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Want To Improve the Blues Power Play? Here’s An Idea: Vladimir Tarasenko PLEASE SHOOT THE PUCK!

By Bernie Miklasz | April 28, 2017 | 2 Comments

Down by a game to Nashville in their best-of-seven NHL quarterfinals series, the Blues have to make some corrections… and fast. And Game 2, on Friday night at Scottrade Center, would be a fine time to solve some problems. I don’t think it would be wise for the Blues to leave town and head to …

Kolten Wong: Playing More and Hitting Better.

By Bernie Miklasz | April 28, 2017 | 17 Comments

Let’s begin this session by pointing out Kolten Wong’s mistakes, because if I don’t do that, the haters will be screeching. Wong has become an easy target for fans and media that are frustrated by several years of organizational hype, build-up, and management’s decision to give the second baseman a $25.5 million contract before 2016. …

The Blues Did Some Good Things But Capitulated In Game 1. Next Up: Desperation Time, In a Must-Win Game 2

By Bernie Miklasz | April 27, 2017 | 6 Comments

Really, it wasn’t all bad. I’m not the kind of bloke who searches for token prizes amid the clutter of a lost game and a missed opportunity. But Game 1 had some positive for the Blues, even if no one wants to read about it or listen to it following Nashville’s 4-3 victory at Scottrade …

The Cardinals’ Outfield Is a Major Liability So Far, and No One Expected That

By Bernie Miklasz | April 27, 2017 | 26 Comments

The Cardinals’ offense is dragging. We can disregard the numbers because the fellows have played only 20 games … so spin it as you wish … but the offense isn’t kicking in right now. As the Cardinals enter Thursday’s day-night doubleheader against visiting Toronto, they rank 24th in runs per game (3.7), 21st in onbase …

Worthless Prediction: The Blues Over Nashville In Seven Games. Why? Read It And Find Out

By Bernie Miklasz | April 26, 2017 | 1 Comment

You can look at the four remaining teams in the Western Conference playoffs and make a case for advancement to the Stanley Cup Finals. There’s Anaheim, a tough and large industrial-strength team that’s tournament-tested. The Ducks have league’s best regular-season winning percentage over the last five seasons. Including the 2017 postseason the Ducks have gone 15-0-3 …

Free Tyler Lyons: Cardinals Bullpen Can’t Afford An Extravagance, So Put This Good Lefty To Work

By Bernie Miklasz | April 25, 2017 | 8 Comments

About the Cardinals bullpen… The good: LH Brett Cecil is settled in, and as nasty as expected … RH Matthew Bowman is killing it — and killing grass with ground balls … Trevor Rosenthal is healthy and slinging 99 mph fastballs that move … Seung Hwan Oh went 5-for-5 in save opps during the Cardinals’ …

Though Improved In Some Ways, the Cardinals Are Still Running Into Too Much Trouble When Running the Bases

By Bernie Miklasz | April 25, 2017 | 15 Comments

Why are the Cardinals so clumsy at running the bases? Ah, here we go again. We’ve been talking about this for a long time. Too long, really. First of all, there are some positives. Base running metrics this early in a season aren’t worth much, if anything. But if we just look at the early …

Bird Bytes: It Hasn’t Always Been Pretty, but the Cardinals Are Recovering and Getting Wins

By Bernie Miklasz | April 24, 2017 | 44 Comments

Some Bird Bytes for you on this fine Monday morning …  Over the last week, covering seven games, the Cardinals have had multiple runners picked off base. They’ve been charged with five errors and could have been slapped with more. Their hitters abandoned too many runners on base, batting only .189 with runners in scoring …

Onward and Upward, Yon Blue Note: The Blues Are Learning, and Escaping Their Past.

By Bernie Miklasz | April 23, 2017 | 5 Comments

I won’t be a phony. When the Blues blew a 3-1 lead to Minnesota in Game 5, somehow frittering away a commanding advantage in the potential clincher of a low-scoring series, many bad thoughts invaded my brain… There they go again … A half-century of hockey, no Stanley Cups… Can’t believe the Blues are doing …

The Cardinals Don’t Have to Rearrange the Infield. Starting Jedd Gyorko At Third Base Is Fine

By Bernie Miklasz | April 21, 2017 | 37 Comments

Jhonny Peralta has been relocated to the 10-day disabled list because of an upper respiratory infection. There was no medical update on the health of Peralta’s ailing bat. The timing is, shall we say, curious — considering that Peralta was batting .120 with no power. This is nothing new. Since the 2015 All-Star break Peralta …