St. Louis Cardinals Player Notes
For The Last 365 Days
 
Matt Holliday, LFHot9/2/2014 10:24:00 AM
Description: Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday is 5-for-11 (.455) with a home run versus Pirates starter Jeff Locke.
Insight: Holliday and Jose Bautista are the two hottest hitters in baseball at the moment. Holliday batted .391 with four homers, 14 RBI and a 1.462 OPS for the week. He's a must start.
Matt Holliday, LFHot9/1/2014 6:31:00 PM
Description: Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday went 2-for-4 with a double and three RBI Monday against the Pirates.
Insight: Holliday has gone 19-for-55 (.345) with five doubles, four homers and 22 RBI over his last 14 games. He's now hitting .269 with 16 homers, 81 RBI, 72 runs and an .804 OPS. With a big September, the left fielder could end up with his usual numbers despite underperforming for most of the season.
Kolten Wong, 2B9/1/2014 6:11:00 PM
Description: Cardinals second baseman Kolten Wong hit a pinch-hit two-run homer Monday against the Pirates.
Insight: Wong left Sunday's game with a head injury, but he avoided a concussion. The rookie has a .252 average, 11 home runs, 37 RBI, 43 runs and 19 steals in 337 at-bats.
Justin Masterson, SPCold9/1/2014 1:13:00 PM
Description: Cardinals starter Justin Masterson has been sent to the bullpen.
Insight: He looked great on Aug. 13 at Miami (7 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K), but has otherwise been even worse with the Cardinals than he was with the Indians. He's gone 2-3 with a 7.90 ERA and a 1.646 WHIP for St. Louis.
Matt Holliday, LF9/1/2014 10:07:00 AM
Description: Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday is as hot as he's been all season and has a favorable matchup against the Pirates Gerrit Cole (5-for-9).
Insight: Holliday went off over the weekend, going 6-for-15 with a double and three home runs. He's now batting .267 with 16 HR, 78 RBI and an .801 OPS.
Yadier Molina, C8/31/2014 7:23:00 PM
Description: Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina went 2-for-5 with an RBI against the Cubs on Sunday.
Insight: All the sudden with Molina back in the lineup, the second lowest scoring offense in baseball is putting up some runs. In three games back since his stint on the DL, Molina is 0-for-3, 3-for-5 and 2-for-5 and the Cardinals have scored two, 13 and nine runs in those games, respectively. Molina makes both the lineup of St. Louis and your fantasy team more potent.
Jhonny Peralta, SS8/31/2014 7:11:00 PM
Description: Cardinals shortstop Jhonny Peralta went 3-for-4 with two RBI on Sunday against the Cubs.
Insight: Peralta has hits in eight of his last nine games, and in the lone game he doesn't, he had a pinch-hit walk. Over that stretch, Peralta is hitting .400 with two doubles, a home run and five RBI. For the season, the shortstop has a .272 average, 18 home runs, 63 RBI and 52 runs.
Matt Holliday, LF8/31/2014 7:02:00 PM
Description: Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday went 3-for-4 with a double, home run, two runs and four RBI on Sunday against the Cubs.
Insight: Holliday started the weekend series 1-for-8, but finished out the series five for his last seven with three home runs. This coincides with Yadier Molina's return to the lineup (Molina did not play in the first game of the doubleheader on Saturday in which Holliday went 0-for-4). Conquincidence? We think not.
Kolten Wong, 2B8/31/2014 5:52:00 PM
Description: Cardinals second baseman Kolten Wong left Sunday's game against the Cubs after sustaining a head injury when crashing into the ground. Wong was trying to catch a pop up in right-center field according to the team's twitter account.
Insight: Wong was able to walk off the field under his own power, but he will likely undergo the standard concussion protocol. Pete Kozma replaced him at second.
Yadier Molina, C8/31/2014 9:38:00 AM
Description: Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina is a career .424 hitter (14-for-33) with three homers and 12 RBI against Cubs starter Travis Wood.
Insight: Molina caught the back end of last night's doubleheader, but should be back in the lineup today and he should be in your fantasy lineup as well.
Matt Holliday, LF8/31/2014 9:02:00 AM
Description: Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday slammed a pair of home runs Saturday night to keep his hopes alive of posting a fifth straight 20 HR season.
Insight: Holliday with need to knock out five more in September to reach that goal. His numbers are down across the board this season, batting just .263 (the lowest of his career) with 15 HR, 74 RBI and a .786 OPS.
Yadier Molina, C8/30/2014 2:39:00 PM
Description: Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina is not in the Cardinals lineup for Game 1 of Saturday's doubleheader against the Cubs.
Insight: This is not a surprise. Even if Molina was not a day removed from being activated from the DL, he would not be catching both games of a doubleheader. Molina plans to catch the second game and is available to pinch hit in the first. The catcher went 0-for-3 on Friday in his first action since July 9.
Yadier Molina, C8/29/2014 5:09:00 PM
Description: The Cardinals have activated catcher Yadier Molina from the 15-day disabled list, and he is in the starting lineup against the Cubs on Friday.
Insight: Molina went 5-for-6 with three doubles in his two rehab games at Double-A, so he looks ready to go. A.J. Pierzynski will serve as Molina's backup.
Yadier Molina, C8/28/2014 8:11:00 PM
Description: Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina is set to catch five innings in a rehab start with Double-A Springfield on Thursday and then drive back to St. Louis to rejoin the big league club according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Insight: Apparently the new Cardinals owner is Rachel Phelps from Major League since Molina is driving about 220 miles back to St. Louis from Springfield, MO rather than flying. Either way, if Molina does not suffer a set back in his five innings catching at Double-A, he could be activated for Friday's game against the Cubs. Molina is set to catch five to six innings Wednesday in his first rehab start at Double-A Springfield. He will be wearing support on his surgically-repaired right thumb, but it's not expected to affect his hitting or throwing. If St. Louis wants, they can wait until Monday to move Molina up from the minors because the roster expands on September 1, but if he is ready this weekend, the Cardinals need every offensive boost they can get. Molina had surgery to repair a torn ligament in his right thumb on July 11. He'll participate in a full workout Tuesday and if he clears the hurdle will be sent to Double-A Springfield. The team is hoping to have him back by Sept. 1, if not sooner.
Michael Wacha, SP8/27/2014 4:49:00 PM
Description: Cardinals starter Michael Wacha (shoulder) will make his first rehab start Sunday at Double-A Springfield according to CBS Sports' Brian Stull.
Insight: Wacha threw a successful simulated game on Wednesday and is ready for live action. The 23-year-old could be back in the St. Louis rotation by the middle of September. Wacha has been out with a stress reaction in his throwing shoulder since June 22.
Matt Holliday, LF8/27/2014 4:24:00 PM
Description: Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday hit a solo home run in the third inning of Wednesday's loss to the Pirates.
Insight: The solo shot was the only run the Cardinals scored on Wednesday. The home run extended Holliday's hitting streak to eight games. During that stretch, Holliday is hitting .313 with three doubles and eight RBI.
Adam Wainwright, SPCold8/27/2014 4:15:00 PM
Description: Cardinals right-hander Adam Wainwright lost to the Pirates on Wednesday, 3-1, and admitted afterwards he has been suffering from a 'dead arm' according to St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Derrick Goold.
Insight: With the loss, Wainwright finished August 2-4 with a 5.17 ERA. Over those six starts, his season ERA has gone up from 1.92 to 2.59. The good news is Wainwright believes he is getting over the dead arm and is ready for September. Hopefully, he is ready for your playoff run too.
Yadier Molina, C8/27/2014 11:04:00 AM
Description: Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina (torn ligament in right thumb) could be activated from the disabled list as soon as this weekend.
Insight: Molina is set to catch five to six innings Wednesday in his first rehab start at Double-A Springfield. He will be wearing support on his surgically-repaired right thumb, but it's not expected to affect his hitting or throwing. If St. Louis wants, they can wait until Monday to move Molina up from the minors because the roster expands on September 1, but if he is ready this weekend, the Cardinals need every offensive boost they can get. Molina had surgery to repair a torn ligament in his right thumb on July 11. He'll participate in a full workout Tuesday and if he clears the hurdle will be sent to Double-A Springfield. The team is hoping to have him back by Sept. 1, if not sooner.
Shane Robinson, CF8/26/2014 9:44:00 AM
Description: Cardinals outfielder Shane Robinson is expected to be placed on the 15-day disabled list with a dislocated left shoulder.
Insight: Robinson, batting .150 in 60 at-bats, has been buried on the depth chart and isn't getting playing time so this injury shouldn't change any rosters or lineups.
John Lackey, SP8/25/2014 10:35:00 PM
Description: Cardinals starter John Lackey has a 4.50 ERA in five starts with his new team, but he allowed two earned runs or less in four of them.
Insight: The Orioles tagged him for 13 hits and nine runs in five innings on Aug. 9, but he's otherwise been good. He held the Pirates to one run on seven hits over seven innings Monday at Pittsburgh.
Yadier Molina, C8/25/2014 8:40:00 PM
Description: Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina (torn ligament in right thumb) is expected to begin a rehab assignment Wednesday, according to Jenifer Langosch of mlb.com.
Insight: Molina had surgery to repair a torn ligament in his right thumb on July 11. He'll participate in a full workout Tuesday and if he clears the hurdle will be sent to Double-A Springfield. The team is hoping to have him back by Sept. 1, if not sooner.
Jon Jay, CF 8/25/2014 6:16:00 PM
Description: Cardinals center fielder Jon Jay is not in the lineup Monday against the Pirates.
Insight: Jay has batted .404 with two homers, 13 RBI, 14 runs, eight walks and a 1.057 OPS in August, but the Cardinals will give him a day off Monday. Peter Bourjos is starting.
Jhonny Peralta, SSHot8/24/2014 4:55:00 PM
Description: Cardinals shortstop Jhonny Peralta has batted .325 with seven doubles, four homers, 15 RBI and 12 runs in August.
Insight: Peralta's 18 homers this season are his most since he had 21 in 2011 and his 33 doubles are his most since he had 35 in 2009.
Oscar Taveras, RF8/24/2014 4:51:00 PM
Description: St. Louis right fielder Oscar Taveras has gone 12-for-31 (.387) in his last nine games.
Insight: However, he had just two doubles, zero homers, three RBI, three runs and zero steals in that span. He hasn't even come close to living up to his billing as one of the top prospects in baseball, but he's still just 22.
Justin Masterson, SPCold8/24/2014 4:46:00 PM
Description: Cardinals starter Justin Masterson has allowed nine runs on 11 hits over eight innings in his last two starts.
Insight: He looked great on Aug. 13 at Miami (7 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K) but has otherwise been even worse with the Cardinals than he was with the Indians. He's gone 2-2 with a 7.43 ERA and a 1.65 WHIP in 23 innings with St. Louis.
Matt Adams, 1B 8/22/2014 10:13:00 PM
Description: Cardinals first baseman Matt Adams went 1-for-3 with a solo homer and a walk Friday against Philadelphia.
Insight: It was his first home run since July 19. Adams has walked just 16 times all season, but seven have come in August. He's managed to bat .309 with 13 homers, 56 RBI and an .825 OPS in 421 at-bats.
Adam Wainwright, SPCold8/22/2014 10:06:00 PM
Description: Cardinals right-hander Adam Wainwright, who started the All-Star game for the NL, has been shaky in the second half.
Insight: Wainwright was 12-4 with a 1.83 ERA, a 0.91 WHIP and a 115/27 K/BB over 138 innings prior to the break, but he's gone 3-4 with a 4.70 ERA, a 1.45 WHIP and a 30/17 K/BB in 44 innings since. He allowed five runs (four earned) on six hits and walked three over six innings Friday at Philadelphia, squandering a 3-0 first-inning lead in the process. He didn't appear confident in his fastball Friday and got just six swings and misses on 105 pitches, well below his season whiff rate.
Jon Jay, CFHot8/22/2014 11:42:00 AM
Description: Cardinals center fielder Jon Jay is batting .400 (6-for-15) against Phillies starter Kyle Kendrick.
Insight: Jay extended his hitting streak to 12 games on Wednesday with a 3-for-4 performance against the Reds. During the streak, Jay is batting .514 (18-for-35). It would be wise to ride out his hot streak.
Matt Holliday, LF8/22/2014 10:07:00 AM
Description: Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday is a career 2-for-21 (.095) hitter with three RBI against Phillies pitcher Kyle Kendrick. Those two hits are a double and a home run.
Insight: Holliday has hits and RBI in his last three games. On the season, Holliday is batting .262 with 12 home runs and 61 RBI.
Matt Adams, 1BHot8/22/2014 10:03:00 AM
Description: Cardinals first baseman Matt Adams is a career 5-for-11 (.455) hitter against Phillies starter Kyle Kendrick.
Insight: Adams went through a major cold streak at the beginning of August but has bounced back in a big way. Before his 0-for-3 on Wednesday, he had a seven-game hitting streak, going 12-for-29 (.414) with five RBI during that stretch. There's a good chance he starts another hitting streak on Friday.
Yadier Molina, C8/20/2014 5:15:00 PM
Description: Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina (torn ligament in right thumb) took some light swings Wednesday, according to Brian Stull of stlbaseballweekly.com.
Insight: It was the first time Molina has swung a bat since a tore a ligament in his thumb on July 9. The team is hoping to have him back in 2-3 weeks.
Michael Wacha, SP8/20/2014 4:39:00 PM
Description: Cardinals starter Michael Wacha (shoulder) could begin a minor league rehab assignment within the next two weeks, GM John Mozeliak told KMOX NewsRadio 1120.
Insight: Wacha went on the disabled list with a stress reaction in his right shoulder in June. Even if he returns during the regular season, there's only going to be enough time left for him to make two or three starts at most.
Jon Jay, CFHot8/20/2014 12:25:00 PM
Description: Cardinals center fielder Jon Jay has batted .419 with two homers, 11 RBI, 11 runs and a 1.140 OPS in August, and he's been even better against Reds ace Johnny Cueto.
Insight: Cueto's credentials haven't fazed Jay. He's gone 10-for-21 (.476) with a double and three homers against the right-hander. He's a nice low-cost outfield option Wednesday.
Yadier Molina, C8/19/2014 4:19:00 PM
Description: Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina (torn ligament in right thumb) says he hopes to begin swinging a bat Wednesday or Thursday, according to Jim Hayes of FOX Sports Midwest.
Insight: It's the next progression in the process. He's already been catching bullpen sessions. Molina was batting .287 with seven homers, 30 RBI and a .751 OPS, significantly down from a season ago.
Jhonny Peralta, SSHot8/19/2014 9:22:00 AM
Description: Cardinals shortstop Jhonny Peralta hit a walk-off RBI single in the 10th inning to lift St. Louis over Cincinnati, 6-5, on Monday. Peralta went 3-for-5 with a double.
Insight: The shortstop has three multi-hit games in the last four days. During that stretch, he also has four RBI, three doubles, two runs and a walk.
Matt Holliday, LFCold8/18/2014 6:44:00 PM
Description: Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday (knee) is in the lineup Monday.
Insight: Holliday sat out Sunday with knee discomfort. He's also gone 0-for-18 in his last five games, but his .393 average in 28 career at-bats against Reds starter Mike Leake makes him a solid option Monday.
Matt Holliday, LFCold8/18/2014 10:22:00 AM
Description: Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday missed Sunday's game and is questionable for Monday versus Cincinnati while dealing with knee discomfort.
Insight: He could also have been given the day off because he's hitless in his last five games. He's batting .260 with 12 HR and 59 RBI, well below what we've come to expect from the six-time All-Star.
Michael Wacha, SP8/16/2014 6:08:00 PM
Description: Cardinals starter Michael Wacha (shoulder) threw a 30-pitch bullpen session Saturday.
Insight: It was his first time on a mound since he went on the disabled list with a stress reaction in his right shoulder in June. Wacha didn't utilize max intensity or throw all of his pitches in the session. The Cardinals are hoping to have him back in mid-September.
Oscar Taveras, RF8/15/2014 4:50:00 PM
Description: St. Louis right fielder Oscar Taveras is not in Friday's starting lineup.
Insight: Taveras is just 2-for-21 over the past six games and will get a second consecutive night off. The 22-year-old hit .320 with an .892 OPS in the minors, but is batting .206 with a .530 OPS in his first 141 major league at-bats. Long-term he's the Cardinals right field answer, but with them fighting for the playoff they need to put their best current lineup on the field.
Oscar Taveras, RF8/14/2014 4:56:00 PM
Description: St. Louis right fielder Oscar Taveras is not in Thursday's starting lineup.
Insight: Taveras is just 2-for-21 over the past six games and can probably use the night off. The 22-year-old hit .320 with an .892 OPS in the minors, but is batting .206 with a .530 OPS in his first 141 major league at-bats.
Matt Holliday, LF8/14/2014 3:08:00 PM
Description: Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday left Wednesday's game with knee discomfort and is questionable for Thursday's game against San Diego .
Insight: According to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Holliday's knee "flared up." He expects to play Thursday, but you need to check starting lineups before you install him into your lineup. He's batting .267 with 12 HR and 59 RBI.
Matt Holliday, LF 8/13/2014 10:49:00 PM
Description: Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday left Wednesday's game with knee discomfort.
Insight: According to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Holliday's knee "flared up." He expects to play Thursday.
Justin Masterson, SP 8/13/2014 9:55:00 PM
Description: Cardinals starter Justin Masterson had his best game in more than two months Wednesday at Miami.
Insight: In his previous 13 starts, Masterson had posted a 7.74 ERA in 57 innings, but he was sharp Wednesday. He allowed three hits and didn't walk a batter over seven scoreless innings. If he gets his stuff in order the sinkerballer could really go on a roll for the Cardinals, who have a much better infield defense than Cleveland.
Matt Adams, 1BCold8/11/2014 10:16:00 PM
Description: Cardinals first baseman Matt Adams has gone 2-for-21 with seven Ks in his last five games.
Insight: Adams' average dropped to .304 after he went 0-for-5 Monday at Miami. Put him on the bench until he shows signs of coming out of his slump.
Matt Holliday, LFHot8/11/2014 10:10:00 PM
Description: Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday went 4-for-4 with two doubles, a walk and one RBI Monday at Miami.
Insight: Since the All-Star break, Holliday has gone 23-for-78 (.295) with four doubles and six home runs. He hit .265 with six home runs prior to the break.
Shelby Miller, SP8/11/2014 10:03:00 PM
Description: Cardinals right-hander Shelby Miller took a beating Monday at Miami.
Insight: Miller allowed two homers to Giancarlo Stanton, including an estimated 470-foot shot to left-center field in the third inning, and he ended up giving up five runs on eight hits in five innings. Miller had given up five runs on 10 hits over 18 2/3 innings his last three starts, but inconsistency is nothing new for him. A 3.06 ERA, a 8.78 K/9 and a 2.96 BB/9 last year have given way to a 4.17 ERA, a 6.06 K/9 and a 3.91 BB/9 in 2014, not to mention he's allowed 1.14 HR/9.
Yadier Molina, C8/11/2014 10:26:00 AM
Description: Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina (torn ligament in right thumb) had the cast removed over the weekend, according to a St. Louis Post-Dispatch report.
Insight: Molina was batting .287 with seven homers, 30 RBI and a .751 OPS, significantly down from a season ago. Molina is still about a month away from a return.
Kolten Wong, 2BHot8/10/2014 5:51:00 PM
Description: Cardinals second baseman Kolten Wong went 4-for-5 with two runs Sunday at Baltimore.
Insight: Wong has hit .290 with five doubles, eight homers, 15 RBI, 20 runs and eight steals in 28 games since he returned from the disabled list. His overall numbers don't look great because of his early struggles but he should be owned in all leagues.
Justin Masterson, SPCold8/8/2014 9:20:00 PM
Description: Cardinals starter Justin Masterson walked three and gave up five runs on seven hits (two homers) in two innings Friday at Baltimore.
Insight: In two starts with the Cardinals, Masterson has put 20 men on base and allowed 10 earned runs in eight innings. In his last 13 starts, Masterson has posted a 7.74 ERA in 57 innings. It's time to move on.
Michael Wacha, SP8/6/2014 3:51:00 PM
Description: The Cardinals are targeting mid-September for Michael Wacha's return from a shoulder injury, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Insight: Wacha has been out since June 17 due to a stress reaction in his right shoulder. He began a throwing program Tuesday after his MRI showed continued healing.
Lance Lynn, SPHot8/6/2014 12:38:00 PM
Description: Cardinals starter Lance Lynn has allowed two earned runs or less and thrown six innings or more in each of his last six starts.
Insight: Lynn allowed two runs (one earned) on four hits in seven innings Tuesday against Boston but walked away with a no decision. In fact, he's gone 0-2 in his last three starts despite recording a 1.40 ERA in that span. The right-hander is 11-8 with a 2.89 ERA and a 1.28 WHIP this season.
Yadier Molina, C8/3/2014 12:10:00 PM
Description: Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina (torn ligament in right thumb) is making progress, according to manager Mike Matheny.
Insight: Molina is still about a month away from a return to the diamond. Fantasy owners will have to deal with A.J. Pierzynski and Tony Cruz until then. Molina wa batting .287 with seven homers, 30 RBI and a .751 OPS, significantly down from a season ago.
Jhonny Peralta, SS8/3/2014 10:07:00 AM
Description: St. Louis shortstop Jhonny Peralta is a career .433 hitter (13-for-30) against Milwaukee right-hander Matt Garza.
Insight: Peralta has hit 15 home runs in 373 at-bats, up from 11 in 409 last year, and he also he 26 doubles, but he's batting just .252. We like this matchup.
Jon Jay, CF8/3/2014 10:04:00 AM
Description: Cardinals center fielder Jon Jay is 8-for-13 (.615) against versus Milwaukee right-hander Matt Garza.
Insight: Jay has missed time with a sore left wrist and may not be on the field to take advantage of this favorable matchup, but if he's in the lineup you have to seriously consider starting him. For the season he's batting .289 with a .714 OPS.
Matt Adams, 1B8/3/2014 10:01:00 AM
Description: Cardinals first baseman Matt Adams is 6-for-8 with a home run and a 2.000 OPS versus Milwaukee right-hander Matt Garza.
Insight: Adams is not hitting as many home runs as expected, but he's batting .311 with 47 RBI in 94 games. despite hitting just .208 since the All-Star break.
Justin Masterson, SPCold8/1/2014 5:50:00 PM
Description: Justin Masterson will make his Cardinals debut on Saturday against Milwaukee.
Insight: Masterson was shipped from Cleveland to St. Louis earlier this week. He went 14-10 with a 3.45 ERA and 195 Ks in 193 innings a year ago, but he's 4-6 with a 5.51 ERA and a 1.65 WHIP in 98 innings this year. His 4.06 FIP suggests he'll improve, and St. Louis' defense should help the ground-ball pitcher. Cleveland ranks last in baseball in UZR this season while the Cardinals rank eighth.
John Lackey, SP8/1/2014 5:49:00 PM
Description: John Lackey will make his Cardinals debut Sunday against the Brewers.
Insight: Lackey was acquired from the Red Sox Thursday for Allen Craig and Joe Kelly. He has been in the AL his entire career and should get a boost from joining an NL team. He's 11-7 with a 3.60 ERA and a 1.23 WHIP this season.
Carlos Martinez, SP8/1/2014 5:36:00 PM
Description: The Cardinals have sent Carlos Martinez to Triple-A Memphis.
Insight: St. Louis gave the 22-year-old a chance to start in June, but he was limited to fewer than 90 pitches in all seven starts (4.45 ERA). He gave up two runs in 1 1/3 innings Wednesday in his return to the bullpen. The Cardinals acquired John Lackey and Justin Masterson the past two days so their five rotation spots are currently filled, but they could be sending Martinez down to get stretched out as insurance in case Michael Wacha doesn't return and someone else gets hurt.
Shelby Miller, SP 7/31/2014 6:59:00 PM
Description: Cardinals right-hander Shelby Miller has given up four runs on six hits and posted an 8/0 K/BB over 11 2/3 innings since he rejoined the rotation.
Insight: Miller allowed three home runs in that span but the damage was limited because he kept runners off the basepaths. He walked at least one batter in every game this season prior to the past two starts. The right-hander is 8-8 with a 4.14 ERA, a 1.39 WHIP and a 81/55 K/BB in 121 2/3 innings.
Oscar Taveras, RF7/31/2014 5:15:00 PM
Description: St. Louis right fielder Oscar Taveras went 1-for-4 with a homer and two RBI Thursday at San Diego.
Insight: Taveras will be in the lineup every day going forward after the Cardinals traded Allen Craig on Thursday. He's hitting .210 with two homers and eight RBI in 100 at-bats this season, but he has a ton of upside and should be owned in all leagues.
Oscar Taveras, RF7/31/2014 5:15:00 PM
Description: St. Louis right fielder Oscar Taveras should be in the lineup every day going forward after the team traded Allen Craig on Thursday.
Insight: Taveras has batted .208 with one home runs in 96 at-bats this season, but he has a ton of upside. The 22-year-old hit .320 with 53 homers, 35 steals and an .892 OPS in 1,860 minor league plate appearances.
John Lackey, SP7/31/2014 12:48:00 PM
Description: The Red Sox have traded John Lackey to the Cardinals for Joe Kelly and Allen Craig.
Insight: Lackey has been in the AL his entire career and should get a boost from joining an NL team. He's 11-7 with a 3.60 ERA and a 1.23 WHIP this season.
Michael Wacha, SP7/30/2014 10:17:00 PM
Description: Cardinals starter Michael Wacha (shoulder) will have an MRI Wednesday and if it goes well he'll begin a throwing program, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Insight: Wacha has been out since June 17 due to a stress reaction in his right shoulder and the best-case scenario for a return is early September.
Justin Masterson, SPCold7/30/2014 2:46:00 PM
Description: According to Peter Gammons of MLB.com, the Cardinals will acquire Justin Masterson from the Indians for prospect James Ramsey.
Insight: Masterson is on the disabled list with a knee injury, but he is ready to return. He went 14-10 with a 3.45 ERA and 195 Ks in 193 innings a year ago, but he's 4-6 with a 5.51 ERA and a 1.65 WHIP in 98 innings this year. His 4.06 FIP suggests he'll improve, and St. Louis' defense should help the ground-ball pitcher. Cleveland ranks last in baseball in UZR this season while the Cardinals rank eighth.
Matt Holliday, LFHot7/27/2014 9:32:00 PM
Description: Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday hit one out of the park for the fifth time in his last 11 games Sunday at Chicago.
Insight: Holliday has raised his OPS from .740 to .791 since July 8. He's hitting .269 with 10 homers, 53 RBI and 57 runs this season.
Adam Wainwright, SP7/27/2014 5:05:00 PM
Description: Cardinals starter Adam Wainwright fired seven scoreless innings in a win over the Cubs Sunday afternoon.
Insight: Wainwright gave up six runs (four earned) on six hits and walked four batters in 4 2/3 innings his last start, but he's gone 3-1 with a 1.62 ERA in July. He's posted an ERA south of 2.00 in three of the four months this season.
Matt Adams, 1B7/26/2014 8:15:00 PM
Description: Cardinals first baseman Matt Adams knocked out a couple of extra base hits and knocked in four runs Saturday afternoon.
Insight: Adams has been solid, particularly since his return from injury and is seeing plenty of playing time with Allen Craig struggling with his swing. He's not hitting as many home runs and many expected, but he's batting .320 with 47 RBI in 88 games.
A.J. Pierzynski, C7/26/2014 8:10:00 PM
Description: Cardinals new catcher A.J. Pierzynski made a successful debut with three hits and an RBI.
Insight: With Yadier Molina (thumb) out, Pierzynski should see most of the starts behind the dish for St. Louis, but its been two seasons since he was a fantasy-worthy starter.
Allen Craig, RF7/26/2014 4:15:00 PM
Description: St. Louis right fielder Allen Craig is not only hitless versus Cubs starter Jake Arrieta, he has struck out five of seven times he faced the right-hander.
Insight: Craig has been a huge disappointment this season batting just .240 after posting a .315 average last season. Avoid this matchup. Update: Craig is not in the starting lineup.
A.J. Pierzynski, C7/26/2014 12:58:00 PM
Description: Cardinals new catcher A.J. Pierzynski will start behind the plate on Saturday and bat sixth.
Insight: Pierzynski was cut by the Red Sox earlier this month after hitting .254 with just four homers, 31 RBI and a .634 OPS. He batted .272 with 17 homers, 70 RBI and a .722 OPS a season ago with the Rangers. With Yadier Molina (thumb) out, Pierzynski should see most of the starts behind the dish for St. Louis, but he's not an option in standard leagues.
Allen Craig, RF7/26/2014 10:44:00 AM
Description: St. Louis right fielder Allen Craig is not only hitless versus Cubs starter Jake Arrieta, he has struck out five of seven times he faced the right-hander.
Insight: Craig has been a huge disappointment this season batting just .240 after posting a .315 average last season. Avoid this matchup.
A.J. Pierzynski, C7/25/2014 10:04:00 PM
Description: Catcher A.J. Pierzynski has signed with the Cardinals and will join the team Saturday, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.
Insight: Pierzynski was cut by the Red Sox earlier this month after hitting .254 with just four homers, 31 RBI and a .634 OPS. He batted .272 with 17 homers, 70 RBI and a .722 OPS a season ago with the Rangers. With Yadier Molina (thumb) out, Pierzynski should see most of the starts behind the dish for St. Louis, but he's not an option in standard leagues.
Matt Holliday, LFHot7/25/2014 9:32:00 PM
Description: Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday homered for the fourth time in his last nine games Friday against the Cubs.
Insight: This is the Holliday fantasy owners paid for. He's gone 10 for his last 31 (.323) and now has nine homers on the year.
Matt Carpenter, 3B7/25/2014 9:19:00 PM
Description: Cardinals third baseman Matt Carpenter went 3-for-5 with a solo homer and two runs Friday against the Cubs.
Insight: Carpenter has homered twice in the last three games after not hitting one since June 28. He's on pace to bat .282 with 37 doubles, 10 homers, 57 RBI, 103 runs and a .768 OPS, down from .318 with 55 doubles, 11 homers, 78 RBI, 126 runs and an .873 OPS last season.
Allen Craig, RFCold7/23/2014 5:48:00 PM
Description: St. Louis right fielder Allen Craig is not in the lineup Wednesday against the Rays.
Insight: Oscar Taveras is starting in right field. Craig was a .312 hitter with an .863 OPS over the previous three seasons, but he's hit just .242 with seven homers, 44 RBI and a .648 OPS in 388 plate appearances this year. In his last 15 games, Craig's gone 7-for-51 (.137) with 12 Ks.
Shelby Miller, SPCold7/23/2014 4:59:00 PM
Description: Cardinals right-hander Shelby Miller will start Saturday against the Cubs, according to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Insight: The Cardinals have decided to move Carlos Martinez back to the bullpen and will replace him with Miller, who was moved to the bullpen for rest on July 18. Miller has gone 0-3 with a 7.30 ERA in his last five starts and sits at 7-8 with a 4.29 ERA and a 1.47 WHIP this season.
Michael Wacha, SP7/21/2014 5:37:00 PM
Description: Cardinals starter Michael Wacha (shoulder) could begin a throwing program in two weeks, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Insight: Wacha had an MRI and CT scan Monday and GM John Mozeliak said the results were positive. He's been out since June 17 due to a stress reaction in his right shoulder and the best-case scenario for a return is early September.
Kolten Wong, 2BHot7/20/2014 5:47:00 PM
Description: Cardinals second baseman Kolten Wong has batted .361 with five home runs and three steals in July (10 games), but he's out of the lineup Sunday.
Insight: Wong is getting a day off, though he hardly needs it. The rookie went 4-for-45 (.089) in the 15 games prior to July.
Matt Holliday, LF7/19/2014 6:32:00 PM
Description: Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday left Saturday's game after a collision with Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez.
Insight: Holliday stayed in the game for four innings after the incident, so we think it's likely just a precaution. His production in 2014 is significantly lower than what we have come to expect from the 11-year veteran. He's hitting just .270 with seven homers and 50 RBI this season.
Shelby Miller, SPCold7/18/2014 5:44:00 PM
Description: Cardinals right-hander Shelby Miller will move to the bullpen indefinitely for rest purposes, according to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Insight: The Cardinals can use four starters and still keep everyone on regular rest for the remainder of July. Miller's poor fielding-independent numbers -- he had a 3.42 ERA over his first 14 starts, but his FIP was 4.68 in that span -- have caught up with him. He's gone 0-3 with a 7.30 ERA in his last five starts and sits at 7-8 with a 4.29 ERA and a 1.47 WHIP this season.
Joe Kelly, SP7/11/2014 4:06:00 PM
Description: Cardinals pitcher Joe Kelly (hamstring) has been activated from the 60-day disabled list.
Insight: Kelly, who strained his left hamstring on April 16, will get the start Friday against Milwaukee. He's 1-1 this season with a 0.59 ERA and 1.239 WHIP in three starts.
Matt Holliday, LF7/11/2014 10:25:00 AM
Description: Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday is 10-for-33 (.303) with four home runs versus Milwaukee right-hander Yovani Gallardo.
Insight: Holliday's production in 2014 is significantly lower than what we have come to expect from the 11-year veteran. He's hitting just .264 with five homers and 44 RBI this season.
Yadier Molina, C7/10/2014 10:28:00 AM
Description: Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina left Wednesday's game with a right thumb sprain and is doubtful for Thursday's game against Pittsburgh.
Insight: Molina suffered the injury while sliding into third base in the second inning. It wasn't a head-first slide, but he caught his thumb on the ground. Molina is batting .287 with seven homers, 30 RBI and a .751 OPS, significantly down from a season ago.
Yadier Molina, C7/9/2014 9:54:00 PM
Description: Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina left Wednesday's game with a right thumb sprain.
Insight: Molina suffered the injury while sliding into third base in the second inning. It wasn't a head-first slide, but he caught his thumb on the ground. Molina caught the next inning, but Tony Cruz hit for him in the bottom of the third.
Michael Wacha, SP7/7/2014 9:35:00 PM
Description: Cardinals starter Michael Wacha (shoulder) will be shut down for two more weeks, according to Jenifer Langosch of mlb.com.
Insight: Wacha's MRI showed improvement, but not enough for the Cardinals to allow him to start throwing. He's dealing with a stress reaction in his right shoulder and could be a month away from being ready to pitch in a game.
Allen Craig, RF7/7/2014 11:22:00 AM
Description: St. Louis right fielder Allen Craig is a career 11-for-21 (.524) against Pittsburgh right-hander Charlie Morton.
Insight: Craig's impressive season of a year ago is a distant dream as he's batting just .249 with seven homers and 43 RBI. Perhaps this matchup can get him going
Matt Holliday, LF7/6/2014 10:33:00 AM
Description: Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday came out of Saturday's game with a bruised knee and is questionable for Sunday's game against Miami.
Insight: It's thought to be minor. Holliday has been the model of consistency for the past five years, but he's hitting just .266 with five homers and 41 RBI this season.
Matt Holliday, LF7/5/2014 7:00:00 PM
Description: Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday came out of Saturday's game with a bruised knee.
Insight: It's thought to be minor. Holliday has been the model of consistency for the past five years, but he's hitting just .266 with five homers and 40 RBI this season.
Allen Craig, RF7/5/2014 6:00:00 PM
Description: St. Louis right fielder Allen Craig posted his first multi-RBI game in two weeks.
Insight: Craig's batting average is down 60 points from last season and he's unlikely to reach his 2013 total of 97 RBI either. June's .597 OPS is why he doesn't play everyday, but he did hit home run No. 7 on Saturday.
Matt Adams, 1B7/5/2014 1:05:00 PM
Description: Cardinals first baseman Matt Adams is not in Saturday afternoon's starting lineup.
Insight: Adams has been solid, particularly since his return from injury and is seeing plenty of playing time with Allen Craig struggling with his swing. This appears to be a routine day off.
Shelby Miller, SPCold7/5/2014 11:38:00 AM
Description: Cardinals right-hander Shelby Miller makes his first start in July today against the Marlins after an absolutely dreadful June.
Insight: Miller (7-7, 4.10 ERA) delivered two quality starts out of six last month as carries a dreadful 8.16 ERA and 2.16 WHIP over his last three outings into this afternoon's game at Busch Stadium. Given the Marlins' hot hitting of late, he's not the best play right now.
Lance Lynn, SP7/4/2014 10:30:00 PM
Description: Cardinals starter Lance Lynn blanked the Marlins over 6 2/3 innings Friday night to move to 9-6.
Insight: Lynn bounced back from giving up six earned runs on nine hits in two innings at Los Angeles his last time out. In his last six starts, he's alternated games in which he's allowed zero runs and has a 3.17 ERA on the year.
Jhonny Peralta, SS7/3/2014 9:07:00 PM
Description: St. Louis shortstop Jhonny Peralta went 2-for-5 with a homer and two RBI Thursday at San Francisco.
Insight: Peralta has hit 12 home runs in 294 at-bats, up from 11 in 409 last year, and he also he 23 doubles, but he's batting just .241.
Carlos Martinez, SP7/3/2014 9:04:00 PM
Description: Carlos Martinez has allowed five runs on 16 hits with an 18/9 K/BB in 18 1/3 innings (2.45 ERA) since he joined the Cardinals rotation.
Insight: However, Martinez has averaged less than five innings per start because the Cardinals are still stretching out the 22-year-old. He held the Giants to one run and struck out six in five innings in a win on Thursday.
Allen Craig, RFCold7/3/2014 1:32:00 PM
Description: St. Louis right fielder Allen Craig is out of the lineup Thursday against the Giants. Oscar Taveras is starting in right field.
Insight: Craig is 3-for-16 (.188) lifetime against San Francisco starter Madison Bumgarner, he hasn't homered since May 29 and he is two for his last 18. The 29-year-old hit .307 or higher in each of the last three seasons, but he's batted just .252 with six homers, 40 RBI and a .663 OPS this year.
Allen Craig, RF7/3/2014 12:32:00 PM
Description: St. Louis right fielder Allen Craig hasn't homered since May 29, is two for his last 18 and has a poor matchup Thursday against the Giants.
Insight: Craig is 3-for-16 (.188) lifetime against San Francisco starter Madison Bumgarner. The 29-year-old hit .307 or higher in each of the last three seasons, but he's batted just .252 with six homers, 40 RBI and a .663 OPS this year.
Matt Holliday, LF 7/3/2014 12:18:00 PM
Description: Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday has scratched out just two hits in 14 at-bats against Giants starter Madison Bumgarner.
Insight: Holliday has been the model of consistency for the past five years, but he's hitting just .267 with five homers this season. He shouldn't be started Thursday against Bumgarner.
Kolten Wong, 2B7/1/2014 9:13:00 PM
Description: Cardinals second baseman Kolten Wong (shoulder) has begun his minor league rehab assignment, according to Jenifer Langosch of mlb.com.
Insight: Wong is eligible to return from a bruised shoulder on July 6 and should be able to do so unless he suffers a setback.
Oscar Taveras, RF6/30/2014 1:59:00 AM
Description: St. Louis right fielder Oscar Taveras is expected to be recalled to the big club in time for Tuesday's game with San Francisco.
Insight: Taveras (.189, 1 HR, 2 RBI) didn't do much after an debut home run, but has too much talent not to succeed. Struggling Allen Craig is expected to lose playing time with this promotion of Taveras.
Matt Adams, 1BHot6/29/2014 2:05:00 PM
Description: Cardinals first baseman Matt Adams is not in Sunday afternoon's starting lineup.
Insight: Adams (.328) has hit six homers and driven in 16 runs in 16 games since he came off the DL after hitting just three with 17 RBI in his first 52 games.
Lance Lynn, SP6/28/2014 10:25:00 PM
Description: Cardinals starter Lance Lynn allowed nine hits and seven runs (six earned) in just two innings of work Saturday at Los Angeles.
Insight: Go figure. Lynn held the Rockies to three hits in eight shutout innings at Coors Field on Monday, but the Dodgers roughed him up five days later. Lynn will take an 8-6 record, a 3.38 ERA and a 1.32 WHIP into his next start Friday at home against the Marlins.
Matt Holliday, LFHot6/25/2014 9:17:00 PM
Description: Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday clubbed three hits in Wednesday's victory over the Rockies.
Insight: That gives Holliday seven hits in his last 14 at bats. Holliday still isn't hitting home runs (only five this year) but at least his average is back in the .270s.
Pete Kozma, SS6/25/2014 7:30:00 PM
Description: St. Louis shortstop Pete Kozma has been optioned to Triple-A Memphis.
Insight: Kozma (.333, 0 HR, 0 RBI) was designated for assignment earlier today and has already cleared waivers. The 26-year-old has only logged three at bats in the big leagues this season.
Kolten Wong, 2B6/25/2014 4:06:00 PM
Description: Cardinals second baseman Kolten Wong has been diagnosed with a bruised shoulder, according to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Insight: Wong's MRI revealed no structural damage and he was given a shot to lessen the swelling in his rotator cuff area. The 23-year-old went 4-for-45 (.089) in his last 15 games before being placed on the disabled list on June 21.
Shelby Miller, SP6/25/2014 4:02:00 PM
Description: According to Jim Hayes of Fox Sports Midwest, Cardinals manager Mike Matheny expects Shelby Miller (back) to make his next start.
Insight: Miller (7-6, 3.75 ERA) walked five and allowed three runs on six hits in 2 2/3 innings before exiting with back pain Tuesday at Colorado. The right-hander has gotten his HR/9 in check after allowing seven in April, but he still has a mediocre 6.34 K/9 and a terrible 4.42 BB/9.
Shelby Miller, SP6/24/2014 10:28:00 PM
Description: St. Louis starter Shelby Miller had to leave Tuesday's game because of back tightness. SOURCE: Cardinals on Twitter
Insight: He came out after getting blasted for three runs and six hits in only 2 2/3 innings. Miller (7-6, 3.75 ERA) also allowed five walks. Consider him questionable for his next start Sunday against Los Angeles.
Yadier Molina, C6/24/2014 4:52:00 PM
Description: Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina is not in the lineup Tuesday at Colorado.
Insight: Tony Cruz will catch Shelby Miller. Molina has hit .286 with a .743 OPS this season, down from his level of production the past three years.
Lance Lynn, SPHot6/24/2014 9:50:00 AM
Description: St. Louis right-hander Lance Lynn went into Coors Field and held the Rockies to three hits over eight scoreless innings (7 K, 0 BB).
Insight: Colorado is hitting .325 with an .899 OPS at Coors Field this season, so that's quite an impressive feat by Lynn, who has allowed just 10 hits and two runs in his last 22 innings. Lynn has proven to be a first-half pitcher in his career, going 31-14 with a 3.49 ERA and a 1.23 WHIP prior to the All-Star break and 11-9 with a 3.95 ERA and a 1.38 WHIP after it.
Matt Adams, 1BHot6/24/2014 9:47:00 AM
Description: Cardinals first baseman Matt Adams went 3-for-5 with two homers and six RBI Monday at Colorado.
Insight: Adams (.328) has hit five homers and driven in 14 runs in 11 games since he came off the DL after hitting just three with 17 RBI in his first 52 games.
Joe Kelly, SP6/23/2014 8:43:00 PM
Description: Cardinals pitcher Joe Kelly (hamstring) will begin a rehab assignment Friday, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Insight: Kelly strained his left hamstring on April 16. He'll try to get his pitch count up to 60 pitches Friday and will need at least one more rehab start after that. He could be ready to rejoin the rotation in the second week of July.
Marco Gonzales, SP6/23/2014 8:33:00 PM
Description: The Cardinals will call up 2013 No. 19 overall pick Marco Gonzales to start Wednesday at Colorado. St. Louis needs a starter after placing Jaime Garcia and Michael Wacha on the DL Sunday.
Insight: Gonzales has a 2.08 ERA and a 101/26 K/BB over 99 2/3 innings in the minors. He's recorded a 2.33 ERA and 46 Ks over 38 2/3 innings with Double-A Springfield, his highest stop so far. Colorado is the worst possible venue for a pitcher to make his MLB debut and St. Louis may just choose to skip the fifth spot in the rotation on July 1 following a day off on June 30. After that, Joe Kelly will be ready to return from the disabled list, so there's no pressing need for fantasy owners to add Gonzales.
Jaime Garcia, SP6/22/2014 7:09:00 PM
Description: A shoulder injury will send Cardinals left-hander Jaime Garcia to the disabled list, according to Jenifer Langosch of mlb.com.
Insight: Garcia had surgery on the labrum in his left shoulder last year and dealt with shoulder inflammation this spring. The Cardinals also announced Michael Wacha will go on the DL with a shoulder injury, so they will need to call up a starter to take over Garcia's spot as Carlos Martinez will assume Wacha's spot.
Michael Wacha, SP6/22/2014 7:07:00 PM
Description: Cardinals starter Michael Wacha is heading to the disabled list with a shoulder injury, according to Jenifer Langosch of mlb.com.
Insight: St. Louis will place Jaime Garcia on the DL for the same reason. Carlos Martinez will remain in the rotation in Wacha's spot and the team will have to call up a starter to take over for Garcia.
Matt Holliday, LF6/22/2014 10:53:00 AM
Description: St. Louis left fielder Matt Holliday hasn't had much success against Philadelphia starter Kyle Kendrick.
Insight: Only two of his 18 at bats have resulted in hits. As a whole, it's been a disappointing year for Holliday (.265, 5 HR, 37 RBI), who is hitting 44 points below his career average.
Yadier Molina, C6/22/2014 10:50:00 AM
Description: Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina is hitting only .176 in his career against Phillies right-hander Kyle Kendrick.
Insight: Molina has had a quiet June (.211 AVG in 57 at bats) and should probably be avoided on Sunday.
Kolten Wong, 2B6/21/2014 8:57:00 PM
Description: The Cardinals have put second baseman Kolten Wong on the 15-day disabled list. SOURCE: Jim Hayes, Fox Sports Midwest
Insight: He's out with a shoulder injury. St. Louis has called up Shane Robinson (.152, 0 HR, 2 RBI) from Triple-A Memphis to take Wong's spot on the roster.
Adam Wainwright, SP6/21/2014 7:45:00 PM
Description: Cardinals starter Adam Wainwright looked sharp Saturday in his return to the starting rotation.
Insight: The Phillies could only muster one run in eight innings against Wainwright. He struck out seven without allowing a walk. Wainwright (10-3, 2.08 ERA) is one of four pitchers in MLB with ten or more wins.
Matt Carpenter, 3B6/20/2014 10:08:00 AM
Description: Cardinals third baseman Matt Carpenter is a career .429 hitter (9-for-21) with four extra-base hits against Phillies starter A.J. Burnett.
Insight: Carpenter's numbers are down significantly from last season. He's batting .286 with 46 runs, 3 HR, 27 RBI and a .761 OPS. Last year he led the NL in runs scored (126), hits (199) and doubles (55).
Michael Wacha, SP6/19/2014 5:19:00 PM
Description: The Cardinals will skip Michael Wacha's next start. He was supposed to go Sunday against the Mets, but Carlos Martinez will start in his place. SOURCE: Derrick Goold, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Insight: St. Louis has been extra careful with Wacha (5-5, 2.79 ERA, 1.12 WHIP) this season, limiting him to less than 100 pitches in 11 of 15 outings and not allowing him to exceed 104 pitches in any start.
Matt Carpenter, 3B6/18/2014 6:33:00 PM
Description: Cardinals third baseman Matt Carpenter went 2-for-4 with a double and a homer Wednesday against the Mets.
Insight: Carpenter received Tuesday off after going 4-for-34 (.118) from June 6-16.
Adam Wainwright, SP6/18/2014 12:15:00 PM
Description: St. Louis right-hander Adam Wainwright has been cleared to make his next start Saturday against the Phillies. SOURCE: Brian Stull, CBS Sports 920 AM
Insight: He was skipped in the rotation Monday because of elbow tendinitis. Wainwright has pitched like a Cy Young contender this year, carrying a minuscule 2.15 ERA over 100 1/3 innings. Last year he was 1-0 against the Phillies.
Jhonny Peralta, SS6/18/2014 12:05:00 PM
Description: St. Louis shortstop Jhonny Peralta won't be in action Wednesday against New York. SOURCE: Fox Sports Midwest
Insight: Peralta has only a .182 lifetime average versus Mets starter Bartolo Colon so it's probably for the best. Daniel Descalso (.175, 0 HR, 3 RBI) will get a try at shortstop.
Yadier Molina, C 6/17/2014 10:56:00 PM
Description: St. Louis catcher Yadier Molina hit his sixth home run of the season Tuesday against the Mets.
Insight: It was his first since May 24th. In 17 games between home runs, he went 9-for-60 (.150).
Michael Wacha, SP6/17/2014 10:53:00 PM
Description: Cardinals starter Michael Wacha improved to 5-5 with a victory over the Mets Tuesday night.
Insight: Wacha struck out seven batters and allowed one run over six innings. The right-hander has lived up to expectations, recording a 2.79 ERA, a 1.12 WHIP and an 83/26 K/BB in 90 1/3 innings this season. St. Louis has been careful with him so far, allowing him to exceed 100 pitches just four times in 15 starts and zero times in his last six.
Matt Adams, 1BHot6/17/2014 4:40:00 PM
Description: Cardinals first baseman Matt Adams is not in Tuesday's starting lineup.
Insight: It's just a routine day off. Adams hit home runs in three consecutive games over the weekend but "only" went 2-for-4 with a triple on Monday. Overall, Adams is batting .330 with six homers, 23 RBI and an .863 OPS in 56 games.
Matt Carpenter, 3B6/17/2014 4:37:00 PM
Description: Cardinals third baseman Matt Carpenter has gone 4-for-34 (.118) over his last nine games and is not in Tuesday night's starting lineup.
Insight: Carpenter is batting .283 with 25 RBI and 44 runs scored. He won't match last year's totals, but most people expected a drop in production after his career year. Daniel Descalso will get the start.
Jaime Garcia, SP6/15/2014 6:37:00 PM
Description: Cardinals left-hander Jaime Garcia improved to 3-0 Sunday in a win over Washington.
Insight: Garcia held the Nats to just three hits and one run in seven innings. The 27-year-old is now 2-0 with a 0.64 ERA over his last two starts.
Yadier Molina, CCold6/15/2014 12:05:00 PM
Description: St. Louis catcher Yadier Molina is out of the lineup Sunday.
Insight: Molina has batted .140 (8-for-57) in his last 16 games and will get a break Sunday.
Trevor Rosenthal, RPHot6/14/2014 10:09:00 PM
Description: Cardinals closer Trevor Rosenthal has given up just one run on six hits while recording a 16/4 K/BB in his last 11 innings, dropping his ERA from 4.98 to 3.58 in the process.
Insight: The flamethrower started to get back on track when he threw 3 2/3 scoreless innings from May 15-17, but for some reason manager Mike Matheny decided to use Rosenthal a fourth consecutive day on May 18 and he blew a save. Since then, however, he's been nearly untouchable. He saved his 19th game of the season Saturday against the Nationals.
Shelby Miller, SP6/14/2014 10:06:00 PM
Description: Cardinals right-hander Shelby Miller worked around four walks to allow one run over 6 2/3 innings Saturday against the Nationals.
Insight: Miller has been walking the tightrope all season; he's posted a 60/38 K/BB in 84 1/3 innings but has a 3.42 ERA. The right-hander has allowed just three homers in his last 50 innings after serving up seven taters in his first 34 1/3.
Matt Adams, 1BHot6/14/2014 10:02:00 PM
Description: Cardinals first baseman Matt Adams has homered in back-to-back games since he came off the DL.
Insight: Adams had just three homers with a .325 average when he went on the disabled list with a hamstring injury, but he's making up for lost time. That's a good sign, because his average will definitely fall from .328 -- he has a .386 BABIP, a 19.6 K% and a 2.4 BB% -- and he'll need more power to sustain his fantasy value.
Adam Wainwright, SP6/14/2014 5:07:00 PM
Description: Cardinals starter Adam Wainwright (elbow) will not make his start Monday, according to Ken Rosenthal of foxsports.com.
Insight: Wainwright (9-3, 2.15 ERA) is dealing with elbow tendinitis. Cardinals GM John Mozeliak expects Wainwright to make his next start Saturday.
Allen Craig, RF6/14/2014 12:34:00 PM
Description: St. Louis right fielder Allen Craig is hitless in nine at bats against Washington ace Stephen Strasburg with five strikeouts.
Insight: Craig batted at least .307 in each of the last three years but is hitting .249 this season. He's not likely to break out of the slump today.
Lance Lynn, SP6/13/2014 10:24:00 PM
Description: St. Louis right-hander Lance Lynn took a perfect game into the sixth inning Friday against Washington.
Insight: Lynn allowed just two hits over eight shutout innings. That lowers his season ERA to 3.16. Lynn's next start is scheduled for Wednesday against New York.
Adam Wainwright, SP6/13/2014 9:40:00 PM
Description: Cardinals starter Adam Wainwright could miss Monday's start because of elbow tendinitis. SOURCE: Associated Press
Insight: Wainwright (9-3, 2.15 ERA) is confident he won't require a stint on the disabled list. It's unknown who would start in Wainwright's place if he can't suit up on Monday.
Oscar Taveras, RF6/13/2014 8:01:00 PM
Description: St. Louis right fielder Oscar Taveras has been optioned to Triple-A Memphis.
Insight: The Cardinals needed to make room on the roster for Matt Adams. Taveras (.189, 1 HR, 2 RBI) should get another shot at the bigs later this season.
Matt Adams, 1B6/13/2014 7:08:00 PM
Description: Cardinals first baseman Matt Adams is batting sixth Friday in his return from the disabled list.
Insight: He missed the minimum 15 days with a hamstring injury. St. Louis had to send top prospect Oscar Taveras down to Triple-A to make room for Adams (.325, 3 HR, 17 RBI).
Matt Adams, 1B6/11/2014 10:03:00 PM
Description: The Cardinals expect to activate first baseman Matt Adams from the disabled list on Friday. SOURCE: Jenifer Langosch, MLB.com
Insight: That's when he's first eligible to return. Adams has missed the last 13 games with a tight calf. He was batting .325 before his injury and needs to be starting in all formats.
Adam Wainwright, SP6/11/2014 8:23:00 PM
Description: St. Louis ace Adam Wainwright was given a cortisone shot Wednesday to relieve his elbow discomfort. SOURCE: Ryan Boyer, NBC Sports
Insight: Surprisingly, the Cardinals haven't ruled Wainwright (9-3, 2.15 ERA) out for his next start. A decision on Wainwright's availability should be made within the next 48 hours.
Adam Wainwright, SPHot6/11/2014 4:12:00 PM
Description: Cardinals starter Adam Wainwright underwent an MRI Wednesday after experiencing discomfort on the outside of his elbow, according to Chris Hrabe of KMOX Radio.
Insight: Wainwright's UCL, which was repaired via Tommy John surgery in 2011, is "completely fine," GM John Mozeliak said. Mozeliak added that Wainwright's discomfort is sometimes called tennis elbow. The right-hander will be reevaluated in a few days.
Matt Holliday, LF6/11/2014 10:25:00 AM
Description: Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday homered Tuesday and has hit .391 against Wednesday's starter Erik Bedard of the Rays.
Insight: Holliday has hit .265 with just four home runs this season after blasting 22-28 homers and hitting between .295-.321 in each of the last six seasons. He's 9-for-23 with two doubles against Bedard, however.
Allen Craig, RF6/11/2014 10:22:00 AM
Description: St. Louis right fielder Allen Craig has hit two homers in 12 at-bats against Tampa Bay starter Erik Bedard.
Insight: Craig is 5-for-12 (.417) against Bedard. He batted at least .307 in each of the last three years but is hitting .249 this season because his ground-ball rate is a career-high 54.5 percent. However, he should be in your lineup Wednesday versus Bedard.
Yadier Molina, CCold6/11/2014 10:20:00 AM
Description: St. Louis catcher Yadier Molina has gone 6-for-11 with three doubles and two homers against Tampa Bay starter Erik Bedard.
Insight: Molina has gone 6-for-45 (.133) in his last 13 games, but facing Bedard Wednesday could put a jolt into his bat.
Matt Holliday, LF6/10/2014 10:21:00 PM
Description: Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday (back) returned from a back injury and went 1-for-3 with a solo homer Tuesday against the Rays.
Insight: Holliday was scratched from Sunday's lineup due to lower-back tightness. He has hit .265 with just four home runs this season. Holliday has hit 22-28 homers in each of the last six seasons.
Adam Wainwright, SPHot6/10/2014 10:20:00 PM
Description: Cardinals starter Adam Wainwright turned in seven scoreless innings Tuesday against the Rays to improve to 9-3.
Insight: Wainwright has a 2.15 ERA, a 0.93 WHIP and 91 Ks in 100 1/3 innings this season. He may finally get the Cy Young Award that's eluded him several times.
Matt Holliday, LF6/10/2014 5:38:00 PM
Description: Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday (back) is in the lineup as the DH Tuesday against the Rays, according to Jenifer Langosch of mlb.com.
Insight: Holliday was scratched from Sunday's lineup due to lower-back tightness. He has hit .264 with just three home runs this season.
Kolten Wong, 2B6/10/2014 5:33:00 PM
Description: St. Louis second baseman Kolten Wong (shoulder) is in the lineup Tuesday.
Insight: Wong had missed the previous three games with a left shoulder injury. He has upside, but he's hit just .258 with one homer, 15 RBI, 13 runs and eight steals this season.
Jaime Garcia, SP6/8/2014 5:44:00 PM
Description: St. Louis starter Jaime Garcia was brilliant Sunday in a victory over Toronto.
Insight: He threw all zeros, leaving the game after seven shutout innings. Garcia (2-0, 4.26 ERA) hasn't lost a decision since last May.
Matt Adams, 1B6/8/2014 2:26:00 PM
Description: St. Louis first baseman Matt Adams (calf) could go on a rehab assignment as soon as Monday, according to Jenifer Langosch of mlb.com.
Insight: Adams was placed on the disabled list retroactive to May 29 so he's eligible to return Friday. Cardinals manager Mike Matheny will have to figure out how to get Adams, Allen Craig and Oscar Taveras regular at-bats even though there are only two spots in the lineup available.
Matt Holliday, LF6/8/2014 1:49:00 PM
Description: Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday was scratched from Sunday's lineup due to lower-back tightness, according to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Insight: Holliday has hit .264 with just three home runs this season and a back injury won't help matters.
Yadier Molina, C6/8/2014 11:01:00 AM
Description: St. Louis catcher Yadier Molina will get a second straight day off Sunday, according to Fox Sports Midwest.
Insight: Molina served as the DH Friday, so he hasn't been behind the plate since Thursday. Manager Mike Matheny indicated Saturday that Molina is worn down, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "When you put the weight of this team on your own shoulders, which is self-induced," Matheny said. "As much as we explain to him that we all have to do our piece, you're taking a guy with natural leadership characteristics and he wants to be the guy who makes it all happen. I see that he cares so much that it’s beat him down. Anybody is susceptible to just being fried." The Cardinals have a day off Monday, so Molina should feel extra fresh Tuesday at Tampa Bay.
Shelby Miller, SP6/7/2014 5:13:00 PM
Description: Cardinals right-hander Shelby Miller hurled his second career shutout Saturday afternoon against the Blue Jays.
Insight: Miller (7-5, 3.59 ERA, 1.31 WHIP) held one of the best offenses in baseball to three hits in his nine innings of work after allowing 15 earned runs in his previous 17 innings. The 23-year-old has walked just seven batters and allowed only two homers in his last 33 innings after issuing 27 free passes and serving up eight home runs in his first 44 2/3.
Yadier Molina, C6/7/2014 12:20:00 PM
Description: St. Louis catcher Yadier Molina is not in Saturday afternoon's starting lineup.
Insight: No injury that we know of, simply the normal day game off after a night game. Molina is an elite fantasy catcher and always a must start when in the lineup. Tony Cruz will get the start, but has little fantasy value.
Kolten Wong, 2B6/6/2014 6:13:00 PM
Description: According to Jim Hayes of Fox Sports Midwest, St. Louis second baseman Kolten Wong may sit out all weekend with a sore shoulder.
Insight: Wong suffered the injury Tuesday and aggravated it last night. It doesn't sound like he's in danger of going on the disabled list. Fantasy owners can probably do better than Wong, who is hitting just .258 with one homer this season.
Oscar Taveras, CF6/6/2014 3:40:00 PM
Description: Cardinals young outfielder Oscar Taveras will bat in the No. 2 hole for the first time since arriving in the majors.
Insight: The heralded 21-year-old has batted fifth, sixth or seventh over his first half dozen games, but will get a spot near the top of the lineup for the first time. With Matt Holiday, Allen Craig and Yadier Molina behind him he should get good pitches to hit. He's batting .227 through six games.
Kolten Wong, 2BCold6/6/2014 3:36:00 PM
Description: Cardinals second baseman Kolten Wong left Thursday's game with left shoulder soreness and won't play Friday against Toronto. SOURCE: Fox Sports Midwest
Insight: Wong jammed his shoulder Tuesday and didn't start Wednesday. He was 0-for-3 before leaving Thursday and is two for his last 19, though one of the hits was a grand slam. Daniel Descalso is getting the start at second base (.161, 0 HR, 3 RBI).
Lance Lynn, SP6/6/2014 11:47:00 AM
Description: Cardinals starter Lance Lynn is ready for Friday's start after hurting his knee covering first in last Sunday's game.
Insight: It was called a hyperextension, but he's been checked out and given the ok to start. Lynn is 6-3 with a 3.48 ERA and 1.37 WHIP.
Kolten Wong, 2BCold6/6/2014 11:46:00 AM
Description: Cardinals second baseman Kolten Wong left Thursday's game against the Royals due to left shoulder soreness and is doubtful for Friday's game against Toronto.
Insight: Wong jammed his shoulder Tuesday and didn't start Wednesday. He was 0-for-3 before leaving Thursday and is two for his last 19, though one of the hits was a grand slam and his first career home run.
Kolten Wong, 2BCold6/5/2014 9:46:00 PM
Description: Cardinals second baseman Kolten Wong left Thursday's game against the Royals due to left shoulder soreness, according to Stan McNeal of Fox Sports Midwest.
Insight: Wong jammed his shoulder Tuesday and didn't start Wednesday. He was 0-for-3 before leaving Thursday and is two for his last 19, though one of the hits was a grand slam and his first career home run.
Peter Bourjos, CF6/4/2014 11:41:00 AM
Description: Cardinals center fielder Peter Bourjos won't be of use to fantasy owners Wednesday against Royals starter Jason Vargas (2-for-16, 7 K's).
Insight: To be completely honest, Bourjos (.207, 2 HR, 8 RBI) really isn't useful to fantasy owners any day of the week, especially while he continues to platoon with Jon Jay in center field. He can't be your only option.
Matt Carpenter, 3BHot6/3/2014 10:40:00 PM
Description: Cardinals third baseman Matt Carpenter has racked up 27 hits in his last 73 at-bats (.370).
Insight: Carpenter has compiled 11 multi-hit efforts in his last 18 games and raised his average from .256 to .292 in that span. He still has just one home run in 233 at-bats this season, but he's doubled 14 times and scored 38 runs.
Kolten Wong, 2B6/3/2014 10:37:00 PM
Description: Cardinals second baseman Kolten Wong hit his first career home run -- a grand slam -- Tuesday against the Royals.
Insight: Wong has gone 18-for-57 (.316) with four doubles, a homer, 10 RBI, eight runs and five steals since being recalled from the minors.
Jaime Garcia, SP6/3/2014 10:27:00 PM
Description: The Cardinals gave Jaime Garcia a four-run lead Tuesday and he held the Royals scoreless over his first four innings, but the left-hander lost everything in the top of the fifth.
Insight: Garcia started elevating all of his pitches and gave up a single, two doubles, a triple and a home run in a span of seven batters in the fifth inning. Garcia has a 22/0 K/BB in 24 2/3 innings this season, but he's served up 13 extra-base hits (7 2B, 1 3B, 5 HR).
Jaime Garcia, SP6/3/2014 1:04:00 PM
Description: Cardinals left-hander Jaime Garcia is scheduled to make his fourth start of the season Tuesday against the Kansas City.
Insight: Garcia's had mixed results in his three starts since coming off the DL, but perhaps most impressive is his 19/0 strikeout-to-walk ratio. He'll shoot for his second win of the year against the Royals, who have averaged a mere 3.7 runs per game over their last 10. If you're looking for streaming options, you could do a whole lot worse than Garcia.
Jhonny Peralta, SS6/3/2014 10:18:00 AM
Description: Cardinals shortstop Jhonny Peralta is a career .379 hitter (11-for-29) with three homers and a 1.136 OPS against Royals right-hander James Shields.
Insight: Peralta has nine homers and 24 RBI this season despite a lowly .229 batting average, but hasn't hit a long ball in 13 games. Perhaps today is the day.
Randal Grichuk, RF6/2/2014 4:45:00 PM
Description: Cardinals outfielder Randal Grichuk will start alongside Oscar Taveras on Monday.
Insight: The 22-year-old Grichuk and 21-year-old Taveras could be playing next to each other for a long time if they play up to expectations.
Matt Adams, 1B6/1/2014 9:44:00 AM
Description: St. Louis first baseman Matt Adams (calf) is eligible to return from the disabled list on June 13.
Insight: Adams' calf tightness wasn't improving so the Cardinals placed him on the disabled list retroactive to May 29 on Friday night and called up prospect Oscar Tavares to take his spot in the lineup. Allen Craig has moved from right field to first base.
Michael Wacha, SP5/31/2014 6:45:00 PM
Description: St. Louis right-hander Michael Wacha looked sharp in Saturday's win against the Giants.
Insight: He struck out seven hitters over six scoreless frames. Opponents are hitting just .217 against Wacha (4-3, 2.45 ERA) this season.
Oscar Taveras, CF5/31/2014 3:30:00 PM
Description: Cardinals outfield prospect Oscar Taveras slammed a home run in his second major league at bat Saturday versus the Giants.
Insight: The heralded 21-year-old hit .325 with 15 doubles, seven homers, 40 RBI and an .897 OPS in 49 games with Triple-A Memphis and was able to make a great first impression Saturday in his big league debut.
Oscar Taveras, CF5/31/2014 11:36:00 AM
Description: Cardinals 21-year-old outfield prospect Oscar Taveras has been called up and will start in right field on Saturday. He'll bat sixth.
Insight: The much heralded Taveras, Baseball America's No. 3 prospect, hit .325 with 15 doubles, seven homers, 40 RBI and an .897 OPS in 49 games with Triple-A Memphis and is a must-add player in all leagues.
Oscar Taveras, CF5/30/2014 9:22:00 PM
Description: Cardinals outfield prospect Oscar Taveras is expected to be recalled Saturday, according to Rob Rains of stlsportspage.com.
Insight: The 21-year-old, who is Baseball America's No. 3 prospect, has hit .325 with 15 doubles, seven homers, 40 RBI and an .897 OPS in 49 games with Triple-A Memphis and is a must-add player in all leagues. The Cardinals haven't gotten much production out of their outfield -- Matt Holliday, Allen Craig, Peter Bourjos and Jon Jay have combined to bat .261 with 11 home runs in 632 at-bats. Plus, Matt Adams has struggled against lefties this and Allen Craig hasn't hit righties well. Taveras' promotion will give St. Louis more options.
Matt Adams, 1B5/29/2014 10:36:00 AM
Description: St. Louis 1B Matt Adams wasn't in the lineup Wednesday against the Yankees and is questionable for Thursday's game against San Francisco.
Insight: Adams (.325, 3 HR, 17 RBI, .811 OPS) did pinch hit on Wednesday and struck out. He's dealing with some calf tightness.
Matt Adams, 1B5/28/2014 6:50:00 PM
Description: St. Louis 1B Matt Adams won't be in the lineup Wednesday against the Yankees. SOURCE: Jim Hayes, Fox Sports Midwest
Insight: He's dealing with some calf tightness. Allen Craig (.249, 5 HR, 26 RBI) will move to first base with Jon Jay (.283, 1 HR, 14 RBI) taking over in right field.
Matt Holliday, LF5/28/2014 10:32:00 AM
Description: Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday went 3-for-3 with a homer and two runs Tuesday against the Yankees and is 11-for-26 (.423) with three doubles and a homer against Wednesday's starter, Hiroki Kuroda.
Insight: Holliday's home run Tuesday was his first since April 28 and third of the season. He has similar K, BB, FB, chase and z-contact rates as he did last year, when he hit 22 homers, but his HR/FB is a career-low 5.9 percent. Holliday's average fly-ball distance is down five feet from last season and 21 feet from 2012. However, he's a good play Wednesday.
Matt Adams, 1BHot5/28/2014 10:07:00 AM
Description: Cardinals first baseman Matt Adams raised his average for May to .333 and the season to .326 with three hits Tuesday night.
Insight: Adams hit 17 homers in just 296 at-bats last year, but he has only three in 194 this year even though his fly-ball rate is from 36.1 percent to 40.1 percent. He's been more of a doubles hitter this year, roping 17 of them.
Lance Lynn, SPHot5/28/2014 9:28:00 AM
Description: Cardinals starter Lance Lynn fired his first career complete game and shutout Tuesday against the Yankees.
Insight: Lynn won 33 games in the previous two seasons and he has six in 2014 to go with a 3.13 ERA.
Kolten Wong, 2BHot5/26/2014 9:49:00 PM
Description: Cardinals 2B Kolten Wong has hit safely in all eight of his games since he was recalled from the minors while going 12-for-33 (.364) with three doubles, four RBI, four steals and five runs during that span.
Insight: Wong was demoted in late April after batting .225 with a .544 OPS in his first 71 at-bats, but he hit .344 with two homers, 10 RBI and five steals in 64 at-bats with Triple-A Memphis to earn the promotion. He's worth owning in deeper mixed leagues and all NL-only formats.
Matt Carpenter, 3B5/25/2014 12:25:00 PM
Description: Cardinals third baseman Matt Carpenter has collected a mere two hits in 13 lifetime at bats versus Reds starter Mike Leake.
Insight: That's not what you want to see. Neither is Carpenter's puny .275 batting average, which is 43 points lower than what he hit last season. Your best bet Sunday would probably be to leave Carpenter on your team's bench.
Matt Holliday, LF5/25/2014 12:19:00 PM
Description: St. Louis left fielder Matt Holliday has always done well against Reds starter Mike Leake (11-for-26 with one homer and six RBI).
Insight: That's who Holliday will be facing on Sunday so it's great news for fantasy owners. Holliday raised his average 11 points with a three-hit day yesterday and could produce a similar output tonight versus Leake (2-3, 2.91 ERA).
Jon Jay, CF5/24/2014 10:35:00 PM
Description: Cardinals center fielder Jon Jay led the way with three hits Saturday in a win against Cincinnati.
Insight: It's only his third three-hit game of the season. Jay is hitting .292 for the season but it's hard to own him in fantasy while he's stuck in a timeshare with Peter Bourjos (.227, 1 HR, 7 RBI) in center field.
Yadier Molina, C5/23/2014 10:13:00 AM
Description: St. Louis catcher Yadier Molina is a career .333 hitter (10-for-30) with three homers against Homer Bailey.
Insight: Molina is just one of five regulars that is batting over .300 against the Reds right-hander. He's an elite fantasy catcher and almost always a must start.
Matt Carpenter, 2B5/23/2014 10:09:00 AM
Description: St. Louis third baseman Matt Carpenter is a career .591 hitter (13-for-22) against Reds starter Homer Bailey.
Insight: Carpenter's numbers are way down from last season. He's batting just .266 with a .695 OPS after batting .318 and leading the league in runs, hits and doubles in 2013. Perhaps this matchup will help.
Oscar Taveras, CF5/22/2014 12:56:00 PM
Description: Cardinals outfield prospect Oscar Taveras could be up as soon as June 4, according to a St. Louis Post-Dispatch report.
Insight: The 21-year-old, who is Baseball America's No. 3 prospect, is batting .390/.422/.585 over his last 10 games at Triple-A Memphis.
Michael Wacha, SP5/22/2014 11:07:00 AM
Description: Cardinals starter Michael Wacha was struck on his right elbow by a foul ball off the bat of teammate Matt Adams Wednesday night and is questionable for Monday's scheduled start against the NY Yankees.
Insight: Wacha had allowed just two hits and no runs in six innings and had 88 pitches, so he was definitely coming out for the seventh before Adams nailed him. He's 3-3 with a 2.54 ERA and 1.144 WHIP.
Michael Wacha, SP 5/21/2014 10:28:00 PM
Description: Cardinals starter Michael Wacha was struck on his right elbow by a foul ball off the bat of teammate Matt Adams Wednesday night and had to leave his start with a contusion. SOURCE: Jenifer Langosch, mlb.com
Insight: Wacha had allowed just two hits and no runs in six innings and had 88 pitches, so he was definitely coming out for the seventh before Adams took him out. Normally a contusion wouldn't be that big of a deal, but because it hit his pitching elbow the Cardinals may have to push his next start back.
Jhonny Peralta, SS5/21/2014 2:06:00 PM
Description: Cardinals shortstop Jhonny Peralta has just one hit in 21 lifetime at bats against Diamondbacks starter Brandon McCarthy.
Insight: That's pretty awful. What isn't awful is Peralta's .339 average for the month of May. If you want to ride the hot hand on Wednesday, be our guest. Just know this isn't a good matchup.
Jhonny Peralta, SSHot5/20/2014 10:40:00 PM
Description: St. Louis SS Jhonny Peralta has batted .339 with three homers in May.
Insight: Peralta went 2-for-4 with a double and a homer Tuesday against Arizona. The shortstop now has nine homers this season, putting him on pace to best his career high of 24.
Adam Wainwright, SPHot5/20/2014 10:37:00 PM
Description: St. Louis starter Adam Wainwright threw a one-hit, zero-walk, nine-strikeout shutout Tuesday against the Diamondbacks.
Insight: Wainwright (7-2) went 19-9 with a 2.94 ERA and a 1.07 WHIP last year, but he's been even better in 2014. In 73 innings, the right-hander has given up just 48 hits and three homers while posting a 65/15 K/BB, a 1.85 ERA and a 0.86 WHIP.
Jason Motte, RP5/20/2014 5:10:00 PM
Description: The Cardinals have activated Jason Motte (elbow) from the 15-day disabled list.
Insight: Motte missed all of last season following Tommy John surgery. He'll serve as a set-up man for Trevor Rosenthal, who has been shaky this season.
Matt Holliday, LF5/20/2014 11:29:00 AM
Description: Cardinals LF Matt Holliday is a .296 hitter (16-for-54) with four home runs against Diamondbacks starter Bronson Arroyo.
Insight: Although Holliday's power has disappeared through the first quarter of the season as he has produced just two homers and a .731 OPS, the favorable amtchup and a nice wind blowing out to left field makes him a viable fantasy option on Tuesday.
Yadier Molina, C5/20/2014 11:19:00 AM
Description: St. Louis catcher Yadier Molina is a career .192 hitter (10-for-52) with a .434 OPS
Insight: Molina (.327, 4 HR, 22 RBI) has a rare poor matchup, but is an elite catcher.
Jhonny Peralta, SSHot5/18/2014 10:04:00 AM
Description: St. Louis SS Jhonny Peralta has been one of the hottest hitters in baseball during the month of May and has a good matchup in store Sunday.
Insight: Peralta has hit .340 with a .936 OPS this month, and he's gone 12-for-39 (.308) with two doubles and two homers against Braves starter Gavin Floyd.
Trevor Rosenthal, RP 5/17/2014 5:34:00 PM
Description: Cardinals closer Trevor Rosenthal has thrown 3 2/3 hitless innings while pitching in each of the last three days.
Insight: Rosenthal's ERA rose to 5.19 after he gave up seven hits, four walks and three runs in his first four innings of May, but he's down to 4.29 with a 1.29 WHIP and 26 strikeouts in 21 innings following Saturday's game. Rosenthal is 13-for-14 in save chances.
Kolten Wong, 2B5/17/2014 5:21:00 PM
Description: Cardinals 2B Kolten Wong has gone 4-for-8 with three runs and two steals in two games since he returned from the minors.
Insight: Wong was demoted to the minors in late April after batting .225 with a .544 OPS in his first 71 at-bats, but he hit .344 with two homers, 10 RBI and five steals in 64 at-bats with Triple-A Memphis to earn the promotion. He's worth owning in deeper mixed leagues and all NL-only formats.
Shelby Miller, SP5/17/2014 5:12:00 PM
Description: Cardinals right-hander Shelby Miller threw his best start of 2014 Saturday afternoon against the Braves.
Insight: Miller gave up five hits and one unearned run while striking out seven and walking two in seven innings. Miller has a 2.79 ERA this season, but his FIP is 5.35 due to a 6.97 K/9, a 5.05 BB/9 and a 1.39 HR/9. The right-hander has the tools to be better than that, but there's going to be some hard regression if he keeps putting so many men on base and allowing so many home runs.
Matt Holliday, LFCold5/17/2014 9:39:00 AM
Description: Cardinals LF Matt Holliday is a .115 hitter (3-for-26) with no extra base hits and eight strikeouts against Braves starter Aaron Harang.
Insight: Holliday's power has disappeared through the first quarter of the season as he has produced just two homers and a .738 OPS. He won't likely break out today.
Kolten Wong, 2B5/16/2014 5:49:00 PM
Description: Cardinals 2B Kolten Wong (illness) is back in the lineup Friday.
Insight: Wong was called up from Triple-A Wednesday after hitting .344 with two homers, 10 RBI and five steals in 64 at-bats, but an illness kept him out of the lineup Thursday. Wong was demoted to the minors in late April after batting .225 with a .544 OPS in his first 71 at-bats.
Kolten Wong, 2B5/15/2014 11:49:00 AM
Description: Cardinals 2B Kolten Wong, just up from Triple-A Memphis, is not in Thursday's starting lineup due to flu-like symptoms.
Insight: Wong (.225, 0 HR, 5 RBI) probably won't play until this weekend.
Jhonny Peralta, SSHot5/15/2014 9:45:00 AM
Description: St. Louis SS Jhonny Peralta is a career .471 hitter with two homers, eight RBI and a 1.409 OPS versus Cubs starter Jason Hammel.
Insight: Peralta has been hot over the past two weeks, batting .372 with a 1.041 OPS over 11 games. He's a must start on Thursday afternoon.
Jaime Garcia, SP5/14/2014 10:22:00 PM
Description: Cardinals left-hander Jaime Garcia (shoulder) is expected to return to the rotation Sunday, according to Jenifer Langosch of mlb.com.
Insight: A bullpen session on Thursday is his final hurdle in his comeback from shoulder surgery to repair a torn labrum. He underwent the procedure nearly a year ago and then dealt with inflammation this spring. The left-hander had a 3.38 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP from 2010-13.
Trevor Rosenthal, RPCold5/14/2014 6:21:00 PM
Description: Cardinals closer Trevor Rosenthal blew his first save of the season Wednesday against the Cubs.
Insight: Rosenthal has a 5.19 ERA and a 1.50 WHIP this season, but he managed to avoid blowing a save until Wednesday. He's allowed seven hits, walked four and given up three runs over four innings in May. The right-hander isn't in danger of losing his job right now, but Jason Motte could challenge him if he continues to struggle. Motte is expected to return from Tommy John surgery in the next week or so.
Kolten Wong, 2B5/14/2014 4:16:00 PM
Description: The Cardinals have called Kolten Wong up from Triple-A Memphis. SOURCE: Bernie Miklasz, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Insight: That's the good news. The bad news is Wong (.225, 0 HR, 5 RBI) is out with an illness. We probably won't see him in the lineup until this weekend.
Jhonny Peralta, SSHot5/14/2014 12:06:00 PM
Description: St. Louis SS Jhonny Peralta has been an excellent hitter in his career against Cubs starter Jason Hammel.
Insight: In 17 at bats, Peralta is hitting .471 versus Hammel with two homers and eight RBI. With a .372 average for the month of May, there are plenty of good reasons to have Peralta in your lineup on Wednesday.
Jaime Garcia, SP5/13/2014 8:20:00 PM
Description: Cardinals left-hander Jaime Garcia may make his return to the starting rotation Saturday against Milwaukee. SOURCE: Jenifer Langosch, MLB.com
Insight: He's been in the minor leagues rehabbing a shoulder injury. Garcia was 5-2 with a 3.58 ERA in nine starts with St. Louis in 2013.
Kolten Wong, 2B5/13/2014 7:08:00 PM
Description: Cardinals GM John Mozeliak indicated Tuesday that the team will consider recalling second baseman Kolten Wong from Triple-A in the near future. SOURCE: Derrick Goold, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Insight: Wong has batted .344 with three doubles, two homers, 10 RBI and a 6/4 K/BB in 15 games since the Cardinals demoted him. When he's recalled, he'll return to a .225 average and a .544 OPS.
Yadier Molina, CHot5/12/2014 11:50:00 AM
Description: St. Louis catcher Yadier Molina is a career .400 hitter (12-for-30) with three homers and 11 RBI against Cubs starter Travis Wood.
Insight: Molina (.304, 4 HR, 18 RBI) is an elite fantasy catcher and a must start in this favorable matchup with a strong wind expected to be blowing out to left field.
Allen Craig, RF5/11/2014 10:00:00 AM
Description: St. Louis right fielder Allen Craig is a career .500 hitter (9-for-18) against Pittsburgh starter Charlie Morton.
Insight: Craig batted .315 last season, but is hovering just above the Mendoza Line this season. This matchup may help.
Yadier Molina, C5/11/2014 9:57:00 AM
Description: St. Louis catcher Yadier Molina sat out Saturday, but should be ready for Sunday's favorable matchup.
Insight: Molina (.300, 4 HR, 17 RBI) is a career .421 hitter (8-for-19) against Pirates starter Charlie Morton. Get him back in your lineup.
Yadier Molina, C5/10/2014 4:40:00 PM
Description: St. Louis catcher Yadier Molina is not in Saturday's starting lineup.
Insight: Molina (.300, 4 HR, 17 RBI) has not had much success against Pittsburgh starter Edinson Volquez (4-for-26). Tony Cruz (.333 in 15 at-bats) will get the start.
Jhonny Peralta, SSHot5/9/2014 10:28:00 PM
Description: Cardinals shortstop Jhonny Peralta has gone 11-for-28 (.393) with two homers and four RBI in May.
Insight: Peralta hit his eighth homer of the season Friday at Pittsburgh. With two hits, his average is up to .240 after he hit .196 in April.
Allen Craig, RFCold5/9/2014 10:25:00 PM
Description: St. Louis right fielder Allen Craig went 2-for-4 with a homer and three RBI Friday against the Pirates.
Insight: Craig went 2-for-20 in his first five games of May, but he had Wednesday off and the team didn't play Thursday. The extra rest seems to have done him well.
Allen Craig, RFCold5/9/2014 11:38:00 AM
Description: St. Louis right fielder Allen Craig hasn't had the season fantasy owners were hoping for. It's not going to get any better on Friday.
Insight: That's because he's recorded just one hit in 12 previous encounters with Pirates left-hander Francisco Liriano. Craig is having a really hard time right now (two for his last 20) and should probably be benched in fantasy leagues until further notice.
Jaime Garcia, SP5/8/2014 3:21:00 PM
Description: Cardinals GM John Mozeliak said Wednesday in an appearance on The Jim Edmonds and Tim McKernan Show on CBS Sports 920 that he is hopeful Jaime Garcia (shoulder) can make his next minor league rehab start Sunday or Monday. He's expected to need only one more rehab start before returning to the majors.
Insight: Garcia had surgery to repair a torn labrum last season and began experiencing shoulder discomfort this spring. The left-hander exited his first rehab start last Sunday after being hit by a pitch on the elbow. Garcia has made just 29 starts over the last two seasons due to injuries after going 26-15 with a 3.17 ERA and a 1.32 WHIP over 60 starts in 2010-11.
Joe Kelly, SP5/8/2014 3:18:00 PM
Description: Cardinals GM John Mozeliak said Wednesday in an appearance on The Jim Edmonds and Tim McKernan Show on CBS Sports 920 that right-hander Joe Kelly hasn't made progress with his hamstring injury and could be out until June.
Insight: He strained his left hamstring on April 16. Tyler Lyons has made five appearances (three starts) since Kelly went down and is 0-2 with a 3.43 ERA and a 1.05 WHIP. Jaime Garcia is due back soon and likely will take the fifth spot in the rotation from Lyons.
Peter Bourjos, CF 5/8/2014 9:16:00 AM
Description: Cardinals outfielder Peter Bourjos went 3-for-4 with a homer, two RBI and two runs Wednesday at Atlanta.
Insight: Bourjos hasn't been playing much lately because he's been terrible this season. His average was just .154 before going 5-for-8 in his last two starts.
Adam Wainwright, SP5/7/2014 10:36:00 PM
Description: St. Louis starter Adam Wainwright rebounded from a poor outing Friday by giving up just one run over eight innings Wednesday in a win against the Braves.
Insight: Wainwright improved to 6-1 with the victory. Opponents are hitting just .193 against the right-hander this season. His next start will be Tuesday against the Cubs.
Allen Craig, RFCold5/7/2014 3:23:00 PM
Description: Cardinals right fielder Allen Craig is not in the starting lineup Wednesday against the Braves.
Insight: A brief hot streak -- .471, 2 2B, 1 3B, 2 HR, 6 RBI from April 27-30 -- has turned into another slump for Craig. He went 2-for-20 over his last five games and is batting .202 this season after hitting .307 or better in each of the last three years.
Jhonny Peralta, SSHot5/6/2014 1:29:00 PM
Description: Cardinals shortstop Jhonny Peralta is 11-for-36 (.306) with two homers lifetime against Braves starter Gavin Floyd.
Insight: Floyd will make his Atlanta debut as well as his first start since April 27, 2013, Tuesday against the Cardinals after recovering from Tommy John surgery. Peralta has batted .385 (15-for-39) with four doubles and three homers in his last 10 games and is a must-start Tuesday.
Jhonny Peralta, SSHot5/4/2014 2:14:00 PM
Description: Cardinals shortstop Jhonny Peralta has dominated Cubs right-hander Jason Hammel in 15 previous at bats (.467, 2 HR, 8 RBI).
Insight: After getting out to a slow start, Peralta is now 12 for his last 32 (.375) with three homers and seven RBI. Fantasy owners can start Peralta with confidence on Sunday.
Randal Grichuk, RF5/2/2014 11:56:00 AM
Description: Cardinals outfielder Randal Grichuk is getting another start on Friday with Allen Craig moving to first base and Matt Adams getting the afternoon off.
Insight: Grichuk will make his second start. After batting .310 with a .880 OPS at Triple-A Memphis he's 1-for-7 since being called up. His long-term value is minimal with top prospect Oscar Tavares looming on the horizon.
Matt Adams, 1B5/2/2014 11:42:00 AM
Description: Cardinals first baseman Matt Adams is not in Friday's starting lineup.
Insight: Adams is 2-for-4 against Cubs starter Travis Wood, but he's just a career .191 hitter versus left-handers in his career.
Jon Jay, CF5/2/2014 9:49:00 AM
Description: St. Louis center fielder Jon Jay is a career 10-for-22 (.455) versus Chicago starter Travis Wood.
Insight: Jay's last start was a three-hit night against Milwaukee and he should continue to produce in this favorable matchup.
Yadier Molina, CHot5/2/2014 9:44:00 AM
Description: St. Louis catcher Yadier Molina is a career .407 hitter with three homers and 11 RBI in 27 at-bats against Cubs left-hander Travis Wood.
Insight: Molina (.350, 4 HR, 15 RBI) should be well rested after Wednesday night off and no game on Thursday.
Shelby Miller, SP4/30/2014 9:02:00 PM
Description: Cardinals right-hander Shelby Miller gave up three runs in six innings to beat the Brewers on Wednesday, but he also gave up two homers, walked three and had just one strikeout.
Insight: Miller has a 3.15 ERA this season, but he's walked 5.50 batters per nine innings and struck out just 6.82. He had an 8.78 K/9 and a 2.96 BB/9 last year. The right-hander's 6.18 FIP suggests he's been very fortunate so far and may soon implode if he doesn't get his walks and homers in check.
Matt Adams, 1B4/30/2014 7:20:00 PM
Description: With his lone hit Wednesday against the Brewers, Cardinals first baseman Matt Adams launched a three-run homer.
Insight: Prior to Wednesday, Adams hadn't homered since April 12, though he's produced nine doubles this season and is hitting .321.
Allen Craig, RFHot4/30/2014 7:19:00 PM
Description: After going 15-for-88 (.170) with one home run, five RBI and a 16/5 K/BB over his first 23 games, Cardinals right fielder Allen Craig has collected nine hits in 21 at-bats during a five-game hitting streak.
Insight: Craig went 4-for-5 with a homer, two doubles and three RBI Wednesday against Milwaukee and has picked up five extra-base hits (2 HR, 2 2B, 1 3B) during his streak.
Yadier Molina, C4/30/2014 12:09:00 PM
Description: St. Louis catcher Yadier Molina won't be in action Wednesday against Milwaukee. SOURCE: Jim Hayes, Fox Sports Midwest
Insight: Molina (.350, 4 HR, 15 RBI) has to be exhausted after catching a combined 23 innings the last two nights. Tony Cruz (.417, 0 HR, 3 RBI) will be filling in behind the plate.
Yadier Molina, C4/30/2014 11:06:00 AM
Description: Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina has struggled against Brewers starter Matt Garza throughout his career.
Insight: He's just 2-for-12 against the right-hander (.167). Molina (.350, 4 HR, 15 RBI) has had an excellent start to the season but we wouldn't expect much from him on Wednesday.
Jhonny Peralta, SSHot4/30/2014 11:01:00 AM
Description: St. Louis shortstop Jhonny Peralta should be a great fantasy play Wednesday against the Brewers.
Insight: He's a .464 career hitter against today's starting pitcher, Matt Garza. Peralta has done well lately, going 8-for-21 (.381) over his last five games.
Jaime Garcia, SP4/29/2014 9:53:00 PM
Description: Cardinals GM John Mozeliak said left-hander Jaime Garcia (shoulder bursitis) will begin a rehab assignment with Double-A Springfield on Sunday, according to Fox Sports Midwest.
Insight: Garcia had surgery to repair a torn labrum last season and began experiencing shoulder discomfort this spring. He has made just 29 starts over the last two seasons due to injuries after going 26-15 with a 3.17 ERA and a 1.32 WHIP over 60 starts in 2010-11.
Yadier Molina, CHot4/29/2014 10:50:00 AM
Description: St. Louis catcher Yadier Molina is a .563 career hitter (9-for-16) against Milwaukee right-hander Kyle Lohse.
Insight: Molina has been one of the best in the game over the past four seasons, both offensively and defensively. He's batting .344 this year with an .877 OPS. He's a must start, particular on a day when the wind will be blowing out to dead center field.
Kolten Wong, 2B4/28/2014 9:26:00 AM
Description: Cardinals second baseman Kolten Wong has been optioned to Triple-A Memphis.
Insight: Mark Ellis has been starting at second base of late. Wong was handed the starting job on Opening Day, but showed little this year to get fantasy owners excited, batting just .225 with zero homers, five RBI and five runs scored over 20 games.
Jhonny Peralta, SS4/27/2014 5:53:00 PM
Description: Cardinals shortstop Jhonny Peralta hit his fifth and sixth homers of the season Sunday against the Pirates.
Insight: Peralta has gone 5-for-9 with four extra-base hits in his last three games after going 0-for-20 in his previous six. Fantasy owners should be optimistic about Peralta for three reasons: he's hitting for power, striking out at a lower rate than last year and batting just .167 on balls in play even though there isn't anything peculiar about his batted-ball breakdown.
Adam Wainwright, SPHot4/27/2014 5:50:00 PM
Description: Cardinals starter Adam Wainwright blanked the Pirates over eight innings Sunday afternoon.
Insight: Wainwright is now 5-1 with a 1.20 ERA, a 0.78 WHIP and a 42/11 K/BB in 45 innings. He's won 19+ games three times and posted an ERA below 3.00 in all three of those seasons, but he never won a Cy Young Award. This could be the year.
Yadier Molina, C4/27/2014 11:21:00 AM
Description: St. Louis catcher Yadier Molina is a .130 career hitter against Pirates right-hander Edinson Volquez.
Insight: That's less than encouraging but what is encouraging is Molina's .345 batting average through 22 games. Volquez (1-1, 1.93 ERA) against Molina should make for an interesting matchup on Sunday.
Allen Craig, 1BCold4/26/2014 10:42:00 AM
Description: Avoid Cardinals outfielder Allen Craig on Saturday as he's hitless in 11 at-bats against Pittsburgh starter Francisco Liriano.
Insight: Craig has been horrible this season, batting .170 with one homer and five RBI, but after three consecutive seasons with a batting average over .300 we know he'll eventually come out of it. Just not in this unfavorable matchup.
Mark Ellis, 2B4/26/2014 10:40:00 AM
Description: Cardinals second baseman Mark Ellis ought to be in Saturday's starting lineup considering he's 8-for-13 (.615) with a homer against Pittsburgh left-hander Francisco Liriano.
Insight: Kolten Wong should continue to be the Cardinals starter but Ellis should get a spot start here. Ellis hasn't done much since coming back from his injury, batting just .125 in his first 16 at-bats.
Oscar Taveras, CF4/24/2014 7:50:00 PM
Description: Cardinals outfield prospect Oscar Taveras (ankle) returned to Triple-A Memphis' lineup Thursday, according to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Insight: Taveras rolled his left ankle Monday and missed one game. The 21-year-old brought a .299 average, three homers, 12 RBI and an .849 OPS into Thursday's game. Taveras, MLB.com's No. 3 overall prospect, had surgery on his right ankle last August.
Allen Craig, 1BCold4/24/2014 6:46:00 PM
Description: Cardinals outfielder Allen Craig is hitting .179 with a .481 OPS this season.
Insight: Craig's GB/FB/LD percentage breakdown is .638/.188/.174 and he's hitting .206 on balls in play. He had a .450/.281/.269 percentage breakdown and a .368 BABIP last season. The decline is curious because his chase rate is way down and his contact rate on pitches in the strike zone has increased from 2013.
Yadier Molina, C4/24/2014 12:11:00 PM
Description: Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina is not is Thursday's starting lineup.
Insight: Molina may be the best catcher in the game both in fantasy and real life. He's great behind the plate and is batting over .300 for the fourth consecutive season. He's batting .367 this season with three homers and a .955 OPS. Tony Cruz will get the start, but has little fantasy value.
Adam Wainwright, SPHot4/23/2014 8:12:00 PM
Description: Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright (knee) went through a normal workout Wednesday after hyperextending his knee during Tuesday's start. SOURCE: St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Insight: Wainwright didn't have any soreness or swelling in his knee Wednesday, so he should start as scheduled on Sunday against the Pirates.
Matt Adams, 1B4/23/2014 5:55:00 PM
Description: St. Louis first baseman Matt Adams is not in the starting lineup Wednesday against Mets left-hander Jon Niese.
Insight: The Cardinals will start Allen Craig at first and Shane Robinson in right field. The 25-year-old Adams is hitting .346 with an .858 OPS this season, though he only has one home run and five RBI.
Adam Wainwright, SPHot4/22/2014 10:01:00 PM
Description: Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright hyperextended his knee Tuesday in a win against the Mets. SOURCE: Andy Martino, New York Daily News
Insight: Wainwright finished the inning so the injury couldn't have been that serious. He had another brilliant outing on Tuesday, allowing just four hits across seven shutout frames. Wainwright (1.46 ERA) is tied with Mark Buehrle and teammate Lance Lynn for the major league lead in victories (four each).
Kolten Wong, 2B4/22/2014 3:48:00 PM
Description: Cardinals second baseman Kolten Wong is back in the starting lineup, batting eighth.
Insight: Mark Ellis has been starting at second base the past few games. Wong has shown little this year to get fantasy owners excited, batting .237 with zero homers, five RBI and four runs scored.
Kolten Wong, 2B4/20/2014 11:50:00 AM
Description: Cardinals second baseman Kolten Wong is not in the lineup Sunday against Washington.
Insight: Mark Ellis is starting at second base. With just a .237 average, zero homers, four runs, five RBI and three steals, Wong hasn't offered much fantasy value in his first 59 at-bats this season.
Lance Lynn, SP4/19/2014 7:02:00 PM
Description: Cardinals starter Lance Lynn improved to 4-0 with a win over the Nationals on Saturday.
Insight: Lynn gave up five hits and three walks in 5 2/3 innings Saturday but he gave up just one run. He still has just one quality start this season. The right-hander was been provided with at least 5.1 runs per start in each of his first three seasons and 5.5 in four starts this year.
Yadier Molina, CHot4/19/2014 11:43:00 AM
Description: Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina is 6-for-14 (.429) against Washington right-hander Jordan Zimmermann.
Insight: Molina may be the best catcher in the game both in fantasy and real life. He's great behind the plate and is batting over .300 for the fourth consecutive season. He's batting .344 this season with three homers and a .920 OPS. Update - Molina is not in the starting lineup.
Yadier Molina, CHot4/19/2014 9:59:00 AM
Description: Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina is 6-for-14 (.429) against Washington right-hander Jordan Zimmermann.
Insight: Molina may be the best catcher in the game both in fantasy and real life. He's great behind the plate and is batting over .300 for the fourth consecutive season. He's batting .344 this season with three homers and a .920 OPS. Beware, a 1 pm start after a night game lends itself to a day of rest for many catchers. Check back to make sure he's in the starting lineup.
Matt Adams, 1B4/18/2014 6:54:00 PM
Description: St. Louis first baseman Matt Adams will take a seat Friday against Washington. SOURCE: Fox Sports Midwest
Insight: It looks like it's just a routine day off. Allen Craig (.158, 1 HR, 5 RBI) will handle things at first base.
Adam Wainwright, SP4/17/2014 10:16:00 PM
Description: St. Louis starter Adam Wainwright went all nine innings Thursday in a shutout win against Washington.
Insight: Wainwright (3-1, 1.80 ERA) fanned eight hitters in the victory. In the major leagues, we've now seen four complete games in the last two days after seeing only one in the first two weeks of the season.
Joe Kelly, SP4/17/2014 7:49:00 PM
Description: Cardinals starter Joe Kelly has been placed on the 15-day disabled list.
Insight: He strained his left hamstring pitching in Wednesday's game against Milwaukee. Tyler Lyons is expected to take over for Kelly (1-1, 0.59 ERA) in the starting rotation.
Joe Kelly, SP4/16/2014 5:15:00 PM
Description: St. Louis right-hander Joe Kelly was diagnosed with a strained hamstring after leaving Wednesday's start against Milwaukee. SOURCE: Jim Hayes, Fox Sports Midwest
Insight: He's on his way back to St. Louis for further testing. We're already hearing Tyler Lyons (1-0, 4.50 ERA in two starts for Triple-A Memphis) could start in his place Monday versus New York.
Joe Kelly, SP4/16/2014 2:52:00 PM
Description: Cardinals starter Joe Kelly exited his start on Wednesday afternoon with left hamstring tightness, according to Jenifer Langosch of mlb.com.
Insight: Kelly suffered the injury while trying to beat out a bunt. He gave up one unearned run in four innings and has a 0.59 ERA through three starts.
Matt Carpenter, 2B4/16/2014 1:01:00 PM
Description: St. Louis third baseman Matt Carpenter is out of the lineup Wednesday. SOURCE: Jenifer Langosch, mlb.com
Insight: Carpenter will get his first day off of the season. He went 0-for-5 over his last two games to drop from .295 to .265 but has 11 runs, nine RBI and 11 walks this season.
Shelby Miller, SP4/16/2014 9:43:00 AM
Description: Cardinals right-hander Shelby Miller had his best start of the season Tuesday at Milwaukee.
Insight: Miller allowed three hits and one earned run while fanning seven batters in six innings. He came into the game with a 6.35 ERA.
Mark Ellis, 2B4/15/2014 11:43:00 AM
Description: Cardinals second baseman Mark Ellis has been activated from the disabled list (knee).
Insight: Kolten Wong should continue to be the Cardinals starter with Ellis filling a backup role. Ellis used to have low-end value when he played with Oakland, but hasn't produced an OPS above .700 since 2011.
Yadier Molina, CHot4/15/2014 11:15:00 AM
Description: Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina got the night off on Monday and should be well rested to take advantage of a favorable matchup on Tuesday.
Insight: Molina, who is off a hot start batting .340 through the first dozen games, "owns" Milwaukee right-hander Marco Estrada having hit safely 12 times in 21 at-bats (.571).
Matt Adams, 1BHot4/14/2014 11:02:00 PM
Description: Cardinals first baseman Matt Adams only has one homer and two RBI in 50 at-bats this season but he's hitting .360 with six doubles.
Insight: Adams went 3-for-4 with a two-base hit Monday at Milwaukee. The homers will come eventually for the stocky first baseman.
Lance Lynn, SP4/14/2014 11:00:00 PM
Description: Cardinals starter Lance Lynn dominated Milwaukee over seven scoreless innings Monday.
Insight: Lynn struck out 11 and allowed just three hits. He's 3-0 in three starts even though Monday was his first quality start of the season.
Matt Carpenter, 2B4/14/2014 9:33:00 PM
Description: St. Louis third baseman Matt Carpenter is done for the rest of the night on Monday. He was ejected for arguing a called third strike. SOURCE: Jenifer Langosch, mlb.com
Insight: Carpenter went 0-for-2 with a walk against the Brewers. He's hiting .283 with a homer, nine RBI and 10 runs this season.
Yadier Molina, C4/14/2014 4:19:00 PM
Description: Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina is not in Monday's starting lineup. Tony Cruz will get a rare start.
Insight: Molina is off to a hot start, batting .340 with three home runs and nine RBI. He's a top-two fantasy catcher and an true MVP candidate. Cruz batted .240 last season with no power (.533 OPS) and has no fantasy value.
Jhonny Peralta, SS4/14/2014 10:16:00 AM
Description: Cardinals shortstop Jhonny Peralta is a career .440 hitter (11-for-25) against Milwaukee hurler Matt Garza.
Insight: Peralta hasn't found his swing yet this season, batting just .111 through his first 11 games.
Jon Jay, CF4/14/2014 10:13:00 AM
Description: St. Louis center fielder Jon Jay is a career 6-for-9 (.667) versus Milwaukee right-hander Matt Garza, but may not be ready to take advantage of this favorable matchup.
Insight: Jay has struggled this spring, batting .188 through his first nine games. The career .292 hitter also batted just .188 in spring training.
Michael Wacha, SPHot4/13/2014 9:04:00 PM
Description: Cardinals starter Michael Wacha fanned eight hitters in 6 1/3 innings Sunday against the Cubs to notch his second win of the season.
Insight: Wacha gave up five hits and three earned runs. He has tossed at least six innings in all three starts and has a 1.89 ERA, a 0.95 WHIP and an 18/3 K/BB in 19 innings.
Trevor Rosenthal, RPCold4/13/2014 8:59:00 PM
Description: Cardinals closer Trevor Rosenthal has a 7.36 ERA and a 1.36 WHIP in 7 1/3 innings this season, but he has nailed down all four save chances.
Insight: He gave up two runs in a 5-1 game on April 7 and three runs over two innings in a tie game to lose Friday night. The Cubs got to him for a run on two hits Sunday but he finished off the 6-4 win. The 23-year-old should get things figured out and is in no danger of losing his job.
Jhonny Peralta, SS4/12/2014 11:05:00 AM
Description: Cardinals shortstop Jhonny Peralta is not in Saturday's starting lineup.
Insight: Peralta's home run totals have been all over the place in his career. He hit 21-24 in 2005, 2006, 2008 and 2011 but 11-15 in 2006, 2009, 2010, 2012 and 2013. So far this season he's hit two homers, but they are his only hits this season (batting .063). Daniel Descalso will get the start.
Matt Holliday, LF4/12/2014 9:50:00 AM
Description: Cardinals LF Matt Holliday is a .313 hitter with three homers against Cubs right-hander Carlos Villanueva.
Insight: Holliday is off to a slow start, batting just .216, but a favorable matchup and the strong wind blowing out to left field (15-20 mph) makes him a viable option on Saturday.
Aledmys Diaz, SS4/11/2014 2:48:00 PM
Description: Cardinals minor league prospect Aledmys Diaz is off to a blazing start at Double-A Springfield. The young shortstop is batting .458 with six extra base hits and a 1.273 OPS.
Insight: The Cuban signed a four-year deal with St. Louis and figures to join or replace Jhonny Peralta before his contract is up. Particularly if he keeps pounding the ball as he's done in his first minor league action.
Yadier Molina, C4/11/2014 10:14:00 AM
Description: Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina is a career .529 hitter (9-for-17) against Cubs hard-throwing right-hander Jeff Samardzija.
Insight: Molina is off to a solid start, batting .286 with three home runs and seven RBI. He's a top-two fantasy catcher and an true MVP candidate. Start him as always.
Matt Carpenter, 2B4/8/2014 1:35:00 PM
Description: St. Louis third baseman Matt Carpenter is a .579 career average against Cincinnati right-hander Homer Bailey.
Insight: Carpenter is 11-for-19, though without much power (two doubles, nine singles). Fantasy owners hope he'll get close to last year's breakout season (.318, 126 runs, 199 hits, 78 RBI).
Peter Bourjos, CFCold4/6/2014 11:09:00 AM
Description: Cardinals outfielder Peter Bourjos will get a breather Sunday against the Pirates, according to foxsportsmidwest.com.
Insight: That will give Jon Jay a chance to start with right-hander Edinson Volquez on the hill. Bourjos is hitless in 13 at-bats this season.
Kolten Wong, 2B4/6/2014 11:07:00 AM
Description: Cardinals second baseman Kolten Wong is not in the starting lineup Sunday, according to foxsportsmidwest.com.
Insight: Daniel Descalso will start at second base. Wong had one hit in each of the first four games but went 0-for-4 Saturday to drop his average to .235.
Matt Holliday, LF4/6/2014 9:40:00 AM
Description: Cardinals LF Matt Holliday has gone 8-for-20 (.400) with two homers against Pirates starter Edinson Volquez.
Insight: Volquez is making his first start for the Pirates after posting a 5.71 ERA in 170 1/3 frames for the Padres and Dodgers last season and serving up 15 earned runs in 14 innings this spring. Make sure Holliday is one of your selections on Sunday despite his .238 start.
Jhonny Peralta, SS4/5/2014 10:15:00 PM
Description: Cardinals shortstop Jhonny Peralta launched his second homer in three games Saturday at Pittsburgh. His only two hits this season left the yard.
Insight: Peralta's home run totals have been all over the place in his career. He hit 21-24 in 2005, 2006, 2008 and 2011 but 11-15 in 2006, 2009, 2010, 2012 and 2013. His batting average has been similarly unpredictable the last three years (.299 in 2011, .239 in 2012, .303 in 2013).
Joe Kelly, SP4/5/2014 10:13:00 PM
Description: Cardinals fifth starter Joe Kelly worked around six hits and four walks in 5 1/3 innings to get a 6-1 win Saturday at Pittsburgh.
Insight: Working out of jams is nothing new for Kelly -- he posted a 3.08 ERA in the last two seasons despite carrying a 1.37 WHIP. Kelly doesn't strike out many batters and his high WHIP makes him a pitcher best left on the free agent wire in mixed leagues.
Allen Craig, 1B4/5/2014 10:22:00 AM
Description: Cardinals outfielder Allen Craig is 0-for-9 against Pittsburgh left-hander Francisco Liriano.
Insight: Craig is off to a slow start (.125), but is a career .304 hitter so will eventually turn it around. Its unlikely to happen on Saturday, however.
Kolten Wong, 2B4/3/2014 11:04:00 AM
Description: Second baseman Kolten Wong will bat out of the No. 2 hole on Thursday.
Insight: The 23-year-old Wong has batted out of the second hole once and the eighth spot once. He's obviously got more value when up in the order.
Peter Bourjos, CF4/3/2014 10:28:00 AM
Description: Cardinals outfielder Peter Bourjos is not in Thursday afternoon's lineup.
Insight: Bourjos is hitless through the first two games. Jon Jay will get his first start and first at-bats of the season.
Matt Carpenter, 2B4/3/2014 10:18:00 AM
Description: St. Louis third baseman Matt Carpenter owns a .629 career average against Cincinnati right-hander Homer Bailey.
Insight: Carpenter is 10-for-16, though without much power (two doubles, eight singles). The Cardinals have scored just one run in two games, so even with this favorable matchup it might be one to avoid until their bats start going.
Yadier Molina, C3/31/2014 8:47:00 PM
Description: Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina's solo home run was the difference in St. Louis' 1-0 win over the Reds on Opening Day.
Insight: Molina went 2-for-4 in the game. The 31-year-old catcher has hit .305 or higher in three straight seasons, though he fell from a career-high 22 homers in 2012 to 12 last season. Fantasy owners should expect a homer total closer to last year's in 2014.
Adam Wainwright, SP3/31/2014 8:41:00 PM
Description: Cardinals starter Adam Wainwright limited the Reds to three hits over seven scoreless innings to pick up the win on Opening Day.
Insight: Wainwright walked four and struck out nine. He was one of the top pitchers in the National League last season, going 19-9 with a 2.94 ERA, a 1.07 WHIP and 219 Ks in 241 2/3 innings.
Mark Ellis, 2B3/30/2014 10:43:00 PM
Description: Cardinals second baseman Mark Ellis will begin the season on the disabled list due to tendinitis in his left knee.
Insight: Ellis is still an excellent defensive second baseman but he hasn't done enough with the stick to be a fantasy option since 2009. He'll back up Kolten Wong when he's healthy.
Joe Kelly, SP3/26/2014 4:31:00 PM
Description: Joe Kelly will begin the season as the Cardinals' fifth starter, according to Jenifer Langosch of mlb.com.
Insight: Kelly pitched worse than Carlos Martinez but manager Mike Matheny decided to keep Martinez as the team's setup man. In two MLB seasons, Kelly has allowed a lot of baserunners (1.37 WHIP) but still posted a 3.08 ERA over 231 innings, including a 2.69 mark in 124 innings last season. He'll hold the spot until Jaime Garcia returns from his shoulder injury in a couple months.
Jaime Garcia, SP3/23/2014 3:43:00 PM
Description: Cardinals lefthander Jaime Garcia (shoulder bursitis) threw his first bullpen session since February on Sunday, according to Jenifer Langosch of mlb.com. If he avoids a setback, he'll throw several more bullpen sessions, face live hitters in extended spring training and then go out on a minor league rehab assignment.
Insight: Garcia had surgery to repair a torn labrum last season and began experiencing shoulder discomfort this spring. He has made just 29 starts over the last two seasons due to injuries after going 26-15 with a 3.17 ERA and a 1.32 WHIP over 60 starts in 2010-11.
Jason Motte, RP3/13/2014 8:52:00 PM
Description: St. Louis reliever Jason Motte, who had Tommy John surgery on his right elbow last May, will throw live BP on Friday, according to mlb.com. He has spent the past few weeks increasing the intensity of his bullpen sessions so that he could move onto the next phase in his recovery.
Insight: Motte led the National League in saves in 2012 with 42 but missed all of last season. He'll likely end up being a setup man for Trevor Rosenthal so he'll have limited fantasy value in all leagues except those who accumulate holds.
Oscar Taveras, CF3/13/2014 7:58:00 PM
Description: The Cardinals reassigned Oscar Taveras to minor league camp on Thursday, according to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Insight: Taveras, MLB.com's No. 3 overall prospect in baseball, was attempting to make the roster in a reserve role, but his fate was sealed after he came down with hamstring tightness this week. He was limited to just 47 games last season by an ankle injury that required surgery.
Jason Motte, RP3/11/2014 2:20:00 PM
Description: St. Louis reliever Jason Motte, who had Tommy John surgery on his right elbow last May, threw a final bullpen session before he is scheduled to face live hitters.
Insight: Motte led the National League in saves in 2012 with 42 but missed all of last season. He'll likely end up being a setup man for Trevor Rosenthal so he'll have limited fantasy value in all leagues except those who accumulate holds.
Oscar Taveras, CF3/11/2014 2:14:00 PM
Description: Cardinals manager Mike Matheny called the chances of Oscar Taveras making the team, "not possible - without him being healthy."
Insight: Unfortunately, he's not anywhere close to 100 percent, as he has been out of the lineup with hamstring tightness. MLB.com ranked Tavares as the No. 3 prospect in baseball and the 21-year-old will likely start the season at Triple-A.
Trevor Rosenthal, RP3/5/2014 10:41:00 AM
Description: Cardinals closer Trevor Rosenthal will throw live batting practice Wednesday, according to Jenifer Langosch of mlb.com.
Insight: It's his final test as he attempts to return from a strained groin. Rosenthal averaged 96.4 mph with his fastball last season and should have great success as St. Louis' closer after assuming the role in late September and handling it through the postseason.
Trevor Rosenthal, RP3/2/2014 4:59:00 PM
Description: Cardinals closer Trevor Rosenthal threw off a mound Sunday for the first time since he suffered a groin strain on Tuesday. SOURCE: Jenifer Langosch, mlb.com
Insight: Rosenthal owns a triple-digit fastball and should be a top-five closer on a solid Cardinals roster. His injury is not believed to be serious.
Jaime Garcia, SP2/28/2014 8:00:00 PM
Description: Cardinals lefthander Jaime Garcia (shoulder inflammation) is 10-15 days away from throwing, according to Jenifer Langosch of mlb.com.
Insight: Garcia was diagnosed with left shoulder inflammation on Wednesday after meeting with Dr. James Andrews. He's working his way back from a torn labrum and has made just 29 starts over the last two seasons due to injuries. He went 26-15 with a 3.17 ERA and a 1.32 WHIP over 60 starts in 2010-11.
Oscar Taveras, CF2/28/2014 2:21:00 PM
Description: Cardinals GM John Mozeliak may have declared top outfielder prospect Oscar Tavares "100 percent cleared" for baseball activity a couple of weeks ago, but manager Mike Matheny said he's 80 percent and that's not good enough to play.
Insight: MLB.com ranks Tavares as the No. 3 prospect in baseball and the 21-year-old will compete for a spot on the 25-man roster this spring, but with Matt Holliday, Peter Bourjos and Allen Craig in front of him he'll likely start the year at Triple-A.
Jaime Garcia, SP2/26/2014 4:34:00 PM
Description: Cardinals lefthander Jaime Garcia has been diagnosed with shoulder inflammation after meeting with Dr. James Andrews, according to Jenifer Langosch of mlb.com. The good news is that he doesn't have structural damage.
Insight: Garcia will have a cortisone shot and the team will evaluate him on a day-to-day basis. He's working his way back from a torn labrum and has made just 29 starts over the last two seasons due to injuries. He went 26-15 with a 3.17 ERA and a 1.32 WHIP over 60 starts in 2010-11.
Jason Motte, RP2/25/2014 7:39:00 PM
Description: St. Louis reliever Jason Motte, who had Tommy John surgery on his right elbow last May, is doubtful for Opening Day but says April is a possibility, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Insight: Motte led the National League in saves in 2012 with 42 but missed all of last season. Edward Mujica took over and saved 37 games but lost the job to Trevor Rosenthal late in the season. Rosenthal is expected to close this season with Motte eventually serving as the eighth-inning man.
Jaime Garcia, SP2/25/2014 4:24:00 PM
Description: Cardinals lefthander Jaime Garcia will get a second opinion from Dr. James Andrews.
Insight: Cue the ominous music. Garcia had two solid seasons in 2010 and 2011 after a torn labrum, but hasn't been very healthy the past few seasons and this one isn't starting out very good either.
Trevor Rosenthal, RP2/25/2014 1:29:00 PM
Description: Cardinals closer Trevor Rosenthal left Tuesday's workout with a right leg injury.
Insight: It doesn't appear to be serious and he left primarily for precautionary reasons. Rosenthal owns a triple-digit fastball and should be a top-five closer on a solid Cardinals roster. This bump in the road shouldn't change his fantasy value
Jaime Garcia, SP2/22/2014 11:58:00 AM
Description: Cardinals lefthander Jaime Garcia is headed back to St. Louis to have his shoulder checked out after experiencing discomfort.
Insight: He's working his way back from surgery to repair a torn labrum that ended his 2013 season early and this is not good news. We recommend avoiding the oft-injured lefty.
Jake Westbrook, SP2/14/2014 3:04:00 PM
Description: Righthander Jake Westbrook announced his retirement from baseball on Friday. SOURCE: Rob Rains, StLSportsPage.com
Insight: Westbrook never held much value for fantasy owners over his 13 major league seasons (105-103, 4.32 ERA). He was selected by the Colorado Rockies in the first round of the 1996 draft, but never played for them. Westbrook spent most of his time with Cleveland and St. Louis.
Oscar Taveras, CF2/14/2014 8:54:00 AM
Description: Jenifer Langosch of mlb.com reports that Cardinals GM John Mozeliak declared top outfielder prospect Oscar Tavares "100 percent cleared" for baseball activity Thursday.
Insight: He'll still be under some running restrictions, so he's not entirely 100 percent ready after undergoing ankle surgery. MLB.com ranks Tavares as the No. 3 prospect in baseball. The 21-year-old will compete for a spot on the 25-man roster this spring, but Matt Holliday, Peter Bourjos and Allen Craig block his path to a starting job.
Mark Ellis, 2B12/16/2013 9:37:00 PM
Description: Second baseman Mark Ellis has agreed to a one-year, $5.25 million deal with St. Louis.
Insight: Ellis had spent his previous two seasons with the Dodgers. He's only hit .300 once in 12 major league seasons. That means he probably won't be a factor in fantasy.
Mark Mulder, SP12/10/2013 9:03:00 PM
Description: After being away from the game for almost four years, lefthanded starter Mark Mulder has decided to come out of retirement and resume his career. SOURCE: ESPN
Insight: Mulder is only 36 so it's not inconceivable that he could make a comeback. Scouts who have seen him pitch this offseason have clocked his fastball in the high 80s. Mulder hasn't pitched in the majors since 2008.
Carlos Beltran, RF12/4/2013 10:18:00 AM
Description: The Royals have offered free agent outfielder Carlos Beltran a three-year, $48 million deal and there's a good chance he'll end up taking it.
Insight: Tacoma News Tribune reporter Bob Dutton has pegged the Royals as the clear favorites to land Beltran. The 36-year-old started his career in Kansas City and enjoyed three straight 20 HR/100 RBI seasons there between 2001 and 2003.
Jhonny Peralta, SS11/24/2013 2:21:00 PM
Description: Jhonny Peralta's four-year, $53 million deal with the Cardinals will become official as soon as he passes his physical. SOURCE: Bob Nightengale, USA Today
Insight: Peralta missed roughly a third of the season while serving a PED suspension last summer but when he was out there, he was very productive (.303, 11 HR, 55 RBI). The deal also represents a sizable raise for Peralta, who earned $6 million in 2013.
Peter Bourjos, CF11/22/2013 5:36:00 PM
Description: The Angels traded center fielder Peter Bourjos to the Cardinals Friday for David Freese and Fernando Salas.
Insight: The speedy Bourjos played just 55 games in 2013 due to injuries and hit .274 with 10 steals. He'll start in center field for the Cardinals while the team shifts Matt Carpenter to third to make room for prospect Kolten Wong at second.
Chris Carpenter, SP11/20/2013 4:39:00 PM
Description: Cardinals starter Chris Carpenter announced his retirement on Wednesday. SOURCE: Derrick Goold, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Insight: Injuries caught up to him at the end but there's no doubt that Carpenter was one of the most successful pitchers of his generation. He'll walk away with 144 victories across 15 major league seasons.
Carlos Beltran, RF11/19/2013 9:04:00 PM
Description: Free agent outfielder Carlos Beltran has had serious discussions with the Boston Red Sox. SOURCE: Scott Lauber, Boston Herald
Insight: If you can't beat 'em, join 'em, right? After losing to the Red Sox in the World Series, Beltran is now strongly considering playing for them in 2014. With Jacoby Ellsbury likely to leave in free agency, the Red Sox should have an opening in the outfield next season. If Beltran signs with Boston, Shane Victorino would move to center field.
Trevor Rosenthal, RPHot11/4/2013 9:46:00 PM
Description: Trevor Rosenthal will continue to close for the Cardinals in 2014. SOURCE: Derrick Goold, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Insight: Rosenthal was the setup man for most of the year before taking over for Edward Mujica late in the season. His fastball is extremely potent, often reaching triple-digits on the radar gun. We'd expect the righthander to have a phenomenal season at the back of the St. Louis bullpen.
Matt Holliday, LF10/30/2013 10:51:00 AM
Description: Cardinals slugger Matt Holliday has only managed one hit against Red Sox starter John Lackey in ten at bats.
Insight: Holliday tripled off Lackey last Thursday in Game 2 but struck out swinging in his other two at bats against him. The 33-year-old went 1-for-4 with a solo homer in Monday's Game 5 loss at Busch Stadium.
Carlos Beltran, RF10/30/2013 10:46:00 AM
Description: Cardinals right fielder Carlos Beltran is 1-for-12 in his career against John Lackey.
Insight: Beltran's only hit against him came on a first-inning single in Game 2 last Thursday. Beltran, who injured his rib after robbing a David Ortiz grand slam back in Game 1, is hitting .308 in the World Series.
Allen Craig, 1B10/28/2013 6:44:00 PM
Description: Cardinals first baseman Allen Craig has been added to the starting lineup for Game 5 of the World Series Monday against Boston.
Insight: Craig can barely run due to a foot sprain, but he has convinced manager Mike Matheny that he can play first base. He has gone 4-for-9 in the series.
Allen Craig, 1B10/27/2013 1:14:00 PM
Description: Cardinals first baseman Allen Craig may have aggravated his foot injury Saturday on a play at the plate. SOURCE: Tom Ackerman, KMOX 1120
Insight: The team is reportedly "optimistic" about Craig's chances of playing Sunday in Game 4. If Craig does suit up, he'll likely be limited to pinch-hitting like he was in Game 3.
Matt Holliday, LF10/27/2013 10:35:00 AM
Description: St. Louis left fielder Matt Holliday got his revenge on the Red Sox by plating three runners in Saturday's wild Game 3 victory.
Insight: Two of those runs came across when Holliday doubled to left in the seventh inning. Holliday, who is hitting .385 for the series, lost to Boston in the 2007 World Series while with the Colorado Rockies.
Allen Craig, 1B10/27/2013 10:31:00 AM
Description: St. Louis first baseman Allen Craig didn't start Saturday's game against Boston but his impact was felt during a crazy ninth inning that ended in a walkoff win for the Cardinals.
Insight: Batting for closer Trevor Rosenthal in the ninth, Craig slapped a double to left off of Koji Uehara to put the winning run 90 feet away. In the next at bat, Jon Jay hit a grounder to Dustin Pedroia and then chaos ensued. Pedroia gunned down Yadier Molina at home and then Jarrod Saltalamacchia tried to throw out Craig at third base. The ball got away from Will Middlebrooks and then Craig was awarded the game-winning run after it was ruled Middlebrooks obstructed his path to home plate. Craig, who could start at first base in Game 4, is hitting .375 for the series (3-for-8).
Allen Craig, 1B10/26/2013 4:54:00 PM
Description: Cardinals first baseman Allen Craig (foot) is not in the starting lineup Saturday for Game 3 of the World Series against Boston.
Insight: The game is in St. Louis, so Craig cannot DH like he did in the first two games. Craig did some fielding work Saturday and might be able to play first base in Games 4 and 5.
Lance Lynn, SP10/25/2013 3:40:00 PM
Description: Cardinals manager Mike Matheny will start Lance Lynn in Game 4 of the World Series Sunday.
Insight: If the team was facing a 3-0 hole Matheny liked would have used Adam Wainwright on short rest, but since it won Game 2 he'll go with Lynn. After allowing five runs in 4 1/3 innings in Game 2 of the NLDS versus Pittsburgh, Lynn started Game 4 of the NLCS against the Dodgers and allowed two runs over 5 1/3 innings. Meanwhile, rookie Shelby Miller has thrown a total of 4 1/3 innings this postseason.
Trevor Rosenthal, RPHot10/25/2013 9:56:00 AM
Description: Cardinals closer Trevor Rosenthal struck out the side in the ninth inning of Game 2 versus Boston. It took just 11 pitches.
Insight: Throughout the season we were wondering why he didn't own the closer job over Edward Mujica. Now that he's grabbed it, there is no way anyone else closes for St. Louis in 2014.
Adam Wainwright, SP10/24/2013 10:08:00 PM
Description: Depending on the situation, the Cardinals could opt to use Game 1 starter Adam Wainwright in Game 4 Sunday night at St. Louis. SOURCE: Cardinals.com
Insight: Technically, he's not scheduled to pitch again until Game 5 but if it's an elimination game the Cardinals would obviously rather use their best starter. Wainwright got rocked for five runs in his outing Wednesday in Game 1, though almost all of the damage came in the first two inings. His teammates didn't do him any favors in the field by committing three errors.
Jon Jay, CF10/24/2013 6:57:00 PM
Description: St. Louis center fielder Jon Jay will make his first World Series start Thursday night against Boston.
Insight: Jay took over in right field Wednesday after Carlos Beltran hurt his rib robbing David Ortiz of a grand slam in the second inning. So far, he's struggled to a .194 batting average in 36 postseason at bats.
Daniel Descalso, 2B10/24/2013 6:53:00 PM
Description: Daniel Descalso will draw the start at shortstop Thursday in Game 2 against the Red Sox.
Insight: Descalso (.188 AVG this postseason) was a spectator for Game 1. He's filling in for Pete Kozma, who had a disastrous game Wednesday in the World Series opener (0-for-3, two fielding errors).
Carlos Beltran, RF10/24/2013 6:19:00 PM
Description: St. Louis right fielder Carlos Beltran is back in the lineup for Game 2 Thursday night at Fenway Park. SOURCE: Ken Rosenthal, Fox Sports
Insight: In his first World Series appearance, Beltran made a spectacular catch to rob David Ortiz of a grand slam but he bruised his rib in the process. Shane Robinson will be ready off the bench if Beltran isn't able to finish the game.
Matt Holliday, LF10/24/2013 10:58:00 AM
Description: Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday is hitless in seven career at-bats versus Boston Game 2 starter John Lackey.
Insight: Holliday homered in Game 1 to prevent his Cardinals getting shut out, and has seven hits in his last four postseason games, but he's batting just .265 over the 12 games of the 2013 postseason. Add in a bar matchup versus Lackey and Holliday should probably be avoided on Thursday.
Adam Wainwright, SP10/24/2013 10:53:00 AM
Description: St. Louis righthander Adam Wainwright was roughed up in Game 1 of the World Series, yielding six hits and five runs in an 8-1 loss.
Insight: The Cardinals defense didn't help him much and the only good news is that having thrown just five innings he should be able to pitch Game 4 if needed.
Carlos Beltran, RF10/24/2013 10:48:00 AM
Description: Even if Cardinals outfielder Carlos Beltran (ribs) plays in Game 2, his record against Boston starter John Lackey is not good.
Insight: Beltran, who left Game 1 after running into the right field wall while making a catch, is hitless in nine at-bats against Lackey. Beltran is 10-for-40 (.250) with a pair of homers in this year's postseason, but is one of the all-time best in the fall with 16 career postseason home runs.
Carlos Beltran, RF10/23/2013 9:41:00 PM
Description: Cardinals outfielder Carlos Beltran left Game 1 of the World Series due to a right rib contusion, according to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Insight: Beltran, who was playing in his first World Series game after putting up prolific postseason numbers throughout his career, suffered the injury when he reached over the right field wall to rob David Ortiz of a grand slam.
Allen Craig, 1B10/23/2013 4:30:00 PM
Description: Cardinals first baseman Allen Craig will hit cleanup Wednesday in his return from a foot injury.
Insight: He's DHing. The Cardinals have said that Matt Adams will remain at first base when the series shifts back to St. Louis for Games 3-5.
Allen Craig, 1B10/23/2013 1:20:00 PM
Description: St. Louis first baseman Allen Craig has been added to the team's World Series roster and is expected to start at DH Wednesday in Game 1 against Boston. SOURCE: Bill Shaikin, Los Angeles Times
Insight: Craig, out since September 4th with a foot injury, could be the Cardinals' X-factor. The 29-year-old's .454 batting average with runners in scoring position this season was easily the best in MLB.
Adam Wainwright, SP10/21/2013 8:48:00 PM
Description: St. Louis righthander Adam Wainwright will get the ball in Game 1 of the World Series Wednesday night at Fenway Park. SOURCE: Bob Nightengale, USA Today
Insight: The Cards will go with stud rookie Michael Wacha in Game 2. Wainwright has never pitched against the Red Sox or at Fenway Park in his career.
Allen Craig, 1B10/20/2013 10:50:00 AM
Description: Cardinals first baseman Allen Craig (foot) is expected to make the team's World Series roster, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Insight: Craig's Lisfranc injury is improving daily and he was even able to face live pitching in a simulated game on Friday. He'll DH for Games 1 and 2 when the Cardinals have to play at Boston and will likely come off the bench Games 3, 4 and 5.
Allen Craig, 1B10/19/2013 11:27:00 AM
Description: The long-awaited return of Cardinals first baseman Allen Craig could be coming in the World Series. SOURCE: St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Insight: Allen Craig's Lisfranc injury is improving daily and he was even able to face live pitching in a simulated game on Friday. It makes sense to slot him in as the DH for Games 1 and 2 when the Cardinals have to play in an American League ballpark.
Carlos Beltran, RF10/19/2013 9:26:00 AM
Description: Carlos Beltran led the Cardinals with three hits Friday in a Game 6 victory over Los Angeles.
Insight: It took him 16 seasons but Beltran is finally going to his first World Series. It's the fourth time St. Louis has been there in the last ten seasons. Beltran, who hit .286 in the series, has contributed 16 HR and 37 RBI in 45 career postseason games.
Michael Wacha, SPHot10/19/2013 9:12:00 AM
Description: St. Louis rookie Michael Wacha was awarded NLCS MVP honors after holding the Dodgers scoreless in Friday's series-clinching win at Busch Stadium.
Insight: For the second start in a row, he outpitched the best pitcher in the National League, Clayton Kershaw. Wacha has been nothing short of incredible this postseason with three wins and a 0.43 ERA in 21 innings. He'll face either Boston or Detroit in the World Series.
Pete Kozma, SS10/18/2013 10:01:00 AM
Description: Light-hitting St. Louis shortstop Pete Kozma is 4-for-5 with three doubles and a 2.200 OPS against Dodgers ace left-hander Clayton Kershaw.
Insight: Don't get too excited. Kozma is a career .232 hitter and a .217 hitter in this postseason.
Matt Holliday, LF10/16/2013 9:47:00 AM
Description: Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday smashed a two-run homer off Ricky Nolasco Tuesday in a Game 4 victory over the Dodgers.
Insight: It was Holliday's tenth career postseason home run and his first of the 2013 NLCS. With a win Wednesday in Game 5, St. Louis will be back in the World Series for the second time in the last three seasons. In last year's NLCS, the Cards lost to San Francisco in seven games.
David Freese, 3B10/15/2013 5:17:00 PM
Description: St. Louis third baseman David Freese (calf) is in the lineup in Game 4 of the NLCS Tuesday against the Dodgers.
Insight: Freese left early in Game 3 due to right calf tightness but it wasn't a serious concern. The third baseman is only hitting .192 with one home run, four RBI and a .596 OPS in eight games this postseason.
Matt Adams, 1BCold10/15/2013 10:57:00 AM
Description: Cardinals first baseman Matt Adams is hitless in five at bats against Dodgers right-hander Ricky Nolasco with three strikeouts.
Insight: Adams hit .375 against Los Angeles during the regular season, but is just 1-for-10 in the first three games of the series. Today would be a good day to avoid him.
Jon Jay, CF10/15/2013 10:54:00 AM
Description: Cards outfielder Jon Jay is a career .538 hitter (7-for-13) against Dodgers starter Ricky Nolasco.
Insight: Jay has struggled in the postseason batting just .188 in five games with Pittsburgh and .100 in the first three games versus Los Angeles.
Matt Holliday, LF10/15/2013 10:51:00 AM
Description: St. Louis left fielder Matt Holliday is a .462 career hitter (12-for-26) with a pair of homers and a 1.366 OPS against Dodgers right-hander Ricky Nolasco.
Insight: Holliday was solid in the NLDS against Pittsburgh, but has gone hitless in the first three games of the NLCS (12 at-bats).
David Freese, 3B10/14/2013 10:40:00 PM
Description: St. Louis third baseman David Freese exited Monday's Game 3 because of calf tightness. SOURCE: Bill Shaikin, Los Angeles Times
Insight: He went 1-for-2 with a single before leaving. Matt Carpenter is now at third base with Kolten Wong taking over for Carpenter at second. The injury isn't considered serious and Freese should be able to play tomorrow night in Game 4.
Chris Carpenter, SP10/14/2013 3:30:00 PM
Description: St. Louis starter Chris Carpenter is expected to announce his retirement this offseason. SOURCE: Nick Cafardo, Boston Globe
Insight: A nerve issue in Carpenter's pitching shoulder has limited the righthander to just three starts since the beginning of 2012. If this is it for Carpenter, the 2005 NL Cy Young winner will finish his career with 144 victories, 94 losses and a 3.76 ERA in 350 major league appearances.
Adam Wainwright, SPHot10/14/2013 9:36:00 AM
Description: Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright was 0-1 against the Dodgers this season, though he pitched reasonably well in the game - 7.0 IP, 7H, 5 Ks, three earned runs.
Insight: Wainwright is a clutch pitcher with a perfect 4-0 postseason record including a 2.03 ERA and 57 strikeouts in 48 2/3 innings pitched. He was 2-0 in this season's NLDS and pitched the series clincher.
Michael Wacha, SPHot10/12/2013 7:17:00 PM
Description: Cardinals star rookie Michael Wacha (6 2/3 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 8 K's, 1 BB) outdueled Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw Saturday in a classic battle at Busch Stadium.
Insight: As Fozzie Bear would say (and more recently, Pedro Martinez), Wacha, Wacha, Wacha. Seriously though, this kid has been amazing. In Wacha's last three starts, he's allowed just one run on seven hits in 22 2/3 IP. With the exception of maybe Detroit's Justin Verlander, Wacha seems to be the hottest pitcher in baseball right now. You're likely to see him again in Game 5 or 6, assuming the Dodgers are able to avoid the sweep.
Lance Lynn, SP10/12/2013 3:40:00 PM
Description: Cardinals manager Mike Matheny will stick with Lance Lynn to start Game 4 of the NLCS.
Insight: Lynn gave up five runs over 4 1/3 innings in his only start of the NLDS, but that won't deter Matheny from using Lynn over Shelby Miller. Miller will remain in the bullpen.
Carlos Beltran, RF10/12/2013 9:22:00 AM
Description: Cardinals right fielder Carlos Beltran is 5-for-22 (.227) lifetime against Dodgers starter Clayton Kershaw, who will start Game 2 of the NLCS Saturday.
Insight: Beltran, whose .761 slugging percentage in the postseason is the best in major league history, had two hits and drove in all three runs in the Cardinals 13-inning Game 1 win Friday night.
Matt Holliday, LF10/12/2013 9:21:00 AM
Description: St. Louis left fielder Matt Holliday owns a .300 career average in 30 at-bats against Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw.
Insight: Kershaw will start Game 2 of the NLCS Saturday after the Cardinals won Game 1 in 13 innings. Holliday is 9-for-30 with a double and 10 walks against the left-hander.
Allen Craig, 1B10/11/2013 6:36:00 PM
Description: St. Louis first baseman Allen Craig (foot) has been cleared for increased baseball activity, according to Brian Stull of 101 ESPN St. Louis.
Insight: That doesn't include running, however. Craig has been ruled out for the NLCS and is a longshot to play in the World Series if the Cardinals make it.
Carlos Beltran, RF10/11/2013 9:55:00 AM
Description: St. Louis right fielder Carlos Beltran is just 1-for-7 lifetime against Dodgers Game 1 NLCS starter Zack Greinke.
Insight: He's a career .345 hitter in the postseason with 16 HR and a 1.214 OPS in 39 playoff games.
Jason Motte, RP10/11/2013 9:51:00 AM
Description: St. Louis reliever Jason Motte, who had Tommy John surgery on his right elbow in May, began light throwing exercises last month.
Insight: Motte isn't expected to be ready for the start of the 2014 season. Edward Mujica took over the closer role for the Cardinals in his absence and saved 37 games. He blew just four save opportunities.
Jaime Garcia, SP10/11/2013 9:46:00 AM
Description: Cardinals lefthander Jaime Garcia had shoulder surgery four months ago and all is progressing on or ahead of schedule, according to Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Insight: Even if Garcia returns for the spring of 2014 the bigger question is whether he'll have a spot in the starting rotation since the Cardinals have been very successful with their young hurlers.
Michael Wacha, SPHot10/10/2013 3:29:00 PM
Description: Rookie Michael Wacha will start for St. Louis Saturday in Game 2 against the Dodgers.
Insight: To say that Wacha is hot right now would be an understatement. The 2012 first-round pick has allowed just two hits in his last 16 innings with 18 strikeouts and a 0.56 ERA over that span. Wacha has never faced the Dodgers in his career.
Joe Kelly, SP10/10/2013 3:17:00 PM
Description: Cardinals starter Joe Kelly will be on the mound for Friday's NLCS Game 1 against Los Angeles. SOURCE: MLB.com
Insight: Kelly quietly put together one of the lowest ERAs in the National League this season (2.69 ERA in 37 appearances). He was handed a no-decision in his only start of the Division Series (5 1/3 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 5 K's, 4 BB versus Pittsburgh in Game 3).
Allen Craig, 1B10/10/2013 3:14:00 PM
Description: St. Louis first baseman Allen Craig won't be available for the NLCS. SOURCE: Derrick Goold, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Insight: There was speculation that Craig could see some at bats as a pinch-hitter but he still isn't close to returning from a Lisfranc injury. Unless the Cards make it to the World Series and want to use him as a DH, his season is likely over.
Allen Craig, 1B10/10/2013 10:11:00 AM
Description: Cardinals first baseman Allen Craig hopes that he'll be ready for the NLCS against Los Angeles. SOURCE: St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Insight: Don't hold your breath. Lisfranc injuries are tough to come back from and earlier this month GM John Mozeliak said that Craig had almost no chance of returning before the end of the postseason. With Matt Adams playing some of the best baseball of his career, the Cardinals have no need to rush Craig back into the starting lineup. At best, he'll be a pinch-hitter.
David Freese, 3B10/10/2013 9:46:00 AM
Description: David Freese got the Cardinals off to a good start Wednesday by bashing his seventh career postseason homer.
Insight: Say what you want about his regular season play but when it comes to the playoffs, few players in the league have been as reliable as Freese. He's now produced an absurd 1.001 OPS in 126 postseason at bats. Expect more of the same from Freese in the NLCS.
Matt Adams, 1BHot10/10/2013 9:43:00 AM
Description: Not that the Cardinals needed it but first baseman Matt Adams provided some insurance with a towering two-run homer late in Wednesday's Game 5 win over Pittsburgh.
Insight: Sounds about right, doesn't it? Adams has been CRUSHING the ball since Allen Craig went down with a foot injury (.315, 9 HR, 17 RBI since September 1st). Now the Cardinals will play host to the Dodgers, a team Adams hit .375 against during the regular season.
Adam Wainwright, SP10/9/2013 10:54:00 PM
Description: Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright went the distance Wednesday in a series-clinching win over the Pirates.
Insight: Wainwright (9 IP, 8 H, 1 ER, 9 K's, 1 BB) was brilliant from start to finish on Wednesday. He's always been a stud in the playoffs (3-0, 2.54 ERA in six postseason starts) so it's hardly a surprise that Wainwright was the hero again in Game 5. Expect him to start Game 3 of the NLCS.
Michael Wacha, SPHot10/7/2013 6:20:00 PM
Description: Michael Wacha's first career postseason start was one we won't soon forget. The Cardinals rookie came within five outs of a no-hitter Monday against Pittsburgh.
Insight: Wacha (7 1/3 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 9 K's, 2 BB) had a no-hitter through 8 2/3 in his previous outing. According to Elias, that's the first time a pitcher has had two no-hit bids in a row of seven innings or longer since 1988. The 22-year-old looks poised to become the ace of what is already one of the strongest rotations in all of baseball.
Yadier Molina, CHot10/7/2013 11:07:00 AM
Description: Cardinals All-Star catcher Yadier Molina is a .421 hitter (8-for-19) with six RBI and a 1.053 OPS against Pittsburgh Game 4 starter Charlie Morton.
Insight: Molina has at least one hit in each of the games in the series and is a career .302 hitter in 235 postseason at-bats.
Jon Jay, CF10/7/2013 11:04:00 AM
Description: Cards outfielder Jon Jay is a career .500 hitter (8-for-16) against Pittsburgh right-hander Charlie Morton.
Insight: Jay is 2-for-10 in the first three games of the series with the Pirates, but has walked twice and scored three times.
Pete Kozma, SSCold10/6/2013 5:01:00 PM
Description: St. Louis shortstop Pete Kozma started over Daniel Descalso in Game 3 against Pittsburgh.
Insight: Don't get excited. Kozma is hitless in nine at-bats against Pirates left-hander Francisco Liriano with five strikeouts.
David Freese, 3B10/6/2013 11:14:00 AM
Description: Cardinals third baseman David Freese has never had much success against the Pirates left-hander Francisco Liriano - he's hitless in eight at-bats.
Insight: Freese's batting average dropped 31 points this season and his OPS 118 points. He's 2-for-6 in the first two games of the series, but this is an unfavorable matchup to be avoided.
Michael Wacha, SPHot10/4/2013 9:18:00 PM
Description: The Cardinals will start Michael Wacha in Game 4 of the ALDS against the Pirates.
Insight: St. Louis chose Wacha, who threw 8 2/3 innings of no-hit baseball in his final start before losing his no-hit bid on an infield single, over Shelby Miller. Miller went 15-9 with a 3.06 ERA and 169 K in 173 1/3 innings this season but was 0-4 with a 5.32 ERA in four starts against the Pirates.
Allen Craig, 1B10/3/2013 12:29:00 PM
Description: St. Louis GM John Mozeliak thinks first baseman Allen Craig is a longshot to play in the playoffs. SOURCE: Tim McKernan, InsideSTL.com
Insight: Craig has been on the shelf with a Lisfranc injury for almost a month. Although having Craig available would be a nice touch, it's not crippling to the Cardinals' playoff chances, especially when you consider how well Matt Adams has played in his absence (.315, 8 HR, 15 RBI in September).
David Freese, 3B10/3/2013 10:16:00 AM
Description: While Cardinals teammate Matt Carpenter has been terrific against A.J. Burnett in the past, third baseman David Freese has never had much success against the Pirates righthander.
Insight: Freese enters Thursday's contest with just one hit in 11 at bats against Burnett. After hitting .293 or better in three consecutive seasons, Freese slumped all the way to .260 in 138 games in 2013.
Yadier Molina, C10/3/2013 10:10:00 AM
Description: Yadier Molina had another great regular season but Thursday's Game 1 matchup against Pirates ace A.J. Burnett could spell trouble for the All-Star catcher.
Insight: Burnett has held Molina to a .160 AVG in 25 lifetime at bats. Molina could be in for a difficult series as he's hit just .173 in 52 at bats versus Pittsburgh in 2013.
Matt Carpenter, 2B10/3/2013 10:03:00 AM
Description: St. Louis second baseman Matt Carpenter owns a .429 career average against Pirates righthander A.J. Burnett.
Insight: Thursday will be the first time these two have met in a postseason environment. Overall, Carpenter hit .278 with six RBI in 72 at bats against Pittsburgh during the regular season.
Edward Mujica, RPCold10/2/2013 8:00:00 PM
Description: Edward Mujica made the Cardinals' postseason roster by the skin of his teeth. Despite making the final 25-man roster, Mujica won't be used as the team's closer. SOURCE: Jayson Stark, ESPN
Insight: Mujica lost his stranglehold on the closer position with a brutal September (11.05 ERA in 10 appearances). For now, the Cards will go with flamethrower Trevor Rosenthal in the ninth inning. Among National League relief pitchers, only Aroldis Chapman has thrown the ball harder than Rosenthal this season (average fastball is 96.4 mph).
Carlos Beltran, RF9/29/2013 1:02:00 PM
Description: St. Louis right fielder Carlos Beltran is back in the lineup after missing Saturday's game with a sore left wrist.
Insight: Beltran is hoping for his fifth career .300 season. He'll need a productive finale to get their though. Right now, he's at .297.
Matt Holliday, LF9/29/2013 12:59:00 PM
Description: St. Louis left fielder Matt Holliday won't start Sunday against Chicago.
Insight: He'll get one last day of rest before the playoffs start up next week. Holliday has been a stud in the second half after underachieving in the season's first three months (.348 AVG post All-Star break versus .268 in the first half). Holliday's power has regressed from blasting 70 home runs in 2006-07, but he continues to produce strong numbers across the board. He finished with a .300 average, 22 homers, 94 RBI, 103 runs and an .879 OPS in 602 plate appearances.
Adam Wainwright, SP9/28/2013 7:52:00 PM
Description: Adam Wainwright's last start before the playoffs was a good one. He tossed 5 1/3 scoreless innings Saturday for his 19th win of the season.
Insight: That leads the National League. Wainwright came out after just 72 pitches, which would indicate that the Reds are trying to keep him fresh for Game 1 of the Division Series. Wainwright's season ending ERA (2.94) is his lowest since 2010.
Carlos Beltran, RFCold9/28/2013 12:13:00 PM
Description: Cardinals right fielder Carlos Beltran left Friday's game with a sore wrist and will be evaluated Saturday, according to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Insight: The Cardinals clinched the NL Central Friday night, so they really don't have to force Beltran into the lineup Saturday. He'll probably sit out.
Yadier Molina, C9/28/2013 10:52:00 AM
Description: St. Louis catcher Yadier Molina is a .476 hitter in 21 at-bats against Edwin Jackson of the Cubs.
Insight: Molina is 10-for-21 with a double and three home runs against Jackson. While his home runs have declined from 22 to 12 from last season, Molina has batted over .300 for the third straight season.
David Freese, 3B9/28/2013 9:56:00 AM
Description: St. Louis third baseman David Freese went 1-for-3 with a solo homer Friday against the Cubs.
Insight: Freese has really regressed this season, hitting .262 with nine homers, 60 RBI and a .721 OPS in 462 at-bats after batting .296 from 2009-12 and blasting 20 homers last year. However, fantasy owners in playoff leagues should not forget his epic 2011 postseason.
Lance Lynn, SP9/28/2013 9:52:00 AM
Description: Cardinals starter Lance Lynn made his case why he should be in the postseason rotation with six scoreless innings, nine strikeouts and zero walks Friday in a win over the Cubs.
Insight: Lynn's 2013 season has followed a near-identical pattern to last year -- he started off strong, winning a bunch of games early, struggled in July and August and had a dynamite September. After going 2-1 with a 2.12 ERA and 36 strikeouts in 29 2/3 innings this month, Lynn will finish 15-10 with a 3.97 ERA and 198 Ks in 201 2/3 frames. St. Louis has plenty of strong choices to fill its rotation for the playoffs after Adam Wainwright, including Lynn, Michael Wacha, Shelby Miller and Joe Kelly.
Allen Craig, 1B9/27/2013 10:45:00 PM
Description: According to Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com, Cardinals GM John Mozeliak said Friday that first baseman Allen Craig (foot) is "very doubtful" for the NLDS.
Insight: Craig's foot sprain was reevaluated Friday and obviously is not healing quickly enough for him to be ready for the first round of the playoffs. He'll finish the 2013 season hitting .315 with 13 homers, 97 RBI, 71 runs and an .830 OPS in 134 games. Matt Adams, who has had a strong month of September, will continue to start at first base and hit in the middle of the order for St. Louis.
Yadier Molina, C9/27/2013 10:02:00 AM
Description: St. Louis catcher Yadier Molina is a career .385 hitter (10-for-26) with three homers and a 1.178 OPS versus Cubs starter Travis Wood.
Insight: Molina hasn't put up the home run number fantasy owners were hoping for after hitting 22 last season, but he's still a top fantasy catcher batting .315 with an .826 OPS. He's a must start on Friday.
Matt Adams, 1BHot9/26/2013 12:13:00 PM
Description: Cardinals first baseman Matt Adams has hit .338 with eight homers, 15 RBI and a 1.038 OPS over his last 21 games.
Insight: With Allen Craig out with a foot sprain, Adams has stepped into the starting lineup and has lived up to Craig's production. He has 17 homers, 51 RBI and .285/.337/.511 splits in just 284 at-bats.
Matt Holliday, LF9/25/2013 6:17:00 PM
Description: Matt Holliday returned to the Cardinals' starting lineup on Wednesday.
Insight: He went hitless in three at bats. Holliday (.296, 20 HR, 91 RBI) had missed the previous three games because of back spasms. St. Louis' magic number to clinch the NL Central is only one.
Michael Wacha, SPHot9/24/2013 10:35:00 PM
Description: Cardinals rookie Michael Wacha lost his no-hit bid on an infield single by Ryan Zimmerman with two outs in the ninth inning Tuesday against the Nationals.
Insight: Zimmerman hit a ninth-inning chopper that was just out of the reach of the 6-foot-6 Wacha and beat out shortstop Pete Kozma's throw to first to break up the no-hitter. The 22-year-old Wacha, who gave up 12 hits and four runs in 4 2/3 innings his previous start, struck out nine over 8 2/3 shutout innings to win his fourth game of the year. He may have pitched himself into the Cardinals postseason rotation Tuesday.
Matt Holliday, LF9/24/2013 5:23:00 PM
Description: Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday (back) will miss his third straight game Tuesday night.
Insight: Holliday is dealing with back stiffness. The Cardinals have a two-game lead in the NL Central with five games remaining.
Matt Holliday, LF9/24/2013 11:56:00 AM
Description: Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday was a late scratch Monday versus Washington and is questionable for Tuesday's game.
Insight: Holliday's back still isn't right. Shane Robinson (.248, 2 HR, 14 RBI) would likely start in left field for St. Louis.
Matt Holliday, LF9/23/2013 9:28:00 PM
Description: Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday was a late scratch Monday versus Washington.
Insight: Holliday's back still isn't right. Shane Robinson (.246, 2 HR, 13 RBI) will make the emergency start in left field for St. Louis.
Matt Holliday, LF9/23/2013 7:12:00 PM
Description: St. Louis left fielder Matt Holliday missed Sunday's game with a back issue but he's back in the lineup Monday against Washington.
Insight: He's hitting .455 against the Nationals this season so tonight would be a great time to have Holliday (.298, 20 HR, 91 RBI) in your starting lineup.
Matt Holliday, LFHot9/22/2013 8:01:00 PM
Description: Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday was a late scratch from Sunday's lineup due to back spasms, according to Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com.
Insight: Holliday has been unstoppable lately, going 13-for-22 (.591) over his last five games. He's available off the bench Sunday so the injury can't be too serious.
Lance Lynn, SP9/21/2013 10:56:00 PM
Description: Cardinals starter Lance Lynn threw his third straight quality start Saturday against the Brewers and picked up his first win since Aug. 4.
Insight: Lynn gave up one run and struck out seven over 6 1/3 innings Saturday and has allowed three earned runs in 18 1/3 innings over his last three starts. Lynn went 0-5 with a 6.88 ERA from Aug. 9 to Sept. 5 before his string of three straight quality turns.
Matt Holliday, LFHot9/21/2013 10:50:00 PM
Description: Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday has been unstoppable lately, going 13-for-22 (.591) over his last five games.
Insight: He has raised his average 13 points in that span. The Cardinals outfielder has hit .343 with seven homers and 44 RBI since the All-Star break.
Matt Adams, 1B9/21/2013 10:48:00 PM
Description: Cardinals first baseman Matt Adams went 2-for-4 with a homer and two RBI Saturday against the Brewers.
Insight: Adams left Wednesday's game with elbow soreness but he was able to return Friday and has homered in two straight games. With Allen Craig likely out for the rest of the regular season, Adams will continue to start at first base and hit cleanup.
Edward Mujica, RP9/21/2013 6:36:00 PM
Description: Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports that the Cardinals closer situation with be "fluid" for the rest of the season.
Insight: Edward Mujica has blown two saves and allowed 15 hits and seven earned runs in 6 2/3 innings this month. Trevor Rosenthal could be the first choice for manager Mike Matheny, but John Axford and Kevin Siegrist also could see save chances.
Allen Craig, 1B9/21/2013 6:34:00 PM
Description: According to Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com, Cardinals GM John Mozeliak said first baseman Allen Craig is "probably" not going to be back by the end of the regular season.
Insight: Craig will be reevaluated at the end of next week to see how his foot sprain is progressing. He's hitting .315 with 13 homers, 97 RBI, 71 runs and an .830 OPS in 134 games.
Matt Adams, 1B9/20/2013 6:34:00 PM
Description: Cardinals first baseman Matt Adams (elbow) is in the starting lineup Friday.
Insight: Adams left Wednesday's game but evidently his elbow soreness wasn't serious. Allen Craig (foot sprain) is still out, so the 25-year-old Adams will continue to start for St. Louis.
Matt Adams, 1B9/19/2013 11:39:00 AM
Description: Cardinals first baseman Matt Adams left Wednesday's game with a right elbow injury.
Insight: The Cardinals are also currently without Allen Craig (foot sprain), so Brock Peterson will have to man first base in place of Adams. The 25-year-old Adams had surgery to remove bone chips in his right elbow in 2012, so this might be related.
Allen Craig, 1B9/19/2013 11:37:00 AM
Description: According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Cardinals first baseman Allen Craig (foot) is not expected to play during the team's current road trip.
Insight: That means the earliest he'll return is Monday against the Nationals, but we aren't optimistic. Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said Craig could miss the rest of the regular season.
Carlos Beltran, RFCold9/19/2013 10:37:00 AM
Description: Cardinals right fielder Carlos Beltran owns a .355 lifetime average against Roy Oswalt.
Insight: Beltran has gone 11-for-31 with two doubles and a homer against Oswalt, a former Astro, Phillie and Ranger and current Rockie. The veteran is just 9-for-51 (.176) in September, but this matchup could help him.
Carlos Beltran, RF9/18/2013 5:29:00 PM
Description: Cardinals right fielder Carlos Beltran isn't starting Wednesday against the Rockies. SOURCE: Cardinals on Twitter
Insight: He'll give way to Shane Robinson in right field. Beltran (.297, 23 HR, 78 RBI) hasn't hit a home run since August 24th against Atlanta.
Matt Adams, 1B9/15/2013 6:40:00 PM
Description: Cardinals first baseman Matt Adams has hit five home runs in 11 games (eight starts) since Allen Craig suffered a foot injury on Sept. 4.
Insight: Adams went 2-for-5 with a homer and two RBI Sunday against Seattle and has 14 home runs and 44 RBI in just 246 at-bats this year.
Yadier Molina, C9/15/2013 6:21:00 PM
Description: St. Louis catcher Yadier Molina had four of his team's 19 hits Sunday against Seattle.
Insight: He hit his 12th homer of the season and scored three runs. Molina came into Sunday's game with zero hits in his last 15 at-bats and 10 in his last 63 (.159). That slump knocked him out of the NL batting title race.
Yadier Molina, C9/13/2013 5:29:00 PM
Description: St. Louis catcher Yadier Molina is back in the starting lineup Friday against Seattle. SOURCE: Jenifer Langosch, MLB.com
Insight: He left the team earlier this week to be with his mother, who was undergoing surgery. Molina is only batting .188 in the month of September.
Yadier Molina, C9/12/2013 4:57:00 PM
Description: Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina is not in the lineup again Thursday due to a family matter.
Insight: Molina left the Cardinals Wednesday to be with his mother, who needed surgery. He should be back in the lineup Friday.
Lance Lynn, SP9/12/2013 11:19:00 AM
Description: Cardinals starter Lance Lynn turned in his best start in five weeks Wednesday against the Brewers, throwing six innings, striking out 10 and allowing one (unearned) run.
Insight: Lynn came in 0-5 with a 6.88 ERA over his previous six starts and 3-9 with a 5.40 ERA since starting out 10-1 with a 3.42. He'll attempt to duplicate September 2012, in which he went 5-2 with a 2.76 ERA after struggling following the All-Star break and getting demoted the bullpen for a few weeks.
Yadier Molina, C9/11/2013 6:24:00 PM
Description: Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina is not in Wednesday's lineup due to a family matter, according to Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com.
Insight: Molina will miss facing Marco Estrada, who he is 12-for-21 lifetime against.
Yadier Molina, C9/11/2013 10:32:00 AM
Description: Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina owns a .571 lifetime average against Milwaukee roght-hander Marco Estrada (12-for-21).
Insight: Molina will post a third consecutive season with a batting average over .300 and with his defensive skills is an MVP candidate. He's a must start for Wednesday.
Allen Craig, 1B9/10/2013 9:17:00 PM
Description: According to Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com, Cardinals first baseman Allen Craig's reevaluation has been pushed back to Thursday.
Insight: The team didn't provide a reason as to why the examination was pushed back. Craig suffered a sprained left foot last Wednesday but had his walking boot removed Sunday.
Michael Wacha, SPHot9/8/2013 6:48:00 PM
Description: Cardinals rookie Michael Wacha had his second straight scoreless start Sunday against the Pirates.
Insight: The 22-year-old has allowed five hits in 13 innings over his last two starts. He's likely to remain in the rotation the rest of the season and should be added in all leagues.
Yadier Molina, C9/8/2013 11:09:00 AM
Description: Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina owns a .444 lifetime average against Pirates starter Charlie Morton.
Insight: Molina is third in a tight NL batting race with a .323 average, nine points behind Braves third baseman Chris Johnson. He's also 8-for-18 with four doubles against Morton, who will throw Sunday against St. Louis.
Adam Wainwright, SP9/7/2013 10:19:00 PM
Description: Cardinals starter Adam Wainwright had a much-needed strong outing Saturday versus Pittsburgh, going seven innings and allowing two hits and no runs while striking out eight.
Insight: In Wainwright's previous two starts, both against the Reds, he had allowed 17 hits and 15 earned runs in eight innings. He's now 16-9 with a 3.03 ERA.
Allen Craig, 1B9/5/2013 9:06:00 PM
Description: Allen Craig's MRI came back clean. SOURCE: Derrick Goold, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Insight: The Cardinals 1B/RF sprained his foot during Wednesday's win over Cincinnati. He'll be in a walking boot for the next couple days, which makes it unlikely that we'll see him this weekend against the Pirates.
Allen Craig, 1B9/4/2013 9:43:00 PM
Description: Cardinals first baseman Allen Craig exited Wednesday's game and was diagnosed with a left foot sprain, according to Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com.
Insight: Craig will be reevaluated Thursday. The first baseman hurt his foot while trying to avoid running into the first base umpire after an infield single. He was able to walk off under his own power.
Matt Carpenter, 2B9/4/2013 12:34:00 PM
Description: Cardinals second baseman Matt Carpenter has been a doubles machine this season (45 two-baggers in 530 at bats). He'd be lucky to hit anything Wednesday versus Bronson Arroyo, though.
Insight: Arroyo tends to get the better of this matchup (1-for-15 for Carpenter). Hopefully, you have another second baseman at your disposal on Wednesday.
David Freese, 3B9/4/2013 12:32:00 PM
Description: Using St. Louis third baseman David Freese on Wednesday would be a waste of a lineup spot.
Insight: Freese, who has seen his playing time reduced since Kolten Wang's callup from Triple-A, is a pitiful .118 career hitter against Bronson Arroyo. Once a fantasy staple, Freese (.261, 6 HR, 50 RBI) is a fringe player nowadays.
Jon Jay, CFCold9/4/2013 12:28:00 PM
Description: Cards center fielder Jon Jay has dismantled Reds starter Bronson Arroyo in 34 at bats.
Insight: Fourteen of those at bats have resulted in hits. Maybe this matchup will help Jay (.266, 7 HR, 59 RBI) break out of the slump that he's been in (two for his last 16).
Carlos Beltran, RF9/4/2013 12:24:00 PM
Description: St. Louis right fielder Carlos Beltran didn't get any hits Tuesday (0-for-3) but he should be in for a whole bunch Wednesday versus Bronson Arroyo.
Insight: Beltran has feasted off Arroyo (13-10, 3.66 ERA) throughout his career. In 35 at bats, he's smacked two homers to go along with a .400 average. Look for him to light up the scoreboard on Wednesday.
Michael Wacha, SP9/3/2013 9:59:00 PM
Description: Cardinals rookie Michael Wacha allowed just three hits over six scoreless innings Tuesday against the Reds but St. Louis was shut out and Wacha took a no decision.
Insight: The Cardinals recalled the 22-year-old to remain in the rotation for the rest of the season. He posted a 2.65 ERA and a 73/19 K/BB in 85 innings with Triple-A Memphis and has a 3.20 ERA in 39 1/3 innings in the majors this season. Wacha should be added in most leagues.
Carlos Beltran, RF9/3/2013 6:14:00 PM
Description: Cardinals right fielder Carlos Beltran (back) is back in the lineup Tuesday against the Reds.
Insight: Beltran is on track to play more than 140 games for the third straight season. Unlike last year, however, his production has not declined in the second half.
Yadier Molina, C9/3/2013 6:05:00 PM
Description: Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina (wrist) is in the lineup Tuesday, according to ESPN's Jim Bowden.
Insight: Molina left Monday's game with left wrist soreness but he has checked out fine, manager Mike Matheny said.
Matt Carpenter, 2BHot9/3/2013 1:50:00 PM
Description: St. Louis second baseman Matt Carpenter is a lifetime .615 hitter (8-for-13) versus reds right-hander Homer Bailey.
Insight: He's batting .312 with a league-leading 103 runs, 164 hits and 45 doubles. He's also knocked in 67 RBI and posted an .854 OPS. All-in-all a special season. He's a must start on Tuesday.
Yadier Molina, C9/3/2013 11:02:00 AM
Description: Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina exited Monday's game with left wrist soreness and is questionable for Tuesday's game against Cincinnati.
Insight: He has missed 24 games this season but still leads the National League in innings caught while batting .327 with 10 HR, 61 RBI and an .852 OPS.
Carlos Beltran, RF9/3/2013 10:57:00 AM
Description: A back injury to St. Louis right fielder Carlos Beltran kept him on the sidelines Monday against Cincinnati and he's questionable for Tuesday.
Insight: Beltran (.310, 23 HR, 71 RBI) was doing so good in staying healthy and on the field. Allen Craig would likely make another start in right field and Matt Adams at 1B if Beltran can't go.
Adam Wainwright, SPCold9/2/2013 7:21:00 PM
Description: The Reds shelled Cardinals starter Adam Wainwright again Monday, tagging him for six runs on 10 hits over six innings.
Insight: Wainwright gave up nine runs on eight hits in two innings against the Reds last Wednesday. He's now 15-9 with a 3.14 ERA, up from 2.58 following his start on Aug. 23.
Yadier Molina, C9/2/2013 4:52:00 PM
Description: Cardinals backstop Yadier Molina exited Monday's game with left wrist soreness, according to MLB.com.
Insight: Molina is listed as day-to-day. He has missed 24 games this season but still leads the National League in innings caught.

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