As part of the reset the Cardinals initiated with last weekend's managerial change, Shildt has workshopped a lineup that he believes can showcase commitment, prioritize stability and enhance the defense all in one. Thursday's 9-6 loss to open a five-game series against the Cubs exposed some flaws in the design, though that's not likely to push Shildt to abandon one of his first key decision since taking over for Mike Matheny.
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As others speculate about Carlos Martinez's potential availability at the Trade Deadline, Cardinals president of baseball operations John Mozeliak downplayed the likelihood that the team would deal Martinez or any of the other high-end pitchers they hope to build around.
Interim manager Mike Shildt filled his final coaching vacancy Thursday by naming Ron "Pop" Warner as his bench coach. Warner joins Mark Budaska and George Greer, both of whom will serve as hitting coaches, as the new additions to the staff.
The Cardinals' five-game series against the Cubs will continue today at 1:20 p.m. CT as right-hander Jack Flaherty (3-4, 3.24 ERA) opposes lefty Jon Lester (12-2, 2.58 ERA). Flaherty, who threw five scoreless innings in his final start of the first half, will be making his first career appearance at Wrigley Field.
Here's MLB Pipeline's roundup of the top prospect performances in the Minor Leagues on Thursday.
The All-Star Game has come and gone, and the non-waiver Trade Deadline is less than two weeks away. Until July 31, much of the talk in baseball will be focused around buyers and sellers, blockbuster moves and small deals and an endless buzz of trade rumors.
Having already put the team on notice by making a rare in-season managerial change, the Cardinals appear to be approaching another crossroads.
Who do the Cardinals have in the pipeline? Get scouting reports, video, stats, projected ETAs and more for St. Louis' Top 30 Prospects on MLB Pipeline's Prospect Watch.
The Cardinals are committed to sticking with Mike Shildt through the remainder of this season as he embarks on an unexpected trial run as manager.
Scott Rolen, the eight-time National League Gold Glove Award winner, seven-time All-Star and Hall of Fame candidate returns to his native of Indiana -- serving as the director of player development for the Hoosiers of Indiana University.
Miles Mikolas, who missed the All-Star Game to return home for the birth of his twins, will open the second half on the paternity list, the Cardinals announced on Wednesday. Reliever Matt Bowman will join the club in Chicago on Thursday to fill the roster spot until Mikolas returns.
Here's MLB Pipeline's roundup of the top prospect performances in the Minor Leagues on Wednesday.
Given how Yadier Molina's peers spent chunks of the past two days raining praise on his defensive ability, how he's transformed and set standards at the catcher position over his 15-year career, it was notable that Molina's most recent All-Star appearance came without strapping on any gear.
The ball wasn't flying out of Nationals Park quite as frequently as it did during Bryce Harper's heroic hometown homer binge a night earlier, but it was flying all the same in a dinger-driven, record-breaking 89th All-Star Game presented by Mastercard on Tuesday night.
Here's MLB Pipeline's roundup of the top prospect performances in the Minor Leagues on Tuesday.
Yadier Molina's place in history has been a subject of national debate recently, with pundits from MLB Network to social media pondering his future Hall of Fame candidacy. It's an argument, quite literally, for another day: Molina does not plan to retire until after the 2020 season, and he won't be eligible for Cooperstown until five years after he hangs up his cleats.
Miles Mikolas is expected to miss the entirely of this week's All-Star ceremonies at Nationals Park, a team source told MLB.com on Monday. He will instead spend the time with his wife, Lauren, who is pregnant with twins.
Tommy Pham's two-run single fueled a pivotal four-run fourth inning as the Cardinals rallied to give interim skipper Mike Shildt a win in his managerial debut. Matt Carpenter and Dexter Fowler hit early homers off Reds starter Anthony DeSclafani, who labored in the series finale. Pham came off the bench after Harrison Bader exited with a hyperextended left knee in the second inning.
Cardinals first baseman Matt Carpenter tied a franchise record for leadoff home runs in a season when he launched his fifth off Reds starter Anthony DeSclafani in Sunday's series finale at Busch Stadium.
Speaking publicly for the first time since dismissing manager Mike Matheny on Saturday night, principal owner Bill DeWitt Jr. and president of baseball operations John Mozeliak characterized the decision to make an in-season managerial change as an opportunity for the Cardinals to hit the reset button before the start of the second half.
The 20th edition of the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game had no shortage of big moments, with the two sides combining for eight home runs -- doubling the previous Futures Game record -- as Team USA outslugged the World, 10-6, on All-Star Sunday at Nationals Park. Here is a recap of each player's performance, with a breakdown of each club's representatives.
Here's MLB Pipeline's roundup of the top prospect performances in the Minor Leagues on Sunday.
Cardinals center fielder Harrison Bader was removed from Sunday's 6-4 win in the series finale against the Reds in the second inning after sustaining a mild hyperextension of his left knee.
While the Cardinals intend to keep Mike Shildt on as interim manager through the remainder of this season, internal conversations about who might fit best as a permanent replacement for Mike Matheny will begin long before the offseason arrives.
The Cardinals dismissed manager Mike Matheny and named bench coach Mike Shildt as interim manager on Saturday night.
Jordan Hicks surrendered a career-high four runs as Saturday evening unraveled into a 8-2 loss to the Reds.
While loosely outlining potential Trade Deadline pursuits and priorities for his club on Friday, president of baseball operations John Mozeliak also acknowledged the fluidity surrounding it all. Before he can determine what the organization most needs, Mozeliak hopes to better learn what the Cardinals are. How the Cardinals close out the month and whether their bullpen can stabilize by getting healthy will help to define where the organization goes from here. But that 'pen was more shaky than stable on Friday, and as a result, things capsized for the Cardinals in a 9-1 loss to the Reds at Busch Stadium.
Following a succession of stories that portrayed the Cardinals' clubhouse as contentious and disconnected, president of baseball operations John Mozeliak defended the clubhouse culture on Friday, saying that he believes players still find the organization as "a very desirable place to be."
Given the Cardinals' place in the standings and the absence of one single roster deficiency, president of baseball operations John Mozeliak acknowledged that he will likely look at trade possibilities between now and the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline through a long-term prism.
We spend a lot of time and effort at this time of year looking ahead to what teams might do as the non-waiver Trade Deadline approaches. But perhaps a different approach is in order.
After the offense pounded out 14 runs in a win over the White Sox on Tuesday, the Cardinals were silent on Wednesday. They mustered only four hits, including just three against Chicago starter Carlos Rodon, in a 4-0 loss at Guaranteed Rate Field.
One of five players vying for the final spot on the National League All-Star roster, Cardinals infielder Matt Carpenter fell short of securing his fourth career All-Star berth in the Camping World Final Vote.
What baseball really is: Fathers and mothers and sons and daughters, friends and family passing the game from one generation to the next, the single undeniable thread that connects people who otherwise don't have much in common, the one thing we know will remain ours, specifically ours, even as everything changes and crumbles and rebuilds all around us.
Here are the top 10 performers from the 31st edition of the Triple-A All-Star Game.
Back in Chicago, where he won a World Series championship with the Cubs two years ago, Dexter Fowler hit a grand slam to cap a seven-run sixth inning in the Cardinals' 14-2 win over the White Sox on Tuesday. It was Fowler's first home run since May 6. Kolten Wong went 4-for-5 with a homer, while All-Star Cardinals starter Miles Mikolas tossed six innings of two-run ball. Charlie Tilson's two-run single accounted for the White Sox offense.
Top prospects Andrew Knizner of the Cardinals and Luis Ortiz of the Brewers have been named replacements for the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game on Sunday at Nationals Park in Washington.
Will the Cardinals strike a deal for an impact bat at the non-waiver Trade Deadline? Jenifer Langosch answers this question and more in the latest Inbox.
Greg Holland's struggles were at the forefront again in Sunday's 13-8 loss to the Giants at AT&T Park, when the Cardinals limped to a series split in the finale of a four-game set. The five runs Holland allowed in the sixth put a back-and-forth contest out of reach and snapped a stretch of strong outings that had the righty vying for more high-leverage roles.
Carlos Martinez has officially returned to form. The righty delivered perhaps his crispest outing of the year to lead St. Louis to a 3-2 win over the Giants on Saturday, allowing just one run in seven strong innings. He also chipped in an RBI double to open the Cardinals' scoring in the third. St. Louis added two more in the fourth on a Dexter Fowler sac fly and Francisco Pena's RBI single. Brandon Belt had RBI hits in the sixth and eighth to bring San Francisco to within a run, but Bud Norris closed out the ninth for his 17th save. Giants starter Jeff Samardzija, making his first start since May 29, allowed three runs in five innings in a losing cause.
Twelve years into a professional career in which he has overcome three knee surgeries, a decade in the Minors and various other odds, Jose Martinez now faces a new challenge. It is due to a polarizing skill set that Martinez must learn to become comfortable in an odd new role: part-time No. 3 hitter.
The first two games of the Cardinals' four-game set vs. the Giants at AT&T Park have showed the pros and cons of St. Louis' "defense initiative." Thursday they played a clean game behind an 11-run output absent Martinez, and its merits appeared worthy. On Friday, its limitations were more plain to see in a 3-2 loss.
When Greg Holland returned from the disabled list a little more than two weeks ago, there was a sense that this could be it for the longtime closer. But a string of efficient and effective appearances has given the Cardinals reason to wonder whether the best bullpen upgrade available to them as the Trade Deadline approaches is the one already under control.
After months of cobbling together an infield minus two of their up-the-middle stalwarts, the Cardinals' alignment returned to full strength Friday. The club activated shortstop Paul DeJong, who had been sidelined for seven weeks with a broken left hand, prior to the second of a four-game set against the Giants.
Luke Weaver lost a perfect game in the sixth during a career-high eight innings as the Cardinals won the series opener against the Giants. Jedd Gyorko, Matt Carpenter and Harrison Bader went deep for St. Louis, while Alen Hanson homered for San Francisco. Johnny Cueto allowed five runs over five innings in his return from the disabled list.