Thursday, May 24, 2018

Sho Nakata Has Hit Ten Or More Home Runs In Eight Consecutive Seasons

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Former Cardinals Playing In KBO 5-24-18: Xavier Scruggs Walks



Xavier Scruggs (former St. Louis-NC) started at first base and batted fourth.  0-for-3 with one walk and three strikeouts.

LG beat NC 4-0

Jamie Romak (former Memphis-SK) started at first base and batted fourth.  0-for-4 with one ground into double play.

SK beat NC 3-1

Marco Gonzales' Seven Scoreless Innings Lead To Fifth Straight Win

In what was easily his best start of the season, Marco Gonzales only had one skittish inning when he had to pitch through traffic. Even then, the Mariners left-hander deftly worked his way out of trouble with relative ease.

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Still Riding The 105 MPH High, Jordan Hicks Downshifts To Find Strikeouts; Francisco Pena Endures Brusing; Greg Holland Hits The Tape; Tyler Lyons, Carson Kelly, Etc; Hawaii On Kolten Wong's Sleeve

As he readied for his first appearance since unleashing a 105 mph sinker into history this past week, Cardinals rookie reliever Jordan Hicks realized there would be expectation, even anticipation, that he could throw harder, that he could chase 106 mph.

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Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Former Cardinals Playing In MLB 5-23-18: Marco Gonzales Strikes Out Six Over Seven Scoreless Innings For The Win; Matt Adams Singles Twice & Hits A Solo Home Run; Seung-Hwan Oh Strikes Out One & Holds Two Inherited Runners On Base Over One Scoreless Inning For The Hold

David Peralta (former Johnson City-Arizona) started in left field and batted leadoff.  1-for-4 with one strikeout.
Daniel Descalso (former St. Louius-Arizona) entered late in the game at third base and batted ninth.  0-for-1 with one strikeout.
Fernando Salas (former St. Louis-Arizona) entered in the fourth and pitched to three batters.  He allowed one hit, no runs, and struck one out.  (p-s:15-9)(g/f:1-0)(ir-s:2-2)

Milwaukee beat Arizona 9-2

Jon Jay (former St. Louis-Kansas City) started in centerfield and batted leadoff.  1-for-4 with one RBI, one sacrifice, one stolen base, and one strikeout.
Blaine Boyer (former St. Louis-Kansas City) entered in the ninth and pitched one inning.  He allowed one hit and no runs for the winning decision (2-0).  (p-s:14-9)(g/f:2-0)

Kansas City beat St. Louis 5-2

Matt Adams (former St. Louis-Washington) started at first base and batted fifth.  3-for-3 with one home run, one RBI, and one run.
Mark Reynolds (former St. Louis-Washington) entered late in the game as a pinch hitter and batted fifth.  1-for-1 at the plate.

San Diego beat Washington 3-1

Sam Freeman (former St. Louis-Atlanta) entered in the fifth and pitched one inning.  He allowed one hit, one earned run, one walk, and struck one out.  (p-s:22-14)(g/f:2-0)

Philadelphia beat Atlanta 4-0

Albert Pujols (former St. Louis-Anaheim) started at first base and batted fourth.  1-for-3 with two strikeouts.

John Axford (former St. Louis-Toronto) entered in the sixth and pitched to three batters.  He allowed three hits and one earned run.  (p-s:9-5)
Seung-Hwan Oh (former St. Louis-Toronto) entered in the sixth and pitched one inning.  He allowed one hit, no runs, and struck one out for the hold (4).  (p-s:19-12)(g/f:0-1)(ir-s:2-0)

Anaheim beat Toronto 5-4

Joe Kelly (former St. Louis-Boston) entered in the eighth and pitched one inning.  He allowed no hits or runs for the winning decision (3-0).  (p-s:9-7)(g/f:2-0)

Boston beat Tampa Bay 4-1

David Freese (former St. Louis-Pittsburgh) entered late in the game as a pinch hitter and batted second.  0-for-1 at the plate.

Tony Cruz (former St. Louis-Cincinnati) entered late in the game as a pinch hitter and batted sixth.  0-for-1 at the plate.

Pittsburgh beat Cincinnati 5-4 in 12 innings

Jason Heyward (former St. Louis-Chicago-N) started in right field and batted eighth.  0-for-2 with one walk.

Cleveland beat Chicago-N 1-0

Marco Gonzales (former St. Louis-Seattle) started and pitched seven innings.  He allowed two hits, no runs, two walks, and struck six out for the winning decision (4-3).  (p-s:102-68)(g/f:9-3)
Juan Nicasio (former St. Louis-Seattle) entered in the eighth and pitched one inning.  He allowed one hit, no runs, and struck one out for the hold (14).  (p-s:15-9)

Stephen Piscotty (former St. Louis-Oakland) started in right field and batted seventh.  0-for-3 with one strikeout.

Seattle beat Oakland 1-0

Adam Ottavino (former St. Louis-Colorado) entered in the seventh and pitched to one batter.  He allowed no hits or runs.  (p-s:2-1)(g/f:1-0)(ir-s:2-0)

Los Angeles beat Colorado 3-0

Former Cardinals Playing In The Mexican League 5-23-18: Niko Vasquez Singles, Walks, & Drives In One Run; Richy Pedroza Collects Three Singles; Rainel Rosario Doubles



Yefri Perez (former MiLB signing-Monclova) started in centerfield and batted leadoff.  0-for-4 with one sacrifice and two strikeouts.

Ivan Bellazetin (former MiLB tryout-Dos Laredos) entered late in the game as a pinch runner.

Monclova beat Dos Laredos 3-1

Cedric Hunter (former Memphis-Leon) started in left field and batted fourth.  1-for-4 with one run, one walk, and one strikeout.
Niko Vasquez (former Springfield-Leon) started at second base and batted sixth.  1-for-4 with one RBI, one run, one walk, one strikeout, and assisted in one double play.

Leon beat Oaxaca 8-6

Daric Barton (former Peoria-Puebla) started at first base and batted third.  0-for-2 with one walk, one hit by pitch, and one strikeout.

Mexico beat Puebla 7-3

Rainel Rosario (former Springfield-Saltillo) started in right field and batted seventh.  1-for-4 with one double and one strikeout.

Monterrey beat Saltillo 12-0

Richy Pedroza (former Peoria-Aguascalientes) started at shortstop and batted second.  3-for-5 with one run.

Aguascalientes beat Tijuana 7-2

Francisco Rivera (former Palm Beach-Laguna) entered late in the game as a pinch hitter and batted leadoff.  0-for-1 at the plate.

Durango beat Laguna 9-4

Jon Lester Solid, But Cubs Baffled By Indians Rookie

This spring, Cubs manager Joe Maddon could tell this would be a different season for Jon Lester.

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Andrelton Simmons, Shohoe Ohtani Fuel Angels' Four-Run Ninth Over Blue Jays

Andrelton Simmons' two-run, go-ahead single off Tyler Clippard capped a four-run ninth inning as the Angels dispelled another frustrating night at the plate by rallying for a 5-4 win over the Blue Jays on Wednesday night at Rogers Centre.

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Peoria Beat Beloit 6-5: Dennis Ortega Singles, Walks, & Hits A Two-Run Homer; Matt Fiedler Singles Twice & Drives In Two Runs; Bryan Dobzanski Strikes Out One Over Two Scoreless Inning For The Save

Individual Highlights:
Scott Hurst started in centerfield and batted leadoff.  2-for-5 with two doubles and one strikeout.
Irving Lopez started at second base and batted second.  0-for-3 with two walks, one strikeout, and one fielding error.
Zach Kirtley started at first base and batted fourth.  3-for-5 with one double, one run, and one strikeout.
Dennis Ortega started at catcher and batted fifth.  2-for-4 with one home run, two RBIs, two runs, one walk, one strikeout, and threw out one runner.
Bryce Denton started in right field and batted sixth.  2-for-5 with one run and one strikeout.
Matt Fiedler started as designated hitter and batted eighth.  2-for-4 with two RBIs, one run, one stolen base, and two strikeouts.
Jose Martinez started at shortstop and batted ninth.  2-for-3 with one RBI, one run, one sac fly, and one strikeout.
Zach Prendergast started and pitched six innings.  He allowed five hits, two runs (one earned), two walks, and struck four out for the winning decision (5-2).  (p-s:91-61)(g/f:4-6)
Bryan Dobzanski entered in the eighth and pitched two innings.  He allowed four hits, no runs, and struck one out for the save (3).  (p-s:30-26)(g/f:4-0)

Rough Outing:
C.J. Saylor entered in the seventh and pitched one inning.  He allowed four hits, three earned runs, and one home run.  (p-s:20-13)(g/f:0-2)

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Corpus Christi Beat Springfield 4-2: Tommy Edman Walks & Hits A Solo Home Run; Granden Goetzman Singles & Drives In One Run; Ramon Santos Pitched One Scoreless Innings

Individual Highlights:
Tommy Edman started at shortstop and batted leadoff.  1-for-3 with one home run, one two-out RBI, one run, one walk, one strikeout, and assisted in one double play.
Victor Roache started in left field and batted fourth.  0-for-2 with two walks and one strikeout.
Chris Chinea started at first base and batted sixth.  1-for-3 with one run and one strikeout.
Granden Goetzman started as designated hitter and batted seventh.  1-for-3 with one RBI and one stolen base.
Ramon Santos entered in the eighth and pitched one inning.  He allowed two hits and no runs.  (p-s:14-10)(g/f:2-0)

Rough Outing:
Rest Of The Team

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Jake Arrieta's Gem Has Phillies Within A Half-Game Of First

Manager Gabe Kapler understands the power of his words.

Philadelphia Official Site

Wellington Castillo Receives 80-Game Suspension For Failed PED Test

Ken Rosenthal Twitter

Memphis Beat Oklahoma City 7-2: Oscar Mercado Singles Twice & Hits A Three-Run Homer; Kevin Herget Strikes Out Six, Allows One Run, Doubles, & Drives In One Run Over Six Innings For The Win; Jeremy Martinez Singles, Doubles, & Knocks In One Run

Individual Highlights:
Oscar Mercado started in centerfield and batted leadoff.  3-for-5 with one home run, three two-out RBIs, and two runs.
Max Schrock started at second base and batted second.  1-for-4 with one run, one walk, and assisted in one double play.
Luke Voit started at first base and batted third.  2-for-4 with one RBI, one run, one fielding error, and assisted kin one double play.
Wilfredo Tovar started at shortstop and batted fifth.  0-for-3 with one RBI, one sac fly, one strikeout, and assisted in one double play.
Randy Arozarena started in left field and batted sixth.  2-for-4 with one RBI, one run, and one fielding error.
Jeremy Martinez started at catcher and batted eighth.  2-for-4 with one double, one RBI, and one run.
Kevin Herget started and pitched six innings.  He allowed four hits, one earned run, one home run, one walk, hit one batter, and struck six out for the winning decision (2-4).  1-for-3 with one double, one run, and one strikeout.  (p-s:96-64)(g/f:5-3)
Hector Mendoza entered in the seventh and pitched two innings.  He allowed one hit, no runs, and struck one out.  (p-s:24-17)(g/f:1-3)

Rough Outing:
Alex Mejia started at third base and batted fourth.  0-for-3 with one walk.
Jose Adolis Garcia started in right field and batted seventh.  0-for-4 with one strikeout and one outfield assist.
Arturo Reyes entered in the ninth and pitched one inning.  He allowed two hits, one earned run, and one walk.  (p-s:21-11)(g/f:0-2)

Former Cardinals:
Breyvic Valera started at second base and batted second.  2-for-3 with one double, one two-out RBI, two runs, one walk, and one caught stealing.

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Lakeland Beat Palm Beach 8-4: Danny Hudzina Doubles, Walks, & Drives In One Run; Shane Billings Singles Twice & Knocks In One Run; Casey Miesner Strikes Out Three & Allows Two Runs Over Five Innings

Individual Highlights:
Kramer Robertson started as shortstop and batted leadoff.  1-for-3 with one run, one walk, one hit by pitch, and two strikeouts.
Shane Billings started in left field and batted second.  2-for-4 with one two-out RBI and one sacrifice.
Dylan Carlson started as designated hitter and batted third.  1-for-4 with one two-out RBI, one walk, and one strikeout.
Juan Yepez started at first base and batted eighth.  1-for-4 with one double and one run.
Danny Hudzina started at third base and batted ninth.  1-for-3 with one double, one RBI, two runs, one walk, and one strikeout.
Casey Miesner started and pitched five innings.  He allowed four hits, two earned runs, one home run, two walks, and struck three out.  (p-s:81-48)(g/f:2-8)

Rough Outing:
Johan Mieses started in centerfield and batted fourth.  0-for-4 with one walk and one strikeout.
Andy Young started at second base and batted sixth.  0-for-3 with one walk and two strikeouts.
Brian O'Keefe started at catcher and batted seventh.  0-for-4 with two strikeouts, one passed ball, and allowed two stolen bases.
Jason Zgardowski entered in the sixth and pitched one inning.  He allowed two hits, two earned runs, one home run, and struck two out.  (p-s:24-15)(g/f:0-1)(ir-s:1-0)
Eric Carter entered in the seventh and pitched to three batters.  He allowed one hit, two earned runs, one home run, one walk, and struck one out for the losing decision (0-1).  (p-s:18-8)
John Kilichowski entered in the eighth and pitched one inning.  He allowed two hits, two earned runs, one home run, one walk, and struck two out.  (p-s:22-13)(g/f:1-0)

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Jose Martinez Engages Fans With Pregame Cannon

Hoping for a shot at redemption, 19-year-old Ben Klee bought a ticket for section 339. He arrived to Busch Stadium in time for pregame warmups. He waited, holding a black and tan glove.

Cardinal Beat

Aura & History Of Cardinals Overshadowing Poor On-Field Product

Poor, inconsistent defense. Poor, inconsistent base-running. Poor bullpen management. It's a surefire recipe for losing winnable games. And doesn't show any sign of changing.

KSDK

The Marvelous Michael Wacha: Cardinals Fans May Be Overlooking His Best Season In Years

With all the exciting new names thriving on the mound, it’s been easy for Cardinal fans to forget an older one.

KMOV

Mark Trumbo (Knee Soreness) Sits Out Vs. White Sox

Orioles right fielder Mark Trumbo missed Wednesday's game against the White Sox with right knee soreness, a day after he went 4-for-4.

Baltimore Official Site

Tylker O'Neill Somehow Nailed Ryan Goins At Home With A Six-Bounce Throw

Although the Cardinals fell to the Royals, 5-2, in 10 innings on Wednesday, they were kept in contention by left fielder Tyler O'Neill. His leadoff single in the second allowed him to score one of the Cardinals' two runs that forced extras in the first place.

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Memphis Starting Lineup 5-23-18

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Tyson Ross K's Nine In Impressive Win Against Nationals

Tyson Ross hasn't really thought of himself as a stopper, but if the Padres keep responding they way they do in his starts, he'll have to get comfortable with the label.

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Josh Lucas Scheduled To Start For Athletics On Thursday

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Rich Hill Hitting 92 MPH In Bullpen Session On Wednesday

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Triple-A Oklahoma City Placed Donovan Solano On The Seven-Day Disabled List

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Springfield Starting Lineup 5-23-18

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Tommy Pham Coimpletes Stellar Running Catch At Wall

Cardinals center fielder Tommy Pham made a nice running catch at the wall to help preserve a tie game against the Royals in the seventh inning of Wednesday's 5-2 loss in 10 innings in the I-70 Series finale.

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Athletics Placed Khris Davis On The Ten-Day Disabled List

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Video: Bud Norris After Cardinals Lose To Royals

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Video: Marcell Ozuna After Cardinasl Lose To Royals

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Video: Michael Wacha After Cardinals Lose To Royals

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Springfield Announces New 'Woof Wednesdays' For Baseball Dogs At Hammons Field

Gather up your very good doggos because starting May 30, every home Wednesday at Hammons Field will be a "Woof Wednesday!"

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Video: Mike Matheny's Postgame Press Conference 5-23-18

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Peoria Starting Lineup 5-23-18

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Royals Beat Cardinals 5-2 In 10 Innings: Francisco Pena Singles, Doubles, & Drives In One Run; Michael Wacha Strikes Out Six & Allows Two Runs Over Six & Two-Thirds Innings; Harrison Bader Knocks In One Run

Individual Highlights:
Jose Martinez started at first base and batted third.  1-for-3 with one walk and two strikeouts.
Jedd Gyorko started at third base and moved to shortstop, batting fifth.  1-for-4 with one double, one run, and one strikeout.
Harrison Bader started in right field and batted sixth.  0-for-4 with one RBI.
Francisco Pena started at catcher and batted eighth.  2-for-4 with one double and one two-out RBI.
Michael Wacha started and pitched 6.2 innings.  He allowed four hits, two runs (one earned), one home run, and struck six out.  0-for-1 with one sacrifice.  (p-s:102-70)(g/f:6-2)
SamTuivailala entered in the seventh and pitched to one batter.  He allowed no hits or runs.  (p-s:4-2)(g/f:1-0)(ir-s:1-0)
Jordan Hicks entered in the eighth and pitched one inning.  He allowed no hits or runs, and struck two out.  (p-s:7-7)(g/f:1-0)
Mike Mayers entered in the tenth and pitched to one batter.  He allowed no hits or runs.  (p-s:1-1)(ir-s:3-0)

Rough Outing:
Tommy Pham started in centerfield and batted leadoff.  0-for-5 wirth three strikeouts.
Matt Carpenter started at second base and moved to third, batting second.  0-for-4 with one walk and three strikeouts.
Bud Norris entered in the ninth and pitched one inning.  He allowed three hits, three runs (two earned), and struck two out for the losing decision (1-1).  (p-s:32-19)(g/f:2-0)
Brett Cecil entered in the tenth and pitched to four batters.  He allowed one hit, no runs, and two walks (one intentional).  (p-s:11-5)(g/f:1-0)

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White Sox Released Todd Cunningham

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Reds Placed Raisel Iglesias On The Ten-Day Disabled List

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Springfield & Isabel's House Partner For Baby Supply Drive, $1 Tickets

The Springfield Cardinals are excited to partner with Isabel's House to host the 2018 Cardinals Baby Supply Drive.

Springfield Official Site

Dan Connolly Says Manny Machado Wants Free Agency, Doesn't See Cardinals Signing Him

When Manny Machado’s name comes up in potential Cardinals trade talk or rumors, negative STL fan response is common and it’s not because they wouldn’t love to see him sporting Cardinal red.

101 ESPN

Cardinals Should Give Greg Holland A Choice: Got To Memphis Or Go Home

Can we please stop the insanity with Greg Holland?

101 ESPN

Marcell Ozuna's Late Arrival Prompts Start For Tyler O'Neill; Shortstop Update; Dexter Fowler Sits Again; Carson Kelly Nearing Return

Cardinals outfielder Marcell Ozuna was a late scratch from the starting lineup prior to Wednesday's I-70 Series finale against the Royals. Manager Mike Matheny said Ozuna arrived late to Busch Stadium after sleeping in. Tyler O'Neill started in left field in Ozuna's place.
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Marcell Ozuna slept through more than his alarm.
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Cardinals left fielder Marcell Ozuna, the team's cleanup hitter and a pivotal part of the offense, overslept Wednesday morning and did not arrive at the ballpark until after the game had started and he had already been scratched, punitively, from the lineup.
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Former Cardinals Draft Selections Playing In College 5-23-18: Kep Brown Doubles & Walks

Kep Brown (former 2015 draft selection-UNC Wilmington) started in right field and batted fifth.  1-for-4 with one double, one walk, and two strikeouts.

UNC Wilmington beat Delaware 2-1

Video: Mike Matheny Talks Yairo Munoz

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Video: Jeff Montgomery Breaks Down Greg Holland

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Cardinals Starting Lineup 5-23-18

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Cardinal Beat

Marcell Ozuna Scratched From Wednesday's Lineup

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Video: John Brebbia On Making A Solid Appearance Against Royals

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Video: Mike Matheny On Giving Tommy Pham A Rest Day

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Toolshed: Getting Aggressive On The Farm

Three of MLB.com's top 100 prospects took another step up the ladder, while it's still rather early in the 2018 season. Willy Adames was moved to the Majors for the first time, although it's likely a short trip. Nick Gordon now calls Triple-A Rochester home after a blistering 42 games with Double-A Chattanooga. Perhaps most surprisingly, Jo Adell jumped to Class A Advanced Inland Empire less than a year after he was taken 10th overall as a prep outfielder in the 2017 Draft.

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Tyler Lyons Threw Bullpen Session Wednesday Morning & Will Travel With Cardinals On Next Road Trip

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Cole Hamels' Trade Value Is On The Rise: A Closer Look At His New Pitch, Best Team Fits, & His No-Trade Clause

Tuesday night, Texas Rangers southpaw Cole Hamels stymied the powerful New York Yankees (TEX 6, NYY 4), holding the Bronx Bombers to two solo home runs in seven otherwise excellent innings. He struck out seven and allowed only six balls to be hit out of the infield.

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Astros Placed Josh Reddick On The Ten-Day Disabled List

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Here's How All Those Injuries Have Made The Cardinals A Better Team

It would seem that the St. Louis Cardinals could've been in big trouble after being bitten hard by the injury bug with 10 players on the disabled list.

Cheap Seats

Robert Stock On The Rise After Years Of Turbulence

To say Robert Stock took a circuitous route to Triple-A would be too simple.

MiLB Official Site

Former Cardinals Playing In NPB 5-23-18: Carlos Peguero Singles



Carlos Peguero (former Memphis-Rakuten) started in right field and batted fourth.  1-for-4 with three strikeouts.

Orix beat Rakuten 5-2

Former Cardinals Playing In KBO 5-23-18: Jamie Romak Walks Twice & Hits A Two-Run Homer; Xavier Scruggs Singles & Drives In One Run

Xavier Scruggs (former St. Louis-NC) started as designated hitter and batted fourth.  1-for-4 with one RBI and one strikeout.

LG beat NC 12-2

Jamie Romak (former Memphis-SK) started at first base and batted fourth.  1-for-3 with one home run, two RBIs, two runs, and two walks.

SK beat Nexen 13-2

Video: Jim Hayes & Rick Ankiel Preview Cardinals-Royals Game 5-23-18

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The Underwhelming Jack Flaherty Is Overwhleming Hitters

Between 2012 and 2014, the Cardinals had six first-round picks. They spent five of those picks on pitchers, three from college and two from high school. The strategy — overseen by scouting director Dan Kantrovitz, now assistant general manager in Oakland — is an interesting one, as most franchises attempt to load up on cornerstone bats to contend. Of the five pitchers selected, though, only Rob Kaminsky — traded for Brandon Moss — has failed to reach the majors thus far. Marco Gonzales is also gone from the Cardinals organization, departing in a trade last season for “a dense pillar of meat” in Tyler O’Neill. The other three picks are current employed as members of the Cardinals rotation.

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Chihiro Kaneko Picks Up First Victory Of Season

Orix ace Chihiro Kaneko allowed a run over six innings Wednesday, winning his first game of the season in a 5-2 victory over the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles.

Japan Times

What Are The Chances Of Victor Mesa's Children In The Majors?

The news of the breakup of the children of VĂ­ctor Mesa, VĂ­ctor VĂ­ctor (21 years old) and VĂ­ctor Jr. (16) , with Cuban "revolutionary" baseball is still -and will be for a long time- a trending topic among the followers of our hobby national.  (Translated)

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MLB & CPBL Scouting Li Chen-Hsun

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I-70 Series Rubber Match Features Under-The-Radar Pitching Duel

For one night, the Kansas City Royals bucked their season-long trend of giving up homers and not being able to hit them.

Fox Sports Midwest

Greg Holland Needs To Find The Rest Button

Greg Holland was serenaded with boos again Tuesday night at Busch Stadium, and he got off lightly because a great majority of the crowd started heading to the exits just before he took the mound in the ninth inning.

Post-Dispatch

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Former Cardinals Playing In MLB 5-22-18: Jon Jay Collects Two Singles & Two RBIs; Mike Leake Strikes Out Three & Allows Two Runs Over Six & Two-Thirds Innings; Lance Lynn Strikes Out Four & Allows Two Runs Over Six & Two-Thirds Innings For The Win

Sam Freeman (former St. Louis-Atlanta) entered in the sixth and pitched to one batter.  He allowed no hits or runs, and struck one out for the hold (5).  (p-s:4-3)(ir-s:1-0)

Edubray Ramos (former VSL-Philadelphia) entered in the ninth and pitched one inning.  He allowed two hits and one unearned run.  (p-s:15-9)(g/f:1-1)

Atlanta beat Philadelphia 3-1

Mark Reynolds (former St. Louis-Washington) started at first base and batted fourth.  2-for-4 with one strikeout and assisted in one double play.
Matt Adams (former St. Louis-Washington) entered late in the game as a pinch hitter and batted ninth.  0-for-1 with one strikeout.

Washington beat San Diego 2-1

Albert Pujols (former St. Louis-Anaheim) started at first base and batted fourth.  1-for-4 with one RBI and assisted in two double plays.

Toronto beat Anaheim 5-3

Joe Kelly (former St. Louis-Boston) entered in the eighth and pitched to one batter.  He allowed no hits or runs, and struck one out for the hold (7).  (p-s:6-3)

Boston beat Tampa Bay 4-2

Kyle Barraclough (former Springfield-Miami) entered in the eighth and pitched one inning.  He allowed one hit, no runs, and one walk. (p-s:17-10)(g/f:2-0)

Miami beat New York-N 5-1

David Peralta (former Johnson City-Arizona) started in left field and batted leadoff.  1-for-3 with one walk.
Daniel Descalso (former St. Louis-Arizona) started at second base and batted fifth.  0-for-4 witrh two strikeouts.

Milwaukee beat Arizona 1-0

Pete Kozma (former St. Louis-Detroit) entered late in the game at second base.

Lance Lynn (former St. Louis-Minnesota) started and pitched 6.2 innings.  He allowed five hits, no runs, one walk, and struck four out for the winning decision (2-4).  (p-s:100-64)(g/f:13-1)
Zach Duke (former St. Louis-Minnesota) entered in the eighth and pitched one inning.  He allowed one hit, no runs, and struck one out.  (p-s:18-11)(g/f:2-0)

Minnesota beat Detroit 6-0

Jon Jay (former St. Louis-Kansas City) started in right field and batted leadoff.  2-for-5 with two RBIs and one strikeout.

Kansas City beat St. Louis 5-1

Mike Leake (former St. Louis-Seattle) started and pitched 6.2 innings.  He allowed six hits, two runs (one earned), hit one batter, and struck three out.  (p-s:98-63)(g/f:14-1)

Stephen Piscotty (former St. Louis-Oakland) started in right field and batted sixth.  0-for-4 at the plate.

Seattle beat Oakland 3-2 in 10 innings

Former Cardinals Playing In The Mexican League 5-22-18: Daric Barton Collects Two Singles & Two RBIs; Niko Vasquez Singles Three Times, Walks, & Hits A Solo Home Run; Rainel Rosario Collects Three Singles, One Double, & One RBI



Yefri Perez (former MiLB signing-Monclova) started in centerfield and batted leadoff.  2-for-4 with three runs, one walk, and one strikeout.

Monclova beat Dos Laredos 9-7

Cedric Hunter (former Memphis-Leon) started in left field and batted fourth.  2-for-4 with one RBI and one caught stealing.
Niko Vasquez (former Springfield-Leon) started at second base and batted sixth.  3-for-4 with one home run, one RBI, two runs, and one intentional walk.

Leon beat Oaxaca 7-5

Daric Barton (former Peoria-Puebla) started at first base and batted third.  2-for-4 with two RBIs, two strikeouts, two throwing errors, and assisted in two double plays.

Mexico beat Puebla 12-1

Rainel Rosario (former Springfield-Saltillo) started in right field and batted seventh.  4-for-5 with one double, one two-out RBI, one run, and two outfield assists.

Saltillo beat Monterrey 12-4

Richy Pedroza (former Peoria-Aguascalientes) started at shortstop and batted second.  2-for-5 with one RBI, one run, one stolen base, and two strikeouts.

Aguascalientes beat Tijuana 6-2

Tyler O'Neill Slugging Keeps Him In Lineup; Greg Garcia Celebrates Grandfather; Ryan Helsley Rockin' In Memphis; Yadier Molina, Etc...

Hours after Tyler O’Neill’s third home run in three games landed in team’s bullpen, Cardinals coaches convened as they do nightly to discuss that day and the plans for the next. The afterglow of O’Neill’s four RBIs and two hits Monday night was strong enough, as manager Mike Matheny recalled the next day, that there was consensus among the coaches.

Post-Dispatch

Boos Again For Greg Holland

For the second straight game, Greg Holland was unable to get the results he and the St. Louis Cardinals were looking for. And for the second straight game, the fans at Busch Stadium expressed their frustration with boos.

STL Baseball Weekly

Video: Jose Martinez After Cardinals Lose To The Royals

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Video: Willie McGee Speaks With Greg Holland

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Video: Greg Holland After Cardinals Lose To Royals

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Video: Mike Matheny's Postgame Press Conference 5-22-18

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Lance Lynn Rebounds As\ Twins Shut Out Tigers

The Twins finally saw the version of Lance Lynn they envisioned when they signed him to a one-year, $12 million deal in Spring Training.

Minnesota Official Site

Royals Beat Cardinals 5-1: Luke Weaver Strikes Out Eight & Allows Three Runs Over Seven Innings; Yairo Munoz Collects Four Singles; Marcell Ozuna Collects Three Singles

Individual Highlights:
Jose Martinez started at first base and batted third.  1-for-3 with one run, one hit by pitch, one stolen base, and assisted in one double play.
Marcell Ozuna started in left field and batted fourth.  3-for-4 with one stolen base.
Yairo Munoz started at shortstop and batted seventh.  4-for-4 with two caught stealing and assisted in one double play.
Luke Weaver started and pitched seven innings.  He allowed seven hits, three earned runs, two home runs, one walk, and struck eight out for the losing decision (3-4).  0-for-1 with one sscrifice and one strikeout.  (p-s:88-66)(g/f:6-1)
Mike Mayers entered in the eighth and pitched to three batters.  He allowed no hits or runs, one walk, and threw one wild pitch.  (p-s:18-11)(ir-s:1-0)
John Brebbia entered in the ninth and pitched one inning.  He allowed no hits or runs.  (p-s:7-6)(ir-s:2-0)

Rough Outing:
Dexter Fowler started in right field and batted leadoff.  0-for-4 with one strikeout.
Matt Carpenter started at third base and batted second.  0-for-4 with one strikeout and assisted in one double play.
Jedd Gyorko entered late in the game as a pinch hitter and batted ninth.  0-for-1 with one strikeout.
Greg Holland entered in the ninth and pitched to four batters.  He allowed three hits, two earned runs, and one walk.  (p-s:14-6)

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Corpus Christi Beat Springfield 9-3: Chris Chinea Hits A Solo Home Run; Edmundo Sosa Singles, Doubles, & Drives In One Run; Lane Thomas Doubles & Knocks In One Run

Individual Highlights:
Edmundo Sosa started at shortstop and batted second.  2-for-4 with one double, one RBI, one run, and one strikeout.
Lane Thomas started in centerfield and batted third.  1-for-4 with one double, one RBI, and one strikeout.
Chris Chinea started at first base and batted sixth.  1-for-4 with one home run, one RBI, one run, and one strikeout.

Rough Outing:
Victor Roache started as designated hitter and batted fourth.  0-for-4 with two strikeouts.
Anthony Shew started and pitched four innings.  He allowed nine hits, seven earned runs, one home run, one walk, and struck five out for the losing decision (0-1).  (p-s:85-52)(g/f:1-3)
Colton Thomson entered in the fifth and pitched three innings.  He allowed three hits, no runs, one walk, and struck three out..  (p-s:43-26)(g/f:2-1)(ir-s:2-2)
Yeison Medina entered in the eighth and pitched one inning.  He allowed two hits, two earned runs, and one walk.  (p-s:28-13)(g/f:3-0)

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Former Cardinals Draft Selections Playing In College 5-22-18: Austin Pollock Strikes Out Three Over Four & A Third Scoreless Innings



Austin Pollock (former 2017 draft selection-Flordia St) entered in the fourth and pitched 4.1 innings.  He allowed one hit, no runs, hit one batter,  and struck three out.  (p-s:52-27)

Florida St beat Virginia 3-2 in 11 innings

Matt Vierling (former 2015 draft selection-Notre Dame) started in centerfield and batted fourth.  0-for-4 with one strikeout.

Miami beat Notre Dame 6-2

Jose Martinez First Cardinals Since Pete Kozma In 2012 To Steal Home

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Gleyber Torres Continues To Sizzle With Seventh Home Run Of 2018

Gleyber Torres' bat continued to sizzle on Tuesday. The Yankees rookie slugged the first pitch he saw from Rangers left-hander Cole Hamels into the left-field bleachers for a home run in the third inning, circling the bases for his fourth homer in as many games, though the Yankees would go on to lose, 6-4.

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Lakeland Beat Palm Beach 7-6: Shane Billings Singles, Doubles, & Drives In Two Runs; Will Latcham Strikes Out Two & Holds Two Inherited Runners On Base Over One & A Third Scoreless Innings; Chase Pinder Singles Twice, Triples, & Knocks In One Run

Individual Highlights:
Shane Billings started in left field and batted second.  2-for-5 with one double, two two-out RBIs, one run, and one strikeout.
Dylan Carlson started as designated hitter and batted third.  2-for-4 with one two-out RBI and one run.
Johan Mieses started in right field and batted fourth.  2-for-4 with two strikeouts.
Danny Hudzina started at third base and batted fifth.  1-for-4 with one RBI and one strikeout.
Chase Pinder started in centerfield and batted eighth.  3-for-4 with one triple, one RBI and two runs.
Taylor Bryant started at second base and batted ninth.  1-for-2 with one RBI, one run, one sac fly, and one strikeout.
Jesus Cruz entered in the sixth and pitched 1.1 innings.  He allowed no hits or runs, two walks, and struck three out.  (p-s:29-17)(g/f:0-1)
Will Latcham entered in the seventh and pitched 1.1 innings.  He allowed no hits or runs, one walk, and struck two out.  (p-s:20-10)(g/f:1-0)(ir-s:2-0)

Rough Outing:
Kramer Robertson started at shortstop and batted leadoff.  0-for-5 with one strikeout.
Ryan McCarvel started at catcher and batted sixth.  0-for-4 with one strikeout and allowed one stolen base.
Ian Oxnevad started and pitched five innings.  He allowed seven hits, seven earned runs, two home runs, one walk, and struck three out for the losing decision (3-4).  (p-s:71-46)(g/f:4-5)

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Zach Britton Throws Inning In Simulated Game

Orioles closer Zach Britton has moved past the point where he is concerned about the ruptured right Achilles that has kept him out all season. Now, it's all about pitching.

Baltimore Official Site

Mets Purchased The Contract Of Aaron Laffey From Somerset

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Videos: Miles Mikolas Recaps His Shutout Against The Royals

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Video: Mike Matheny On Matt Carpenter Heating Up

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Video: Luke Weaver Working On His Slider

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Angels Traded Chris Carter To Twins

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Rich Hill Threw 31-Pitch Bullpen Session With Band-Aid

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Greg Garcia Will Not Take Bereavement For His Grandfather's Death, Funeral Set For November

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Cardinals infielder Greg Garcia's career in professional baseball began in 2001, when at 12 years old, he spent a season as a bat boy for the Rockies. For one mile-high summer, Garcia fetched foul balls and racked helmets while brushing shoulders with the likes of Todd Helton, Larry Walker, Mike Hampton and Juan Pierre.
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Mets Signed Jose Bautista To One-Year Deal

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Adam Kerner Named To All-WCC 2018 Second Team

The West Coast Conference announced the 2018 All-WCC Baseball Teams and major award winners today. San Diego had four players recognized with three Torero freshmen being selected. Freshman catcher Adam Kerner (Agoura Hills, Calif.) and freshman first baseman Shane McGuire (Kent, Wash.) were selected to the All-WCC Second Team, while sophomore pitcher Chris Murphy (Granada Hills, Calif.) was named All-WCC honorable mention. Kerner and McGuire were also joined on the All-WCC Freshman Team by outfielder Tora Otsuka (Rancho Bernardo, Calif.).

San Diego U Official Site

Days In Majors Vital To Young Players Like Steven Baron

When young players make it to the major leagues, there are certain milestones on their radar. They want to see their name in the starting lineup. They want to get their first hit and the first home run. Pitchers want that first strikeout and the first victory.

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When Did Cardinals Pitchers Last Have Such Great Back-To-Back Starts?

The Cardinals bullpen in 2018 has been pretty bad. We don't want to name names, but as a collective group they rank in the bottom third of the NL in fWAR, ERA, FIP, xFIP, and a lot of other things. Luckily for all involved, they got a much needed reprieve the last two games and were only needed to get four outs. And during that time, one of their relievers threw a ball over 105 mph. So while short on WAR, they are not a unit bereft of entertainment.

Birds On The Black

Injury Updates On Aledmys Diaz, Jaime Garcia, & Marcus Stroman

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Tommy Pham Is Continuing His Breakout

Last year was one of many great stories for baseball. Leading the way was the ascendance of the Houston Astros, fulfilling the prophecy made three years earlier. Max Scherzer attempted to wrest the “Best Pitcher” title from Kershaw, and Aaron Judge obliterated pitches on the way to giving baseball one of its most exciting new faces in years. Yet, despite all of this, possibly the best story on the year was the breakout of St. Louis outfielder Tommy Pham, rising from being blocked at all three outfield positions to being the best player on the Cardinals.

Fangraphs

Lincoln Transferred Cesar Valera From Injured List To Inactive List, Retroactive To May 5, 2018

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With Alex Reye' Planned Return To The Rotation, Who Do The Cardinals Clear Out?

Alex Reyes will return to the rotation when he rejoins the Cardinals, according to general manager Mike Girsch.

KMOV

Diamondbacks Recalled Socrates Brito From Triple-A Reno

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Cardinals Starting Lineup 5-22-18

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Cardinal Beat

Oklahoma City Beat Memphis 10-3 In 10 Innings: Ryan Helsley Strikes Out Nine, Allows Two Runs, Singles, Doubles, & Drives In One Run Over Seven Innings; Oscar Mercado Collects Two Doubles & One RBI; Andrew Morales Strikes Out Three Over Two Scoreless Innings

Individual Highlights:
Oscar Mercado started in centerfield and batted leadoff.  2-for-5 with two doubles, one two-out RBI, one run, and one strikeout.
Patrick Wisdom started at third base and batted third.  1-for-4 with one double, one RBI, one walk, and one strikeout.
Ramon Urias started at second base and batted eighth.  2-for-3 with on run, one sacrifice, and assisted in one double play.
Ryan Helsley started and pitched seven innings.  He allowed two hits, two earned runs, one walk, and struck nine out.  2-for-2 with one double and one two-out RBI.  (p-s:96-63)(g/f:6-3)
Andrew Morales entered in the eighth and pitched two innings.  He allowed no hits or runs, two walks, and struck three out.  (p-s:41-24)(g/f:2-1)

Rough Outing:
Rangel Ravelo started in left field and batted second.  0-for-5 at the plate.
Luke Voit started at first base and batted fourth.  0-for-5 and assisted in one double play.
Edward Muijca entered in the tenth and pitched to seven batters.  He allowed five hits, seven runs (five earned), and one home run for the losing decision (2-2).  (p-s:21-17)(g/f:1-1)
Mike O'Reilly entered in the tenth and pitched to three batters.  He allowed two hits, one earned run, and one home run.  (p-s:5-4)(g/f:1-0)

Former Cardinals:
Breyvic Valera started at third base and batted second.  1-for-3 with two RBIs, two runs, and two walks.
Donovan Solano entered late in the game as a pinch hitter and batted sixth.  0-for-2 with one run and grounded into one double play.

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Peoria Beat Beloit 1-0: Alvaro Seijas Strikes Out Five Over Six & A Third Scoreless Innings; Yariel Gonzalez Singles & Drives In One Run; Thomas St. Clair Strikes Out & Holds One Inherited Runner On Base Over Two & Two-Thirds Hitless/Scoreless Innings For The Win

Individual Highlights:
Scott Hurst started in right field and batted leadoff.  1-for-4 at the plate.
Yariel Gonzalez started at third base and batted third.  1-for-3 with one RBI and one sac fly.
Elehuris Montero started as designated hitter and batted fourth.  0-for-3 with one hit by pitch and two strikeouts.
Julio Rodriguez started at catcher and batted sixth.  1-for-3 with one strikeout and threw out two base runners.
Alvaro Seijas started and pitched 6.1 innings.  He allowed three hits, no runs, two walks, and struck five out.  (p-s:96-60)(g/f:5-4)
Thomas St. Clair entered in the seventh and pitched 2.2 innings.  He allowed no hits or runs, and struck three out for the winning decision (1-2).  (p-s:30-20)(g/f:1-2)(ir-s:1-0)

Rough Outing:
Rest Of The Team

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Praise To Mike Matheny For Making The Tough But Right Choices

Let’s talk about Mike Matheny … and no, this isn’t another blast of criticism. I hope you don’t pass out when I tell you this: I’ve come to praise Matheny, not roast him.

101 ESPN

There's More To Jordan Hicks' 105.1 Than Meets The Eye

One at-bat was large, containing multitudes.

Post-Dispatch

Double-A Frisco Activated Eliezer Alvarez From The Disabled List

MiLB Official Site

Mariners Placed Dee Gordon On The Ten-Day Disabled List

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Dan McLaughlin Shares His Very Funny Reaction To Miles Mikolas' First Spring Start

Count Dan McLaughlin among the rest of us who weren’t super pumped about Miles Mikolas right out of the gate, as the Cardinals broadcaster wasn’t quite sure what he was looking at during Mikolas’ first spring training start.

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Diamondbacks Released Jorge Despaigne

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Memphis Starting Lineup 5-22-18

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It's Time For Ian Kennedy To Ditch The Four-Seam Fastball

Ian Kennedy has one of the better spin rates in baseball on his 4-seam fastball. Before his start against the St. Louis Cardinals last night, Kennedy’s 4-seam fastball was spinning at a rate of 2,411 RPMs. That’s good for 5th among 34 pitchers who have thrown at least 400 4-seam fastballs in the MLB this season. In case you’re unfamiliar, here’s what a 4-seam fastball grip looks like:

Royals Review

Peoria Starting Lineup 5-22-18

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Derrick Goold On The Morning After 5-22-18

Inside STL

Cardinals & Budweiser Announce $4 Ticket Offer

The St. Louis Cardinals are proud to team up with Budweiser to present fans with a special discount ticket offer. On sale now, fans can purchase tickets for just $4 to watch the Cardinals square off against the Miami Marlins on June 5-7 or the San Diego Padres on June 11-13.

St. Louis Official Site

Tyler O'Neill Is Riding A Three-Game Homer Streak

Tyler O’Neill is muscling his way into the St. Louis Cardinals‘ lineup, one homer after another.

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From Danny Almonte To Jordan Hicks, Francisco Pena Has History With Hard Throwers

Francisco Pena was behind the plate Sunday night when Jordan Hicks threw the five fastest pitches of the 2018 season. Two of them, 105 mph sinkers, are tied for the second-fastest pitches in recorded MLB history.

Sporting News

Former Cardinals Playing In NPB 5-22-18



Carlos Peguero (former Memphis-Rakuten) started in right field and batted fourth.  0-for-4 with one strikeout.

Orix beat Rakuten 10-0

Blue Jays Assigned Randal Grichuk To A-Advanced Dunedin To Begin Rehab Assignment

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How Cardinals Got Geroge Hendrick From Padres

George Hendrick revived his career with the Cardinals and gave them the consistent run producer they were lacking in the outfield.

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Video: Scott Warmann & Rick Ankiel Preview Cardinals-Royals Game 5-22-18

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Joe Kelly Is Becoming Eighth Inning Hero For Red Sox

The righty reliever may be turning the corner into the shutdown setup man the Red Sox have always envisioned.

BoSox Injection

Former Cardinals Playing In KBO 5-22-18: Jamie Romak Singles, Walks, & Hits A Three-Run Homer; Xavier Scruggs Singles



Xavier Scruggs (former St. Louis-NC) started as designated hitter and batted sixth.  1-for-4 with two strikeouts.

LG beat NC 6-1

Jamie Romak (former Memphis-SK) started at first base and batted fourth.  2-for-3 with one home run, three RBIs, one run, and one walk.

Nexen beat SK 10-4