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Attack of the Killer Innings

Remember back in the day when the St. Louis Cardinals had to worry about the dreaded “Lynning“? Lance Lynn would be speeding through the opponent’s lineup. Then something wouldn’t go his way, maybe a walk or a bloop hit, and the wheels would fall off. After the inning was over things would return to normal, but with the Cardinals at a sudden disadvantage on the scoreboard. Continue reading “Attack of the Killer Innings”

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The Kozma Line: A Look at the 2017 St. Louis Cardinals Offense

The 2017 St. Louis Cardinals offense has been streaky. They started out flat, hit a decent stride after 3 consecutive 2-1 victories over the Pittsburgh Pirates, and bottomed out recently putting up 6 total runs over 3 13 innings games. Wasting 9 innings of shutout ball by Carlos Martinez and 8 innings of 1 run ball from Lance Lynn against Clayton Kershaw. Then culminated by getting shutout 10-0 at Coors Field. Continue reading “The Kozma Line: A Look at the 2017 St. Louis Cardinals Offense”

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Get Your Birds On

There’s a new St. Louis Cardinals inspired shirt up between VFTP and the fine folks at Cotton Bureau1. It’s only available until April 10th so get it while you can.

I’m excited to have them producing the shirt. I’ve bought some shirts off Cotton Bureau myself before and it is one of my favorites. Comfy and fits great. Plus it holds up after being washed countless times. Continue reading “Get Your Birds On”

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Game 064: The Podcast About Nothing

On the latest episode of the PineCast we discuss the Little Big League balk that wasn’t called, the benefits of throwing your glove at a batted ball, and make up some new rules to make baseball fun again.

We haven’t purged all of our audio demons yet. We tried going back to remove what we could in post, and salvage coherent thoughts. Hopefully this little episode has finally helped us debug the new recording laptop. There’s some echo from about 11:30 to 26:00. Then it’s clear until the last 5 or so minutes of the episode. Sorry about that. Tried to upgrade the equipment and it works worse than the old stuff.

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Little Big Cheaters: How the Minnesota Twins Almost Stole a Wildcard Berth

The year is 1994. The Seattle Mariners ended the season on a 4 game losing streak allowing the Minnesota Twins to force a 1 game playoff for the wild card1.

Twins owner, Billy Heywood fired their manager mid-season. Instituted himself as manager because he couldn’t convince Whitey Herzog to take the job. Then proceeded to bench one of the Twins best players, Lou Collins, down the stretch simply because Lou was dating Heywood’s mother.

The Twins undoubtedly did not deserve to be there. Sometimes that’s how baseball goes. The Mariners, clearly the better team had two future hall of famers to the Twins entire roster of players who don’t even show up in fangraphs. Continue reading “Little Big Cheaters: How the Minnesota Twins Almost Stole a Wildcard Berth”

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Game 063: Technical Difficulties

The PineCast is back and we’re shaking the cobwebs off in our first episode in months. Tim went to the Winter Classic. The Cardinals signed Dexter Fowler. Jeff Fisher even got fired and we forgot to mention it! But don’t worry, there are plenty of other St. Louis Cardinals and St. Louis Blues hot takes to go around.