St. Louis Cardinals Player Notes
For The Last 365 Days
 
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.
Carlos Beltran, RF9/2/2013 11:38:00 AM
Description: A back injury will keep St. Louis right fielder Carlos Beltran on the sidelines Monday against Cincinnati. SOURCE: Fox Sports Midwest
Insight: It's the second game in a row that he's had to miss. Allen Craig (.319, 13 HR, 97 RBI) will make his 21st start in right field.
Jon Jay, CF9/2/2013 10:57:00 AM
Description: St. Louis center fielder Jon Jay is hitting over .400 in his career against Reds starter Mat Latos.
Insight: That's convenient because Latos is the pitcher he'll be facing today. Jay (.269, 7 HR, 59 RBI in 132 games) probably isn't owned in many fantasy leagues but if you do have him, now would be the time to start him.
Yadier Molina, C9/2/2013 10:55:00 AM
Description: Cardinals backstop Yadier Molina is having an MVP season and his numbers against Reds starter Mat Latos reflect that.
Insight: Molina (.329, 10 HR, 61 RBI) owns a .412 career average against the tattoo-covered righthander. The five-time All-Star got a day off on Thursday so it should be a while before the Cards rest him again.
Michael Wacha, SP9/2/2013 9:31:00 AM
Description: Cards rookie Michael Wacha will draw the start Tuesday against Cincinnati.
Insight: Wacha was re-assigned to Double-A Springfield last week but never got a chance to pitch for them. It says a lot about Wacha's talent that the Cardinals are letting him pitch every fifth day in the middle of a pennant race.
Lance Lynn, SPCold8/31/2013 10:00:00 PM
Description: Cardinals starter Lance Lynn has to be happy to see August go. He went 1-4 with a 5.84 ERA and a 1.57 WHIP during the month.
Insight: Lynn was 10-1 with a 3.42 ERA at one point, but he has gone 3-8 with a 5.29 ERA over his last 13 starts and now has a 4.29 ERA on the year. Lynn had a similar issue last season, starting off 10-2 with a 2.42 ERA and then going 3-3 with a 5.89 ERA over his next 12 starts before being demoted to the bullpen. We'll see if the Cardinals plan to keep rolling him out this year.
Matt Carpenter, 2BHot8/31/2013 10:32:00 AM
Description: St. Louis second baseman Matt Carpenter is a lifetime .444 hitter versus Pittsburgh starter A.J. Burnett.
Insight: He's batting .311 with a league-leading 100 runs, 160 hits and 43 doubles. He's also knocked in 66 RBI and posted an .854 OPS. All-in-all a special season.
Michael Wacha, SP8/29/2013 9:17:00 PM
Description: The Cardinals are sending righthander Michael Wacha down to Double-A Springfield.
Insight: It's a procedural move and has nothing to do with how Wacha (2-0, 3.78 ERA) has been pitching. He'll be back in the majors when the rosters expand on September 1st.
Adam Wainwright, SP8/29/2013 10:37:00 AM
Description: Cardinals starter Adam Wainwright had his worst start of the season Wednesday against the Reds.
Insight: Wainwright lasted just two innings and gave up nine earned runs on eight hits. The right-hander's ERA rose from 2.58 to 2.96.
Yadier Molina, C8/28/2013 6:43:00 PM
Description: St. Louis catcher Yadier Molina won't play Wednesday against the Reds.
Insight: Molina isn't injured. It's just a routine day of rest. Backup Rob Johnson (.179, 0 HR, 2 RBI) will be filling in behind the plate.
Matt Holliday, LFHot8/28/2013 10:42:00 AM
Description: Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday is a career .400 hitter with a pair of homers and a 1.221 OPS versus Reds right-hander Homer Bailey.
Insight: Holliday is hitting .381 this week and .330 over the past four weeks. He's never going to be the hitter he was in Colorado, but he's still a solid fantasy option (.287, 18 HR, 71 RBI, .846 OPS).
Allen Craig, 1B8/26/2013 10:09:00 PM
Description: St. Louis outfielder/first baseman Allen Craig spoiled the Reds' night by hitting a go-ahead grand slam Monday at Busch Stadium.
Insight: Believe it or not, that was Craig's first career grand slam. Craig is hitting an other-worldly .452 with runners in scoring position this season (56-for-124).
David Freese, 3B8/26/2013 11:41:00 AM
Description: Cardinals third baseman David Freese is 7-for-13 (.538) with a home run and a 1.495 OPS versus Cincinnati starter Mike Leake.
Insight: Freese now finds himself in a timeshare with recent callup Kolten Wang. Freese (.265, 6 HR, 47 RBI in 109 games) was an All-Star in 2012 but this season he's been a disappointment. If he's in the lineup, he could be worth a flier.
Carlos Beltran, RF8/26/2013 10:44:00 AM
Description: Cardinals right fielder Carlos Beltran is just 2-for-18 against Reds right-hander Mike Leake.
Insight: There has been no second-half swoon for Beltran this year, and it has allowed him to hit .309 with 23 homers, 70 RBI and an .867 OPS. Monday, however, is an unfavorable matchup to be avoided.
Carlos Beltran, RFHot8/25/2013 10:44:00 AM
Description: Cardinals right fielder Carlos Beltran has gone 13-for-27 (.481) with two doubles, three homers, six RBI and a 1.370 OPS during his last six games.
Insight: There has been no second-half swoon for Beltran this year, and it has allowed him to hit .311 with 23 homers, 70 RBI and an .875 OPS.
Matt Carpenter, 2BHot8/25/2013 9:42:00 AM
Description: St. Louis second baseman Matt Carpenter reached 10 home runs Saturday night against Atlanta.
Insight: Power is not Carpenter's game, so any time he goes deep it is an added bonus. He's batting .311 with 42 doubles, 65 RBI, an .858 OPS and 96 runs in 568 plate appearances.
Shelby Miller, SP8/24/2013 10:45:00 PM
Description: Cardinals righthander Shelby Miller was dominant Saturday in a win against the Braves.
Insight: The only run he allowed came on a solo shot by Freddie Freeman in the first inning. Miller improved to 12-8 with the victory. Saturday was also the righthander's 10th quality start of the season.
Jake Westbrook, SPCold8/23/2013 7:21:00 PM
Description: The Cardinals have placed starter Jake Westbrook on the 15-day disabled list with a strained lower back.
Insight: Coincidentally, Westbrook is winless in his last five outings (0-4, 9.69 ERA). Carlos Martinez is expected to start in Westbrook's place Monday against the Reds.
Edward Mujica, RP8/23/2013 11:52:00 AM
Description: Cardinals closer Edward Mujica is dealing with soreness behind his right shoulder and is questionable for Friday's game against Atlanta, according to a St. Louis Post-Dispatch report.
Insight: Mujica has been an excellent find this season posting 33 saves with a 1.77 ERA and .804 WHIP. He had four career saves heading into 2013 and wasn't on most fantasy owners' radar, but has become a fantasy star.
Yadier Molina, C8/22/2013 4:54:00 PM
Description: Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina is not in the lineup Thursday against Atlanta.
Insight: He's getting a day off after catching five straight games. He's hitting .370 with five doubles, two homers, five RBI and a 1.148 OPS in six games since returning from the DL (knee).
Carlos Beltran, RFHot8/22/2013 9:54:00 AM
Description: Cardinals right fielder Carlos Beltran is batting .371 with nine doubles, three homers and 11 RBI in August and has crushed Braves starter Paul Maholm.
Insight: Beltran looked like he was going to go through a second straight second-half slump when he went 7-for-40 (.175) in the first 10 games following the All-Star break, but he has picked it back up this month. He's also 9-for-24 with two doubles and two home runs against Maholm so Thursday could be another big day for the veteran if he's in St. Louis' lineup.
Edward Mujica, RP8/21/2013 10:30:00 PM
Description: Cardinals closer Edward Mujica is dealing with soreness behind his right shoulder near his trapezius, but he said he isn't concerned. SOURCE: MLB.com
Insight: Mujica sat out the entire weekend series against the Cubs with arm fatigue and had to be checked on by manager Mike Matheny and the trainer in the ninth inning Wednesday afternoon. "Yeah, he looked like he just didn't feel right, so you see that you've got to go find out," Matheny said. "We're just going to continue to keep our eyes on it and we'll give him days when we can. We've given him a few. Let the doctors -- the medical team -- get their hands on him again, just keep working on him and see what we have to deal with." Mujica allowed a homer shortly after the visit but closed out the win for his 33rd save. If he needs time off, Trevor Rosenthal (2.58 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, 86 K in 59 1/3 IP) would likely get the save chances.
Allen Craig, 1B8/21/2013 7:15:00 PM
Description: Cardinals first baseman Allen Craig came into Wednesday's game 2-for-22 (.091) with six K over his last six games, but he broke out of his slump against the Brewers.
Insight: Craig went 2-for-4 with a homer, two RBI and a walk Wednesday afternoon. His homers are down from 22 to 12 since last season but he has managed to drive in 90 runs due to a .449 batting average with RISP.
Matt Holliday, LFCold8/21/2013 7:11:00 PM
Description: Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday entered the ninth inning Wednesday 0-for-4 after goin 1-for-19 in his previous five games, but he hit a solo homer to left field.
Insight: Holliday hit .433 with 10 RBI and a 1.095 OPS from July 29 to Aug. 15, but he has gone cold lately. Hopefully his ninth inning home run is a sign of things to come.
Carlos Beltran, RFHot8/21/2013 7:09:00 PM
Description: Cardinals right fielder Carlos Beltran went 2-for-5 with a homer Wednesday against Milwaukee and is 7-for-14 over his last three games.
Insight: After going 7-for-40 (.175) in the first 10 games following the All-Star break, Beltran is hitting .371 with nine doubles, three homers and 11 RBI in August. The veteran slumped badly in the second half last season, hitting .236 with a .742 OPS.
Yadier Molina, C8/21/2013 10:45:00 AM
Description: Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina is just 2-for-11 (.182) against Milwaukee starter Tom Gorzelanny.
Insight: Molina has at least two hits in each of his last four games including five doubles and a pair of homers, but faces an unfavorabble matchup. Hopefully, he can overcome his struggles against Gorzelanny.
Matt Carpenter, 2BHot8/20/2013 5:42:00 PM
Description: St. Louis second baseman Matt Carpenter is not in the lineup Tuesday.
Insight: He's getting the night off. Kolten Wong will play second and David Freese will draw the start at third. Carpenter is hitting .369 over his last 15 games after going 1-for-31 (.032) from July 27 to Aug. 3.
Allen Craig, 1B8/20/2013 5:40:00 PM
Description: Cardinals first baseman Allen Craig is not in the lineup Tuesday against the Brewers.
Insight: Craig is hitting just .091 (2-for-22) over his last six games, so a day off should be good for him. Matt Adams is starting at first.
Carlos Beltran, RFHot8/20/2013 11:44:00 AM
Description: St. Louis right fielder Carlos Beltran "owns" Milwaukee right-hander Kyle Lohse with a career .500 batting average, four homers and a 1.458 OPS in 48 at-bats.
Insight: Beltran gets routine days off to keep him fresh, but has stayed relatively healthy this season. The outfielder is batting .304 with 21 HR, 65 RBI and an .855 OPS. He's a must start in this favorable matchup.
Yadier Molina, CHot8/19/2013 11:40:00 AM
Description: Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina is 9-for-18 with a 1.222 OPS against Milwaukee starter Marco Estrada.
Insight: Molina had a pair of hits in each of the weekend games including three doubles and a home run. He's batting .328 this season with an .859 OPS and is a must start.
Adam Wainwright, SP8/18/2013 7:03:00 PM
Description: Cardinals starter Adam Wainwright's start Sunday against the Cubs was his first with fewer than three earned runs since July 21.
Insight: Wainwright threw seven innings for the fifth straight start and gave up one run on five hits with 11 strikeouts. He's 14-7 with a 2.66 ERA and a 1.04 WHIP this season.
Jon Jay, CFHot8/18/2013 6:54:00 PM
Description: Cardinals center fielder Jon Jay had an RBI double in the first inning and hit a three-run homer in the seventh Sunday against the Cubs.
Insight: Jay also walked and scored two runs. The outfielder is batting .343 in 30 games since the All-Star break. With a .273 average, six homers, 54 RBI, 59 runs and four steals, Jay has been a useful NL-only outfielder but isn't much more than that.
David Freese, 3BCold8/18/2013 1:21:00 PM
Description: Cardinals third baseman David Freese is out for Sunday's game against the Cubs.
Insight: Thanks to a 1-for-16 slump, Freese now finds himself in a timeshare with recent callup Kolten Wang. Freese (.265, 6 HR, 43 RBI in 103 games) was an All-Star in 2012 but this season he's been a disappointment. For now, he belongs on the waiver wire.
Jake Westbrook, SPCold8/18/2013 12:27:00 PM
Description: St. Louis righthander Jake Westbrook isn't in danger of losing his spot in the rotation despite his recent struggles. SOURCE: St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Insight: Westbrook has lost four straight after starting the year 7-4. If manager Mike Matheny begins to lose patience with Westbrook, rookie Michael Wacha would be a candidate to fill his role.
Joe Kelly, SPHot8/17/2013 9:22:00 PM
Description: St. Louis righthander Joe Kelly held the Cubs scoreless in his six innings of work Saturday at Wrigley Field.
Insight: Kelly is heating up. Over his last six games, he's 4-0 with a 1.57 ERA in 34 1/3 innings. Look for him to stay hot Thursday against the Braves.
Yadier Molina, C8/17/2013 9:48:00 AM
Description: Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina, who sat out Friday's game, will have a favorable matchup on Saturday for his return.
Insight: Molina is 9-for-23 (.391) with a pair of homers and a 1.114 OPS versus Cubs starter Travis Wood. After batting .341 before the All-Star game, Molina has struggled with the bat hitting just .209 in 12 games and may not be ready to take advantage of this matchup.
Yadier Molina, C8/16/2013 4:39:00 PM
Description: After catching 12 innings in his first game back from the disabled list, Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina was not in the starting lineup Friday.
Insight: Molina spent the minimum amount of time on the DL with knee inflammation before returning Thursday. He should be back in the starting lineup Saturday.
David Freese, 3B8/16/2013 4:29:00 PM
Description: St. Louis third baseman David Freese figures to have his playing time cut in half following Friday's promotion of prospect Kolten Wong.
Insight: According to FanGraphs, the 2011 NLCS and World Series MVP was worth 4.0 wins above replacement (WAR) last season, when he hit .293 with 20 homers and 79 RBI. This year, however, he has hit .269 with six homers, 43 RBI, a -13.3 UZR at third base and 0.2 WAR. He likely will only start against lefties going forward.
Kolten Wong, 2B8/16/2013 4:06:00 PM
Description: Second baseman Kolten Wong will make his debut Friday night, batting sixth and playing second base. Matt Carpenter will play at third base and David Freese is not in the starting lineup.
Insight: The 21-year-old Wong was the 22nd overall pick in the 2011 draft. He hit .303 with 10 HR, 45 RBI, 68 runs and 20 SB at Triple-A Memphis. If Wong proves to be a ballplayer, Freese could be the odd-man out.
Matt Carpenter, 2BHot8/15/2013 7:10:00 PM
Description: St. Louis second baseman Matt Carpenter went off for four hits Thursday in an extra innings win over Pittsburgh.
Insight: All he needed was a homer for the cycle. Carpenter now has 13 hits in his last five games (13-for-24).
Matt Holliday, LFHot8/15/2013 7:05:00 PM
Description: St. Louis left fielder Matt Holliday ended things in the bottom of the 12th with a walkoff single Thursday against the Pirates.
Insight: He drove in two of the Cardinals' six runs. Holliday had an injury scare earlier this week (sprained ankle) but it hasn't seemed to affect his performance at the plate. Holliday is batting .405 since the All-Star break (30-for-74).
Carlos Beltran, RF8/15/2013 12:27:00 PM
Description: St. Louis right fielder Carlos Beltran is getting a day off Thursday.
Insight: Beltran gets routine days off to keep him fresh. The outfielder is batting .381 with a 1.042 OPS in August after hitting .250 with zero homers in July.
Yadier Molina, C8/15/2013 12:26:00 PM
Description: Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina (knee inflammation) is back in the lineup Thursday afternoon against the Pirates.
Insight: St. Louis activated the catcher from the disabled list when he was first eligible Thursday. Fantasy owners should activate Molina, one of fantasy's best backstops, immediately.
Shelby Miller, RP8/15/2013 9:38:00 AM
Description: In his first start since taking a line drive off his pitching elbow, Cardinals righty Shelby Miller threw six innings and allowed five runs (three earned) on eight hits against the Pirates Wednesday night.
Insight: Miller only threw two pitches last Wednesday before being struck by a Carl Crawford liner. He had some extra time to rest and while he didn't have his best results Wednesday against Pittsburgh, he appeared to be healthy.
Oscar Taveras, CF8/14/2013 8:49:00 PM
Description: Cardinals outfield prospect Oscar Taveras will have season-ending ankle surgery next week, according to Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com.
Insight: MLB.com ranked Taveras as the No. 2 prospect on its midseason list of the top 100 prospects in baseball, but the 21-year-old has been limited to 46 games with Triple-A Memphis this season due to a high-ankle sprain. He hit .306 with five home runs, five steals and an .803 OPS in those games and will likely start next season with the big club.
Matt Holliday, LF8/14/2013 5:12:00 PM
Description: Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday (ankle) is in the lineup Wednesday against Pittsburgh, according to FOX Sports Midwest.
Insight: Holliday is hitting .441 with two homers, 12 RBI and a 1.115 OPS over his last 16 games, so it's good to see he won't have to miss any time after leaving Tuesday's game with a sprained right ankle.
Matt Holliday, LF8/14/2013 9:20:00 AM
Description: Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday left Tuesday night's game with a sprained ankle. X-rays were negative.
Insight: Holliday has 15 homers, a .468 slugging percentage and an .845 OPS, but has struggled with nagging injuries this season. Hopefully, this won't keep him out of the lineup.
Yadier Molina, C8/13/2013 6:36:00 PM
Description: Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina (knee inflammation) is confident that he'll be able to return Thursday, according to Brian Stull of 101 ESPN St. Louis.
Insight: Molina has run at full speed and also blocked pitches during a bullpen session Tuesday. He has been on the DL since late July with a sprained right knee.
Carlos Beltran, RF8/13/2013 4:52:00 PM
Description: St. Louis right fielder Carlos Beltran (foot) is in the lineup Tuesday night, according to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Insight: Beltran exited Sunday after fouling a ball off his foot, but he said he expected to play Tuesday and is indeed in the lineup.
Allen Craig, 1B8/13/2013 11:25:00 AM
Description: Cardinals first baseman Allen Craig is 8-for-15 (.533) with three walks and a 1.298 OPS versus Pittsburgh starter Charlie Morton.
Insight: Craig's numbers are down over the past four weeks, batting .259 with a .671 OPS over the past 23 games. Perhaps this matchup will get him going again.
Carlos Beltran, RF8/12/2013 10:59:00 AM
Description: St. Louis right fielder Carlos Beltran had to leave Sunday's series finale against the Cubs because of a bruised foot, but said he expected to play in the Cardinals' next game on Tuesday.
Insight: Beltran went 1-for-3 before exiting after fouling a ball off his foot. "I think on Tuesday it will be fine," the outfielder told Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Shelby Miller, RP8/12/2013 10:55:00 AM
Description: Cardinals pitcher Shelby Miller, who took a line drive off his pitching elbow in his last start, will taking his regular spot in the rotation on Wednesday against Pittsburgh, according to manager Mike Matheny.
Insight: Miller exited last Wednesday's game after a line drive off his right elbow on his second pitch of the game. He's been an excellent fantasy option this season with an 11-7 record, 2.89 ERA. 1.137 WHIP and 132 strikeouts in just 121 1/3 IP.
Carlos Beltran, RF8/11/2013 4:51:00 PM
Description: St. Louis right fielder Carlos Beltran had to leave Sunday's series finale against the Cubs because of a bruised foot. SOURCE: Bernie Miklasz, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Insight: Beltran went 1-for-3 before exiting. The Cards don't play again until Tuesday, which gives Beltran a day to rest up before the team's three-game set versus Pittsburgh.
Jake Westbrook, SP8/11/2013 1:44:00 PM
Description: Cardinals starter Jake Westbrook's next start will come Friday against the Cubs.
Insight: Westbrook was forced into relief action last Wednesday, one day prior to his scheduled start, after Shelby Miller was hit in the elbow by a line drive. He gave up 13 hits and nine earned runs in 4 2/3 innings of work. Westbrook will have seven days of rest between appearances.
Yadier Molina, C8/11/2013 1:35:00 PM
Description: Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina (knee inflammation) worked on some drills with his catching gear on Saturday for the first time since going on the disabled list, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Insight: Molina also did some light sprinting. The team is hopeful he'll be able to return when first eligible Thursday.
Matt Holliday, LFHot8/10/2013 10:25:00 PM
Description: Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday went yard twice and drove in four runs Saturday against the Cubs. He's hitting .423 over his last 14 games.
Insight: Holliday has exhibited much power this year -- he has 15 homers, a .466 slugging percentage and a .179 ISO -- but he has scored 76 runs and driven in 58.
Michael Wacha, SP8/10/2013 8:57:00 PM
Description: According to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Cardinals GM John Mozeliak said that after Saturday's start, prospect Michael Wacha will move to the bullpen and be used in "higher leverage" spots in the late innings.
Insight: Joe Strauss of the Post-Dispatch reported Friday that the team might consider a six-man rotation to keep Wacha in the majors, but he'll move to middle relief where he'll have no fantasy value.
Carlos Beltran, RF8/10/2013 5:36:00 PM
Description: Cardinals right fielder Carlos Beltran is back in the starting lineup Saturday.
Insight: He sat out Friday due to leg fatigue, a condition that could be a concern for the 36-year-old. Beltran is batting .273 with a .745 OPS since the All-Star break and has just one home run since the start of July.
Michael Wacha, SP8/9/2013 7:51:00 PM
Description: The expectation was that Michael Wacha would be sent back to Triple-A after Saturday's start against Chicago but according to St. Louis Post-Dispatch reporter Joe Strauss, that probably won't be the case.
Insight: Strauss suggested that the Cardinals could opt to use a six-man rotation to give their starters some extra rest. ESPN's Jim Callis rated Wacha as MLB's third-best prospect about a week ago.
Carlos Martinez, SP8/8/2013 10:20:00 PM
Description: Cardinals prospect Carlos Martinez left Thursday's start with a right index finger cramp, according to Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com.
Insight: Martinez, MLB.com's No. 25 overall prospect, was making his first big league start in place of Jake Westbrook, who had to come into Wednesday's game in relief after Shelby Miller exited with an elbow contusion. The right-hander is expected to return to the Triple-A Memphis rotation.
Yadier Molina, C8/8/2013 8:07:00 PM
Description: Cardinals GM John Mozeliak said Thursday on FOX Sports Midwest that he is "very optimistic" catcher Yadier Molina (knee) will be activated Aug. 15.
Insight: Molina went on the disabled list in late July with a right knee sprain, but he could be activated next Thursday against the Pirates when he's first eligible.
Adam Wainwright, SP8/8/2013 6:18:00 PM
Description: The Cardinals have pushed Adam Wainwright back from Saturday's start to get him some extra rest.
Insight: After starting Monday against the Dodgers, Wainwright was scheduled to pitch Saturday against the Cubs but the team will recall prospect Michael Wacha to start that game instead. Wainwright will presumably start Tuesday against the Pirates after Lance Lynn pitches Friday and Joe Kelly throws Sunday.
Michael Wacha, RP8/8/2013 6:15:00 PM
Description: According to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the Cardinals will recall prospect Michael Wacha to start Saturday against the Cubs. The team is adding Wacha for Saturday's start to get ace Adam Wainwright and Jake Westbrook, who entered Wednesday in relief of the injured Shelby Miller, some extra rest.
Insight: Wacha, the No. 19 overall pick in 2012, went 1-0 with a 4.58 ERA and a 1.19 WHIP in three starts in the majors from May 30 to July 11 and then was returned to the minors so the team could control his innings. He is 5-3 with a 2.65 ERA and a 73/19 K/BB in 85 innings with Triple-A Memphis this season but is doubtful to remain in the rotation after Saturday.
Shelby Miller, RP8/8/2013 6:10:00 PM
Description: Cardinals pitcher Shelby Miller said Thursday that he doesn't expect to miss a start, according to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Insight: Miller exited Wednesday's game after taking a line drive off his right elbow on his second pitch of the game. The Cardinals rotation is in limbo after Thursday's scheduled starter Jake Westbrook was forced into action Wednesday, so even if Miller makes his next start it might not come until a week from now. St. Louis will go with Carlos Martinez Thursday, Lance Lynn Friday, Michael Wacha Saturday, Joe Kelly Sunday and presumably Adam Wainwright Tuesday.
Shelby Miller, RP8/7/2013 9:18:00 PM
Description: The Cardinals announced that Shelby Miller has a right elbow contusion, according to Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com.
Insight: That just means Miller has a bruise, which was to be expected when he left Wednesday's start after getting drilled with a line drive by Carl Crawford. The right-hander has gone 11-7 with a 2.89 ERA, a 1.14 WHIP and 132 K in 121 1/3 innings this season and losing him would be a huge blow to the Cardinals and to fantasy owners, but it appears he has avoided a serious injury.
Shelby Miller, RP8/7/2013 8:35:00 PM
Description: Cardinals starter Shelby Miller left Wednesday's start against the Dodgers in the first inning after he was hit in the right elbow by a Carl Crawford line drive.
Insight: Miller threw just two pitches in the game. The right-hander has gone 11-7 with a 2.89 ERA, a 1.14 WHIP and 132 K in 121 1/3 innings this season and losing him would be a huge blow to the Cardinals and to fantasy owners.
Allen Craig, 1B8/7/2013 6:02:00 PM
Description: Cardinals first baseman Allen Craig is not in the lineup Wednesday.
Insight: Craig is getting a night off. The first baseman has responded with a .357 average (10-for-28) since going 0-for-22 from July 25-30. Matt Adams will play first base Wednesday.
Matt Holliday, LF8/7/2013 10:02:00 AM
Description: Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday is a career .458 hitter (11-for-24) with a pair homers and a 1.375 OPS versus Dodgers starter Ricky Nolasco.
Insight: The left fielder returned from the disabled list with a hot bat - hitting .333 in the 13 games since his return to the lineup. Add in a favorable matchup and he's a must start.
Chris Carpenter, SP8/5/2013 7:34:00 PM
Description: Cardinals righthander Chris Carpenter thinks it would be a longshot if he pitched again this season. SOURCE: Jenifer Langosch, MLB.com
Insight: Carpenter was close to returning from a shoulder injury late last month but now it appears a setback will cost him the rest of the 2013 season. He's only made three starts since the beginning of 2012 and at this point, retirement could be a possibility.
Lance Lynn, SP8/4/2013 6:26:00 PM
Description: St. Louis righthander Lance Lynn recorded 11 strikeouts Sunday in a win over Cincinnati.
Insight: The 11 K's were a season-high. He's 3-0 versus the Reds this season. Lynn's next start is Friday against the Cubs.
Carlos Beltran, RF8/4/2013 10:33:00 AM
Description: St. Louis right fielder Carlos Beltran is a career .111 hitter (2-for-18) versus Cincinnati right-hander Mike Leake. Latest update - Beltran is not in the starting lineup.
Insight: He's hitting .500 (8-for-16) over his last four games with five doubled, but this is an unfavorable matchup. At 36-years-old Beltran has still been a productive fantasay outfielder, batting .302 with 19 HR and 58 RBI. The only thing he doesn't do now that he did when he was younger is steal bases.
Carlos Beltran, RF8/4/2013 9:44:00 AM
Description: St. Louis right fielder Carlos Beltran is a career .111 hitter (2-for-18) versus Cincinnati right-hander Mike Leake.
Insight: He's hitting .500 (8-for-16) over his last four games with five doubled, but this is an unfavorable matchup. At 36-years-old Beltran has still been a productive fantasay outfielder, batting .302 with 19 HR and 58 RBI. The only thing he doesn't do now that he did when he was younger is steal bases.
David Freese, 3B8/4/2013 9:40:00 AM
Description: St. Louis third baseman David Freese is 5-for-10 with a home run and a 1.445 OPS in his career against Reds starter Mike Leake.
Insight: Freese's production is significantly down across the board from last season, but at least he has a favorable matchup on Sunday.
Matt Carpenter, 3BCold8/3/2013 7:15:00 PM
Description: Cardinals second baseman Matt Carpenter will not start on Saturday night.
Insight: Carpenter is in huge slump which has seen his batting average drop from .326 to .304 in nine games.
Daniel Descalso, 2B8/2/2013 11:01:00 PM
Description: Cardinals second baseman Daniel Descalso went deep twice in Friday's victory over the Reds.
Insight: Prior to Friday, Descalso had gone 36 games without a homer. Friday was Descalso's seventh three-hit game of the season.
Carlos Beltran, RFHot8/2/2013 10:58:00 PM
Description: St. Louis right fielder Carlos Beltran scored four times in Friday's win over Cincinnati.
Insight: He's hitting .583 (7-for-12) over his last three games. Beltran's .302 batting average this season is his highest since 2009.
Matt Carpenter, 3BCold8/2/2013 10:31:00 AM
Description: Cardinals second baseman Matt Carpenter 1-for-12 (.083) against Reds starter Bronson Arroyo.
Insight: Carpenter is in huge slump which has seen his batting average drop from .326 to .309 in eight games. Avoid.
David Freese, 3B8/2/2013 10:18:00 AM
Description: St. Louis third baseman David Freese is 1-for-15 (.067) in his career against Reds starter Bronson Arroyo with four strikeouts.
Insight: Freese's production is significantly down across the board from last season and this matchup doesn't figure to help.
Allen Craig, 1B8/2/2013 10:16:00 AM
Description: Cardinals first baseman Allen Craig is just 1-for-14 (.071) against Reds starter Bronson Arroyo.
Insight: After breaking a 0-for-22 slump with one hit in five at-bats Wednesday, Craig went 2-for-4 with a double, a walk, two RBI and two runs scored Thursday in a rout of Pittsburgh. He still owns great numbers for the season, but you should avoid this unfavorable matchup.
Jon Jay, CFHot8/2/2013 10:14:00 AM
Description: Cardinals center fielder Jon Jay is a career .406 hitter (13-for-32) against Cincinnati right-hander Bronson Arroyo.
Insight: Jay has put together three consecutive two-hit games to bring his average up to .256 and this is a favorable matchup that could help him extend the streak.
Matt Holliday, LFHot8/2/2013 10:10:00 AM
Description: Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday is a career .314 hitter (16-for-51) with four homers and a 1.013 OPS versus Cincinnati right-hander Bronson Arroyo.
Insight: The left fielder returned from the disabled list with a hot bat - hitting .366 in the six games since his return to the lineup. Add in a favorable matchup and he's a must start.
Carlos Beltran, RF8/1/2013 10:41:00 PM
Description: Cardinals right fielder Carlos Beltran had a pair of hits, a walk and one RBI Thursday against Pittsburgh.
Insight: Beltran has put together two straight multi-hit games, but the right fielder hasn't homered since June 30. He batted .250 with a .607 OPS and zero homers in 84 at-bats in July, the first month of his career in which he has received at least 60 at-bats and failed to go deep.
Allen Craig, 1B8/1/2013 10:38:00 PM
Description: After breaking a 0-for-22 slump with one hit in five at-bats Wednesday, Cardinals first baseman Allen Craig went 2-for-4 with a double, a walk, two RBI and two runs scored Thursday in a rout of Pittsburgh.
Insight: The Cardinals snapped a seven-game losing streak with a 13-0 win. Even with that massive slump, Craig is still hitting .318 this year.
Matt Carpenter, 3BCold8/1/2013 6:15:00 PM
Description: Cardinals second baseman Matt Carpenter is back in the starting lineup Thursday after getting Wednesday off.
Insight: Carpenter, like most of St. Louis' hitters, is in a massive slump. He's 2-for-24 (.083) over his last six games.
Yadier Molina, C7/31/2013 7:31:00 PM
Description: Yadier Molina's MRI didn't reveal any significant damage in his right knee. SOURCE: Jenifer Langosch, MLB.com
Insight: That's a relief though the Cardinals will still be without Molina for at least two weeks. Expect Tony Cruz to handle the catching dutings in Molina's absence.
Yadier Molina, C7/31/2013 2:49:00 PM
Description: St. Louis catcher Yadier Molina (knee) has been placed on the DL.
Insight: Molina left Game 2 of Tuesday's doubleheader with a right knee strain. It's the same knee that bothered him earlier in July. The Cardinals are expected to seek catching help, which should tell you that they expect Molina to miss more than 15 days.
Yadier Molina, C7/31/2013 9:28:00 AM
Description: St. Louis catcher Yadier Molina (knee) is expected to be placed on the DL, according to Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com.
Insight: Molina left Game 2 of Tuesday's doubleheader with a right knee strain. It's the same knee that bothered him earlier in July. He'll have an MRI on the knee Wednesday or Thursday.
Yadier Molina, C7/30/2013 10:11:00 PM
Description: St. Louis catcher Yadier Molina left Game 2 of Tuesday's doubleheader against Pittsburgh with a right knee strain, according to Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com.
Insight: Molina had off for Game 1 of the doubleheader. The injury is in the same knee that gave him trouble earlier this season.
Matt Carpenter, 3BCold7/30/2013 9:11:00 PM
Description: Cardinals second baseman Matt Carpenter is 2-for-20 over his last five games.
Insight: It seems like most of St. Louis' hitters are struggling right now. The team has lost five in a row and scored a total of six runs during the losing streak.
Carlos Beltran, RFCold7/30/2013 9:08:00 PM
Description: Cardinals right fielder Carlos Beltran is 5-for-35 (.143) in nine games since the All-Star break.
Insight: He went 0-for-5 and left six men on base Tuesday against Pittsburgh. Beltran tailed off in the second half last season, hitting .236 with a .742 OPS, so this is a situation to keep an eye on.
Allen Craig, 1BCold7/30/2013 1:50:00 PM
Description: Cardinals first baseman Allen Craig is not in Tuesday afternoon's starting lineup in the first of two against Pittsburgh.
Insight: Craig has fallen into a massive slump, going hitless in five straight games and striking out nine times in that span. his numbers still look good for the season (.322, 10 HR, 79 RBI), but fantasy owners should be rightfully concerned.
Yadier Molina, C7/30/2013 1:48:00 PM
Description: St. Louis catcher Yadier Molina is not in Tuesday's starting lineup versus Pittsburgh in the first game of a doubleheader, but he's likely to start the second game.
Insight: Molina has gone 3-for-17 over his last five games to drop his average to .331. He's still one of the best catching options in fantasy and a small rough patch won't change that.
David Freese, 3B7/30/2013 10:18:00 AM
Description: St. Louis third baseman David Freese is hitless in his career against Pittsburgh starter A.J. Burnett.
Insight: Freese's production is significantly down across the board from last season and this matchup doesn't figure to help. Avoid.
David Freese, 3B7/30/2013 1:53:00 AM
Description: St. Louis third baseman David Freese is hitless in his career against Pittsburgh starter A.J. Burnett.
Insight: Freese's production is significantly down across the board from last season and this matchup doesn't figure to help. Avoid. Latest update - Freese is not in the starting lineup for the first of two games on Tuesday night. Apparently manager Mike Matheny is seeing the same thing we are.
Allen Craig, 1BCold7/29/2013 10:48:00 PM
Description: Cardinals first baseman Allen Craig has fallen into a massive slump, going hitless in five straight games and striking out nine times in that span.
Insight: Craig went 0-for-4 with three K Monday at Pittsburgh and is hitless in his last 17 at-bats. He's still hitting .322, however.
Matt Holliday, LF7/27/2013 12:58:00 PM
Description: Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday (hamstring) is back in the lineup Saturday.
Insight: The team activated him from the disabled list when he was first eligible. The left fielder cleared running tests earlier this week, so there shouldn't be too much of a risk of re-injury. He's hitting .268 with 13 homers and an .800 OPS this season.
Carlos Beltran, RF7/26/2013 10:11:00 AM
Description: In his brief career, Braves lefty Mike Minor has faced Cardinals right fielder Carlos Beltran seven times and allowed four hits, all for extra bases.
Insight: Beltran has two doubles, a triple, one homer and two walks against Minor. He also sat out Thursday, so he should be refreshed and ready to go Friday.
Lance Lynn, RPCold7/25/2013 9:58:00 PM
Description: Cardinals starter Lance Lynn gave up one earned run on five hits over seven innings Thursday against the Phillies to improve to 12-5.
Insight: Lynn walked four and was facing a Phillies lineup without Ryan Howard and Domonic Brown, so this isn't exactly an outing that inspires supreme confidence after Lynn posted a 6.32 ERA over his last eight starts.
Carlos Beltran, RF7/25/2013 4:33:00 PM
Description: St. Louis right fielder Carlos Beltran will get Thursday off. No injury, just the Cardinals trying to keep a key part of their offense healthy and fresh.
Insight: Beltran is just 1-for-12 over his last three games, so this is probably a good idea. He's batting .301 with 19 HR, 55 RBI and an .857 OPS.
Matt Holliday, LF7/23/2013 7:11:00 PM
Description: Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday (hamstring) completed a series of running drills Tuesday and would have been cleared to play if he was eligible, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Insight: Holliday won't come off the disabled list until Saturday, however. "I don't see any more hurdles," Holliday said. Fantasy owners can expect him back this weekend.
Chris Carpenter, SP7/23/2013 4:35:00 PM
Description: Former Cy Young winner Chris Carpenter has put a stop to his rehab starts after feeling numbness in his pitching hand, according to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Disptach.
Insight: The Cardinals ace has been battling shoulder issues all year and hasn't pitched in the majors since last October. Now it appears his comeback is up in the air once again.
Matt Holliday, LF7/20/2013 1:45:00 PM
Description: Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday (hamstring) still felt lingering tightness when he tried to run Friday afternoon and on Saturday was placed on the 15-day disabled list.
Insight: Holliday suffered a right hamstring injury more than a week ago while running out a groundball. He's batting .268 with 13 HR, 47 RBI and 64 runs in 83 games.
Matt Holliday, LF7/19/2013 9:07:00 PM
Description: Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday (hamstring) has taken batting practice two straight days, but he still felt lingering tightness when he tried to run Friday afternoon, according to Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com.
Insight: Holliday suffered a right hamstring injury more than a week ago while running out a groundball. The Cardinals will avoid placing him on the disabled list for now because they think he'll be back over the next few days.
Matt Holliday, LF7/18/2013 7:30:00 PM
Description: Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday took batting practice Thursday for the first time since suffering a right hamstring injury last week, according to MLB.com.
Insight: Holliday sat out the last few games prior to the All-Star break after suffering the injury Thursday. He has done some light running, but needs to run at full speed before he can return to the lineup. He's questionable for Friday's second-half opener.
Chris Carpenter, SP7/18/2013 7:03:00 PM
Description: Former Cy Young winner Chris Carpenter is scheduled to make a rehab start for the Triple-A Memphis Redbirds on Saturday. SOURCE: Mike Ceide, WREG Memphis
Insight: It looks like he's only a start or two away from returning to the big leagues. The Cardinals ace has been battling shoulder issues all year and hasn't pitched in the majors since last October.
Carlos Beltran, RF7/18/2013 9:55:00 AM
Description: St. Louis right fielder Carlos Beltran told Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that he'd like to play three more years.
Insight: Beltran continues to play at a light level and fantasy owners will be happy if he can supply power for three more seasons. He's surprisingly stayed relatively healthy of late - playing 142 games in 2011, 151 games last season and 84 games so far this season. He's batting .309 with 19 HR, 53 RBI and an .879 OPS.
Chris Carpenter, SP7/16/2013 9:20:00 AM
Description: St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Chris Carpenter went 2 2/3 IP in a minor league start at Double-A Springfield on Monday.
Insight: Carpenter reportedly reached the mid-90s with his fastball, but more importantly came out without any physical ailments. The 38-year-old right-hander nearly had to retire due to a nerve irritation in his shoulder, but has made a remarkable recovery. The team hasn't ruled out Carpenter returning to the rotation later this season.
Yadier Molina, CCold7/14/2013 12:21:00 PM
Description: St. Louis catcher Yadier Molina is 0-for-15 over his last six games, but he has a solid matchup on tap Sunday against the Cubs.
Insight: Molina has gone 7-for-20 with two homers and a 1.083 OPS in his career against Cubs starter Travis Wood. The catcher has hit a rough patch after taking a few days off due to knee inflammation, so he should benefit from having two days off after Tuesday's All-Star game.
Lance Lynn, RPCold7/14/2013 10:02:00 AM
Description: Cardinals starter Lance Lynn had an ugly outing Saturday against the Cubs, allowing 10 hits and five earned runs in 4 1/3 innings.
Insight: Just two of Lynn's last seven starts were quality. The right-hander has gone 3-3 with a 6.00 ERA in that span and watched his ERA rise from 2.76 to 3.92.
Jon Jay, CF7/14/2013 9:58:00 AM
Description: Cardinals center fielder Jon Jay had four hits in five at-bats Saturday against the Cubs but is still batting just .249 this season.
Insight: Jay is hitting just .156 with a .479 OPS in 64 at-bats against lefties this season, but he has had success against Sunday's starter Travis Wood. In 17 at-bats against the Cubs lefty, Jay has gone 7-for-17 (.412) with a double and two walks.
Matt Holliday, LF7/13/2013 10:54:00 AM
Description: Cardinals outfielder Matt Holliday, who had to leave Thursday's game against the Cubs with a right hamstring injury, will miss the entire weekend series, according to a St. Louis Post Dispatch report.
Insight: Holliday previously mentioned using the All-Star break to get healthy so fantasy owners should have been expecting this outcome. He's batting .268 with 13 HR, 47 RBI and 64 runs scored.
Carlos Beltran, RF7/13/2013 10:33:00 AM
Description: St. Louis right fielder Carlos Beltran is hitless in seven at-bats versus Cubs starter Matt Garza.
Insight: Beltran continues to hit - .310 with 19 homers, 53 RBI, 49 runs and an .887 OPS in 82 games this season, but this is an unfavorable matchup.
Yadier Molina, CCold7/12/2013 1:55:00 PM
Description: St. Louis catcher Yadier Molina is struggling with a sore knee and a cold bat as we head into the final series before the break.
Insight: He was batting .362 a month ago. Molina is just 1-for-15 over the past five games and his batting average has dropped to .339.
Matt Adams, 1B7/12/2013 1:50:00 PM
Description: Cardinals first baseman Matt Adams could see plenty of action in the final series before the All-Star break if Matt Holiday is sidelined. Adams will start at first on Friday with Allen Craig replacing Holliday in left.
Insight: Adams is hitting .317 with seven homers, 25 RBI and a .931 OPS in just 125 at-bats. In a 500 at-bat full season that would translate to a 28-HR, 100 RBI pace.
Matt Holliday, LF7/12/2013 1:43:00 PM
Description: Cardinals outfielder Matt Holliday had to leave Thursday's game against the Cubs with a right hamstring injury and appears to be doubtful for the weekend series.
Insight: Holliday mentioned using the All-Star break to get healthy which would mean he'd miss the three-game series with the Cubs. He's not in Friday's starting lineup.
Matt Holliday, LF7/11/2013 9:30:00 PM
Description: Cardinals outfielder Matt Holliday had to leave Thursday's game against the Cubs with a right hamstring injury.
Insight: Holliday hurt his hamstring while running to first in the fourth inning. The initial diagnosis is tightness in his hamstring, according to Carrie Muskat of MLB.com.
Yadier Molina, C7/11/2013 12:33:00 PM
Description: St. Louis catcher Yadier Molina has owned Cubs starter Edwin Jackson in 15 career at bats.
Insight: More often than not, Molina has won the battle when these two have squared off (.600 AVG, 3 HR, 6 RBI). Molina didn't start last night's game but he did make a pinch-hitting appearance in the eighth inning.
Chris Carpenter, SP7/10/2013 7:57:00 PM
Description: Cardinals pitcher Chris Carpenter has been cleared to start a rehab assignment Monday with Double-A Springfield, according to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Insight: Carpenter threw a 100-pitch simulated game Wednesday afternoon without any issues. The 38-year-old right-hander nearly had to retire due to a nerve irritation in his shoulder but has made a remarkable recovery. The team hasn't ruled out Carpenter returning to the rotation later this season.
Carlos Beltran, RF7/10/2013 6:04:00 PM
Description: St. Louis right fielder Carlos Beltran is out of the lineup Wednesday.
Insight: Beltran has been dealing with soreness in his right oblique and will get Wednesday's game off. Beltran is hitting .309 with 19 homers, 52 RBI, 48 runs and an .881 OPS in 80 games this season and will try to avoid a second straight second-half swoon.
Yadier Molina, C7/10/2013 6:01:00 PM
Description: Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina (knee) is not in Wednesday's lineup against Houston.
Insight: Molina returned to the lineup Tuesday after missing several days due to inflammation in his right knee. According to MLB.com, Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said Tuesday that he plans to give the All-Star backstop more days off in the future. Molina started 79 of the team's first 85 games.
Yadier Molina, C7/9/2013 4:56:00 PM
Description: Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina (knee) will return to the lineup Tuesday against the Astros.
Insight: Molina (.346, 6 HR, 45 RBI) is dealing with inflammation in his right knee and hasn't played since July 5, but he's feeling better.
Yadier Molina, C7/9/2013 10:20:00 AM
Description: Yadier Molina's MRI revealed inflammation in his right knee, but nothing worse and the team hopes he'll return for Tuesday's game against Houston.
Insight: Molina (.346, 6 HR, 45 RBI) was recently named the starting catcher for the National League in next week's All-Star Game at Citi Field.
Matt Carpenter, 3B7/9/2013 9:53:00 AM
Description: Cardinals 2B/3B Matt Carpenter is 1-for-12 with four strikeouts versus Houston starter Bud Norris.
Insight: Carpenter is having a fine season, batting .316 with a league-leading 66 RBI, eight homers and 37 RBI, but Tuesday in an unfavorable matchup.
Allen Craig, 1BHot7/9/2013 9:48:00 AM
Description: Cardinals first baseman Allen Craig is a career .412 hitter (7-for-17) with a pair of home runs and a 1.268 OPS versus Houston right-hander Bud Norris.
Insight: Craig doesn't get the publicity that many other first basemen get, but he's been producing solid numbers for the last two and a half seasons. After hitting .325 with 10 homers and 69 RBI this spring, he'll play in his first All-Star game next week. He's a must start on Tuesday.
Lance Lynn, RP7/7/2013 8:48:00 PM
Description: Cardinals starter Lance Lynn fired seven innings, allowed two runs on seven hits and struck out seven in a win over the Marlins Sunday.
Insight: Lynn (11-3, 3.67 ERA) is tied with teammate Adam Wainwright with 11 wins, which ranks second in the NL. The right-hander has gone 29-10 with a 3.74 ERA and a 9.13 K/9 in 288 2/3 innings over the last two seasons.
Matt Holliday, LF7/7/2013 8:40:00 PM
Description: Cardinals outfielder Matt Holliday went 1-for-3 with a solo homer Sunday against the Marlins.
Insight: Holliday has gone 3-for-13 with three extra-base hits and two RBI in four games since returning from a pinched nerve in his neck. The Cardinals left fielder is hitting just .266 with a 7.9 percent extra-base hit rate and a .173 ISO. He had a 10.3 percent extra-base hit rate and a .212 ISO is his previous four seasons.
Yadier Molina, C7/7/2013 12:54:00 PM
Description: Yadier Molina's MRI revealed inflammation in his right knee. SOURCE: St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Insight: The Cardinals catcher is hoping to return to action Tuesday against Houston. Molina was recently named the starting catcher for the National League in next week's All-Star Game at Citi Field.
Yadier Molina, C7/6/2013 9:18:00 PM
Description: Cardinals backstop Yadier Molina led all National League players in All-Star balloting.
Insight: Nearly seven million votes were cast for Molina. His teammate, right fielder Carlos Beltran, came in second in the NL voting. Molina went for an MRI on his injured knee on Saturday. If he can't play in the All-Star game, Giants catcher Buster Posey (.310, 12 HR, 48 RBI) would likely get the start in his place. The game will be held July 16th at Citi Field in New York City.
Yadier Molina, C7/6/2013 5:57:00 PM
Description: Yadier Molina's absence on Saturday was because of a sore knee. SOURCE: Derrick Goold, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Insight: He's having his right knee looked at to make sure the injury isn't anything serious. Molina (.346, 6 HR, 45 RBI) might be the NL MVP up to this point so obviously a DL stint would be a huge blow to the Cardinals, who trail Pittsburgh by a game and a half for first in the NL Central.
Adam Wainwright, SP7/6/2013 2:10:00 PM
Description: St. Louis right-hander Adam Wainwright will start Tuesday and Sunday next week, the final week before the All-Star game.
Insight: Fantasy owners applaud the Cardinals' management for choosing their team over the Summer Classic. Wainwright improved to 11-5 by allowing just one run on five hits in nine innings in his last start. The right-hander has a 2.36 ERA, a 1.00 WHIP and an otherworldly 117/13 K/BB in 133 2/3 innings this season. Now he'll be a two-start pitcher too.
Yadier Molina, C7/6/2013 1:13:00 PM
Description: Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina is not in the starting lineup for the Cardinals on Saturday.
Insight: Molina isn't hurt, just a day game after a night game. He's maintained a high average all season (.346) while playing at an All-Star level behind the plate once again.
Carlos Beltran, RF7/5/2013 7:04:00 PM
Description: St. Louis right fielder Carlos Beltran is not in the starting lineup for Friday night's game with Miami.
Insight: The oft-injured Beltran has stayed healthy this season and this absence appears to simply be a day off. He's batting .305 this season with 19 HR, 50 RBI and should have a ticket punched to the All-Star game.
Matt Holliday, LF7/4/2013 6:32:00 PM
Description: If Cardinals outfielder Matt Holliday (neck) is in the lineup Thursday against the Angels.
Insight: Holliday has been dealing with a pinched nerve in his neck and wasn't been able to turn his head to face the pitcher, so he missed the last two games. He'll face Joe Blanton Thursday, who he is 5-for-13 with two doubles, two homers, four RBI and two walks against.
Chris Carpenter, SP7/4/2013 11:46:00 AM
Description: St. Louis right-hander Chris Carpenter (back) is expected to throw a bullpen session Friday to determine the next step in his rehab from a nerve irritation in his right shoulder, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Insight: Carpenter also has been dealing with tightness in his lower back, which has set him back. He has been throwing during St. Louis' road trip, and will either throw a simulated game or another bullpen session after Friday.
Matt Holliday, LF7/4/2013 10:56:00 AM
Description: If Cardinals outfielder Matt Holliday (neck) returns to the lineup Thursday, he'll have a favorable matchup against the Angels.
Insight: Holliday, who is dealing with a pinched nerve in his neck and hasn't been able to turn his head to face the pitcher, has been out of the starting lineup the last two games. He's hoping to return to the lineup Thursday, and it's not hard to see why; he'll face Joe Blanton, who he is 5-for-13 with two doubles, two homers, four RBI and two walks against.
Matt Holliday, LF7/4/2013 10:29:00 AM
Description: St. Louis left fielder Matt Holliday (neck) is hoping to return to the lineup Thursday against the Angels, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Insight: Holliday, who is dealing with a pinched nerve in his neck and hasn't been able to turn his head to face the pitcher, has been out of the starting lineup the last two games. The Cardinals play at Los Angeles at 9:05 pm ET, making it the last game of the day.
Shelby Miller, RP7/4/2013 10:26:00 AM
Description: In his first start since allowing six hits and five runs over 1 2/3 innings on June 28 at Oakland, Cardinals starter Shelby Miller held the Angels to two runs on five hits and struck out six over six innings to improve to 9-6 Wednesday night.
Insight: Miller worked out a mechanical flaw that was causing his fastball, which has been one of the most valuablr fastballs in the league this season at 9.2 runs above average, to be flat over his last couple of starts.
Matt Carpenter, 3BHot7/4/2013 10:18:00 AM
Description: Cardinals infielder Matt Carpenter went 3-for-6 with a homer and three RBI Wednesday night against the Angels.
Insight: Carpenter also scored three runs, giving him the third most in the majors with 63. He's hitting .324 with an .893 OPS and should be owned in all leagues. He's eligible at first, second, third and in the outfield.
Matt Holliday, LF7/3/2013 9:43:00 PM
Description: St. Louis left fielder Matt Holliday (neck) is not expected to be out long after making significant progress with his injury from Tuesday to Wednesday, according to Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com.
Insight: Holliday, who is dealing with a pinched nerve in his neck and can't turn his head to face the pitcher, has been out of the starting lineup the last two games but he said he is improving and might be available off the bench Wednesday.
Matt Holliday, LF7/3/2013 9:21:00 PM
Description: St. Louis left fielder Matt Holliday has a pinched nerve in his neck and cannot rotate his head to face the pitcher, according to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Insight: That sounds like at least a multi-day injury and possibly one that might require a trip to the disabled list. Matt Adams would become the team's everyday first baseman with Holliday out, as Allen Craig would shift to left field.
Matt Holliday, LF7/3/2013 7:18:00 PM
Description: St. Louis left fielder Matt Holliday is out of the lineup for a second straight game Wednesday against the Angels.
Insight: Holliday is dealing with back and neck stiffness. Allen Craig with start in left field with Matt Adams at first base again Wednesday.
Matt Holliday, LF7/2/2013 9:52:00 PM
Description: St. Louis left fielder Matt Holliday will sit out Tuesday against the Angels because of a stiff neck.
Insight: His back's been bothering him too. Allen Craig will make the start in left field with Matt Adams filling in at first base. The Cardinals are calling him day-to-day.
Shelby Miller, RP7/1/2013 12:50:00 PM
Description: Cardinals starter Shelby Miller threw an extended bullpen session Sunday to try to regain his fastball command, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Insight: Miller allowed five runs in 1 2/3 innings Friday. "I looked back at the video again and the ball was running, it just was a straight four-seam (fastball) with no life," Miller said. "I’m just pushing it." Miller worked on his mechanics during the session Sunday and thinks he figured out what was wrong. Miller will make his next start Wednesday against the Angels.
Matt Adams, 1B6/29/2013 10:09:00 PM
Description: Cardinals first baseman Matt Adams belted two homers and drove in four runs Saturday at Oakland.
Insight: The Pennsylvania native is hitting .320 with six homers and 20 RBI in limited playing time. His presence allows the Cardinals to give Carlos Beltran routine days off to keep him fresh while not losing a big chunk of their offense, but that doesn't make Adams a fantasy option.
Adam Wainwright, SPHot6/29/2013 10:03:00 PM
Description: St. Louis pitcher Adam Wainwright snapped a two-game losing streak with his fourth complete game of the season Saturday against the Athletics.
Insight: Wainwright improved to 11-5 by allowing just one run on five hits in nine innings. The right-hander has a 2.22 ERA, a 0.99 WHIP and an otherworldly 116/12 K/BB in 125 2/3 innings this season.
Michael Wacha, RP6/29/2013 6:47:00 PM
Description: According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, pitching prospect Michael Wacha is not expected to make his next minor league start until July 2.
Insight: Wacha went 1-0 with a 4.58 ERA and a 1.19 WHIP in three starts in the majors from May 30 to July 11 and then was returned to the minors so the team can control his innings. He hasn't started with Triple-A Memphis since June 18. Wacha, the No. 19 overall pick in 2012, is 4-1 with a 2.34 ERA in 10 starts with Memphis this year.
Carlos Beltran, RFHot6/28/2013 10:30:00 AM
Description: St. Louis right fielder Carlos Beltran is a career .317 hitter with four homers against Oakland veteran Bartolo Colon.
Insight: Beltran has stayed healthy and the result is an All-Star season - .308, 18 HR, 48 RBI, .895 OPS. He's a must start on Friday.
Yadier Molina, CHot6/27/2013 10:46:00 AM
Description: Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina went 2-for-4 with a homer and two RBI Wednesday at Houston.
Insight: Molina only has six homers this year, but he's batting .357 with 44 RBI and is one of the top backstops in fantasy baseball.
Allen Craig, 1BHot6/26/2013 10:57:00 PM
Description: Cardinals first baseman Allen Craig homered for the second straight game Wednesday against the Astros.
Insight: Craig has hit safely in eight straight games and is 5-for-9 with two homers and four RBI over his last two. The first baseman has quietly batted .320 with eight homers and 62 RBI in 75 games this season.
Yadier Molina, CHot6/26/2013 9:45:00 AM
Description: Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina is 4-for-8 (.583) against Houston left-hander Erik Bedard with three doubles and a home run.
Insight: Molina struggled a bit in the Texas series, going just 1-for-12 to drop his average to .353, but rapped out a pair of hits on Tuesday and should be a very good fantasy option on Wednesday.
Joe Kelly, SP6/25/2013 9:54:00 PM
Description: Cardinals manager Mike Matheny named Joe Kelly the No. 5 starter on Sunday, but he won't make a start until July 6, according to Cardinals.mlb.com.
Insight: Kelly is taking Tyler Lyons' spot in the rotation. The team will skip the No. 5 starter's next turn in the rotation and have everyone else pitch on normal rest. Kelly made 24 appearances (16 starts) as a rookie last year and went 5-7 with a 3.53 ERA and a 1.38 WHIP in 107 innings. He has posted a 4.22 ERA and a 1.50 WHIP as a long reliever this season and can be ignored in most leagues.
Yadier Molina, C6/25/2013 9:52:00 AM
Description: Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina is 7-for-12 (.583) against Houston right-hander Lucas Harrell.
Insight: Molina struggled a bit in the Texas series, going just 1-for-12 to drop his average to .353. This matchup should get him going again.
David Freese, 3B6/25/2013 9:47:00 AM
Description: St. Louis third baseman David Freese is a career .500 hitter in 10 at-bats versus Houston starter Lucas Harrell.
Insight: Freese's batting average is up for the second straight month, though his overall numbers are still below fantasy owners' expectations. he's hit just four homers this season after 20 last year and his OPS is 91 points below 2012 levels.
Jon Jay, CF6/22/2013 5:55:00 PM
Description: The Cardinals will be without center fielder Jon Jay Saturday against Texas.
Insight: It's a convenient day to give Jay (.244, 4 HR, 32 RBI) a rest with lefthander Martin Perez throwing for the Rangers. Jay is only hitting .161 against southpaws this season.
Chris Carpenter, SP6/21/2013 8:03:00 PM
Description: St. Louis right-hander Chris Carpenter (back) has been cleared to resume his rehab, according to the Associated Press.
Insight: The veteran starter has been on the comeback trail from a nerve irritation in his right shoulder that nearly ended his career. He has been dealing with tightness in his back, which has been limiting his ability to throw. He played catch Friday and is scheduled for a light bullpen session Saturday.
Chris Carpenter, SP6/20/2013 6:04:00 PM
Description: St. Louis right-hander Chris Carpenter will have his back evaluated by doctors, according to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Insight: The veteran starter has been trying to come back from a nerve irritation in his right shoulder that nearly ended his career. He has been dealing with tightness in his back, which has been limiting his ability to throw.
David Freese, 3B6/19/2013 6:51:00 PM
Description: St. Louis third baseman David Freese will get the night off Wednesday versus the Cubs.
Insight: Freese's batting average is up for the second straight month. He's hitting .359 in June after putting together a .299 average in May. He hit at a .163 clip during the season's opening month.
Yadier Molina, CHot6/19/2013 11:32:00 AM
Description: Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina is red hot and has a favorable matchup Wednesday against Edwin Jackson.
Insight: Molina has gone 8-for-12 (.667) with two homers and four RBI against Jackson and is batting .436 (24-for-55) over his last 14 games to raise his average to .367.
Yadier Molina, C6/18/2013 11:00:00 AM
Description: Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina hasn't had a problem against Cubs starter Jeff Samardzija.
Insight: Molina has faced the Cubs starter, who will take on St. Louis Tuesday, 15 times in his career and picked up seven hits for a .467 average.
Shelby Miller, RPHot6/18/2013 9:28:00 AM
Description: Cardinals starter Shelby Miller had to exit Monday's start with a right leg cramp.
Insight: Trainers checked him out in the fifth inning, but he was able to finish out the frame before being lifted for a pinch-hitter in the bottom of the fifth. Miller had a two-hit shutout going at the time of his injury and still earned his eighth win. He should be able to make his next start.
Yadier Molina, C6/16/2013 11:37:00 AM
Description: Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina will sit out Sunday against the Marlins.
Insight: It's a rare day off for Molina, who seems to be behind the plate every single day for the Cardinals.
Matt Holliday, LFHot6/16/2013 11:36:00 AM
Description: Marlins pitcher Ricky Nolasco, who will start Sunday against the Cardinals, has struggled with Matt Holliday in the batter's box in their previous meetings. UPDATE: Holliday is not in the lineup Sunday.
Insight: Holliday is 11-for-24 (.458) with three doubles, a triple, two homers and six RBI against Nolasco. The hulking outfielder has gone 18-for-49 (.367) with four doubles, two homers and eight RBI over his last 12 games. However, he's getting a day off Sunday, so he won't get to take advantage of this matchup.
Carlos Beltran, RFHot6/16/2013 11:11:00 AM
Description: Coming off a two-homer game Saturday, St. Louis right fielder Carlos Beltran is in a good position to keep the good times rolling Sunday with Marlins starter Ricky Nolasco on the mound.
Insight: Beltran has gone 14-for-41 (.341) with one homer and six walks against Nolasco.
Carlos Beltran, RF6/15/2013 8:46:00 PM
Description: St. Louis right fielder Carlos Beltran blasted two solo home runs and went 3-for-6 with three runs scored Saturday against the Marlins.
Insight: Beltran is hitting .311 with 16 homers and 44 RBI. He was hitting . 301 with 19 homers and 47 RBI last year on this date. We'll see if he can avoid a second straight disappointing second half.
Lance Lynn, RP6/15/2013 8:42:00 PM
Description: Cardinals starter Lance Lynn gave up seven runs on nine hits in five innings Saturday against the Marlins, but still picked up his ninth win.
Insight: That's the benefit of pitching for St. Louis. Lynn is 9-1 with a 3.56 ERA and a 1.19 WHIP, his second straight strong first half. After getting in better shape this offseason, Lynn should hold up better in the second half this year than he did in 2012.
Adam Wainwright, SPHot6/13/2013 9:16:00 PM
Description: St. Louis righthander Adam Wainwright notched his tenth win of the season Thursday against the Mets.
Insight: He's the first pitcher in the majors to reach double-digit victories. Wainwright (7 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 6 K's) has now won five in a row with a 1.64 ERA during that stretch. We'd be shocked if he doesn't get an invite to the All-Star Game at Citi Field next month.
David Freese, 3B6/13/2013 1:13:00 PM
Description: Cardinals third baseman David Freese is getting a routine day of rest Thursday afternoon against the Mets.
Insight: Freese's 20-game hitting streak came to an end Wednesday night, so the team can afford to get him a day off without worrying about messing up his mojo.
Allen Craig, 1B6/12/2013 9:53:00 PM
Description: Cardinals first baseman Allen Craig homered for the second straight game Wednesday versus the Mets.
Insight: Craig hit three home runs over 51 games in April and May combined, but he has three homers in 11 games this month. The first baseman has 48 RBI and is hitting .312.
Shelby Miller, RPHot6/12/2013 9:47:00 PM
Description: Cardinals starter Shelby Miller struck out 10 in six innings Wednesday against the Mets, but he allowed two homers and four runs in a loss.
Insight: This was the first time all season he has allowed more than three runs in a game. The right-hander will take a 7-4 record, a 2.21 ERA and a 10.1 K/9 into his start next week against the Cubs.
Yadier Molina, C6/12/2013 11:49:00 AM
Description: Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina is hitless in nine at-bats versus Mets starter Dillon Gee.
Insight: Molina batted .394 in May and has continued to stroke the ball in June at a .342 pace. This bad matchup is just a hiccup in a great season for the Cardinals catcher.
Allen Craig, 1B6/11/2013 10:08:00 PM
Description: Cardinals first baseman Allen Craig slammed his fifth home run of the season and drove in three Tuesday versus the Mets.
Insight: The power hasn't been there for Craig this season but at least he's hitting .313 and has driven in 47 runs while scoring 33.
Matt Holliday, LFHot6/11/2013 10:06:00 PM
Description: Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday is batting .438 over his last eight games.
Insight: Fantasy owners have been waiting all season for Holliday to break out. He went 3-for-5 with three runs and one RBI Tuesday against the Mets and is 14 for his last 32. He has raised his average from .244 to .271 in that span.
Michael Wacha, RP6/11/2013 10:03:00 PM
Description: Cardinals starter Michael Wacha tossed six innings and allowed two runs Tuesday against the Mets to pick up his first big-league win.
Insight: Wacha has thrown two good starts and one dud so far and has a 4.58 ERA and a 1.19 WHIP. He'll probably stay in the rotation over Tyler Lyons when Jake Westbrook returns Friday.
Jake Westbrook, SP6/11/2013 7:33:00 PM
Description: Cardinals starter Jake Westbrook (elbow) will return to St. Louis' rotation Friday against the Marlins, according to Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com.
Insight: Westbrook has been on the DL since May 9 due to right elbow inflammation. He was 2-1 with a 1.62 ERA before his injury but he also had a lackluster 1.46 WHIP and 19/18 K/BB.
Carlos Beltran, RF6/11/2013 5:40:00 PM
Description: St. Louis right fielder Carlos Beltran is getting a day off Tuesday against the Mets.
Insight: Beltran is having another fine season, but the Cardinals need to give him routine days off to keep him fresh and healthy.
Carlos Beltran, RF6/8/2013 5:28:00 PM
Description: St. Louis right fielder Carlos Beltran will start Saturday's game against Cincinnati.
Insight: Beltran hurt his leg during Friday's victory. The seven-time All-Star has been terrific this season. In 56 games, he has 13 homers and 40 RBI. His .305 batting average is his highest since 2009 (.325 in 81 games that season).
Yadier Molina, CHot6/8/2013 10:58:00 AM
Description: Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina is a .435 hitter (10-for-23) against Cincinnati starter Mat Latos.
Insight: Molina is on fire, batting .410 over his past 10 games with a 1.134 OPS. He's a must start.
Carlos Beltran, RF6/8/2013 10:03:00 AM
Description: Cardinals outfielder Carlos Beltran left Friday's game with a leg injury.
Insight: We await information to the seriousness of the injury, but with the oft-injured Beltran you always have to worry. Beltran is hitting .305, hit safely in 14 of his last 15 games, and has 13 HR, 40 RBI and an .857 OPS. Hopefully the injury is minor.
David Freese, 3BHot6/7/2013 10:29:00 PM
Description: Cardinals third baseman David Freese extended his hitting streak to 17 games Friday against the Reds.
Insight: Freese went 2-for-3 with two RBI and two runs and is hitting .397 with 16 RBI during the streak. He was batting .209 when the streak started; his average is now .286.
Adam Wainwright, SPHot6/7/2013 10:27:00 PM
Description: Cardinals starter Adam Wainwright has two more wins than walks this season.
Insight: Wainwright struck out seven with one walk and allowed seven hits and two runs over seven innings Friday against Cincinnati to improve to 9-3. He has a 2.34 ERA, a 1.02 WHIP and a 91/7 K/BB in 96 innings. More than two years removed from Tommy John surgery, Wainwright has returned to his dominant form.
Carlos Beltran, RF6/7/2013 11:40:00 AM
Description: Cardinals outfielder Carlos Beltran had a routine day off Thursday and has a tough matchup on Friday, facing Reds right-hander Mike Leake. He's just 1-for-15 (.067) their their matchups.
Insight: Beltran is hitting .325 over the past two weeks, so we hope the day off and the unfavorable matchup don't do anything to change that. With the injury-prone Beltran, you have to start him most every chance you get, because you never know when he'll next be sidelined.
Matt Carpenter, 3BHot6/6/2013 10:47:00 PM
Description: Cardinals infielder Matt Carpenter continued his hot streak with two hits and a solo homer in five at-bats Thursday against the Diamondbacks.
Insight: Carpenter has gone 29-for-65 (.446) with five doubles, a triple, two homers, six RBI and six walks during his 15-game hitting streak. He's hitting .335 and has scored 49 runs, tied for most in the majors.
Matt Holliday, LF6/6/2013 10:46:00 PM
Description: Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday went 2-for-3 with a homer, two RBI and a walk Thursday against Arizona.
Insight: Fantasy owners are still waiting for Holliday's production to meet expectations. He's hitting .256 with nine homers and 33 RBI, but he should get going eventually. He has been one of the most consistent producers in fantasy in his career.
Carlos Beltran, RF6/6/2013 5:28:00 PM
Description: Cardinals outfielder Carlos Beltran is getting a routine day off Thursday.
Insight: It comes at a bad time, as Beltran is hitting .394 with three homers and 11 RBI over his last seven games, but if these days off can keep Beltran fresh and healthy over the next few months, we're all for them.
Yadier Molina, C6/6/2013 5:24:00 PM
Description: Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina has returned to the starting lineup Thursday after serving his one-game suspension Wednesday.
Insight: Molina caught 14 innings Tuesday night, so he was able to serve his suspension during a game he likely wasn't going to play anyway on Wednesday. He was suspended for bumping an umpire during an argument Sunday.
David Freese, 3BHot6/6/2013 11:34:00 AM
Description: Cardinals third baseman David Freese faces a tough matchup Thursday against Diamondbacks righty Ian Kennedy.
Insight: Freese (.279, 3 HR, 18 RBI) is just 1-for-10 versus Kennedy. This could be the day Freese's 15-game hitting streak finally comes to an end.
Yadier Molina, C6/5/2013 5:20:00 PM
Description: Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina has dropped his appeal of a one-game suspension. He'll serve it Wednesday night, according to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Insight: Molina likely wasn't going to play anyway on Wednesday after catching all 14 innings Tuesday against the Diamondbacks. He was suspended for bumping umpire Mike Everitt during an altercation Sunday.
Yadier Molina, C6/3/2013 8:41:00 PM
Description: Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina has been handed a one-game suspension for his involvement in an altercation with umpire Mike Everitt Sunday against the Giants. SOURCE: Ken Rosenthal, Fox Sports
Insight: Molina will continue playing until his appeal is heard by the league. Obviously a one-game ban is no big deal. Molina hasn't been hitting for power (three home runs in 197 at bats) but his .345 average is second-best in the National League.
Matt Holliday, LF6/3/2013 11:05:00 AM
Description: St. Louis left fielder Matt Holliday is a career 3-for-9 against Arizona starter Trevor Cahill with three home runs and a 1.667 OPS.
Insight: Holliday is hitless in his last three starts and batting just .244 this season, but this matchup could help his fantasy totals.
Jake Westbrook, SP6/2/2013 12:12:00 PM
Description: Cardinals starter Jake Westbrook (elbow) will make two rehab starts if all goes right, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Insight: Westbrook was able to cancel an appointment with Dr. James Andrews this week after he made it through two bullpen sessions without issue. The right-hander will throw 60 pitches in his first rehab start Tuesday.
Shelby Miller, RPHot6/1/2013 6:43:00 PM
Description: Cardinals starter Shelby Miller blanked the Giants over seven six-hit innings Saturday to pick up his sixth win of the season.
Insight: Miller struck out seven. The right-hander had thrown fewer than six innings in each of his last three starts. He now has a 1.82 ERA and a 0.98 WHIP.
Jake Westbrook, SP6/1/2013 4:50:00 PM
Description: Cardinals starter Jake Westbrook (elbow) is scheduled to start his rehab assignment Tuesday for Double-A Springfield, according to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Insight: Westbrook was able to cancel an appointment with Dr. James Andrews this week after he made it through two bullpen sessions without issue. The right-hander likely will make 3-4 rehab starts.
Carlos Beltran, RFHot6/1/2013 1:05:00 PM
Description: Cardinals outfielder Carlos Beltran, a career .368 hitter versus Giants right-hander Matt Cain, will sit out Game 1 of the day-night doubleheader.
Insight: Beltran homered twice in the four-game set with Kansas City and is batting .293 with 12 homers and 32 RBI. This was favorable matchup for a hot hitter, but he'll likely return to face Madison Bumgarner in the nightcap.
Carlos Beltran, RFHot6/1/2013 9:59:00 AM
Description: Cardinals outfielder Carlos Beltran is a career .368 hitter with four ectra base hits and a 1.191 OPS versus Giants right-hander Matt Cain.
Insight: Beltran homered twice in the four-game set with Kansas City and is batting .293 with 12 homers and 32 RBI. This is a favorable matchup with a hot hitter.
Matt Carpenter, 3BHot6/1/2013 9:58:00 AM
Description: Cardinals infielder Matt Carpenter is 6-for-7 (.857) with a 1.714 OPS against Giants starter Matt Cain.
Insight: Carpenter is off to a fine start, batting .306 with four homers and getting on base at a .390 clip. He has scored 41 runs in 51 games and owns an .839 OPS while beling eligible at both second and third base.
Yadier Molina, CHot5/30/2013 9:46:00 AM
Description: St. Louis catcher Yadier Molina is batting .650 (13-for-20) with three doubles, a homer, seven RBI and four walks over his last six games.
Insight: Molina has vaulted himself to second in the NL in batting average at .355 with the hot streak. Molina has started 49 of St. Louis' 52 games this season.
Allen Craig, 1B5/30/2013 9:44:00 AM
Description: Cardinals first baseman Allen Craig is batting .356 with a .955 OPS in May.
Insight: Craig hit just .263 with zero homers and a .655 OPS in April, but he has righted the ship this month and has a .311 average, three homers, 36 RBI and an .811 OPS overall.
Carlos Beltran, RF5/30/2013 9:42:00 AM
Description: Cardinals outfielder Carlos Beltran has homered in two straight games.
Insight: Beltran is having another strong season, batting .293 with 12 homers and 32 RBI. We'll see if he can avoid a second straight swoon after the All-Star break.
Chris Carpenter, SP5/29/2013 7:44:00 PM
Description: St. Louis right-hander Chris Carpenter estimated that he threw about 25 pitches in a bullpen session Wednesday and said afterward that he arm felt fine, according to Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com.
Insight: The veteran starter has been trying to come back from a nerve irritation in his right shoulder that nearly ended his career. He felt some soreness after a throwing session last week, but he appears to be back on track.
Jake Westbrook, SP5/29/2013 7:42:00 PM
Description: Cardinals starter Jake Westbrook (elbow) is scheduled to throw a more intense bullpen session Thursday after throwing 40 pitches off a mound Monday, according to Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com.
Insight: Westbrook felt good enough after Monday's session that he canceled his visit with Dr. James Andrews.
Tyler Lyons, SP5/28/2013 10:28:00 PM
Description: Cardinals left-hander Tyler Lyons is 2-0 with a 1.29 ERA and a 0.57 WHIP after his first two major league starts.
Insight: The 25-year-old rookie had a 4.30 ERA and a 260/75 K/BB over 293 career minor league innings. He allowed just two hits and one earned run in seven innings Tuesday against the Royals and has thrown at least seven innings in both starts this year. While his mediocre minor league track record suggests he won't keep this up, investing in Cardinals pitchers is never a bad idea.
Matt Holliday, LF5/28/2013 10:26:00 PM
Description: St. Louis left fielder Matt Holliday hit his seventh home run of the season Tuesday versus Kansas City.
Insight: Holliday got a day off Monday after going 0-for-11 over his last three games. He's batting .258 this season, but has been unlucky with a .267 BABIP. His strikeout rate is actually way down from last season.
Matt Carpenter, 3BHot5/28/2013 10:23:00 PM
Description: Cardinals infielder Matt Carpenter went 2-for-3 with a solo homer, a walk, a steal and two runs Tuesday against Kansas City. He's hitting .414 over his last seven games.
Insight: Carpenter has been tremendous this season, hitting .309 with four homers and getting on base at a .394 clip. He has scored 41 runs in 49 games.
Michael Wacha, RP5/28/2013 9:08:00 PM
Description: The Cardinals will try to limit 2012 first-round pick Michael Wacha to 150 innings to avoid wear and tear, according to FoxSportsMidwest.com.
Insight: Wacha is 4-0 with a 2.05 ERA and a 34/15 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 52 2/3 innings at Memphis this season, his first as a pro. He'll be called up to start Thursday and should stick around in the rotation for at least a few starts with Jake Westbrook, John Gast, Chris Carpenter, and Jaime Garcia out.
John Gast, SP5/28/2013 9:07:00 PM
Description: St. Louis starter John Gast has been diagnosed with a strained left lat, according to MLB.com.
Insight: The Cardinals are encouraged that the injury is not to his shoulder or elbow. However, he's still out indefinitely.
Oscar Taveras, CF5/28/2013 5:09:00 PM
Description: Cardinals outfield prospect Oscar Taveras has been placed on the minor league disabled list with an ankle injury, according to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Insight: Taveras, who is considered the No. 3 prospect in baseball by MLB.com, hit .321 with 23 homers, 10 steals and a 56/42 K/BB in 124 games with Double-A Springfield last year and is hitting .317 with four homers and five steals in 31 games with Triple-A this season. However, he has been dealing with ankle soreness since sliding awkwardly into second base on May 12.
Yadier Molina, C5/28/2013 4:56:00 PM
Description: Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina is not in the starting lineup Tuesday.
Insight: Molina has started 48 of St. Louis' 50 games this season, so this is a rare day off.
Michael Wacha, RP5/28/2013 4:50:00 PM
Description: Michael Wacha, the Cardinals' 2012 first-round pick, will be called up to start Thursday against the Royals, according to Danny Knobler of CBSSports.com.
Insight: Wacha is 4-0 with a 2.05 ERA and a 34/15 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 52 2/3 innings at Memphis this season, his first as a pro. He should be added in all leagues.
Carlos Beltran, RF5/28/2013 10:55:00 AM
Description: Cardinals outfielder Carlos Beltran was back in Monday's lineup as a DH after missing Sunday due to a sore left shoulder.
Insight: Beltran has been a solid contributor this season, batting .289 with 10 HR, 29 RBI and an .826 OPS, but is hitless in his last nine at-bats and the shoulder could be the problem. It might be better to avoid Beltran until the injury gets better.
Daniel Descalso, 2BHot5/27/2013 9:45:00 PM
Description: St. Louis second baseman Daniel Descalso slashed three hits Monday in a 6-3 win over Kansas City.
Insight: Descalso hasn't been seeing regular at bats so he isn't really on the fantasy radar. With that said, he has been hitting much better recently. Over his last four starts, Descalso has gone 7-for-13 with six RBI.
Matt Holliday, LF5/27/2013 12:35:00 PM
Description: St. Louis left fielder Matt Holliday is not in Monday's starting lineup. Just a regular day off, no injury involved.
Insight: Holliday is batting a mediocre .253 with six homers and 28 RBI. We await his return to the .300 hitter we know he will be by the end of the season.
Carlos Beltran, RF5/27/2013 12:12:00 PM
Description: Cardinals outfielder Carlos Beltran is back in Monday's lineup after missing Sunday due to a sore left shoulder. He'll be the team's DH.
Insight: Beltran has been a solid contributor this season, batting .294 with 10 HR, 29 RBI and an .833 OPS. Fantasy owners always have to worry that a minor hurt will sideline the oft-injured Beltran.
Jake Westbrook, SP5/27/2013 9:08:00 AM
Description: Cardinals starter Jake Westbrook (elbow) will make the dreaded trip to see Dr. James Andrews on Tuesday, according to Rick Hemmel of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Insight: Westbrook had his bullpen session shut down after just 20 pitches on Wednesday. The elbow injury isn't believed to be serious but his time on the DL will have to be extended into June and possibly beyond depending upon what Dr. Andrews finds.
Michael Wacha, RP5/26/2013 9:15:00 PM
Description: Michael Wacha, the Cardinals' 2012 first-round pick, was schedule to pitch Sunday for Triple-A Memphis, but that didn't happen and he should be ready to take the John Gast/Jake Westbrook spot in the rotation.
Insight: Wacha is 4-0 with a 2.05 ERA and a 34/15 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 52 2/3 innings at Memphis this season, his first as a pro. You have to hand it to the Cardinals scouting staff for continually finding good pitchers.
John Gast, SP5/26/2013 4:13:00 PM
Description: St. Louis starter John Gast, who left Saturday's game early after feeling tightness in his left shoulder, has been placed on the 15-day disabled list.
Insight: Gast was 2-0, but with a high 5.11 ERA and 1.30 WHIP. He was dominating at Triple-A Memphis and is one of the many good young arms in the Cardinals organization.
Carlos Beltran, RF5/26/2013 3:53:00 PM
Description: Cardinals outfielder Carlos Beltran is not in Sunday's lineup due to a sore left shoulder.
Insight: Beltran has been a solid contributor this season, batting .294 with 10 HR, 29 RBI and an .833 OPS. Fantasy owners always have to worry that a minor hurt will sideline the oft-injured Beltran, so until we see him back in the lineup we'll be concerned.
John Gast, SP5/25/2013 10:11:00 PM
Description: St. Louis starter John Gast left Saturday's game early after feeling tightness in his left shoulder. SOURCE: Jenifer Langosch, MLB.com
Insight: Gast had to come out at the start of the second inning. Righthander Joe Kelly (0-2, 7.13 ERA) came in to take his place.
Chris Carpenter, SP5/25/2013 9:11:00 PM
Description: Chris Carpenter felt sore after his latest bullpen session. SOURCE: Jenifer Langosch, MLB.com
Insight: The veteran starter has been trying to come back from a shoulder injury that cost him almost all of last season. The expectation was that Carpenter would be back in the Cardinals' rotation sometime in the next month but now that timetable will probably have to be pushed back.
Jake Westbrook, SP5/24/2013 7:37:00 PM
Description: Cardinals starter Jake Westbrook (elbow) could have his rehab program dialed back after his elbow acted up during a throwing session Wednesday. SOURCE: St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Insight: Westbrook had his bullpen session shut down after just 20 pitches on Wednesday. The elbow injury isn't believed to be serious but his time on the DL will have to be extended into June. He did throw on flat ground Friday, according to Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com, but he's not on a specific throwing program right now.
Allen Craig, 1B5/24/2013 10:39:00 AM
Description: Cardinals first baseman Allen Craig is 5-for-8 (.625) with a 1.875 OPS against Dodgers left-hander Chris Capuano.
Insight: Craig is on his way to a third consecutive .300-plus season, but his power is down from a year ago when he belted 22 HR and knocked in 92 runs. This season he has produced just two homers and a .788 OPS. We like him to improve those numbers in this matchup.
Jake Westbrook, SP5/22/2013 8:45:00 PM
Description: It appears that St. Louis starter Jake Westbrook has encountered a setback in his return from a right elbow injury. SOURCE: Jenifer Langosch, MLB.com
Insight: Westbrook had his bullpen session shut down after just 20 pitches on Wednesday. Obviously, he isn't close to returning.
David Freese, 3B5/22/2013 6:29:00 PM
Description: St. Louis third baseman David Freese (thumb) will miss his third straight game Tuesday, according to Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com.
Insight: Freese (.223, 1 HR, 9 RBI) suffered a small cut on his right thumb Sunday and needed three stitches. He's still dealing with some swelling. The third baseman has yet to show us that last year's 20 HR, 79 RBI season is repeatable.
Chris Carpenter, SP5/22/2013 5:52:00 PM
Description: The Cardinals are hoping to have Chris Carpenter (shoulder) rejoin the rotation in late June or early July, according to CBSSports.com.
Insight: Carpenter told reporters in March that he was unlikely to pitch again due to a nerve irritation in his shoulder, but he has made a remarkable recovery and has been on a throwing program since the beginning of May. He's building up his arm for a return to the starting rotation.
Jaime Garcia, SP5/22/2013 1:24:00 PM
Description: Cardinals lefthander Jaime Garcia saw Dr. James Andrews on Tuesday and he recommended surgery on his injured left shoulder.
Insight: Garcia has been diagnosed with a partially torn labrum. Surgery means he's done for the season. Feel free to drop him from your fantasy roster.
David Freese, 3B5/21/2013 6:54:00 PM
Description: St. Louis third baseman David Freese (thumb) will miss his second straight game Tuesday, according to Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com.
Insight: Freese (.223, 1 HR, 9 RBI) suffered a small cut on his right thumb Sunday and needed three stitches. He's still dealing with some swelling. The third baseman has yet to show us that last year's 20 HR, 79 RBI season is repeatable.
David Freese, 3B5/21/2013 3:30:00 PM
Description: St. Louis third baseman David Freese, who was a late scratch Monday against San Diego is questionable for Tuesday's game against San Diego.
Insight: He hurt his thumb Sunday in a win over Milwaukee. Freese (.223, 1 HR, 9 RBI) has yet to show us that last year's 20 HR, 79 RBI season is repeatable.
Jaime Garcia, SP5/21/2013 1:24:00 PM
Description: Cardinals left-hander Jaime Garcia, who has already been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left shoulder, will see Dr. James Andrews on Tuesday.
Insight: That's never a good sign. Garcia sat out from June 5 to Aug. 29 last year due to shoulder issues.
Matt Holliday, LF5/21/2013 11:14:00 AM
Description: St. Louis left fielder Matt Holliday has usually been successful against Padres starter Edinson Volquez, batting .412 with a 1.268 OPS over 17 at-bats.
Insight: Holliday is slowly getting his batting average up after starting out hitting .233 over his first 17 games. Still, he's at a very un-Holliday-like .266 with a .783 OPS. This matchup might help.
David Freese, 3B5/20/2013 8:44:00 PM
Description: St. Louis third baseman David Freese was a late scratch Monday against San Diego. SOURCE: Jennifer Langosch, MLB.com
Insight: He hurt his thumb Sunday in a win over Milwaukee. Freese (.223, 1 HR, 9 RBI) is available to pinch hit if the Cardinals need him.
Matt Holliday, LF5/19/2013 10:51:00 AM
Description: St. Louis left fielder Matt Holliday will see Milwaukee starter Kyle Lohse Sunday, against whom he is 8-for-15 with one homer.
Insight: That's a .533 average. Holliday slowly but surely is getting his batting average up after starting out hitting .233 over his first 17 games. He's batting .299 with four homers, 14 RBI and a 12/7 K/BB over his last 22 contests.
Carlos Beltran, RF5/19/2013 10:49:00 AM
Description: Cardinals outfielder Carlos Beltran has hit .511 in 45 at-bats against Brewers starter Kyle Lohse, who was Beltran's teammate with the Cardinals last year.
Insight: Beltran is 23-for-45 with six doubles, four homers, 12 RBI and 11 walks against Lohse. The veteran is off to another tremendous start, slamming 10 homers and batting .295 with 27 RBI.
Michael Wacha, RP5/18/2013 5:54:00 PM
Description: Jaime Garcia's shoulder strain could open the door for Michael Wacha, the Cardinals' 2012 first-round pick, to join the team's rotation.
Insight: Wacha is 4-0 with a 1.89 ERA and a 32/14 K/BB in 47 2/3 innings at Triple-A Memphis this season, his first as a pro. John Gast already is up with the team following Jake Westbrook's injury, so Wacha could be the next man up.
Jaime Garcia, SP5/18/2013 5:50:00 PM
Description: Cardinals left-hander Jaime Garcia has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left shoulder.
Insight: Garcia sat out from June 5 to Aug. 29 last year due to shoulder issues. He'll see a doctor to determine his next course of action, according to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Surgery could be the choice since rehab last year didn't work.
Yadier Molina, C5/18/2013 10:47:00 AM
Description: Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina is a career .533 hitter (8-for-15) with a 1.333 OPS.
Insight: Molina has started 40 of St. Louis' 41 games this season. He's hitting .331 with an .808 OPS and as always playing great defense. Start him.
Chris Carpenter, SP5/16/2013 3:34:00 PM
Description: Cardinals right-hander Chris Carpenter (shoulder) is conditioning himself to be a starter, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Insight: Carpenter told reporters in March that he was unlikely to pitch again due to a nerve irritation in his shoulder, but he has made a remarkable recovery and has been on a throwing program since the beginning of May. After throwing 30 pitches in the bullpen Wednesday, Carpenter will take two days off and throw an extended session Saturday during which he will take three breaks to simulate the changing of sides.
Matt Holliday, LF5/16/2013 12:07:00 PM
Description: St. Louis left fielder Matt Holliday is not in the starting lineup for Thursday afternoon's game against the Mets, according to Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com.
Insight: He's getting a routine day off, giving Ty Wigginton a chance to start. Wigginton is 4-for-10 with two doubles, three RBI and five walks against Mets starter Jon Niese. Jon Jay is also out of the lineup, while Yadier Molina and David Freese return to action after their day off Wednesday.
John Gast, RP5/15/2013 8:43:00 PM
Description: Cardinals left-hander John Gast is expected to get another start Sunday against the Brewers, according to Brian Stull of 101 ESPN.
Insight: Gast won his major league debut with six innings of four-run ball against the Mets Tuesday night. The 24-year-old went 13-7 with a 4.09 ERA while spliting time between the Texas and Pacific Coast Leagues in 2012, and was 3-1 with a 1.16 ERA and a 35/13 K/BB in 38 2/3 innings with Triple-A Memphis this year.
Yadier Molina, C5/15/2013 4:53:00 PM
Description: Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina will get a rare day off Wednesday against the Mets.
Insight: Molina has started 37 of St. Louis' 38 games this season. He's hitting .331 (47-for-142).
David Freese, 3B5/15/2013 4:51:00 PM
Description: Cardinals third baseman David Freese is not in the lineup Wednesday against the Mets.
Insight: Freese has been better as of late, hitting .282 in 39 at-bats since getting a few days off to work on his swing at the end of April, but he's still hitting .216 with zero homers.
Carlos Beltran, RF5/14/2013 10:58:00 PM
Description: St. Louis right fielder Carlos Beltran went 3-for-5 with a homer, four RBI and two runs Tuesday against the Mets, his former ballclub.
Insight: Beltran now has 10 homers and is hitting .303 on the year. He was hitting .295 with 13 homers after May 14 last season and had 20 homers before the All-Star break, but he wore down and hit .236 with 12 homers in the second half. If he shows signs of slowing down again in June or July, fantasy owners should be quick to shop him.
John Gast, RP5/14/2013 1:24:00 PM
Description: As expected, Cardinals minor league prospect John Gast will get a start for injured Jake Westbrook on Tuesday. Gast was 3-1 with Triple-A Memphis with a 1.16 ERA and 35 Ks in 38 2/3 innings.
Insight: He went 13-7 with a 4.09 ERA while spliting time between the Texas and Pacific Coast Leagues in 2012. He gave up no earned runs in his first five minor league starts this season.
Chris Carpenter, SP5/13/2013 1:52:00 PM
Description: Apparently St. Louis right-hander Chris Carpenter is not ready to give up on his baseball career, or for that matter, pitching this season, according to a St. Louis Post-Dispatch report.
Insight: The shoulder feels strong enough that Carpenter has begun a throwing program. It's part of a total-body approach to his recovery from multiple injuries over recent years. We have no timetable for a return or even if that's possible at this point, but we will continue to keep an eye out because a healthy Carpenter is a valuable fantasy asset.
Jake Westbrook, SP5/12/2013 3:20:00 PM
Description: An elbow injury has landed Cardinals righthander Jake Westbrook on the disabled list.
Insight: It sounds like Westbrook is only going to miss two starts. John Gast will start in Westbrook's place Tuesday against the Mets.
John Gast, RP5/12/2013 1:00:00 PM
Description: Cardinals minor league prospect John Gast is expected to be called up to make injured pitcher Jake Westbrooks' start on Tuesday versus the Mets. Gast is 3-1 with Memphis with a 1.16 ERA and 35 Ks in 38 2/3 innings.
Insight: He went 13-7 with a 4.09 ERA while spliting time between the Texas and Pacific Coast Leagues in 2012. Gast gave up no earned runs in his first five minor league starts this season. Shelby Miller isn't the only talented young pitcher in the St. Louis organization with fantasy upside.
Matt Holliday, LF5/12/2013 12:22:00 PM
Description: St. Louis left fielder Matt Holliday tweaked his ankle Saturday against Colorado, but is back in the lineup on Sunday.
Insight: He left in the ninth inning, but apparently it wasn't a problem when he came to the park this morning.
Yadier Molina, CHot5/12/2013 10:12:00 AM
Description: Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina is a .625 hitter (5-for-8) with a home run and a 1.667 OPS against Colorado lefty Jorge De La Rosa.
Insight: Molina is having another fine all-around season, batting .351 and playing great behind the plate. He's a must start on Sunday.
Matt Holliday, LF5/11/2013 8:21:00 PM
Description: St. Louis left fielder Matt Holliday tweaked his ankle Saturday against Colorado.
Insight: He left in the ninth inning. Shane Robinson could see some action in left if Holliday has to sit out a few games.
Adam Wainwright, SP5/11/2013 7:21:00 PM
Description: St. Louis ace Adam Wainwright had his no-hit bid broken up in the eighth inning Saturday against Colorado.
Insight: Wainwright ended up allowing just two hits in a complete game shutout. He walked one and struck out seven. Wainwright (5-2, 2.30 ERA) has held opponents scoreless in three out of his eight starts this season.
Carlos Beltran, RF5/11/2013 1:45:00 PM
Description: St. Louis right fielder Carlos Beltran is getting the day off Saturday against the Rockies.
Insight: Beltran homered in Friday night's game to bring his total to eight for the season with 21 RBI and a .302 batting average. He's been particularly strong at Busch Stadium where he owns a 1.030 OPS this season vs. .824 on the road, so this day off is a little more costly than if the Cardinals were playing an away game.
Shelby Miller, RPHot5/10/2013 11:04:00 PM
Description: Cardinals starter Shelby Miller fired the best start of his major league career Friday against the Rockies, tossing a one-hit shutout and striking out 13 batters.
Insight: Miller didn't walk a batter and has a 51/11 K/BB in 45 2/3 innings. The right-hander is 5-2 with a 1.58 ERA and a 0.88 WHIP and has lived up to his billing as a top prospect despite a down year at Triple-A in 2012.
Yadier Molina, C5/10/2013 10:38:00 AM
Description: Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina is a .778 hitter (7-for-9) against Colorado right-hander Jon Garland.
Insight: Molina is having another fine all-around season, batting .339 and playing great behind the plate. He's a must start.
Yadier Molina, C5/8/2013 10:15:00 AM
Description: Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina is just a .167 hitter (3-for-18) against Cubs right-hander Carlos Villanueva.
Insight: Molina is having another fine all-around season, batting .333 and playing great behind the plate. It's a getaway afternoon game after a night game, so he'll likely get the day to rest anyway and avoiding this matchup is the bonus.
Allen Craig, 1BHot5/7/2013 10:53:00 PM
Description: Cardinals first baseman Allen Craig is 10-for-26 (.385) with a double, a triple, two homers, eight RBI and six runs during his current six-game hitting streak.
Insight: Craig didn't have a home run prior to this streak, but he now has two to go with 26 RBI, a .289 batting average and 15 runs, and he's capable of much more than that.
Matt Adams, 1B5/7/2013 7:27:00 PM
Description: The Cardinals activated Matt Adams (oblique) from the disabled list.
Insight: He's not in the lineup Tuesday against the Cubs and doesn't get regular playing time despite owning a .542 average and three homers in 24 at-bats this season.
Matt Holliday, LF5/7/2013 10:12:00 AM
Description: Cardinals outfielder Matt Holliday is 6-for-18 (.333) against Chicago Cubs starter Travis Wood with a pair of home runs and a 1.111 OPS.
Insight: In fact, against the left-hander Wood, St. Louis has nine players with an OPS of 1.000 or better. This could be the day to load your fantasy lineup with Cardinals, starting with Holliday.
Matt Adams, 1B5/6/2013 1:18:00 PM
Description: The Cardinals sent infielder Jermaine Curtis to Triple-A which should mean first baseman Matt Adams will come off the disabled list in time for Tuesday's series opener with the Cubs.
Insight: Before Adams came up with a strained oblique he was hitting the cover off the ball, batting .542 with three home runs and eight RBI in eight games. St. Louis will have to find a way to get his bat in the lineup on a regular basis.
Carlos Beltran, RF5/5/2013 11:06:00 AM
Description: St. Louis right fielder Carlos Beltran is getting the day off Sunday against the Brewers.
Insight: Beltran is hitting .280 with eight homers and 19 RBI, but he needs regular days off to stay healthy.
Yadier Molina, C5/5/2013 9:44:00 AM
Description: Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina owns a .538 average (7-for-13) with a homer against Milwaukee hurler Marco Estrada.
Insight: Molina is batting over .300 (.327) for the third straight season, and he has hit well against Estrada. He's a must-start Sunday.
Allen Craig, 1B5/4/2013 10:24:00 PM
Description: Cardinals first baseman Allen Craig hit his first homer of the season Saturday against the Brewers.
Insight: Craig went 2-for-4 and is batting .286 with nine doubles and 21 RBI, but he had not been able to put one out of the yard until Saturday. He hit 33 homers in 669 at-bats over the previous two seasons, so he should get it going in the power department eventually.
Jason Motte, RP5/3/2013 7:56:00 PM
Description: St. Louis reliever Jason Motte is set to have Tommy John surgery on his right elbow. SOURCE: Derrick Goold, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Insight: That should sideline him for at least the next 12 months. Edward Mujica's interim closer label can now be removed.
Mitchell Boggs, RPCold5/3/2013 10:57:00 AM
Description: Cardinals reliever Mitchell Boggs has been demoted to Triple-A Memphis.
Insight: Boggs was given the first chance to close after Jason Motte's elbow injury, but he has allowed 17 hits and 15 earned runs and walked 12 in 10 2/3 innings. Edward Mujica has performed well in the closer role, so Boggs can be dropped in all leagues.
Carlos Beltran, RF5/3/2013 10:05:00 AM
Description: St. Louis right fielder Carlos Beltran crushes former teammate Kyle Lohse, who is now with the Brewers. Beltran is 23-for-42 (.548) with six doubles, four homers, 12 RBI and 11 walks.
Insight: Beltran has been red hot for the past two weeks after a slow start and Lohse won't be able to slow him down Friday.
David Freese, 3B5/2/2013 5:06:00 PM
Description: Cardinals third baseman David Freese will return to the lineup Thursday after missing two games, according to FOX Sports Midwest.
Insight: Cardinals manager Mike Matheny opted to give the slumping third baseman multiple days off to work on his swing. Freese is only hitting .163 this season.
Matt Adams, 1B5/2/2013 10:39:00 AM
Description: Cardinals first baseman Matt Adams should be ready to return from the DL as soon as he's eligible. SOURCE: St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Insight: Adams is still recovering from a strained oblique but it looks like he should be back for Tuesday's series opener against Chicago. He'll begin a rehab assignment for Double-A Springfield on Friday.
Matt Holliday, LF5/1/2013 10:01:00 AM
Description: Cardinals outfielder Matt Holliday is 12-for-27 (.444) against Cincinnati right-hander Homer Bailey with a pair of home runs and a 1.352 career OPS.
Insight: Holliday went deep on Tuesday and has a favorable matchup on Wednesday afternoon. He should be in all fantasty lineups.
Jaime Garcia, SP4/30/2013 10:59:00 PM
Description: Cardinals left-hander Jaime Garcia limited Cincinnati to one run on seven hits, walked none and struck out three in eight innings Tuesday.
Insight: Garcia is 3-1 with a 2.50 ERA and a 1.31 WHIP. The left-hander was injured for a good portion of last season, but he has been a solid fantasy starter when healthy as long as you can take the hit in WHIP.
Jason Motte, RP4/30/2013 7:29:00 PM
Description: Cardinals closer Jason Motte (elbow) threw about 25 times from 60 feet and then 10 times from 90 feet Tuesday and felt no pain, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Insight: An MRI on April 9 revealed a torn UCL in Motte's right elbow, an injury that usually requires Tommy John surgery. The team gave the right-hander a deadline of May 1 to show improvement, and will likely extend that after Tuesday's session. There's a chance he'll be able to avoid surgery and return at some point this season, but it is slim.
David Freese, 3B4/30/2013 7:24:00 PM
Description: Cardinals third baseman David Freese is not in the starting lineup Tuesday, and Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said Freese could receive multiple days off as he tries to break out of a slump. SOURCE: St. Louis Post-Dispatch (stltoday.com)
Insight: "We've tried to let him play through it but he's not heading in a good direction," Matheny said. "So, at that point you say take a different perspective and give him a little bit of time to see how he responds. Last year we gave him two or three in a row, and he was able to get some work done and was a different guy." Freese is 0-for-15 over his last four games and 8-for-49 (.163) this season.
Yadier Molina, C4/30/2013 11:20:00 AM
Description: Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina is just a .163 hitter (7-for-43) against Reds starter Bronson Arroyo.
Insight: Molina (.312, 2 HR, 15 RBI) should find a seat on your bench for Tuesday despite getting three hits in the series opener with the Reds. Numbers don't lie - avoid this matchup.
Carlos Beltran, RF4/29/2013 6:52:00 PM
Description: St. Louis right fielder Carlos Beltran (illness) is not in Monday's starting lineup.
Insight: Beltran has five homers over his last 10 days and has raised his average from .227 to .289 in that span. Manager Mike Matheny said Beltran will likely be available to pinch-hit Monday against the Reds.
Carlos Beltran, RF4/29/2013 1:50:00 PM
Description: St. Louis right fielder Carlos Beltran has taken Reds starter Mat Latos three times in 14 career at-bats.
Insight: Beltran was 4-for-12 in the most recent series with the Pirates including a pair of homers. He continues to swing a solid bat and the only question fantasy owners ever have with Beltran is concerning health.
Jake Westbrook, SPHot4/27/2013 8:18:00 PM
Description: St. Louis righthander Jake Westbrook tossed six scoreless frames Saturday against Pittsburgh.
Insight: Somehow, the Cardinals ended up losing 5-3. Despite having only one win, Westbrook's ERA is the lowest in the major leagues (0.98).
Matt Adams, 1B4/26/2013 4:31:00 PM
Description: St. Louis first baseman Matt Adams has been moved to the disabled list.
Insight: He suffered a strained oblique earlier in the week. Adams has performed admirably in a part-time role this season (.542, 3 HR, 8 RBI in eight games). Of course, he won't be of any use to fantasy owners until he overcomes this injury.
Oscar Taveras, CF4/25/2013 2:18:00 PM
Description: Cardinals outfield prospect Oscar Taveras is hitting .264 (14-for-53) with one homer, five strikeouts and three steals in his first 14 Triple-A games.
Insight: Taveras, who is considered the No. 3 prospect in baseball by MLB.com and Baseball America, hit .321 with 23 homers, 10 steals and a 56/42 K/BB in 124 games with Double-A Springfield last year and is just 20 years old.
Jaime Garcia, SP4/24/2013 6:50:00 PM
Description: Cardinals left-hander Jaime Garcia bounced back from a poor outing his last time on the hill with 5 2/3 innings of one-run ball to beat Washington Wednesday afternoon.
Insight: Garcia gave up nine hits and eight runs (four earned) in three innings at Philadelphia in his last start. The lefty has a career 2.45 ERA and a 1.19 WHIP at home and a 4.43 ERA and a 1.50 WHIP on the road, so picking up a win at Washington on Wednesday is huge for his fantasy owners.
Edward Mujica, RP4/24/2013 6:45:00 PM
Description: Cardinals closer Edward Mujica has picked up a save in each of the last three days.
Insight: Mujica has four saves since becoming the closer on April 18. He hasn't allowed a baserunner in his last three games.
Matt Carpenter, 3B4/24/2013 6:43:00 PM
Description: Cardinals infielder Matt Carpenter had three hits, including two doubles, in four at-bats Wednesday against the Nationals.
Insight: Carpenter scored two runs, giving him 18 on the year. He has replaced Jon Jay as St. Louis' leadoff hitter and should be owned in most leagues for his second-base eligibility.
Matt Holliday, LF4/24/2013 6:38:00 PM
Description: Cardinals outfielder Matt Holliday went 3-for-4 with an RBI Wednesday afternoon against the Nationals.
Insight: Holliday has gone 5-for-8 over the last two games to raise his average from .233 to .279. He has a 9/10 K/BB and hasn't struck out in the last four games.
John Gast, RP4/24/2013 1:42:00 PM
Description: Cardinals' minor league prospect John Gast is turning head with the Memphis Redbirds. He's thrown 24 2/3 innings this season and has a 0.00 ERA, a 0.972 WHIP and 22 strikeouts against just six walks.
Insight: He went 13-7 with a 4.09 ERA while spliting time between the Texas and Pacific Coast Leagues. He won the PCL Pitcher of the Week award for April 22. Shelby Miller isn't the only talented young pitcher in the St. Louis organization with fantasy upside.
David Freese, 3B4/24/2013 12:08:00 PM
Description: Cardinals third baseman David Freese is not in Wednesday's lineup, but we don't think there is an injury behind the off day, just rest.
Insight: Freese missed the first week of the season with an injured tailbone. He's batting just .211 and has struck out 10 of 38 at-bats.
Jon Jay, CF4/24/2013 12:04:00 PM
Description: Slumping Cardinals outfielder Jon Jay is getting another day off on Wednesday against the Nationals.
Insight: Jay is 0-for-19 over his last five games and is batting .197 on the year. He was dropped from the leadoff spot in favor of Matt Carpenter in his last game. This doesn't bode well for Jay's fantasy value.
Matt Adams, 1BHot4/24/2013 10:59:00 AM
Description: Cardinals backup first baseman Matt Adams is questionable for Wednesday's game against Washington with tightness in his right oblique.
Insight: The man can flat out hit (.542, 3 HR, 8 RBI in 24 at-bats) and at some point the Cardinals are going to have to find a way to get him in the lineup. He's batted over .300 in every minor league stop from rookie league to Triple-A. He doesn't currently have a spot in the lineup with Allen Craig in front of him on the depth chart.
Jon Jay, CF4/23/2013 5:06:00 PM
Description: Cardinals outfielder Jon Jay is getting a day off Tuesday against the Nationals.
Insight: Jay is 0-for-19 over his last five games and is batting .197 on the year. He was dropped from the leadoff spot in favor of Matt Carpenter in his last game.
Carlos Beltran, RFHot4/22/2013 5:56:00 PM
Description: St. Louis right fielder Carlos Beltran had been scheduled to get the day off on Monday but now he'll start in place of Matt Adams, who injured his right oblique during warmups.
Insight: Beltran has seen his batting average rise from .222 to .283 during his six-game hitting streak. He'll try and make it seven in a row Monday versus Dan Haren and the Nats.
Matt Holliday, LF4/21/2013 10:59:00 AM
Description: Cardinals outfielder Matt Holliday is just 2.-for-18 against Phillies right-hander Kyle Kendrick.
Insight: Sometimes a guy just has your number, regardless of the disparity in talent level. Holliday is hitting just .246 this season, but does have a 9/10 K/BB and 12 RBIs. He's a risky play Sunday.
Carlos Beltran, RF4/20/2013 10:25:00 PM
Description: St. Louis outfielder Carlos Beltran homered for the third straight day Saturday against the Phillies.
Insight: Beltran went 2-for-5 with an RBI Saturday night. His personal hot streak overcame his previous struggles against Cliff Lee. He carried a .158 averaged with five strikeouts in 19 career at-bats against Lee prior to Saturday. Beltran is now hitting .268 with four homers and 12 RBIs despite a slow start.
Carlos Beltran, RF4/20/2013 10:25:00 PM
Description: Cardinals outfielder Carlos Beltran has rarely been successful in his matchups with Phillies ace Cliff Lee. He's posted just three hits in 19 at-bats (.158) without a home run and just two RBI.
Insight: Beltran has homered in two straight games, but has gotten off to a relatively slow start this year, batting .255 with three homers in 51 at-bats. It would probably be best to avoid this matchup.
Lance Lynn, RP4/20/2013 10:23:00 PM
Description: Cardinals starter Lance Lynn one-hit the Phillies over seven scoreless innings Saturday night to improve to 3-0. Lance walked three and struck out eight.
Insight: Lynn has given up four runs in two of his starts, but one run or less in his other two. He has a 25/10 K/BB in 22 innings.
Yadier Molina, C4/19/2013 6:01:00 PM
Description: Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina will sit out for the first time this season Friday against the Phillies.
Insight: Fantasy owners have to be a little disappointed with manager Mike Matheny's decision to rest Molina, especially after the All-Star smashed three hits Thursday in a win over the Pirates. Molina (.300, 2 HR, 10 RBI) should be back in the lineup for the last two games of the series.
Allen Craig, 1BCold4/19/2013 10:57:00 AM
Description: Cardinals first baseman Allen Craig is hitless in seven at-bats against Phillies right-hander Roy Halladay.
Insight: Craig is batting just .231 with zero homers this season after hitting .307 with 22 homers and 92 RBIs last year. Friday's matchup isn't likely to get him going.
Edward Mujica, RP4/18/2013 11:03:00 PM
Description: St. Louis reliever Edward Mujica closed out Philadelphia Thursday for his first save of the season.
Insight: There had been some rumors that Mujica would be taking over the closer role with both Mitchell Boggs and Trevor Rosenthal struggling. Mujica is no sure thing either, as he gave up two hits in the ninth inning Thursday, but he has a 1.10 ERA in 32 2/3 innings since joining the Cardinals from the Marlins last summer.
Carlos Beltran, RF4/18/2013 10:16:00 PM
Description: Cardinals outfielder Carlos Beltran went 2-for-4 with a solo home run Thursday against the Phillies.
Insight: Beltran broke a 3-3 tie in the top of the eighth to help Adam Wainwright get win No. 3. He has gotten off to a slow start this year, batting .250 with two homers in 48 at-bats.
Adam Wainwright, SPHot4/18/2013 10:13:00 PM
Description: Cardinals starter Adam Wainwright has a 28 to zero K to BB ratio in 29 innings this season.
Insight: Wainwright improved to 3-1 Thursday against the Phillies with seven innings of three-run ball. He struck out four and allowed nine hits.
Shelby Miller, RPHot4/17/2013 9:56:00 PM
Description: Cardinals starter Shelby Miller pitched well but he was on the wrong end of a 5-0 loss Wednesday against the Pirates.
Insight: A.J. Burnett held the Cardinals to one hit in seven shutout innings, so Miller took the loss despite allowing just two runs on six hits in six innings. The 22-year-old right-hander has started out 2-1 with a 1.96 ERA and 0.87 WHIP and owns an 18/5 K/BB through 18 1/3 innings.
Allen Craig, 1B4/17/2013 5:19:00 PM
Description: Cardinals first baseman Allen Craig is getting the night off Wednesday against the Pirates.
Insight: That will give hot-hitting Matt Adams a start at first base. Craig is batting just .224 with zero homers this season after hitting .307 with 22 homers and 92 RBIs last year. Meanwhile, Adams is 11-for-18 (.611) with three homers and eight RBIs this season. However, Craig's job is not in jeopardy.

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