The Cardinals took 2 out of 3 from the Rockies at Busch Stadium, and they welcome the Diamondbacks to town today. First, let’s take a look at whose stock is up or down after the 3-game set.
Piscotty continued to be one of the most consistent hitters in the Cardinals lineup with a huge series, going 6 for 12 with 3 doubles and 2 RBIs. Even after manager Mike Matheny moved him out of his familiar second spot in the lineup, he responded going 3 for 4 last night in just his fourth appearance in the cleanup spot all season. With Randal Grichuk battling some back tightness, the Cards will continue to lean heavily on Piscotty for stability in the outfield.
Possibly the most under-the-radar signing of the offseason for the Cardinals, Oh is off to a spectacular start in the MLB, and continued that against Colorado. Oh turned in two scoreless outings, striking out the side in the series opener, and pitching a perfect 8th inning last night with two more strikeouts. It’s only a matter of time until we see Oh given an opportunity to pitch in some high leverage situations late in the ballgame.
Seung Hwan Oh's 29 strikeouts (21.2 IP) this season now rank 3rd among National League relievers.
— St. Louis Cardinals (@Cardinals) May 20, 2016
Coming off one of his worst starts of the season (and that’s really saying something this year), Wainwright pitched his best game of the season at a time when it was desperately needed. He hung up zeroes into the seventh inning of Wednesday’s 2-0 shutout win, lowering his ERA from an unsightly 6.80 to 5.92. His bounce-back outing was attributed to some minor mechanical adjustments, so look for Wainwright to continue to improve.
Wacha struggled in his start last night, but was able to escape without a loss thanks to excellent run support from the bats. It’s the second straight start where Wacha has let up 6 runs in 4 innings without allowing a home run. He’ll need to right the ship quickly, as his next start will be a pivotal one against the Chicago Cubs next week.
2. Brandon Moss
Looking to provide some semblance of production at a first-base position that has been among the majors’ worst this season (.214 AVG), Moss went hitless in 6 at bats. The achilles heel of the Moss-Adams tandem surely seems to be left-handed pitching, as both are batting less than .175 against southpaws on the season. Perhaps GM John Mozeliak will look for a right-handed platoon partner for one or both of them come July.
After leaving Thursday night’s game with a back injury, Grichuk may quickly be developing an “injury-prone” label. He has yet to play a full season for the Cardinals, and it certainly seems that he’s always dealing with some sort of bump or bruise throughout the season. Of course, this injury may be nothing major, but it’s never good to see your centerfielder go down with an injury and leave the game.
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