Cardinals win season opener

The Cardinals picked up the win in their season opener tonight against the Chicago Cubs. The much talked about Cubs offense was quiet as Adam Wainwright pitched well enough, even as he struggled a little bit. He walked none and struck out six over his six innings of work. Just going to throw a few of my observations out there.

The lefty lineup worked. I wasn’t one of the many complaining about the Cardinals’ lineup today. I did wonder if Matheny would consider playing Randal Grichuk and Pete Kozma over Jon Jay and Kolten Wong, but Matheny stuck with Jay and Wong, probably because of the honor associated with being in the Opening Day lineup. I’m also okay letting left handed hitters play their way out of the lineup against left handed pitchers early in the season.

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NLCS Game 4 Preview: STL @ SFG

The Cardinals found themselves down four runs early in Tuesday night’s game in San Francisco, thanks to a misplayed ball by Randal Grichuk in the bottom of the first. But it was Grichuk’s home run in the top of the seventh that pulled the Cardinals even with the Giants with two innings of regulation baseball yet to play. Neither team would score and that would send the game into extras.

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NLCS Game 2 Preview: SFG @ STL

Madison Bumgarner pitched as well as expected and he did something Clayton Kershaw couldn’t. Keep the Cardinals from scoring in the seventh inning. Thanks to an umpire assist though. With Yadier Molina on third and Jon Jay at second, Bumgarner seemed to lose his balance on the mound after picking up his lead foot. Pretty much a textbook balk, except none of the six umpires on the field apparently saw it. Without the call, Tony Cruz struck out to end the threat and the Cardinals remained scoreless.

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NLCS Game 1 Preview: SFG @ STL

For the fifth straight season the National League representative to the World Series will be either the San Francisco Giants or the St. Louis Cardinals, that is guaranteed. The team has been swapping the pennant around with the Giants making the trip and winning the World Series in 2010 and 2012, while the Cardinals won it in 2011 and lost to the Red Sox in 2013. If you want to go by patterns, it is the Giants’ turn.

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Cards drop series to Diamondbacks

It was a pretty weird series against the Diamondbacks and it was capped off by a marathon game that sent most Cardinal fans to bed before completion.

There’s a good energy around the Diamondbacks already just three games into the season. My favorite hockey team, the Ottawa Senators, have been calling themselves the “Pesky Sens” this season as they hang around in games and find a way to win them, despite having lost their two best players and starting goalie to injuries. I get that same feeling with this team.

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