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Paul Goldschmidt went 1-for-4 with a pair of RBI and his seventh stolen base of the season on Sunday afternoon.

Fantasy Impact: Goldy drove in Dylan Carlson with an RBI single in the third inning before adding a sacrifice fly in the eighth inning. Goldschmidt put together a 16-game hitting streak in July to help his get season back on track, as he's hitting a solid .269 to go with 56 runs scored, 17 home runs, 57 RBI, and seven stolen bases in 103 games this season.

Category: Game Recaps


Cardinals infielder Edmundo Sosa went 3-for-3 with two runs scored, two RBI, and his third home run of the season in a win over the Twins on Sunday.

Fantasy Impact: Sosa picked up an RBI single in the sixth inning before hammering a solo home run to center field in the eighth inning. Sosa functions in a utility/bench role for St. Louis and is hitting just .256 with a .681 OPS on the season. He's off the radar for fantasy purposes.

Category: Game Recaps


Dylan Carlson went 3-for-5 with a pair of doubles, a run scored, an RBI, and his first stolen base of the season in a 7-3 win over the Twins on Sunday.

Fantasy Impact: Carlson was expected to be a strong contributor in stolen bases at the MLB level after posting impressive steals totals in the minor leagues, but that simply has not been the case. Nonetheless, the Cardinals leadoff man has looked much better at the plate since the All-Star break and appears poised to be a strong fantasy contributor over the final two months of the season. He should be rostered in all leagues.

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Adam Wainwright continued his impressive 2021 season on Sunday, hurling seven strong innings while allowing just six hits, three earned runs, and a walk in a win over the Twins. Wainwright added five strikeouts while improving his record to 9-6 on the season.

Fantasy Impact: After allowing a pair of runs in the first inning, Wainwright settled in for several innings before allowing a solo home run to Jorge Polanco in the sixth inning. The 39-year-old veteran now boasts a rock-solid 3.53 ERA and 1.11 WHIP on the year heading into an attractive home matchup with the Royals next weekend.

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Nolan Arenado went 2-for-3 with a pair of singles and a run scored in a loss to the Twins on Saturday.

Fantasy Impact: The 30-year-old superstar is enjoying a fine first season in St. Louis, hitting .267 with 20 HR, 62 RBI, and an .825 OPS. Assuming good health, the perennial All-Star appears a lock for another 30-HR, 100-RBI season.

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Cardinals right-hander Jake Woodford was blasted for seven hits, seven runs (five earned), and a walk in just three innings in a loss to the Twins on Saturday. He added three strikeouts as well.

Fantasy Impact: The big blow was a three-run homer by catcher Ryan Jeffers in the third inning. The 24-year-old has pitched out of the bullpen for the majority of the season before making a few starts for the Cardinals recently due to all the injuries in their starting rotation (Flaherty, Mikolas, Carlos Martinez). Woodford now owns a 5.08 ERA on the season and isn't a recommended fantasy option.

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Tyler O'Neill went 1-for-3 with a walk, two runs scored, and a stolen base in a win over the Twins on Friday.

Fantasy Impact: The 26-year-old outfielder has enjoyed a nice breakout season for St. Louis and settled in as the everyday cleanup hitter for the Cardinals. Overall, he's hitting .267 with an impressive .509 SLG and .834 OPS to go with 44 runs scored, 17 home runs, 40 RBI, and nine stolen bases in just 81 games played.

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Tommy Edman went 1-for-3 with a three-run double in a 5-1 win over the Twins on Friday. The 26-year-old also stole his 18th base of the season as well.

Fantasy Impact: Edman's bases-clearing double in the sixth inning broke the game open for the Cardinals and proved to be the biggest hit in the game. The speedy infielder is now hitting .257 with a not-so-exciting .679 OPS on the season to go with 51 runs scored, six home runs, 31 RBI, and 18 stolen bases in 101 games.

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Wade LeBlanc pitched 5 2/3 innings while allowing just six hits, an earned run, and two walks to go with three strikeouts in a no-decision against the Twins on Friday night.

Fantasy Impact: An RBI single from Andrelton Simmons was the only damage against the southpaw, who now sports a 3.15 ERA since joining the Cardinals in June. However, his 1.49 WHIP is much more indicative of how he's pitched for St. Louis. He's not a recommend option for fantasy leagues heading into a matchup against the Braves next week.

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Yadier Molina went 2-for-4 with a pair of singles and an RBI in a loss to the Indians on Wednesday.

Fantasy Impact: Molina drove in Dylan Carlson with a two-out single to centerfielder in the first inning. The veteran backstop has slumped tremendously over the past two months since a hot start to the season. Molina is now hitting just .250 on the season with a lackluster .679 OPS. He's a borderline option in fantasy leagues at a shallow catcher position. There are likely better options available, depending on the league size and format.

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Kwang Hyun Kim served up four home runs in just 2 2/3 innings in a 7-2 loss to Cleveland on Wednesday. Overall, Kim allowed five hits, five earned runs, and a walk while failing to record a strikeout.

Fantasy Impact: The outing was both the shortest of the season for the left-hander and also the first time he's failed to record a strikeout this year. Kim gave up a solo home run to Franmil Reyes in the second inning before serving up homers to Cesar Hernandez, Jose Ramirez, and Franmil Reyes (again) in the third inning. Kim entered the day having won five consecutive starts (with four straight quality starts), so this stinker really was an unexpected performance for the 33-year-old southpaw. Kim is now 6-6 with a 3.31 ERA and 1.21 WHIP in 2021. He'll face the Braves at home next week.

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Shortstop Paul DeJong went 1-for-3 with a two-run home run in a 4-2 win over Cleveland on Tuesday.

Fantasy Impact: DeJong smacked a clutch two-run home run in the seventh inning to give the Cardinals a 3-2 lead and propel them to a win over the Indians. Dejong's overall season line continues to look uninspiring (.209 AVG, .708 OPS), but he's been on fire since the All-Star break, hitting .353 with a .935 OPS and a pair of home runs. He's worth a look in deeper league formats if you need some power or help in the infield.

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Cardinals centerfielder Harrison Bader continued his sizzling second half on Tuesday, going 3-for-4 with two doubles, a home run, two runs scored, an RBI, and a stolen base in a 4-2 win over Cleveland.

Fantasy Impact: Wow. Talk about filling up a box score. Bader is one of the hottest hitters in all of baseball right now, as he's hitting an absurd .487 with a 1.381 OPS since the All-Star break to go with eight runs, three homers, and nine RBI in just 11 games. His solo home run to right field in the third inning on Tuesday got the scoring started and staked St. Louis to an early 1-0 lead. Bader should be added in all fantasy formats at this point given how hot he is at the plate and his ability to contribute in all fantasy categories.

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Alex Reyes closed out the Indians in a 4-2 victory on Tuesday, picking up his 24th save of the season.

Fantasy Impact: Reyes did hit a batter and didn't record any strikeouts but otherwise got through the inning unscathed. One of the former top pitching prospects in all of baseball, Reyes is now 24-for-25 in saves this season functioning as the Cardinals full-time closer with an impressive 1.93 ERA in 2021. Given his success in the bullpen, it will be interesting to see if the Cardinals decide to keep him in the closer role next season, although one would imagine the team still plans to transition the 26-year-old back to being a starting pitcher next spring.

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Johan Oviedo was characteristically wild on Sunday afternoon, yielding five hits, three earned runs, and six more walks while striking out six in just 4 1/3 innings in a no-decision against the Reds.

Fantasy Impact: Oviedo surrendered a three-run homer to Joey Votto in the first inning, but thankfully his offense bailed him out and got him off the hook for the loss. Not including Sunday's game, Oviedo has four other games this season with four or more walks. Amazingly, the six he issued Sunday tied his season-high set back on May 28th. The right-hander (4.91 ERA, 1.57 WHIP) is simply too erratic to trust in fantasy leagues, even in an attractive home matchup next weekend against Minnesota.

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The Cardinals have acquired relief pitcher T.J. Zeuch from the Blue Jays in exchange for cash considerations. He's been optioned to Triple-A Memphis. (Source: St. Louis Cardinals on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Zeuch, who was designated for assignment last Tuesday, ranked as the 25th prospect in the Blue Jays' system, per MLB Pipeline. He posted a 1.59 ERA in 2020 but is 0-2 with a 6.60 ERA so far this season.

Category: Transactions


Jack Flaherty is scheduled to start for Triple-A Memphis on Tuesday. (Source: Derrick S. Goold on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: Flaherty continues to work his way back from an oblique injury that has sidelined him since May 31. He may need another start in Triple-A depending on how this upcoming appearance goes, but it'll be a situation to monitor as he hopes to rejoin the St. Louis Cardinals very soon.

Category: Injury Updates


Giovanny Gallegos entered in the bottom of the eighth inning of a tie game on Friday night but ultimately was saddled with a loss after allowing an unearned run on a hit and a walk in his inning of work.

Fantasy Impact: Gallegos allowed a leadoff single before then committing a fielding error to put two runners on base. After retiring Jonathan India, he issued a four-pitch walk to Jesse Winker before allowing the go-ahead run to score on a sacrifice fly to centerfield. Gallegos falls to 5-3 on the season but still owns an impressive 2.65 ERA and 0.69 WHIP despite a few hiccups recently.

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Cardinals RHP Jordan Hicks (elbow) has begun some light throwing. (Source: Jim Hayes on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Hicks began feeling some discomfort on his surgically repaired elbow back in May, but the young righty is beginning to make slight progress. It remains up in the air as to whether or not he'll pitch again this season.

Category: Injury Updates


Cardinals starting pitcher Miles Mikolas plans to throw live batting practice on Tuesday at Busch Stadium. Mikolas could eventually go on a rehab assignment. (Source: Jeff Jones on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Mikolas only made one appearance in 2021 on May 22. It's been a long road of recovery and injuries for Mikolas. The Cardinals desperately need some starting pitching depth. Monitor Mikolas in deeper leagues if healthy.

Category: Injury Updates