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St. Louis Cardinals Could Capture First Place with a Win Against the Dodgers Sunday Night

July 20th, 2014 at 5:52 PM
By Christopher L Ballard

The St. Louis Cardinals beat the Los Angeles Dodgers Saturday to take the first two games of a three game series. Joe Kelly started for the Redbirds Saturday and earned his second win of the season while posting seven strong innings. The win pulled the Cardinals to a tie with the Milwaukee Brewers for first place in the NL Central. Now with the Milwaukee Brewers loss to Washington in the afternoon, St. Louis has a chance to break the first place tie with a win Sunday night against the Dodgers. A win would mean a three game sweep following the All-Star break and huge momentum moving forward for a ball club that struggled through the first half of the season.

Joe Kelly was able to help the Cardinals pull even with the Brewers by allowing only one run through seven innings. Kelly provided the same thing he did last year for the Cardinals: stability in a shaky starting rotation. Kelly did not strikeout out double digit batters or anything spectacular as he only struck out four, but he did only surrender four hits to a potent Los Angeles lineup. Kelly doesn’t try to do any thing special except put up as many blanks on the scoreboard as he can. With Michael Wacha and Jaime Garcia sidelined with injury and Shelby Miller being moved to the bullpen, the Cardinals will count on Joe Kelly down the stretch much like they did last season.

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St. Louis Cardinals to Give Shelby Miller Extra Rest

July 19th, 2014 at 6:33 PM
By Christopher L Ballard

The St. Louis Cardinals are pulling second year pitcher, Shelby Miller, from the rotation to add him to their bullpen. Cardinals’ manager Mike Matheny told MLB.com’s Jenifer Langosch that the team will turn to a four man pitching rotation and have Shelby Miller come out of the bullpen when they need him. Matheny didn’t say how long this move would last for, but the Cardinals’ schedule could let them ride out a four man rotation until late August. In the mean time, Miller will try to rest up and fine tune his pitches and his command.

Miller, who finished third in the NL Rookie of the Year last season, has had some rough times in 2014. The sophomore starter has a 4.29 ERA and a 1.47 WHIP this season to go along with a terrible 73:54 strikeout to walk ratio. Miller has been the loser in six out of his last seven decisions as well.

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Adam Wainwright Has Been the Cardinals’ Savior

July 12th, 2014 at 8:08 PM
By Christopher L Ballard

With a 51-43 record heading into Saturday, the St. Louis Cardinals entered play one game back of the first place Milwaukee Brewers. The Cardinals have found themselves in this good position even though they have been struggling throughout the first half of the season. Those struggles have been mostly offense related, but two starters who had been pitching well this season are on the disabled list. The Cardinals have injuries to pitchers Michael Wacha and Jaime Garcia, and Shebly Miller has been struggling again. Despite the early struggles and dealing with costly injuries, Adam Wainwright has been nothing short of a work horse for St. Louis.

After his last start in Milwaukee, Adam Wainwright’s ERA sits at 1.83, good enough for second in all of baseball behind Clayton Kershaw of the Dodgers. He pitched seven innings, giving up two earned runs on five hit and no walks, while striking out four. His WHIP now stands at an wonderful 0.92 as well. Wainwright received the win bring him to a tie for most wins in baseball at 12, but more importantly, he put St. Louis in a tie for first place with Milwaukee.

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St. Louis Cardinals, Four Home Runs Sink the Milwaukee Brewers

July 12th, 2014 at 2:59 PM
By Christopher L Ballard

The St. Louis Cardinals rallied from an early 6-0 deficit to beat the Milwaukee Brewers 7-6, handing them their sixth straight loss. In a big series between the top two teams in the NL Central right before the All-Star Break, the Cardinals pulled within just one game of the Brewers for first place. The win brings the Cardinals’ record to 51-43, with a chance take over first place in the next two games against the Brewers.

Joe Kelly and Cardinals got off to a rough start against the rival Brewers, giving up nine base runners and six runs in the first three innings. Brewers pitcher, Yovani Gallardo didn’t run into trouble until he met up with Matt Adams in the fourth inning. Adams hit a two-run shot for his 11th home run of the season and RBIs 39 and 40.

Kolten Wong continued his onslaught since his return from the disabled list with a solo home run in the sixth inning. He now has four home runs in his last six game as it looks like Wong is trying to ignite the offense. Shortly after Wong sent a home run deep into the seats, Jhonny Peralta sent a two-run shot in the same inning to bring the Cardinals within one.

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Yadier Molina’s Injury is a Big Hit to the St. Louis Cardinals

July 10th, 2014 at 11:58 PM
By Christopher L Ballard

St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina was placed on the disabled list due to a ligament tear in his right thumb. Molina is said to be out in the 8-12 week range after injuring his thumb while feet head first into third base. The tear came when he used his hand for balance while getting up, Wednesday against the Pittsburg Pirates. The loss of Yadier Molina for that long of a time period will put a knot in the stomach of any Cardinal fan, or any baseball fan for that matter.

Yadier Molina brings so much to the table for the St. Louis Cardinals. Molina is a true competitor and is one of the most exciting baseball players to watch in the game today. The guy literally does everything; on and off the field. Molina is a player that every organization would love to have. The loss of Yadier Molina definitely hurts the Cardinals playoff chances moving forward.

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