Cardinals homer six times in 11-6 win over Mariners

SEATTLE -- Matt Carpenter and Tommy Pham each homered twice as the St. Louis Cardinals went deep six times in an 11-6 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Sunday.Jedd Gyorko and Matt Holliday also homered for St. Louis. Carpenter, Holliday, and Aledmys Diaz each had three hits as the Cardinals finished with 17 -- including 13 for extra bases. Gyorko and Pham led off the seventh...
Via Associated Press
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Cardinals remove struggling Trevor Rosenthal from closer role

Since late 2013, the St. Louis Cardinals have known whom they would hand the ball to in the ninth. But after blowing his third save of the season, hard-throwing righty Trevor Rosenthal was removed as closer.Rosenthal, who had a major-league leading 93 saves from 2014-15, has a 14.14 ERA in June and has averaged 7.9 walks per nine innings this season."We just need to figure out a...
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Power surge leads Cardinals past Mariners

The Cardinals had 13 extra-base hits on Sunday, including six home runs, to salvage a victory against the Mariners in the series finale at Safeco Field.
3 hours ago

Lyons works into valuable role in Cards' pen

Tyler Lyons has earned important innings this season, especially with his ability to work multiple innings. He tossed 4 2/3 scoreless innings in Saturday's loss to the Mariners, keeping the score close.
7 hours ago

Cardinals: Rosenthal Pulled from Closer’s Role; Door Opens for Broxton, Siegrist, & Oh

Source: Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images North America After surrendering a three-run, game-winning homer to the Seattle Mariners in the bottom of the ninth inning to hand the Cardinals a 4-3 loss on Friday night at Safeco Field, right-hander Trevor Rosenthal was lifted from the Cardinals’ closer’s job on Saturday by manager Mike Matheny, a bullpen role that has had Rosenthal...
Via STLSportsMinute
8 hours ago

Leake's slow start digs Cards early hole

The Cardinals' streak of 13 consecutive quality starts came to an abrupt end on Saturday when Mike Leake posted the rotation's shortest start (3 1/3 innings) in more than a month.
20 hours ago

Cardinals try to make it a winning road trip on Sunday

SEATTLE -- The St. Louis Cardinals will face an American League West team for the final time in eight weeks on Sunday, and the break can't come soon enough for their fans.Saturday night's loss to the Seattle Mariners left St. Louis with a 3-7 record against AL West teams this season. The Cardinals have now lost seven in a row against teams from the division.While another AL team...
Via Fox Sports
20 hours ago  |  Discuss

TKB’s Biggest Surprises of 2016: #1 Aledmys Diaz

Throughout the week, Today’s Knuckleball has looked at — and ranked — the top-five surprises in the major leagues this season. Coming in at No. 1 is St. Louis Cardinals shortstop Aledmys Diaz. If you missed any of the previous entries 5) Blue Jays outfielder Michael Saunders 4) Twins infielder Eduardo Nunez 3) Reds outfielder Adam Duvall 2) Red Sox pitcher Steven Wright Aledmys...
Via Today's Knuckleball
1 day ago

The Cardinals' pen likely to bounce back; still likely to be upgraded at the deadline

The volatility of major league relievers has reared it's ugly head in St. Louis this year As we've talked about at length this year, the Cardinals' 2015-2016 off-season was all about building depth. Jedd Gyorko, Mike Leake, retaining Jonathan Broxton and  Brandon Moss, yada, yada, yada. You guys know that, you've been inundated with it. It's worked out pretty well so far. Enough...
Via Viva El Birdos
1 day ago

Cardinals news and notes: Carp, CF, and Seattle

June 24 brought several VEB articles and the return of #LateNiteBaseball 2016 is an amazing time to be alive, and nothing about it is more amazing than the democratization of mass media. For $10 a month, Spotify Premium allows me unlimited, commercial-free access to over 20 million songs. Also for $10 a month, Netflix allows me unlimited streaming of countless movies and TV shows...
Via Viva El Birdos
1 day ago

Rosenthal allows three-run walk-off homer, Cardinals lose 4-3

SEATTLE -- Adam Lind hit a game-winning three-run home run in the ninth inning off St. Louis closer Trevor Rosenthal, and the Seattle Mariners rallied for a 4-3 win over the Cardinals on Friday night to snap a six-game losing streak. The Mariners opened the ninth with a double by Kyle Seager and a walk to Dae-Ho Lee. Lind reached down and drove a 1-1 pitch out to right field for...
Via Associated Press
1 day ago  |  Discuss

There’s No Place Like Home. Unless You’re The Cardinals.

Credit: pdsphil/Flickr Home-field advantage. Experts spend weeks debating whether it makes a difference or if it just lends the false notion of giving a team a leg-up on the competition. During the playoffs it’s considered a huge, series swinging feat if  a team “takes away home field advantage” by winning one of the first two games on the road. In the regular season,...
Via STLSportsMinute
2 days ago

Cardinals Fans Pre-Game Party Tonight In Seattle

The Cardinals are in Seattle to play professional baseball for the first time. Exciting stuff, RIGHT? And if you happened to use this occasion to travel to the northwest (or know someone who has), I want you to be aware of a Cardinals fan pre-game party tonight. All the details from the FB invite: LINK HERE (and it looks like there will be a fair number of St. Louis supporters there...
Via Cardinals Diaspora
2 days ago

Matt Carpenter is one of the best players in baseball

Important people in MLB voting circles should love Matt Carpenter more.  Matt Carpenter, St. Louis Cardinals’ bearded warrior, is severely underrated in the game of baseball. This is a nasty trend that was enlarged this week when he was left off the Top 50 players list in the Major Leagues put together by The Sporting News, which serves as the latest reason to completely disregard...
Via STLSportsMinute
2 days ago

Talking Mariners with Section 331

A Mariners-Cardinals series is still a pretty interesting novelty.  The two teams last played in 2013 in Busch Stadium, where the Cardinals took the series 2-1.  You have to go all the way back to 2002, just a few days before the terrible week that saw the losses of Jack Buck and Darryl Kile , to find a [...]
Via The Cardinal Conclave
2 days ago

Cardinals’ bullpen is bad, Matheny making it worse

Wednesday afternoon, the St. Louis Cardinals completed a sweep of the Cubs — as inexplicable an outcome as anything else the Cardinals have done this season. But while the boxscores of the sweep indicate the Cardinals’ bullpen pitched seven shutout innings across the three games, anyone who watched the games can see the reality. The Cardinals’ bullpen is in crisis and Mike...
Via Today's Knuckleball
3 days ago

Holliday, Carpenter homers lead Cardinals to 4-3 victory over Cubs

CHICAGO -- Matt Carpenter and Matt Holliday homered to back Adam Wainwright, and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Chicago Cubs 4-3 on Tuesday night.The Cardinals won their second straight game after going 0-5 on their first winless homestand of at least two series since 1983. Carpenter and Holliday connected against Jason Hammel (7-3) in a three-run third inning that made it 4...
Via Associated Press
5 days ago  |  Discuss

It’s Time for the Cardinals to Shake Up Their Bullpen

Sunday morning, I was talking with Craig Edwards and some others in the lobby of a New York hotel. Craig, who as you probably know runs the Cardinals’ site Viva El Birdos in addition to his work for FanGraphs, lamented Trevor Rosenthal‘s “shaky” performance this season. After checking in on Rosenthal and the Cardinals’ bullpen, it is even more clear than it already was...
Via Fangraphs
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Cardinals hope to avoid being swept behind surging Leake

ST. LOUIS -- If there is a consolation to blowing a 3-0 lead with four outs left, it's that the schedule gives the St. Louis Cardinals little time to mourn arguably their worst loss of the season.Another day game with the surging Texas Rangers awaits Sunday in Busch Stadium, the last game of a five-game homestand in which St. Louis has gone 0-4, hacking up eighth and ninth inning...
Via Fox Sports
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Jhonny Peralta’s return ignites a hot Cardinals team

Last week, St. Louis Cardinals infielder Jhonny Peralta (#27) returned from the disabled list and rejoined the Cardinals for the first time all season. In order for him to be added to the 25 man roster, second baseman Kolten Wong was sent down to the AAA team in Memphis. Manager Mike Matheny opted to put Peralta at third base, leaving rookie sensation Aledymys Diaz (#36) to man the...
13 days ago  |  Discuss

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