The St. Louis Cardinals Aren’t Living in Reality

Two years ago, I wrote a post on this blog about the increasingly obvious culture problem within the St. Louis Cardinals. At the time, the Cardinals were an organization that seemed lost in every sense of the word. They weren’t a particularly exciting team, they were coming off of three straight Octobers without postseason baseball…

The ten greatest players in St. Louis Stars history

Yesterday, Baseball Reference rolled out arguably its most ambitious project since, well, the very first day the website included statistics for every player in the history of the National and American Leagues. It was a project that at once feels long overdue but also like such a research challenge that demanding such a free and…

The peculiar ascent of Tyler O’Neill

There was quite a bit of hype, some of it substantiated and some of it a bit overdone, around several units on the St. Louis Cardinals entering the 2021 season. The corner infield duo of Nolan Arenado and Paul Goldschmidt were to fortify the team's offense and defense by themselves. The starting rotation had a…

Albert Pujols and the dream final act

After plenty of conjecture and very little tangible evidence, rumors of Albert Pujols reuniting with the St. Louis Cardinals following a nine-plus year stint with the Los Angeles Angels were formally put to bed today when the Los Angeles Dodgers officially announced the signing of the greatest living St. Louis Cardinal to serve, presumably, in…

Nolan Arenado is what he is

Following his go-ahead home run in the eighth inning of his first game at Busch Stadium, Nolan Arenado was annointed as a superhero. Sure, St. Louis Cardinals fans would have been excited had John Nogowski or whoever else hit the home run, but because it came off the bat of Nolan Arenado, a player deemed…

The Cardinals’ looming outfield disaster

According to Dan Szymborski's ZiPS projection system, which projects the performance of every player and team in Major League Baseball, there are 411 players designated as "outfielders"--this is, if you do some basic back-of-the-napkin math, obviously far more players than there are spots, but this incorporates tons of lifelong minor leaguers and players who aren't…