September 9: Brewers @ Cardinals

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Records: Cardinals (73-66, -16.0 in NL Central), Brewers (63-77, -26.5 in NL Central)

Wild Card: Giants (+1.0), Mets, Cardinals (-0.5), Pirates (-4.0), Marlins (-5.0)

First pitch: 7:15 pm CT

TV/Radio: Fox Sports Midwest, 1120 KMOX

Cardinals lineup: Matt Carpenter (1B), Kolten Wong (2B), Stephen Piscotty (RF), Brandon Moss (LF), Yadier Molina (C), Jhonny Peralta (3B), Jedd Gyorko (SS), Randal Grichuk (CF), Carlos Martinez (RHP)

Brewers lineup: Jonathan Villar (3B), Scooter Gennett (2B), Hernan Perez (RF), Chris Carter (1B), Kirk Nieuwenhuis (CF), Domingo Santana (LF), Orlando Arcia (SS), Manny Pina (C), Jimmy Nelson (RHP)

Transactions: None

Reading material:

  • Cards self-destruct, fall to 30-38 at home this season (link)
  • Game recap from the Cardinals’ ugly 12-5 loss to the Brewers on Thursday (link)
  • Kolten Wong ignores balk call, hits home run anyways (link)
  • Could Trevor Rosenthal and Michael Wacha be returning within the next week? (link)

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September 8: Brewers @ Cardinals

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Records: Cardinals (73-65, -15.5 in NL Central), Brewers (62-77, -27.0 in NL Central)

Wild Card: Giants (+0.5), Cardinals/Mets, Pirates (-4.5), Marlins (-5.0)

First pitch: 6:15 p.m. CT

TV/Radio: Fox Sports Midwest, 1120 KMOX

Cardinals lineup: Matt Carpenter (1B), Jedd Gyorko (SS), Stephen Piscotty (RF), Yadier Molina (C), Brandon Moss (LF), Randal Grichuk (CF), Jhonny Peralta (3B), Kolten Wong (2B), Jaime Garcia (LHP)

Brewers lineup: Jonathan Villar (3B), Keon Broxton (CF), Ryan Braun (LF), Hernan Perez (2B), Chris Carter (1B), Domingo Santana (RF), Orlando Arcia (SS), Martin Maldonado (C), Junior Guerra (RHP)

Transactions: None

Reading material:

  • Game recap from the Cardinals’ 4-3 loss to the Pirates on Wednesday (link)
  • Mike Leake takes a positive first step in his return from shingles (link)
  • Matt Holliday give green light to increase baseball activities (link)
  • Mike Mayers finds a bit of redemption with his second first impression (link)
  • Johnson City captures the Appalachian League Championship (link)
  • The Gulf Coast League Cardinals capture the GCL Championship (link)

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September 7: Cardinals @ Pirates

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Records: Cardinals (73-64, -15.5 in NL Central), Pirates (67-69, -21.0 in NL Central)

Wild Card: Giants (+.5), Cardinals, Mets (-1.0), Pirates (-5.5), Marlins (-6.0)

First pitch: 6:05 p.m. CT

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

Cardinals lineup: Matt Carpenter (2B), Stephen Piscotty (RF), Matt Adams (1B), Yadier Molin (C), Brandon Moss (LF), Randal Grichuk (CF), Jhonny Peralta (3B), Greg Garcia (SS), Mike Leake (RHP)

Pirates lineup: Josh Harrison (2B), David Freese (1B), Andrew McCutchen (CF), Gregory Polanco (LF), Jung Ho Kang (3B), Matt Joyce (RF), Francisco Cervelli (C), Jordy Mercer (SS), Jameson Taillon (RHP)

Transactions: The Cardinals have activated RHP Mike Leake from the 15-day DL

Reading material:

  • Game recap from the Cardinals’ improbable 9-7 win over the Pirates (link)
  • With Matt Carpenter’s home run, the Cardinals set an MLB pinch-hit record with 15 on the season (link)
  • Yadier Molina’s grand slam extended the Cardinals’ streak of games with a home run to 25 and also continued his incredible second half (link)
  • After 10 years in the minors, Jose Martinez completes his big-league dream (link)
  • Cards announce plans to hold exhibition games in Memphis and Springfield next March (link)

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September 6: Cardinals @ Pirates

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Records: Cardinals (72-64, -16.5 in NL Central), Pirates (67-68, -21.0 in NL Central)

First pitch: 7:05 pm CT

TV/Radio: Fox Sports Midwest, 1120 KMOX

Cardinals lineup: Kolten Wong (2B), Jedd Gyorko (SS), Brandon Moss (RF), Matt Adams (1B), Yadier Molina (C), Randal Grichuk (CF), Jhonny Peralta (3B), Jeremy Hazelbaker (LF), Luke Weaver (RHP)

Pirates lineup: Josh Harrison (2B), John Jaso (1B), Andrew McCutchen (CF), Gregory Polanco (LF), Jung Ho Kang (3B), Matt Joyce (RF), Jordy Mercer (SS), Chris Stewart (C), Ryan Vogelsong (RHP)

Transactions: The Cardinals have recalled RHP Sam Tuivailala, RHP Mike Mayers and OF Jose Martinez

Reading material:

  • Adam Wainwright has been named the Cardinals’ nominee for the Roberto Clemente Award (link)
  • Game recap from the Cardinals’ 12-6 victory over the Pirates on Monday (link)
  • Carson Kelly makes his Major League debut, doubles in first at-bat (link)
  • Trevor Rosenthal throws off the mound and targets a Sept. 14 return (link)
  • Cardinals recall Tuivailala, Mayers and Martinez to wrap up their September call-ups (link)
  • Mike Leake to rejoin the rotation on Wednesday; Alex Reyes shifts back to a bullpen role (link)

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September 5: Cardinals @ Pirates

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Records: Cardinals (71-64, -16.5 in NL Central), Pirates (67-67, -20.0 in NL Central)

Wild Card: Giants (+1.5), Cardinals, Mets (-1.0), Pirates (-3.5), Marlins (-4.0)

First pitch: 4:05 pm CT

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

Cardinals lineup: Matt Carpenter (3B), Jedd Gyorko (SS), Stephen Piscotty (RF), Matt Adams (1B), Yadier Molina (C), Randal Grichuk (CF), Jeremy Hazelbaker (LF), Kolten Wong (2B), Adam Wainwright (RHP)

Pirates lineup: Josh Harrison (2B), John Jaso (1B), Andrew McCutchen (CF), Gregory Polanco (RF), Starling Marte (LF), David Freese (3B), Francisco Cervelli (C), Jordy Mercer (SS), Chad Kuhl (RHP)

Transactions: None

Reading material:

  • Budding ace Carlos Martinez plays stopper once again (link)
  • Game recap from the Cardinals’ 5-2 win over the Reds on Sunday (link)
  • Mike Leake, Carson Kelly and Brayan Pena rejoin the team (link)

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August 31: Cardinals @ Brewers

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Records: Cardinals (70-61, -14.0 in NL Central), Brewers (56-76, -28.5 in NL Central)

Wild Card: Giants (+1.0), Cardinals, Pirates (-2.5), Mets (-2.5), Marlins (-3.5)

First pitch: 7:10 pm CT

TV/Radio: Fox Sports Midwest

Cardinals lineup: Matt Carpenter (1B), Jedd Gyorko (SS), Brandon Moss (RF), Jhonny Peralta (3B), Yadier Molina (C), Randal Grichuk (CF), Jeremy Hazelbaker (LF), Greg Garcia (2B), Luke Weaver (RHP)

Brewers lineup: Jonathan Villar (3B), Kirk Nieuwenhuis (RF), Ryan Braun (LF), Hernan Perez (2B), Chris Carter (1B), Keon Broxton (CF), Orlando Arcia (SS), Martin Maldonado (C), Matt Garza (RHP)

Transactions: None

Reading material:

  • On a day he turned 35, Adam Wainwright turned back the clock to look like his former self (link)
  • Game recap from the Cardinals’ 2-1 win over the Brewers on Tuesday (link)
  • Columnist Mike Bauman wonders if the Cardinals’ rotation may be better than they seem on paper (link)
  • Jedd Gyorko’s 10th home run this month helps Cardinals tie a franchise home run record (link)
  • Greg Garcia dealing with right knee soreness (link)

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August 30: Cardinals @ Brewers

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Records: Cardinals (69-61, -14.0 in NL Central), Brewers (56-75, -27.5 in NL Central)

Wild Card: Giants (+2.0), Cardinals, Pirates (-1.5), Marlins (-2.5), Mets (-2.5)

First pitch: 7:10 p.m. CT

TV/Radio: Fox Sports Midwest, 1120 KMOX

Cardinals lineup: Matt Carpenter (1B), Jedd Gyorko (SS), Stephen Piscotty (RF), Jhonny Peralta (3B), Yadier Molina (C), Randal Grichuk (CF), Tommy Pham (LF), Kolten Wong (2B), Adam Wainwright (RHP)

Brewers lineup: Jonathan Villar (SS), Scooter Gennett (2B), Ryan Braun (LF), Hernan Perez (3B), Chris Carter (1B), Kirk Nieuwenhuis (RF), Keon Broxton (CF), Martin Maldonado (C), Wily Peralta (RHP)

Transactions: None

Reading material:

  • Carlos Martinez showed on Monday why he has become the anchor in the Cardinals’ rotation (link)
  • Kolten Won gets rare start, showcases exciting skill set to key a win (link)
  • Game recap from the Cardinals’ 6- 5 win over the Brewers on Monday (link)
  • The Cardinals’ bullpen is still in search of stabilization — maybe now more so than ever before (link)
  • Mike Leake lands on the DL; Alex Reyes to remain in the rotation (link)
  • Aledmys Diaz receives clearance to begin swinging again and moves closer to a return (link)
  • Could Brayan Pena rejoin the Cardinals in September as a possible pinch-hit option? (link)

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August 29: Cardinals @ Brewers

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Records: Cardinals (68-61, -14.0 in NL Central), Brewers (56-74, -26.5 in NL Central)

Wild Card: Giants (+2.5), Cardinals, Pirates (-0.5), Marlins (-1.5), Mets (-2.5)

First pitch: 6:20 pm CT

TV/Radio: Fox Sports Midwest, 1120 KMOX

Cardinals lineup: Matt Carpenter (1B), Jedd Gyorko (SS), Brandon Moss (LF), Stephen Piscotty (RF), Yadier Molina (C), Jhonny Peralta (3B), Randal Grichuk (CF), Kolten Wong (2B), Carlos Martinez (RHP)

Brewers lineup: Jonathan Villar (3B), Scooter Gennett (2B), Ryan Braun (LF), Hernan Perez (RF), Chris Carter (1B), Kirk Nieuwenhuis (CF), Orlando Arcia (SS), Martin Maldonado (C), Zach Davies RHP)

Transactions: The Cardinals have placed RHP Mike Leake on the DL with shingles and recalled LHP Dean Kiekhefer from Triple-A Memphis

Reading material:

  • With his recovery going slower than expected, Leake has been placed on the DL (link)
  • Game recap from the Cardinals’ 7-4 loss to the A’s on Sunday (link)
  • Why do the Cardinals have so much trouble winning at home? (link)
  • Matt Carpenter supplied most of the Cardinals’ offense in Sunday’s loss (link)
  • Greg Garcia explains why there’s a patch of dry dirt behind him at every home game (link)

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August 28: A’s @ Cardinals

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Records: Cardinals (68-60, -14.0 in NL Central), A’s (56-73, -19.5 in AL West)

Wild Card: Giants (+1.5), Cardinals, Marlins (-1.5), Pirates (-1.5), Mets (-2.5)

First pitch: 1:15 pm CT

TV/Radio: Fox Sports Midwest, 1120 KMOX

Cardinals lineup: Matt Carpenter (1B), Jedd Gyorko (2B), Brandon Moss (LF), Stephen Piscotty (RF), Jhonny Peralta (3B), Randal Grichuk (CF), Greg Garcia (SS), Alberto Rosario (C), Jaime Garcia (LHP)

A’s lineup: Jake Smolinksi (LF), Marcus Semien (SS), Danny Valencia (1B), Khris Davis (LF), Ryon Healy (3B), Stephen Vogt (C), Brett Eibner (RF), Chad Pinder (2B), Andrew Triggs (RHP)

Transactions: None

Reading material:

  • Alex Reyes’ first Major League start drew mixed reviews (link)
  • Zach Duke, Seung Hwan Oh can’t help bail out their teammates as the bullpen endures a blip (link)
  • The Cardinals held their third annual Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Saturday (link)
  • Mike Leake sidelined indefinitely with shingles (link)

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August 26: A’s @ Cardinals

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Records: Cardinals (67-59, -14.0 in NL Central), A’s (55-72, -19.5 in AL West)

NL Wild Card: Giants (+1.5), Cardinals, Marlins (-1.5), Pirates (-2.5), Mets (-3.5)

First pitch: 7:15 p.m. CT

TV/Radio: Fox Sports Midwest, 1120 KMOX

Cardinals lineup: Matt Carpenter (2B), Jedd Gyorko (SS), Brandon Moss (1B), Stephen Piscotty (RF), Yadier Molina (C), Jhonny Peralta (3B), Randal Grichuk (CF), Tommy Pham (LF), Luke Weaver (RHP)

A’s lineup: Coco Crisp (CF), Danny Valencia (RF), Stephen Vogt (C), Khris Davis (LF), Yonder Alonso (1B), Ryan Healy (3B), Max Muncy (2B), Marcus Semien (SS), Ross Detwiler (RHP)

Transactions: The Cardinals optioned RHP Sam Tuivailala to Triple-A Memphis and recalled RHP Miguel Socolovich

Reading material:

  • Adam Wainwright’s tough start boils over in rough fifth inning (link)
  • Game recap from the Cardinals’ 10-6 loss to the Mets on Thursday (link)
  • Wainwright loses his glove, and the Cardinals lose an out. What happened on that odd fifth-inning play? (link)
  • Cardinals to hold third annual Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Saturday (link)
  • Who is on the short list as possible September call-ups? (link)

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