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Lineup Changes Give St. Louis New Offensive Look

The offense for the St. Louis Cardinals is starting to fire on all cylinders. One reason no one seems to know that the offense for the St, Louis Cardinals is the National League’s second most prolific is due to so much of it coming from players who nobody has ever heard of. Thursday night, St. Louis finally had its up and coming young talent thrust into the spotlight. Cardinals manager Mike Matheny took Aledmys Diaz from deep in the batting order to the No. 2 spot in the batting order. He used one of his team’s purest hitters in Stephen Piscotty... 
 

St. Louis Struggles But Stephen Piscotty Remains Rock Solid

While the Washington Nationals attempted to get him to go after sliders and the Philadelphia Phillies kept buzzing fastballs at his hands, one of the best young players in the game, Stephen Piscotty continues to hurt opposing pitching. The St. Louis Cardinals’ Piscotty is now making opposing pitchers pay for putting runners on base in front of him as he is at his most dangerous at that time. Piscotty has matured in just 29 games and has the ability to adapt which is the foundation for St. Louis’ offense being better than was expected. The Cardinals... 
 

Braves Trade Heyward, Walden To Cardinals for Miller, Jenkins

The St Louis Cardinals and Atlanta Braves have executed the first major trade of the offseason. Atlanta sent outfielder Jason Heyward and right-handed reliever Jordan Walden to the Cardinals in exchange for starting pitcher Shelby Miller and pitching prospect Tyrell Jenkins. With the move the Braves added depth to a rotation that projected to be one of the weakest in baseball, and the Cardinals found a corner outfielder. The 25 year-old Heyward will hit free agency next offseason. Though he hasn’t quite lived up to the sky-high expectations... 
 

St Louis Cardinals: Matt Carpenter’s Big October

The St. Louis Cardinals downed the San Francisco Giants 5-4 Sunday night, knotting up the NLCS at one game apiece. Once again Matt Carpenter played a huge role in a Cardinals postseason victory. After hitting eight home runs in 158 regular season games, the Cardinals infielder has drilled four in six postseason matches. Carpenter burst onto the scene in 2013, his first full season as a second baseman. He led the National League in hits, runs score and doubles. The former 13th round draft pick posted a gaudy .318/.392/.481 slash line and played... 
 

Clayton Kershaw, Adam Wainwright will Square off in Game 1

Clayton Kershaw and Adam Wainwright will face each other in Game One of the National League Division Series as the Los Angeles Dodgers host the St. Louis Cardinals. The Dodgers ace led the National League and all of baseball with a 1.77 ERA, while Wainwright’s 2.38 mark ranked third in the NL. The 26 year-old Kershaw captured his third consecutive ERA title, and will almost certainly win yet another Cy Young award. Despite battling arm soreness and missing his primary catcher, Yadier Molina for a good chunk of the season, the 33 year-old... 
 

Michael Wacha Returns to Rotation for Cardinals

After missing nearly three months with a shoulder injury, Michael Wacha returned to the St. Louis Cardinals rotation on Thursday night. He was limited to three innings, over which he allowed one run on three hits with one walk and three strikeouts. Rookie pitcher Marco Gonzales three 2.1 innings in relief of Wacha, helping to bridge the gap to the back of the bullpen. With the victory over the Milwaukee Brewers, the Cardinals increased their lead in the NL Central to four games. Losing Wacha was a big blow for the Cardinals. The 23 year-old... 
 

Jhonny Peralta is Having a Career Year for the Cardinals

Thanks to a recent surge, the St. Louis Cardinals are in position for the first wild card spot. They sit in second place in the National League Central, 2.5 games behind the Milwaukee Brewers. Though the team has the fewest home runs in the NL, shortstop Jhonny Peralta has supplied power to the Cards lineup. Peralta had an excellent year for the Detroit Tigers in 2013. He hit .303/.358/.457 for a 123 wRC+ with 3.6 fWAR. However, his involvement in the Biogenesis scandal earned him a 50 game suspension, and he appeared in just 107 games. When... 
 

Cardinals Make Trade to Acquire Justin Masterson

The St. Louis Cardinals and Cleveland Indians have agreed on a deal that will send RHP Justin Masterson to the Cardinals for prospect James Ramsey according to Peter Gammons. Baseball News Source speculated the Indians would be inclined to move Masterson earlier this week. Masterson had excellent 2013 season, pitching to a 3.45 ERA with a 58 percent ground ball rate. Furthermore, he bumped up his strikeout rate from 17.6 percent to 24.3 percent. Currently in the disabled list Masterson has had his usual ultra-high ground ball rate and a solid... 
 

Cards Yadier Molina Out 8-12 Weeks With Torn Thumb Ligament

St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina one of the most durable catchers in baseball, has a torn ligament in his right thumb and will miss 8-12 weeks following surgery, the team announced. Molina suffered injury after sliding into third base, though it was a foot-first slide in a game Wednesday night. “I almost cried,” Molina said, when he was told the news.In 83 games and 335 plate appearances this season, Molina is hitting .287/.341/.409 (109 OPS+) with 16 doubles and seven home runs. Tony Cruz, Molina’s backup, will be the... 
 

MLB Trade Rumors: Cardinals Pitching Options

Going into the season, it appeared that the St. Louis Cardinals had more pitching than they knew what to do with. While their staff has sported a 3.28 ERA with 9.9 fWAR up to this point, a trade acquisition seems to be in order. Michael Wacha and Joe Kelly are all on the shelf with injuries. Jaime Garcia will undergo season ending surgery.  Shelby Miller has been very bad for quite some time now. As of now, the Cardinals are five game back of the Milwaukee Brewers in the NL Central, and one game behind the Washington Nationals in the Wild... 
 

Cardinals Shelby Miller Looks Like a Shell of His Former Self

Between April and August 30th of last season, Shelby Miller was very good, posting a 3.32 ERA, with matching peripherals. His strikeout and walk rates were 26 percent and seven percent, respectively. From August 30th and on, Miller was awful. In seven starts, he managed just 18 strikeouts and 16 walks. He was a no-show in postseason play, and while the Cardinals insisted he was fine, a look at his numbers showed that they had good cause for concern. While Miller has a nice ERA of 3.18 in six starts this season, a closer look shows that he’s... 
 

Gray, Cingrani, Paxton: Young Pitchers Impressing in 2014

Young players stole the show in 2013, and just four days into the 2014 season, several young pitchers are already making their mark. Youthful hurlers Michael Wacha, Jose Fernandez, and Chris Archer have turned in strong outings after making good showings in 2014. In addition, Sonny Gray, Tony Cingrani, and James Paxton had excellent first outings. Here’s a more in-depth look at what these three pitchers did in their first go-round in 2014. The 24 year-old Gray, a Vanderbilt product, made his mark in 2013, striking out 25.7 percent of hitters... 
 

The St. Louis Cardinals Rotation: A Good Problem to Have

The St. Louis Cardinals had one of baseball’s better starting rotations in 2013. They finished the regular season with a team ERA of 3.42, and 13.6 fWAR. Only their division rival, the Pittsburgh Pirates, could top their team ground ball rate of 48.1 percent. Behind Adam Wainwright and rookie sensation Michael Wacha, the Cardinals rode strong pitching all the way to the World Series, where they fell at the hands of the Boston Red Sox. Looking to the 2014 season, which is mercifully fewer than six weeks away, the Cardinals appear to have... 
 

Carlos Marmol, Chaz Roe Sign with Marlins, Pat Neshek with Cardinals

Relievers Carlos Marmol and Pat Neshek have signed with the Miami Marlins and St. Louis Cardinals, respectively. Marmol received a one year major league deal worth $1.25, reports Enrique Rojas of ESPNDeportes.com. Neshek agreed to a minor league deal with an invite to Spring Training, according to Keith Olbermann of ESPN.com. The 31 year-old Marmol posted a 17.8 percent walk rate in 52 appearances with the Chicago Cubs and Los Angeles Dodgers in 2013, and saw his ERA climb to 4.41, his highest mark since becoming a reliever. Marmol has... 
 

Michael Wacha, Sonny Gray, and Kevin Gausman Comparison

Young hurlers Michael Wacha, Sonny Gray, and Kevin Gausman all got their first taste of the big leagues in 2013. All three are college pitchers and former first-round draft picks. Gray was selected 18th overall out of Vanderbilt in the 2011 Draft. Gausman was the fourth overall pick from LSU in the 2012 Draft, and Wacha went 18th from Texas A&M in that same draft. Gray and Wacha were very successful in their limited regular season innings. Over 64.0 innings and 10 starts, Gray pitched to a 2.67 ERA and 2.70 FIP, striking out 25.7 percent... 
 
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