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Three ways for the Cardinals to improve this offseason

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Throughout the 2017 season, the Cardinals roster felt like a bunch of jumbled puzzle pieces that didn’t quite fit together. In order for the Cardinals to return to prominence, changes must be made.

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State of the Cardinals: Assessing the 2018 bullpen

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Through a mixture of patchwork innings coverage and, later, a heavy dependence on certain arms in the relief corps, the Cardinal bullpen managed the fourth-best ERA in the NL in 2017.

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State of the Cardinals: Assessing the rotation of 2018

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The first step in solving any problem is acknowledging there is one. The Cardinals, and the legion of disgruntled fans who followed their tumultuous 2017 season, are well aware there are holes to be patched. 

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Team: Rally cat to return to Cardinals after quarantine

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Rally Cat may be coming back to Busch Stadium.

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Cardinals sit tight as trade deadline passes

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The 4 pm ET deadline has come and gone and the Cardinals appear to have abstained from any action the trade market. 

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The time for action has come for St. Louis' front office

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Even if you watched Thursday night’s snoozer,  you’d be forgiven for missing its significance. It was the type of sleepy, steady game perfect for late July. 

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Cardinals must answer tough question amid Grichuk's recent tear

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The Cardinals, besieged by questions about their strengths, limitations and ultimately, their future, are rapidly running out of time for debate. 

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Buy or sell: Cards' moves should come down to choice between seasons

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In the final days before the All Star break, as the season enters the period in which it’s both too late and too early to be truly captivating, fans are searching for something, anything, to spice up the action. Perhaps that’s why a tweet like this sent Cardinal Nation into a tizzy

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Is 'better than bad' enough? Cards need wins against quality teams

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For a listing team, nothing can be more restorative than playing the Philadelphia Phillies. For a team in need of hope, losing to them can hurt twice as much.

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13 Steps: Cardinal great Lou Brock on the art of stealing

Lou Brock takes part in a ceremony honoring the 50th anniversary of the victory before the start of a baseball game between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Boston Red Sox Wednesday, May 17, 2017, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) Lou Brock takes part in a ceremony honoring the 50th anniversary of the victory before the start of a baseball game between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Boston Red Sox Wednesday, May 17, 2017, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

“It depends on how the runner slides,” Lou Brock was saying about the number of steps to steal second base. “If he uses the crossover step like I did and slides feet

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Cards at a glance: Who's hot?

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It’s not just the weather that’s heating up in St. Louis.

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Cards win 2 Thursday, but weaknesses still present in victory

St. Louis Cardinals' Kolten Wong (16) is tagged out by Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Chris Coghlan after being picked off during the fifth inning in the first game of a baseball doubleheader Thursday, April 27, 2017, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberso St. Louis Cardinals' Kolten Wong (16) is tagged out by Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Chris Coghlan after being picked off during the fifth inning in the first game of a baseball doubleheader Thursday, April 27, 2017, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberso
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But like a wave, the moment can fade. The jagged rocks the water covered haven’t gone anywhere; they can still tear the hull to pieces.

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Greg Garcia may be a bright spot for the Cards

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He’s quick, he’s hungry and he knows how to flash the leather. In the series opener against the Pittsburgh Pirates, Greg Garcia got the nod to start at third base and didn’t disappoint.

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3 things we learned from Cardinal camp

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The gang is back in the Gateway City. After finishing up their last exhibition match in Springfield Friday, the Cardinals returned to St. Louis for a final off day before the Cubs come to town for the season opener. 

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Prediction

Schaeffer: Cubs have a pennant in the bag, but not a World Series

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With just a handful of days remaining until the games start to count, it’s time to make predictions before the 2017 season begins. Here’s how the KMOV team sees the playoff picture shaking out:

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PREVIEW

Bailey: Dodgers set to finally break through in 2017

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With just a handful of days remaining until the games start to count, it’s time to make predictions before the 2017 season begins. 

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Baseball will quickly move on from Cards' punishment, severe or not

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The final judgment has been rendered and the punishment has been meted out. MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred concluded a two-year ordeal Monday, announcing punishment for the Cardinals for the hacking scandal perpetrated by their former scouting director Chris Correa. What, then, are we left with? 

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Cards have top of the rotation to compete in postseason

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Getting to a best-of-five NLDS against the Cubs may be a long way away.  And by long way away, I mean a LONG way away. 

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Cards relying on extreme youth once again

May 22, 2016: Memphis pitcher Alex Reyes delivers a pitch during the third inning of a MiLB baseball game between the Round Rock Express and Memphis Redbirds at AutoZone Park in Memphis, TN. Memphis won 8-1. Austin McAfee/CSM (Cal Sport Media via AP Image May 22, 2016: Memphis pitcher Alex Reyes delivers a pitch during the third inning of a MiLB baseball game between the Round Rock Express and Memphis Redbirds at AutoZone Park in Memphis, TN. Memphis won 8-1. Austin McAfee/CSM (Cal Sport Media via AP Image
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Mike Matheny must be getting ready to pull his hair out, wouldn’t you think? Managers rarely want to go with such extreme inexperience with just a couple weeks to go in the regular season and fighting for your playoff life each and every night. 

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FELDMAN: Figuring out the real Jedd Gyorko

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I don’t think very many people saw this coming.  When the Cardinals traded for Jedd Gyorko from the San Diego Padres in exchange for Jon Jay they saw a career .238 hitter who had recently spent time in Triple-A to jump start his career. 

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Cardinals commit to hearings, prep for arbitration with Wacha, Martinez

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As the fans lined up for autographs in the big ballroom during the team’s Winter Warm-up, Cardinal general manager John Mozeliak stood at the lectern in a small conference space on the fourth floor facing reporters. 

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Signing of Fowler reflective of market, and Cards' place within it

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After much wailing and gnashing of keys from Cardinal Nation, the team officially announced the signing of Dexter Fowler at a press conference Friday morning.

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Matt Holliday signs one-year contract with the Yankees

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Long time Cardinals outfielder Matt Holliday is headed to New York to play for the Yankees.

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Cardinals look to groom Molina's replacement

St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina, left, talks with fellow catcher Carson Kelly during spring training baseball practice Sunday, Feb. 21, 2016, in Jupiter, Fla. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina, left, talks with fellow catcher Carson Kelly during spring training baseball practice Sunday, Feb. 21, 2016, in Jupiter, Fla. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
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For years we’ve known this time was coming.  It’s not here yet but, man, it’s getting close.  Yadier Molina is 34 years old and is getting to the point in his career where regular days off are not just something to discuss.  

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Cardinals change the status quo with Cecil agreement

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Well, no one can say the Cardinals are being cheap now I suppose.  After reportedly agreeing to a four year deal with lefty reliever Brett Cecil (the Cardinals do not announce deals until they are official) for a touch more than $30 million the organization is showing just how much they intend to get back into the race in the National League Central. 

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Cards need to keep Carpenter hitting third

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The Cardinals priority this offseason needs to go towards making sure their starting pitching – heck, their pitching in general – is good enough to compete with the best of the best next year. I’m all about defense.  Don’t get me wrong. 

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With reports Cards committing to Carpenter at 1B, roster herd will begin to thin

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The Cardinals began the process of consolidating their roster, reportedly committing to Matt Carpenter as their first baseman in the coming season. 

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Exercising Jaime Garcia's option a no-brainer

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The decision was not hard.  Like, at all.  The Cardinals experienced first-hand just how volatile starting pitching can be during the 2016 season.  With so much uncertainty heading into next year they had to pick up Jaime Garcia’s $12 million option.

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