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Cards' Moss hits 3-run, walk-off homer, caps rally vs. Nationals

ST. LOUIS — This is what the St. Louis Cardinals had in mind when they acquired Brandon Moss at the non-waiver trade deadline. "That's a long way to go," manager Mike Matheny said after Moss hit a three-run, walk-off home run with two outs in the ninth inning for an 8-5 win over the Washington Nationals on Tuesday night. "I know he's been pressing a bit to show what he can do —...
Via AP on Fox
12 hours ago  |  Discuss

Alabama High School Catcher Turning Heads After Summer Baseball Season

Mervyl “MJ” Melendez, Jr. is entering just his junior year of high school, but the catcher from Montgomery, Alabama is already catching the eye of scouts to play the game he loves at the next level. Melendez currently has a 1.83 pop time from home to second base which was timed during a Perfect Game showcase this summer. Defense is something Melendez takes a lot of pride in...
Via Baseball Essential
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Matheney is a proponent of adding protective nets

After several incidents this season in which fans seated in the lower levels have been injured by foul balls, momentum has picked up around baseball for stadiums to extend the protective nets behind home plate down the base lines. Count St. Louis manager Mike Matheny as a proponent. "I want my family behind a screen," Matheny told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "My other thought is...
Via Fox Sports
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Lynn hurts ankle but beats Giants for first time in his career

SAN FRANCISCO -- Somehow, Lance Lynn stayed on his feet long enough to finally beat the San Francisco Giants. Once, he caught his spikes and nearly toppled down the dugout steps. Twice, his right knee buckled. And in the most scary scene of all, the St. Louis pitcher twisted his right ankle making a play and was forced to leave Saturday. Lynn still wound up with his first career...
Via AP on Fox
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Lynn hurts ankle but beats Giants for first time in his career

SAN FRANCISCO -- Somehow, Lance Lynn stayed on his feet long enough to finally beat the San Francisco Giants. Once, he caught his spikes and nearly toppled down the dugout steps. Twice, his right knee buckled. And in the most scary scene of all, the St. Louis pitcher twisted his right ankle making a play and was forced to leave Saturday. Lynn still wound up with his first career...
Via Fox Sports Midwest
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Lynn hurts ankle but beats Giants for 1st time, Cards win

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Somehow, Lance Lynn stayed on his feet long enough to finally beat the San Francisco Giants. Once, he caught his spikes and nearly topped down the dugout steps. Twice, his right knee buckled. And in the most scary scene of all, the St. Louis pitcher twisted his right ankle making a play and was forced to leave Saturday. Lynn still wound up with his first career...
Via AP on Fox
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Cardinals put closer Trevor Rosenthal on paternity list

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) St. Louis Cardinals closer Trevor Rosenthal was put on the paternity leave list Friday as the club opened a weekend series at San Francisco. The NL Central leaders recalled right-hander Sam Tuivailala from Triple-A Memphis, and he could be used late in games. Manager Mike Matheny didn't specify who would close out games in Rosenthal's absence, saying he might...
Via AP on Fox
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Cards get aggressive on the base paths and it pays off

A few weeks ago, St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny lamented his team's apparent lack of aggressiveness on the base paths when he's implored them all season to take calculated risks. In Tuesday's 9-1 win at Arizona, aggressive baserunning generated early offense. In the first inning Matt Carpenter went first-to-third on a Tommy Pham single and Pham alertly took second on the...
Via Fox Sports
7 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
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Cardinals' mindset: Keep pedal to the metal -- even at 35 games over .500

It's not all that uncommon for the St. Louis Cardinals to reach 35 games over .500 in a season. It's less common for them to do it this early in the year, but when they do, a trip to the World Series has almost always followed. The next step is ensuring themselves at least a .500 season, and that foregone conclusion can come as early as Wednesday night in Arizona while marking their...
Via Fox Sports
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Cardinals' mindset: Keep pedal to the metal -- even at 35 games over .500

It's not all that uncommon for the St. Louis Cardinals to reach 35 games over .500 in a season. It's less common for them to do it this early in the year, but when they do, a trip to the World Series has almost always followed. The next step is ensuring themselves at least a .500 season, and that foregone conclusion can come as early as Wednesday night in Arizona while marking their...
Via Fox Sports Midwest
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Which Cards pitcher would be odd-man out in playoff rotation?

Four St. Louis Cardinals pitchers boast double-digit wins before August is over, and a fifth owns the best ERA on the staff at 1.79, with only missed time likely keeping Jamie Garcia from racking up 10 or more wins by now, too. Manager Mike Matheny has one of those great problems, a nails pitching staff that every major-league club would like to have rolling into the postseason,...
Via Fox Sports
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Pham is the man in center for Cards, for now

Tommy Pham entered Sunday's game with a hot bat since getting called up from Triple-A, prodding St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny to bat Pham second in the lineup Sunday for the first time this season. Pham, who was hitting .353 in his week up, went hitless, but drew a walk and scored a run in the Cards' 10-3 much-needed win over the San Diego Padres. If he stays in the two...
Via Fox Sports
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Carpenter's recent spat of blasts turning to strikeouts

Matt Carpenter's feast-or-famine season at the plate continues. Recently on a tear of hitting home runs, the St. Louis Cardinals third baseman has taken to striking out. A lot.Carpenter went down three more times Sunday against San Diego to make it 10 strikeouts in his last 20 at-bats, none of which have even resulted in a single base hit.Just prior, Carpenter was on a hot streak...
Via Fox Sports
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Cardinals Theme Night Idea: Fans get Mike’d up

*Every year the United Cardinal Bloggers do monthly projects. For this month, it was pick a theme night for the Cardinals to use next year. Here is my idea. Over all my years watching, writing for and obsessing over St. Louis Cardinals baseball, the one thing I hear the most from fans is “Well why don’t the media ask the manager this or that?” Well, here is your chance, die...
Via STLSportsMinute
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Rubbing Mud: Three Outs in August by Matthew Trueblood

Mike Matheny blundered in not pinch-hitting for Carlos Martinez on Saturday. It matters.
Via Baseball Prospectus
9 days ago  |  Discuss

For Cardinals, key to youngsters' success is simple: Just be yourself

ST. LOUIS -- Building the best record in the major leagues is hard work. The St. Louis Cardinals have overcome more than their share of injuries, leaning heavily on a pitching staff that always keeps them close and plugging gaps with youngsters who have risen to the moment. Stephen Piscotty is a case in point. The 24-year-old rookie leads the team with a .333 average since making...
Via AP on Fox
12 days ago  |  Discuss

For Cardinals, key to youngsters' success is simple: Just be yourself

ST. LOUIS -- Building the best record in the major leagues is hard work. The St. Louis Cardinals have overcome more than their share of injuries, leaning heavily on a pitching staff that always keeps them close and plugging gaps with youngsters who have risen to the moment. Stephen Piscotty is a case in point. The 24-year-old rookie leads the team with a .333 average since making...
Via Fox Sports Midwest
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Cardinals draw on deep reservoir of talent to lead baseball

ST. LOUIS (AP) Building the best record in the major leagues is hard work. The St. Louis Cardinals have overcome more than their share of injuries, leaning heavily on a pitching staff that always keeps them close and plugging gaps with youngsters who have risen to the moment. Stephen Piscotty is a case in point. The 24-year-old rookie leads the team with a .333 average since making...
Via AP on Fox
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Hammy keeps Heyward out of Cardinals lineup

ST. LOUIS -- Cardinals outfielder Jason Heyward is out of the starting lineup a day after being taken out of the game with left hamstring tightness, an injury manager Mike Matheny believes may have been cramping. Rookie Tommy Pham starts in center against the San Francisco Giants on Tuesday night. Matheny is hopeful Heyward will be available soon for a team already minus three outfielders...
Via AP on Fox
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Hammy keeps Heyward out of Cardinals lineup

ST. LOUIS -- Cardinals outfielder Jason Heyward is out of the starting lineup a day after being taken out of the game with left hamstring tightness, an injury manager Mike Matheny believes may have been cramping. Rookie Tommy Pham starts in center against the San Francisco Giants on Tuesday night. Matheny is hopeful Heyward will be available soon for a team already minus three outfielders...
Via Fox Sports Midwest
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Heyward out of Cardinals lineup day after being removed

ST. LOUIS (AP) Cardinals outfielder Jason Heyward is out of the starting lineup a day after being taken out of the game with left hamstring tightness, an injury manager Mike Matheny believes may have been cramping. Rookie Tommy Pham started in center against the San Francisco Giants on Tuesday night. Matheny is hopeful Heyward will be available soon for a team already minus three...
Via AP on Fox
14 days ago  |  Discuss

After shortest start of career, Lynn seeks first win ever over Giants

Lance Lynn is trying to rebound from the shortest start of his career, and he's still seeking his first victory over the San Francisco Giants. Lynn faces the Giants for the first time since last year's National League Championship Series as the major league-leading St. Louis Cardinals go for a 10th win in 13 tries Tuesday night. Lynn (9-7, 2.95 ERA) was pulled with two outs in the...
Via Fox Sports
15 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
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Cards hold their breath as Grichuk has elbow examined

The St. Louis Cardinals are rolling with the baseball's best record even with slugger Matt Holliday out of the lineup. Still, it doesn't mean the Cards can absorb more injuries. The club is holding its breath for the moment as center fielder Randy Grichuk has his right elbow checked out on Monday. He was forced out of Sunday's game against the Marlins with tightness in his throwing...
Via Fox Sports
15 days ago  |  Discuss
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