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ESPN and Sports Illustrated agree, the St. Louis Cardinals are very good.

SI’s Joe Lemire:

Jake Westbrook has been outstanding this year, with a 1.62 ERA in 39 innings, so replacing him while he’s on the disabled list with elbow inflammation would seem difficult — for any team except the Cardinals.

St. Louis promoted lefthander John Gast for his big league debut on Tuesday, and he started with five scoreless innings against the Mets, though he did allow four runs in the sixth. After Gast, the Cardinals trotted out three righthander relievers in sinkerballer Seth Maness and power pitchers Carlos Martinez, whose fastball touched 100, and Joe Kelly, who hit 98 on the radar gun. Each of the three pitched a scoreless inning.

And while Kelly, 24, is in his second year, the other three are rookies; Gast and Maness are only 24 while Martinez, a top prospect, is only 21. There’s also 22-year-old Shelby Miller, who came within a single of a perfect game on Friday, as well as hard-throwing Trevor Rosenthal, 22, not to mention starters Lance Lynn and Jaime Garcia, who are both only 26.

They combine to form a spectacular early-to-mid-20s brigade of pitching riches for St. Louis, which oh-by-the-way also has Adam Wainwright and some good veteran relievers. As a whole, the Cardinals have allowed a major league-low 131 runs, led by a 2.33 rotation ERA that is nearly a run better than Washington’s second-place 3.21. Throw in an offense that ranks third in the National League in runs, and the Redbirds are the new No. 1 in this week’s MLB Power Rankings.

It has been a lot of fun to watch.

This is the final pitch of today’s Cardinals-Brewers game, as viewed from our terrific seats behind the third base dugout. It was Adam Wainwright’s 12th strikeout.

His pitching line: 9 IP, 0 ER, 4 H, 0 BB, 12 K

His batting line: 3-for-3, 1 R, 2 RBI

After the game, Wainwright delivered a baby and changed an old lady’s spare tire on his way to speak at a conference on clean energy.

What a day.

Where D and I will be watching baseball from 12 rows behind the 3rd base dugout tomorrow!

Pete Kozma was named the Player of the Game more than an hour ago.

My new hat. So ready for its first trip to the ballpark.

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.

Across from Wrigley Field today at Murphy’s Bleachers (via Murphy’s Bleachers).

This is a photo of David Freese’s Land Rover after he swerved to avoid a deer yesterday afternoon in St. Louis. Thankfully, he suffered no injuries from the accident.

Danielle: Is his face okay?

Asker leitch Asks:
Seriously, I'm sorry. I don't know what I was thinking.
justamanandhisblog justamanandhisblog Said:

Five months ago Will Leitch jinxed the Cardinals by writing a post about how awesome the 2012 Cardinals were and how it was one of his favorite months of Cardinals fandom in recent history. He edited that post, but not before apologizing to me after I called him on the jinx (above).

The Cardinals are in the playoffs, so, apology accepted, but you’re on notice, Leitch. Don’t make any playoff predictions, mister.

What a baseball thrown by a St. Louis Cardinals pitcher look like to Pedro Alvarez.


“[Yadier Molina] took the plate away from Josh [Harrison]. Josh had no place else to go. So a baseball play happened.”

- Clint Hurdle

So a player on the team chasing the Cardinals collided violently with the Cardinals’ most irreplaceable player. While I agree it is a baseball play, I don’t think that leading with the helmet and a raised elbow is a baseball play. That’s a flag and a fine in the NFL. I know that as a Cardinals fan I am biased, but the more I see the way this contact was initiated, the less I like it.

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?!

My distressed, fitted navy blue Cardinals cap (“Blue”) has been slowly making the sun-baked, sweat-soaked transition from new to old status. So, on the advice of my brother and one of my cousins, I washed Blue tonight. Rather than dry him in the dryer and risk making him too small to fit over my head in the future, I am drying him on my head. This is a picture of that. You’re my boy, Blue.