CARDINALS St.Louis Cardinals 2015 Season Thread!!

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    Lynn's dominant effort undone by one sequence

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    4/8/15: Lance Lynn collects nine strikeouts and surrenders just one earned run on two hits over six innings vs. the Cubs
    By Jenifer Langosch / MLB.com | @LangoschMLB |
    CHICAGO -- Following a winter in which he signed a $22 million extension and a spring in which he maneuvered through a brief interruption to still accomplish what he needed, Lance Lynn opened the season with a reminder that he is every bit the front-end starter that the Cardinals are now paying him to be.

    Six innings of near dominance were, in the box score, overshadowed by a quick, but costly, sequence in the seventh on Wednesday at Wrigley Field. It left Lynn hanging with just his second April loss in four seasons, but hardly left anyone else sour with his season outlook. A 2-0 loss to the Cubs was as much the result of the offense stalling as it was Lynn slipping.

    Manager Mike Matheny described Lynn afterward as "great." Added catcher Yadier Molina: "We had a good plan and we executed pretty well."

    Lynn opened his fourth year in the Cardinals' rotation by retiring the first 10 batters he faced. He struck out five during that stretch and finished the afternoon with nine punchouts, a total he hit four times in 2014.

    A one-out triple by Jorge Soler interrupted Lynn's early dominance, but it was hardly an impediment. Lynn worked around the fourth-inning hit without issue and, two innings after, froze Soler on a 94-mph fastball to close the sixth.



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    4/8/15: Lance Lynn gets Chris Coghlan to fly out to escape a jam and keep the game scoreless going into the 5th inning


    That's as far as ace Adam Wainwright had gotten on Sunday night, though Lynn had done so with more ease. While the Cubs took 11 at-bats with runners in scoring position against Wainwright, Lynn left almost no such opportunities.

    But Lynn couldn't match Wainwright's result, as the outcome was sealed during a fateful four-pitch sequence in the seventh. He plunked leadoff hitter Anthony Rizzo -- "We wanted it on the corner inside, but he yanked it too much," Molina said -- and then made a sloppy pickoff throw to first that skipped past Matt Adams. Rizzo took second.

    And on Lynn's third pitch to Starlin Castro, the Cubs' shortstop put the first dent in a scoreless game with an RBI single to left.



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    4/8/15: Starlin Castro lines a single to left field to drive in Anthony Rizzo for a 1-0 Cubs lead


    "It was just a slider that was a little up," Lynn said. "He just got enough wood on it. A little further away and you're probably looking at a ground ball to short. But it was a good piece of hitting by him."

    Lynn's day ended there, though in many ways it was a continuation of where he was a year ago when he allowed three or fewer runs in 29 of his 33 starts, tied for most in the Majors. His 24 quality starts were tied for sixth in the National League. His 60 quality starts since 2012 rank ninth-best in the league.

    "We know that's one of the teams we'll have to go through -- especially in our division if we want to get to where we're trying to go," said Chicago's Jake Arrieta, who outdueled Lynn on Wednesday. "It was a big win, especially the way that Lynn threw the ball today. He was sharp."

    Jenifer Langosch is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, By Gosh, It's Langosch, follow her on Twitter @LangoschMLB and like her Facebook page Jenifer Langosch for Cardinals.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
     
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    Okay the Cardinals win the first game 3-0... I will get to the second game but would like to catch up on things that I have missed on because of this stupid apple update. So anyways, Waino wasn't solid but he was okay and had his B stuff. I would take that over anyone really! The Cardinals were playing in shitty weather, so this brings me to why in the hell the Cubs canceled the second game because it was one degree off.

    They canceled because the things they call a ball park was not ready... Bathrooms weren't flushing and it was just horrible for everyone... Damn, what a shitty way to start a season.. Damn Cubs!!!

    This brings me to the second game and Lynn pitched one hell of a game... Only one mistake made by him but the offense can't do a damn thing if they are only playing 2 games in five days.. The Cubs should have been ordered to play some else because of the shitty place they call a ball park.

     
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    so how's the ipad working?
    i want to get one, but i'm apprehensive after hearing about your issues
    what exactly was/is it doing?
     
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    I would like to say that it is working great right now.. It's not the iPad itself Irish, I love the product. It is just when Apple has updates sometimes it has its own bugs that need to be worked out. Then there is my old one that I never updated and it works great. That is until I updated it with the new one. My son uses the old one now.

    I recommend it bro but when it comes to updating I would wait and see what the reviews are..
     
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    yup, i always wait when there's a update for my mac and especially my iphone
    haven't experienced any problems myself, but i've heard horror stories
    which ipads do you have and which do you recommend?
     
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    btw, good to have you back! :headpat:
     
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    I have the I-Pad Air 2... It is a lot lighter and the loading time is so much faster then the other ones. Plus it can be right hand to your IPhone. I have MLB AtBat and get updates on both of them. I don't use much space so I got the 32g but I don't think they make the 16 anymore.

     
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    Let's just hope that it keeps working the way that it is right now... I have been lost without getting on here. I have been playing a lot of MLB the Show in the mean time..
     
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    Popular mechanics: Siegrist incorporates delivery changes
    Cardinals lefty reliever sees early payoff as he tries to regain his 2013 form

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    4/2/15: Kevin Siegrist pitches a scoreless 8th inning, allowing just one hit while striking out three
    By Jenifer Langosch / MLB.com | @LangoschMLB | 12:10 PM ET
    CHICAGO -- With their decision to deal Sam Freeman to the Rangers on March 28, the Cardinals offered the evidence that they were ready to go all-in with Kevin Siegrist as the team's primary lefty reliever.

    But while the Cards cleared the spot as a vote of confidence for a pitcher trying to regain his 2013 form, Siegrist still had much to prove -- mostly to himself. He had convinced himself this spring to buy into the club's suggested mechanical changes, which included incorporating a slide step into his delivery motion. On Wednesday, Siegrist enjoyed an early payoff for the work.

    Siegrist entered a one-run game in the seventh and, though he allowed an inherited runner to score, retired all three batters he faced.

    "It definitely helps the confidence," Siegrist said of his season debut. "Some days I was comfortable with, some days I wasn't. I just had to battle through it. It feels good right now."



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    3/21/15: Kevin Siegrist strikes out Eury Perez for the second out of the 9th inning


    It took Siegrist until the final day of Spring Training to finally feel right about all the work he had done. The changes had been necessary, as the lefty had to find a way to be quicker to the plate in order to control the running game. It all took time. Siegrist's spring was dotted with steps forward (he made seven scoreless Grapefruit League appearances out of his nine outings) but also moments of frustration.

    Three days after the Cardinals confirmed Siegrist's place in the Opening Day bullpen, he walked two and allowed two hits while unable to finish an inning against the Marlins. It was an ending manager Mike Matheny didn't want for the lefty, and so he pitched him again two days later in the team's Grapefruit League finale.

    Siegrist rebounded with a scoreless showing against the Mets in which he struck out the side in the eighth inning.

    "The last game, I kind of just put it all together and tried to simplify things," Siegrist said. "I tried to focus more on executing pitches. Ever since then I've had more success, especially in the strike zone."



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    3/17/15: Kevin Siegrist strikes out Derek Dietrich in the 9th inning


    Siegrist now finds himself as a key piece in a bullpen that features only one other lefty, Randy Choate, who is designated as a lefty-on-lefty specialist. While it's tough to envision Siegrist dominating as he did in 2013 (0.45 ERA in 45 appearances), the Cards do hope he's effective and reliable enough again to use late.

    That was hardly the case in 2014, when Siegrist was slowed by a variety of medical issues. He landed on the disabled list in May with a left forearm strain and then later battled a nerve issue. The latter landed Siegrist back in Triple-A in August and cost him an opportunity to contribute in the postseason.

    Siegrist has navigated through the past two months trying to find his path back.

    "You look at him just being able to get on the mound, take the ball when he was scheduled to was a big step forward," general manager John Mozeliak said. "You think back to how well he pitched in '13. … I caution people that he's still getting back into that routine. But from an arm strength standpoint and from a talent standpoint, I felt like he showed us what he needed to [in the spring]."

    Jenifer Langosch is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, By Gosh, It's Langosch, follow her on Twitter @LangoschMLB and like her Facebook page Jenifer Langosch for Cardinals.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
     
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    If Siegrist can find that 2013 form or just half of it he would be lights out for the Cards. The man looks like he has found it and right in the nick of time. The Cardinals need a strong lefty to come out of the pen. Choate has been okay this spring but he is only good for lefties, where is Siegrist can get both out.

    I like this guy and wish him the best of luck and hope he keeps it going in the right direction.
     
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    Pham has quad drained, to be evaluated in 10 days
    Lackey, Martinez throw side sessions in advance of season debuts

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    3/13/15: Tommy Pham exits the game with an apparent injury after diving for a fly ball in left field during the 2nd inning
    By Jenifer Langosch / MLB.com | @LangoschMLB | April 8, 2015
    CHICAGO -- Outfielder Tommy Pham had his left quad drained during a visit to Dallas-area orthopedist Daniel Cooper on Monday in an effort to help expedite his recovery from a quad strain he suffered on March 13.

    Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said that Pham will be reevaluated by head team physician Michael Milne in about 10 days, at which time the club will determine whether Pham can be cleared to resume baseball activities.

    Pham sought the second opinion after feeling continued discomfort in his leg even after the Cardinals cleared him for increased activity on the field toward the end of camp. Before the injury, Pham had opened Grapefruit League play 7-for-17 and was in the mix for a bench spot on the Opening Day roster. He was placed on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to March 27.

    Worth noting

    • Right-hander John Lackey, whose scheduled start was bumped from Wednesday to Friday due to Tuesday's postponement, threw a light side session at Wrigley Field on Wednesday to prepare for his season debut. Carlos Martinez also threw a bullpen session on Wednesday and was therefore not available out of the bullpen again. He will start against the Reds on Sunday.

    • As of Wednesday, the Cardinals had yet to hear about a potential makeup date for Tuesday's postponed game. The club does return to Chicago three more times this season, with two additional series scheduled against the Cubs and another versus the White Sox.

    • Though Thursday will mark the team's fourth off-day in a six-day stretch, the Cardinals will not be able to hold a workout at Cincinnati's Great American Ball Park because the Reds and Pirates will be wrapping up their series that day.

    Jenifer Langosch is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, By Gosh, It's Langosch, follow her on Twitter @LangoschMLB and like her Facebook page Jenifer Langosch for Cardinals.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
     
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    Damn I feel for the rookie Pham... The man was doing such a great job for the Cardinals in Spring and he might have been the one coming up with the team instead of Bourjos if not for the injury... I sure hope the kid gets back to game speed because the Cards could really use him down the stretch. Pham was always a good looking prospect but it has been those injuries that have kept him from reaching the majors. It is just sad that he has had this happen again.

    The Cubs shouldn't have been the ones to start at home because well there home is in a remodeling stage. I like the off days but come on man.
     
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    Bernie: Porcello deal good news for Lynn


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    Earlier this week the Boston Red Sox and starting pitcher Rick Porcello agreed to a four-year contract extension that will pay the righthander $82.5 million through 2019.

    Aside from the new contract Porcello will make $12.5 million this year, so essentially the Red Sox made a five-year commitment to Porcello that adds up to $95 million.

    That's a mighty generous deal for a solid if unspectacular ground-ball pitcher who doesn't miss many bats.

    And the Porcello deal is potentially a great development for Cardinals starting pitcher Lance Lynn.

    Granted, I'm getting ahead of things here.

    The Cardinals bought out Lynn's arbitration years and he's under contract with the team through 2017. Moreover, we have no idea what the pitching market will look like when Lynn is eligible for free agency for the first time in 2018. By then we may see teams throw around even bigger dollars in more grandiose contracts to land quality starters.

    If Lynn stays healthy and continues to pitch well, the Porcello contract and the potential futures market bodes well for Lynn's future earnings.

    It's not an exact match. Lynn, who turns 28 on May 12, is older than the 26-year-old Porcello. And Porcello has been in the big leagues as a starter since 2009; Lynn made his way into the majors as a reliever in 2011 and has been a member of the STL rotation since 2012.

    But even though Porcello had a significant head start on Lynn in reaching the majors, he's been worth 13 wins above replacement (according to the FanGraphs version of WAR) as a big-league pitcher.

    Despite having made 98 starts to Porcello's 181, Lynn already has been worth just under 11 WAR in the bigs.

    In their three directly comparable seasons (2012 through present) Lynn ranks 22nd among MLB starters with 10.2 WAR, and Porcello is 34th with 8.0 WAR.

    In other words, Lynn is a better starting pitcher than Porcello.

    But because baseball people aren't as smart as they should be, it's easy for overrated talent to be overpaid.

    Measuring their respective careers to this point, Lynn has a higher strikeout rate, a better strikeout-walk ratio, a lower ERA and a lower fielding independent ERA. Lynn has thrown a quality start in 61 percent of his career starts; Porcello's quality-start percentage is 53 percent.

    If Porcello is worth an average annual value of $20.265 million in his new Boston deal, then what would a healthy and successful Lynn be worth going into free agency in 2018?

    Lynn would be entering free agency before his age-31 season. Age concerns could drive the contract value down, but not that much. Especially if we're talking about a four-year instead of a seven-year deal.

    So Lynn had to be pleased to learn about the details of the Porcello's new contract.

    One other note on this ...

    The money that's been paid to Porcello in his career just reaffirms (again) Lynn's exceptional value to the Cardinals.

    Porcello was drafted in the first round by the Detroit Tigers in 2007 and signed a major-league contract that started paying him good money before he reached the majors.

    Including signing bonus, Porcello made about $25.5 million during his time with the Tigers. Now he's due a guaranteed $95 million from Boston.

    Lynn received a $938,000 signing bonus after the Cardinals drafted him No. 39 overall in 2008. As a reliever in 2011, Lynn made the pro-rated MB minimum salary. (Not much.) And in his first three seasons as a starter, Lynn made $1.57 million total. His new contract pays Lynn $7 million this year, and $7.5 million in 2016 and again in '17.

    By the time his Boston deal expires, Porcello will be at around $120.5 million in career earnings.

    By the time Lynn's deal with STL expires after the 2017 season, his career earnings will be just under $25 million.

    Lynn has been one of the better bargains in the majors.

    But if Lynn keeps this up, he'll score a huge pay day as a free agent in 2018. And even if the Cardinals make a pitch for Lynn to stay beyond '17, they'll have to pay up.
     
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    The Red Sox must have found some good crap because they must have been high when they struck this deal. Procello is not a 18 to 20 million dollar pitcher. I know the game is doing every well and it is about time the players get some of that pie but come on man... That was a big over pay. I'm not worried about the Cardinals, the owner has already said that he knows that payroll is going to have to go up.

    Lynn will get paid and right now he is getting paid pretty well.
     
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    Lynn is good but that doesn't excuse that Porcello was overpaid
     
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    Trust me Capp, Porcello got way to much money.. I don't understand the Lynn thing tho... I don't think I said that Porcello was paid right..

    That or I'm having another one of my brain farts..lol
     
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    Nah you didn't say a thing about it... Just that Porcello isn't even in the category of that paycheck

    we can agree
     
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    Lol, without any doubt. I sure hope this stupid move by the Red Sox doesn't change the market for 5th starters because that is what this guy is.
     
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    No surprises during Waino's Achilles surgery
    Cardinals hope ace is fully healed by start of Spring Training next year

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    ST. LOUIS -- Adam Wainwright underwent successful surgery to repair his torn left Achilles on Thursday, Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak announced before the team's series finale against the Phillies. The procedure was performed by Dr. George Paletta, former head team physician, and attended by head athletic trainer Greg Hauk.

    "[There were] no surprises, which was probably the best news, and they didn't have to use any extra material to reattach the tendon," Mozeliak said. "If the tear is not perfectly straight, there are times where a surgeon may have to use something else to reattach the tendon. But this was not the case."

    Wainwright will be immobile for some time before wearing a cast and then a boot. Mozeliak estimated that Wainwright will be resting for about 6-8 weeks, though the overall recovery time is expected to be about 9-12 months. The Cardinals are hopeful, Mozeliak said, that the veteran right-hander will be fully healed by the start of Spring Training next February.

    Though this is the first Achilles injury to any Cardinals player under Mozeliak's watch as GM, the common nature of the injury leaves the Cardinals confident of a full recovery.

    "The key thing is allowing the wound to heal, and that's the most important part," Mozeliak said. "I think the message right now is to just be patient. From my standpoint, he's going to be in good hands. He's going to have access to our medical staff day in and day out, and our hope is for the best."

    Wainwright suffered the injury last Saturday while breaking out of the batter's box after hitting a popup to the first baseman. It was announced on Monday that he will miss the rest of the 2015 season.

    Jenifer Langosch is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, By Gosh, It's Langosch, follow her on Twitter @LangoschMLB and like her Facebook page Jenifer Langosch for Cardinals.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.


    It is goin suck not having Waino on the mound for the rest of this season. Let's flip it tho, Waino had to have his elbow cleaned up last offseason, so with this team off this should help his arm in the long run... Hopefully saving him some bullets for later in his career.

    Now back to it. I'm glad that Waino's surgery went well and there was nothing serious. Hope you have a speedy recovery...
     
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    Cardinals have best record in baseball after 15-6 start.

    it didn't take long.. so much depth..
     
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