St. Louis Cardinals Roster
- NL Central
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The St. Louis Cardinals signed right-handed reliever Giovanny Gallegos to a two-year contract extension on Monday that includes a club option for the 2025 season. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. The 31-year-old is 3-5 this year for St. Louis with a 2.91 ERA (2.76 FIP), a 0.97 WHIP, 14 saves and 72 strikeouts in 58 2/3 innings pitched. He's converted 28 of his 42 save opportunities in the last two seasons and also has 36 holds, making him plenty valuable to both the Cardinals and fantasy managers despite not being the full-time closer. Gallegos should once again be valuable to fantasy managers in holds leagues in 2023.
St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols played in his final regular season game at Busch Stadium on Sunday. The veteran slugger smacked his 702nd home run, which ties him with Babe Ruth for second on the all-time list. Possibly, Pujols adds to his total before the season is over with three games left remaining on the schedule. The 42-year-old drove in three runs before being pulled out alongside Adam Wainwright and Yadier Molina in the fifth inning. The team wanted to celebrate their players even though it hurt their chances of winning the contest. Pujols will look to help the Cardinals win another ring before he rides off in the sunset.
St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Tyler O'Neill (hamstring) may not return from the 10-day injured list during the team's upcoming postseason run. "I think there's a shot, but obviously, the clock is ticking," said Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak. The 27-year-old sustained a Grade 1 left hamstring strain on September 17. He has been limited to 96 games due to injuries, slashing .228/.308/.392 with 14 home runs, 58 RBI, 56 runs, and 14 stolen bases over 383 plate appearances. O'Neill is not expected to return before the regular season, and his status for the postseason is up in the air. Dylan Carlson will continue to see everyday at-bats while O'Neill is sidelined.
St. Louis Cardinals third baseman Nolan Arenado will get the day off on Wednesday against the Milwaukee Brewers. Arenado and a few others will take a seat a day after the team clinched the National League Central division on Tuesday. Rookie Juan Yepez will get the nod at the hot corner instead and will bat cleanup against Brewers right-hander Brandon Woodruff. Yepez has handled himself quite well in his first major-league season for the Cardinals and he's hit well in limited opportunities of late, going 7-for-18 (.389) with a homer, two RBI and three runs scored in six games in the last two weeks of play. He'll be a solid under-the-radar DFS play against Milwaukee.
St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Miles Mikolas matched his season high in strikeouts Tuesday, setting down nine Brewers in a 6-2 win over Milwaukee. Mikolas pitched six innings, giving up one run on four hits and a walk to earn his 12th win of the year against 13 losses. With his 3.30 ERA and 1.04 WHIP in 199 1/3 innings this season, Mikolas has been durable and effective for fantasy managers. He lines up for one more regular-season start to tune up for the playoffs.