Shildt Officially Named Cardinals Manager

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The Cardinals will make official today what had increasingly become obvious: interim manager Mike Shildt is going to stay in the job beyond the present season. He’s slated to receive a three-year contract in addition to having the interim label removed. Bob Nightengale of USA Today (via Twitter) and Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch (Twitter link) had the news.
Since taking the helm of a club that was sitting just one game over .500 just past the season’s halfway point, Shildt has guided the Cards to a 26-12 record. The club is now firmly back in contention. Of course, numerous roster moves came along with the firing of Mike Matheny, and it’s always hard to allocate praise and blame for managerial performance, but the organization obviously had cause to be pleased with the early returns on the new skipper.

 

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St. Louis Cardinals 2019 Schedule

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The St. Louis Cardinals, in conjunction with Major League Baseball’s league-wide release, today announced their 2019 regular season schedule. The home opener for the Redbirds is set for Thursday, April 4 against the San Diego Padres as part of a seven-game home stand with San Diego (April 4, 6-7) and the Los Angeles Dodgers (April 8-11).
The Cardinals will open their 2019 season on the road with a four-game series at Milwaukee against the division rival Brewers beginning on Thursday, March 28, followed by a two-game series at Pittsburgh (April 1 & 3).
The 2019 season will feature 26 home series and 26 road series, including 14 weekend series at Busch Stadium: April 4, 6-7 vs San Diego, April 19-21 vs New York Mets, April 26-28 vs Cincinnati, May 10-12 vs Pittsburgh, May 24-26 vs Atlanta, May 31-June 2 vs. Chicago Cubs, June 21-23 vs. Los Angeles Angels, July 12-14 vs Arizona, July 26-27 vs Houston, August 9-11 vs Pittsburgh, August 23-25 vs Colorado, August 30-September 1 vs Cincinnati, September 13-15 vs Milwaukee and September 27-29 vs Chicago Cubs.
The Cardinals will host the Chicago Cubs for two weekend series (May 31-June 2 & September 27-29), including the final series of the 2019 regular season, and one mid-week series (July 30-August 1) at Busch Stadium.
The Cardinals 20-game interleague schedule will feature a pair of two-game home-and-home series with in-state rival Kansas City (May 21-22 at Busch Stadium & August 13-14 at Kansas City) and with the Oakland Athletics (June 25-26 at Busch Stadium & August 3-4 at Oakland). In addition, the Cardinals will host three-game home series against the Los Angeles Angels (June 21-23) and Houston Astros (July 26-28), and will play three-game road series at Texas (May 17-19) and at Seattle (July 2-4).
The Cardinals are scheduled to play 43 of their 81 home games before the July 8-11 All-Star Break, playing 16 home games in April, 13 in May, 14 in June, 11 in July, 13 in August and 14 in September. The Cardinals are scheduled to play home games on Easter Sunday (April 21 vs. Mets), Mother’s Day (May 12 vs. Pirates), Memorial Day weekend (May 24-26 vs. Braves) and Labor Day weekend (Aug. 31-Sept. 1 vs. Reds & Labor Day, Sept. 2 vs. Giants).
The Cardinals longest home stands of the 2019 season consist of two nine-game stands (April 19-28 & June 17-26). Their longest road trip is 10 games (June 7-16). The Cardinals will play 20 consecutive games without a day off from June 4-23 (10 home games & 10 road games).
The season opener on March 28 against the Brewers represents the first time in franchise history that the Cardinals will begin the season at Milwaukee. The two teams have faced each other three times previously on Opening Day (2004, 2003 & 1999), all in St. Louis. The March 28 season opener will also be the earliest in franchise history.
The Cardinals will make future announcements regarding game times, ticket pricing and ticket availability for the 2019 season. To view the full 2019 regular season schedule, visit cardinals.com.

ST. LOUIS CARDINALS 2019 HOME SCHEDULE

April 4, 6-7 vs. San Diego
April 8-11 vs. Los Angeles Dodgers
April 19-21 vs. New York Mets
April 22-24 vs. Milwaukee
April 26-28 vs. Cincinnati

May 6-8 vs. Philadelphia
May 9-12 vs. Pittsburgh
May 21-22 vs. Kansas City
May 24-26 vs. Atlanta
May 31-June 2 vs. Chicago Cubs

June 4-6 vs. Cincinnati
June 17-20 vs. Miami
June 21-23 vs. Los Angeles Angels
June 25-26 vs. Oakland
July 12-14 vs. Arizona
July 15-17 vs. Pittsburgh
July 26-28 vs. Houston
July 30-August 1 vs. Chicago Cubs

August 9-11 vs. Pittsburgh
August 19-21 vs. Milwaukee
August 22-25 vs. Colorado
August 30-September 1 vs. Cincinnati

September 2-5 vs. San Francisco
September 13-15 vs. Milwaukee
September 16-18 vs. Washington
September 27-29 vs. Chicago Cubs

The Return of Big City

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The Cardinals have announced the waiver claim. Fowler has been moved to the 60-day DL to open space on the 40-man roster, while corner infielder Patrick Wisdom has been optioned to Triple-A Memphis.
1:36pm: Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reports (on Twitter) that Adams is headed to St. Louis via waiver claim, meaning there’s no trade at play here. Rather, the Nationals will simply offload the remainder of his salary on the Cardinals in the deal. Adams is still owed about $877K of his $4MM salary through season’s end.
1:24pm: The Cardinals have agreed to a deal with the Nationals that will bring first baseman/outfielder Matt Adams back to St. Louis, reports Yahoo’s Jeff Passan (on Twitter). Between this move from the Cards and the reported impending deal sending Daniel Murphy to the division-rival Cubs, it appears that the Nationals have embarked on a late-August sale. General manager Mike Rizzo has called a press conference for 3pm ET in which he will presumably address these and any other deals that have been made witWith this trade, the 29-year-old Adams returns to the organization with which he cut his teeth as a pro player. The Cards selected Adams in the 23rd round of the 2009 draft and watched him eventually blossom into a solid Major League hitter across parts of six seasons in the organization. However, St. Louis flipped Adams to the Braves early in the 2017 season in order to loosen an infield logjam. Though Adams produced at a solid clip in Atlanta, he was non-tendered in the offseason and eventually signed a one-year, $4MM deal in Washington.
Thus far in the 2018 season, Adams has produced numbers that are roughly in line with his career marks. Through 277 trips to the plate — nearly all of which have come against right-handed pitching, given Adams’ deficiencies against left-handers — he’s logged a quality .257/.332/.510 slash with 18 home runs and nine doubles.
It’s not clear just yet how the Cardinals will utilize Adams. He’s limited to first base or the occasional dalliance into left field, and the Cards already have options at both of those positions in the form of Matt Carpenter and Marcell Ozuna, respectively. But Carpenter is capable of bouncing all over the infield and could see time at second base or third base in the event that the Nationals wish to get Adams some time at first base against right-handed opponents.
That’s perhaps the key element of the Cardinals’ acquisition of Adams. Prior to this deal, the only lefty bats on the roster were Carpenter, light-hitting second baseman Kolten Wong and backup infielder Greg Garcia. Switch-hitting Dexter Fowler gives the Cards another lefty bat when healthy, but he’s currently on the DL and is mired in the worst season of his professional career. Adding Adams will give the Cards a notable lefty bat both off the bench and against righty starters, helping to balance out the lineup and further fueling their recent surge under interim skipper Mike Shildt.
While Adams will surely receive a warm welcome in his return to St. Louis, the reunion could prove to be short-lived. He was non-tendered last winter in his final offseason of arbitration eligibility and will finish out the 2018 campaign with more than six years of big league service time. As such, he’ll be a free agent at the end of the year and free to sign with any team he chooses. It’s possible that the Cards will have interest in retaining a slugger whom they know well and clearly like as a player, but Adams will be able to field interest from 29 other teams as well.

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Nolan Gorman on the Rise

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I am so very impressed with Nolan so far. He is having a monster start to his professional baseball career and he n is clearly one of the best hitters in that league. He’s batting .302 with 10 RBI and his six home runs, which is tied for top of the league. Between June 30 and July 5, he hit five home runs in five games.
His .660 slugging percentage is 4th-best and .422 on-base plus slugging is 15th best in the Appalachian League. hasn’t even reached 60 career at bats, the power ability of the 18-year-old is rock solid. He is clearly one of the best hitters in that league. He’s batting .302 with 10 RBI and his six home runs, which is tied for top of the league. Between June 30 and July 5, he hit five home runs in five games.

I would like to share a article by Randy Reinhardt that appeared in the Herald & Review

PEORIA — ​Nolan Gorman’s first hit as a professional baseball player was a home run at rookie level Johnson City, Tenn.​
On Friday, Gorman’s first hit as a member of the Peoria Chiefs also cleared the fence.
That’s exactly what St. Louis had in mind.

Gorman’s plus power is a huge reason the Cardinals selected the Phoenix high school standout as their first-round draft pick (and 19th pick overall) in June’s first-year player draft.
Gorman made his Dozer Park debut Saturday after an unusual promotion to full-season ball. According to Baseball America, Gorman is only the seventh player in the last 10 years to go from high school baseball to Class A in the same year.
“I think it’s awesome,” Gorman said Saturday in the Chiefs dugout 90 minutes before first pitch. “Not many guys get to do this. But at the same time, they put me in advanced rookie to start, and I showed them I could handle that so I’m here now. I’m going to show them I can handle this, too.”

Gorman terrorized the Applachian League in his short stay at Johnson City with a .345 average, 11 home runs and 28 RBIs in 142 at-bats.The Cardinals needed no more convincing to promote a third baseman who was playing prep baseball three months ago to the Midwest League. Gorman is the first Cardinal position player draft pick to play in Class A in his first season since Garry Templeton in 1974.

“My mindset hasn’t really changed,” said Gorman. “I’m playing pro ball. I’m playing every day. I’ve got to stick to the approach and try to help the team win.”
MLB Pipeline already thinks highly of Gorman. The prospect arm of Major League Baseball’s web site lists Gorman as the No. 3 prospect in the St. Louis system, the No. 9 third baseman in all of the minor leagues and the No. 100 pagainst Clinton (Iowa). The Chiefs continue that home series Sunday through Tuesday.
“I’ve heard nothing but good things about Peoria. I know the fans are excited, and I’m excited, too,” Gorman said. “Guys have more control of their pitches here. It’s been good getting adjusted to it. Getting my at-bats is going to help.”rospect overall.
Peoria took a 28-17 second-half record into Saturday’s game

 

 

 

Cardinals Call Up Wisdom

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Its time to check out Patrick Wisdom and what he can do at third base. I have been peaching how the Cardinals need a steady hitter at the hot corner.

The Cardinals announced that they’ve selected third baseman Patrick Wisdom’s contract from Triple-A Memphis. He’ll take the place of infielder Yairo Munoz on the Cardinals’ 25-man roster. Munoz landed on the 10-day disabled list with a right wrist sprain. To make room for Wisdom on its 40-man roster, St. Louis transferred reliever Luke Gregerson to the 60-day DL.
The 26-year-old Wisdom, whom the Cardinals chose in the first round (No. 52) of the 2012 draft, is finally in position to make his major league debut. Wisdom had been among the Redbirds’ top prospects in the few seasons after they drafted him, but his production and stock fell as he climbed the minor league ranks. To Wisdom’s credit, though, he mashed 31 home runs at Triple-A last season and returned this year to hit a solid .289/.363/.479 (119 wRC+) with 14 HRs in 405 trips to the plate en route to his first MLB promotion.

Source; Connor Byrne

Cardinals Purchase Adolis Garcia Contract

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. – August 6, 2018 – The St. Louis Cardinals announced prior to tonight’s series opener in Miami that they have purchased the contract of rookie outfielder Adolis (ah-DOLE-lees) Garcia from Memphis (AAA), and placed rookie outfielder Tyler O’Neill on the 10-day disabled list (inflammation of the groin area), retroactive to August 4.
García, 25, a minor league free agent signing out of Ciego de Avila, Cuba, in February of 2017, is batting .269 (94-for-350) with 21 HR and 67 RBI in 98 games this season for the first-place Redbirds, ranking 6th in the Pacific Coast League in home runs, T4th in extra-base hits (47), 7th in slugging percentage (.531) and total bases (186), and T9th in RBI.
The red-hot García is the most recent recipient of the PCL Player of the Week and Cardinals Minor League Player of the Month awards.
With his first game appearance, García, who has been assigned uniform no. 28, will become the seventh player to make his Major League debut for the Cardinals this season, joining Jordan Hicks, Yario Muñoz, Tyler O’Neill, Austin Gomber, Daniel Poncedeleon, and Dakota Hudson.
O’Neill has appeared in 23 games for St. Louis during his Major League debut season, batting .309 (17-for-55) with three home runs and nine RBI. Since his most recent recall on July 31, the Canadian outfielder has hit safely in all four games (.636, 7-11)

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Tyler O’Neill and Tyler Webb Called Up

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The St. Louis Cardinals announced today that they have recalled rookie outfielder Tyler O’Neill and left-handed reliever Tyler Webb from Memphis (AAA). The team also announced that right-handed pitcher Carlos Martinez (right shoulder strain) has been placed on the 10-day disabled list.
O’Neill, who is batting .311 with 26 home runs (1st in Pacific Coast League) and 61 RBI at Memphis, appeared in 19 games with the Cardinals earlier this season, hitting three home runs.
Webb made his Cardinals debut on Sunday night with 2.0 scoreless innings of relief against Chicago. He’s appeared in 14 career games between the New York Yankees, Milwaukee, San Diego and St. Louis.
O’Neill wears uniform no. 41 and Webb wears no. 30.

 

 

 

 

Pham Traded to the Rays

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The St. Louis Cardinals announced this morning a four-player trade with the Tampa Bay Rays, acquiring outfielder Justin Williams, left-handed pitcher Genesis Cabrera and right-handed pitcher Roel Ramirez in exchange for outfielder Tommy Pham and International Cap Space.
Williams, 22, is a left-handed hitting outfielder who was batting .258 with 8 home runs and 46 RBI for the Durham Bulls (AAA), where earlier this season he was named an International League All-Star. The 6-2, 215 pound Williams hails from Houma, Louisiana. Williams, a former 2nd round draft pick by Arizona (52nd overall) in 2013, made his Major League debut earlier this month.
Cabrera, 21, has fashioned a 7-6 mark with a 4.12 ERA in 21 games (20 starts) for Montgomery of the Southern League (AA), striking out 124 batters in 113.2 innings pitched while limiting the opposition to .218 batting mark. The 6-1, 170-pound native of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic was named to the Southern League All-Star team last month.
Ramirez, 23, was 3-1 with a 3.32 ERA in 26 games as a reliever for the Montgomery Biscuits, fanning 46 batters in 40.2 innings. The 6-1, 210-pound Ramirez is from Laredo, Texas.
Pham, 30, a member of the Cardinals organization since being drafted in 2006, was batting .248 this season with 14 home runs and 41 RBI.

Shreve added to Roster &Martinez off DL

The St. Louis Cardinals announced prior to tonight’s series opener with Colorado that they have activated right-handed pitcher Carlos Martínez (right oblique strain) from the 10-day disabled list and added newly-acquired left-handed reliever Chasen Shreve to the team’s 25-man active roster.
The team also announced today that right-handed pitcher Luke Gregerson (right shoulder impingement) has been placed on the 10-day disabled list, retroactive to July 26, and the option of left-handed pitcher Tyler Webb to Memphis following last night’s game.
Martinez (6-6, 3.39) is slated to make tonight’s start for St. Louis. He last pitched on July 19 at Chicago.
Shreve, acquired late Saturday night from the New York Yankees along with right-handed reliever Giovanny Gallegos, brings a 2-2 mark, one save, and a 4.26 ERA in 40 games pitched to the Redbirds. Shreve has been assigned uniform no. 40.

Source: St. Louis Cardinals

Luke Voit Traded Yankees

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I was just getting ready to go to bed and got a ping on my phone, when looking at the message it said Luke Voit traded. So what is going on?

MLBTradeRumors Connor Byrne….

The Yankees have acquired first baseman Luke Voit and international signing bonus pool money from the Cardinals for relievers Chasen Shreve and Giovanny Gallegos, per an announcement from New York.
The 27-year-old Voit joins Tyler Austin as the second right-handed-hitting first baseman at the Triple-A level for the Yankees. Voit, who has a minor league option remaining, has racked up 137 major late appearances since 2017 (just 13 this year) and batted .240/.307/.432 with five home runs. He has been far better as a member of Triple-A Memphis this year, with which he has hit .299/.391/.500 with nine homers in 271 PAs. It’s unclear whether Voit will get a big league shot immediately with the Yankees, though they could arguably use some offensive help after losing superstar slugger Aaron Judge to the disabled list Friday.
The most proven major leaguer in this swap is Shreve, whom the Yankees deemed redundant after adding fellow lefty Zach Britton to an already loaded bullpen earlier this week. Shreve, 28, saw extensive action with the Yankees in each season from 2015-18 and combined for a 3.88 ERA/4.89 FIP with 10.42 K/9, 4.56 BB/9 and a 43.7 percent groundball rate over 173 2/3 innings. He has posted similar numbers through 38 frames this year, with a 4.26 ERA/4.98 FIP, 10.89 K/9, 4.26 BB/9 and a 46.7 percent grounder rate. The long ball has haunted Shreve this season, as he has allowed homers on 23.5 percent on fly balls, and has given up an unappealing .240/.356/.551 line to left-handed hitters. Nevertheless, the Cardinals seem to be banking on a turnaround from the out-of-options Shreve as they radically reconstruct their bullpen. The additions of Shreve and Gallegos are the latest moves to make over a relief unit that said goodbye to relievers Greg Holland, Sam Tuivailala and Tyler Lyons on Friday.