Ponce de Leon allowed one run on three hits with four walks and three strikeouts across three innings during a no-decision against the Pirates on Monday.
The 27-year-old only yielded one run, but because of control issues, Ponce de Leon only lasted three innings. In his last two starts against the Pirates, he's allowed five runs in 6.2 frames. Against everyone else this season, Ponce de Leon owns a 1.99 ERA. Overall, the 27-year-old is 1-0 with a 2.82 ERA, 1.12 WHIP and 44 strikeouts in 38.1 innings during 2019. He is scheduled to pitch next against the Astros on Saturday.
Ponce de Leon allowed four runs on eight hits and two walks while recording three strikeouts across 3.2 innings during a no-decision against the Pirates on Wednesday.
This outing ended a stretch that saw Ponce de Leon yield just one run in 11.1 innings. Because he's only pitched a modest amount of innings, this performance bumped his ERA up nearly a run. However, despite eight hits, opposing hitters are still only batting .187 against Ponce de Leon. He is 1-0 with a 2.80 ERA, 1.02 WHIP and 41 strikeouts in 35.1 innings overall. Ponce de Leon will face the Pirates again at PNC Park on Monday.
Ponce de Leon will start Wednesday's game against the Pirates, Anne Rogers of MLB.com reports.
Ponce de Leon was excellent in Friday's spot start with one run allowed on three hits over 6.2 innings, earning him a more extended look in the starting rotation. The 27-year-old has been impressive in his seven major-league outings (including four starts) this season with a 1.99 ERA, 0.82 WHIP and 38:11 K:BB across 31.2 innings.
Ponce de Leon didn't factor into the decision in Friday's 4-2 loss to the Diamondbacks, allowing one run on three hits over 6.2 innings while striking out seven.
A solo shot by Christian Walker was the only blemish on the right-hander's line, but Ponce de Leon hit the showers after 105 pitches (69 strikes) with the score tied 1-1. He now boasts a 1.99 ERA and 38:11 K:BB through 31.2 big-league innings this season, but he'll likely return to a relief role with Adam Wainwright (back) not expected to miss much time.
Ponce de Leon will make a spot start in place of Adam Wainwright (back) on Friday against Arizona, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
Wainwright was scratched with back spasms, though he's yet to be placed on the injured list, so Ponce de Leon may be in line for just a single start. He owns an excellent 2.16 ERA and 0.92 WHIP in 25 innings for the Cardinals this season, starting three games and appearing in another three out of the bullpen.
Ponce de Leon, who closed out the first half of the season with two appearances during which he fired a combined 4.2 innings of scoreless, one-hit ball and recorded six strikeouts, is impressing in his current long-relief role, Anne Rogers of MLB.com reports.
The versatile right-hander has been an effective jack of all trades for manager Mike Shildt this season, also thriving in occasional rotation duty (1.20 ERA across three starts). Most recently, the Cardinals have taken advantage of his stretched-out arm to have him consume some valuable innings out of the bullpen. Ponce de Leon took over in the second inning for an ineffective Dakota Hudson on June 29 against the Padres, and although he gave up four runs across 5.1 innings, he also recorded an impressive nine strikeouts. He followed up that outing with the aforementioned pair of dominant, multi-inning efforts, the first which also netted his first big-league win. Ponce de Leon's ability to adjust has made an impression on the Cardinals' skipper, who envisions a progressively bigger role for the 27-year-old. "If he pitches that well, he's a candidate for a bigger role for sure," Shildt said after Saturday's game. "Ponce did a nice job, and he continues to earn more opportunities."
Ponce de Leon pitched 5.1 innings of relief in Saturday's 12-2 loss to the Padres, allowing four runs on five hits and two walks while striking out nine.
Ponce de Leon came into the game with the Cardinals down 7-1, and they never mustered enough offense to get the 27-year-old in position for a decision. It's the first relief appearance of the season for the right-hander, who now has a 2.66 ERA, 1.03 WHIP and 25 strikeouts through 20.1 innings. He's expected to be used as a reliever while in the big leagues, but he may draw the occasional spot start if manager Mike Shildt needs to rest one of his starters.
Ponce de Leon was recalled from Triple-A Memphis on Tuesday.
Ponce de Leon has made three starts for the Cardinals this season, allowing just two runs in 15 innings. He appears to be up as a reliever this time around.
Ponce de Leon was optioned to Triple-A Memphis on Thursday.
Ponce de Leon is no longer needed in the big-league rotation with Adam Wainwright (hamstring) back from the injured list, so he'll head back to the minors for the time being to remain stretched out. The right-hander owns an impressive 1.20 ERA, 0.93 WHIP and 9.6 K/9 through three starts (15 innings) with the Cardinals this season, so he'll remain one of the team's top options should an opening arise in the rotation.
Ponce de Leon allowed one walk and two hits while striking out six through six scoreless innings in a no-decision against the Marlins on Wednesday.
Ponce de Leon cruised through the Marlins, generating 10 swinging strikes on his way to a quality start. Ponce de Leon is certainly making a strong case to stay in the Cardinals rotation. The right-hander has a 1.20 ERA and a 9.6 K/9 through three starts this season.
Ponce de Leon will start Wednesday's game against the Marlins, Mark Saxon of The Athletic reports.
Ponce de Leon allowed just one run over four innings in his last outing Friday against the Mets, so even though he failed to work deep into the ballgame, the Cardinals have handed him at least one more start. Alex Reyes has been the other candidate to take the fifth spot in St. Louis' rotation, but he continues to struggle with his command at Triple-A Memphis.
Ponce de Leon is a candidate to make another start Wednesday in place of Adam Wainwright (hamstring), Anne Rogers of MLB.com reports.
Ponce de Leon worked four innings in a spot start Friday, allowing a run on two hits and four walks while recording three strikeouts. The fact the 27-year-old wasn't sent back down to Triple-A Memphis on Saturday following Friday's doubleheader keeps him firmly in the conversation for the assignment, as does manager Mike Shildt's comment that Ponce de Leon "did a lot to help his cause" with his outing. A final decision on Wednesday's starter should be imminent, and it's worth noting that fellow prospect Alex Reyes is also considered a viable option to get a callup from the Redbirds.
Ponce de Leon allowed one run on two hits with three strikeouts and four walks across four innings during a no-decision against the Mets on Friday.
The 27-year-old has given up just two runs in two major league starts this season, but he's probably a little fortunate he didn't give up more. While hitters are batting just .133 against him, Ponce de Leon has yielded seven walks in nine MLB innings. Other than that, though, his numbers are very strong. He doesn't have a decision and owns a 2.00 ERA, 1.22 WHIP and 10 strikeouts in nine innings. With this outing, Ponce de Leon probably earned another start, but that isn't official yet.
Ponce de Leon will start Friday against the Mets, Jim Hayes of FOX Sports Midwest reports.
As expected, Ponce de Leon will join the rotation Friday in place of the injured Adam Wainwright (hamstring). The 27-year-old looked good in a spot start against the Brewers earlier in the season, allowing just one run on two hits and three walks while striking out seven across five innings of work. Ponce de Leon could stick in the rotation for more than one turn if he impresses, though nothing is guaranteed with Alex Reyes stretched out in the minors.
Ponce de Leon will likely start Friday against the Mets, Mark Saxon of The Athletic reports.
Ponce de Leon is poised to make a spot start in place of the injured Adam Wainwright (hamstring), who was sent to the injured list Monday. The 27-year-old right-hander held his own in a spot start against the Brewers earlier in the year, allowing just one run on two hits and three walks while striking out seven across five innings of work. Depending on how long Wainwright is sidelined, Ponce de Leon could stick in the rotation for more than one turn, though he would likely have to impress during Friday's spot start in order to do so with Alex Reyes looming in the minors.
The Cardinals recalled Ponce de Leon from Triple-A Memphis on Sunday.
The Cardinals have an opening in the rotation Monday in Miami following the recent demotion of Genesis Cabrera, but Ponce de Leon isn't believed to be the top candidate to fill the void. Instead, manager Mike Shildt suggested earlier in the weekend that Michael Wacha would likely move from the bullpen to make the start Monday, and that plan presumably still remains in place. Ponce de Leon is instead expected to provide a long-relief option in the event Wacha's control problems rear their head early in Monday's outing and prevent him from working deep into the start.
Ponce de Leon is a candidate to make a spot start Monday against the Marlins, Anne Rogers of MLB.com reports.
Ponce de Leon started Thursday for Triple-A Memphis against Tacoma, firing 53 pitches over three scoreless innings during which he allowed a hit and three walks while also recording a pair of strikeouts. The workload wasn't so taxing so as to take Ponce de Leon out of consideration for a start on three days rest Monday, and manager Mike Shildt has hinted he may make a final announcement on the matter Friday. The 27-year-old had worked at least five innings in nine of his previous 10 starts for the Redbirds this season, offering at least some reason to read into the abbreviated nature of Thursday's outing.
Ponce de Leon is a candidate to start Wednesday's game in Philadelphia, Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports.
With Michael Wacha getting demoted to the bullpen, the Cardinals will need to summon a starter from Triple-A. Per Langosch, it will either be Ponce de Leon or Jake Woodford. Ponce de Leon is on the 40-man roster, while Woodford is not, but Woodford could make that start on normal rest while Ponce de Leon would be making the start on six days rest. Neither pitcher projects to be a major fantasy asset. Ponce de Leon has a 4.68 FIP, 1.45 WHIP and 37:22 K:BB in 41.1 innings at Triple-A. Alex Reyes (finger) still hasn't been cleared to hit at Triple-A and Austin Gomber (biceps) isn't expected to come off the minor-league injured list until next weekend. Both Reyes and Gomber are better long-term rotation options, so one could displace whoever makes the start Wednesday in short order.
Ponce de Leon was optioned to Triple-A Memphis on Wednesday.
Ponce de Leon struck out seven and allowed just one run in a five-inning spot start Tuesday against the Brewers, but with Michael Wacha (knee) expected to return for his next start, there was no need to keep him on the roster. Harrison Bader (hamstring) was activated off the injured list in a corresponding move.
Ponce de Leon allowed one earned run on two hits and three walks while striking out seven across five innings Tuesday against the Brewers. He did not factor into the decision.
Ponce de Leon was fairly impressive in his first start of the season, generating 14 swinging strikes against a tough Brewers lineup. He struggled a bit with his command, though one of his walks was intentional. It appears that Michael Wacha (knee) won't be on the injured list for an extended time, so it's unclear how long Ponce de Leon will stick in the rotation.
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