Can the St. Louis Cardinals win it all again?

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Will the St. Louis Cardinals go all the way and win the World Series? Or will they get stopped along the way by the Washington Nationals? Here are a few reasons to believe that the redbirds will make it to the top, and win:

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Naked Streaker at St. Louis Cardinals game (photos)

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I’ve been told that streaking was considered trendy and popular for awhile in the 1970s. Sounds disgusting and crazy; and not haha crazy like Will Ferrell in “Old School.” There was a crazy streaker at Busch Stadium tonight for the St. Louis Cardinals vs. Philadelphia Phillies game. And word is he really took a beating from the cops when they finally nabbed him.

And if you’re wondering, yes that is the words “Hakuna Matata” tattoed on the side of his torso.

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What Mike Matheny Brings to St. Louis Cardinals’ Table

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Mike Matheny took over the reigns of the St. Louis Cardinals from Hall of Fame to be manager Tony LaRussa. This is the first time since the 1995 season that the Cardinals will have a new manager. LaRussa took over from Mike Jorgensen who took over the Cardinals in 1995 after future Hall of Fame manager Joe Torre was let go.

(editor’s note: this is a guest post from baseball author David Malamut)

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National Apathy for 2011 World Series? New Poll Confirms It

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If you’ve said “DON’T CARE!” in reference to the 2011 World Series between the Texas Rangers and St. Louis Cardinals, you’re far from alone.

Poll Position (it’s a survey company, not anything affiliated with strippers) conducted a national scientific telephone survey of 1,110 registered voters.

They simply asked the respondents are you interested in the 2011 World Series?

Of those polled, 55% said no, 36% said yes with 10% not having an opinion (which is another way of saying no). So I think we can drop that whole “national past time” nonsense; if only slightly more than a third of our nation actually cares.

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2011 World Series Cardinals vs. Rangers Preview: Taiwan Animation Edition

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The St. Louis Cardinals had a rough time in the 2011 regular season. Kind of like the 20o4 World Series championship team that went just 83-79 in the regular season. But with a remarkable run of good luck, they back-doored into the playoffs at the last second, when the Atlanta Braves chokes.

And no one was expecting they would take the National League crown, especially the highly favored Philadelphia Phillies.

Then, the Cards downed the NL Central division champs, the Milwaukee Brewers.

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Do the St Louis Cardinals have the Best Outfield in MLB?

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Expensive acquisition Matt Holliday might currently be on the Disabled List, but that doesn’t prevent the St. Louis Cardinals from continuing to have the highest producing outfield in all of  MLB. Very few expected the aging, but now slimmer downed Lance Berkman to be a seriously game-changing addition, but his numbers (including a 1000+ OPS) tell the story- he’s one of the best pick-ups of the off season.

And it seems like Berkman’s hitting has spread throughout the entire unit. Four of the five outfielders are hitting above .320; the depth in the Busch Stadium outfield has indeed been something to write home about. Holliday has been extremely solid when healthy, Colby Rasmus has been the team’s top run producer, and John Jay (not to be confused with one of the three authors of “The Federalist Papers” has added offensive depth off the bench, much like Allen Craig.

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Blueprint for winning the MLB MVP Award

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Let’s look at has been consistent in the MVP winners of the past.  It seems like voters emphasize batting average over defensive position, or OBP.  My preconception is that more MVP winners come from East coast teams and are generally first basemen, or second basemen.  Also, I think voters emphasize a teams’ overall record in their voting.  Am I right in feeling this way?  Well, let’s see….
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2011 Baseball Season has been Bizarro World So Far

Fans of all sports typically love to see David slay Goliath. They usually root against the haves and in favor of the have-nots. They must really enjoy attending MLB games so far, because unpredictability has been the norm in April. Albert Pujols, Justin Morneau, and the Boston Red Sox are all prime examples of conventional wisdom being useless thus far when analyzing the early portion of the season.

While the regular season is only about ten percent complete, the relevance of the Kansas City Royals and Cleveland Indians is refreshing to observers all over baseball because it shows the league is not in danger of turning into the NBA.

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