With one month remaining on the regular-season schedule, the Cardinals sit comfortably ahead of the Pirates in the National League Central and are poised to advance to the postseason for the fifth straight season. Their sights are set on winning a third straight NL Central division title and wrapping up home-field advantage through the NL Championship Series, though there are some less obvious marks of which the club also remains in pursuit.
Having watched Ryan Zimmerman tee off against his pitchers for three straight days, Mike Matheny wanted little to do with him as he stepped to the plate with the potential go-ahead run in scoring position. And yet the player the Cardinals had no intention of letting beat them still did just that.
With a pair of solo homers and a go-ahead RBI double, Ryan Zimmerman helped the Nationals salvage a win during their three-game visit to Busch Stadium. Washington's 4-3 victory halted the Cardinals' winning streak at four games.
The Cards summoned three pitchers from Memphis on Wednesday. Tyler Lyons arrived to start in place of Michael Wacha, and Miguel Socolovich and Nick Greenwood joined the club to provide coverage in the bullpen. Greenwood was sent back after the loss to the Nationals.
Seeing an opportunity to rein in Michael Wacha's workload, the Cardinals pulled him from his scheduled start on Wednesday and will instead have him pitch next in the team's Sept. 7-9 series against the Cubs. Lefty Tyler Lyons was recalled from Triple-A to start against Washington in Wacha's place.
The Cardinals are due back in the World Series this fall based on their remarkable pattern of alternating every other year with the Giants as National League representatives during this decade. That is a well-known fact proudly espoused by all of Redbird Nation. But there is perhaps something more important at stake: The title of Best Cardinals Team Ever.
Being a long reliever is often a thankless, mentally grinding job. But Cardinals right-hander Carlos Villanueva is thriving in it. Villanueva didn't factor into the decision Tuesday night, but he was a key reason the Cardinals came back for an 8-5 win over the Nationals at Busch Stadium.
Brandon Moss had a chance to rewrite the script Tuesday night, and he took full advantage of it. Moss blasted a three-run home run with two outs in the bottom of the ninth against Nationals reliever Casey Janssen to lift the Cardinals to an 8-5 comeback win at Busch Stadium. Moss' fifth career walk-off homer erased what was a frustrating evening.
The Cardinals called up left-hander Marco Gonzales, right-hander Mitch Harris and catcher Cody Stanley from Triple-A Memphis as rosters expanded Tuesday -- and all made their presence felt immediately in the Cardinals' 8-5 walk-off win over the Nationals later that night.
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In reeling off seven wins in their last eight games, capped by a 7-5 victory over the Giants on Sunday, the Cardinals rebounded from an ominous start to a 10-game road trip and ensured they headed home in the exact same position they were when the lengthy stay on the West Coast began.
The Cardinals' 10-game road trip came to an end Sunday in San Francisco, where they capped it with a 7-5 victory over the Giants that featured the team's sixth three-homer game of the year. The win gave the Cardinals their second series victory over the Giants this month and helped them add to their National League Central lead, which is now 4 1/2 games over Pittsburgh.
At a time in the season when most clubs look forward to increasing their depth with the addition of several Minor League players, the Cardinals eye September as a chance to fortify their roster simply by getting healthy.
A day after being forced out of his start due to a mild right ankle sprain, Cardinals starter Lance Lynn, while walking around the AT&T Park visiting clubhouse without issue Sunday, reaffirmed his intentions to make his next scheduled start.
Yadier Molina hit a two-run single in the fifth inning and Lance Lynn cruised through seven-plus shutout innings as the St. Louis Cardinals defeated the San Francisco Giants, 6-0, on Saturday afternoon at AT&T Park.
Tucked into Cardinals reliever Steve Cishek's pocket every time he takes the mound is a square piece of laminated paper, the edges of which show the wear of time. That card has become as much a part of his in-game routine as his warmup pitches, with Cishek pausing before he faces his first batter to step off the mound to pull out the card and read the words.
After sweeping a series in Arizona behind reliable defense and all-around execution, the Cardinals gave away too many free bases and extra outs to avoid another crushing ending in a place that haunted them last October.
Kelby Tomlinson hit a walk-off single in the ninth inning and Marlon Byrd smacked a grand slam in the third to power the San Francisco Giants to a 5-4 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Friday night at AT&T Park.