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  1. Cardinals’ injuries taking a toll with elimination near

    Oct 6, 2013, 9:03 PM EDT

    Justin Morneau, Matt Adams

    In some ways, the Cardinals are better off than most. They don’t lose much at first base with Matt Adams filling in for Allen Craig, and they’re still fine in the ninth since Trevor Rosenthal replaced the sore-shouldered Edward Mujica in the closer’s role. But the truth is that both injuries played huge roles in…

  2. Cardinals leave Shelby Miller out of NLDS rotation

    Oct 4, 2013, 11:51 AM EDT

    Colorado Rockies v St. Louis Cardinals

    Cardinals rookie Shelby Miller was one of the best starters in the National League this season, posting a 3.06 ERA in 31 starts while striking out 169 batters in 173 innings and holding opponents to a .234 batting average. And yet the Cardinals just announced that he’ll spend the entire NLDS in the bullpen, with…

  3. NLDS Preview: Pirates vs. Cardinals

    Oct 3, 2013, 9:20 AM EDT

    Andrew McCutchen

    You can’t predict baseball, but you can at least lay out the parameters. So let’s take a look at what the Pirates and Cardinals have in store for us in the National League Division Series. The Teams Pittsburgh Pirates (94-68) vs. St. Louis Cardinals (97-65) The Matchups Game 1 Today in St. Louis: A.J. Burnett vs. Adam…

  4. Demoted closer Edward Mujica makes Cardinals’ playoff roster

    Oct 2, 2013, 4:31 PM EDT

    Edward Mujica Getty

    Edward Mujica pitched himself out of the Cardinals’ closer role and was so shaky down the stretch that there was speculation about leaving him off the playoff roster, but he’ll be part of the bullpen for the NLDS. Mujica has struggled with shoulder problems and allowed opponents to hit .514 in September, giving up runs…

  5. Edward Mujica is a mess

    Sep 29, 2013, 12:08 PM EDT

    edward mujica getty

    Edward Mujica had a ridiculous 1.73 ERA and 43/3 K/BB ratio over his first 57 1/3 innings this season. But the righty’s September has been nightmarish. Mujica allowed three hits and two earned runs while recording only one out in an appearance Saturday night in St. Louis’ 6-2 defeat of the Cubs and now has…

  6. Cardinals shut out the Cubs 7-0 to clinch the NL Central

    Sep 27, 2013, 11:11 PM EDT

    David Freese

    Though a formality at this point, the Cardinals officially clinched the NL Central tonight with a 7-0 blanking of the Cubs. The offense got to Cubs starter Travis Wood early, scoring three times on a two-run double by Yadier Molina and an RBI single by Jon Jay. Wood exited after the first, as the one…

  7. Edward Mujica is getting a break from the closer role

    Sep 21, 2013, 4:15 PM EDT

    Edward Mujica Getty

    Here’s something you don’t want to hear if you are a Cardinals fan. According to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Cardinals closer Edward Mujica admitted yesterday that fatigue has caused him to alter his mechanics. “My body feels like a little bit tired, and my release point is getting a little bit up,”…

  8. Settling the Score: Friday’s results

    Sep 21, 2013, 8:56 AM EDT

    Carlos Beltran

    The Cardinals have themselves a little breathing room in the National League Central. Though closer Edward Mujica struggled again and put the Brewers in position to tie the game in the bottom of the ninth inning, the Cardinals eventually won 7-6 in 10 innings. Carlos Beltran drove in the go-ahead run with a sacrifice fly…

  9. Dennis Eckersley: Closing “not as tough as you think”

    Sep 6, 2013, 9:55 PM EDT

    Dennis Eckersley

    For years, we have been inundated with the sentiment that there is nothing tougher, nothing that requires more focus and mental fortitude than being a Major League closer. Former Athletics closer Dennis Eckersley, who authored two of the best relief seasons of all time in 1990 (0.61 ERA. 48 saves) and ’92 (won the AL…

  10. Cardinals acquire reliever John Axford from Brewers

    Aug 30, 2013, 11:11 AM EDT

    John Axford

    With closer Edward Mujica pitching through shoulder problems the Cardinals decided to add some veteran bullpen depth, acquiring former closer John Axford from the Brewers for a player to be named later. Axford pitched his way out of ninth-inning duties in Milwaukee after saving a league-high 46 games in 2011 and 35 games last season,…

  11. Adam Wainwright throws complete game for NL-leading 15th victory

    Aug 24, 2013, 9:32 AM EDT

    Adam Wainwright Getty

    The Cardinals were without closer Edward Mujica last night due to a nagging back issue, but Adam Wainwright rendered that moot by tossing his major league-leading fifth complete game in a 3-1 win over the Braves at Busch Stadium. He now leads the National League with 15 victories. Wainwright held the Braves to six singles…

  12. Edward Mujica on first blown save: “I didn’t follow Yadi and that’s a mistake”

    Jul 5, 2013, 10:47 AM EDT

    Milwaukee Brewers v St. Louis Cardinals

    Edward Mujica has been brilliant since stepping into the Cardinals’ closer role, converting 21 consecutive saves with a 2.20 ERA and 25/1 K/BB ratio in 28.2 innings heading into last night. And then last night against the Angels he blew his first save of the season by serving up a game-tying two-run homer to Josh…

  13. And That Happened: Thursday’s scores and highlights

    Jul 5, 2013, 6:16 AM EDT

    Adam Dunn

    White Sox 3, Orioles 2: A walkoff homer for Adam Dunn won it, but seven shutout innings — with 11 strikeouts — from Jose Quintana helped make it possible. Athletics 1, Cubs 0: Offense-lovers need not apply. Dan Straily allowed only one hit in seven shutout innings. Travis Wood had six shutout innings of his…

  14. Mitchell Boggs blows save, gets sent back down

    May 31, 2013, 6:04 PM EDT

    Jeff Francoeur, Mitchell Boggs

    Surely, the homer Mitchell Boggs gave up to Jeff Francoeur wasn’t the only reason he was demoted to Triple-A Memphis by the Cardinals on Friday. It was mostly that, though. Boggs, who opened the season as the Cardinals’ closer, was optioned to the minors for the second time this year after taking a blown save…

  15. Mitchell Boggs is getting back on track at Triple-A

    May 15, 2013, 1:18 PM EDT

    Mitchell Boggs

    Mitchell Boggs flopped as St. Louis’ fill-in closer when Jason Motte went down and then continued struggling in a setup role before the Cardinals demoted him to Triple-A with a 12.66 ERA and 12 walks in 11 innings. It was a shocking turn of events for a 29-year-old who posted a 3.08 ERA during the…

  16. Cardinals closer Jason Motte needs Tommy John surgery

    May 3, 2013, 5:50 PM EDT

    Jason Motte

    Jason Motte gave his elbow injury some time to see if he could avoid going under the knife, but Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that the Cardinals closer will have Tommy John surgery. That means Motte will miss the remainder of this season and will likely be out for at least…

  17. Cardinals demote Mitchell Boggs to Triple-A, call up prospect Carlos Martinez

    May 3, 2013, 10:47 AM EDT

    Mitchell Boggs

    Mitchell Boggs has gone from taking over for Jason Motte as the Cardinals’ fill-in closer to being demoted to Triple-A. The final straw came last night, as Boggs walked the only two batters he faced to give him more walks (12) than strikeouts (10) and 31 total baserunners allowed in 10.2 innings overall this season.…

  18. Jason Motte “felt good” after throwing from 60 feet

    Apr 29, 2013, 10:47 AM EDT

    Jason Motte

    Jason Motte played catch twice over the weekend, throwing from 60 feet on flat ground, and afterward the rehabbing Cardinals closer told Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com that he “felt good.” Motte and the Cardinals are trying to determine if he can avoid surgery to repair a torn elbow ligament. Previously the stated plan was to…

  19. Adam Wainwright continues hot start, going 8 1/3 scoreless innings against the Nationals

    Apr 23, 2013, 10:35 PM EDT

    adam wainwright getty

    Adam Wainwright is on some sort of mission. The 31-year-old right-hander was absolutely locked in on Tuesday evening in the nation’s capital, striking out nine batters and allowing only one walk and five hits over 8 1/3 scoreless frames against a Nationals team that carries 2013 World Series aspirations. Waino now boasts a 1.93 ERA, 0.99 WHIP…

  20. Edward Mujica may be closing for the Cardinals

    Apr 15, 2013, 9:57 AM EDT

    Edward Mujica

    With Jason Motte out, and Mitchell Boggs and Trevor Rosenthal struggling, who is closing for the Cardinals? Todd Worrell? Jeff Lahti? Nope: Derrick Goold reports that Edward Mujica may get the job next: Pitching coach Derek Lilliquist said the team has “flexibility in whatever we want to do” when it comes to rearranging late-game roles. Matheny…

  21. Cardinals’ lack of action could be their undoing

    Feb 21, 2013, 11:59 PM EDT

    Mike Matheny, Chris Carpenter

    It’s hard to blame the Cardinals for staying the course. Even with free agents Kyle Lohse and Lance Berkman set to depart, St. Louis ended 2012 with a roster that already looked like a winner entering 2013: Rotation: Adam Wainwright, Chris Carpenter, Jaime Garcia, Lance Lynn, Jake Westbrook, Shelby Miller, Joe Kelly, Trevor Rosenthal Bullpen:…

  22. Giants knock Kyle Lohse out of Game 7, grab 7-0 lead

    Oct 22, 2012, 9:40 PM EDT

    Giants Getty

    If the Cardinals are going to win tonight, they will have to mount a more impressive comeback than Game 5 of the NLDS against the Nationals. Which is to say the odds are pretty long. The Giants plated five runs in the bottom of the third inning to chase Kyle Lohse from the game and…

  23. Cardinals hold off Giants, claim NLCS Game 1

    Oct 14, 2012, 11:44 PM EDT

    Carlos Beltran

    The Cardinals overcame a 6-0 deficit to win Game 5 of the NLDS against the Nationals. On Sunday, they found themselves with a 6-0 lead and then held on to beat the Giants 6-4 in the first game of the NLCS. David Freese and Carlos Beltran hit two-run homers for the Cardinals as they built…

  24. Giants making a game of it, down 6-4 after six

    Oct 14, 2012, 10:49 PM EDT

    Gregor Blanco, Angel Pagan

    After going down 6-0 to the Cardinals in the top of the fourth, the Giants came right back and knocked Lance Lynn out of the game in the bottom of the inning, closing to within 6-4. However, they’ve been unable to make up any additional ground the last two innings, leaving them with a two-run…

  25. Mike Matheny’s quick hook pays off as Cardinals even NLDS with Nationals

    Oct 8, 2012, 8:29 PM EDT

    Mike Matheny Getty

    UPDATE: Well, this adds a new wrinkle to Matheny’s decision. According to Jeff Gordon of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Jaime Garcia was pulled from the game because he aggravated a previous shoulder injury. He has been sent for an MRI. 8:13 PM: After being outmaneuvered by Davey Johnson in the Cardinals’ Game 1 loss to…

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