This is what we asked for

When the St. Louis Cardinals signed Dexter Fowler following a 2016 season which saw the team’s half-decade postseason streak snap, he was supposed to solidify an outfield that was hit or miss for most of the prior year. It didn’t result in the Cardinals making the playoffs. When the Cardinals acquired Marcell Ozuna, he was…

In defense of Kolten Wong: Bunter

In the National League Division Series, St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Shildt, a manager I generally consider to be above-average and would certainly at the least include on my NL Manager of the Year ballot, made at least one managerial decision that I considered to be indefensibly poor in each game of the series. Here…

David Freese for damn ever

When I was ten years old, I’d take a wiffle ball bat and a tennis ball, use my left hand to toss the tennis ball up in the air, quickly get into a batting stance, and swing. If it went 100 feet and relatively high, it was a home run. That’s what fantasies are for.…

The St. Louis Bullpen Show Episode 2: The NLDS Review and NLCS Preview

https://anchor.fm/the-st-louis-bullpen-show/episodes/The-NLDS-Review-and-NLCS-Preview-e6foee   This episode is officially available on Spotify, Radio Public, and through our primary feed at Anchor.fm. We anticipate it will also be available on Google Podcasts shortly and hope to eventually get the show on Apple Podcasts. Just search for "The St. Louis Bullpen Show" and the ramblings of St. Louis Bullpen's Alex…

The five greatest individual Cardinals playoff performances this decade (before last night, which I cannot yet be objective about)

So, um, that was fun. The rational part of me knew that last night was possible, and maybe even likely. I have the receipts to prove it. But the dumb fan in me couldn't fathom the Cardinals ever winning a game after Sunday night's heartbreak, much less the next game. I fancy myself an analytical person who…

The Tomahawk Chop is a regressive, embarrassing relic of a bygone era of disgusting cultural appropriation vs. no it isn’t

Editor's note: With the use of the "Tomahawk Chop", a popular chant among Atlanta Braves fans, once again a hot button issue in Major League Baseball, I have asked two long-time online opinion columnists, Nathan Eckert and Bob Sheffer, to contribute their takes on the matter.--JF Nathan Eckert I am a lifelong fan of the…

Six observations from all this Ronald Acuna business

In the wake of last night’s chaotic mess of a baseball game, culminating in a 7-6 victory for the St. Louis Cardinals over the Atlanta Braves, no player has garnered more attention than Ronald Acuna Jr., the young Braves superstar who managed three hits for seven total bases, an additional walk to lead off the…

A look ahead at the Atlanta Braves

The Atlanta Braves won 97 games in 2019. When the St. Louis Cardinals won this many games in 2013, it was considered a sign of a team that was dominant (and also historically lucky with runners in scoring position, but that’s a separate matter). When the Braves did it, it makes them an afterthought compared…

A preview of the 2019 MLB postseason

Tonight, the Major League Baseball playoffs begin with the National League Wild Card Game, a Game which will not include the St. Louis Cardinals, who won the National League Central division. In case you hadn’t heard. For any Cardinals fan, those particular games are going to be the highlights, the times where you schedule your…

A look back at the great Cardinals trade swindles, from the other side

In the twenty-first century, Major League Baseball’s front office personnel had a major breakthrough in pop culture relevance. With the enormous popularity of Michael Lewis’s book Moneyball, general managers became easily identifiable avatars for fans, particularly sabermetrically-inclined fans. The rising popularity of franchise modes in EA Sports video games, not to mention Baseball Mogul or Out Of…

What is Tommy Edman?

When the St. Louis Cardinals promoted Tommy Edman to the Major Leagues three months ago yesterday, it felt like the wheels were being turned for a few years on the Memphis Shuttle. While Edman had hit well for the Memphis Redbirds in 2019, he was not a particularly acclaimed prospect--FanGraphs ranked him 20th among Cardinals…

Evaluating Dakota Hudson’s awards case

Considering the St. Louis Cardinals are in first place and have been the hottest team in the National League for the last couple months, the team has a shocking lack of viable candidates for National League Most Valuable Player. And I don't mean to win the award, which will almost certainly (deservedly) go to Milwaukee Brewers outfielder…

The chase to be Team of the 2010s

Who is the team of the 2010s? This is an open-ended question but it is also a question which can be quantified. So I decided I wanted to quantify it. Of course, the 2010s are not yet over, and the next two-plus months of baseball, particularly the off-season, will go a long way in defining…

You can never have too many good outfielders

Yesterday afternoon, Springfield Cardinals outfielder Dylan Carlson was promoted to the Memphis Redbirds. As somebody with bare-bones knowledge of the St. Louis Cardinals' minor league affiliates, a system promotion that does not involve being promoted to the Majors normally wouldn't be a big deal to me. But over the last 4 1/2 months of professional…

How the Cardinals should incorporate Matt Carpenter and Yadier Molina down the stretch

The life cycle of the scrappy underdog baseball player is a shockingly depressing one. Seemingly, it should be easy. You come into Major League Baseball with minimal expectations, you surpass those expectations, and everybody just loves you forever. But eventually, if you're too good, you transcend scrappiness and become just like any other good baseball…

The moves the Cardinals didn’t make

With the 2019 trade deadline loaded with prospective buyers and limited on sellers (particularly on sellers with anything worth selling), most of the individual non-moves that the St. Louis Cardinals didn't make can be rationalized. Unfortunately, in conjunction with absoultely nothing else, the move that the Cardinals did make doesn't make very much sense. Yesterday, the Cardinals…

What to do with Harrison Bader

With the exceptions of Yadier Molina, Adam Wainwright, and maybe Matt Carpenter, no player was a more pivotal focal point of St. Louis Cardinals marketing during the 2018-19 off-season than center fielder Harrison Bader. Not quite a non-prospect but arriving in St. Louis was marginal hype, Bader burst into the regular Cardinals position player rotation with a…

The Importance of Being Idle

In 2019, Major League Baseball has three distinct classes of teams. In the upper class reside the teams with certain playoff futures--the Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Yankees, and Houston Astros all have projected odds of making the League Division Series of over 96% with over two months left in the season, and there was…

Bob Gibson and toughness

A quick gander at Bob Gibson's Baseball Reference page will tell you that the most similar pitchers to him were Jim Palmer, Jack Morris, and Amos Rusie. Comparing Gibson to these three is no insult--the trio are each Hall of Famers, with the most similar to Gibson, Palmer, also being a first-ballot Hall of Famer…

The St. Louis Cardinals Have a Culture Problem

Eight years after his free agent departure for Anaheim, Albert Pujols made his much-anticipated return to Busch Stadium this past month, and the homecoming was everything all of us could’ve hoped for.  Every time Pujols stepped into the batter’s box, he was greeted with a long and loud standing ovation. When he dug in with…

On grief

This afternoon, the baseball world was stunned by the announcement that Los Angeles Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs, 27, had died suddenly while the team was in Texas to play against the Rangers. Tonight’s game was cancelled, and while articulating the pain of the death of a 27 year-old man seemingly in peak physical condition was…

What Pujols did

It is hard to overstate how lucky the St. Louis Cardinals were to draft Albert Pujols. Famously, Albert Pujols was not a coveted amateur prospect, and in 1999, the Cardinals drafted the pudgy amateur third baseman out of Kansas City's Maple Woods Community College with the 402nd overall pick. Every team in baseball passed on…

A hell of a sports city

For years, "St. Louis is a baseball town" was used in a largely complimentary way. It was a thing that those involved in baseball said to speak highly of the passion for and knowledge of the sport in the St. Louis area. It didn't really have any tangible benefits--mostly, it meant ESPN announcers would compliment…