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33 Carlos Villanueva RP
Height/Weight: 6-2/215 | Birthdate: 11/28/1983 | Birthplace: Santiago, DR | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: St. Louis | College: No College | MLB Experience: 10 | Salary: $5,000,000 | Owned/Started%: 3/2 | Average Draft Position: 9999
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Cardinals RP Carlos Villanueva earns save against old mates


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/27/2015) Carlos Villanueva really knows how to rub it in. Not only has he performed far better this season for the Cardinals than he ever did for the Cubs, but he shut down the Windy City boys on Saturday.

Villanueva earned the save with three shutout innings in which he allowed just one hit. He walked two and fanned three along the way to preserve the 8-1 victory and lower his ERA to 1.17, more than three points lower than what he achieved mostly out of the bullpen for the Cubs.

He allowed one baserunner in each inning, but escaped unscathed and allowed closer Trevor Rosenthal to rest.


Cardinals RHP Carlos Villanueva continues fine bullpen work


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/16/2015) Cardinals pitcher Carlos Villanueva was a savior for manager Mike Matheny on Saturday against the Tigers. After starter Tyler Lyons was lifted with two outs in the fourth inning, Villanueva did all he could to keep his team in the game.

He pitched 3 1/3 scoreless innings, allowing four hits and one walk. He also struck out a pair.

"Somebody is going to have to pay, and it's the rest of our bullpen that is paying when we can't get our starters very deep in the game," Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said to MLB.com. "It's got to change. We have to figure out how to get it done."

The right-hander has thrived in his role as a swingman/long reliever this season. He currently boasts a 0.50 ERA over 10 appearences. It remains to be seen if Villanueva will be moved into the rotation at some point this season.


Cardinals' Carlos Villanueva comes out of pen to win third game


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/2/2015) Cardinals reliever Carlos Villanueva moved to 3-1 on the season, coming out of the bullpen to earn the victory in an 11-inning win over Pittsburgh. 

Villanueva pitched a scoreless eleventh, allowing a hit and a walk, while striking out one. He lowered his ERA to 0.87 with the 18 pitch, 10 strike outing. 

"It's good to come out on the positive side," Villanueva said. "What we have to do is try to keep the game as it is when we come in, and we did a good job of that. I know we had a lot of traffic out there, but what matter is that that traffic doesn't advance. Keep bringing the boys back in the dugout and give them a chance to do what they did again today."


Cardinals' Villanueva 'staying ready' despite infrequent use


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/22/2015) Cardinals pitcher Carlos Villanueva is filling a long-relief role for the team this season, causing him to be used infrequently, but he doesn't see an issue with the role and says he's been "staying ready" between appearances, MLB.com reports.

"I've done it before and that's what I'm here for," Villanueva said of the infrequent use. "I don't see it as being a factor. I've stayed ready in between. I've thrown my sides. It's something that I have to deal with and keep myself ready for situations like [Tuesday]."

Villanueva made his second appearance of the season Tuesday, giving up a walkoff home run to take the loss. He figures to see more action as the team gets involved in more blowouts, as the Cardinals have seen just two of their games decided by more than three runs.

"Games look a little different, he's going to get opportunities to pitch," manager Mike Matheny said. "It just hasn't worked out that way. I know he's not looking for excuses. He wants to throw. I get it. But he serves a very important purpose for us down there so we can pitch the guys [in the bullpen] like we're pitching them. He's the safety valve on the back end."


Cardinals' Carlos Villanueva suffers first loss of year


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/21/2015) Cardinals reliever Carlos Villanueva dropped to 1-1 on the season after taking the loss to Pittsburgh on Tuesday. 

Villanueva entered in the tenth inning of a tie game. After striking out the first batter and getting the second to fly out, he allowed a first-pitch walk-off home run to Yunel Escobar. 

Villanueva's ERA is now 3.38 for the season.


Cardinals add Carlos Villanueva, place Jaime Garcia on DL


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/30/2015) The Cardinals have purchased the contract of pitcher Carlos Villanueva and placed pitcher Jaime Garcia on the 15-day disabled list with a left shoulder injury, the team announced Monday.

Garcia had been delivering an great performance this spring, posting a 3.86 ERA and 13:3 K:BB ratio in 9 1/3 innings, but suffered a setback in the last few days. He said Sunday he has been dealing with fatigue and soreness. Garcia will likely pitch in extended spring training in preparation for his late start to the regular season.

Garcia was in the mix to serve as the team's fifth starter before his setback, but that role will likely fall to either Carlos Martinez or Marco Gonzales.

Villanueva has surrendered six earned runs in 11 innings while striking out 11 batters and walking two this spring.


Carlos Villanueva earns spot in Cardinals bullpen


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/30/2015) Cardinals manager Mike Matheny confirmed Monday pitcher Carlos Villanueva has earned a spot in the bullpen, per MLB.com. Villanueva is 0-2 with a 4.91 ERA in 11 innings this spring. He also has 11 strikeouts to just two walks.

Cardinals pitcher Carlos Villanueva expecting to make team


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3/28/2015) Cardinals pitcher Carlos Villanueva wants to make sure he is on the major league roster this season, reports MLB.com.

After St. Louis announced the trade of Sam Freeman earlier Saturday, it opened things up for another arm to make the team. Villanueva also has an opt-out clause in his contract to be released if he is not on the roster for Opening Day.

"My preference is to stay here with this group," Villanueva said. "After that first game out there, I felt that I've thrown the ball very well. I have no regrets about how I've pitched. It's not like they haven't seen it before. I think what they needed to see from me is what they've seen in previous years. It's a decision that's out of my hands after that."

Manager Mike Matheny still doesn't know what he plans to do.

"It's coming down to the wire," Matheny said. "We probably have more questions than most clubs do late because we've given ourselves flexibility to not have it done halfway through. We're taking our time to watch these guys compete and also allowing for the potential if something doesn't go right."


Cardinals' Carlos Villanueva has opt out in contract


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(2/20/2015) Cardinals pitcher Carlos Villanueva can opt out of his deal if he's not going to make the club, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Villanueva signed a minor-league deal with the team in February, and is expected to compete for a spot in the bullpen during camp. While Villanueva can opt out if things don't look good, the 31-year-old said St. Louis is where he wants to be. 

Villanueva posted a 4.64 ERA over 77 2/3 innings with the Cubs last year. 


Cardinals sign pitcher Carlos Villanueva


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(2/4/2015) The St. Louis Cardinals signed right-handed pitcher Carlos Villanueva to a contract, the club announced on Wednesday. 

Villanueva will get an invite to the club's spring training team. Over a nine-year career, Villanueva has been with the Brewers, Blue Jays and Cubs. He's posted a career ERA of .474.


Carlos Villanueva picks up second save Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/6/2014) Cubs pitcher Carlos Villanueva gave up one hit and struck out two in a scoreless 12th inning to earn his second save in his team's 6-5 win over the Rockies.

Villanueva was called upon after closer Hector Rondon blew a save opportunity in the previous inning. He's been at the top of his game since the break, turning in 8 2/3 scoreless innings in six appearances while striking out nine and giving up five hits and one walk. Villanueva owns a 5.28 ERA and 54:16 K:BB ratio in 59 2/3 innings.


Carlos Villanueva goes two innings during Saturday start


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/5/2014) Cubs pitcher Carlos Villanueva lasted just two innings Saturday against the Nationals. 

Villanueva lasted 58 pitches during the appearance. He gave up four runs on five hits. Villanueva struck out two and walked one. He had been pitching in relief lately, so didn't have his normal stamina. The loss dropped Villanueva to 4-6 on the year. If he remains in the rotation, his next start would come against the Reds. 


Who is worth targeting among the Cubs' rotation hopefuls?


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(7/5/2014) Clearly, the headliners from Saturday's trade between the Cubs and Athletics were Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel, and both immediately become must-owns in AL-only leagues. Their departure leaves the Cubs with two big holes to fill in their rotation, and there is no shortage of candidates to fill them.

Carlos Villanueva has replaced Samardzija for his Saturday start at the Nationals, but he is not necessarily among the candidates to fill a spot long-term. Even if he were, Villanueva has not had a sterling track record as a starter (career 4.94 ERA), so he can be passed over in virtually all Fantasy formats.

Then there is Dan Straily, who was acquired from the A's as part of the return for Samardzija and Hammel. He will report to Triple-A Iowa, but according to CSNChicago.com, he could be up with the big club soon. Because of his strikeout potential, Straily is worth stashing in NL-only leagues. He has a Jake Odorizzi-like skill set -- complete with shaky control and a high flyball rate -- but without a pitcher's park like Tropicana Field (or his former home of O.co Coliseum) to come home to, there may be little respite from home runs.

A better risk than Straily is Tsuyoshi Wada, who has already been announced as Tuesday's starter at the Reds. He has similar strikeout potential to Straily but with fewer control issues and slightly less pronounced flyball tendencies. He is worth pursuing in some deeper mixed leagues, as well as in NL-only formats.

Chris Rusin, just called up for bullpen duty, Dallas Beeler and Kyle Hendricks will also be in the mix, according to ESPN.com, but none has appeal outside of deeper NL-only leagues. With so much competition for two open spots, none of those three are really worth the trouble of expending FAAB dollars or a waiver priority.


Carlos Villanueva set to start Saturday against Nationals.


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/5/2014) Right-hander Carlos Villanueva has officially been announced as the Saturday starter for the Cubs in Washington.

Villanueva has performed well in relief recently aside from his last performance. He had previously pitched 9 1/3 scoreless innings, but still owns a disturbing 5.91 ERA on the year.


Carlos Villanueva gets another relief win


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/2/2014) Cubs pitcher Carlos Villanueva picked up a relief win Wednesday night against Red Sox in Boston.

Villanueva allowed two runs on two hits and one walk while striking out two over two innings of relief in a 16-9 victory. He owns a 5.91 ERA and a 1.64 WHIP over 45 2/3 innings.

Carlos Villanueva picks up win in extras


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(6/17/2014) Cubs pitcher Carlos Villanueva picked up a relief win in extras Monday night against the Marlins in Miami.

Villanueva (3-5) logged two scoreless frames, with two walks and one strikeout before the Cubs scored in the top of the 13th to secure the win. He owns a 6.41 ERA and a 1.78 WHIP in 39 1/3 innings of relief.

Carlos Villanueva collects nine-out save


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/23/2014) Cubs pitcher Carlos Villanueva relived Jake Arrieta in the seventh inning and went the rest of the way Thursday night against the Padres in San Diego, picking up his first save of the season and his sixth career save.

Villanueva struck out three and allowed three hits in three scoreless innings to secure a 5-1 win. He owns a 7.33 ERA, a 1.93 WHIP and 18:4 K:BB ratio in 27 innings of work this season.

Carlos Villanueva heading to bullpen


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/28/2014) The Cubs are shifting pitcher Carlos Villanueva to the bullpen with Jake Arrieta returning from the disabled list Wednesday.

Villanueva has surrendered an astounding 40 hits in 19 innings of action over four starts and two relief appearances this season. He owns a 10.42 ERA and 14:2 K:BB ratio as well.


Carlos Villanueva will get at least one more start


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(4/26/2014) Despite allowing 30 hits over his last three starts, Cubs pitcher Carlos Villanueva will remain in the rotation for his next start.

Of course, that might be all he gets, with the looming return of Jake Arrieta from the disabled list. Villanueva has given up a 10.42 ERA in four starts, but will still make his next scheduled start Wednesday against the White Sox.

"I think right now, the way everything is set up, he's still scheduled to throw Wednesday," manager Rick Renteria told ESPN.com Saturday.

With Arrieta making what should be his final rehab start Saturday, he would have to pitch on short rest to take Villanueva's spot. He may be able to slide in after that. 


Carlos Villanueva hit hard by Brewers


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/26/2014) Cubs pitcher Carlos Villanueva (1-5) was hit hard by the Brewers Friday, suffering his fifth loss of the season in a 5-2 defeat. He was charged with five runs on 11 hits and one walk while striking out one over five innings pitched.

Villanueva owns a whopping 10.42 ERA over 19 innings in six appearances (four starts). He'll make his next start Wednesday at Cincinnati.

Carlos Villanueva handed second straight loss


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/20/2014) Cubs pitcher Carlos Villanueva struggled for the second straight start during an 8-2 loss Sunday against the Reds. He was charged with five runs on nine hits and one walk, while striking out seven in 4 2/3 innings.

Villanueva (1-4) got off to a good start as he struck out two in the first inning and had five strikeouts through three scoreless innings.

Unfortunately, it began to unravel for the right-hander in the fourth inning. The Reds would score three times in the fourth on RBI doubles from Devin Mesoraco and Zack Cozart, and an RBI single from opposing pitcher Homer Bailey.

Villanueva had more issues in the fifth inning, as Todd Frazier had an RBI double and Ryan Ludwick added an RBI single. Villaneuva was lifted after Ludwick's two-out RBI hit.

He's now allowed 14 earned runs in his last two starts -- both losses. Villanueva is slated to make his next start Friday at Milwaukee.


Cubs make minor change to rotation plans


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/16/2014) The Cubs made a slight change to their pitching rotation this weekend against the Reds. The team moved up Edwin Jackson to start Saturday and moved Carlos Villanueva to Sunday in order to keep Jackson on regular rest.

Carlos Villanueva rocked in second start


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/12/2014) Cubs right-hander Carlos Villanueva followed a strong first start with a dud Saturday in St. Louis.

Villanueva, who had given up just one run in five innings against Philadelphia, was blasted for nine runs on 10 hits in three innings against the Cardinals. He yielded four runs in the second and five in the fourth before his merciful removal.

He surrendered six hits to the first seven batters he faced in the second, including a leadoff homer to Mike Adams. Villanueva then allowed a double and two singles in the fourth.

Villanueva will seek to turn it around Saturday against the Reds.


Carlos Villanueva picks up win in first start


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/6/2014) Cubs pitcher Carlos Villanueva made his first start and third outing of the season for Chicago, earning a win against the Phillies.

Villanueva allowed a run one six hits and no walks while striking out three in five innings of work. He tossed 71 pitches, 53 of which were strikes in an 8-3 win.

Villanueva has surrendered three runs over 6 1/3 innings this season. He'll make his second start on Saturday in St. Louis.

Carlos Villanueva to start Sunday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(4/5/2014) Cubs pitcher Carlos Villanueva will start Sunday, according to MLB.com.

Villanueva was in danger of losing his start due to pitching in relief twice this past week. He didn't throw that many pitches, and the team feels comfortable letting him throw again Sunday. He'll take on the Phillies.