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Cardinals' Kolten Wong: Churning out RBI
Wong, who went 3-for-4 with an RBI single, a double and a run in a win over the Brewers on Wednesday, has driven in a run in four of his last five games.
Wong is enjoying an auspicious start to his 2019 campaign, with all three components of his current .316/.437/.614 line serving as career-best figures. Moreover, he's been efficient with men on base, hitting .320 in that scenario and a solid .286 specifically with men in scoring position. Consequently, with 12 RBI through his first 18 games, Wong is nearly a third of the way to the 38 he compiled last season in 336 additional plate appearances.... See More ... See Less
Cardinals' Paul DeJong: Torments Brewers pitching
DeJong went 4-for-5 with an RBI single and a run in a win over the Brewers on Wednesday.
A four-single effort is a rarity for the slugging DeJong, who'd already amassed 12 extra-base hits (seven doubles, one triple, four home runs) in his first 17 games heading into Wednesday's contest. However, the shortstop displayed his emerging versatility at the plate with Wednesday's performance, and he's now hit safely in 16 of 18 contests to open the campaign.... See More ... See Less
Cardinals' Matt Wieters: Another productive start in win
Wieters went 2-for-4 with a pair of RBI singles in a win over the Brewers on Wednesday.
Wieters made good use of another spot start, generating his second multi-RBI outing of the season with a pair of timely hits. The veteran has actually logged just two starts thus far this season, as Yadier Molina is usually adverse to taking any time off behind the dish. Nevertheless, manager Mike Shildt will give Molina periodic days off, and any extra offense Wieters can provide during those opportunities will be a welcome bonus.... See More ... See Less
Cardinals' Carlos Martinez: Another bullpen scheduled
Martinez (shoulder) will throw another bullpen session Friday before the Cardinals' game against the Mets at Busch Stadium, Andrew Wagner of MLB.com reports.
Martinez has a pair of successful bullpens under his belt already, and this upcoming Friday session will serve as the gateway to a simulated game if it goes off without a hitch. The sim game would unfold at the team's spring facility in Jupiter, Florida, a location that would make a subsequent rehab assignment with High-A Palm Beach a potential next step.... See More ... See Less
Cardinals' Matt Carpenter: Hits third homer
Carpenter went 1-for-5 with a solo homer in a 6-3 victory against the Brewers on Wednesday.
The veteran infielder has five hits, including four extra-base hits, in the last five games, and yet he's just barely sitting above the Mendoza Line with a .203 average. This shouldn't be alarming, as Carpenter hit .155 last April and still finished the season with a .257 average and a career-high 36 homers. It's frustrating right now, but Carpenter will more than likely reward owners with a hot streak at some point this summer.... See More ... See Less
Cardinals' Marcell Ozuna: Smashes eighth homer
Ozuna went 1-for-4 with another home run, one RBI and a walk in a 6-3 victory against the Brewers on Wednesday.
The 28-year-old hit a homer in each of the contests during the three-game set against the Brewers this week. He has eight home runs this season, and all of them have come in his last 10 games. Ozuna is batting .290 with 16 RBI, 13 runs and two steals in 62 at-bats over 17 games this year.... See More ... See Less
Cardinals' Jordan Hicks: Notches fourth save
Hicks allowed just one walk and struck out a batter in his fourth save of the year during a 6-3 victory against the Brewers on Wednesday.
The 22-year-old has yielded a walk in four of his last five appearances, but none of them have come around to score. Hicks is also 4-for-4 in save opportunities since blowing a game against the Brewers on March 31. In addition to four saves, Hicks has a 2.25 ERA, 1.00 WHIP and nine strikeouts in eight frames this year.... See More ... See Less
Cardinals' Michael Wacha: Strikes out seven in win
Wacha (1-0) allowed two runs on five hits with seven strikeouts and a walk across six innings in a victory against the Brewers on Wednesday.
This was a nice bounce-back performance for the 27-year-old, who yielded seven runs and three homers in his last outing. Wacha only induced seven swinging strikes, but he showcased pinpoint control, earning 15 called strikes. Despite pitching very well twice and throwing a complete dud last time on the mound, this was Wacha's first decision of the year. He is 1-0 with a 4.64 ERA, 1.59 WHIP and 24 strikeouts over 21.1 innings. His next outing will be against the Brewers again at home Tuesday.... See More ... See Less
Cardinals' Ryan Helsley: Long ball mars MLB debut
Helsley made his MLB debut Tuesday in the Cardinals' 8-4 loss to the Brewers, working 2.1 innings in relief and giving up one run on one hit while striking out four.
The 24-year-old was thrown into the fire right away upon joining the Cardinals, as he entered the game with two outs and two runners on in the bottom of the fifth inning. On his sixth pitch, Helsley served up a three-run home run to Christian Yelich that effectively ended any hopes of a St. Louis comeback, but the right-hander recovered nicely, retiring the final seven batters he faced while racking up 10 swinging strikes. It's possible that Helsley's strong finish to the evening allows him to gain some traction as a multi-inning man out of the bullpen.... See More ... See Less
Cardinals' Luke Gregerson: Rehab heading to Tripe-A
Gregerson (shoulder), who fired a perfect fifth inning in Double-A Springfield's loss to Tulsa on Tuesday, will move his rehab to Triple-A Memphis, Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
Gregerson has put in three appearances each at the High-A and Double-A levels, so he'll now get a crack at the highest level of competition short of the majors. The Cardinals plan to have the veteran right-hander pitch on back-to-back days for the Redbirds for the first time in his recovery before activating him from the injured list.... See More ... See Less
Cardinals' Jose Martinez: Joins starting lineup
Martinez is starting in right field and hitting fifth Wednesday against the Brewers.
Martinez is starting in right field for a second straight day with Harrison Bader (hamstring) and Tyler O'Neill (arm) both on the injured list, a trend that looks like it could continue until the Cardinals' outfield gets healthier. The 30-year-old has appeared in 17 games this season (five starts), slashing .265/.265/.324 with two doubles and five RBI in those contests.... See More ... See Less
Cardinals' Yadier Molina: On bench for series finale
Molina is not in the lineup Wednesday against the Brewers.
Molina is in the midst of modest five-game hit streak, going 6-for-22 (.273) with a homer and five RBI during that stretch, but will take a seat for Wednesday's afternoon contest after playing all nine innings during Tuesday's loss. Matt Wieters will pick up the start behind the dish in his stead, hitting eighth.... See More ... See Less
Cardinals' Lane Thomas: Gets first call to bigs
The Cardinals recalled Thomas from Triple-A Memphis on Wednesday.
Thomas will move up to the big club for the first time in his career, providing the Cardinals with another option in the outfield after Harrison Bader (hamstring) was placed on the 10-day injured list. While Bader had been serving as the Cardinals' primary center fielder, those duties will fall to Dexter Fowler in Wednesday's series finale with the Brewers while Jose Martinez assumes Fowler's usual post in right field. Fowler, Martinez and Marcell Ozuna will likely represent manager Mike Shildt's preferred outfield alignment while Bader and Tyler O'Neill (arm) are on the IL, so Thomas' opportunities may be limited in his first taste of the big leagues.... See More ... See Less
Cardinals' Harrison Bader: Heads to IL
The Cardinals placed Bader (hamstring) on the 10-day injured list Wednesday, Jim Hayes of FOX Sports Midwest reports.
Bader's sore right hamstring had kept him out of the lineup since Saturday and the Cardinals apparently weren't optimistic he would be back to full strength for at least another week. The Cardinals brought up Lane Thomas from Triple-A Memphis in a corresponding move to provide the club with an additional outfielder, but it's likely that Bader's absence will be more beneficial to the likes of Dexter Fowler and Jose Martinez.... See More ... See Less
Cardinals' Marcell Ozuna: Stays hot with seventh homer
Ozuna went 1-for-3 with a two-run homer in the Cardinals' 8-4 loss Tuesday against the Brewers.
With St. Louis down 8-0, Ozuna got the Cardinals on the board with a two-run homer in the sixth inning off Brandon Woodruff. The 28-year-old has seven homers since April 6 and has raised his batting average to .293 for the season.... See More ... See Less