August 31: Cardinals (78-56) @ Pirates (78-56)

Jenifer Langosch/MLB.com

A day after the Cardinals fortified their bullpen with the addition of John Axford, the Pirates made a countermove, acquiring first baseman Justin Morneau from the Twins. Remember how quiet all three NL Central teams were at the end of the non-waiver Trade Deadline? That’s not been the case this month, as the Pirates have added Morneau, John Buck and Marlon Byrd. After today, any player acquired or signed is not eligible to be on a postseason roster.

As for Axford, he never did make it into town last night. Flight delays were at fault for that. But he is expected to be available out of the bullpen for the Cardinals tonight. If you missed yesterday’s story about the acquisition (includes quotes from Axford), you can read it by clicking here.

CARDINALS LINEUP:

  1. Matt Carpenter (3B)
  2. Carlos Beltran (RF)
  3. Matt Holliday (LF)
  4. Allen Craig (1B)
  5. Yadier Molina (C)
  6. Jon Jay (CF)
  7. Kolten Wong (2B)
  8. Daniel Descalso (SS)
  9. Lance Lynn (RHP)

PIRATES LINEUP:

  1. Jose Tabata (LF)
  2. Neil Walker (2B)
  3. Andrew McCutchen (CF)
  4. Pedro Alvarez (3B)
  5. Marlon Byrd (RF)
  6. Garrett Jones (1B)
  7. Russell Martin (C)
  8. Clint Barmes (SS)
  9. A.J. Burnett (RHP)

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1 Comment

We still need a shortstop and some wins against the Pirates.

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