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Cardinals Analysis

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?

Lars Nootbaar is For Real. Stop Worrying About Him.

I pick apart Nootbaar’s early-season slump and his mid-season surge to find reasons to temper the hype. And fail.

So Much Rests on Flaherty’s Shoulders

No one has more on the line in 2023 than Jack Flaherty. And no one can impact the Cardinals’ season more than Jack Flaherty.

Using ZiPS to Rank the National League Contenders

ZiPS projections came out last week. Can we use them along with Depth Charts to project NL standings? Sure!

Rolen Called to the Hall of Fame & Chip Caray Calls Braves Games

It’s a BOGO article special!

Deconstructing the Cardinals Offseason (with Payroll Updates & Rankings)

A look at update payroll, Mozeliak & DeWitt’s comments from the Winter Warm-Up, and what they say about the Cardinals’ offseason plan.

Hall of Fame: Rolen vs. Arenado, Helton vs. Goldschmidt

Scott Rolen and Todd Helton are trending toward election. What does that mean for Arenado and Goldschmidt?

Thumbs Up or Thumbs Down to Carlson in 2023?

How much did Carlson’s thumb/wrist injury impact his season? We can timeline it and explore 90th% exit velocity to find out!

A Crazy Christmas Defensive Concept with the Nolans

Infield shifts are now illegal. But not if you play Nolan Arenado in ... the outfield?

Busch Stadium: Still a Pitcher’s Park

While Busch Stadium’s park factors were tracking as a hitter’s park for much of the season, it ended up pretty much the same as always.

The Cardinals are Now an Offense-First Team

The Cardinals are deep with offensive talent and that’s where they continue to invest.

The Cards are Acting Like a Team Trying to Save Payroll. Why?

A payroll correction I have to make plus a look at all the ways the Cardinals are saving money.

What’s Next? (w/ Updated Payroll & Projected Depth Chart)

The Cardinals have their catcher. Are they done?

The Cardinals Don’t Need a Shortstop. (And Won’t Sign One.)

The Winter Meetings start Sunday but don’t expect the Cardinals to be in on the shortstop market.

The Low/High Point: Payroll & Offseason Planning

The Cardinals have reached their payroll floor. But the numbers are higher than you’ve seen here at VEB. What now?

Who Should Be MVP?

Goldschmidt, Arenado, and Machado are finalists for MVP. Who should win?

Setting (Low) Standards for the Catcher Position

The Cardinals will have a new starter at catcher for the first time in a long time. What should we expect from the position?

Projecting the 2023 Payroll

The offseason is here! Let’s look at payroll commitments and projected budget space.

Wainwright is Undecided. Should the Cardinals Decide for Him?

No word on whether or not Wainwright will retire. Should the Cardinals move on regardless?

Sometimes Baseball Happens

Baseball happened in the Game 1 loss to the Phillies. Let’s break it down.

2022 St. Louis Cardinals: NL Central Champions

The 2022 Cardinals are NL Central Champs. What should we expect from them in the postseason?

Albert Pujols Has Gone Hunting

It’s hunting season and Pujols has his target in his sights.

Things the Cardinals Need to Do to Get Ready for the Postseason

With a solid lead in the division, the Cardinals need to turn some attention toward post-season prep.

A Path to the Division Crown: September Edition

The Cardinals did everything they needed to do in August and more to put themselves in great position to take the division.

Albert’s Amazing Age 42 Season

Albert Pujols is doing things no one should be able to do at his age on a baseball field. And making it look easy.

The Ryan Helsley Appreciation Thread

Is Ryan Helsley having the best season from a Cardinals’ reliever in history? Maybe! Let’s talk about it.

Right Field Candidates for The Rest of the Season

The Cardinals have an open spot in right field. Who should fill it?

What to Expect from Quintana and Montgomery

Let’s break down the Cardinals’ two new starters.

Cards Have to Trust Someone ... or Just Make a Move Already

Matz is down for a while and the Cardinals’ rotation has its back against the wall. It’s decision time.

VEB Pod: MLB Draft Review w/ Big Jawn Mize

Scout and VEB regular "Big Jawn Mize" joins the VEB Podcast to breakdown the Cardinals’ picks in the 2022 MLB Draft.

What is a “Contending” Rotation?

Let’s take a look at "contending" rotations since 2000 and see how the 2022 Cardinals measure up.