Player News - Cardinals

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Bud Norris pitched a perfect ninth inning Sunday to secure an 8-6 win and a series win over the Pirates.

Two days, two flawless saves for the right-hander, who has bounced back well after a rough outing against the Royals earlier in the week. Through 24 appearances, Norris now has a 2.49 ERA, 0.95 WHIP and 34/4 K/BB ratio in 25 1/3 innings of work. He's also perfect in save chances, converting all 11 opportunities to date.
May 27 - 5:10 PM

Matt Carpenter hit a pair of doubles, walked and scored a run in Sunday's win over the Pirates.

Carpenter's resurgence continues, as he's now got multiple hits in six of his last 11 games. In those games, he's got nine doubles and two homers, scoring seven runs atop the Cardinals' lineup. His early struggles have had a chilling effect on his slash line, but it's up to .214/.328/.403 and climbing with his red-hot fortnight.
May 27 - 5:03 PM

Miles Mikolas allowed four runs over six innings Sunday in a no-decision against the Pirates.

Mikolas yielded five hits and a walk while striking out five, and he exited in line for his first loss of the year. The Cardinals' bats came alive in the eighth inning, though, letting Mikolas off the hook and keeping his record at a perfect 6-0 through 10 starts. The right-hander has been one of the biggest and, for the Cardinals, most pleasant surprises through the season's first two months, posting a 2.58 ERA and 0.98 WHIP across 66 1/3 innings of work. Advanced metrics support the legitimacy of his success -- or at least most of his success, given that a 2.58 ERA might be unsustainable -- so fantasy owners shouldn't worry about jumping ship or selling high at the first sign of trouble, either. He'll try to keep that record clean Friday when the Cards and Bucs meet again in St. Louis.
May 27 - 4:54 PM

Dexter Fowler (knee) is not in the Cardinals' lineup Sunday.

Fowler had to exit Saturday's game after being hit on the right knee by a pitch. He escaped with merely a bruise but is understandably still sore. Tyler O'Neill is in right field Sunday.
May 27 - 10:38 AM

Jose Martinez went 3-for-4 and drove in a run during Saturday's 4-1 win over the Pirates.

He smacked a liner to center to drive in Yairo Munoz in the third inning then got nailed at second trying to stretch the single into a double. Martinez may be an atrocious fielder but there is no doubt about his hitting skill. He has a .316 batting average with five home runs and 31 RBI in 202 plate appearances.
May 26 - 7:48 PM

Matt Carpenter went 2-for-5 and snapped a solo home run during Saturday's win over the Pirates.

He led off the game with a solo shot against Pirates starter Trevor Williams. Carpenter was perhaps the worst hitter in baseball for the season's first month and a half but has been on fire the last 10 days or so. He's finally above the Mendoza line and streaking higher. He has a .206/.321/.387 slash line with five homers and 18 RBI on the season.
May 26 - 7:44 PM

Bud Norris tossed a three-up, three-down ninth inning to earn a save against the Pirates on Saturday.

He got the first two batters to pop out and then whiffed Gregory Polanco for the final out of the ballgame. He now has 10 saves with a 2.59 ERA on the season. He has a firm grip on the Cardinals' closer job with rookie Jordan Hicks providing his only distant competition.
May 26 - 7:37 PM

Jack Flaherty yielded just one run over six innings to earn a win over the Pirates on Saturday.

Starling Marte touched him up for a solo tater but that was the only blemish on his afternoon. He struck out four batters while allowing four hits and two walks in the quality start. He improves to 2-1 with a 2.15 ERA and 1.02 WHIP in five starts. The rookie has an excellent 31:9 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 29 1/3 innings.
May 26 - 7:33 PM

X-rays taken on Dexter Fowler's right knee Saturday were negative, and he's considered day-to-day.

Fowler was hit in the knee by Trevor Williams in the fourth inning of Saturday's game, requiring assistance just to get off the field, but it appears he avoided any serious damage. The knee will likely still be sore Sunday, so the outfielder may require another day or two before he's back in the lineup. Tyler O'Neill should draw the starts while Fowler is out.
May 26 - 6:45 PM

Alex Reyes (elbow) will make his season debut Wednesday against the Brewers, according to Craig Mish of Sirius XM.

Reyes made quick work of his four minor league rehab starts, striking out 44 over 23 scoreless innings, and it was only a question of when, not if, he'd get into a major league game in the coming days. With Reyes back and in fine form, the Cardinals' rotation is suddenly stout with he, Jack Flaherty, Luke Weaver, Miles Mikolas and Michael Wacha and, when he returns, Carlos Martinez in tow. Reyes is surely owned in most competitive leagues, but if he's available, correct that immediately, especially now with firm plans known.
May 26 - 5:28 PM

Dexter Fowler left Saturday's game against the Pirates after being hit in the right knee by a pitch.

Fowler was hit by the Trevor Williams pitch in the fourth inning and had to be helped off the field. That's certainly not a good sign. Harrison Bader pinch-ran for Fowler. The Cardinals should have an update shortly.
May 26 - 5:12 PM

Cardinals activated LHP Tyler Lyons from the 10-day disabled list.

Lyons has been on the shelf since May 11 due to a mid-back strain. The 30-year-old southpaw has struggled this season, compiling a 6.17 ERA, 1.63 WHIP and 12/5 K/BB ratio across 11 2/3 innings of work this season.
May 26 - 1:17 PM

Cardinals activated C Carson Kelly from the 10-day disabled list.

Kelly missed only the minimum 10 days of action with a strained hamstring. He should see the bulk of the action behind the plate and makes for an interesting option in deeper two-catcher mixed leagues if he lives up to his offensive potential.
May 26 - 1:15 PM

Cardinals optioned C Steven Baron to Triple-A Memphis.

Baron was only with the big league club as additional catching help while Carson Kelly was on the disabled list. He'll continue to bide his time at Triple-A.
May 26 - 1:11 PM

Cardinals placed RHP Greg Holland on the 10-day disabled list with a right hip impingement.

The Greg Holland experiment hasn't gone swimmingly for the Cardinals so far. The right-hander owns a 9.45 ERA, 2.63 WHIP and 10/15 K/BB ratio in 13 1/3 innings with the Cardinals this season. It's unclear how long he'll be sidelined.
May 26 - 1:09 PM


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