September 21: Reds @ Cardinals

Jenifer Langosch/

Records: Cardinals (93-56, +4.0 in NL Central), Reds (63-85, -29.5 in NL Central)

First pitch: 7:15 pm CT

TV/Radio: Fox Sports Midwest, 1120 KMOX

Cardinals lineup: Matt Carpenter (3B), Tommy Pham (CF), Jason Heyward (RF), Jhonny Peralta (SS), Stephen Piscotty (1B), Randal Grichuk (LF), Kolten Wong (2B), Tony Cruz (C), Jaime Garcia (LHP)

Reds lineup: Jason Bourgeois (CF), Eugenio Suarez (SS), Joey Votto (1B), Brandon Phillips (2B), Todd Frazier (3B), Jay Bruce (RF), Adam Duvall (LF), Ramon Cabrera (C), John Lamb (LHP)

Transactions: The Cardinals have purchased the contract of C Travis Tartamella and designated 1B Xavier Scruggs for assignment

Reading material:

  • Jason Heyward preserves a tie game with an incredible throw to complete a double play on Sunday (link)
  • Yadier Molina suffered a sprained left thumb; status to become clearer after Monday’s MRI (link)
  • Game recap from the Cardinals’ 4-3 win over the Cubs on Sunday (link)
  • Columnist Phil Rogers examines how the Cardinals’ pitching has carried them back to the postseason (link)
  • Cardinals come out playing with “an edge” on Sunday after emotionally-charged game on Saturday (link)
  • Kolten Wong expresses frustration at being hit twice by pitches on Saturday (link)
  • Preview of Monday’s series opener against the Reds (link)

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Simulated game for Wainwright scheduled this Saturday. If all goes well, Mo says he should be good to go after that.
Lamb, the Reds LHP has a fast-ball around 93, but his 66 mph off-speed pitches have been known to baffle batters.
Holliday maybe tomorrow…and that’s all I got from the pre-game show.
Btw…should we maybe walk Votto tonite?

Holiday didn’t look good right now as a PH and really cannot be on the post-season roster unless he does better in at bats. Wainwright will need work as well. Another good game by Garcia but with weak offense and it is almost Chapman time. Such a common occurrence this year. Cubs and Pirates may both make up ground today.

I’m not gonna’ worry about Holliday. He’s got a few games yet, to get his timing back. If he does…fine. If not, we know how that may go.
Again, Cruz got on base. In fact, hasn’t he gotten on base at least once, the last few times he’s caught? He’s as much the key to the Cards’ success as anybody else. In MY humble opinion. )
Remember too, Wainwright’s injury wasn’t anything more than a minor foot surgery & had nothing to do with his shoulder, arm, etc. Heck, I had a similar foot tendon surgery last year…and it’s not THAT big a deal. Cast…then boot & crutches, then voila. Done…and done.
Woo-hoo! We won!!!! The best part? We didn’t have to face Chapman. Whew, doggies! He’s a bear! Hahaha.

Tony saw the kid brought up and it lit a fire under him? Waino injury kept him from throwing alot.I don’t want a Dizzy Dean type injury to affect his arm. Also he pitches so more force will be placed on the injured area than other positions or everyday people like us just walking around.
Wonder what the Reds are going to do with Chapman for next season? Sign him, reliever or starter or trade him?
Playoff question: Best of 5, who would you rather face Cubs or Pirates? answers on newer posts if you’d like. I choose the Cubs, for no other reason than; rivalry!

We cannot beat the Cubs at present? Would prefer Pirates, though both are hot. If they keep hitting like they did until late last night, it will be a short post-season one way or another. Roster will be crucial and you can’t drop Pham or Piscotty (or even Garcia) for Kozma, Bourjos or for recovering players like Hollday or Wainwright. It would be a wasted spot.

Well the offense woke just in time for another late close win, complete with one of Rosenthal’s cardiac saves (tying the team record with 47), They do make it interesting for sure.

You’re right, Bob. The Cards’ games always seem to keep you on the edge of your seat!

Good point Bob. If Waino’s on the post-season roster, it just eliminates somebody else we might need. Even tho’ Wainwright’s been cleared….I’ve heard it said a coupla’ times, that he’d be in the bullpen.
Typically, the post-season rosters have usually included something like 13 position players & 12 pitchers. All I know is that it’ll be a darned tough list to decide on.
As one sports-writer pointed out….no matter WHAT MM does? He’ll be criticized.

Well he will be criticized here if he keeps Choate, Kozma, Bourjos on at the expense of others. Really tough call if Holliday cannot play the field unless someone is injured before the DH comes into play. Adams seems to be coming along but has to work on timing.

Hope Grichuk’s arm holds out and he recovers some of the pop he had in his bat before going down with that elbow problem. Yadi is critical to their success though so will have a better idea in five days if that gaping hole will be plugged in time.

At this point, I don’t see Bourjos as an option at all. But Kozma yeah. He can sub at SS, 2nd or 3rd. His batting’s spotty, but he is capable of a good at-bat or two.
We can only hope & pray that Choate’s not included.
Another thought on Waino…is that he may be a great 8th inning set-up guy for Rosie.

To change the subject, and in defense of Kozma possibly being on the post-season roster? He had a .333 BA in 2012, and a .303 in 2014. So he’s got some talent hiding there somewhere…no?

Nice win, but does it always have to include gnawing on ones nails Magic # 9. Speaking of that has anyone tried Magic Hat #9 beer? Read the sayings under the bottle caps. I think they drink the beer first before they write any of the sayings.

Based on this years youth development I’m I the only one that thinks our roster may be in for a serious overhaul?

Garcia just inserted himself into the starting rotation for the playoffs!

Yadi, partial tear of the ligament in his left thumb.Not the news I wanted to hear today.

Well, Mo said Yadi’s wearing a splint and they’ll look at the thumb again in about 5 days. He was just glad it wasn’t nearly as bad as the other thumb. He also thought Yadi would be able to play post-season if everything goes as they’re hoping.
You’re right about the gnawing thing. Clearly it’d be better if the Cards could win some of their games a little easier & by a larger margin. : )
As for the overhaul? What would you wanna’ do, Dave? Not sure what you mean by, “based on this years’ youth development”.
Incidentally, one of our local writers says since the Cards typically try to go for the shorter contracts, he’s not sure if the Cards will want to offer the multi-year contract that 26 y/o Heyward may be looking for this off-season.
I never heard of Magic Hat by the way. The reviews say it’s a slightly fruity beer and pretty good. Have you tried any hard ciders? I think Angry Orchard’s tastier than the rest. ; )

Magic Hat #9 is a Vermont brew. Guiness is my first choice. I’ve always been partial to dark beers.I read somewhere they’re even lower in calores than ales and stouts.If the mood is right I’ll do an Irish Car Bomb.

My youth movement is based on alot of what the Cubs have done.I don’t feel we have to come in last for years to get there.I do think we have to take a hard look at our 3 and 4 hitters especially. Busch Stadium is not a home run park, but someone with pop and averge to above averge speed could make a living hitting the gaps, like Carp has done. I guess I’m saying more Carp type hitters. I don’t think Holiday for example is that player anymore.Perralta is getting close to that too, but not yet.
The 1985 Cards would thrive in this stadium, I think we need to move that way.
PED players have gone bye-bye. Pitching,defense, and hitting to contact is the games future, which is the way it was played in the 70’s and 80’s.I feel the secret to winning in the present is looking at how the past did it. Jeeezzz I sound OLD:)

Um, yeah you do. Hahaha. ; )
But seriously, how do ya’ figure out how chose the Carp-type hitters? Grichuk has “pop” they say. Off-bat speed really up there. He’d qualify, correct?

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