St. Louis Cardinals
St. Louis Cardinals news, rumors and injuries
Tue, 31 Mar 2015 13:25:04 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Wainwright ($7,700 FantasyScore, 15.4% of cap) only pitched a handful of innings due to abdominal issues, but it looks like he's over those at the moment. He's still an elite pitcher worth drafting in all formats.
Tue, 31 Mar 2015 07:57:04 -0700
St. Louis Cardinals RP Trevor Rosenthal has pitched exclusively from the stretch this spring to combat his control issues against his first batter last season. Rosenthal allowed a .323 batting average to the first hitters he faced last year, while everyone else hit just .156. Rosenthal pitched out of a windup with no runners on base, and pitching coach Derek Lilliquist said Rosenthal rushed his delivery. Rosenthal walked just one batter in five spring innings. "He looks as good as I've ever seen him," manager Mike Matheny said. Rosenthal has also worked on a new pitch he called a slider, but it behaves more like a cutter.
Fantasy Tip: Rosey is an elite closer if he harnesses the control that eluded him last season.
Tue, 31 Mar 2015 07:26:49 -0700
Fantasy Tip: With Matt Holliday at age 35, Jason Heyward possibly sitting against some lefties and Jon Jay coming off a wrist surgery, Grichuk should receive semi-regular playing time. At $2,200 (4.4% of your cap) Grichuk has solid upside on FantasyScore because of his power potential.
Mon, 30 Mar 2015 13:27:54 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Martinez ($5,600, 11.2% of cap) projects to open the season against the Cincinnati Reds Saturday, April 11, in Great American Ball Park. It isn't a favorable pitching environment, and Martinez might be on a short leash for his first start of the season. At best, he would be a mid-priced flier for FantasyScore contests.
Mon, 30 Mar 2015 10:23:48 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Garcia's injury setback is good news for Carlos Martinez ($5,600, 11.2% of cap), who is now all but assured a spot in the starting rotation. Martinez becomes an even sneakier late-round acquisition to round out your fake pitching staff. His upside remains high, and his strikeout numbers could be on the rise with an added pitch this year.
Mon, 30 Mar 2015 07:43:24 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Gonzales is worth stashing in NL-only leagues as he's likely the first to come up for a spot start. The move means more for SP Carlos Martinez, who has likely locked up the fifth spot in the starting rotation. Martinez ($5,600, 11.2% of your cap) will be a great low-end SP option on FantasyScore.
Mon, 30 Mar 2015 04:42:13 -0700
Fantasy Tip: And with that go his chances to make the rotation as a fifth starter, at least for now. Garcia will have some role with the team moving forward, either as an eventual No. 5 starter or something else. For now, keep an eye on either Carlos Martinez or Marco Gonzales for the fifth spot and knock Garcia down a couple pegs on your draft board.
Sat, 28 Mar 2015 14:05:55 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Martinez ($5,600, 11.2% of your cap) is at a FantasyScore price that yields a lot of upside if he can figure out his issues getting through the order a second and third time.
Sat, 28 Mar 2015 14:05:08 -0700
Fantasy Tip: This pretty much opens the door for Carlos Martinez ($5,600, 11.2% of your cap) as the No. 5 starter. Martinez is at a FantasyScore price that yields a lot of upside if he can figure out his issues getting through the order a second and third time. Garcia will likely begin the season on the DL and could re-emerge later in the year.
Fri, 27 Mar 2015 15:17:26 -0700
St. Louis Cardinals SP Carlos Martinez allowed a run on five hits and two walks while fanning six in five innings against the Washington Nationals Friday, March 27. Martinez lowered his spring ERA to 3.94.
Fantasy Tip: Martinez is being pushed for the fifth starting spot by Jaime Garcia (shoulder), who is coming off of persistent left shoulder injuries. The Cards could opt to disable Garcia to make him prove his health and anoint Martinez the spot. However, the fact that Garcia is left-handed, something the Cardinals' rotation lacks, could work in his favor. Martinez ($5,600, 11.2% of your cap) is a shaky back-end SP on FantasyScore if he wins the job. He has a ton of strikeout upside, though.
Wed, 25 Mar 2015 15:41:23 -0700
St. Louis Cardinals SP Michael Wacha admitted that he is happy about his lack of walks this spring. He issued his first walk Wednesday, March 25, after opening with 13 2/3 walk-free innings in spring training. "That's been one of the things coming into spring training -- filling up the zone, and not just with strikes, but with quality strikes," Wacha said. "I've been pretty happy with my ability to throw strikes so far this spring. I'm just going to continue to work on it and continue to pound the zone."
Fantasy Tip: Wacha could be an X-factor for fantasy baseball rosters in 2015. A new pitch could make him more effective at inducing swings and misses, too, and if he keeps his free passes down, look out. Wacha is a strong option as a No. 2 fantasy starter this year.
Wed, 25 Mar 2015 15:40:44 -0700
St. Louis Cardinals 3B Matt Carpenter (quadriceps) left the game early because of a right quadriceps contusion Wednesday, March 25, when he was hit by a pitch. Manager Mike Matheny said Carpenter was removed as a precaution.
Fantasy Tip: A bit of a down year in 2014 for Carpenter will have him as somewhat of a value in fantasy drafts in 2015. Look to take him in the later rounds as your third baseman. Hitting atop a solid lineup in St. Louis should continue to make him pretty productive across the board, minus power.
Tue, 24 Mar 2015 11:37:33 -0700
St. Louis Cardinals SP Jaime Garcia (shoulder) threw 80 pitches in a simulated game Tuesday, March 24. Garcia is on a schedule that lines him up to be the fifth starter exiting spring training. Manager Mike Matheny acknowledged the team entered camp envisioning Garcia opening the season on the disabled list to prove his health. Garcia said with each passing day of spring he feels less concerned about his arm and more confident that he can get fatigued and still get outs.
Fantasy Tip: Garcia has had shoulder problems for three years, but he pitched well at times in spite of them. At $3,700 (7.4% of your cap), Garcia is well worth consideration for a cheap flyer on FantasyScore if his name is called.
Mon, 23 Mar 2015 14:39:04 -0700
Updating a previous report, St. Louis Cardinals OF Matt Holliday (side) is fine after being hit by a pitch Monday, March 23. Manager Mike Matheny said Holliday's early exit was more related to the rainy weather than the injury. "He probably would have run," Matheny said. "But once the conditions started getting bad, as soon as it starts raining, I'm usually going to try to get the guys out."
Fantasy Tip: As expected, it wasn't a serious injury, and Holliday ($4,700, 9.4% of cap) remains an excellent mid-round target in drafts leading into the season. The Cardinals open their year against the Chicago Cubs, and Holliday has 21 home runs, 60 RBI and a .307/.402/.523 slash line through 107 games against Chicago over his career. At his modest FantasyScore price, Holliday warrants consideration for utilizing in contests.
Mon, 23 Mar 2015 13:28:34 -0700
Fantasy Tip: It likely isn't serious, as Holliday made it to first base before he was lifted from the game and regulars often exit early anyway. Still, it is worth checking back for an update. Holliday picked up his offensive in the second half last season, as he hit 16 home runs and drove in 45 RBI with a .281/.367/.515 slash line. At 35, the reliable veteran still helps in four categories and warrant attention in the early middle rounds of drafts. Don't be surprised to see more flashy names carrying higher risk selected ahead of him in drafts, either.
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