May 21: Cardinals @ Mets

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Records: Cardinals (27-13, +4.5 in NL Central), Mets (23-18, -1.0 in NL East)

First pitch: 12:10 pm CT

TV/Radio: Fox Sports Midwest, 1120 KMOX

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

Mets lineup: Juan Lagares (CF), Wilmer Flores (SS), Lucas Duda (1B), Michael Cuddyer (LF), Daniel Murphy (2B), John Mayberry Jr (RF), Eric Campbell (3B), Kevin Plawecki (C), Jacob deGrom (RHP)

Transactions: The Cardinals optioned RHP Sam Tuivailala to Triple-A and activated LHP Jaime Garcia from the 15-day disabled list

Reading material:

  • How adjustments from Matt Adams and Kolten Wong helped key another big offensive night (link)
  • Carlos Martinez settles back in after a troublesome start to the month (link)
  • Jaime Garcia eagerly awaits Thursday’s return to the mound (link)
  • Game recap from the Cardinals’ 9-0 win over the Mets (link)
  • Reliever Sam Tuivailala debuts a new cutter (link)
  • Preview for Thursday’s series finale against the Mets (link)

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May 20: Cardinals @ Mets

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Records: Cardinals (26-13, +4.5 in NL Central), Mets (23-17, E in NL East)

First pitch: 6:10 pm CT

TV/Radio: Fox Sports Midwest, 1120 KMOX

Cardinals lineup: Kolten Wong (2B), Matt Carpenter (3B), Matt Holliday (LF), Matt Adams (1B), Jhonny Peralta (SS), Yadier Molina (C), Jason Heyward (RF), Randal Grichuk (CF), Carlos Martinez (RHP)

Mets lineup: Curtis Granderson (RF), Eric Campbell (3B), Lucas Duda (1B), Michael Cuddyer (LF), Daniel Murphy (2B), Wilmer Flores (SS), Juan Lagares (CF), Kevin Plawecki (C), Bartolo Colon (RHP)

Transactions: None

Reading material:

  • Michael Wacha joins Bartolo Colon and Felix Hernandez as the Majors’ first six-game winners (link)
  • Randal Grichuk could sleep a little easier after a three-hit, three-RBI night (link)
  • Randy Choate provided some comic relief with his first at-bat in 11 years (link)
  • Cards rout Mets with six-run sixth inning on Tuesday (link)
  • John Lackey, Mike Matheny talk out their differences of opinion (link)
  • Lefty Kevin Siegrist rediscovering some of his fastball velocity (link)
  • Preview for Wednesday’s game against the Mets (link)

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May 19: Cardinals @ Mets

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Records: Cardinals (25-13, +3.5 in NL Central), Mets (23-16, +1.0 in NL East)

First pitch: 6:10 pm CT

TV/Radio: Fox Sports Midwest, 1120 KMOX

Cardinals lineup: Peter Bourjos (CF), Randal Grichuk (RF), Matt Holliday (LF), Jhonny Peralta (SS), Yadier Molina (C), Mark Reynolds (1B), Kolten Wong (2B), Pete Kozma (3B), Michael Wacha (RHP)

Mets lineup: Curtis Granderson (RF), Eric Campbell (3B), Lucas Duda (1B), Michael Cuddyer (LF), Daniel Murphy (2B), Wilmer Flores (SS), Anthony Recker (C), Jonathan Niese (LHP), Juan Lagares (CF)

Transactions: None

Reading material:

  • John Lackey goes toe-to-toe with Matt Harvey (link)
  • Fastball command evades Sam Tuivailala and costs the Cards in the 14th  (link)
  • Game recap from the Cardinals’ 14-inning loss to the Mets (link)
  • Cards seeking a leadoff hitter who can get on base (link)
  • Manager Mike Matheny proud of Shelby Miller’s success with Atlanta (link)
  • Preview for Tuesday’s game against the Mets (link)

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May 17: Tigers @ Cardinals

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Records: Cardinals (24-12, +3.0 in NL Central), Tigers (23-14, T-1 in AL Central)

First pitch: 7:10 pm CT

TV/Radio: ESPN, 1120 KMOX

Cardinals lineup: Jason Heyward (RF), Matt Carpenter (3B), Matt Holliday (LF), Jhonny Peralta (SS), Matt Adams (1B), Yadier Molina (C), Kolten Wong (2B), Peter Bourjos (CF), Lance Lynn (RHP)

Tigers lineup: Anthony Gose (CF), Ian Kinsler (2B), Miguel Cabrera (1B), J.D. Martinez (RF), Yoenis Cespedes (LF), Nick Castellanos (3B), James McCann (C), Jose Iglesias (SS), Alfredo Simon (RHP)

Transactions: The Cardinals optioned LHP Tyler Lyons to Triple-A and recalled RHP Sam Tuivailala

Reading material:

  • What were the Cardinals doing on the basepath Saturday? (link)
  • Carlos Villanueva, bullpen providing key innings as starter struggle to go deep (link)
  • Game recap from the Cardinals’ 4-3 loss to Detroit on Saturday (link)
  • Randal Grichuk activated from the DL, records two hits as leadoff batter (link)
  • Fresh off a six-inning rehab start, Jaime Garcia says he’s ready to return to rotation (link)
  • Preview of Sunday’s series finale against the Tigers (link)

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May 16: Tigers @ Cardinals

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Records: Cardinals (24-11, +4.0 in NL Central), Tigers (22-14, -1.0 in AL Central)

First pitch: 1:15 pm CT

TV/Radio: Fox Sports Midwest, 1120 KMOX

Cardinals lineup: Randal Grichuk (RF), Matt Carpenter (3B), Matt Holliday (LF), Jhonny Peralta (SS), Mark Reynolds (1B), Yadier Molina (C), Kolten Wong (2B), Peter Bourjos (CF), Tyler Lyons (LHP)

Tigers lineup: Rajai Davis (CF), Ian Kinsler (2B), Miguel Cabrera (1B), J.D. Martinez (RF), Yoenis Cespedes (LF), Nick Castellanos (3B), James McCann (C), Jose Iglesias (SS), David Price (LHP)

Transactions: The Cardinals activated Randal Grichuk from the 15-day disabled list and optioned Xavier Scruggs to Triple-A

Reading material:

  • Carlos Martinez had his emotions under control on Friday. But not his pitch count. (link)
  • Jhonny Peralta continues to come up with key hits against his former teams (link)
  • Game recap from the Cardinals’ 10-4 loss to the Tigers (link)
  • The latest on Marco Gonzales, Randal Grichuk and Luke Weaver (link)
  • While Matt Adams tries to find his swing, Mark Reynolds continues to swing a hot bat (link)
  • Preview for Saturday’s game against Detroit (link)

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May 15: Tigers @ Cardinals

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Records: Cardinals (24-10, +5.0 in NL Central), Tigers (21-14, -1.0 in AL Central)

First pitch: 7:15 pm CT

TV/Radio: Fox Sports Midwest, 1120 KMOX, MLB Network

Cardinals lineup: Peter Bourjos (CF), Matt Carpenter (3B), Matt Holliday (LF), Jhonny Peralta (SS), Mark Reynolds (1B), Kolten Wong (2B), Yadier Molina (C), Jason Heyward (RF), Carlos Martinez (RHP)

Tigers lineup: Anthony Gose (CF), Ian Kinsler (2B), Miguel Cabrera (1B), J.D. Martinez (RF), Yoenis Cespedes (LF), Nick Castellanos (3B), James McCann (C), Jose Iglesias (SS), Shane Greene (RHP)

Transactions: None

Reading material:

  • Xavier Scruggs recalled from Triple-A as Jon Jay lands on the DL (link)
  • Matt Carpenter, Peter Bourjos key a Cardinals win in Cleveland (link)
  • Game recap from the Cardinals’ 2-1 win over the Indians (link)
  • Preview for Friday’s series opener against the Tigers (link)

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May 8: Cardinals @ Pirates

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Records: Cardinals (21-7, +6.5 in NL Central), Pirates (13-15, -8.0 in NL Central)

First pitch: 6:05 pm CT

TV/Radio: Fox Sports Midwest, MLB Network, 1120 KMOX

Cardinals lineup: Peter Bourjos (CF), Kolten Wong (2B), Matt Holliday (LF), Jhonny Peralta (SS), Mark Reynolds (1B), Jason Heyward (RF), Yadier Molina (C), Pete Kozma (3B), Michael Wacha (RHP)

Pirates lineup: Gregory Polanco (RF), Neil Walker (2B), Andrew McCutchen (CF), Starling Marte (LF), Pedro Alvarez (1B), Josh Harrison (3B), Francisco Cervelli (C), Jordy Mercer (SS), Francisco Liriano (LHP)

Transactions: None

Injury report: Matt Carpenter remained in St. Louis and will miss series after being diagnosed with extreme fatigue

Reading material:

  • The anatomy of a nine-win homestand, which the Cards hadn’t had in 13 years (link)
  • John Lackey delivered the deep start the Cardinals desperately needed (link)
  • Jason Heyward may not feel right at the plate, but he’s making an impact on the bases (link)
  • Game recap from Thursday’s 5-1 win over the Cubs (link)
  • Cardinals-Cubs to play makeup game on July 7 as part of Wrigley Field doubleheader (link)
  • Columnist Mike Bauman asks the question — Just how good could the Cardinals be? (link)
  • For Mothers’ Day: How Judy Rosenthal helped raise one of baseball’s best closers (link)
  • Preview for Friday’s series opener against the Pirates (link)

May 7: Cubs @ Cardinals

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Records: Cardinals (20-7, +5.5 in NL Central), Cubs (14-12, -5.5 in NL Central)

First pitch: 12:45 pm CT

TV/Radio: Fox Sports Midwest, 1120 KMOX

Cardinals lineup: Jon Jay (LF), Kolten Wong (2B), Jhonny Peralta (SS), Matt Adams (1B), Mark Reynolds (3B), Jason Heyward (RF), Yadier Molina (C), Peter Bourjos (CF), John Lackey (RHP)

Cubs lineup: Chris Coghlan (LF), Kris Bryant (3B), Anthony Rizzo (1B), Miguel Montero (C), Jorge Soler (RF), Starlin Castro (SS), Matt Szczur (CF), Jake Arrieta (RHP), Addison Russell (2B)

Transactions: None

Reading material:

  • The comeback Cardinals couldn’t find one more big hit on Wednesday (link)
  • Game recap from Wednesday’s 6-5 loss to the Cubs (link)
  • Lance Lynn isn’t piling the up the early-season wins he’s accustomed to (link)
  • Jordan Walden prescribed 6-10 weeks of rest for shoulder injury (link)
  • Jaime Garcia to begin a minor league rehab assignment for Triple-A Memphis on Sunday (link)
  • Preview for Thursday’s series finale against the Cubs (link)

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May 6: Cubs @ Cardinals

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Records: Cardinals (20-6, +6.5 in NL Central), Cubs (13-12, -6.5 in NL Central)

First pitch: 7:15 pm CT

TV/Radio: Fox Sports Midwest, 1120 KMOX

Cardinals lineup: Peter Bourjos (CF), Matt Carpenter (3B), Matt Holliday (LF), Mark Reynolds (1B), Jhonny Peralta (SS), Yadier Molina (C), Jason Heyward (RF), Pete Kozma (2B), Lance Lynn (RHP)

Cubs lineup: Dexter Fowler (CF), Chris Coghlan (LF), Anthony Rizzo (1B), Kris Bryant (3B), Jorge Soler (RF), Starlin Castro (SS), David Ross (C), Jon Lester (LHP), Addison Russell (2B)

Transactions: None

Injury Report: Jordan Walden has been diagnosed with a right scapula strain, prescribed six-to-10 weeks of rest before resuming throwing program; Jaime Garcia to begin rehab assignment with Triple-A Memphis on Sunday

Reading Material:

  • Mitch Harris becomes the first graduate of the US Naval Academy to win a Major League game (link)
  • Mark Reynolds, other bench players contributing in big ways during current winning streak (link)
  • Tyler Lyons so-so in his first spot start of the season (link)
  • Game recap from the Cardinals’ 7-4 win over the Cubs (link)
  • Rehabbing starters Marco Gonzales, Jaime Garcia progressing (link)
  • Manager Mike Matheny still would prefer the Cardinals not draft his summer, Tate (link)
  • Preview for Wednesday night’s game against the Cubs (link)

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May 5: Cubs @ Cardinals

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Records: Cardinals (19-6, +5.5 in NL Central), Cubs (13-11, -5.5 in NL Central)

First pitch: 7:15 pm CT

TV/Radio: Fox Sports Midwest, 1120 KMOX

Cardinals lineup: Jon Jay (CF), Matt Carpenter (3B), Matt Holliday (LF), Matt Adams (1B), Jhonny Peralta (SS), Jason Heyward (RF), Yadier Molina (C), Kolten Wong (2B), Tyler Lyons (LHP)

Cubs lineup: Dexter Fowler (CF), Anthony Rizzo (1B), Kris Bryan (3B), Jorge Soler (RF), Starlin Castro (SS), Junior Lake (LF), Welington Castillo (C), Kyle Hendricks (RHP), Addison Russell (2B)

Transactions: The Cardinals recall LHP Tyler Lyons from Triple-A Memphis and option RHP Sam Tuivailala.

Reading material:

  • At 19-6, the Cardinals are off to their best start in modern franchise history (link)
  • Tyler Lyons will make his audition for the Cardinals’ open rotation spot tonight (link)
  • Carlos Martinez had a “relapse” on Monday that manager Mike Matheny hopes he learns from (link)
  • How Matheny pieced together a four-man bullpen to cover five-plus innings on Monday (link)
  • Cardinals announce their 2015 Hall of Fame class (link)
  • Columnist Mike Bauman looks at how the Cardinals have rallied around Adam Wainwright’s injury (link)
  • Game recap from the Cardinals’ wild 10-9 over the Cubs on Monday (link)
  • Preview for Tuesday’s game against the Cubs (link)

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