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The Blues Are Thriving Since Trading Shattenkirk, And It’s Really No Surprise

It was amusing to observe the overreaction to the trade that sent walk-year defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk to the Washington Capitals on Feb. 27.  The Blues were “throwing in the towel.” They were “rebuilding.” GM Doug Armstrong had given up on his team, the season was over, the sky was falling on the Scottrade Center, and wild dogs would be roaming ...

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Cardinals’ Opening-Day Starter: Wainwright or Martinez? Matheny Has a Tough Decision

As Opening Days go, this one will be extra special, overloaded with prestige, history, rivalry and adrenaline. The Cubs vs. Cardinals, April 2, with a national TV audience watching on ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball. The Cubs come into Busch Stadium as defending World Series champions. After winning 103 games last season and seizing the NL Central from the Cardinals, the ...

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Matt Adams In Left Field: An Intriguing Idea, But What the Hell Took So Long?

It’s that time of spring training when tedium sets in. Bored players, staff and media are itchy to head out of Florida. Fans want to throw a homecoming party. Everyone is anxious to commence playing or watching real baseball and get this 162-game exploration underway. So when Cardinals manager Mike Matheny told Jupiter-station media members that he wanted to take ...

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Heading Into Final Two Weeks Of Spring Training, Here’s My Cardinals’ Check List

It’s happening quickly. The long, leisurely pace of baseball’s spring training is speeding up, approaching completion. The Chicago Cubs will be at Busch Stadium to open the 2017 regular season April 2, and as of Friday morning, that’s only 16 days from now. Are the Cardinals ready to go? For the most part, yes. In no particular order, here are ...

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Cardinals Outfield Watch: Harrison Bader Could Be Closer Than We Think

I’m breaking one of my own rules here: I’m getting carried away by something I’m watching in spring training. I usually throw out the Grapefruit League stats. When I see a prospect doing well in exhibition games, my reflex response is … calm down, it’s only a practice game, with bush-league pitchers and assorted mystery guests playing shortstop or right ...

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