Cardinals Analysis

Trevor Rosenthal could be the next Derek Lowe

Trevor Rosenthal will remain the Cardinals' closer so long as the team enters a season with a surplus of starters, but it is too early to pigeon-hole the 24-year-old as a reliever only. Derek Lowe...

How many starters do the Cardinals need for 2015?

It is very rare for a team to make it through the year relying on the five starters it starts the season with. The Cardinals will likely use more than five starters in 2015, but how many will they...

Carlos Martinez, starting pitcher: Sinker usage

Step number one for Carlos Martinez as a starting pitcher? Please throw the sinker more often.

Why non-tendering Daniel Descalso made sense

In five MLB seasons with the Cardinals, Descalso slashed .243/.313/.341 with the Cardinals. With recent acquisitions and Descalso's inability to play adequate shortstop defense, St. Louis...

Is the Cards' signing of Matt Belisle good or bad?

On Wednesday the St. Louis Cardinals signed Matt Belisle to a one-year contract worth a guaranteed $3.5 million dollars. With appearance incentives, Belisle could make as much as $4 million in 2015...

PITCHF/x analysis of new reliever Matt Belisle

Matt Belisle was pretty good from 2011 through 2013. For $3.5 million, can Derek Lilliquist rework his stuff and approach to be the 2015 version of Edward Mujica or Pat Neshek? Let's take a look.

*Jason Heyward's loss of power and his approach

Jason Heyward's power has gone down as he has spent more time in the leadoff spot. A change in approach might have caused the power drop, and a return to an aggressive approach could cause the...

The Cardinals are smart to avoid Lester, Scherzer

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Jon Lester and Max Scherzer are very good pitchers, but the Cardinals are wise to avoid high end stars on the free agent market. Those deals can work out, but retaining financial flexibility when...

How the Cards fared with the strike zone in 2014

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Predictably, Matt Carpenter suffered the most from the strike zones of MLB umpires, but how did the rest of the team fare as well?

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Sabermattrics 2014 Update: Lineouts by the Matts

This will hopefully be a new addition to saberMATTrics going forward. Admittedly, the year-to-year value behind this information is still up for discussion. At the very least, it should provide for...

Cards Rotation: Carlos Martinez or Marco Gonzales?

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With Shelby Miller now in Atlanta and the signing of Jon Lester highly unlikely given reported contract offers, it is safe to say that the last spot in the rotation will belong to either Carlos...

The 2014 Cardinals: A less interesting contender

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One preseason preview called the Cardinals "the most interesting contender" because of a unique batted ball profile. So did they live up to that billing? (Hint: No.)

Randal Grichuk's role in 2015

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Randal Grichuk ended 2015 as the starting rightfielder for the Cardinals. He showed solid outfield defense and pop with his bat, but is not yet a complete player. Would he better served in the...

Visual comparison of the OF defense in the NLC

After reviewing three-season averages of available defensive metrics, for fun, let's look at a visual comparison of some National League Central outfield defenses as well.

The State of the Rotation, Right Now

The trade of Shelby Miller to the Atlanta Braves has big ramifications for the future of the Redbird rotation. So where do things stand right now?

PITCHF/x analysis: New STL reliever Jordan Walden

If he is able to stay healthy, Jordan Walden will be a welcome addition to the back-end of the St. Louis Cardinals bullpen.

Cardinals' post-trade roster matrix & payroll

The Cardinals' win-now trade increases payroll in 2015.

Cardinals trade Shelby Miller for Jason Heyward

The Cardinals have reportedly traded Shelby Milller and Tyrell Jenkins for Jason Heyward and Jordan Walden

Should Carpenter bat leadoff next year?

The Cardinals brass are considering moving Matt Carpenter out of the leadoff spot in an attempt to improve the offense. Is this a good idea?

2014 Preseason Projections Review: Yadier Molina

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A look at how VEB and some projection systems fared in forecasting Yadier Molina's 2014.

*The Cardinals continue to overwork Yadier Molina

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Yadier Molina had a down year on the hitting side in 2014 and an injury kept him from starting the whole season, but when he played, Molina continued a trend of overwork during the regular season.

2014 Preseason projections review: Adam Wainwright

A look at how VEB and some projection systems fared in forecasting Adam Wainwright's 2014 plus a review of his year.

2014 projections vs. performance: Lance Lynn

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How did Lance Lynn's 2014 performance compare to preseason projections?

*Jon Jay is not a problem

"In a year that the Cardinals didn't count on him, he basically said, 'Hold on, I can still play and I'll prove it.'" -- Alex Cora

Where can the Cards upgrade on offense?

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The St. Louis Cardinals offense underperformed in 2014. At which positions is the club most in need of improvement come 2015?

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