If you made out a lineup of Cardinal bloggers, who would make the cut?  Who would be the cleanup hitter or the fireballing ace?  Who would be behind the plate or up the middle?

Wonder no more!  For their August project, the United Cardinal Bloggers took on this task.  Each blog is going to have a different thought or look, so be sure to check them all out.  Keep coming back as more will be added throughout the weekend!

Baseball Geek In Galveston
Bird Tales
C70 At The Bat
Cajun Cardinal
Cardinal Nerve Center
High Sock Sunday
I70 Baseball
MLB Voice
Red Cleat Diaries
Women Who Love Cardinal Baseball

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For the seventh consecutive year, the United Cardinal Bloggers are doing their one-of-a-kind project, the Progressive Game Blog.  This is our unique way of looking at a game.  Nine bloggers–well, usually, we’re running with a short roster today (Edit: hold on, running in from the bullpen is number nine)–take an inning of game action and write it up from their perspective.  It’s not a live blog, so that allows folks to bring their own stories, their own research, their own opinions into the mix without watching a ticking clock or trying to get it all in before the third out of the inning.

The Cardinals are 2-4 in PGB blog games over the past few years.  You can find a summary of the first five here (hint: lots of shutouts and lots of mentions of Kyle Lohse).  Last year, the Cardinals and Brewers had a knock-down, drag-out battle, with the Cards taking it on a Jon Jay single in the ninth inning to give St. Louis a 7-6 lead.

For only the second time in PGB history, the Cards will be playing a non-NL Central opponent and for the first time we look out west for the other team.  The Los Angeles Dodgers come into Busch on quite the roll, though they were quieted last night by Lance Lynn and some strong bullpen work (and Matt Holliday going yard, of course).  With the loss last night, LA slipped into a first place tie in the NL West, but that was after chopping up San Francisco’s once-sizable lead like a hack plastic surgeon in Beverly Hills.  The Dodgers seem to be the team to beat out there, given their roster and apparently unlimited pockets, and they seem to be showing that yet again.

Going for the Dodgers will be Zack Greinke, meaning that this is not going to be an afternoon walk in the park for St. Louis.  Greinke is 11-5 with a 2.73 ERA and would likely be considered the ace of the staff if it wasn’t for that Clayton Kershaw guy.  Greinke faced the Cards when they went out to Los Angeles last month and allowed just four hits and one run in seven innings.

Name PA AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS SH SF IBB HBP GDP
Jhonny Peralta 52 47 11 1 1 0 2 5 8 .234 .308 .298 .606 0 0 1 0 2
Matt Holliday 37 35 11 1 0 2 5 2 3 .314 .351 .514 .866 0 0 0 0 0
Jon Jay 33 31 7 0 0 0 0 1 3 .226 .250 .226 .476 1 0 0 0 0
Mark Ellis 28 25 7 1 1 0 4 3 7 .280 .357 .400 .757 0 0 0 0 1
Matt Carpenter 17 16 6 1 0 1 1 1 5 .375 .412 .625 1.037 0 0 0 0 0
Daniel Descalso 13 13 3 1 0 0 1 0 2 .231 .231 .308 .538 0 0 0 0 0
Matt Adams 9 9 2 1 0 0 0 0 5 .222 .222 .333 .556 0 0 0 0 0
Allen Craig 7 6 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .167 .286 .167 .452 0 0 0 1 0
George Kottaras 6 6 1 0 0 1 2 0 1 .167 .167 .667 .833 0 0 0 0 1
Tony Cruz 4 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .250 .250 .250 .500 0 0 0 0 0
Joe Kelly 4 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 .250 .250 .250 .500 0 0 0 0 0
Adam Wainwright 4 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .000 .000 .000 .000 1 0 0 0 0
Nick Greenwood 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
Lance Lynn 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0
Total 216 200 51 6 2 4 15 12 40 .255 .300 .365 .665 3 0 1 1 4
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 7/19/2014.

There’s not been a lot of success against Greinke, though if you combine the historical numbers with Holliday’s tendency to heat up after the All-Star Game, it could be a nice day for the Cardinal left fielder.  On the flip side, the small sample size doesn’t play in Allen Craig’s favor, so perhaps phenom Oscar Taveras will get his chance in the lineup.

Going for the boys in red is Joe Kelly.  Kelly had a disastrous return from his long stint on the disabled list, giving up six runs in three innings against the Brewers.  Granted, that set the stage for the best comeback of the season for this team, but it’s not a hole you want to get into with a guy like Greinke going for the opposing team.  Before his injury, Kelly was doing some solid work and perhaps now that he’s back into a pitching routine he can return to that.

Name PA AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS SH SF IBB HBP GDP
Hanley Ramirez 14 11 2 1 0 0 0 2 2 .182 .357 .273 .630 0 0 0 1 1
A.J. Ellis 13 13 1 0 0 0 0 0 5 .077 .077 .077 .154 0 0 0 0 0
Andre Ethier 13 13 3 1 0 1 2 0 2 .231 .231 .538 .769 0 0 0 0 1
Adrian Gonzalez 12 11 7 1 0 2 4 1 1 .636 .667 1.273 1.939 0 0 0 0 0
Carl Crawford 9 9 4 2 0 1 1 0 2 .444 .444 1.000 1.444 0 0 0 0 0
Yasiel Puig 8 7 2 0 0 0 0 1 2 .286 .375 .286 .661 0 0 0 0 0
Matt Kemp 7 6 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 .167 .286 .167 .452 0 0 0 0 0
Juan Uribe 7 7 3 0 0 0 3 0 0 .429 .429 .429 .857 0 0 0 0 1
Zack Greinke 5 5 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 .200 .200 .200 .400 0 0 0 0 0
Dee Gordon 2 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .500 .500 .500 1.000 0 0 0 0 0
Clayton Kershaw 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0
Paul Maholm 2 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .500 .500 .500 1.000 0 0 0 0 0
Scott Van Slyke 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0
Total 95 89 26 5 0 4 11 5 17 .292 .337 .483 .820 0 0 0 1 3
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 7/19/2014.

Maybe Scott Van Slyke will be in the starting lineup so we can have a rematch of The Standoff.  Also, dealing with Adrian Gonzalez might be the biggest challenge of the day.  We’ll see if working with Tony Cruz gives a little different result.

It’s going to be a battle today, but we’ve got some great bloggers to guide you through it.  Links will be starred when the actual post is up, but feel free to check each site throughout the day (and tomorrow) to see what they are working up.

First inning: Aaron Miles’ Fastball*
Second inning: Cardinals Nerve Center*
Third inning: I70 Baseball*
Fourth inning: Bird Tales*
Fifth inning: Fungoes*
Sixth inning: The View From Here*
Seventh inning: Baseball Geek In Galveston*
Eighth inning: On The Outside Corner*
Ninth/extra innings and postgame: C70 At The Bat*

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UCB Weekend IV

by Cardinal70 on June 25, 2014

For the fourth straight year, the Cardinals were kind enough to host the United Cardinal Bloggers (and other bloggers as well) at Busch Stadium.  John Mozeliak, Bill DeWitt III and Vicky Bryant, VP of Event Services and Merchandising, spoke with the group and took a few questions.  Many of the UCB membership were in attendance and you can read about their experiences below.  Be sure to check back as more links are added.

Bird Tales One | Two
C70 At The Bat
Cardinals Nerve Center
CardinalsGM
CardsDiaspora
High Sock Sunday One | Two | Three
The McBrayer-Baseball Blog
RetroSimba

St. Louis Cardinals Examiner
Women Who Love Cardinal Baseball

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In a twist from our normal roundtable format, where we have a blogger ask one question and get many answers from the participating audience, this time we asked a bunch of questions from the audience for one blogger.  The results will surprise and uplift you.  (Is that how we are supposed to that these days?)

Dan Buffa, SportsRants
Ben Chambers, The View From Here
Bill Ivie, I70 Baseball
John Nagel, CardinalsFarm
Corey Rudd, St. Louis Sports Minute (audio!)
Mark Sherrard, Cardinals Fan In Cubs Land
Daniel Shoptaw, C70 At The Bat
Daniel Solzman, Redbird Rants

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