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CARDINALS RUMORS & GOSSIP

Rookie Grichuk resumes hitting as return to lineup looms

The St. Louis Cardinals continue to plow forward even with two-thirds of their outfield on the disabled list. Rookie center field Randal Grichuk has been out since Aug. 16 with a muscle strain and ligament sprain in his elbow. On Monday he made his first real progress toward getting back onto the field with a session in the batting cage. According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,...
Via Fox Sports
35 minutes ago  |  Discuss

You remember this guy: Marco Gonzales gets start vs. Nats

While Joe Ross might be nearing an innings limit imposed by the Washington Nationals, Marco Gonzales' big-league season is just getting started for the St. Louis Cardinals. Gonzales replaces an injured Carlos Martinez on Tuesday night at Busch Stadium, where Ross seeks a third straight victory as innings continue ticking off from an undisclosed ceiling. Washington wins in the series...
Via Fox Sports Midwest
3 hours ago  |  Discuss

The Heat Is On

All year long, the St. Louis Cardinals have been honoring their 1985 National League Championship team.  The latest?  Reaching 85 wins before September. For a little perspective, 85 wins ties this team for 52nd overall in season wins by a Cardinal team.  They’ve already won more games than the 2006 Cardinals, who won just 83 [...]
Via The Cardinal Conclave
5 hours ago  |  Discuss

Cardinals scratch Martinez from Tuesday start with sore back

ST. LOUIS -- St. Louis Cardinals right-hander Carlos Martinez has been scratched from his scheduled start on Tuesday with a sore back. Martinez (13-6, 2.91) suffered the injury in his last start Thursday in Arizona. Left-hander Marco Gonzales will be recalled from Triple-A Memphis to make the start against Washington. Gonzales is 1-4 with a 5.20 ERA in 13 starts. Cardinals manager...
Via Fox Sports Midwest
16 hours ago  |  Discuss

Cards Recall Trevor Rosenthal from Paternity Leave

PITCHER SAM TUIVAILALA OPTIONED TO MEMPHIS (AAA) ST. LOUIS, Mo., August 31, 2015 – The St. Louis Cardinals announced today that they have recalled pitcher Trevor Rosenthal from the paternity leave list prior to tonight’s series opener against Washington and that pitcher Sam Tuivailala was optioned to Memphis (AAA) following yesterday’s game.
Via The Cardinal Conclave
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Some Monday Ramblin’s…

It’s still not September but the Cardinals have 84 wins… Bernie Miklasz debuted his new radio show/column on ESPN 101 today. Chris Files made a nice video on the launch of the show… There hasn’t been a more predictable nipple slip in the history of TV… Brandon Moss’ season was mapped out last week. He’d get maybe 2-4 spot starts over the rest of the season. Pinch hit...
Via Cardinals Diaspora
1 day ago  |  Discuss

The Sky Did Not Fall on the Cardinals on the West Coast

The sky was not falling for the St. Louis Cardinals before and it isn’t now, either. The Cards headed into their just completed 10-game West Coast road trip having won their last six series in a row, including a home set against the San Francisco Giants, and sported the best record in Major League Baseball. Yet after two losses to the Padres on August 21 and 22 to open the trip...
Via The Cardinal Nation blog
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Cardinals cap off impressive road trip with 7-5 win over Giants

Stephen Dunn / Getty Images The Cardinals long 10-game NL West road trip came to an end Sunday afternoon in San Francisco. With a 6-0 win over the Giants on Saturday, the Cardinals have assured themselves of a winning road trip. Though they wanted more today, and they got it. St. Louis got off to a very quick start as Matt Carpenter opened the gme with a lead-off home run. That...
Via STLSportsMinute
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Writer Has Blazing Hot Take On Rosenthal’s Paternity Leave

John Steigerwald is a Pittsburgh sports media personality and author who has worked for WTAE and KDKA amongst other outlets. He’s currently proprietor of ‘Just Watch The Game‘, which bills itself as “Pittsburgh sports, opinion and politics by John Steigerwald”. He went to his Facebook page to give his expanded opinions on Trevor Rosenthal’s paternity leave this weekend...
Via Cardinals Diaspora
2 days ago  |  Discuss

The ‘Cardinal Way’ and ‘Oriole Way’ show just how little has changed in baseball

It will take just an 18-16 finish for the St. Louis Cardinals to record the franchise’s first 100-win season since 2005. The Redbirds will go to the playoffs for the twelfth time in 16 seasons come October, where they will be the resounding favorites to represent the National League in the World Series for the fifth time in the 21st Century. The Cardinals have made it look easy...
Via Baseball Essential
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Jaime Garcia Pitching to Contact with Ace Stuff

Pitching to contact is a much-maligned, sometimes misunderstood philosophy. Inducing contact results in a hit 30% of the time while a runner can reach base on a strikeout only on the rare wild pitch or passed ball. The strikeout is a considerably better outcome, but attacking hitters and getting strike one, the philosophy espoused by Dave Duncan, can combine strikeouts, weak contact...
Via Fangraphs
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Cardinals Hire Randy Flores As Scouting Director

The Cardinals announced today that they have hired former MLB pitcher Randy Flores as their Scouting Director. The official statement from the team: The St. Louis Cardinals and their Sr. Vice President/General Manager John Mozeliak announced today the team’s decision to hire former Cardinals pitcher and 2006 World Series Champion Randy Flores as its Director of Scouting, beginning...
Via Cardinals Diaspora
4 days ago  |  Discuss

St. Louis Cardinals: Postseason is in sight

The St. Louis Cardinals have been in the postseason for the last four years in a row and number five will be under their belts after this season. According to mlb.com the Cardinals have a 100% probability of making it to the postseason. This season has been one of overcoming obstacles for the Cardinals. After their loss against the San Francisco Giants in the postseason last year...
Via isportsweb.com
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Cardinals still division favorites, but Pirates aren’t far behind

The Cardinals have long been the favorites to win the NL Central. They entered the season as the presumed favorites and certainly haven’t disappointed. Even now, they possess a healthy 4.5 game lead on the second place Pirates. But healthy isn’t the same as insurmountable, and if any team has a chance of knocking down the Cards, it’s Pittsburgh. On the season. the Pirates...
Via The Outside Corner
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Heyward is getting the job done in the cleanup spot

Jason Heyward is finally in the position most thought he would be all along when he joined the St. Louis Cardinals -- cleanup hitter. The outfielder has fielded the No. 4 spot in the lineup in his last 14 starts, and although he hasn't yet provided a power stick in terms of home runs, he's driving in runs -- he had a two-run single in the first inning Tuesday to start the Cards off...
Via Fox Sports
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Rest pays off for introspective Wong in his return in the desert

St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny read the situation perfectly. Kolten Wong needed a break, physically and mentally, from the grind. Matheny gave Wong 2 1/2 days off to recharge and allow the self-confessed harsh self-critic to take a step back and take in the bigger picture. Wong collected a pair of hits in his return, helping the Cardinals to take a second consecutive road...
Via Fox Sports
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Cardinals roll to 80 wins and 35 games over .500

  Jeff Curry / USA Today Sports   On August 25th in 2011, the Cardinals were 10.5 games back of the NL Wild Card. Then of course, they went on a remarkable and historical run in dramatic fashion to achieve their 11th World Series Championship in franchise history. Since then, St. Louis has been the postseason in three consecutive years; reaching the NLCS in 2012, another World...
Via STLSportsMinute
6 days ago  |  Discuss

The Strength of the Tsunami – Carlos Martinez

October 26, 2014 – Tragedy struck as St. Louis Cardinals’ top prospect Oscar Taveras, 22, and his 18-year-old girlfriend were killed in a car accident in Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic. The news hit the Cardinals organization and their fans hard, along with baseball fans across the globe. There was nobody outside of Taveras’ family, however, that felt the loss more than the...

Stacking up Stephen Piscotty’s First 30 Games in Cardinals History

St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Stephen Piscotty has now completed his first 30 games as a Major Leaguer, during which time his team went 19-11. Stepping into the every-day role in left field for the injured Matt Holliday, the 24-year-old has been extremely productive for a first-place Cardinals lineup that is also missing power threat Randal Grichuk. In fact, in one element of...
Via The Cardinal Nation blog
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Cardinals: Is Jacob Wilson a possibility in September callups?

As the St. Louis Cardinals battle the Padres in San Diego this weekend, I am looking at the farm and seeing who can come up and help in September. The sure things are Tim Cooney, Mitch Harris, Sam Tuivalala, Xavier Scruggs, and Marco Gonzales possibly. Let’s talk long shots. That’s more fun. I got my eyes on Jacob Wilson, Michael Ohlman and possibly Charlie Tilson. Will we see...
Via STLSportsMinute
10 days ago  |  Discuss

John Smoltz’s MLB all-weather team is phenomenal

During Tuesday’s Tigers-Cubs game on MLB Network, John Smoltz got bored during a two hour, 17 minute rain delay. So he created an “all-weather” MLB team. .@MLBNetwork John Smoltz's All-Weather Team. pic.twitter.com/OMpOZorv3v — FaceoftheFranchise (@facefranchise) August 19, 2015   Out of everyone on that list, Dewey Williams is probably the most forced answer...
Via Awful Announcing
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Have The Cardinals Finally Taken Every Injury They Can Afford To?

While success has been the constant for the 2015 St. Louis Cardinals, so has been the ever-present element of doing it in spite of a crucial injury. Looking at the team’s Opening Day roster in comparison to the everyday lineup it trots out currently, rational thought would say there should be no way that this team has baseball’s best record and a six game lead in their division...
Via i70baseball
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Injuries continue to pile up for St. Louis Cardinals

Yet another chapter has been written in the injury-riddled saga that has plagued the 2015 St. Louis Cardinals. Outfielder and legitimate NL Rookie of the Year contender Randal Grichuk landed on the disabled list Monday with an elbow strain that he sustained during Sunday’s game. Since the All-Star Break, Grichuk has been red hot, knocking 14 extra-base hits, including 8 HRs. His...
Via isportsweb.com
14 days ago  |  Discuss
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