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Cardinals news and notes: Slow starts, farm report, Pirates

Plus, HBO Real Sports does a powerful segment on driving deaths in the Dominican Republic (and news and notes)

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I don’t know if epidemic is the right word, but in January after Yordano Ventura and Andy Marte were both killed on the same day in separate auto accidents in the Dominican Republic, a lot of people wondered if MLB had a problem on their hands. Cardinals fans know this issue all too well after the similar death of phenom Oscar Taveras in October 2014.

To this end, Jon Frankel HBO Real Sports travelled to the Dominican Republic to examine why so many baseball players have been lost this way. The segment features an interview with the mothers of Ventura and Taveras and premieres tonight on HBO. It’s absolutely worth watching so check it out if you can. The segment will also be available on HBO Go, HBO Now, and HBO On-Demand for the next couple of weeks.

Here’s what you may have missed yesterday at VEB:

  • I wrote about the Cardinals slow (3-9 at the time) start. There’s a very good chance it’s the Cardinals’ worst start since before a lot of us were even born. What does it mean? I don’t know but the team certainly hasn’t done themselves any favors.
  • If you were wondering why Tyler Lyons was getting so many starts in Memphis it’s because it sounds as though he will soon be up with the parent club. Anyway, here’s Josey Curtis with the weekly farm report featuring Lyons and several others.
  • Craig Edwards previewed the good guys’ series with the Pittsburgh Pirates. And the good guys won the first game, too. Here’s the recap to prove it. If they can *not* follow that up with a three-game losing streak then they might really be onto something.

That does it for us. Have a fine Tuesday, everyone.