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Matt Holliday Going On St. Louis Disabled List

The St. Louis Cardinals will do something that has become all too familiar for the team: Place their 11th player on the disabled list since the beginning of July. On Friday, x-rays confirmed Matt Holliday had suffered a fracture of the right thumb. On Thursday, Holliday was hit during the 10th inning with a 94-mph pitch from Mike Montgomery in a game in which the Cardinals eventually lost 4-3. Holliday’s right thumb swelled immediately and he was not able to move it. He was replaced at once with a pinch runner and sent to the training area for... 
 

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... 
 

St Louis Cardinals: More Moves Before Spring?

Every offseason, the St. Louis Cardinals lose valuable veterans and somehow seemingly always manage to find capable replacements, either through acquisitions or from their productive farm system. The reigning National League champions will have to duplicate that feat again in 2014. Editor’s Note: This “New Year, New Season” post marks the second in a series where Baseball News Source columnist Jeff Louderback will chronicle each Major League team as spring training draws nearer. The Cardinals are well-positioned to defend their NL title... 
 

Cardinals Reach Agreeement With Mark Ellis on One-Year Deal

The St. Louis Cardinals have reached an agreement with free-agent second baseman Mark Ellis on a one-year deal pending a physical. Ellis will likely serve as a right handed hitting compliment and insurance to Cardinals prospect Kolten Wong who is expected to be the Cardinals primary second baseman. Financial details were not released but Ellis made $5.25 million in 2013 with Los Angeles Ellis hit .270/.323/.351 with 13 doubles, six homers and 48 RBI for the Dodgers last season.  Wong hit .153/.194/.169 in 62 plate appearances last season withe... 
 

St. Louis Cardinals Reach Agreement with Jhonny Peralta

The St. Louis Cardinals have reached an agreement with Jhonny Peralta. The four-year deal is worth slightly more than $52 million. The deal is  pending a physical. Peralta, 31, hit .303/.358/.457 with 30 doubles, 11 homers and 55 RBI in just 107 games last year, as he served a 50-game suspension due to his ties to the Biogenesis clinic in Florida that MLB concluded had been supplying players with performance-enhancing drugs. Peralta would take over at shortstop replacing Pete Kozma and be paird with youngster Kolten Wong who has been ticketed... 
 

St. Louis Cardinals Send David Freese to Angels in Four Player Trade

The St. Louis Cardinals sent former World Series MVP third baseman David Freese and pitcher Fernando Salas to the Los Angeles Angels for center fielder Peter Bourjos and outfielder Randal Grichuk. Freese, who was an All-Star in 2012 and was named the World Series MVP in 2011, hit .262 with nine home runs, 60 RBI and a .721 OPS in 138 games this past season and had spent his entire five-year career with the Cardinals. Bourjos, in his fourth season, only played in 55 games because of a wrist fracture and hit .274 with three home runs and 12... 
 

Cardinals Matt Carpenter and His Playoff Woes

St. Louis Cardinals second baseman Matt Carpenter had a great regular season. The former 13th round draft pick put up a .318/.392/.481 batting line. He led all second basemen in batting average and on-base percentage, and trailed only Robinson Cano in slugging percentage. His 7.0 fWAR was the sixth best in the majors. All in all, he has a solid case for NL MVP. Carpenter’s production is especially amazing considering that he signed for $1,000 as a fifth-year senior out of Texas Christian University back in 2009. However, the 2013 playoffs... 
 

David Ross Key to Red Sox Victory

The Boston Red Sox downed the St. Louis Cardinals 3-1 Monday night. Starting pitchers Jon Lester and Adam Wainwright each dominated, combining for 17 strikeouts, 1 walk, and 24 swings and misses. The game took just three hours. Red Sox catcher David Ross was essential to the victory. The 36 year-old veteran produced two hits, including the go-ahead double off Wainwright in the top of the 7th inning. The double was the biggest play of the game, increasing the Sox’ historical chances of winning from 55 to 80 percent. It came on a 1-2... 
 

Boston Red Sox: Felix Doubront’s Quality Outing

Yet another crazy game. Last night ended on a walkoff obstruction call, this one ended on a pickoff play. Never before had a playoff game ended on one of those plays. Horrible decision making once again played a big role. St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny had the option to pinch hit for starting pitcher Lance Lynn with runners on first and second with two out in the bottom of the fourth inning. Matheny let Lynn hit, and the scoring opportunity ended when he flew out to right fielder Daniel Nava. He surrendered a run in the fifth,... 
 

Boston Red Sox Slam Cardinals for 8-1 in Game 1

For the fourth time in history, the Boston Red Sox and the St. Louis Cardinals will square off in baseball’s fall classic. For the third time in those matchups, the Red Sox would grab a victory in Game 1, as Boston took an easy 8-1 victory on Wednesday evening at Fenway Park. Out of the gates the Red Sox would take control of the game and would set sail on the Cardinals, besting them in all departments. The Boston offense tested Wainwright early. Each of the first six batters took the first two pitches of their respective at-bats, all of which... 
 

Boston Red Sox’ Quintin Berry Is a Speed Demon

Boston Red Sox pinch runner Quintin Berry is playing for his third different team in 2013. On Opening Day, the Detroit Tigers sent Berry down to Triple-A. After putting up a .168/.278/.234 line, he was designated for assignment two months later. The Kansas City Royals snatched him up, and optioned him to Triple-A. He didn’t fare much better in their farm system, managing a .222/.343/.292 line. Finally, at the end of August, the Red Sox swapped the erratic journeyman relief pitcher Clayton Mortensen for Berry. He appeared in 13 games,... 
 

St. Louis Cardinals Relievers Bringing Heat in NLCS

Despite posting a .134/.190/.175 batting line through the first four games of the NLCS, the St. Louis Cardinals have a 3-1 series lead on the Los Angeles Dodgers. Their bullpen has played a large role in the series. They have surrendered just one run in 14 innings, with 13 strikeouts. Rookie Carlos Martinez and second-year man Trevor Rosenthal have provided more than half of these innings, without surrendering a run. These two flamethrowers have kicked it up a notch this postseason. Each pitcher averaged right around 97 miles per hour during... 
 

Michael Wacha, Cardinals Take 2-0 Series Lead in NLCS

Michael Wacha pitched into the seventh, and the St Louis Cardinals bullpen combined to shutout the Los Angeles Dodgers for the second straight day and winning 1-0 Saturday for a 2-0 lead in the NL Championship Series. Relievers Randy Choate and Carlos Martinez pitched the eighth for St. Louis before turning it over to Trevor Rosenthal. The Cardinals managed only two hits off Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw, but Jon Jay‘s sacrifice fly set up by Freese’s double and A.J. Ellis‘ passed ball in the fifth stood up. In... 
 

2013 NLCS Preview: Los Angeles Dodgers vs. St. Louis Cardinals

Hall of Famer and philosophical laureate Yogi Berra may have said it best, “in baseball, you don’t know nothing.” Contradictions aside, it may be plausible to assert that baseball is a game founded on the principle of unpredictability. Nothing is envisaged or definitive in nature, except perhaps for the ever-popular element of surprise. As we approached the postseason this year, that element of surprise was found to be alive and well, taking a strong embodiment in the form of the Pittsburgh Pirates. Perennial struggles have defined baseball... 
 

Cardinals David Freese’s Homerun Off Pirates Gerrit Cole

The St. Louis Cardinals downed the Pittsburgh Pirates 6-1 Wednesday night. The biggest play of the game was third baseman David Freese hitting a two-run homer off of Pirates starter Gerrit Cole in the second inning to give St. Louis a 2-0 lead. The Cardinals win probability shot up to 74 percent after Freese’s blow. Anybody can tell you that Freese hit a big homerun. I want to hone in on the rarity of what he did. First of all, Gerrit Cole doesn’t surrender homeruns too often. In 117.1 innings, he surrendered just seven homeruns.... 
 

Cardinals Rout Pittsburgh in NLDS Opener

The St Louis Cardinals used a 7 run inning and solid pitching to rout the Pittsburgh Pirates 9-1 in game one of the NL Division Series. Carlos Beltran‘s three-run homer sparked a seven-run third inning and the St. Louis Cardinals got seven strong innings from Adam Wainwright to open a commanding 7-0 in the third. Beltran has 15 home runs, 10 doubles and 28 RBIs in 35 postseason games. He also has scored 40 runs and stolen 11 bases. The Pirates ended a 21-year postseason drought and entered their first best-of-5 division series with apparent... 
 

Cardinals Oscar Taveras Set to be Next Best Thing in Baseball

While much of the recent attention has been centered around the Minnesota Twins’ Byron Buxton, who has propelled himself to status as the premier batting prospect in the game after a remarkable 2013 campaign, he will most likely not see much (if any) action at the big league level next season as the Twins appear patient in developing their star outfielder of the future. Despite the production showcased by Buxton this season, the honor of best pure hitting prospect in the game belongs to St. Louis’ Oscar Taveras. Although missing substantial... 
 

Adam Wainwright Channels Cliff Lee, Beats Rockies with Arm, Bat

Adam Wainwright channeled his inner Cliff Lee against the Colorado Rockies, using both his arm and his bat to take down the Rockies 4-3. While his two-way performance wasn’t quite as dominant as Lee’s, it deserves recognition nonetheless. The Cardinals righthander went 7.2 strong innings in hitter-friendly Coors Field, allowing ten hits and three runs with seven strikeouts. His lone walk was surrendered to Josh Rutledge, the last hitter he faced. The boxscore doesn’t do Wainwright’s start justice. He threw 89/121 (74%)... 
 

Cardinals Fans Don’t Get Too Excited About Joe Kelly

It’s not outlandish to say that Joe Kelly has been a godsend for a struggling St. Louis Cardinals rotation. In 14 starts he has a 9-2 record and 2.14 ERA. His second-half ERA is more than two runs lower than that of Adam Wainwright. But, that’s where the good news ends and cynical types like me step in. Kelly’s strikeout and walk rates of 12.9% and 9.4%, respectively, are some of the worst rates in the league. His success has been built largely on a .272 BABIP, 7.1 HR/FB% and a  86.3 LOB%, numbers that are beyond his true talent... 
 

Cardinals Michael Wacha’s Role Defined By Need

Michael Wacha, the St. Louis Cardinals 2012 first-round pick didn’t take long to make his presence felt within the organization, as he piled up 40 strikeouts against just 4 walks over 21 innings in his first professional season. Wacha has split time between AAA and the majors in 2013, and while the results have not been eye-popping, his performance could be the difference between a deep playoff run and an early exit. Wacha’s 2.81 ERA may be a little deceiving (the .257 BABIP, 79.4 LOB% and 6.9 HR/FB ratio are all bound for regression). Expect... 
 

St. Louis Cardinals Rally for Win Over Cincinnati Reds

The St. Louis Cardinals moved into sole possession of first place in the NL Central for the first time since July 29 after Allen Craig hit his first career grand slam with two out in the seventh inning, helping the Cardinals rally for an 8-6 win over the Cincinnati Reds. Craig is now 6-for-7 with 15 RBIs in two-out, bases-loaded situations. Matt Holliday also had a long three-run homer for St. Louis Zack Cozart had two hits and three RBIs for the Reds, who dropped to 4-9 against St. Louis this season. Jay Bruce hit his 25th homer in the... 
 

Cardinals Call-Up Prospect Kolten Wong

The St Louis Cardinals have called up second baseman Kolten Wong, one of their top prospects, from AAA Memphis. He should arrive in time for Friday’s game with the Chicago Cubs. He was hitting .303 in Memphis with 10 home runs, eight triples and 21 doubles. In his last 10 games at Memphis, he was hitting .351. Wong sat out Thursday night’s game for Triple-A Memphis against Colorado Springs. Wong was expected to be a September call-up but the move is being made now. Third baseman David Freese came out of Thursday’s game in the eighth... 
 

St. Louis Cardinals Call Up Prospect Carlos Martinez

The St Louis Cardinals have called up pitching prospect Carlos Martinez to make a start against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Busch Stadium.  Martinez had previously been used in the Cardinals bullpen this season. In his pair of bullpen stays with the Cardinals, Martinez combined to allow 12 hits and seven earned runs in 11 1/3 innings. The 21-year-old right-hander  has posted a 1.76 ERA in 10 Triple-A starts this season. The move was necessitated after Shelby Miller was hit in the elbow in the first inning of Wednesdays game and Jake Westbrook... 
 

Cardinals Send Matt Holliday to the 15-day Disabled List

St. Louis Cardinals will be without slugger Matt Holliday for at least another week as the team placed the  left fielder on the 15 day disabled list. He’s hitting .268/.351/.448 with 13 homers and 47 RBI this season. First baseman/outfielder Brock Peterson  Was called up to take holidays roster spot. Peterson was hitting .306 with a league-high 22 home runs in 93 games for Triple-A Memphis,  and represented the team in the AAA All-Star game earlier this week. Holliday has been out since suffering a hamstring strain running out a ground... 
 

Adam Wainwright Outduels Matt Harvey for 10th Win

The National League’s two best starting pitchers were masterful on Thursday afternoon, as St. Louis Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright outdueled New York Mets ace Matt Harvey in 2-1 victory for his 10th victory of the season, the first to reach double digits in victories in either league this season. For the fifth straight game, Wainwright pitched into the seventh inning, wherein he went seven scoreless on Thursday, surrendering just four hits and striking out six batters and walking two. One particular aspect of his game this season has been his... 
 

Cardinals Michael Wacha Records First MLB Win Against Mets

St. Louis Cardinals rookie Michael Wacha was able to record his first big league victory in his third start despite allowing a home run to Omar Quintanilla, a sacrifice fly to Marlon Byrd, and walking three batters all in the first inning, Wacha settled down after a rocky first inning to complete six innings,  and the Cardinals beat the New York Mets 9-2. He did not allow another run nor did he record another walk after the first inning. Officially, Wacha’s performance is considered a quality start, but he will have to have to be more... 
 

Adam Wainwright Wins 9th, Freese, Carpenter Extend Hitting Streaks

The St. Louis Cardinals entered Great American Ballpark tonight with a three game lead over the rival Cincinnati Reds in the National League Central. With staff ace, Adam Wainwright, on the mound, the team was confident in their chances of extending their lead to four games. That is exactly what they did–winning the game 9-2. Wainwright competed well tonight against the division rival. He was able to scatter seven hits over seven innings while allowing just two earned runs. He compiled seven strikeouts to just one walk–improving his... 
 

Michael Wacha Struggles, Cardinals Lose in Extras

Although St Louis Cardinals rookie Michael Wacha struck out the side in the first inning, he was unable to replicate the success that he had in his first outing. Wacha found his pitch count elevated up to 41 pitches after just two innings. He had just the inning he needed in the third–setting down the Arizona  Diamondbacks in order on just five pitches. However, the fourth and fifth were problem innings for Wacha. He allowed three runs in the fourth and two in the fifth and after getting just two outs, he was replaced by fellow rookie, Seth... 
 

Shelby Miller and Cardinals Shut-Out Giants

The St. Louis Cardinals recorded their ninth shutout of the season to tie the Pittsburgh Pirates for the most in the majors and beat Matt Cain in the San Francisco Giants 8-0. It was the first game of a split doubleheader after being postponed from Friday. Rookie Shelby Miller pitched seven shutout innings scattering six hits, walking one and striking out seven and lowered his ERA to 1.82.. Victor Marte and  Keith Butler  finished off the shutout with in any each for the Cardinals. Cain was hit hard in six innings of work allowing nine hits... 
 

Michael Wacha Solid in Major League Debut – Gets No Decision

When asked by the St. Louis media what he thought of his call-up, Michael Wacha confidently said, “I’m here to stay.” If he continues having starts like he had tonight, then he is right–he is here to stay and will be here for a long time. Wacha successfully lived up to the hype in his Major League debut against the Kansas City Royals. He pitched seven strong innings, allowing just two hits and one earned run while recording six strikeouts. He ramped up his fastball to 96 MPH while keeping hitters off balance with a filthy... 
 

Carlos Beltran, Matt Holliday Lead Cardinals Rally Past Royals

Before tonight’s game, the St. Louis Cardinals were 0-12 when trailing after 7 innings this season. They are now 1-12 thanks to their comeback victory against the cross-state rival Kansas City Royals. With the Cardinals trailing 2-0 in the bottom of the 6th inning, Matt Holliday cut the lead in half with a laser-shot solo home run to the left-center field bleachers. However, on a ground out by George Kottaras, the Royals tacked on a run in the top of the 8th to increase their lead to 3-1. Thus, entering the bottom of the 8th, the Cardinals... 
 

No Motte? No Problem, Edward Mujica Perfect For Cardinals

When St. Louis Cardinals closer, Jason Motte, went down before the season with an elbow injury that ultimately required season-ending Tommy John surgery, Cardinal nation was worried about who would fill this hole. Last season, Motte was third in the MLB with 42 saves. Motte also had a 5:1 strikeout-to-walk–a true luxury for a power-pitching closer. Thus, the hole left by Motte was massive, and the Cardinals felt that Mitchell Boggs, an extremely successful set-up man last season, was the their next best option. However, Boggs was unable to... 
 

Tyler Lyons Continues to Impress in Cardinals Victory

The St. Louis Cardinals have displayed the strength of their farm system’s starting pitching this season, namely with Shelby Miller, Tyler Lyons, and soon enough Michael Wacha come Thursday. On Tuesday evening, part of that young pitching core was on display as Lyons started his second career game. Lyons would pitch seven strong innings, surrendering just one run on two hits, while striking out five batters and walking one en route to a 4-1 victory against the Kansas City Royals. Lyons was called up last week in the wake of Jaime Garcia‘s... 
 

Michael Wacha to Make Big League Debut For Cardinals

St. Louis Cardinals top pitching prospect Michael Wacha will be called upon to make his big league debut on Thursday, May 30 against the Kansas City Royals. A first-round (19th overall) draft pick in the 2012 MLB Amateur Draft out of Texas A&M University, Wacha has quickly ascended through the St. Louis organization, starting the 2013 season at Triple-A Memphis following an impressive spring training. In nine starts for Memphis this season, Wacha has posted a 4-0 record and 2.05 ERA, along with a 34/15 strikeout to walk ratio in 52.2 innings... 
 

St. Louis Cardinals Send Oscar Taveras to the DL With Ailing Ankle

On May 12, Cardinals prospect, Oscar Taveras, injured his right ankle while attempting to steal second against the Fresno Grizzlies. According to a team official, Taveras was listed as day-to-day when an x-ray of the ankle came up negative. Thus, it did not look like it would be that big of a deal, and he would be back on the field in less than a week. On May 26, exactly two weeks after the injury, Taveras was expected back in the lineup for the Memphis Redbirds. He had been running sprints and doing agility drills throughout the week so his return... 
 

Yadier Molina Slugs Cardinals Past Royals

Yadier Molina, the St. Louis Cardinals’ all-star catcher, led the charge on Monday in the Cardinals’ 6-3 victory over the Kansas City Royals. Molina went 2-for-2 with a home run and four RBI while drawing two walks. Molina started off the game with a two-run bomb to left centerfield in the first inning, followed by an RBI double in the third and a sacrifice fly in the fourth. Molina has had a phenomenal month of May, racking up 31 hits and batting .386. On the season, he is batting an NL second-best .346 and has hit three home runs along... 
 
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