Saturday, 29 April, 2017

Piscotty agrees to $33.5 million, 6-year with Cardinals

Cubs Rally Late But Fall To Cardinals In Season Opener Cardinals Agree to Extension with Stephen Piscotty
Spencer Simpson | 20 April, 2017, 00:14

“It came down to the fact, one, I love this organization and two, this deal gives myself and my future family financial security.”.

Without taking the field Wednesday, the St. Louis Cardinals still took a win. But Oh retired NL MVP Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo on two fly balls to right, ending the inning.

numberFire's metrics project Piscotty to hit.271 with 18 home runs, 76 RBI's and 7 stolen bases over 580 more plate appearances over the remainder of the season. Now all eyes turn to Wainwright, who suffered through the worst season of his career as a starter a year ago with a 4.62 ERA and a 1.40 WHIP.

ROCKIES 6, BREWERS 5: New closer Greg Holland earned his second save in two days, Gerardo Parra hit a three-run double and the Colorado Rockies outlasted the Milwaukee Brewers for a 6-5 victory Tuesday night. The right-hander is hoping to bounce back this season after recording a 4.62 ERA a year ago.

Piscotty, 26, was drafted by the Cardinals in the supplemental first round (36th player overall) of the 2012 First Year Player Draft out of Stanford University. Arrieta then threw a wild pitch to Randal Grichuk in the next at-bat gave Piscotty a chance to advance to second base, getting hit in the left elbow by a throw from Cubs catcher Wilson Contreras in the process. Trying to glove Wong's soft grounder that was ruled a hit, Baez bobbled it, enabling Stephen Piscotty to score from second on a hustling play. But Davis, with the help of Baez's final play, wrapped it up for the save.

Piscotty, who agreed to a $33.5 million, six-year contract a day earlier, was down on the field for several minutes after being hit Tuesday night.

"We'll take today to take it easy and see how it feels", manager Mike Matheny said.

"I thought [Adams' ball] was deep gone", he said on the team's website. But their excellent defense enabled them to make two fourth-inning runs Tuesday night stand up for a win. Despite starting the season 0-for-9 at the plate, Kris Bryant was flawless at third base, and Gold Glove right fielder Jason Heyward made his own running catch. And then moments later the play at home occurred. Almora's reaction was even better. So, there's no way the defending World Series champions will lose consecutive games to open the season, right? Almora hit.318 and drove in 16 runs in 23 games during spring training.

"You've got to say certain words and number sequences in reverse order that you heard them", Piscotty said.

A day after St. Louis signed a legacy contract with one of its all-time greats, the Cardinals went back to work locking up their young nucleus of talent.

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