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Cardinals turn potentially big win into another crushing loss

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 07:30:00 -0500

CHICAGO • Even when the Cardinals show they still can be good enough to overcome perfection, their flaws always find them.


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Teams looking to deal know Cards are 'open for business'

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 07:25:00 -0500

CHICAGO • The trade deadline usually offers a fair, unvarnished measure of what other teams think of the Cardinals’ talent in the minors and chances in the standings, and with July 31 nearing John Mozeliak was asked Saturday whether his…


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Hochman: Diaz regroups and refocuses in Memphis

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 07:15:00 -0500

MEMPHIS, Tenn. • Friday was “Harry Potter Night,” a wonderfully minor league promotion here at AutoZone Park, so they pumped in the musical score and fans scored some “Butterbeer” and the staff had some Photoshop fun with the scoreboard. As…


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Goold: Cardinals draft pick Fuller has the power

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 07:10:00 -0500

At 6-foot-5 and more than 250 pounds, the Cardinals’ 15th-round pick from last month’s draft cannot shrink from the assumptions that come with his size.


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Hummel: NL Central race has a 2011 feel to it

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 06:00:00 -0500

Perhaps only in the weak National League Central Division can a team which hardly could have thought it was in contention a week ago start Saturday’s play only two games out of first place. At one game over .500.


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Cards notebook: Wacha's recovery 'normal' after long outing

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 05:38:00 -0500

CHICAGO • While everything about his last start was different than any previous, what followed in the days after last week’s shutout of the New York Mets was reassuringly familiar for Michael Wacha. “Pretty much the normal soreness,” he said.


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Cardinals put on notice, ride big inning to victory

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 05:00:00 -0500

CHICAGO • The familiar acrid taste of a third walk-off loss on this road trip and yet another defensive mishap had not been flushed from the Cardinals by Friday despite a new day and a new city, prompting executive John…


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Cards trade Gonzales for slugger; Kelly's apprenticeship begins

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 04:20:00 -0500

CHICAGO • In what could be the opening move in a series of moves before the trade deadline July 31, the Cardinals traded from their pitching depth to add to a position where they already have an abundance of options.


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Carson Kelly promoted to Cardinals; Marco Gonzales traded

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 16:30:00 -0500

Duke returns from Tommy John surgery, available out of the bullpen. Cards make room by sending Sierra, Tuivailala to Class AAA.


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Scouts from at least 8 teams watch Lynn in New York

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 05:15:00 -0500

The fact that Lance Lynn has made 20 starts without missing any would seem to make him appealing to other clubs, as well as his own.


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Series Preview: Cardinals at Cubs

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 01:00:00 -0500

The Cardinals will travel to Wrigley Field for a three-game series against the Cubs, who have won six in a row since the all-star break.


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July 20 minor league report: Grichuk homers in first rehab game

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 11:18:00 -0500

In the first appearance of his rehab assignment for Class AA Springfield, the outfielder hit a home run and struck out twice.


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Cardinals take another step back

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 06:15:00 -0500

Loss to Mets spoils Cards' chance to return to the .500 mark and drops them into fourth place.


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BenFred: Time to tip our caps to manager Stubby Clapp

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 05:50:00 -0500

He has spent this season showing he’s much more than a former ballplayer in a uniform. His Class AAA Memphis team is 61-34.


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Ortiz: Sellers? Buyers? Cardinals should be both

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 23:40:00 -0500

The majority of John Mozeliak’s focus these days is on the non-waiver trade deadline July 31, and he’s still trying to figure out what to make of this Cardinals team.


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Cards can't plug Leake, fall to Mets 7-3

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 21:10:00 -0500

Righthander allows 10 hits, seven runs (four earned) in two innings. Voit drives in a run and Sierra (.417) knocks in two for Cardinals.


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Lynn says he isn't concerned by trade possibility

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 17:16:00 -0500

Cardinals haven't offered long-term deal and, he said, 'The more I pitch, the more money it costs. So I don’t know why they would wait.'


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Ortiz: Wacha ignores media, silences critics

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 12:25:00 -0500

Michael Wacha tried to ignore the cynics calling for his job a month ago. As far as he was concerned, he would merely take advantage of every opportunity Cardinals manager Mike Matheny would give him to start.


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Well-rested Wacha finally goes the distance

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 06:20:00 -0500

After righthander pitches his first complete game in 99 career starts, Cardinals can get to .500 with a win Wednesday.


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Carpenter assesses Cardinals' need to add a hitter

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 06:10:00 -0500

The top of the Cardinals’ lineup probably is as they want it. But is there something missing in the middle?


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Who's hot (Wacha), who's not (Grichuk) for Cards

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 06:05:00 -0500

Michael Wacha delivered the strongest regular season performance of his career Tuesday night, admittedly against a terrible Mets team. Meanwhile Randal Grichuk has reason to fret about his Cardinals future.


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Gordo: Cards could field two teams, both mediocre

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 23:45:00 -0500

Each passing day reminds us the Cardinals remain a long, long way from playoff contention this summer.


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Diamondbacks acquire All-Star J.D. Martinez from Tigers

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 18:00:00 -0500

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Arizona Diamondbacks have acquired star outfielder J.D. Martinez from the Detroit Tigers for a package of prospects, hoping to solidify a trouble spot while making a run toward the playoffs.


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Minor league report: Dakota Hudson shows why teams are interested

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 10:49:00 -0500

Class AA Springfield pitcher has been brought up as a potential trade chip for the Cardinals. Hudson showed why Monday by recording yet another quality start.


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Hochman: Cardinals think young, Paul DeJong

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 09:00:00 -0500

A look at the rook who went from Illinois State Redbird to Memphis Redbird to St. Louis Cardinal.


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Sigh of relief: Power-packed Cards win as Cecil survives 9th

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 07:40:00 -0500

In a space of six at-bats over his last two games, rookie shortstop Paul DeJong struck out five times. But the sixth time largely made up for the futile five.


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Cardinals hoping Sierra can add pop

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 02:15:00 -0500

Slightly built rookie Magneuris Sierra had 16 hits in his first 36 at-bats for a .444 average, and they all were singles.


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Ortiz: Matheny must find closer before window closes on 2017 Cardinals

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 00:25:00 -0500

Ignoring the fact that the Cardinals don’t have an elite defensive shortstop, the gaping holes at the back end of their bullpen are too great for the team to overcome.


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Wacha blanks Mets on three hits

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 00:00:00 -0500

Carpenter's four hits help spark Cardinals to 5-0 victory. Complete game is first of Wacha's career.


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With roles scrambled, Cards' bullpen blows another game in 9th

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 06:10:00 -0500

The trouble with the bullpen roulette the Cardinals are spinning these days is that if any reliever could be used in any role, then there really are no roles at all.


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Cards' minor league report: Gallen continues to perform at every level

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 05:40:00 -0500

Pitcher Zac Gallen has made at least three starts at three different minor league levels this season, but he just keeps logging performances like Saturday's seven scoreless innings.


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Memphis pitcher Herget keeps proving himself

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 01:10:00 -0500

Before Class AAA Memphis pitcher Kevin Herget could show everyone else that an undersized, 39th-round draft pick could get outs in the pros, he had to convince himself.


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Series preview: Cardinals at Mets

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 00:30:00 -0500

The Cardinals will look to bounce back from two losses in Pittsburgh with a four-game series against the Mets.


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No hitch in Lynn's switch: Pitcher gets key hit in Cards' shutout win

Sun, 16 Jul 2017 06:30:00 -0500

PITTSBURGH • Over the course of two weeks recently, out of sight and in a subterranean batting cage, Cardinals pitcher Lance Lynn began working on a lefthanded swing. He mused that he could hit better if he switched sides, and…


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Piscotty on disabled list, Sierra recalled

Sun, 16 Jul 2017 06:20:00 -0500

PITTSBURGH • Unwilling to play with a short bench during this long stretch of games, the Cardinals placed outfielder Stephen Piscotty on the 10-day disabled list Saturday and gave him a chance to heal — and perhaps find his timing.


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Speedy Garcia adds hot hitting to his game at Memphis

Sun, 16 Jul 2017 01:10:00 -0500

The Cardinals knew about outfielder Jose Adolis Garcia's speed, but since being promoted to Class AAA Memphis, Garcia has proven he can hit, too.


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Cardinals return from break with a thud

Sat, 15 Jul 2017 05:45:00 -0500

Offense sputters as Pirates win on walk-off homer against Oh. Piscotty suffers strained groin.


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Stiff back puts Grichuk on disabled list

Sat, 15 Jul 2017 01:15:00 -0500

PITTSBURGH • Before the Cardinals even boarded their plane Friday to start the second half that night at PNC Park, one of their roster riddles was solved for them.


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Cardinals recall Jose Martinez as Grichuk goes on DL

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 12:35:00 -0500

The Cardinals flew to Pittsburgh on Friday morning, just in time for a three-game series to start the second half. But they did not escape the All-Star Break unscathed.


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Minor league report: Strong start for Alcantara; Delvin Perez demoted

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 11:10:00 -0500

Highly touted pitching prospect Sandy Alcantara offered a glimpse of his potential, allowing just two hits in six innings Thursday.


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Gordo: Cubs up the ante with trade — what does it mean for Cardinals?

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 04:30:00 -0500

As expected, the Cubs once again sacrificed an elite hitting prospect to upgrade their shaky pitching staff. And more changes could come if the Cubs continue to underachieve.


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Hummel: 'There's a lot of baseball to be played' — hopefully, it's played a lot better

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 04:15:00 -0500

When only 40 percent of the major league teams have a winning record, you either have several very good teams or a lot of mediocre to bad ones. The jury seems to weigh in on the latter as the season…


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Leake to start off Cardinals' post-break rotation

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 04:00:00 -0500

Mike Leake will start the second half of the season on the mound for the Cardinals. Leake, who leads the team in ERA this season, will have had nine days off when he faces Pittsburgh Friday.


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Series Preview: Cardinals at Pirates

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 00:15:00 -0500

The Cardinals will begin the second half of the season with a three-game series at Pittsburgh.


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July 13 minor league report: Rookie Robertson homers twice in four-hit day

Thu, 13 Jul 2017 11:13:00 -0500

This year's fourth-round draft pick, shortstop Kramer Robertson, hit two home runs and drove in three RBIs for Low-A Peoria on Wednesday.


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Central intelligence: Where the Cards and their rivals stand

Thu, 13 Jul 2017 04:45:00 -0500

No other division has four teams worse than .500 — and yet all are bunched within 9½ games of the leader, Milwaukee.


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5 Cardinals to watch in the second half

Thu, 13 Jul 2017 04:10:00 -0500

Here are five Cardinals who will influence whether the team meets its second-half aspirations.


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Molina shines brightly, but AL wins

Wed, 12 Jul 2017 05:20:00 -0500

Cardinals catcher enjoyed a picture-perfect night at the All-Star Game, where he accounted for the NL's only run with a homer in a 2-1, 10-inning loss.


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Cardinals activate Wong; another move pending

Wed, 12 Jul 2017 04:00:00 -0500

MIAMI • In preparation for the second half of the season and a series this weekend in Pittsburgh, the Cardinals brought second baseman Kolten Wong (triceps strain) back from his rehab assignment, and he’ll be on the active roster Friday.


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Martinez could pitch as much as two innings for NL All-Stars

Tue, 11 Jul 2017 16:51:00 -0500

MIAMI • His hair still dyed as teal as the Miami Marlins' color, Carlos Martinez said he has been told he'll pitch the third and/or the fourth inning for the National League this evening in the 88th All-Star Game.


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Molina savors return to All-Star Game after being bypassed

Tue, 11 Jul 2017 12:10:00 -0500

It doesn’t seem that long ago that at age 27, Yadier Molina made his first National League All-Star team. It was 2009.


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July 11 minor league report: O'Reilly nearly perfect in one-hit shutout

Tue, 11 Jul 2017 10:45:00 -0500

Low-A Peoria pitcher Mike O'Reilly allowed just one hit in a complete game shutout Monday. O'Reilly has now pitched a combined 24 scoreless innings and struck out 30 in his last three starts.


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Judge, tutored by Holliday, is baseball's rising star

Tue, 11 Jul 2017 05:00:00 -0500

The biggest breakout in baseball — rapidly becoming the biggest name in baseball — is, quite literally, the biggest player in baseball.


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Cubs' absence at All-Star Game 'awkward' for Maddon

Tue, 11 Jul 2017 00:50:00 -0500

MIAMI • The All-Star Game used to be a coronation of the previous year’s World Series champions — a chance for the manager of the team to populate the league’s All-Star roster with champs. The Yankees famously pinstriped the All-Star…


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Cardinals prospect Flaherty ascending swiftly

Mon, 10 Jul 2017 23:50:00 -0500

MIAMI • Hall of Famer Dave Winfield reached into Jack Flaherty’s locker Sunday at Marlins Park, knocked first, then pressed on the lower shelf to see if it could take his weight.


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Neshek a second-time star as middle reliever

Mon, 10 Jul 2017 16:35:00 -0500

Former Cardinal expects to be dealt from Phils to contender.



Scherzer picked to start All-Star Game for National League

Mon, 10 Jul 2017 13:14:00 -0500

Righthander becomes fifth pitcher to start an All-Star Game for both the American League and, now, National League.


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July 10 minor league report: Wong enjoys big game, Siegrist struggles

Mon, 10 Jul 2017 11:07:00 -0500

Kolten Wong and Kevin Siegrist both pitched in Springfield this weekend as they rehab injuries. Wong fared far better than Siegrist on Sunday.