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Cardinals 1B Paul Goldschmidt underwent surgery to remove a bone spur from his elbow. (Source: Jeff Jones on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Goldschmidt didn't miss any time with his elbow issue as he played in 58-of-60 games this year. He hit .304 with an .883 OPS, which was a nice rebound from a disappointing first season with the Cardinals in 2019. Goldy should be fully healthy entering spring training next year.

Category: Injury Updates


The Cardinals declined Kolten Wong's $12.5 million option for 2021. (Source: Jeff Jones on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Wong had an underwhelming year at the plate this past summer, hitting .265 with one homer and a .676 OPS in 53 games. The Cardinals are reportedly still interested in keeping him in St. Louis, however. Wong still has a lot of defensive value to offer as a starting second baseman.

Category: Transactions


Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch writes that the Cardinals have continued discussions with Yadier Molina's representatives in recent weeks. (Source: St. Louis Post Dispatch)

Fantasy Impact: Molina is set to be a free agent for the first time in his career, but he certainly seems interested in remaining in St. Louis. The 38-year-old is said to be looking for a two-year contract.

Category: Rumors


Alex Reyes struggled in the Cardinals Game 3 loss to the Padres on Friday when he allowed three runs (one earned) with three strikeouts and two walks over two innings.

Fantasy Impact: Reyes replaced Jack Flaherty who held the Padres to one run over his initial six frames. The 26-year old immediately ran into trouble when he loaded the bases without recording an out to start the seventh inning. He wasn't helped by his defense as two costly errors from Kolten Wong and Tommy Edman extended the inning. He eventually wiggled out of the jam two runs later but then gave up a solo tater to Jake Cronenworth in the eighth inning for his only earned run. The former top prospect heads into the offseason without a solidified role on the Cardinals. Whether he starts next year in the rotation or the bullpen is to be determined.

Category: Game Recaps


Jack Flaherty took the loss in Game 3 of the Wild Card Round on Friday when he gave up one run on six hits with eight strikeouts and two walks across six innings in the Cardinals 4-0 loss to the Padres.

Fantasy Impact: Flaherty did an excellent job holding down the mighty Padres but the Cards offense just couldn't get anything going on offense. The right-hander scattered six hits and two walks over his quality start. A fifth inning Eric Hosmer double was the only run he gave up but that would prove to seal St' Louis' fate. The Cardinals season is done and the Padres will now face the Dodgers in NLDS.

Category: Game Recaps


Daniel Ponce de Leon was handed the loss on Thursday in Game 2 of the Wild Card Round when he allowed three runs on two hits with a pair of strikeouts and a walk over an inning pitched in the Cardinals 11-9 loss.

Fantasy Impact: Ponce de Leon entered a 6-6 ball game in the bottom of the seventh inning and instantly gave up a solo blast to Wil Myers. He subsequently walked Austin Nola but punched out the next two batters before Fernando Tatis Jr. took him to the opposite field to break the game open. The St. Louis pen struggled mightily in this one and the Slam Diego offense came out to play. Game 3 on Friday should be a barn burner.

Category: Game Recaps


Giovanny Gallegos blew the save on Thursday when he allowed two runs on three hits with a strikeout over 2/3 of an inning in the Cardinals 11-9 loss to the Padres.

Fantasy Impact: Gallegos wasn't the only St. Louis reliever to struggle in this game but he was the only one credited with a blown save. After Genesis Cabrera walked two batters and struck out Trent Grisham, Gallegos entered the ball game to replace him. The Cards were holding a 6-2 advantage before Fernando Tatis Jr. smacked a three-run bomb off Gallegos. Manny Machado was up next and he delivered the game-tying home run. Gallegos got the next two outs with a Tommy Pham double between them. All in all, a rough but brief day at the office for the 29-year old.

Category: Game Recaps


Adam Wainwright took a no-decision on Thursday when he surrendered two runs on six hits with two walks and three strikeouts over 3 1/3 innings in the Cardinals 11-9 loss to the Padres in Game 2 on Thursday.

Fantasy Impact: Waino was cruising through the first three innings, only allowing three hits and a walk to the mighty San Diego offense. But he ran out of steam in the bottom of the fourth when he allowed three-straight singles and a force out to give up his first run. He then recorded a walk and was replaced by Austin Gomber, who walked in another run, which was credited to Wainwright. The Cardinals must now play in a pivotal Game 3 on Friday to determine who will advance to the NLDS.

Category: Game Recaps


Paul DeJong went 2-for-2 with a double, an RBI, a run scored, and two walks in the Cardinals 7-4 Wild Card win over the Padres on Wednesday.

Fantasy Impact: DeJong had a day at the dish, reaching base in all four of his plate appearances. The shortstop limped to a .212/.302/.263 batting line in September so the multi-hit performance was a step in the right direction. The Cardinals will look to close out the series on Thursday when they face Zach Davies.

Category: Game Recaps


Dylan Carlson had a day at the plate going 2-for-3 with a double, two runs scored, two walks, and a stolen base in Wednesday's Wild Card victory over the Padres.

Fantasy Impact: Carlson hit cleanup in this one and did not disappoint as he reached base in 4-of-5 at- bats. The rookie failed to live up to his hype in the very small 2020 sample size (.200/.252/.364 over 110 at-bats) but the future is very bright for the 21-year old. Wednesday's performance was just a glimpse at the type of fantasy monster Carlson can be.

Category: Game Recaps


Kwang Hyun Kim was handed a no-decision on Wednesday when he allowed three runs on five hits with two strikeouts and two walks over 3 2/3 innings in the Cardinals 7-4 win over the Padres.

Fantasy Impact: Saint Louis provided Kim with plenty of run support right off the bat as they hung four runs on Chris Paddack in the first inning. While the 32-year old wasn't very sharp, he limited the Padres enough over his 3 2/3 innings before turning it over to the Cards bullpen that did a stellar job holding down the powerful San Diego lineup. The Cardinals now turn to the veteran Adam Wainwright in hopes of taking the series and advancing to the Divisional Round.

Category: Game Recaps


Carlos Martinez has returned to the Dominican Republic to rehab his oblique strain and will miss the rest of the 2020 postseason. (Source: Anne Rogers of MLB.com)

Fantasy Impact: Martinez landed on the injured list last Thursday with an oblique strain. He will need additional time to recover and has been ruled out for the postseason. Martinez was moved into the rotation in 2020 after a successful stint as a closer in 2019. It is unclear if the 29-year-old will be in the rotation or used in high-leverage situations in 2021.

Category: Injury Updates


Ryan Helsley didn't appear in a save situation on Sunday as the Cardinals beat the Brewers 5-2 to wrap up a playoff birth.

Fantasy Impact: Helsley has been usurped by Andrew Miller in the pecking order for saves at the back end of the Cardinals bullpen. But it is probably just a matter of time before they restore Giovanny Gallegos to his role as closer. Helsley finishes the season 1-1 with one save, one hold, two blown saves, a 5.25 ERA, 6.51 xFIP, 7.50 K/9 and 1.25 K/BB in 12 innings pitched. Helsley suffered from COVID-19 and missed nearly four weeks of the season. There is no doubt that some of his poor pitching can be attributed to the virus. Still, owners in standard 12-team redraft leagues can ignore him on draft day in 2021.

Category: Game Recaps


Dexter Fowler went 0-3 with one strike out as the Cardinals topped the Brewers 5-2 to clinch a playoff birth on Sunday.

Fantasy Impact: Fowler missed a large chunk of the season because he was at high-risk to contract COVID-19. He finishes the year worth 0.0 WAR with a .233 batting average, four home runs, one stolen base, 14 runs and 15 RBI in 90 at-bats. Fowler will enter the last year of his contract next season as the Cardinals' right fielder. He can be ignored on draft day in 12-team standard redraft leagues.

Category: Game Recaps


Matt Carpenter was given the day off on Sunday as the Cardinals beat the Brewers 5-2 to clinch a playoff birth.

Fantasy Impact: Carpenter had a season to forget in 2020. He was worth 0.2 WAR while hitting .186 with four home runs, zero stolen bases, 22 runs, and 24 RBI in 140 at-bats. Carpenter is in the midst of a three year decline that has seen his WAR drop from 5.0 to 1.2 to 0.2 this season (projected 0.6 over 162 games). Fantasy owners can ignore the former MVP candidate on draft day in 2021.

Category: Game Recaps


Brad Miller got the day off on Sunday as the Cardinals topped the Brewers 5-2.

Fantasy Impact: Miller had a resurgent 2020 campaign but cooled off considerably down the stretch. He finishes the season worth 0.8 WAR while batting .232 with seven home runs, one stolen base, 21 runs and 25 RBI in 142 at-bats. Miller's walk rate almost doubled from 8.8% in 2019 to 14.6% this season. This is the second time Miller has finished a season with a double digit walk rate and the first time since 2017 with the Rays when it was 15.5%. Miller is on the 2021 radar as a low batting average slugger capable of hitting 30 home runs in a full season.

Category: Game Recaps


Tyler O'Neill stole his third base of the season on Sunday. He went 0-2 with one walk and one run scored. The Cardinals beat the Brewers 5-2 and clinched a post season birth with the win.

Fantasy Impact: O'Neill finishes the season worth 0.5 WAR while batting .173 with seven home runs, three stolen bases, 20 runs and 19 RBI. O'Neill was given a shot to hit clean-up for the Cardinals when they restarted their season after their COVID-19 outbreak but slumped and ultimately ended up in the bottom third of the line-up. He has enormous power potential but hasn't been able to break through at the major league level. O'Neill's 2020 does have some encouraging signs - he was able to reduce his strikeout rate by almost 25% from 2019 and increase his walk rate by almost 50% from 2019 and his .189 BABIP is more than .100 points lower than his .305 career average meaning his poor batting average could be the result of bad luck. He can be considered a sleeper for the 2021 season.

Category: Game Recaps


Harrison Bader hit his fourth home run of the season, a solo shot, off Freddy Peralta in the fourth inning of the Cardinals' 5-2 win on Sunday. He finished the game 2-3 with one triple, one home run, two runs scored, one RBI and one strike out. The Cardinals clinched a playoff birth with the victory.

Fantasy Impact: Bader finishes the season worth 0.9 WAR while batting .226 with four home runs, three stolen bases, 21 runs scored and 11 RBI in 106 at-bats. Bader's 32.0% strikeout rate will have to improve before he merits a roster spot in 12-team redraft leagues next season.

Category: Game Recaps


Austin Gomber was effective allowing one earned run on one hit and two walks while striking out three over four innings as the Cardinals topped the Brewers 5-2 on Sunday to clinch a post season birth. He threw 75 pitches, 47 of them for strikes.

Fantasy Impact: Gomber made 14 appearances this season, 10 in relief and four as a starter. He is stretched out enough for the Cardinals to deploy him in either role this post season. He finishes the year 1-1 with one hold, and a 1.86 ERA, 4.75 xFIP, 8.38 K/9 and 1.80 K/BB over 29 innings pitched this season.

Category: Game Recaps


Dakota Hudson, who's been out since September 18th with a right forearm strain, will undergo Tommy John surgery on Monday after seeking a second opinion. (Source: Anne Rogers on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Surgery was always the likely option for the young right-hander, even though he sought a second opinion for his strained elbow. He was solid for the Cards this year with a 2.77 ERA, 1.00 WHIP, and 31 strikeouts across 39 innings.

Category: Injury Updates