Yesterday was the 4th installation of The Red Baron's draft preview series. In this piece, the Baron talks about his impressions of three college outfielders, all of whom he believes will be taken before the Cardinals make their first choice. A lot can happen before draft day though, and one of these players could lose stock in the next five months or suffer an injury that allows them to fall for the Cardinals.
Ben Godar shared his thoughts on why he prefers the pitcher hitting to the DH. Ben's argument relies primarily on the strategy aspect. That is, the decision to pinch-hit in a situation late in the game (or, the decision to pull a pitcher mid-inning when his spot is due the next half inning) adds a great element to the game.
Lil-Scoot's Hunt and Peck asked VEB which Cardinals' game you would most want to re-live. While 2011 and 2006 are sure to rank highly, for me game 6 of the 2013 NLCS was very memorable. Marp's 11-pitch AB against Kershaw ending in a double and ends up sparking a four run third inning, which springboards the Cardinals to a win in a clinching game. Wacha throws seven innings for 2 hits, 0 runs, 5 strikeouts, and one walk.
Craig dismissed the idea that the Cardinals are an aging team, calling it a myth. It's hard to disagree with Craig here. The Cardinals have some older players in Matt Holliday, Adam Wainwright, Yadier Molina, and Jhonny Peralta, whose best days are probably behind them. But they have younger players as well, and the team isn't really buoyed by a few high-end talents but a slew of above average ones, most of whom are on the right side of 30.
Lastly, yours truly wrote about rebuilding, which as recently been rebranded as tanking and if something should be done about it. I came to the conclusion that no, its really just the best alternative a team has when both the MLB product and the minor league pipeline doesn't look good. Fortunately for us, this hasn't been necessary for the Cardinals.