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Thu. Aug 21, 2014 | STATS
News: Lynn allowed four hits in seven scoreless innings of Wednesday's 7-3 win over Cincinnati.
Impact: He's won three straight starts and has a 1.66 ERA over his last six.
Thu. Aug 21, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Molina took some light swings Wednesday, his first since tearing a thumb ligament in early July, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
Impact: Molina is making excellent progress and has gone without a setback thus far. If all continues to go well, he could be back in the lineup in early September.
Thu. Aug 21, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Jay went 3-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI while extending his hitting streak to 12 games in Wednesday's win over Cincinnati.
Impact: Jay has grabbed the starting center-field job and doesn't look like he's letting go anytime soon. The 29-year-old is hitting .313/.385/.407 on the season and looks like he may be locking into the second spot in the Cardinals' lineup. He's worth a look in a wide variety of fantasy leagues moving forward.
Wed. Aug 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Rosenthal secured the last two outs in the ninth inning to record his 37th save of the year in Wednesday's 7-3 win over the Reds.
Impact: With things getting interesting late, Rosenthal was called into the affair and he put out the fire despite walking one batter. While he has been shaky at times, blowing a save as recently as Monday, Rosenthal does have 74 strikeouts in 58 innings this year and remains in the closer role for St. Louis. If he hits another rough stretch in the short term, however, Pat Neshek could see some opportunities in the ninth inning.
Wed. Aug 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Lynn pitched seven shutout innings against the Reds on Wednesday, allowing four hits and two walks while striking out five en route to his 14th win of the year.
Impact: Lynn continues to be an anchor in the Cardinals' rotation and has given up just 11 earned runs in his last nine starts (spanning 54.1 innings). With a 2.78 ERA, 1.27 WHIP and 144:57 K:BB ratio in 158.2 innings this season, Lynn is as reliable as they come. His next start is set for Tuesday on the road against the Pirates.
Wed. Aug 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Wainwright will start Friday against the Phillies, Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports.
Impact: The Cardinals will take advantage of an off day and move Wainwright up to start Friday on normal rest, with Shelby Miller bumped back to Saturday. In doing so, the Cardinals will have their ace available to start next Wednesday's series finale against the division rival Pirates.
Wed. Aug 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Wong is out of the lineup Wednesday against the Reds.
Impact: This looks like nothing more than a routine day off for Wong, who has started all but one game for the Cardinals since July 26. Fellow lefty swinger Daniel Descalso will take over at the keystone and bat eighth against right-hander Johnny Cueto. With Mark Ellis (oblique) on the DL, Wong figures to continue seeing near-everday playing time.
Wed. Aug 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Peralta belted his 17th home run of the year Tuesday, a solo shot off Alfredo Simon in the sixth inning, in a 1-for-4 effort against the Reds.
Impact: Peralta has been hot of late, going 15-for-40 with two home runs, three doubles and eight RBI in his last 10 games. In the process, Peralta has raised his season slash line to .266/.340/.458.
Wed. Aug 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Lackey pitched six innings Tuesday against the Reds, allowing four runs (two earned) on four hits and one walk, while striking out seven in the no-decision.
Impact: In Lackey's first four starts with the Cardinals, he has sandwiched three quality starts around one clunker, a nine-run outing against the Orioles on Aug. 9. Altogether, Lackey is still having a decent season, with a 3.88 ERA, 1.26 WHIP and 135:38 K:BB ratio in 162.1 innings. Lackey's next start is set for Monday on the road against the Pirates.
Tue. Aug 19, 2014 | STATS
News: The Cardinals have put Ellis on the 15-day disabled list with a left oblique strain, retroactive to Aug. 15.
Impact: The 37-year-old Ellis has not played since last Thursday against the Padres. He made four starts after rookie Kolten Wong returned from the disabled list on July 6.
Tue. Aug 19, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Ellis was placed on the 15-day DL on Tuesday with a left oblique strain.
Impact: Manager Mike Matheny was vague about Ellis' situation Monday, saying the 37-year-old was unavailable due to "soreness," but Ellis will require a DL stint with the injury officially diagnosed as an oblique strain. Kolten Wong figures to now play everyday at the keystone, with the team bringing up a fellow lefty swinger in Greg Garcia to take Ellis' place on the active roster.
Tue. Aug 19, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Motte, who is recovering from a lower back strain, has not been cleared to begin throwing, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
Impact: Motte hoped to return when eligible but now looks to miss a month or more with the ailment. It's been a disappointing season for Motte, who hoped to return from Tommy John surgery and find the success he had before, but he's posted a 4.91 ERA and an even uglier 6.90 FIP.
Tue. Aug 19, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Peralta was the hero Monday, hitting a walk-off single in the 10th inning of a 3-for-5 night against the Reds.
Impact: Peralta has been scorching of late, slashing .349/.397/.540 in August with eight multi-hit games.
Tue. Aug 19, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Masterson allowed four runs on five hits with two walks and five strikeouts over five innings in an extra-inning win against the Reds on Tuesday
Impact: Masterson had another stinker of a start. That makes three poor outings in four starts since joining the Cardinals at the trade deadline. The right-hander is 2-1 with a 6.30 ERA for St. Louis. He will try to get things rolling Sunday in Philadelphia.
Tue. Aug 19, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Rosenthal blew his fifth save of the season Monday, allowing a walk and a double to the Reds in the ninth inning.
Impact: Jhonny Peralta and the Cardinals would bail Rosenthal out with a walk-off victory in the 10th inning. The blown save comes a day after the right-hander was removed Sunday after walking the bases load. Rosenthal's grip on the closer role could be slipping.
Mon. Aug 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Ellis was unavailable Monday due to "soreness," MLB.com's Jenifer Langosch reports.
Impact: Ellis has made just two starts for the Cardinals so far in August, collecting a total of nine at-bats on the month. Manager Mike Matheny likely hopes to count on the 37-year-old for veteran support down the stretch, but with just a .192 season batting average, he's not much of a threat at the plate at this stage of his career.
Mon. Aug 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Wacha (shoulder) threw a 35-pitch bullpen session Monday, MLB.com's Jenifer Langosch reports.
Impact: Wacha tossed a mix of fastballs and changeups during the session at an estimated 75-to-80 percent effort. He's expected to increase the intensity of his throwing his next time out, tentatively scheduled for Wednesday. The Cardinals have expressed a desire for Wacha to head out on a rehab assignment or simulated game before returning from the DL, likely at some point in early September.
Mon. Aug 18, 2014 | STATS
News: Carpenter went 3 for 4 with a home run and three RBIs in Sunday's win over San Diego.
Impact: He's got five RBIs in two games after totaling one in his previous 12 games.
Mon. Aug 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Holliday (sore left knee) will start in left field Monday vs. the Reds.
Impact: Holliday was rested Sunday both in part to a balky knee and his 0-for-18 slump at the dish, but the Cardinals are banking on the therapy day revitalizing the veteran. Normally a safe candidate to deliver 20-to-25 home runs and an average near .300 on an annual basis, Holliday is batting just .260 on the campaign and is on pace to finish with only 16 round trippers.
Mon. Aug 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Holliday has been bothered by a sore left knee which factored into manager Mike Matheny's decision to sit the veteran on Sunday, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
Impact: Holliday is in an 0-for-18 slump and has dealt with soreness in that knee prior to this season. It's unclear if Matheny will rest Holliday for any more games in an attempt to get him feeling healthy again.
Mon. Aug 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Carpenter was 3-for-4, falling a triple short of the cycle while scoring twice and driving in three in the win over San Diego on Sunday.
Impact: Carpenter has done well to prove last year was no fluke, while his numbers are slightly down they're still some of the best at his position. He's hitting .284/.379/.400 with 79 runs scored and 29 doubles.
Mon. Aug 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Wainwright allowed seven hits and four runs (three earned) with five strikeouts and one walk over seven innings in Sunday's win over San Diego.
Impact: Wainwright labored through the fifth and sixth innings, but was otherwise strong in the winning decision. Though his overall numbers remain excellent, Wainwright hasn't been nearly as dominant in the second half of the season, recording a 4.50 ERA, 1.45 WHIP and 28:14 K:BB ratio in six starts (38 innings) since the All-Star break. Up next is a road matchup against Philadelphia on Saturday.
Aug 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Despite removing Rosenthal in a save situation Sunday, manager Mike Matheny affirmed following the game that Rosenthal remains the Cardinals' closer.
Impact: Rosenthal walked the bases loaded Sunday before being pulled in favor of Seth Maness, who was able to pick up the save despite giving up a hit that cost Rosenthal two earned runs. His job isn't seemingly in any real danger at the moment, but he has given up at least one earned run in three of his last five outings and has frequently let runners reach base all season, so Matheny decided to head off any questions and announce that Rosenthal's job is secure. If his struggles do persist, however, and the Cardinals need to make a change in the ninth inning, Pat Neshek would likely be the next man up.
Sun. Aug 17, 2014 | STATS
News: The St. Louis Cardinals recalled right-hander Carlos Martinez from Triple-A Memphis and demoted struggling lefty Kevin Siegrist to the minors.
Impact: The 25-year-old Siegrist gave up a grand slam to the Padres' Jedd Gyorko Saturday and is 1-3 with a 6.11 ERA. He was 3-1 with an ERA of 0.45 as a rookie last year but has been off-kilter all of 2014 and missed 52 games from May 24 through July 22 with a left forearm strain.
Sun. Aug 17, 2014 | STATS
News: The St. Louis Cardinals recalled right-hander Carlos Martinez from Triple-A Memphis and demoted struggling lefty Kevin Siegrist to the minors.
Impact: Manager Mike Matheny said the 22-year-old Martinez will be used in relief. Before Sunday's game against the Padres, Matheny said Martinez was en route from El Paso, Texas. Martinez, one of the team's top pitching prospects, was 2-4 with a 4.74 ERA in 38 games earlier this season, seven of the last eight appearances as the starter.
Aug 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Pierzynski is out of the lineup Sunday against the Padres.
Impact: Pierzynski seems to have settled into a timeshare with Tony Cruz, as Cruz will have caught four of the last eight games for the Cardinals. The 37-year-old Pierzynski has two multi-hit games so far in August and has one home run since being acquired by St. Louis in late July.
Aug 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Holliday is out of the lineup Sunday against the Padres, Jeff Sanders of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.
Impact: Holliday has started eight straight games for the Cardinals, but will give way to Jon Jay on Sunday afternoon, while Jhonny Peralta will move up to third in the order. In the midst of an 0-for-18 slump, a day off was likely due for the veteran.
Aug 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Siegrist was optioned to Triple-A Memphis on Sunday.
Impact: Siegrist has allowed six runs over his last two appearances, as the 25-year-old owns a poor 6.11 ERA over his 2014 campaign. He'll iron it out in the minors, with a chance remaining that he will return to the roster in September. Carlos Martinez was recalled Sunday in a corresponding move and will take on a similar bullpen role.
Aug 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Miller was mediocre yet again Saturday night against the Padres, giving up four runs on four hits and a whopping six walks, striking out five.
Impact: Despite that, Miller left with a lead, but teammate Kevin Siegrist blew that 5-4 lead in the seventh inning. Miller gave up three runs in the third inning immediately after the Cardinals had scored in the bottom of the second.
Aug 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Martinez was recalled from Triple-A Memphis on Sunday.
Impact: Martinez won't be awarded a spot in the starting rotation like he had during his previous stint with the team, but the Cardinals can certainly use his services as a hard-throwing righty out of the bullpen. The 22-year-old owns a shaky 4.74 ERA over 68.1 major league innings this season, but does sport a respectable 8.43 K/9 rate. Kevin Siegrist was optioned to Memphis to clear a roster spot.
Aug 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Taveras returned to the lineup Saturday night and went 2-for-4 with an RBI in the Cardinals' loss to the Padres.
Impact: Taveras has been underwhelming in his callup, hitting .219/.258/.301 in the majors this season. Prior to sitting out of the lineup Thursday and Friday, Taveras did have an extended run of starts, so it's harder to blame sporadic playing time now than it was earlier in the season.
Aug 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: There is a strong likelihood that Martinez will be promoted as part of a large class of September callups for the Cardinals.
Impact: Martinez has had two strong starts at Triple-A Memphis since his demotion, throwing 10.1 scoreless innings and striking out seven while walking just one. It's been a tough transition back to starting for Martinez, who is now working on getting deeper into games at Memphis.
Sat. Aug 16, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Wacha (shoulder) threw off a mound Saturday, Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports.
Impact: Wacha cleared a major hurdle on his long road back from a shoulder injury Saturday, throwing off a mound for the first time in nearly two months. Even with the additions of John Lackey and Justin Masterson at the deadline, Wacha still seems likely to return as a starter, though GM John Mozeliak has not ruled out the possibility of Wacha stepping into a bullpen role once healthy.
Fri. Aug 15, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Wong went 1-for-3 with a run scored and one RBI against the Padres on Friday night.
Impact: The Cardinals' rookie continues to impress, even with his batting average hovering around the .250 mark. Wong (.253/.294/.406) has battled injuries and some issues regarding consistency, but he remains a solid start for the rest of the season as the Cards are highly committed to him.
Fri. Aug 15, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Neshek came on in the ninth inning for the Cardinals to pick up his fourth save of the season against the Padres, giving up one run on two hits while striking out one.
Impact: With how well Neshek has pitched this season, the Cardinals are not afraid to go to him when closer Trevor Rosenthal needs some rest. He has been dominant all year with an ERA sitting at 0.88. Neshek may snag a couple more saves down the stretch, but Rosenthal is still the guy in St. Louis.
Fri. Aug 15, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Lynn gave up one run on six hits while striking out six hitters, as he picked up his 13th win on the season against the Padres on Friday.
Impact: It was a fantastic bounce-back game for Lynn who suffered previously in his last less-than-stellar outing. Lynn (2.91 ERA) threw 102 pitches on the night where he didn't have an issue staying ahead of Padres' hitters. Lynn will take the mound next Wednesday against the Reds.
Fri. Aug 15, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Molina (thumb) expects to be cleared to resume swinging a bat next week, Jim Hayes of FOX Sports Midwest reports.
Impact: A day after catching his first bullpen session since undergoing surgery to repair a torn thumb ligament, Molina returned to the bullpen Friday for more work. He seems optimistic that he'll be cleared to ramp up his activity further next week, and while the team could always step in and pump the brakes, it sounds like Molina has a chance to beat even the front-end of his estimated 8-to-12 week recovery timetable.
Fri. Aug 15, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Taveras is out of the Cardinals' lineup again Friday.
Impact: Shane Robinson will start in right field for a second straight day, this time against a right-hander in Tyson Ross. There has been no word of an injury to Taveras, who is batting just .195/.267/.244 so far this month, so perhaps manager Mike Matheny just thinks he could benefit from an extended mental rest.
Fri. Aug 15, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Rosenthal made things interesting Thursday against San Diego, but still locked up his 36th save after allowing a run on three hits and two walks in the ninth.
Impact: Rosenthal struck out Tommy Medica to end it with the bases loaded after Alex Amarista was thrown out at home as the potential tying run. Not the prettiest save of the season for Rosenthal but the Cardinals escaped with the win.
Fri. Aug 15, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Peralta hit his 16th home run of the season, going 1-for-4 with two RBI in the win over San Diego.
Impact: With the home run Peralta ties the Cardinals record for single-season home runs by a short stop. Considering how bad the shortstop position has been this year in fantasy, Peralta has provided solid value as a late round pick, slashing .260/.335/.447 for the Cardinals.
Thu. Aug 14, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Lackey did not factor into Thursday's decision, but made a quality start, allowing two runs and five hits over seven innings.
Impact: Lackey has made three starts with the Cardinals, and has two great outings under his belt as well as a nine-run stinker. He'll look to build on Thursday's solid start in his next turn, which will come at home against Cincinnati.
Thu. Aug 14, 2014 | STATS
News: Masterson improved to 2-1 in three starts with St. Louis by earning the decision in Wednesday's 5-2 win in Miami.
Impact: Masterson limited the Marlins to three hits in seven scoreless innings after allowing 10 runs in his first two starts. He had issued six walks with two hit batters over eight innings of his first two starts before having a clean start this time around.
Thu. Aug 14, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Molina (thumb) caught a bullpen session Thursday, MLB.com's Jenifer Langosch reports.
Impact: It was the first time he donned the catcher's mitt since landing on the disabled list in mid-July. The team is optimistic he will meet the short end of the eight-to-12-week recovery timetable initially established for him, but it will be tough to get a true gauge of how well he's progressing until he takes part in more baseball-related activities.
Thu. Aug 14, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Motte (back) is not expected to return from the disabled list until September, MLB.com's Jenifer Langosch reports.
Impact: Motte is not yet throwing after he was placed on the disabled list last Friday, putting him off track to return in the 15-day minimum. Once he starts throwing, Motte would still likely require a rehab assignment, pushing him return to the St. Louis bullpen back a few days further. He's hardly looked like the dominant closer of old coming off Tommy John surgery that wiped out his 2013 season, posting a 4.91 ERA and striking out 16 batters in 22 innings.
Thu. Aug 14, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Pierzysnki is out of the lineup Thursday against the Padres.
Impact: Pierzynski will sit for the third time five games, and it seems he and Tony Cruz may continue to alternate starts for the foreseeable future.
Thu. Aug 14, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Jay is out of the lineup Thursday against the Padres.
Impact: A series of opposing right-handed pitchers has kept Jay in the lineup for each of the team's last nine games, but he'll sit Thursday in favor of Peter Bourjos with left-hander Eric Stults on the hill for San Diego. Jay is 10-for-28 (.357 average) with two homers, six RBI and five runs scored so far in August.
Thu. Aug 14, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Taveras is out of the lineup Thursday against the Padres.
Impact: Manager Mike Matheny will give the nod in right field to Shane Robinson on Thursday, as he stacks his lineup with as mostly right-handed bats against lefty Eric Stults. Taveras hit safely in six straight games to begin August, but he's gone just 2-for-21 in six games since.
Thu. Aug 14, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Wong is out of the lineup Thursday against the Padres.
Impact: Mark Ellis will draw the start at second base with lefty Eric Stults on the hill for San Diego, as Wongs sits for the first time since July 25. Wong continues to hit the ball well, with 11 hits in his last seven games, but he has just one steal in his last 10 starts.
Thu. Aug 14, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Holliday (knee) is in the lineup for Thursday's game against the Padres.
Impact: Holliday's left knee flared up Wednesday night, prompting his removal in the seventh inning, but it seems the decision was largely precautionary on the Cardinals' behalf. He will return to right field and the three-hole in the order Thursday to face lefty Eric Stults, against whom he's 3-for-8 with a homer in his career.
Thu. Aug 14, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Motte (back) is hoping to return from lower back strain Sunday but the Cardinals are not optimistic about his chances, MLB.com reports.
Impact: The Cardinals would like Motte to pitch in some rehab games, something he is still unable to do. The more likely scenario is that Motte will return toward the middle or end of next week.
Wed. Aug 13, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Carpenter went 3-for-5 while scoring twice Wednesday in a 5-2 victory over the Marlins.
Impact: His .318/.392/.481 line from 2013 is unrepeatable, but Carpenter continues to get on base (.377 OBP) and score runs (76) among the best in the league.
Wed. Aug 13, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Masterson (6-7) enjoyed his best start as a Cardinal, throwing seven shutout innings versus the Marlins in a 5-2 win Wednesday.
Impact: Masterson had given up five runs in each of his first two starts since the July 30 trade to St. Louis. Wednesday's gem brings the right-hander's record to 2-1 for the Cardinals. Masterson will try to keep it going Monday against the Reds.
Wed. Aug 13, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Holliday was removed from Wednesday's game due to left knee soreness, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
Impact: The injury does not appear serious, as Holliday expects to be in the lineup for Thursday's game. However, it's something for fantasy owners to keep an eye on in case Holliday's personal diagnosis is incorrect.
Wed. Aug 13, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Wainwright took the loss Tuesday, surrendering three runs on seven hits and a walk while striking out four in seven innings against Miami.
Impact: Wainwright was solid but but it wasn't enough as the Miami pitching staff shut out the Cardinals' hitters. He'll take a 2.34 ERA into his next start.
Tue. Aug 12, 2014 | STATS
News: Holliday had a season-high four hits, including two doubles, and an RBI in Monday's 6-5 loss at Miami.
Impact: Holliday had been scuffling with five hits in 27 at-bats over his previous seven contests.
Tue. Aug 12, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Adams is out of the lineup Tuesday against the Marlins, FOX Sports Midwest reports.
Impact: It's a rare day off against a right-hander (Jarred Cosart) for Adams, who is just 1-for-15 in his last three games and 2-for-21 in his last five. Mark Ellis will draw the start at first base in his absence with Jhonny Peralta moving to the cleanup spot. Despite his recent rough stretch, Adams is still batting .330/.348/.518 against right-handers this season, so his regular role is safe.
Mon. Aug 11, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Jay continued his strong August on Monday, going 1-for-4 with a two-run home run.
Impact: The home run was Jay's second in three games after knocking out just one all season before this week. He's also driven in six runs in 22 at-bats this month after chasing home 24 in 253 at-bats prior to August. The strong start to the month has Jay's average up to .291.
Mon. Aug 11, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Holliday was perfect at the dish Monday, going 4-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored.
Impact: The Cardinals' left fielder doubled twice and drove in a run on an infield single in the ninth inning to make it a one-run game. Holliday's run-scoring hit was just his fourth of the month and first in nearly a week. He's hitting .271 with 59 RBI for the season.
Mon. Aug 11, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Miller struggled in a losing effort Monday night, allowing five runs in five innings against the Marlins.
Impact: Miller struck out five but allowed eight hits and walked a pair in the subpar outing. The 23-year-old had been pitching much better of late, posting a 2.29 ERA in four post-All-Star break starts, but he didn't have his best stuff Monday. He'll try to get back on track this weekend against the Padres.
Mon. Aug 11, 2014 | STATS
News: Wong matched a career-high with four hits in an 8-3 win at Baltimore on Sunday.
Impact: Wong is 8 for 18 with two homers and two RBIs in his last four games.
Aug 10, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Lynn surrendered nine hits and three earned runs while fanning six and walking one in 5.2 innings against Baltimore on Sunday.
Impact: Lynn wasn't at his best, but the Cardinals got the job done at the plate and helped him improve his record to 12-8. Sunday's start broke a run of six straight outings in which Lynn had allowed two or fewer earned runs, but fantasy owners can't complain too much. The right-hander has been as solid as ever since the All-Star break, giving up just eight earned runs over 31 innings in a span of five starts. What's more, Lynn has a fantasy-friendly matchup coming up at home against San Diego on Friday.
Aug 10, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Peralta finished 3-for-4 with one RBI and a run scored to help St. Louis beat Baltimore on Sunday.
Impact: Peralta also drew a walk in the victory. The shortstop has been excellent so far in August, hitting .296/.367/.519, and he's been especially productive over his last four games, collecting seven hits (including three doubles) and four RBI in his past 14 at-bats.
Aug 10, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Wong went 4-for-5 with two runs scored in Sunday's win over Baltimore.
Impact: All four of Wong's hits were singles, with the productive day at the plate helping him raise his batting average to .253. Despite hitting only .229 so far in August, Wong has come through with three homers, six RBI and two stolen bases, and he'll look to make a big impact again in Monday's series opener in Miami.
Aug 10, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Pierzynski is out of the lineup Sunday against the Orioles, FOX Sports Midwest reports.
Impact: Pierzynski will head back to the bench after just two starts, with Tony Cruz catching and Matt Carpenter serving as the DH against right-hander Kevin Gausman. In 10 games since joining St. Louis, Pierzynski is 10-for-35 with a double, a homer and five RBI.
Sat. Aug 9, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Descalso went 3-for-3 with a walk while making a spot start at shortstop Saturday.
Impact: With the DH spot available for the Cards playing on the road in Baltimore, Jhonny Peralta was given a day off from defensive responsibilities. The three-hit effort pushed Descalso's line to .198/.257/.248 for the season.
Sat. Aug 9, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Lackey gave up nine runs on 13 hits over five innings in a losing effort against the Orioles on Saturday night.
Impact: Lackey was clobbered early and often by the O's on Saturday but hung around long enough to limit the strain on the St. Louis bullpen. He had a 2-0 lead entering the bottom of the second inning, when he yielded crooked numbers in three of the next four frames thanks to three Baltimore home runs. Lackey has an excellent matchup in his next start, a home date with the Padres on Thursday.
Fri. Aug 8, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Pierzynski went 1-for-3 with a two-run homer in Friday's 12-2 loss to the Orioles.
Impact: Pierzynski continues to swing the bat well for the Cardinals. Since being signed back on July 25 to replace Yadier Molina (thumb) as the starting catcher, the 37-year-old veteran has hit .313 (10-for-32) with one home run, four RBI and four runs scored.
Fri. Aug 8, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Masterson lasted just four batters into the third inning Friday night versus the Cardinals, allowing five earned runs on seven hits and three walks while picking up a couple of strikeouts.
Impact: Masterson has had an extremely rough beginning to his tenure in the Cardinals' rotation. In two starts since being acquired from the Indians, the big right-hander has been hammered for 10 earned runs across eight innings. Masterson will be searching for bounce-back performance Wednesday in Miami.
Fri. Aug 8, 2014 | STATS
News: The St. Louis Cardinals have placed right-handed reliever Jason Motte on the 15-day disabled list with a lower back sprain. Motte has pitched 22 innings in 24 appearances this season with a 4.91 ERA.
Impact: The move, announced Friday, is retroactive to Aug. 1. The 32-year-old Motte underwent elbow ligament surgery in May 2013 and started this season on the DL. He made his 2014 debut May 21.
Fri. Aug 8, 2014 | STATS
News: Wong went 3 for 4 with two home runs and scored three times in a 5-2 win over visiting Boston on Thursday.
Impact: Wong had been struggling with a .189 average with one homer over his previous 14 contests before breaking out Thursday.
Fri. Aug 8, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Taveras will move up to sixth in the order Friday.
Impact: Taveras has been stuck behind A.J. Pierzynski in the order since taking over the everyday job in right field from Allen Craig (foot), but it he'll move up to the six-hole Friday against Orioles right-hander Chris Tillman. The 22-year-old Taveras has hit safely in seven straight games and could eventually supplant Jhonny Peralta in the No. 5 spot.
Fri. Aug 8, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Motte was placed on the 15-day DL on Friday with a lower back strain.
Impact: Motte hasn't pitched since Aug. 1 and this explains why. With the stint made retroactive to Aug. 2, the right-hander will be eligible to return as soon as next Saturday, but it's uncertain whether he'll be ready by that time. Lefty Nick Greenwood was recalled to replace Motte, who has posted a 4.91 ERA and 1.50 WHIP in 24 appearances this season.
Thu. Aug 7, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Neshek pitched a perfect ninth inning versus Boston on Thursday to record his third save of the season.
Impact: Trevor Rosenthal had pitched in the previous two games, and has been used frequently in general in August, so St. Louis turned to Neshek for the save Thursday. He's been fantastic in middle relief for the Cardinals this season, posting 17 holds and a 0.76 ERA and 0.59 WHIP in 47.1 innings.
Thu. Aug 7, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Wong had a big game in Thursday's win over the Red Sox, smacking a pair of home runs and stealing a base.
Impact: Wong continues to show more power than most expected, with nine home runs in 251 at-bats. He's also helping fantasy owners in the speed category, swiping 17 bags this year.
Thu. Aug 7, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Wainwright posted a quality start in Thursday's outing against Boston, allowing two runs and seven hits in seven innings. He struck out seven batters, needing 122 pitches to record 21 outs.
Impact: Wainwright has been up-and down recently, failing to pitch six innings in two of his last four starts, including a seven-run dud in his previous outing. After a huge workload last season (276.2 innings, including the playoffs), it's possible that Wainwright is tiring a bit. On the other hand, the heavy workload from last year could mean nothing. He's not someone you want to sit on the bench anyway. In any event, he'll look to put up another solid stat line in his next start at Miami.
Thu. Aug 7, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Pierzynski is out of the lineup Thursday against the Red Sox.
Impact: After starting three straight for the Red Birds, Pierzynski will take a seat in favor of Tony Cruz. The 37-year-old backstop had been riding a three-game hit streak, but has just one extra-base hit since joining the Cardinals.
Thu. Aug 7, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Rosenthal picked up the loss Wednesday against the Cardinals after giving up a run on two hits and two walks in the ninth.
Impact: Fatigue could have been a factor for Rosenthal, who was called on to pitch for the fourth consecutive game (over five days). He would load the bases before a Xander Boegarts sac fly plated Yoenis Cespedes for the go-ahead run. It's been an up-and-down year for the fireballer, who falls to 1-6 with a 3.19 ERA and 1.36 WHIP. Not great numbers for a closer on a team with championship aspirations, but the swing-and-miss stuff is still there (11.6 K/9) -- he just needs to find consistency.
Thu. Aug 7, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Miller allowed a run on four hits with a walk and four strikeouts over seven innings in a no-decision Wednesday against the Red Sox.
Impact: Miller dueled ex-teammate Joe Kelly for seven innings, with both giving up one run before turning it over the bullpen. Trevor Rosenthal would ultimately cough up the lead in the ninth, wasting Miller's strong outing. It was his third solid outing in a row, bringing his ERA under 4.00 (3.99) for the first time since May. Miller will try to keep it going Monday in Miami.
Mon. Aug 4, 2014 | STATS
News: Lackey earned his 12th victory Sunday in his debut with the Cardinals, limiting the Brewers to two runs in seven innings of a 3-2 win.
Impact: St. Louis is getting a hot pitcher in Lackey, who is 3-1 with a 2.33 ERA in his last four starts including Sunday's strong showing.
Sun. Aug 3, 2014 | STATS
News: Peralta went 2 for 5 with a solo homer in a 9-7 win over Milwaukee on Saturday night.
Impact: Peralta, batting .252, was 3 for 20 (.150) in his previous six games.
Sun. Aug 3, 2014 | STATS
News: Wong broke out of a slump with a home run and three RBIs as the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Milwaukee Brewers 9-7 on Saturday night.
Impact: Wong, who entered the contest mired in a 6-for-36 skid, went 3 for 5. He slammed a bases-loaded single to trigger a five-run outburst in the second inning that put St. Louis ahead to stay 6-1. He also hit a solo homer in the first.
Sun. Aug 3, 2014 | STATS
News: Masterson won his St. Louis debut as the Cardinals beat the Milwaukee Brewers 9-7 on Saturday night.
Impact: Masterson (1-0) gave up five runs on seven hits over six innings. He was acquired from Cleveland on Wednesday for minor league outfielder James Ramsey.
Sat. Aug 2, 2014 | STATS
News: Wainwright tied a season high by allowing seven runs in 5 1-3 innings in a 7-4 loss to Milwaukee on Friday night.
Impact: Wainwright (13-6, 2.26 ERA) is 1-2 with a 5.82 ERA in his last three starts.
Sat. Aug 2, 2014 | STATS
News: Carpenter had two hits and drove in three runs in a 7-4 loss to Milwaukee.
Impact: Carpenter, batting .288, is 15 for 36 (.417) with seven RBIs and five extra-base hits in his last nine games.