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Martinez, scratched with a bad back, ready to return Friday

Cardinals pitcher Carlos Martinez is ready to get back on the hill. Actually he was never ready to get off it, but that wasn't his choice.Scratched before his last start Tuesday for an ailment described as a minor back ailment, Martinez is expected to start for the Cardinals on Friday when St. Louis begins a big weekend series with its closest pursuer, the Pittsburgh Pirates, according...
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2 hours ago  |  Discuss

Cardinals Recall Three Additional Players From Memphis

LEFT-HANDER TYLER LYONS WILL MAKE START TONIGHT, MARCO GONZALES OPTIONED ST. LOUIS, Mo., Sept. 2, 2015 – The St. Louis Cardinals today have optioned last night’s starter Marco Gonzales to Memphis (AAA) and recalled two left-handed pitchers – Tyler Lyons and Nick Greenwood – and right-handed pitcher Miguel Socolovich, all from Memphis.  Lyons will make [...]
Via The Cardinal Conclave
21 hours ago  |  Discuss

Three At-Bats with Brandon Moss

In a slump, the mental and physical combine to confuse, and the player ends up in a spiral. “You go up to the plate and you think about your weaknesses, and you start focusing on them, and you start chasing,” Brandon Moss said before a game against the Giants, adding “it all starts to spin around.” Since having offseason hip surgery, the Cardinals’ slugger has been spinning...
Via Fangraphs
1 day ago  |  Discuss

I Love It When A Team Comes Together

In some ways, this season for the St. Louis Cardinals has been like a season of a television show.  You’ve got your main storyline (dominant pitching) and your overarching issue or adversary (inconsistent offense).  You work all season to get to where you can take on that adversary, then the last few episodes are just [...]
Via The Cardinal Conclave
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Reynolds lifted after taking pitch to right wrist

ST. LOUIS -- Mark Reynolds of the St. Louis Cardinals was taken out for a pinch-hitter two innings after being hit by a pitch on the right wrist in the third inning against the Washington Nationals on Tuesday night. Reynolds was plunked by Joe Ross with the bases loaded. He stayed in the game until the fifth when Tommy Pham pinch-hit and grounded out. The team said X-rays were negative...
Via AP on Fox
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Cardinals Add Three Players on the First Day Rosters Expand

LHP MARCO GONZALES, RHP MITCH HARRIS & CATCHER CODY STANLEY TO JOIN ST. LOUIS ST. LOUIS, Mo., Sept. 1, 2015 – The St. Louis Cardinals have recalled three players today to join the team during September when Major League teams are allowed to expand their rosters.  Left-handed pitcher Marco Gonzales, right-handed pitcher Mitch Harris and [...]
Via The Cardinal Conclave
1 day ago  |  Discuss

How Much Would You Pay To Keep Jason Heyward In STL?

Here’s Jason Heyward’s line so for 2015: .293 BA | .350 OPB | .445 SLG | .795 OPS | 11 HR | 50 RBI | 131 H in 447 AB His oWAR is 3.0 and his WAR is 4.6. If you go by the baseline (and yes, I know this is way more complicated) of 5M/WAR point, then Jason Heyward is having a 23M season while the Cardinals actually pay him 4.5M. Bottom line? Heyward is KILLING it in a free agency...
Via Cardinals Diaspora
1 day ago  |  Discuss

One Man’s Trash: Homemade Piscotty

Stephen Piscotty (+31.8%) was the most added player in fantasy baseball over the past week. Another homegrown talent looks to be panning out for the NL-leading St. Louis Cardinals, joining other key MLB players such as Matt Carpenter, Yadier Molina, Michael Wacha, Carlos Martinez, Kolten Wong, Trevor Rosenthal, and Jaime Garcia who were drafted and developed by that organization...
Via Razzball
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Rookie Grichuk resumes hitting as return to lineup looms

The St. Louis Cardinals continue to plow forward even with two-thirds of their outfield on the disabled list. Rookie center field Randal Grichuk has been out since Aug. 16 with a muscle strain and ligament sprain in his elbow. On Monday he made his first real progress toward getting back onto the field with a session in the batting cage. According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,...
Via Fox Sports
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Heyward's double keys rally as Cardinals top Nationals 8-5

ST. LOUIS -- Jason Heyward hit a two-run, tie-breaking double in the seventh inning to key a five-run rally, and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Washington Nationals 8-5 on Monday night. St. Louis won for the eighth time in nine games and moved five games ahead of the idle Pittsburgh Pirates in the NL Central. Washington, which had won six of its previous eight, fell 6 1/2 games...
Via Fox Sports Midwest
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The Sky Did Not Fall on the Cardinals on the West Coast

The sky was not falling for the St. Louis Cardinals before and it isn’t now, either. The Cards headed into their just completed 10-game West Coast road trip having won their last six series in a row, including a home set against the San Francisco Giants, and sported the best record in Major League Baseball. Yet after two losses to the Padres on August 21 and 22 to open the trip...
Via The Cardinal Nation blog
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Cardinals cap off impressive road trip with 7-5 win over Giants

Stephen Dunn / Getty Images The Cardinals long 10-game NL West road trip came to an end Sunday afternoon in San Francisco. With a 6-0 win over the Giants on Saturday, the Cardinals have assured themselves of a winning road trip. Though they wanted more today, and they got it. St. Louis got off to a very quick start as Matt Carpenter opened the gme with a lead-off home run. That...
Via STLSportsMinute
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Writer Has Blazing Hot Take On Rosenthal’s Paternity Leave

John Steigerwald is a Pittsburgh sports media personality and author who has worked for WTAE and KDKA amongst other outlets. He’s currently proprietor of ‘Just Watch The Game‘, which bills itself as “Pittsburgh sports, opinion and politics by John Steigerwald”. He went to his Facebook page to give his expanded opinions on Trevor Rosenthal’s paternity leave this weekend...
Via Cardinals Diaspora
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Cardinals place closer Rosenthal on paternity leave, recall Tuivailala

The St. Louis Cardinals have placed reliever Trevor Rosenthal on the paternity leave list and recalled right-hander Sam Tuivailala from Triple A Memphis. Tuivailala will be joining the big-league club for the fourth time this season. In 10 prior games with St. Louis he was 0-1 with a 1.80 ERA. After allowing single runs in his first two appearances, he currently has an eight-game...
Via Fox Sports Midwest
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Jaime Garcia Pitching to Contact with Ace Stuff

Pitching to contact is a much-maligned, sometimes misunderstood philosophy. Inducing contact results in a hit 30% of the time while a runner can reach base on a strikeout only on the rare wild pitch or passed ball. The strikeout is a considerably better outcome, but attacking hitters and getting strike one, the philosophy espoused by Dave Duncan, can combine strikeouts, weak contact...
Via Fangraphs
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Cardinals Hire Randy Flores As Scouting Director

The Cardinals announced today that they have hired former MLB pitcher Randy Flores as their Scouting Director. The official statement from the team: The St. Louis Cardinals and their Sr. Vice President/General Manager John Mozeliak announced today the team’s decision to hire former Cardinals pitcher and 2006 World Series Champion Randy Flores as its Director of Scouting, beginning...
Via Cardinals Diaspora
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Moss, Cruz homer as Cardinals finish sweep of D-backs 5-3

PHOENIX -- Brandon Moss hit his first home run with St. Louis and Tony Cruz hit his first of the season, leading the Cardinals to a 5-3 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Thursday night to complete a four-game sweep. It was the Cardinals' fifth straight win overall and they finished 7-0 against the Diamondbacks this season. Moss's tiebreaking two-run shot in the fifth inning off...
Via Fox Sports Midwest
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Cardinals still division favorites, but Pirates aren’t far behind

The Cardinals have long been the favorites to win the NL Central. They entered the season as the presumed favorites and certainly haven’t disappointed. Even now, they possess a healthy 4.5 game lead on the second place Pirates. But healthy isn’t the same as insurmountable, and if any team has a chance of knocking down the Cards, it’s Pittsburgh. On the season. the Pirates...
Via The Outside Corner
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Cardinals roll to 80 wins and 35 games over .500

  Jeff Curry / USA Today Sports   On August 25th in 2011, the Cardinals were 10.5 games back of the NL Wild Card. Then of course, they went on a remarkable and historical run in dramatic fashion to achieve their 11th World Series Championship in franchise history. Since then, St. Louis has been the postseason in three consecutive years; reaching the NLCS in 2012, another World...
Via STLSportsMinute
8 days ago  |  Discuss

The Strength of the Tsunami – Carlos Martinez

October 26, 2014 – Tragedy struck as St. Louis Cardinals’ top prospect Oscar Taveras, 22, and his 18-year-old girlfriend were killed in a car accident in Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic. The news hit the Cardinals organization and their fans hard, along with baseball fans across the globe. There was nobody outside of Taveras’ family, however, that felt the loss more than the...

Stacking up Stephen Piscotty’s First 30 Games in Cardinals History

St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Stephen Piscotty has now completed his first 30 games as a Major Leaguer, during which time his team went 19-11. Stepping into the every-day role in left field for the injured Matt Holliday, the 24-year-old has been extremely productive for a first-place Cardinals lineup that is also missing power threat Randal Grichuk. In fact, in one element of...
Via The Cardinal Nation blog
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Cardinals: Is Jacob Wilson a possibility in September callups?

As the St. Louis Cardinals battle the Padres in San Diego this weekend, I am looking at the farm and seeing who can come up and help in September. The sure things are Tim Cooney, Mitch Harris, Sam Tuivalala, Xavier Scruggs, and Marco Gonzales possibly. Let’s talk long shots. That’s more fun. I got my eyes on Jacob Wilson, Michael Ohlman and possibly Charlie Tilson. Will we see...
Via STLSportsMinute
12 days ago  |  Discuss

John Smoltz’s MLB all-weather team is phenomenal

During Tuesday’s Tigers-Cubs game on MLB Network, John Smoltz got bored during a two hour, 17 minute rain delay. So he created an “all-weather” MLB team. .@MLBNetwork John Smoltz's All-Weather Team. — FaceoftheFranchise (@facefranchise) August 19, 2015   Out of everyone on that list, Dewey Williams is probably the most forced answer...
Via Awful Announcing
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Have The Cardinals Finally Taken Every Injury They Can Afford To?

While success has been the constant for the 2015 St. Louis Cardinals, so has been the ever-present element of doing it in spite of a crucial injury. Looking at the team’s Opening Day roster in comparison to the everyday lineup it trots out currently, rational thought would say there should be no way that this team has baseball’s best record and a six game lead in their division...
Via i70baseball
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Injuries continue to pile up for St. Louis Cardinals

Yet another chapter has been written in the injury-riddled saga that has plagued the 2015 St. Louis Cardinals. Outfielder and legitimate NL Rookie of the Year contender Randal Grichuk landed on the disabled list Monday with an elbow strain that he sustained during Sunday’s game. Since the All-Star Break, Grichuk has been red hot, knocking 14 extra-base hits, including 8 HRs. His...
16 days ago  |  Discuss

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