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St. Louis Cardinals

Stadium: Busch Stadium | Manager: Mike Matheny
Team RankingAVGRHRERA
Cardinals.252340553.29
NL Central Division3rd5th5th1st
National League 6th13th12th3rd
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M. Holliday
A. Craig
J. Jay
J. Jay
P. Bourjos
O. Taveras
O. Taveras
A. Craig
J. Jay
M. Carpenter
D. Descalso
J. Peralta
D. Descalso
Rotation
1. A. Wainwright
2. S. Miller
3. L. Lynn
4. C. Martinez
K. Wong
M. Ellis
D. Descalso
M. Carpenter
M. Adams
A. Craig
M. Carpenter

DL
Y. Molina
M. Wacha
J. Garcia
J. Kelly
K. Siegrist
T. Cruz
  Bullpen
T. Rosenthal (CL)
J. Motte
P. Neshek
R. Choate
S. Maness
T. Lyons
S. Freeman
N. Greenwood
Last Updated: 07/07/2014
 
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Last Five Games
7/9 vs. PIT
M. Carpenter3B
O. TaverasCF
M. HollidayLF
M. Adams1B
J. PeraltaSS
Y. MolinaC
A. CraigRF
K. Wong2B
L. LynnP
 
7/8 vs. PIT
M. Carpenter3B
J. JayCF
M. HollidayLF
M. Adams1B
Y. MolinaC
J. PeraltaSS
O. TaverasRF
K. Wong2B
C. MartinezP
 
7/7 vs. PIT
M. Carpenter3B
M. HollidayLF
M. Adams1B
A. CraigRF
Y. MolinaC
J. PeraltaSS
J. JayCF
K. Wong2B
A. WainwrightP
 
7/6 vs. MIA
M. Carpenter3B
M. HollidayLF
M. Adams1B
A. CraigRF
Y. MolinaC
O. TaverasCF
K. Wong2B
D. DescalsoSS
M. GonzalesP
 
7/5 vs. MIA
M. Carpenter3B
M. HollidayLF
A. Craig1B
J. PeraltaSS
Y. MolinaC
J. JayRF
P. BourjosCF
M. Ellis2B
S. MillerP

Most Frequent Lineup
 AvgHRRBI
M. Carpenter3B.284432
K. Wong2B.238320
M. HollidayLF.260543
A. CraigRF.246743
Y. MolinaC.285730
M. Adams1B.3311036
J. PeraltaSS.2421339
P. BourjosCF.213211
 
Notes
  • 66 different lineups used this season.
  • Most frequent lineup used in 4 games.

Other Frequent Lineups
3 Game(s)
M. Carpenter3B
K. Wong2B
M. HollidayLF
M. Adams1B
Y. MolinaC
A. CraigRF
J. PeraltaSS
J. JayCF
3 Game(s)
M. Carpenter3B
K. Wong2B
M. HollidayLF
M. Adams1B
Y. MolinaC
A. CraigRF
J. PeraltaSS
P. BourjosCF
3 Game(s)
M. Carpenter3B
J. PeraltaSS
M. HollidayLF
M. Adams1B
Y. MolinaC
A. CraigRF
P. BourjosCF
M. Ellis2B
3 Game(s)
M. Carpenter3B
J. JayCF
M. HollidayLF
A. CraigRF
M. Adams1B
Y. MolinaC
J. PeraltaSS
K. Wong2B
2 Game(s)
M. Carpenter3B
P. BourjosCF
M. HollidayLF
A. Craig1B
Y. MolinaC
J. PeraltaSS
S. RobinsonRF
M. Ellis2B

 
 
 

Joe Kelly, #58
Year-to-date Stats
WLIPERABBK
1115.10.5949
 
Injuries
Hamstring - 60-day DL. On Triple-A rehab assignment. Expected to return July 11 at Milwaukee (Updated - 7/7/14)
News
Joe Kelly is set to return to the Cardinals starting rotation Friday, which isn't exactly an earth-shattering development in Fantasy, but he's useful for certain formats.

Specifically, owners in Head-to-Head points leagues may want to take advantage of his relief pitcher eligibility. A quality starting pitcher tends to outscore the average closer in that format, and Kelly has been a quality starter when he's gotten the chance to start over the last three seasons. He hasn't been an especially flashy one, but that doesn't matter so much in points leagues, where strikeouts are worth only half a point.

Kelly isn't a great source of WHIP either, but he keeps runs off the board and is usually a good bet for a quality start, which is worth three points in standard CBSSports.com leagues. And while the Cardinals haven't had great success offensively this year, I think their talent eventually wins out and they make the playoffs as a wild card. A late-season surge would probably be reflected in Kelly's win-loss record.

Again, he's not the most exciting pitcher, and if I wanted a starting pitcher who I could slot as a reliever, I'd turn to Kevin Gausman, Carlos Martinez or Rubby De La Rosa before resorting to him. But Kelly has his place in Fantasy.

Shelby Miller, #40
Year-to-date Stats
WLIPERABBK
77104.04.155072
 
Sam Freeman, #71
Year-to-date Stats
WLIPERASVK
1018.01.50017
 
Jaime Garcia, #54
Year-to-date Stats
WLIPERABBK
3143.24.12739
 
Injuries
Shoulder - 15-day DL. Out for season (Updated - 7/5/14)
News
Cardinals pitcher Jaime Garcia will have season-ending surgery Friday, according to the USA Today.

Garcia will have surgery to correct thoracic outlet syndrome. He'll miss the entire season due to the injury. Garcia had a 4.12 ERA over 43 2/3 innings prior to the injury.

Oscar Taveras, #18
Year-to-date Stats
GAVGRHRRBISB
19.2155140
 
Position Breakdown
OF - 18
News
Struggling right fielder Oscar Taveras is out of the lineup for the Cardinals on Monday night against visiting Pittsburgh.

Taveras has just 10 hits in 55 at-bats this season and is 3 for 18 since his promotion. He has just one home run and four RBI.

Pat Neshek, #41
Year-to-date Stats
WLIPERASVK
3037.00.73236
 
News
Cardinals pitcher Pat Neshek (3-0) tossed a perfect top of the ninth inning while the offense scored two runs in the bottom of the frame to give him the win over the Pirates Monday night.

Neshek struck out one and needed only 12 pitches to retire the side in order. He owns a 0.75 ERA and a 0.56 WHIP over 36 innings of relief.
Yadier Molina, #4
Year-to-date Stats
GAVGRHRRBISB
83.287307301
 
Position Breakdown
C - 81, DH - 2
Injuries
Thumb - 15-day DL. Likely out until at least mid-September (Updated - 7/10/14)
News
It's true. Yadier Molina has a torn ligament in his right thumb and could potentially miss the rest of the season. And even though he hasn't quite lived up to expectations in 2014, his loss is still a crushing blow for his Fantasy owners, who now have to scour the waiver wire for replacements.

In leagues that require the use of two catchers, good luck. While the position isn't exactly thin, not even the deepest would have much to offer after the top 24 or so. The good news is that in one-catcher leagues, nobody bothers to roster more than one since catchers don't make for the best utility options. So if you play in a 12-team league, you'll most likely have access to the 13th-best catcher.

The question is, who's 13th-best? You could go to the sortable stats page and see who's the best performer to date, but obviously, it's not that simple. Derek Norris, Yan Gomes and Kurt Suzuki are separated by a thin margin in points leagues, and all have their shortcomings -- Norris his playing time, Gomes his plate discipline and Suzuki his, um, believability.

And then there's the catchers buried by a lack at-bats. Ramos has missed most of this season due to injury but has been hot since his return and was a top-12 catcher on a per-game basis last year. Stephen Vogt only came up to the majors in June but has raked since then, and though he doesn't have much of a pedigree, the Athletics seem to trust him, playing him at first base, right field -- wherever they can get him in the lineup, really. He might even be available in some two-catcher formats, owned in just 22 percent of leagues.

In a situation where you have several options to choose from and don't really have to worry about losing any of them to someone else, I don't see anything wrong with playing the hot hand. Right now, it's probably Gomes, but don't be afraid to swap him out for one of the others as circumstances change.

Jason Motte, #30
Year-to-date Stats
WLIPERASVK
0014.15.65014
 
Kolten Wong, #16
Year-to-date Stats
GAVGRHRRBISB
49.2411842110
 
Position Breakdown
2B - 46
News
Cardinals infielder Kolten Wong collected a walkoff hit Tuesday against the Pirates. 

Wong stepped to the plate with the game tied and two outs in the ninth inning. He worked a six pitch at-bat against Ernesto Frieri. On the final pitch, Wong belted a 95 mph fastball out to right for the solo shot. Wong also doubled earlier in the contest.

He finished 2 for 4, with one run scored and three RBI. 

Nick Greenwood, #62
Year-to-date Stats
WLIPERASVK
1113.04.8506
 
Mark Ellis, #3
Year-to-date Stats
GAVGRHRRBISB
52.192130124
 
Position Breakdown
1B - 1, 2B - 44, 3B - 1
Trevor Rosenthal, #26
Year-to-date Stats
WLIPERASVK
1442.23.592754
 
News
Cardinals reliever Trevor Rosenthal notched save number 27 Wednesday against the Pirates.

Rosenthal entered the game with a three-run lead, and didn't get himself into too much trouble. After giving up a leadoff walk to Pedro Alvarez, Rosenthal was able to work around the base runner. He recorded one strikeout during the outing. Rosenthal now has a 3.59 ERA. 

Kevin Siegrist, #46
Year-to-date Stats
WLIPERASVK
1120.03.60027
 
Injuries
Forearm, shoulder - 15-day DL. Out until at least early July (Updated - 7/1/14)
News
Cardinals pitcher Kevin Siegrist is expected to begin a rehab assignment later this week after completing his third pain-free bullpen session Wednesday, MLB.com reports.

"I feel good," Siegrist said Wednesday. "I'm ready. This has been no fun."

If all goes well with his rehab assignment, the reliever should return to the Cardinals soon after the All-Star break.

"I imagine we'll need to see him -- [because] he's been out for a while -- go multiple innings, probably [make] back-to-back [appearances]," manager Mike Matheny said. "We're going in with the idea that we need to make sure he's covered everything he needs to cover."

Matt Adams, #32
Year-to-date Stats
GAVGRHRRBISB
77.3362910383
 
Position Breakdown
1B - 70
Matt Holliday, #7
Year-to-date Stats
GAVGRHRRBISB
89.264455442
 
Position Breakdown
OF - 84, DH - 5
Jon Jay, #19
Year-to-date Stats
GAVGRHRRBISB
79.289261213
 
Position Breakdown
OF - 64
Michael Wacha, #52
Year-to-date Stats
WLIPERABBK
5590.12.792683
 
Injuries
Shoulder - 15-day DL. Out until at least mid-July (Updated - 6/22/14)
News
Cardinals pitcher Michael Wacha underwent an MRI on his injured shoulder, which showed improvement, but it wasn't enough for him to resume a throwing program, MLB.com reports. Wacha is expected to receive two weeks of rest before the team revisits his injury.
Peter Bourjos, #8
Year-to-date Stats
GAVGRHRRBISB
65.218172115
 
Position Breakdown
OF - 147
Daniel Descalso, #33
Year-to-date Stats
GAVGRHRRBISB
1.1867051
 
Position Breakdown
2B - 14, SS - 13, 3B - 7
Carlos Martinez, #44
Year-to-date Stats
WLIPERABBK
2359.04.122552
 
News
Cardinals pitcher Carlos Martinez had a tough time with the long ball Tuesday against the Pirates. 

Martinez tossed six innings, giving up four runs. He allowed eight hits and walked two. Martinez did manage to strike out six hitters. While he proved to be hittable during the course of the game, there were only two hits that really mattered. Pedro Alvarez clubbed a two-run shot to right center in the fourth inning, and Andrew McCutchen followed that up with a two-run shot the following inning. 

Despite giving up four runs, Martinez did not factor into the decision. His next start will come against the Brewers. 

Adam Wainwright, #50
Year-to-date Stats
WLIPERABBK
114131.01.7927111
 
News
Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright remained dominant Monday night against the Pirates, but was unable to factor into the decision. The right-hander yielded seven hits and three walks while striking out five over seven scoreless innings of a 2-0 victory.

Wainwright has not allowed a run over his last 14 2/3 innings of work. He owns a 1.79 ERA and a 0.92 WHIP over 18 starts (131 innings). He will make his next start Saturday at Milwaukee.
Tyler Lyons, #70
Year-to-date Stats
WLIPERASVK
0325.06.12023
 
News
The Cardinals have removed pitcher Tyler Lyons from the rotation and added him to the bullpen moving forward, MLB.com reports. Lyons posted a 6.12 ERA and a 1.28 WHIP over 25 innings of work this season.
Seth Maness, #61
Year-to-date Stats
WLIPERASVK
3244.22.42129
 
Randy Choate, #36
Year-to-date Stats
WLIPERASVK
1224.14.81021
 
Jhonny Peralta, #27
Year-to-date Stats
GAVGRHRRBISB
89.2413313401
 
Position Breakdown
SS - 86
Allen Craig, #21
Year-to-date Stats
GAVGRHRRBISB
87.243337431
 
Position Breakdown
1B - 24, OF - 65
Tony Cruz, #48
Year-to-date Stats
GAVGRHRRBISB
21.2554080
 
Position Breakdown
C - 20, 1B - 1
News
The Cardinals recalled catcher Audry Perez from Triple-A Memphis Thursday, following Yadier Molina's placement on the disabled list with a thumb injury.

Perez will likely serve as the primary backup to Tony Cruz, according to the Belleville News-Democrat. Molina could be out for the rest of the regular season following a torn ligament in his thumb. 

Matt Carpenter, #13
Year-to-date Stats
GAVGRHRRBISB
91.286584323
 
Position Breakdown
3B - 91, OF - 2
News
On Sunday, Major League Baseball revealed the National League reserves for the 2014 All-Star Game, which will be held on July 15 at Target Field in Minneapolis.

The following players were selected as reserves:

C Jonathan Lucroy, Brewers
C Devin Mesoraco, Reds
1B Freddie Freeman, Braves
2B Dee Gordon, Dodgers
2B Daniel Murphy, Mets
SS Starlin Castro, Cubs
3B Todd Frazier, Reds
3B Matt Carpenter, Cardinals
IF/OF Josh Harrison, Pirates
OF Charlie Blackmon, Rockies
OF Hunter Pence, Giants
OF Giancarlo Stanton, Marlins
Lance Lynn, #31
Year-to-date Stats
WLIPERABBK
106114.23.1442101
 
News
Cardinals pitcher Lance Lynn picked up his 10th win Wednesday.

Lynn allowed two earned runs on six hits over 6 2/3 innings of work. He walked two and struck out four during the outing. Neil Walker proved to be a thorn in his side Wednesday. Walker hit a solo home run in the second inning, and then doubled, and eventually came around to score, in the fourth. He accounted for both runs against Lynn. 

The win moves Lynn to 10-3 on the year. His next start should come shortly after the All-Star break .