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Carlos Villanueva | Relief Pitcher

Team: St Louis Cardinals
Age / DOB:  (31) / 11/28/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 215
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Contract: view contract details

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Carlos Villanueva struck out six over 3 1/3 scoreless innings Tuesday against the Nationals.
After Marco Gonzales failed to make it through three innings, Villanueva came on to give the Cardinals 3 1/3 innings of one-hit ball. The Cards would eventually come back to win the game in the ninth. Performances like that have been commonplace for the 31-year-old long reliever this season, as Villanueva now has a 2.19 ERA, 1.09 WHIP and 47/19 K/BB ratio over 53 1/3 innings of work. The veteran journeyman has been an unheralded godsend to the Cards this season. Sep 2 - 12:41 AM

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Carlos Villanueva delivered 3 2/3 perfect innings of relief in Thursday's win over the Phillies.

Villanueva rescued the Cardinals after left-handed starter Tim Cooney struggled over 2 1/3 innings in his major league debut. Villanueva yielded no hits, no walks, and he struck out two of the 10 batters he faced. He could get a spot start next week as the Cardinals wait for Marco Gonzales (pectoral) to get healthy.
Apr 30 - 4:53 PM

Cardinals purchased the contract of RHP Carlos Villanueva from Triple-A Memphis.

Villanueva was told Monday morning that he had made the Cardinals' Opening Day roster. The 31-year-old right-hander will pitch in long relief for St. Louis.
Mar 30 - 1:26 PM

Carlos Villanueva has made the Cardinals' roster.

Villanueva will open the season in long relief, but he could be asked to handle some emergency spot starts if the St. Louis rotation is hit with more injuries. The versatile 31-year-old right-hander was signed to a minor league contract in early February.
Mar 30 - 10:09 AM

Carlos Villanueva gave up a run in his inning of relief Saturday against the Tigers.

It might have been Villanueva's final outing before the Cardinals make a decision on whether to carry him; he has an out in his contract next week if he's not going to make the team. It'd make a lot of sense for the Cardinals to bring him up north if they decide to send Carlos Martinez down to start games in Triple-A. If Jaime Garcia is in the rotation and Martinez is in the pen, there probably wouldn't be room for Villanueva.
Mar 28 - 4:01 PM

Cardinals signed RHP Carlos Villanueva to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Villanueva, 31, posted a 4.64 ERA and 72/19 K/BB ratio in 77 2/3 innings across 37 relief appearances and five starts with the Cubs last season. It's surprising he had to settle for a minor league deal. The veteran right-hander should have a good chance to secure a role as a swingman with St. Louis.
Feb 4 - 1:00 PM

Carlos Villanueva will start for the Cubs on Saturday against the Nationals in Washington.

Jeff Samardzija had been the scheduled starter, but was traded to the Athletics late on Friday. The veteran right-hander owns a 5.91 ERA and 1.64 WHIP over 45 2/3 innings on the season, and is likely to be on a limited pitch count on Saturday. He should be avoided in all fantasy formats.
Sat, Jul 5, 2014 11:36:00 AM

Carlos Villanueva will be moved to the bullpen.

The Cubs will activate Jake Arrieta (shoulder) from the disabled list to start Wednesday against the Reds, so Villanueva will be bumped to the pen. It's not a big surprise, as the 30-year-old has a rough 10.42 ERA and 2.21 WHIP across 19 innings this year.
Mon, Apr 28, 2014 05:29:00 PM

Carlos Villanueva struggled again in Friday’s loss to the Brewers, surrendering five runs on 11 hits over his five frames.

He walked one and struck out one during the difficult outing. The Brewers jumped on him with a pair of runs in the first inning, then tacked on single runs in the third, fourth and fifth to complete the damage. Villanueva simply hasn’t been good enough while holding down a rotation spot for the injured Jake Arrieta, compiling a 10.42 ERA and 2.21 WHIP over 19 innings. If he gets another turn through the rotation, it would come against the Reds in Cincinnati on Wednesday.
Fri, Apr 25, 2014 11:26:00 PM

Carlos Villanueva was hit hard again Sunday, giving up five runs on nine hits over 4 2/3 innings in a loss to the Reds.

Villanueva did punch out seven in the outing, but it's a shallow silver lining for an otherwise ugly showing. It leaves the right-hander with a 10.93 ERA and 2.14 WHIP for the year. With Jake Arrieta nearing a return -- possibly as soon as this weekend -- Villanueva's time in the rotation is short.
Sun, Apr 20, 2014 07:03:00 PM

Carlos Villanueva was rocked for nine runs over three innings in Saturday's loss to the Cardinals.

Villanueva gave up 10 hits (including a home run), so nearly half of the 21 batters he faced managed to reach base. The 30-year-old has now allowed 12 runs on 20 hits in just 9 1/3 innings of work this season. Look for him to move back to the bullpen when Jake Arrieta (shoulder) comes off the disabled list. That should happen pretty soon.
Sat, Apr 12, 2014 06:01:00 PM

Carlos Villanueva held the Phillies to one run over five innings to earn the win in his first start Sunday.

Villanueva was 0-2 entering the day after taking the loss in both of his relief appearances earlier in the week. He was much better as a starter, giving up six hits while striking out three. He'll have a tougher test his next time out when the Cubs take on the Cardinals next week.
Sun, Apr 6, 2014 07:08:00 PM

Cubs manager Rick Renteria confirmed Saturday that Carlos Villanueva will start against the Phillies on Sunday.

Villanueva was used out of the bullpen on Monday and Wednesday, so there had been some doubt on his availability to make the start. He makes for a decent streaming option in deeper mixed and NL-only formats.
Sat, Apr 5, 2014 11:44:00 AM

Carlos Villanueva could be scratched from Sunday's scheduled start against the Phillies after appearing in relief on Monday and Wednesday.

Villanueva took the loss in both extra-innings games versus the Pirates. Because he only threw a total of 30 pitches in the two appearances, it's still possible he'll start Sunday. If the Cubs decide against it, they could call someone like Chris Rusin up.
Fri, Apr 4, 2014 09:02:00 AM

Cubs fifth starter Carlos Villanueva took his second loss in two games after giving up a run in the 16th Wednesday.

On Monday, he gave up a run in the 10th to take a 1-0 loss. Villanueva wasn't supposed to pitch in relief again tonight, but the Cubs were left with little choice. After giving up a run in his second inning of work, he's already 0-2 and he's still yet to make a start.
Thu, Apr 3, 2014 01:28:00 AM

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