Cardinals' Adams injured running bases, removed in 5th inning

    The St. Louis Cardinals anticipate first baseman Matt Adams will be placed on the 15-day disabled list after straining his right quadriceps while running out a double in the fifth inning Tuesday night. Manager Mike Matheny said there was a "high level of concern" about Adams. Mark Reynolds, who pinch ran, will likely be the fill-in starter at first base for now. Adams, batting...
Via AP on Fox
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Cards ready to break out the brooms against the D-Backs

The St. Louis Cardinals have been baseball's model for consistent success over the last 15 years, winning nine division championships, four NL pennants and two World Series. Matt Holliday's consistency reaching base has helped the Cardinals possess the best record in the majors, and he'll look to become the first player in 16 years to get on base in 43 straight games to start a season...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Cardinals: Lorenzo Cain is the player fans expected Peter Bourjos to become

The St. Louis Cardinals dropped their first game to the Kansas City Royals on Friday night, losing 5-0 as the offense sputtered and Lance Lynn could not get Kendrys Morales out.  Prior to the game, most of the excitement amongst Cardinals fans on Twitter centered around manager Mike Matheny‘s lineup, and the usage of the team’s best defensive alignment in the outfield. Randal...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Tuivailala adds a new pitch to his arsenal

  When Sam Tuivailala was brought into Tuesday night's game, he threw a pitch he'd never thrown in a game before. The 22-year old right-hander debuted his new pitch, which is similiar to a cutter, and was pleased with the results, according to Cardinals.com. "I'm happy with how it came out," Tuivailala said. "I'm excited to keep working on it." Tuivailala threw 14 pitches in his...
Via Fox Sports
8 days ago  |  Discuss

John Lackey, Mike Matheny clear the air

  John Lackey wasn't exactly thrilled when he was removed from Tuesday's game, but the pitcher and the manager have since had a talk and resolved the difference of opinion, according to Cardinals.com. “He gets where I am coming from,” Lackey told Cardinals.com. “I get where he's coming from.” Matheny called on Peter Bourjos to pinch-hit for Lackey and both parties said that...
Via Fox Sports
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Cardinals exploring a new approach

  Every team has a different philosophy when it comes to lineup construction and although there are some prevailing schools of thought, there are no set rules on where certain types of players should hit. The Cardinals have been tinkering around with the top of the lineup recently and manager Mike Matheny said the team will continue to do so as they play around with some different...
Via Fox Sports
10 days ago  |  Discuss

From a distance, Matheny enjoying Miller's success

  All eyes, including those of St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny, were on Atlanta starter Shelby Miller on Sunday as his bid for a no-hitter lasted 8 2/3 innings. The Cardinals traded Miller to Atlanta in four-player deal (the trade that sent Jason Heyward to the Cardinals) over the off-season and although Miller is no longer in St. Louis, Matheny admitted he still watches...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

Carpenter to rejoin Cardinals on Tuesday in Cleveland

ST. LOUIS -- Matt Carpenter will rejoin the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday after missing a weekend series in Pittsburgh because of dehydration and an accelerated heart. General manager John Mozeliak said manager Mike Matheny will decide whether Carpenter starts in Tuesday's series opener at Cleveland. Carpenter is among the National League leaders with a .333 average and tied for...
Via AP on Fox
18 days ago  |  Discuss

No Waino? No Carp? No problem as Cardinals keep rolling

The St. Louis Cardinals have thrived despite losing their staff ace two weeks ago. They proved themselves plenty capable of winning without their hottest hitter at the moment, and the NL Central leaders look to continue their surge Saturday against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Since two-time 20-game winner Adam Wainwright suffered a season-ending Achilles injury on April 25, the Cardinals...
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20 days ago  |  Discuss

Matt Carpenter’s “Fatigue” Sets Up Painful Wait and See Game

Cardinals fans haven’t had it easy this spring when it comes to player injuries. Spring training couldn’t end before Jaime Garcia‘s shoulder barked. Adam Wainwright ruptured his Achilles in late April and early May claimed reliever Jordan Walden with a shoulder strain that knocks him out until July. Today, it was announced by Mike Matheny that third baseman and early season...
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21 days ago  |  Discuss

Cardinals 3B Carpenter sidelined this weekend with fatigue

PITTSBURGH (AP) St. Louis Cardinals third baseman Matt Carpenter will miss this weekend's series in Pittsburgh because of fatigue and an accelerated heart rate. Manager Mike Matheny said Friday that Carpenter remained in St. Louis while the Cardinals traveled to play three games against the Pirates. Matheny said Carpenter had ''extreme fatigue'' and was also dealing with the heart...
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21 days ago  |  Discuss

May The Matts Be With You

Three days ago, Mike Matheny shook up the lineup and placed all three Matts in a row in the batting order.  Who knew that close proximity would multiply their effectiveness? Now, granted, the lineup maneuvering came against a struggling, underpowered squad in the Phillies, so it’s tough to know how much weight to give the change, but [...]
Via The Cardinal Conclave
28 days ago  |  Discuss

A (Lineup) Change Will Do You Good

Even good things occasionally need a little shake. Before Tuesday’s game with the Phillies, Mike Matheny decided that it was time to mix up the lineup a little bit .  He moved Matt Carpenter out of the leadoff spot and bunched him with the other Matts while moving Jason Heyward down to sixth.  The results, well, whether it was due to the change or the fact they were [...]
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29 days ago  |  Discuss

Injured knee keeps Cardinals' Molina sidelined vs. Brewers

MILWAUKEE -- St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina is out of the lineup for Saturday night's game against the Milwaukee Brewers, a day after being struck on the right knee guard by a foul tip. Manager Mike Matheny says there would be no roster move and Tony Cruz will start for Molina. "We're still hopeful that we're talking a day or so," Matheny said. "We'll adjust as we need...
Via AP on Fox
April 25, 2015  |  Discuss

Cardinals place Grichuk on DL, recall infielder Dean Anna

ST. LOUIS -- St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny says outfielder Randal Grichuk, put on the 15-day disabled list with a lower back strain, will have to change his workout routine to avoid further problems. Grichuk, who was batting .200 with a homer and two RBIs in 10 at-bats, was injured lifting weights and was placed on the DL retroactive to Friday. Infielder Dean Anna, a left...
Via AP on Fox
April 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Cardinals place Grichuk on DL, recall IF Dean Anna

ST. LOUIS (AP) St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny says outfielder Randal Grichuk, put on the 15-day disabled list with a lower back strain, will have to change his workout routine to avoid further problems. Grichuk, who was batting .200 with a homer and two RBIs in 10 at-bats, was injured lifting weights and was placed on the DL retroactive to Friday. Infielder Dean Anna,...
Via AP on Fox
April 19, 2015  |  Discuss

You Got An Arm? You Want To Come Out Of The Bullpen?

Remember your birthday as a kid? It was freaking awesome. You’d get a ton of new toys and you’d spend the next week trying to figure out just how much time you needed to spend with each one to create optimal fun. Mike Matheny seems to be taking this approach with his bullpen. If you’ve got an arm, you’re coming in – no questions asked. In the past three Cardinals wins,...
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April 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Cardinals Play A Personality Series Against Cincinnati

Ask a Cardinals fan what they thought about this past weekend’s series against the Cincinnatti Reds and you’re going to find out about their personality real quick. If they start off with ‘2 of 3 in a series on the road is always a good thing’ or ‘damn did Wacha and Martinez look good’ then you’re probably dealing with a positive person. You more negative friends might...
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April 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Matheny, Cards looking forward to some home-cooking

At least the first time through the rotation, the St. Louis Cardinals stuck to the plan of giving their pitchers extra rest. Adam Wainwright starts Monday's home opener against the Milwaukee Brewers with seven days' rest since pitching six scoreless innings in an opening-night win at the Chicago Cubs. The 33-year-old right-hander pitched 243 innings last year, including the postseason...
Via AP on Fox
April 12, 2015  |  Discuss

So… We Videobombed Mike Matheny on Opening Night

Coach, we didn’t go into the night planning on videobombing you. But the location of the seats coupled with the camera angle during your interview… well… it was just too good of an opportunity to pass up. We kept it classy, though. If you talk to Buster, let him know we’re sorry. Photo: Fox Sports
Via Cardinals Diaspora
April 06, 2015  |  Discuss

St. Louis Cardinals: 10 Things About Opening Night

Ladies and gents, the vacation is over and it’s time to get down to business. The offseason is nearly a memory and the 162 game six month grind is staring us down as we breathe. Are you ready? Have you stocked up on soda, chips, liquor, meds and coffee? Baseball is known and loved for many things but most of all the sport is respected for its endurance requirement. Like the players...
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April 05, 2015  |  Discuss

Cardinals' Matheny on Lynn's final spring outing: 'He was great'

JUPITER, Fla. -- All the tuneups are complete for Matt Harvey. Next up is the real thing. Harvey capped an exemplary spring training by striking out four in four innings Thursday as the New York Mets and St. Louis Cardinals played a 0-0 tie in their Grapefruit League finale. Harvey allowed three hits and threw 41 of 56 pitches for strikes. He had a 1.19 ERA in six spring training...
Via AP on Fox
April 02, 2015  |  Discuss

The Cardinals Break Spring Training This PM

At about 5p today, it’ll be over. Spring Training will have ceased to exist for the 2015 calendar year. The Cardinals do have their annual game against the AAA team in Memphis on Friday night before heading to Chicago for the season opener on Sunday night. Some notes to put a bow on the past month plus… 1) The Cards will finish with a winning record (not counting ties). Does...
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April 02, 2015  |  Discuss

Cardinals pick Carlos Martinez as 5th starter in pitching rotation

  Before spring training, St. Louis manager Mike Matheny asked pitcher Carlos Martinez to work on controlling his emotions. Martinez took that advice, maybe even too far. When Matheny told the Martinez that he'd won the job as the fifth starter for the Cardinals, the 23-year-old right-hander barely reacted. ''It kind of backfired when I told him the news because I didn't get a whole...
Via AP on Fox
March 31, 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
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