June 27: Cardinals @ Royals

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Records: Cardinals (39-35, -9.0 in NL Central), Royals (39-35, -5.0 in AL Central)

First pitch: 7:10 pm CT

TV/Radio: Fox Sports Midwest,, 1120 KMOX

Cardinals lineup: Matt Carpenter (2B), Aledmys Diaz (SS), Matt Holliday (DH), Stephen Piscotty (RF), Jhonny Peralta (3B), Yadier Molina (C), Brandon Moss (LF), Jedd Gyorko (1B), Tommy Pham (CF)

Royals lineup: Whit Merrifield (2B), Alex Gordon (LF), Lorenzo Cain (CF), Eric Hosmer (1B), Salvador Perez (C), Kendrys Morales (DH), Paulo Orlando (RF), Alcides Escobar (SS), Cheslor Cuthbert (3B)

Transactions: None

Reading material:

  • Game recap from the Cardinals’ 11-6 win over the Mariners on Sunday (link)
  • Cardinals tie a franchise record with 13 extra-base hits as they again flaunt their power potential (link)
  • Hats off to Tommy Pham for his defensive ingenuity (link)
  • Tyler Lyons has settled into a long relief role quite well (link)
  • How the Cardinals have maximized their Draft pool money through their signing strategies (link)

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June 26: Cardinals @ Mariners

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Records: Cardinals (38-35, -10.0 in NL Central), Mariners (38-37, -10.0 in AL West)

First pitch: 3:10 pm CT

TV/Radio: Fox Sports Midwest, 1120 KMOX

Cardinals lineup: Matt Carpenter (2B), Aledmys Diaz (SS), Matt Holliday (DH), Stephen Piscotty (RF), Brandon Moss (1B), Jedd Gyorko (3B), Tommy Pham (CF), Kolten Wong (LF), Eric Fryer (C)

Mariners lineup: Ketel Marte (SS), Franklin Gutierrez (RF), Robinson Cano (2B), Nelson Cruz (DH), Kyle Seager (3B), Dae-Ho Lee (1B), Chris Iannetta (C), Leonys Martin (CF), Shawn O’Malley (LF)

Transactions: None

Reading material:

  • The Cardinals have removed Trevor Rosenthal from the closer’s role after his continued struggles (link)
  • Game recap from the Cardinals’ 5-4 loss to the Mariners on Saturday (link)
  • Mike Leake’s ragged start on Saturday becomes too much for the Cardinals to overcome (link)
  • Matt Adams was cleared to play on Saturday after sitting due to back tightness (link)

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June 25: Cardinals @ Mariners

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Records: Cardinals (38-34, -10.0 in NL Central), Mariners (37-37, -10 in AL West)

First pitch: 9:10 pm CT

TV/Radio: Fox Sports Midwest, 1120 KMOX

Cardinals lineup: Matt Carpenter (2B), Aledmys Diaz (SS), Matt Holliday (DH), Stephen Piscotty (RF), Brandon Moss (1B), Jhonny Peralta (3B), Yadier Molina (C), Tommy Pham (CF), Kolten Wong (LF)

Mariners lineup: Leonys Martin (CF), Seth Smith (LF), Robinson Cano (2B), Nelson Cruz (RF), Kyle Seager (3B), Dae-Ho Lee (1B), Adam Lind (DH), Steve Clevenger (C), Ketel Marte (SS)

Transactions: None

Reading material:

  • Game recap from the Cardinals’ 4-3 loss to the Mariners on Friday (link)
  • Could the Cardinals soon be making a change to their closer’s role? (link)
  • Matt Adams was a game-time scratch on Friday due to lower back tightness (link)
  • For Randal Grichuk, the early Triple-A results have been mixed (link)

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June 24: Cardinals @ Mariners

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Records: Cardinals (38-33, -9.0 in NL Central), Mariners (36-37, -11.0 in AL West)

First pitch: 9:10 pm CT

TV/Radio: Fox Sports Midwest, 1120 KMOX

Cardinals lineup: Matt Carpenter (2B), Aledmys Diaz (SS), Matt Holliday (DH), Stephen Piscotty (RF), Jhonny Peralta (3B), Matt Adams (1B), Yadier Molina (C), Brandon Moss (LF), Tommy Pham (CF)

Mariners lineup: Leonys Martin (CF), Seth Smith (LF), Robinson Cano (2B), Nelson Cruz (RF), Kyle Seager (3B), Dae-Ho Lee (1B), Adam Lind (DH), Chris Iannetta (C), Ketel Marte (SS)

Transactions: None

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June 15: Astros @ Cardinals

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Records: Cardinals (35-29, -9.5 in NL Central), Astros (31-35, -9.5 in AL West)

First pitch: 6:15 pm CT

TV/Radio: Fox Sports Midwest, 1120 KMOX

Cardinals lineup: Matt Carpenter (2B), Brandon Moss (RF), Matt Holliday (LF), Stephen Piscotty (CF), Matt Adams (1B), Jhonny Peralta (3B), Yadier Molina (C), Aledmys Diaz (SS), Adam Wainwright (RHP)

Astros lineup: George Springer (RF), Danny Worth (3B), Jose Altuve (2B), Carlos Correa (SS), Colby Rasmus (LF), Luis Valbuena (1B), Carlos Gomez (CF), Jason Castro (C), Collin McHugh (RHP)

Transactions: None

Reading material:

  • Yadier Molina maintains his lead at catcher in the latest NL All-Star voting update (link)
  • It’s no longer either/or with Brandon Moss and Matt Adams, as both continue to supply a power punch (link)
  • Could Kolten Wong return to the Majors as a … centerfielder? (link)
  • Adam Wainwright makes his case to compete in the Home Run Derby (link)
  • Game recap from the Cardinals’ 5-2 loss to the Astros (link)
  • Cardinals reach agreement with first-round Draft pick Dylan Carlson (link)
  • Colby Rasmus homers in his return to St. Louis (link)

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June 14: Astros @ Cardinals

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Records: Cardinals (35-28, -8.5 in NL Central), Astros (30-35, -9.5 in AL West)

First pitch: 7:15 pm CT

TV/Radio: Fox Sports Midwest, 1120 KMOX

Cardinals lineup: Matt Carpenter (3B), Brandon Moss (RF), Matt Holliday (LF), Stephen Piscotty (CF), Matt Adams (1B), Jhonny Peralta (3B), Yadier Molina (C), Greg Garcia (SS), Jaime Garcia (LHP)

Astros lineup: George Springer (RF), Danny Worth (3B), Jose Altuve (2B), Carlos Correa (SS), Evan Gattis (C), Colby Rasmus (LF), Carlos Gomez (CF), Marwin Gonzalez (1B), Doug Fister (LHP)

Transactions: None

Reading material:

  • For Rowan Wick, the transition to pitching has been rather seamless (link)
  • Top prospect Alex Reyes gets back on track with a nine-strikeout performance in Triple-A on Monday (link)

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Randy Flores: “It’s competition. And it’s real stakes.”

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While the Cardinals and Giants met in the rubber game of a three-game series on Sunday night, Cardinals scouting director Randy Flores spent about 10 minutes fielding questions about the upcoming First-Year Player Draft.

You’ll be able to find a Draft preview on Cardinals.com on Monday with more information about this year’s pool of prospects and the organization’s approach. In the meantime, here are some highlights from Flores’ question-and-answer session:

What is the scouting department’s schedule leading to the June 9-11 Draft?

“It’s adrenaline now. Our scouts just came in today, and all of them have that wide-eyed look where they’ve been up and working hard, but they’re ready to go. Today everyone is just traveling in. I was with our national crosscheckers [earlier], just connecting with them and laying out the expectations I have for our player discussion over the next couple of days. Tomorrow will be some preliminary exercises that we’ve created, kind of ranking specific groups of players. We’ll spend the next couple of days just talking about our big board and making sure that we leave no stone unturned.”

Will those meetings include mock drafts and simulations?

“Mock drafts, spot exercises, probing questions, whatever it is. One hundred percent. They’ve done it before. I believe in it. To put on the baseball, former player hat, it’s reps. The amount of time you’re comfortable slowing down something to play at game speed, that’s something you’re comfortable with.”

Is the structure of that preparation any different from the approach of previous scouting directors?

“It’s almost like coaching. There are only so many things that you can teach. There are new ways to message it and new ways to incorporate and execute it. And so I think I might be making some small changes, but certainly no one would go into the room that I’m leading and say, ‘Wow, this has never been done before.’”

Can you take a riskier approach early in the Draft since the organization has three of the top 34 picks?

“I think it’ll depend on the board. I think my job and the job of our department is to prep for all those scenarios. But certainly there might be a scenario that allows for us to use some creativity.”

How would you assess the talent that you’ve seen while scouting this spring?

“I know that I was brutal when I was in high school, so I compare everyone to me and it’s like, ‘Wow, everyone is really good.’ That’s because I threw 78 mph and had yet to grow any facial hair. But there are guys out there who have full beards and throw very hard or hit the ball very far. If we’re in a position to grab one of those players – collegiate or high school – I think, more than in years’ past, we’re able to do it.”

What was the most surprising thing you’ve learned in your first year going through this process?

“As a guy who was not a prospect, as a guy who was a senior-sign out of college, undrafted out of high school, parts of nine years in the minor leagues, I assumed that scouts hated me. They didn’t hate me. They didn’t hate players like me. They evaluated me. And so I was surprised and have just been thrilled to see the excitement that is on the faces of scouts when they talk about players. It’s easy to say that players are no good and they’re not going to get to the big leagues. That happens more often than not. What’s fun is seeing our scouts say, ‘See, this guys has this or he has that.’ [You] hear them advocate for the specific skill set that they’re looking into the future picturing him wearing the birds on the bat.”

How do you think your nerves on Draft night will compare to the nerves you had pitching in Game 7 of the 2006 NLCS?

“The cool thing is I bought a couple of rosin bags, so before the Draft I’ll be throwing the chalk on my hands. It’s the same feelings. It’s competition. And it’s real stakes. It matters to millions of Cardinals fans. It matters to my bosses. It brings a lot of that back.”

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June 5: Giants @ Cardinals

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Records: Cardinals (29-27, -11.0 in NL Central), Giants (35-23, +4.5 in NL West)

First pitch: 7:08 pm CT

TV/Radio: ESPN, 1120 KMOX

Cardinals lineup: Matt Carpenter (3B), Aledmys Diaz (SS), Matt Holliday (LF), Stephen Piscotty (RF), Matt Adams (1B), Yadier Molina (C), Greg Garcia (2B), Randal Grichuk (CF), Carlos Martinez (RHP)

Giants lineup: Denard Span (CF), Joe Panik (2B), Matt Duffy (3B), Brandon Belt (1B), Brandon Crawford (SS), Gregor Blanco (LF), Jarett Parker (RF), Trevor Brown (C), Jake Peavy (RHP)

Transactions: None

Reading material:

  • Yet again, the Cardinals ride the long ball to a come-from-behind victory (link)
  • Game recap from the Cardinals’ 7-4 win over the Giants on Sunday (link)
  • Aledmys Diaz gets the green light on 3-0 and makes the most of it (link)
  • After Matheny offered Trevor Rosenthal a vote of confidence, Rosenthal went out and gained some (link)
  • GM John Mozeliak, on why the Cardinals would prefer not to rush Alex Reyes up to the Majors (link)

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June 4: Giants @ Cardinals

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Records: Cardinals (28-27, -11.0 in NL Central), Giants (35-22, +5.5 in NL West)

First pitch: 6:15 pm CT

TV/Radio: FOX Sports, 1120 KMOX

Cardinals lineup: Matt Carpenter (3B), Aledmys Diaz (SS), Matt Holliday (LF), Stephen Piscotty (CF), Matt Adams (1B), Brandon Moss (RF), Yadier Molina (C), Kolten Wong (2B), Michael Wacha (RHP)

Giants lineup: Denard Span (CF), Joe Panik (2B), Matt Duffy (3B), Buster Posey (C), Brandon Belt (1B), Brandon Crawford (SS), Gregor Blanco (LF), Jarrett Parker (RF), Jeff Samardzija (RHP)

Transactions: None

Reading material:

  • The Cardinals will continue to look for ways to use Trevor Rosenthal so he can sharpen his command (link)
  • Game recap from the Cardinals’ 5-1 loss to the Giants on Friday (link)
  • Brayan Pena will begin a rehab assignment on Tuesday, and Seth Maness might not be far behind (link)
  • As Jhonny Peralta nears his return, the Cardinals begin planning how to maximize their logjam of infielders (link)
  • Cardinals sign RHP Jerome Williams to add to their starting pitching depth in Triple-A (link)

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June 3: Giants @ Cardinals

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Records: Cardinals (28-26, -10.0 in NL Central), Giants (34-22,  +5.5 in NL West)

First pitch: 7:15 p.m. CT

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

Cardinals lineup: Matt Carpenter (3B), Aledmys Diaz (SS), Matt Holliday (LF), Stephen Piscotty (RF), Matt Adams (1B), Randal Grichuk (CF), Yadier Molina (C), Greg Garcia (2B), Adam Wainwright (RHP)

Giants lineup: Denard Span (CF), Joe Panik (2B), Matt Duffy (3B), Buster Posey (C), Brandon Belt (1B), Brandon Crawford (SS), Gregor Blanco (LF), Jarrett Parker (RF), Johnny Cueto (RHP)

Transactions: None

Reading Material:

  • How Randy Flores has transitioned into his scouting director role and the ongoing prep work he’s doing for next week’s draft (link)

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