August 17: Giants @ Cardinals

Jenifer Langosch/

Records: Cardinals (75-42, +5.0 in NL Central), Giants (64-53, -2.5 in NL West)

First pitch: 7:09 pm CT

TV/Radio: ESPN, Fox Sports Midwest, 1120 KMOX

Cardinals lineup: Matt Carpenter (3B), Kolten Wong (2B), Jhonny Peralta (SS), Jason Heyward (CF), Yadier Molina (C), Stephen Piscotty (RF), Brandon Moss (LF), Mark Reynolds (1B), Michael Wacha (RHP)

Giants lineup: Gregor Blanco (CF), Matt Duffy (3B), Brandon Belt (1B), Hunter Pence (RF), Brandon Crawford (SS), Andrew Susac (C), Justin Maxwell (LF), Kelby Tomlinson (2B), Chris Heston (RHP)

Transactions: The Cardinals have placed OF Randal Grichuk on the 15-day DL (right elbow strain) and recalled OF Tommy Pham from Triple-A

Reading material:

  • On a day Shelby Miller throws seven no-hit innings, Jason Heyward again shows that the Cards have also done well in that trade (link)
  • Kolten Wong’s two errors played prominently in Sunday’s loss (link)
  • Randal Grichuk exits Sunday’s game due to tightness in his right elbow (link)
  • Game recap from the Cardinals’ 6-4 loss to the Marlins on Sunday (link)
  • Michael Wacha prepares to face the Giants for the first time since serving up the final pitch of the NLCS (link)
  • Cardinals salute Ichiro Suzuki’s latest achievement; Suzuki salutes St. Louis (link)

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The Cardinals Live Pre-Game show is on radio station KMOX, starting right now. Here’s the streaming link, if you wanna’ hear what MM says about Grichuk, which will be on soon.

Well this was a great night. Another great game from Wacha with just enough from the offense and help from the Diamondbacks. Wacha leads MLB on wins now.

Yep, terrific game. And thank you D-backs!
The play by SS Brandon Crawford (errant throw to 1st)…kinda’ makes up for Wong’s goof-ups yesterday. Nobody’s perfect, eh?
Post-game media question about a possible leg-muscle cramp, dehydration-related perhaps, for Heyward? MM says we’ll see. We’re not sure.
Piscotty appears to be getting better as time goes by. I still can’t believe he’s got an engineering degree from Stanford. He must be a real braniac. Hahaha.
Poor Moss. He hits ’em hard way out to the track so often, but no HR’s. So his stats don’t honestly reflect what he’s capable of.
I think he’ll get there…once he’s more acclimated & comfortable with everything.
And who wouldda’ expected Yadi to launch a rocket outta’ the park? Nobody. As always, it’s the next man up who’ll come thru.

We will have to see how they do with even more thinness on offense:

I wonder if they will start Pham Or Bourjous with Piscotty and Moss?

Well it looks like it’s Moss, Pham & Piscotty in the OF tonite. More tests on Heyward, today, before they’ll know what’s up. An announcement probably right before the game, I’m guessing.
I think I heard something about Pham’s BA just lately. Over .300…but then, that’s “little league”.
I wonder who’ll be next to go on the DL. Hahaha.

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