Now is the right time for Jaime Garcia

In the four starts since Adam Wainwright went on the disabled list with a torn achilles on April 25th, the St. Louis Cardinals have tried to replace him in one start with Tim Cooney and another three with Tyler Lyons. In those four starts, Cooney and Lyons have combined to throw 15 1/3 innings with a 6.46 ERA. Only once has either pitched past the fifth inning. The shoes are … Continue reading

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Villanueva emerging as key reliever for Cardinals

When the St. Louis Cardinals announced the signing of Carlos Villanueva, there wasn’t much expected by it. The 31 year old Villanueva had been a swing man through most of his career. A decent reliever and an abysmal starter. He was mostly brought in to be a long reliever for the Cardinals. A guy who can pick up innings if a starter has to exit early or potentially make a … Continue reading

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Life without Adam Wainwright

As I’m sure everyone has heard by now, as a result of the injury sustained during Saturday’s game against the Milwaukee Brewers, Adam Wainwright will likely miss the remainder of the 2015 season. There’s even an outside shot that he may be a little delayed in his preparations for 2016 as well given the rehab time frame discussed yesterday of 9 to 12 months. He will have surgery on Thursday … Continue reading

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Not enough time to judge Cardinals’ offense

It didn’t take very long for the complaints about the Cardinals’ offense to start rolling in. Averaging 3.7 runs per game, the Cardinals currently stack up just below the National League average of 3.75 runs per game. They’ve hit four home runs and stolen five bases and are hitting .241 with a slugging percentage of .349. This is all John Mabry’s fault. Or is it? Can we even say that … Continue reading

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Optimizing the Cardinals’ lineup

One of my complaints with the Cardinals’ this season so far is that the lineup is too top heavy. Once an opposing pitcher works his way through Matt Carpenter, Jason Heyward, and Matt Holliday, there really isn’t much to fear beyond them. Sure, Jhonny Peralta and Matt Adams scare when they have a platoon advantage, but that’s not enough. Meanwhile Jon Jay and Yadier Molina may not live up to … Continue reading

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