Archive for the ‘St. Louis Cardinals’ category

The All-Realistic NL Team of 2008

July 15, 2008

So we decided to make the best starters, and put the best backup players behind them. So basically, the best realistic team of 2008. For the backup and utility players, they have to be actual backups or platooners, like Augie Ojeda, or Ruben Gotay for example. No video game rosters here.

My lineup will consist of:

2 Catchers
1 First Baseman
1 First Baseman/Third Baseman
1 Second Baseman
1 Second Baseman/Shortstop
1 Third Baseman
1 Shortstops
4 Outfielders
1 Utility Player
12 pitchers, 7 RP, 5 SP

Catcher: Brian McCann – Atlanta Braves

I made a mistake when I chose Russell Martin based on him dating Alyssa Milano on one of my older articles. Brian McCann is having the better season indeed.

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My NL all-cheap team

June 26, 2008

In my expertise, the cheaper you are, the uglier you are and the worse it’s going to be. Of course, that’s in my second job, prostution (I am pretty high priced myself). In baseball however, there is not really a correlation. There are some great players making peanuts for cash, and these players are mostly pre-arbitration players.

Jorge Cantu

Jorge Cantu

C Russell Martin – LA Dodgers

This was a tossup between two very good catchers in Brian McCann of the Braves and Russell Martin, in everything. There’s also Geovany Soto, who is very good. But I would go with Martin just because he’s dating Alyssa Milano now, I think, in a trade with Brad Penny. Both are great catchers.

1B Conor Jackson – Arizona Diamondbacks

There are some great, cheap first basemen, like the unhappy Prince Fielder, Joey Votto and James Loney but I’m going with Conor Jackson, as he’s getting on base at a .401 clip, and has always provided consistent play, even though his fielding is somewhat suspect, but the other guys I considered, their fielding is suspect too, and in the case of Loney, his fielding has not developed yet, although I have to admit, I’m not good at analyzing defense. I think CoJack would be my choice though.

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Still in awe of Rick Ankiel’s arm

May 9, 2008

The other night, St. Louis Cardinals OF Rick Ankiel put his incredible arm on display, recording two outfield assists. Ignore the really fruity statement by Stat Boy if outfielders who “put out” don’t interest you… Seriously, bring back Max Kellerman. I don’t care if he devoted his life to a sport more rigged than the WWE.

I do not like hearing sportscasters, or anyone for that matter, knocking Ankiel for hosing base runners from the warning track but not throwing strikes from 60 feet 6 inches. Anyone who has ever pitched knows that this is a dumb statement because the two are way different. Pitching is mental while airing it out from center field is something you do not even think about. Anyone with a strong arm can throw a ball really far, but it takes a pitcher with the right mindset to put a ball in a small, invisible box. There is also way less pressure in the outfield because honestly, who is expecting their outfielder to throw guys out from the warning track?

Ankiel is having a pretty good season out in center field and is contending for an all-star appearance. Center field in the NL is not as strong as usual with Andruw Jones and Jim Edmonds struggling, so this helps his chances. Ankiel is batting .279 with six homers. He gets on base a good amount with a .371 OBP. He has been a key part of this Cardinals team that is still atop the NL Central. If you accurately predicted this, you are lying.

Juan Gone (for now)

March 27, 2008

Juan Gonzalez gave up his comeback attempt this spring, but the Cardinals say that he has an open door to return. Gonzalez had an impressive spring, batting .308 with a homer off of Johan Santana, but an abdominal strain prematurely ended his spring training and made his making the team a long shot. This is unfortunate for both Juan and the Cardinals. The team’s trainer said Gonzalez was in excellent fitness and his stats show he was still has his swing. But injuries have long plagued the slugger, as he has not played in a Major League game since 2005. At age 38, it looks that he is running out of time to keep rehabbing injuries and making comebacks. (more…)

St. Louis Cardinals use Disabled List to full advantage

March 26, 2008

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Other teams may have been hit hard by injuries (Granderson, Lidge, Beckett, Kazmir, Kaz Matsui). Not as hard as the Cards though. Today, the St. Louis Cardinals put a record seven players in the disabled list. One by one:

Joel Piniero
Chris Carpenter
Mark Mulder
Juan Encarnacion
Josh Kinney
Matt Clement
Tyler Johnson

And the possibility of outfielder Brendan Ryan as well.

Their starting pitching got hit the hardest, so that means their starting rotation is:

Adam Wainwright
Kyle Lohse
Braden Looper
Anthony Reyes
Brad Thompson/Todd Wellemeyer

Good god, past Rufus Wainwright, that’s a bad rotation. When Kyle Lohse is considered a godsend by the St. Louis media, you got problems. Plus, a guy as good as Carpenter does not deserve an injury. I hope, to keep hopes up, that the Cardinals play Rick Astley every time Rick Ankiel hits a home run.. the opposing team got rickrolled!

Cardinals DL seven, not Ryan (St. Louis Post Dispatcher)

Ulnar Collateral Ligament: Useless?

March 23, 2008

Albert Pujols is showing his signature power this spring with five home runs over 15 games while batting a robust .381. What’s that? Pujols putting up big numbers? Big deal. Another stupid story from Ugueth Urbina is Burning. But he is doing this with a “high-grade tear of the ulnar collateral ligament along with bone spurs, inflammation, and arthritis in the joint.” For most people, this means Tommy John surgery. However, Pujols has decided that he can defer this surgery, possibly for the rest of the career. This story was released approximately a week ago, but this story originated in 2003 with the initial injury. We have not heard the end of this story yet. At the time of the story’s release on March 13th, Pujols was batting .370 in spring training. He is up to .381 as of March 22. Quite a good spring, but his decision to continue playing through this serious injury remains controversial throughout baseball. (more…)

NL Pennant Race: Five Players Who Will Make a Difference

March 21, 2008

The 2008 season looks to be quite exciting with what appear to be three competitive races for the division crowns. These close races will come down to the performance of a few players who need to perform to get their teams to the postseason.

Mike and Phil compiled this list. (more…)