August 29: Cardinals (71-58) @ Pirates (69-60)

Jenifer Langosch/MLB.com

The Cardinals and Pirates meet tonight not only in the rubber game of this three-game series but in the rubber game of the season series. The clubs are 7-7 in head-to-head matchups this year, and Wednesday is the final one. And yes, there is significance in that record that goes beyond bragging rights.

If the Cardinals and Pirates would tie for the top Wild Card spot, the club with more head-to-head wins would get home-field advantage. The scenario seems unlikely, but it can’t be ruled out. If the clubs were to tie for the final Wild Card spot, a one-game playoff (not the record) would determine who moves on.

As for last night’s shenanigans, it appears as if the Cardinals are ready to move on. Manager Mike Matheny gathered his club for a team meeting this afternoon to discuss what happened on Tuesday. Though specifics of the meeting weren’t divulged, Matheny did say offer this about gathering:

“It just applies to everything and, in general, last night probably would have been the time to have the conversation,” he said. “But I’m smart enough to know when your emotions are flying high, you usually are giving great speeches that you regret. Today was a great day for everybody to slow down, to talk, and then to move forward playing great baseball.”

Matheny said he and Pirates manager Clint Hurdle — who stay in regular touch — did not talk after Tuesday’s game about Josh Harrison’s collision with Yadier Molina. And if you missed it earlier, here is Molina’s reaction a day after that play.

CARDINALS LINEUP:

  1. Jon Jay (CF)
  2. Carlos Beltran (RF)
  3. Matt Holliday (LF)
  4. Allen Craig (1B)
  5. David Freese (3B)
  6. Skip Schumaker (2B)
  7. Tony Cruz (C)
  8. Rafael Furcal (SS)
  9. Joe Kelly (RHP)

PIRATES LINEUP:

  1. Jose Tabata (LF)
  2. Travis Snider (RF)
  3. Andrew McCutchen (CF)
  4. Garrett Jones (1B)
  5. Pedro Alvarez (3B)
  6. Josh Harrison (2B)
  7. Rod Barajas (C)
  8. Clint Barmes (SS)
  9. Wandy Rodriguez (LHP)

Division standings are here. Wild card standings are here.

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2 Comments

We have to get more consistent offensively. Sure we are leading the league in runs but that is because when do score we get 5-6-8 runs. We cannot continue to go in the “tank” agains these Central Teams. We are “shut out” over the past 16 innings against the Pirates !!!!! Wow!!!

cards need a new manager in the worst way

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