Cardinals on MLB’s longest steal-less streak since 1977

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The Cardinals went a 32nd straight game without a stolen base in Tuesday’s loss to the Mets, the longest such streak for a major league team since the 1977 Indians went 35 in a row.

St. Louis opened the season with 35 steals in 64 games.  However, eight of those belonged to Tyler Greene, who was sent down on June 18.  Three active Cardinals are tied for the team lead with five steals: Jon Jay, Albert Pujols and Colby Rasmus.

Prior to the Cardinals’ run — or lack thereof — the longest steal-less streak for a team since 1980 was 27 games by the 2005 Red Sox.  In fact, Boston was responsible for six of the 16 streaks of at least 20 games during the last 30 years.

One big difference between those two streaks, though: the Cardinals are 0-for-9 stealing bases over the 32 games, while the Red Sox were a mere 0-for-2.

If they want to go for it, the Cardinals should be able to snap the skid in one of the next two games in the series against New York.  Mets catchers have thrown out just 17 of 87 would-be basestealers (19.5 percent) this season.

Padres sign Aaron Loup to a one-year deal

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Free agent lefty reliever Aaron Loup has been given a locker in the Padres’ clubhouse, AJ Cassavell of MLB.com reported Sunday. Per MLB Network’s Jon Heyman, Loup received a one-year MLB deal with a club option for 2020. The Padres will shift right-hander Garrett Richards to the 60-day injured list to make room on the 40-man roster.

Loup, 31, began the 2018 season with the Blue Jays and was traded to the Phillies for minor league right-hander Jacob Waguespack at the midseason deadline. The veteran left-hander pitched just two innings in Philadelphia before hitting the injured list with a forearm strain and returned for a handful of appearances at the end of the year, bringing him up to a 4.54 ERA, 3.2 BB/9, 10.0 SO/9, and 0.3 fWAR across 39 2/3 combined innings.

Assuming health issues don’t complicate his next campaign in San Diego, Loup will be added to the bullpen alongside fellow left-handers Matt Strahm and José Castillo (with the possible late addition of southpaw reliever Brad Wieck, who underwent surgery for testicular cancer earlier this year). There are worse places to be — according to FanGraphs, the Padres’ ‘pen jumped from second-worst in 2017 to second-best in the league with a cumulative 3.53 ERA, 3.31 FIP, and 8.7 fWAR in 2018.