Should we be concerned about Wainwright?

It’s been the tale of two seasons for Adam Wainwright. At the All Star Break he stood at 12-4 with a 1.83 ERA. He started the All Star Game and many were listing him next to Clayton Kershaw as a Cy Young Award candidate. That talk has been tempered as he’s struggled to a 4-5 record and 4.82 ERA since. Many spoke of the loss of Yadier Molina hurting Wainwright … Continue reading

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Molina on deck to return

Yadier Molina wrapped up a two-game rehab stint last night and topped it off by reportedly covering a post-game spread of steak and lobster for his short-term Springfield Cardinals teammates. While there he went 5-for-6 with three extra base hits. He has declared himself ready to return and ready to start for St. Louis in tonight’s game against the Chicago Cubs, but we are still waiting on official word of … Continue reading

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Leadership. Do the Cardinals have it?

In the book An Integrative Theory of Leadership, Martin Chemers defines leadership as, “a process of social influence in which one person can enlist the aid and support of others in the accomplishment of a common task.” It’s one of those things that fans use when talking about players on their favorite sports teams. Cardinals fans have used “leader” to define a number of players who have been around the team. … Continue reading

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Hurdle schools Matheny without trying

To borrow from Kenny Rogers (not the baseball player), “You‘ve got to know when to hold ‘em. Know when to fold ’em.” After last night’s 8th inning, it’s pretty clear that Mike Matheny still has to learn that. Hope he doesn’t play poker. Seth Maness came to the mound to pitch the 8th inning of a 2-2 game. He struck out Russell Martin. Then back-to-back singles came by Gaby Sanchez and Starling Marte. Then … Continue reading

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Matheny puts himself in a box

Last night Mike Matheny told the media after the game that he had decided that only four relievers were available out of the bullpen for Saturday’s game. He also added that he wanted Kevin Siegrist to pitch two innings of relief. Let’s tackle this. It seems like Matheny put himself in a box that he didn’t have to put himself into. First, he decided that only Siegrist, Trevor Rosenthal, Randy … Continue reading

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