Cardinals Send Craig and Kelly for Lackey

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The Cardinals just traded Allen Craig and Joe Kelly for John Lackey. When telling my son about the trade he exclaimed “Joe Kelly?!”. I was surprised the Cards traded Kelly.  

Lackey, 35, is 11-7 with a 3.60 ERA in 21 starts and 137 1/3 innings this season. He returned from Tommy John surgery last year to go 10-13 with a 3.52 ERA in 189 1/3 innings. Lackey was a key piece of the pitching staff as the Red Sox marched to the 2013 World Series title.

Lackey’s is under contract for only $500,000 next season thanks to a creative vesting option that was triggered by his elbow reconstruction. That dirt cheap year of control raised his trade value greatly. I am glad Lackey is not a rental. When reading into this trade this makes room for Oscar Tavares. I also just learned that the Redsox sent us Corey Littrell, Littrell, 22, was a starter for Salem of the Class A Carolina League. He is 5-5 with a 3.60 ERA and 91 strikeouts in 100 innings this season.. When looking at Twitter in regards to this trade, I find that Craig is pretty upset. It was reported that Craig hugged Wainwright before Leaving. I am also hearing that the Cardinals are not done yet. Stay tuned.

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Cardinals Trade for Justin Masterson

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This afternoon the Cardinals announced that they acquired Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Justin Masterson for the Cardinals AA Outfielder James Ramsey. At this moment Masterson is 4-6 with a 5.51 ERA in 19 starts for the Tribe this season, fanning 93 batters in his 98.0 innings pitched.  He was placed on the 15-day disabled list on July 8 (right knee inflammation) and made a pair of injury rehabilitation starts (July 20 & 25) for Columbus (AAA) prior to today’s trade. The main reason the Cardinals trade for him is mainly because he is an innings eater. In 2013 he was an All-Star, he compiled a 14-10 mark with a 3.45 ERA while ranking 8th in the league with 195 strikeouts and a league-best three shutouts.  The Jamaican-born Masterson owns a career mark of 57-49 with a 4.16 ERA in 231 games (169 starts) for Boston (2008-09) and Cleveland (2009-14).  At this time the Cardinals is still trying to trade for an ace. An outspoken Cardinal executive said that the Cardinals are still in the hunt for Jon Lester and David Price.

Cardinals Sign AJ Pierzynski

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What!? The Cardinals signed AJ Pierzynski? They sure did. A MLB Catcher that is known to have a bad reputation. In 2012 Men’s Journal did a poll that rated Pierzynski as the most hated player ibn Baseball. In have a feeling it will be fun watching him in a Cardinal uniform. According ton the team, they plan on releasing George Kottaras in order to make room for Pierzynski. I have a feeling the signing had to do with his batting abilities which seem to be better than Cruz and Kottaras. When he was playing with the Rangers in 2013 he had 17 HRS  70 RBIs with a ..272 BA   not too shabby. We do need to worry……since the tag on him is buyer beware.

Cardinals Focusing in on Kurt Suzuki

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I just got word via twitter from Tim McKernan that Joe Strauss said in a interview with CBS Sports Radio 590 that Kurt Suzuki is in play for a trade with the Cardinals. According to Strauss…. Kurt Suzuki as someone who “would make sense,” which is no surprise since the Cards are known to be scouting the Twins backstop. Tony Cruz and George Kottaras are batting a combined .156 (5-for-32) since Yadier Molina (thumb) went down, so St. Louis could look to upgrade for the next month or so until Yadi returns.

Are the Cardinals Targeting David Price?

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I have been holding back my thoughts and views on the possibility of the Cardinals making a trade for David Price. First of all I wanted to collect some information before to come to any conclusions Some of the news I am coming across in regards to the Cardinals wanting to trade for Price looks positive. With the Mariners and Dodgers also being interested in Price, an outspoken American League executive tells USA Today that St. Louis are the favorite to land Price if the Rays agree to trade him and have a good chance to re sign him to a longer deal. A few days while listening to Sirius XM MLB Network Radio the hosts where pointing out how Price could very well agree to a contract with the Cardinals if traded there. First of all David Price is from Murfreesboro, TN which is outside of Nashville and five  hours away from St. Louis. With this in mind this would be a big perk for Price’s family. It was also cool to see David Price and Evan Longoria at Sunday’s game against the Dodgers. I had heard that the Cardinals Organization offered Price and his friends a suite but he refused and checked himself into Big Mac Land. It was the fans and the stadium workers that welcomed him and begged him to stay. This sounds like a great sales pitch if any to  get David Price here. One problem I have is what the Cardinals would offer to trade for Price. What I hear is that the Cardinals would offer Shelby Miller, Carlos Martinez and Oscar Taveras. I would not trade Oscar Tavares. I would trade Stephen Piscotty, James Ramsey or Charlie Tilson but not our #1 prospect. I hope the Cardinals don’t give up on Taveras. To me David Price makes sense, if Tampa Bay want a bunch of prospects in return then I would ask for Jose Molina to help with our catching dilemma. So lets cross our fingers we are able to bring David Price to St. Louis.

Happy Birthday Big Boy!!!!

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Today St. Louis’s favorite radio personality Mike Shannon turns 75.  A product of Christian Brothers College High School and University of Missouri, Shannon has become ingrained in the St. Louis Cardinals culture. Here in St. Louis we look at Shannon as one of our all-time favorite lovable St. Louis Cardinals Broadcasters and most impersonated outside of Harry Carey. We love his honesty and care free color commentary. I have come across a list of Mike Shannon’s quotes:

“A hit up the middle right now would be like a nice ham sandwich and a cold, frosty one.”

“This big standing room only crowd is settling into their seats.”

“It’s raining like a Chinese fire drill!”

(After Brian Jordan was hit by a pitch for the 4th time on a single road trip) “He must feel like a Ouija board.”

(About former Cardinal Bernard Gilkey) “He was originally born in University City.”

“He’s faster than a chicken being chased by Ronald McDonald!”

(Referring to Mike Schmidt) “the longtime and soon-to-be Hall of Famer.”

“He’s madder than a pig caught under a barnyard gate.”

(About a base stealer) “Sometimes when you feel the urge, you’ve just gotta go.” (6/17/98)

“This game is off to a rather conspicuous start, don’t you think, Jack? (7/15/98)

“Well, folks, this game began as a tiny worm and is blossoming into a large cobra.” (8/12/98 )

(About Hideo Nomo) “He’s the biggest thing to hit Japan since they dropped that bomb on Nagashima!”

“That foul tip bounced up and caught him right in the groins…and that’ll really clear your eyes out!”

(Broadcasting from New York under a full moon) “I wish you folks back in St. Louis could see this moon.”

(On the day before Easter) “I just want to tell everyone Happy Easter and Happy Hanukkah.” (4/98 )

(After a warning track fly ball) “A couple of strips of bacon at
breakfast, and he’d a busted that baby outta here!”

“Things are not always as they appear to be as.” (1999)

“I tell you, that same river flows the same way”.

“Well, he did everything right to get ready for the throw, but if ya ain’t got the hose, the water just won’t come out.”

“Like Spring makes the rains come, so does the edge of the plate grow.” (6/17/00)

“Our next home stand follows this road trip.” (5/20/01)

“I don’t like that play. I’ve seen it go opposite more often than
positive.” (6/08/01)

(Referring to a home run by Ted Simmons) “And that’s the bread on Simmons’ butter.”

“The right-hander is throwing up (instead of up throwing) in the bullpen.” (4/23/02)

“I’ve heard it said that if you know English, Spanish, Italian, and I think it’s French, you can go just about anywhere in this world…except for China where they have all those derelicts.” (5/19/02)
Regarding this year’s quote regarding the derelicts in China was followed (after a pause) by Joe Buck’s suggestion that Mike had meant to say “dialects.” Mike’s response was,”Yea, dialects!! That’s what I mean. But they’ve got a lot of derelicts too!!”

During an Eli Marrero at bat, Mike Shannon makes mention that the Cardinals had a lot of Latin players on the team and that “they are a creditable people.”

“If you’re writing a thesis or something, you could finish it in a
week or so if you were catching this guy.” (05-25-02)

“We’d like to say hello to all those folks listening in Monkey’s
Eyebrow, Kentucky.”

“He ran to second faster than a cat in Chinatown.”

“I wouldn’t have seen it if I hadn’t believed it.'”

Joe: “Mike, the Cardinals would like to welcome a group of 19 French foreign exchange students in section 382 today.”
Mike: “Where they from Joe?”
Joe: “Uhhh… France… I think.”

And Mike Shannon’s classic: “Ol’ Abner has done it again!”

A couple years back, Mike and Joe were discussing the horrible photographs of players that had been flashed on the screen at another ballpark. Mike’s take on the quality of photo selection was, “Some of those guys looked like the picture was taken while they were seeing their first UFO.” After several seconds of laughter, Joe added, “As opposed to their second or third.”

“Oooh, that last pitch inside was a bit questionable and he’d like to something to the umpire, but he won’t say anything. At least not verbally.”

“Boy a frosty cold Budweiser would be great about now”…long pause…then an “aahhh”

“The wind has switched 360 degrees”.

“The Dodgers are ahead by 5 runs or 3 runs or in between there somewhere.”

“It was raining so hard I thought it was going to stop.”

“This crowd on their feet for the Canadian Star Spangled Banner.”

“Horner’s arguing, he wants an interference all against Cangeloni. Now Cangeloni’s got something to say, but here comes Whitey to give a taste of his vocabulary, and it’ll have extra mustard on it.”

Adam Wainwright to Start in the All Star Game

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Mike Matheny decides to go with his own guy Adam Wainwright over Clayton Kershaw and its causing some controversy. Here is the article on Wainwright…….

Adam Wainwright of the St. Louis Cardinals will start for the National League in Tuesday’s All-Star Game, NL Manager Mike Matheny announced Monday. Matheny, the manager of the Cardinals, earned the right to manage the NL team because the Cardinals beat the Dodgers in last year’s NL championship series.

Neither Wainwright nor Kershaw, each a four-time All-Star, has started an All-Star game previously. For the second consecutive year, Kershaw was a runner-up.

With the All-Star Game at New York’s Citi Field last season, National League Manager Bruce Bochy started Mets rookie Matt Harvey. Kershaw respected Bochy’s desire to start the hometown pitcher but was not thrilled that Bochy said this of Harvey: “It wouldn’t have mattered what city we were playing in with the year he’s had.”

“That’s his opinion,” Kershaw said then, curtly.

Kershaw added: “It hurts.”

Wainwright is 12-4, with a 1.83 earned-run average that ranks second in the majors to Kershaw. In June and July — the months in which Kershaw has soared the highest — Wainwright was 4-1 in seven starts, with a 1.03 ERA.

Wainwright, 32, also has pitched 42 more innings and started five more games than Kershaw, who did not pitch in April because of a strained muscle in his upper back.

Kershaw, 26, is on pace to lead the major leagues in earned-run average for an unprecedented fourth consecutive season. He is 11-2 with a 1.78 ERA. His ratio of 11.8 strikeouts for every walk is the best among major league starters.

He pitched a no-hitter last month, and his just-ended streak of 41 consecutive scoreless innings was the third-longest in the majors since Orel Hershiser set the record of 59 in 1988.

In his last eight starts, he is 8-0 with a 0.74 ERA. He joined Sandy Koufax (1966) and Juan Marichal (1967) as the only pitchers in the last 100 years to win eight consecutive starts with at least seven strikeouts in each.

source: Bill Shaikan Los Angeles Times