Yadier Molina
C STL
1 day ago

Molina, playing in his first game since returning from the World Baseball Classic, went 2-for-3 with a solo home run in Sunday's 3-0 Grapefruit League win over the Marlins.

EDGE Analysis

The veteran backstop blasted an 0-2 pitch from Marlins starter Wei-Yin Chen over the left-field wall in his first plate appearance, his first homer of the spring. Molina will be behind the plate for what will be the final season of a five-year, $75 million extension he signed in 2012, while his agent and the Cardinals continue working on coming to terms on an extension before Opening Day as per Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Yadier Molina
C STL
5 days ago

Molina, who played for Team Puerto Rico in the World Baseball Classic, was a unanimous choice for All-WBC honors, Manny Randhawa of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

The veteran backstop became only the second two-time All-WBC honoree, joining Daisuke Matsuzaka, who accomplished the feat in the 2006 and 2009 editions of the tournament. Molina hit .333 (8-for-24) with two home runs and six RBI over six games. He hopes to bring some of that offensive prowess with him back to Cardinals camp, where he'd hit just .176 (3-for-17) with a double, two RBI, two walks and three runs over seven games before departing for the WBC.

Yadier Molina
C STL
2 weeks ago

Molina is hitting .333 (3-for-9) with a home run, three RBI and three runs for Team Puerto Rico over the first two games of World Baseball Classic play.

EDGE Analysis

The veteran backstop blasted a two-run homer off Padres starter Jhoulys Chacin in an 11-0 win over Team Venezuela on Friday, and he singled in a run in five at-bats in Saturday's 9-4 win over Team Mexico. Molina is once again slated to be the Cardinals' primary catcher in 2017 at age 34 after generating an impressive .307/.360/.427 line over 581 plate appearances last season.

Yadier Molina
C STL
1 month ago

Molina went 2-for-2 with a single and two-run double in Sunday's 7-4 Grapefruit League win over the Marlins.

EDGE Analysis

The veteran backstop, working as a DH on Sunday, drove home Eric Fryer and Aledmys Diaz in the second, giving the Cardinals a 4-0 lead at the time. The ageless Molina will eventually leave camp to play for Team Puerto Rico in the WBC, but is expected to see a solid amount of playing time prior to departing.

Yadier Molina
C STL
2 months 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
6 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
6 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
7 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
7 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
7 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.