The Cubs and Cardinals will test the depth of their rotations as the National League Division Series continues with Game 2 at Busch Stadium on Saturday at 5:30 p.m. ET/4:30 CT (TBS). St. Louis has a 1-0 lead in the best-of-five series.
Fans booed with disapproval Friday when Cardinals manager Mike Matheny emerged from the dugout to visit John Lackey on the mound. And they booed a little louder when Matheny took the ball from Lackey and called for reliever Kevin Siegrist.
Distinguished by his Texas drawl, a fiery nature that has been known to occasionally even put teammates on notice and an October resume longer than any other active starter in the game, John Lackey turned back the clock on Friday night, giving Cubs manager Joe Maddon flashbacks to the young right-hander he saw up close in Anaheim and the Cubs fits in a 4-0 Game 1 win for the Cardinals to open the best-of-five National League Division Series.
Cardinals rookies were not intimidated by the scope of their first postseason games. Tommy Pham and Stephen Piscotty came up huge in the eighth inning of Game 1 of the National League Division Series on Friday, each hitting home runs in a 4-0 victory over the Cubs.
As injuries brought seemingly constant attrition of key players from the Cardinals' 2015 roster, left-handed starting pitcher Jaime Garcia was well-ahead of that trend. Garcia spent the previous three seasons battling serious arm issues and spent this season proving he was healthy. It's gone so well that the Cardinals did something few might have expected when the year opened by giving Garcia the ball for Game 2 of the National League Division Series.
Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant hasn't had many slumps in his short career. But the National League Rookie of the Year front-runner is in one now, and the Cardinals will look to frustrate him further on Saturday. Following John Lackey's strong performance in the NL Division Series opener, Jaime Garcia takes his turn for St. Louis in Game 2, scheduled for 4:37 p.m. CT on TBS. Kyle Hendricks gets the start for the Cubs.
Facing their archrivals from Chicago for the first time in postseason history, the Cardinals, behind the experienced postseason arm of John Lackey and a late rookie power surge, nabbed a 4-0 win over the Cubs at Busch Stadium on Friday to open their best-of-five National League Division Series.
With the Cardinals prioritizing offense over defense in their Game 1 National League Division Series lineup, Stephen Piscotty made his first career postseason appearance at a position where he made just nine previous big league starts.
Not scheduled to start until a potential Game 4 of the National League Division Series (Tuesday on TBS), Cardinals righty Lance Lynn was made available out of the team's bullpen in Friday's 4-0 Game 1 win over the Cubs.
They've played more than 2,300 times, but the Cubs and Cardinals have never played any games that mean more than the ones they're going to play over the next week. Yet along the way the Cubs and Cardinals have built one of baseball's greatest rivalries, with passion on the field and in the stands whether playing for first place or bragging rights alone.
Following the Cardinals' workout on Thursday, manager Mike Matheny announced his 25-man National League Division Series roster, which will feature an 11-man pitching staff and 14 position players, including Yadier Molina.
When Jake Arrieta and Matt Carpenter were teammates at TCU, they created their own decathlon, including events such as ping pong, foosball and basketball. Since the Cubs acquired Arrieta in July 2013, the two have found themselves going head to head in the National League Central.
As a reward for good behavior and good grades, Cardinals third baseman Matt Carpenter surprised a student at St. Louis' Lift for Life Academy with tickets to Game 1 of the Cardinals National League Division Series.
In advance of the Cardinals' fifth postseason trip in as many years, general manager John Mozeliak sat down with MLB.com for a wide-ranging question-and-answer session. Here are some of his thoughts on how the season, notable individual performers and what's ahead as the organization seeks its 12th World Series championship.
A postseason participant for the fifth straight season, the Cardinals have already accomplished something never before done in franchise history. But this is a club conditioned not just to play into October but also deep into it.
Finishing off the regular season on a high note, the Braves completed a three-game sweep of the Cardinals with a 2-0 victory in the second game of a doubleheader Sunday at Turner Field. Starter Matt Wisler turned in a gem for the Braves, ending his rookie season one out shy of his first career complete game and shutout.
The Cardinals are headed to the postseason, and this will be the first time that many fans across the league will be focusing on their roster. Here's our attempt to give them a head start with the origins of every player wearing the birds on the bat.