Pham ejected in 1st after arguing from dugout

June 23, 2018

MILWAUKEE — As the losses piled up over the past few weeks, glimpses of frustration from the Cardinals’ dugout have bubbled up along with them. Friday, that frustration resulted in the subtraction of one of St. Louis’ best players. The Cardinals lost their center fielder and No. 2 hitter in the first inning of Friday’s game against the Brewers, after home plate umpire Tim Timmons ejected Tommy Pham for arguing…

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Why aren't the Cardinals hitting more doubles?

June 22, 2018

ST. LOUIS — It’s a statistical oddity that continues to confound the Cardinals, even as their season nears its halfway point: How can a club on pace to eclipse 200 home runs for just the fifth time in franchise history be having so much trouble tallying extra-base hits on balls that don’t clear the wall? The trend has those within the organization puzzled, though a few plausible theories have emerged….

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Carpenter homers on first pitch vs. Brewers

June 22, 2018

MILWAUKEE — A big part of the Cardinals’ recent slide has been how they continued to find themselves in early deficits. St. Louis played from behind in each of the past three games in Philadelphia, surrendering first-inning runs in each contest. They began an important four-game set Thursday by pulling that same trick on the Brewers, when Matt Carpenter sent Brent Suter‘s first pitch of the game over the center…

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Yadi guides Flaherty-led shutout on historic night

June 18, 2018

ST. LOUIS — On a night when his longevity earned him a special spot in Major League history, Yadier Molina offered the spark the Cardinals sought as they halted a four-game losing streak and stalled the Cubs’ division climb. By the end of the evening, Molina’s fingerprints were all over the Cardinals’ 5-0 victory, one that prevented the Cubs from finishing off their first sweep at Busch Stadium since 2010….

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Inbox: Prospect Hudson nearing callup?

June 14, 2018

ST. LOUIS — The Cardinals just finished a nine-game stretch against the National League’s three last-place teams. After going 4-5 in those games, they sit in third place in the NL Central with the Cubs coming to town. This weekend should serve as something a litmus test. What better way to start it off than with your Cardinals questions? ST. LOUIS — The Cardinals just finished a nine-game stretch against…

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Hicks missing bats, and it's more than velocity

June 14, 2018

We knew we had to pay attention to Jordan Hicks from the moment he set foot in the Major Leagues. His very first pitch, a sinker to Brandon Nimmo on Opening Day, arrived at 100.3 mph. Hicks threw seven fastballs that day, all between 99.7 mph and 101.6 mph. He hasn’t stopped throwing heat since, topping out at a nearly unbelievable 105 mph on May 21. Hicks has nearly half…

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Ozuna homers, but Cards drop series finale

June 14, 2018

ST. LOUIS — Normally loath to focus on any game past the one at hand, some Cardinals relented recently that they’d peeked at the upcoming schedule with wide eyes. A nine-game stretch against the National League’s losingest teams awaited, presenting St. Louis with what it viewed as an opportunity: A chance to fatten up on the Marlins, Reds and Padres. Now on the other end of it, they are forced…

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Cards can't solve San Diego bullpen in loss

June 13, 2018

ST. LOUIS — The Cardinals and Padres arrived at Busch Stadium on Tuesday with intentions to showcase contrasting strategies. Absent of a fifth starter, San Diego planned to deploy a parade of relievers throughout the night. St. Louis countered with Miles Mikolas, a prototypical ace-type who has spent much of this season pacing one of the National League’s top rotations. Not long ago, the discrepancy would have implied a mismatch….

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NHL Rumors: Blues Looking to Spend, Hartnell, Lucic, More

Before moving on to today’s rumor rundown, a special congratulations go out to both the Vegas Golden Knights and Washington Capitals. While the Golden Knights don’t feel like winners, the organization had an incredible season and almost defied every odd that ever existed in professional sports. But, for management, the hard part is about to begin. To the Washington Capitals who won the 2018 Stanley Cup; perhaps no team deserved it more. Finally…

June 8, 2018
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