August 26: Cardinals @ Diamondbacks

Jenifer Langosch/

Records: Cardinals (80-45, +4.5 in NL Central), Diamondbacks (62-63, -6.5 in NL West)

First pitch: 8:40 pm CT

TV/Radio: Fox Sports Midwest, 1120 KMOX

Cardinals lineup: Matt Carpenter (3B), Tommy Pham (CF), Jhonny Peralta (SS), Jason Heyward (RF), Yadier Molina (C), Stephen Piscotty (LF), Kolten Wong (2B), Mark Reynolds (1B), John Lackey (RHP)

Diamondbacks lineup: Ender Inciarte (RF), A.J. Pollock (CF), Paul Goldschmidt (1B), David Peralta (LF), Aaron Hill (2B), Jake Lamb (3B), Jarrod Saltalamacchia (C), Nick Ahmed (SS), Patrick Corbin (LHP)

Transactions: None

Reading material:

  • Cardinals’ victory sparked by aggressiveness on the basepath (link)
  • Kolten Wong returns to the lineup with a focus on the process, but gets good results, too (link)
  • Game recap from the Cardinals’ 9-1 win over the Diamondbacks on Tuesday (link)
  • How Jonathan Broxton and Steve Cishek have brought relief to the rest of the bullpen (link)
  • Matt Belisle receives clearance to amplify his throwing program (link)
  • Preview for Wednesday’s game against Arizona (link)

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Geez, Louise…when will Yadi ever take a day off? Wears me out just watching him.

Me too,but with all the injuries we need him in there, if for nothing else his leadership.

Yes, of course. We need Yadi for leadership plus offense, defense and everything else. BUT? He needs some time off, if he’s going to stay physically healthy.

I agree Yadi looked worn down tonight and a veteran like Lackey could possibly have worked with Cruz (though keeping a veteran like AJ would have been better). Good to see Wong contribute and they got another win with only 6 hits. Amazing job by the pitchers again.

Right on, Bob. Lackey didn’t “need” Yadi. Lackey’s more than capable of pitching well, without Yadi’s assistance. Just that MM’s not always one to go against his favorite catcher’s wishes. ; )

81 Wins with 26 to go.Well at least we can do no worst than 500.13 – 13 from here on out gives us 94 wins. However given the way the Pirates and Cubs are playing is 94 enough? It doesn’t feel that way right now.
Bob’s right, no Bumgardner on the mound in SF, but he might pinch-hit. He’s got 5 homers. Give him a full season he might hit 20. We could use him for cryin’ out loud.He’s hit more than Yadi (4), Holiday(3), and Adams(4).
Thinking about next year a little bit Mo’s going to have to deal with the emergance or the Cubs and the Pirates who aren’t ready to fade away yet..I’m not seeing the Cards keeping Bourjos,Lackey,Moss,Reynolds,Choate and probably Adams, If Piscotty works out well at 1B. Others may also go,but that leaves WHO replaces them.I think we need to find our future catcher AND a new LF/OF with some pop. We can’t get away with another season without any power and just rely on pitching. Just some things to think about down the road,but as we play other teams I watch for possible fits for us.Whether we can get them is another story.

Well, I kinda’ disagree about Matt Adams. The way things have gone so far? It looks like both MO & MM are pretty committed to or invested in him. Plus…with Adams so recently on the DL, rehabbing? He wouldn’t make the best off-season trade-bait. Unless that is, he’d slam say 10+ HR’s in a Sept return….in which case we surely wouldn’t WANT to trade him! : )
To add to that? I’m thinking they’ll hang on to Reynolds too, to platoon with Adams or as his back-up….”mostly” leaving Piscotty in the OF. Holliday’s just not a sure thing anymore. And who knows. It’s possible that Grichuk’s elbow may ultimately act up again sometime soon, or even early next year.
Last nite, the post-game radio show host, made a darned good case for keeping Lackey. Besides…from a few comments I’ve heard Lackey make in past interviews? I get the impression he’d actually prefer to stay with the Cards. (Is money always THE determining factor?)
The radio-host also felt it’s likely that we’ll cough up enuf’ $$$ to grab at least a 3-yr extension with Heyward….which isn’t really a huge stretch. Hahaha.
But finding a solid, younger back-up for Yadi, is definitely a priority, and something that needs to be addressed.
The one thing none of us knows tho’? Is which up-and-comers in the minors the Cards’ have their eyes on.

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