Manager Mike Shildt, like his contemporaries, uses spring training as a time for experimentation. And one that caught folks’ eyes on Monday was that he had Cardinals sluggers Paul Goldschmidt, Nolan Arenado and Paul DeJong hitting in succession. The difference was that they were hitting 2-3-4, rather than the 3-4-5 that had been in play and had been anticipated since the club recently acquired Arenado from Colorado.
Posted: March 9, 2021, 5:20 am
After another protracted, laborious first inning that ended for Kwang Hyun Kim before he could collect a third out, the lefty sat in the Cardinals’ dugout, maybe even closed his eyes, and tried to find a fix for his future by reviewing the past. Kim visualized how he succeeded in 2020, his first year in the majors. If he could recapture those sensations, right down to a peppier pace, and carry them back to the mound he’d have a tighter, snappier finish to his second start of spring training.
Posted: March 9, 2021, 5:15 am
There were plenty of questions about the makeup of the 2021 St. Louis Cardinals team during our weekly chat with Post-Dispatch readers. Here are some of the highlights. Q: If Matt Carpenter isn’t considered a regular and does not get that corresponding amount of at-bats, how does he get the opportunity to find his stroke (if he still can)?
Posted: March 8, 2021, 11:49 pm
Here are a handful of dates to mark on the calendar: THURSDAY, APRIL 1 Toronto Blue Jays at New York Yankees: Opening day begins in the Bronx, with George Springer and the Blue Jays taking on DJ LeMahieu and the Yankees. Springer finalized a $150 million, six-year deal with Toronto in January, part of an active offseason for the Blue Jays. He batted .
Posted: March 8, 2021, 7:56 pm
Back in 2014 I was watching the Cardinals take on the Dodgers. MLB Network was televising the game, so the broadcast went into a little bit more coverage on certain stars that maybe fans of other teams watching the nationally televised game might find interesting. Of course that meant they discussed Yadier Molina and his prowess behind the plate; you cannot talk about the Cardinals, especially back in 2014 at the height of Yadi’s career, without mentioning Yadier Molina.
Posted: March 8, 2021, 7:00 pm
The St. Louis Cardinals are one of Major League Baseball’s iconic franchises. The team with the “Birds on the Bat” have won more World Series titles than any other National League club, and are second only to the New York Yankees overall. St. Louis has been home to a National League franchise since 1892, but the franchise wasn’t known as the Cardinals until 1900.
Posted: March 8, 2021, 6:20 pm
Our analysts reveal their favorite draft targets from the five NL Central teams.
Posted: March 8, 2021, 5:01 pm
A player like John Nogowski could have a great spring and actually have a chance of making the team if he were on a bad team. Which would be interesting from a fan’s perspective. Nogowski probably needs a few things to go badly for other players in order to actually make the roster on this team though.
Posted: March 8, 2021, 2:00 pm
NEW YORK — With fingers crossed, baseball is slowly and carefully proceeding toward its goal of 162 games with full attendance normalcy for 2021, and for evaluation and prediction purposes you really have to throw out the pandemic-shortened 2020 season. This is a spring in which everyone is truly starting anew, but we are going to take a bit of a forward leap here and single out the 10 players …
Posted: March 7, 2021, 10:30 am
Here’s what happened in Mets Land on Wednesday, in case you missed it.
Posted: March 4, 2021, 2:42 pm
The Mets fell to the St. Louis Cardinals 14-9 in Wednesday afternoon’s spring training contest, but after the game Mets skipper Luis Rojas made sure to share that he was thinking of Yankees manager Aaron Boone.
Posted: March 3, 2021, 10:45 pm