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John Gant continued his erratic ways on Thursday afternoon, giving up five hits, two runs (one earned), and walking six batters in just 4 1/3 innings in a 4-1 loss to the Mets. Gant threw 98 pitches and struck out five while falling to 2-3 on the season.

Fantasy Impact: Gant walked five batters in his previous outing and has now issued an alarming 24 walks in 29 1/3 innings pitched this season, resulting in a 1.70 WHIP. Don't be fooled by the 2.15 ERA as Gant has been playing with fire (and baserunners) all season long. That ERA is due for some massive correction soon unless he gets the walks under control in a hurry. He's issued at least two walks in every outing this season. He's set to face the struggling Brewers offense next week.

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Cardinals' catcher Yadier Molina (foot) has been cleared to resume baseball activities. (Source: Jim Hayes on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: After spraining his foot and a stint on the IL, Molina will begin engaging in baseball activities en route to his return to the Cardinals. Molina is eligible to come off of the IL on Friday, and it seems as though he is trending in the right direction.

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Dylan Carlson (shin) is in the Cardinals' lineup on Thursday afternoon.

Fantasy Impact: Carlso exited Wednesday's game with a shin contusion, but it was never considered serious. The rookie outfielder is playing right field and batting second against the Mets this afternoon.

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Cardinals pitcher Miles Mikolas (shoulder) is scheduled for his final rehab start on May 16th or May 17th and is expected to rejoin the Cardinals by the end of May. (Source: Jeff Jones on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: Mikolas allowed two runs on five hits and one walk while striking out three across two 1/3 innings in Wednesday's rehab start in Triple-A Durham. He will build his pitch count up to 90 before joining the Cardinals’ rotation at the end of May. The Cardinals will monitor how Mikolas' shoulder responds in his final rehab start before being activated from the injured list. Mikolas didn't pitch in 2020 and owned a 4.16 ERA and 1.22 WHIP across 184 innings in 2019.

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Tyler O'Neill went 0-for-5 with a stolen base and a run scored across two games during the Cardinals doubleheader against the Mets on Wednesday.

Fantasy Impact: One of the most recently-added players off the waiver wire in fantasy leagues over the past week, O'Neill's hitless day drops his average to .250, but he still found a way to help his fantasy owners with a stolen base, his third of the year. O'Neill has already matched his career-high in stolen bases (3), although he's never played more than 61 games in a season.

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Paul DeJong went 1-for-3 with a two-run home run in the first game of the Cardinals doubleheader against the Mets on Wednesday. Dejong went 1-for-4 with a base hit in the nightcap.

Fantasy Impact: DeJong took Marcus Stroman deep in the fifth inning of the first game of the day. Despite hitting just .192 on the year with a .702 OPS, the feast-or-famine shortstop still leads the Cardinals in long-balls with seven.

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Paul Goldschmidt hit his fourth home run of the season during Wednesday's doubleheader against the Mets while also picking up a pair of singles across seven at-bats.

Fantasy Impact: Goldy hit a solo shot off of Marcus Stroman in the first inning of the first game of the doubleheader. He added another single later in that game before then going 1-for-4 with a single in the nightcap. The 33-year-old veteran is hitting just .248 with an abysmal .689 OPS so far on the season.

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Johan Oviedo started in the second game of the Cardinals doubleheader against the Mets on Wednesday but lasted only four innings, giving up five hits, two walks, and four earned runs in a 7-2 loss. Oviedo added two strikeouts.

Fantasy Impact: Oviedo surrendered home runs to Tomas Nido and Jonathan Villar of all people - it was each of their first homers of the season. The 23-year-old entered the game with a 2.79 ERA after his first two appearances this season but failed to impress today. The undrafted right-hander has shown some glimpses in his brief time in the majors since last season, but he remains a work-in-progress. If he remains in the rotation, he would be lined up to face the Brewers next week.

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Alex Reyes made quick work of the Mets in the first game of their doubleheader on Wednesday, pitching a 1-2-3 inning and recording one strikeout while securing his ninth save of the season.

Fantasy Impact: Reyes induced two groundouts with a strikeout and still has not allowed a run this season. Reyes trails Mark Melancon (10) for the league lead in saves and has been a true revelation for the Cardinals this season in the closer role.

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Kwang Hyun Kim lasted only four innings in the first game of the Cardinals double-header against the Mets on Wednesday, giving up just two hits, one earned run, and three walks to go with two strikeouts. He did not factor in the decision.

Fantasy Impact: Kim threw only 66 pitches, but the Cardinals elected to pinch hit for him in the bottom of the fourth. Kim struggled with his control during the outing, as he had only walked one batter in three previous starts combined before issuing three walks today. Kim is 1-0 through four starts with a 3.06 ERA and 1.30 WHIP. He'll face the Brewers next week.

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Cardinals reliever Jordan Hicks will miss a minimum of four weeks according to the Cardinals president of baseball operations John Mozeliak. (Source: Benjamin Hochman on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Unfortunate news for Hicks after missing the entire 2020 season. In ten innings, Hick had a 5.40 ERA, 22.7% strikeout rate, and 22.7% walk rate. He's borderline cuttable in 15-team leagues if you don't have an injured list spot and injuries keep piling up.

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Cardinals LHP Andrew Miller (toe) has yet to be cleared for baseball activities. (Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

Fantasy Impact: Miller is currently dealing with a toe blister and it doesn't sound as if he's about to return. The veteran southpaw has mostly struggled this season.

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Cardinals center fielder Harrison Bader went 1-for-3 with a solo home run in a 6-5 win over the Mets on Monday evening.

Fantasy Impact: Bader homered on Sunday as well and is now hitting 3-for-14 (.214) with two homers and a stolen base through his first four games after missing the first few weeks of action with a forearm injury.

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Nolan Arenado came to the plate in the third inning on Monday, trailing 5-2 with two on and two out, and unloaded a three-run home run to left field off of Mets starter Joey Lucchesi to tie the game. Arenado finished the evening 1-for-3 with a walk as well.

Fantasy Impact: The timely home run from Arenado tied up the game, erasing an early deficit, and the Cardinals would go on to win 6-5 thanks in large part to their superstar third baseman. Arenado has been a bit of a letdown through the first month of the season, but he now has five home runs while hitting .265 to go with an .821 OPS on the year. More encouraging, however, is that over his past four games, he's 6-for-16 (.375) with a homer, three doubles, a triple, three runs scored, and eight RBI.

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Fresh off being activated from the COVID-19 list due to precautionary reasons, Adam Wainwright was ineffective on Monday, giving up seven hits, five earned runs, and three walks across 5 2/3 innings while striking out five. Luckily, the Cardinals offense provided him ample run support, allowing Wainwright to pick up his second win of the season.

Fantasy Impact: The 39-year-old right hander was coming off a complete game in his prior outing and a 10-strikeout performance in the game before that. Nonetheless, he simply wasn't sharp tonight but still managed to pick up his second win of the season. Wainwright now owns a 4.72 ERA and 1.34 WHIP across 34 1/3 innings with an impressive 37 K's this season. He'll have another start this weekend at home against Colorado.

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Carlos Martinez was at the top of his game on Sunday afternoon, pitching eight scoreless innings while scattering five hits and two walks and striking out three in a 3-0 win over Pittsburgh.

Fantasy Impact: That's now three straight stellar outings for Martinez, who has given up a total of two earned runs across his last 21 1/3 innings with two straight wins after opening the season with four straight losses. He doesn't offer the strikeout potential that he used to (just 20 K's in 36 1/3 IP), but he's now the owner of a solid 3.72 ERA and 1.02 WHIP and certainly deserves consideration in all fantasy leagues at this point given the roll he is on. Next up is the Rockies at home this coming weekend.

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Cardinals leadoff man Tommy Edman went 4-for-6 with a double, three singles, and a run scored in a 12-5 win over Pittsburgh on Saturday.

Fantasy Impact: Edman upped his average to .295 with the four-hit game and continues to do a solid job setting the table atop the Cardinals lineup.

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Cardinals outfielder Justin Williams connected for his third home run of the season (and of his career) on Saturday when he came on to pinch-hit in the ninth inning and hit a two-run shot off of Pirates reliever Sean Poppen.

Fantasy Impact: With the return of Harrison Bader to the lineup, Williams has shifted back to a bench role for the Cardinals and isn't worth fantasy consideration at this time. He's hitting just .182 with a paltry .617 OPS on the season.

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Jack Flaherty remained unbeaten on Saturday, picking up his fifth win by pitching six innings and giving up six hits, three earned runs, and two walks while striking out a season-high nine batters in a 12-5 win over the Pirates.

Fantasy Impact: Flaherty was staked to a 4-0 lead in the first inning, and that was all he needed on the night. He ran into some trouble in the third inning but was able to limit the damage. Flaherty's 3.41 ERA is still a little bloated due to his poor first outing on Opening Day in bad weather, but he's won five consecutive decisions and notched three straight quality starts as well. He'll carry a perfect 5-0 record and sterling 1.02 WHIP into his next start against the Mets.

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For the second consecutive game, Matt Carpenter came off the bench to slug a three-run home run to right field and help propel the Cardinals to victory.

Fantasy Impact: Carpenter crushed a fastball to right center in the sixth inning to blow the game open and now has three homers on the year to go with an unfathomable .116 AVG and .576 OPS. The veteran left-hander has carved out a role off the Cardinals bench but is not worthy of fantasy consideration at this stage of his career.

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