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Yadier Molina | Catcher | #4

Team: St Louis Cardinals
Age / DOB:  (34) / 7/13/1982
Ht / Wt:  5'11" / 205
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2000 / Rd. 4 (0) / STL
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Yadier Molina is absent from the Cardinals' lineup Sunday.
It's a rare breather for Molina. Alberto Rosario is at catcher. The Cards also have Matt Holliday at first base Sunday, as Randal Grichuk is in left field, Tommy Pham is in center and Matt Adams is on the bench. Jul 17 - 11:32 AM

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Yadier Molina delivered his second homer of the year Friday against the Brewers.

Molina's first homer came on May 21. He ended that day with an .821 OPS. In the seven weeks since, he had hit .193/.236/.215 in 135 at-bats. Especially since Mike Matheny refuses to hit him eighth, it's imperative that Molina do a little more offensively.
Jul 8 - 11:40 PM

Yadier Molina is absent from the Cardinals starting lineup on Thursday.

It'll be Brayan Pena making his first start of the season behind the dish in his place. Look for Molina to be back in there on Friday.
Jun 30 - 4:40 PM

Yadier Molina is absent from the Cardinals' lineup Sunday.

It's just a day off for Molina, who is batting just .222/.284/.287 since the beginning of May. Eric Fryer is starting behind the plate. Jhonny Peralta is also getting a breather, as the Cards have Jedd Gyorko at third base.
Jun 26 - 1:52 PM

Yadier Molina is not in the Cardinals' lineup Sunday.

It's a rare day off for the backstop. Eric Fryer will catch on Sunday.
Jun 19 - 12:12 PM

Yadier Molina punched three hits in four at-bats and scored the Cards' lone run in a loss to the Astros on Wednesday.

The Cardinals couldn't get much going against Collin McHugh, but Molina did his job. He finished 3-for-4, all singles and scored on a single by Greg Garcia in the seventh inning. After a slow start, Molina has his slash up to .278/.352/.368 on the season.
Jun 15 - 11:04 PM

Yadier Molina delivered a run-scoring single in the eighth inning on Thursday, propelling the Cardinals to a 3-2 victory over the Reds.

He finished the night 3-for-4 with a double and also scored a run. After a tremendously disappointing 2015 campaign, Molina has returned to form as one of the better offensive catchers in the league, slashing .271/.348.362 with a homer and 22 RBI.
Jun 9 - 10:34 PM

Yadier Molina hit his first home run of the season, a two-run shot, in Saturday's win over the Diamondbacks.

Molina has surprised everyone by hitting for a very good average and on-base percentage this season despite concerns about his thumb, but the power has been steadily dropping each of the last four years. He's still got enough juice to muscle it out every once in a while, though, and his .427 slugging percentage would actually be his highest since 2013 if the season ended today. Molina has 18 RBI and 16 runs scored to go with a .313/.394/.427 line.
May 21 - 7:03 PM

Yadier Molina came through with a pinch-hit two-run double in the seventh inning on Sunday, propelling the Cardinals to a 5-2 victory over the Dodgers.

The game was knotted in a 1-1 tie with two outs in the seventh inning when Molina was called upon to hit for Mike Leake. He lined the second pitch that he saw from Joe Blanton into left field for the go-ahead two-run double. Molina also came around to score in the inning. He's now hitting a robust .333/.413/.439 with 16 RBI in a resurgent offensive season.
May 15 - 11:13 PM

Yadier Molina is not in the Cardinals starting lineup for Sunday night's contest against the Dodgers.

Just a routine day of rest for the veteran backstop, though you would have expected him to be in there for a prime time game on national television. Eric Fryer will start behind the dish for the Cardinals and bat eighth against Alex Wood and the Dodgers.
May 15 - 5:19 PM

Yadier Molina is starting at first base for Wednesday's game against the Phillies.

This will be just the third career start Molina has ever made at first base. He is batting fifth for the Cardinals, with Brandon Moss and Matt Adams both sitting out against Phillies left-hander Adam Morgan. Eric Fryer takes the start at catcher in Molina's place and is hitting eighth.
May 4 - 4:22 PM

Yadier Molina went 2-for-4 with a double as the Cardinals fell to the Nationals on Saturday afternoon.

Molina has had a resurgence at the plate in the first month of the 2016 season, slashing .341/.426/.451 with no homers and 10 RBI. He is once again looking like one of the top offensive performers at his position in the league.
Apr 30 - 5:25 PM

Yadier Molina is not in the Cardinals' lineup Friday.

It's his second day off of the season. Eric Fryer is starting behind the dish. The Cards also have Matt Adams at first base over Brandon Moss and Jedd Gyorko at second base over Kolten Wong.

Yadier Molina went 2-for-4 with an RBI triple in a loss to the Cubs on Tuesday.

Matt Adams got thrown out inexplicably trying to steal third base just before Molina's triple, and the Cardinals ended up losing by one run. That's little fault of Molina's, though, as the catcher is now hitting .327/.375/.442 on the year. Any concerns about the health of his thumb, especially as they relate to his hitting, have effectively been alleviated with the hot start.
Apr 20 - 12:16 AM

Yadier Molina is not in the Cardinals' lineup on Sunday.

It's his first day off of the season, as Eric Fryer is behind the plate. The Cardinals also have Matt Holliday, Kolten Wong, Jeremy Hazelbaker and Aledmys Diaz on the bench Sunday, as Brandon Moss, Matt Adams, Jedd Gyorko and Greg Garcia are all getting starts.

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Yadier Molina
2Brayan Peña
3Alberto Rosario
1B1Matt Adams
2Brandon Moss
2B1Matt Carpenter
2Kolten Wong
3Jedd Gyorko
SS1Aledmys Diaz
3B1Jhonny Peralta
2Greg Garcia
LF1Matt Holliday
CF1Randal Grichuk
2Tommy Pham
RF1Stephen Piscotty
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Adam Wainwright
2Michael Wacha
3Carlos Martinez
4Jaime Garcia
5Mike Leake
6Lance Lynn
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Seung Hwan Oh
2Kevin Siegrist
3Trevor Rosenthal
4Jordan Walden
5Jonathan Broxton
6Tyler Lyons
7Matt Bowman
8Seth Maness
9Mitch Harris
10Dean Kiekhefer
11Jerome Williams