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Team W-L L10 STRK
MIL 96-67 9-1 W8
CHC 95-68 6-4 L1
STL 88-74 4-6 L1
PIT 82-79 5-5 W1
CIN 67-95 2-8 L1

Top Cardinals News

  • Cardinals' Yadier Molina: Will take it slow in spring

    Molina (knee) said he expects to play his first spring training games in mid-March, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

    Molina is still working his way back from an offseason knee procedure that he underwent in December. While the veteran backstop noted that his balky knee will likely keep him from catching bullpens early in camp, he's hoping to be cleared to catch at the beginning of March, which would put him on track to be ready for Opening Day. Molina's status will obviously be worth monitoring as the season draws closer. Across 123 games in 2018, the backstop hit .261/.314/.436 with 20 homers and 74 RBI.

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  • Cardinals' Brett Cecil: Tones up during offseason

    President of baseball operations John Mozeliak said Saturday that Cecil has committed to a training program this offseason that has resulted in significant weight loss and strength gains, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

    Cecil's supposed body transformation doesn't guarantee that he'll emerge as a useful relief asset for St. Louis, but it's at least encouraging that the lefty is switching up his winter training program after he underwhelmed in his first two seasons with the Cardinals. The 32-year-old's sizable contract bodes well for his chances of making the Opening Day roster if healthy, but he'll have to show improved results before inching his way up the bullpen pecking order.

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  • Cardinals' Alex Reyes: Throwing in instructional league

    President of baseball operations John Mozeliak recently said that Reyes (lat) has been making "continued steady progress with his throwing progression" as part of the Cardinals' instructional league program in Jupiter, Fla. this offseason, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

    Despite starting games for the big club in 2016 and 2018, Reyes retains prospect eligibility after a pair of season-ending injuries prevented him from cementing his spot in the St. Louis rotation. Reyes, who required surgery in early June to address a torn right lat, isn't expected to face any limitations this spring, though the Cardinals have yet to formally decide how or where he'll be used to open the season. The 24-year-old will presumably audition for a rotation gig with the big club, but as a means of monitoring his workload coming off injury, the Cardinals could deploy Reyes out of the bullpen or even send him to Triple-A Memphis once camp comes to a close. On a more fortunate note, any restrictions Reyes might face this season aren't likely to be overly significant, with Mozeliak relaying to Goold on Saturday that getting only 50 innings of relief from right-hander wouldn't be ideal for his development.

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  • Cardinals' Luke Gregerson: Hits snags in throwing program

    President of baseball operations John Mozeliak said Saturday that Gregerson (shoulder) hasn't "felt right" during his offseason throwing program and will likely be limited when pitchers and catchers report to spring training, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

    Gregerson is apparently still struggling to recover from the right shoulder inflammation that torpedoed his 2018 campaign, resulting in him spending the final two months on the disabled list. He was reinstated to the 40-man roster in November, but unless Gregerson makes meaningful strides in his recovery over the next couple months, he looks destined to open 2019 back on the DL. A long-time middle-relief stud, Gregerson hasn't finished with an ERA below 4.00 since 2016 and may have a tough time bouncing back in his age-35 campaign with his health still a valid concern.

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  • Cardinals' Jose Martinez: Could challenge for everyday role

    President of baseball operations John Mozeliak said Saturday that he views Martinez as someone who "could play everyday" during the 2019 season, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

    Martinez will probably be given the opportunity to compete for a full-time position in the corner outfield during spring training, but his shortcomings as a defender along with the addition of first baseman Paul Goldschmidt make it unlikely that he'll be an everyday player, despite Mozeliak's comments. Goldschmidt's acquisition fueled speculation that Martinez would be dealt this offseason, but there hasn't been much momentum for any trade over the past month and a half, as Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic noted two weeks ago that the Cardinals are "less willing to move Martinez than they were previously." Given Martinez's status as a standout performer against left-handed pitching who's under club control through 2022, the Cardinals seem content to stash him as a high-quality platoon bat and insurance option in the event of an injury to Goldschmidt or one of their corner outfielders.

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  • Cardinals' Dakota Hudson: Ticketed for bullpen

    President of baseball operations John Mozeliak said Saturday that he imagines Hudson opening the season as a member of the big-league bullpen, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

    Hudson was viewed as one of many high-end starting prospects in the St. Louis farm system entering 2018, but the 24-year-old was deployed exclusively out of the bullpen upon getting the call to the majors shortly after the All-Star break. Relying heavily on his big fastball, Hudson accrued a 2.63 ERA and generated a 60.8 percent groundball rate across 27.1 innings, though a 19:18 K:BB and 1.35 WHIP limited his fantasy appeal. The Cardinals haven't closed the door on Hudson earning a look as a starter at some point -- in fact, Mozeliak said the righty would be on a starter's throwing program this spring -- but the organization's considerable rotation depth will relegate Hudson to a setup role for the time being.

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  • Cardinals' Justin Williams: Suffers hand injury

    Williams has been diagnosed with fractured and dislocated fingers in his right hand after punching a television, Brian Stull of StlBaseballWeekly.com reports.

    Williams reportedly got angry about a personal issue and punched a television. He's slated to visit the doctor Friday to determine the extent of the damage and to establish a timeline for his return.

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  • Cardinals' Marcell Ozuna: Agrees on terms with St. Louis

    Ozuna and the Cardinals agreed to a one-year deal Friday, avoiding arbitration, Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports.

    Ozuna was a bit of a disappointment in his first season for the Cardinals, failing to repeat his numbers from his breakout 2017 campaign. His homers fell from 37 to 23 while his wRC+ dropped from 144 to 106. His .280/.325/.433 line was still decent, though, and he'll line up to play almost every day heading into the season.

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  • Cardinals' Dominic Leone: Agrees to deal with Cardinals

    Leone and the Cardinals reached agreement on a one-year contract Friday, avoiding arbitration, Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports.

    The terms of the deal are not yet public. Leone had some buzz last spring as a potential closer for the Cardinals but instead ended up with an injury-plagued season in which he posted a 4.50 ERA in 24 innings and did not record a single save.

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  • Cardinals' Michael Wacha: No drama on deadline day

    Wacha agreed to a one-year, $6.35 million deal with the Cardinals, avoiding arbitration, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports.

    It seems like Wacha will open the year as the Cardinals' fifth starter, but he has averaged just 129.1 innings over the past three seasons, so don't bank on a 30-start season from the 27-year-old righty. This is Wacha's final arbitration year, so he may be joining a new organization next offseason.

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  • Cardinals' Ryan Meisinger: Clears waivers

    Meisinger cleared waivers Friday and was outrighted to Triple-A Memphis.

    Meisinger was claimed off waivers from Baltimore in December but was subsequently booted off the 40-man roster after the Cardinals signed Andrew Miller. The 24-year-old threw 21 innings for the Orioles last season, finishing with a 6.43 ERA. He'll be organizational depth for the Cardinals this season.

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Team Statistical Rankings

Avg R HR ERA
Team .249
(16th)
759
(10th)
205
(1st)
3.85
(12th)

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