Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Former Cardinals Playing In MLB Action 9-22-14: Albert Pujols Hits A Three-Run Homer; Dan Haren Strikes Out Seven & Allows Two Runs Over Seven Innings; Luke Gregerson Pitches On Scoreless Inning

Rich Hill (former Memphis-New York-A) entered in the ninth and pitched to two batters.  He allowed no hits or runs, one walk, and struck one out.  (p-s:9-4)

New York-A beat Baltimore 5-0


Marc Rzepczynski (former St. Louis-Cleveland) entered in the eighth and pitched to one batter.  He allowed no hits or runs, and struck one out.  (p-s:4-3)(ir-s:1-0)

Kansas City beat Cleveland 2-0 in game two of doubleheader


David Peralta (former Johnson City-Arizona) started in right field and batted third.  0-for-5 with one strikeout.

Arizona beat Minnesota 6-2


Albert Pujols (former St. Louis-Anaheim) started at first base and batted third.  1-for-4 with one home run, three two-out RBIs, and one run.
David Freese (former St. Louis-Anaheim) started at third base and batted fourth.  1-for-4 and one throwing error.

Coco Crisp (former New Haven-Oakland) started in centerfield and batted leadoff.  2-for-5 at the plate.
Nick Punto (former St. Louis-Oakland) started at second base and batted ninth.  0-for-4 with two strikeouts and assisted in two double plays.
Luke Gregerson (former Springfield-Oakland) entered in the ninth and pitched one inning.  He allowed two hits and no runs.  (p-s:10-7)(g/f:1-1)

Oakland beat Anaheim 8-4


Dan Haren (former St. Louis-Los Angeles) started and pitched seven innings.  He allowed one hit, two runs (one earned), one home run, hit one batter, and struck seven out.  0-for-1 with one sacrifice.  (p-s:100-65)(g/f:9-2)

San Francisco beat Los Angeles 5-2 in 13 innings

Cardinals Fight Stomach Funk, Get Regulars Back; Gary LaRocque Stays With Cardinals; Michael Wacha Revisited; Kevin Siegrist's Frustration; Coming Aboard

With most of the Cardinals crammed into the cozy confines of the visitors’ clubhouse at Wrigley Field, it didn’t take long for manager Mike Matheny to take the temperature of his roster a day after a stomach virus tore through it.

Post-Dispatch

Monday, September 22, 2014

Cardinals Continue March Toward Title At Wrigley

The Cardinals' magic number for their second straight National League Central title is down to four with five games left, heading into Tuesday night's contest with the Cubs.

St. Louis Official Site

Dan Haren's 2015 Option Vests

Dodgers starter Dan Haren now holds a $10MM player option for next season after notching his 180th inning on the year. By reaching that mark, he also triggered a $500K bonus (on top of $1.5MM in innings-pitched and games-started bonuses already met).

MLB Trade Rumors

Cardinals Beat Cubs 8-0: Adam Wainwright Strikes Out Eight Over Seven Scoreless Innings For The Win; Jon Jay Collects Two Singles & Three RBIs; Matt Adams Singles, Doubles, & Drives In Two Runs

Individual Highlights:
Matt Carpenter 1-for-4 with one double, one run, one walk, and three strikeouts.
Randal Grichuk 2-for-5 with one run.
Matt Holliday 2-for-4 with one RBI, two runs, and one strikeout.
Jhonny Peralta 1-for-3 with one double, one RBI, two runs, one walk, one strikeout, and assisted in one double play.
Daniel Descalso one walk and assisted in one double play.
Yadier Molina 1-for-4 with one RBI and one run.
Matt Adams 2-for-5 with one double, two two-out RBIs, one run, two strikeouts, and assisted in two double plays.
Jon Jay 2-for-4 with three RBIs and one strikeout.
Pete Kozma 1-for-4 with one double and assisted in two double plays.
Adam Wainwright started and pitched seven innings.  He allowed three hits, no runs, one walk, and stuck eight out for the winning decision (20-9).  0-for-3 with three strikeouts.  (p-s:106-68)(g/f:6-5)
Sam Freeman entered in the eighth and pitched one inning.  He allowed no hits or runs, and two walks.  (p-s:17-7)(g/f:2-0)
Randy Choate entered in the ninth and pitched one inning.  He allowed one hit and no runs.  (p-s:12-7)(g/f:1-0)

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Cardinals' Challenge Gives Way To Big Inning

Cardinals manager Mike Matheny successfully challenged a fifth-inning call Monday night that initially ruled Matt Carpenter out sliding into second base while tagging up on a flyout by Randal Grichuk.

St. Louis Official Site

Jhonny Peralta, Alex Reyes, & Albert Pujols Among The 137 Dominicans Listed On Extreme Fatigue

Since it was approved the first clause of "extreme fatigue" in the Winter 1998-2005 Agreement through the office of the commissioner of Major League Baseball leagues Caribbean have had a real headache to build their teams for the start baseball tournament autumn-winter.  (Translated)

La Chica Deportes

Red Sox Should Move Allen Craig

The Boston Red Sox made a flurry of moves right before the trade deadline. One move that came as a bit of a surprise was the trading of John Lackey to the St. Louis Cardinals for Joe Kelly and Allen Craig. Kelly, for the most part, has pitched pretty well and should certainly have a spot somewhere in the rotation next year. Craig has been a different story.

Rant Sports

Jason Motte, Kevin Siegrist On Bubble For Postseason Spots

As the Cardinals prepare to build a roster for their first postseason matchup, they'll have to consider the readiness of a pair of relievers who have contributed to playoff runs before but are not currently at their best.

St. Louis Official Site

Pirates' Johan DeJesus Suspended 72 Games For Positive Drug Test

Pirates Minor Leaguer third baseman Johan De Jesus was suspended for 72 games Monday after testing positive for a banned steroid.

MiLB Official Site

Roberto Canache Throws Bullpen Session On Monday For Caribes (9-22-14)

Below Jose Alvarez, Ramon Ramirez, mayckol Guaipe, Carlos Ruiz, Alex Serrano, Roberto Canache, Luis Cedeno and Joice Linares made ​​their bullpen session while recipients met batting practice. "Being my first bullpen me feel good rhythm, my pitches show speed and location. As part of the rehabilitation add two starts for Anaheim Branch Gulf League and my straight scored between 89 to 93 miles, "said the left-hander Jose Alvarez who was quite recovered from the drawbacks in his left elbow.  (Translated)

Lider

Clubhouse Mostly Recovered From Vicious Virus

The Cardinals' quarantine efforts appear to have mostly stopped the spread of a stomach virus that, according to estimates from manager Mike Matheny, had around 15 players and staff members at less than full strength on Sunday.

St. Louis Official Site

Derrick Goold On The Jim Edmonds & Tim McKernan Show 9-22-14

Inside STL

Brett McMillan's Redbird Report 9-22-14: Bullpen Implodes In 7-2 Loss To Reds

101 ESPN

Pirates Attend Showcase Of Yasmani Tomas

The Pirates were among the teams to attend an all-comers showcase workout on Sunday in the Dominican Republic by outfielder Yasmany Tomas -- perhaps the next "big deal" from Cuba.

Pittsburgh Official Site

Clint Hurdle: Pirates Focused On Task, Not Opponent

Welcome to the Letdown Series. That's the Braves' perspective on the four-game set with the Pirates that kicked off Monday night. A late-season occasion that very recently loomed as a huge showdown for postseason rights lost its sizzle with Atlanta's sudden elimination.

Pittsburgh Official Site

Marco Gonzales Stayed Home With The Flu

Jim Hayes Twitter

Silfredo Garcia Expected In Margarita Camp On Tuesday

For Tuesday, the arrival of right-hander Silfredo Garia among others are expected.  (Translated)

Margarita Official Site

Cardinals Starting Lineup 9-22-14

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The first two known Cardinals struck with the stomach virus that hampered an entire roster Sunday night are back in the lineup tonight to help ace Adam Wainwright's bid for his 20th win.
Cardinal Beat

Both Matt Adams and Matt Carpenter are back in the starting lineup for the St. Louis Cardinals tonight as they open a series in Chicago against the Cubs.
STL Baseball Weekly

Experience Favors Cardinals For World Series

The Cardinals entered the season as a popular pick to win the World Series given their run to it a year ago and the lack of an overhaul to the roster afterward. An underachieving offense made it a bumpier-than-expected road, but the Cards still managed to hang in a division race that they took over with a strong September.

St. Louis Official Site

Cardinals Baseball For First Time: What A 94th Birthday Present

For many at Busch Stadium, Sunday was a special night. It was the Cardinals' last home game of the regular season, a beautiful fall evening with an air of excitement all around after news broke earlier in the day of St. Louis clinching a spot in the postseason with Milwaukee's 1-0 loss to Pittsburgh.

Fox Sports Midwest

All Pressure Is On The Cardinals

Good afternoon to the BFIB...

Bird Bytes 

Jose Campos Listed On LVBP Extreme Fatigue List

A total of 88 Venezuelan players appeared on the list of Extreme Fatigue that on Monday handed Major League Baseball to the Confederation of Professional Baseball Caribbean and its affiliated leagues. These players, according to the Winter League Winter Convention or Agreement, for its acronym in English, may not act in the circuits of their countries unless your organization in the United States to reconsider its case at the request of winter equipment.

Venezuelan League Official Site

Joe Kelly Tries To Catch Shelby Miller's Starts When He Is Free

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Interviewed By The Diamondbacks, Gary LaRocque Will Remain With Cardinals

Cardinals farm director Gary LaRocque has decided to remain with the organization in that role and not pursue the general manager opening he interviewed for with Arizona.

Bird Land

Phil Rogers & Joe Strohm On The Press Box 9-22-14

Inside STL

Projecting The Cardinals 25-Man Playoff Roster

With the Cards clinching a spot in October, thanks to Milwaukee's loss on Sunday, we now know there will be baseball beyond September 28th.

KMOV

Ronny Cedeno Expected In Magallanes Camp This Week

It is expected that shortstop Ronny Cedeno , one of the most important acquisitions team before this season, is uniform practices preseason.  (Translated)

Lider

Braves Fire Bruce Manno

David O'Brien Twitter

Rangers To Scout Yasmani Tomas On Wednesday

The Rangers will have a private workout for Cuban outfielder Yasmany Tomas at their Dominican complex on Wednesday, according to a source.

Baseball America

Jason Motte Not Looking Ahead

Over the last year or so, Jason Motte has focused on a one-day-at-a-time approach in dealing both with his recovery from Tommy John surgery and in helping his many friends and their families with the fight against cancer. So as he took the mound in the 7th inning of Sunday’s regular season home finale, the reliever was not thinking it could be his final appearance as a St. Louis Cardinal.

STL Baseball Weekly

Joe Strauss On The Morning After 9-22-14

Inside STL

How Can You Help Jason Motte Win The Roberto Clemente Award

You can help Jason Motte win the Roberto Clemente Award by voting for him-- and you might win a trip for four to the 2014 World Series. The award is given annually to a player who demonstrates the values Clemente displayed in his commitment to community and understanding the value of helping others. Each club nominates a player in September. The winner is selected from 30 nominees during the World Series.

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2014 Dominican Summer League Cardinals Reliever Of The Year - Juan Alvarez

Juan Alvarez - 2014 DSL Cardinals Reliever Of The Year


2014 Dominican Summer League Cardinals Relief Pitching Breakdown:

May/June
G
W
L
IP
H
R
ER
HR
BB
SO
ERA
SV
BS
Alvarez
5
1
0
16.1
16
7
5
0
3
14
2.76
0
0
Casadilla
9
1
1
15.0
19
11
7
1
5
21
4.20
0
1
Vallejo
6
0
2
12.0
22
15
13
1
3
8
9.75
0
1
Lara
7
0
1
10.0
10
3
2
0
5
8
1.74
5
1
De La Cruz
5
0
0
9.2
4
0
0
0
5
6
0.00
1
0
Narvaez
4
0
0
8.0
8
7
6
0
5
3
6.75
0
0
Perez
6
0
0
8.0
5
4
3
0
8
8
3.38
1
0
Diaz
3
1
0
7.2
7
3
1
0
2
5
1.25
0
0
Estevez
2
2
0
6.0
8
2
0
0
0
5
0.00
0
0
Urena
4
0
1
5.0
5
6
2
1
6
1
3.60
0
0
D.Gonzalez
1
0
0
4.0
2
0
0
0
0
2
0.00
0
0
Alcantara
1
0
0
4.0
3
1
1
0
0
3
2.25
0
0
Bennett
2
0
0
2.0
0
0
0
0
2
1
0.00
0
0
Oca
1
0
0
2.0
2
1
1
0
1
3
4.50
0
0
Changarotty
1
0
0
1.2
5
4
4
0
1
2
30.00
0
0


The Cardinals had several arms that tied down the bullpen to begin the 2014 season in Juan Alvarez, Franyel Casadilla, Jose Lara, Andy De La Cruz, and Enrique Perez.  Alvarez and Casadilla both struck out quite a few and were able to keep their walks low.  Lara did a great job handling the close duties in turning five of six save opportunities.  De La Cruz and Perez pitched well in the long relief role when tandem starting pitching was not in use and also filled in as closers.  Esteban Vallejo and Jesus Narvaez both struggled to get going in the first month.

July
G
W
L
IP
H
R
ER
HR
BB
SO
ERA
SV
BS
Alvarez
7
0
0
16.0
18
11
8
2
4
13
4.50
1
0
Vallejo
7
0
0
13.2
15
8
8
1
12
10
5.27
2
0
Bennett
6
0
1
13.0
9
5
3
0
8
12
2.08
0
0
Casadilla
6
0
1
12.2
7
5
3
0
5
11
2.13
0
2
Estevez
3
1
0
9.2
4
0
0
0
6
3
0.00
0
0
De La Cruz
4
1
0
9.0
9
5
1
0
4
6
1.00
0
0
Perez
6
1
1
9.0
9
7
6
0
8
7
6.00
0
2
Changarotty
2
0
1
7.0
5
2
2
0
6
5
2.57
0
0
Diaz
2
0
1
7.0
8
1
1
0
1
7
1.28
0
0
Lara
5
0
2
6.1
10
5
4
0
1
4
5.68
0
2
J.Gonzalez
2
0
0
6.0
10
8
5
0
1
1
7.50
0
0
D.Gonzalez
1
0
0
3.0
4
3
1
0
0
3
3.00
0
0
J.Fernandez
1
0
0
2.1
2
4
3
0
4
1
12.86
0
0
Urena
2
0
1
2.0
7
6
6
1
2
1
27.00
0
0

Lara and Perez struggled in the second month of the season as we saw Kerrion Bennett and Angel Estevez pick up more innings in the relief role.  The Redbirds tried using Vallejo, Casadilla, and Perez to finish out games but were only successful in two of six opportunities.  Alvarez kept eating away at the middle innings for a second month with De La Cruz continuing his pace from the start of the season.  The Cardinals also started using the piggyback system and starters like Will Changarotty, Oneiver Diaz, and Junior Gonzalez saw significant innings as relievers.

August
G
W
L
IP
H
R
ER
HR
BB
SO
ERA
SV
BS
Urena
5
1
1
10.1
6
4
1
0
3
6
0.87
0
0
Vallejo
4
1
0
10.0
9
3
2
0
3
8
1.80
0
0
De La Cruz
4
1
1
9.1
13
5
5
0
2
11
4.82
0
0
Alvarez
3
0
0
9.0
6
2
2
0
2
10
2.00
0
1
J.Gonzalez
3
1
1
8.0
8
3
1
0
2
4
1.13
0
0
Perez
4
1
0
6.2
2
0
0
0
1
6
0.00
0
0
Bennett
4
0
0
6.0
5
1
1
1
2
2
1.50
0
0
Estevez
2
1
0
5.1
4
1
1
0
1
2
1.76
0
0
Lara
4
0
1
5.0
7
3
0
0
2
4
0.00
3
0
Casadilla
2
0
1
4.0
3
1
0
0
1
3
0.00
0
0
Changarotty
1
0
0
4.0
2
0
0
0
1
7
0.00
0
0
Diaz
1
0
0
0.1
0
0
0
0
1
0
0.00
0
0
In the final month, Rigobert Urena stepped up to to become a much needed arm in the long reliever role.  Vellejo turned things around as De la Cruz slumped.  Alvarez, Bennett, and Estevez stayed on course as solid arms out of the bullpen.  Gonzalez made a fine transition from starter to reliever and Lara took back his closer title.

Name
G
W
L
IP
H
R
ER
HR
BB
SO
ERA
SV
BS
HD
Alvarez
15
1
0
41.1
40
20
15
2
10
37
3.27
1
1
2
Vallejo
17
1
2
35.2
46
26
23
2
18
26
5.80
2
1
1
Casadilla
17
1
3
31.2
27
17
10
1
11
35
2.84
0
3
2
De La Cruz
13
2
1
28.0
26
10
6
0
11
23
1.93
1
0
0
Perez
16
2
1
23.2
16
11
9
0
24
21
3.42
1
2
1
Lara
16
0
4
21.2
27
11
6
0
8
16
2.49
8
3
0
Estevez
7
4
0
21.0
16
3
1
0
7
10
0.43
0
0
0
Bennett
12
0
1
21.0
14
6
4
1
12
15
1.71
0
0
0
Urena
11
1
3
17.1
18
16
9
2
11
8
4.67
0
0
1
When looking at the final numbers, Alvarez, Casadilla, De La Cruz, and Lara were the strongest points to the Cardinals bullpen.  De La Cruz however didn't get put into too many stressful situations and when Casadilla did he blew the saves for losses.  Lara took a tumble in the middle of the season, playing a part in the Cardinals 5-16 record in July.  I have chosen Alvarez as the 2014 Dominican Summer League Cardinals Reliever of the Year.  He plowed through the most innings while striking out the most and keeping his walks down, and was able to handle some high pressure situations.

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