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Oscar Taveras | Outfielder

Team: St Louis Cardinals
Age / DOB:  (22) / 6/19/1992
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 200
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
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Oscar Taveras is not in Monday's lineup against the Cubs.
He's sitting with southpaw Travis Wood on the hill for Chicago. Randal Grichuk is starting in right field and makes for a nice play in daily formats. Sep 22 - 4:59 PM

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Oscar Taveras went 1-for-3 with a double and a run scored in Tuesday's loss to the Reds.

Taveras doubled off Reds starter Mike Leake to lead off the seventh inning, his eighth double of the season. Arbitrary endpoint alert, but the young outfielder is hitting .313 (20-for-64) with three doubles, eight RBI and eight runs scored since the middle of August. He's hitting .239/.280/.322 overall as his numbers continue to recover from a slow start following his promotion.
Sep 9 - 11:04 PM

Oscar Taveras went 3-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored against the Brewers on Sunday.

After Taveras hit a two-run home run in Saturday's win, the 22-year-old followed with the first three-hit game of his career. He's been finding his way at the plate in recent games, and with manager Mike Matheny playing the hot hand it could mean more at-bats for Taveras in the coming days.
Sep 7 - 5:43 PM

Oscar Taveras launched a two-run homer Saturday in the Cardinals' 5-3 victory over the Brewers.

It was on a low-and-away pitch from Kyle Lohse and Taveras showed incredible plate coverage in driving it out. The 22-year-old is a major offensive talent, but he's struggled to crack the lineup on a regular basis. Maybe this show of rare power will help the cause. St. Louis has jumped out to a four-game lead in the National League Central standings.
Sep 6 - 10:20 PM

Oscar Taveras is not in the Cardinals' lineup Wednesday.

After a mini-surge that saw him bat .387/.424/.452 during a nine-game stretch, Taveras has gone 2-for-20 at the plate since and is now sitting for the fourth time over the last six contests. The talent is still obviously there, but it's probably officially time to give up on Taveras as a mixed league option this season. Jon Jay is starting in right field Wednesday, with Peter Bourjos covering center.
Sep 3 - 11:50 AM

Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said Sunday that Oscar Taveras has made "huge adjustments" at the plate.

Taveras singled and doubled in the Cardinals' loss to the Phillies on Sunday, driving in the club's only run. He now has a six-game hitting streak, and even his outs have been well-struck. "He’s really worked hard in the cage with John and David (hitting coaches John Mabry and David Bell) on his approach and shortening his swing a bit," said Matheny. "He’s definitely taking steps in the right direction." It might be time to reconsider the talented 22-year-old outfielder in mixed fantasy leagues.
Aug 25 - 9:01 AM

Oscar Taveras went 2-for-4 with an RBI single in Sunday's loss to the Phillies.

Taveras drove in the Cardinals' lone run with a single in the fourth inning. He also doubled in the ninth, his third multi-hit game in his last five starts. Taveras has a modest six-game hitting streak that has his average up to .238 on the year. He's also hitting .278 in August. The phenom is finally showing some life at the plate.
Aug 24 - 4:28 PM

Oscar Taveras connected for a pinch-hit RBI single against the Padres on Friday.

The slumping Taveras was benched for a second straight game Friday in favor of Shane Robinson. Perhaps the RBI will be enough to convince Mike Matheny to put the young outfielder back into the lineup Saturday.
Aug 16 - 1:06 AM

Oscar Taveras is not in the lineup Friday for the second straight day.

Cardinals manager Mike Matheny took Taveras to task in the media Thursday before benching him versus a lefty and now a righty in consecutive days. It's true that Taveras has underperformed to this point, but starting Shane Robinson over him two days in a row in the middle of a playoff race is certainly odd. Taveras can't be counted on right now in fantasy leagues.
Aug 15 - 4:47 PM

Oscar Taveras hit a two-run homer Thursday in the Cardinals' 6-2 victory over the Padres.

It was Taveras's first homer since he went deep in his major league debut, and we don't believe it's a coincidence that it came on the day that Allen Craig was traded. Taveras now knows he'll be in the lineup whenever the Cardinals face a righty, and he could start against some lefties as well. He should have mixed-league value the rest of the way.
Jul 31 - 7:16 PM

Oscar Taveras is starting in right field for the Cardinals on Thursday against the Padres.

St. Louis dealt Allen Craig to Boston on Thursday afternoon (along with right-hander) Joe Kelly for John Lackey, so the right field job now belongs to Taveras. With a clearer path to playing time, the talented 21-year-old is worth owning in all mixed fantasy leagues.
Jul 31 - 2:09 PM

Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak told Bernie Miklasz of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that he was never close to trading outfielder Oscar Taveras.

Taveras was floated as a possible centerpiece for trades involving players like David Price and Jon Lester, but the Cardinals got Justin Masterson from the Indians on Wednesday afternoon for outfield prospect James Ramsey and appear to be done dealing. According to Miklasz, the Cards' GM was "amused by the speculation that had him moving Taveras." Now if only manager Mike Matheny would play the ultra-talented 21-year-old on a regular basis.
Jul 30 - 5:40 PM

Oscar Taveras is not in the Cardinals' starting lineup on Tuesday night against the Rays.

Taveras has started only two of the Cardinals' last seven games and will for some reason sit Tuesday versus a right-hander -- Rays starter Jake Odorizzi. Taveras hasn't performed very well in his first taste of the major league level, but he's not going to get any better with only sporadic at-bats. Allen Craig is in right field in Tuesday's series-opener versus Tampa Bay.
Jul 22 - 4:44 PM

Oscar Taveras is not in the Cardinals' lineup Friday.

We're struggling to figure out what the Cards are doing with the Taveras. He's now been benched for three out of the last four games, and all of them have been against right-handed pitching. Meanwhile, Allen Craig continues to look as feeble as ever at the plate and is back in the lineup again Friday. Taveras isn't going to have much mixed league value at the rate he's playing. Perhaps a spot will be cleared for him (or he'll be in another organization) after the trade deadline.
Jul 18 - 5:15 PM

Oscar Taveras is not in the Cardinals' lineup Friday.

Taveras went hitless Thursday following two straight multi-hit games, and that was apparently enough to earn him a spot on Mike Matheny's bench. Allen Craig is playing right field against Yovani Gallardo and the Brewers.
Jul 11 - 4:43 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Yadier Molina
2A.J. Pierzynski
3Tony Cruz
1B1Matt Adams
2Xavier Scruggs
2B1Kolten Wong
2Mark Ellis
3Daniel Descalso
SS1Jhonny Peralta
2Pete Kozma
3Greg Garcia
3B1Matt Carpenter
LF1Matt Holliday
CF1Jon Jay
2Peter Bourjos
3Thomas Pham
RF1Randal Grichuk
2Oscar Taveras
3Shane Robinson
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Adam Wainwright
2Michael Wacha
3Lance Lynn
4John Lackey
5Shelby Miller
6Jaime Garcia
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Trevor Rosenthal
2Pat Neshek
3Seth Maness
4Randy Choate
5Sam Freeman
6Jason Motte
7Carlos Martinez
8Kevin Siegrist
9Justin Masterson
10Tyler Lyons
11Nick Greenwood
12Marco Gonzales
13Samuel Tuivailala