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St. Louis Cardinals Player Notes
For The Last 365 Days
 
Peter Bourjos, CF11/7/2014 1:17:00 PM
Description: Cardinals center fielder Peter Bourjos underwent hip surgery to address impingement, according to mlb.com reporter Jenifer Langosch.
Insight: Bourjos is just a part-time player in St. Louis. He had one useful season with the Angels in 2011, but hasn't proven he can handle a full-time gig and fantasy owners likely won't have much use for him next season even when healthy.
Oscar Taveras, RF10/26/2014 8:50:00 PM
Description: A number of outlets are reporting that Cardinals outfielder Oscar Taveras has died in a car accident in the Dominican Republic.
Insight: The highly-touted 22-year-old rookie batted .239 with three homers and 22 RBI in 234 at-bats.
Adam Wainwright, SP10/24/2014 5:27:00 PM
Description: Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright had his ligament "trimmed" in his right elbow according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. UPDATE: St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports Wainwright had his cartilage "trimmed", not the ligament in his right elbow.
Insight: General manager John Mozeliak said Wainwright should be able to throw in six weeks, so the procedure would not affect his availability for next season. He likely wasn't going to throw much this offseason anyway, and the Cardinals were already planning to limit Wainwright's work next preseason.
Tony Cruz, C10/16/2014 5:33:00 PM
Description: cardinals catcher Tony Cruz will start for Game 5 of the NLCS.
Insight: A.J. Pierzynski started in Game 4, but Cruz is back behind the plate in St. Louis' do-or-die game. One other change to the lineup is Jhonny Peralta and Matt Adams have been swapped in the lineup, with Peralta batting cleanup and Adams hitting in the five-hole.
A.J. Pierzynski, C10/15/2014 4:34:00 PM
Description: Cardinals catcher A.J. Pierzynski will get his second start behind the plate for injured Yadier Molina.
Insight: Pierzynski is a career .300 hitter with five home runs in over 30 playoff games, but he went 0-for-4 on Tuesday in Game 3.
Matt Carpenter, 3BHot10/15/2014 10:35:00 AM
Description: Cardinals third baseman Matt Carpenter is a career .500 hitter Giants pitcher Ryan Vogelsong.
Insight: Carpenter has five hits in 10 at-bats versus Vogelsong. He also has a triple and RBI. Carpenter has seven extra-base hits, including four home runs, in seven postseason games this year.
Oscar Taveras, RF10/14/2014 9:25:00 PM
Description: Cardinals outfielder Oscar Taveras admitted Tuesday that he has "gained a few pounds" according to MLBlogs.com.
Insight: Sources have speculated Taveras has gained close to 20 pounds since undergoing ankle surgery last August. General manager John Mozeliak said he hopes the fact Taveras is not starting in the playoffs is a wake up call for him. The team plans to give the outfielder a conditioning plan for the offseason.
John Lackey, SP10/14/2014 8:07:00 PM
Description: Cardinals starter John Lackey had a rocky start to Game 3 of the NLCS, giving up four runs in the first, but settled down to keep St. Louis in the game.
Insight: Lackey allowed the Giants to rally with two outs in the bottom of the first. Buster Posey and Pablo Sandoval singled, Hunter Pence doubled to score Posey, and Brandon Belt walked to load the bases. Travis Ishikawa then hit a double to right field to clear the bases. Lackey allowed just one hit over the next five innings. The Cardinals rally, however, fell short in extra innings.
Kolten Wong, 2B10/14/2014 7:59:00 PM
Description: Cardinals second baseman Kolten Wong continued his playoff hot streak as he went 2-for-4 with two RBI in Game 3 of the NLCS.
Insight: Wong followed up his walk off home run from Sunday night with a double and triple on Tuesday. He hit the double in the second with two outs and did not advance. Then in the fourth, he hit a two-RBI triple for the Cardinals first two runs of the game. St. Louis rallied to tie, but San Francisco won, 5-4, in the 10th.
Jon Jay, CF10/14/2014 7:49:00 PM
Description: Cardinals center fielder Jon Jay recorded three hits in five at-bats and scored two runs in a losing effort against the Giants in Game 3 of the NLCS.
Insight: Jay had three singles and scored runs in the fourth and sixth innings. The Cardinals erased a 4-0 lead, but the Giants scored on a throwing error in the 10th to win.
A.J. Pierzynski, C10/14/2014 1:14:00 PM
Description: Cardinals catcher A.J. Pierzynski will get the start behind the plate for injured Yadier Molina.
Insight: Pierzynski had a poor season, but is a career .300 hitter with five home runs in over 30 playoff games. He's 5-for-18 (.278) in his career against Giants starter Tim Hudson.
Matt Holliday, LF10/14/2014 12:13:00 PM
Description: St Louis left fielder Matt Holliday is a career .346 hitter against Giants right-hander Tim Hudson.
Insight: Holliday is hitless in the first two games of the series, but was 4-for-15 in the NLDS.
Matt Adams, 1B10/13/2014 9:19:00 AM
Description: Cardinals first baseman Matt Adams continues to get the big hits, slamming his second home run of the 2014 playoffs.
Insight: Adams deposited a Clayton Kershaw pitch into the right field bullpen in Game 4 of the NLDS and Sunday he took a Hunter Strickland pitch into the right field seats.
Yadier Molina, C10/12/2014 11:49:00 PM
Description: Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina left Game 2 of the NLCS with a strained oblique.
Insight: No telling how serious at this time or how long he might be out, but this is a game-changer.
Lance Lynn, SP10/12/2014 11:04:00 AM
Description: Cardinals starter Lance Lynn did not fare well in his only start against San Francisco in 2014.
Insight: He lasted only 3 1/3 innings on June 1, allowing seven runs (four earned), on eight hits and four walks, while striking out two. Lynn will need to pitch much better if St. Louis wants a chance at evening up the NLCS.
Matt Holliday, LF10/12/2014 10:55:00 AM
Description: Out of all the regulars in St Louis' lineup, left fielder Matt Holliday has had the most success against Giants' starter Jake.
Insight: It is nothing to cry home about, as Holliday has a career .286 batting average (8-for-28) against Peavy. He does have one home run and five RBI, throughout his career against San Francisco's Game 2 starter, and may need to show some power if the Cardinals want to pull even in the series, on Sunday night.
Yadier Molina, C10/12/2014 10:50:00 AM
Description: Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina could be in line for a rough night against Giants' starter Jake Peavy.
Insight: He has a career .176 batting average (3-for-17) against Peavy, with no extra-base hits and no RBI. Molina will look to help St. Louis even the NLCS, but will need to break out of his slump against San Francisco's starter.
Matt Holliday, LF10/11/2014 9:57:00 AM
Description: Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday is just .125 (2-for-16) in his career against Giants starter Madison Bumgarner.
Insight: Bumgarner is a difficult matchup for a lot of hitters. Holliday hit .267 (4-for-15) with a home run and three RBI in the NLDS against the Dodgers.
A.J. Pierzynski, C10/10/2014 8:56:00 PM
Description: The Cardinals added catcher A.J. Pierzynski to the NLCS roster.
Insight: Pierzynski will replace relief pitcher Sam Freeman. He will be the team's third catcher and be used as a pinch hitter. The catcher had a poor season, but is a career .300 hitter with five home runs in over 30 playoff games.
Adam Wainwright, SP10/8/2014 6:43:00 PM
Description: Cardinals manager Mike Matheny plans to start Adam Wainwright in Game 1 of the NLCS but will have Lance Lynn read as an alternative if Wainwright runs into trouble early in the game according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Insight: Wainwright was bothered by a "dead arm" back in August, but the ace looked like he was over the dead arm when he won all five of his starts in September. It has apparently returned and many have speculated Wainwright has tendinitis in his right elbow. Therefore, Matheny has Lynn ready in case Wainwright does not feel 100 percent. Wainwright did not pitch well in Game 1 of the NLDS, allowing six runs in 4 1/3 innings.
Matt Adams, 1B10/7/2014 8:20:00 PM
Description: Cardinals first baseman Matt Adams plays role of hero in Game 4 of NLDS.
Insight: With St. Louis unable to get anything going through six innings, Matt Holliday and Jhonny Peralta led off the seventh with back-to-back singles. Adams then deposited a Clayton Kershaw hanger into the right field bullpen, which resulted in sending the Cardinals to the NLCS.
Shelby Miller, SP10/7/2014 8:17:00 PM
Description: Cardinals right-hander Shelby Miller pitches well in no-decision.
Insight: He went 5 2/3 innings, while allowing two runs on five hits and three walks, while striking out four. The bullpen did their job, as Marco Gonzalez earned his second win of the series, while Trevor Rosenthal nailed down his third save of the NLDS. St. Louis will await the winner between the Nationals and Giants.
Matt Carpenter, 3BHot10/7/2014 10:38:00 AM
Description: Cardinals third baseman Matt Carpenter is an RBI machine in the 2014 postseason.
Insight: Carpenter added two hits, including his third home run of the series, in Monday's 3-1 Cardinals victory. He's batting .500 in the three games with seven RBI. The seven RBI matches the total for his entire 26-game postseason career heading into this season.
John Lackey, SPHot10/7/2014 10:30:00 AM
Description: Cardinals starter John Lackey showed a lot of grit as he out-pitched Hyun-Jin Ryu to give the Cardinals a 2-1 lead in the best of five series.
Insight: Lackey threw 100 pitches over seven innings yielding five hits and just one run while striking out eight. The Cardinals bullpen did the rest. Lackey didn't allow more than two runs in his final three regular season appearances and continued that good pitching into the NLDS.
Adam Wainwright, SP10/5/2014 9:50:00 AM
Description: Cardinals manager Mike Matheny told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch on Saturday that is it unlikely that ace Adam Wainwright would return on short rest to pitch Game 4 of the NLDS.
Insight: Matheny also said he "wouldn't rule it out", but it also seems unlikely since Wainwright struggled so much in Game 1. Wainwright would be available to pitch Game 5 if the series went that far.
Lance Lynn, SP10/5/2014 9:19:00 AM
Description: Cardinals starter Lance Lynn worked out of a couple jams to keep St. Louis in Game 2 of the NLDS and ultimately earned a no-decision as the Cardinals lost to the Dodgers, 3-2, on Saturday.
Insight: The Dodgers scored two runs in the third but were unable to add to it with a man in scoring position with less than two outs in the fifth and sixth innings. Lynn finished with six innings, allowed two runs on seven hits, struck out eight and walked two. The series is tied, 1-1, going to St. Louis for Game 3.
Matt Carpenter, 3B10/5/2014 9:09:00 AM
Description: Cardinals third baseman Matt Carpenter went 2-for-3 with a two-run homer in the eighth in a losing effort against the Dodgers in Game 2 of the NLDS on Saturday.
Insight: Carpenter hit his second home run of the series, a massive bomb to right center to tie the score 2-2. The Dodgers retook the lead in the bottom of the inning on Matt Kemp's solo shot. Carpenter is 4-for-8 with six RBI and three runs in addition to his two bombs as the series goes to St. Louis tied 1-1.
Lance Lynn, SP10/4/2014 10:04:00 AM
Description: Cardinals starter Lance Lynn did not pitch well in his only start at Dodger Stadium, in 2014.
Insight: He lasted only two innings and took the loss, while giving up seven runs (six earned), on nine hits and two walks, while striking out two. Lynn will need to pitch must better than that, as he will be opposed by Zack Greinke.
Jhonny Peralta, SS10/4/2014 9:59:00 AM
Description: Cardinals shortstop Jhonny Peralta has the most expereince against Dodgers' starter Zack Greinke, out of all players on St. Louis.
Insight: A.J. Pierzynski does have more at-bats, but he is not on the NLDS roster. Peralta is 11-for-48 (.229 BA) lifetime against Greinke with only two RBI and seven strikeouts. He will look to improve upon those numbers on Saurday night.
Matt Carpenter, 3B10/3/2014 10:43:00 PM
Description: Cardinals third baseman Matt Carpenter had massive night at the plate.
Insight: He took Clayton Kershaw deep in the sixth inning, but the big blow came in the seventh, with a bases-clearing double, which gave the Cardinals a 7-6 lead. Carpenter finished his impressive night with four RBI, and was the biggest reason why St. Louis has a 1-0 series lead.
Matt Holliday, LF10/3/2014 10:42:00 PM
Description: Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday cracks first homer of NLDS.
Insight: He was 2-for-4 with three RBI and two runs scored. Holliday capped off St. Louis' eight-run seventh inning with a two-run shot. Randal Grichuk also went deep for the Cardinals, on Friday.
Adam Wainwright, SP10/3/2014 10:38:00 PM
Description: Cardinals right-hander Adam Wainwright cannot make it through five innings during Game 1 of NLDS.
Insight: Heading into the game, almost everybody assumed this game would be a pitching duel. That was simply not the case. Wainwright lasted only 4 1/3 innings, giving up six runs on 11 hits and one walk, while striking out five. St. Louis' offense saved him however, from getting the loss, as they pulled at a 10-9 win. Wainwright will look to bounce back next time out.
Adam Wainwright, SP9/28/2014 6:36:00 PM
Description: Cardinals right-hander Adam Wainwright did not pitch Sunday against Arizona.
Insight: With Pittsburgh losing earlier, the Cardinals wrapped up ther NL Central, allowing Wainwright to rest. Four relievers combined for the 1-0 win, with Justin Masterson earning the victory. Wainwright will start Game 1 of the Divisional Series.
Adam Wainwright, SPHot9/28/2014 9:19:00 AM
Description: Cardinals right-hander Adam Wainwright will try to clinch NL Central for St. Louis on Sunday.
Insight: They can do it with a win or a Pirates loss. The Cardinals have the guy they want on the mound, as Wainwright is 20-9 with a 2.38 ERA and 1.03 WHIP in 2014. He has been even more impressive of late, going 3-0 with an astounding 0.38 ERA and 0.79 WHIP. If your championship matchup is close, and you have this guy on your roster, you have to feel good going into today.
Matt Holliday, LF9/27/2014 10:48:00 PM
Description: Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday departs game against Arizona with flu-like symptoms.
Insight: It should not be an issue, heading into the playoffs. Holliday was 0-for-2 with a walk before exiting the game. Peter Bourjous replaced him in left field.
Mark Ellis, 2B9/27/2014 10:45:00 AM
Description: Cardinals second baseman Mark Ellis is a career .417 hitter with four home runs and a 1.458 OPS against Arizona left-hander Wade Miley.
Insight: Ellis hasn't done much since coming back from his injury, or all season for that matter, but does have this extremely favorable matchup and might get a rare start.
Matt Holliday, LF9/26/2014 11:38:00 AM
Description: Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday is 4-for-10 with three home runs against Diamondbacks right-hander Trevor Cahill.
Insight: Holliday just had a modest six-game hitting streak come to an end, but he's put together another solid season after he rebounded in the second half. He's batting .274 with 20 HR, 90 RBI and an .814 OPS and has a favorable matchup.
John Lackey, SP9/24/2014 10:50:00 PM
Description: Cardinals starter John Lackey pitches well in loss to Cubs.
Insight: He went 6 2/3 innings, allowing two runs on five hits and four walks, whille striking out eight. Lackey is 3-3 with a 4.30 ERA as a member of the Cardinals.
Matt Holliday, LF9/24/2014 12:04:00 PM
Description: Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday is hitless in nine at-bats against Cubs right-hander Jake Arrieta.
Insight: Another solid season from Holliday after he rebounded in the second half. He's batting .276 with 20 HR, 90 RBI and an .819 OPS, but has a bad matchup Wednesday.
A.J. Pierzynski, C9/24/2014 12:01:00 PM
Description: Cardinals backup catcher A.J. Pierzynski might get a rare spot start Wednesday as he's a stunning 6-for-8 with a pair of home runs against Cubs ace Jake Arrieta.
Insight: With Yadier Molina back and healthy, Pierzynskli hasn't seen much work other than pinch hitting, but if he's in the lineup then he's worth a flier.
Shelby Miller, SP9/23/2014 10:25:00 PM
Description: Cardinals right-hander Shelby Miller cannot get out of fifth inning Tuesday night.
Insight: He went 4 1/3 innings against the Cubs, allowing three runs on five hits, taking a no-decision. Miller did manage eight strikeouts in limited work tonight, and now owns a 3.74 ERA.
Jon Jay, CF9/22/2014 11:25:00 PM
Description: Cardinals center fielder Jon Jay had three RBI on two singles against the Cubs on Monday.
Insight: Jay has struggled late, but he remained in the lineup on Monday evern against a left-handed pitcher although Jay has hit better against lefties than righties this year. He is hitting .306 with 22 extra-base hits and 44 RBI.
Adam Wainwright, SPHot9/22/2014 11:18:00 PM
Description: Cardinals right-hander Adam Wainwright joined Clayton Kershaw in the 20 wins club in 2014.
Insight: Wainwright threw seven scoreless innings against the Cubs on Monday, allowing just three hits and one walk and striking out eight. Wainwright has been on fire in September. He is 5-0 with a 1.38 ERA.
Yadier Molina, C9/22/2014 1:56:00 PM
Description: Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina is a career .400 (14-for-35) hitter with three home runs and 12 RBI against Cubs starter Travis Wood.
Insight: Molina has cooled this week after a hot streak before that, but this is a favorable matchup.
Matt Holliday, LF9/22/2014 1:53:00 PM
Description: Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday is a lifetime .351 hitter (13-for-37) against Cubs hurler Travis Wood.
Insight: Another solid season from Holliday after he rebounded in the second half. He's batting .273 with 19 HR, 87 RBI and an .811 OPS.
Jon Jay, CF9/21/2014 10:25:00 AM
Description: Cardinals center fielder Jon Jay is a lifetime .357 (5-for-14) hitter against Reds starter Alfredo Simon.
Insight: Jay, however, does not have an extra-base hit versus Simon. Jay is hitless, 0-for-6, in the series against Cincinnati so far.
Michael Wacha, SP9/20/2014 10:21:00 PM
Description: Cardinals righty Michael Wacha could not get out of the fifth inning tonight.
Insight: He went 4 2/3 innings, and couldn't stay in long enough to earn the victory. Jason Motte stole the win, recording only one out. Wacha still owns a low 3.18 ERA, and continues to be a major part to St. Louis' rotation.
Kolten Wong, 2B9/20/2014 10:06:00 PM
Description: Cardinals second baseman Kolten Wong came up big for St. Louis Saturday night.
Insight: He went 3-for-3 with a walk, including his 12th homer of the year. Wong has been a little inconsitent at the plate, but still has a .256 average with 20 stolen bases. At 23-years-old, Wong should improve upon those numbers in 2015.
Matt Holliday, LFHot9/20/2014 10:19:00 AM
Description: Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday is a lifetime .394 hitter (13-for-33) against Reds hurler Mike Leake.
Insight: Holliday has been one of the league's hottest hitters since the All-Star break batting .317 this month and .286 with 13 HR, 42 RBI and a .901 OPS in 56 games since the Summer Classic. He's a must start Saturday.
Matt Adams, 1B9/20/2014 10:15:00 AM
Description: Cardinals first baseman Matt Adams is a career .444 hitter (8-for-18) with a home run and a 1.278 OPS against Reds right-hander Mike Leake.
Insight: Adams has beat up on right-hand pitching this season batting .315 with 12 of his 15 homers and an .849 OPS.
Matt Holliday, LF9/19/2014 11:04:00 PM
Description: Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday hit a solo home run in the bottom of the first as the Cardinals held on to beat the Reds, 2-1, on Friday.
Insight: Right fielder Randal Grichuk and Holliday went back-to-back in the bottom of the first to give St. Louis an early, 2-0, lead. The runs proved to be enough for starter John Lackey, who pitched seven and 2/3 innings and allowed one run. Holliday finished the game 2-for-3 and is hitting .273 with 19 home runs and 87 RBI this season.
Matt Holliday, LF9/18/2014 3:11:00 PM
Description: Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday has 10 hits in his career against Brewers pitcher Kyle Lohse.
Insight: Holliday is 10-for-28 with a home run and four RBI off Lohse. The Cardinals could be due for a big day offensively as seven players, with at least five at-bats, are hitting above .500 against Lohse in their careers. Make sure Holliday is in your lineup.
Jhonny Peralta, SS9/18/2014 3:05:00 PM
Description: Cardinals shortstop Jhonny Peralta is a career 8-for-22 with a double and home run against Brewers starter Kyle Lohse.
Insight: Peralta went 1-for-3 in the victory over the Brewers on Wednesday and hit a home run last weekend for his 21st of the season. The shortstop has followed up last year's PED suspension embarrassment with a respectable .262/.337/.451 with 70 RBI and 58 runs to go with his 21 homers.
Yadier Molina, C9/18/2014 2:56:00 PM
Description: Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina is a career .550 (11-for-20) hitter with three home runs and eight RBI against Brewers starter Kyle Lohse.
Insight: Don't expect the power from Molina on Thursday as he has not hit a homer since returning on Aug. 29 from a surgically repaired right thumb. His batting average has been ok at .253 since his return, but thumb injuries have been known to hurt a batter's power and Molina has been no different. But even without the power, this is still an extremely friendly matchup for Molina owners.
Adam Wainwright, SP9/18/2014 1:57:00 PM
Description: Cardinals right-hander Adam Wainwright recorded his third shutout of the season as St. Louis beat Milwaukee, 2-0, on Wednesday.
Insight: Wainwright only needed 102 pitches to defeat the Brewers, which is the lowest number of pitches Wainwright has thrown in any of his nine career shutouts. After a rough July and August, Wainwright is locked in and will bring his 19 victories and 2.45 ERA to Chicago to face the Cubs in his next start.
Lance Lynn, SPHot9/17/2014 12:14:00 AM
Description: Cardinals starter Lance Lynn pitched seven innings, allowed one run on five hits, struck out five and walked one in a no-decision against the Brewers on Tuesday.
Insight: Lynn left with a 1-0 lead, but Milwaukee rallied to tie the game in the ninth and won in the 12th. Lynn is still one of the main reasons the Cardinals are in first place with a week and a half left in the season. He is 15-9 with a 2.68 ERA and 167 strikeouts in 191 2/3 innings.
John Lackey, SP9/16/2014 5:57:00 PM
Description: Cardinals starter John Lackey threw a bullpen session on Tuesday and is set to return to the rotation on Friday.
Insight: The Cardinals skipped his last turn in the rotation due to a case of dead arm. Lackey has not pitched very well since joining St. Louis, 5.05 ERA in 46 1/3 innings, so he shouldn't be counted on anyway.
Matt Holliday, LFHot9/16/2014 11:20:00 AM
Description: Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday has a favorable matchup tonight against Brewers righty Wily Peralta.
Insight: Holliday hopes to continue his hot play of late (.375 BA over past 14 days), and has the opponent to do just that. He is a .444 hitter (8-for-18) against Peralta, with two homeruns and five RBI during his career. Make sure Holliday is in your lineup.
Marco Gonzales, SP9/14/2014 7:42:00 PM
Description: Cardinals pitcher Marco Gonzales struck out nine and held the Rockies to one run in five and 2/3 innings as St. Louis won, 4-1, on Sunday.
Insight: Gonzales gave up a RBI double to Brandon Barnes in the second inning for the only run. The Cardinals pitcher also only yielded four hits. The only blemish on Gonzales' day was his four walks. He has won his last three starts to move to 3-2. With Michael Wacha's status undetermined, Gonzales may see another start.
Matt Adams, 1B9/14/2014 6:19:00 PM
Description: Cardinals first baseman Matt Adams was not in Sunday's lineup after aggravating his left oblique injury on Saturday according to Stan McNeal of Fox Sports Midwest.com.
Insight: Adams first injured his oblique a week and a half ago but returned after just missing two games. Daniel Descalso and Xavier Scruggs will play first base until Adams can return. It is unclear how long the big lefty will be out this time.
Shelby Miller, SP9/14/2014 9:48:00 AM
Description: Cardinals right-hander Shelby Miller held the Rockies to one run in six innings Saturday as St. Louis defeated Colorado, 5-4.
Insight: This is the fifth straight quality start for Miller. In hist last three starts, he has pitched 20 innings and allowed one run on 11 hits, struck out 14 and walked three. With the victory, Miller's record moves above .500 for the first time since June 29. He is 10-9 with a 3.75 ERA in 172 and 2/3 innings this year.
Adam Wainwright, SP9/13/2014 1:17:00 PM
Description: Cardinals right-hander Adam Wainwright became the third pitcher with 18 victories in the National League Friday, defeating the Rockies, 4-1.
Insight: Wainwright allowed one run on six hits in eight innings. He also struck out eight and walked none. As we said before, Wainwright was coming out of his "deam arm" phase, this start proves he is completely healthy again. His next start is against the Brewers.
Michael Wacha, SP9/12/2014 6:24:00 PM
Description: The Cardinals have decided to skip Michael Wacha's next start, which is scheduled for Sunday.
Insight: It does not appear Wacha has suffered another injury, but rather the team just wants Wacha to work on his command for the playoffs. He should still be able to get in three starts before October.
Matt Adams, 1B9/12/2014 6:15:00 PM
Description: Cardinals first baseman Matt Adams is not in the starting lineup on Friday.
Insight: St. Louis is facing left-handed pitcher Jorge De La Rosa on Friday, so Mike Matheny is stacking his lineup with right-handed bats. Adams will probably be used as a pinch hitter.
Yadier Molina, C9/11/2014 6:50:00 PM
Description: Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina is still feeling the effects of his surgically-repaired right thumb.
Insight: Manager Mike Matheny conceded this idea to the associated press before sitting him out on Thursday. Molina is hitting .234/.315/.234 with no extra-base hits since returning from the disabled list. Fantasy owners would be better off with a different catcher until Molina starts hitting again.
Lance Lynn, SPHot9/11/2014 3:29:00 PM
Description: Cardinals starter Lance Lynn pitched a complete game but lost 1-0 against Reds pitcher Johnny Cueto.
Insight: Lynn picked up the rare eight-inning complete game as he allowed one run on three hits, struck out six and walked one. His one walk was to Brandon Phillips to lead off the eighth, and he advanced to third on Jay Bruce's single to right field. Then, Ramon Santiago hit a liner that Jon Jay misplaced, which allowed Phillips to score. Lynn is 15-9 with a 2.73 ERA this year. has not lost a start since July 29. In his last seven starts, Lynn is 4-0 with a 2.27 ERA. The 27-year-old is 15-8 with a 2.80 ERA, 1.31 WHIP, and 156 strikeouts in 176 2/3 innings this year.
Matt Adams, 1B9/9/2014 10:53:00 PM
Description: Cardinals first baseman Matt Adams went 2-for-4 with a double in a losing effort against the Reds on Tuesday.
Insight: Adams has struggled so far this month, so the multi-hit game is nice to see. Adams is hitting .291 with 15 home runs and 63 RBI this season.
Matt Holliday, LF9/8/2014 3:36:00 PM
Description: Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday (back) is in the Cardinals starting lineup against the Reds on Monday after missing Sunday's game in Milwaukee.
Insight: Holliday is batting third and playing left field. He did not play on Sunday due to minor back tightness. Holliday has cooled off since his hot end of August. He is batting .266 with 16 home runs and 81 RBI this season.
Jhonny Peralta, SS9/7/2014 7:14:00 PM
Description: Cardinals shortstop Jhonny Peralta went 3-for-5 with a home run, two RBI and two runs as St. Louis defeated Milwaukee, 9-1.
Insight: Peralta hit the homer off Brewer reliever Alfredo Figaro in the ninth inning for his third hit. The home run was Peralta's 20th of the season, which means it is the fifth time in Peralta's career that he reached the 20-homer plateau. He also has 65 RBI and .268/.342/.459 stat line.
Adam Wainwright, SP9/7/2014 7:02:00 PM
Description: Cardinals right-hander Adam Wainwright pitched a complete game, allowing one run on seven hits in the St. Louis victory over Milwaukee, 9-1.
Insight: So much for a dead arm. Wainwright looked more fresh on Sunday, throwing 71 out of his 100 pitches for strikes. He also struck out three and walked one. Wainwright is tied for the National League lead with 17 victories and is 17-9 with a 2.62 ERA, 1.06 WHIP and 156 strikeouts in 203 innings this year.
Lance Lynn, SPHot9/6/2014 10:28:00 PM
Description: Cardinals starter Lance Lynn pitched six strong innings, allowing just one unearned run to defeated the Brewers, 5-3, on Saturday.
Insight: Lynn has not lost a start since July 29. In his last seven starts, Lynn is 4-0 with a 2.27 ERA. The 27-year-old is 15-8 with a 2.80 ERA, 1.31 WHIP, and 156 strikeouts in 176 2/3 innings this year.
Matt Adams, 1B9/6/2014 10:18:00 PM
Description: Cardinals first baseman Matt Adams hit his 14th home run of the season on Saturday in his return from his left oblique injury.
Insight: Adams has had a solid season, but had been struggling late, probably partly because of his oblique injury. So it was nice to see the big first baseman slug a home run on Saturday. Adams is hitting .291 with 48 extra-base hits and 59 RBI this year.
Matt Adams, 1B9/6/2014 3:08:00 PM
Description: Cardinals first baseman Matt Adams (left oblique) is back in the starting lineup for Saturday's game
Insight: Adams has been solid, batting .292 with 13 HR and 57 RBI, but without as much power as expected, considering he hit 17 homers in 296 at-bats last season.
Yadier Molina, C9/6/2014 11:44:00 AM
Description: In the dictionary under "owning a pitcher" is Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina and Milwaukee right-hander Kyle Lohse.
Insight: Molina is a career 11-for-19 (.545) with three doubles, three homers and a 1.761 OPS in their matchups. The All-Star catcher is 3-for-8 in the first two games of this important four-game series. Start him.
Xavier Scruggs, 1B9/5/2014 10:46:00 AM
Description: Xavier Scruggs made his major league debut at first base Thursday and went 0-for-3, but could continue to see playing time if Matt Adams isn't healthy enough to return.
Insight: Scruggs put together a solid season at Triple-A Memphis, but who knows what he could produce under the pressure of a major league pennant race.
Matt Adams, 1BCold9/5/2014 10:43:00 AM
Description: Cardinals first baseman Matt Adams injured his left oblique in his final at-bat Wednesday night, missed Thursday's game and is questionable for the important weekend series with the second-place Brewers.
Insight: Xavier Scruggs made his major league debut at first base Thursday and went 0-for-3. He put together a solid season at Triple-A Memphis, but who knows what he could produce under the pressure of a major league pennant race.
Matt Adams, 1BCold9/5/2014 3:57:00 AM
Description: Cardinals first baseman Matt Adams injured his left oblique in his final at-bat Wednesday night, missed Thursday's game and is not in the lineup Friday for the start of an important weekend series with the second-place Brewers.
Insight: Daniel Descalso is getting the start at first base, but his fantasy value is minimal based on his performance over the first 138 at-bats.
Matt Adams, 1BCold9/4/2014 6:28:00 PM
Description: Cardinals first baseman Matt Adams is day-to-day with an oblique injury.
Insight: It was intially though St. Louis was sitting down Adams because of his struggles at the plate, registering one hit in his last 11 at-bats and posting a career .143 mark against the Brewers starter Wily Peralta. That however, is not the case as Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak revealed that Adams strained his oblique. The 26-year-old Xavier Scruggs will make his major league debut at first base on Thursday.
Matt Adams, 1BCold9/4/2014 4:03:00 PM
Description: Cardinals first baseman Matt Adams is not in the starting lineup on Thursday against the Brewers.
Insight: Adams is struggling with one hit in his last 11 at-bats and is a career .143 hitter against the Brewers starter Wily Peralta. Mike Adams will likely play Friday. The 26-year-old Xavier Scruggs will make his major league debut at first base on Thursday.
Michael Wacha, SP9/4/2014 1:50:00 PM
Description: The Cardinals activated RHP Michael Wacha from the 60-day disabled list, and he is scheduled to start on Thursday against the Brewers.
Insight: Wacha must definitely be ready since the four-game series this weekend against the Brewers is the biggest so far this season. Wacha missed nearly three months with a stress reaction in his throwing shoulder. Surely the Cardinals will use caution with Wacha, but if you need a starting pitcher fast, St. Louis has been playing very well and no one has played worse than Milwaukee has the last week.
Matt Adams, 1BCold9/4/2014 1:41:00 PM
Description: Cardinals first baseman Matt Adams is 2-for-14 in his career against Brewers starter Wily Peralta.
Insight: Adams has started September a bit cold with one hit in 11 at-bats to start the month. He has also struck out in each of the last six games. It would probably be best to sit the big first baseman down on Thursday.
Matt Carpenter, 3B9/4/2014 1:37:00 PM
Description: Cardinals third baseman Matt Carpenter is hitting .400 (6-for-15) with a home run and two RBI in his career against Brewers starters Wily Peralta.
Insight: Carpenter has not been able to live up to the high expectations he set last season when he led the league in runs (126), hits (199) and doubles (55). He is hitting .274 with 142 hits, 32 doubles and 89 runs.
Matt Holliday, LF9/4/2014 1:28:00 PM
Description: Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday is a lifetime 6-for-16 (.375) hitter with two home runs and five RBI against Brewers starter Wily Peralta.
Insight: Holliday had three straight games with multiple hits early this week but has cooled off a bit with back-to-back 0-for-3 nights. He has a good chance to get back on track on Thursday.
Shelby Miller, SP9/3/2014 4:36:00 PM
Description: Cardinals right-hander Shelby Miller was excellent Wednesday afternoon, holding the Pirates to just three hits and zero runs over seven innings of work.
Insight: Miller has struggled this year, going 8-9 with a 4.00 ERA compared to 15-9 with a 3.06 ERA in 2013. Miller had gone 13 starts since his last shutout effort. Unfortunately, Miller's performance didn't earn him a win as Pittsburgh starter Edinson Volquez was equally as good.
Oscar Taveras, RF9/3/2014 12:21:00 PM
Description: St. Louis right fielder Oscar Taveras is not in Wednesday afternoon's starting lineup.
Insight: Taveras is just 1-for-12 over the past four games and can probably use the rest. He hasn't even come close to living up to his billing as one of the top prospects in baseball, but he's still just 22 and less than 200 at-bats into his big league career.
Matt Holliday, LFHot9/3/2014 9:46:00 AM
Description: Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday is 11-for-30 (.367) with two home runs versus Pirates starter Edinson Volquez.
Insight: Holliday and Jose Bautista are the two hottest hitters in baseball at the moment. Holliday batted .319 with four homers, 19 RBI and a 1.056 OPS for the past dozen games. He's a must start.
Jhonny Peralta, SS9/3/2014 9:43:00 AM
Description: Cardinals shortstop Jhonny Peralta is a career .400 with two home runs against Pirates starter Edinson Volquez.
Insight: Peralta has been hot over the past month, batting .333 with four homers and 18 RBI through 29 August games. For the season, the shortstop has a .269 average, 18 home runs, 62 RBI and 53 runs and a favorable matchup.
Michael Wacha, SP9/2/2014 9:18:00 PM
Description: Cardinals starter Michael Wacha is set to return to the St. Louis rotation on Thursday against the Brewers.
Insight: Wacha pitched just two innings in a minor league rehab start but says he is ready to return to the major league rotation. Wacha will be making his first start since mid-June. It's a big series as well as first place will likely be on the line.
Matt Holliday, LFHot9/2/2014 10:24:00 AM
Description: Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday is 5-for-11 (.455) with a home run versus Pirates starter Jeff Locke.
Insight: Holliday and Jose Bautista are the two hottest hitters in baseball at the moment. Holliday batted .391 with four homers, 14 RBI and a 1.462 OPS for the week. He's a must start.
Matt Holliday, LFHot9/1/2014 6:31:00 PM
Description: Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday went 2-for-4 with a double and three RBI Monday against the Pirates.
Insight: Holliday has gone 19-for-55 (.345) with five doubles, four homers and 22 RBI over his last 14 games. He's now hitting .269 with 16 homers, 81 RBI, 72 runs and an .804 OPS. With a big September, the left fielder could end up with his usual numbers despite underperforming for most of the season.
Kolten Wong, 2B9/1/2014 6:11:00 PM
Description: Cardinals second baseman Kolten Wong hit a pinch-hit two-run homer Monday against the Pirates.
Insight: Wong left Sunday's game with a head injury, but he avoided a concussion. The rookie has a .252 average, 11 home runs, 37 RBI, 43 runs and 19 steals in 337 at-bats.
Justin Masterson, SPCold9/1/2014 1:13:00 PM
Description: Cardinals starter Justin Masterson has been sent to the bullpen.
Insight: He looked great on Aug. 13 at Miami (7 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K), but has otherwise been even worse with the Cardinals than he was with the Indians. He's gone 2-3 with a 7.90 ERA and a 1.646 WHIP for St. Louis.
Matt Holliday, LF9/1/2014 10:07:00 AM
Description: Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday is as hot as he's been all season and has a favorable matchup against the Pirates Gerrit Cole (5-for-9).
Insight: Holliday went off over the weekend, going 6-for-15 with a double and three home runs. He's now batting .267 with 16 HR, 78 RBI and an .801 OPS.
Yadier Molina, C8/31/2014 7:23:00 PM
Description: Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina went 2-for-5 with an RBI against the Cubs on Sunday.
Insight: All the sudden with Molina back in the lineup, the second lowest scoring offense in baseball is putting up some runs. In three games back since his stint on the DL, Molina is 0-for-3, 3-for-5 and 2-for-5 and the Cardinals have scored two, 13 and nine runs in those games, respectively. Molina makes both the lineup of St. Louis and your fantasy team more potent.
Jhonny Peralta, SS8/31/2014 7:11:00 PM
Description: Cardinals shortstop Jhonny Peralta went 3-for-4 with two RBI on Sunday against the Cubs.
Insight: Peralta has hits in eight of his last nine games, and in the lone game he doesn't, he had a pinch-hit walk. Over that stretch, Peralta is hitting .400 with two doubles, a home run and five RBI. For the season, the shortstop has a .272 average, 18 home runs, 63 RBI and 52 runs.
Matt Holliday, LF8/31/2014 7:02:00 PM
Description: Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday went 3-for-4 with a double, home run, two runs and four RBI on Sunday against the Cubs.
Insight: Holliday started the weekend series 1-for-8, but finished out the series five for his last seven with three home runs. This coincides with Yadier Molina's return to the lineup (Molina did not play in the first game of the doubleheader on Saturday in which Holliday went 0-for-4). Conquincidence? We think not.
Kolten Wong, 2B8/31/2014 5:52:00 PM
Description: Cardinals second baseman Kolten Wong left Sunday's game against the Cubs after sustaining a head injury when crashing into the ground. Wong was trying to catch a pop up in right-center field according to the team's twitter account.
Insight: Wong was able to walk off the field under his own power, but he will likely undergo the standard concussion protocol. Pete Kozma replaced him at second.
Yadier Molina, C8/31/2014 9:38:00 AM
Description: Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina is a career .424 hitter (14-for-33) with three homers and 12 RBI against Cubs starter Travis Wood.
Insight: Molina caught the back end of last night's doubleheader, but should be back in the lineup today and he should be in your fantasy lineup as well.
Matt Holliday, LF8/31/2014 9:02:00 AM
Description: Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday slammed a pair of home runs Saturday night to keep his hopes alive of posting a fifth straight 20 HR season.
Insight: Holliday with need to knock out five more in September to reach that goal. His numbers are down across the board this season, batting just .263 (the lowest of his career) with 15 HR, 74 RBI and a .786 OPS.
Yadier Molina, C8/30/2014 2:39:00 PM
Description: Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina is not in the Cardinals lineup for Game 1 of Saturday's doubleheader against the Cubs.
Insight: This is not a surprise. Even if Molina was not a day removed from being activated from the DL, he would not be catching both games of a doubleheader. Molina plans to catch the second game and is available to pinch hit in the first. The catcher went 0-for-3 on Friday in his first action since July 9.
Yadier Molina, C8/29/2014 5:09:00 PM
Description: The Cardinals have activated catcher Yadier Molina from the 15-day disabled list, and he is in the starting lineup against the Cubs on Friday.
Insight: Molina went 5-for-6 with three doubles in his two rehab games at Double-A, so he looks ready to go. A.J. Pierzynski will serve as Molina's backup.
Yadier Molina, C8/28/2014 8:11:00 PM
Description: Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina is set to catch five innings in a rehab start with Double-A Springfield on Thursday and then drive back to St. Louis to rejoin the big league club according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Insight: Apparently the new Cardinals owner is Rachel Phelps from Major League since Molina is driving about 220 miles back to St. Louis from Springfield, MO rather than flying. Either way, if Molina does not suffer a set back in his five innings catching at Double-A, he could be activated for Friday's game against the Cubs. Molina is set to catch five to six innings Wednesday in his first rehab start at Double-A Springfield. He will be wearing support on his surgically-repaired right thumb, but it's not expected to affect his hitting or throwing. If St. Louis wants, they can wait until Monday to move Molina up from the minors because the roster expands on September 1, but if he is ready this weekend, the Cardinals need every offensive boost they can get. Molina had surgery to repair a torn ligament in his right thumb on July 11. He'll participate in a full workout Tuesday and if he clears the hurdle will be sent to Double-A Springfield. The team is hoping to have him back by Sept. 1, if not sooner.
Michael Wacha, SP8/27/2014 4:49:00 PM
Description: Cardinals starter Michael Wacha (shoulder) will make his first rehab start Sunday at Double-A Springfield according to CBS Sports' Brian Stull.
Insight: Wacha threw a successful simulated game on Wednesday and is ready for live action. The 23-year-old could be back in the St. Louis rotation by the middle of September. Wacha has been out with a stress reaction in his throwing shoulder since June 22.
Matt Holliday, LF8/27/2014 4:24:00 PM
Description: Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday hit a solo home run in the third inning of Wednesday's loss to the Pirates.
Insight: The solo shot was the only run the Cardinals scored on Wednesday. The home run extended Holliday's hitting streak to eight games. During that stretch, Holliday is hitting .313 with three doubles and eight RBI.
Adam Wainwright, SPCold8/27/2014 4:15:00 PM
Description: Cardinals right-hander Adam Wainwright lost to the Pirates on Wednesday, 3-1, and admitted afterwards he has been suffering from a 'dead arm' according to St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Derrick Goold.
Insight: With the loss, Wainwright finished August 2-4 with a 5.17 ERA. Over those six starts, his season ERA has gone up from 1.92 to 2.59. The good news is Wainwright believes he is getting over the dead arm and is ready for September. Hopefully, he is ready for your playoff run too.
Yadier Molina, C8/27/2014 11:04:00 AM
Description: Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina (torn ligament in right thumb) could be activated from the disabled list as soon as this weekend.
Insight: Molina is set to catch five to six innings Wednesday in his first rehab start at Double-A Springfield. He will be wearing support on his surgically-repaired right thumb, but it's not expected to affect his hitting or throwing. If St. Louis wants, they can wait until Monday to move Molina up from the minors because the roster expands on September 1, but if he is ready this weekend, the Cardinals need every offensive boost they can get. Molina had surgery to repair a torn ligament in his right thumb on July 11. He'll participate in a full workout Tuesday and if he clears the hurdle will be sent to Double-A Springfield. The team is hoping to have him back by Sept. 1, if not sooner.
Shane Robinson, CF8/26/2014 9:44:00 AM
Description: Cardinals outfielder Shane Robinson is expected to be placed on the 15-day disabled list with a dislocated left shoulder.
Insight: Robinson, batting .150 in 60 at-bats, has been buried on the depth chart and isn't getting playing time so this injury shouldn't change any rosters or lineups.
John Lackey, SP8/25/2014 10:35:00 PM
Description: Cardinals starter John Lackey has a 4.50 ERA in five starts with his new team, but he allowed two earned runs or less in four of them.
Insight: The Orioles tagged him for 13 hits and nine runs in five innings on Aug. 9, but he's otherwise been good. He held the Pirates to one run on seven hits over seven innings Monday at Pittsburgh.
Yadier Molina, C8/25/2014 8:40:00 PM
Description: Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina (torn ligament in right thumb) is expected to begin a rehab assignment Wednesday, according to Jenifer Langosch of mlb.com.
Insight: Molina had surgery to repair a torn ligament in his right thumb on July 11. He'll participate in a full workout Tuesday and if he clears the hurdle will be sent to Double-A Springfield. The team is hoping to have him back by Sept. 1, if not sooner.
Jon Jay, CF 8/25/2014 6:16:00 PM
Description: Cardinals center fielder Jon Jay is not in the lineup Monday against the Pirates.
Insight: Jay has batted .404 with two homers, 13 RBI, 14 runs, eight walks and a 1.057 OPS in August, but the Cardinals will give him a day off Monday. Peter Bourjos is starting.
Jhonny Peralta, SSHot8/24/2014 4:55:00 PM
Description: Cardinals shortstop Jhonny Peralta has batted .325 with seven doubles, four homers, 15 RBI and 12 runs in August.
Insight: Peralta's 18 homers this season are his most since he had 21 in 2011 and his 33 doubles are his most since he had 35 in 2009.
Oscar Taveras, RF8/24/2014 4:51:00 PM
Description: St. Louis right fielder Oscar Taveras has gone 12-for-31 (.387) in his last nine games.
Insight: However, he had just two doubles, zero homers, three RBI, three runs and zero steals in that span. He hasn't even come close to living up to his billing as one of the top prospects in baseball, but he's still just 22.
Justin Masterson, SPCold8/24/2014 4:46:00 PM
Description: Cardinals starter Justin Masterson has allowed nine runs on 11 hits over eight innings in his last two starts.
Insight: He looked great on Aug. 13 at Miami (7 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K) but has otherwise been even worse with the Cardinals than he was with the Indians. He's gone 2-2 with a 7.43 ERA and a 1.65 WHIP in 23 innings with St. Louis.
Matt Adams, 1B 8/22/2014 10:13:00 PM
Description: Cardinals first baseman Matt Adams went 1-for-3 with a solo homer and a walk Friday against Philadelphia.
Insight: It was his first home run since July 19. Adams has walked just 16 times all season, but seven have come in August. He's managed to bat .309 with 13 homers, 56 RBI and an .825 OPS in 421 at-bats.
Adam Wainwright, SPCold8/22/2014 10:06:00 PM
Description: Cardinals right-hander Adam Wainwright, who started the All-Star game for the NL, has been shaky in the second half.
Insight: Wainwright was 12-4 with a 1.83 ERA, a 0.91 WHIP and a 115/27 K/BB over 138 innings prior to the break, but he's gone 3-4 with a 4.70 ERA, a 1.45 WHIP and a 30/17 K/BB in 44 innings since. He allowed five runs (four earned) on six hits and walked three over six innings Friday at Philadelphia, squandering a 3-0 first-inning lead in the process. He didn't appear confident in his fastball Friday and got just six swings and misses on 105 pitches, well below his season whiff rate.
Jon Jay, CFHot8/22/2014 11:42:00 AM
Description: Cardinals center fielder Jon Jay is batting .400 (6-for-15) against Phillies starter Kyle Kendrick.
Insight: Jay extended his hitting streak to 12 games on Wednesday with a 3-for-4 performance against the Reds. During the streak, Jay is batting .514 (18-for-35). It would be wise to ride out his hot streak.
Matt Holliday, LF8/22/2014 10:07:00 AM
Description: Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday is a career 2-for-21 (.095) hitter with three RBI against Phillies pitcher Kyle Kendrick. Those two hits are a double and a home run.
Insight: Holliday has hits and RBI in his last three games. On the season, Holliday is batting .262 with 12 home runs and 61 RBI.
Matt Adams, 1BHot8/22/2014 10:03:00 AM
Description: Cardinals first baseman Matt Adams is a career 5-for-11 (.455) hitter against Phillies starter Kyle Kendrick.
Insight: Adams went through a major cold streak at the beginning of August but has bounced back in a big way. Before his 0-for-3 on Wednesday, he had a seven-game hitting streak, going 12-for-29 (.414) with five RBI during that stretch. There's a good chance he starts another hitting streak on Friday.
Yadier Molina, C8/20/2014 5:15:00 PM
Description: Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina (torn ligament in right thumb) took some light swings Wednesday, according to Brian Stull of stlbaseballweekly.com.
Insight: It was the first time Molina has swung a bat since a tore a ligament in his thumb on July 9. The team is hoping to have him back in 2-3 weeks.
Michael Wacha, SP8/20/2014 4:39:00 PM
Description: Cardinals starter Michael Wacha (shoulder) could begin a minor league rehab assignment within the next two weeks, GM John Mozeliak told KMOX NewsRadio 1120.
Insight: Wacha went on the disabled list with a stress reaction in his right shoulder in June. Even if he returns during the regular season, there's only going to be enough time left for him to make two or three starts at most.
Jon Jay, CFHot8/20/2014 12:25:00 PM
Description: Cardinals center fielder Jon Jay has batted .419 with two homers, 11 RBI, 11 runs and a 1.140 OPS in August, and he's been even better against Reds ace Johnny Cueto.
Insight: Cueto's credentials haven't fazed Jay. He's gone 10-for-21 (.476) with a double and three homers against the right-hander. He's a nice low-cost outfield option Wednesday.
Yadier Molina, C8/19/2014 4:19:00 PM
Description: Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina (torn ligament in right thumb) says he hopes to begin swinging a bat Wednesday or Thursday, according to Jim Hayes of FOX Sports Midwest.
Insight: It's the next progression in the process. He's already been catching bullpen sessions. Molina was batting .287 with seven homers, 30 RBI and a .751 OPS, significantly down from a season ago.
Jhonny Peralta, SSHot8/19/2014 9:22:00 AM
Description: Cardinals shortstop Jhonny Peralta hit a walk-off RBI single in the 10th inning to lift St. Louis over Cincinnati, 6-5, on Monday. Peralta went 3-for-5 with a double.
Insight: The shortstop has three multi-hit games in the last four days. During that stretch, he also has four RBI, three doubles, two runs and a walk.
Matt Holliday, LFCold8/18/2014 6:44:00 PM
Description: Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday (knee) is in the lineup Monday.
Insight: Holliday sat out Sunday with knee discomfort. He's also gone 0-for-18 in his last five games, but his .393 average in 28 career at-bats against Reds starter Mike Leake makes him a solid option Monday.
Matt Holliday, LFCold8/18/2014 10:22:00 AM
Description: Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday missed Sunday's game and is questionable for Monday versus Cincinnati while dealing with knee discomfort.
Insight: He could also have been given the day off because he's hitless in his last five games. He's batting .260 with 12 HR and 59 RBI, well below what we've come to expect from the six-time All-Star.
Michael Wacha, SP8/16/2014 6:08:00 PM
Description: Cardinals starter Michael Wacha (shoulder) threw a 30-pitch bullpen session Saturday.
Insight: It was his first time on a mound since he went on the disabled list with a stress reaction in his right shoulder in June. Wacha didn't utilize max intensity or throw all of his pitches in the session. The Cardinals are hoping to have him back in mid-September.
Oscar Taveras, RF8/15/2014 4:50:00 PM
Description: St. Louis right fielder Oscar Taveras is not in Friday's starting lineup.
Insight: Taveras is just 2-for-21 over the past six games and will get a second consecutive night off. The 22-year-old hit .320 with an .892 OPS in the minors, but is batting .206 with a .530 OPS in his first 141 major league at-bats. Long-term he's the Cardinals right field answer, but with them fighting for the playoff they need to put their best current lineup on the field.
Oscar Taveras, RF8/14/2014 4:56:00 PM
Description: St. Louis right fielder Oscar Taveras is not in Thursday's starting lineup.
Insight: Taveras is just 2-for-21 over the past six games and can probably use the night off. The 22-year-old hit .320 with an .892 OPS in the minors, but is batting .206 with a .530 OPS in his first 141 major league at-bats.
Matt Holliday, LF8/14/2014 3:08:00 PM
Description: Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday left Wednesday's game with knee discomfort and is questionable for Thursday's game against San Diego .
Insight: According to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Holliday's knee "flared up." He expects to play Thursday, but you need to check starting lineups before you install him into your lineup. He's batting .267 with 12 HR and 59 RBI.
Matt Holliday, LF 8/13/2014 10:49:00 PM
Description: Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday left Wednesday's game with knee discomfort.
Insight: According to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Holliday's knee "flared up." He expects to play Thursday.
Justin Masterson, SP 8/13/2014 9:55:00 PM
Description: Cardinals starter Justin Masterson had his best game in more than two months Wednesday at Miami.
Insight: In his previous 13 starts, Masterson had posted a 7.74 ERA in 57 innings, but he was sharp Wednesday. He allowed three hits and didn't walk a batter over seven scoreless innings. If he gets his stuff in order the sinkerballer could really go on a roll for the Cardinals, who have a much better infield defense than Cleveland.
Matt Adams, 1BCold8/11/2014 10:16:00 PM
Description: Cardinals first baseman Matt Adams has gone 2-for-21 with seven Ks in his last five games.
Insight: Adams' average dropped to .304 after he went 0-for-5 Monday at Miami. Put him on the bench until he shows signs of coming out of his slump.
Matt Holliday, LFHot8/11/2014 10:10:00 PM
Description: Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday went 4-for-4 with two doubles, a walk and one RBI Monday at Miami.
Insight: Since the All-Star break, Holliday has gone 23-for-78 (.295) with four doubles and six home runs. He hit .265 with six home runs prior to the break.
Shelby Miller, SP8/11/2014 10:03:00 PM
Description: Cardinals right-hander Shelby Miller took a beating Monday at Miami.
Insight: Miller allowed two homers to Giancarlo Stanton, including an estimated 470-foot shot to left-center field in the third inning, and he ended up giving up five runs on eight hits in five innings. Miller had given up five runs on 10 hits over 18 2/3 innings his last three starts, but inconsistency is nothing new for him. A 3.06 ERA, a 8.78 K/9 and a 2.96 BB/9 last year have given way to a 4.17 ERA, a 6.06 K/9 and a 3.91 BB/9 in 2014, not to mention he's allowed 1.14 HR/9.
Yadier Molina, C8/11/2014 10:26:00 AM
Description: Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina (torn ligament in right thumb) had the cast removed over the weekend, according to a St. Louis Post-Dispatch report.
Insight: Molina was batting .287 with seven homers, 30 RBI and a .751 OPS, significantly down from a season ago. Molina is still about a month away from a return.
Kolten Wong, 2BHot8/10/2014 5:51:00 PM
Description: Cardinals second baseman Kolten Wong went 4-for-5 with two runs Sunday at Baltimore.
Insight: Wong has hit .290 with five doubles, eight homers, 15 RBI, 20 runs and eight steals in 28 games since he returned from the disabled list. His overall numbers don't look great because of his early struggles but he should be owned in all leagues.
Justin Masterson, SPCold8/8/2014 9:20:00 PM
Description: Cardinals starter Justin Masterson walked three and gave up five runs on seven hits (two homers) in two innings Friday at Baltimore.
Insight: In two starts with the Cardinals, Masterson has put 20 men on base and allowed 10 earned runs in eight innings. In his last 13 starts, Masterson has posted a 7.74 ERA in 57 innings. It's time to move on.
Michael Wacha, SP8/6/2014 3:51:00 PM
Description: The Cardinals are targeting mid-September for Michael Wacha's return from a shoulder injury, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Insight: Wacha has been out since June 17 due to a stress reaction in his right shoulder. He began a throwing program Tuesday after his MRI showed continued healing.
Lance Lynn, SPHot8/6/2014 12:38:00 PM
Description: Cardinals starter Lance Lynn has allowed two earned runs or less and thrown six innings or more in each of his last six starts.
Insight: Lynn allowed two runs (one earned) on four hits in seven innings Tuesday against Boston but walked away with a no decision. In fact, he's gone 0-2 in his last three starts despite recording a 1.40 ERA in that span. The right-hander is 11-8 with a 2.89 ERA and a 1.28 WHIP this season.
Yadier Molina, C8/3/2014 12:10:00 PM
Description: Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina (torn ligament in right thumb) is making progress, according to manager Mike Matheny.
Insight: Molina is still about a month away from a return to the diamond. Fantasy owners will have to deal with A.J. Pierzynski and Tony Cruz until then. Molina wa batting .287 with seven homers, 30 RBI and a .751 OPS, significantly down from a season ago.
Jhonny Peralta, SS8/3/2014 10:07:00 AM
Description: St. Louis shortstop Jhonny Peralta is a career .433 hitter (13-for-30) against Milwaukee right-hander Matt Garza.
Insight: Peralta has hit 15 home runs in 373 at-bats, up from 11 in 409 last year, and he also he 26 doubles, but he's batting just .252. We like this matchup.
Jon Jay, CF8/3/2014 10:04:00 AM
Description: Cardinals center fielder Jon Jay is 8-for-13 (.615) against versus Milwaukee right-hander Matt Garza.
Insight: Jay has missed time with a sore left wrist and may not be on the field to take advantage of this favorable matchup, but if he's in the lineup you have to seriously consider starting him. For the season he's batting .289 with a .714 OPS.
Matt Adams, 1B8/3/2014 10:01:00 AM
Description: Cardinals first baseman Matt Adams is 6-for-8 with a home run and a 2.000 OPS versus Milwaukee right-hander Matt Garza.
Insight: Adams is not hitting as many home runs as expected, but he's batting .311 with 47 RBI in 94 games. despite hitting just .208 since the All-Star break.
Justin Masterson, SPCold8/1/2014 5:50:00 PM
Description: Justin Masterson will make his Cardinals debut on Saturday against Milwaukee.
Insight: Masterson was shipped from Cleveland to St. Louis earlier this week. He went 14-10 with a 3.45 ERA and 195 Ks in 193 innings a year ago, but he's 4-6 with a 5.51 ERA and a 1.65 WHIP in 98 innings this year. His 4.06 FIP suggests he'll improve, and St. Louis' defense should help the ground-ball pitcher. Cleveland ranks last in baseball in UZR this season while the Cardinals rank eighth.
John Lackey, SP8/1/2014 5:49:00 PM
Description: John Lackey will make his Cardinals debut Sunday against the Brewers.
Insight: Lackey was acquired from the Red Sox Thursday for Allen Craig and Joe Kelly. He has been in the AL his entire career and should get a boost from joining an NL team. He's 11-7 with a 3.60 ERA and a 1.23 WHIP this season.
Carlos Martinez, SP8/1/2014 5:36:00 PM
Description: The Cardinals have sent Carlos Martinez to Triple-A Memphis.
Insight: St. Louis gave the 22-year-old a chance to start in June, but he was limited to fewer than 90 pitches in all seven starts (4.45 ERA). He gave up two runs in 1 1/3 innings Wednesday in his return to the bullpen. The Cardinals acquired John Lackey and Justin Masterson the past two days so their five rotation spots are currently filled, but they could be sending Martinez down to get stretched out as insurance in case Michael Wacha doesn't return and someone else gets hurt.
Shelby Miller, SP 7/31/2014 6:59:00 PM
Description: Cardinals right-hander Shelby Miller has given up four runs on six hits and posted an 8/0 K/BB over 11 2/3 innings since he rejoined the rotation.
Insight: Miller allowed three home runs in that span but the damage was limited because he kept runners off the basepaths. He walked at least one batter in every game this season prior to the past two starts. The right-hander is 8-8 with a 4.14 ERA, a 1.39 WHIP and a 81/55 K/BB in 121 2/3 innings.
Oscar Taveras, RF7/31/2014 5:15:00 PM
Description: St. Louis right fielder Oscar Taveras went 1-for-4 with a homer and two RBI Thursday at San Diego.
Insight: Taveras will be in the lineup every day going forward after the Cardinals traded Allen Craig on Thursday. He's hitting .210 with two homers and eight RBI in 100 at-bats this season, but he has a ton of upside and should be owned in all leagues.
Oscar Taveras, RF7/31/2014 5:15:00 PM
Description: St. Louis right fielder Oscar Taveras should be in the lineup every day going forward after the team traded Allen Craig on Thursday.
Insight: Taveras has batted .208 with one home runs in 96 at-bats this season, but he has a ton of upside. The 22-year-old hit .320 with 53 homers, 35 steals and an .892 OPS in 1,860 minor league plate appearances.
John Lackey, SP7/31/2014 12:48:00 PM
Description: The Red Sox have traded John Lackey to the Cardinals for Joe Kelly and Allen Craig.
Insight: Lackey has been in the AL his entire career and should get a boost from joining an NL team. He's 11-7 with a 3.60 ERA and a 1.23 WHIP this season.
Michael Wacha, SP7/30/2014 10:17:00 PM
Description: Cardinals starter Michael Wacha (shoulder) will have an MRI Wednesday and if it goes well he'll begin a throwing program, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Insight: Wacha has been out since June 17 due to a stress reaction in his right shoulder and the best-case scenario for a return is early September.
Justin Masterson, SPCold7/30/2014 2:46:00 PM
Description: According to Peter Gammons of MLB.com, the Cardinals will acquire Justin Masterson from the Indians for prospect James Ramsey.
Insight: Masterson is on the disabled list with a knee injury, but he is ready to return. He went 14-10 with a 3.45 ERA and 195 Ks in 193 innings a year ago, but he's 4-6 with a 5.51 ERA and a 1.65 WHIP in 98 innings this year. His 4.06 FIP suggests he'll improve, and St. Louis' defense should help the ground-ball pitcher. Cleveland ranks last in baseball in UZR this season while the Cardinals rank eighth.
Matt Holliday, LFHot7/27/2014 9:32:00 PM
Description: Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday hit one out of the park for the fifth time in his last 11 games Sunday at Chicago.
Insight: Holliday has raised his OPS from .740 to .791 since July 8. He's hitting .269 with 10 homers, 53 RBI and 57 runs this season.
Adam Wainwright, SP7/27/2014 5:05:00 PM
Description: Cardinals starter Adam Wainwright fired seven scoreless innings in a win over the Cubs Sunday afternoon.
Insight: Wainwright gave up six runs (four earned) on six hits and walked four batters in 4 2/3 innings his last start, but he's gone 3-1 with a 1.62 ERA in July. He's posted an ERA south of 2.00 in three of the four months this season.
Matt Adams, 1B7/26/2014 8:15:00 PM
Description: Cardinals first baseman Matt Adams knocked out a couple of extra base hits and knocked in four runs Saturday afternoon.
Insight: Adams has been solid, particularly since his return from injury and is seeing plenty of playing time with Allen Craig struggling with his swing. He's not hitting as many home runs and many expected, but he's batting .320 with 47 RBI in 88 games.
A.J. Pierzynski, C7/26/2014 8:10:00 PM
Description: Cardinals new catcher A.J. Pierzynski made a successful debut with three hits and an RBI.
Insight: With Yadier Molina (thumb) out, Pierzynski should see most of the starts behind the dish for St. Louis, but its been two seasons since he was a fantasy-worthy starter.
Allen Craig, RF7/26/2014 4:15:00 PM
Description: St. Louis right fielder Allen Craig is not only hitless versus Cubs starter Jake Arrieta, he has struck out five of seven times he faced the right-hander.
Insight: Craig has been a huge disappointment this season batting just .240 after posting a .315 average last season. Avoid this matchup. Update: Craig is not in the starting lineup.
A.J. Pierzynski, C7/26/2014 12:58:00 PM
Description: Cardinals new catcher A.J. Pierzynski will start behind the plate on Saturday and bat sixth.
Insight: Pierzynski was cut by the Red Sox earlier this month after hitting .254 with just four homers, 31 RBI and a .634 OPS. He batted .272 with 17 homers, 70 RBI and a .722 OPS a season ago with the Rangers. With Yadier Molina (thumb) out, Pierzynski should see most of the starts behind the dish for St. Louis, but he's not an option in standard leagues.
Allen Craig, RF7/26/2014 10:44:00 AM
Description: St. Louis right fielder Allen Craig is not only hitless versus Cubs starter Jake Arrieta, he has struck out five of seven times he faced the right-hander.
Insight: Craig has been a huge disappointment this season batting just .240 after posting a .315 average last season. Avoid this matchup.
A.J. Pierzynski, C7/25/2014 10:04:00 PM
Description: Catcher A.J. Pierzynski has signed with the Cardinals and will join the team Saturday, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.
Insight: Pierzynski was cut by the Red Sox earlier this month after hitting .254 with just four homers, 31 RBI and a .634 OPS. He batted .272 with 17 homers, 70 RBI and a .722 OPS a season ago with the Rangers. With Yadier Molina (thumb) out, Pierzynski should see most of the starts behind the dish for St. Louis, but he's not an option in standard leagues.
Matt Holliday, LFHot7/25/2014 9:32:00 PM
Description: Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday homered for the fourth time in his last nine games Friday against the Cubs.
Insight: This is the Holliday fantasy owners paid for. He's gone 10 for his last 31 (.323) and now has nine homers on the year.
Matt Carpenter, 3B7/25/2014 9:19:00 PM
Description: Cardinals third baseman Matt Carpenter went 3-for-5 with a solo homer and two runs Friday against the Cubs.
Insight: Carpenter has homered twice in the last three games after not hitting one since June 28. He's on pace to bat .282 with 37 doubles, 10 homers, 57 RBI, 103 runs and a .768 OPS, down from .318 with 55 doubles, 11 homers, 78 RBI, 126 runs and an .873 OPS last season.
Allen Craig, RFCold7/23/2014 5:48:00 PM
Description: St. Louis right fielder Allen Craig is not in the lineup Wednesday against the Rays.
Insight: Oscar Taveras is starting in right field. Craig was a .312 hitter with an .863 OPS over the previous three seasons, but he's hit just .242 with seven homers, 44 RBI and a .648 OPS in 388 plate appearances this year. In his last 15 games, Craig's gone 7-for-51 (.137) with 12 Ks.
Shelby Miller, SPCold7/23/2014 4:59:00 PM
Description: Cardinals right-hander Shelby Miller will start Saturday against the Cubs, according to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Insight: The Cardinals have decided to move Carlos Martinez back to the bullpen and will replace him with Miller, who was moved to the bullpen for rest on July 18. Miller has gone 0-3 with a 7.30 ERA in his last five starts and sits at 7-8 with a 4.29 ERA and a 1.47 WHIP this season.
Michael Wacha, SP7/21/2014 5:37:00 PM
Description: Cardinals starter Michael Wacha (shoulder) could begin a throwing program in two weeks, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Insight: Wacha had an MRI and CT scan Monday and GM John Mozeliak said the results were positive. He's been out since June 17 due to a stress reaction in his right shoulder and the best-case scenario for a return is early September.
Kolten Wong, 2BHot7/20/2014 5:47:00 PM
Description: Cardinals second baseman Kolten Wong has batted .361 with five home runs and three steals in July (10 games), but he's out of the lineup Sunday.
Insight: Wong is getting a day off, though he hardly needs it. The rookie went 4-for-45 (.089) in the 15 games prior to July.
Matt Holliday, LF7/19/2014 6:32:00 PM
Description: Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday left Saturday's game after a collision with Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez.
Insight: Holliday stayed in the game for four innings after the incident, so we think it's likely just a precaution. His production in 2014 is significantly lower than what we have come to expect from the 11-year veteran. He's hitting just .270 with seven homers and 50 RBI this season.
Shelby Miller, SPCold7/18/2014 5:44:00 PM
Description: Cardinals right-hander Shelby Miller will move to the bullpen indefinitely for rest purposes, according to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Insight: The Cardinals can use four starters and still keep everyone on regular rest for the remainder of July. Miller's poor fielding-independent numbers -- he had a 3.42 ERA over his first 14 starts, but his FIP was 4.68 in that span -- have caught up with him. He's gone 0-3 with a 7.30 ERA in his last five starts and sits at 7-8 with a 4.29 ERA and a 1.47 WHIP this season.
Joe Kelly, SP7/11/2014 4:06:00 PM
Description: Cardinals pitcher Joe Kelly (hamstring) has been activated from the 60-day disabled list.
Insight: Kelly, who strained his left hamstring on April 16, will get the start Friday against Milwaukee. He's 1-1 this season with a 0.59 ERA and 1.239 WHIP in three starts.
Matt Holliday, LF7/11/2014 10:25:00 AM
Description: Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday is 10-for-33 (.303) with four home runs versus Milwaukee right-hander Yovani Gallardo.
Insight: Holliday's production in 2014 is significantly lower than what we have come to expect from the 11-year veteran. He's hitting just .264 with five homers and 44 RBI this season.
Yadier Molina, C7/10/2014 10:28:00 AM
Description: Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina left Wednesday's game with a right thumb sprain and is doubtful for Thursday's game against Pittsburgh.
Insight: Molina suffered the injury while sliding into third base in the second inning. It wasn't a head-first slide, but he caught his thumb on the ground. Molina is batting .287 with seven homers, 30 RBI and a .751 OPS, significantly down from a season ago.
Yadier Molina, C7/9/2014 9:54:00 PM
Description: Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina left Wednesday's game with a right thumb sprain.
Insight: Molina suffered the injury while sliding into third base in the second inning. It wasn't a head-first slide, but he caught his thumb on the ground. Molina caught the next inning, but Tony Cruz hit for him in the bottom of the third.
Michael Wacha, SP7/7/2014 9:35:00 PM
Description: Cardinals starter Michael Wacha (shoulder) will be shut down for two more weeks, according to Jenifer Langosch of mlb.com.
Insight: Wacha's MRI showed improvement, but not enough for the Cardinals to allow him to start throwing. He's dealing with a stress reaction in his right shoulder and could be a month away from being ready to pitch in a game.
Allen Craig, RF7/7/2014 11:22:00 AM
Description: St. Louis right fielder Allen Craig is a career 11-for-21 (.524) against Pittsburgh right-hander Charlie Morton.
Insight: Craig's impressive season of a year ago is a distant dream as he's batting just .249 with seven homers and 43 RBI. Perhaps this matchup can get him going
Matt Holliday, LF7/6/2014 10:33:00 AM
Description: Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday came out of Saturday's game with a bruised knee and is questionable for Sunday's game against Miami.
Insight: It's thought to be minor. Holliday has been the model of consistency for the past five years, but he's hitting just .266 with five homers and 41 RBI this season.
Matt Holliday, LF7/5/2014 7:00:00 PM
Description: Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday came out of Saturday's game with a bruised knee.
Insight: It's thought to be minor. Holliday has been the model of consistency for the past five years, but he's hitting just .266 with five homers and 40 RBI this season.
Allen Craig, RF7/5/2014 6:00:00 PM
Description: St. Louis right fielder Allen Craig posted his first multi-RBI game in two weeks.
Insight: Craig's batting average is down 60 points from last season and he's unlikely to reach his 2013 total of 97 RBI either. June's .597 OPS is why he doesn't play everyday, but he did hit home run No. 7 on Saturday.
Matt Adams, 1B7/5/2014 1:05:00 PM
Description: Cardinals first baseman Matt Adams is not in Saturday afternoon's starting lineup.
Insight: Adams has been solid, particularly since his return from injury and is seeing plenty of playing time with Allen Craig struggling with his swing. This appears to be a routine day off.
Shelby Miller, SPCold7/5/2014 11:38:00 AM
Description: Cardinals right-hander Shelby Miller makes his first start in July today against the Marlins after an absolutely dreadful June.
Insight: Miller (7-7, 4.10 ERA) delivered two quality starts out of six last month as carries a dreadful 8.16 ERA and 2.16 WHIP over his last three outings into this afternoon's game at Busch Stadium. Given the Marlins' hot hitting of late, he's not the best play right now.
Lance Lynn, SP7/4/2014 10:30:00 PM
Description: Cardinals starter Lance Lynn blanked the Marlins over 6 2/3 innings Friday night to move to 9-6.
Insight: Lynn bounced back from giving up six earned runs on nine hits in two innings at Los Angeles his last time out. In his last six starts, he's alternated games in which he's allowed zero runs and has a 3.17 ERA on the year.
Jhonny Peralta, SS7/3/2014 9:07:00 PM
Description: St. Louis shortstop Jhonny Peralta went 2-for-5 with a homer and two RBI Thursday at San Francisco.
Insight: Peralta has hit 12 home runs in 294 at-bats, up from 11 in 409 last year, and he also he 23 doubles, but he's batting just .241.
Carlos Martinez, SP7/3/2014 9:04:00 PM
Description: Carlos Martinez has allowed five runs on 16 hits with an 18/9 K/BB in 18 1/3 innings (2.45 ERA) since he joined the Cardinals rotation.
Insight: However, Martinez has averaged less than five innings per start because the Cardinals are still stretching out the 22-year-old. He held the Giants to one run and struck out six in five innings in a win on Thursday.
Allen Craig, RFCold7/3/2014 1:32:00 PM
Description: St. Louis right fielder Allen Craig is out of the lineup Thursday against the Giants. Oscar Taveras is starting in right field.
Insight: Craig is 3-for-16 (.188) lifetime against San Francisco starter Madison Bumgarner, he hasn't homered since May 29 and he is two for his last 18. The 29-year-old hit .307 or higher in each of the last three seasons, but he's batted just .252 with six homers, 40 RBI and a .663 OPS this year.
Allen Craig, RF7/3/2014 12:32:00 PM
Description: St. Louis right fielder Allen Craig hasn't homered since May 29, is two for his last 18 and has a poor matchup Thursday against the Giants.
Insight: Craig is 3-for-16 (.188) lifetime against San Francisco starter Madison Bumgarner. The 29-year-old hit .307 or higher in each of the last three seasons, but he's batted just .252 with six homers, 40 RBI and a .663 OPS this year.
Matt Holliday, LF 7/3/2014 12:18:00 PM
Description: Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday has scratched out just two hits in 14 at-bats against Giants starter Madison Bumgarner.
Insight: Holliday has been the model of consistency for the past five years, but he's hitting just .267 with five homers this season. He shouldn't be started Thursday against Bumgarner.
Kolten Wong, 2B7/1/2014 9:13:00 PM
Description: Cardinals second baseman Kolten Wong (shoulder) has begun his minor league rehab assignment, according to Jenifer Langosch of mlb.com.
Insight: Wong is eligible to return from a bruised shoulder on July 6 and should be able to do so unless he suffers a setback.
Oscar Taveras, RF6/30/2014 1:59:00 AM
Description: St. Louis right fielder Oscar Taveras is expected to be recalled to the big club in time for Tuesday's game with San Francisco.
Insight: Taveras (.189, 1 HR, 2 RBI) didn't do much after an debut home run, but has too much talent not to succeed. Struggling Allen Craig is expected to lose playing time with this promotion of Taveras.
Matt Adams, 1BHot6/29/2014 2:05:00 PM
Description: Cardinals first baseman Matt Adams is not in Sunday afternoon's starting lineup.
Insight: Adams (.328) has hit six homers and driven in 16 runs in 16 games since he came off the DL after hitting just three with 17 RBI in his first 52 games.
Lance Lynn, SP6/28/2014 10:25:00 PM
Description: Cardinals starter Lance Lynn allowed nine hits and seven runs (six earned) in just two innings of work Saturday at Los Angeles.
Insight: Go figure. Lynn held the Rockies to three hits in eight shutout innings at Coors Field on Monday, but the Dodgers roughed him up five days later. Lynn will take an 8-6 record, a 3.38 ERA and a 1.32 WHIP into his next start Friday at home against the Marlins.
Matt Holliday, LFHot6/25/2014 9:17:00 PM
Description: Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday clubbed three hits in Wednesday's victory over the Rockies.
Insight: That gives Holliday seven hits in his last 14 at bats. Holliday still isn't hitting home runs (only five this year) but at least his average is back in the .270s.
Pete Kozma, SS6/25/2014 7:30:00 PM
Description: St. Louis shortstop Pete Kozma has been optioned to Triple-A Memphis.
Insight: Kozma (.333, 0 HR, 0 RBI) was designated for assignment earlier today and has already cleared waivers. The 26-year-old has only logged three at bats in the big leagues this season.
Kolten Wong, 2B6/25/2014 4:06:00 PM
Description: Cardinals second baseman Kolten Wong has been diagnosed with a bruised shoulder, according to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Insight: Wong's MRI revealed no structural damage and he was given a shot to lessen the swelling in his rotator cuff area. The 23-year-old went 4-for-45 (.089) in his last 15 games before being placed on the disabled list on June 21.
Shelby Miller, SP6/25/2014 4:02:00 PM
Description: According to Jim Hayes of Fox Sports Midwest, Cardinals manager Mike Matheny expects Shelby Miller (back) to make his next start.
Insight: Miller (7-6, 3.75 ERA) walked five and allowed three runs on six hits in 2 2/3 innings before exiting with back pain Tuesday at Colorado. The right-hander has gotten his HR/9 in check after allowing seven in April, but he still has a mediocre 6.34 K/9 and a terrible 4.42 BB/9.
Shelby Miller, SP6/24/2014 10:28:00 PM
Description: St. Louis starter Shelby Miller had to leave Tuesday's game because of back tightness. SOURCE: Cardinals on Twitter
Insight: He came out after getting blasted for three runs and six hits in only 2 2/3 innings. Miller (7-6, 3.75 ERA) also allowed five walks. Consider him questionable for his next start Sunday against Los Angeles.
Yadier Molina, C6/24/2014 4:52:00 PM
Description: Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina is not in the lineup Tuesday at Colorado.
Insight: Tony Cruz will catch Shelby Miller. Molina has hit .286 with a .743 OPS this season, down from his level of production the past three years.
Lance Lynn, SPHot6/24/2014 9:50:00 AM
Description: St. Louis right-hander Lance Lynn went into Coors Field and held the Rockies to three hits over eight scoreless innings (7 K, 0 BB).
Insight: Colorado is hitting .325 with an .899 OPS at Coors Field this season, so that's quite an impressive feat by Lynn, who has allowed just 10 hits and two runs in his last 22 innings. Lynn has proven to be a first-half pitcher in his career, going 31-14 with a 3.49 ERA and a 1.23 WHIP prior to the All-Star break and 11-9 with a 3.95 ERA and a 1.38 WHIP after it.
Matt Adams, 1BHot6/24/2014 9:47:00 AM
Description: Cardinals first baseman Matt Adams went 3-for-5 with two homers and six RBI Monday at Colorado.
Insight: Adams (.328) has hit five homers and driven in 14 runs in 11 games since he came off the DL after hitting just three with 17 RBI in his first 52 games.
Joe Kelly, SP6/23/2014 8:43:00 PM
Description: Cardinals pitcher Joe Kelly (hamstring) will begin a rehab assignment Friday, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Insight: Kelly strained his left hamstring on April 16. He'll try to get his pitch count up to 60 pitches Friday and will need at least one more rehab start after that. He could be ready to rejoin the rotation in the second week of July.
Marco Gonzales, SP6/23/2014 8:33:00 PM
Description: The Cardinals will call up 2013 No. 19 overall pick Marco Gonzales to start Wednesday at Colorado. St. Louis needs a starter after placing Jaime Garcia and Michael Wacha on the DL Sunday.
Insight: Gonzales has a 2.08 ERA and a 101/26 K/BB over 99 2/3 innings in the minors. He's recorded a 2.33 ERA and 46 Ks over 38 2/3 innings with Double-A Springfield, his highest stop so far. Colorado is the worst possible venue for a pitcher to make his MLB debut and St. Louis may just choose to skip the fifth spot in the rotation on July 1 following a day off on June 30. After that, Joe Kelly will be ready to return from the disabled list, so there's no pressing need for fantasy owners to add Gonzales.
Jaime Garcia, SP6/22/2014 7:09:00 PM
Description: A shoulder injury will send Cardinals left-hander Jaime Garcia to the disabled list, according to Jenifer Langosch of mlb.com.
Insight: Garcia had surgery on the labrum in his left shoulder last year and dealt with shoulder inflammation this spring. The Cardinals also announced Michael Wacha will go on the DL with a shoulder injury, so they will need to call up a starter to take over Garcia's spot as Carlos Martinez will assume Wacha's spot.
Michael Wacha, SP6/22/2014 7:07:00 PM
Description: Cardinals starter Michael Wacha is heading to the disabled list with a shoulder injury, according to Jenifer Langosch of mlb.com.
Insight: St. Louis will place Jaime Garcia on the DL for the same reason. Carlos Martinez will remain in the rotation in Wacha's spot and the team will have to call up a starter to take over for Garcia.
Matt Holliday, LF6/22/2014 10:53:00 AM
Description: St. Louis left fielder Matt Holliday hasn't had much success against Philadelphia starter Kyle Kendrick.
Insight: Only two of his 18 at bats have resulted in hits. As a whole, it's been a disappointing year for Holliday (.265, 5 HR, 37 RBI), who is hitting 44 points below his career average.
Yadier Molina, C6/22/2014 10:50:00 AM
Description: Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina is hitting only .176 in his career against Phillies right-hander Kyle Kendrick.
Insight: Molina has had a quiet June (.211 AVG in 57 at bats) and should probably be avoided on Sunday.
Kolten Wong, 2B6/21/2014 8:57:00 PM
Description: The Cardinals have put second baseman Kolten Wong on the 15-day disabled list. SOURCE: Jim Hayes, Fox Sports Midwest
Insight: He's out with a shoulder injury. St. Louis has called up Shane Robinson (.152, 0 HR, 2 RBI) from Triple-A Memphis to take Wong's spot on the roster.
Adam Wainwright, SP6/21/2014 7:45:00 PM
Description: Cardinals starter Adam Wainwright looked sharp Saturday in his return to the starting rotation.
Insight: The Phillies could only muster one run in eight innings against Wainwright. He struck out seven without allowing a walk. Wainwright (10-3, 2.08 ERA) is one of four pitchers in MLB with ten or more wins.
Matt Carpenter, 3B6/20/2014 10:08:00 AM
Description: Cardinals third baseman Matt Carpenter is a career .429 hitter (9-for-21) with four extra-base hits against Phillies starter A.J. Burnett.
Insight: Carpenter's numbers are down significantly from last season. He's batting .286 with 46 runs, 3 HR, 27 RBI and a .761 OPS. Last year he led the NL in runs scored (126), hits (199) and doubles (55).
Michael Wacha, SP6/19/2014 5:19:00 PM
Description: The Cardinals will skip Michael Wacha's next start. He was supposed to go Sunday against the Mets, but Carlos Martinez will start in his place. SOURCE: Derrick Goold, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Insight: St. Louis has been extra careful with Wacha (5-5, 2.79 ERA, 1.12 WHIP) this season, limiting him to less than 100 pitches in 11 of 15 outings and not allowing him to exceed 104 pitches in any start.
Matt Carpenter, 3B6/18/2014 6:33:00 PM
Description: Cardinals third baseman Matt Carpenter went 2-for-4 with a double and a homer Wednesday against the Mets.
Insight: Carpenter received Tuesday off after going 4-for-34 (.118) from June 6-16.
Adam Wainwright, SP6/18/2014 12:15:00 PM
Description: St. Louis right-hander Adam Wainwright has been cleared to make his next start Saturday against the Phillies. SOURCE: Brian Stull, CBS Sports 920 AM
Insight: He was skipped in the rotation Monday because of elbow tendinitis. Wainwright has pitched like a Cy Young contender this year, carrying a minuscule 2.15 ERA over 100 1/3 innings. Last year he was 1-0 against the Phillies.
Jhonny Peralta, SS6/18/2014 12:05:00 PM
Description: St. Louis shortstop Jhonny Peralta won't be in action Wednesday against New York. SOURCE: Fox Sports Midwest
Insight: Peralta has only a .182 lifetime average versus Mets starter Bartolo Colon so it's probably for the best. Daniel Descalso (.175, 0 HR, 3 RBI) will get a try at shortstop.
Yadier Molina, C 6/17/2014 10:56:00 PM
Description: St. Louis catcher Yadier Molina hit his sixth home run of the season Tuesday against the Mets.
Insight: It was his first since May 24th. In 17 games between home runs, he went 9-for-60 (.150).
Michael Wacha, SP6/17/2014 10:53:00 PM
Description: Cardinals starter Michael Wacha improved to 5-5 with a victory over the Mets Tuesday night.
Insight: Wacha struck out seven batters and allowed one run over six innings. The right-hander has lived up to expectations, recording a 2.79 ERA, a 1.12 WHIP and an 83/26 K/BB in 90 1/3 innings this season. St. Louis has been careful with him so far, allowing him to exceed 100 pitches just four times in 15 starts and zero times in his last six.
Matt Adams, 1BHot6/17/2014 4:40:00 PM
Description: Cardinals first baseman Matt Adams is not in Tuesday's starting lineup.
Insight: It's just a routine day off. Adams hit home runs in three consecutive games over the weekend but "only" went 2-for-4 with a triple on Monday. Overall, Adams is batting .330 with six homers, 23 RBI and an .863 OPS in 56 games.
Matt Carpenter, 3B6/17/2014 4:37:00 PM
Description: Cardinals third baseman Matt Carpenter has gone 4-for-34 (.118) over his last nine games and is not in Tuesday night's starting lineup.
Insight: Carpenter is batting .283 with 25 RBI and 44 runs scored. He won't match last year's totals, but most people expected a drop in production after his career year. Daniel Descalso will get the start.
Jaime Garcia, SP6/15/2014 6:37:00 PM
Description: Cardinals left-hander Jaime Garcia improved to 3-0 Sunday in a win over Washington.
Insight: Garcia held the Nats to just three hits and one run in seven innings. The 27-year-old is now 2-0 with a 0.64 ERA over his last two starts.
Yadier Molina, CCold6/15/2014 12:05:00 PM
Description: St. Louis catcher Yadier Molina is out of the lineup Sunday.
Insight: Molina has batted .140 (8-for-57) in his last 16 games and will get a break Sunday.
Trevor Rosenthal, RPHot6/14/2014 10:09:00 PM
Description: Cardinals closer Trevor Rosenthal has given up just one run on six hits while recording a 16/4 K/BB in his last 11 innings, dropping his ERA from 4.98 to 3.58 in the process.
Insight: The flamethrower started to get back on track when he threw 3 2/3 scoreless innings from May 15-17, but for some reason manager Mike Matheny decided to use Rosenthal a fourth consecutive day on May 18 and he blew a save. Since then, however, he's been nearly untouchable. He saved his 19th game of the season Saturday against the Nationals.
Shelby Miller, SP6/14/2014 10:06:00 PM
Description: Cardinals right-hander Shelby Miller worked around four walks to allow one run over 6 2/3 innings Saturday against the Nationals.
Insight: Miller has been walking the tightrope all season; he's posted a 60/38 K/BB in 84 1/3 innings but has a 3.42 ERA. The right-hander has allowed just three homers in his last 50 innings after serving up seven taters in his first 34 1/3.
Matt Adams, 1BHot6/14/2014 10:02:00 PM
Description: Cardinals first baseman Matt Adams has homered in back-to-back games since he came off the DL.
Insight: Adams had just three homers with a .325 average when he went on the disabled list with a hamstring injury, but he's making up for lost time. That's a good sign, because his average will definitely fall from .328 -- he has a .386 BABIP, a 19.6 K% and a 2.4 BB% -- and he'll need more power to sustain his fantasy value.
Adam Wainwright, SP6/14/2014 5:07:00 PM
Description: Cardinals starter Adam Wainwright (elbow) will not make his start Monday, according to Ken Rosenthal of foxsports.com.
Insight: Wainwright (9-3, 2.15 ERA) is dealing with elbow tendinitis. Cardinals GM John Mozeliak expects Wainwright to make his next start Saturday.
Allen Craig, RF6/14/2014 12:34:00 PM
Description: St. Louis right fielder Allen Craig is hitless in nine at bats against Washington ace Stephen Strasburg with five strikeouts.
Insight: Craig batted at least .307 in each of the last three years but is hitting .249 this season. He's not likely to break out of the slump today.
Lance Lynn, SP6/13/2014 10:24:00 PM
Description: St. Louis right-hander Lance Lynn took a perfect game into the sixth inning Friday against Washington.
Insight: Lynn allowed just two hits over eight shutout innings. That lowers his season ERA to 3.16. Lynn's next start is scheduled for Wednesday against New York.
Adam Wainwright, SP6/13/2014 9:40:00 PM
Description: Cardinals starter Adam Wainwright could miss Monday's start because of elbow tendinitis. SOURCE: Associated Press
Insight: Wainwright (9-3, 2.15 ERA) is confident he won't require a stint on the disabled list. It's unknown who would start in Wainwright's place if he can't suit up on Monday.
Oscar Taveras, RF6/13/2014 8:01:00 PM
Description: St. Louis right fielder Oscar Taveras has been optioned to Triple-A Memphis.
Insight: The Cardinals needed to make room on the roster for Matt Adams. Taveras (.189, 1 HR, 2 RBI) should get another shot at the bigs later this season.
Matt Adams, 1B6/13/2014 7:08:00 PM
Description: Cardinals first baseman Matt Adams is batting sixth Friday in his return from the disabled list.
Insight: He missed the minimum 15 days with a hamstring injury. St. Louis had to send top prospect Oscar Taveras down to Triple-A to make room for Adams (.325, 3 HR, 17 RBI).
Matt Adams, 1B6/11/2014 10:03:00 PM
Description: The Cardinals expect to activate first baseman Matt Adams from the disabled list on Friday. SOURCE: Jenifer Langosch, MLB.com
Insight: That's when he's first eligible to return. Adams has missed the last 13 games with a tight calf. He was batting .325 before his injury and needs to be starting in all formats.
Adam Wainwright, SP6/11/2014 8:23:00 PM
Description: St. Louis ace Adam Wainwright was given a cortisone shot Wednesday to relieve his elbow discomfort. SOURCE: Ryan Boyer, NBC Sports
Insight: Surprisingly, the Cardinals haven't ruled Wainwright (9-3, 2.15 ERA) out for his next start. A decision on Wainwright's availability should be made within the next 48 hours.
Adam Wainwright, SPHot6/11/2014 4:12:00 PM
Description: Cardinals starter Adam Wainwright underwent an MRI Wednesday after experiencing discomfort on the outside of his elbow, according to Chris Hrabe of KMOX Radio.
Insight: Wainwright's UCL, which was repaired via Tommy John surgery in 2011, is "completely fine," GM John Mozeliak said. Mozeliak added that Wainwright's discomfort is sometimes called tennis elbow. The right-hander will be reevaluated in a few days.
Matt Holliday, LF6/11/2014 10:25:00 AM
Description: Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday homered Tuesday and has hit .391 against Wednesday's starter Erik Bedard of the Rays.
Insight: Holliday has hit .265 with just four home runs this season after blasting 22-28 homers and hitting between .295-.321 in each of the last six seasons. He's 9-for-23 with two doubles against Bedard, however.
Allen Craig, RF6/11/2014 10:22:00 AM
Description: St. Louis right fielder Allen Craig has hit two homers in 12 at-bats against Tampa Bay starter Erik Bedard.
Insight: Craig is 5-for-12 (.417) against Bedard. He batted at least .307 in each of the last three years but is hitting .249 this season because his ground-ball rate is a career-high 54.5 percent. However, he should be in your lineup Wednesday versus Bedard.
Yadier Molina, CCold6/11/2014 10:20:00 AM
Description: St. Louis catcher Yadier Molina has gone 6-for-11 with three doubles and two homers against Tampa Bay starter Erik Bedard.
Insight: Molina has gone 6-for-45 (.133) in his last 13 games, but facing Bedard Wednesday could put a jolt into his bat.
Matt Holliday, LF6/10/2014 10:21:00 PM
Description: Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday (back) returned from a back injury and went 1-for-3 with a solo homer Tuesday against the Rays.
Insight: Holliday was scratched from Sunday's lineup due to lower-back tightness. He has hit .265 with just four home runs this season. Holliday has hit 22-28 homers in each of the last six seasons.
Adam Wainwright, SPHot6/10/2014 10:20:00 PM
Description: Cardinals starter Adam Wainwright turned in seven scoreless innings Tuesday against the Rays to improve to 9-3.
Insight: Wainwright has a 2.15 ERA, a 0.93 WHIP and 91 Ks in 100 1/3 innings this season. He may finally get the Cy Young Award that's eluded him several times.
Matt Holliday, LF6/10/2014 5:38:00 PM
Description: Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday (back) is in the lineup as the DH Tuesday against the Rays, according to Jenifer Langosch of mlb.com.
Insight: Holliday was scratched from Sunday's lineup due to lower-back tightness. He has hit .264 with just three home runs this season.
Kolten Wong, 2B6/10/2014 5:33:00 PM
Description: St. Louis second baseman Kolten Wong (shoulder) is in the lineup Tuesday.
Insight: Wong had missed the previous three games with a left shoulder injury. He has upside, but he's hit just .258 with one homer, 15 RBI, 13 runs and eight steals this season.
Jaime Garcia, SP6/8/2014 5:44:00 PM
Description: St. Louis starter Jaime Garcia was brilliant Sunday in a victory over Toronto.
Insight: He threw all zeros, leaving the game after seven shutout innings. Garcia (2-0, 4.26 ERA) hasn't lost a decision since last May.
Matt Adams, 1B6/8/2014 2:26:00 PM
Description: St. Louis first baseman Matt Adams (calf) could go on a rehab assignment as soon as Monday, according to Jenifer Langosch of mlb.com.
Insight: Adams was placed on the disabled list retroactive to May 29 so he's eligible to return Friday. Cardinals manager Mike Matheny will have to figure out how to get Adams, Allen Craig and Oscar Taveras regular at-bats even though there are only two spots in the lineup available.
Matt Holliday, LF6/8/2014 1:49:00 PM
Description: Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday was scratched from Sunday's lineup due to lower-back tightness, according to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Insight: Holliday has hit .264 with just three home runs this season and a back injury won't help matters.
Yadier Molina, C6/8/2014 11:01:00 AM
Description: St. Louis catcher Yadier Molina will get a second straight day off Sunday, according to Fox Sports Midwest.
Insight: Molina served as the DH Friday, so he hasn't been behind the plate since Thursday. Manager Mike Matheny indicated Saturday that Molina is worn down, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "When you put the weight of this team on your own shoulders, which is self-induced," Matheny said. "As much as we explain to him that we all have to do our piece, you're taking a guy with natural leadership characteristics and he wants to be the guy who makes it all happen. I see that he cares so much that it’s beat him down. Anybody is susceptible to just being fried." The Cardinals have a day off Monday, so Molina should feel extra fresh Tuesday at Tampa Bay.
Shelby Miller, SP6/7/2014 5:13:00 PM
Description: Cardinals right-hander Shelby Miller hurled his second career shutout Saturday afternoon against the Blue Jays.
Insight: Miller (7-5, 3.59 ERA, 1.31 WHIP) held one of the best offenses in baseball to three hits in his nine innings of work after allowing 15 earned runs in his previous 17 innings. The 23-year-old has walked just seven batters and allowed only two homers in his last 33 innings after issuing 27 free passes and serving up eight home runs in his first 44 2/3.
Yadier Molina, C6/7/2014 12:20:00 PM
Description: St. Louis catcher Yadier Molina is not in Saturday afternoon's starting lineup.
Insight: No injury that we know of, simply the normal day game off after a night game. Molina is an elite fantasy catcher and always a must start when in the lineup. Tony Cruz will get the start, but has little fantasy value.
Kolten Wong, 2B6/6/2014 6:13:00 PM
Description: According to Jim Hayes of Fox Sports Midwest, St. Louis second baseman Kolten Wong may sit out all weekend with a sore shoulder.
Insight: Wong suffered the injury Tuesday and aggravated it last night. It doesn't sound like he's in danger of going on the disabled list. Fantasy owners can probably do better than Wong, who is hitting just .258 with one homer this season.
Oscar Taveras, CF6/6/2014 3:40:00 PM
Description: Cardinals young outfielder Oscar Taveras will bat in the No. 2 hole for the first time since arriving in the majors.
Insight: The heralded 21-year-old has batted fifth, sixth or seventh over his first half dozen games, but will get a spot near the top of the lineup for the first time. With Matt Holiday, Allen Craig and Yadier Molina behind him he should get good pitches to hit. He's batting .227 through six games.
Kolten Wong, 2BCold6/6/2014 3:36:00 PM
Description: Cardinals second baseman Kolten Wong left Thursday's game with left shoulder soreness and won't play Friday against Toronto. SOURCE: Fox Sports Midwest
Insight: Wong jammed his shoulder Tuesday and didn't start Wednesday. He was 0-for-3 before leaving Thursday and is two for his last 19, though one of the hits was a grand slam. Daniel Descalso is getting the start at second base (.161, 0 HR, 3 RBI).
Lance Lynn, SP6/6/2014 11:47:00 AM
Description: Cardinals starter Lance Lynn is ready for Friday's start after hurting his knee covering first in last Sunday's game.
Insight: It was called a hyperextension, but he's been checked out and given the ok to start. Lynn is 6-3 with a 3.48 ERA and 1.37 WHIP.
Kolten Wong, 2BCold6/6/2014 11:46:00 AM
Description: Cardinals second baseman Kolten Wong left Thursday's game against the Royals due to left shoulder soreness and is doubtful for Friday's game against Toronto.
Insight: Wong jammed his shoulder Tuesday and didn't start Wednesday. He was 0-for-3 before leaving Thursday and is two for his last 19, though one of the hits was a grand slam and his first career home run.
Kolten Wong, 2BCold6/5/2014 9:46:00 PM
Description: Cardinals second baseman Kolten Wong left Thursday's game against the Royals due to left shoulder soreness, according to Stan McNeal of Fox Sports Midwest.
Insight: Wong jammed his shoulder Tuesday and didn't start Wednesday. He was 0-for-3 before leaving Thursday and is two for his last 19, though one of the hits was a grand slam and his first career home run.
Peter Bourjos, CF6/4/2014 11:41:00 AM
Description: Cardinals center fielder Peter Bourjos won't be of use to fantasy owners Wednesday against Royals starter Jason Vargas (2-for-16, 7 K's).
Insight: To be completely honest, Bourjos (.207, 2 HR, 8 RBI) really isn't useful to fantasy owners any day of the week, especially while he continues to platoon with Jon Jay in center field. He can't be your only option.
Matt Carpenter, 3BHot6/3/2014 10:40:00 PM
Description: Cardinals third baseman Matt Carpenter has racked up 27 hits in his last 73 at-bats (.370).
Insight: Carpenter has compiled 11 multi-hit efforts in his last 18 games and raised his average from .256 to .292 in that span. He still has just one home run in 233 at-bats this season, but he's doubled 14 times and scored 38 runs.
Kolten Wong, 2B6/3/2014 10:37:00 PM
Description: Cardinals second baseman Kolten Wong hit his first career home run -- a grand slam -- Tuesday against the Royals.
Insight: Wong has gone 18-for-57 (.316) with four doubles, a homer, 10 RBI, eight runs and five steals since being recalled from the minors.
Jaime Garcia, SP6/3/2014 10:27:00 PM
Description: The Cardinals gave Jaime Garcia a four-run lead Tuesday and he held the Royals scoreless over his first four innings, but the left-hander lost everything in the top of the fifth.
Insight: Garcia started elevating all of his pitches and gave up a single, two doubles, a triple and a home run in a span of seven batters in the fifth inning. Garcia has a 22/0 K/BB in 24 2/3 innings this season, but he's served up 13 extra-base hits (7 2B, 1 3B, 5 HR).
Jaime Garcia, SP6/3/2014 1:04:00 PM
Description: Cardinals left-hander Jaime Garcia is scheduled to make his fourth start of the season Tuesday against the Kansas City.
Insight: Garcia's had mixed results in his three starts since coming off the DL, but perhaps most impressive is his 19/0 strikeout-to-walk ratio. He'll shoot for his second win of the year against the Royals, who have averaged a mere 3.7 runs per game over their last 10. If you're looking for streaming options, you could do a whole lot worse than Garcia.
Jhonny Peralta, SS6/3/2014 10:18:00 AM
Description: Cardinals shortstop Jhonny Peralta is a career .379 hitter (11-for-29) with three homers and a 1.136 OPS against Royals right-hander James Shields.
Insight: Peralta has nine homers and 24 RBI this season despite a lowly .229 batting average, but hasn't hit a long ball in 13 games. Perhaps today is the day.
Randal Grichuk, RF6/2/2014 4:45:00 PM
Description: Cardinals outfielder Randal Grichuk will start alongside Oscar Taveras on Monday.
Insight: The 22-year-old Grichuk and 21-year-old Taveras could be playing next to each other for a long time if they play up to expectations.
Matt Adams, 1B6/1/2014 9:44:00 AM
Description: St. Louis first baseman Matt Adams (calf) is eligible to return from the disabled list on June 13.
Insight: Adams' calf tightness wasn't improving so the Cardinals placed him on the disabled list retroactive to May 29 on Friday night and called up prospect Oscar Tavares to take his spot in the lineup. Allen Craig has moved from right field to first base.
Michael Wacha, SP5/31/2014 6:45:00 PM
Description: St. Louis right-hander Michael Wacha looked sharp in Saturday's win against the Giants.
Insight: He struck out seven hitters over six scoreless frames. Opponents are hitting just .217 against Wacha (4-3, 2.45 ERA) this season.
Oscar Taveras, CF5/31/2014 3:30:00 PM
Description: Cardinals outfield prospect Oscar Taveras slammed a home run in his second major league at bat Saturday versus the Giants.
Insight: The heralded 21-year-old hit .325 with 15 doubles, seven homers, 40 RBI and an .897 OPS in 49 games with Triple-A Memphis and was able to make a great first impression Saturday in his big league debut.
Oscar Taveras, CF5/31/2014 11:36:00 AM
Description: Cardinals 21-year-old outfield prospect Oscar Taveras has been called up and will start in right field on Saturday. He'll bat sixth.
Insight: The much heralded Taveras, Baseball America's No. 3 prospect, hit .325 with 15 doubles, seven homers, 40 RBI and an .897 OPS in 49 games with Triple-A Memphis and is a must-add player in all leagues.
Oscar Taveras, CF5/30/2014 9:22:00 PM
Description: Cardinals outfield prospect Oscar Taveras is expected to be recalled Saturday, according to Rob Rains of stlsportspage.com.
Insight: The 21-year-old, who is Baseball America's No. 3 prospect, has hit .325 with 15 doubles, seven homers, 40 RBI and an .897 OPS in 49 games with Triple-A Memphis and is a must-add player in all leagues. The Cardinals haven't gotten much production out of their outfield -- Matt Holliday, Allen Craig, Peter Bourjos and Jon Jay have combined to bat .261 with 11 home runs in 632 at-bats. Plus, Matt Adams has struggled against lefties this and Allen Craig hasn't hit righties well. Taveras' promotion will give St. Louis more options.
Matt Adams, 1B5/29/2014 10:36:00 AM
Description: St. Louis 1B Matt Adams wasn't in the lineup Wednesday against the Yankees and is questionable for Thursday's game against San Francisco.
Insight: Adams (.325, 3 HR, 17 RBI, .811 OPS) did pinch hit on Wednesday and struck out. He's dealing with some calf tightness.
Matt Adams, 1B5/28/2014 6:50:00 PM
Description: St. Louis 1B Matt Adams won't be in the lineup Wednesday against the Yankees. SOURCE: Jim Hayes, Fox Sports Midwest
Insight: He's dealing with some calf tightness. Allen Craig (.249, 5 HR, 26 RBI) will move to first base with Jon Jay (.283, 1 HR, 14 RBI) taking over in right field.
Matt Holliday, LF5/28/2014 10:32:00 AM
Description: Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday went 3-for-3 with a homer and two runs Tuesday against the Yankees and is 11-for-26 (.423) with three doubles and a homer against Wednesday's starter, Hiroki Kuroda.
Insight: Holliday's home run Tuesday was his first since April 28 and third of the season. He has similar K, BB, FB, chase and z-contact rates as he did last year, when he hit 22 homers, but his HR/FB is a career-low 5.9 percent. Holliday's average fly-ball distance is down five feet from last season and 21 feet from 2012. However, he's a good play Wednesday.
Matt Adams, 1BHot5/28/2014 10:07:00 AM
Description: Cardinals first baseman Matt Adams raised his average for May to .333 and the season to .326 with three hits Tuesday night.
Insight: Adams hit 17 homers in just 296 at-bats last year, but he has only three in 194 this year even though his fly-ball rate is from 36.1 percent to 40.1 percent. He's been more of a doubles hitter this year, roping 17 of them.
Lance Lynn, SPHot5/28/2014 9:28:00 AM
Description: Cardinals starter Lance Lynn fired his first career complete game and shutout Tuesday against the Yankees.
Insight: Lynn won 33 games in the previous two seasons and he has six in 2014 to go with a 3.13 ERA.
Kolten Wong, 2BHot5/26/2014 9:49:00 PM
Description: Cardinals 2B Kolten Wong has hit safely in all eight of his games since he was recalled from the minors while going 12-for-33 (.364) with three doubles, four RBI, four steals and five runs during that span.
Insight: Wong was demoted in late April after batting .225 with a .544 OPS in his first 71 at-bats, but he hit .344 with two homers, 10 RBI and five steals in 64 at-bats with Triple-A Memphis to earn the promotion. He's worth owning in deeper mixed leagues and all NL-only formats.
Matt Carpenter, 3B5/25/2014 12:25:00 PM
Description: Cardinals third baseman Matt Carpenter has collected a mere two hits in 13 lifetime at bats versus Reds starter Mike Leake.
Insight: That's not what you want to see. Neither is Carpenter's puny .275 batting average, which is 43 points lower than what he hit last season. Your best bet Sunday would probably be to leave Carpenter on your team's bench.
Matt Holliday, LF5/25/2014 12:19:00 PM
Description: St. Louis left fielder Matt Holliday has always done well against Reds starter Mike Leake (11-for-26 with one homer and six RBI).
Insight: That's who Holliday will be facing on Sunday so it's great news for fantasy owners. Holliday raised his average 11 points with a three-hit day yesterday and could produce a similar output tonight versus Leake (2-3, 2.91 ERA).
Jon Jay, CF5/24/2014 10:35:00 PM
Description: Cardinals center fielder Jon Jay led the way with three hits Saturday in a win against Cincinnati.
Insight: It's only his third three-hit game of the season. Jay is hitting .292 for the season but it's hard to own him in fantasy while he's stuck in a timeshare with Peter Bourjos (.227, 1 HR, 7 RBI) in center field.
Yadier Molina, C5/23/2014 10:13:00 AM
Description: St. Louis catcher Yadier Molina is a career .333 hitter (10-for-30) with three homers against Homer Bailey.
Insight: Molina is just one of five regulars that is batting over .300 against the Reds right-hander. He's an elite fantasy catcher and almost always a must start.
Matt Carpenter, 2B5/23/2014 10:09:00 AM
Description: St. Louis third baseman Matt Carpenter is a career .591 hitter (13-for-22) against Reds starter Homer Bailey.
Insight: Carpenter's numbers are way down from last season. He's batting just .266 with a .695 OPS after batting .318 and leading the league in runs, hits and doubles in 2013. Perhaps this matchup will help.
Oscar Taveras, CF5/22/2014 12:56:00 PM
Description: Cardinals outfield prospect Oscar Taveras could be up as soon as June 4, according to a St. Louis Post-Dispatch report.
Insight: The 21-year-old, who is Baseball America's No. 3 prospect, is batting .390/.422/.585 over his last 10 games at Triple-A Memphis.
Michael Wacha, SP5/22/2014 11:07:00 AM
Description: Cardinals starter Michael Wacha was struck on his right elbow by a foul ball off the bat of teammate Matt Adams Wednesday night and is questionable for Monday's scheduled start against the NY Yankees.
Insight: Wacha had allowed just two hits and no runs in six innings and had 88 pitches, so he was definitely coming out for the seventh before Adams nailed him. He's 3-3 with a 2.54 ERA and 1.144 WHIP.
Michael Wacha, SP 5/21/2014 10:28:00 PM
Description: Cardinals starter Michael Wacha was struck on his right elbow by a foul ball off the bat of teammate Matt Adams Wednesday night and had to leave his start with a contusion. SOURCE: Jenifer Langosch, mlb.com
Insight: Wacha had allowed just two hits and no runs in six innings and had 88 pitches, so he was definitely coming out for the seventh before Adams took him out. Normally a contusion wouldn't be that big of a deal, but because it hit his pitching elbow the Cardinals may have to push his next start back.
Jhonny Peralta, SS5/21/2014 2:06:00 PM
Description: Cardinals shortstop Jhonny Peralta has just one hit in 21 lifetime at bats against Diamondbacks starter Brandon McCarthy.
Insight: That's pretty awful. What isn't awful is Peralta's .339 average for the month of May. If you want to ride the hot hand on Wednesday, be our guest. Just know this isn't a good matchup.
Jhonny Peralta, SSHot5/20/2014 10:40:00 PM
Description: St. Louis SS Jhonny Peralta has batted .339 with three homers in May.
Insight: Peralta went 2-for-4 with a double and a homer Tuesday against Arizona. The shortstop now has nine homers this season, putting him on pace to best his career high of 24.
Adam Wainwright, SPHot5/20/2014 10:37:00 PM
Description: St. Louis starter Adam Wainwright threw a one-hit, zero-walk, nine-strikeout shutout Tuesday against the Diamondbacks.
Insight: Wainwright (7-2) went 19-9 with a 2.94 ERA and a 1.07 WHIP last year, but he's been even better in 2014. In 73 innings, the right-hander has given up just 48 hits and three homers while posting a 65/15 K/BB, a 1.85 ERA and a 0.86 WHIP.
Jason Motte, RP5/20/2014 5:10:00 PM
Description: The Cardinals have activated Jason Motte (elbow) from the 15-day disabled list.
Insight: Motte missed all of last season following Tommy John surgery. He'll serve as a set-up man for Trevor Rosenthal, who has been shaky this season.
Matt Holliday, LF5/20/2014 11:29:00 AM
Description: Cardinals LF Matt Holliday is a .296 hitter (16-for-54) with four home runs against Diamondbacks starter Bronson Arroyo.
Insight: Although Holliday's power has disappeared through the first quarter of the season as he has produced just two homers and a .731 OPS, the favorable amtchup and a nice wind blowing out to left field makes him a viable fantasy option on Tuesday.
Yadier Molina, C5/20/2014 11:19:00 AM
Description: St. Louis catcher Yadier Molina is a career .192 hitter (10-for-52) with a .434 OPS
Insight: Molina (.327, 4 HR, 22 RBI) has a rare poor matchup, but is an elite catcher.
Jhonny Peralta, SSHot5/18/2014 10:04:00 AM
Description: St. Louis SS Jhonny Peralta has been one of the hottest hitters in baseball during the month of May and has a good matchup in store Sunday.
Insight: Peralta has hit .340 with a .936 OPS this month, and he's gone 12-for-39 (.308) with two doubles and two homers against Braves starter Gavin Floyd.
Trevor Rosenthal, RP 5/17/2014 5:34:00 PM
Description: Cardinals closer Trevor Rosenthal has thrown 3 2/3 hitless innings while pitching in each of the last three days.
Insight: Rosenthal's ERA rose to 5.19 after he gave up seven hits, four walks and three runs in his first four innings of May, but he's down to 4.29 with a 1.29 WHIP and 26 strikeouts in 21 innings following Saturday's game. Rosenthal is 13-for-14 in save chances.
Kolten Wong, 2B5/17/2014 5:21:00 PM
Description: Cardinals 2B Kolten Wong has gone 4-for-8 with three runs and two steals in two games since he returned from the minors.
Insight: Wong was demoted to the minors in late April after batting .225 with a .544 OPS in his first 71 at-bats, but he hit .344 with two homers, 10 RBI and five steals in 64 at-bats with Triple-A Memphis to earn the promotion. He's worth owning in deeper mixed leagues and all NL-only formats.
Shelby Miller, SP5/17/2014 5:12:00 PM
Description: Cardinals right-hander Shelby Miller threw his best start of 2014 Saturday afternoon against the Braves.
Insight: Miller gave up five hits and one unearned run while striking out seven and walking two in seven innings. Miller has a 2.79 ERA this season, but his FIP is 5.35 due to a 6.97 K/9, a 5.05 BB/9 and a 1.39 HR/9. The right-hander has the tools to be better than that, but there's going to be some hard regression if he keeps putting so many men on base and allowing so many home runs.
Matt Holliday, LFCold5/17/2014 9:39:00 AM
Description: Cardinals LF Matt Holliday is a .115 hitter (3-for-26) with no extra base hits and eight strikeouts against Braves starter Aaron Harang.
Insight: Holliday's power has disappeared through the first quarter of the season as he has produced just two homers and a .738 OPS. He won't likely break out today.
Kolten Wong, 2B5/16/2014 5:49:00 PM
Description: Cardinals 2B Kolten Wong (illness) is back in the lineup Friday.
Insight: Wong was called up from Triple-A Wednesday after hitting .344 with two homers, 10 RBI and five steals in 64 at-bats, but an illness kept him out of the lineup Thursday. Wong was demoted to the minors in late April after batting .225 with a .544 OPS in his first 71 at-bats.
Kolten Wong, 2B5/15/2014 11:49:00 AM
Description: Cardinals 2B Kolten Wong, just up from Triple-A Memphis, is not in Thursday's starting lineup due to flu-like symptoms.
Insight: Wong (.225, 0 HR, 5 RBI) probably won't play until this weekend.
Jhonny Peralta, SSHot5/15/2014 9:45:00 AM
Description: St. Louis SS Jhonny Peralta is a career .471 hitter with two homers, eight RBI and a 1.409 OPS versus Cubs starter Jason Hammel.
Insight: Peralta has been hot over the past two weeks, batting .372 with a 1.041 OPS over 11 games. He's a must start on Thursday afternoon.
Jaime Garcia, SP5/14/2014 10:22:00 PM
Description: Cardinals left-hander Jaime Garcia (shoulder) is expected to return to the rotation Sunday, according to Jenifer Langosch of mlb.com.
Insight: A bullpen session on Thursday is his final hurdle in his comeback from shoulder surgery to repair a torn labrum. He underwent the procedure nearly a year ago and then dealt with inflammation this spring. The left-hander had a 3.38 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP from 2010-13.
Trevor Rosenthal, RPCold5/14/2014 6:21:00 PM
Description: Cardinals closer Trevor Rosenthal blew his first save of the season Wednesday against the Cubs.
Insight: Rosenthal has a 5.19 ERA and a 1.50 WHIP this season, but he managed to avoid blowing a save until Wednesday. He's allowed seven hits, walked four and given up three runs over four innings in May. The right-hander isn't in danger of losing his job right now, but Jason Motte could challenge him if he continues to struggle. Motte is expected to return from Tommy John surgery in the next week or so.
Kolten Wong, 2B5/14/2014 4:16:00 PM
Description: The Cardinals have called Kolten Wong up from Triple-A Memphis. SOURCE: Bernie Miklasz, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Insight: That's the good news. The bad news is Wong (.225, 0 HR, 5 RBI) is out with an illness. We probably won't see him in the lineup until this weekend.
Jhonny Peralta, SSHot5/14/2014 12:06:00 PM
Description: St. Louis SS Jhonny Peralta has been an excellent hitter in his career against Cubs starter Jason Hammel.
Insight: In 17 at bats, Peralta is hitting .471 versus Hammel with two homers and eight RBI. With a .372 average for the month of May, there are plenty of good reasons to have Peralta in your lineup on Wednesday.
Jaime Garcia, SP5/13/2014 8:20:00 PM
Description: Cardinals left-hander Jaime Garcia may make his return to the starting rotation Saturday against Milwaukee. SOURCE: Jenifer Langosch, MLB.com
Insight: He's been in the minor leagues rehabbing a shoulder injury. Garcia was 5-2 with a 3.58 ERA in nine starts with St. Louis in 2013.
Kolten Wong, 2B5/13/2014 7:08:00 PM
Description: Cardinals GM John Mozeliak indicated Tuesday that the team will consider recalling second baseman Kolten Wong from Triple-A in the near future. SOURCE: Derrick Goold, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Insight: Wong has batted .344 with three doubles, two homers, 10 RBI and a 6/4 K/BB in 15 games since the Cardinals demoted him. When he's recalled, he'll return to a .225 average and a .544 OPS.
Yadier Molina, CHot5/12/2014 11:50:00 AM
Description: St. Louis catcher Yadier Molina is a career .400 hitter (12-for-30) with three homers and 11 RBI against Cubs starter Travis Wood.
Insight: Molina (.304, 4 HR, 18 RBI) is an elite fantasy catcher and a must start in this favorable matchup with a strong wind expected to be blowing out to left field.
Allen Craig, RF5/11/2014 10:00:00 AM
Description: St. Louis right fielder Allen Craig is a career .500 hitter (9-for-18) against Pittsburgh starter Charlie Morton.
Insight: Craig batted .315 last season, but is hovering just above the Mendoza Line this season. This matchup may help.
Yadier Molina, C5/11/2014 9:57:00 AM
Description: St. Louis catcher Yadier Molina sat out Saturday, but should be ready for Sunday's favorable matchup.
Insight: Molina (.300, 4 HR, 17 RBI) is a career .421 hitter (8-for-19) against Pirates starter Charlie Morton. Get him back in your lineup.
Yadier Molina, C5/10/2014 4:40:00 PM
Description: St. Louis catcher Yadier Molina is not in Saturday's starting lineup.
Insight: Molina (.300, 4 HR, 17 RBI) has not had much success against Pittsburgh starter Edinson Volquez (4-for-26). Tony Cruz (.333 in 15 at-bats) will get the start.
Jhonny Peralta, SSHot5/9/2014 10:28:00 PM
Description: Cardinals shortstop Jhonny Peralta has gone 11-for-28 (.393) with two homers and four RBI in May.
Insight: Peralta hit his eighth homer of the season Friday at Pittsburgh. With two hits, his average is up to .240 after he hit .196 in April.
Allen Craig, RFCold5/9/2014 10:25:00 PM
Description: St. Louis right fielder Allen Craig went 2-for-4 with a homer and three RBI Friday against the Pirates.
Insight: Craig went 2-for-20 in his first five games of May, but he had Wednesday off and the team didn't play Thursday. The extra rest seems to have done him well.
Allen Craig, RFCold5/9/2014 11:38:00 AM
Description: St. Louis right fielder Allen Craig hasn't had the season fantasy owners were hoping for. It's not going to get any better on Friday.
Insight: That's because he's recorded just one hit in 12 previous encounters with Pirates left-hander Francisco Liriano. Craig is having a really hard time right now (two for his last 20) and should probably be benched in fantasy leagues until further notice.
Jaime Garcia, SP5/8/2014 3:21:00 PM
Description: Cardinals GM John Mozeliak said Wednesday in an appearance on The Jim Edmonds and Tim McKernan Show on CBS Sports 920 that he is hopeful Jaime Garcia (shoulder) can make his next minor league rehab start Sunday or Monday. He's expected to need only one more rehab start before returning to the majors.
Insight: Garcia had surgery to repair a torn labrum last season and began experiencing shoulder discomfort this spring. The left-hander exited his first rehab start last Sunday after being hit by a pitch on the elbow. Garcia has made just 29 starts over the last two seasons due to injuries after going 26-15 with a 3.17 ERA and a 1.32 WHIP over 60 starts in 2010-11.
Joe Kelly, SP5/8/2014 3:18:00 PM
Description: Cardinals GM John Mozeliak said Wednesday in an appearance on The Jim Edmonds and Tim McKernan Show on CBS Sports 920 that right-hander Joe Kelly hasn't made progress with his hamstring injury and could be out until June.
Insight: He strained his left hamstring on April 16. Tyler Lyons has made five appearances (three starts) since Kelly went down and is 0-2 with a 3.43 ERA and a 1.05 WHIP. Jaime Garcia is due back soon and likely will take the fifth spot in the rotation from Lyons.
Peter Bourjos, CF 5/8/2014 9:16:00 AM
Description: Cardinals outfielder Peter Bourjos went 3-for-4 with a homer, two RBI and two runs Wednesday at Atlanta.
Insight: Bourjos hasn't been playing much lately because he's been terrible this season. His average was just .154 before going 5-for-8 in his last two starts.
Adam Wainwright, SP5/7/2014 10:36:00 PM
Description: St. Louis starter Adam Wainwright rebounded from a poor outing Friday by giving up just one run over eight innings Wednesday in a win against the Braves.
Insight: Wainwright improved to 6-1 with the victory. Opponents are hitting just .193 against the right-hander this season. His next start will be Tuesday against the Cubs.
Allen Craig, RFCold5/7/2014 3:23:00 PM
Description: Cardinals right fielder Allen Craig is not in the starting lineup Wednesday against the Braves.
Insight: A brief hot streak -- .471, 2 2B, 1 3B, 2 HR, 6 RBI from April 27-30 -- has turned into another slump for Craig. He went 2-for-20 over his last five games and is batting .202 this season after hitting .307 or better in each of the last three years.
Jhonny Peralta, SSHot5/6/2014 1:29:00 PM
Description: Cardinals shortstop Jhonny Peralta is 11-for-36 (.306) with two homers lifetime against Braves starter Gavin Floyd.
Insight: Floyd will make his Atlanta debut as well as his first start since April 27, 2013, Tuesday against the Cardinals after recovering from Tommy John surgery. Peralta has batted .385 (15-for-39) with four doubles and three homers in his last 10 games and is a must-start Tuesday.
Jhonny Peralta, SSHot5/4/2014 2:14:00 PM
Description: Cardinals shortstop Jhonny Peralta has dominated Cubs right-hander Jason Hammel in 15 previous at bats (.467, 2 HR, 8 RBI).
Insight: After getting out to a slow start, Peralta is now 12 for his last 32 (.375) with three homers and seven RBI. Fantasy owners can start Peralta with confidence on Sunday.
Randal Grichuk, RF5/2/2014 11:56:00 AM
Description: Cardinals outfielder Randal Grichuk is getting another start on Friday with Allen Craig moving to first base and Matt Adams getting the afternoon off.
Insight: Grichuk will make his second start. After batting .310 with a .880 OPS at Triple-A Memphis he's 1-for-7 since being called up. His long-term value is minimal with top prospect Oscar Tavares looming on the horizon.
Matt Adams, 1B5/2/2014 11:42:00 AM
Description: Cardinals first baseman Matt Adams is not in Friday's starting lineup.
Insight: Adams is 2-for-4 against Cubs starter Travis Wood, but he's just a career .191 hitter versus left-handers in his career.
Jon Jay, CF5/2/2014 9:49:00 AM
Description: St. Louis center fielder Jon Jay is a career 10-for-22 (.455) versus Chicago starter Travis Wood.
Insight: Jay's last start was a three-hit night against Milwaukee and he should continue to produce in this favorable matchup.
Yadier Molina, CHot5/2/2014 9:44:00 AM
Description: St. Louis catcher Yadier Molina is a career .407 hitter with three homers and 11 RBI in 27 at-bats against Cubs left-hander Travis Wood.
Insight: Molina (.350, 4 HR, 15 RBI) should be well rested after Wednesday night off and no game on Thursday.
Shelby Miller, SP4/30/2014 9:02:00 PM
Description: Cardinals right-hander Shelby Miller gave up three runs in six innings to beat the Brewers on Wednesday, but he also gave up two homers, walked three and had just one strikeout.
Insight: Miller has a 3.15 ERA this season, but he's walked 5.50 batters per nine innings and struck out just 6.82. He had an 8.78 K/9 and a 2.96 BB/9 last year. The right-hander's 6.18 FIP suggests he's been very fortunate so far and may soon implode if he doesn't get his walks and homers in check.
Matt Adams, 1B4/30/2014 7:20:00 PM
Description: With his lone hit Wednesday against the Brewers, Cardinals first baseman Matt Adams launched a three-run homer.
Insight: Prior to Wednesday, Adams hadn't homered since April 12, though he's produced nine doubles this season and is hitting .321.
Allen Craig, RFHot4/30/2014 7:19:00 PM
Description: After going 15-for-88 (.170) with one home run, five RBI and a 16/5 K/BB over his first 23 games, Cardinals right fielder Allen Craig has collected nine hits in 21 at-bats during a five-game hitting streak.
Insight: Craig went 4-for-5 with a homer, two doubles and three RBI Wednesday against Milwaukee and has picked up five extra-base hits (2 HR, 2 2B, 1 3B) during his streak.
Yadier Molina, C4/30/2014 12:09:00 PM
Description: St. Louis catcher Yadier Molina won't be in action Wednesday against Milwaukee. SOURCE: Jim Hayes, Fox Sports Midwest
Insight: Molina (.350, 4 HR, 15 RBI) has to be exhausted after catching a combined 23 innings the last two nights. Tony Cruz (.417, 0 HR, 3 RBI) will be filling in behind the plate.
Yadier Molina, C4/30/2014 11:06:00 AM
Description: Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina has struggled against Brewers starter Matt Garza throughout his career.
Insight: He's just 2-for-12 against the right-hander (.167). Molina (.350, 4 HR, 15 RBI) has had an excellent start to the season but we wouldn't expect much from him on Wednesday.
Jhonny Peralta, SSHot4/30/2014 11:01:00 AM
Description: St. Louis shortstop Jhonny Peralta should be a great fantasy play Wednesday against the Brewers.
Insight: He's a .464 career hitter against today's starting pitcher, Matt Garza. Peralta has done well lately, going 8-for-21 (.381) over his last five games.
Jaime Garcia, SP4/29/2014 9:53:00 PM
Description: Cardinals GM John Mozeliak said left-hander Jaime Garcia (shoulder bursitis) will begin a rehab assignment with Double-A Springfield on Sunday, according to Fox Sports Midwest.
Insight: Garcia had surgery to repair a torn labrum last season and began experiencing shoulder discomfort this spring. He has made just 29 starts over the last two seasons due to injuries after going 26-15 with a 3.17 ERA and a 1.32 WHIP over 60 starts in 2010-11.
Yadier Molina, CHot4/29/2014 10:50:00 AM
Description: St. Louis catcher Yadier Molina is a .563 career hitter (9-for-16) against Milwaukee right-hander Kyle Lohse.
Insight: Molina has been one of the best in the game over the past four seasons, both offensively and defensively. He's batting .344 this year with an .877 OPS. He's a must start, particular on a day when the wind will be blowing out to dead center field.
Kolten Wong, 2B4/28/2014 9:26:00 AM
Description: Cardinals second baseman Kolten Wong has been optioned to Triple-A Memphis.
Insight: Mark Ellis has been starting at second base of late. Wong was handed the starting job on Opening Day, but showed little this year to get fantasy owners excited, batting just .225 with zero homers, five RBI and five runs scored over 20 games.
Jhonny Peralta, SS4/27/2014 5:53:00 PM
Description: Cardinals shortstop Jhonny Peralta hit his fifth and sixth homers of the season Sunday against the Pirates.
Insight: Peralta has gone 5-for-9 with four extra-base hits in his last three games after going 0-for-20 in his previous six. Fantasy owners should be optimistic about Peralta for three reasons: he's hitting for power, striking out at a lower rate than last year and batting just .167 on balls in play even though there isn't anything peculiar about his batted-ball breakdown.
Adam Wainwright, SPHot4/27/2014 5:50:00 PM
Description: Cardinals starter Adam Wainwright blanked the Pirates over eight innings Sunday afternoon.
Insight: Wainwright is now 5-1 with a 1.20 ERA, a 0.78 WHIP and a 42/11 K/BB in 45 innings. He's won 19+ games three times and posted an ERA below 3.00 in all three of those seasons, but he never won a Cy Young Award. This could be the year.
Yadier Molina, C4/27/2014 11:21:00 AM
Description: St. Louis catcher Yadier Molina is a .130 career hitter against Pirates right-hander Edinson Volquez.
Insight: That's less than encouraging but what is encouraging is Molina's .345 batting average through 22 games. Volquez (1-1, 1.93 ERA) against Molina should make for an interesting matchup on Sunday.
Allen Craig, 1BCold4/26/2014 10:42:00 AM
Description: Avoid Cardinals outfielder Allen Craig on Saturday as he's hitless in 11 at-bats against Pittsburgh starter Francisco Liriano.
Insight: Craig has been horrible this season, batting .170 with one homer and five RBI, but after three consecutive seasons with a batting average over .300 we know he'll eventually come out of it. Just not in this unfavorable matchup.
Mark Ellis, 2B4/26/2014 10:40:00 AM
Description: Cardinals second baseman Mark Ellis ought to be in Saturday's starting lineup considering he's 8-for-13 (.615) with a homer against Pittsburgh left-hander Francisco Liriano.
Insight: Kolten Wong should continue to be the Cardinals starter but Ellis should get a spot start here. Ellis hasn't done much since coming back from his injury, batting just .125 in his first 16 at-bats.
Oscar Taveras, CF4/24/2014 7:50:00 PM
Description: Cardinals outfield prospect Oscar Taveras (ankle) returned to Triple-A Memphis' lineup Thursday, according to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Insight: Taveras rolled his left ankle Monday and missed one game. The 21-year-old brought a .299 average, three homers, 12 RBI and an .849 OPS into Thursday's game. Taveras, MLB.com's No. 3 overall prospect, had surgery on his right ankle last August.
Allen Craig, 1BCold4/24/2014 6:46:00 PM
Description: Cardinals outfielder Allen Craig is hitting .179 with a .481 OPS this season.
Insight: Craig's GB/FB/LD percentage breakdown is .638/.188/.174 and he's hitting .206 on balls in play. He had a .450/.281/.269 percentage breakdown and a .368 BABIP last season. The decline is curious because his chase rate is way down and his contact rate on pitches in the strike zone has increased from 2013.
Yadier Molina, C4/24/2014 12:11:00 PM
Description: Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina is not is Thursday's starting lineup.
Insight: Molina may be the best catcher in the game both in fantasy and real life. He's great behind the plate and is batting over .300 for the fourth consecutive season. He's batting .367 this season with three homers and a .955 OPS. Tony Cruz will get the start, but has little fantasy value.
Adam Wainwright, SPHot4/23/2014 8:12:00 PM
Description: Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright (knee) went through a normal workout Wednesday after hyperextending his knee during Tuesday's start. SOURCE: St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Insight: Wainwright didn't have any soreness or swelling in his knee Wednesday, so he should start as scheduled on Sunday against the Pirates.
Matt Adams, 1B4/23/2014 5:55:00 PM
Description: St. Louis first baseman Matt Adams is not in the starting lineup Wednesday against Mets left-hander Jon Niese.
Insight: The Cardinals will start Allen Craig at first and Shane Robinson in right field. The 25-year-old Adams is hitting .346 with an .858 OPS this season, though he only has one home run and five RBI.
Adam Wainwright, SPHot4/22/2014 10:01:00 PM
Description: Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright hyperextended his knee Tuesday in a win against the Mets. SOURCE: Andy Martino, New York Daily News
Insight: Wainwright finished the inning so the injury couldn't have been that serious. He had another brilliant outing on Tuesday, allowing just four hits across seven shutout frames. Wainwright (1.46 ERA) is tied with Mark Buehrle and teammate Lance Lynn for the major league lead in victories (four each).
Kolten Wong, 2B4/22/2014 3:48:00 PM
Description: Cardinals second baseman Kolten Wong is back in the starting lineup, batting eighth.
Insight: Mark Ellis has been starting at second base the past few games. Wong has shown little this year to get fantasy owners excited, batting .237 with zero homers, five RBI and four runs scored.
Kolten Wong, 2B4/20/2014 11:50:00 AM
Description: Cardinals second baseman Kolten Wong is not in the lineup Sunday against Washington.
Insight: Mark Ellis is starting at second base. With just a .237 average, zero homers, four runs, five RBI and three steals, Wong hasn't offered much fantasy value in his first 59 at-bats this season.
Lance Lynn, SP4/19/2014 7:02:00 PM
Description: Cardinals starter Lance Lynn improved to 4-0 with a win over the Nationals on Saturday.
Insight: Lynn gave up five hits and three walks in 5 2/3 innings Saturday but he gave up just one run. He still has just one quality start this season. The right-hander was been provided with at least 5.1 runs per start in each of his first three seasons and 5.5 in four starts this year.
Yadier Molina, CHot4/19/2014 11:43:00 AM
Description: Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina is 6-for-14 (.429) against Washington right-hander Jordan Zimmermann.
Insight: Molina may be the best catcher in the game both in fantasy and real life. He's great behind the plate and is batting over .300 for the fourth consecutive season. He's batting .344 this season with three homers and a .920 OPS. Update - Molina is not in the starting lineup.
Yadier Molina, CHot4/19/2014 9:59:00 AM
Description: Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina is 6-for-14 (.429) against Washington right-hander Jordan Zimmermann.
Insight: Molina may be the best catcher in the game both in fantasy and real life. He's great behind the plate and is batting over .300 for the fourth consecutive season. He's batting .344 this season with three homers and a .920 OPS. Beware, a 1 pm start after a night game lends itself to a day of rest for many catchers. Check back to make sure he's in the starting lineup.
Matt Adams, 1B4/18/2014 6:54:00 PM
Description: St. Louis first baseman Matt Adams will take a seat Friday against Washington. SOURCE: Fox Sports Midwest
Insight: It looks like it's just a routine day off. Allen Craig (.158, 1 HR, 5 RBI) will handle things at first base.
Adam Wainwright, SP4/17/2014 10:16:00 PM
Description: St. Louis starter Adam Wainwright went all nine innings Thursday in a shutout win against Washington.
Insight: Wainwright (3-1, 1.80 ERA) fanned eight hitters in the victory. In the major leagues, we've now seen four complete games in the last two days after seeing only one in the first two weeks of the season.
Joe Kelly, SP4/17/2014 7:49:00 PM
Description: Cardinals starter Joe Kelly has been placed on the 15-day disabled list.
Insight: He strained his left hamstring pitching in Wednesday's game against Milwaukee. Tyler Lyons is expected to take over for Kelly (1-1, 0.59 ERA) in the starting rotation.
Joe Kelly, SP4/16/2014 5:15:00 PM
Description: St. Louis right-hander Joe Kelly was diagnosed with a strained hamstring after leaving Wednesday's start against Milwaukee. SOURCE: Jim Hayes, Fox Sports Midwest
Insight: He's on his way back to St. Louis for further testing. We're already hearing Tyler Lyons (1-0, 4.50 ERA in two starts for Triple-A Memphis) could start in his place Monday versus New York.
Joe Kelly, SP4/16/2014 2:52:00 PM
Description: Cardinals starter Joe Kelly exited his start on Wednesday afternoon with left hamstring tightness, according to Jenifer Langosch of mlb.com.
Insight: Kelly suffered the injury while trying to beat out a bunt. He gave up one unearned run in four innings and has a 0.59 ERA through three starts.
Matt Carpenter, 2B4/16/2014 1:01:00 PM
Description: St. Louis third baseman Matt Carpenter is out of the lineup Wednesday. SOURCE: Jenifer Langosch, mlb.com
Insight: Carpenter will get his first day off of the season. He went 0-for-5 over his last two games to drop from .295 to .265 but has 11 runs, nine RBI and 11 walks this season.
Shelby Miller, SP4/16/2014 9:43:00 AM
Description: Cardinals right-hander Shelby Miller had his best start of the season Tuesday at Milwaukee.
Insight: Miller allowed three hits and one earned run while fanning seven batters in six innings. He came into the game with a 6.35 ERA.
Mark Ellis, 2B4/15/2014 11:43:00 AM
Description: Cardinals second baseman Mark Ellis has been activated from the disabled list (knee).
Insight: Kolten Wong should continue to be the Cardinals starter with Ellis filling a backup role. Ellis used to have low-end value when he played with Oakland, but hasn't produced an OPS above .700 since 2011.
Yadier Molina, CHot4/15/2014 11:15:00 AM
Description: Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina got the night off on Monday and should be well rested to take advantage of a favorable matchup on Tuesday.
Insight: Molina, who is off a hot start batting .340 through the first dozen games, "owns" Milwaukee right-hander Marco Estrada having hit safely 12 times in 21 at-bats (.571).
Matt Adams, 1BHot4/14/2014 11:02:00 PM
Description: Cardinals first baseman Matt Adams only has one homer and two RBI in 50 at-bats this season but he's hitting .360 with six doubles.
Insight: Adams went 3-for-4 with a two-base hit Monday at Milwaukee. The homers will come eventually for the stocky first baseman.
Lance Lynn, SP4/14/2014 11:00:00 PM
Description: Cardinals starter Lance Lynn dominated Milwaukee over seven scoreless innings Monday.
Insight: Lynn struck out 11 and allowed just three hits. He's 3-0 in three starts even though Monday was his first quality start of the season.
Matt Carpenter, 2B4/14/2014 9:33:00 PM
Description: St. Louis third baseman Matt Carpenter is done for the rest of the night on Monday. He was ejected for arguing a called third strike. SOURCE: Jenifer Langosch, mlb.com
Insight: Carpenter went 0-for-2 with a walk against the Brewers. He's hiting .283 with a homer, nine RBI and 10 runs this season.
Yadier Molina, C4/14/2014 4:19:00 PM
Description: Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina is not in Monday's starting lineup. Tony Cruz will get a rare start.
Insight: Molina is off to a hot start, batting .340 with three home runs and nine RBI. He's a top-two fantasy catcher and an true MVP candidate. Cruz batted .240 last season with no power (.533 OPS) and has no fantasy value.
Jhonny Peralta, SS4/14/2014 10:16:00 AM
Description: Cardinals shortstop Jhonny Peralta is a career .440 hitter (11-for-25) against Milwaukee hurler Matt Garza.
Insight: Peralta hasn't found his swing yet this season, batting just .111 through his first 11 games.
Jon Jay, CF4/14/2014 10:13:00 AM
Description: St. Louis center fielder Jon Jay is a career 6-for-9 (.667) versus Milwaukee right-hander Matt Garza, but may not be ready to take advantage of this favorable matchup.
Insight: Jay has struggled this spring, batting .188 through his first nine games. The career .292 hitter also batted just .188 in spring training.
Michael Wacha, SPHot4/13/2014 9:04:00 PM
Description: Cardinals starter Michael Wacha fanned eight hitters in 6 1/3 innings Sunday against the Cubs to notch his second win of the season.
Insight: Wacha gave up five hits and three earned runs. He has tossed at least six innings in all three starts and has a 1.89 ERA, a 0.95 WHIP and an 18/3 K/BB in 19 innings.
Trevor Rosenthal, RPCold4/13/2014 8:59:00 PM
Description: Cardinals closer Trevor Rosenthal has a 7.36 ERA and a 1.36 WHIP in 7 1/3 innings this season, but he has nailed down all four save chances.
Insight: He gave up two runs in a 5-1 game on April 7 and three runs over two innings in a tie game to lose Friday night. The Cubs got to him for a run on two hits Sunday but he finished off the 6-4 win. The 23-year-old should get things figured out and is in no danger of losing his job.
Jhonny Peralta, SS4/12/2014 11:05:00 AM
Description: Cardinals shortstop Jhonny Peralta is not in Saturday's starting lineup.
Insight: Peralta's home run totals have been all over the place in his career. He hit 21-24 in 2005, 2006, 2008 and 2011 but 11-15 in 2006, 2009, 2010, 2012 and 2013. So far this season he's hit two homers, but they are his only hits this season (batting .063). Daniel Descalso will get the start.
Matt Holliday, LF4/12/2014 9:50:00 AM
Description: Cardinals LF Matt Holliday is a .313 hitter with three homers against Cubs right-hander Carlos Villanueva.
Insight: Holliday is off to a slow start, batting just .216, but a favorable matchup and the strong wind blowing out to left field (15-20 mph) makes him a viable option on Saturday.
Aledmys Diaz, SS4/11/2014 2:48:00 PM
Description: Cardinals minor league prospect Aledmys Diaz is off to a blazing start at Double-A Springfield. The young shortstop is batting .458 with six extra base hits and a 1.273 OPS.
Insight: The Cuban signed a four-year deal with St. Louis and figures to join or replace Jhonny Peralta before his contract is up. Particularly if he keeps pounding the ball as he's done in his first minor league action.
Yadier Molina, C4/11/2014 10:14:00 AM
Description: Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina is a career .529 hitter (9-for-17) against Cubs hard-throwing right-hander Jeff Samardzija.
Insight: Molina is off to a solid start, batting .286 with three home runs and seven RBI. He's a top-two fantasy catcher and an true MVP candidate. Start him as always.
Matt Carpenter, 2B4/8/2014 1:35:00 PM
Description: St. Louis third baseman Matt Carpenter is a .579 career average against Cincinnati right-hander Homer Bailey.
Insight: Carpenter is 11-for-19, though without much power (two doubles, nine singles). Fantasy owners hope he'll get close to last year's breakout season (.318, 126 runs, 199 hits, 78 RBI).
Peter Bourjos, CFCold4/6/2014 11:09:00 AM
Description: Cardinals outfielder Peter Bourjos will get a breather Sunday against the Pirates, according to foxsportsmidwest.com.
Insight: That will give Jon Jay a chance to start with right-hander Edinson Volquez on the hill. Bourjos is hitless in 13 at-bats this season.
Kolten Wong, 2B4/6/2014 11:07:00 AM
Description: Cardinals second baseman Kolten Wong is not in the starting lineup Sunday, according to foxsportsmidwest.com.
Insight: Daniel Descalso will start at second base. Wong had one hit in each of the first four games but went 0-for-4 Saturday to drop his average to .235.
Matt Holliday, LF4/6/2014 9:40:00 AM
Description: Cardinals LF Matt Holliday has gone 8-for-20 (.400) with two homers against Pirates starter Edinson Volquez.
Insight: Volquez is making his first start for the Pirates after posting a 5.71 ERA in 170 1/3 frames for the Padres and Dodgers last season and serving up 15 earned runs in 14 innings this spring. Make sure Holliday is one of your selections on Sunday despite his .238 start.
Jhonny Peralta, SS4/5/2014 10:15:00 PM
Description: Cardinals shortstop Jhonny Peralta launched his second homer in three games Saturday at Pittsburgh. His only two hits this season left the yard.
Insight: Peralta's home run totals have been all over the place in his career. He hit 21-24 in 2005, 2006, 2008 and 2011 but 11-15 in 2006, 2009, 2010, 2012 and 2013. His batting average has been similarly unpredictable the last three years (.299 in 2011, .239 in 2012, .303 in 2013).
Joe Kelly, SP4/5/2014 10:13:00 PM
Description: Cardinals fifth starter Joe Kelly worked around six hits and four walks in 5 1/3 innings to get a 6-1 win Saturday at Pittsburgh.
Insight: Working out of jams is nothing new for Kelly -- he posted a 3.08 ERA in the last two seasons despite carrying a 1.37 WHIP. Kelly doesn't strike out many batters and his high WHIP makes him a pitcher best left on the free agent wire in mixed leagues.
Allen Craig, 1B4/5/2014 10:22:00 AM
Description: Cardinals outfielder Allen Craig is 0-for-9 against Pittsburgh left-hander Francisco Liriano.
Insight: Craig is off to a slow start (.125), but is a career .304 hitter so will eventually turn it around. Its unlikely to happen on Saturday, however.
Kolten Wong, 2B4/3/2014 11:04:00 AM
Description: Second baseman Kolten Wong will bat out of the No. 2 hole on Thursday.
Insight: The 23-year-old Wong has batted out of the second hole once and the eighth spot once. He's obviously got more value when up in the order.
Peter Bourjos, CF4/3/2014 10:28:00 AM
Description: Cardinals outfielder Peter Bourjos is not in Thursday afternoon's lineup.
Insight: Bourjos is hitless through the first two games. Jon Jay will get his first start and first at-bats of the season.
Matt Carpenter, 2B4/3/2014 10:18:00 AM
Description: St. Louis third baseman Matt Carpenter owns a .629 career average against Cincinnati right-hander Homer Bailey.
Insight: Carpenter is 10-for-16, though without much power (two doubles, eight singles). The Cardinals have scored just one run in two games, so even with this favorable matchup it might be one to avoid until their bats start going.
Yadier Molina, C3/31/2014 8:47:00 PM
Description: Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina's solo home run was the difference in St. Louis' 1-0 win over the Reds on Opening Day.
Insight: Molina went 2-for-4 in the game. The 31-year-old catcher has hit .305 or higher in three straight seasons, though he fell from a career-high 22 homers in 2012 to 12 last season. Fantasy owners should expect a homer total closer to last year's in 2014.
Adam Wainwright, SP3/31/2014 8:41:00 PM
Description: Cardinals starter Adam Wainwright limited the Reds to three hits over seven scoreless innings to pick up the win on Opening Day.
Insight: Wainwright walked four and struck out nine. He was one of the top pitchers in the National League last season, going 19-9 with a 2.94 ERA, a 1.07 WHIP and 219 Ks in 241 2/3 innings.
Mark Ellis, 2B3/30/2014 10:43:00 PM
Description: Cardinals second baseman Mark Ellis will begin the season on the disabled list due to tendinitis in his left knee.
Insight: Ellis is still an excellent defensive second baseman but he hasn't done enough with the stick to be a fantasy option since 2009. He'll back up Kolten Wong when he's healthy.
Joe Kelly, SP3/26/2014 4:31:00 PM
Description: Joe Kelly will begin the season as the Cardinals' fifth starter, according to Jenifer Langosch of mlb.com.
Insight: Kelly pitched worse than Carlos Martinez but manager Mike Matheny decided to keep Martinez as the team's setup man. In two MLB seasons, Kelly has allowed a lot of baserunners (1.37 WHIP) but still posted a 3.08 ERA over 231 innings, including a 2.69 mark in 124 innings last season. He'll hold the spot until Jaime Garcia returns from his shoulder injury in a couple months.
Jaime Garcia, SP3/23/2014 3:43:00 PM
Description: Cardinals lefthander Jaime Garcia (shoulder bursitis) threw his first bullpen session since February on Sunday, according to Jenifer Langosch of mlb.com. If he avoids a setback, he'll throw several more bullpen sessions, face live hitters in extended spring training and then go out on a minor league rehab assignment.
Insight: Garcia had surgery to repair a torn labrum last season and began experiencing shoulder discomfort this spring. He has made just 29 starts over the last two seasons due to injuries after going 26-15 with a 3.17 ERA and a 1.32 WHIP over 60 starts in 2010-11.
Jason Motte, RP3/13/2014 8:52:00 PM
Description: St. Louis reliever Jason Motte, who had Tommy John surgery on his right elbow last May, will throw live BP on Friday, according to mlb.com. He has spent the past few weeks increasing the intensity of his bullpen sessions so that he could move onto the next phase in his recovery.
Insight: Motte led the National League in saves in 2012 with 42 but missed all of last season. He'll likely end up being a setup man for Trevor Rosenthal so he'll have limited fantasy value in all leagues except those who accumulate holds.
Oscar Taveras, CF3/13/2014 7:58:00 PM
Description: The Cardinals reassigned Oscar Taveras to minor league camp on Thursday, according to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Insight: Taveras, MLB.com's No. 3 overall prospect in baseball, was attempting to make the roster in a reserve role, but his fate was sealed after he came down with hamstring tightness this week. He was limited to just 47 games last season by an ankle injury that required surgery.
Jason Motte, RP3/11/2014 2:20:00 PM
Description: St. Louis reliever Jason Motte, who had Tommy John surgery on his right elbow last May, threw a final bullpen session before he is scheduled to face live hitters.
Insight: Motte led the National League in saves in 2012 with 42 but missed all of last season. He'll likely end up being a setup man for Trevor Rosenthal so he'll have limited fantasy value in all leagues except those who accumulate holds.
Oscar Taveras, CF3/11/2014 2:14:00 PM
Description: Cardinals manager Mike Matheny called the chances of Oscar Taveras making the team, "not possible - without him being healthy."
Insight: Unfortunately, he's not anywhere close to 100 percent, as he has been out of the lineup with hamstring tightness. MLB.com ranked Tavares as the No. 3 prospect in baseball and the 21-year-old will likely start the season at Triple-A.
Trevor Rosenthal, RP3/5/2014 10:41:00 AM
Description: Cardinals closer Trevor Rosenthal will throw live batting practice Wednesday, according to Jenifer Langosch of mlb.com.
Insight: It's his final test as he attempts to return from a strained groin. Rosenthal averaged 96.4 mph with his fastball last season and should have great success as St. Louis' closer after assuming the role in late September and handling it through the postseason.
Trevor Rosenthal, RP3/2/2014 4:59:00 PM
Description: Cardinals closer Trevor Rosenthal threw off a mound Sunday for the first time since he suffered a groin strain on Tuesday. SOURCE: Jenifer Langosch, mlb.com
Insight: Rosenthal owns a triple-digit fastball and should be a top-five closer on a solid Cardinals roster. His injury is not believed to be serious.
Jaime Garcia, SP2/28/2014 8:00:00 PM
Description: Cardinals lefthander Jaime Garcia (shoulder inflammation) is 10-15 days away from throwing, according to Jenifer Langosch of mlb.com.
Insight: Garcia was diagnosed with left shoulder inflammation on Wednesday after meeting with Dr. James Andrews. He's working his way back from a torn labrum and has made just 29 starts over the last two seasons due to injuries. He went 26-15 with a 3.17 ERA and a 1.32 WHIP over 60 starts in 2010-11.
Oscar Taveras, CF2/28/2014 2:21:00 PM
Description: Cardinals GM John Mozeliak may have declared top outfielder prospect Oscar Tavares "100 percent cleared" for baseball activity a couple of weeks ago, but manager Mike Matheny said he's 80 percent and that's not good enough to play.
Insight: MLB.com ranks Tavares as the No. 3 prospect in baseball and the 21-year-old will compete for a spot on the 25-man roster this spring, but with Matt Holliday, Peter Bourjos and Allen Craig in front of him he'll likely start the year at Triple-A.
Jaime Garcia, SP2/26/2014 4:34:00 PM
Description: Cardinals lefthander Jaime Garcia has been diagnosed with shoulder inflammation after meeting with Dr. James Andrews, according to Jenifer Langosch of mlb.com. The good news is that he doesn't have structural damage.
Insight: Garcia will have a cortisone shot and the team will evaluate him on a day-to-day basis. He's working his way back from a torn labrum and has made just 29 starts over the last two seasons due to injuries. He went 26-15 with a 3.17 ERA and a 1.32 WHIP over 60 starts in 2010-11.
Jason Motte, RP2/25/2014 7:39:00 PM
Description: St. Louis reliever Jason Motte, who had Tommy John surgery on his right elbow last May, is doubtful for Opening Day but says April is a possibility, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Insight: Motte led the National League in saves in 2012 with 42 but missed all of last season. Edward Mujica took over and saved 37 games but lost the job to Trevor Rosenthal late in the season. Rosenthal is expected to close this season with Motte eventually serving as the eighth-inning man.
Jaime Garcia, SP2/25/2014 4:24:00 PM
Description: Cardinals lefthander Jaime Garcia will get a second opinion from Dr. James Andrews.
Insight: Cue the ominous music. Garcia had two solid seasons in 2010 and 2011 after a torn labrum, but hasn't been very healthy the past few seasons and this one isn't starting out very good either.
Trevor Rosenthal, RP2/25/2014 1:29:00 PM
Description: Cardinals closer Trevor Rosenthal left Tuesday's workout with a right leg injury.
Insight: It doesn't appear to be serious and he left primarily for precautionary reasons. Rosenthal owns a triple-digit fastball and should be a top-five closer on a solid Cardinals roster. This bump in the road shouldn't change his fantasy value
Jaime Garcia, SP2/22/2014 11:58:00 AM
Description: Cardinals lefthander Jaime Garcia is headed back to St. Louis to have his shoulder checked out after experiencing discomfort.
Insight: He's working his way back from surgery to repair a torn labrum that ended his 2013 season early and this is not good news. We recommend avoiding the oft-injured lefty.
Jake Westbrook, SP2/14/2014 3:04:00 PM
Description: Righthander Jake Westbrook announced his retirement from baseball on Friday. SOURCE: Rob Rains, StLSportsPage.com
Insight: Westbrook never held much value for fantasy owners over his 13 major league seasons (105-103, 4.32 ERA). He was selected by the Colorado Rockies in the first round of the 1996 draft, but never played for them. Westbrook spent most of his time with Cleveland and St. Louis.
Oscar Taveras, CF2/14/2014 8:54:00 AM
Description: Jenifer Langosch of mlb.com reports that Cardinals GM John Mozeliak declared top outfielder prospect Oscar Tavares "100 percent cleared" for baseball activity Thursday.
Insight: He'll still be under some running restrictions, so he's not entirely 100 percent ready after undergoing ankle surgery. MLB.com ranks Tavares as the No. 3 prospect in baseball. The 21-year-old will compete for a spot on the 25-man roster this spring, but Matt Holliday, Peter Bourjos and Allen Craig block his path to a starting job.

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