Carlos Martinez gets 2 hits, Cardinals beat Cubs 5-3

St. Louis Cardinals vs. Chicago Cubs- 5/12/17 MLB Pick Odds and Prediction

With the score 3-1, Martinez started to settle in nicely. Now it's Happ's turn. "What you saw today was not a surprise to any of us". It gave the Cubs a 1-0 lead that quickly vanished. While he's not up to stay like Butler could be, Happ should be primed for a strong first impression. Chicago left-hander Jon Lester tried to field the ball and flip it home, but the attempt came up short while Martinez took second with nobody covering. That opened the door for Happ. The team optioned reliever Felix Pena to Triple-A Iowa. I'd still like to see the Cardinals take unfathomable leads off him, but nobody seems able to flawless a strategy because it feels to weird or something. "You keep going", Maddon said. "Is the need going to arise?"

Second base umpire Mike Everitt immediately determined Happ committed an illegal takeout slide by going all the way through the base, for the goal of "initiating contact with a fielder". "That's why I think the versatility is so important".

He was one of four Cubs' first-round picks in Saturday's lineup, including Javy Baez (No. 9 in 2011), Albert Almora Jr.

Happ joins the Major League team after posting a.298 batting average with nine home runs and 25 RBIs in 116 plate appearances at the Triple-A level.

Narratives develop over the course of the season, sometimes seasons, whether it is Cardinals hitting being clutch, Cardinals pitching being clutch, bad defense and baserunning, poor managing, can't win on the road, can't win at home-that sort of thing.

Schwarber and Happ are already old friends.

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"It was a changeup - got barrel on it, and watching it go, it had a little bit of legs to it", Happ said of the home run.

"We just didn't barrel the ball up enough and we couldn't find enough holes", Leake said. The play at second? Especially with him being a switch-hitter too.

"This game was meant to be played a certain way". The Chicago Cubs got exactly what they needed out of Eddie Butler.

"He's an incredible player", Duensing said. He puts some great at-bats together, nice to see whatever he had to do to make those adjustments. Opposite, pull, it doesn't matter. It should be a fun and interesting matchup to watch from here on out. He is absolutely nails on the mound and was a huge reason for the Cubs' World Series championship last season.

ESPN.com's Keith Law had Happ ranked as the 63rd-best prospect in baseball entering the season. Could this promotion also serve as a trade infomercial?

At the time, the Cubs were within just two runs of the Cardinals.

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