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  • Pros, cons, and fits for free-agent-to-be Marcell Ozuna "The Cardinals pivoted to Marcell Ozuna in the Fish market known as the 2017-18 offseason when another Marlins outfielder, Giancarlo Stanton, made it clear he would not be waiving his no-trade clause to come to St. Louis. Dealing for Ozuna, who was coming off a splendid ’17..." October 16

  • 'Everybody's got their own version of ethics': Tipping pitches gets magnified in modern-day MLB

    USA Today "In baseball's new era of big data, high-definition cameras and tablets in the dugout, pitch-tipping – and how teams decipher and share the information – has become less about gamesmanship and entered something of an ethical gray area. It's..." October 15

  • MLB and the MLBPA are discussing opioid testing. This seems like the wrong move.

    Hardball Talk "Evan Drellich of The Athletic reported this morning that Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association are in discussions that could lead to the creation of a testing regime for opioids. This, obviously, comes in the wake of the July 1 death of Angels pitcher..." October 15

  • Alex Rodriguez safe, but ESPN may break up ‘Sunday Night Baseball’ team

    Sportress of Blogitude "Alex Rodriguez, entering the final year of his deal with ESPN, is expected to remain in his current analyst role on the “Sunday Night Baseball” broadcast team, but he could be the only holdover from the current crew next season. Andrew Marchand of the New York..." October 15

  • 2019-20 Qualifying Offer Value To Decline For First Time

    MLB Trade Rumors "The value of the qualifying offer will be set at $17.8MM for the coming winter, per Jayson Stark of The Athletic (via Twitter). That’s down by $100K from last year’s mark of $17.9MM. In every prior year that the QO has been in existence, it has risen. The offer price is..." October 15

  • Washington Nationals OF Adam Eaton says 'Seinfeld' key to big hit

    ESPN ""Seinfeld" character George Costanza might have once worked for the New York Yankees, but on Saturday he was helping out Washington Nationals outfielder Adam Eaton. Eaton plated two crucial insurance runs in the eighth inning thanks to the help of the..." October 14

  • The Cardinals don't belong here

    The Score "Identifying the strengths of a team vying for a pennant shouldn't be a struggle.  The Houston Astros, for example, have Gerrit Cole and Justin Verlander and Zack Greinke and a veritable army of ridiculously good hitters. The New York Yankees hit home runs with obscene..." October 13

  • Mike Shildt Needs to Put Jose Martinez in the Lineup for NLCS Game 3 to Spark the Offense

    12 Up "After a rough first two games at home, the St. Louis Cardinals need an offensive jolt as they try to save their season against the Nationals, with the series shifting to the nation's capital. " October 13

  • Three takeaways from Nationals' Game 2 NLCS win over the Cardinals

    Sporting News "The Nationals are fully in control of the National League Championship Series after taking down the Cardinals 3-1 to go up two games to none heading back to Washington D.C. for Game 3. Max Scherzer didn't give up a hit until the seventh inning while Adam Eaton plated two with a..." October 12

  • MLB playoffs: Cardinals' data shows baseballs aren't flying as far in postseason, Mike Shildt says

    CBS Sports "Prominent among the 2019 postseason subplots is the controversy over the baseball itself. The baseballs used during the regular season certainly seemed to be hopped up, as home run records at the team and league level tottered and fell with regularity. Yes, a league-wide emphasis on launch..." October 12

  • Cardinals Game 1 starter Miles Mikolas says gesture mimicking Nationals OF Juan Soto was 'good-natured'

    ESPN " Washington Nationals 20-year-old sophomore sensation Juan Soto has made headlines all season with his prolific production at the plate, but his between-pitch antics, when he often grabs his crotch, have become a topic of discussion as well. St. Louis..." October 12

  • Ranking Potential World Series Matchups

    The Big Lead "The Division Series are finally behind us, leaving four teams with a shot at the World Series trophy. Two teams left in each league make four possible World Series matchups, and while none of them are the matchup that everyone (including myself) expected to see -- the 2017 rematch between the..." October 12

  • Cardinals fans boo Juan Soto in NLCS Game 1 for taking his time getting back to the batter's box

    Sporting News "Natonals left fielder Juan Soto plays the game at his own pace and Cardinals fans expressed their displeasure with that pace in Game 1 of the National League Championship Series on Friday. In the top of the fourth inning, Soto attempted to bunt down the third baseline to beat the..." October 12

  • Cardinals vs. Nationals score: Anibal Sanchez flirts with no-hitter as Washington takes NLCS Game 1

    CBS Sports "The Washington Nationals defeated the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 1 of the National League Championship Series on Friday, 2-0, to take the lead in the best-of-seven series. The story of the night, without a doubt, was Anibal Sanchez. The veteran right-hander -- often..." October 12

  • The Cardinals’ run to the NLCS mirrored their regular season, and that’s scary for everyone else

    SB Nation "Even if it is an old cliche, “one moment can change everything” is a truth in baseball, where there is no clock to govern things. For the St. Louis Cardinals, their moment came in the first inning of Game 5 of what had been a hard-fought series against the Atlanta..." October 11

  • Which managerial opening is the most desirable?

    Hardball Talk "As we wait for tonight’s NLCS to kick off — a preview on that will be up later this morning — let’s talk about all the managerial openings, shall we? With the Dodgers giving Dave Roberts their vote of confidence last night — and none of the remaining..." October 11

  • MLB denies changing baseballs used in playoffs

    The Score "Major League Baseball issued a statement Thursday denying the baseballs being used in the 2019 playoffs are different than those used in regular-season play. The statement comes amid concerns MLB changed its baseballs for the playoffs following a regular season that saw record power..." October 11

  • Cardinals manager Mike Shildt sorry for profanity – but not for passion – in leaked postgame speech

    USA Today "Mike Shildt apologizes if he offended you. Yet he’s not about to shrink from the passion he has for his team and his sport.  Even if the whole world knows just how colorful that passion may be.  Shildt’s impassioned speech after his St. Louis Cardinals..." October 10

  • Nationals Top Yankees For Most Expensive LCS Tickets

    Sportsnaut "The nation’s capital is excited after watching their Washington Nationals take out the Los Angeles Dodgers in dramatic fashion in Game 5 of the NLDS on Wednesday. This excitement has turned into a high demand for tickets to the Nationals’ first ever NLCS..." October 10

  • Anibal Sanchez, Miles Mikolas get NLCS Game 1 starts

    ESPN "Washington Nationals right-hander Anibal Sanchez will start Game 1 of the National League Championship Series on Friday night, facing righty Miles Mikolas of the St. Louis Cardinals, the teams announced Thursday. Nationals starters Stephen..." October 10

  • MLB May Have Completely Changed its Baseballs for the Playoffs and Nobody Knows Why

    12 Up "Well, Rob Manfred, what in the actual heck do we have here? For Major League Baseball fans out there, there are few things more thrilling than seeing the ball fly out of the park. The "Chicks Dig the Long Ball" theory exists for a reason, after all. Everyone loves..." October 10

  • Nats favored over Cards to reach World Series

    ESPN "The Washington Nationals overcame a slow start and long odds to reach the National League Championship Series and are now the favorites to reach the franchise's first World Series. The Nationals stunned the Los Angeles Dodgers with a late-inning rally in..." October 10

  • Jack Flaherty insists he didn’t hit Ronald Acuña Jr. on purpose

    Hardball Talk "Things got a little bit snippy between the Braves and Cardinals during the NLDS. In Game 1, Ronald Acuña Jr. hit a two-run homer off of Carlos Martínez in the ninth inning, helping close what was a four-run deficit. An exited Acuña who, earlier in the game did not run hard..." October 10

  • Cardinals Letting Jack Flaherty Throw 104 Pitches in Blowout Was Ridiculously Risky

    12 Up "A winner-take-all, sudden death MLB postseason game is usually a stressful game for both teams involved. The St. Louis Cardinals had the exact opposite of that, as they coasted past the Atlanta Braves 13-1 to advance to the NLCS. The Cardinals dropped a 10-spot in..." October 10

  • Cardinals player streams manager Mike Schildt's expletive-filled postgame speech

    USA Today "The celebration was about to go down in the visitors' locker room at SunTrust Park in Atlanta, where the St. Louis Cardinals had bombarded the Braves with a historic 10-run first inning that set up a 13-1 beatdown in Game 5 of the NLDS.  But what Cardinals..." October 10

  • Adam Wainwright available out of bullpen for Cardinals in Game 5

    ESPN "Cardinals manager Mike Shildt said he expects Adam Wainwright to be available out of the bullpen in Game 5 of the National League Division Series against the Atlanta Braves on Wednesday. "I would expect Waino [Adam Wainwright] to be available,"..." October 09

  • Braves eliminate foam tomahawks for Game 5 over Cardinals pitcher’s comments

    Larry Brown Sports "St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Ryan Helsley’s comments about the “disrespectful” Tomahawk Chop have resulted in an immediate change from the Atlanta Braves. As first reported by Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the Braves will not distribute their..." October 09

  • Finding A Match In A Starling Marte Trade

    MLB Trade Rumors "Pirates center fielder Starling Marte isn’t a perfect player, but he’s a very good one. And he’s now within two seasons of free agency, with the Bucs looking increasingly unlikely to contend before that time comes. The 31-year-old ought to have plenty of appeal,..." October 09

  • Cardinals were interested in Dallas Keuchel this summer; he still sees a fit in St. Louis

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "When Dallas Keuchel threw a simulated game for scouts this summer as he auditioned for a midseason contract, the Cardinals were one of eight teams represented at the workout, he noted. “Honestly, I was fully expecting an offer from them,” the Braves' lefty starter said..." October 09

  • Japanese slugger Yoshitomo Tsutsugo will be posted for MLB teams this offseason

    CBS Sports "The MLB postseason is in full swing, but it is never too early to look ahead to the hot stove season, and a big new free agent will be available this winter. The Yokohama DeNA BayStars in Japan announced Monday that they will post slugging outfielder Yoshitomo Tsutsugo for MLB teams this..." October 07

  • Four DS games today, with a chance for Four celebrations "Monday not only brings a complete slate of four Division Series games, but also the possibility of four series clinchers. There could be a lot of celebrating going on by the end of the day. In the American League Division Series, the Astros and Yankees look to wrap things up to set up..." October 07

  • Adam Wainwright, Mike Soroka each make history in epic NLDS pitchers' duel

    The Score "Starting pitching is alive and well this October. Adam Wainwright of the St. Louis Cardinals and the Braves' Mike Soroka battled in an epic pitchers' duel during Game 3 of the NLDS that had fans biting their nails at Busch Stadium on..." October 07

  • Six things learned from Sunday's MLB playoff action

    Sportsnaut "The National League provided baseball fans with some exciting action on Sunday afternoon behind two pivotal NLDS games. It began in St. Louis with Adam Wainwright and the Cardinals taking on the Atlanta Braves and rookie pitcher Mike Soroka. Wainwright carried St. Louis to a lead in..." October 07

  • Braves vs. Cardinals: Feud between Ronald Acuna Jr. and Carlos Martinez escalates in NLDS Game 3

    CBS Sports "From the look of Cardinals reliever Carlos Martinez on Sunday, he definitely does not care for Braves star Ronald Acuna. That was apparent in the Braves' win, which was a blown save and loss for Martinez.  A little background: In..." October 07

  • Matt Carpenter likely to start Game 3 for Cardinals "Matt Carpenter is likely to start Game 3 of the National League Division Series on Sunday, Cardinals manager Mike Shildt said during Saturday’s workout at Busch Stadium. The third baseman has been used primarily in a bench role since Tommy Edman took over at third..." October 06

  • Looking For The Best Match In A Mookie Betts Trade

    MLB Trade Rumors "First of all, there’s more than a decent chance that Mookie Betts will still be a member of the 2020 Red Sox.  As per Sox president/CEO Sam Kennedy, the team’s intention to get payroll under the $208MM luxury tax threshold is a “goal but not a..." October 06

  • League, MLBPA Mull Further Changes To Drug Policy

    MLB Trade Rumors "A slow night in transactional and hot stove-related news allows for a closer reading of the previous week’s industry news, and a Wednesday piece from the Los Angeles Times’ Bill Shaikin is certainly deserving of a look, for those who missed it upon publication. In the shadow of the..." October 06

  • Players' union boss Tony Clark skeptical of apparent spending plans by teams

    Yardbarker "After a 2018 offseason that saw countless veterans linger on the free agent vine much longer than anticipated, MLBPA executive director Tony Clark is expecting yet another cooled stove this winter. Judging from comments made to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal on Thursday, he..." October 06

  • John Gibbons Hopes To Interview For Managerial Vacancies

    MLB Trade Rumors "Former Toronto Blue Jays manager John Gibbons is throwing his hat in the ring for the many managerial openings across Major League Baseball, per MLB Network’s Jon Morosi (via Twitter). Gibbons last managed a major league team in 2018 when he led the Toronto Blue Jays to a record..." October 05

  • Cardinals pitcher Ryan Helsley criticizes Braves fans for tomahawk chop: 'It's just disrespectful'

    CBS Sports "As is often the case at Braves home games, Atlanta fans at SunTrust Park during Game 1 of the NLDS against the Cardinals performed the "tomahawk chop" chant and gesture -- usually with the aid of foam tomahawks -- early and often. That was also the case when..." October 04

  • Each NL Playoff Team’s Most Valuable Signing Of Last Offseason

    MLB Trade Rumors "This is the second in a two-part series examining each playoff team’s most valuable free-agent signing of last offseason. We previously took a look at the American League, whose playoff qualifiers probably received more regular-season bang for their buck from their top signings than..." October 04

  • Carlos Martínez upset with how Ronald Acuña Jr. circled bases on ninth-inning homer

    Deadspin "The Cardinals are mad at Braves superstar Ronald Acuña Jr. for how he ran the bases in Game 1 Thursday night. You can probably guess, that’s some musty “play the right way” bullcrap. But it turns out Acuña’s own teammates are mad at him over a completely..." October 04

  • What Happens When Everyone Can Hit 30 Home Runs?

    MLB Trade Rumors "When I was a kid, prior to the 1994 strike, it was common for about a dozen MLB players to hit 30+ home runs in a season.  The only notable exception was in 1987, when the so-called “rabbit ball” led to 28 players hitting 30+ home runs.  There was an apparent..." October 04

  • Cardinals Announce NLDS Roster

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Cardinals have announced their roster for their National League Division Series showdown against the Braves, which kicks off in about six hours when Game 1 starter Miles Mikolas squares off against lefty Dallas Keuchel in Atlanta. Here’s their full..." October 03

  • MLB considering easing marijuana policy

    Sportsnaut "Major League Baseball is one of four major professional North American sports leagues that still test for marijuana. It also does not allow the substance to be used as a pain-killing alternative. This is all taking place in a country that has seen several states legalize marijuana for..." October 03

  • Jack Flaherty, baseball's hottest pitcher, leads Cardinals into NLDS against Braves

    USA Today "St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Jack Flaherty will walk to the SunTrust Park mound Friday with the “TS" initials on his cleats, draw those initials on the dirt, step off and silently pray. He’ll be pitching in memory of Tyler Skaggs of the Los Angeles Angels, his..." October 02

  • Gear up for a lot of managerial changes "The baseball industry is poised to witness one of the most turbulent offseasons in memory among its managerial profession. On the first full day of the Major League Baseball offseason, six managerial searches were underway. More jobs could open in the coming days as..." October 02

  • MLB playoff predictions: Sporting News experts make pennant, World Series picks

    Sporting News "The field is set, October is here. Let's have some fun. The 2019 MLB postseason not only features several teams that could legitimately emerge as the last team standing when the World Series concludes, but also a few others that could ride a surprise hot streak to playoff glory...." October 01

  • 10 Unheralded Players To Watch In MLB Playoffs

    Sportsnaut "The 2019 MLB Playoffs will start on Tuesday with the Washington Nationals hosting the Milwaukee Brewers in the National League Wild Card. Over in the American League, two surprising teams in that of the Athletics and Rays will do battle in Oakland. Two of these teams will advance to..." October 01

  • Strengths and weaknesses for all 10 playoff teams

    Hardball Talk "As the calendar turns to October, postseason baseball will begin. The playoffs will begin on Tuesday with the Nationals hosting the Brewers for the NL Wild Card game. That will be followed by the AL Wild Card game between the Rays and Athletics in Oakland on Wednesday. After that, the NL..." October 01