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Blake Newberry

The Cardinals Lefties Could Be the Difference Against the Padres

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It is an incredible achievement that the Cardinals have made the playoffs in 2020. The depth and resilience of the team has been tested, and the Cardinals have managed to hold up well enough to play baseball into October. However, their first match-up with the Padres is a tough one. The Padres posted the second best record in the National League at 37-23 and their lineup had the third highest wRC+ in the National League (115). However, the Cardinals may...

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The playoff matchups are set - A Hunt and Peck

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PLAYOFFS

To be perfectly honest this season has had me so discombobulated that I had to ask someone if it was actually over today. I have spent most of the season without any idea of how the Cardinals were doing in the standings, largely in part of the team’s two-weeks of postponed game, which, actually, was kind of nice for a change. Instead of exerting mental and emotional bandwidth clinging to the hope the Cardinals will make the postseason, I...

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A.E. Schafer

This Was an Accomplishment

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2020 was the worst. It still didn’t stop the Cardinals.

The 2020 Cardinals’ season is officially over. Thanks to their victory yesterday over the Brewers, the Redbirds are headed back to the postseason, without having to play out a doubleheader in Detroit to determine their fate. They are the fifth seed in the National League, headed toward a showdown with the suddenly good San Diego Padres. In a playoff field of more than half the teams in the...

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NL Central Transaction Monday: 9/28

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I hope you enjoyed following the transactions of the NL Central with me this season. I doubt I would have done this in a normal year, but given the importance of the division matchups this season, I thought it would be worthwhile to follow the moves of our division foes. With 4 out of the 5 clubs in the division making the postseason, hopefully these articles have helped you size up potential opponents. Here is the final installment, which covers...

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Josey Curtis

Dakota Hudson Needs Tommy John Surgery, Likely Out for 2021

Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

While our immediate focus is on the postseason matchup with the Padres this week, the Cardinals got some sour news as we think forward to next season. On Sunday, the team announced that Dakota Hudson needs Tommy John surgery, putting his 2021 season in jeopardy.

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The 26-year-old, right-handed Hudson exited his start back on 9/17 after two innings with tightness in his elbow. Hudson was placed on the 10-day injured list on 9/18...

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Meet the Padres

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Cardinals haven’t played them in 2020, so you may be unaware of the Padres team.

The Cardinals went into yesterday with a good chance to make the playoffs, win or lose. They may have needed help from the San Francisco Giants or to play the doubleheader against the Detroit Tigers, but the easiest route was to just win. With a Giants loss and a Reds win, the Cardinals were in the weird position of either facing the San Diego Padres as the #5 seed or Los...

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Cards Clinch Playoff Spot and #5 Seed With 5-2 Victory over Brewers

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It took me a little while to digest today and to think about how I would open the recap. I still don’t think it has hit me what the Cardinal club has had to endure this year, and I don’t think I will ever be truly able to appreciate it as a mere fan that didn’t have to experience it. But manager Mike Shildt was absolutely correct in his postgame press conference that what happened to the Cardinals was unprecedented in MLB history and even in...

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Quick Transaction Update 9/27: Crismatt Optioned, Dean Activated

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The Cardinals announced the following transaction in advance of what they hope is their final regular season game:

9/27/20: Optioned RHP Nabil Crismatt to the ATS. Activated OF Austin Dean from the 10-day IL.

I haven’t seen an official explanation for this move. With a 4-man bench for this game, it was extremely unlikely the Cards would run out of bench players. The club already had Rangel Ravelo as a right-handed option on the...

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Cardinals' Dakota Hudson to undergo Tommy John surgery on Monday

Hudson initially went to the injured list with a forearm strain, and while the Cardinals were not overly concerned from the start, further testing heightened the possibility of surgery. Given the traditional timetable for recovery from Tommy John, Hudson figures to miss all of 2021 and, in all likelihood, at least a portion of 2022 as well.

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Dakota Hudson To Undergo Tommy John Surgery On Monday

Dakota Hudson of the St. Louis Cardinals will undergo Tommy John surgery on Monday, per Anne Rogers of MLB.com (via Twitter). More to come…

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Blake Newberry

The Cardinals Bullpen Looks Ready to Dominate in 2021

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It has been a tough season for the Cardinals. The team has needed to use 21 pitchers in a 60 game season due to the COVID outbreak and this has led to players such as Nabil Crismatt and Ricardo Sanchez to take the mound for the Cardinals. These are certainly not players that the team would have expected to rely on in a normal season. Additionally, Johan Oviedo has thrown over 24 innings for the team after only reaching Double-A last season. It is clear...

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All of Your Final Day Cardinal and NL Updated 2020 Playoff Scenarios

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Cards can clinch a playoff spot today with a win or a Giants loss

Although yesterday’s game with the Brewers was disappointing, the events of Saturday baseball made the National League postseason picture much more clear. The New York Mets were immediately eliminated with their loss last night in Game 1 of their doubleheader with the Washington Nationals. The Los Angeles Dodgers had already clinched the #1 seed. The Atlanta Braves had already...

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Woodruff Dominated; Cards Fell 3-0

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Cards retry to punch playoff ticket tomorrow

THE HUNT FOR REDBIRD OCTOBER

You wanna know how the Cards can make the playoffs?

Read Skyriceq’s scenarios, yo.

The short version?

JUST WIN ONE Unfortunately, the Brewers were the only ones firing any missiles tonight.

Waino’s World: Pitching and defense and just enough offense. It’s carried the Cardinals this far, and it needs to do so just one more time to carry them...

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Cardinal Playoff Scenarios—They Just Need 1 Win to Clinch a Playoff Spot and Don’t Need Help

At the time of this writing, there are still two playoff spots up for grabs in the National League. The Los Angeles Dodgers have clinched the #1 seed, the Atlanta Braves have clinched the #2 seed, and the San Diego Padres have clinched the #4 seed. The Chicago Cubs, Cincinnati Reds and Miami Marlins have also clinched playoff berths. In addition to the Cards, the San Francisco Giants, Philadelphia Phillies, Milwaukee Brewers, and New York Mets are all technically still in the race for the...

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Transaction Analysis 9/25: Cards Likely Lose Gant for First Playoff Round; Crismatt Recalled

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The Cardinals announced the following transactions yesterday:

9/25: Added RHP Daniel Ponce de Leon as the 29th man for today’s doubleheader. Between games of the doubleheader, placed RHP John Gant on the 10-day IL (right groin tightness). Recalled RHP Nabil Crismatt from the ATS. Returned RHP Daniel Ponce de Leon to the ATS after the 2nd game. Also announced that RHP Roel Ramirez has cleared waivers and has been outrighted to the ATS.

After John...

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Best of the Final Third of the Season

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The Cardinals have remained mediocre, but that doesn’t mean they’re devoid of excellent performances. Here’s the “best of” the final third of the season.

The end of the regular season is nearly upon us. A season of uncertainty is drawing to an uncertain conclusion, with two games remaining this weekend against the Brewers and two more possible against the Detroit Tigers. I’m writing this article while watching the first of Friday’s...

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Ponce Throws Six Innings of 1-Hit Ball as Cards Salvage Split with 9-1 Win

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Daniel Ponce de Leon continued his run of high fastball magic tonight. He kept the Brewers off balance enough with is cutter and curve ball, but threw his 4-seam fastball 59% of the time tonight. Brewers hitters whiffed on 38% of their swings against the pitch, and overall, 40% of his fastballs were either a called strike or a whiff. Those hitters let most of his other pitches go, only swinging at 10 other non-fastball pitches, and only putting one...

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Brewers Blank Cards 3-0 in Game 1

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The Cards’ performance in Game 1 was not what the club had in mind. Lefty Brent Suter, who is the spot starter for doubleheaders outdueled Jack Flaherty. Flaherty did not pitch that poorly, allowing only 4 hits over 5 innings pitched. He walked an uncharacteristic 4 batters in this short game, with one of them coming around to score, and gave up a solo homer. But the story today was the Cards’ inability to hit Suter, who flummoxed the Cards...

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