Banning the shift seems like a bad idea

I want to share a screenshot from the beginning of a Youtube clip of Willie McGee making a great catch in Game 3 of the 1982 World Series. You probably know the play. As you can see, there are three infielders on our left side of second base, presumably from left to right, Ken Oberkfell,…

What should Kyler Murray do?

Later today, Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Kyler Murray is probably going to be announced as a finalist for the Heisman Trophy and will likely finish in the top two, along with Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa. He is an exhilerating football player, and he is the kind of dual-threat quarterback that has been increasingly coveted in the…

My NL MVP ballot

Here is how I would have voted. For the final time (oh, man, I've done a lot of these, haven't I?), this ballot is not a prediction of how I think MVP voting will shape up but rather how I would vote if I had one. 1. Jacob deGrom--New York Mets: He isn't even a finalist,…

My AL MVP ballot

I wrote quite a few of these awards ballot posts, as you may have noticed. Some of them were more fun than others to write. But MVP discussions are what really matter. Everything was a precursor to this. Cy Young Awards and Rookie of the Year awards are fun discussions, but each is necessarily a…

My Cy Young Award picks

Tonight, the awards for the best pitchers in the American and National Leagues will be conferred upon (probably) deserving candidates and perhaps one or two new men will forever be known as "former Cy Young winner", a prefix to names such as R.A. Dickey and Rick Porcello. This sounds like a joke, but you don't need…

My Manager of the Year picks

There is something nearly impossible about evaluating the best managers in Major League Baseball, and because of that, Manager of the Year is arguably the most fun of the major awards to discuss. With Rookie of the Year, Cy Young, and MVP awards, one could just rank the top relevant players by WAR and submit…

My Rookie of the Year picks

We saw a bunch of MLB breakthroughs this season, and today, we will learn which players will join such immortals as Todd Hollandsworth and Andrew Bailey as Rookies of the Year in their respective leagues. The ballots submitted by BBWAA voters goes three names deep, and that is how long my ballot goes as well.…

My NL Silver Slugger picks

This morning, I detailed my picks for the Silver Slugger awards in the American League. And now I'm going through my picks in the National League. Cool? Cool. Pitcher--Michael Lorenzen, Cincinnati Reds: There are two arguments for NL pitcher Silver Slugger, and one's side depends entirely on whether or not to classify Michael Lorenzen as a…

My AL Silver Slugger picks

Following the crowning of MLB's Gold Glove awards two days ago, it is now time for the Silver Sluggers. A slightly less popular award, largely because frankly the best hitters win MVP awards more often than the best fielders, the Silver Slugger honors the best hitter at each position. From a sabermetric perspective, I'm far…

My NL Gold Glove picks

Following my American League rundown earlier today, here are my picks for the Gold Glove awards in the National League. Pitcher--Zack Greinke, Arizona Diamondbacks: That Greinke is the four-time defending winner of this award is probably all the evidence that is necessary to presume he will win again in 2018, but his numbers from this season…

My AL Gold Glove picks

Today, the American League and National League winners of the Rawlings Gold Glove Award will be announced. Here are my picks for the American League awards. I ignored the finalists and made my picks for who I believe deserves to win regardless of what The Establishment has to say. National League picks will be coming…

On enjoying things

Over a 30 day stretch within my last five weeks writing for Viva El Birdos, I wrote 46 posts. I don't know what possessed me to count the exact number. I knew it was a lot. During those thirty days, there were exactly two in which I didn't publish anything. By this point, I was…

9/29 Recap: Still Alive

Pre-game: After a four game losing streak, the Cardinals find themselves in a must-win situation. When your back is against the wall, you focus on what you can control first, which is win one game. Then pray that the Giants help you by beating the Dodgers today and tomorrow to force a game 163. It's…

ALL I WANTED WAS FOR THE CARDINALS TO GO 6-0 TO END THE SEASON: An edited recap from 9/24.

Author's Note: As I thought about last night's recap, I regretted some of my more strident, and at times frankly Trump-like, characterizations of personalities and events from the game. I know that you fine consumers of baseball information have a number of options from which to choose when seeking Cardinals information and analysis, and I'm…

Take time out of your day to hail the Lizard King–a Cardinals/Giants recap

After besting Madison Bumgarner and Dereck Rodriguez with, on paper, inferior starting pitchers on Friday and Saturday, Sunday afternoon's battle between the St. Louis Cardinals and San Francisco Giants seems like an easy win. But this is baseball, a very stupid sport, so nothing could be assured. Here were the starting lineups. https://twitter.com/SFGiants/status/1043898666795204609 https://twitter.com/Cardinals/status/1043892834141720576 I've been…

The Cardinals are facing the Giants and honestly what could possibly go wrong? A series preview

In the 1987, the St. Louis Cardinals faced the San Francisco Giants in the National League Championship Series, and in seven games, they emerged victorious. This is surely a treasured memory for Cardinals fans who remember it, particularly given how the other three postseason series featuring the Cardinals and Giants have gone. In 2002, 2012,…

*Smiley face with sunglasses emoji* -a 9/18 recap

The Cardinals are riding a two game win streak coming into tonight's matchup with the Braves. Austin Gomber is on the mound as he looks for redemption after an early exit in his last start. Lineups https://twitter.com/Cardinals/status/1042165168678096903 https://twitter.com/Braves/status/1042131750439346176 Game Notes Only one hit for both sides through the first three innings. Gomber and Anibal Sanchez…

Adam Wainwright impresses as Cardinals salvage final game of Dodgers series

All right, Adam Wainwright is pitching, Matt Vasgersian is announcing, and I'm admittedly not super excited about this game at all. Not gonna get drunk like during yesterday's game, but gonna be grumpy probably. Buckle up! Here are the lineups. https://twitter.com/Dodgers/status/1041435555265896449 https://twitter.com/Cardinals/status/1041446672830787584 Wainwright retired Joc Pederson (I guess in light of what happened with Vontae…