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St. Louis Cardinals Win 5-2, Wainwright Gets NL Best 14th Win

August 8th, 2014 at 4:18 PM
By Christopher L Ballard

The St. Louis Cardinals beat the Boston Red Sox 5-2 and have a few positives to take away from the game as well. For starters, Adam Wainwright got back on track after an uncharacteristcally bad outing against the Milwaukee Brewers his last time out. Kolten Wong powered the Redbirds to victory with his eighth and ninth home runs of the season. And All-Star reliever Pat Neshek recorded his third save of the season. The win kept the Cardinals one game behind the Brewers for first place in the NL Central.

Adam Wainwright was back to his old tricks, winning his 14th game of the season, leading the way in the National League in that category. Wainwright went another seven strong innings, surrenduring only two runs on seven hits and two walks. He also had seven strikeouts in the game. Wainwright reminded everyone that he is still one of the best pitchers in the game and continued his spectacular season.

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St. Louis Cardinals Should Have Acquired All-Star David Price

August 2nd, 2014 at 8:29 PM
By Christopher L Ballard

The St. Louis Cardinals were busy at the MLB trade deadline in 2014, making two trades for two starting pitchers. The Cardinals received Justin Masterson from the Cleveland Indians for outfield prospect and 2012 first round draft pick, James Ramsey. The following day the Cardinals traded with the Boston Red Sox for John Lackey in exchange for Allen Craig and Joe Kelly. St. Louis gained two starters that should improve their rotation, but to what extent and for how long? These guys are capable of being good or even great at times, but they are not true aces by any means. They are not anywhere near Cole Hammels, Jon Lester, or the top trade deadline prize, David Price. Shortly after acquiring John Lackey, David Price was traded from the Tampa Bay Rays to the Detroit Tigers. After seeing what Detroit gave up, why didn’t the Cardinals make the move instead?

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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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