September 18: Astros (48-99) @ Cardinals (77-70)
After a trying 2-5 road trip, the Cardinals are back in St. Louis — for a mere three days. This three-game series against the Astros is the only home portion of a 16-game stretch that has the Cards playing in four other cities.
The Cardinals’ upcoming schedule certainly seems favorable, though. The club enters tonight with a one-game lead for the second Wild Card and plays the next nine games against the league’s two worst teams — Houston (six games) and Chicago (three games). Houston did, however, just win three of four from the surging Phillies. The Astros are 8-7 this month. The Cardinals’ September record is 6-9.
Even still, this would be the time for St. Louis to assert itself if it wants to make a move toward locking up a spot in the postseason.
Some odds and ends from the clubhouse:
- Chris Carpenter threw his scheduled side session today and is ready to make his season debut on Friday at Wrigley Field.
- Jake Westbrook (right oblique strain) has played catch each of the last two days. He will throw a bullpen session on Wednesday. Westbrook said he anticipates needing two bullpen sessions before he’d feel comfortable returning in a game. That schedule suggests Westbrook will be back in the rotation next week.
- Reliever Mitchell Boggs (lower back tightness) was receiving treatment Tuesday afternoon to see if he could get in position to where he felt good enough to pitch, if needed, tonight. Manager Mike Matheny did not have an update on Boggs’ status at the time Matheny met with the media.
- Matt Holliday has been named the Cardinals’ nominee for Major League Baseball’s annual Roberto Clemente Award, an honor given to a player who best represents baseball through on-field and off-the-field contributions. Holliday will be recognized for the nomination during a ceremony before tonight’s game.
- Jon Jay (CF)
- Carlos Beltran (RF)
- Matt Holliday (LF)
- Allen Craig (1B)
- Yadier Molina (C)
- David Freese (3B)
- Daniel Descalso (2B)
- Pete Kozma (SS)
- Kyle Lohse (RHP)
- Jose Altuve (2B)
- Scott Moore (RF)
- Brett Wallace (1B)
- Justin Maxwell (CF)
- Jed Lowrie (SS)
- J.D. Martinez (LF)
- Jason Castro (C)
- Matt Dominguez (3B)
- Fernando Abad (LHP)
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