2015 St. Louis Cardinals season
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The St. Louis Cardinals 2015 season is the 134th for the franchise in St. Louis, Missouri, the 124th season in the National League (NL), and the 10th at Busch Stadium III. They entered the season as two-time defending NL Central division champions and having made four consecutive National League Championship Series appearances. The months of April and May were host to a series of unique and rare achievements, including winning 22 of their first 29 games, making that the best start for the franchise since 1887, when they were 24–5 through 29 games.
- 1 Death of Oscar Taveras
- 2 Offseason acquisitions, departures and roster moves
- 3 Season standings
- 4 Season summary
- 5 Game log
- 6 Current roster
- 7 Statistics
- 8 Records, awards and honors
- 9 Farm system
- 10 References
- 11 External links
Death of Oscar Taveras
Offseason acquisitions, departures and roster moves
Ownership and club officials
- November 1, 2014: Scout Charlie Gonzalez was hired as a Special Assistant by the Houston Astros.
- November 24, 2014: Director of Scouting Dan Kantrovitz was hired as Assistant General Manager by the Oakland Athletics.
- December 2, 2014: Cardinals' Director of Baseball Development Chris Correa was hired as Director of Scouting.
Management and coaches
- October 27, 2014: Bench Coach Mike Aldrete was hired by the Oakland Athletics in same position.
- November 3, 2014: Assistant Hitting Coach David Bell was signed to a two-year contract as Bench Coach.
- November 17, 2014: Former Chicago Cubs Hitting Coach Bill Mueller was hired by the Cardinals as Assistant Hitting Coach.
- October 26, 2014: OF Oscar Taveras was killed in a car accident.
- October 30, 2014: The day after the 2014 World Series ended, IF Mark Ellis, RHP Justin Masterson, RHP Jason Motte, RHP Pat Neshek and C A.J. Pierzynski became free agents.
- October 30, 2014: The Cardinals exercised the $500,000 team option for 2015 on RHP John Lackey.
- November 3, 2014: C Ed Easley was added to the 40-man roster.
- November 3, 2014: RHP Eric Fornataro was claimed off waivers by the Washington Nationals.
- November 3, 2014: RHP Jorge Rondón was claimed off waivers by the Colorado Rockies.
- November 11, 2014: Free agent IF Dean Anna formerly of the Indianapolis Indians (AAA affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates) was signed by the Cardinals and added to the 40-man roster.
- November 11, 2014: Free agent RHP Marcus Hatley formerly of the Iowa Cubs (AAA affiliate of the Chicago Cubs) was signed to a minor league contract and extended an invitation to spring training.
- November 11, 2014: IF Scott Moore was re-signed by the Cardinals to a minor league contract and extended an invitation to spring training.
- November 11, 2014: Free agent RHP Miguel Socolovich formerly of the Las Vegas 51s (AAA affiliate of the New York Mets) was signed to a minor league contract and extended an invitation to spring training.
- November 17, 2014: RHP Tyrell Jenkins and RHP Shelby Miller were traded to the Atlanta Braves for OF Jason Heyward and RHP Jordan Walden.
- November 18, 2014: RHP Keith Butler cleared waivers and was outrighted to the Memphis Redbirds (AAA affiliate of the Cardinals).
- November 18, 2014: OF Shane Robinson was released by the Cardinals pre-arbitration and became a free agent.
- November 18, 2014: C Cody Stanley was re-signed by the Cardinals to a minor league contract and added to the 40-man roster.
- November 20, 2014: RHP Sam Gaviglio was traded to the Seattle Mariners for IF Ty Kelly, who was added to the 40-man roster.
- December 2, 2014: Free agent RHP Matt Belisle formerly of the Colorado Rockies was signed to a one-year contract for $3.5M.
- December 2, 2014: At the contract deadline for arbitration-eligible players, the Cardinals tendered contracts to OF Peter Bourjos, C Tony Cruz, OF Jon Jay, RHP Lance Lynn and RHP Jordan Walden, but non-tendered IF Daniel Descalso, making him a free agent.
- December 4, 2014: Robinson was signed to a minor league contract with the Minnesota Twins and extended in invitation to spring training.
- December 10, 2014: Neshek was signed to a $12.5M, two-year contract with the Houston Astros.
- December 11, 2014: Free agent IF Mark Reynolds formerly of the Milwaukee Brewers was signed to a one-year contract.
- December 11, 2014: RHP Tyler Waldron of the Indianapolis Indians (AAA affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates) was signed in the AAA-phase of the Rule 5 Draft.
- December 12, 2014: Masterson was signed to a $9.5M, one-year contract with the Boston Red Sox.
- December 15, 2014: Motte was signed to a $4.5M, one-year contract with the Chicago Cubs.
- December 16, 2014: Descalso was signed to a $3.6M, two-year contract with the Colorado Rockies.
- December 23, 2014: Walden and the Cardinals agreed pre-arbitration to a two-year contract with a team option in year three.
- January 7, 2015: Pierzynski was signed to a $2M, one-year contract with the Atlanta Braves.
- January 15, 2015: Lynn and the Cardinals agreed pre-arbitration to a $22M, three-year contract.
- January 15, 2015: Bourjos and the Cardinals agreed pre-arbitration to a $1.65M, one-year contract.
- January 15, 2015: Cruz and the Cardinals agreed pre-arbitration to a $775,000, one-year contract.
- February 3, 2015: C Michael Ohlman of the Bowie Baysox (AA affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles) was traded to the Cardinals for cash consideration and was added to the 40-man roster.
- February 4, 2015: Free agent RHP Carlos Villanueva formerly of the Chicago Cubs was signed to a minor-league contract and extended an invitation to spring training.
- February 9, 2015: Jay and the Cardinals agreed pre-arbitration to a $10.975M, two-year contract.
- February 26, 2015: Ellis retired from baseball.
- March 28, 2015: LHP Sam Freeman was traded to the Texas Rangers for cash consideration or a player to be named later.
- March 30, 2015: Villanueva was added to the 40- and 25-man roster.
- April 3, 2015: OF Gary Brown was claimed off waivers from the San Francisco Giants and added to the 40-man roster in place of IF Jacob Wilson, who was placed on optional assignment with AAA Memphis.
National League Central
National League Wild Card
Record vs. opponents
2015 NL Records
Source: NL Standings Head-to-Head
The Cardinals commenced the 2015 season on April 5 with the first game of the MLB season (also Opening Night) against the Chicago Cubs, a 3–0 win. St. Louis' four stolen bases (SB) set a team record for Opening Day, and Yadier Molina became the first catcher in club history with 11 consecutive Opening Day starts. Left fielder Matt Holliday opened the season with a 12-game hitting streak. His 12th game was also his first four-hit performance of the season.
The Cardinals placed outfielder (OF) Randal Grichuk on the 15-day disabled list (DL) on April 18 and was replaced on the 25-man roster with IF Dean Anna. From April 12–19, third baseman Matt Carpenter netted seven consecutive games with at least two hits and one double, tying Ripper Collins for the franchise record he set in 1935. That same streak was also the longest in the Major Leagues since Paul Molitor achieve the same as a member of the Brewers in 1991. Carpenter also batted .480 with an .880 slugging percentage (SLG), seven doubles, one home run (HR), five runs batted in (RBI) and an-NL leading 22 total bases. MLB subsequently named him to his first NL Player of the Week Award for that period.
The club placed OF Peter Bourjos on three-day paternity leave on April 21, replacing him on the 25-man roster with RHP Mitch Harris. Harris was the first United States Naval Academy graduate to be called up to the majors since pitcher Nemo Gaines of the Washington Senators in 1921. To make room for Harris on the 40-man roster, the Cardinals optioned Brown, acquired earlier in the month, to the AAA Memphis Redbirds. Bourjos returned from leave on April 25 and Anna was optioned to Memphis. That day, Harris made his major-league debut, substituting for ace Adam Wainwright, who suffered an ankle injury. He was ruled out for the rest of the season. Harris struck out his first batter. Wainwright was placed on the 15-day disabled list on April 26. The club replaced him on the 25-man roster with C Cody Stanley. Stanley made his major-league debut the same day, and got a hit in his first at bat.
When Wainwright's next turn in the rotation came up on April 30, the Cardinals moved him to the 60-day disabled list to make room for LHP Tim Cooney. Stanley was then optioned back to Memphis. Cooney's major-league debut that day was a disappointment, going only 2 1/3 innings and giving up seven hits and a walk. The following day the Cardinals called up RHP Miguel Socolovich and sent down Cooney. To make room on the 40-man roster, OF Tommy Pham was moved to the 60-day disabled list.
The month of May increased the trend of unique and rare achievements for the Cardinals, both affirmative and dubious. In the series against the Pittsburgh Pirates from May 1–3, the Cardinals swept by winning each game in extra innings. In the last game of that series, Kolten Wong hit his second career regular-season walk-off home run; his first also occurred against the Pirates. St. Louis became the first team since 1925 to sweep by winning each game in extra innings when the Cincinnati Reds did so against the Boston Braves from June 4–7. Of course, because the games were at home at Busch Stadium, St. Louis each won in walk-off fashion: first baseman Matt Adams with a bases-loaded single in the first game, and Carpenter with a sacrifice fly in the second.
St. Louis shifted RHP Jordan Walden to the 15-day disabled list on May 3 with right bicep inflammation, and called up from AAA Memphis RHP Sam Tuivailala. That day Socolovich made his major-league debut, going one inning with a strikeout and no hits or walks. The Cardinals also defeated the Cubs on May 4 for their seventh straight win, making their record on the season an MLB-best 19–6. It was also their best start after 25 games since at least 1900. When Wainwright's spot on the rotation came up again on May 5, the Cardinals optioned Tuivailala to Memphis and called up LHP Tyler Lyons for the start. Lyons went 4 1/3 innings with seven strikeouts, two walks, six hits, and four runs (three earned).
In the next series against the Pirates, the Cardinals fell victim on May 10 to the first "4–5–4" triple play (where the second baseman records the out, throws to the third baseman, who records a second out, and finally back to the second baseman, who records a third and final out of the inning, all in one play) in MLB history. In this play, catcher Yadier Molina lined out to Pittsburgh second baseman Neil Walker, who threw to third baseman Jung-ho Kang to double up Jhonny Peralta for the second out. Kang breifly pirouetted the ball in his hand, albeit confused, then threw back to Walker to tag Jason Heyward for the final out. On May 13, reigning American League Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber of the Cleveland Indians struck out 18 Cardinals, setting a record for a Cardinal opponent and tying Bob Feller for the Indians' nine-inning franchise record in Cleveland's 2–0 win.
On May 14, the Cardinals placed OF Jon Jay on the 15-day disabled list with left wrist tendonitis and called up infielder Xavier Scruggs from Memphis. Scruggs was sent back to Memphis two days later when Grichuk returned from the DL. The next day, the club recalled Tuivailala from Memphis in exchange for Lyons in anticipation of Jaime Garcia's return from the disabled list. Tuivailala went back down on May 21 when Garcia was activated to make his first major league start since June 20, 2014. Garcia recorded the loss going 7 innings with 5 hits, 2 runs (both earned), 5 walks, and 3 strikeouts.
Holliday reached base each of his first 43 games of the season through May 27, breaking Albert Pujols' franchise and National League records, which he set in 2008. Holliday had also reached base in 45 consecutive games dating back to 2014, which was 10 short of Stan Musial's overall franchise record, and 29 short of Ted Williams' MLB record. IF Matt Adams was placed on the 15-day disabled list May 28 with a torn right quadriceps and replaced on the 25-man roster with C Ed Easley. He had surgery May 29 and was expected to miss three to four months, effectively the rest of the season. That same day Jay was activated from the disabled list and Socolovich optioned to Memphis.
On May 31, the Cardinals paid an official tribute to the deceased Oscar Taveras, who debuted for them in the major leagues exactly one year earlier. They played the Los Angeles Dodgers that day. Cardinals starting pitcher and close of friend of Taveras, Carlos Martínez, struck out eight and extended a personal scoreless inning streak to 20 1⁄3 innings as St. Louis prevailed, 3–1. It was the longest scoreless-inning streak in the NL for a starting pitcher through that point in the season. Through their first 50 games and two of the months of the season, the Cardinals were an MLB-best 33–17 (.660 winning percentage), including 20–6 at home.
|2015 Game Log (34–18)|
| Legend: = Win = Loss = Postponement|
Bold = Cardinals team member
St. Louis Cardinals roster
|Active roster||Inactive roster||Coaches/Other|
60-day disabled list
25 active, 15 inactive
10px 7- or 15-day disabled list
- Statistics notes: G = Games played; AB = At bats; R = Runs; H = Hits; 2B = Doubles; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in; BB = Base on balls; SO = Strikeouts; HBP = Hit by pitch; GIDP = Double plays grounded into; AVG =Batting average; OBP = On-base percentage; SLG = Slugging percentage; OPS = On-base plus slugging
- Table notes:
- Table half above double line: Appeared in most games at that position
- Below double line: Ranked by ABs regardless of position
- Excludes pitcher at-bats and players appearing in less than 20% of team games.
- Bold: led or tied for lead in the National League (NL)
|=Team leader (To be reflected at end of the season)|
- Statistics notes: GS = Games Started; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; WHIP = Walks plus hits per inning pitched; HBP = Hit by pitch; BF = Batters faced; O-AVG = Opponent batting avg.; O-OBP = Opponent on-base avg.; O-SLG = Opponent slugging pct.; R suppt = Run support average from his team's batters per Games Started; CG = Complete games; ShO = Shutouts; SV = Save; HLD = Hold
- Includes all starting pitchers.
- Bold: led or tied for lead in the National League (NL)
- Italics: on disabled list.
Records, awards and honors
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