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Daily SP Rankings: Tuesday, May 5

The big surprise, even to me, in Tuesday’s rankings is Tyler Lyons checking in at third overall with a 113.1 rating. When I looked at why the formula was spitting out such an optimistic projection, I saw a few telling things. First, Steamer projects Lyons for a 3.63 ERA the rest of the way, which is actually eighth-best among the day’s 30 starters. Second, Lyons is actually a...
Via Baseball Professor
2 hours ago  |  Discuss

Holliday’s Season-Opening On-Base Streak in Cardinals Top 15

When St. Louis Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday drew a free pass in the 11th inning Sunday against the Pittsburgh Pirates, it kept the 35-year-old’s season-opening on-base streak intact at 23 games. Holliday’s streak has reached the top 15 for the club all-time. It is the longest for a Cardinal since Albert Pujols was on base during his first 28 games in 2009. With an on...
Via The Cardinal Nation blog
10 hours ago  |  Discuss

Kolten Wong Hits Walk-Off Home Run With All The Swag

The St. Louis Cardinals second baseman not only won the game, but he did it with so much style, you'll have to watch it on repeat.
Via Gamedayr
11 hours ago  |  Discuss

Cardinals' place Walden on 15-day DL with inflamed right biceps

ST. LOUIS -- Cardinals setup man Jordan Walden has been placed on the 15-day disabled list because of an inflamed right biceps. Reliever Sam Tuivailala was recalled from Triple-A Memphis. Walden stopped warming up in the eighth inning Saturday. He's 0-1 with an 0.87 ERA in 12 games with 12 strikeouts in 10 1/3 innings. The Cardinals also said they would recall lefty Tyler Lyons from...
Via AP on Fox
17 hours ago  |  Discuss

Mayers throws complete-game shutout; Springfield Cardinals blank Travs, 6-0

May 2, 2015, North Little Rock, AR – RHP Mike Mayers tossed a complete-game shutout to lead the Springfield Cardinals to the 6-0 win against the Arkansas Travelers before 7,122 fans at Dickey-Stephens Park on Saturday night. Mayers becomes the first Springfield Cardinal to throw a complete-game shutout since June 4, 2010, when Brian Broderick blanked the Corpus Christi Hooks....
Via i70baseball
20 hours ago  |  Discuss

Wacha could join Fred Frankhouse in the history books

Michael Wacha was effective last season for the St. Louis Cardinals, but it took him 19 starts to get to five wins. Things are balancing out. The right-hander will go after his fifth win in as many starts Sunday against the visiting Pittsburgh Pirates as the streaking Cardinals try for a three-game sweep and sixth straight win. Wacha (4-0, 2.42 ERA) would be the first St. Louis pitcher...
Via AP on Fox
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Springfield Cardinals comeback comes up one shy; Travs hang on, 7-6

May 1, 2015, North Little Rock, AR – The Springfield Cardinals struck for two runs in the top of the ninth, getting the tying run as far as second with only one away, but the Arkansas Travelers escaped with the 7-6 win before 6,692 fans at Dickey-Stephens Park on Friday night. Cardinals 3B Jacob Wilson (2-for-4, 3 RBIs) and RF Nick Martini (3-for-4, 2 RBIs) combined for five hits...
Via i70baseball
1 day ago  |  Discuss

The Pittsburgh Pirates And St. Louis Cardinals: Series Preview

Gerrit Cole leads the Pirates with a 1.76 ERA. The Pittsburgh Pirates and St. Louis Cardinals are set to square off on Friday night for the beginning of their weekend series. Both teams have a winning record coming out of the month of April and into May, and both teams are looking extremely solid at the plate and out in the field. The Cardinals are currently sitting at 15-and-6...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
2 days ago  |  Discuss

St Louis Cardinals: Wainwright impossible to replace

The St. Louis Cardinals must face the grim reality of not having ace Adam Wainwright for the remainder of the 2015 season. Wainwright’s awkward-looking injury while in the batter’s box re-sparked the long-standing debate of bringing the designated hitter to the National League (which Wainwright himself is still against), but it also brought upon another debate that is more internal...
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Cardinals Purchase Pitcher Miguel Socolovich

PITCHER TIM COONEY OPTIONED TO MEMPHIS (AAA) ST. LOUIS, Mo., May 1, 2015 – The St. Louis Cardinals announced prior to tonight’s game that they have purchased right-handed pitcher Miguel Socolovich from Memphis (AAA) and optioned left-handed pitcher Tim Cooney to the Triple-A club.   The Cardinals also announced that outfielder Tommy Pham (left quadriceps) has been [...]
Via The Cardinal Conclave
2 days ago  |  Discuss

May The Matts Be With You

Three days ago, Mike Matheny shook up the lineup and placed all three Matts in a row in the batting order.  Who knew that close proximity would multiply their effectiveness? Now, granted, the lineup maneuvering came against a struggling, underpowered squad in the Phillies, so it’s tough to know how much weight to give the change, but [...]
Via The Cardinal Conclave
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Who’s hot and who’s not in MLB, April edition

One month doesn’t make a season—but it sure can be a sign of what’s to come in the future. We took a look at a few players and teams that started the 2015 season on a most positive note, and also those that are already slumping. Hot 4. Kansas City Royals The Royals aren’t just hot in terms of wins. Some players are hot under the collar, too. The feel-good bunch of...
Via The Sports Daily
3 days ago  |  Discuss

How Will You Remember The Tim Cooney Era?

Today Adam Wainwright was supposed to be on the mound pitching the series finale against the Phillies on a beautiful St. Louis day. Instead he was in post-op, recovering from achilles surgery and a young lefty by the name Tim Cooney was called up from AAA to make his MLB debut to try and plug the hole that Wainwright’s injury left behind. We knew it was a tall order. We didn...
Via Cardinals Diaspora
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Matt Carpenter, Matt Holliday, and Matt Adams go on a tear as Cardinals blast Phillies 9-3

For the second time in this four-game series, a starting pitcher made his MLB debut.Both Philadelphia’s Severino Gonzalez and St. Louis’ Tim Cooney had rough outings in their first starts in the big leagues.One big difference was Gonzalez was tagged with the loss, and Cooney was dealt with the no decision.Cooney had a quick hook on him in his debut as he lasted 2.1 innings, allowing...
Via Cardinals Farm
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Cardinals Purchase Rookie Pitcher Tim Cooney

CATCHER CODY STANLEY OPTIONED TO MEMPHIS (AAA) ST. LOUIS, Mo., April 30, 2015 – The St. Louis Cardinals announced prior to today’s game that rookie left-handed pitcher Tim Cooney has been purchased from Memphis (AAA) and that he will make his Major League debut by making the start in this afternoon’s series finale with Philadelphia.  The [...]
Via The Cardinal Conclave
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Carpenter’s Early Doubles Pace Would be Historic

From researcher Tom Orf: Matt Carpenter‘s 12 doubles in the St. Louis Cardinals’ 19 games is tied for the second-most in Major League Baseball history. Carpenter is tied with nine others for the second-most, behind Billy Herman, who had 14 in the Chicago Cubs’ first 19 contests of the 1936 season. Herman finished with 57 two-base hits that season, tied for 10th- most all...
Via The Cardinal Nation blog
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Big nights from Carlos Martinez and Peter Bourjos lead Cardinals to 5-2 win over Phillies

One 23-year old in the Cardinals starting rotation, Michael Wacha improved his record to 4-0 with a win yesterday night. The other 23-year old, Carlos Martinez looked to improve to 3-0 tonight.His outing in Game 3 of this four-game series against the Phillies was a line that was good enough for a win. Martinez lasted six innings, allowing two runs on six hits, three walks, and three...
Via Cardinals Farm
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Springfield Cardinals come back, but Naturals walk off

April 28, 2015, Springdale, AR – After the Springfield Cardinals scored two in the top of the ninth to tie the game, the Northwest Arkansas Naturals walked off in the bottom of the ninth for the 6-5 win before 2,897 fans at Arvest Ballpark on Tuesday night. Cardinals RHP Thomas Lee retired his first seven batters faced and dealt three scoreless innings to start his evening, but...
Via i70baseball
4 days ago  |  Discuss

St. Louis Cardinals Minor Leagues: Lyons roars over Round Rock

Lyons is one Memphis starter with major league experience and should return to the majors at some point in 2015. Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images North America With the hole in the rotation created by Adam Wainwright‘s torn Achilles tendon, the St. Louis Cardinals called up Tim Cooney to make his major league debut this upcoming Thursday. Meanwhile, left-hander Tyler Lyons, who has...
Via Cardinals Farm
5 days ago  |  Discuss

How Underrated is Matt Carpenter?

It’s tougher garnering sympathy when you’re a part of the St. Louis Cardinals, a club that has reached the postseason seven times and secured two World Series over the past 10 years. With one of the best front offices in the game, the Cardinals rarely miss on a player—whether it be a draftee or free agent signing. Even when they do, their abundance of talent typically makes...
Via The Sports Post
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Adam Wainwright injury leaves innings void for Cardinals

The St. Louis Cardinals took two of the three games from the Milwaukee Brewers over the weekend, but the wins cannot wash over the losses the team suffered. Over three games, Yadier Molina, Adam Wainwright, and Jason Heyward all left games early due to injury. Molina did not play on Saturday or Sunday, but has […]
Via Fangraphs
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Where has all of the Cardinals pitching depth gone?

There was a time, not so long ago, that the Cardinals were the envy of General Managers everywhere for their pitching depth.  You think your team has good pitching depth?  We had 3 guys who can throw 95+ mph (Shelby Miller, Joe Kelly and Trevor Rosenthal) vying for our 5th starter spot in 2013.Now, with the expectation that Adam Wainwright will miss the rest of the season with...
Via Cardinals Fan in Cubs Land
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Adam Wainwright’s Injury Could Cost Him The Season

St. Louis Cardinals‘ ace Adam Wainwright was forced to leave the game during the fifth inning on Saturday. On the one had it was the top of the fifth inning and the Cardinals were in Milwaukee so Wainwright was in the batter’s box, meaning that this it isn’t a shoulder or elbow injury. Still it is an injury that could jeopardize Wainwright’s season. When Wainwright popped...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Adam Wainwright injured: Who might replace him in Cardinals' rotation?

In case you missed it, Adam Wainwright was injured tonight trying to get out of the batter's box on a popup of all things.  He will undergo an MRI to see the extent of the injury, but its likely he's headed to the DL.Its uncertain how long he will be out, with some speculating that, if he has a torn Achilles, he could miss the rest of the season.  However, that is the worst case...
Via Cardinals Fan in Cubs Land
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Matt Adams Not Off To The Ideal Start

It’s fair to say that the Cardinals had questions about Matt Adams. Signing Mark Reynolds served a duel purpose: 1) Let Matt Adams know that he’s going to have to earn his playing time in 2015 and that if he doesn’t perform, the team has viable options to replace him on a regular basis. 2) Actually replace Matt Adams if he isn’t able to get the job done. A $2M insurance policy...
Via Cardinals Diaspora
12 days ago  |  Discuss

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