Yesterday was Wednesday, meaning it was time for a Draft preview from the The Red Baron, his fourteenth of the year. This one focuses on college catchers, usually a thin class as any catchers with a lot of tools gets taken in high school. With the draft just five weeks away, now's the time to get up to date on all the amateur talent The Red Baron has professionally covered this year. The Cards have the 23rd, 33rd, and 34th overall picks in the draft this year.
Next up, Ben Godar, in another piece of Cardinals History, chronicled the career of Terry Moore, looking at his defensive reputation as well as his Total Zone Defense scores. Moore played for the Cardinals from the Gas-house gang teams of the 30's to the Musial-led teams of the 40's.
In Lil Scooter's Hunt and Peck, she looked at the origin of the term "Fraudulent offense", citing an article from former Cardinals beat writer Bernie Miklaz where he talked about the team's inconsistent offense in 2012. I for one find the idea of a fraudulent offense completely made up. Sometimes teams score runs in bunches, it's just the way baseball works. "Consistency" isn't something the team can control. Also check out the link above for all your Cardinal and Baseball related news.
Then, John looked at the top pitching performances the Cardinals have had since the team's last no-no. Bud Smith's 2001 no-hitter was the last the franchise has seen, but the Cardinal's have had several performance that, if a little better, could have been the team's most recent no hitter. Among those are Shelby Miller's brilliant perfect game following a lead off single vs. the Rockies in 2013 (which had the highest game score) and Jaime Garcia's 13 K game earlier in the year. It kind of stinks to know Cardinals have thrown a no-hitter for a while, but I wouldn't trade any of the buttloads of team success over the last 16 years for one.
Ebo shared a Farm report with us yesterday, with Paul Dejong and Jacob Wilson both going deep, and Jake Woodford throwing a good game in Full Season A. It looks like things are starting to turn around for Dejong, who has mostly struggled with the significant jump from Full Season A to Double-A. Edmundo Sosa and Magneuris Sierra also both had multi-hit games, including a double and a stolen base for Sosa.
Today is Jaime Day! The Cards' only lefty's results have been a bit different so far this year, with a higher K/9 and BB/9 than any season he's ever pitched in. He'll be taking on Jerad Eickhoff, who to be honest I've never heard of, but has accumulated a quite nice 3.09 career FIP over 81 1/3 innings beginning in 2015. That's due to striking out just under a hitter per inning, and just under two walks per nine, leading to a 3.45 xFIP. The action kicks off at 11:45 CT. Go Cardinals!!