Thu, 19 Feb 2015 11:23:59 -0800
St. Louis Cardinals SP Jaime Garcia (shoulder) is adamant that he is a starting pitcher. However, he's made just 16 starts in the last two seasons and thrown less than 100 innings because of injuries. Garcia had left shoulder surgery last year, specifically to address thoracic outlet syndrome. He is coming into spring training on a normal schedule, though, and he'll compete with SPs Carlos Martinez and Marco Gonzales for the final rotation spot.
Fantasy Tip: Garcia's surgery last year was a significant one, and one that is typically tough to rebound from. We don't suggest taking a chance on Garcia in standard 12-team leagues unless he wins the final rotation spot, and that's a big if. Consider him an NL-only target as a cheap investment for now.
Tue, 17 Feb 2015 14:51:29 -0800
St. Louis Cardinals SP Carlos Martinez, who is competing for a starting rotation spot this year with SPs Jaime Garcia and Marco Gonzales, has allowed opponents to hit .301 against him with a 1.70 WHIP in eight career starts. As a reliever, Martinez has a .255 batting average against and 1.28 WHIP. Opponents hit .435 against him the third time through the lineup when he was starting. Garcia has been limited to 36 starts since 2011 due to various injuries.
Fantasy Tip: Martinez presents an excellent buying opportunity in the late rounds of mixed leagues before he's won the rotation spot. He has the most upside of the trio and best raw stuff. But as Cassavell mentions, Martinez will need to alter his approach as a starter in order to change those numbers in a small sample size.
Sun, 30 Nov 2014 10:11:40 -0800
St. Louis Cardinals P Carlos Martinez is expected to have a soft innings cap if he beats out P Marco Gonzales for the No. 5 spot in the starting rotation, according to general manager John Mozeliak. His workload will be monitored throughout the season so that he can be available late in the year.
Tue, 21 Oct 2014 07:44:30 -0700
St. Louis Cardinals SP Marco Gonzales is an option for the bullpen in 2015. He will condition as a starter, and the team views him long term as a starter, but the team would like to find a role for him on next year's club.
Fri, 12 Sep 2014 14:41:31 -0700
St. Louis Cardinals SP Michael Wacha's (shoulder) start Sunday, Sept. 14. Manager Mike Matheny said Wacha did not look right. SP Marco Gonzales will pitch in place of Wacha Sunday.
Tue, 02 Sep 2014 14:04:54 -0700
St. Louis Cardinals SP Marco Gonzales is working with the starters, which would seem to indicate that he will start over SP Tyler Lyons, who is working with the relievers, Thursday, Sept. 4.
Tue, 02 Sep 2014 13:15:47 -0700
St. Louis Cardinals SP Marco Gonzales, P Nick Greenwood, SP Tyler Lyons and C Tony Cruz were recalled from the minors Tuesday, Sept. 2. Also, RP Jason Motte (back) was activated from the 15-day disabled list.
Tue, 02 Sep 2014 09:22:45 -0700
St. Louis Cardinals SPs Marco Gonzales and Tyler Lyons are the likely candidates to start Thursday, Sept. 4, to replace SP Justin Masterson in the starting rotation.
Sun, 31 Aug 2014 09:55:14 -0700
The St. Louis Cardinals recalled RP Kevin Siegrist and INF Pete Kozma from Triple-A Memphis. They also optioned SP Marco Gonzales, Tyler Lyons and Nick Greenwood to Double-A Springfield.
Fri, 29 Aug 2014 14:02:53 -0700
St. Louis Cardinals SP Marco Gonzales will start the second game of the doubleheader Saturday, Aug. 30, against the Chicago Cubs.