Cardinals Update – Week of October 3rd
When the crisp weather arrives in St. Louis, it tends to mean that
it's Cardinals time, as St. Louis is a great baseball town that springs to life once the postseason gets underway. With a
balanced team that knows how to win in all kinds of different ways, the Cardinals have been fixtures in the playoffs throughout
much of their history and continue to put together teams that can challenge for a title, making October baseball an absolute
staple around St. Louis every time their boys are in it. This season, the Cardinals walked away with the N.L. Central title
despite it being one of the most competitive in all of Major League Baseball, and then head into the playoffs to take on the
Dodgers with the combination of pitching, defense and hitting that makes them as dangerous as anyone.
On their way to
the postseason, the Cards were one of the most consistent teams in the league thanks to their starting rotation, with Adam
Wainwright putting together simply another astounding season to lead the way. Wainwright ended up winning 20 games this season
thanks to a 2.38 ERA and some great run support behind him, making the Cardinals incredibly tough to beat whenever he takes
to the mound. But Wainwright also wasn't the only one to dominate on the mound, as Lance Lynn also comes off of a remarkable
season in which he was one of the top pitchers in the National League. Add John Lackey and Shelby Miller into the mix and
the Cardinals have all kinds of pitching as they look to make their move on the rest of the National League.
the Cardinals have also shown that they have one of the deepest sets of good hitters in the game. Matt Holliday had another
strong season in the heart of the order and Jhonny Peralta also showed that he can do some major damage as well, giving the
Cardinals a potent offense that has a tendency to spring to life during the most crucial parts of ball games. With the Cardinals
looking to pull it all together, it doesn't get any better than St. Louis Cardinals baseball when it comes to the playoffs.
Cardinals Update – Week of September 5th
It's pretty much standard operating procedure that the Cardinals
will find themselves right in the middle of a playoff chase in September, and 2014 is shaping up to be no different at all.
Starting the month atop the division, the Cardinals know that there is plenty of baseball left to be played as they look to
solidify their grasp on a playoff position, but they have been playing some inspired ball that has fans all over town eager
to be a part of the action. August was a month that saw series wins against the Brewers, Red Sox, Padres and Reds for the
Cardinals, putting them in perfect position to make a move down the home stretch.
One of the most exciting contributors
in recent months to get them in that position has been Lance Lynn, who has been churning out quality starts on the regular
and hasn't lost a decision since the end of July. Overall, Lynn is now up to 14-8 on the season to start September and has
been a major factor in the rotation throughout the course of the season. It also doesn't hurt to have Adam Wainwright heading
the rotation, as the Cardinals' ace is on his way to another amazing year even after a couple of tough losses in August.
stepping up in a big way has been Matt Holiday, who put together a monstrous month of August in which he was one of the most
productive hitters in the National League. Holiday ended up knocking in 23 runs for the month and has been a centerpiece for
the order in the most important part of the season. With Trevor Rosenthal shutting down offenses at the end of the game and
the well-balanced Cardinals finding all different types of ways to win, the Cardinals look like the team to beat in the N.L.
Central and will be looking to pick up some momentum as they inch closer to the playoffs.
Cardinals Update –
Week of August 8th
With the Cardinals heating up coming down the home stretch, it seems to be business as usual around
St. Louis, as this proud baseball franchise is back in the middle of another race to the finish line. It definitely won't
be easy with the Brewers and the Pirates also playing some very good baseball, not to mention the Reds lurking as well, but
the Cardinals have one of the most balanced rosters in the league and continue to prove that they can win in any numbers of
ways from one season to the next. The Cardinals have also been particularly good within the division since the All-Star break,
taking a three-game set from the Brewers and another against the Cubs as well.
But the Cardinals' winning ways definitely
hasn't stopped in the division either. The Cardinals got off to a nice second half start by winning a series against the Dodgers,
a team that has been one of the hottest in Major League Baseball in recent months. One of the biggest reasons for their success
continues to be Adam Wainwright, who is near the top of the league in major categories across the board for starting pitchers.
With Wainwright back in the middle of the Cy Young race and the Cardinals' bats coming to life, fans know that it's going
to be a wild sprint to the finish.
The Cardinals also won't be lacking in highly anticipated matchups in the coming
weeks either. After a trip to Baltimore and another to Miami, the Cardinals will host the Padres for a four-game set before
a huge series against the Reds – a series that will do a lot to help decide where the Reds and Cardinals will land in
the division. From there, the Cardinals will have another fun series in Philly before coming back to the division to take
on the Pirates in Pittsburgh in the series that is sure to have more than enough fanfare to go around. The Cardinals will
wrap up the month within the division as well with a four-game set against the Cubbies, another huge rivalry and enormous
opportunity for the Cardinals to make a move in the division.
Cardinals Update – Week of July 4
about midway through the season, the St. Louis Cardinals are exactly where everyone thought they would be – right back
in the middle of yet another run towards the playoffs. Though the Brewers have swung their way to the top of the N.L. Central
so far this season, the Cardinals have been playing very consistent baseball and are lurking within striking distance. With
a team that can do a little bit of everything, the Cardinals are showing once again that they have one of the most complete
rosters in the league, giving fans plenty of aspirations for the second half of the season in the process.
center in the success of the first half for the Cardinals has been Adam Wainwright, who is having yet another Cy Young-caliber
season as the ace of the pitching staff. With an ERA hovering right around 2.00 and double-digit wins already, Wainwright
has been one of the very best pitchers in the entire league so far this season, giving the Cards a chance to win every time
that he takes to the bump. Wainwright has also been fanning batters on the regular, leading the team with more than 100 strikeouts
through his first 16 starts of the season.
Offensively, the Cards have also had a few major spark plugs, including a
great fast of the season from Matt Adams as well as Allen Craig and Yadier Molina. Though Matt Carpenter has had a couple
of rough patches, he's also shown what he's capable of when he starts swinging the stick like he's capable of, and the Cardinals
know that it's likely only a matter of time before he breaks out in a big way. As the Cardinals look to continue being a major
factor in the wide open N.L. Central, everyone knows that this is a team that you definitely need to keep your eye on.
Cardinals Update – Week of June 6
It comes as no surprise to fans around St. Louis that the Cardinals are
right in the middle of another race towards the postseason. While the Pirates have struggled to keep up to their pace from
last year, the Cardinals are still winning at a strong clip and remain right within striking distance of the division-leading
Brewers – a team that started red hot and has since cooled off quite a bit. But the Cardinals continue to play very
consistent baseball, and fans are expecting that it's only a matter of time before they turn in a few winning streaks that
have them making a run at the top of the division.
The biggest reason remains their pitching staff, which has shown
an ability to take down even some of the very best offenses in the league. The Cards are seventh or better in the entire league
in ERA, quality starts, WHIP and opposing batting average, helping give them the type of consistency that makes it very difficult
for the opposition to take a series. Leading the way, to no one's surprise, has been Adam Wainwright, who is back in top form
and tops the team in most major categories through the first couple months of the season. Holding an ERA well below 2.50 and
a WHIP below 1.00, Wainwright has been one of the most dominant pitchers in the National League this season, setting the Cards
up for wins just about every fifth game.
It's also helped to have a guy like Trevor Rosenthal who tallied nine saves
in May while holding a steady ERA of 3.46. With a balanced offense that has had plenty of clutch hits, mostly thanks to guys
like Matt Adams, Yadier Molina, Matt Holiday and Allen Craig, the Cardinals can beat teams in plenty of different ways, giving
fans plenty of optimism as the Cards look to continue making waves in the N.L. Central.
Cardinals Update –
Week of May 2nd
The Cardinals are again looking like one of the top teams in the National League, with a 15-14 April
record and showing that they have one of the most balanced teams in all of Major League Baseball. With two series wins against
the Reds and series wins against the Pirates and Brewers to boot, the Cardinals continue to show that they have what it takes
when they're battling directly with their N.L. Central standings, and fans are anticipating a move closer to the Brewers in
the standings as they head into the second month of the season. With their series win against the Brewers, the hottest team
in baseball so far, the Cardinals were just the second team this year to take a series against Milwaukee.
a major reason why the Cardinals are off to a strong start is because of their pitching staff, which ranks among the best
staffs in the league in a variety of categories. After a month of the season, the Cardinals were in the top five in the MLB
in opposing batting average, WHIP, ERA and quality starts, allowing an amazing.218 average to opposing hitters so far. It
obviously helps when you have Adam Wainwright carving up the opposition, as the dominant right-hander racked up a 5-1 record
and a jaw-dropping 1.20 ERA in his first six starts of the season.
With Wainwright dominating, the offense has also
done some major damage as well, with Yadier leading the team in both batting average (.350) and on-base percentage (.377).
Matt Holiday has also been a force to be reckoned with in the batter's box, knocking in 17 runs while Jhonny Peralta led the
team with six homers in April. Looking at the upcoming schedule, the Cardinals have big series against the Cubs, the Braves
and the Pirates on the road before coming home for games against the Cubs, the Braves and the Diamondbacks.
St. Louis Cardinals Schedule
A team that doesn't need much of an introduction is St. Louis, a team that has been around
for a while and always swings to be swinging their way towards the Fall Classic. The St. Louis Cardinals are ready to fly
high yet against in 2014 as they eye a return to the World Series in 2014 after nearly taking down the whole thing a year
ago. With plenty of amazing games on the schedule, from top-tier interleague matchups to highly anticipated games against
divisional foes, this is a team that you don't want to miss out on this season as they look to round into form and give their
fans a steady string of memorable wins. Once you're there watching the action the way it was meant to be seen, you'll be glad
that you're not sitting anywhere else.
But it all really comes together when they have to take on their N.L. Central
foes. The Cardinals will most certainly be giving it everything they have out on the baseball diamond when the Pittsburgh
Pirates come to town. The Pirates were able to finish second in the National League Central standings last season, winning
94 games and earning a Wild Card berth into the playoffs. The Pirates should be in contention for the division title in 2014,
which means that the Cardinals are going to have to play hard against Pittsburgh at home this year.
Another team that
poses a threat to contend for the National League Central crown is the Cincinnati Reds. The Reds might have finished third
in the divisional race in 2013, but their 90 wins were enough to get them into the postseason via Wild Card. The Reds have
a potent lineup of sluggers that can put up a lot of runs in any given game, so the Cardinals know that their pitching staff
has to bring its best when the Reds hit the field at Busch Stadium. No matter the different talented teams they have to take
on, though, the Cardinals definitely aren't going to go quietly.
St. Louis Cardinals Team Info
Louis Cardinals play in the National League Central division of Major League Baseball, a division that also features the Pittsburgh
Pirates, Cincinnati Reds, Milwaukee Brewers and Chicago Cubs. The Cardinals had a fantastic 2013 season, winning the N.L.
Central title and making it all the way to the World Series. The Cards were unable to defeat the Red Sox in the World Series,
but still stood tall as the best team in the National League. This team always seems to be in contention for the pennant year
in and year out, and 2014 should be no different. With a pitching staff that is rivaled by few teams in Major League Baseball,
St. Louis could be in for another big season this year. The Cardinals are certainly hoping that is the case, as are their
devoted fans who routinely pour into the stands to provide the perfect backdrop for all the biggest and most anticipated matchups
of the season.
The MLB Experience
Major League Baseball is as good as it gets as far as the game of baseball
is concerned. This league boasts all the best players from around the world, which is why fans love heading out to the ballpark
to catch a game in person. Sure, watching the game form your living room can be decent, but nothing compares to seeing the
best of the best hit the field and put on a show while you're right there in the stands. What you're sure to catch is the
baseball spirit, something that lives inside of many an American. Make sure to head out to a game this season for a great
time as the Cardinals look to put it all together in a season loaded with nail-biting moments that you'll be talking about
a long time after the final pitch.
St. Louis Cardinals History
The St. Louis Cardinals were founded in
1892 as the St. Louis Brown Stockings. The team was renamed the St. Louis Perfectos for a single season in 1899 before settling
on the St. Louis Cardinals the following year. The Cardinals have one of the most dedicated fan bases in Major League Baseball,
largely due to their consistency and success over the years. The Cardinals have won the National League Pennant 19 times and
been crowned World Series Champions 11 times, with some of the greatest players in history playing their best years for the
franchise – like Stan Musial, Bob Gibson, Whitey Herzog and plenty of others.
St. Louis Cardinals Trivia
was the most recent St. Louis Cardinals player to win the Most Valuable Player award?
The answer is Albert Pujols, who
took home the award in 2009. Pujols put together one of the greatest stretches of dominance in the batter's box in MLB history,
lighting up the scoreboard and giving plenty of talented pitchers nightmares in the process.
St. Louis Cardinals have a rich history, and a team like that often has some incredibly loyal fans. That is certainly the
case with the Cards, who boast one of the most passionate fan bases in Major League Baseball. That you can see for yourself
when you head out to a game this season. The Cardinals always seem to be in contention no matter the year, and you'll find
Busch Stadium to be packed to the brim with screaming fans on a regular basis. Be a part of it all this season by getting
out to a game and getting knee-deep in the excitement as the Cards look to make it happen.
But don't make the mistake
of thinking it's only about the home games, as road matchups can be every bit as exhilarating and will give you a completely
different perspective on your favorite team. With a lineup that can do a little bit of everything and some of the top hurlers
in the game, the Cards will be a big deal no matter where they take to the diamond this season, guaranteeing an exciting style
of baseball that will make them one of the teams to beat in the N.L. Central once again.