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Hard to See the Positives in Shipping Allen Craig and Joe Kelly to the Boston Red Sox

August 1st, 2014 at 8:28 PM
By Christopher L Ballard

In the hours leading up to July 31st’s MLB trade deadline, it was uncertain if the Cardinals would make another move after acquiring Justin Masterson from the Cleveland Indians. Some thought bringing in a new hitter should be the move, while some thought the Cardinals should go after the big prizes like David Price, Jon Lester or Cole Hammels. The St. Louis Cardinals did neither. Instead, they went after 35 year old right-handed pitcher John Lackey of the Boston Red Sox. In exchange the Cardinals sent outfielder Allen Craig and pitcher Joe Kelly to the BoSox.

Through this season, Lackey does have much better numbers than Masterson. Lackey brings a 3.60 ERA to St. Louis compared to Masterson’s horrible 5.51. Lackey also had a good season last year finishing with a 3.52 ERA after having two bad first seasons with the Red Sox. If you go back even further to his days with the Los Angeles Angles, he was solid, successful pitcher.

Lackey will not wow anyone with a high number of strikeouts like Masterson is capable of, but he is effective and doesn’t walk too many hitters. At least if you were to compare the two pitchers’ walks per nine innings ratio, Lackey’s 2.1 easily beats Masterson’s horrendous 5.1.

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St. Louis Cardinals Make a Move for a Starting Pitcher

July 30th, 2014 at 6:12 PM
By Christopher L Ballard

The St. Louis Cardinals have a finalized a deal to acquire the Cleveland Indians’ ace, Justin Masterson, as reported by Peter Gammons. In exchange the Cardinals will send 2012 first round pick, outfielder James Ramsey to the Indians. This trade is interesting because even though only two total players were moved, the Cardinals still have the firepower to get practically anyone on their wish list. Will they make any more moves before Thursday’s non-waiver trade deadline? No one really knows but they might want it that way as some reports say that the Cardinals organization is still interested in other top tier pitchers.

While other trades could be in the works, we’ll analyze the trade the Cardinals made Wednesday afternoon. At first glance, Masterson’s numbers look pretty bad this season. His 5.51 ERA and 1.65 WHIP would be the worst numbers he has put up in those categories. Masterson was a different pitcher last year though when he finished with a record of 14-10, 3.45 ERA and a 1.2 WHIP. The Cardinals are hoping he can return to last year’s form to help them reach the playoffs.

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Holliday and Wainwright Lead the St. Louis Cardinals to Victory

July 27th, 2014 at 6:24 PM
By Christopher L Ballard

The St. Louis Cardinals will leave Chicago with a series win against the Cubs, taking two of three games including the series finale on Sunday. Pitcher Adam Wainwright made another strong start, putting up seven shut out innings. Meanwhile, Matt Holliday went two for four, driving in the only run of the ball game with his 10th home run of the season in the first inning. Eight innings came and went, then Trevor Rosenthal closed out the game to earn his 32nd save of the season. The win gives the Cardinals a small two game winning streak heading into a three game series with the San Diego Padres starting Tuesday.

Adam Wainwright continued his brilliant season and lowered his ERA to 1.92 after his seven shut out innings. He allowed eight base runners in the game to go along with three strikeouts. These are the outings that do not surprise Cardinals fans anymore. Albert Pujols was known as the machine in St. Louis for some time, but it looks like Wainwright is the new machine. He has been as elite as starting pitchers come and the Cardinals lean on him much like they did Pujols for many years. Other than Clayton Kershaw, there is not a better pitcher in baseball right now.

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St. Louis Cardinals End Their Four Game Losing Streak with a 6-3 Win Over the Chicago Cubs

July 26th, 2014 at 7:48 PM
By Christopher L Ballard

Saturday brought a few positives to a St. Louis Cardinals team that needed to turn things around while riding a four game losing streak. The Cardinals turned to Shelby Miller against the Chicago Cubs, as he made his first start since being moved to the bullpen. The corresponding move then meant Carlos Martinez move to the bullpen; another roster move showed today as newly signed catcher A.J. Pierznski made his first start for the Redbirds. These moves seemed to pay off as the Cardinals beat the Cubs 6-3.

Miller, looked a lot better than he has throughout the 2014 season and he went five and two-thirds innings, allowing just two runs on three hits and no walks. The most best statistic of the day for the right-hander was the fact that he did not issue a walk and threw 56 of his 89 pitches for strikes. His inability to throw strikes kept setting him up for failure before he was moved to the bullpen. Miller did not receive the win, but he did give his team a good chance to win. And at this point, the Cardinals will take those type of starts instead of what they were seeing earlier in the season. If Miller can build on this start and keep things rolling, it would greatly improve the Cardinals’ chances of making the playoffs.

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St. Louis Cardinals Could Capture First Place with a Win Against the Dodgers Sunday Night

July 20th, 2014 at 5:52 PM
By Christopher L Ballard

The St. Louis Cardinals beat the Los Angeles Dodgers Saturday to take the first two games of a three game series. Joe Kelly started for the Redbirds Saturday and earned his second win of the season while posting seven strong innings. The win pulled the Cardinals to a tie with the Milwaukee Brewers for first place in the NL Central. Now with the Milwaukee Brewers loss to Washington in the afternoon, St. Louis has a chance to break the first place tie with a win Sunday night against the Dodgers. A win would mean a three game sweep following the All-Star break and huge momentum moving forward for a ball club that struggled through the first half of the season.

Joe Kelly was able to help the Cardinals pull even with the Brewers by allowing only one run through seven innings. Kelly provided the same thing he did last year for the Cardinals: stability in a shaky starting rotation. Kelly did not strikeout out double digit batters or anything spectacular as he only struck out four, but he did only surrender four hits to a potent Los Angeles lineup. Kelly doesn’t try to do any thing special except put up as many blanks on the scoreboard as he can. With Michael Wacha and Jaime Garcia sidelined with injury and Shelby Miller being moved to the bullpen, the Cardinals will count on Joe Kelly down the stretch much like they did last season.

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