St. Louis Cardinals | Regional Daily News St. Louis Cardinals 2015-10-13T06:06:13Z St. Louis Cardinals Cardinals set records while jumping out early The Cardinals did not waste any time showing they're not ready for their season to end. Two batters into Tuesday's Game 4 of the National League Division Series vs. the Cubs, rookie Stephen Piscotty hit a two-run home run. Unable to hit, Yadi out of Game 4 lineup Unable to show enough strength with his left thumb to grip a bat -- or much of anything, for that matter -- Yadier Molina was scratched from the Cardinals' National League Division Series Game 4 lineup on Tuesday. With the Cards down 2-1 in the series and facing elimination against the Cubs, Tony Cruz drew his second career postseason start. Wacha wavers in Cardinals' Game 3 loss Cardinals right-hander Michael Wacha labored throughout his start in Monday's Game 3 vs. the Cubs in the National League Division Series. Oct. 12 Mike Matheny postgame interview Cardinals manager Mike Matheny addresses the media after Game 3 of the National League Division Series. DYK? Cardinals-Cubs NLDS Game 3 Although the Cubs had their history-making ace on the mound on Monday night, it was their bats that made history in a victory over the Cardinals. Cardinals allow record 6 HRs, drop Game 3 The Cubs put on a power show Monday night as rookies Kris Bryant, Jorge Soler and Kyle Schwarber hit half of Chicago's six home runs to post an 8-6 victory over the Cardinals in Game 3 of the National League Division Series and take a 2-1 lead in the best-of-five series. Rookies set home run record for postseason The wind was blowing out at Wrigley Field on Monday, helping to send eight home run balls over the ivy-covered wall and a heap of Major League postseason records out the window. Cards chase Arrieta in 6th, but it's not enough It was, in many ways, a near best-case scenario for the Cardinals, watching Jake Arrieta walk off the mound with an out still left to get in the sixth and having already given up as many earned runs (four) as he had allowed in his previous 13 starts combined. St. Louis, trailing by one at the time, salivated over an opportunity to finish off a comeback against what they thought could be a porous 'pen. Not to be overlooked, Cards' rookies contributing Much has been made about the Cubs' squadron of talented rookies making the postseason debuts -- Kris Bryant, Kyle Schwarber, Jorge Soler and more. Meanwhile, Cardinals rookies have factored big through two games of the National League Division Series. Notable players overlap in Cubs-Cards rivalry The Cardinals and Cubs are a unique rivalry that's been forged by the proximity of their cities, shaped by its longevity and enhanced by the frequency they've met as part of the same division. Throughout their history, 309 players have played for both St Louis and Chicago. Statcast tracks great NLDS plays by rookies On a day when the Cubs beat the Cardinals and the Dodgers beat the Mets to tie up their respective National League Division Series at 1-1, Statcast™ tracked impressive plays from a few rookies. DYK: Hendricks enters record books in Game 2 The Cubs earned a 6-3 victory over the Cardinals on Saturday at Busch Stadium, evening the National League Series at 1-1 heading into Monday's Game 3 in Chicago. Cards slip up in 2nd, drop Game 2 vs. Cubs A few tweaks in the lineup, two badly timed St. Louis errors and a monster home run by Jorge Soler in Game 2 on Saturday at Busch Stadium helped propel the Cubs to a 6-3 victory over the Cardinals and even the National League Division Series at 1-1. Garcia disappointed after Game 2 start derailed About one hour before he was set to throw the first pitch of his first postseason start in three seasons, Cardinals Game 2 starter Jaime Garcia hesitantly walked into his manager's office. Wainwright throws more zeros as playoff reliever After providing a glimpse of how he might utilize Adam Wainwright in Friday's National League Division Series opener, Cardinals manager Mike Matheny deployed his newest bullpen weapon to try to keep his club within striking distance on Saturday. Cards' power surge not enough to prevent series split The Cardinals didn't have the best record in baseball this season because they were mashers at the plate. In fact, they ranked 25th in the Majors with 137 homers. Spirit of 'Zim': Cubs use small ball in 5-run 2nd Facing an early deficit in Saturday's 6-3 win over the Cardinals, the Cubs used a lot of small ball -- and one long ball from Jorge Soler -- to jump out to a commanding lead at Busch Stadium. Part of rivalry with Cubs, Simmons back at Busch The Cardinals have no shortage of great players in their history to showcase. Before Game 2 of the National League Division Series vs. the Cubs on Saturday, they reached out to one of the best-hitting catchers they've had in Ted Simmons to throw the ceremonial first pitch. Cards not yet ready to leave perch atop NL Score one for the guys who have been there and done that. Before the Cubs could get any wild ideas about rearranging the balance of power in the Midwest rivalry, John Lackey and the Cardinals have reminded them that it's not going to be easy to get past them with a 4-0 victory in Game 1 of the National League Division Series on Friday. Matheny's unpopular move to bullpen pays off Fans booed with disapproval Friday when Cardinals manager Mike Matheny emerged from the dugout to visit John Lackey on the mound. And they booed a little louder when Matheny took the ball from Lackey and called for reliever Kevin Siegrist. Lackey leads Cardinals with fire, experience Distinguished by his Texas drawl, a fiery nature that has been known to occasionally even put teammates on notice and an October resume longer than any other active starter in the game, John Lackey turned back the clock on Friday night, giving Cubs manager Joe Maddon flashbacks to the young right-hander he saw up close in Anaheim and the Cubs fits in a 4-0 Game 1 win for the Cardinals to open the best-of-five National League Division Series. 10 cool facts from Cards' NLDS Game 1 win vs. Cubs Cardinals starter John Lackey managed to outlast Cubs counterpart Jon Lester in a Friday night pitchers' duel in the first postseason meeting between the rivals. Pham, Piscotty join Cardinals' rookie lore Cardinals rookies were not intimidated by the scope of their first postseason games. Tommy Pham and Stephen Piscotty came up huge in the eighth inning of Game 1 of the National League Division Series on Friday, each hitting home runs in a 4-0 victory over the Cubs. Cards' challenge goes Cubs' way in 3rd inning Jon Lester finished off a scoreless third inning and the Cardinals lost one of two challenges in their 4-0 victory over the Cubs following a close play at first base Friday night at Busch Stadium. Late blasts boost Lackey in Game 1 shutout Facing their archrivals from Chicago for the first time in postseason history, the Cardinals, behind the experienced postseason arm of John Lackey and a late rookie power surge, nabbed a 4-0 win over the Cubs at Busch Stadium on Friday to open their best-of-five National League Division Series. Former NLDS star Sanders helps opens series During his 17-year Major League career, outfielder Reggie Sanders went to the playoffs six times with five different clubs -- including twice for the Cardinals in 2004-05. Piscotty holds his own at unfamiliar position With the Cardinals prioritizing offense over defense in their Game 1 National League Division Series lineup, Stephen Piscotty made his first career postseason appearance at a position where he made just nine previous big league starts. Yadi on NLDS roster; Cards go with 11 pitchers Following the Cardinals' workout on Thursday, manager Mike Matheny announced his 25-man National League Division Series roster, which will feature an 11-man pitching staff and 14 position players, including Yadier Molina. Bond formed by Wong, Garcia rooted on island The trust between Kolten Wong and Greg Garcia, former teammates at the University of Hawaii and now with the Cardinals, is true and unique. Four Cardinals named Esurance Award nominees Randal Grichuk, who emerged a key part of the Cardinals' lineup this summer, has been named one of 13 finalists for the Esurance MLB Best Rookie Award, which will be presented later this fall. 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