Carlos Villanueva

#33 RP / St. Louis Cardinals / EXP: 10YRS Height: 6-2 Weight: 215 lb Age: 32 College: No College Bats/Throws R/R

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    • by Shawn Krest |

      Cardinals' Carlos Villanueva saves second game of season

      Cardinals reliever Carlos Villanueva pitched three perfect innings to earn his second save of the season, Friday against Milwaukee. Villanueva's last save, also a three-inning save, was on June 27. He's been perfect in his last two outings, spanning four innings, and hasn't allowed a run in his last four games, over seven innings.

    • by Marty Gitlin |

      Cardinals RP Carlos Villanueva earns save against old mates

      Carlos Villanueva really knows how to rub it in. Not only has he performed far better this season for the Cardinals than he ever did for the Cubs, but he shut down the Windy City boys on Saturday. Villanueva earned the save with three shutout innings in which he allowed just one hit. He walked two and fanned three along the way to preserve the 8-1 victory and lower his ERA to 1.17, more than three points lower than what he achieved mostly out of the bullpen for the Cubs. He allowed one baserunner in each inning, but escaped unscathed and allowed closer Trevor Rosenthal to rest.

    • by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer

      Cardinals RHP Carlos Villanueva continues fine bullpen work

      Cardinals pitcher Carlos Villanueva was a savior for manager Mike Matheny on Saturday against the Tigers. After starter Tyler Lyons was lifted with two outs in the fourth inning, Villanueva did all he could to keep his team in the game. He pitched 3 1/3 scoreless innings, allowing four hits and one walk. He also struck out a pair. "Somebody is going to have to pay, and it's the rest of our bullpen that is paying when we can't get our starters very deep in the game," Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said to "It's got to change. We have to figure out how to get it done." The right-hander has thrived in his role as a swingman/long reliever this season. He currently boasts a 0.50 ERA over 10 appearences. It remains to be seen if Villanueva will be moved into the rotation at some point this season.

    • by Shawn Krest |

      Cardinals' Carlos Villanueva comes out of pen to win third game

      Cardinals reliever Carlos Villanueva moved to 3-1 on the season, coming out of the bullpen to earn the victory in an 11-inning win over Pittsburgh. Villanueva pitched a scoreless eleventh, allowing a hit and a walk, while striking out one. He lowered his ERA to 0.87 with the 18 pitch, 10 strike outing. "It's good to come out on the positive side," Villanueva said. "What we have to do is try to keep the game as it is when we come in, and we did a good job of that. I know we had a lot of traffic out there, but what matter is that that traffic doesn't advance. Keep bringing the boys back in the dugout and give them a chance to do what they did again today."

    • by R.J. White |

      Cardinals' Villanueva 'staying ready' despite infrequent use

      Cardinals pitcher Carlos Villanueva is filling a long-relief role for the team this season, causing him to be used infrequently, but he doesn't see an issue with the role and says he's been "staying ready" between appearances, reports. "I've done it before and that's what I'm here for," Villanueva said of the infrequent use. "I don't see it as being a factor. I've stayed ready in between. I've thrown my sides. It's something that I have to deal with and keep myself ready for situations like [Tuesday]." Villanueva made his second appearance of the season Tuesday, giving up a walkoff home run to take the loss. He figures to see more action as the team gets involved in more blowouts, as the Cardinals have seen just two of their games decided by more than three runs. "Games look a little different, he's going to get opportunities to pitch," manager Mike Matheny said. "It just hasn't worked out that way. I know he's not looking for excuses. He wants to throw. I get it. But he serves a very important purpose for us down there so we can pitch the guys [in the bullpen] like we're pitching them. He's the safety valve on the back end."

    • by Shawn Krest |

      Cardinals' Carlos Villanueva suffers first loss of year

      Cardinals reliever Carlos Villanueva dropped to 1-1 on the season after taking the loss to Pittsburgh on Tuesday. Villanueva entered in the tenth inning of a tie game. After striking out the first batter and getting the second to fly out, he allowed a first-pitch walk-off home run to Yunel Escobar. Villanueva's ERA is now 3.38 for the season.

    • by R.J. White |

      Cardinals add Carlos Villanueva, place Jaime Garcia on DL

      The Cardinals have purchased the contract of pitcher Carlos Villanueva and placed pitcher Jaime Garcia on the 15-day disabled list with a left shoulder injury, the team announced Monday. Garcia had been delivering an great performance this spring, posting a 3.86 ERA and 13:3 K:BB ratio in 9 1/3 innings, but suffered a setback in the last few days. He said Sunday he has been dealing with fatigue and soreness. Garcia will likely pitch in extended spring training in preparation for his late start to the regular season. Garcia was in the mix to serve as the team's fifth starter before his setback, but that role will likely fall to either Carlos Martinez or Marco Gonzales. Villanueva has surrendered six earned runs in 11 innings while striking out 11 batters and walking two this spring.

    • by Michael Hurcomb | Fantasy Writer

      Carlos Villanueva earns spot in Cardinals bullpen

      Cardinals manager Mike Matheny confirmed Monday pitcher Carlos Villanueva has earned a spot in the bullpen, per Villanueva is 0-2 with a 4.91 ERA in 11 innings this spring. He also has 11 strikeouts to just two walks.

    • by Brandon Wise | Staff Writer

      Cardinals pitcher Carlos Villanueva expecting to make team

      Cardinals pitcher Carlos Villanueva wants to make sure he is on the major league roster this season, reports After St. Louis announced the trade of Sam Freeman earlier Saturday, it opened things up for another arm to make the team. Villanueva also has an opt-out clause in his contract to be released if he is not on the roster for Opening Day. "My preference is to stay here with this group," Villanueva said. "After that first game out there, I felt that I've thrown the ball very well. I have no regrets about how I've pitched. It's not like they haven't seen it before. I think what they needed to see from me is what they've seen in previous years. It's a decision that's out of my hands after that." Manager Mike Matheny still doesn't know what he plans to do. "It's coming down to the wire," Matheny said. "We probably have more questions than most clubs do late because we've given ourselves flexibility to not have it done halfway through. We're taking our time to watch these guys compete and also allowing for the potential if something doesn't go right."

    • by Chris Cwik |

      Cardinals' Carlos Villanueva has opt out in contract

      Cardinals pitcher Carlos Villanueva can opt out of his deal if he's not going to make the club, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Villanueva signed a minor-league deal with the team in February, and is expected to compete for a spot in the bullpen during camp. While Villanueva can opt out if things don't look good, the 31-year-old said St. Louis is where he wants to be. Villanueva posted a 4.64 ERA over 77 2/3 innings with the Cubs last year.

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