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Fan interference is as much a human part of the game as missed calls by umpires before the latest replay rules came into effect -- just ask St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Matt Adams.
With runners on first and second in the bottom of the third inning, the Cincinnati Reds' Chris Heisey popped a ball down the first base line in foul territory. Adams leaned over the tarp and into the stands...Read more »
There are other players in this free agent class who will get more money and more years – but few appear more coveted than Carlos Beltran.
The Cardinals outfielder could return to St. Louis. But he’s also been linked to the Yankees, Red Sox, Tigers and nearly every other market with designs on contention in 2014.
And Beltran has done plenty to create the buzz that currently exists around...Read more »
There’s an episode of “South Park” where the kids, at the end of a long little league baseball season, decide to stop trying so they can lose and finally go home. Only problem is their competition decides to do the same thing and the two sides engage in a battle to avoid winning.
Sometimes it feels like this World Series is following the same script.
To be clear, no one is accusing any...Read more »
Adam Wainwright walked Jacoby Ellsbury on a 3-2 pitch to lead off the bottom of the first inning of Game 1 of the World Series on Wednesday night and right then and there you could have turned off your TV set, confident in what was about to follow.
The very act of Wainwright walking the first batter he faces (as a starter) is so rare -- and such a portent of things to come -- that perhaps...Read more »
Before the World Series kicks off Wednesday, we go inside the hitting and pitching numbers the St. Louis Cardinals and Boston Red Sox have posted this postseason to give you the inside info on how these two powers match up:
The Red Sox have the edge here, but there’s not as big a gap as may appear at first.
The Sawx have batted .236 with a .315 on-base percentage and .365...Read more »
Actor Will Ferrell did the pre-game introductions for the Dodgers on Wednesday night before Game 5 of the National League Championship Series in Los Angeles.
We know what you're wondering and, yes, he did manage to work in a chupacabra joke.
Though not shown in the video below, Ferrell introduced starting pitcher Zack Greinke as "today's winning pitcher." Granted, Greinke was...Read more »
PITTSBURGH -- The Pirates have two shots at the one victory they need to win their first postseason series since capturing the World Series in 1979. Considering Carlos Beltran's October theatrics, it would be safe to assume that the Cardinals slugger won't be given a chance to sway the proceedings.
Yet, Pirates manager Clint Hurdle insists his decision isn't quite so clear-cut.
"It's...Read more »
What’s happened to the Cardinals? That incredible collection of clutch that was unstoppable during the regular season is now on the brink of elimination in the playoffs.
Let this be a lesson in assigning too much predictive power to the fickle trait of hitting with runners in scoring position.
The Cardinals led all of MLB with a .330 RISP average during the regular season – and we mean...Read more »
The Cardinals and Pirates begin their portion of the National League Division Series on Thursday at 5 p.m. Here’s everything you need to know going into the game:
The Pirates and Cardinals play in the NL Central, which means we have a decent sample size of play – 19 games. Pittsburgh took the season series, just barely, 10-9. The Cardinals, however, actually outscored the...Read more »
Mariano Rivera has announced his intention to retire following the 2013 season, and it’s widely assumed that Yankees setup man David Robertson will step into his shoes as closer.
But is that wise?
Robertson has many qualities that make him an ideal candidate for the ninth inning. He’s striking out 10.87 batters per nine innings this season and has a career 11.84 K/9. He rarely allows...Read more »