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Cardinals | Michael Wacha brilliant in loss

Tue, 03 May 2016 23:31:03 -0700

St. Louis Cardinals SP Michael Wacha allowed one run on five hits and three walks while fanning eight in eight innings during his loss to the Philadelphia Phillies Tuesday, May 3.

Fantasy Tip: Wacha is 2-2 with a 2.65 ERA and a 1.26 WHIP. The WHIP is a little high as he has been hit a little bit more, but Wacha is a solid option in DFS after the elite tiers.

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Cardinals | Matt Adams at first base Tuesday

Tue, 03 May 2016 15:25:59 -0700

St. Louis Cardinals 1B Matt Adams is starting at first base and hitting cleanup against Philadelphia Phillies SP Aaron Nola Tuesday, May 3. 1B Brandon Moss will start on the bench.

Fantasy Tip: Adams has been seeing pretty regular at-bats at first base of late, hitting .400 (6-for-15) with two long balls and four RBI. Mike Matheny may just be riding the hot hand, but whatever the case, Adams is a fine pick in daily formats tonight while hitting cleanup. If Adams is available in your mixed league and you're hunting for power, give him a look.

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Cardinals | Tommy Pham takes BP

Mon, 02 May 2016 23:25:12 -0700

St. Louis Cardinals OF Tommy Pham (oblique) took batting practice for the first time Monday, May 2, and is expected to begin a rehab assignment this week.

Fantasy Tip: Pham likely won't see enough playing time to be a factor outside of NL-only leagues.

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Cardinals | Adam Wainwright improving

Mon, 02 May 2016 23:24:26 -0700

St. Louis Cardinals SP Adam Wainwright allowed three runs on five hits and a walk while fanning four in six innings to beat the Philadelphia Phillies Monday, May 2. "Everything was good," Wainwright said. " I've got to get the curveball not be so loopy. I expect it to be right and it will be eventually. I was very confident coming into the game. From the first pitch I threw in Arizona, I knew I was on the right track. I'm very close. I really am."

Fantasy Tip: Wainwright allowed fewer hits than innings pitched for the first time this season and reduced his ERA to 6.68. His nine K's in 11 1/3 innings in his last two starts is encouraging as well. Buy low on him now.

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Cardinals | Slumping Randal Grichuk sits

Mon, 02 May 2016 17:50:28 -0700

St. Louis Cardinals OF Randal Grichuk is out of the lineup Monday, May 2. Manager Mike Matheny wants to give him a chance to "unplug" from his current 0-for-20 skid.

Fantasy Tip: Grichuk struggled in the very beginning of the year as well before snapping out of it, so there is hope he can emerge from this latest rut. If he doesn't do it soon, though, he could lose out on playing time in the long term, as guys like Jeremy Hazelbaker and Brandon Moss continue to hit their way into more starts.

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Cardinals | Adam Wainwright working on mechanics

Mon, 02 May 2016 07:12:35 -0700

St. Louis Cardinals SP Adam Wainwright has worked between starts on his mechanics that he admitted have been out of whack because of bad habits or the loss of muscle memory from missing most of last season with an Achilles' injury.

The line-drive rate on balls put in play against Wainwright's fastball jumped from 14.3% in April 2015 to 50% this April. The slugging percentage on his fastball skyrocketed from .125 a year ago to .857 this time. Slugging against his sinker went from .556 to .929. Wainwright said his pitches are consistently hitting the same target, but the target is thigh high in the strike zone. He also said his arm feels as fresh as it has in years.

The Cardinals sent former SP Chris Carpenter tape of Wainwright's recent starts, and Carpenter feels he found some mechanical flaws. He suggested how athletes work on the balls of their feet, and too often Wainwright was rocking back to his heels.

"I watched a lot of video and there's a lot of stuff going on," Carpenter told Post-Dispatch baseball writer Rick Hummel. "There's always adjustments to make every year and you could tell he's a little off. But he feels like he's getting closer. That's one thing about this game. It can humble you in a second. I know and everybody knows about Adam, that he'll find a way to figure it out one way or another. He'll get back on track."

Fantasy Tip: Carpenter is the perfect person to counsel Wainwright, because the two pitchers are so similar. The problem begins and ends with Waino's mechanics. He has lost some zip on his fastball, but he was pitching great last season at about the same velocity before the injury. It may take a couple of starts, but we expect him to get back on track. Wainwright is an excellent buy-low proposition in fantasy.

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Cardinals | Randal Grichuk continues rut

Sat, 30 Apr 2016 16:17:55 -0700

St. Louis Cardinals OF Randal Grichuk struck out as a pinch hitter Saturday, April 30, and is hitless in his last 16 at-bats.

Fantasy Tip: Grichuk has a high ceiling, but he's struggling this first month with a .189-3-12 line. If you can afford to, sit him until he shows signs of life.

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Cardinals | Yadier Molina extends to 11

Sat, 30 Apr 2016 16:15:34 -0700

St. Louis Cardinals C Yadier Molina extended his hitting streak to 11 games Saturday, April 30.

Fantasy Tip: Molina isn't doing damage, but he's hitting .341 on the season. He only hit four homers last season and didn't hit his first one until June. You probably can't expect much more than that from him this season, but he remains a midrange catcher option.

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Cardinals | Jhonny Peralta could return in June

Sat, 30 Apr 2016 10:49:04 -0700

St. Louis Cardinals SS Jhonny Peralta (thumb) is scheduled to be re-evaluated in 10 days and could begin a rehab assignment around May 21, according to general manager John Mozeliak. He would likely need at least one week of rehab games and could rejoin the parent club in early June if all goes well.

Fantasy Tip: Peralta is able to participate in defensive drills but has not yet been cleared to resume hitting. He should remain stashed in NL-only and cavernous mixed fantasy leagues. Peralta's return is not expected to affect the status of 25-year-old rookie SS Aledmys Diaz, who is leading all National League hitters with a .420 average through his first 21 games this season.

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Cardinals | Tommy Pham getting closer to return

Sat, 30 Apr 2016 10:42:41 -0700

St. Louis Cardinals OF Tommy Pham (oblique) could begin a rehab assignment during the middle of next week, according to general manager John Mozeliak. He has been hitting in a cage and could resume shagging fly balls by the beginning of next week.

Fantasy Tip: Pham may have difficulty securing regular playing time in the Cardinals' crowded outfield once he is activated, which limits his fantasy appeal to NL-only and deep mixed leagues.

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Cardinals | Kolten Wong back in the lineup

Sat, 30 Apr 2016 09:04:25 -0700

St. Louis Cardinals 2B Kolten Wong (illness) is in the starting lineup against the Washington Nationals SP Joe Ross Saturday, April 30, and is batting eighth in the lineup.

Fantasy Tip: Wong has not been in the starting lineup over the last six games because of an illness but was used later in games. He is batting only .216 with two RBI this season and may not be the best option for some fantasy owners.

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Cardinals | Aledmys Diaz sitting out

Sat, 30 Apr 2016 08:53:39 -0700

St. Louis Cardinals SS Aledmys Diaz is not in the starting lineup against Washington Nationals SP Joe Ross Saturday, April 30. SS Ruben Tejada will start at shortstop and is batting seventh in the lineup.

Fantasy Tip: Tejada has only one hit in his last eight at-bats and is batting only .167 this season. Owners should be able to find better options to use in their lineups.

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Cardinals | Stephen Piscotty not starting

Sat, 30 Apr 2016 08:52:26 -0700

St. Louis Cardinals OF Stephen Piscotty is not in the starting lineup against Washington Nationals SP Joe Ross Saturday, April 30. 1B Brandon Moss will start in right field, while 1B Matt Adams will start at first base and is batting fourth in the lineup.

Fantasy Tip: Moss has five hits and three RBI over his last four games and could be a sleeper option for owners in daily fantasy leagues. Adams is coming off a 2-for-3 performance with one home run and three RBI in his last game and could be used in daily leagues.

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Cardinals | Randal Grichuk not in the lineup

Sat, 30 Apr 2016 08:30:41 -0700

St. Louis Cardinals OF Randal Grichuk is not in the starting lineup against Washington Nationals SP Joe Ross Saturday, April 30. OF Jeremy Hazelbaker will start in center field and is batting first in the lineup.

Fantasy Tip: Hazelbaker has gone 6-for-16 with two home runs and six RBI over the last seven games and should be an attractive option for owners in daily fantasy leagues.

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Cardinals | Kolten Wong remains sidelined

Fri, 29 Apr 2016 14:42:11 -0700

St. Louis Cardinals 2B Kolten Wong (illness) remains out of the starting lineup Friday, April 29. 2B Jedd Gyorko is starting at second base and batting sixth against Washington Nationals SP Stephen Strasburg.

Fantasy Tip: Wong has to be one of the biggest fantasy disappointments in the early going. He has just 11 hits in 51 at-bats (.216) and hasn't started in almost a full week. If you haven't already, you need to make alternate plans at second base, and it's not out of the question to dump him in shallow leagues. Gyorko has pop but fares much better against lefties. He does have a homer in nine career at-bats against Stras, but he's more of a sleeper pick tonight in daily contests.

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St. Louis Cardinals Player News

Adams Matt 1B
Ahmady Alan 3B
Alvarado Henry OF
Anna Dean 2B
Araujo Jorge OF
Balbuena Starling INF
Bean Steve C
Beatty C.J. OF
Becher William 1B
Beltre Braulin P
Beras Andres OF
Berg Jeremy P
Bergman Joseph INF
Bighames Tyler P
Blair Seth SP
Bova Christopher P
Bowman Matthew P
Broome Mark 3B
Browning Barret RP
Broxton Jonathan RP
Burton Adam C
Butler Keith RP
Bynum Freddie INF
Caple Chance P
Carpenter Matt 3B
Castillo Juan C
Cazana Amaury OF
Cerda Matt 3B
Chavez Marcos INF
Christianson Ryan C
Church Ian OF
Collier Logan P
Constantino Chris 3B
Cooney Tim SP
Cordell Brent C
Corrigan Chris P
Costanzo Drew OF
Cresse Brad C
Cutler Charlie C
Daley Gary P
de la Cruz Carlos OF
DeJesus Antone OF
Delgado Ramon P
Della Rocco Chris P
DeQuin Benji P
Derba Nick C
Diaz Aledmys SS
Dobson Sean OF
Dove Dennis RP
Ehrlich Adam C
Fanning Collin OF
Fiske Justin RP
Flores Ron P
Franco Santo P
Fritsche Josh P
Fryer Eric C
Garcia Erik C
Garcia Greg 2B
Garcia Isaias 2B
Garcia Jaime SP
Gaub John P
Gibson Chris OF
Gonzales Marco SP
Gonzalez Fernando P
Gonzalez Jonathan P
Gonzalez Jose C
Gonzalez Juan P
Gotay Ruben 2B
Grant Jessen P
Grichuk Randal OF
Gyorko Jedd 2B
Haerther Cody OF
Hanson Travis INF
Harris Mitch P
Harrison Vince INF
Hatley Marcus SP
Hazelbaker Jeremy OF
Hefner Jeremy SP
Henley Tyler OF
Herbert Samuel OF
Hernandez Grabiel SS
Herrera Juan INF
Heyer Kurt P
Hirsh Matthew P
Holliday Matt OF
Jacobs Chris 1B
Jimenez Charllan P
Johnson Mark L. C
Kelly Carson C
Landin Jaime SS
Lara Edgar OF
Leake Mike SP
Lemmerman Jake SS
Littrell Corey P
Lynn Lance SP
Lyons Tyler SP
Maiques Ken P
Maness Seth RP
Manning Charlie P
Marcelli Brandon C
Marmol Oliver INF
Marte Victor RP
Marti Amaury OF
Martin Brian OF
Martinez Carlos SP
Martinez Jose X. SS
Matheny Tate OF
Matias Carlos SP
McCully Nick P
McElroy C.J. OF
McGuire Deck SP
Medrano Ronald P
Mejia Alex SS
Mercado Oscar SS
Michael Matt P
Molina Yadier C
Montero Dennis P
Montero Jesus X. C
Moss Brandon 1B
Moylan Dan C
Myers Al P
Nazario Iden P
Norrick Tyler P
O'Neil Mike OF
Obrey Kainoa INF
Oh Seung-Hwan RP
Ohlman Michael C
Parish Brian P
Peguero Carlos OF
Pelt Charlie 1B
Pena Alex P
Pena Brayan C
Pena Yedilson P
Peralta Jhonny SS
Perez Oneli P
Pham Tommy OF
Pina Leobaldo INF
Piscotty Stephen OF
Plummer Nick OF
Reyes Alex P
Rivera Francisco OF
Rodriguez Starlin 2B
Rosenthal Trevor RP
Rowland Robby P
Sanchez Danilo C
Scherer Matthew P
Schweitzer Jared 3B
Segundo Jefferson P
Serrano Andres P
Shepherd Matthew INF
Sherman Steve OF
Shorey Mark OF
Siegrist Kevin RP
Sillman Mike P
Smith Donnie P
Smith Ross OF
Socolovich Miguel RP
Stambaugh Jonathan P
Stock Robert P
Stoppelman Lee P
Swagerty Jordan RP
Swinson Mike OF
Tartamella Travis P
Taveras Oscar OF
Tejada Ruben SS
Thomas Kevin P
Tilson Charlie OF
Toops Brady C
Tubb Austin P
Tuivailala Sam P
Valera Cesar SS
Van Slyke A.J. OF
Villanueva Dail P
Voss Jay P
Wacha Michael SP
Wainwright Adam SP
Walden Jordan RP
Walton Sam RP
Weaver Luke P
Weffer Jose P
Wilson Josh M. P
Wisdom Patrick 3B
Wong Kolten 2B
Wright Justin P

Franklin Ryan TO
Ilsley Blaine TO
LaRocque Gary TO
Lilliquist Derek PC
Mabry John TO
Maloney Chris TO
Matheny Mike MAN
McGee Willie TO
Mozeliak John GM
Mueller Bill TO
Niemann Randy TO
Oquendo Jose TO
Warner Pop TO

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