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Via Keith Law at ESPN:

The Cardinals have drafted well, fared well in Latin America, traded well and developed well over the past five years, fulfilling the main goals of a farm system: Provide talent for the major league roster, and provide currency for trades to do the same.

St. Louis has shown a willingness to use young players in minor roles, with some of them graduating to full-time roles, a process I think will be easier under current manager Mike Matheny — and it’s a good thing, as the system is bursting with players who look like they’ll be ready for the majors in the next year and who project as average regulars or more.

There at least five guys in the Cardinals’ system — if we include Tyrell Jenkins, who’s coming off a shoulder injury — who project as mid-rotation starters or better. Two of them — Shelby Miller and Trevor Rosenthal — are ready now. They’ve got the minors’ best pure offensive prospect in Oscar Taveras, their usual assortment of unheralded relief prospects and plenty of depth in the type of bat-first college position prospects they’ve had success with over the past few years, a strategy that helped yield guys like Allen Craig and Matt Carpenter.

They’re in extremely good position to keep the major league club in contention for another five years without forcing them to ratchet up the payroll, and should produce a few rookie of the year candidates in that period, as well.

Anna McDonald’s article on how the Cardinals use sabermetrics is also a really good read.

This.

This.

Run differential shows the difference between runs scored and runs allowed for each team, so, in theory, the clubs with the top run differentials at year’s end are oftentimes also the top teams. There can be hiccups along the way, and in either direction, for a variety of reasons: great bullpens helping to win a multitude of close games, lineups inconsistent with their run scoring whose run differential is built from a few blowouts, or just plain luck, good or bad, with runners in scoring position. Here, loyal reader, are baseball’s current leaders in run differential:

  1. St. Louis Cardinals (54-48, 3rd in NL Central, 4th in NL Wild Card) - 94+ runs
  2. New York Yankees (60-42, 1st in AL East) - 83+ runs
  3. Washington Nationals (61-40, 1st in NL East) - 82+ runs
  4. Texas Rangers (59-42, 1st in AL West) - 77+ runs
  5. Cincinnati Reds (61-41, 1st in NL Central) - 64+ runs
  6. Chicago White Sox (55-47, 1st in AL Central) - 59+ runs
  7. Los Angeles Angels (56-47, 2nd AL Wild Card) - 55+ runs
  8. Atlanta Braves (58-44, 1st NL Wild Card) - 46+ runs
  9. Oakland Athletics (56-46, 1st AL Wild Card) - 38+ runs

So, if the season ended today, 8 of the top 9 teams in run differential would be in the playoffs. The other 2 playoff teams would be the Los Angeles Dodgers (56-48, 17+ runs) or San Francisco Giants (55-47, 3+ runs), who are tied for the lead in the weak NL West, and the Pittsburgh Pirates (58-44, 27+ runs), who also play in a weak division, rank 12th in run differential, and have, arguably, the best closer in baseball.

So, and let me express this as articulately as I can, WTF CARDINALS?!

I know he has regressed toward the mean a bit, but I still get goosebumps when I see David Freese walk to the plate with an opportunity to win it.

The Miami Heat’s NBA championship parade snaked through downtown Miami on Monday morning, passing right by the Cardinals’ team hotel. Several players left an hour early for the ballpark expecting traffic to complicate their short drive. Jon Jay, a native and Heat fan, did not attend the parade. “I’ve already seen a parade,” said Jay.

That. Just. Happened.

I LOVE baseball!

Every player’s road to The Show is different. David Freese’s is simply amazing.

In 1987, when I was six years old, I attended a Cardinals game with my twin brother and father. We got the tickets from a family friend who wanted to lift our spirits while my mother endured a bout with a lump in one of her breasts. As an additional perk, the friend arranged for us to see the KMOX booth that Jack Buck and Mike Shannon called the game from. As luck should have it, when we arrived outside the booth it was between innings, and my father, my brother and I were introduced to Jack.

After exchanging introductions, Jack asked my father, “And where is Mrs. McGeorge today?” In a hushed tone my father told Jack that she was in the hospital, so it was just us guys today. Jack asked my father what hospital my mother was in. After my father replied, Jack took a knee, put his left hand on one of brother’s shoulders and a right hand on one of mine, and said: “Boys, I am sure you’re concerned about your mom, but she is in terrific hands. She’s going to be just fine. Okay?” We nodded. Hearing it from Jack made it all better.

About eight months later, my mother now recovered, my parents attended a charity dinner that Jack was scheduled to speak at. My father was hoping for an opportunity to thank Jack for his kind words and for the solace that it gave my brother and I during that very difficult time. As my parents walked in Jack’s direction, my father made eye contact with Jack and stretched out his right arm to offer a handshake. Jack took my father’s hand, gave him a nod, looked to my mother, and said, “It is a pleasure to finally meet you. You look well.”

I cannot believe it’s been a decade since we lost him. Today I remember John Francis “Jack” Buck (August 21, 1924 – June 18, 2002), husband, father, veteran, sportscaster, poet, fighter, and hall-of-famer.

Glenn patrols the parking lots around Kansas City’s Kauffman Stadium. He picked us up a few yards from my car and dropped us off at the stadium’s entrance on the third-base side.

When he sped through a stop sign, I jokingly chastised him: “HEY! You blew right through that stop sign!”

His nonchalant reply: “WHAT?! What stop sign?”

Later: “Enjoy the game. Come back again soon.”

Will do, Glenn. Will do.

Cardinals fans camp out for tickets before the 1964 World Series against the Yankees (via siphotos)

Milwaukee Brewers second baseman Rickie Weeks is turning into this year’s version of Adam Dunn — a good player having a historically awful season. He’s batting .158/.285/.289 and has struck out 57 times in 179 plate appearances. While he’s certainly been strikeout prone in the past (184 in 2010), he had cut his K rate down last season.

The other day, Weeks forgot how many outs there way, failing to turn a double play when he could have.

Kenton Wong and Mark Simon of ESPN Stats & Information passed along this at-bat from last night against Sergio Romo, which does a pretty good of summing up Weeks’ issues at the plate. He took two strikes and then swung at a pitch about two feet off the plate:

Here’s an overhead image of how far outside that pitch was.

Weeks has been diving out over the plate, a problem Brewers manager Ron Roenicke told MLB.com last week is all mental: “He probably swings 50-100 times a day [in the batting cage] the right way. So why, when you get in a game, do you have a swing that’s completely different than what you do in practice? Something changes up here [in the player’s head]. You’re thinking, ‘Hey, this guy is going to pitch me away, I’ve got to go out and hit this ball.’ The next thing you know, you’re diving out over the plate.”

As for the Brewers, they’re 17-26 and not just because Prince Fielder is no longer in town. Weeks has been awful, Nyjer Morgan hasn’t driven in a run in 116 plate appearances, Aramis Ramirez has a .299 OBP, Randy Wolf has been terrible and Yovani Gallardo inconsistent. It’s a bad team right now, bad enough that Jim Bowden thinks Zack Greinke will be traded by the July 31 trade deadline.

I/we/they needed this.