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  1. Tyler Lyons will take Joe Kelly’s rotation spot

    Apr 20, 2014, 4:12 PM EDT

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    The Cardinals have decided on a fill-in for starting pitcher Joe Kelly, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list Thursday with a strained left hamstring that he suffered Wednesday while trying to beat out a groundball. It’ll be 26-year-old lefty Tyler Lyons.

  2. Cardinals place Joe Kelly on the disabled list

    Apr 17, 2014, 1:14 PM EDT

    NLCS - Los Angeles Dodgers v St Louis Cardinals - Game One

    St. Louis has placed right-hander Joe Kelly on the disabled list after he injured his hamstring trying to beat out an infield single Wednesday.

  3. Joe Kelly leaves start with hamstring injury

    Apr 16, 2014, 4:16 PM EDT

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    Cardinals right-hander Joe Kelly left today’s start against the Brewers after tweaking his hamstring trying to beat out an infield single in the sixth inning.

  4. And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

    Apr 3, 2014, 6:59 AM EDT

    Jose Bautista

    The Blue Jays 2013 plan worked out pretty well for their second game in 2014. And Jonathan Papelbon shows us the meaning of accountability. In his own special way.

  5. 2014 Preview: St. Louis Cardinals

    Mar 30, 2014, 9:47 PM EDT

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    Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2014 season. Next up: The St. Louis Cardinals. The Big Question: Another World Series run? The Cardinals have made the playoffs 10 times since 2000 and…

  6. Jaime Garcia to visit Dr. James Andrews

    Feb 25, 2014, 7:33 PM EDT

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    From beat writer Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com: JUPITER, Fla. — The Cardinals are delaying comment on the results of Jaime Garcia‘s exam with team physician George Paletta until after the left-hander visits orthopedist James Andrews for a second opinion on Wednesday. Garcia began experiencing discomfort in his left shoulder last weekend and flew back to…

  7. Post-porno flap, the Cardinals tell their players to use social media The Right Way

    Feb 25, 2014, 11:33 AM EDT

    Social Media

    Posting porno on a Twitter feed is something a low-class organization’s players will do. It’s not The Cardinal Way: A day after Deadspin, a sports website that posts commentary on various sports issues and athletes, posted a list of pornographic images that showed up on the Twitter feed of Cardinals pitcher Carlos Martinez, manager Mike Matheny addressed players…

  8. Jaime Garcia to undergo tests for sore shoulder

    Feb 22, 2014, 11:58 AM EDT

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    The Cardinals were expecting Jaime Garcia to be in the mix for a rotation spot this spring after his injury-plagued 2013, but that’s not going to happen. According to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Garcia felt shoulder soreness following a recent bullpen session and is scheduled fly to St. Louis tomorrow for an…

  9. Ranking the bullpens: 2014 edition

    Feb 7, 2014, 9:00 AM EDT

    Detroit Tigers v Atlanta Braves

    We tried this with the rotations the other day. Once again, I’ll be dipping into my 2014 projections here to rank the bullpens. To come up with the following bullpen ERAs, I simply combined each team’s seven highest-IP relievers, according to my projections. AL Royals – 2.93 Red Sox – 3.14 Athletics – 3.16 Rangers…

  10. Ranking the rotations: 2014 edition

    Feb 5, 2014, 9:00 AM EDT

    Stephen Strasburg

    I’ll be dipping into my Rotoworld player projections from time to time for HBT posts. Here’s the first of this year: my ranking of each five-man rotation as we head into 2014. Before actually posting my 1-30, I’ll start with my raw ERA rankings by league. A couple of qualifications: I’m only using the top…

  11. Cardinals prepared to trade young starting pitching this winter for a shortstop upgrade

    Nov 10, 2013, 5:39 PM EDT

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    Cardinals GM John Mozeliak is not being shy about his primary offseason strategy: Mozeliak made it clear to us this morning that he’d like to trade a young “starting pitcher”: for a “young controllable shortstop” XM 89 — JIM BOWDEN (@JimBowdenESPNxm) November 10, 2013 There are a couple of shortstop options on the free agent…

  12. Cardinals will keep Trevor Rosenthal in the bullpen

    Nov 4, 2013, 6:28 PM EDT

    Trevor Rosenthal

    Carlos Martinez will get a chance to compete for a spot in the Cardinals’ rotation next spring, but fellow hard-throwing young right-hander Trevor Rosenthal will remain in the bullpen. Mike Matheny announced that Rosenthal will enter 2014 as the Cardinals’ closer after thriving in that role down the stretch and into the playoff this year.…

  13. Cardinals could trade Lance Lynn or Shelby Miller this offseason for a new shortstop

    Nov 3, 2013, 12:20 PM EDT

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    Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch speculates on a possible offseason trade: With Carlos Martinez meriting a look-see as a starter — and [Trevor] Rosenthal wanting the same — it’s increasingly likely that general manager John Mozeliak shops Lance Lynn or Shelby Miller to simultaneously create an opening while addressing a core need at…

  14. Cardinals will be back … and often

    Oct 31, 2013, 12:24 AM EDT

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    It’s going to be a somber plane ride back to St. Louis for the Cardinals following Wednesday night’s World Series ouster at Fenway Park, but these birds will be playing on big stages for years and years to come. There may not be a team in baseball that is better-poised for an extended run of…

  15. The night John Farrell embraced chaos

    Oct 27, 2013, 12:40 AM EDT

    World Series - Boston Red Sox v St Louis Cardinals - Game Three

    ST. LOUIS — There’s a cliche about managers putting their players in the best position to succeed. A corollary to that is having the best players in the right position, at the right time. Do those things as often as possible and you’re more likely than not to win, right? Well, sometimes. The Red Sox tested…

  16. The back-and-forth continues, Red Sox knot the game at 4-4 in the eighth

    Oct 26, 2013, 11:35 PM EDT

    World Series - Boston Red Sox v St Louis Cardinals - Game Three

    The Red Sox were responsible for the fourth lead-change of the night as they knotted Game 3 up at four apiece with a two-run rally in the bottom of the eighth against the exalted Cardinal bullpen. Carlos Martinez put the first two batters he faced on base, allowing a lead-off single to Jacoby Ellsbury, then…

  17. The Cardinals’ pitchers throw so hard they broke Yadier Molina’s mitt

    Oct 25, 2013, 11:05 PM EDT

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    Cardinals pitching staffs of the past, particularly under former pitching coach Dave Duncan, were famous for the prodigious rate at which they generated ground balls. The 2013 staff, however, will be known for young arm after young arm hitting the upper 90′s and even the 100′s on the radar gun. When closer Trevor Rosenthal shut…

  18. Carlos Martinez, Trevor Rosenthal own the late innings for Cardinals

    Oct 25, 2013, 12:02 AM EDT

    World Series - St Louis Cardinals v Boston Red Sox - Game Two

    Even as Michael Wacha was through five scoreless, one thing seemed pretty clear: his pitch count up to 90, the sixth would be his final inning. That sixth inning didn’t go as planned, but the seventh through ninth innings sure did. The Cardinals rallied from 2-1 down beat the Red Sox 4-2 in Game 2,…

  19. Cardinals take Game 2 to even up World Series against Red Sox

    Oct 24, 2013, 11:15 PM EDT

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    The World Series will head back to St. Louis all evened up. After falling in Game 1 of the World Series last night, the Cardinals bounced back tonight with a 4-2 victory over the Red Sox in Game 2. The Cardinals got on the board first with an RBI ground out from Yadier Molina in…

  20. Do the Red Sox or the Cardinals have the World Series pitching edge?

    Oct 21, 2013, 2:10 PM EDT

    Adam Wainwright

    This postseason has been dominated by pitching, so who has the arms advantage in the World Series? During the regular season the Red Sox ranked sixth among AL teams in runs allowed and the Cardinals ranked fifth among NL teams in runs allowed, but overall totals can be misleading when it comes to evaluating the…

  21. The Cardinals clinch their ticket to the World Series with Game 6 victory over the Dodgers

    Oct 18, 2013, 11:38 PM EDT

    NLCS - Los Angeles Dodgers v St Louis Cardinals

    The Cardinals provided starter Michael Wacha with a big ol’ pile of runs but he sure didn’t need it. The 22-year-old right-hander continued to show poise and dominance with seven shutout innings, out-dueling presumptive NL Cy Young award winner Clayton Kershaw in the process. Wacha finished with a line that read: 7 IP, 0 R,…

  22. Cardinals beat Dodgers in Game 4, lead NLCS 3-1

    Oct 15, 2013, 11:32 PM EDT

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    St. Louis is one win away from the World Series. Matt Holliday slugged a two-run bomb in the top of the third inning and Shane Robinson smacked a pinch-hit solo shot in the top of the seventh inning as the Cardinals defeated the Dodgers 4-2 in Game 4 of the NLCS on Tuesday evening in…

  23. Cardinals take a 2-0 lead in NLCS with 1-0 shutout of Dodgers

    Oct 12, 2013, 6:52 PM EDT

    NLCS - Los Angeles Dodgers v St Louis Cardinals - Game Two

    Cardinals starter Michael Wacha turned in a gem, needing only one run of support to help pitch his team past the Dodgers. Wacha shut out the Dodgers over six and two-thirds innings, allowing just five hits and a walk while striking out eight. Jon Jay contributed the game’s only run with a fifth-inning sacrifice fly…

  24. Cardinals force Game 5 against Pirates behind gem from Michael Wacha

    Oct 7, 2013, 6:25 PM EDT

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    With their backs against the wall, the Cardinals turned to rookie right-hander Michael Wacha this afternoon to keep their season alive. And he delivered in his first career postseason start. Wacha took a no-hitter in the eighth inning as the Cardinals defeated the Pirates 2-1 to force a Game 5 in the NLDS. The 22-year-old…

  25. Pedro Alvarez’s eighth-inning RBI single helps Pirates take 2-1 lead in NLDS

    Oct 6, 2013, 7:39 PM EDT

    Pittsburgh Pirates v St Louis Cardinals - Game Two

    Pirates third baseman Pedro Alvarez finished the 2013 regular season with a .180/.252/.286 line against left-handed pitching. Not exactly his cup of tea. But he came through in a big spot against lefty reliever Kevin Siegrist, delivering a tie-breaking RBI single to right, putting the Pirates up 4-3 in the eighth inning. Siegrist, by the…

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