October 4: Cardinals @ Braves (Game 1)

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Records: Cardinals (100-60, +3.5 in NL Central), Braves (65-95, -24.0 in NL East)

First pitch: 12:10 pm CT

TV/Radio: Fox Sports Midwest, 1120 KMOX

Cardinals lineup: Matt Carpenter (3B), Stephen Piscotty (RF), Matt Holliday (LF), Jason Heyward (CF), Jhonny Peralta (SS), Brandon Moss (1B), Kolten Wong (2B), Tony Cruz (C), John Lackey (RHP)

Braves lineup: Michael Bourn (LF), Daniel Castro (2B), Nick Markakis (RF), Adonis Garcia (3B), Cameron Maybin (CF), Pedro Ciriaco (1B), Andrelton Simmons (SS), Ryan Lavarnway (C), Shelby Miller (RHP)

Transactions: None

Reading material:

  • Cards, Braves rained out on Saturday (link)
  • What are the Cardinals’ centerfield options for the postseason (link)
  • Preview of Games 161 and 162 to wrap up regular-season play (link)

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October 3: Cardinals @ Braves

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Records: Cardinals (100-60, +3.0 in NL Central), Braves (65-95, -24.5 in NL East)

First pitch: 6:10 pm CT

TV/Radio: Fox Sports Midwest, 1120 KMOX

Cardinals lineup: Matt Carpenter (3B), Greg Garcia (SS), Matt Holliday (LF), Jason Heyward (RF), Brandon Moss (1B), Kolten Wong (2B), Tony Cruz (C), Jon Jay (CF), John Lackey (RHP)

Cardinals lineup (2): Jon Jay (CF), Greg Garcia (SS), Randal Grichuk (RF), Mark Reynolds (3B), Brandon Moss (1B), Tommy Pham (LF), Tony Cruz (C), Pete Kozma (2B), John Lackey (RHP)

** Manager Mike Matheny revised his lineup due to the soggy field conditions **

Braves lineup: Michael Bourn (LF), Daniel Castro (2B), Nick Markakis (RF), Adonis Garcia (3B), Cameron Maybin (CF), Andrelton Simmons (SS), Nick Swisher (1B), Ryan Lavarnway (C), Shelby Miller (RHP)

Transactions: None

Reading material:

  • With the division title locked up, the Cardinals are using this weekend to rest and prepare (link)
  • Game recap from Friday’s 4-0 loss to the Braves (link)
  • Stephen Piscotty passes his last round of concussion tests (link)

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October 2: Cardinals @ Braves

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Records: Cardinals (100-59, +4.0 in NL Central), Braves (64-95, -25.0 in NL East)

First pitch: 6:35 pm CT

TV/Radio: Fox Sports Midwest, 1120 KMOX

Cardinals lineup: Tommy Pham (CF), Greg Garcia (2B), Randal Grichuk (LF), Matt Adams (1B), Mark Reynolds (3B), Brandon Moss (RF), Tony Cruz (C), Pete Kozma (SS), Jaime Garcia (LHP)

Braves lineup: Michael Bourn (LF), Daniel Castro (2B), Nick Markakis (RF), Adonis Garcia (3B), A.J. Pierzynski (C), Cameron Maybin (CF), Nick Swisher (1B), Andrelton Simmons (SS), Julio Teheran (RHP)

Transactions: None

Reading material:

  • Five things that changed the Cardinals’ season (link)
  • Now that the Cardinals are NL Central champs, what’s next? (link)
  • The sights and sounds of the Cardinals’ clubhouse during Wednesday’s champagne celebration (link)
  • Game recap from the Cardinals’ 11-1 win over Pittsburgh on Wednesday that set off a celebration (link)
  • Tyler Lyons epitomizes the “next man up” trend that has carried the Cards through so much this year (link)
  • Stephen Piscotty rejoined the team on Wednesday and is nearing a return to the field (link)
  • Jason Heyward’s dynamic night highlights the team’s 100th win (link)
  • Preview of Friday’s series opener against the Braves (link)

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September 30: Cardinals @ Pirates (Game 2)

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Records: Cardinals (99-59, +3.0 in NL Central), Pirates (96-62, -3.0 in NL Central)

First pitch: 6:05 pm CT

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

Cardinals lineup: Matt Carpenter (3B), Jon Jay (CF), Jhonny Peralta (SS), Jason Heyward (RF), Matt Adams (1B), Randal Grichuk (LF), Kolten Wong (2B), Tony Cruz (C), Tyler Lyons (LHP)

Pirates lineup: Josh Harrison (2B), Gregory Polanco (RF), Andrew McCutchen (CF), Aramis Ramirez (3B), Starling Marte (LF), Michael Morse (1B), Francisco Cervelli (C), Jordy Mercer (SS), Charlie Morton (RHP)

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September 30: Cardinals @ Pirates (Game 1)

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Records: Cardinals (99-58, +4.0 in NL Central), Pirates (95-62, -4.0 in NL Central)

First pitch: 12:35 pm CT

TV/Radio: Fox Sports Midwest, MLB Network, 1120 KMOX

Cardinals lineup: Matt Carpenter (3B), Jon Jay (CF), Matt Holliday (LF), Jason Heyward (RF), Jhonny Peralta (SS), Mark Reynolds (1B), Kolten Wong (2B), Tony Cruz (C), Michael Wacha (RHP)

Pirates lineup: Gregory Polanco (RF), Starling Marte (LF), Andrew McCutchen (CF), Aramis Ramirez (3B), Neil Walker (2B), Pedro Alvarez (1B), Francisco Cervelli (C), Jordy Mercer (SS), Gerrit Cole (RHP)

Transactions: The Cardinals activated RHP Adam Wainwright from the 60-day DL and placed RHP Carlos Martinez on the 60-day DL

Reading material:

  • Stephen Piscotty was released from the hospital and may be playing again before the end of regular season (link)
  • Adam Wainwright is available out of the Cardinals’ bullpen immediately (link)
  • Yadier Molina expects to be playing in the postseason (link)
  • One win in two games on Wednesday will give the Cardinals another division title (link)
  • Tuesday’s game postponed due to rain (link)

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September 28: Cardinals @ Pirates

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Records: Cardinals (98-58, +3.0 in NL Central), Pirates (95-61, -3.0 in NL Central)

First pitch: 6:05 pm CT

TV/Radio: ESPN2, Fox Sports Midwest, 1120 KMOX

Cardinals lineup: Matt Carpenter (3B), Stephen Piscotty (RF), Matt Holliday (LF), Jason Heyward (CF), Jhonny Peralta (SS), Brandon Moss (1B), Kolten Wong (2B), Tony Cruz (C), Lance Lynn (RHP)

Pirates lineup: Gregory Polanco (RF), Josh Harrison (3B), Andrew McCutchen (CF), Starling Marte (LF), Neil Walker (2B), Francisco Cervelli (C), Pedro Alvarez (1B), Jordy Mercer (SS), J.A. Happ (LHP)

Transactions: None

Reading material:

  • Title Fight: Cards, Bucs to settle NL Central title this week (link)
  • With Trevor Rosenthal and Seth Maness on the mound, the ninth inning unraveled for the Cards (link)
  • Game recap from the Cardinals’ 8-4 loss to the Brewers on Sunday (link)
  • John Lackey wraps up a terrific season at Busch Stadium with another quality start (link)

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September 27: Brewers @ Cardinals

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Records: Cardinals (98-57, +3.0 in NL Central), Brewers (65-90, -33.0 in NL Central)

First pitch: 1:15 pm CT

TV/Radio: Fox Sports Midwest, 1120 KMOX

Cardinals lineup: Matt Carpenter (3B), Stephen Piscotty (RF), Jason Heyward (CF), Randal Grichuk (LF), Matt Adams (1B), Kolten Wong (2B), Greg Garcia (SS), Tony Cruz (C), John Lackey (RHP)

Brewers lineup: Logan Schafer (CF), Jean Segura (SS), Adam Lind (1B), Khris Davis (LF), Domingo Santana (RF), Hernan Perez (3B), Martin Maldonado (C), Yadiel Rivera (2B), Tyler Cravy (RHP)

Transactions: None

Reading material:

  • A shoulder injury has brought Carlos Martinez’s special season to an abrupt end (link)
  • Matt Holliday is back and impacting the offense in big ways (link)
  • Adam Wainwright throws another simulated inning, awaits doctors OK to come off DL (link)
  • Game recap from the Cardinals’ 5-1 win over the Brewers on Saturday (link)
  • Matt Carpenter exited Saturday’s game with a mild hip issue, but downplayed the injury afterward (link)
  • Preview of the Cardinals’ regular-season home finale on Sunday (link)

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September 26: Brewers @ Cardinals

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Records: Cardinals (97-57, +3.0 in NL Central), Brewers (65-89, -32.0 in NL Central)

First pitch: 6:15 pm CT

TV/Radio: Fox Sports 1, 1120 KMOX

Cardinals lineup: Matt Carpenter (3B), Stephen Piscotty (RF), Matt Holliday (LF), Jason Heyward (CF), Jhonny Peralta (SS), Brandon Moss (1B), Kolten Wong (2B), Tony Cruz (C), Jaime Garcia (LHP)

Brewers lineup: Jean Segura (SS), Jonathan Lucroy (1B), Ryan Braun (RF), Khris Davis (LF), Domingo Santana (CF), Hernan Perez (3B), Martin Maldonado (C), Yadiel Rivera (2B), Tyler Wagner (RHP)

Transactions: None

Other: Adam Wainwright threw a simulated inning this afternoon. He faced six batters and threw 27 pitches.

Reading material:

  • Carlos Martinez exits with a shoulder injury after throwing seven pitches on Friday (link)
  • Game recap from the Cardinals’ 4-3 loss to the Brewers on Friday (link)
  • Tyler Lyons pressed into long relief duty, may next be making spot start (link)
  • Win the NL Central, and the Cards are guaranteed home-field advantage through the NLCS (link)
  • Preview of Saturday’s game against the Brewers (link)

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September 25: Brewers @ Cardinals

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Records: Cardinals (97-56, +4.0 in NL Central), Brewers (64-89, -33.0 in NL Central)

First pitch: 7:15 pm CT

TV/Radio: Fox Sports Midwest, 1120 KMOX

Cardinals lineup: Matt Carpenter (3B), Tommy Pham (CF), Matt Holliday (LF), Jason Heyward (RF), Jhonny Peralta (SS), Stephen Piscotty (1B), Greg Garcia (2B), Tony Cruz (C), Carlos Martinez (RHP)

Brewers lineup: Scooter Gennett (2B), Logan Schafer (CF), Adam Lind (1B), Khris Davis (LF), Shane Peterson (RF), Jean Segura (SS), Luis Sardinas (3B), Nevin Ashley (C), Ariel Pena (RHP)

Transactions: None

Reading material:

  • Stephen Piscotty continues to prove he’s deserving of everyday at-bats even as Cards get healthier (link)
  • Jhonny Peralta picked an opportune time to snap a 165-atbat homerless drought (link)
  • Game recap from the Cardinals’ 7-3 win over the Brewers on Thursday, which dropped the magic number to 6 (link)
  • Tiebreaker possibilities could complicated the NL Central (link)
  • Preview for Friday’s game against the Brewers in which Carlos Martinez goes for win No. 15 (link)

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September 24: Brewers @ Cardinals

Jenifer Langosch/MLB.com

Records: Cardinals (96-56, +4.0 in NL Central), Brewers (64-88, -32.0 in NL Central)

First pitch: 6:15 pm CT

TV/Radio: Fox Sports Midwest, MLB Network, 1120 KMOX

Cardinals lineup: Matt Carpenter (3B), Tommy Pham (CF), Jason Heyward (RF), Jhonny Peralta (SS), Stephen Piscotty (1B), Randal Grichuk (LF), Kolten Wong (2B), Tony Cruz (C), Michael Wacha (RHP)

Brewers lineup: Scooter Gennett (2B), Logan Schafer (CF), Adam Lind (1B), Jason Rogers (LF), Domingo Santana (RF), Hernan Perez (3B), Martin Maldonado (C), Yadiel Rivera (SS), Taylor Jungmann (RHP)

Transactions: None

Reading material:

  • With Matt Holliday and Randal Grichuk back in the lineup, Cards’ offense packs a punch (link)
  • Lance Lynn pitched on Wednesday like someone who does not want to be left out of postseason rotation (link)
  • St. Louis remembers its native son, Yogi Berra, who was nearly a Cardinal (link)
  • Cardinals reduce their magic number to 7 with a 10-2 win over the Reds on Wednesday (link)
  • Adam Wainwright faces hitters for the first time, moves closer toward a return (link)
  • A deeper look at the evolution of Carlos Martinez (link)
  • Cardinals have begun to use iPads in the dugouts as part of a new MLB initiative (link)
  • Preview for Thursday’s series opener against the Brewers (link)

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