10-20-14: The St. Louis Cardinals were the winner of the National League Central division this season and watched as the San Francisco Giants and the Pittsburgh Pirates played in the Wild Card Playoff game. When San Francisco wrapped that game up it was time for St. Louis to take on the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NLDS. St. Louis made quick work of the Dodgers taking the series in four games setting up the NLCS with that same San Francisco team they spent watching during the Wild Card round. Last week the Cardinals and the Giants split the first two games of the best of seven series setting up a potentially long series between these two clubs.
In Game Three of the NLCS the St. Louis Cardinals sent John Lackey to the mound to face off with the Giants Tim Hudson. This game was especially important for the Giants starter as he had never made an appearance past the Division Series in his postseason career and would be making his first ever start in the NLCS. The Cardinals countered with Lackey who has been on the big stage in October a million times before but didn’t pitch like it early in this one. Lackey allowed four runs in the first inning of the contest but would rebound to give the Cardinals 6.0 innings of work allowing just the four runs while striking out three on five hits. The Cardinals offense picked up Lackey in this one and continually chipped away at the lead scoring two runs in the 4th inning and a run in each of the 6th and 7th innings respectively to tie the game and get Lackey off the hook. The game tying run came off Hudson in his final batter of the game when he allowed a solo home run to Cardinals rookie outfielder Randal Grichuk. The Cardinals handed the ball to Marco Gonzales, Pat Neshek, and Seth Maness and the trio responded with a scoreless inning of relief a piece. The bullpen of the Giants with Jeremy Affeldt, Sergio Casilla, Javier Lopez, and Sergio Romo held the Cardinals scoreless through nine innings as the game went into extra innings. Romo and Lopez held the Cardinals scoreless in the 10th and St. Louis sent out Randy Choate for the bottom of the 10th inning. Choate made a costly throwing error at first base that allowed the Giants to score a run and win the game to take a 2-1 lead in the series.
In Game Four of the NLCS the St. Louis Cardinals sent Shelby Miller to the mound looking to even up the series and the Giants sent Ryan Vogelsong to the mound looking for a commanding 3-1 lead in the series. Miller was not exactly what manager Mike Matheny had in mind in this contest lasting just 3.2 innings allowing three runs on six hits but neither was Vogelsong as he lasted just 3.0 allowing seven hits and four earned runs for the Giants. This game quickly became a battle of the bullpens and remained a 4-3 lead for the Cardinals until the bottom of the 6th inning. Marco Gonzales was credited with his first blown save of the series when he allowed three earned runs in just 0.2 innings on just one hit and a walk as the Giants took a 6-4 lead. Yusmeiro Petit was the pitcher of record before manager Bruce Bochy handed the ball to the Giants bullpen for three shutout innings including Sergio Casilla’s second save of the series. The Giants won the contest by the score of 6-4 to take a commanding 3-1 lead in the best of seven series with the Cardinals. The Giants found themselves just one win away from yet another World Series appearance this decade while the Cardinals were one loss away from heading home for the winter.
In Game Five of the NLCS the St. Louis Cardinals sent their ace Adam Wainwright to the mound looking to extend their season at least one more game. The Giants countered Wainwright with their own ace in Madison Bumgarner. This game was pitched as well as advertised between the pair of aces as Wainwright lasted 7.0 innings allowing just two runs while striking out seven. Bumgarner was even better as he lasted 8.0 innings allowing three runs as the Cardinals took a 3-2 lead into the bottom of the 8th inning. Mike Matheny sent the oft-reliable Pat Neshek to the mound to hold the game for Trevor Rosenthal in the 9th inning but Mike Morse had different plans as he took the Cardinals righty deep to tie the game at 3-3 as the game headed into the 9th. Sergio Casilla and Jeremy Affeldt combined to pitch a scoreless ninth inning although St. Louis did have a hit and two walks off Casilla setting up the bottom of the 9th inning for the Giants. The Cardinals sent Michael Wacha to the mound and he had his troubles with the Giants. Wacha recorded just one out before walking a batter and allowing a hit setting up left fielder Travis Ishikawa’s chance at a walk off. Ishikawa launched a pitch off Wacha that went over the field in AT&T Park for a three run home run that would clinch the series for the Giants and send San Francisco to the World Series. The Giants won the series 4-1 for their third trip to the World Series in six seasons. The Giants NLCS MVP award went to starting pitcher Madison Bumgarner.
Mike Matheny and the Cardinals have all winter to think about what went wrong this season and build towards 2015 as their season is over. Yadier Molina now has plenty of time to allow his oblique muscle strain to fully heal as the injury hampered him for the entire NLCS. This was not the storybook ending for the NL Central champions but St. Louis should take pride in making it this far as they trailed the Milwaukee Brewers in the division for much of the season.
10-14-14: The St. Louis Cardinals won the National League Central division in 2014 and faced off with the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NLDS in a rematch of the 2013 NLCS. The Dodgers once again sent ace Clayton Kershaw to the mound looking to exercise his own personal demons against the St. Louis Cardinals and in the postseason but eight earned runs later the Cardinals once again knocked around Kershaw and the Dodgers en route to a 1-0 series lead. Matt Kemp hit a game winning home run in front of the Dodgers faithful in Game Two to even the series and send the series even as it headed to St. Louis and Busch Stadium this week.
In Game Three of the NLDS the Cardinals sent John Lackey to the mound to face off with the Giants Hyun-Jin Ryu. Ryu was sharp as he lasted 6.0 innings allowing just five hits and one run, a solo home run off the bat of Matt Carpenter, striking out four before handing the ball to the Dodgers shaky bullpen. Lackey matched Ryu’s strong performance with 7.0 innings of his own allowing just one run while striking out eight as he handed the ball to the Cardinals bullpen with a lead. The Cardinals struck in the 7th inning against Dodgers reliever Scott Elbert when Kolten Wong hit a two run home run to give the Cardinals a 3-1 lead after seven innings. Pat Neshek pitched a perfect 8th inning for the Cardinals while St. Louis closer Trevor Rosenthal made things interesting in the 9th inning allowing two hits before locking down the save and the 3-1 victory for the Cardinals. St. Louis took a 2-1 series lead as the Cardinals looked to finish the series at home in Busch Stadium in Game Four.
In Game Four Clayton Kershaw was back on the mound on three days of rest for the Dodgers while St. Louis countered with Shelby Miller. Kershaw and Dodgers manager Don Mattingly stated that Kershaw was going to pitch Game Four whether the Dodgers were on the brink of elimination or not which was a questionable decision given the lefty’s career line against the Cardinals. Kershaw seemed ready to put those talks to bed as he was absolutely dominant through six innings and was finally given a lead in the top of the 6th inning. The Dodgers put two runs on the board in the top of the 6th including a Juan Uribe RBI single and Kershaw went out to the mound for the 7th with the lead looking to send the game back to Los Angeles in a decisive Game Five. Kershaw started the inning putting two runners on base before St. Louis’ first baseman Matt Adams came up to bat. Matt Adams took a Kershaw offering deep to right field for a three home run that knocked Kershaw out of the game and eventually knocked the Dodgers out of the playoffs. Kershaw’s demons once again took center stage in the postseason and against the Cardinals and once again St. Louis was moving on while Los Angeles was heading home. Pat Neshek pitched a perfect 8th inning while Rosenthal gave up a single before locking down the save in the 9th inning to win the game 3-2 and win the series 3-1. St. Louis will head to the NLCS to face off with the San Francisco Giants.
In Game One of the NLCS San Francisco sent their ace Madison Bumgarner to the mound for the third time this postseason to face off with the St. Louis ace Adam Wainwright. Bumgarner was on his game in this contest and finished with a pitching line of 7.2 shutout innings striking out seven and allowing just four hits and a walk. Wainwright wasn’t as sharp as he lasted just 4.2 innings allowing three runs, two earned, while allowing six hits and three walks. Travis Ishikawa and Brandon Belt each had RBI’s in the contest while relievers Sergio Romo and Santiago Casilla shut down the Cardinals to keep the shutout intact. San Francisco continues to shock the world as win in October on the road as the Giants took a 1-0 lead in the NLCS.
In Game Two of the NLCS the St. Louis Cardinals sent Lance Lynn to the mound to face off with the Giants Jake Peavy. The Cardinals brought their big bats for this game as St. Louis hit four home runs when all was said and done in this one. Matt Carpenter got the home run barrage started with a third run home run off Peavy to score the game’s first run. Both pitchers pitched well but weren’t long for the game as Peavy only lasted 4.0 innings while allowing two runs and Lynn lasted 5.2 innings and also gave up two runs as the game was tied heading into the 7th inning. San Francisco jumped out to a 3-2 lead in their half of the 7th inning but could not hold the lead as rookie outfielder Oscar Tavares hit the team’s second home run of the game to tie the game at 3-3. Pat Neshek pitched a perfect 8th inning for the Cardinals in the 8th when Matt Adams hit the team’s third home run of the contest, another solo shot, as the Cardinals took the 4-3 lead heading into the 9th inning. The Cardinals sent their closer Trevor Rosenthal to the mound looking to secure the victory but the pesky Giants offense was not going to go quietly as the team came back to tie the game at 4-4 in the top of the 9th. In the bottom of the 9th Bruce Bochy sent Sergio Romo to the mound looking to hold the tie game and force extra innings. Romo was not successful in holding down the St. Louis offense as the team hit their fourth and final solo home run of the contest, this time off the bat of Kolten Wong. The Cardinals would win the game in walk off fashion by the score of 5-4 evening up the series at 1-1 in the best of seven series.
10-7-14: The St. Louis Cardinals won the National League Central division title this season and traveled to Los Angeles to take on the Los Angeles Dodgers for the second consecutive season. There was not a single Cardinals ticket not sold for this game as the fans filed into Dodger Stadium for what was scheduled to be a one big pitcher’s duel for the entire series. The fans were entertained in Game One as the two leading Cy Young Award candidates in the NL faced off with Adam Wainwright heading to the mound for the St. Louis Cardinals and Clayton Kershaw heading to the mound for the Dodgers. In a game that was pegged as a definite pitcher’s duel there was plenty of offense to go around for both teams. For much of this game it looked like the Dodgers had the game in hand and even took a 6-2 lead into the Top of the 7th inning before the Cardinals offense broke out of their slump against Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers. Matt Holliday hit a two run home run off Kershaw in the frame as a part of an eight run inning for St. Louis that gave them a 10-6 lead heading into the bottom of the 8th. Kershaw finished the night with 6.2 innings of work allowing eight earned runs and two home runs while striking out 10 Cardinals batters. Adrian Gonzalez inched the Dodgers closer in the bottom of the 8th with a two run home run to bring the score to 10-8 heading into the bottom of the ninth. Trevor Rosenthal entered the game in the bottom of the night for the Cardinals and made things interesting giving up a run in the bottom of the 9th before securing the save and giving St. Louis a 1-0 series lead.
In Game Two St. Louis sent Lance Lynn to the mound to face off with Zack Greinke for the Dodgers in what was described as another pitcher’s duel. This time the game lived up to the hype as Greinke threw 7.0 shutout innings only allowing two base hits while striking out seven before handing the game over to the Dodgers bullpen. Lynn pitched well in the game for the Cardinals throwing 6.0 innings but made two mistakes to Dee Gordon and Adrian Gonzalez and left the game trailing 2-0 before handing the ball to the Cardinals bullpen. J.P. Howell entered the game for the Dodgers and ultimately blew the save allowing three hits and two runs without recording an out before Brandon League came in and stopped the bleeding for Los Angeles. The Cardinals sent Pat Neshek out to the mound to hold the lead in the bottom of the 8th inning but Matt Kemp had other plans as he blasted a solo home run to put Los Angeles up for good by the score of 3-2. Kenley Jansen threw a perfect 9th inning striking out two batters to even the series at 1-1 and give the Dodgers that 3-2 victory.
10-1-14: The Cardinals just find a way to win as they secured the top spot in the NL Central, but it took until the last day of the season to make that happen. St. Louis was awful at the plate as the team finished No. 24 in baseball in runs scored. One player who didn't disappoint was Jhonny Peralta. The Cards signed Peralta to a four-year, $53 million deal in the offseason. He ended the year with 21 home runs. St. Louis will play the Dodgers in the NLDS.
9-30-14: The St. Louis Cardinals have not gotten much out of their John Lackey and Justin Masterson trades this year but seem content with their outfield of Oscar Tavares, Peter Bourjos, and Randal Grichuk heading into the postseason. The NL Central division title went down to the final weekend of the season as the Pittsburgh Pirates attempted to chase down the Cardinals but on the final day of the season St. Louis finally clinched the NL Central division title. St. Louis will travel to Los Angeles to take on the Dodgers in the first round of the NLDS this season in a series that should be chocked full of starting pitchers. In a short series it is going to be tough for the Cardinals, or any team, to take out both Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke multiple times but St. Louis has that never say die attitude that tends to play well in October. St. Louis finished the 2014 season with a 90-72 record and won the NL Central division title.
9-25-14: The Cardinals clinched a playoff spot last week, but they shave some work to win the NL Central crown. They lead the Pirates by just 1.5 games. How their rotation will shape up come October remains in doubt. Adam Wainwright has pitched well in last three starts. The Cardinals close out the season on the road with series against the Diamondbacks. They are also two games behind the Dodgers for home-field advantage in the NLDS.
9-23-14: The St. Louis Cardinals may quietly have the best defensive centerfielder in the game right in Peter Bourjos. Bourjos and fellow outfielder Randal Grichuk were both acquired in the same deal from the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim for David Freese. The Cardinals clinched a playoff spot this week as the Milwaukee Brewers continued their fall from grace in the National League Central division. St. Louis currently has a 87-69 record and the team leads the Pittsburgh Pirates by 2.5 games for the division lead. Pittsburgh is putting some pressure on the first place Cardinals though as St. Louis had a great week going 7-3 in their last 10 games but actually lost a game in the standings as the Pirates went 8-2 in that same span. Home field advantage may be important for both teams as St. Louis has protected their home field with a 51-30 home record while Pittsburgh has matched that with an identical 51-30 record in Pittsburgh. On the road St. Louis’ record drops to 36-39 while Pittsburgh has a 33-41 record on the road this season.
9-18-14: The Cardinals dropped three out of four to the Reds to start last week, but bounced back nicely in their sweep the Rockies over the weekend. They dropped 3-2 decision to Milwaukee on Tuesday and currently have 2.5 game lead over the Pirates in the NL Central. After their series with the Brewers this week, St. Louis closes out the season with nine games against non-contenders. The NL Central title is theirs to lose.
9-16-14: The St. Louis Cardinals have designated outfielder Rafael Ortega and catcher Audrey Perez for assignment this week to make room for outfielder Tommy Pham, right handed pitcher Sam Tuivailala, and infielder Greg Garcia on the active roster. Both Ortega and Perez were sent to Triple-A camps and outrighted off the 40 man roster and neither player can elect free agency. While St. Louis has trailed in the NL Central division for much of the 2014 season the team has finally overtaken the division lead in recent weeks. The Cardinals currently sit at 83-67 and own a healthy 3.5 game lead over the Pittsburgh Pirates in the Central division. The Cardinals are going to be a tough team to contend with in the postseason this year especially when playing in Busch Stadium. St. Louis has a 47-28 record at home this season which will play well in the postseason with all their starting pitching they currently have.
9-12-14: The Cardinals are doing what the Cardinals do every year and that is play their best baseball of the season when the weather gets cooler. They have a 4.5 game lead in the NL Central and are well on their way to another postseason berth. Michael Wacha returned to the mound last Thursday after missing 68 games with a shoulder injury. He allowed three hits and one run in three innings of work. He could be dangerous weapon come October. The only question mark surrounding St. Louis is their offense.
9-9-14: The St. Louis Cardinals had chased down and caught the first place Milwaukee Brewers last week and have since put some distance between them and the rest of the NL Central division. The Cardinals lead the second place Pittsburgh Pirates by 4.5 games and the third place Milwaukee Brewers by five games with their 79-64 record. Milwaukee has fallen apart with a 1-9 record in their last 10 games while St. Louis has gone 8-2 as the team has gotten hot right when it mattered at the end of the season. St. Louis has also been linked to Korean Baseball Organization shortstop product Jung-Ho Kang in recent weeks as the 27 year old is expected to be posted this offseason. Many teams have shown interest in Kang but none more than the Cardinals as the team is considered to be the early favorite for the power hitting shortstop.
9-4-14: The Cardinals are doing what they do every year. They hang around the entire year and come
the final month of the season they overtake the division lead. St. Louis currently leads the NL
Central by two games over Milwaukee and four games over Pittsburgh. Yadier Molina returned
to action last Friday giving the Cardinals a much needed offensive boost. No other team is as
dangerous as St. Louis heading down the stretch.
9-2-14: The Cincinnati Reds placed two of their better starting pitchers on revocable waivers this week in Mat Latos and Mike Leake, presumably more to gauge interest and less to potentially trade either right hander. Cincinnati also placed relief pitcher Jonathan Broxton on waivers this week and ultimately traded the right hander to the Milwaukee Brewers. Broxton was traded even though he is under team control for the 2015 season and owns a mutual option for the 2016 season. Cincinnati will receive two players to be named later in the deal and currently have a list of Brewers minor leaguers to choose from to complete the deal. Cincinnati is now off the hook for $1.19 million of salary this season, $9 million next season, and potentially $9 million in 2016 with a $1 million buyout.
9-2-14: The St. Louis Cardinals expect catcher Yadier Molina to return to the club early next week and may keep AJ Pierzynski around with rosters expanding in September. The Cardinals could conceivably shift Tony Cruz to the third catcher spot and keep Pierzynski around to help ease Molina back into the everyday grind of being a major league catcher. Molina is coming back at the perfect time as St. Louis has finally caught the Milwaukee Brewers in the NL Central division and currently sit in a tie for first place with the Brewers. The Cardinals and Brewers both have a 73-63 record and continue to fight for the postseason. The Cardinals have struggled as of late with a 4-6 record in their last ten games but have still have made up ground since Milwaukee has gone 2-8 in their last 10. It is unlikely that the loser of the division race will win a Wild Card so it may be a division title or bust in the playoffs this season.
8-27-14: After sweeping the Reds to kick off last week, the Cardinals dropped a series to the Phillies this past weekend and dropped a game to the Pirates this week. They still managed to gain a game-and-a-half on the Brewers in the NL Central standings, and they are now just 1.5 games back. With the potential September return of both Yadier Molina and Michael Wacha, Cardinals fans should be excited for their chances this fall. St. Louis is currently occupies the top wild-card spot in the NL.
8-26-14: The St. Louis Cardinals continue to chase the Milwaukee Brewers in the NL Central division while posting a 70-59 record to date this season. The Cardinals are only 1.5 games behind the Brewers for first place and if the season ended today the Cardinals would be the first Wild Card winner and would host a one game playoff with the San Francisco Giants. The Cardinals did make up a game in the division race though as they team has gone 7-3 in their last 10 games while the Brewers have only gone 6-4. While St. Louis continues to win the Brewers continue to match them win for win and it’s going to be difficult for the Cardinals to make up enough ground without a collapse by Milwaukee. The Cardinals are no strangers to must win games, especially in the playoffs, so I don’t believe Mike Matheny’s squad is worrying too much about the standings as long as they get into the playoffs.
8-20-14: The Cardinals continue to hold down the top spot in the NL wildcard and look to chase Milwaukee down for the division crown as they’re only 2.5 back of the Brewers. John Lackey and Justin Masterson have been excellent since being acquired at the deadline. If there is one team nobody wants to see come October its St. Louis.
8-19-14: The St. Louis Cardinals attempted to catch lightning in a bottle when they signed left handed specialist Pedro Feliciano to a minor league deal but did not get much out of the contract. This week the Cardinals released Feliciano from his contract after posting a 5.57 ERA in Triple-A this season. The Cardinals look to be only the fifth team to make the playoffs with a negative run differential as they currently sit three games behind the first place Milwaukee Brewers with a 66-57 record. The negative eight run differential tells a different story but the club has only gone 5-5 in their last ten games while Milwaukee has gone 7-3 in the same span putting a little space between the two NL Central clubs.
8-13-14: After series wins against the Milwaukee Brewers and Boston Red Sox to open the month of August, the Cardinals were trounced by the Orioles over the weekend, allowing 22 runs in the first two games of the series before picking up a win on Sunday. They have now dropped two straight to the Marlins on Monday and Tuesday leaving them in the second wildcard spot in the NL and three games back of Milwaukee in the NL Central.
8-12-14: The St. Louis Cardinals are happy to have John Lackey and Lackey’s former GM Ben Cherington guesses that Lackey is also happy where he is. Lackey went from a last place team to a World Series contender over night while St. Louis only had to give up Allen Craig and righty Joe Kelly. Craig is already injured in Boston and may miss the remainder of the season after seeing a foot specialist to help with his ailing foot. The Cardinals made an additional minor transaction this week as they traded Angel Castro to the Oakland Athletics for cash considerations. Castro is in his age 31 season and sports a 4.01 ERA in Triple-A. Castro has never made the Major Leagues in his career and has split time between starting and relieving for the Cardinals Triple-A squad.
8-6-14: Jon Jay hit an RBI single with two outs in the eighth inning to break a tie and propelled the Cardinals to a 3-2 win over the Boston Red Sox in a rematch between the two World Series teams from last October. The Cardinals won their third in a row and fourth in the last five. Trevor Rosenthal recorded his NL-leading 35th save in 39 chances. St. Louis sits one game back of Milwaukee in the NL Central and is currently tied with San Francisco atop the NL Wildcard standings.
8-5-14: The St. Louis Cardinals beefed up their starting rotation at this year’s trading deadline while the team attempts to chase down the Milwaukee Brewers in the NL Central. The Cardinals started it off by acquiring Justin Masterson from the Cleveland Indians for top outfield prospect James Ramsey. St. Louis was not done as they also added John Lackey from the Boston Red Sox in exchange for first baseman and outfielder Allen Craig and right handed relief pitcher Joe Smith. The Cardinals all of a sudden have a filthy starting rotation once you add ace Adam Wainwright and get back a healthy Michael Wacha.
7-30-14: The St. Louis Cardinals look like the early favorites to acquire the Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher David Price is the team makes their lefty ace available. St. Louis is not expecting Michael Wacha back until at least September so the need for a starter may be direr now than it’s ever been in St. Louis. The Cardinals are also keeping in touch with the Colorado Rockies and may pounce if the team makes their shortstop Troy Tulowitzki available in a trade. The Cardinals definitely have the pieces to make such a trade happen so this is something Cardinals fans will be monitoring closely. The Cardinals upgraded behind the plate as well this week as they designated George Kottaras for assignment and acquired AJ Pierzynski off the free agent market to fill in for the injured Yadier Molina.
7-28-14: The Cardinals lost their fourth consecutive game on Friday, as they fell to the Chicago Cubs, 7-6. Unfortunately, Kevin Segrist, who was activated on Wednesday, suffered the loss in that contest. After struggling against the Tampa Bay Rays at Busch Stadium, St. Louis looks to improve at Wrigley Field and Petco Park. The Cardinals’ signing of A.J. Pierzynski helps their depth at catcher.
7-24-14: Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright, making his first appearance since starting for the NL in the All-Star game, gave up six runs, four of them earned, in 4 2/3 innings of work as St. Louis fell to Tampa 7-2 Tuesday. Wainwright, who fell to 12-5 on the year, was trying to become the first 13-game winner in the NL. Matt Carpenter and Matt Holliday hit solo home runs for the Cardinals who remain 1 ½ games back of Milwaukee for the NL Central lead.
7-21-14: The St. Louis Cardinals have a ton of outfield depth that may come in handy at this year’s trading deadline. The Cardinals have Randal Grichuk, Stephen Piscotty, James Ramsey, and Oscar Tavares as future mainstays in the St. Louis outfield. The Cardinals also have Jon Jay, Peter Bourjous, and Allen Craig in the outfield fold as well currently. With the Cardinals only having two reliable starting pitchers currently in Adam Wainwright and Lance Lynn and a huge hole behind the dish with the injury to Yadier Molina the Cardinals may dangle a couple of their outfielders in a deal.
7-19-14: Although Adam Wainwright and Pat Neshek did not pitch so well for Mike Matheny’s National League All-Star team, which lost the All-Star Game on Tuesday, Lance Lynn made Cardinals fans happy three days later. He struck out nine Los Angeles Dodgers and got his 11th victory of the season as St. Louis beat Los Angeles, 3-2.
7-17-14: The loss of Yadier Molina to a thumb injury last week has the Cardinals trending downward heading into the break. George Kottaras was added to help take some of the load off of backup Tony Cruz, but there is no replacing what Molina does for St. Louis. Losing him will certainly hurt an offense that has struggled to get things going. Carlos Martinez has been consistently taxing the bullpen when he starts. There is a lot of work to do if the Cardinals hope to live up to expectations this year.
7-15-14: The St. Louis Cardinals were among the teams being linked to the Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Jake Peavy this week but have come out and expressed an interest in offense, not pitching. St. Louis feels like they would have to give up some of their starting pitchers to acquire a top notch starter and do not want to sacrifice years of team control for a run at the division this season. The Cardinals, no matter what GM John Mozeliak says publicly, are definitely in the market for a starting pitcher after losing Jaime Garcia for the season and Michael Wacha for an indefinite amount of time last week. The Cardinals also lost All Star catcher Yadier Molina to a torn ligament in his thumb and will miss him for around twelve weeks. The Cardinals picked up George Kottaras to try and replace Yadier but this was a huge blow to the Cardinals squad that is still chasing the Milwaukee Brewers in the standings.
7-14-14: The Cardinals quietly crept up the National League Central standings as the Milwaukee Brewers continued to struggle. On Friday, Mike Matheny’s squad went into Milwaukee and made a tremendous comeback. The Cardinals trailed by six runs early in the game, but they scored seven unanswered runs to move to 51-43 on the season. However, Yadier Molina is expected to out for eight to 12 weeks with a torn right thumb ligament.
7-10-14: Kolten Wong gave the St. Louis Cardinals their second straight walk off ninth-inning home run on a two-out, full-count drive that soared over the right field wall as the Cardinals beat the Pirates 11-9. The Cardinals last had consecutive game-winning homers when Albert Pujols twice beat the Cubs on June 4 and 5 of 2011. They have a total of four game-winners this season. St. Louis rookie Oscar Taveras had his first career multi hit game with two singles. St. Louis is just 3 ½ games back of sputtering Milwaukee.
7-7-14: Although the Cardinals dropped three of four games to the Los Angeles Dodgers about a week ago, they took two of three games from the San Francisco Giants. St. Louis started its series with the Miami Marlins with a 3-2 victory on Friday to move back to a season-best seven games over .500. Adam Wainwright, Carlos Martinez and Lance Lynn all pitched well over the team’s last three wins.
7-3-14: Marco Gonzales gave up five runs and seven hits in 4 1/3 innings of work as St. Louis was shutout by Tim Lincecum and the Giants 5-0 Tuesday in San Francisco. The Cardinals have now lost three straight games and four out of their last five in a tough stretch against the league's best pitchers. The Cardinals have now faced a pitcher with a no-hitter this season for the third time in five games. Josh Beckett and Clayton Kershaw were the other two. The Cards are 6 ½ games back of Milwaukee in the NL Central.
7-2-14: The St. Louis Cardinals will likely have to include Oscar Tavares in any deal that would bring either David Price or Jeff Samardzija to Busch Stadium, a price that is unlikely to be paid by the Cardinals. The team has outlined a way to acquire Price and fit him into their payroll plans next season by not re-signing Jason Motte and Pat Neshek and possibly non-tendering Peter Bourjous this winter. The Cardinals would instead put together a package centered on Carlos Martinez. St. Louis is said to be in the second base and third base market as Matt Carpenter can play the position that is not filled by the trade.
6-30-14: The Cardinals have had to dig into their deep farm system to complete their rotation after both Michael Wacha and Jaime Garcia hit the disabled list earlier in the week. On Wednesday, left-handed Marco Gonzales made his major league debut. He gave up five runs at Coors Field, but the Cardinals bats bailed him out. Matt Adams has been hitting the cover off the ball lately, as St. Louis split the first two games of its series with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
6-26-14: The Cardinals successfully pitched around Troy Tulowitzki Tuesday night, but there was Justin Morneau waiting to make them pay. Boy, did Morneau make St. Louis pitching pay as he hit a three-run homer and drove in six runs as the Cardinals fell to the Rockies 10-5 in Denver. Jhonny Peralta hit a two-run homer and Matt Holliday had a productive day at Coors Field against his former team, going 2 for 5. Holliday is hitting .545 in his last five games at Coors. St. Louis remains 4 ½ games back of Milwaukee for the NL Central lead.
6-24-14: The St. Louis Cardinals are still slipping in the National League Central and trail the Milwaukee Brewers by 5.5 games for the top spot. The news did not get any better this week as the team put up a 7-3 record in their last ten that was matched by the Brewers. St. Louis also lost not one but two starting pitchers this week in Michael Wacha and Jaime Garcia. Wacha has a stress reaction in his shoulder and will miss several weeks and Garcia could not get through a bullpen session on Sunday. It seems like both pitchers will be on the shelf at least through the All Star break and through the trading deadline. This is not the news the Cardinals needed as they do not have the depth they had in the minor leagues just a couple seasons ago.
6-18-14: Michael Wacha baffled New York Mets hitters and escaped a pair of jams with strikeouts, as the St. Louis Cardinals snapped a fifth-inning tie en route to a 5-2 victory Tuesday night. Wacha gave up just a run and five hits in six innings of work. Wacha struck out Ruben Tejada with two on to end the sixth inning when the Cardinals led 3-1. Jon Jay's RBI triple with two outs in the fifth inning gave the Cardinals the lead. Jay has been putting up real solid numbers at the plate. He’s batting .405 in his past 12 games with four multi-hit games. St. Louis is lurking 3 1/2 games behind NL Central leading Milwaukee.
6-17-14: The St. Louis Cardinals are reluctant to give up or acquire any starting pitching this season because of the depth they have, most notably with Joe Kelly and Carlos Martinez. The Cardinals also feel that they probably do not have the pieces, that they would be willing to part with anyway, to acquire one of the bigger names in Jeff Samardzija, Jason Hammel, etc. The Cardinals are restocking their farm system and have agreed to deals with their first three picks in the draft by signing Jack Flaherty, Luke Weaver, and Ronnie Williams. Flaherty signed for $2 million, his slot recommendation was $1.65 million, Weaver and Williams signed for slot deals worth $1.843 million and $834K respectively.
6-10-14: The St. Louis Cardinals seem primed to trade away some of their depth in the infield and outfield this year to acquire some starting pitching at the trading deadline. Some big names have been thrown out there for St. Louis including James Shields from Kansas City and Tampa Bay’s David Price. The Cardinals are usually not one to trade away blue chip players for big names simply for the cost to the farm system but the Cards are generally not trailing teams like the Milwaukee Brewers in the standings either. The Cards are currently 33-31 and five games behind the Brew Crew while they keep staying close in hopes of either the Brewers coming back down to Earth or another Michael Wacha type to take control down the stretch and save the season for St. Louis.
6-3-14: The St. Louis Cardinals have finally acknowledged that they are ready and willing to call up top prospect Oscar Tavares but not until they could find him some playing time before calling him up. Well the Cardinals must have found him some at bats because they have called up their top prospect this week. Tavares is hitting well with a .319/.369/.527 triple slash in his first 198 plate appearances which makes you wonder which of the group of Allen Craig, Jon Jay, Matt Adams, and Peter Bourjos is either going to be traded or see decreased playing time in St. Louis. The Cardinals are in a position to either go with what they have and hope that the Brewers continue to struggle and come back down to Earth or they can trade some of this outfield surplus knowing they have Tavares’ service time clock officially ticking, either way the Cardinals do not make mistakes so it should be interesting.
5-28-14: The St. Louis Cardinals have been patiently waiting for top prospect Oscar Tavares to be ready for his major league call up but Tavares may have fallen to second on the waiting list behind fellow outfielder Randal Grichuk. Tavares has been described lately as being “on cruise control” with all the at bats he is giving away and the lack of intensity he is said to be playing with. The Cardinals now are preparing for a historic and rare series with the New York Yankees at Busch Stadium in a matchup of two teams that have a combined 38 World Series titles between them. The Cardinals will have a former Yankee in the fold as Pedro Feliciano has signed a minor league deal with the club after struggling with shoulder issues in his career in New York.
5-21-14: The St. Louis Cardinals are frustrated with the start to their 2014 season but they claim they are not panicked. The Cardinals currently sit at 23-20 and in second place in the National League Central division behind the surprise Milwaukee Brewers. They have an identical run differential and comparable home and away records as the Brewers but still find themselves four games behind their division rivals three weeks into May. The Cardinals are looking at adding 37 year old left handed relief pitcher Pedro Feliciano on a minor league deal after watching a showcase and a simulated game from Feliciano. Mix in Feliciano with David Aardsma, who did not exercise his opt-out clause in his contract recently, and the Cards have a few veteran options for the bullpen down on the farm just in case.
5-15-14: The St. Louis Cardinals have had a slow start to the 2014 season and find themselves at the .500 mark at the halfway mark of May. The Cardinals are already looking towards the July 31 trading deadline to help upgrade the team and have been linked to the Milwaukee Brewers second basemen Rickie Weeks. A trade is probably unlikely with the Brewers leading the National League Central division but the Brewers may prioritize shedding the $11 million owed to Weeks over keeping him away from their division rivals. The Cardinals may have plenty of internal options as well that can help improve the team including Jaime Garcia who has had a Tommy John surgery and has been battling shoulder issues but is close to being back in the majors after tons of rehab. The Cardinals need a healthy Garcia not only for this season but next season as well as he is under contract for 2015 and the club holds two team options for 2016 and 2017.
5-7-14: The St. Louis Cardinals are in an unfamiliar place after the first 30 games of the season as they find themselves looking up at the first place Milwaukee Brewers in the National League Central division. The Cardinals can chalk some of the struggles up to injuries and the other to an outfield full of question marks which begs the question, when will the Oscar Tavares era begin in St. Louis? It seems like the Cardinals are more worried about his Super Two status and saving some money than putting the best product on the field now. It is hard to argue with anything the Cardinals have done lately thought as they have been the model organization in all of the game for more than a few seasons now. The last bad move I can remember the Cardinals making was a move that Cardinals GM John Mozeliak touched on recently saying that the trade of Scott Rolen was one he deeply regretted. The Rolen trade was brought on after a disagreement with manager Tony LaRussa and saw Rolen post a 11.3 fWAR in three seasons in Los Angeles while Troy Glaus, who the Cardinals got in return, declined quickly in St. Louis.
4-28-14: The St. Louis Cardinals season has been quiet as the likes of Yadier Molina, Matt Carpenter, Michael Wacha, and Trevor Rosenthal have went about their business as usual like they always do. The Cardinals have been chasing the Milwaukee Brewers for first place for much of the 2014 season in the National League Central division but are over .500 for the first month of the year. Voting has opened up for the 2014 MLB All Star Game for this July so remember to vote your favorite St. Louis Cardinals into the game.
4-14-14: The St. Louis Cardinals have been cooking lately, as they’ve won their last two games and are winners of six of their last 10. In this past week specifically, the Cards took a 2-1 series win over the Cincinnati Reds and then split a big four game series with the Chicago Cubs, 2-2. Things are looking up for the 7-5 Cardinals, thanks to dominant pitching from Adam Wainwright and Michael Wacha. Both pitchers have already earned two wins, while Wainwright has 24 strikeouts on the season.
4-7-14: The St. Louis Cardinals have had an up and down start to the 2014 MLB season, winning a brutal opening day pitching duel over the Cincinnati Reds, 1-0 and then staggering to a 3-3 start. Their first week included a narrow 7-6 shootout win over the Reds, as well as a 12-2 clobbering delivered by the hands of the Pittsburgh Pirates. Jhonny Peraltra leads the bats in the early going for the Cards, knocking out two homers and RBIs through the first week. Adam Wainwright has been a stud on the pitching mound through week one, striking out 16 and earning a win with just a 1.29 ERA.
4-1-14: The St. Louis Cardinals got one solo home run shot from Yadier Molina on offense, but luckily that’s all they’d need as they buckled down on defense and shutout the Cincinnati Reds, 1-0 on opening day. Adam Wainwright lasted for seven scoreless innings before calling it a day, earning his 100th career victory as he allowed just three hits and struck out nine batters. It was a day for defense in Cincinnati, as both teams combined for just eight hits and 21 strikeouts.
3-27-14: The St. Louis Cardinals have named Joe Kelly their fifth starter heading into the 2014 season after a strong spring training and a fierce fifth starter competition in camp. The Cardinals also signed David Aardsma to a minor league deal after he failed to make the Cleveland Indians squad out of spring training. The Cardinals are also making moves towards finalizing their 25 and 40 man roster by outrighting Angel Castro off the 40 man roster and by adding Pat Neshek who will make a cool $1 million this season with the club. The reigning National League champion and NL Central division champions did little to rebuild and re-tool this season and look to ride the backs of young power pitching in Shelby Miller, Trevor Rosenthal, Adam Wainwright, and Michael Wacha back to the promised land once again in 2014. The Cardinals have made shortstop Pete Kozma available in trades but nothing has come of the rumors yet but if St. Louis is doing it then they must be right, they usually know something that the rest of the league doesn't when it comes to roster and personnel.
3-20-14: The St. Louis Cardinals basically stole Cuban shortstop Aledmys Diaz on a four year deal worth a mere $8 million to backup in the Cardinal infield. St. Louis is under .500 this spring in the Grapefruit League but are 5-5 in their last 10 games behind strong starts from Carlos Martinez and Michael Wacha. Big time Cardinals prospect Oscar Tavares has been sent down to minor league camp so he will not be with the team on Opening Day but Adam Wainwright will as he has been named the team's Opening Day starter. Tavares expected to compete for a roster spot this season but last year's ankle surgery has been slower to heal than expected and has even caused further injuries to his hamstring so the 22 year old will start the season in the minor leagues. He will be back, he is the future of the Cardinals in center field and will be around for a long, long time.
3-13-14: The St. Louis Cardinals are the reigning National League champions and have not stood pat this offseason or spring training. The Cardinals brought in Jhonny Peralta on a big four year deal worth $52 million to be the everyday shortstop and then extended second basemen Matt Carpenter, who will be moving to third base, to a six year deal worth $52 million. The Cardinals did not stop there when they signed Cuban defector shortstop Aledmys Diaz, although he is still in Mexico working out visa issues before being in spring training games. The Cardinals are having a terrible go of it in the Grapefruit League this season with one of the worst records in the league but we all know the Cardinals will be there when it matters and when it counts. Michael Wacha's development is worth the price of admission so buy a ticket.
3-5-14: The St. Louis Cardinals announced that Peter Bourjos is out indefinitely due to tightness in his leg. He has yet to appear in a spring training game up to this point. It was also reported that the Cardinals are targeting April for a possible return for relief pitcher Jason Motte. Earlier in February that are in picture take Westbrook announced his retirement from the game of baseball he played the final four years of his career in a St. Louis uniform.
2-25-14: St. Louis Cardinals single game tickets go on sale this Friday, February 28 starting at 10 a.m. Central Time. Cardinals fans who wish to purchase Cardinals tickets to three or more games will get early access to take part in a special online-only "multi-game" on-sale. That sale will be tomorrow at 10 a.m. Central time. This year, the Cardinals will be using dynamic pricing for their tickets which allows the team to more accurately price St. Louis Cardinals tickets for individual games and provide more value.
1-24-14: Last year the St. Louis Cardinals were able to win the National League Championship Series over the Los Angeles Dodgers before finally succumbing to the Boston Red Sox in the World Series. The Cards lost Outfielder Carlos Beltran to free agency but have one of the best farm systems in all of the Major Leagues and will rely on that depth to replace Beltrans production, something they have done quite a few times as they did the same with NLCS MVP Michael Wacha.
1-7-14: The St. Louis Cardinals got themselves a new shortstop on the free-agent market the season and Johnny Peralta. Last season Peralta served a suspension for his PED violation in Detroit. The St. Louis Cardinals lost their starting right field to free agency as Carlos Beltran signed a 3-year deal with the Yankees. Mark Ellis did sign with the Cardinals, agreeing to a one-year deal worth just over $5 million dollar.
12-9-13: After losing to the Boston Red Sox in the World Series last year the St. Louis Cardinals have begun to dismantle a few of their veterans from the roster. Both Carlos Beltran and third baseman David Freese have both gone to other teams. Johnny Peralta is the Cardinals newly acquired shortstop. Peralta and the Cardinals agreed on a four-year deal with $53 million. John Axford, a member of the Cardinals bullpen is being highly coveted by the Cubs Orioles and Mariners this off-season. Axford appeared and 75 games last year and recorded 19 holds. The Cardinals won a major-league best 97 games last season including a small six-game winning streak to finish off the regular season. As long as yadier Molina is catching for the Cardinals expect them to be in the race in any circumstance.
10-29-13: The Cardinals were not able to leave St. Louis with an advantage in the World Series and now must win back to back games in Fenway Park to win a ring. St. Louis Fans can rest easy knowing that NLCS MVP Michael Wacha is taking the mound in Game 6 to stave off elimination for the Cardinals for at least one more game. This postseason Wacha has been amazing, winning all four of his starts and only allowing three runs total over those starts. The way this World Series has gone between a walk-off interference call and a walk-off pick-off there is no way its not going to a deciding winner take all Game 7.
10-28-13: After one of the most bizarre ways to end Game 3 World Series with the umpires ruling that 3B Will Middlebrooks interfered with the baserunner and awarded St. Louis the game winning run Game 4 was just as crazy of an ending. With the Cardinals down 4-2 they had a runner on first and their best hitter Carlos Beltran at the plate with a chance to tie, but Koji Uehara had other plans. Uehara picked off Kolten Wong to end the game, the first postseason game ever to be won on a pick off. Game 5 is slated to begin tonight between Adam Wainwright and Jon Lester in a game that could decide the World Series as the two teams head to Boston to close out the series and the one up 3-2 will have a clear advantage.
10-25-13: The Cardinals were able to redeem themselves in Game 2 of the World Series coming out of Fenway with a 4-2 victory to even the series at one game apiece. Michael Wacha has been nothing short of unbelievable this postseason going 4-0 in only his first season in the majors. Carlos Beltran has been waiting 16 years to get his first taste of the World Series and has not disappointed, battling through the pain of severely bruised ribs to play he was able to deliver two hits and the all important insurance run in the 7th to ice the game.
10-24-13: For the St. Louis Cardinals Game 1 of the World Series was very out of the ordinary for them as they committed three errors for only the second time all season as they lost 8-1 in Boston Wednesday night. The problems for St. Louis started in the 1st inning when they failed to turn a double play that would have ended the inning and led to the Red Sox scoring three runs in the bottom of the first and continued as they weren’t able to play the type of baseball that got them to this point. The Cards will send out NLCS MVP Michael Wacha to steal Game 2.
10-21-13: The St. Louis Cardinals blew out the Los Angeles Dodgers 9-0 in Game 6 of the National League Championship Series to win the series 4-2 and advance to the World Series. The Cardinals were able to score seven runs off National League CY Young front runner Clayton Kershaw in just four innings. St. Louis rookie Michael Wacha pitched seven shutout innings, giving him 13.2 innings without allowing a run in the series. Five Cardinals had multiple hits in the series clinching game. St. Louis hope the offense and pitching can keep up that level of play when they play the Boston Red Sox in the World Series.
10-17-13: The Cardinals had hoped to close out the National League Championship Series last night but the Los Angeles Dodgers had other plans as they got on the scoreboard early and never looked back en route to a 6-4 victory as the series heads to St. Louis. Zack Greinke pitched a 7 inning gem surrendering only two runs in his outing as he was able to stave off elimination for at least one more game as Clayton Kershaw takes the mound in his attempt to do the same Friday night.
10-16-13: St. Louis took a commanding 3-1 lead in the NLCS with their 4-2 win on Tuesday night. The Cards scored three runs in the 3rd inning and never looked back. Matt Holliday had the big hit, a 2-run home run in the inning. Matt Carpenter added an RBI in the inning. In the 7th Shane Robinson gave the Cards some insurance with a solo homer. Ricky Nolasco started for the Dodgers but was not on his game. He lasted just 4 innings, allowing three runs on three hits while striking out four. The Cardinals look to punch their World Series tickets on Wednesday night in LA when Joe Kelly takes the hill against Zack Greinke.
10-14-13: After beating the Pittsburgh Pirates The St. Louis Cardinals are exactly where they want to be up 2 games to none in the NLCS as the make the trip out to LA for game 3 tonight. The Cardinals owe their two wins to their pitching staff who haven’t surrendered a run since the third inning of Game 1, 19 innings in total.The ace of St. Louis staff, Adam Wainwright will be looking to take a commanding 3-0 lead in the NLCS tonight as they inch closer to that National League Pennant. If they win game 3, Lance Lynn will be taking the hill trying to complete the sweep against the Dodgers in game 4.
10-8-13: After a masterful start from rookie Michael Wacha in Game 4 of the National League Divisional Series, the St. Louis Cardinals forced a Game 5 against the Pittsburgh Pirates Wednesday night at Busch Stadium. The Cardinals will put Adam Wainwright on the mound for Game 5, following his win in Game 1, throwing seven innings, allowing only one run and striking out nine.
10-1-13: St. Louis Cardinals have clinched the best record in baseball along with the Central division title. They wait the winner of the wildcard game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Cincinnati Reds. All Star catcher Yadier Molina had a great year batting .319 with12 homeruns and 80 RBIs. As a team the Cardinals ranked in the top five in run scored batting average and on-base percentage. The Cardinals finished the regular season on a six game winning streak sweeping both the nationals and the Chicago Cubs. Heading into the playoffs they have won eight of their last nine games.
8/21/13 - The St. Louis Cardinals remain strong in the hunt with a record of 72 – 53. They are only two games behind the Pittsburgh Pirates for the Central division lead. Currently along with the Cincinnati Reds the Cardinals are in the lead for the National League wildcard position. Last night the Cardinals fell to the Milwaukee Brewers by score of 6 to 3. Yadier Molina collected two more hits and is batting .336 on the year Including a two run homer in the fourth inning. After leaving Milwaukee the Cardinals will fly back home to face the red-hot Atlanta Braves and what should be a good series over the weekend.
8/6/13 - The St. Louis Cardinals are in second place and have scored a division best 551 runs this season. This week they will host the Los Angeles Dodgers in St. Louis.
7/31/13 - The Cardinals have sent left-handed reliever Marc Rzepczynski to the Cleveland Indians in exchange for a minor league infielder.
7/19/13 - The St. Louis Cardinals are in first place of the NL Central division with a record of 57-36. Last year they lost to the SF Giants in the NLCS and they seem poised to make another playoff push this season. The Cardinals are fending off the second place Pirates by one game for the division lead. After the conclusion of the all-star break the Cards will face the San Diego Padres. All-star Catcher Yadier Molina is tearing the cover off of the ball batting .341, tops on the team. The Cardinals have scored the 3rd most runs in baseball with 462.
7/7/13 - The St. Louis Cardinals will be sending five players to the All-Star game in Citi Field this year. Catcher Yadier Molina and outfielder Carlos Beltran were voted in by the fans and will start for the National League. This is the 5th ASG appearance for Molina and the 8th for Beltran. RHP Adam Wainwright, 2B Matt Carpenter, and 1B Allen Craig were all named reserves.
6/12/13 - The St. Louis Cardinals Have continued success since the departure of Albert Pujols and currently has the best record in baseball. Led by catcher Yadier Molina the Cardinals will take on the New York Mets this week In New York. Veteran right fielder Carlos Beltran Is batting .305 with 14 home runs and 42 RBIs. Last year the Cardinals reached the NLCS Before losing to the San Francisco Giants. The Cardinals lead the Cincinnati Reds by 3.5 games for the division lead.