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Kyle Gibson is the Key to Making the Rotation Work

Venn diagrams, expectations, and variance.

Quick ‘N Dirty Analysis: Miles Mikolas

Let’s look at Miles Mikolas’ 2023, his outlook for 2024, and learn some things about baseball statistics along the way.

Re-evaluating the Cardinals’ Offseason (In Light of Their Self-Imposed Budget Constraints)

The Cardinals have hit their budget cap. I was way off. What went wrong?

ZiPS Projections: The Cardinals are the Cardinals Again

It’s ZiPS time again! Let’s break down the projections.

Saturday SOC: Should the Cardinals Extend Paul Goldschmidt?

Reports indicate the Cardinals are looking to extend Goldschmidt. Should they?

Winter Meeting Notes: Draft Lottery Results & A Financial Freakout

The Cardinals will pick 7th in the 2024 MLB draft. You can blame Jason Motte.

What is the Most Important Thing for the Cardinals in 2024?

The focus has been on the rotation but this club’s competitive potential rests elsewhere in 2024.

The Master Plan (Part 3): Simulating the Offseason & Final Evaluation

J. P. pretends he is John Mozeliak to figure out how to return this club to championship contention in this 3-part series.

The Master Plan (Part 2): Free Agent & Trade Targets & Tiers for the Rotation & Bullpen

J. P. pretends he is John Mozeliak to figure out how to return this club to championship contention in this 3-part series.

The Master Plan (Part 1): Settling the 40-Man Roster, Depth Chart, and Budget

J. P. pretends he is John Mozeliak to figure out how to return this club to championship contention in this 3-part series.

2024 Cardinals Projected Payroll & Budget – v1.0

A first look at the Cardinal’s projected payroll and budget for the 2024 season.

Saturday SOC: No More Half Measures

The Cardinals have a 20-win gap to return to contention. I offer a stream-of-consciousness look at the extreme commitment it will take to close that gap.

Losing with Players You Love vs. Winning Without Them

Let’s return to a hypothetical question that involves winning, losing, and our favorite players.

Wainwright and the Hall of Fame: What If?

What if we played what if with Wainwright’s career?

Quick Hits: Liberatore, Herrera, Palacios

Wednesday SOC: The Cardinals Lulled Us into Bad Analysis

The Cardinals’ history of making things go right led me to believe that nothing could go wrong.

Career Years and Andrew Knizner

Is anyone on the Cardinals having a career year? Yes. But not in the way they need.

Walker & Burleson Are Improving. Can They Be Plus Contributors in 2024?

A long answer to a question I’ve kind of obsessed over the last week.

Evaluating a Wild Trade Deadline By Outcome Tiers

The trade deadline has come and gone. With the dust settling, how did the club do?

Three Tiers of Trade Deadline Outcomes

Let’s calibrate our expectations for the trade deadline!

Pitching, Pitching, Pitching: A Complete Breakdown of Mozeliak’s Press Conference

Mozeliak had a long press conference with the media on Monday. Let’s dig into it!

Critical Developmental Failures are a Key Factor in this Lost Season (Offense)

The Cardinals have a strong history of developmental successes. Not this season!

Quick ‘N Dirty Analysis: Brendan Donovan

Donovan had a slow start to the season but has flashed more power and has had some bad luck on balls in play.

The Cardinals’ Offense Has Improved

The Cardinals have one of the best offenses in the league and one of the best we’ve seen in St. Louis in quite a while.

Oscar Mercado: Depth Can Make A Difference

Oscar Mercado is surging at just the right time for the Cardinals.

Can the Cardinals Make the Playoffs? Let’s Do the Math!

How many wins does it take to get to the playoff-making center of the National League? Let’s find out!

The Cardinals Add a Patch. And a Starter Candidate for 2024?

A disjointed look at the moves the Cardinals did and did not make yesterday.

Is This Time Different for Paul DeJong?

DeJong is back. Is he back as a different player?

Quick & Dirty Analysis: Nolan Gorman and Jordan Walker.

A quick and dirty small sample size look at the good — Nolan Gorman — and the bad — Jordan Walker — in this early season.

Ask the Experts: Minor League Q&A with Kyle Reis & the VEB Podcast (Plus a Payroll Update)

Got a question for Kyle, Blake, and Adam? Ask away! Plus I have the final numbers for the Cards’ Opening Day payroll.

3 Encouraging Signs from 1 Game

Monday’s meaningless spring game against the Astros might prove meaningful for the Cardinal’s success this season.

Three Paths for Wainwright

Adam Wainwright is returning for a final season. What should we expect? A miracle, a mistake, or a mid-point?

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