The Cardinals should destroy the Dodgers

I am not a fan of the Los Angeles Dodgers, but I am fascinated by them. For years, while consistently winning the National League West and being among the sport's biggest championship threats, the Dodgers were among the sport's biggest spenders, but they were also building a juggernaut less through big-ticket free agents and more…

The (Probably) Cardinals Vaccine Paymaster Belongs in the Hall of Fame

Yesterday afternoon, Kalyn Kahler of Defector dropped a fascinating report, published under layers of anonymity, about a Major League Baseball player, labeled "a possible future Hall of Famer", who took an aggressive approach to making sure his teammates were vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus, going so far as to offer payments to vaccine-hesitant teammates in…

Setting a Cardinals postseason roster (because that’s a thing we can start actually planning out!)

Tomorrow, the St. Louis Cardinals will begin a three-game series against the Milwaukee Brewers, a team with no motiviation. The Brewers clinched the National League Central on Sunday and are mathematically locked into the NL's second seed. Because Brewers manager Craig Counsell is a fairly smart guy, you can rest assured that if the Brewers…

So, um, we doing this?

And just like that, the St. Louis Cardinals are in a playoff position. A week ago, the Cardinals were firmly in single-digit odds to make the postseason, trailing both the San Diego Padres and Cincinnati Reds for the National League's second Wild Card spot. And now, the Cardinals' playoff odds, effectively staked entirely in the…

Matt Carpenters don’t grow on trees, either

On Monday night, following Max Scherzer’s excellent outing against the St. Louis Cardinals, one of my admittedly numerous pet peeves sprung up—the deeply retrospective takes that the Cardinals committed historical malpractice by not signing Scherzer, Who You May Have Heard Grew Up In St. Louis And Went To Mizzou, when he became a free agent…

Ranking the 22 seasons of the 21st century St. Louis Cardinals

Yesterday, the Twitter account for the Seeing Red podcast, hosted by the omnipresent Will Leitch and Bernie Miklasz, posted a ranked list of the 22 seasons for the St. Louis Cardinals this century. Here is that tweet. https://twitter.com/seeingredpod/status/1430535458224803847?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Etweet I agree with some of this list and disagree with other parts of it, but also it's…

The Yadier Molina extension is a slam-dunk move for sentiment and a solid move for winning in 2022

Yadier Molina is well past the point where the St. Louis Cardinals should reasonably expect him to be one of the best catchers in baseball. Entering play tonight, Molina's offensive numbers were underwhelming--an on-base percentage just a tick above .300 with just eight home runs amounting to an 86 wRC+--and his defensive metrics, while still…

What age is the mid-point for a premier 2021 MLB baseball player? A half-hearted research project

Hello, friends. I was born on January 25, 1989, one day after two notable American League players--Los Angeles Angels pitcher José Quintana and Kansas City Royals second baseman/outfielder Whit Merrifield--and one day before Branden Pinder, a New York Yankees relief pitcher in 2015 and 2016 who is substantially less famous than Quintana or Merrifield. I…

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…