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Riley O'Brien said he expects to begin a Minor League rehab assignment with Double-A Springfield later this week. (Source: John Denton on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: O'Brien threw a live batting practice session to Double-A hitters on Tue in Springfield and liked how he felt. He hasn’t pitched since Opening Day.

Category: Injury Updates


Matt Carpenter is out of the starting lineup for the Cardinals Wednesday.

Fantasy Impact: Carpenter will head to the bench after starting in each of the last three games. Alex Burleson will serve as the DH and bat second against the Pirates.


Dylan Carlson is in the starting lineup for the Cardinals Wednesday.

Fantasy Impact: Carlson will start for the first time since June 9. He will bat eighth and man right field against the Pirates. Carlson is hitting .175 with three RBI in 57 at-bats.


Pedro Pages is out of the starting lineup for the Cardinals Wednesday.

Fantasy Impact: Pages will head to the bench after drawing the start in the last two games. Ivan Herrera will start behind the plate and bat sixth against the Pirates.


Ivan Herrera is in the starting lineup for the Cardinals Wednesday.

Fantasy Impact: Herrera will start behind the plate and bat sixth against the Pirates. The 24-year-old will be making his first start since June 8. He is hitting .260, with three home runs, and 16 RBI this season.


Miles Mikolas delivered a gem, allowing just one hit and one walk while striking out six over seven innings in Tuesday's 2-1 loss to the Pirates.

Fantasy Impact: Despite his stellar performance, Mikolas was left without a decision, a recurring theme that must frustrate fantasy managers given his solid outings. His season ERA of 4.85 and WHIP of 1.19 suggest some inconsistency, but performances like this highlight his potential upside. The low strikeout rate (6.8 K/9) continues to cap his fantasy ceiling, yet his excellent control (3.93 K/BB ratio) provides some stability. Moving forward, Mikolas could be a valuable asset in deeper leagues, particularly if he maintains this level of command and minimizes damage.

Category: Game Recaps


Willson Contreras (forearm) hit soft toss and caught a bullpen session Tuesday. (Source: Daniel Guerrero on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Considering the fractured forearm was on his glove hand, this is an impressive feat this early into his rehab. He is still expected to return sometime in the middle of July.

Category: Injury Updates


Tommy Edman (wrist) is taking batting practice on the field Tuesday. (Source: John Denton on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: This marks the first time that Edman has been a part of batting practice with the team. He is continuing to recover from off-season wrist surgery.

Category: Injury Updates


Alec Burleson went 1-for-4 with an RBI on Sunday against the Rockies.

Fantasy Impact: Burleson hit his ninth long ball on the season in the third inning. He is hitting .273 at the plate now with 24 RBI.

Category: Game Recaps


Andre Pallante allowed three hits over five scoreless innings on Sunday against the Rockies.

Fantasy Impact: Pallante added six strikeouts and one walk in a bounce back outing for him. He figures to remain in the Cardinals rotation for now.

Category: Game Recaps


Kyle Gibson endured a rocky outing in Saturday's 6-5 loss to the Rockies.

Fantasy Impact: He allowed three earned runs on eight hits and two walks while striking out seven over six innings. Despite the less-than-stellar performance, Gibson's season ERA and WHIP slightly increased but remain respectable at 3.76 and 1.27, respectively. His 7.9 K/9 continues to offer moderate strikeout potential, though his FIP at 4.46 suggests some underlying concerns that could affect his reliability as a fantasy starter. Fantasy managers should view Gibson as a matchup-dependent option, given the volatility indicated by his peripheral stats.

Category: Game Recaps


Steven Matz is scheduled to throw 40 pitches in his second rehab start on Tuesday. (Source: John Denton on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Matz threw 24 pitches in his first rehab start. The Cardinals hope to get him to 75-80 pitches before a return to the big leagues.

Category: Injury Updates


Jose Fermin is not in the Cardinals lineup on Saturday against the Rockies.

Fantasy Impact: Fermin went hitless in Friday's win. Matt Carpenter is back at DH in his absence for the Cardinals.


Ryan Helsley delivered a pristine inning to secure the save in the Cardinals' 8-5 win over the Rockies.

Fantasy Impact: He threw 11 pitches, allowed no hits or walks, and struck out two batters. This performance underscores Helsley's reliability as a closer this season, boasting a solid 2.25 ERA and 1.04 WHIP across 28 appearances. His ability to maintain a high strikeout rate (10.0 K/9) while keeping his walks low enhances his value in leagues that reward strikeouts and WHIP. With 21 saves now under his belt and only one blown save, Helsley continues to be a top-tier fantasy option for saves. His consistent performance should keep him firmly in the role of closer, making him a must-start in all fantasy formats.

Category: Game Recaps


Lance Lynn had a rocky outing, surrendering four earned runs on six hits and two walks while striking out six over four innings in Friday's 8-5 win against the Rockies.

Fantasy Impact: Despite the Cardinals pulling off a victory, Lynn's performance was less than stellar, raising concerns about his consistency this season. His ERA ticked up to 3.58, and with a WHIP of 1.38, fantasy managers might start feeling the heat. While his 8.7 K/9 continues to offer some upside, the elevated FIP of 4.10 suggests that his struggles might not be a fluke. Fantasy managers should keep a watchful eye on Lynn's next few outings to gauge whether adjustments can steer his season back on a more reliable course.

Category: Game Recaps


Paul Goldschmidt went 2-for-4 with two RBI in the Cardinals' 8-5 win over the Rockies.

Fantasy Impact: His performance included a pair of singles and a run scored, contributing significantly to the team's offense. Despite a challenging season with a batting average of just .227, this game could be a positive sign for Goldschmidt and his fantasy managers. His ability to drive in runs remains evident, but his overall production has been lower than expected. Fantasy managers should keep an eye on whether this game marks a turning point for the veteran first baseman or if it's just a brief highlight in an otherwise underwhelming season.

Category: Game Recaps


Nick Robertson (elbow) is scheduled to throw a bullpen session Saturday. (Source: Lynn Worthy on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Robertson will throw his first bullpen session since landing on the injured list with elbow inflammation. He has a 4.38 ERA and a 1.38 WHIP this season.

Category: Injury Updates


Sonny Gray endured a tough start, allowing three earned runs on two hits and four walks while striking out five over 4.2 innings in Thursday's 3-2 loss to the Rockies.

Fantasy Impact: This performance was a bit of a stumble for Gray, whose season had been marked by strong outings, as evidenced by his 3.21 ERA and 1.07 WHIP after this game. The increased walk rate in this outing is particularly concerning, deviating from his otherwise solid 4.32 strikeout-to-walk ratio. Fantasy managers should keep an eye on his next few starts to see if control issues persist, but given his excellent season stats, this game might just be a minor blip in an otherwise stellar campaign.

Category: Game Recaps


Giovanny Gallegos (shoulder) is slated to pitch in a rehab outing with Triple-A Memphis Thursday and Sunday. (Source: Daniel Guerrero on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: Gallegos will be reevaluated after both sessions. His next step would be pitching in consecutive appearances. The Cardinals should have a timeline on a potential activation from the injured list soon.

Category: Injury Updates


Masyn Winn is in the starting lineup for the Cardinals Thursday.

Fantasy Impact: Winn will start at shortstop and hit leadoff after getting the day off Wednesday. He is hitting .309, with three home runs, and 21 RBI this season.