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The St. Louis Cardinals are just eight games into the season and manager Mike Matheny has already turned to his 100 mph, 22-year old flame thrower Trevor Rosenthal on five occasions this season.
Matheny used Rosenthal to pick up an eighth inning hold in Tuesday night's 5-1 victory of the Cincinnati Reds. Matheny likely wanted to get Rosenthal back on the bump quickly after the youngster was roughed up by the Reds the day before.
But Matheny is using Rosenthal too much early in the season and should cool it for awhile if he hopes to see Rosenthal throwing 100 mph later in the season.
With the loss of Jason Motte likely for the year, the Cardinals are going to have to rely heavily on Rosenthal in the eighth inning and Mitchell Boggs in the ninth. But that should not equate to using Rosenthal as often as Matheny has thus far.
I am not suggesting that the Cardinals employ some silly rules like the New York Yankees once did with Joba Chamberlain but using any pitcher as ofte...
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St. Louis Cardinals right-handed reliever Jason Motte’s
initial injury was described as a mild strain to his throwing elbow. While this
doesn’t sound especially serious, the injury seems to be more significant than
initially thought following Motte’s second MRI, according to Derrick Goold of
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Motte underwent another MRI yesterday to attempt...
ST. LOUIS When Mike Matheny pulled Jaime Garcia, the Cardinals manager knew the starting pitcher had done enough to earn a win.
"He did a nice job taking us deep," Matheny said. "That's where we wanted to be."
Garcia through 6 23 innings. He notched a career-high 10 strikeouts, and surrendered just three runs. The Cardinals led by one, and the team'...
Courtesy: Cardinals Media Relations
ST. LOUIS The St. Louis Cardinals announced prior to todays home opener against the Cincinnati Reds that they have activated third baseman David Freese from the 15-day disabled list and optioned infielder Ryan Jackson to Memphis (AAA). Freese had been on the disabled list since March 23 due to a lower back strain.
Freese appeared in three games...
With Jason Motte on the disabled list the Cardinals have had to look elsewhere for help at closer. However, the club and Motte would like to know exactly how long they have to use someone besides Motte at the end of games. Hopefully an MRI will help set a definitive timeframe.
Jennifer Langosch of MLB.com says Motte is scheduled to undergo an MRI on his right elbow today...
Third baseman David Freese was activated from the 15-day disabled list by the St. Louis Cardinals and batted sixth in Monday's home opener against the Cincinnati Reds.
''This is a day I don't ever want to miss,'' said Freese, who grew up a Cardinals fan in suburban St. Louis. ''I know one day it's going to come to an end, but as many times as...
ST. LOUIS (AP) St. Louis Cardinals closer Jason Motte faces reconstructive elbow surgery if his condition does not improve in the next three weeks or so.
It would be another huge blow to a team that has already lost pitcher Chris Carpenter and shortstop Rafael Furcal for the season. The Cardinals pretty much stood pat after losing to the San Francisco Giants in the NL championship...
Jake Westbrook for Cy Young.
Ok. Enough Cardinals talk. Because in comparison to what's going on with the Cubs, well... let's just go to the news:
ITEM 1: Cubs prospect attacks visiting dugout with a bat!
Oh, the Cubs. At least it's not like this guy is signed for 9 years or 30 million dollars and is a top prospect, right?
Considering how many...
Of all positions in the Cardinals system, first base is perhaps the one that developed the most unexpectedly. While there was no need for a real succession plan due the long-term presence of Albert Pujols, and then Lance Berkman on the roster as well, it was a spot that could have left the team sorely in need of help. However, Allen Craig stepped up in both the wake of the departure...
The MLB does not generally allow commemorative baseballs, but have made an exception for Stan Musial and the St. Louis Cardinals.
For some MLB teams, losing a closer to injury could be a significant development.
The Milwaukee Brewers booted John Axford from that role quickly, before his struggles could seriously damage their chances to contend. The Detroit Tigers didn't name a closer out of spring training, and have spent the first two weeks of the season looking for someone to seize the job.
Coming off their 13-4 opening day loss to the Cincinnati Reds, the St. Louis Cardinals needed a big performance from starter Lance Lynn and on Tuesday night, they got it.
Lynn tossed six innings against the high-powered Reds lineup and allowed just one run on four hits while walking only one.
The most impressive thing about Lynn's performance was that he struck out 10 Reds...
ST. LOUIS (AP) Lance Lynn struck out 10 in six sharp innings and rookie Matt Adams connected for his first career pinch-hit homer as the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Cincinnati Reds 5-1 on Tuesday night.
Reds starter Bronson Arroyo (1-1) retired the first 15 batters. The Cardinals broke through in the sixth, with Adams hitting a two-run homer and Allen Craig and Carlos Beltran also...
Lance Lynn struck out 10 in six sharp innings and rookie Matt Adams connected for his first career pinch-hit homer as the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Cincinnati Reds 5-1 on Tuesday night.
Reds starter Bronson Arroyo (1-1) retired the first 15 batters. The Cardinals broke through in the sixth, with Adams hitting a two-run homer and Allen Craig and Carlos Beltran also driving in...
I can’t express enough how much I like Matt Carpenter (4-for-5, 2 R, 2 RBI, HR) for the 2013 season. You have the fact that he has always been a high-average hitter who could also get on base via the walk. He has just enough power (15 HR) and a great lineup where he should be able to be able to reach 80 R and 80 RBI by year’s end. Then there’s the position eligibility. Oh,...