RECORD
81-74 2nd
HITTING
.254 9th
PITCHING
4.05 7th
FIELDING
.982 12th
HR Jedd Gyorko 27
RBI Stephen Piscotty 83
R Stephen Piscotty 82
BA Yadier Molina .301
SB Kolten Wong 7
W Carlos Martinez 15
ERA Seung Hwan Oh 1.89
K Carlos Martinez 165
SV Seung Hwan Oh 18
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TODAYS GAME PREVIOUS GAME (9/25)
CIN,  7:15   FS-M
Adleman @ Garcia
FINAL R H E
STL 1 5 0
CHI 3 8 0
W: Lester L: Martinez
TUE:
CIN, 7:15  FS-M - Stephenson @ Wainwright
WED:
CIN, 7:15  FS-M - DeSclafani @ Leake
THU:
CIN, 6:15  FS-M - Straily @ Reyes
FRI:
PIT, 7:15  FS-M - Glasnow @ Martinez
SAT:
PIT, 3:15  FS-M - Kuhl @ Garcia
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SF
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W 5-3
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COL
W 10-5
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COL
L 1-11
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CHI
L 0-5
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CHI
W 10-4
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CHI
L 1-3
26
CIN
7:15
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CIN
7:15
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CIN
7:15
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CIN
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3:15
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Big first inning sets tone for hot-hitting Cards
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(MLB.com) Still without a static batting order as the season nears its end, manager Mike Matheny produced his 140th different lineup on Saturday in an effort to jumpstart a recently unreliable offense. And that alignment struck a sweet spot.

After dropping seven of their past 12 games and totaling seven runs in those losses, the Cardinals broke out in a 10-4 victory over the Cubs to pull even with the Giants in the National League Wild Card race. San Francisco plays later Saturday evening, as will the Mets, who sit one game ahead of the Cardinals.

A team so-often carried by the long ball hit only one a Statcast-projected 450-foot solo shot by Stephen Piscotty on its way to scoring in double figures for the 17th time this season. Only the Red Sox and Rockies have done so more often.

"It should be a relentless-style offense," Matheny said after his team's 43rd road win. "That's guys grinding through. It seems like we're sitting here in this scrum after a lot ...     [ More ]
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Swollen thumb causes setback for Holliday
(MLB.com) Matt Holliday has hit another snag in his push to return for the final week of the regular season, as his surgically repaired right thumb is once again swollen and sore one day after testing it against live pitching.

That means the Cardinals will scrap plans to have Holliday go through the live batting practice simulation again on Sunday and instead wait to see what comes of the left fielder's scheduled visit with a hand specialist on Monday. If the specialist confirms that the thumb ...    [ More ]
Sloppy start downs Leake, Cardinals in opener
(MLB.com) The sort of lapses that have constrained the Cardinals this season surfaced again in a 5-0 loss to the Cubs that left the Cards to spend another day stuck where they started it lagging behind the Giants and Mets in the National League Wild Card standings.

Friday's series opener at Wrigley Field unraveled in a first inning that saw Mike Leake throw 31 pitches and closed with the Cardinals down by four. There were mishandled plays in the field, key pitches not executed and two wild ...    [ More ]
Holliday impresses in live BP session
(MLB.com) Standing in the same batters' box where he took a Mike Montgomery pitch off his right thumb six weeks ago, Matt Holliday tested that surgically repaired thumb during live batting practice on Friday.

Holliday faced teammate Mike Mayers for about 15 minutes during the morning session, which was watched closely by manager Mike Matheny and hitting coach John Mabry from their perch behind the cage. Holliday drove pitches deep to all parts of the field, swung and missed at a few and fouled ...    [ More ]
Garcia earns back spot in Cardinals' rotation
(MLB.com) The Cardinals have decided to make yet another September starter swap, and they will replace rookie Luke Weaver with left-hander Jaime Garcia during this next turn through the rotation.

Garcia, who lost his rotation spot following an abbreviated Sept. 13 appearance, earned it back with a pair of strong outings in relief. He'll make that next start on Monday, when the Cardinals open a four-game series against the Reds at Busch Stadium. In starting Garcia for the series opener, the ...    [ More ]
Cards overpowered, can't gain Wild Card edge
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(MLB.com) German Marquez was exceptional in his first Major League start, and Nolan Arenado's grand slam powered the Rockies past the Cardinals, 11-1, at Coors Field on Wednesday. The loss pushed the Cardinals a half-game behind the Mets and Giants, who are tied for the top National League Wild Card spot.

Marquez baffled the Cardinals over five frames, allowing one run on four hits. He struck out three and walked one, with the only damage coming on Kolten Wong's second-inning sacrifice fly.
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Cards see the best of Waino against Rockies
(MLB.com) Leave it to the high-altitude hitters' paradise of Coors Field to help Adam Wainwright find himself on top of his game. Making use of the best curveball he's thrown all season, Wainwright earned his 12th victory on a career night offensively in a 10-5 win over the Rockies on Tuesday.

St. Louis also has a three-way share of the lead in the National League Wild Card standings.

"He was good," manager Mike Matheny said. "He had a real nice curveball today. It's hard to know ...    [ More ]
Cards half-game out of WC with win at Coors
(MLB.com) Carlos Martinez powered himself to his career-high 15th win with a fourth-inning double, as the Cardinals topped the Rockies, 5-3, at Coors Field on Monday and moved into a tie for the second National League Wild Card spot.

The Cards joined the Giants who lost to the Dodgers in a tie for the second Wild Card, while the Mets lead the top Wild Card by one game.

The Cardinals scored early against Rockies starter Tyler Anderson. Randal Grichuk launched his 23rd homer, a ...    [ More ]

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Cards blank Giants, shuffle Wild Card standings
(MLB.com) The conclusion of a four-game set at AT&T Park on Sunday may have ushered in the final fortnight of the regular season, but it did nothing to separate a pair of Wild Card contenders standing precisely as they were when the series began. On the heels of an emotional, come-from-behind win, the Cardinals sealed a series split with Sunday's 3-0 victory, one highlighted by a spectacular start from rookie Alex Reyes.

The Cardinals' ninth shutout win of the season pulled them to within one ...    [ More ]
Grichuk, Wong play key roles in comeback win
(MLB.com) The game in New York had just gone final as the Cardinals readied for their last gasp against a San Francisco club that had led in all but one inning of this series. And perhaps just in time to save their postseason chances, the Cardinals found a needed gulp of air.

With a methodical comeback keyed by a pair of players who spent much of the season fumbling for defined roles, the Cardinals created a two-game swing in a National League Wild Card race that got even tighter with the ...    [ More ]
Rosenthal tosses strong frame in return
(MLB.com) The timing of Trevor Rosenthal's appearance Friday was mostly meaningless, but the results hardly so for a reliever trying to finish a tumultuous season at his best.

Pitching the seventh inning of an eventual 8-2 loss, Rosenthal retired the Giants in order and garnered strikeouts of Brandon Belt and Brandon Crawford. It was Rosenthal's first appearance since a shoulder and forearm injury sidelined him after a July 24 appearance. The Cardinals had activated him at the start of this ...    [ More ]
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