Though Michael Wacha battled inefficiency and shaky fastball command early in his outing on Sunday, manager Mike Matheny, after the Cardinals' 3-2 loss to the Braves, downplayed the presence of any concerning trends in a month where Wacha has endured his first extended hiccup of the year.
Mark Reynolds, who took a fastball off the side of the bottom of his left hand on Saturday, had that hand wrapped much of the morning on Sunday. Manager Mike Matheny described his first baseman as "a little sore," which led Matheny to insert Stephen Piscotty into the lineup for his first-base debut.
Though his record is not indicative of it, Shelby Miller has shined since his departure, and he reminded the Cardinals the talent they lost while dominating over most of his 7 1/3-inning start for Atlanta on Saturday night. Carlos Martinez, all the while, had been equally as good, leaving the Cards no room for regret about their decision to hang onto him instead.
Through seven brisk and scoreless innings, manager Mike Matheny had little to do but watch a pair of rising right-handers -- both of whom were groomed in the Cardinals' farm system -- trade efficient innings. Matheny got busy in the eighth, however, and over the final inning, a series of decisions navigated the Cardinals to a 1-0 win over the Braves that rolled their winning streak to five.
With an eighth-inning sacrifice fly off Braves reliever Luis Avilan, rookie Stephen Piscotty interrupted a pitchers' duel between former teammates and lifted the Cardinals to a 1-0 win over Atlanta. The victory, which came in front of a Saturday night sellout at Busch Stadium, gave the Cardinals their sixth five-game winning streak of the season.
In order to clear a spot on the 25-man roster for newly-acquired reliever Steve Cishek, the Cardinals optioned left-hander Tim Cooney to Triple-A Memphis on Saturday, one day after he earned his first Major League win.
Randal Grichuk blasted another homer -- his 11th of the season, and second in as many nights -- and showcased several other facets of his dynamic game in leading the Cardinals to a 4-2 victory over Atlanta on Friday night.
After opening his career with five no-decisions, lefty Tim Cooney notched his first Major League win while throwing a career-high seven innings in the Cardinals' 4-2 victory over the Braves at Busch Stadium on Friday night.
Shelby Miller and Michael Wacha were spending the offseason as neighbors in Houston, working out at the same facility and preparing for another season as examples of the success the Cardinals find in developing young pitchers into stalwarts. Then, on Nov. 17, everything changed.
Though their bullpen boasts the Majors' second-lowest ERA (2.37), the Cardinals had enough growing concern over the heavy usage of their three late-inning relievers to pounce a week before the non-waiver Trade Deadline and acquire right-hander Steve Cishek from the Marlins.
The masterful maneuver Trevor Rosenthal made to deflect disaster and secure the Cardinals' 4-3 win over the Royals on Thursday night had as much to do with what happened in the 24 hours leading up to the moment as it did the final 16 pitches he threw.
The Most Popular Jerseys rankings, traditionally dominated by Derek Jeter before No. 2's exit last year, have a new and younger look with Giants ace Madison Bumgarner and Cubs rookie third baseman Kris Bryant making their debuts on the list at Nos. 1-2, respectively.
The Cardinals' offense made Lance Lynn's transition to the rotation a bit smoother in 2012, staking him with the best run support average of any pitcher in the league. This year, the Cards righty is finding out what it's like to pitch without so generous a supporting cast.
Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina stunned the U.S. Cellular Field crowd on Wednesday when he delivered a two-out, two-strike, bases-clearing triple off David Robertson in the eighth to erase a two-run hole and lift the Cardinals to a 3-2 win over the White Sox. With the win, St. Louis became the Majors' first 60-win team.
Matt Belisle's recovery timetable remains much fuzzier than those for Mitch Harris and Jordan Walden, who are now getting some work off the mound with the organization's affiliates. But it's currently a wait-and-see approach for Belisle, who has been told that rushing back before the irritation in his elbow clears could exacerbate the problem.
The Cardinals may have urged Matt Holliday to remain controlled and cautious while running, but the left fielder showed no such restraint with his swing while lifting the club to an 8-5 win against the White Sox on Tuesday.
Randal Grichuk is just getting started. But the 23-year-old Cardinals outfielder has shot up the charts in a surprising category that suggests he is headed toward being one of the most productive hitters in the game.
Behind an early onslaught of offense from the Cardinals that was punctuated by Matt Holliday's grand slam, St. Louis nabbed an 8-5 victory over the White Sox on Tuesday to open a two-game stop at U.S. Cellular Field.
After making the bold decision to change his swing mechanics and then jump into crash-course defensive work at first base, Cardinals top prospect Stephen Piscotty arrived at U.S. Cellular Field on Tuesday ready to showcase all that is new in his game.