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Carlos Martinez did not surrender a run in six innings, allowing eight hits and a walk while striking out three batters in a strong no-decision effort versus the Royals on Wednesday.

Run support has been an issue for Martinez of late, as he's received three straight no-decisions while allowing a total of one run in 20 innings. Martinez dipped his ERA under the 3.00 barrier and is now at 2.83 for the season. His record holds steady at 7-5. His 6.89 strikeouts per nine innings are way down from his 9.22 mark last season, however he is currently beating last year's excellent 3.01 ERA nonetheless. Martinez generates a lot of groundballs, which helps him limit home runs. He has given up only 6 dingers in 95 1/3 innings so far. He draws the Pirates on Monday.
Jun 30 - 1:15 AM

Working the eighth in a scoreless game, Jonathan Broxton gave up a run on two hits and a walk Wednesday against the Royals.

Broxton is technically in the Cardinals' closer mix now that Trevor Rosenthal is out of the picture, but it's hard to imagine that Mike Matheny sees him a better option than Kevin Siegrist or Seung-Hwan Oh in close games. Even the struggling Rosenthal seems more trustworthy. Rosenthal did pitch a scoreless 11th inning in this one. Oh, who also worked in a tie game, gave up an unearned run in his inning.
Jun 30 - 1:14 AM

Matt Adams went 0-for-6 with three strikeouts in Wednesday's 12-inning loss to the Royals.

Brandon Moss has been getting more time than Adams lately, and deservedly so, but he took a seat tonight, though he did single as a pinch-hitter. Adams has been plenty good this year, too, but Moss has been the far hotter hitter lately and should continue to see more time at Adams' expense.
Jun 30 - 1:08 AM

Stephen Piscotty hit a game-tying home run in the bottom of the 10th inning on Wednesday.

The Cardinals eventually lost to the Royals in 12 innings. Piscotty went 2-for-6 to boost his line to .288/.369/.466 on the season. He has nine home runs, 45 runs and 40 RBI. Even though he is not a big slugger, his blend of power and average is valuable to any fantasy roster.
Jun 30 - 1:06 AM

Matt Carpenter went 2-for-3 with a home run and two runs scored to help the Cardinals top the Royals 8-4 on Tuesday.

Carpenter took Royals starter Yordano Ventura deep in the fifth inning for a solo shot, his 14th of the year. The dinger vaulted Carpenter to the top of the slugging percentage leaderboard in the National League, a distinction few would guess belongs to the 30-year-old. It's been that kind of year for Carpenter, whose 54 runs scored are second-most in the NL and who also leads the league with a 1.012 OPS. Carpenter is hitting .300/.420/.592 with 49 RBI overall.
Jun 28 - 11:43 PM

Matt Adams (back) went 2-for-3 with an RBI in his return to the lineup Tuesday.

Adams hadn't played in almost a week as he battled lower back stiffness, but the big first baseman showed little effects in swatting a couple singles off Royals starter Yordano Ventura. He added an RBI sacrifice fly in the fifth inning. Adams is batting .305/.352/.530 with 34 RBI in 62 games, and he'll need to continue hitting -- and stay healthy enough to be in the lineup -- to hold off Brandon Moss and keep finding starts at first base.
Jun 28 - 11:31 PM

Seung Hwan Oh was called on to pitch in a non-save situation in the ninth inning Tuesday against the Royals.

While not technically a save opportunity, Oh was entrusted with the ninth inning in a four-run game, a sign that Cardinals manager Mike Matheny might turn to him in tighter instances as well. Oh didn't exactly pass with flying colors, allowing two hits and a walk before getting the final two outs without incident, but he still got the job done. With a 1.62 ERA, 0.85 WHIP and 51/9 K/BB ratio through 39 innings, the 33-year-old former closer in Korea and Japan is the player to own for fantasy purposes with Trevor Rosenthal struggling.
Jun 28 - 11:27 PM

Michael Wacha fought to earn a quality start Tuesday, allowing four runs -- three earned -- on nine hits over six innings in a win over the Royals.

It wasn't Wacha's finest outing -- in fact, his nine hits allowed were the most in a start since his season debut against the Pirates -- but he managed to pick up his fourth win with the effort. Wacha did issue just one free pass while striking out four in the game. Despite running off four straight quality starts, we still haven't seen the kind of dominance expected from the 24-year-old, who owns a 4.42 ERA and 1.38 WHIP through 16 starts. A more favorable start Sunday against the Brewers could help his cause.
Jun 28 - 11:19 PM

Aledmys Diaz is expected to miss a few games until the swelling above his right eye subsides.

Diaz is with the club and in good spirits after getting struck above the eye by a foul ball during Monday's game against the Royals. He went through the full concussion protocol after Monday's game, with everything coming back negative. Greg Garcia is starting in his place on Tuesday and should continue to see action until Diaz is cleared to return.
Jun 28 - 7:10 PM

Cardinals designated C Eric Fryer for assignment.

The move clears a spot for Bryan Pena on the active roster. Fryer has played well in sporadic duty with the Cardinals this season, batting .368 (14-for-38) two doubles and five RBI over 24 games.
Jun 28 - 1:38 PM

Cardinals activated C Brayan Peña from the 15-day disabled list.

Pena has been out all season after undergoing surgery in early April to remove loose cartilage from his left knee, but he's finally ready to serve as Yadier Molina's backup. Eric Fryer was designated for assignment to clear a spot on the active roster.
Jun 28 - 1:36 PM

Adam Wainwright struck out seven but allowed six runs -- four earned -- over five innings in Monday's loss to the Royals.

The Royals mostly killed Wainwright softly with seven singles and two doubles, but the big righty deserved his fate with a slew of hanging curveballs. The big right-hander had been pitching very well of late, so he and the Cardinals are hoping this was just a little bump in the road. He'll try to bounce back this weekend at home against the Brewers.
Jun 27 - 11:55 PM

Matt Holliday doubled and launched a two-run homer in Monday's loss to the Royals.

Holliday's two-run shot off of Danny Duffy in the first inning went to dead center and just cleared the wall. While his .258 average and .329 on-base percentage have been disappointing, Holliday has had a nice bounce-back in the power department with a .500 slugging percentage and 15 longballs.
Jun 27 - 11:42 PM

Aledmys Diaz (eye) will go to the hospital Monday night for further testing.

Diaz was struck above the right eye by a foul ball in the ninth inning Monday versus the Royals, but the Cardinals don't believe he suffered a fracture to his orbital bone. Still, they'll send him for more tests to be on the safe side. The Cardinals should have an update on his status Tuesday.
Jun 27 - 11:40 PM

Aledmys Diaz exited Monday's game against the Royals in the ninth inning after fouling a ball off his face.

Diaz hit a foul ball which bounced off home plate and hit him in the forehead area. He walked off the field with a towel on his face. The Cardinals should pass along an update after the game.
Jun 27 - 10:56 PM


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