Wed, 09 Jul 2014 13:00:58 -0700
St. Louis Cardinals OF Oscar Taveras is starting in center field Wednesday, July 9, against the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Fantasy Tip: This is what fantasy owners are hoping happens more frequently going forward. Allen Craig, Matt Adams, Matt Holliday and Taveras are all in the lineup. Manager Mike Matheny said he would give Taveras time in center field depending on the stadium. Today's start comes at home, so Taveras could begin getting additional starts in center field if he plays well defensively. NL-only owners will want to monitor this situation closely, as Jon Jay and Peter Bourjos could lose even more playing time.
Tue, 08 Jul 2014 13:29:03 -0700
St. Louis Cardinals OF Allen Craig is not in the starting lineup Tuesday, July 8, against the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Fantasy Tip: Replace Craig in your lineup. He has been held hitless over his past two games and could begin to lose even more playing time to Matt Adams and Oscar Taveras, if he continues to struggle.
Tue, 01 Jul 2014 15:44:14 -0700
St. Louis Cardinals OF Matt Holliday (rest) is out of the starting lineup Tuesday, July 1. OF Oscar Taveras is playing right field, and OF Allen Craig is playing left field.
Fantasy Tip: Expect Mike Matheny to get creative with his lineups with the addition of Taveras to the mix. Owners will need to monitor the Cardinals lineup daily. Matt Adams will also be affected and Taveras could even see time in center field. Expect Taveras to see enough at-bats to be a worthy add in all formats. Similarly, the routine days off shouldn't amount to enough missed playing time to seriously hurt any of the Cardinals' top players.
Tue, 24 Jun 2014 09:47:42 -0700
St. Louis Cardinals 1B Matt Adams acquired a shorter, punchier swing during his recent rehab stint that has given him a better path to recognizing and connecting on breaking pitches.
Fantasy Tip: Adams has already shown much success this season in breaking the shift, and this change should bring more power into his bat, if his two-homer Monday has anything to say about it.
Tue, 24 Jun 2014 06:51:35 -0700
St. Louis Cardinals 1B Matt Adams hit two home runs and drove in a career-high six runs Monday, June 23.
Tue, 17 Jun 2014 15:15:41 -0700
St. Louis Cardinals 3B Matt Carpenter, 1B Matt Adams and 2B Kolten Wong are on the bench Tuesday, June 17, with the team facing a left-handed pitcher. Carpenter is 4-for-7 in his career against Niese, but manager Mike Matheny thinks Carpenter has been fatigued of late.
Sun, 15 Jun 2014 14:45:01 -0700
St. Louis Cardinals 1B Matt Adams homered in his third consecutive game Sunday, June 15.
Fantasy Tip: Keep him in your lineups and ride his hot streak.
Fri, 13 Jun 2014 12:22:02 -0700
The St. Louis Cardinals activated 1B Matt Adams (calf) from the disabled list Friday, June 13, and optioned OF Oscar Taveras to Triple-A Memphis in a corresponding move.
Fantasy Tip: The Cardinals just didn't have the room on roster or in the outfield to justify keeping Taveras on the major league roster. Perhaps they aren't sold on him manning center field just yet. This means that Peter Bourjos and Jon Jay will likely continue to serve in a platoon in center with Allen Craig moving back to right field. It may not be long before Taveras is back, though, if the platoon option in center doesn't work out. It wouldn't be wise to outright drop him if you went through the trouble to acquire him.
Thu, 12 Jun 2014 13:44:25 -0700
St. Louis Cardinals 1B Matt Adams (calf) went 1-for-4 in his fourth rehab game with Triple-A Memphis Thursday, June 12.
Thu, 12 Jun 2014 09:55:11 -0700
St. Louis Cardinals 1B Matt Adams (calf) was set to play a full game at first base Thursday, June 12, and he could be activated from the disabled list as soon as Friday, June 13.
Fantasy Tip: When Adams returns, that'll bump Allen Craig back to right field, which means Oscar Taveras will be forced to center field. If the Cardinals are adamant about giving Taveras an everyday role, Peter Bourjos and Jon Jay will likely be forced into bench roles.