Tony Cruz has collected only two singles and a walk in 13 plate appearances.
The little-used backup isn't going to sniff fantasy relevance playing behind Yadier Molina. Cruz, a former 26th-round pick, is a .251/.287/.345 career hitter.
Randy Choate logged a scoreless inning of relief Saturday against the Dodgers, lowering his ERA to 1.08.
A 37-year-old lefty killer, Choate has logged only 8 1/3 innings this year due to discretionary use. He's dutifully performed his role, allowing only one earned run over 16 appearances. Choate has six holds on the year and will earn plenty more pitching for the mighty Cardinals.
Sam LeCure tossed a perfect seventh inning of relief to earn his seventh hold in Saturday's 5-2 win against the Cubs.
Six of LeCure's seven holds have come since May 3, as Dusty Baker has grown increasingly more confident in the 29-year-old. LeCure had a 3.14 ERA as a long reliever in the Reds' bullpen last season and owns a sparkling 1.29 ERA, 0.95 WHIP and 23/9 K/BB ratio over 21 innings in 2013.
Derek Holland struck out a season-high 10 batters and allowed no earned runs over 6 2/3 innings in Saturday's 5-2 win against the Mariners.
Both runs scored during Holland's watch were unearned. He scattered four hits and walked three, throwing 119 pitches and out-dueling Felix Hernandez. Seattle's feeble offense cured Holland's recent struggles; he'd allowed four runs in each of his last two outings. The must-start 26-year-old lefty will carry a 2.97 ERA and 1.16 WHIP into a showdown against Arizona next week.
Justin Smoak left Saturday's game due to a strained oblique and will be reevaluated Sunday.
If Smoak lands on the DL, the Mariners would likely simply turn to Kendrys Morales or Michael Morse at first base, opening up extra at-bats for Jason Bay and Raul Ibanez. Rather than call up someone from Triple-A, they could activate Franklin Gutierrez.
David Murphy went 2-for-5 with a double and three RBI in Saturday's 5-2 victory in Seattle.
Murphy's two-run double in the second off Felix Hernandez spotted Texas a 3-0 lead. Murphy, one of the league's few tormentors of King Felix, had another good game against the All-World hurler. Unfortunately, he hasn't been hitting anyone else, batting .229/.279/.405 through 47 games. Murphy does have eight hits in his last six games, hopefully portending the end to his batter's box misery.
Jurickson Profar went 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored in Saturday's victory against the Mariners.
It counts as the best game of Profar's young career, which consists of only four games. Baseball's best prospect has a .308/.286/.308 slash line with three RBI and two runs over 13 at-bats. He hasn't drawn a walk or collected an extra-base hit, but the 20-year-old doesn't look over matched, which is all that really matters at this stage in his career.
Felix Hernandez had a very uneven performance Saturday, striking out nine but allowing five runs over 5 2/3 innings in a loss to the Rangers.
When King Felix's stuff wavered, the powerful Rangers lineup capitalized, collecting nine hits and a home run. The Mariners' ace didn't have the best last few weeks. A back injury forced him out of a start against the Yankees on May 14 and he's surrendered 11 runs -- 10 earned -- in his next two outings. While one wonders if he's still dealing with some back tightness, fantasy owners aren't advised to remove him from starting lineups.