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Carlos Villanueva: Unsung hero for the Cardinals

He’s the pitcher no one talks about on the St. Louis Cardinals yet Carlos Villanueva continues to put in good work on the team. When Villanueva was signed in the offseason, most fans griped or shrugged. What was John Mozeliak doing in signing this not so good pitcher when the Cardinals had so much pitching? As August turns 2 weeks old, Villanueva has had a fairly substantial impact...
Via STLSportsMinute
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Cardinals continue to roll for their 70th win of the season

Ezra Shaw / Getty Images With a 6-0 win over the Brewers in the series opener on Friday night, the Cardinals are on a three-game winning streak. Not only that, the Cardinals have reached 70 wins on the season with a record of 70-39 (.642). St. Louis is the first team to 70 wins this season, and no other team has 65 wins yet. They only needed one inning to score, and they used all...
Via STLSportsMinute
27 days ago  |  Discuss

What you didn't know about the Cards' 18-inning marathon

Sunday's game at Busch Stadium officially lasted 5 hours, 56 minutes, finally ending when the St. Louis Cardinals couldn't match the two runs the New York Mets mercifully scored in the top of the 18th inning.Neither team managed to score until the 13th inning, just one crazy stat among a boatload of them on one crazy day.MLB.com's Andrew Simon went to work putting together all of...
Via Fox Sports
July 20, 2015  |  Discuss

The Top 7 Guys To Blame For That 18 Inning Loss

Listen, when you go 18 innings and lose at home, someone has to fall on the sword. Let’s get right to who we should be blaming this loss on… (Note: Please keep in mind I know that Martinez and Villanueva did more than could be reasonably expected and that Yadi had a huge workload squatting for 2 games straight in the heat, etc, etc, etc – this is supposed to be mildly amusing...
Via Cardinals Diaspora
July 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Twins claw past Cardinals, 2-1

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Slumping Kennys Vargas hit a solo home run with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning Thursday, lifting the Minnesota Twins to a 2-1 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals. Joe Mauer homered for the Twins, too, tying the game in the eighth to answer Jason Heyward's solo shot for the Cardinals in the seventh. Vargas grounded into two double plays, ruining a...
Via AP on Fox
June 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Cardinals: Villanueva Powers Strong Bullpen Effort

On April 25th, the minute Adam Wainwright went down, the bullpen was put on notice. After Waino finished off the 4th inning and tore his Achilles heel at the plate, the relief corps were notified. It was like Navy Seal Team 6 being deployed for duty and Lt. Mitch Harris was the first body thrown into the pile. The 29 year Navy weapons officer took the ball in the 5th and has been...
Via Cardinals Farm
May 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Wainwright Has One More W Than Healthy Achilles Heels

It seems loud and clear that the roof is closing on Adam Wainwright's season. If only he had a 3rd Achilles he could sub in! We should be able to have a schadenfreude party since I told everyone not to draft him this year, but there's always a few people who still draft him against my wishes, so do we ignore these people and still schadenfreude or do we show pity? *thinks for...
Via Razzball
April 27, 2015  |  Discuss

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
April 21, 2015  |  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
April 01, 2015  |  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
March 31, 2015  |  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
March 31, 2015  |  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
March 30, 2015  |  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
March 30, 2015  |  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
March 30, 2015  |  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
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