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The Cardinals’ 2017 Rotation: Better Defense Means Better Pitching

By Bernie Miklasz | March 24, 2017 | 4 Comments

No one put in a request, but … as we prep for the April 2 season opener, I offer some quick thoughts on the Cardinals’ five-man rotation heading into the 2017 season: The Overview In 2016, Cards starters ranked 13th in MLB and 7th in the National League with a 4.33 ERA. They weren’t bad …

The Heat Is On: Five Hitters On the Spot For Your 2017 Cardinals

By Bernie Miklasz | March 23, 2017 | 8 Comments

Here’s my take on five Cardinals position players that are under pressure to come through in 2017: 1. Kolten Wong, second base  The storyline: Will he deliver on his talent and potential? The delivery already is behind schedule, and Wong isn’t a kid. He’s been in the bigs since late 2013 and is entering his …

The 2017 Cardinals: In Only 675 Words, Here Are 30 Things That Can’t Happen

By Bernie Miklasz | March 22, 2017 | 24 Comments

We know that the 2016 Cardinals won 86 games, a drop of 14 victories from 2015. We know that their five-season streak of making the playoffs came to an end. We know that it was awfully weird around the village last fall, depressed and feeling left out as other teams engaged in the clash to …

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

By Bernie Miklasz | March 22, 2017 | 4 Comments

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 …

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

By Bernie Miklasz | March 21, 2017 | 20 Comments

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 …

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

By Bernie Miklasz | March 20, 2017 | 9 Comments

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 …

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

By Bernie Miklasz | March 17, 2017 | 12 Comments

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 …

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

By Bernie Miklasz | March 16, 2017 | 15 Comments

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 …

Mizzou and Cuonzo Martin: They Needed Each Other In a Mutual Rebuilding Project

By Bernie Miklasz | March 15, 2017 | 13 Comments

I’ll have much more to say and write about this in the days and weeks ahead, but here are a few instant-reaction opinions on Mizzou’s choice of Cuonzo Martin to lead a new era of men’s basketball in CoMo: 1. Jim Sterk gets his man. You may love the hire. You may hate the hire. …

Yadier Molina Shows the World: He’s Still Very Special

By Bernie Miklasz | March 15, 2017 | 11 Comments

Not so fast, Carson Kelly. Pardon my overreaction but we might want to slow down a little in our hurry to tab Kelly as the Cardinals’ next starting catcher, the successor to Yadier Molina, perhaps as soon as 2017. Did you stay up Tuesday night to watch the World Baseball Classic matchup between underdog Puerto …