2017 Fantasy Baseball: St. Louis Cardinals Team Preview

OFFSEASON OVERVIEW St. Louis had a quiet offseason with only one major move – picking up Dexter Fowler from the rival Chicago Cubs for five years and $82.5 million. Fowler’s set to leadoff for the Cardinals and should continue to put up quality numbers that fantasy owners have become accustomed to from the 30-year-old over the past few seasons. The only other major news coming...
Via The Fantasy Fix
2 hours ago

Cardinals Double Up on Spring Training #98

As readers know, I am interested in the numerology of the St. Louis Cardinals, including their uniform numbers. In the opening week of 2017 spring training camp, the club has made a number of moves that impacted an already-tight roster from the numeric perspective, including at least one first. Let’s review the changes in their approximate time sequence. With the suspension of...
Via The Cardinal Nation blog
7 hours ago

Rick Ankiel drank vodka before pitching in 2000 NLDS

Former St. Louis Cardinals’ pitcher Rick Ankiel has one of the more bizarre stories in MLB history. The future of one of the game’s most promising pitchers came crashing down in an instant.But prior to his infamous start in Game 1 of the 2000 NLDS against the Atlanta Braves, Ankiel actually saw his meltdown coming. He had a remedy for it, too.“Before that game…I’m scared...
Via Sportsnaut
17 hours ago  |  Discuss

Fowler reaffirms comments regarding travel ban

Dexter Fowler said on Monday that he stands by the statement he made to two days ago in which he discussed the effect on his family of President Donald Trump's executive order limiting travel to and from seven Muslim-majority countries.
17 hours ago

Fowler quickly making an impression on Cardinals teammates

JUPITER, Fla. -- Dexter Fowler breezes through the center of the Cardinals' clubhouse leaving a trail of handshakes and hellos in his wake before landing at his locker and chatting with a handful of players about the merits of a new album. Fowler is the new guy with the Cardinals, but he's already a clubhouse favorite despite spending last season helping the rival Chicago Cubs win...
Via Associated Press
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Fowler fitting in perfectly with Cardinals

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) Dexter Fowler breezes through the center of St. Louis' clubhouse leaving a trail of handshakes and hellos in his wake before landing at his locker and chatting with a handful of players about the merits of a new album. Fowler is the new guy with the Cardinals, but he's already a clubhouse favorite despite spending last season helping the rival Chicago Cubs win...
Via Associated Press
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Toe tap and all, Gant a versatile asset

The unorthodox motion is now the characteristic that most distinguishes John Gant, whom the Cardinals acquired when trading Jaime Garcia to the Braves in December.
1 day ago

Peralta not relying on his laurels

Jhonny Peralta has no guarantee of a starting job. He's no longer viewed as the solution at shortstop. There are questions about whether his offensive decline in 2016 had at least something to do with expected age regression. And there's the nearing uncertainty about his baseball future.
1 day ago

3 reasons why the St. Louis Cardinals will win the NL Central

After missing out on the playoffs for the first time since 2010 and seeing their rival win their first World Series since 1908, the St. Louis Cardinals have some extra motivation heading into this season. With veterans such as Adam Wainwright and Yadier Molina along with young stars like Carlos Martinez and Stephen Piscotty, the Cardinals have what it takes to take back the NL Central...
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Coming off new procedure, Maness fighting to earn spot with Royals

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Kansas City Royals right-hander Seth Maness is like many pitchers in spring training, trying to earn a bullpen job. Maness also is a willing guinea pig, coming off a new surgical procedure that has the baseball industry's attention. Maness opted to pass on Tommy John surgery to repair the right elbow that blew out last season and try a different procedure that...
Via Associated Press
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Cardinals confirm Alex Reyes will have Tommy John surgery

The St. Louis Cardinals have confirmed Alex Reyes will undergo Tommy John surgery, meaning the pitcher will miss the entire 2017 MLB season and likely at least part of 2018 as well.Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak addressed the media Wednesday morning to break the news. An MRI performed Tuesday confirmed a partial tear in Reyes’ ulnar collateral ligament in his elbow. Mozeliak’s...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Matt Adams is almost unrecognizable after weight loss

Matt Adams will enter the 2017 season visibly trimmer and slimmer than what he used to be in years past.The St. Louis Cardinals first baseman has shed nearly 30 pounds thanks to a fitness regiment of strength training, cardio work, speed and agility drills, plus an intense nutritional routine, according to a recent article in Men’s Fitness.Adams has also been working with Pilates4Pros...
Via The Sports Daily
12 days ago  |  Discuss

St. Louis Cardinals: What the 2017 rotation should look like

The St. Louis Cardinals have had a solid offseason which has been highlighted by the signing of outfielder Dexter Fowler. Two other significant moves have been signing reliever Brett Cecil and trading Jaime Garcia to the Atlanta Braves for prospects. Last season the Cardinals pitching staff sported an ERA of 4.08, which was much higher than the 2.94 ERA they had in 2015. Guys such...
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Do the Cardinals Deserve a Competitive-Balance Pick?

If you haven’t heard the news, the St. Louis Cardinals received their punishment from Major League Baseball this week in response to the actions of former director of amateur scouting, Chris Correa. Correa hacked the database of the Houston Astros using some variation of the password Eckstein. As Jeff Sullivan explained, the Cardinals are expected both to pay the Astros $2 million...
Via Fangraphs
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Carlos Martinez Gets Paid, Leaves Money on Table

The St. Louis Cardinals lack stars. Sure, Yadier Molina and Adam Wainwright are well known and remain solid even as they age. Sure, Matt Carpenter has developed into an important member of the club. In terms of big-time production, though, the Cardinals have few options upon which they can reasonably rely. Dan Szymborski’s ZiPS projections for the Cardinals support this observation...
Via Fangraphs
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Top 24 Prospects: St. Louis Cardinals

Below is an analysis of the prospects in the St. Louis Cardinals farm system. Scouting reports are compiled with information provided by industry sources as well as from my own observations. The KATOH statistical projections, probable-outcome graphs, and (further down) Mahalanobis comps have been provided by Chris Mitchell. For more information on thes 20-80 scouting scale by which...
Via Fangraphs
20 days ago  |  Discuss

MLB rules Cardinals must send two draft picks to Astros

Major League Baseball ruled on Monday that the St. Louis Cardinals must send their first two picks in the 2017 MLB Draft to the Houston Astros as a result of the team’s hacking scandal. It’s a major ruling that will help offset what the league views to be a competitive disadvantage that impacted the Astros when they were rivals of the Cardinals in the National League Central...
Via Sportsnaut
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Unsealed court docs offer new insights into Cardinals-Astros hacking scandal

Sanctions against the St. Louis Cardinals for former executive Chris Correa’s illicit hacking into the Houston Astros databases could be handed out as early as this week, according to the Houston Chronicle.Correa pled guilty to five counts of unauthorized access of a protected computer last January and was sentenced to 46 months in prison back in July. Now, a federal judge is unsealing...
Via The Comeback
22 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Royals close to signing Brandon Moss

The Kansas City Royals are apparently close to adding more pop to their lineup. According to ESPN’s Jim Bowden, the team is close to signing veteran Brandon Moss. Yahoo Sports’ Jeff Passan is reporting that the deal is worth $12 million over two seasons.Moss, 33, hit .225 with 28 homers and 68 RBI for the St Louis Cardinals last season. While he boasts an incredibly high strikeout...
Via Sportsnaut
22 days ago  |  Discuss

Dexter Fowler gives President Obama custom Jordan shoes

The Chicago Cubs are making a rare January visit to the White House (and that’s not a joke about the Cubs winning the World Series) to be honored for their recent World Series championship. While it is customary to bring a custom jersey with the president’s name as a token of appreciation, Dexter Fowler is bringing another nice little personalized gift for President Barack...
Via The Comeback
January 16, 2017  |  Discuss

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