September 10: Cardinals @ Reds

Jenifer Langosch/

Records: Cardinals (88-51, +4.5 in NL Central), Reds (57-81, -30.5 in NL Central)

First pitch: 6:10 pm CT

TV/Radio: Fox Sports Midwest, 1120 KMOX

Cardinals lineup: Matt Carpenter (2B), Stephen Piscotty (LF), Jhonny Peralta (SS), Jason Heyward (RF), Yadier Molina (C), Mark Reynolds (3B), Brandon Moss (1B), Peter Bourjos (CF), Jaime Garcia (LHP)

Reds lineup: Billy Hamilton (CF), Jason Bourgeois (LF), Joey Votto (1B), Brandon Phillips (2B), Todd Frazier (3B), Jay Bruce (RF), Eugenio Suarez (SS), Tucker Barnhart (C), John Lamb (LHP)

Transactions: None

Reading material:

  • With a come-from-behind win, the Cardinals changed the complexion of a trying homestand (link)
  • Randal Grichuk plays center field without the ability to throw (link)
  • Game recap from the Cardinals’ 4-3 victory over the Cubs on Wednesday (link)
  • Matt Adams comes off the DL to serve as another bat off the bench (link)
  • Preview for Thursday’s series opener against the Reds (link)

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Just what the stretched offense needed:

Jenifer Langosch ‏@LangoschMLB 46s46 seconds ago
Kolten Wong acknowledges he’s dealing with calf strain, not just tightness. He did run today w/o issue. Hopes to be back this weekend.

Hope Grichuk and Adams are not rushed back when clearly not physically ready to fully contribute.

Jenifer Langosch ‏@LangoschMLB 2m2 minutes ago
Randal Grichuk said today is an “off day” from throwing per his rehab schedule. That played into #stlcards decision not to start him today.

And Why Bourjus? Clearly Pham would be a better choice.

Well, I can’t recall. But if Bourjos got a hit recently, MM (Mr Fair) might feel it’s his turn.
MM is platooning CF, as you know…using Jay, Pham, Bourjos and then Grichuk just yesterday.
An article I read this afternoon by the way…said they suspect that MM may keep Wong out of the line-up until Monday. So not to count on Wong being back Sat or Sun, as Kolten is hoping.
Did you happen to see Votto go ballistic in yesterday’s game? Whoa baby, he’s got himself quite the temper!
Don’t blame Garcia for walking him a few minutes ago. I wouldn’t pitch to him at ALL tonite.

As his first at bat showed, Bourjos is barely a major leaguer. But the have fanned 4 time already. They are making another marginal pitcher look like a star.

Who’s looking like a star? Lamb’s walking a lot of our batters.

…of course, we didn’t take advantage of it. Hehe.

Yes you are right. Hope he sticks around long enough to surrender runs. That was a disappointing out by Reynolds (who seems determined to break his own foot for some reason.

That would some ‘feat’ 🙂

I get it! Hahaha.

Jaime’s not quite 100% tonite. But he knows what he’s doing. The good thing about veteran players….they know how to make adjustments and git ‘er done.

Hmm…Lamb’s walked 6, but no runs. Gotta’ do better, guys….

Absolute story of the game. Plenty of chances but no ones cashing in.

Yeah, now that I think about it? Maybe that’s why the Cards don’t get any respect. We can’t make anything out of all those walks. We’ve been there, done that.
Hot dog! Choate can add another 5 runs, and make it 10-zip! Woo-hoo!!!

These are games they should certainly win. They will have to mount another comeback off of left handed relievers before it gets to Chapman.

Geez, as I said before? We have NO business pitching to Votto!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

And another brilliant appearance by Choate, Wild pitch and sac fly…. Matheny’s loyalties cost us again.

Strikeouts and double plays galore.. Bourjos is like having two pitchers hitting in the lineup. Lets hope the Brewers can hold their small lead in Pittsburgh.

I think painful pretty much sums this up, huh?

Hard to believe they have been so good all year only to crumble completely now. Everyone seems to have figured out our hitting and pitching.

Which team is in first place? in last place?

So he cannot even run but Adams is being used? Remember how that worked out last time Holiday returned? Will it turn out like Alan Craig, pushed too soon in 2013 World series and never again the same?

Amazingly the Pirates lost again to the Brewers even after K-Rod blew the save in the 11th. Keeps the gap at 4.5 (4 in loss column).

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