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St. Louis Cardinals rookie Michael Wacha was able to record his first big league victory in his third start despite allowing a home run to Omar Quintanilla, a sacrifice fly to Marlon Byrd, and walking three batters all in the first inning, Wacha settled down after a rocky first inning to complete six innings, and the Cardinals beat the New York Mets 9-2.He did not allow another run nor did he record another walk after the first inning. Officially, Wacha’s performance is considered a quality start, but he will have to have to be more efficient in future outings, having thrown 102 pictures in six innings of work.The Cardinals’ offense was able to provide more than enough offense to fuel Wacha’s first win. The team got its first run of the game when Matt Holliday scored on a ground out double play by Matt Adams in the fourth inning.Wacha knocked in his first big league RBI on a ground out in the fifth–scoring Jon Jay. The Cardinals broke the game open in the fifth–scoring four more runs on a ground out by Yadier Molina and a three-run home run by Allen Craig.In the seventh, St. Louis tallied two more runs on an RBI single by Holliday and a walk to Jay with the bases loaded. At this point, the Cardinals led the Mets by six runs, 8-2. Shane Robinson, who has raised his average over 50 points in the past week, hit his second home run of the season to make the score 9-2 Cardinals.Due to the bats’ run support and a solid outing by Wacha, the big arms at the back of the bullpen were able to take a night off. Randy Choate pitched one scoreless inning, and rookie, Keith Butler, pitched two scoreless innings–neither reliever allowed a hit.The future role of Wacha is unclear with Jake Westbrook (2-1, 1.62 ERA) set to return from the disabled list and start on Friday against the Miami Marlins. Wacha may stay in the rotation, but he also may be sent to the bullpen or sent back down to Triple-A Memphis.
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With the trade deadline looming on the horizon, its time to start thinking about who might be sellers this year and do they have anything the Cardinals need?
Taking a look at the current standings, its pretty easy to pick who will definitely be selling come July. The Miami Marlins, Houston Astros, New York Mets, Chicago Cubs and Milwaukee Brewers are all far enough out of the...
Last week the news leaked that the Cardinals were one of 9 teams that can acquire Cliff Lee without his permission. Lee apparently left the Cards off the list because he was intrigued with the idea of playing for them, due to their winning culture and proximity to his Arkansas home, and because he probably figured the Cards wouldn't want to trade for him.
But, not so fast...
Stats from June 11th vs Mets
- Michael Wacha is one of 10 1st round draft picks making a start tonight (9 in the National League)
- Wacha is the 3rd different Cardinals rookie to start against the Mets this year
CARDINALS ROOKIE STARTERS VS METS THIS SEASON
JOHN GAST SHELBY MILLER MICHAEL WACHA
DECISION WIN ND WIN
INNINGS 6.0 5.2 6.0
ER 4 0 ...
With the 2013 First-Year Player Draft on the books and with news of the first signees beginning to trickle in, it seemed an excellent time to discuss the St. Louis Cardinals’ new class.
That was the subject of my discussion with Rob Rains of StLSportsPage.com and RobRains.com. In our 10-minute chat, we touched on a number of the most promising players in the Cardinals draft as...
The St. Louis Cardinals have established the best record in Major League Baseball through nearly one-third of the regular season and have thrived despite a series of injury obstacles that forced the team to mix and match its pitching staff together.
But the steady stream of players headed back and forth to the Triple-A Memphis Redbirds should soon subside when right-handed starter...
ST. LOUIS -- Toughness alone didn't make Mike Matheny the ideal choice to manage the Cardinals. It sure did help, though.
And Matheny sure is tough. Not many of us could absorb a paintball barrage that left us bloody and bruised and be back at work the next day.
Matheny did just that during spring training in one of his two seasons (2005-06) as Giants catcher. Near the end...
On Tuesday, it was reported that St. Louis Cardinals’ first round pick Marco Gonzales signed his professional contract. Gonzales is a left-handed pitcher out of Gonzaga University. This has not been confirmed by the St. Louis Cardinals yet.
Jim Callis of Baseball America tweeted out that Gonzales signed for 1.85 million dollars. The recommended slot value for Gonzales’ spot at...
Earlier this week it was speculated that right-handed starting pitcher Jake Westbrook could rejoin the St. Louis Cardinals' rotation on Friday. It's since been confirmed, as Westbrook is slated to take the mound Friday against the Miami Marlins, according to Derrick Goold of The St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
While it's clear that Westbrook will rejoin the Cardinals'...
ST. LOUIS -- Seventeen days ago, Jake Westbrook was facing the possibility of surgery on his right elbow that could have ended his season. But a couple of hours before a scheduled flight to see Dr. James Andrews, Westbook played a game of catch. His arm felt so good that he didn't step on the plane.
A few more bullpen sessions and two rehab starts later, Westbrook is set to...
So far in 2013, the Cardinals have matched a winning percentage that is very similar to the 2004 Cardinals, the most winning Cardinal team in my lifetime. Beyond that, they are up there with just about any Cardinals team so far. At 41-22, they are just a win away from being 20 games over .500 and it isn’t even halfway through June. This is a team where a guy with a .310 batting...
I have always been flummoxed by Matt Holliday.
On one hand, there are the numbers. Those numbers tell me things like this: Holliday has compiled a park-adjusted OPS+ greater than 120 every season he has played since 2006. His average OPS+ of 137 is 12th among active players. In his 10-year career, Holliday has averaged 29 home runs, 109 RBI, 107 runs scored, and a .533 slugging...
The Baby Birds officially went 2-3 on Monday. Memphis resumed a suspended game from April 10th which resulted in a very unusual scenario. Nick Greenwood was the pitcher of record in the suspended game and took the loss. Since that game, Greenwood has been transferred to Double-A Springfield and was also the pitcher of record for Springfield on Monday, where he took the loss. So,...
Yesterday, the Mets dealt Shelby Miller his first four-run outing. Tonight, Felix Doubront will hope that he still has Matt Wieters` number when he faces the Orioles.
ST. LOUIS -- Lance Lynn might have left Sunday night's start with a better outcome if he had tried to bust Jay Bruce inside rather than serving him another outside fastball. Or, Lynn's night might have ended differently if he had just stayed away from the lefty-hitting Bruce and gone after Todd Frazier.
But with the count full, two out and the score 2-2 in the fifth, Bruce...