May 21: D-backs @ Cardinals

Jenifer Langosch/

Records: Cardinals (22-20, -8.0 in NL Central), D-backs (20-24, -5.0 in NL West)

First pitch: 3:05 p.m. CT

TV/Radio: Fox Sports 1, KMOX 1120

Cardinals lineup: Matt Carpenter (3B), Aledmys Diaz (SS), Matt Holliday (LF), Stephen Piscotty (RF), Yadier Molina (C), Randal Grichuk (CF), Matt Adams (1B), Jedd Gyorko (2B), Mike Leake (RHP)

D-backs lineup: Jean Segura (2B), Brandon Drury (RF), Paul Goldschmidt (1B), Jake Lamb (3B), Rickie Weeks (LF), Welington Castillo (C), Chris Owings (CF), Nick Ahmed (SS), Robbie Ray (LHP)

Transactions: None

Reading Material:

  • The Cardinals’ rotation – which was expected to be the club’s strength – has become its more pressing issue (link)
  • Game recap from the Cardinals’ 11-7 loss to the D-backs on Friday (link)
  • Position player pitching alert! Ruben Tejada handled the ninth – with mixed results (link)
  • Randal Grichuk was cleared to pinch-hit after undergoing further tests on his back Friday afternoon (link)
  • Austin Gomber (No. 17 on the Cardinals’ prospect list) shined on Friday with a seven-inning, one-run start for High-A Palm Beach (link)
  • Public WiFi is now available at Busch Stadium (link)

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Good win overall; Leake is stepping up with his third straight good start but Rosenthal looks bad. He might need to swap with Oh as closer but MM is too much of a loyalist to make the switch.

Yep,….afraid you’re right. Oh might be a better choice as the closer. Rosie appears to be suffering from that dreaded disease “walk-itis”.
Speaking of closers? Our ole’ buddy Cishek is doing a great job for the Mariners. (Fun to watch those side-arm guys, isn’t it?)
Sunday is Alex Reyes’ official first day back on the mound since being suspended. Won’t be long ’til he gets “the call”, I’m sure….considering the Cards’ pitching issues.

I’d rather have Oh than Cishek any day.

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