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Jaime Garcia's return to the St. Louis Cardinals' rotation may be just days away, and that means someone has to go. If Joe Kelly pitches anything like he did in his latest start, Mike Matheny's decision shouldn't be too difficult.
The rookie looks to bounce back from perhaps his worst performance in the majors in what could be his final shot in the rotation Tuesday night, when St. Louis opens a three-game series with the visiting Arizona Diamondbacks.
Kelly (2-5, 3.47 ERA) got the call from Triple-A Memphis when Garcia went down with a left shoulder sprain in early June, and included in his first 11 major league appearances is a stretch of seven straight quality starts.
That run ended when he allowed three runs and 12 baserunners over 5 2-3 innings Aug. 3 against Milwaukee, and he was even less effective Wednesday. The right-hander was charged with seven runs - four earned - and nine hits over five innings in a 15-0 loss to San Francisco.
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Being the least experienced member of the St. Louis Cardinals rotation as well as the one added when Jaime Garcia was placed on the disabled list, Joe Kelly would seem to be the one most likely to leave the starting five when Garcia is expected to return from his minor league rehab stint on Sunday.
Or is he?
Let’s consider the options.
The performance of rotation-made Lance...
ST. LOUIS - The St. Louis Cardinals announced they have placed left-handed pitcher Brian Fuentes on the restricted list after Fuentes informed the team that he needed to step away from the game due to personal reasons. The Cardinals have recalled right-handed reliever Trevor Rosenthal from Memphis (AAA) and he will be in uniform for tonights series opener against Arizona.
St. Louis Cardinals right-hander Joe Kelly has tasted success both starting and relieving – though the latter was at least four years ago. If he is asked to return to the bullpen, he is prepared.
Adam Wainwright finally looks like the ace he was before missing all of last season due to Tommy John surgery.
That's been the norm when he's faced the Arizona Diamondbacks.
The St. Louis Cardinals turn to Wainwright as they seek a seventh consecutive victory over Arizona on Wednesday night.
It's understandable that the right-hander was erratic throughout much of the...
With Albert Pujols in California with the Angels and Lance Berkman on the disabled list with more knee problems, the St. Louis Cardinals have to get consistent production from Allen Craig during the final six weeks of the season if they want a shot at a postseason berth.
Craig has played remarkably when he’s been in the lineup. He’s hitting .294 with 17 homeruns and 59 RBIs...
Rookie Joe Kelly pitched into the seventh inning of what could be his final start before Jaime Garcia comes off the disabled list, and the St. Louis Cardinals got home runs from Matt Holliday and Jon Jay in an 8-2 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Tuesday night.
Miguel Montero hit a two-run homer for the Diamondbacks, who have lost four of six to drop to .500. They are 0...
St. Louis Cardinals Double-A first baseman Xavier Scruggs is back with news from Springfield and the road.
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Rookie Joe Kelly pitched into the seventh inning of what could be his final start before Jaime Garcia comes off the disabled list, and the St. Louis Cardinals got home runs from Matt Holliday and Jon Jay in an 8-2 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Tuesday night.
Miguel Montero hit a two-run homer for the Diamondbacks, who have lost four of six to drop to...
It seems to be one of the great mysteries in Major League Baseball this year: The St. Louis Cardinals have one of the top offenses both on paper and statistically, yet they go through stretches where they can hardly score at all. And though there really is no good time for a team in the middle of a playoff race to slump, the Cards have become really good at maximizing their bad timing...
The St. Louis Cardinals lost a late lead, the game and series to Philadelphia on Sunday afternoon.
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Earlier, I wondered aloud how different the record of the 2012 St. Louis Cardinals in close games would have been had they kept reliever Octavio Dotel.
This time, let’s look at the situation from financial perspective.
In reality, the cost of acquiring Dotel in the first place was an unidentifiable percentage of Colby Rasmus, shipped off to Toronto. The cost to keep him in 2012...
More scouting reports plus all the news from the back fields of Jupiter, Florida about the St. Louis Cardinals’ Gulf Coast League club. Kenny Peoples-Walls, Javier Machuca, Burny Mitchem and Josh Renfro are among this week’s featured players.
St. Louis Cardinals (62-52) at Philadelphia Phillies (51-62)
Lance Lynn (13-5, 3.52) vs. Vance Worley (6-7, 3.83)
Time: 1:35, Citizens Bank Park
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Lance Lynn may not be a big-name pitcher, but he is having himself a solid year. He averages a strikeout per inning. Lynn has been a little inconsistent lately, however. He has...