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Highlight: Yunel Escobar Hammers Walk-off Home Run in Extra Innings

On a huge night for sports in the District of Columbia, Yunel Escobar capped the Nationals‘ night in dramatic fashion. The Nationals third baseman swung at the first pitch he saw from Cardinals’ reliever Carlos Villanueva, blasting the ball deep to left center into the visiting team’s bullpen for the walk-off homer in the 10th inning. As Escobar rounded third base he tossed...
Via KCM Sports
2 days ago  |  Discuss

The Cardinals’ 25 Man Roster Is Set

Ladies and gentlemen… your 2015 St. Louis Cardinals! At least until an early season injury and or trade and or promotion and or demotion comes into play. But for this moment… your 2015 St. Louis Cardinals! Notes: + Once Jaime Garcia went on the DL, it assured Carlos Martinez of that 5th starter spot, if for nothing else than service time and the ability for Marco Gonzales to...
Via Cardinals Diaspora
23 days ago  |  Discuss

Buffa’s Bullets: Carlos Martinez Gets His Shot

Greetings Cardinals fans,Spring training is wrapping up and the 25 man roster is taking shape. Monday, journeyman arm Carlos Villanueva decided to stay with the team amid the news of making the cut and Carlos Martinez was officially appointed the fifth rotation spot. This morning, the 25 man roster was set. With news comes analysis, so allow me to fire a round or two here as I digest...
Via Cardinals Farm
24 days ago  |  Discuss

Cardinals tell Carlos Villanueva he has made the regular-season roster

  The St. Louis Cardinals have told reliever Carlos Villanueva he will be on their 25-man Opening Day roster. ''We talked to him about him being a part of our club, so today was a good morning for him,'' manager Mike Matheny said Monday. Shortly after the first pitch of Monday's game against Washington, the Cardinals selected Villanueva's contract from Triple-A Memphis. St. Louis...
Via AP on Fox
24 days ago  |  Discuss

Spring Training roundup: Villanueva makes 25-man roster, Garcia to 15-Day DL, Martinez officially named fifth starter

With less than one week away from MLB’s Opening Night on Sunday (Cardinals at Cubs, 7:05 p.m. CT on ESPN2) Spring Training is coming to a close and the 25-man roster is getting close to becoming official.Some of theses updates today are not all that surprising but here is some of the action that went down on a busy day for the Cardinals.-RHP Carlos Villanueva has made the Cardinals’...
Via Cardinals Farm
25 days ago  |  Discuss

Matheny likes flexibility Villanueva brings to Cardinals' bullpen

JUPITER, Fla. -- The St. Louis Cardinals have told reliever Carlos Villanueva he will be on their 25-man opening-day roster. "We talked to him about him being a part of our club, so today was a good morning for him," manager Mike Matheny said Monday. The 31-year-old right-hander agreed to a minor league contract in February and had the right to request his release if not added to...
Via AP on Fox
25 days ago  |  Discuss

Cardinals tell Villanueva he's made the big league roster

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) The St. Louis Cardinals have told reliever Carlos Villanueva he will be on their 25-man opening-day roster. ''We talked to him about him being a part of our club, so today was a good morning for him,'' manager Mike Matheny said Monday. The 31-year-old right-hander agreed to a minor league contract in February and had the right to request his release if not added...
Via AP on Fox
25 days ago  |  Discuss

A Week In – Who’s Up, Who’s Down?

1 week down. 3 to go. With roughly 25% of spring training over with, it’s time we take our first peek into who’s hot and who has some work left to do to either make the roster or get into regular season form. Remember – LOTS of time left before the games count, this is just a check in. Still… WHO’S UP? – 1) Marco Gonzales Dude is making a mark early. 2-0 w/ 6 IP and...
Via Cardinals Diaspora
March 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Cubs vs White Sox! Which Team Has the Better Rotation?

Which Chicago club has the better pitching rotation? The Cubs or the White Sox? Both clubs have a lot in common as they both finished with 73-89 records last season, both had lacking rotations with a few bright spots and both teams made big game changing splashes during the off-season. And both clubs will be entering 2015 with a completely different outlook than each had a year...
Via Sports Mockery
February 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Cardinals Sign Right Hander Carlos Villanueva

Carlos Villanueva delivers a pitch during Spring Training for the Chicago Cubs. Villanueva went 5-7 for the Cubs in 2014 over 77.2 innings. Rick Scuteri/AP Photo The Cardinals have been opportunistic in seeking out additions to their pitching staff, and on Wednesday, they may have added the final piece of their puzzle. Desiring a long reliever and spot starter to provide depth for...
Via Cardinals Farm
February 04, 2015  |  Discuss

In Villanueva, Mozeliak delivers as promised: depth, not an ace

ST. LOUIS -- Since the Winter Meetings, Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak has talked about adding a pitcher. From Day One, Mozeliak indicated he was looking for someone to provide depth, not a big-name, big-money starter. His public proclamations, of course, have done little to slow speculation that the Cardinals were pursuing an ace. They were linked to just about every big...
Via Fox Sports Midwest
February 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Cards Sign Carlos Villanueva To Minor League Deal

VETERAN RHP WILL BE AMONG INVITEES TO TEAM’S MAJOR LEAGUE SPRING TRAINING ST. LOUIS, Mo., February 4, 2015 – The St. Louis Cardinals announced today that they have signed veteran right-handed pitcherCarlos Villanueva to a minor league contract that includes an invitation to the team’s Major League Spring Training Camp.   Cardinals’ pitchers and catchers report to [...]
Via The Cardinal Conclave
February 04, 2015  |  Discuss

2014 free agent primer: NL Central

A three-team race in the NL Central scuffled to the finish, with the Cardinals once again claiming the division crown. However, this is going to be a winter of change in the NL Central, and maybe another team can knock St. Louis off of their lofty perch. Chicago CubsFree agents: Kyuji Fujikawa, Carlos VillanuevaNeeds: Starting pitching, catcher And here we go – the Chicago Cubs...
Via Bloguin Best
November 06, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 free agent primer: NL Central

A three-team race in the NL Central scuffled to the finish, with the Cardinals once again claiming the division crown. However, this is going to be a winter of change in the NL Central, and maybe another team can knock St. Louis off of their lofty perch. Chicago CubsFree agents: Kyuji Fujikawa, Carlos VillanuevaNeeds: Starting pitching, catcher And here we go – the Chicago Cubs...
Via The Outside Corner
November 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Brewers-Cubs Preview

The Milwaukee Brewers have held at least a share of the NL Central lead for nearly the entire season but that run is in jeopardy following a dismal end to this past month. The Brewers will seek to begin September with a much-needed victory Monday against the division's cellar dweller, the Chicago Cubs, and start to build some momentum for a pivotal series later this week. Milwaukee...
Via AP on Fox
August 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Villanueva Could Draw Interest from Contenders

11:59 PM (Eastern) tonight is the deadline to acqure a player from another organization or sign a free-agent so that the player would be eligible for the club's post-season playoff roster. The player does NOT have to be added to the club's MLB Active List (25-man roster) prior to the 11:59 PM deadline to be playoff eligible, however. He just has to be under club control by the...
Via Cub Reporter
August 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Rays miss out on sweep as Cubs win in 12th inning

CHICAGO (AP) -- Anthony Rizzo hit a game-ending RBI single in the 12th inning, and the Chicago Cubs beat the Tampa Bay Rays 3-2 on Sunday to avoid a three-game sweep. The last-place Cubs struck out 17 times, running their total to 44 for the weekend series, but Rizzo and touted rookie Javier Baez had two hits apiece to key a 13-hit attack. Carlos Villanueva (5-6) pitched a scoreless...
Via AP on Fox
August 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Rays miss out on sweep as Cubs win in 12th inning

CHICAGO (AP) -- Anthony Rizzo hit a game-ending RBI single in the 12th inning, and the Chicago Cubs beat the Tampa Bay Rays 3-2 on Sunday to avoid a three-game sweep. The last-place Cubs struck out 17 times, running their total to 44 for the weekend series, but Rizzo and touted rookie Javier Baez had two hits apiece to key a 13-hit attack. Carlos Villanueva (5-6) pitched a scoreless...
Via Fox Sports Florida
August 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Cubs avoid sweep with 3-2 victory over Rays

CHICAGO (AP) Anthony Rizzo hit a game-ending RBI single in the 12th inning, and the Chicago Cubs beat the Tampa Bay Rays 3-2 on Sunday to avoid a three-game sweep. The last-place Cubs struck out 17 times, running their total to 44 for the weekend series, but Rizzo and touted rookie Javier Baez had two hits apiece to key a 13-hit attack. Carlos Villanueva (5-6) pitched a scoreless...
Via AP on Fox
August 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Cubs 3, Padres 8 (7/24/14)

Did The Cubs Win? OSS: Tsuyoshi lays an egg, and the Cubs bats (with Luis excepted) fall mostly silent. Three Up 1. Luis Valbuena hit a 3-run HR, which provided the entirety of the Cubs’ scoring. In the best case scenario, Valbuena is a super-DeRosa in 2015, and even if he starts, you don’t feel too bad. 2. Anthony Rizzo actually had a better game than Valbuena, going 1-2 with...
Via Obstructed View
July 24, 2014  |  Discuss

A Closer Look At Kyle Hendricks’s Debut

Kyle Hendricks was the “other” prospect in the Ryan Dempster trade behind Christian Villanueva. Ostensibly part of Theo’s “get an arm in every trade” mantra, scouts didn’t think that highly of him, but he showed good control in the minor leagues. Hendricks made his major league debut last Thursday for the Cubs. After a rough first-inning, he settled down and finished...
Via Obstructed View
July 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Mookie Betts Hits His First Major League Home Run At Fenway Park (Video)

BOSTON — Mookie Betts hit his first major league home run Wednesday at Fenway Park. Betts, playing in his fourth big league game, had been 1-for-10 before Wednesday’s series finale against the Chicago Cubs. Reliever Carlos Villanueva gave Betts a pitch he could handle in the fifth inning, and the 21-year-old launched it over the Green Monster for a two-run homer. Betts hit eight...
Via NESN.com
July 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Tom Koehler turns in strong start but Marlins can't hold onto lead vs. Cubs

MIAMI (AP) -- Pinch-hitting pitcher Travis Wood hit an RBI double with two outs in the 13th inning, giving the Chicago Cubs a 5-4 victory over the Miami Marlins. Called on to hit for reliever Carlos Villanueva (3-5), Wood hit a sharp groundball off Jacob Turner (2-5) down the left field line, scoring Junior Lake for the go-ahead run. Wood, who is batting .250 this season, was 0 for...
Via Fox Sports Florida
June 17, 2014  |  Discuss

While You Were Drinking (Game 48 CH(N) vs SD)

Sometimes things get a little fuzzy after a night at the pub.  Here’s a summary of what you may have missed while you were drinking. San Diego kicked off Throwback/Brownout/Rub the Cubs’ Nose in a NLCS Loss from 30 Years Ago Weekend by dropping a 5-1 decision to Chicago.  Jake Arrieta made his fourth start of the year for the Cubs and finished the sixth inning for the first...
Via Padres Public
May 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Bullpen Use Baffling Rick Renteria

Allow me to preface all of this by saying that managing a bullpen is very difficult for a manager. Relievers need off-days, they need to be used fairly consistently, they might have minor arm issues that allow them to work, but on a strict pitch limit…the list of things that a manager needs to deal with as it relates to a bullpen is almost endless. All of that said, for a guy who...
Via World Series Dreaming
May 21, 2014  |  Discuss
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