SP,RP - STL
John Gant (groin) was unavailable yesterday when the Cardinals had two save opporunities, their first two since an injury to closer Giovanny Gallegos, against the Brewers. It appears as if his return is imminent. Look for the Cardinals to update his status before their next game.
Gant has been working as the Cardinals set-up man all season and is likely in the mix for saves with Gallegos out. He has a 2.57 ERA, 18 strikeouts and four holds in 14 innings pitched this season. The back end of the Cardinals bullpen is opaque in regards to saves with Andrew Miller, Tyler Webb, and Ryan Helsley all in the mix. Among the four, Gant has pitched the best this season. Owners speculating on saves will want to monitor his usage closely.
John Gant pitched two thirds of an inning, striking out one and allowing zero base runners to record his sixth hold of the season on Thursday. The Cardinals lost the game, 6-3, and fell to 19-18 on the season.
Gant might be a hot Waiver Wire add after this game because Giovanny Gallegos, the Cardinals' closer, suffered a groin injury. Gant has a 1.93 ERA in 14 innings pitched this season and has been the Cardinals second or third most effective bullpen arm behind Gallegos and arguably Austin Gomber. Gant leads the team in holds by a wide margin and is the most likely candidate to get first crack at the ninth inning if Gallegos is unavailable. Andrew Miller and Genesis Cabrera are the dark horse candidates with Miller being the front-runner of the two. Owners in standard 12-team redraft leagues who need saves can add Gant immediately as a speculative pickup.
John Gant allowed one hit and two walks while striking out three through four scoreless in Saturday’s Grapefruit League win over the Astros.
Gant is competing for one of the two Cardinals rotation spots, and made a strong case for it by firing four scoreless innings on Saturday. He owns a 3.12 ERA, 0.92 WHIP with eight strikeouts across eight 2/3 innings this spring. Gant has 11 major league starts in his career, and he if keeps up his strong spring, the 27-year old could outright win one of the open starting rotation spots.
Entering his fourth season with St. Louis, John Gant has received a tendered contract from the Cardinals for his 2020 campaign. The right-hander was the sole player that St. Louis needed to make a decision on before the "non-tender deadline." Salary figures will be determined later either via the arbitration process or by team negotiations before mid-January.
This is great news for the Cardinals and Gant's fantasy value. Gant has proved to be incredibly versatile out of the bullpen - he can spot-start, throw multiple innings, or simply "get his guy" (get one batter out). Gant posted a career high 11 wins, suffering only one loss in his 2019 season maintaining a 3.66 ERA over that stretch. The Cardinals will look to Gant and his multi-faceted talent as the centerpiece of their bullpen again for the 2020 season.
John Gant threw a perfect seventh in the Cardinals' win in Pittsburgh Thursday. His struck out two.
Gant's ERA was lowered to 2.55. He continues to be heavily utilized out of St. Louis' bullpen. Gant's SP/RP eligibility could provided an additional advantage to fantasy owners.