We Are Cardinal Nation

So by now, I’m sure everyone is aware that the 2011 Cardinals television commercials have been released online. Remember the old days when you had to watch TV to see commercials?

The new tagline this year is “We Are Cardinal Nation.” Personally, I preferred the “Play like a Cardinal” tagline of the previous couple years.

The ads feature Lance Berkman trying to pick a number, Red Schoendienst showing he’s still got it, Schumaker giving Fredbird advice, Fredbird climbing out of his tree to report to Spring Training, Matt Holliday hitting home runs with a variety of things, Fredbird cranking up the hot dog gun, and the bullpen eating donuts.

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Monday Quick Hits

Happy Pi Day, everyone. These are the quick hits for Monday, March 14th, 2011.

Lohse dealing, McClellan lays claim, Garcia struggling.

Kyle Lohse may not be the question mark many expected him to be this season. Lohse has performed much better than I expected so far in Spring Training. Through his first 13 innings thrown, he has allowed just 2 runs and 8 hits over his 3 starts. Seeing as he missed most of last season with injury and hasn’t been effective since 2008, this is really good news for Cardinals fans. Hopefully he will be able to carry on this success into the regular season.

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March 14th Quick Hits

Happy Pi Day, everyone

Lohse dealing, McClellan lays claim, Garcia struggling.

Kyle Lohse may not be the question mark many expected him to be this season. Lohse has performed much better than I expected so far in Spring Training. Through his first 13 innings thrown, he has allowed just 2 runs and 8 hits over his 3 starts. Seeing as he missed most of last season with injury and hasn’t been effective since 2008, this is really good news for Cardinals fans. Hopefully he will be able to carry on this success into the regular season.

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Is Chris Carpenter a #1 pitcher?

The title is the question we’ve all been asking ourselves for a little over two weeks now as we consider the ramifications of the loss of Adam Wainwright.

Adam Wainwright, 29, was a first round draft pick of the Atlanta Braves. He made four Baseball America top-100 prospect lists, the last one in his first season in the St. Louis Cardinals’ system. He was considered the Braves’ top pitching prospect at the time and the trade ended up being a major steal for the Cardinals’ organization.

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NL Central Preview: In Review

As I look at the NL Central Preview, I’m fairly happy with the results as they line up with what I expected to get. I hope everyone enjoyed reading it as much as I enjoyed researching the other teams in the NL Central. Here is a look at the final standings:

1. Milwaukee — 65 pts
2. St. Louis — 58 pts
3. Cincinnati — 52 pts
4. Chicago — 52 pts
5. Houston — 35 pts
6. Pittsburgh — 32 pts

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