Cardinals Links: Furcal, Greene, Chambers, Cruz, Pitching

ST. LOUIS, MO - AUGUST 10: Rafael Furcal #15 of the St. Louis Cardinals hits a double against the Milwaukee Brewers at Busch Stadium on August 10, 2011 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

According to Baseball Prospectus, the Cardinals have just a 0.7% chance of reaching the postseason at this point. That sounds about right. But we shouldn't just ignore what's going on in St. Louis these days simply because the Red Birds won't have a shot at their first world championship in five years. Here's the latest from Missouri's lone MLB NL team:

  • Cardinals shortstop Rafael Furcal told Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that he'd like to stay in St. Louis beyond this season, and Strauss also has quotes from Cardinals GM John Mozeliak about the club's reciprocated interest. Furcal has struggled badly this season even when he's been healthy, but he's one of the few high-upside middle infielders that will hit free agency this winter and should land a one-year deal worth a few million dollars.
  • Over at Viva El Birdos, writer DanUpBaby outlines what he'd like to see from each of the team's September call-ups. One of the key names to watch is 28-year-old shortstop Tyler Greene. A former first-round pick, Greene has hit .323/.422/.579 with 14 homers and 19 steals in 66 games for Triple-A Memphis this season.
  • Beyond Greene, St. Louis called up two other players today: outfielder Adron Chambers and catcher Tony Cruz. Chambers, 24, posted a .277/.368/.415 line in 128 games as the everyday center fielder for Memphis. Cruz, 25, has split the season between Memphis and St. Louis, including a .258/.333/.339 line in 69 plate appearances with the Cardinals.
  • The Cardinals blog Fungoes takes a nice look at how the Cardinals' starting pitchers have performed this season, and concludes that it's unfair to claim that they've been disappointing this season. It's hard to believe that they're so far out of first place with their starting pitching and hitting
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