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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.
Sun, 22 Mar 2015 11:13:53 -0700
St. Louis Cardinals SP Adam Wainwright (abdomen) tossed four scoreless innings in his Grapefruit League debut against the Atlanta Braves Saturday, March 21. He allowed four hits and a walk while striking out three.
Fantasy Tip: While it's encouraging to see Wainwright starting strong, he should be viewed as a slightly risky No. 1 starting option this season based on the high number of innings he has thrown over the last few years.
Sat, 21 Mar 2015 04:55:46 -0700
St. Louis Cardinals SP Jaime Garcia has impressed many critics in his battle for the fifth-starter job. "I didn't know what to expect from him frankly, and everything we've seen has been very surprising. And very positive," general manager John Mozeliak said.
Fantasy Tip: Even if Garcia makes the roster be wary, because he does have a history of arm issues. Still, he has pitched well enough to be considered in the mid to late rounds of most fantasy leagues.
Fri, 20 Mar 2015 16:47:31 -0700
St. Louis Cardinals OF Jon Jay (wrist) made his Grapefruit League debut Friday, March 20. Jay went 1-for-3 and stated he "felt good." His goal is to be ready for opening day and feels he has enough time to get ready.
Fantasy Tip: Jay hit .303 last season, but his playing time could have a chunk taken out of it this year with the addition of Jason Heyward to the outfield. Right-handed outfielders Peter Bourjos and Randal Grichuk could be platoon partners in center field for the left-handed Jay. The unclear playing time situation makes him best left undrafted in mixed leagues.
Thu, 19 Mar 2015 10:58:17 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Jay is a candidate to platoon in center field with either Randal Grichuk or Peter Bourjos this year, but the fact that Jay has hit very well against lefties may give him the leg up. Because of his uncertain playing time, though, Jay is best left to NL-only owners.
Wed, 18 Mar 2015 13:26:59 -0700
St. Louis Cardinals 2B Kolten Wong is considered an everyday starter by manager Mike Matheny, and the Cards did not sign a specific player to compete with him for playing time and at-bats. "We believe that he can handle that position every day. It's just taking a further step in our commitment to what we see in him and trusting that he's going to take a further step in the commitment to being the player we think he can be," Matheny said Tuesday, March 17.
Fantasy Tip: Wong boasts a nice power-speed combo, and he flashed significant upside in his rookie season last year. He is an excellent mid-round target after the top-tier second basemen come off the board and 40 combined home runs and stolen bases are in reach. With the guaranteed playing time, expect a big step forward in 2015.
Wed, 18 Mar 2015 13:17:05 -0700
St. Louis Cardinals SP Lance Lynn (hip) threw a three-inning simulation game Wednesday, March 18, and he showcased an improved changeup during the session. Although manager Mike Matheny did not confirm Lynn's next spring start, it is expected to be in approximately five days to keep Lynn on a normal rotation schedule.
Fantasy Tip: Lynn has averaged 16 wins and 186 strikeouts with a 3.48 ERA and 1.30 WHIP through 194 innings pitched over the past three seasons. He is often overlooked in drafts but should be considered a reliable starter to fill out your fantasy rotation. Continue to check back for updates throughout the spring, and unless there are setbacks, continue to target Lynn in the late middle rounds.
Tue, 17 Mar 2015 07:41:18 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Some veterans are making their first start this week to save on innings, so Waino really isn't that far behind. He has time to be ready for the first week of the season. The concern is that Wainwright is 33 and coming off an elbow cleanup. He has thrown a ton of innings the past two seasons with deep playoff runs, so he's a risky SP1.
Mon, 16 Mar 2015 10:06:48 -0700
St. Louis Cardinals SP Adam Wainwright (abdomen) tossed a 50-pitch simulated game to mainly minor leaguers and OF Jon Jay Monday, March 16, and he mixed in all his pitches. Wainwright said he's ready to pitch in a real spring game next. He'll have time to make three starts before the team's season opener against the Chicago Cubs.
Fantasy Tip: Wainwright hasn't had any setbacks at all since initially being diagnosed with an abdominal strain. That's good news, and he should be ready for opening day if everything plays out according to plan. Consider Wainwright a low-tier fantasy ace for your fake pitching staff.
Sun, 15 Mar 2015 14:47:03 -0700
Fantasy Tip: This was not the start Martinez wanted, especially with pitchers like Jaime Garcia and Michael Wacha looking solid. It is hard to predict where Martinez should be drafted, but right now the later rounds look the safest if he wins a starting job.
Sun, 15 Mar 2015 06:33:51 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Wainwright continues to make positive strides toward being ready for the regular season, however it is worth checking back for updates as the spring progresses. The 34-year-old righty has thrown 468 2/3 innings over the past two seasons, so his heavy workload and preseason injury are minor concerns. Still, he has been a dominant starter and fantasy ace the past two seasons and the two seasons before his Tommy John surgery in 2011. Consider Wainwright a low-end No. 1 starter.
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