Jon Jay OF STL 20 Hrs

Jay went 3-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI while extending his hitting streak to 12 games in Wednesday's win over Cincinnati.

Jay has grabbed the starting center fielder job and doesn't look like he's letting go anytime soon. The 29-year-old is hitting .313/.385/.407 on the season and looks like he may be locking into the 2nd spot in the Cardinals lineup. He's definitely worth a look in most fantasy leagues moving forward.

Jon Jay OF STL 8 Days

Jay is out of the lineup Thursday against the Padres.

A series of opposing right-handed pitchers has kept Jay in the lineup for each of the team's last nine games, but he'll sit Thursday in favor of Peter Bourjos with left-hander Eric Stults on the hill for San Diego. Jay is 10-for-28 (.357 average) with two homers, six RBI and five runs scored so far in August.

Jon Jay OF STL 10 Days

Jay continued his strong August Monday, going 1-for-4 with a two-run home run.

The home run was Jay's second in three games after knocking out just one all season before this week. Jay has also driven in six runs in 22 at-bats this month after chasing home 24 in 253 at-bats. The strong start to the month has Jay's average up to .291.

Jon Jay OF STL 17 Days

Jay (wrist) is back in the Cardinals' lineup Tuesday against the Red Sox.

As expected, Jay will return Tuesday to face right-hander Rubby De La Rosa after missing five games with wrist soreness. Jay posted just a .647 OPS in the month of July, but he remains the favorite for playing time in center over Peter Bourjos.

Jon Jay OF STL 17 Days

Jay (wrist) is expected to return to the lineup Tuesday against Boston, MLB.com reports.

Jay had missed five games while nursing a sore wrist. Manager Mike Matheny said Jay likely could have played Sunday but wanted to give him that game off heading into the off day Monday.

Jon Jay OF STL 2 Months

Jon Jay doubled, singled, walked and scored three times Monday against the Mets.

Jay is hitting .371 in June and .307 overall, which is one of the reasons the Cardinals felt no need to try Oscar Taveras in center field in the majors. He'll continue to start against righties.

Jon Jay OF STL 3 Months

Jon Jay delivered a three-run double Friday against the Giants.

Jay entered the game in the seventh inning and doubled in his only at-bat in the eighth. With Oscar Taveras on the way to the majors, it looks like Peter Bourjos' playing time could suffer the most.

Jon Jay OF STL 3 Months

Jon Jay had a forgettable night at the plate in Sunday's win over the Reds, going 0-for-4 with three strikeouts.

He has been relatively solid to this point of the season, hitting .270/.333/.370 with a homer and 13 RBI. With rumblings that Oscar Taveras could be recalled from Triple-A Memphis in early-June though, Jay could be out of a regular job very shortly.

Jon Jay OF STL 3 Months

Jon Jay finished 3-for-4 with two RBI in the Cardinals' victory over the Reds on Saturday.

Jay was a late addition to the lineup in place of Peter Bourjos, who had to be scratched just before first pitch with a stomach virus. Jay hit RBI singles in the sixth and eighth innings, and may have earned himself a start in Sunday's series finale against Reds right-hander Mike Leake. Bourjos has been getting a majority of the playing time lately.

Jon Jay OF STL 4 Months

Jon Jay has started three of the last four games in center field for the Cardinals.

Manager Mike Matheny is simply playing the hot hand, as Jay has four hits -- including a three-run homer -- in 12 at-bats over that stretch. "Jon has done a nice job, and I think that is something that all these guys need to know from us," Matheny said. "It is, 'What do I need to get an opportunity to play?' Jon had four quality at-bats (Wednesday). It's a good day for him to keep that swing going." With the Nationals starting lefty Gio Gonzalez Friday, Peter Bourjos should be back manning center field.