Taxed bullpen proves costly to Cardinals

When manager Mike Matheny turned to his bullpen in the bottom of the seventh inning Sunday, the Cardinals trailed by only one run, with plenty of time for their dangerous offense to mount a comeback.
4 hours ago

Jhonny Peralta cuts thumb opening box, has return delayed

The St. Louis Cardinals were hoping to see shortstop Jhonny Peralta get back on the field soon, but it looks like that return will be delayed just a little bit longer. Peralta, who tore a ligament in his thumb during spring training that required surgery, cut his thumb while opening a box on Saturday. The stitches will require three to four days to heal, meaning he has no choice...
Via The Comeback
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Ruben Tejada designated for assignment

Signed as an injury replacement for Jhonny Peralta, the ex-Met lasted just 40 plate appearances with the Cardinals. On Saturday, hours before the Cardinals' 9-4 victory over the Washington Nationals, the Cardinals designated shortstop Ruben Tejada for assignment, opting instead to retain Greg Garcia on the Major League club. Tejada was signed by the Cardinals on March 19 in light...
Via Viva El Birdos
13 hours ago

Greg Garcia continues tear as Cardinals win 9-4

WASHINGTON -- Adam Wainwright pitched seven gritty innings and made an ample contribution at the plate, hitting a two-run double to help the St. Louis Cardinals defeat the Washington Nationals 9-4 on Saturday night.Matt Holliday homered for the Cardinals, who took control with a four-run second inning highlighted by Wainwright's fifth extra-base hit of the season.With two on, two...
Via Associated Press
23 hours ago  |  Discuss

Cardinals: Carpenter Returns, Tejada DFA’d; Garcia Stays Up

Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports With Matt Carpenter returning from the paternity list on Saturday, the Cardinals designated Ruben Tejada for assignment to free a spot for Carpenter on the active roster. In turn, Greg Garcia, who was recalled from the Triple-A Memphis Redbirds to take the roster spot while Carpenter was absent, will remain on the 25-man roster, essentially filling what...
Via STLSportsMinute
1 day ago

Cardinals active Matt Carpenter, DFA Ruben Tejada

The St. Louis Cardinals on Saturday activated Matt Carpenter from paternity leave. As a direct result, the club designated infielder Ruben Tejada for assignment to clear room on the roster. Carpenter left the Cardinals on Wednesday to attend the birth of his first child. The all-star third baseman called the team at about 5 a.m. Wednesday to say his wife, Mackenzie, had gone...
Via Today's Knuckleball
1 day ago

The Evolution of the St. Louis Cardinals Jersey

The St. Louis Cardinals are known for their sportsmanship and following the unwritten rules of the field. They stick to Read more » The post The Evolution of the St. Louis Cardinals Jersey appeared first on We are Fanatics - Official Blog.
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1 day ago

Imagining the 2016 Cardinals as sellers: Part 2

Back in December, I wrote on the possibility of the Cardinals actually selling at the deadline. The Cubs looked like a behemoth, and the projections liked the Mets, Giants, Nationals, and Dodgers better than the Cardinals, though they did like the Cardinals marginally better than the Pirates. Even if you didn't agree with the projections, a lot of crazy things can happen in baseball...
Via Viva El Birdos
1 day ago

Piscotty grand slam key in Cards' 6-2 victory

WASHINGTON -- Stephen Piscotty hit a grand slam off Max Scherzer during a five-run third inning and Jaime Garcia quieted the Washington Nationals lineup as the St. Louis Cardinals won 6-2 on Friday night.Coming off consecutive ineffective starts, Garcia held Washington to two runs and seven hits over seven innings. The Cardinals had lost four of five.Scherzer allowed two earned runs...
Via Associated Press
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Michael Wacha needs to step up for the St. Louis Cardinals to contend

After dropping a tough 2-1 loss to the Washington Nationals last night in D.C., the St. Louis Cardinals’ record stands at 24-24.  In 2015, the Cardinals only had 10 losses when they reached 24 wins.  Obviously, the team looks a lot different this year than it did last season. But what’s the difference between being 24-24 this season, and 33-17 at the end of May last year? The...
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Utley's family received death threats after NLDS slide

Chase Utley’s family received death threats after his slide broke Ruben Tejada’s leg during the 2015 National League Division Series, according to a report. Mets fans were so furious with Utley’s slide that his family was targeted with death threats, and Utley did not stay in the same hotel as his Dodgers teammates when they made the trip to New York, though that was mere...
Via Larry Brown Sports
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The regression monster is coming for Stephen Piscotty

Stephen Piscotty is off to a surprisingly hot start with the Cardinals this year, hitting .326/.398/.495 in his first 206 at-bats on the season. At just 25 years old, Piscotty is young enough to be part of the next great core of players that the Cardinals will build around. The second-year right fielder is getting the start of his career off on the right foot, and he’s quickly...
Via Today's Knuckleball
2 days ago

Yadier Molina's heads-up play saves Cardinals from embarrassing error

St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina showed why he's an eight-time Gold Glove winner Thursday.With the score tied at 1 in the seventh inning, Stephen Drew hit a high pop-up in the infield. Pitcher Mike Leake settled under it as shortstop Aledmys Diaz came charging in to over the play.Diaz came in and tried to make the play but the ball popped out of his glove. Instead of the...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Bryce Harper cuts batting gloves after homering without them

Washington Nationals superstar Bryce Harper entered Thursday night in a bit of a slump at the dish, with just four hits in 31 at-bats over his last 12 games, and only one extra-base hit (a double) in that span. Well, Harper wanted to try something new to hopefully break out of this slump, and he decided to not wear batting gloves for his at-bat against St. Louis Cardinals right...
Via The Comeback
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Cardinals To Host Baseball Hall of Fame Tour Beginning August 26

Features Artifacts, Images, Never-Before-Seen Video, Cutting-Edge Technology, Virtual Reality and an IMAX Movie  ST. LOUIS, Mo., May 26, 2016 – The historic Baseball Hall of Fame Tour (We Are Baseball) will come to Ballpark Village in St. Louis beginning on August 26 as one of the first stops on its multi-year journey to dozens of [...]
Via The Cardinal Conclave
3 days ago

Matt Carpenter Has Taken the First Pitch of Every Game

Something interesting caught my eye this morning while doing the research for my post on Alcides Escobar‘s first-pitch swing tendencies: Matt Carpenter has led off 42 times for the Cardinals this year, and in those 42 leadoff starts, he has not yet swung at a single first pitch to begin the game. Forty-two first pitches, forty-two takes. In the interest of full disclosure, Matt...
Via Fangraphs
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Carp placed on paternity list; Greg Garcia recalled

ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Cardinals have placed third baseman Matt Carpenter on the paternity list and recalled infielder Greg Garcia from Triple-A Memphis.Carpenter, the leadoff man, is first on the team with nine homers and 32 RBIs and is batting .250 with a .378 on-base percentage.The 26-year-old Garcia was on the opening day roster and appeared in 10 games before being optioned...
Via Associated Press
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Leake will try to give struggling rotation a boost as Cards visit Nationals

Mike Leake was again not at his sharpest against the Washington Nationals last month but was optimistic that improved performances were just around the corner.That has proved true for the St. Louis Cardinals right-hander in his last few starts, and he'll try to give his struggling staff another boost Thursday night in the opener of a four-game series in Washington.Leake gave up five...
Via Fox Sports
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Yadier Molina tries to play off embarrassing moment with slick recovery

St. Louis Cardinals' All-Star catcher Yadier Molina has impeccable footwork behind the plate. The eight-time Gold Glove winner rarely makes a misstep on the diamond, expect for Monday night.In the eighth inning with a runner on first against the Chicago Cubs, Molina did what he's done countless times -- block a pitch in the dirt with perfect form. But as Molina scrambled to corral...
Via Fox Sports
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Adam Wainwright May Have Found Something

You don’t need numbers to gain a sense of how Adam Wainwright‘s season has started. You just need Adam Wainwright postgame quotes. After his Opening Day start, he wasn’t “anywhere close to being excited,” and called himself “the definition of average.” The next start tied his “career-high-of frustration level” because he was “so upset about the way the ball [was...
Via Fangraphs
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Harrison Bader: A Cardinals Prospect on Being a Sponge

Harrison Bader is raking in his first full season of pro ball. The 21-year-old St. Louis Cardinals outfield prospect ranks second in the Double-A Texas League with a .351 batting average. Batting leadoff for Springfield, Bader boasts a .401 OBP and his slugging percentage is a sporty .554. Last year, he hit the ground running after being drafted in the third round out of the University...
Via Fangraphs
10 days ago  |  Discuss

St. Louis Cardinals: Adam Wainwright’s comeback tour

Flashback to two years ago. Adam Wainwright earned a whopping 20 wins and registered a solid 2.38 ERA as the St. Louis Cardinals’ ace. He also struck opposing batters out a solid 179 times, which was actually his lowest mark in five years. He is only two years removed from this All-Star season. The skeptics will say Wainwright is over the hill after suffering an Achilles tendon...
19 days ago  |  Discuss

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