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Cardinals' Dylan Carlson: On bench Saturday
Carlson isn't starting Saturday against Pittsburgh, Katie Woo of The Athletic reports.
Carlson started the last six games and hit .217 with four doubles, four runs, an RBI, a walk and five strikeouts. Lars Nootbaar will shift to center field while Alec Burleson starts in right Saturday.... See More ... See Less
Cardinals' Juan Yepez: Not in Saturday's lineup
Yepez isn't starting Saturday against the Pirates, Katie Woo of The Athletic reports.
Yepez started the last two games but went 0-for-8 with three strikeouts. He'll get a breather while Albert Pujols serves as the designated hitter and bats fifth.... See More ... See Less
Cardinals' Tommy Edman: Day off Saturday
Edman isn't starting Saturday against the Pirates, Katie Woo of The Athletic reports.
Edman went 0-for-3 during Friday's win over Pittsburgh, and he'll retreat to the bench for the second time in the last three games. Paul DeJong is starting at shortstop and batting ninth.... See More ... See Less
Cardinals' Ryan Helsley: Picks up 19th save
Helsley issued one walk, struck out one and did not give up a hit in a scoreless ninth inning to earn the save in a 2-1 victory over the Pirates on Friday.
Helsley closed out the one-run game thanks in part to some excellent defense behind him. With a runner on first and two out, first baseman Paul Goldschmidt made an incredible running catch on a pop up by Miguel Andujar in foul territory that saw him crash into the netting. Helsley has a superb 1.26 ERA this season and could reach the 20-save mark for the first time in his career depending on how the Cardinals decide to manage his rest in the final week of the regular season.... See More ... See Less
Cardinals' Jack Flaherty: Earns win with quality start
Flaherty (2-1) gave up one earned run on four hits and two walks while striking out six over six innings to earn the win in a 2-1 victory over the Pirates on Friday.
Flaherty made his best start of the season by holding the Pirates lineup to one run which scored on a bunt single by the speedy Ji-hwan Bae. Flaherty threw 95 pitches and has shown that he can handle a normal workload after missing most of the season due to a shoulder injury. The 26-year-old right-hander demonstrated a high ceiling in 2019 when he posted a superb 2.75 ERA and 0.97 WHIP over 196.1 innings. Depending on how the Cardinals decide to structure their rotation in the playoffs, Flaherty may take the mound in a rematch against the Pirates in Pittsburgh next week.... See More ... See Less
Cardinals' Albert Pujols: Hits home run No. 701
Pujols went 1-for-3 with a solo home run and a walk in a 2-1 victory over the Pirates on Friday.
Pujols turned on a 1-2 offering from Johan Oviedo in the bottom of the fourth inning to put the Cardinals on the board with a solo shot to left field that tied the game. It was his 701st career home run and the 22nd home run of his storybook 2022 campaign, which saw Pujols become only the fourth player in MLB history to reach the 700-home run mark. Pujols is slugging .527 in 298 at-bats this season. The last season in which Pujols slugged at this high of a rate was in 2011 (.541).... See More ... See Less
Cardinals' Tyler O'Neill: Advances to agility drills
O'Neill (hamstring) will advance to agility drills and angled running Saturday, Jeff Jones of the Belleville News-Democrat reports.
O'Neill has missed the last two weeks with a strained left hamstring, but he's taking steps in the right direction. Reports from earlier in the week indicated that his availability for the playoffs was in doubt, so it may still be a stretch for him to return before the end of the regular season despite his progress.... See More ... See Less
Cardinals' Corey Dickerson: Takes seat Friday
Dickerson isn't starting Friday against the Pirates, John Denton of MLB.com reports.
Although right-hander Johan Oviedo is on the mound for Pittsburgh on Friday, Dickerson will head to the bench after going 1-for-10 with three strikeouts over the last three games. Juan Yepez is starting in left field and batting sixth.... See More ... See Less
Cardinals' Alec Burleson: Swipes bag in loss
Burleson went 1-for-4 with a stolen base in Wednesday's 5-1 loss to the Brewers.
Burleson found himself in the lineup Wednesday as the Cardinals rested a handful of starters following their division-clinching win Tuesday. Playing time has been sporadic for Burleson since his Sept. 7 call-up, as he hasn't done enough to claim a larger role. The top prospect is slashing .194/.242/.290 with a home run, one RBI and two runs scored through 33 plate appearances. Considering he recorded only four stolen bases across 109 games with Triple-A Memphis, Burleson shouldn't be counted on for speed contributions in the majors.... See More ... See Less
Cardinals' Andrew Knizner: Homers in second straight game
Knizner went 2-for-4 with a solo home run in Wednesday's loss against the Brewers.
Knizner led off the seventh inning with a homer off righty reliever Matt Bush to cut the Cardinals' deficit to one. The catcher's last 14 games have been abysmal at the plate as he's recorded a .098 average and .268 slugging percentage over 41 at-bats. However after a recent 0-for-19 stretch , the 27-year-old has homered in back-to-back contests.... See More ... See Less
Cardinals' Jose Quintana: Allows one run in loss
Quintana (6-7) took the loss Wednesday, allowing one run on four hits and two walks over five innings against Milwaukee. He struck out seven.
Quintana surrendered the first run of the game on a single from Hunter Renfroe in the third inning but was otherwise blemish free. The lefty has allowed two runs or fewer in 13 straight starts, recording a 1.74 ERA and 1.08 WHIP over 72.1 innings. The 33-year-old has a 2.24 ERA and 1.08 WHIP over 92.1 innings at home as opposed to a 3.97 ERA and 1.41 WHIP over 70.1 innings on the road.... See More ... See Less
Cardinals' Jordan Hicks: Bullpen session on tap
Hicks (neck/arm) is scheduled to throw a bullpen session Friday, John Denton of MLB.com reports.
The right-hander played catch from 150 feet Tuesday and Wednesday, clearing the way for him to advance to mound work. Assuming all goes well Friday, Hicks is then expected to throw another bullpen session Sunday in hopes of returning from the injured list next week.... See More ... See Less
Cardinals' Tyler O'Neill: May not return for postseason
Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak acknowledged Tuesday that he's uncertain whether O'Neill (hamstring) will return from the 10-day injured list during the team's upcoming postseason run, Jim Hayes of Bally Sports Midwest reports. "I think there's a shot, but obviously the clock is ticking," Mozeliak said.
O'Neill was expected to be in store for a brief stint on the IL after he was diagnosed with a Grade 1 left hamstring strain Sept. 17, but Mozeliak's comments would seem to suggest the outfielder's return isn't imminent. According to Katie Woo of The Athletic, O'Neill has been hitting in the cage this week and began linear running exercises Wednesday, but he likely won't return before the end of the regular season, and his playoff availability also remains in question. Dylan Carlson has settled in as the Cardinals' primary center fielder while O'Neill has been on the shelf.... See More ... See Less
Cardinals' Juan Yepez: Moving into regular role
Yepez will start at third base and bat cleanup in Wednesday's game against the Brewers, John Denton of MLB.com reports.
Though he'll be filling in for a resting Nolan Arenado on Wednesday, Yepez looks to have established himself as a near-everyday player in left field or at designated hitter as the regular season winds down. Playing time could be tougher to come by whenever Tyler O'Neill (hamstring) is activated from the injured list, but Yepez's recent form gives him a good chance at sticking around as a lineup regular over Corey Dickerson. Since his Sept. 19 call-up, Yepez has gone 7-for-18 with a pair of extra-base hits and a walk in six games. Meanwhile, Dickerson enters Wednesday's game in the midst of an 0-for-21 run over his past eight contests.... See More ... See Less
Cardinals' Dylan Carlson: Recaptures regular role
Carlson will start in right field and bat second in Wednesday's game against the Brewers, John Denton of MLB.com reports.
Carlson will stay in the lineup for the fifth game in a row after going 5-for-17 with four doubles, four runs and an RBI over the prior four contests. So long as Tyler O'Neill (hamstring) is stuck on the injured list, Carlson looks like he'll have a clear path to an everyday role in the outfield.... See More ... See Less
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