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Notes From The Pine: The Trade Deadline Looms

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The MLB Trade Deadline is fast approaching and the St. Louis Cardinals have yet to make a big move. After the sweep of the Rockies we’re still not sure if they’re going into the break as buyers or sellers.

I still think they can move Lynn and still compete this season. Boston (David Price) and Los Angeles (Clayton Kershaw) have lost pitchers to the DL. Maybe they need a solid innings eater. Who else could be on the move is anyone’s guess. Continue reading “Notes From The Pine: The Trade Deadline Looms”

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5 Cardinals That Could be on the Move at the Trade Deadline

The MLB trade deadline is Monday, July 31st at 3 PM Central Time. For the first time in years it’s unsure where exactly the St. Louis Cardinals will fall on the buyer / seller spectrum.

On one hand they’re only 3.5 game out of first place. On the other they haven’t been over .500 since June 1st and seem to be more than one big name away from being a legit contender1. Continue reading “5 Cardinals That Could be on the Move at the Trade Deadline”

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Notes From The Pine: Home Cooking with Adam Wainwright

Adam Wainwright has been having an up and down season. At times he has been great. Other times he has been awful.

Adam is still getting wins. He’s 11-5 to Carlos Martinez’s 6-8. Despite an ERA 2 runs higher (5.08 to 3.36). Thanks in part to leading all pitchers (min, 20 PA) in slugging (.444) and RBIs (10). Fun fact: Carlos is second in RBIs with 7. Continue reading “Notes From The Pine: Home Cooking with Adam Wainwright”

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St. Louis Blues Offseason Recap Question and Answer

With St. Louis Blues hockey only a matter of months away, we’ve put together this handy little question and answer post with resident hockey noob Jason and hockey expert David. Read along and you’ll be primed to act like you know what you’re talking about as the St. Louis Blues look to make another playoff run in 2017-18 under the guidance of Mike Yeo. Continue reading “St. Louis Blues Offseason Recap Question and Answer”

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Notes From The Pine: Hey Now, You’re an All Star!

Since Albert Pujols missed the All Star game in 2011, the St. Louis Cardinals have sent 20 position players to the game. Of those 20 to make the All Star game from 2011 to 2017, 6 of them are Yadier Molina, 3 are Matt Carpenter, and 11 of them are no longer Cardinals. Or at least not on the Major League Roster.

That’s a group that contains Aledmys Diaz, Jhonny Peralta, Matt Holliday, Carlos Beltran, Allen Craig, Rafael Furcal, David Freese, and Lance Berkman. Continue reading “Notes From The Pine: Hey Now, You’re an All Star!”

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Who Should Bat Third for the St. Louis Cardinals in the Second Half

We’re at the All-Star break and this time it, thankfully, didn’t count.

To no one’s surprise Aaron Judge destroyed some baseballs in the homerun derby.

Watching Judge and Stanton crush balls made it even more clear that the St. Louis Cardinals are missing that big bat in the 3-hole. A spot that was manned by Albert Pujols and Matt Holliday for the better part of two decades.

So who do the Birds turn to after the All-Star break to hopefully finally stabilize the heart of the order? Continue reading “Who Should Bat Third for the St. Louis Cardinals in the Second Half”

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Aaron Judge Has Done The Impossible

Aaron Judge is off to a torrid start of his career. After appearing in only 27 games last season, Judge has been dominating pitchers in the American League. He’s leading the league in homers with 30. Giving him the New York Yankees record. For a single season. Once held by a some guy named Joe. Joe Dimmagio I believe. Continue reading “Aaron Judge Has Done The Impossible”

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Notes From The Pine: Cecil Turns It Around

After an awful start to the season that had many St. Louis Cardinals fans questioning his signing, Brett Cecil seems to be bouncing back.

Cecil hasn’t given up an earned run since June 7th. Allowing him to drop his ERA from 5.66 to 3.58.

He gave up his first inherited runner yesterday, July 6th, since May 25th. And he still managed to get a much needed double play to escape more trouble and help the Cardinals hold on for a 4-3 win over the Miami Marlins.

Since June 14th, Cecil had held hitters to a .065 batting average and a .094 OBP.

Dare I say Matheny may have actually figured out how to use Cecil? Or is Cecil turning things around on his own? Continue reading “Notes From The Pine: Cecil Turns It Around”

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Jedd Gyorko: MLB All-Star Game Snub

Let’s be honest, this season is not going to plan for the St. Louis Cardinals. Matt Carpenter was going to be the 3-hitter. Matt Adams was going to get a look in the outfield due to his bat. Dexter Fowler was going to make the Cardinals fun again. Adam Wainwright was going to return to ace form. And Jedd Gyorko was going to battle for playing time between Kolten Wong and Jhonny Peralta. Continue reading “Jedd Gyorko: MLB All-Star Game Snub”

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Notes From The Pine: We’ve Got Blues News

This is a copy of the newsletter that went out earlier this week. If you want this great content in your inbox every week without the hassle of going to the website you can sign up here. Plus you’ll get it before everyone else.

We had a heaping helping of Blues news early in the week with Doug Armstrong wheeling and dealing going into the draft. Sandwiched between losing David Perron to the Las Vegas Golden Knights and Patrick Berglund to a shoulder injury (until December).

In news from The Bench here at View From The Pine, we’re working toward getting the podcast revamped and under a new name. Be on the lookout for an update in the days ahead. Continue reading “Notes From The Pine: We’ve Got Blues News”