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April 16th, 2014

Joe Kelly.

He ‘won’ the 5th starter position in Spring Training, beating out Carlos Martinez, who had the better statistical camp. The 5th spot was opened up with a injury to Jamie Garcia.

Kelly appears to have pulled his hamstring in the bottom of the 4th inning of today’s game against the Brewers trying to leg out a bunt single. He hit the bag, took a few steps clutching the back of his leg and summoned out the training staff.

The Cardinals are labeling it ‘tightness’.

He limped off the field and was replaced in the 5th inning with Seth Maness, who promptly jerked open the flood gates and surrendered 3 runs.

Conventional wisdom would believe that Carlos Martinez is still ‘stretched out’ from spring and will slide seamlessly into the 5th spot in the rotation while Kelly heals, if he needs to miss a start or more.

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April 16th, 2014

It’s Jeeetah. It’s CC. It’s the New York Freakin’ Yankees.

And they’re coming to St. Louis May 24-26th to make sure that Mr. Jeter gets a lifetime supply of Imo’s gift cards and miniature arches to put in his overnight party gift bags.

Interest in ‘The Captain’ and his teammates is red-hot.

According to Forbes magazine, it is MLB’s highest price ticket for the first half of the season. On the secondary market (think StubHub/Vivid Seats) the median price for ticket on May 26th is $147. The average ticket price is $169 for the same game game.

The next closest is the Cubs at White Sox on 05/08 ($138/136 respectively). The Cardinals don’t make another appearance on the top 25 list of most expensive games (home or away).

Forbes ChartCardinal tickets, in comparison to other teams, are affordable.

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April 16th, 2014

42 was pretty good for the Cardinals tonight.

True, every player was wearing number 42 in honor of Jackie Robinson, but in way, it’s still true. This was a dominant team effort by the Cardinals against the division leaders on the road.

Shelby Miller went 6 innings, struck out 7 and tallied his first win of the season. Mark Ellis made his Cardinals debut and had 2 RBIs. Matt Adams continued his early season hot hitting, belting 2 more hits to raise his average to .370. Jhonny Peralta (2 hits/1 home run) and Allen Craig (RBI) seem to be making better contact.

Neshek, Siegrist and Maness all pitched scoreless/hitless/walkless frames in the 7th, 8th & 9th respectively.

Oh, and somebody better check on the structural integrity of that center field buttress

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April 16th, 2014

In 2011, Columbia Pictures released ‘Moneyball’.

The movie, starring Brad Pitt, was based on Michael Lewis’ 2003 book, which was based on the Oakland A’s 2002 season. It has grossed over 110 million dollars and was nominated for 6 Oscars (Best Actor, Best Picture).

People, I promise you there was a time when making a Hollywood blockbuster about sabermetrics sounded ridiculous.

Anyway, during the Cardinals telecast on Tuesday night, Rick Horton had an interesting non-sequitur.

He was talking about something (male selfies, I believe) when the conversation switched over to the Cardinals hitting coach John Mabry. Horton mentioned that Mabry turned down a role in Moneyball. And went right into an antidote about Mark Ellis accepting his platoon role with the Cardinals.

I was at the gym. So wait, what?

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April 15th, 2014

Zero. Neither did any Blues or Rams players.

The Cardinals are not the Phillies, after all. And we should all be thankful.

ESPN the Magazine did an interesting data visualization to show the highest paid athletes in the world, sans endorsements, and then broke it out by MLB/NHL/NBA/NFL as well.

The Phillies have 3 of the top 10 paid players in baseball. The Phillies are 1.5 games out of last place in the NL East. Oh, and our old friend Albert? Well Mr. Pujols has cracked the top 25 world wide!

Check out the list via the link above. The individual sports are below.

Infographic

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April 15th, 2014

The Cardinals were 14-5 against the Brewers in 2013.

A pretty absurd mark against a division rival. (They managed 12 wins against the Cubs, 11 against the Reds and 9 against the Pirates.) The Brewers were little brother and the Cardinals were holding the ball above their head, laughing as they tried to jump up and get it.

But after a 10-2 start and in the midst of a 9 game winning streak, the Brew Crew was ready to to show who’d grew up in the off-season. As far as early season show-downs were concerned, this was as juicy a match-up as you could want.

After all, a possible 6 game deficit loomed.

Then world came early in the afternoon – Yadier Molina would sit. Tony Cruz was in. Jon Jay? JON JAY TOO?! Where was the getaway lineup against the Cubs? Come on Mike.

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April 15th, 2014

Matt Carpenter… come on down. You’re the first Cardinal ejection for 2014!

The Cardinals only had 7 total ejections in 2013: 4 by manager Mike Matheny. 1 by Yadier Molina. 1 by Daniel Descalso. And 1 by John Axford.

And while it looked like home plate umpire Bob Davidson was about to run Mike Matheny when he came out to argue Carpenter’s ejection, he didn’t.

Which is rare.

6 of the Cardinals 2013 ejections were 2-fers. On June 2nd (Yadi), August 9th (Descalso) and September 6th (Axford) – Matheny was ejected along with the player in the game.

July 11th was the only game where Matheny was ejected solo.

And for the record, this was the 6th MLB ejection of the season.

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April 14th, 2014

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April 14th, 2014

Shamefully, TMZ.com is on the regular rotation of sites I take a peek at when my brain needs a break for a couple of minutes.

I’m not proud. I’m also not going to stop.

So when the screaming headline says “Nikko Smith in Sex Tape” (SFW-ish)… it’s my duty to check this story out. After all, this is The Wizzard’s son! H0w will this effect the bullpen?!

Turn’s out there is another reality TV star named Nikko Smith. And Ozzie’s son is not on TMZ with a reported sex tape.

The more you know.

Photo: Contemporary Productions

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April 14th, 2014

Did you know that the Brewers already have more home wins (6) than the Bucks do for the entire NBA season (5)?

The Bucks are going to end up with the NBA’s worst record and are actively gunning for the most lottery balls in the upcoming draft , but still. That’s terrible.

But the Brewers are doing pretty dang well. In fact, they are running away with team everyone is throwing into the conversation just to prove they’re watching a ton a baseball. But just how good have they been?

Let’s take a peek at the NL Central standings:

NL Central Standings

10-2? 9 Wins in a row?

Friends, the Cardinals are in for quite the early season series.

Seriously, though. The Brewers? Ryan Braun is back. Is he just dominating everything? Is he hitting 3 home runs in every game and we’ve just not been paying attention?

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