St. Louis Cardinals

NL Central

Paul Goldschmidt went 1-for-2 with a walk-off home run in the Cardinals' 2-1 extra innings win over the Marlins on Wednesday.

Fantasy Impact: Goldschmidt didn't start this game, but entered as a pinch-hitter and eventually won the game for his team. He now has 14 home runs and a .777 OPS on the year.

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Daniel Ponce de Leon pitched six scoreless innings in the Cardinals' 2-1 extra innings win over the Marlins on Wednesday. He allowed two hits, one walk, and struck out six in the no-decision.

Fantasy Impact: Ponce de Leon continues to keep runs off the board, and secured his first quality start with this outing. With Adam Wainwright returning, Ponce de Leon doesn't have a spot in the rotation, but if either Wainwright or Michael Wacha continue to struggle then Ponce de Leon could get a shot to take their role.

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Cardinals manager Mike Shildt hinted Wednesday that Carlos Martinez is not returning to a starting role anytime soon. (Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

Fantasy Impact: Martinez himself recently said he was expecting to return to a starting role sometime after the All-Star break. The 27-year-old has pitched well out of the bullpen before and the Cardinals might prefer him in that role for the rest of 2019.


Jack Flaherty allowed three runs on four hits over seven innings in the Cardinals' 6-0 loss to the Marlins on Tuesday. He walked one and struck out eight while falling to 4-4.

Fantasy Impact: Once again, Flaherty piled up strikeouts but struggled to keep runs off the board. He served up a pair of bombs, and now has a 1.67 HR/9 on the year along with a 4.42 FIP. His 3.89 xFIP is a little more favorable, but Flaherty will need to curb the longball if he wants to maintain a sub-four ERA. His next start comes Tuesday vs. Oakland.

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Dexter Fowler 1-for-4 with a three-run home run in the Cardinals' 5-0 win over the Marlins on Monday.

Fantasy Impact: Fowler is on a tear right now, having homered in three of his last four games. This production is hardly sustainable for the veteran outfielder, but he's worth a hot hand pickup in deeper leagues.

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Jordan Hicks pitched a perfect ninth in a non-save situation in the Cardinals' 5-0 win over the Marlins on Monday.

Fantasy Impact: This may have just been to get Hicks some work; he hadn't pitched since June 13 prior to this game. He is still the favorite for saves in this bullpen, but Carlos Martinez did pick up the last save for St. Louis. This is a situation to monitor, but change does not seem imminent.

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Matt Carpenter went 3-for-4 with a solo home run and three runs scored in the Cardinals' 5-0 win over the Marlins on Monday.

Fantasy Impact: This ended a long homer drought for Carpenter, as he hadn't gone deep since June 4. The veteran infielder has yet to snap out of his season-long slump, and is still hitting just .227 with a .334 OBP on the year. He presents a high-risk buy low opportunity for owners looking to take a chance, as Carpenter still has the capability to bounce back into a stud.

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Miles Mikolas fired six scoreless innings and improved to 5-7 in the Cardinals' 5-0 win over the Marlins on Monday. He allowed six hits, walked none, and struck out four.

Fantasy Impact: This is the exact type of start we should expect from Mikolas against the Marlins, and to his credit he delivered. Mikolas lowered his ERA to 4.48 and his FIP to 4.57 after this outing. His next start comes Saturday vs. the Angels.

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Paul DeJong went 1-for-3 with a solo home run, a walk, and two runs scored in the Cardinals' 4-3 win over the Mets on Sunday.

Fantasy Impact: DeJong is on a tear right now, with three home runs in his last four games. The shortstop has proven quite streaky this season, and it looks like he's in the midst of a hot streak right now.

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Dakota Hudson allowed three runs on eight hits over six innings in the Cardinals' 4-3 win over the Mets on Sunday. He walked three and struck out three in the no-decision.

Fantasy Impact: Hudson continues to defy conventional pitching logic with his seventh straight quality start today. He is able to overcome poor control and a low strikeout rate with a league-high 61.8% groundball rate, but owners should still be skeptical of Hudson's long-term sustainability. It's really hard to trust a pitcher with a 1.5 K/BB ratio and 4.73 FIP. His next start comes Friday vs. the Angels.

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Marcell Ozuna went 1-for-4 with a single and an RBI in the Cardinals' 8-7 loss to the Mets on Saturday.

Fantasy Impact: The RBI was Ozuna's 55th, and he now has a .260/.332/.524 triple slash on the year. Ozuna should be a big-time run producer all year hitting in the middle of the Cardinals' order.

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Michael Wacha allowed six runs (five earned) on seven hits over four innings in the Cardinals' 8-7 loss to the Mets on Saturday. He walked one and struck out four while falling to 4-3.

Fantasy Impact: Wacha also served up a pair of homers in this one, and now has a 6.00 ERA on the year. With a 5.25 BB/9 and 2.1 HR/9, Wacha is unusable in all formats. His next start comes Thursday vs. Miami.

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Jose Martinez went 1-for-1 with a pinch-hit, three-run home run in the Cardinals' 9-5 win over the Mets on Friday.

Fantasy Impact: This was nice to see from Martinez, since he's been spiraling out of control over the last three weeks. He's hitting .128 with a .414 OPs since May 19. As a result, his playing time has been slashed, as Martinez is essentially a pinch-hitter at this point. Dexter Fowler has also been struggling, so Martinez could win some playing time back, but he needs to hit better going forward.

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Kolten Wong went 2-for-2 with a solo home run in the Cardinals' 9-5 win over the Mets on Friday.

Fantasy Impact: Wong entered the game as a pinch-hitter in the seventh, and stayed in at second base for the Cardinals. That move paid off, as Wong went deep in the ninth for his seventh blast of the year. He doesn't offer much in terms of consistency, but Wong should provide solid stolen base numbers with passable power.

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The Cardinals have activated Yadier Molina (thumb) off the 10-day IL. (Source: St. Louis Cardinals on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: Molina was hoping to return by this weekend so this news is a nice surprise. He should be re-inserted into fantasy lineups everywhere.

Category: Injury Updates


Wainwright (hamstring) was placed on the 10-day injured list on Monday. (Source: St. Louis Cardinals on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: This move shouldn't come as much of a surprise, as there were speculations that Wainwright would be headed to the IL after his removal from Sunday's game. It's not clear at this time if Wainwright will miss more than one start. Daniel Ponce de Leon is the likely candidate to replace Wainwright in the rotation. Reliever Ryan Helsley was promoted to the big leagues in a corresponding move.

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Harrison Bader went 1-for-3 with a double in the Cardinals' 3-1 loss to the Cubs on Friday.

Fantasy Impact: Bader was the only St. Louis baserunner to reach second base against Cole Hamels in this game. The young defensive whiz has seen increased playing time as of late, but his .240 AVG and 28% K rate aren't very inspiring from a fantasy perspective. He is best used in OBP leagues, as Bader's 10% BB rate has kept his on-base percentage at a healthy .354 mark.

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John Gant picked up his fifth win in relief in the Cardinals' 3-1 win over the Reds on Thursday. He fired one and a third perfect innings with a strikeout.

Fantasy Impact: Gant has been dominant out of the pen for St. Louis, and now has a 1.10 ERA on the year. His .149 BABIP and 100% LOB rate both indicate some rather good fortune on Gant's part, but he still seems to have made some strides as a reliever. He is likely next in line for saves should Jordan Hicks falter.

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Cardinals manager Mike Shildt says Alex Reyes will make at least one more start with Triple-A Memphis. (Source: Mark Saxon on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: There was some thought that Reyes could join the big league rotation as soon as this weekend, but he'll spend at least one more start in the minors for now. Whenever Reyes gets the call he'll be an intriguing fantasy option. Those in deeper leagues might want to stash him now.


Jedd Gyorko went 1-for-3 with a two-run home run in the Cardinals' 5-3 win over the Phillies on Thursday.

Fantasy Impact: Gyorko took advantage of a rare opportunity to start, but still owns a paltry .200/.259/.320 batting line on the year. He doesn't play enough to have fantasy value, and he hasn't been performing when he plays anyway.

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