Yadier Molina
C STL
1 week ago

Molina, who started a career-high 142 games in 2016 and has been named to Team Puerto Rico's roster for this year's WBC, will once again be heavily counted on in 2017, Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports. "My job description is to win games," (Cardinals manager Mike) Matheny said last month. "And if I have a player that I feel like is going to help us win games and that I feel is able to answer the bell, he's going to be in the lineup."

EDGE Analysis

The veteran backstop will turn 35 in July but did nothing to betray his advanced age last season, with his aforementioned 142 starts behind the plate also representing a major league-high figure in 2016. Molina defensive proficiency is above question despite the fact he saw his streak of eight consecutive Gold Gloves snapped last season, but his bat was a valuable asset in 2016 as well. His .307 average, 164 hits and 38 doubles all served as majors-best figures among catchers, while his .365 post-All-Star break average ranked second in all of baseball. Additionally, his eight homers, albeit a modest tally, represented his best figure in that category since 2013. Neither the Cardinals or Molina see any decline on the horizon for the seemingly ageless wonder, with the latter attributing his offseason preparation to keeping him consistent over such an extended period. "That's the goal. That's the goal," Molina said of such sustained production. "That's what the offseason workouts do for you when you do it right. That's my plan in the offseason: to work hard and to try to play as many games as I can and stay healthy."

Yadier Molina
C STL
5 months ago

Molina went 3-for-4 with a two-RBI single, two-run double and a run in Saturday's 10-4 victory over the Cubs.

EDGE Analysis

The veteran backstop opened the scoring in the first with a two-bagger that plated Brandon Moss and Jhonny Peralta, and then added a seventh-inning single to drive in Peralta and Tommy Pham. Molina's stellar September includes his current 10-game hitting streak, along with six multi-hit outings, four doubles, two homers and 12 RBI. The 34-year-old has thrived in the second half of the season and is now hitting .300 for the first time since back on May 24.

Yadier Molina
C STL
5 months ago

Molina is out of Wednesday's lineup against the Rockies, FOX Sports Midwest's Jim Hayes reports.

EDGE Analysis

Molina has caught the last nine games and is riding an eight-game hit streak, but he'll take a seat in the day game following Tuesday night's game. Carson Kelly will start behind the dish in his stead.

Yadier Molina
C STL
5 months ago

Molina is out of the lineup Sunday against the Brewers.

EDGE Analysis

Molina has started seven consecutive games behind the plate, posting a .333/.357/.556 line with five RBI in that time. He'll head to the bench while Carson Kelly gets the start and hits eighth.

Yadier Molina
C STL
5 months ago

Molina went 4-for-5 with two doubles, a home run, two runs and four RBI in Tuesday's 9-7 win at Pittsburgh.

EDGE Analysis

All four of Molina's RBI came on a first-inning grand slam off Ryan Vogelsong, but his night was far from over. The veteran catcher picked up three more hits over the course of the contest, and would've hit for the cycle if he had the speed to turn one of his two doubles into a triple. This effort raised Molina's slugging percentage from .403 all the way to .418.

Yadier Molina
C STL
6 months ago

Molina is not in the lineup for Saturday's game against the Reds.

EDGE Analysis

Molina homered in his last two games, but he will get a day off with the Cardinals playing a day game following a night game. Alberto Rosario will get the start behind the plate in Molina's place.

Yadier Molina
C STL
6 months ago

Molina went 2-for-4 with a solo homer -- the Cardinals' only run on the evening -- in Wednesday's loss to Milwaukee.

EDGE Analysis

The long ball was only the fifth of the year for Molina, but that's one more than he hit last season. The 34-year-old catcher did, however, reach 30 doubles in Tuesday's game -- only the second time he's done that in his career. His .289 average gives Molina some fantasy value, but his lack of counting stats puts a hard upper limit on his appeal.

Yadier Molina
C STL
6 months ago

Molina is out of Sunday's lineup against Oakland.

EDGE Analysis

Molina will get a rare day off as St. Louis opts to start Alberto Rosario behind the dish. Molina has gone 18-for-56 (.321) over the last 14 games, bringing his batting average up to .286 for the year. He'll likely return to the lineup Monday when the Cardinals face the Brewers.

Yadier Molina
C STL
6 months ago

Molina, who had apparently been dealing with a right hand contusion, is in the starting lineup Sunday against the Braves, MLB.com's Jenifer Langosch reports.

EDGE Analysis

If something had been ailing Molina, neither he nor the team had mentioned it, as the veteran backstop had started the first two games of the series. Prior to Thursday's day off, he had been behind the plate in seven consecutive contests. Sunday afternoons are a common rest day for everyday catchers, but that won't be the case for the 34-year-old Molina -- hand ailment or not.

Yadier Molina
C STL
7 months ago

Molina is out of the lineup Thursday against the Reds.

EDGE Analysis

After catching the last seven games, Molina will get a rest during Thursday's day game. Alberto Rosario will get the start behind the dish and bat eighth against the Reds.