July 24: Braves @ Cardinals

Jenifer Langosch/MLB.com

Records: Cardinals (61-34, +6.0 in NL Central), Braves (45-50, -6.5 in NL East)

First pitch: 7:15 pm CT

TV/Radio: Fox Sports Midwest, 1120 KMOX

Cardinals lineup: Kolten Wong (2B), Matt Carpenter (3B), Matt Holliday (LF), Jhonny Peralta (SS), Jason Heyward (RF), Yadier Molina (C), Randal Grichuk (CF), Mark Reynolds (1B), Tim Cooney (LHP)

Braves lineup: Cameron Maybin (CF), Pedro Ciriaco (2B), Nick Markakis (RF), Chris Johnson (1B), Juan Uribe (3B), A.J. Pierzynski (C), Jonny Gomes (LF), Andrelton Simmons (SS), Manny Banuelos (LHP)

Transactions: The Cardinals acquired RHP Steve Cishek from the Marlins in exchange for Double-A RHP Kyle Barraclough. The club also transferred RHP Matt Belisle to the 60-day disabled list

Reading material:

  • Could a game-winning homer on Thursday by Matt Carpenter be a harbinger of better things to come? (link)
  • Trevor Rosenthal convinced manager Mike Matheny to let him pitch and then wiggled out of a mess (link)
  • Rehabbing lefty Jaime Garcia throws the first five innings of a no-hitter for low-A Peoria (link)
  • Game recap from the Cardinals’ 4-3 win over the Royals in Thursday’s makeup game (link)
  • Stephen Piscotty has his home debut delayed by a stiff neck (link)
  • Preview for Friday’s series opener against the Braves (link)

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Will see how Cishek pans out but it will be good to take some pressure off the late inning guys and even get a save or two from someone else. Will he join the team this weekend or later?

Correct,we need to help the pen and we’ll see if Cishek is the guy.Still time to add more if needed.Well one thing is for sure Miami is running up the white flag like Oak.and Mil.The dominos are starting to fall.I see the Red Sox starting to move players soon too. Philly will wait for the wealthy and desperate before moving Hamels
San Diego may be a seller too…….Shields anyone? Not me though.

Yep…it’s getting down to the wire. It’ll be very interesting to see who ultimately gets traded or bought. Pretty exciting to watch & wait…and see what happens by the deadline. Go Cooney!

You’re right Bob. Cishek has pitched as a reliever, but occasionally as a closer. We also gave the Marlins one of our Triple-A righties in the deal, btw.
No info on exactly when Cishek will get to St Louis. But very soon, if not this afternoon…I’m guessing?

Cooney 7 strong and Grichuk anoter HR and 2 RBIs. I like these kids. They compliment the veterans very nicely.Tonight we face and old friend Shelby Miller.Pitching better than his record shows. Braves will also be down Uribe and Johnson they were traded to the Mets.

Undoubtedly, there’s some serious synergy goin’ on with the Cards! Fun to watch…isn’t it?
Cooney’s not one to throw heaters, but he obviously has something good going on with his pitches. And since he’s so young & it’s his first season in the majors? I assume he can only get better.
So, I was looking over the contracts…and Lackey, Heyward & Reynolds are about the only everyday players whose contracts are up in 2016.
It’s pretty clear, at least from Lackey’s past interviews, that he really wants to re-sign with the Cards when his contract is up…almost regardless of what they might offer. I wonder what 2017 will bring.
Kinda’ bitter-sweet to see Shelby again. It was a sad day in St Louis when both Kelly & Miller were traded. Kelly gave us fans some real comedy relief…and nobody ever understood why Shelby wasn’t played in the play-offs last year.
Those 2 were best men at each others weddings, by the way. It was evident that sending them off to different teams, was emotionally tough for them both.
And yep, with Uribe gone? That should be a huge plus today & tomorrow for the Cards.
It might’ve been nice if the Cards had kept Pierzynski. But then again…he is 38 and wouldn’t have played much being 2nd to a healthy Yadi.
OK, so not such a good idea after all. Hahaha.

Yes the team chemistry seems very good these days. Worry still about Yadi’s workload which AJ might have helped with, as he so rarely gets an off day – hope they don’t pay for that down the road. Are there any good left-handed C/1B possibilities to bring in at the trade deadline? Hope Wong ups his game a bit at the plate and on the base-paths.

Yes Atlanta will be short handed with those trades; maybe Cincinnati will trade Cueto, Bruce and/or Chapman before next week to lighten that series also. One can only hope.

I agree that it is bitter sweet to see Miller; saw him live in Toronto for a rare complete game shut-out against the high scoring Blue Jays last June and he was on point all game long. If Heyward resigns, it would be a reasonable trade, but not if he walks.

I never try to guess what’ll happen by the trade deadline. Too many ifs. And honestly….Cruz does a respectable job catching. So as long as the rest of the team as a whole, can bring it? Cruz should do fine. Just that Yadi WANTS to play all the time. Still…A.J.Pierzynski would’ve been good to have handy.
I’m not a huge fan of Cueto’s. We’ve hit him well in the past ’cause he doesn’t always bring his A-game.
As for Shelby? I suspect he’ll always feel St Louis is home, in a way. I’ll bet he gets a standing-O at the beginning of tonite’s game. : )

One other thing? The Cards really need to tone-down the base-stealing attempts when we’re tied or behind. Our success percentage in that regard, isn’t exactly the best.
Better that the Cards are only aggressive, if we’re ahead. Pick offs and the like, usually seem to come back and bite the Cards in the @#$!

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