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BenFred: Postseason points out Cardinals' lack of elite reliever

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 09:50:00 -0500

Watch a few postseason games, and you begin to feel uneasy about the Cardinals' current available options for closer

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World Series primer: Cards still have NL lead in championships

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 11:13:00 -0500

Yankees, Dodgers have played 11 times, covering 66 games. Yankees are 8-3 against Dodgers, 2-3 against Cardinals.

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Ortiz: Mozeliak must find players who embrace the Cardinal Way

Mon, 09 Oct 2017 11:55:00 -0500

President of baseball operations owes it to his manager and Cardinals fans to find players who understand and embrace the philosophy and its standards — or at least bring in guys who don’t mind being among the first at the…

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Will Gyorko be a piece of Cards' power puzzle?

Mon, 09 Oct 2017 10:55:00 -0500

Third baseman Jedd Gyorko hits homers — 50 over the past two seasons — but doesn’t know what his role will be going forward. Or whether he will even stay with the Cardinals.

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Cardinals focus on adding talent, not rebuilding

Mon, 09 Oct 2017 06:15:00 -0500

The Cardinals enter what should be their most revealing offseason since 2011, when a Hall of Fame manager and three-time MVP left the team that had just won a World Series. That winter was defined by departures. This one must…

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Time for baseball to name an award for Musial?

Sat, 07 Oct 2017 00:30:00 -0500

This October, Major League Baseball will present its first Willie Mays World Series MVP Award. Here are some trophies fit for The Man.

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Ortiz: Cardinals can't ignore rotation in offseason shopping

Fri, 06 Oct 2017 10:45:00 -0500

As the front office makes its shopping list for the offseason, the most crucial void that needs to be filled might be in the starting rotation.

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Cecil wants to be 'the guy' in Cardinals bullpen

Fri, 06 Oct 2017 04:45:00 -0500

Whenever a problem arose in the Cardinals’ bullpen this season — and there were more than a few — either Trevor Rosenthal or Brett Cecil seemed to receive the lion’s share of blame from agitated fans.

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Pham thinks he can be faster, better — and Cards should keep him

Thu, 05 Oct 2017 15:40:00 -0500

Tommy Pham became the first player in 126 seasons of Cardinals baseball to bat better than .300, steal at least 20 bases, and hit at least 20 homers. His reaction? 'I’m only going to get better. I know that for…

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Mozeliak: Catcher is Cardinals' only set position

Wed, 04 Oct 2017 12:30:00 -0500

President of baseball operations John Mozeliak said Tuesday that everything was on the table this offseason for trying to improve the Cardinals, who missed the playoffs for the second straight season.

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Lynn, Nicasio, Oh, Duke will be free agents

Wed, 04 Oct 2017 12:25:00 -0500

Righthanded pitchers Lance Lynn, Juan Nicasio, Seung Hwan Oh and Zach Duke all will be free agents among those who finished the season on the Cardinals’ staff.

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Cards expected to add sluggers Wisdom, O'Neill to 40-man roster

Wed, 04 Oct 2017 12:20:00 -0500

Cardinals general manager Michael Girsch said Memphis third baseman Patrick Wisdom, who had 31 homers this season, would be among those strongly considered to be added to the 40-man winter roster, rather than being exposed to the December draft.

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Ortiz: Cardinals know they need an All-Star hitter

Wed, 04 Oct 2017 05:00:00 -0500

A year ago, the Cardinals erroneously believed they were merely a center fielder away from returning to the postseason. Now that they’ve missed the postseason for two years in a row, though, they realize they’re not just one or even…

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Lilliquist out as Cards seek pitching coach with 'modern' focus

Wed, 04 Oct 2017 00:55:00 -0500

By the time Cardinals manager Mike Matheny has left the dugout behind to make a move to the bullpen, he has already sifted through a stack of cards with influential statistics – left vs. right splits, groundball vs. strikeout rates,…

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Goodbye to an ordinary Cardinals team, hello to a defining offseason

Mon, 02 Oct 2017 12:40:00 -0500

Sunday provided one last glimpse of the way things hopefully were, not are — acknowledging a gargantuan addition must bolster the middle of the lineup, as well as a need for changes in the bullpen and, possibly, the middle of…

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Wainwright set for surgery

Mon, 02 Oct 2017 12:35:00 -0500

Procedure will remove a cartilage flap in his right elbow that contributed to a painful bone bruise. He says he’ll be ready — and ready to be a starter — by spring training.

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Fowler laments games he missed

Mon, 02 Oct 2017 12:30:00 -0500

Although he didn’t finish the season in the standings or in the lineup where he expected, Dexter Fowler pointed to another unexpected twist that defined his first summer with the Cardinals.

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Molina headed to Puerto Rico with supplies, help, and hope

Mon, 02 Oct 2017 09:13:00 -0500

Catcher's GoFundMe account raised nearly $140,000, and he has organized a trip this week to deliver goods to his hometown.

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Cards' underachieving season ends with little fanfare, fewer runs

Mon, 02 Oct 2017 05:00:00 -0500

When he rounded the bases Sunday for the Cardinals’ lonely run, Randal Grichuk never slowed down to consider it could be for the final time.

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Where do Cardinals stand in youthful NL Central?

Sun, 01 Oct 2017 23:10:00 -0500

Derrick Goold writes: Long the steadiest of contenders, the Cardinals are now just a challenger, dethroned by the Cubs with ground to cover — and company.

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Cardinals end with 6-1 loss to Brewers

Sun, 01 Oct 2017 19:24:00 -0500

Grichuk's 22nd homer provides only offense.

Wainwright to have arthroscopic surgery

Sun, 01 Oct 2017 16:17:00 -0500

Matheny says "absolutely" that righthander is part of next year's rotation.

Cards climb out of 6-0 hole and eliminate Brewers

Sun, 01 Oct 2017 02:55:00 -0500

Had the circumstances been different and the Cardinals had a few more available relievers Saturday or any playoff chances whatsoever, Luke Weaver would have sat and let the sourness of a five-run inning stew into and through the offseason.

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Nicasio making a case for return shot in Cards bullpen

Sun, 01 Oct 2017 00:55:00 -0500

Before Saturday’s game, the second in a series of meaningless ones for the Cardinals, manager Mike Matheny pulled up a chair in the clubhouse beside Juan Nicasio, a reliever who has made himself increasingly meaningful for the club.

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Hochman: Feisty Pham brings Gibson-like fire to team

Sun, 01 Oct 2017 00:20:00 -0500

Occasionally, a player will take a verbal jab, and an opposing player will laugh it off, or take the high road, or say: “No comment.”

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Cardinals erase six-run deficit, oust Brewers

Sat, 30 Sep 2017 19:33:00 -0500

Piscotty's single ties score in three-run eighth. Bader's hit gives the Cards' a 7-6 victory and eliminates Milwaukee in the NL wild-card race.

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Molina out; Reyes throws bullpen session; Oh apologetic

Sat, 30 Sep 2017 08:00:00 -0500

Yadier Molina walked through the Cardinals’ clubhouse and said he was on his way to another test in the concussion protocol he entered Monday after he was whacked in the catcher’s mask with two consecutive foul tips. He said he…

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Hochman: Cubs' tweet sums up state of Cards' rivalry

Fri, 29 Sep 2017 23:35:00 -0500

The Cardinals are not a player away from beating the Cubs, or from being the Cubs. They need at least two big roster jolts to compete in a division that keeps getting better.

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Hummel: Bullpens once again will be big factor in the playoffs

Fri, 29 Sep 2017 23:25:00 -0500

Playoff teams have devoted countless hours and energy to lining up their rotations for the postseason series. But, if last year is any barometer, the most important innings will be the last four rather than the first five. Whichever teams…

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Cubs' scrubs bounce Cardinals from playoff race

Fri, 29 Sep 2017 04:15:00 -0500

Another loss to their bitter rivals assured the Cardinals would miss the postseason for the second consecutive year — a first since 2007 and 2008. Lynn's start probably was his last as a Cardinal.

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Game's final play 'adds insult to injury' for Cards

Fri, 29 Sep 2017 04:00:00 -0500

At the moment Chicago Cubs center fielder Leonys Martin snatched a potential game-tying home run by Paul DeJong for the final out of the 11th and last inning Thursday night at Busch Stadium, the Cardinals’ dim playoff chances were snatched…

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Hochman: Cubs celebrating at Busch ought to be a real wake-up call for Cardinals

Thu, 28 Sep 2017 16:20:00 -0500

Party on the mound should be a searing image branded in the brains of the Cardinals, who know that their approach is not working — and know that the Cubs clearly aren’t going away.

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Wild Card Tracker: Cardinals down to their last loss

Thu, 28 Sep 2017 15:25:00 -0500

The race isn't officially over, at least not yet. So here's everything you need to know before Thursday's games.

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Exec behind Cards' international scouting promoted to assistant GM

Thu, 28 Sep 2017 13:05:00 -0500

One of the leading architects behind the Cardinals’ presence and pipeline in Latin America will have a larger role in designing the roster he’s already helped stock.

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With Molina out, Kelly looks to seize opportunity

Thu, 28 Sep 2017 09:00:00 -0500

With Yadier Molina working his way through the concussion protocol, rookie catcher Carson Kelly is getting a rare opportunity. And he's trying to make the most of it.

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Hochman: Once a Cards champion, Jay can celebrate again at Busch

Wed, 27 Sep 2017 22:45:00 -0500

Jon Jay, who had numerous good years here -- and one bad one -- could be headed to the playoffs again. This time with the rival Cubs.

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Cubs clinch division title with 5-1 win over Cards

Wed, 27 Sep 2017 18:00:00 -0500

After being limited to two hits and striking out eight times through six innings, the Chicago Cubs erupted for five straight hits to open the seventh and blow open the ballgame.

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Cards show they're 'not just going to give it' to Cubs

Wed, 27 Sep 2017 13:00:00 -0500

Redbirds postpone Chicago's champagne celebration — but just barely. After hitting four homers and building a big lead, Nicasio helps them hang on late for an 8-7 win that freezes Cubs' magic number at 1.

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Cardinals being cautious with Molina

Wed, 27 Sep 2017 12:15:00 -0500

When the second foul tip crashed into his mask, just above his eyes, and his knees buckled, Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina had two sensations he could remember.

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Ortiz: It's already October for Nicasio

Wed, 27 Sep 2017 01:30:00 -0500

There will be no playoffs this October for Juan Nicasio. The Cardinals’ closer knows as much because the team acquired him from the Phillies after the waiver trade deadline, making him ineligible for a postseason roster.

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For Cardinals, Molina's possible concussion is cause for alarm

Wed, 27 Sep 2017 00:00:00 -0500

Manager Matheny's recent comments on concussions echo loudly: 'Each person has a tolerance that we don’t understand until it’s too late.'

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Cards hold on for 8-7 win, postpone Cubs' celebration

Tue, 26 Sep 2017 22:22:00 -0500

Nicasio gains four-out save. Cardinals hit four homers. They still trail in wild-card derby by 2 1/2 games.

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Cardinals down for the count after drubbing by Cubs

Tue, 26 Sep 2017 10:45:00 -0500

With the 10-2 defeat, the Cardinals were eliminated from the NL Central race and missed another opportunity to gain in the wild-card derby. They also may have lost their soul, catcher Yadier Molina, for the rest of the season.

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Cards notebook: Bum thumb keeps Jose Martinez on bench

Tue, 26 Sep 2017 10:25:00 -0500

As troublesome as the pain was Saturday, so too was the location, and that combination put Jose Martinez in a brace for the weekend and out of the lineup again Monday.

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Weaver struggled to make key pitches against hot-hitting Cubs

Tue, 26 Sep 2017 09:00:00 -0500

The Cardinals' best pitcher over the last few weeks, rookie Luke Weaver took on the surging Chicago Cubs Monday night at Busch Stadium.

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Cubs win 10-2, eliminate Cards from division race

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 22:00:00 -0500

The visiting Chicago Cubs jumped on rookie righthander Luke Weaver for four runs in the first and eight earned runs over three innings, going on to a 10-2 blowout win over the Cardinals before a crowd of 42,516 Monday night…

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DeWitt Q-&-A: Matheny is 'right guy to lead us into the future'

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 13:00:00 -0500

In a conversation with the Post-Dispatch's Derrick Goold, Cardinals chairman Bill DeWitt Jr. discussed the team’s faults and vaults, the upgrades desired, its manager, and even what the Cardinals’ role should be as a prominent citizen in a city stirred…

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Cardinals can't get it done in damaging loss

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 12:30:00 -0500

Loss to Pirates all but knocked the Cardinals out of contention in the NL Central and did not aid their quest for the second wild-card spot with just seven games remaining, all at home.

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Cardinals don't protest during anthem

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 12:25:00 -0500

Unlike the scene at pro football games, there was no protest by the Cardinals when the national anthem was played before Sunday’s game.

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Ortiz: Alcantara breaks the language barrier

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 01:20:00 -0500

Carnitas and guacamole were the only words Sandy Alcantara would have recognized if he had even bothered to look at the Chipotle menu. His English skills were so limited, though, he didn’t waste time looking at the menu.

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Series preview: Cardinals vs. Cubs

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 00:55:00 -0500

The Cubs could clinch their second straight National League Central Division title as early as Tuesday night but could eliminate the Cardinals from the division race by winning any of the four games slated for Busch Stadium.

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Hummel: Field is still wide open for NL MVP

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 00:00:00 -0500

Speculation on not only the potential playoff series but on the postseason awards has ramped up with just a week remaining in the regular season. And while most of the postseason positions in the National League largely are cut and…

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Cardinals' bullpen, offense come up short in 4-1 loss

Sun, 24 Sep 2017 17:25:00 -0500

Defeat all but knocked Cardinals out of contention for the NL Central Division title and did not help their quest of the second wild-card spot with just seven games remaining, all at home. Oh allows tiebreaking two-run homer to Marte.

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Matheny: 'Athletes have a voice'

Sun, 24 Sep 2017 17:12:00 -0500

Cardinals come out for anthem _ and remain standing. But manager says he would 'support it,' if one of his players has a problem with the process.

Ortiz: Faith and family steer Cardinals rookie Alcantara

Sun, 24 Sep 2017 01:15:00 -0500

Sandy Alcantara had cried himself to sleep on a nightly basis for almost three months, and he was tired of it. He was lonely, homesick and desperate to move back in with his parents.

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Cardinals can't overcome worst start of Lynn's career

Sun, 24 Sep 2017 01:00:00 -0500

He failed to last the first inning as the Pirates jumped him for eight runs and won 11-6, costing the Cardinals some position in the wild-card race and curtailing their faint hopes for a division title.

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Gant ready to start Sunday for Cardinals

Sun, 24 Sep 2017 00:15:00 -0500

PITTSBURGH • If Sunday is the biggest start of John Gant’s career, the 25-year-old Cardinals righthander seems to be taking it in considerable stride.

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Pirates make Lynn walk the plank

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 22:55:00 -0500

In the worst start of his major-league career, Cardinals righthander is roughed up for eight runs in first inning as Pittsburgh hurts St. Louis playoff hopes with 11-6 win.

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Cardinals rally in ninth for dramatic win

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 12:45:00 -0500

Only four of Cards’ starters finish the game as Matheny employs 15 of his 18 position players in 4-3 win over Pirates. One downside: Hot-hitting first baseman Jose Martinez leaves with a thumb injury and is out until at least…

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Despite doubters, Matheny felt Cards were contenders

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 03:45:00 -0500

PITTSBURGH • After a three-game dusting last weekend at Chicago, straits seemed dire for the Cardinals. And manager Mike Matheny said, “I can’t count how many ‘Chicken Little’ opportunities that we’ve had this year — that the sky was falling.

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Cards rally for two in ninth to nip Pirates 4-3

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 22:32:00 -0500

Gyorko's pinch single ties it, Fowler's fielder's-choice grounder wins it, Nicasio's 1-2-3 bottom of the ninth saves it as Cardinals continue playoff charge.

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Matheny never felt 'sky was falling'

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 18:10:00 -0500

Cardinals' manager praises his club's toughness. Carpenter, Pham and Fowler are 1-2-3 again.

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Series preview: Cardinals at Pirates

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 17:35:00 -0500

Scouting report • The Cardinals have lost four of seven to the Pirates in Pennsylvania (counting one at Williamsport) but beat the Pirates seven of nine in St. Louis to gain a 10-6 overall edge. ... This is the Cards’…

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DeWitt going to bat for fan safety

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 13:15:00 -0500

Cardinals chairman says it's time for protective netting to be extended 'in every park.'

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Cardinals gain ground in wild-card chase

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 12:50:00 -0500

Cards closing in on second wild-card spot — they trail Brewers by one-half game and Rockies by 1½ with 10 games remaining. Top of the lineup keeps producing in sweep of Reds. Matheny praises team for bounce-back after Cubs series.

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