Already, the Cardinals have put an end to all speculation and finalized the 25-man roster they'll feature to open the 2017 season. General manager John Mozeliak has been apt to point out, however, that the team's optimal roster likely isn't the first edition, but rather the product of midseason additions and subtractions.
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As he looks at his Grapefruit League numbers with less than a week to go in camp, Stephen Piscotty prefers to do so through a Machiavellian lens: The end, he believes, will justify the means.
Home runs by Yadier Molina and Dexter Fowler lifted the Cardinals to a 3-0 win over the Marlins at Roger Dean Stadium on Sunday. The victory was the Cardinals' 18th of spring, the most the club has had in a Grapefruit League season since 2009.
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With a 74-pitch, six-inning start in the Cardinals' 3-0 win over the Marlins on Sunday, Mike Leake wrapped up his Grapefruit League season and inched closer to putting a bowtie on what he said "could possibly be the most productive spring I've had."
In the process of settling on their Opening Day roster, the Cardinals also began to finalize assignments for several prospects still in big-league camp.
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Rejuvenated by Puerto Rico's run to the championship game of the World Baseball Classic, Yadier Molina returned to camp confident that he has many more years to give behind the plate and is ready to determine whether those will come as a St. Louis Cardinal.
In his first game back from helping the United States to its first World Baseball Classic championship, Marlins center fielder Christian Yelich doubled to lead off the fourth inning and scored the only run of the game in Miami's 1-0 win over the Cardinals on Saturday at Roger Dean Stadium.
Though the Cardinals' athletic training staff was summoned to evaluate three different players during Saturday's 1-0 loss to the Marlins, the club is confident it survived the day without any serious injury.
With competitions ended and impressions made, the Cardinals have finalized the 25-man roster they'll feature, barring injury, when they open the season against the Cubs on April 2.
The Cardinals spent the winter reaffirming their commitment to Kolten Wong, whose skill set lined up with the team's stated goals of increasing athleticism and improving the defense.
The Nationals still have not decided on an Opening Day closer, but they have been giving Koda Glover serious consideration. They wanted to be sure he faced strong competition in the spring, so manager Dusty Baker ran the right-hander out in the top of sixth inning Friday afternoon against the Cardinals. But St. Louis hit Glover hard, and aided by a few defensive mishaps, defeated the Nationals' split-squad, 3-1, at the Ballpark of the Palm Beaches.
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Though manager Mike Matheny prefers not to speak in absolutes, he indicated on Friday that Jhonny Peralta will open the season as the Cardinals' starting third baseman, leaving Jedd Gyorko to serve as a utility infielder.
Though winds were swirling around the Ballpark of the Palm Beaches, Matt Adams enjoyed an uneventful day while making his first career start in left field.
The results were bound to get better, and they did for Adam Wainwright, who shook off a beating against the Mets last Friday with a much more controlled performance on Thursday.
In just the past two seasons, the St. Louis Cardinals went from being one of baseball's best defensive teams to one of its worst. Not coincidentally, a five-year run of postseason baseball ended in 2016.
Miguel Socolovich has the lowest ERA and stingiest batting average against of any Cardinals reliever (minimum 18 innings) from 2015-16, and yet he is heading into the final week of Spring Training unsure whether he'll even be in the organization next month.
The Cardinals added late runs with heads-up baserunning to break a tie and defeat the Marlins, 5-3, on Thursday afternoon at Roger Dean Stadium.
Before the Cardinals' season opener is televised nationally on ESPN, fans can tune into FOX Sports Midwest to view the team's Opening Day pregame ceremony.
Following a thrilling World Baseball Classic that culminated in the United States winning its first title thanks to Wednesday's 8-0 win over Puerto Rico, World Baseball Classic, Inc. (WBCI) announced the All-World Baseball Classic Team.
Any lingering suspense about who would get to throw the first pitch against the defending World Series champion Chicago Cubs faded on Wednesday, when manager Mike Matheny pulled Carlos Martinez into his office before the team took the field and delivered a message in Spanish.
Adam Wainwright graciously congratulated Carlos Martinez on being named the team's Opening Night starter, a title that had belonged to Wainwright for the past four seasons.
Max Scherzer finished 4 2/3 innings in his Grapefruit League debut, but Cardinals infielder Greg Garcia stole the spotlight to help St. Louis to a 6-1 victory over Washington at Roger Dean Stadium on Wednesday.
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After weeks of shagging fly balls to familiarize himself with the outfield, Matt Adams took the experiment into live action on Wednesday.
Astros' No. 13 prospect J.D. Davis is hitting well lately, going 3-for-4 on Wednesday and notching multihit games in three of his past six contests.
In the same way sabermetrics once changed the landscape of player evaluation, the Cardinals saw the creation of a performance department as baseball's potential next frontier.
Alberto Rosario hit a go-ahead RBI single in a two-run seventh inning and Jose Martinez hit his fourth homer of the spring as the Cardinals rallied for a 12-6 win over the Astros on Monday night at The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches.
Road warrior Mike Leake battled rare control problems on Monday night against the Astros. All five of Leake's starts this spring have been on the road, but he struggled at his home away from home.
Monday's World Baseball Classic bout between Puerto Rico and the Netherlands didn't waste any time providing exciting action, and Yadier Molina was right in the middle of it.