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|2015 Season (CBSSports.com)||490.00||14.00||.278||67.00||62.00||1.00|
|Games Played By Position|
|vs Fiers (Career)||14||2||0|| .214||.143||.143|
|vs RHP||124||37||0|| .333|| .347|| .298|
|12/25/2014||Dylan Bundy, SP BAL|
Chris Archer, SP TB
Jeff Samardzija, SP CHW
Doug Fister, SP WAS
Lucas Duda, 1B NYM
|Cody Allen, RP CLE|
Yadier Molina, C STL
Ian Desmond, SS WAS
Cole Hamels, SP PHI
|12/25/2014||Josh Bell, RF PIT||Yadier Molina, C STL|
|12/25/2014||Yadier Molina, C STL|
Joc Pederson, CF LAD
Kole Calhoun, RF LAA
Sean Doolittle, RP OAK
|Devin Mesoraco, C CIN|
|Last 10 Games|
Cardinals' Matt Holliday, Yadier Molina receive day off Thursday
|by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com|
|(5/21/15) Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday and catcher Yadier Molina were held out of the starting lineup Thursday against the Mets. Mark Reynolds started in Holliday's absence and Tony Cruz was behind the plate with Molina on the bench.
Holliday, who had three hits Wednesday, is batting .339 (19 for 56) with two home runs, five doubles, nine RBI, five runs, eight walks and seven strikeouts in his last 15 games.
Molina is batting .379 (22 for 58) with four doubles, five RBI, five runs, four walks and six strikeouts in his last 15 games.
Cardinals' Yadier Molina gets three hits Monday, average over .300
|by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer|
|(5/19/15) Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina had three hits in five at-bats in Monday's loss to the Mets. Molina, who has gotten off to a rather slow start at the plate, is riding a modest five-game hitting streak. He is 10 for 21 over that stretch and has lifted his season average from .277 to .302 with the hot streak. It's the first time since mid-April that Molina's average been above the .300 mark.
Molina also caught all 14 innings of Monday's extra-inning affair, and has started all but one of the team's 17 games this month.
It remains to be seen if manager Mike Matheny gives Molina the day off on Tuesday. The veteran backstop does have a lifetime .375 batting average (6 for 16) with a home run against Jonathon Niese, who is slated to start for the Mets on Tuesday.
Cardinals C Yadier Molina back in lineup, OF Jon Jay out vs. Indians
|by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com|
|(5/13/15) Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina returned to the starting lineup Wednesday night against Cleveland, after exiting Tuesday with back stiffness. Jon Jay, however, remained sidelined with a thumb injury he suffered Saturday, per the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Molina finished 2 for 4 and scored a run before being lifted for a pinch-hitter in the person of backup catcher Tony Cruz. He is hitting .276 (29 for 105) with seven doubles, 15 RBI and a .325 on-base percentage this season.
St. Louis is considered an underdog (+125) against Corey Kluber and the Indians at Progressive Field, per VegasInsider.com.
Cardinals C Yadier Molina exits Tuesday's game with back stiffness
|by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer|
|(5/13/15) Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina was forced to exit Tuesday's game against the Indians in the ninth inning due to back stiffness, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
"Yadi tightened up a little bit," manager Mike Matheny told MLB.com. "I don't know if it was the cold or what it was exactly, so we'll have to keep an eye on him."
Molina was 2 for 4 and scored a run before being lifted for a pinch-hitter in the person of backup catcher Tony Cruz. Cruz would likely draw the start on Wednesday if Molina is unable to go.
Cardinals' Yadier Molina has seven-game hit streak, no homers
|by R.J. White | CBSSports.com|
|(5/11/15) Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina is in the midst of a seven-game hitting streak but has yet to hit a home run this season.
Molina delivered excellent offensive seasons from 2011 through 2013 but saw his numbers dip slightly last year, and the slide has continued in the early part of 2015. He's hit 55 home runs in his last four seasons combined and has a 12-steal season during that stretch but hasn't managed one of either this season.
Even with the dip in his home-run production, Molina hit .391/.417/.522 with five RBI in 23 at-bats last week. He'll look to continue his recent success when the Cardinals open a three-game series against the Indians in Cleveland Tuesday.
|2014 summary: After three straight years of offense nearly on par with his defense, Yadier Molina took a significant step back in 2014, particularly in terms of power. You can blame the torn thumb ligament if you want, but he slugged only .409 before it happened in early July. And most of that was confined to April, when he hit four of his seven homers and seven of his 22 doubles.|
Playing time status: Molina's surgery was supposed to sideline him for 8-12 weeks, but he came back after seven, which may explain his poor production to close out the season. Or maybe, again, it was just a continuation of what began before it. Eliminating April, his numbers were about the same before and after the procedure.
2015 outlook: A full-timer since age 22, Molina has a lot of mileage on his legs 10 years later and may have begun to decline. But with a shortage of trustworthy bats at catcher, the possibility of a Jimmy Rollins-like resurgence makes him still worth considering among the top-five catchers, particularly in points leagues. Even with the decline in power, his contact rate remained second to none at the position, so you can at least count on him for batting average.
|Upcoming 7 Games|
|5/30/15||LAD||7:15 pm||Carlos Frias|
|5/31/15||LAD||2:15 pm||Brett Anderson|
|6/1/15||MIL||8:10 pm||Matt Garza|
|6/2/15||MIL||8:15 pm||Mike Fiers|
|6/3/15||MIL||1:45 pm||Jimmy Nelson|
|6/4/15||@ LAD||10:10 pm||Carlos Frias|
|6/5/15||@ LAD||10:10 pm||Brett Anderson|