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Jon Jay | Outfielder

Team: St Louis Cardinals
Age / DOB:  (29) / 3/15/1985
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 195
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
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Jon Jay went 3-for-4, extending his hitting streak to 12 games, as the Cardinals defeated the Reds 7-3 on Wednesday.
During his hitting streak, Jay is batting a scorching .514 (18-for-35) and raised his season OPS by 85 points. All three of his hits were singles, including an eighth-inning knock that extended the Cardinals' lead to 7-0. Jay is slashing .313/.385/.407 with three home runs, 36 RBI, and six stolen bases. Aug 20 - 11:41 PM

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Jon Jay was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded in the ninth inning Tuesday, giving the Cardinals a walk-off, 5-4 win over the Reds.

Jay has the strange distinction of leading the league with 15 hit-by-pitches this season, and none were more important than Tuesday's. The spectacle takes away from the fact that Jay also had two hits and scored twice in the victory. He owns an 11-game hitting streak that has his season line up to .307/.378/.402, and he's finding everyday at-bats in the Cardinals lineup. Mixed league owners need to start taking note.
Aug 20 - 12:36 AM

Jon Jay drove in the game-winning run with an RBI single in the eighth inning of Tuesday's game against the Red Sox.

Jay was back in the lineup for the first time since July 29 as he'd been dealing with left wrist soreness, and he came up with a big two-out hit against Red Sox reliever Junichi Tazawa to give the Cardinals the win. The single was Jays' only hit in four at-bats on the night. The 29-year-old is hitting .288/.345/.366 and should get the majority of the playing time in center field moving forward if his wrist is right.
Aug 6 - 12:27 AM

Jon Jay (wrist) is back in the Cardinals' starting lineup on Tuesday against the Red Sox.

Jay missed several games due to wrist soreness. He is starting in center field Tuesday night in St. Louis.
Aug 5 - 4:39 PM

Jon Jay remains out of the Cardinals' lineup with a sore left wrist.

Saturday marks the fourth consecutive start Jay will miss. The outfielder told skipper Mike Matheny he thinks he could return on Sunday. It's unlikely Jay will be used as a pinch-hitter on Saturday, because Matheny is reticent to use a cold player who hasn't been able to take swings.
Aug 2 - 5:02 PM

Jon Jay is not in Friday's lineup due to a sore wrist.

It explains why Peter Bourjos is getting a rare start versus a right-hander Friday. Jay's ailment looks to be a day-to-day situation, so expect him back in there sometime over the weekend.
Aug 1 - 5:45 PM

Jon Jay doubled, singled, walked and scored three times Monday against the Mets.

Jay is hitting .371 in June and .307 overall, which is one of the reasons the Cardinals felt no need to try Oscar Taveras in center field in the majors. He'll continue to start against righties.
Jun 16 - 11:57 PM

Jon Jay delivered a three-run double Friday against the Giants.

Jay entered the game in the seventh inning and doubled in his only at-bat in the eighth. With Oscar Taveras on the way to the majors, it looks like Peter Bourjos' playing time could suffer the most.
May 31 - 12:45 AM

Jon Jay had a forgettable night at the plate in Sunday’s win over the Reds, going 0-for-4 with three strikeouts.

He has been relatively solid to this point of the season, hitting .270/.333/.370 with a homer and 13 RBI. With rumblings that Oscar Taveras could be recalled from Triple-A Memphis in early-June though, Jay could be out of a regular job very shortly.
May 25 - 11:25 PM

Jon Jay finished 3-for-4 with two RBI in the Cardinals' victory over the Reds on Saturday.

Jay was a late addition to the lineup in place of Peter Bourjos, who had to be scratched just before first pitch with a stomach virus. Jay hit RBI singles in the sixth and eighth innings, and may have earned himself a start in Sunday's series finale against Reds right-hander Mike Leake. Bourjos has been getting a majority of the playing time lately.
May 24 - 10:34 PM

Jon Jay has started three of the last four games in center field for the Cardinals.

Manager Mike Matheny is simply playing the hot hand, as Jay has four hits -- including a three-run homer -- in 12 at-bats over that stretch. "Jon has done a nice job, and I think that is something that all these guys need to know from us," Matheny said. "It is, ‘What do I need to get an opportunity to play?’ Jon had four quality at-bats (Wednesday). It’s a good day for him to keep that swing going." With the Nationals starting lefty Gio Gonzalez Friday, Peter Bourjos should be back manning center field.
Apr 18 - 11:57 AM

Jon Jay got the start in center on Monday and hit a three-run homer off the Brewers' Matt Garza.

Jay has started five of the Cardinals' 13 games so far, with four of those coming in center. That's probably a bit more than he should play over Peter Bourjos, but the Cardinals do want to keep Bourjos healthy. Obviously, it worked out nicely tonight, with Jay making his first big contribution of the year.
Apr 15 - 12:19 AM's Jenifer Langosch says Jon Jay may play all three outfield spots for the Cardinals this year in an attempt to get at-bats.

"I've done it before," Jay said. "I have played left field. I have played right field. It's a luxury on our team. We have so many guys who are so talented that they can step up to play any given day and do a good job. It's one of those things that's going to give our team flexibility." Langosch suggests Jay may be largely relegated to a bench role with the arrival of Peter Bourjos, so he may have to fill a super sub role as a fourth outfielder to find playing time. The 28-year-old is coming off a season in which he hit .276/.351/.370 as the team's everyday center fielder.
Feb 12 - 11:33 PM

According to Jenifer Langosch of, Jon Jay is expecting to compete with Peter Bourjos for the Cardinals' starting role in center field.

Jay faces an uphill battle in that competition, but the 28-year-old outfielder is approaching this offseason the same way that he's approached any other -- under the impression that he'll be playing on a regular basis. As a likely fourth outfielder, though, his fantasy value is going to be extremely limited. Also consider that top outfield prospect Oscar Taveras is on the way for St. Louis and can play some center.
Jan 19 - 7:10 PM

Cardinals avoided arbitration with OF Jon Jay by agreeing to a one-year, $3.25 million contract.

It's a bit lower than the $3.4 million projected Jay to make in his first year of arbitration eligibility. The 28-year-old outfielder is slated for fourth outfielder duty in 2014 following the Cardinals' offseason acquisition of Peter Bourjos.
Jan 17 - 10:24 AM

Depth Charts

C1Yadier Molina
2A.J. Pierzynski
3Tony Cruz
1B1Matt Adams
2B1Kolten Wong
2Mark Ellis
3Daniel Descalso
SS1Jhonny Peralta
2Greg Garcia
3B1Matt Carpenter
LF1Matt Holliday
CF1Jon Jay
2Peter Bourjos
RF1Oscar Taveras
2Shane Robinson
Starting Pitcher
S1Adam Wainwright
2Michael Wacha
3Lance Lynn
4John Lackey
5Justin Masterson
6Shelby Miller
7Jaime Garcia
Relief Pitcher
R1Trevor Rosenthal
2Pat Neshek
3Seth Maness
4Randy Choate
5Sam Freeman
6Jason Motte
7Nick Greenwood
8Carlos Martinez