How Do You Solve A Problem Like Garcia?

There’s been a lot of talk about pitching this offseason.  Whether it’s a pitcher that’s gone ( Shelby Miller ), a pitcher possibly changing roles ( Carlos Martinez ) or a pitcher that never materialized ( Max Scherzer ), a strength of the Cardinals has been the talk of the town, more than you’d expect after 23 shutouts as a staff [...]
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

Cardinals Set to Honor Fallen Teammate

Both the NBA and NFL have rules in place and players can be subjected to fines should they decide willy-nilly to change their uniform number. Now, I’m not sure if such a penalty is in place in Major League Baseball, but I’m pretty sure Carlos Martinez would pay it. You see, the St. Louis Cardinals pitcher recently announced he would be switching from number 44 to 18 to honor...
Via Hall of Very Good
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Cards pitcher Martinez honors Taveras, hopes to start

ST. LOUIS (AP) When Carlos Martinez tries for a spot in the St. Louis Cardinals' rotation, the 23-year-old righty will be proudly wearing the number of a fallen teammate. Martinez was close friends with fellow Dominican Republic countryman Oscar Taveras, the promising rookie outfielder who died in a car crash last October after St. Louis was eliminated by the Giants in the NL Championship...
Via AP on Fox
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Martinez has changed -- for the better -- in wake of Taveras' death

ST. LOUIS -- Appearing at the Cardinals Winter Warm-Up on Monday, Cardinals right-hander Carlos Martinez looked the same as last year. He appeared to be about the same size, he sounded the same in the interview room and his smile, which he flashed a couple of times, still included a hint of mischievousness. But Martinez has changed. The tragic death of close friend Oscar Taveras...
Via Fox Sports Midwest
8 days ago  |  Discuss

St. Louis Cardinals: Winter League Update

While the majority of the Cardinals major and minor league players are at home prepping for the upcoming 2015 season, many players are still playing in various winter leagues. While not all winter leagues are equal to the level of play the player may be used to, they provide a great outlet for hitters to get more at bats or pitchers a way to get more innings.Before we get into individual...
Via Cardinals Farm
11 days ago  |  Discuss

McNeal: Cardinals could acquire another ace, but they don't need to

ST. LOUIS -- Adding David Price, Cole Hamels or Max Scherzer to their rotation would make the Cardinals a favorite to win the National League. The favorite, if you ask me. They almost won the NL pennant last year and they already significantly upgraded their weakest position by trading for right fielder Jason Heyward. Adding another ace likely would cost Carlos Martinez (and much...
Via Fox Sports Midwest
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Let the debate begin: Who hits where in Cardinals' lineup?

SAN DIEGO -- First, the multiple choices: a. Carlos Martinez in the rotation, b. The battle for the utility infielder jobs, c. The batting order. Next, the question: What Cardinals topic will be talked about the most between now and Opening Day? And the answer: Considering the Cardinals scored 164 fewer runs in 2014 than in 2013, it's gotta be about the offense. And because the lineup...
Via Fox Sports Midwest
December 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Carlos Martinez To Wear No. 18 In Honor Of Oscar Taveras

Carlos Martinez, right-handed power pitcher and potential 5th starter for the St. Louis Cardinals in 2015, is switching his number from 44 to 18 in honor of his friend, the late, Oscar Taveras. After Taveras tragically died in an automobile accident with his 18-year old girlfriend while under intoxication, players and fans across the nation have been sending in cards to Taveras....
Via Baseball Essential
December 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Cardinals ready to give Martinez a shot as full-time starter

SAN DIEGO -- Speaking in absolutes during baseball's rumor season is not advisable. Things change, surprises happen and mystery teams emerge. But enough with a disclaimer. I'm ready to say this with as much certainty as anyone can who is not spending the Winter Meetings in the war room of the St. Louis Cardinals. Here it goes: Despite what you might have heard or read, the Cardinals...
Via Fox Sports Midwest
December 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Roundtable Review: Which Cardinals prospect will have the biggest impact in 2015?

Last Friday I asked the question that was posed by one of our writers, which prospect will have the biggest impact on the 2015 St. Louis Cardinals? As we all know, prospects have played a big role for the Cardinals in the past few seasons. While that will have some bearing in 2015, it looks like the prospects may not have that big of a role. That being said, isn’t that was a farm...
Via Cardinals Farm
December 05, 2014  |  Discuss

St. Louis Cardinals Minor Leagues: A Minor League State Of Mind

Good morning folks, As you settle into another wonderful Thanksgiving holiday and stretch the stomachs out for the big game at the table today, allow me to shed a few watts of light on the minor leagues. I won’t provide you with in-depth analysis of individual players or try to take the seat of the one and the only John Nagel,who runs the Cardinals Farm here. I am here to tell...
Via Cardinals Farm
November 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Cardinals Number Changes

J. Heyward takes 22, M. Matheny switches to 44, Carlos Martinez switches to 18 in honor of Oscar Taveras. #Cardinals — MLB Jersey Numbers (@NumbersMLB) November 23, 2014
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November 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Poll: Who has a better career, Michael Wacha or Carlos Martinez?

Everyone knows how well the St. Louis Cardinals farm system has developed players the past few years. A quick look at the roster and you will find homegrown talent up and down and at every position. The organization has developed first rounders like Shelby Miller, late rounders like Matt Adams, and international players like Carlos Martinez. The Cards have two young pitchers who...
Via Cardinals Farm
August 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Cardinals recall Martinez, demote Siegrist

ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Cardinals recalled right-hander Carlos Martinez from a short stay at Triple-A Memphis and demoted struggling lefty Kevin Siegrist, who starred as a rookie for a NL championship team. "He feels physically strong but there's just something that's a click off," manager Mike Matheny said of Siegrist. "I think we've talked about this before, trying to get somebody...
Via Fox Sports Midwest
August 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Cardinals recall Martinez, demote Siegrist

ST. LOUIS (AP) The St. Louis Cardinals recalled right-hander Carlos Martinez from Triple-A Memphis and demoted struggling lefty Kevin Siegrist to the minors. 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...
Via AP on Fox
August 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Kevin Siegrist Headed To Memphis; Carlos Martinez To St. Louis

The St. Louis Cardinals have made a roster adjustment after Kevin Siegrist got roughed up against the San Diego Padres this week.  Combine his ineffectiveness with Carlos Martinez and his continued success at Memphis and the move becomes a simple one. The team issued the following press release this morning: ST. LOUIS, MO (August 17, 2014) – The St. Louis Cardinals recalled...
Via i70baseball
August 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Cardinals recall Robinson from Memphis, return Martinez to minors

ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Cardinals have added newly acquired pitchers John Lackey and Justin Masterson to the active roster. They also recalled outfielder Shane Robinson from Triple-A Memphis and optioned right-hander Carlos Martinez to the minors before a weekend series against the NL Central-leading Brewers. Masterson (4-6, 5.51) will make his first start Saturday night and Lackey...
Via Fox Sports Midwest
August 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Poll: Which St. Louis Cardinals player would you hate to see traded the most?

I originally wanted to title this post, “Which Cards player is off-limits the most?” Problem with that is, many reasonable fans would realize that no player is off-limits. If the right deal was proposed, you would be willing to part with that one “untouchable” prospect. I also chose this question because the trade deadline is this week, and there is a great chance the Cardinals...
Via Cardinals Farm
July 28, 2014  |  Discuss

All signs point to Cardinals acquiring a pitcher at deadline

With the trade deadline looming, it appears that the Cardinals are focusing their efforts on acquiring a pitcher.Per Ken Rosenthal, St. Louis is still looking for rotation upgrades. The Cardinals are exploring everything from front-line starters to back-of-the-rotation types, he says.Jennifer Langosch confirms Rosenthal's report, indicating that the Cardinals are looking for starting...
Via Cardinals Fan in Cubs Land
July 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Welcome Back To Real Action, Folks

Ladies and gents, I hope your week was swell. Five days off from Cardinals baseball isn’t as bad one would presume. Think about the carefree days you endured. The lack of anxiety. For a few days, you didn’t see a Rosenthal save chance, a Matheny double switch or a Carlos Martinez bat flip. Consider yourself loose and [...]
Via The Cardinal Conclave
July 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Carlos Martinez flips bat about 20 feet high (Video)

Your browser does not support iframes.St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Carlos Martinez drew some unneeded attention to himself when he flipped his bat behind him in disgust and it flew about 20 feet high while grounding out during Sunday's game in Milwaukee. It happened in the top of the third just as Martinez hit a ground ball to second base. Martinez was frustrated with the easy out...
Via Holdout Sports
July 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Are the Cardinals pursuing Jake Peavy?

With injuries to Jaime Garcia and Michael Wacha, as well as concerns surrounding Shelby Miller's performance (5.81 ERA in his last 5 starts) and overextending Carlos Martinez, who has not pitched more than 132 innings in the regular season, it makes sense that the Cardinals would be looking to add another starting pitcher.But, Jake Peavy?  Really?According to Gordon Edes of ESPNBoston...
Via Cardinals Fan in Cubs Land
July 08, 2014  |  1 Comment

Martinez continues to soften blow of Wacha's ongoing absence

The plan all along has been for Carlos Martinez to be a starter, as that's how he became one of baseball's best pitching prospects while mowing down hitters in the minors for the St. Louis Cardinals. His window to make an impression just got a little bit bigger. A day after learning Michael Wacha's recovery is still a ways off, the Cardinals will try to make it five wins in five...
Via Fox Sports Midwest
July 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Cardinals’ offense breaks through in 7-2 win over Giants

An offensive outburst was in store for the Cardinals this afternoon in San Francisco. Scoring seven runs in their win over the Giants in the series finale, the Cardinals managed to score one more run in this game than their previous six games combined. They opened the scoring with a two run shot by Jhonny Peralta in the Top of the 1st for a 2-0 lead. That was Peralta’s 12th home...
Via Cardinals Farm
July 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Cardinals need Martinez to stay tough and trust his stuff

Hyun-jin Ryu dominated the St. Louis Cardinals in his only start of last year's NL championship series, but he never got a chance at a repeat performance. While the stakes certainly aren't as high as last fall, Ryu looks to keep the Los Angeles Dodgers rolling with another sterling performance against the Cardinals on Friday night. Ryu (9-3, 3.06 ERA) is tied with three others -...
Via Fox Sports Midwest
June 27, 2014  |  Discuss
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