cardinals need Dexter Fowler (or somebody in the OF) to be a .350ish obp guy. I think everybody forgets that he hurt his wrist last year and played through it before he ultimately went down. Not making excuses, if he was injured he should have said so, but wrists cause major problems in a swing if theyíre not 100%. Even if thereís no pain, wrist weakness can erode a swing.

Give Fowler spring to get right or wrong. There are plenty of options if he or any of the current projected starting OF (Ozuna, Bader, Fowler) should falter. Here are a few of the options:

Tyler OíNeill is supposedly looking to cover his swing holes. Hope it works because heís an every day corner OF next year if he can cut down some Kís and raise his walk rate.

Jose Martinez. Fowler isnít even a question if Martinez could be even slightly below average in RF.

Lane Thomas is a prospect to watch, heís been impressive when Iíve seen him. I think he had some kind of tweak to his rib area and theyíve been cautious with him.

Adolis Garcia has been getting a lot of playing time so far this spring. The Cardinals seem to really like him. Hard not to like 22 AAA homeruns....

Randy Arozarena has had a great spring so far, maybe he really takes off this year.

OF is not an area of concern for me.

Shortstop is the position Iím worried about, Dejong is critical to the Cardinals this year. If he gets hurt or underperforms itís going to be tough to fill in for him. SS options are really limited for the Cardinals. After Dejong, Gyorko and Munoz are your choices. Munoz was awful defensively there (well, everywhere really) and Gyorko had no range.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XIII
Post by: McKdaddy on March 16, 2019, 10:25:57 am
https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-ringer-mlb-show/id1116491351?mt=2&i=1000431746944

Delightful revisit of the Rangers / Cards game 6.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XIII
Post by: hogcards on March 20, 2019, 09:03:49 am
The problem with releasing Fowler, is the fact that right now the Cards outfield is really suspect.  Ozuna is still banged up, O'Neill only swings for the fences and it appears he's not much of a OBP or avg. guy and Bader is really inconsistent.

Fowler has completely lost any talent he previously had, so they can't afford to wait for him to get back what little he did have.  I can't see the Cards not releasing him. ...but they may have to dip into their system and go with Adolis Garcia or Conner Jones?
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XIII
Post by: jrulz83 on March 20, 2019, 09:11:00 pm
The problem with releasing Fowler, is the fact that right now the Cards outfield is really suspect.  Ozuna is still banged up, O'Neill only swings for the fences and it appears he's not much of a OBP or avg. guy and Bader is really inconsistent.

Fowler has completely lost any talent he previously had, so they can't afford to wait for him to get back what little he did have.  I can't see the Cards not releasing him. ...but they may have to dip into their system and go with Adolis Garcia or Conner Jones?

Fowler will be the opening day right fielder. I also think that heíll bat second in the opening day lineup. I could be completely and totally wrong (Iím not), but Fowler will not be released by the Cardinals at any point this season. Fowler is the most criticized Cardinal I think I have ever seen. I donít understand it. Yes he had a bad year last year, but he has a 10 year track record of solid offense and had a fine first year at the plate with the Cardinals. He deserves his shot to prove last year an aberration.

He has looked a lot better this spring when I have been able to see him play. He seems lighter on his feet in the OF and has stung the ball several times that Iíve seen. Supposedly, his exit velocity on batted balls has been more in line with his 2017 numbers than his 2018 numbers. Now if Fowler is making weak contact, looking slow, and scuffling come the end of April Iíll be for a rotation in RF with Fowler mostly playing bench bat.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XIII
Post by: jrulz83 on March 21, 2019, 04:39:29 pm
Goldschmidt finalizing extension. 5 years $130 mil; club record if itís completed. If he produces like he normally does it kind of sounds like a bargain:

https://www.stltoday.com/sports/baseball/professional/birdland/source-cardinals-finalizing-extension-with-goldschmidt-for-club-record-sum/article_a2c8c2b7-2972-53bc-a698-20a7380a98e9.html#tracking-source=home-breaking
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XIII
Post by: McKdaddy on March 21, 2019, 05:09:30 pm
(bat drop)
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XIII
Post by: pigture perfect on April 03, 2019, 08:17:31 pm
This team is going to be fun to watch. I think they are a Fowler trade away from being a division winner though.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XIII
Post by: EconHawg on April 04, 2019, 11:16:08 am
This team is going to be fun to watch. I think they are a Fowler trade away from being a division winner though.

They sure gave us a nail-biter last night. The walks made me want to pull my hair out. O'Neill has sure been clutch though.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XIII
Post by: McKdaddy on April 12, 2019, 08:23:13 am
Props to the Cards for the LAD sweep. 
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XIII
Post by: McKdaddy on April 12, 2019, 08:23:42 am
For Athletic subscribers:

https://theathletic.com/919933/2019/04/11/did-cardinals-find-an-identity-with-four-game-sweep-of-nl-champs/
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XIII
Post by: McKdaddy on April 12, 2019, 08:25:00 am
Glad to see Carp become a lifer w/ the Cards.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XIII
Post by: McKdaddy on April 14, 2019, 09:30:19 am
https://www.stltoday.com/sports/baseball/professional/cardinals-are-expanding-their-brand/article_cc8c44a5-a4bb-5905-9a62-a9bd726ad56a.html
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XIII
Post by: pigture perfect on April 17, 2019, 10:05:29 pm
Ozuna is swinging well right now, but I believe that we should have gotten Yelich from the Marlins instead.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XIII
Post by: McKdaddy on April 18, 2019, 01:11:46 pm
Ozuna is swinging well right now, but I believe that we should have gotten Yelich from the Marlins instead.

I'd settle for no longer pitchng to Yelich.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XIII
Post by: WMHawgfan on April 23, 2019, 10:24:57 am
Pithing is worrying me. Starters can't get deep in the games and they can't keep the ball in the ballpark.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XIII
Post by: pigture perfect on April 23, 2019, 11:58:08 am
Starting pitching was supposed to be a strength this year. Wacha hurt, CMart not coming to camp in shapeand we now get pretty thin. I would love for us to pick up Dallas K.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XIII
Post by: pigture perfect on April 23, 2019, 11:58:46 am
Magic number is 139. 😎
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XIII
Post by: EconHawg on April 23, 2019, 01:21:08 pm
Starting pitching was supposed to be a strength this year. Wacha hurt, CMart not coming to camp in shapeand we now get pretty thin. I would love for us to pick up Dallas K.

I was really hoping that's what the press conference was for the day they announced the Carpenter extension. Didn't expect it, but I was hoping.

We'll see how Ponce does tonight. Hopefully someone tells him not to pitch to Yelich.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XIII
Post by: WMHawgfan on April 23, 2019, 09:51:47 pm
Given up 11 hr in the last 3 games. All wins. Go figure.

45 hr given up in 23 games but they are 14-9. Doesnít make sense but I will take it.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XIII
Post by: pigture perfect on April 23, 2019, 10:20:35 pm
Magic #137 😎
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XIII
Post by: RaisinHog on April 25, 2019, 11:26:50 pm
Starting pitching was supposed to be a strength this year. Wacha hurt, CMart not coming to camp in shapeand we now get pretty thin. I would love for us to pick up Dallas K.

Problem with him is he has really only had one good year the others not so much .. we would have to over pay for a number 3-4 starter
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XIII
Post by: pigture perfect on April 28, 2019, 02:42:23 pm
Alex Reyes does it again. Breaks his finger punching a wall after a rough outing in Memphis. Iím not sure heís smart enough to be a Cardinal.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XIII
Post by: jrulz83 on May 01, 2019, 08:22:58 am
10-2 in the last 12 games despite the home run derby teams have been playing on the starters. I guess as long as itís solo shots being given up then thereís a chance they wonít beat you, but it is a concern. Itís probably just the downside of a pitch aggressively in the zone with nobody on base strategy.

The offense has shown that it can get the job done, the Cardinals have beaten teams with small ball, homeruns, doubles, everything really; it has been a very diverse attack. I have enjoyed seeing the limited strikeouts of late.

The base running has been a pleasant surprise. Going first to third is a huge deal that many people miss the importance of. The Cardinals have succeeded in making that a big and effective part of their attack. It seemed like with Matheny that there wasnít a plan or emphasis on doing it, it was just a willy nilly thing. Good to see an emphasis from spring training carry over to the season for once.

18 wins in April ties the franchise record. Wins in April count in September too. Hopefully this nice run continues.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XIII
Post by: Dropkick on May 01, 2019, 10:58:07 am
Redbirds vs Astros in World Series is my prediction.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XIII
Post by: pigture perfect on May 01, 2019, 03:46:30 pm
10-2 in the last 12 games despite the home run derby teams have been playing on the starters. I guess as long as itís solo shots being given up then thereís a chance they wonít beat you, but it is a concern. Itís probably just the downside of a pitch aggressively in the zone with nobody on base strategy.

The offense has shown that it can get the job done, the Cardinals have beaten teams with small ball, homeruns, doubles, everything really; it has been a very diverse attack. I have enjoyed seeing the limited strikeouts of late.

The base running has been a pleasant surprise. Going first to third is a huge deal that many people miss the importance of. The Cardinals have succeeded in making that a big and effective part of their attack. It seemed like with Matheny that there wasnít a plan or emphasis on doing it, it was just a willy nilly thing. Good to see an emphasis from spring training carry over to the season for once.

18 wins in April ties the franchise record. Wins in April count in September too. Hopefully this nice run continues.
This is true.

Magic #131
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XIII
Post by: Dropkick on May 03, 2019, 12:57:07 pm
I look for the Cards to light Hendricks up today. (and I'm a Cubs fan.)
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XIII
Post by: Dropkick on May 03, 2019, 03:34:47 pm
I look for the Cards to light Hendricks up today. (and I'm a Cubs fan.)
FAIL
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XIII
Post by: Bigfoot on May 04, 2019, 02:00:30 am
FAIL

Indeed. Hendricks pulled a Greg Maddux . 81 pitch shutout.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XIII
Post by: jrulz83 on May 06, 2019, 04:04:48 pm
Iím hoping Wrigley Field burns to the ground soon (not really, but I wouldnít shed a tear). ;D That was an awful series, shades of the Matheny era all through it. Turn the page and hopefully get to the Cubs at Busch.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XIII
Post by: pigture perfect on May 26, 2019, 10:20:18 pm
I just have to shake my head.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XIII
Post by: WMHawgfan on May 28, 2019, 10:26:22 am
yeah this team is getting hard to watch. 6-16 after starting 20-10. Back to striking out way too much, poor situational hitting, and can't hold a lead.

Hicks is puzzling to me. You would think someone that throws 100+ would get a lot more swing and misses. it seems the hitters are picking up the ball quite easily and making solid contact. Two of his last three appearances he couldn't even record an out. Maybe they should look at his delivery to try and hide the ball a little better.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XIII
Post by: pigture perfect on May 28, 2019, 09:48:28 pm
No offense. Thatís whatís killing us. 4 hits all night, 2 just happen to be home runs. Letís play Whitey Ball again.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XIII
Post by: pigture perfect on June 04, 2019, 11:44:07 pm
I think the Genesis Cabrera experiment needs to end tonight. Put Martinez back in the rotation or bring up Gomber.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XIII
Post by: hoglady on June 06, 2019, 10:10:34 am
Been reading that the Cards are one of about 5 teams vying for the services of Keuchel since now the draft has ended.
Yankees seem to be the clear favorite which is sickening to me (Red Sox fan).

Hope things change and the Cards end up with him.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XIII
Post by: EconHawg on June 06, 2019, 01:37:21 pm
I think the Genesis Cabrera experiment needs to end tonight. Put Martinez back in the rotation or bring up Gomber.

I read that he's expected to work on not "volunteering what pitch he is throwing" to the opponent while in Memphis. Guess something was tipping his pitches.

Whatever the case, he wasn't ready for the show.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XIII
Post by: EconHawg on June 06, 2019, 01:39:54 pm
Been reading that the Cards are one of about 5 teams vying for the services of Keuchel since now the draft has ended.
Yankees seem to be the clear favorite which is sickening to me (Red Sox fan).

Hope things change and the Cards end up with him.

That would be fine by me!
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XIII
Post by: pigture perfect on June 15, 2019, 12:34:00 pm
Iím hoping that the Cards can get Greinke from the Díbacks. I know heís a little bit of a head case, but sometimes the good ones are. Mo, would never finish dialing the number though.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XIII
Post by: clutch on June 17, 2019, 12:29:23 pm
Iím hoping that the Cards can get Greinke from the Díbacks. I know heís a little bit of a head case, but sometimes the good ones are. Mo, would never finish dialing the number though.

I'm torn on the Greinke thing. He can be a great pitcher, but he seems to be hated everywhere he goes. Hoping he wouldn't be a clubhouse problem.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XIII
Post by: clutch on June 17, 2019, 12:40:10 pm
Watched Reyes throw Thursday in Memphis. You could tell he doesn't have the stamina back yet. He threw a lot of stuff that looked unhittable through the 2nd and 3rd inning. Then he got tired and got touched up. You can definitely see the difference between his stuff and other guys though. His fastball has some pop on it and the slider is just plain nasty when it's working. His command got away from him after the 3rd. Consistency just isn't quite there yet. Probably needs a couple more starts in Memphis. Hearing he may get a spot start with the Cards on Wednesday though.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XIII
Post by: pigture perfect on June 20, 2019, 09:29:37 pm
Brian Anderson Razorback player from 15, is having a great series for the Marlins against the Cards. I love when Diamond Hogs do well in the bigs. Even against my Redbirds. I get excited.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XIII
Post by: pigture perfect on June 20, 2019, 10:07:02 pm
Haha, BA and Yadi get nose to nose. He wasnít going to let Yadi get in his head. Way to go young man.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XIII
Post by: hogbud on June 23, 2019, 09:31:43 pm
Lots of coverage of cardinal fans warm reception (Several standing ovations, chants, hugs from Molina etc) for Pujols during his first return to STL......I think back to Bob Gibson who would have thrown first pitch under his chin to remind him theyíre enemies on field.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XIII
Post by: clutch on June 25, 2019, 02:01:22 pm
Sucks that Hicks blew his elbow out. He may throw 106 when he comes back from Tommy John.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XIII
Post by: Ray Piggers on July 04, 2019, 12:42:52 am
Huge homer from Rookie Tommy Edman tonight to grab the 5-2 win over the Mariners
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XIII
Post by: RaisinHog on July 31, 2019, 01:01:30 pm
2 hours and counting from the trade deadline will MO get off the couch and get us a starting pitcher ??
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XIII
Post by: McKdaddy on July 31, 2019, 05:02:18 pm
"wacha is our 5th starter", per Girsch today.....smh.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XIII
Post by: McKdaddy on July 31, 2019, 10:22:43 pm
From Bernie on July 29th, and applies today.....

ďI keep coming back to this: Cardinals management had all offseason to reinforce an obviously vulnerable rotation going into 2019. Mozeliak and associates took no action.

The front office banked on Adam Wainwright, a 37-year-old starter with injury issues and a 4.77 road ERA over the past three seasons. They disregarded Michael Wachaís extensive history of injuries and second-half deterioration. They were willing to lean on an unproven rookie, Dakota Hudson. Management overlooked the possibility of regression by Miles Mikolas and Jack Flaherty.

Sure, the Cardinals were smacked by bad luck; injuries have removed potential starters Alex Reyes and Austin Gomber from the mix, which left Daniel Ponce de Leon as the top option to step in for the struggling Wacha. But Mozeliak and crew had to realize that Reyes was an injury risk. And itís not as if Gomber had established himself as a go-to MLB starter. Ponce de Leon has been impressive at times, but his limited arsenal (fastball, fastball, fastball) and wildness had to be factored in.

The Cardinals needed a lefty starter. They needed a starter, period, who could offer stability by pitching plentiful innings. That starter was available. A former Cy Young Award winner, in fact. A World Series champion. And that obvious candidate, Dallas Keuchel, didnít require a risky long-term contract or draft-choice compensation. Atlanta signed Keuchel on June 7 at a salary of $13 million through the end of the Ď19 season. Over his last five starts, Keuchel has gone six or more innings four times and has a 3.00 ERA.Ē
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XIII
Post by: Jules Winnfield on August 04, 2019, 04:12:01 pm
Matt Carpenter hitting .215

Sent to minors. Goes 2 for 26 (.076)

Cardinals logic: lets call him up hand have him lead off.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XIII
Post by: WMHawgfan on August 05, 2019, 03:56:15 pm
Matt Carpenter hitting .215

Sent to minors. Goes 2 for 26 (.076)

Cardinals logic: lets call him up hand have him lead off.
Exactly. Without him you go on a hot streak that lands you in first place so by all means screw with that chemistry. I am betting they end up 0-5 on this road trip.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XIII
Post by: jst01 on August 21, 2019, 09:12:23 pm
Carp sucks.

This now ends my annual appearance in this forum.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XIII
Post by: HogFansReunited on August 22, 2019, 10:20:48 am
From Bernie on July 29th, and applies today.....

ďI keep coming back to this: Cardinals management had all offseason to reinforce an obviously vulnerable rotation going into 2019. Mozeliak and associates took no action.

The front office banked on Adam Wainwright, a 37-year-old starter with injury issues and a 4.77 road ERA over the past three seasons. They disregarded Michael Wachaís extensive history of injuries and second-half deterioration. They were willing to lean on an unproven rookie, Dakota Hudson. Management overlooked the possibility of regression by Miles Mikolas and Jack Flaherty.

Sure, the Cardinals were smacked by bad luck; injuries have removed potential starters Alex Reyes and Austin Gomber from the mix, which left Daniel Ponce de Leon as the top option to step in for the struggling Wacha. But Mozeliak and crew had to realize that Reyes was an injury risk. And itís not as if Gomber had established himself as a go-to MLB starter. Ponce de Leon has been impressive at times, but his limited arsenal (fastball, fastball, fastball) and wildness had to be factored in.

The Cardinals needed a lefty starter. They needed a starter, period, who could offer stability by pitching plentiful innings. That starter was available. A former Cy Young Award winner, in fact. A World Series champion. And that obvious candidate, Dallas Keuchel, didnít require a risky long-term contract or draft-choice compensation. Atlanta signed Keuchel on June 7 at a salary of $13 million through the end of the Ď19 season. Over his last five starts, Keuchel has gone six or more innings four times and has a 3.00 ERA.Ē

It was a sellers market this year when it came to pitchers. Everyone was shopping for pitchers as the trade deadline came and went. The teams that had arms for sale knew they could ask for way over value.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XIII
Post by: VanBurenCHog on August 22, 2019, 03:58:12 pm
Carp isnít in the lineup tonight, thank freaking goodness
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XIII
Post by: snf6278 on September 22, 2019, 05:14:02 pm
Cardinals locked down their 29th postseason appearance today! It was also the first four game series sweep at Wrigley Field by the cardinals since 1921. This team is as gritty as I can remember. Itís nice to have something to cheer about this time of the year since the football team keeps breaking my heart!
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XIII
Post by: jrulz83 on September 23, 2019, 06:55:55 pm
Well, I left them for dead. But the Cards proved me wrong. Iíve been hesitant to post about them because they started playing so well. So if they lose the division, my bad.

If they go into the postseason with the mindset and style of play that just won them four in a row in Wrigley then they are a dangerous team. Iím kind of afraid that series was a case of the Cubs just being done though. But weíll see. At least the Cardinals didnít fall into the club dub trap after clinching a postseason spot. More work to do, have to like the mentality.

When the postseason starts and everybody is 0-0 anything can happen. But with the way the Cardinals have pitched and played defense lately they could be a tough out in the playoffs. To maximize their chances the Cardinals need Wong back healthy, heís a pest at the plate and on the bases, not to mention his defense. His and Dexter Fowlerís second half surges have really been the key to scoring enough runs, but they still need more offense from somewhere, anywhere really.

Going to see a tough team in Atlanta or Los Angeles, but however it plays out Iím going to enjoy the ride.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XIII
Post by: snf6278 on September 24, 2019, 10:18:56 pm
Well, I left them for dead. But the Cards proved me wrong. Iíve been hesitant to post about them because they started playing so well. So if they lose the division, my bad.

If they go into the postseason with the mindset and style of play that just won them four in a row in Wrigley then they are a dangerous team. Iím kind of afraid that series was a case of the Cubs just being done though. But weíll see. At least the Cardinals didnít fall into the club dub trap after clinching a postseason spot. More work to do, have to like the mentality.

When the postseason starts and everybody is 0-0 anything can happen. But with the way the Cardinals have pitched and played defense lately they could be a tough out in the playoffs. To maximize their chances the Cardinals need Wong back healthy, heís a pest at the plate and on the bases, not to mention his defense. His and Dexter Fowlerís second half surges have really been the key to scoring enough runs, but they still need more offense from somewhere, anywhere really.

Going to see a tough team in Atlanta or Los Angeles, but however it plays out Iím going to enjoy the ride.
Yea Iím right there with you. Honestly didnít think that with 6 games remaining that the Cardinals would be in this spot. If they can win the Central they more than likely get the Braves which will be a tough task but hey, as gritty as this team is you never know. If Goldy, Ozuna, Fowler, and DeJong keep playing at the level they are right now it gives them a chance.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XIII
Post by: jrulz83 on September 25, 2019, 02:21:23 pm
Yea Iím right there with you. Honestly didnít think that with 6 games remaining that the Cardinals would be in this spot. If they can win the Central they more than likely get the Braves which will be a tough task but hey, as gritty as this team is you never know. If Goldy, Ozuna, Fowler, and DeJong keep playing at the level they are right now it gives them a chance.

The playoffs are so flukey. Anything can happen. It all comes down to pitching, hitting, and defense, surprise, surprise. I like the Cardinals chances on two of those three. The hitting is the suspect one. Ozuna has to be consistently good, heís been in a funk pretty much all of September. Goldschmidt needs to cut some Kís. Same for Dejong. Really the same offensive issues as all season, again, surprising isnít it? I really think Fowler and Wong are the keys though. They increase the pressure when theyíre on base.

The bullpen matches up to about any opponent. The starting pitching has been much improved. It will be interesting to see if they take 13 pitchers into the playoffs. Just hoping we donít see another emergency only, pitcher under glass type thing. Also some interesting decisions on bench players too. Iím excited to see it all play out.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XIII
Post by: McKdaddy on October 02, 2019, 06:59:46 am
2006 is an excellent example of ďjust get to the playoffs and see what happensĒ.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XIII
Post by: jrulz83 on October 03, 2019, 10:54:22 am
Remember the last playoff game for STL in Atlanta? Fun times!

Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XIII
Post by: snf6278 on October 03, 2019, 09:01:43 pm
Man the last 2 innings were huge tonight! I was really conflicted tonight. Love my Redbirds but itís hard to root against a former Razorback. Keuchel looked good. My hope happened tonight. Dallas would have a good game then the Cards would win it late. I really love the grit of this team! Go Cards!!!
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XIII
Post by: pigture perfect on October 03, 2019, 11:03:50 pm
Love DK and Freeman, but canít stand the braves anymore. Acuna has so much talent, but his laziness in fundamentals will keep him from greatness unless he matures quickly.

Go  Cards!!! Letís get #12.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XIII
Post by: WMHawgfan on October 04, 2019, 10:06:09 am
Great win last night. Martinez scares me every time he comes in to close. Probably can't do anything about it this year but they need to give him an ultimatum on his delivery. They have been trying to get him to stop opening up and falling off to the first base side for years now. He has no control and his slider backs up every time. You can see Yadi gets very frustrated with him.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XIII
Post by: McKdaddy on October 06, 2019, 08:12:12 pm
1 run in 2 games.  :puke:
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XIII
Post by: T-Wacker on October 07, 2019, 10:11:23 am
As a life long Cardinals fan, it is difficult to watch such poor management. Shildt is a complete idiot and has no business managing a little league team, certainly not a MLB team. Tired of his idiotic data he talks about only to actually mean nothing more than guessing. Here is a crash course on common fundamental baseball, especially in the playoffs. Up 1-0 in the eighth, it is obvious runs are hard to come by, so if you can manufacture a run, by all means, do so. First and second, no outs in the late innings - BUNT EVERY TIME MORON! Especially when a hitter like DeJong is up and is struggling to even foul off a pitch. He does this all the time and it burns him almost every time. Personally, I don't care if the second coming of Babe Ruth is up, BUNT the runners over and put pressure on the defense and pitcher. If DeJong can't bunt, pinch hit a pitcher so he can bunt. Another really stupid play was pulling Carpenter out and putting Bader in after the first single. I get it, Bader is fast, but he is also extremely dumb as well. I was expecting him to get picked off first with that huge lead he kept getting, even though he wasn't trying to steal. Does anyone think to tell the moron you are in scoring position at second base already? No need to steal third in that situation, especially if you have the speed he has. Last but not least, Martinez is NOT A CLOSER. Never has been and never will be. But by all means, trot his butt out there every time to fail instead of using a combination of pitchers to get the last 3 outs. Did Shildt not see the first game when Martinez tried desperately to blow the game? Guess not. Reminds me of when Izzy was late in his career and literally couldn't strike out an average high school hitter, but LaRussa kept putting him out to close and lose. You could see the players faces knowing he couldn't get outs. Had Izzy not been placed on the IR and they started using Wainwright to close, the Cards would have never won the series that year.

This series is over, but I really don't hold out much hope for the Cardinals until they decide to hire a manager with an IQ in triple digits. Shildt and Matheney may be great guys, but neither had the ability to manage a championship team. Too many dumb decisions on the field between both managers. Bring Whitey back to at least teach them the fundamentals of game management.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XIII
Post by: Jules Winnfield on October 07, 2019, 05:23:50 pm
How about intentionally walking the go ahead run with 2 outs. Shildt went full retard.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XIII
Post by: Biggus Piggus on October 07, 2019, 06:34:11 pm
Wait, didn't the Cards win today?
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XIII
Post by: hoglady on October 07, 2019, 06:37:41 pm
Wait, didn't the Cards win today?

They just won on a sac fly.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XIII
Post by: WMHawgfan on October 08, 2019, 01:08:27 pm
How about intentionally walking the go ahead run with 2 outs. Shildt went full retard.
yeah and he did it to get to a guy that has done nothing but kill our pitching this entire series.

having said all this, yesterday was a very nice way to rebound. I about punched my screen when he put Martinez in for the 9th but he managed to get out of giving up a leadoff double. if he had blown it again they may have run both of them out on a rail.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XIII
Post by: hoglady on October 09, 2019, 10:42:38 pm
I can't believe some of you Cards fans haven't posted about the destruction of the Braves today.
I made sure my schedule allowed me to be home today to watch the game.
I was pulling for the Braves.
Joke was on me - the dang thing was over before the Braves took their first at bat.

Congratulations to the Cards - just a great display of hitting in the first inning.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XIII
Post by: MissippHog on October 09, 2019, 11:37:16 pm
I can't believe some of you Cards fans haven't posted about the destruction of the Braves today.
I made sure my schedule allowed me to be home today to watch the game.
I was pulling for the Braves.
Joke was on me - the dang thing was over before the Braves took their first at bat.

Congratulations to the Cards - just a great display of hitting in the first inning.

And the Cards are about to grab home field advantage in the NLCS too.  This day keeps getting better and better.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XIII
Post by: hoglady on October 10, 2019, 12:44:21 am
And the Cards are about to grab home field advantage in the NLCS too.  This day keeps getting better and better.

Yep
Shocking to watch Kershaw give up those back to back homeruns to let the Nats tie it up.
But what a pretty grand slam in the 10th that pretty well finished off the Dodgers.
Been surprising the last few days in these playoffs for sure.

I just want some team, any team to knock off the Yankees.


Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XIII
Post by: McKdaddy on October 10, 2019, 08:55:06 am
I can't believe some of you Cards fans haven't posted about the destruction of the Braves today.


I was very happy, but I keep a low profile concerning victories by my favorite teams....I try not to get too high or too low.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XIII
Post by: McKdaddy on October 10, 2019, 08:55:53 am
And the Cards are about to grab home field advantage in the NLCS too. 

This was the most amazing thing to me in all that happened yesterday.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XIII
Post by: liljo on October 10, 2019, 10:09:23 am
Hey y'all, I inherited the Cardinals at birth and have been knowingly rooting for them since '66.

I love this team. Hats off to the Braves. The final game was certainly not indicative of how great a series that was.

Baseball has such a small margin of error. In the first inning, an error by the Braves opened the floodgates. To the Cards credit, they took advantage of that error--in a huge way!

Very thankful to see the team advance. For my house, baseball season ends when the Cards are eliminated. Right now, we have, at minimum, FOUR MORE GAMES.

I know fans, fanatics, Cardinals Fanatics, etc. At my house, we are Saint Lunatics!
GO REDBIRDS!
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XIII
Post by: WMHawgfan on October 10, 2019, 02:08:22 pm
It was a great performance and I am elated to be moving on. I am also very happy that Washington blew up the dream matchup the tv stations were all drooling for in the WS.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XIII
Post by: oldman1015 on October 10, 2019, 02:49:53 pm
I bet $200 on the Rams to win the Super Bowl before the season started last year then laid half of it off on the Patriots. Took $200 of the winnings on put on the Cardinals to win the World Series the week before baseball started. Pays $2400
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XIII
Post by: WMHawgfan on October 10, 2019, 04:26:38 pm
I bet $200 on the Rams to win the Super Bowl before the season started last year then laid half of it off on the Patriots. Took $200 of the winnings on put on the Cardinals to win the World Series the week before baseball started. Pays $2400
Cardinals were 12-1 before the season? I would have thought the odds would have been higher for a team that missed the playoffs the last 3 years.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XIII
Post by: hoglady on October 10, 2019, 04:30:16 pm
It was a great performance and I am elated to be moving on. I am also very happy that Washington blew up the dream matchup the tv stations were all drooling for in the WS.

Had to feel for Kershaw - that post game from him was difficult to watch.
Handled it like a true professional but you could tell he was hurting inside.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XIII
Post by: hoglady on October 10, 2019, 04:39:13 pm
I try to root for the Cards - I love Busch Stadium and they have some of the best fans around.
But I always think back to that 1967 WS and them ruining the Red Sox "The Impossible Dream" season.
I still hold a grudge 52 years later.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XIII
Post by: oldman1015 on October 10, 2019, 06:43:42 pm
Cardinals were 12-1 before the season? I would have thought the odds would have been higher for a team that missed the playoffs the last 3 years.
If I had waited 3 weeks into the season that doubled.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XIII
Post by: jrulz83 on October 12, 2019, 06:41:29 pm
Disgusting offense is disgusting.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XIII
Post by: oldman1015 on October 14, 2019, 11:01:37 am
It was a fun ride.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XIII
Post by: WMHawgfan on October 14, 2019, 03:32:21 pm
Perfect time for the entire lineup to go into a complete funk. Considering Martinez is the only one that can hit the damn ball, you have to start him in game three right?
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XIII
Post by: McKdaddy on October 14, 2019, 04:26:23 pm
Perfect time for the entire lineup to go into a complete funk. Considering Martinez is the only one that can hit the damn ball, you have to start him in game three right?


They are, for Carp.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XIII
Post by: jrulz83 on October 14, 2019, 07:54:54 pm
4 runs is like 20 for this offense to overcome.

Itís been fun, but it looks like the ride is over.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XIII
Post by: WMHawgfan on October 15, 2019, 03:37:30 pm
4 runs is like 20 for this offense to overcome.

It’s been fun, but it looks like the ride is over.
2 runs is too much. 2 runs in 3 games. aweful.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XIII
Post by: jrulz83 on October 15, 2019, 04:55:34 pm
2 runs is too much. 2 runs in 3 games. aweful.

Been this way all year. Feast followed by long periods of famine.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XIII
Post by: McKdaddy on October 17, 2019, 07:12:20 pm
Finished ahead of the cubs.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XIII
Post by: Dropkick on October 17, 2019, 08:09:48 pm
Finished ahead of the cubs.
About time, I guess roles have reversed if that is your goal.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XIII
Post by: McKdaddy on October 17, 2019, 09:37:57 pm
About time, I guess roles have reversed if that is your goal.


Definitely one of my annual goals. Order restored.
Title: Re: Redbird Rundown XIII
Post by: McKdaddy on October 17, 2019, 09:38:23 pm
The fake dynasty hasnít gotten too far.