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Cards' WC hopes helped by O'Neill's HR in 10th
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(MLB.com) ST. LOUIS -- The sudden chill that swept over downtown St. Louis gave Saturday's matinee an October vibe. Here were the Giants and Cardinals, so often playoff foes, Adam Wainwright on the mound and a breeze in the air. The stakes, though, skewed disproportionally high for one side. The Cardinals are fighting for their playoff lives with a week left to play. The Giants are not.

Which is why any win for St. Louis, at this critical juncture, classifies as paramount. The Cardinals ...    [ More ]
Flaherty has rare rough start in loss to Braves
(MLB.com) ATLANTA -- The plan has been scripted out for weeks now and executed through the club's fluid use of a sixth starter this month. It will all lead, the Cardinals hope, to a place where rookie Jack Flaherty is ready to take the ball in the team's most crucial game.

What Flaherty couldn't do on Wednesday, however, was lift the Cardinals to a series sweep that would have inched them closer to needing the rookie right-hander on such a stage. Instead, the Braves took a 7-3 victory at ...    [ More ]
Cardinals remain hot, launch themselves past Atlanta, 8-1
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(STLToday.com) The game was closer than the score would indicate, and now the Cardinals may be closer than the standings suggest.

The Cardinals have yet to lose at Atlanta's 2-year-old SunTrust Park after an 8-1 rout of the Braves on Tuesday. The Cardinals' third consecutive victory continued to set the pace in the wild-card standings, forcing the Dodgers or Rockies to keep up later in the evening. The win also cut into the Brewers' lead for the first wild-card berth.

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Four HRs keep Cards in thick of WC chase
(MLB.com) ATLANTA -- So often saviors with their gloves, Kolten Wong and Harrison Bader ventured from run prevention to run production on Monday to help the Cardinals reclaim sole possession of the National League's second Wild Card spot.

With an 11-6 victory over the Braves at SunTrust Park, the Cardinals opened a three-game series against the National League East leaders and kicked off the final two-week sprint toward October. St. Louis opened the penultimate week of the regular season one ...    [ More ]
Cards take a beating, lose grip on wild-card spot
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(STLToday.com) Whatever the Cardinals' destiny is, they fast are losing control of it. For the first time in a couple of weeks, they have fallen out of the lead for the second wild-card spot in the National League.

Their 17-4 loss to Yasiel Puig (three homers) and the Los Angeles Dodgers on Saturday before a stunned Busch Stadium sellout house of 45,481 was their third in a row in this series and fourth consecutive defeat overall. In those four games, the Cardinals have led just twice, and each ...    [ More ]
Cards slip to Wild Card tie after dropping duel
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(MLB.com) ST. LOUIS -- The Cardinals no longer have a cushion.

With their offense flummoxed by Dodgers rookie Walker Buehler, the Cardinals wasted a strong start by their own rookie starter, Jack Flaherty, while falling, 3-0, in front of a sellout crowd at Busch Stadium on Friday. Coupled with the Cardinals' defeat in the series opener, the two-game lead they held over the Dodgers for the National League's second Wild Card spot has, in just over 24 hours, completely dissolved.


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Gomber struggles as LA slices Cards' WC lead
(MLB.com) ST. LOUIS -- The Cardinals' grip on the second National League Wild Card spot got a bit looser Thursday night, as the Dodgers asserted themselves as formidable challengers in that race by opening a four-game series at Busch Stadium with a 9-7 win.

The loss left the Cardinals' Wild Card lead over Los Angeles at one game and dropped them three games back of Milwaukee for the top spot in those standings. The Cubs hold a 4 1/2-game lead over St. Louis in the NL Central.


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Cardinals' comeback hopes fall short vs. Bucs
(MLB.com) ST. LOUIS -- One last chance to pad their National League Wild Card position by knocking around a team already out of postseason contention passed the Cardinals by on Wednesday afternoon. With a 4-3 win, the Pirates salvaged something from their final stop in St. Louis and left the Cards turning their focus to a road that's about to become much more treacherous.

A run of series against clubs out of postseason contention now over, the Cardinals will pivot their attention to the ...    [ More ]
Ozuna's early offense backs Mikolas in victory
(MLB.com) ST. LOUIS -- Advertised as the big bat the Cardinals had been yearning to plug into the middle of their lineup, Marcell Ozuna spent much of the season's first half searching -- for his fit, his health and a little more lift under his swing.

Ozuna's pursuit for sustained consistency continues, but flashes of his potential impact have also become more frequent. He nudged St. Louis ahead early with a two-run double that served as a springboard for an 11-5 win over the Pirates at Busch ...    [ More ]
Wainwright is back in the rotation; he'll start Sunday vs. Dodgers
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(STLToday.com) Adam Wainwright's performance on Monday night earned him another start. He'll be on the mound for Sunday night's game with the Dodgers.

Austin Gomber will go Thursday, Jack Flaherty on Friday and John Gant on Saturday.

"It made sense based on the big picture of the rotation," manager Mike Shildt said. "It made sense for how he competed last night. It made sense for what his rest looks like and his ability to go on Sunday. An encouraging outing. He retired the last eight. ...    [ More ]