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A Whole New Ballgame: Cards, Bucs Tied for First

by Steve Kelley / Published: August 26, 2013 at 1:18 pm   /   Local, Sports, St. Louis Cardinals

Hitters have slumps and hot streaks. Pitchers go through nights where they have complete command and throw shutouts; other nights, they’re fighting themselves on every pitch. The team as a whole, though, is a different animal. Putting together lengthy win streaks is great, of course, but as a whole, a team must rely on a […]

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Cardinals Sweep Cubs, 2 Games out of Wild Card Spot

by Steve Kelley / Published: July 22, 2012 at 8:42 pm   /   Local, Sports, St. Louis Cardinals

Well, this was a fun weekend. After a disheartening road trip that saw the Cardinals lose five out of six to the Reds and Brewers, the Cardinals absolutely exploded against the Cubs this weekend, outscoring them by a 23-1 margin and outhitting them 38-17. Thanks to a hockey-related bet with my lovely friend Christine (who […]

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Carpenter Facing Possibility of Season-Ending Surgery

by Steve Kelley / Published: July 3, 2012 at 3:23 pm   /   Local, St. Louis Cardinals

A lot of my friends have been asking me about when Chris Carpenter might be coming back. There have been a few updates recently, but unless you’re scouring the sports pages or reading the Cardinals’ MLB.com site, you probably missed it. After seeking another specialist last week, Carpenter was diagnosed with thoracic outlet syndrome. I […]

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The Cardinals’ Week in Review: A 180 or 360?

by Steve Kelley / Published: July 1, 2012 at 1:49 pm   /   Local, St. Louis Cardinals

Well, the Cardinals appeared to have turned the page on the season with the return of Jon Jay and Matt Carpenter, winning five straight before dropping the final game in Miami. Unfortunately, the problems which have plagued the Cardinals all season (inconsistent hitting, a decimated bullpen) have reared their head in recent days, and the […]

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Previewing the 2012 St. Louis Cardinals – Starting Pitching, Part Three

by Steve Kelley / Published: February 28, 2012 at 12:46 am   /   Local, Sports, St. Louis Cardinals

So now we get to the back end of the rotation. For a little while, it appeared as though Roy Oswalt would be coming to the Cardinals, but he elected to remain a free agent. As it stands, the fifth and final spot belongs to Jake Westbrook. The Cardinals also have a couple of options […]

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St. Louis Cardinals: Birds at the Break

by Steve Kelley / Published: July 14, 2011 at 6:25 am   /   Local, St. Louis Cardinals, Television

Raise your hand if you predicted the Cardinals would be in a tie for first at the All Star Break. Liar. Most people certainly didn’t. I didn’t. Call them what you want, this team is certainly exciting and fun to watch. The Cardinals finish the first 92 games with a record of 49-43. Six over […]

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You Can’t Spell Ryan Franklin Without “Fail”

by Steve Kelley / Published: April 17, 2011 at 10:04 pm   /   Local, Sports, St. Louis Cardinals

I think Tony La Russa and Ryan Franklin have a contract with electronics superstores. Seems like every time Tony puts him in to pitch, an inordinate amount of televisions end up with remotes getting thrown through them. First, though…what a difference a week makes. After last Saturday, the Cardinals were in desolate shape, dropping to […]

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Week 1 And Other Thoughts

by Steve Kelley / Published: April 9, 2011 at 5:36 pm   /   Local, Sports, St. Louis Blues, St. Louis Cardinals

Hey all, sorry I never got around to finishing my 2011 preview. This spring, I took the job of head coach for an Atom 2 (9 and under) baseball team, so it’s been a bit of a second job working with them. I’ll try to post as often as I can, but until the end […]

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Cardinals Recap/Trade Thoughts

by Steve Kelley / Published: August 2, 2010 at 12:12 pm   /   Film, Local, Sports, St. Louis Cardinals

Finally, another sweet. Granted, this time it was against the Pittsburgh Pirates. But, any port in a storm. What went right this weekend for the Cardinals? Offense The offense finally got going this weekend, Friday night notwithstanding (although they did manage nine hits). Albert Pujols went 5 for 13 with two home runs and three […]

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