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Posted on: March 13, 2011 1:08 pm

McClellan the favorite for Cards' rotation

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Kyle McClellanKyle McClellan appears to be running away with the race for the Cardinals' fifth starter position, but it doesn't seem Tony La Russa is going to declare him -- or anyone -- the winner anytime soon.

McClellan's main competitor, rookie Lance Lynn, has struggled in his last two outings, allowing five hits and four walks in four innings.

"Just because somebody has a tough start … there's still [a competition] here," La Russa said on Saturday, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "One of the younger guys could live up to his potential earlier than they have to."

McClellan has allowed one run and five hits with four strikeouts and a walk in seven innings this spring. The 26-year-old right-hander has competed for a rotation spot each of the last two years, only to end up in the bullpen.

This time, though, McClellan said a similar move would be different.

"It would be a lot tougher to take," McClellan said.

Still, he added, "Given the situation in front of me right now, I kind of like my chances."

McClellan hasn't started regularly since undergoing Tommy John surgery in 2005. He's started 51 minor league games, but nine since 2007. A ground-ball pitcher (49.7 percent groundballs , he seems well-suited to filling the Cardinals' rotation. He has four pitches and a career 4.12 xFIP. He also pitches better against left-handers than he does right-handers. Lefties have hit .214/.306/.315 against him in his career, while righties have hit .253/.318/.378. He's no Adam Wainwright, but he should be able to fill out the rotation.

Lynn made 29 starts at Triple-A Memphis last season, going 13-10 with a 4.77 ERA in 164 innings.

Others supposedly in the race -- P.J. Walters and Adam Ottavino -- have already been optioned to minor league camp.

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Posted on: February 23, 2011 4:30 pm
Edited on: February 24, 2011 12:47 pm

Who replaces Wainwright?

Dave Duncan

While there's not exactly a great time to lose a pitcher that's been in the top three of the Cy Young voting each of the last two years, February may be one of the better times to get that kind of bad news.

Tony La Russa, Dave Duncan (above) and John Mozeliak at least have time to assess their options.

First off, it puts more pressure on Kyle Lohse, who goes from the highest-paid No. 5 in the league to the highest-paid No. 4 ($11.875 million both this season and next).

For now, La Russa said (from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch), "We're not going to look outside the organization. The answer is here."

So what's the answer? Here's a multiple choice.

Kyle McClellan1. Kyle McClellan -- One of the Cardinals best options out of the bullpen the last couple of years, McClellan came up as a starter and was even in the race to make the rotation last season before being beat out by Jaime Garcia. He has the arsenal to start -- including a slider he's shelved the last two years in the bullpen -- and is likely the favorite.

2. Lance Lynn -- A big right-hander (6-foot-6, 250), Lynn was 13-10 with a  4.77 ERA at Triple-A Memphis last season. He struck out 141 batters in 164 innings last season. He pitches in the mid-90s and also has a decent curveball and changeup. Having spent more than a year at Triple-A, he's likely to debut sometime this season, regardless of what happens out of the gate.

Ian Snell3. Ian Snell -- The Cardinals signed the former Pirate to a minor-league contract this offseason, hoping he'd be Duncan's next reclamation project. Snell was a 14-game winner for the Pirates in 2006 (with a 4.74 ERA), but has gone 23-39 with a 4.74 ERA since. Last season he started eight games for the Pirates and appeared in four more, going 0-5 with a 6.41 ERA.

4. P.J. Walters -- Walters started three games for the Cardinals last season, going 2-0 with a 3.94 ERA. Walters gave up nearly a hit an inning, but also managed to miss bats, striking out 11 in 16 innings as a starter. He was less successful as a reliever, but showed promise as a starter. He went seven innings on Sept. 29 against the Pirates, allowing just three hits and no runs.

5. Adam Ottavino -- Like Walters, Ottavino started three games for the Cardinals in 2010. He went 0-2 with a 7.53 ERA in his two starts, allowing 12 runs in 14 1/3 innings, while walking eight. He was taken off the team's 40-man roster this offseason. He was 5-3 with a 3.97 ERA in nine starts at Memphis last season.

Shelby Miller6. Shelby Miller -- Miller breaking camp probably isn't going to happen -- and shouldn't. Miller is the team's top -- and some say only -- prospect. Miller has a bright future, but his only experience so far is 26 games in the low-A Midwest League. Last season he went 7-5 with a 3.62 ERA for Quad Cities. He has a good fastball and curveball, but has yet to show command of his changeup. Miller will be in St. Louis soon, just not this soon.

Sure, they say they're looking in-house first, but they may not like what they see and decide to go outside. It wouldn't be the first time La Russa said something and then did the opposite. There are a few available options:

Kevin Millwood1. Kevin Millwood -- The veteran has been holding out for a big-league contract, perhaps anticipating such an opportunity as this. Still, Millwood may not get that big-league contract from the Cardinals. He was 4-16 with a 5.10 ERA for the Orioles last season.

2.  Joe Blanton -- The Phillies have said they're holding on to their fifth starter, but the Cardinals could be tempted. The problem is St. Louis' system isn't very deep and may lack the prospects to land Blanton, unless Philadelphia is looking to give him away.

3. Yankees castoffs -- The Yankees have certainly searched the scrap heap to replace Andy Pettitte, signing Bartolo Colon and Freddy Garcia. If either -- or both -- of those veterans are jettisoned before the end of spring training, the Cardinals could bring either in to work with Duncan.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: August 17, 2010 4:13 pm

Clubs make room for draft picks

Bryce Harper Last night three drafted players were signed to major-league contracts, so today it's come time for those teams -- the Nationals, Reds and Cardinals -- to make room for their new players on the 40-man roster.

Two of those teams, the Nationals and Cardinals, moved players from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day DL.

The Nationals moved right-handed pitcher Luis Atilano from one DL to the other to make room for Bryce Harper, while the Cardinals moved right-hander Adam Ottavino to the 60-day DL.

To make room for Yasmani Grandal, the Reds designated for assignment right-hander Micah Owings. Owings, 27, is already pitching at Triple-A Louisville. With a glut of starters, the Reds moved Owings to the bullpen this season, with him going 3-2 with a  5.40 ERA in 22 games. He is also arbitration-eligible after the season.

Owings is actually better-known for his bat than his arm. In 198 big league plate appearances, Owings has a slash line of .293/.323/.538 with nine home runs and 34 RBI. Any team that claims him on waivers could toy with the idea of turning him into a first baseman or designated hitter, he certainly has enough pop in his bat to do that. This season he was 3 for 14 with a  homer.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: June 13, 2010 5:16 pm

Cardinals may go to four-man rotation

The Cardinals may go to a four-man rotation for at least the upcoming week, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Derrick Goold writes , after Jeff Suppan joins the team on Monday.

The Cardinals will make a move Monday to add Suppan to the roster and the veteran right-hander will start Tuesday against the Mariners. St. Louis has an off day on Thursday and another one next Monday, so they could go with four starters and eight relievers for the time-being. Adam Wainwright starts Monday, Suppan goes Tuesday, rookie Jaime Garcia pitches on Wednesday and then the off day would allowed Chris Carpenter to pitch on normal rest Friday against Oakland, followed then by Wainwright and Suppan to finish the series before another off day.

The move would allow the Cardinals to return Adam Ottavino to the Triple-A rotation. Ottavino allowed six runs on nine hits in 3.2 innings on Saturday against the Diamondbacks.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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