September 3: Cardinals (79-58) @ Reds (77-61)

Jenifer Langosch/MLB.com

Carlos Beltran (lower back tightness) and Yadier Molina (left wrist soreness) are both in the lineup today. That’s certainly good news for the Cardinals, who have lost three of four to start this road trip.

The Cardinals have also added six other players with the Minor League season now having ended. As expected Michael Wacha (tonight’s starter), Carlos Martinez and Tyler Lyons have been called up from Double-A. Joining the team from Triple-A are Brock Peterson, Ryan Jackson and Audry Perez. Perez is the only one of the six who had to be added to the 40-man roster.

Peterson gives the club another bat off the bench. Jackson provides depth in the infield and may be able to get a try at shortstop, which continues to be a patchwork process. With Molina bruised and Tony Cruz still dealing with a forearm fracture, Perez is extra insurance at the catchers’ position.

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On a totally separate coverage note, MLB.com has a September initiative called Pulse of the Postseason that is designed to ramp up coverage for clubs who expect to be playing in October. Each day, you can read the main Pulse story (link here) that runs through the previous day’s games and also notes the playoff matchups as they would be if the season ended today.

This week, this Reds-Cardinals series was chosen to be highlighted because of the postseason implications in play. As a result, I will be spending a few days gathering exclusive video interviews, in place of writing. All the written coverage you have come to expect on cardinals.com — notebooks, game stories, preview stories, etc. — will still be on the site. But in addition, you’ll also get more video coverage.

Here’s a taste from yesterday:

  • John Axford talks with MLB.com about his recent move to playoff contender (link here)
  • Adam Wainwright discusses what went wrong after his loss on Monday (link here)
  • Manager Mike Matheny addresses Wainwright’s two most recent starts (link here)

Much, much more to come over the next few days. Hope you enjoy the additional coverage.

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. Michael Wacha (RHP)

REDS LINEUP:

  1. Shin-soo Choo (CF)
  2. Brandon Phillips (2B)
  3. Joey Votto (1B)
  4. Jay Bruce (RF)
  5. Ryan Ludwick (LF)
  6. Todd Frazier (3B)
  7. Zack Cozart (SS)
  8. Ryan Hanigan (C)
  9. Homer Bailey (RHP)

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