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  1. Randy Choate got the win after throwing one pitch

    Jun 14, 2014, 10:31 PM EDT

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    Pitcher wins are the best stat ever.

  2. Ranking the bullpens: 2014 edition

    Feb 7, 2014, 9:00 AM EDT

    Detroit Tigers v Atlanta Braves

    We tried this with the rotations the other day. Once again, I’ll be dipping into my 2014 projections here to rank the bullpens. To come up with the following bullpen ERAs, I simply combined each team’s seven highest-IP relievers, according to my projections. AL Royals – 2.93 Red Sox – 3.14 Athletics – 3.16 Rangers…

  3. The million fluky things that go into winning a World Series game

    Oct 27, 2013, 2:23 AM EDT

    World Series - Boston Red Sox v St Louis Cardinals - Game Three

    - Allen Craig, hobbled by a painful foot injury that nearly ruled him out for the postseason, scored the winning run in the bottom of the ninth Saturday on the first ever obstruction call to end a postseason game. – Craig scored because Jarrod Saltalamacchia, whom manager John Farrell forgot to take out of the…

  4. Daniel Nava’s RBI single ties Game 3 up in the sixth

    Oct 26, 2013, 10:29 PM EDT

    ALCS - Detroit Tigers v Boston Red Sox - Game One

    Daniel Nava, getting a much-anticipated start in left field over Jonny Gomes, delivered a game-tying RBI single in the sixth inning. Some would argue that Cardinals manager Mike Matheny deserves half of Nava’s credit, though. The inning started off innocently enough as Shane Victorino drew a walk off of Cardinals starter Joe Kelly. Dustin Pedroia…

  5. Do the Red Sox or the Cardinals have the World Series pitching edge?

    Oct 21, 2013, 2:10 PM EDT

    Adam Wainwright

    This postseason has been dominated by pitching, so who has the arms advantage in the World Series? During the regular season the Red Sox ranked sixth among AL teams in runs allowed and the Cardinals ranked fifth among NL teams in runs allowed, but overall totals can be misleading when it comes to evaluating the…

  6. Cardinals take a 2-0 lead in NLCS with 1-0 shutout of Dodgers

    Oct 12, 2013, 6:52 PM EDT

    NLCS - Los Angeles Dodgers v St Louis Cardinals - Game Two

    Cardinals starter Michael Wacha turned in a gem, needing only one run of support to help pitch his team past the Dodgers. Wacha shut out the Dodgers over six and two-thirds innings, allowing just five hits and a walk while striking out eight. Jon Jay contributed the game’s only run with a fifth-inning sacrifice fly…

  7. Adam Wainwright pitches the Cardinals back into first place with gem against the Pirates

    Sep 7, 2013, 11:05 PM EDT

    Cardinals starting pitcher Adam Wainwright delivers a pitch to a Pirates batter during the first inning of their MLB National League baseball game in St. Louiss

    The NL Central continues to provide drama as September rages on, with the Cardinals and Pirates waging battle for first place in the division this weekend. Adam Wainwright brought his A-game with his team entering the night 0.5 games out of first place, as he shut the Pirates out over seven innings of work. He…

  8. Cardinals demote Marc Rzepczynski to Triple-A

    Apr 29, 2013, 12:16 PM EDT

    St Louis Cardinals v San Francisco Giants - Game Six

    Suddenly that video from last week in which Cardinals teammates unsuccessfully tried to spell Marc Rzepczynski‘s name isn’t so funny. St. Louis has demoted Rzepczynski to Triple-A following a rough start to the season that included the left-hander allowing seven runs on 13 hits in eight innings. Rzepczynski hasn’t been in the minors since 2010…

  9. Shelby Miller picks up victory in second major league start

    Apr 6, 2013, 8:45 PM EDT

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    It wasn’t the prettiest outing, but Shelby Miller was awarded a victory Saturday in his 2013 regular season debut against the Giants — a 6-3 Cards win. The talented 22-year-old righty went 5 1/3 innings, yielding two earned runs on four hits and four walks. He struck out four batters, tossing 57 of his 95 pitches for…

  10. Cardinals’ lack of action could be their undoing

    Feb 21, 2013, 11:59 PM EDT

    Mike Matheny, Chris Carpenter

    It’s hard to blame the Cardinals for staying the course. Even with free agents Kyle Lohse and Lance Berkman set to depart, St. Louis ended 2012 with a roster that already looked like a winner entering 2013: Rotation: Adam Wainwright, Chris Carpenter, Jaime Garcia, Lance Lynn, Jake Westbrook, Shelby Miller, Joe Kelly, Trevor Rosenthal Bullpen:…

  11. Cardinals avoid arbitration with Marc Rzepczynski

    Feb 1, 2013, 2:48 PM EDT

    St Louis Cardinals v San Francisco Giants - Game Six

    Marc Rzepczynski and the Cardinals have avoided arbitration with a one-year deal. Rzepczynski requested $1.3 million in his first year of arbitration eligibility and the team countered at $900,000 after the left-hander threw 47 innings with a 4.24 ERA and 33/17 K/BB ratio. It’ll be interesting to see what type of role Rzepczynski has this…

  12. Report: Nick Johnson chooses retirement at age 34

    Jan 28, 2013, 6:15 PM EDT

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    Former Yankees, Nationals and Orioles first baseman Nick Johnson, one of the great what-ifs of the last 15 years, has opted for retirement, WFAN’s Sweeny Murti reports. A phenomenal hitting talent, Johnson missed his first full season in the Yankees system before even arriving in the majors. He hit .345/.525/.548 in 132 games in Double-A…

  13. Dodgers agree to one-year, $2.85 million deal with reliever J.P. Howell

    Jan 4, 2013, 9:08 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: Olney clarifies that the deal is worth $2.85 million plus incentives. 9:08 PM: ESPN’s Buster Olney reports that the deal is done. Howell will make a $3 million base salary in 2013 and could earn more in performance bonuses. 8:54 PM: The Dodgers aren’t done spending yet. According to Dylan Hernandez of the Los…

  14. 2013 Free Agency Tracker

    Dec 23, 2012, 9:36 PM EDT

    Zack Greinke, Ned Colletti, Magic Johnson

    We’ll be updating this one throughout the offseason. Players are listed based on their ranking in the Top 111 Free Agents. At the bottom is a listing of free agents who signed before the ranking came out, and we’ll be adding signings of players who didn’t make the top 111 as they come in. (Update:…

  15. Cardinals find their left-handed reliever in Randy Choate

    Dec 5, 2012, 4:50 PM EDT

    Randy Choate

    St. Louis was initially targeting Sean Burnett as a left-handed bullpen addition, but after finding his price tag too high the Cardinals have moved on to Randy Choate. Jayson Stark of ESPN.com reports that Choate and the Cardinals have agreed to a deal and Jon Morosi of FOXSports.com says it’s for three years, which is…

  16. Cardinals shopping for “an established lefty” reliever

    Nov 26, 2012, 10:45 AM EDT

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    Left-hander Mark Rzepczynski will likely be back in 2013 after an up-and-down season, but Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that the Cardinals are looking to sign “an established lefty” reliever to pair with him in the bullpen. “I’m not opposed to a multi-year deal with a reliever,” general manager John Mozeliak…

  17. Dodgers reliever Steven Rodriguez is first 2012 draft pick to reach majors

    Sep 6, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

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    Yesterday the Dodgers called up reliever Steven Rodriguez from Double-A, making him the somewhat unlikely first 2012 draft pick to reach the majors. Rodriguez was a second-round pick (82nd overall) in June’s draft after being named to the SEC first-team as a junior at the University of Florida and arrives in the big leagues after…

  18. Hanley Ramirez is lighting up box scores with the Dodgers

    Aug 19, 2012, 11:05 AM EDT

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    The Dodgers’ decision-makers must be overjoyed with what they’ve seen from Hanley Ramirez since his arrival from the Marlins at last month’s deadline. The 28-year-old shortstop and third baseman belted two home runs and finished with four RBI in Los Angeles’ 6-2 defeat of the Braves on Saturday night in Atlanta. He’s now batting .330/.392/.549…

  19. HBT’s Trade Deadline Tracker

    Jul 31, 2012, 4:35 PM EDT

    Lets make a deal

    The 2012 non-waiver trade deadline has come and gone. Here’s your summary of who went where and for whom: 7/31/12: The Indians Acquire 1B Lars Anderson from the Red Sox for RHP Steven Wright. Quick Take: Anderson is a once-promising slugger who has seemingly run out of gas on his third time through Triple-A. Wright…

  20. Dodgers swing for fences, land Hanley Ramirez from Marlins

    Jul 25, 2012, 3:11 AM EDT

    Hanley Ramirez

    The Dodgers are flush with cash and aren’t afraid to use it. As first reported by Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports, they acquired third baseman Hanley Ramirez and left-hander Randy Choate from the Marlins late Tuesday night in return for right-handers Nathan Eovaldi and Scott McGough. It’s a modest price to play for a guy…

  21. With Marlins selling, is Josh Johnson long for Miami?

    Jul 23, 2012, 7:09 PM EDT

    Josh Johnson

    There’s no real reason for the Marlins to stop with Anibal Sanchez and Omar Infante. With Ozzie Guillen’s team deciding to sell, there should be several more attractive players available: RHP Josh Johnson: Miami’s ace has stayed healthy this year, but he hasn’t pitched like a top-of-the-rotation starter with his 4.35 ERA in 19 starts.…

  22. Four different Marlins pitchers walked four straight batters to force in a run last night

    Apr 25, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

    Miami Marlins v Washington Nationals

    Last night the Marlins did something no other team in baseball history has ever done when four different pitchers combined to walk four consecutive batters, loading the bases and then forcing in what was the tying run. It all began when starter Josh Johnson walked the final batter he faced, Lucas Duda, with two outs…

  23. Marlins went shopping, got dressed up for Easter Sunday

    Apr 9, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

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    Joe Frisaro of MLB.com snapped a picture of what Marlins teammates Giancarlo Stanton, Josh Johnson, Ricky Nolasco, and Randy Choate wore on Easter Sunday after spending the weekend playing in Cincinnati. Apparently they went shopping at a place called House of Adam in Cincinnati and wore those outfits to Philadelphia. Stanton looks kind of like…

  24. Running down the rosters: Miami Marlins

    Feb 21, 2012, 11:30 PM EDT

    Marlins Spring Baseball

    The hopes are high with LeBron James having one of the greatest statistical seasons in NBA history and the Dolphins potentially landing Peyton Manning or Matt Flynn as their new quarterback. Also, the baseball team has a new name, a new stadium and a new star shortstop. Let’s see if that does the Marlins any…

  25. Marlins sign Randy Choate to two-year, $2.5 million contract

    Dec 15, 2010, 5:19 PM EDT

    Randy Choate

    Florida’s bullpen makeover continues, as Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that the Marlins have signed left-handed specialist Randy Choate to a two-year, $2.5 million contract. Choate is a Type B free agent and Tampa Bay smartly offered him arbitration, so the Rays will receive a compensatory draft pick between the first and second rounds for…

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