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Cardinals | Jaime Garcia tosses 25 pitches

Fri, 17 Apr 2015 15:01:15 -0700

St. Louis Cardinals SP Jaime Garcia (shoulder) threw 25 pitches against live batters Friday, April 17. His first simulated game is more than a week away.

Fantasy Tip: Garcia is a long way from fantasy relevancy at this point, and he may not return to the starting rotation, either. Continue to monitor his recovery and check on his return timeline. Just don't bank on any fantasy returns. Garcia has only pitched 99 innings over the past two seasons and his 3.82 ERA and 7.5 K/9 aren't stats worth stashing him for.

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Cardinals | Yadier Molina coming alive

Fri, 17 Apr 2015 07:31:55 -0700

St. Louis Cardinals C Yadier Molina has five hits in his last two games after starting the season 3-for-21. Molina is 5-for-9 (.556) with runners in scoring position thus far.

Fantasy Tip: The 32-year-old has caught a ton of innings the last five years, and he probably won't repeat his .315-22-76 season in 2012. However, Molina ($4,500, 9.0% of your cap) is a daily consideration as a midrange catcher on FantasyScore. He has a tough matchup today against Johnny Cueto, whom he has hit .265 in 34 at-bats in his career.

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Cardinals | Jhonny Peralta staying consistent

Thu, 16 Apr 2015 15:07:44 -0700

St. Louis Cardinals SS Jhonny Peralta has hit safely in all eight games this year and 11 straight dating back to last season.

Fantasy Tip: Peralta ($2,700, 5.4% of cap) went 2-for-4 Thursday to raise his season average to .364 on the day. Hitting in the middle of a potent Cardinals lineup, Peralta is an intriguing shortstop play at FantasyScore while he's hitting well.

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Cardinals | Matt Adams out Thursday

Thu, 16 Apr 2015 08:40:50 -0700

St. Louis Cardinals 1B Matt Adams is out of the lineup Thursday, April 16, against the Milwaukee Brewers.

Fantasy Tip: Mark Reynolds ($2,000, 4.0% of your cap) draws the start. He's a boom-or-bust option on FantasyScore because of his power. However, he has just one hit and three K's in five at-bats thus far. Avoid him for now.

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Cardinals | Jaime Garcia throws bullpen

Tue, 14 Apr 2015 07:40:24 -0700

St. Louis Cardinals SP Jaime Garcia (shoulder) threw a bullpen session Sunday, April 12, without limitations, and will do so again Wednesday, April 15. He could advance to live batting practice Friday, April 17. Garcia will have to prove his health and ability to extend his pitch count. "One, it's recovery," general manager John Mozeliak said. "I would also say it's volume, meaning, as you saw in spring training, when Jaime was throwing he seemed to do very well when he was in that 30- to 40- pitch range. But as he started to expand (that's) when things got a little more difficult for him." "I still think his goal is to try to get back as a starter and that's how he wants us to push him," Mozeliak said. "I think it would be very difficult to take that (six- or seven-day availability) application to the major-league level. But having the ability to modify his routine right now and try to get him to a point where he could contribute at the major-league level would be our goal."

Fantasy Tip: Garcia's shoulder has had issues bouncing back quickly enough for the bullpen to be a viable option. The Cardinals are motivated to add a left-hander to their all-righty rotation, but Carlos Martinez impressed in his first start. It's possible they shift Martinez to the bullpen in the second half to avoid his innings cap, but Garcia has a lot to prove before that becomes an option. Continue monitoring his progress.

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Cardinals | Mark Reynolds playing first

Sun, 12 Apr 2015 06:52:35 -0700

St. Louis Cardinals 1B Mark Reynolds is starting at first base and batting fifth against the Cincinnati Reds Sunday, April 11.

Fantasy Tip: With opposing pitcher Raisel Iglesias making his major league debut, Reynolds ($2,000, 4.0% of cap) is a nice upside play for FantasyScore contests. While not without risk, Reynolds' low salary can open up plenty of cap space to spend up elsewhere Sunday.

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Cardinals | Carlos Martinez to start Sunday

Sun, 12 Apr 2015 04:53:56 -0700

St. Louis Cardinals SP Carlos Martinez will start Sunday, April 12, against the Cincinnati Reds.

Fantasy Tip: Martinez ($4,500, 9% of cap) appeared in nine games as a reliever against the Reds last year, and he had two walks and 16 strikeouts. The Reds have hit well as of late, but Martinez may be worth a flier as the Cardinal bats appear to be warming up themselves.

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Cardinals | Randal Grichuk receives start in center

Fri, 10 Apr 2015 12:30:34 -0700

St. Louis Cardinals SP Randal Grichuk is starting in center field and batting eighth against the Cincinnati Reds Friday, April 10.

Fantasy Tip: Make sure to avoid Jon Jay and Peter Bourjos in FantasyScore contests Friday, and Grichuk ($1,900, 3.8% of cap) becomes low-priced flier. However, even at Grichuk's cap-friendly price, he is risky.

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Cardinals | Carlos Martinez has innings limit

Fri, 10 Apr 2015 07:22:18 -0700

St. Louis Cardinals SP Carlos Martinez will have an innings cap, but it won't be a factor early on, according to manager Mike Matheny.

Fantasy Tip: "Little Pedro" ($4,500, 9.0% of your cap) has electric stuff, but he has yet to show he can get through a major league order three times as a starter. He's a low-end, speculative starter on FantasyScore Sunday in Cincinnati.

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Cardinals | Michael Wacha has innings cap

Fri, 10 Apr 2015 07:21:27 -0700

St. Louis Cardinals SP Michael Wacha will have an innings cap, but it won't be a factor early on, according to manager Mike Matheny.

Fantasy Tip: Wacha threw 180 1/3 innings between the regular season and playoffs in 2013, and that greatly eclipsed their target for him because he pitched so well in the playoffs. A fair assumption would be around 150 innings in the regular season, which would allow for 30 playoff innings. Wacha ($6,100, 12.2% of your cap) is a midrange starter on FantasyScore Saturday at Cincinnati.

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Cardinals | Michael Wacha to start Saturday

Wed, 08 Apr 2015 15:20:27 -0700

St. Louis Cardinals SP Michael Wacha will have one more day of rest before the start of his 2015 season because of the team's rainout Tuesday, April 7. Wacha will make his debut against the Cincinnati Reds Saturday, April 11.

Fantasy Tip: Wacha ($6,700, 13.4% of cap) has the potential to be a fantasy ace in 2015 for the Cards. However, in his first start of the season against the Reds on the road, he might be worth ignoring this time around. The Reds should be much more productive on offense this year than they were in 2014.

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Cardinals | Lance Lynn a tough-luck loser

Wed, 08 Apr 2015 15:17:23 -0700

St. Louis Cardinals SP Lance Lynn allowed two hits, two runs (one earned) and a walk while striking out nine in a loss to the Chicago Cubs in his season debut Wednesday, April 8. Lynn threw 53 of his 87 pitches over six innings for strikes.

Fantasy Tip: Lynn ($6,600, 13.2% of cap) was facing a rather weak Cubs lineup, but he should be considered a legitimate daily play on a regular basis because of his strikeout upside.

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Cardinals | Randal Grichuk must play to stay

Tue, 07 Apr 2015 07:52:51 -0700

St. Louis Cardinals OF Randal Grichuk's usage will be monitored, according to general manager John Mozeliak. Grichuk must be used often enough to contribute so the team doesn't have the feeling that his development would benefit more by playing regularly in the minors. "Randal is a unique player," Mozeliak said. "He probably has the largest delta of what you might see from the talent and performance standpoint. You watch what he's capable of doing and the sky's the limit." "The big test will be in about three or four weeks when we wake up: Does he have 25 at-bats or 75 at-bats? From a roster management standpoint that is something that I will have to keep an eye on."

Fantasy Tip: Grichuk ($2,200, 4.4% of your cap) will be one of the plug-and-plays to keep an eye on when he's in the lineup. He could be quite valuable on FantasyScore in his starts, particularly against lefties.

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Cardinals | Trevor Rosenthal less predictable

Mon, 06 Apr 2015 15:28:08 -0700

St. Louis Cardinals RP Trevor Rosenthal is trying to be less predictable with his pitches in 2015, especially after he gained more confidence in his changeup in the second half of last season. He mixed up his pitch sequences in his season debut en route to recording his first save Sunday, April 5. Rosenthal only had three outings in 72 appearances in 2014 in which he struck out all three hitters he faced.

Fantasy Tip: Rosenthal looked good in his season debut against the Chicago Cubs last night in striking out the side with relative ease. Control has always been the problem for the right-handed fireballer, and if his new pitching mechanics in the stretch can solve some of those issues, he could be an elite closer in 2015.

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Cardinals | Jason Heyward has new plate approach

Mon, 06 Apr 2015 13:21:18 -0700

St. Louis Cardinals OF Jason Heyward is utilizing a new stance at the plate this season. He is standing closer to the plate with his hands closer to his body to produce a more natural stride through the ball with less movement in his hands.

Fantasy Tip: Heyward ($4,700, 9.4% of cap) went 3-for-5 with two doubles, a run and a stolen base in the season opener Sunday, April 5. Batting second and ahead of RBI-machine Matt Holliday stands to help Heyward rebound in a big way this season. He hit the ball hard Sunday, too. In favorable pitching matchups, he is a solid outfield option for FantasyScore players.

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