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67-58, 2nd in NL Cent
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Cardinals rough up deGrom in 8-1 win (0:48)
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Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cardinals have finally found their identity. They will try to mash their way to the World Series. Randal Grichuk seems to be the embodiment of the new philosophy, one that is not typically associated with the Cardinals. Since he came back from a minor-league demotion, Grichuk has 13 hits, 12 of them for extra bases. The Cardinals have hit 177 home runs, easily the most in the National League.

Lineup: Cardinals (66-58) vs. Mets (63-62)

  • 1. Matt Carpenter, 1B (L)
  • 2. Jedd Gyorko, 2B (R)
  • 3. Brandon Moss, LF (L)
  • 4. Stephen Piscotty, RF (R)
  • 5. Yadier Molina, C (R)
  • 6. Jhonny Peralta, 3B (R)
  • 7. Randal Grichuk, CF (R)
  • 8. Greg Garcia, SS (L)
  • 9. Carlos Martinez, RHP
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Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

Mike Matheny discussed moving Matt Carpenter back to his customary leadoff spot, where he has produced far better numbers (.880 career OPS vs. .663 OPS) than as a No. 3 hitter:

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Is Molina MLB's top defensive catcher?

The winner of eight straight NL Gold Gloves behind the plate, Yadier Molina excels with both the glove and his cannon of an arm. Does Keith Law have him ranked No. 1 in both categories? Best fielding/throwing tools (Insider)

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Rogers Hornsby excelled on a struggling squad

In 1924, Hornsby hit a MLB-leading .424, the best single-season batting average by an NL player in the modern era (since 1900) and finished second in MVP voting. Meanwhile, the Cardinals finished 65-89, the fifth-worst record in the majors. Great players on bad teams

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Tuesday's longest home runs

Justin Ruggiano isn't known for hitting long home runs, but he did just that against the Cardinals. Meanwhile, notable sluggers like Chris and Khris Davis also went deep on Tuesday.

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Cardinals' home woes persist

The St. Louis Cardinals remain at just 28 home wins after dropping a game to the wild-card contending New York Mets.

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Mets top Cardinals for third straight win (1:09)
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Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

One of the best developments for the Cardinals this month has been the emergence of 21-year old Alex Reyes, the team's top pitching prospect, who has worked 9 2/3 scoreless innings with 13 strikeouts. He discussed his recent success.

Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

Like most Cardinal starting pitchers, Jaime Garcia has yet to get into a good rhythm this season. He looked like he had turned a corner with two dominant starts to begin the month, but had his second clunker in a row Tuesday night against the Mets, lasting just four innings and allowing six runs on seven hits, including two home runs. Garcia's 4.37 ERA is the worst of his eight-year career.

Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cardinals will be among the many teams with a scout at Tim Tebow's workout next week in Los Angeles. Rick Ankiel once made a transition from pitcher to hitter, so they're always open-minded.

Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cardinals have gone 10-8 without their Rookie of the Year candidate Aledmys Diaz, who has been on the disabled list with a broken thumb. Still, the team has felt his absence with iffy production at the shortstop position. Diaz appears to be 2-3 weeks away from returning. He took ground balls for the first time Tuesday. He will meet with a hand specialist Monday and hopes to start baseball activities next week. "I feel way better," he said.

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Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

The New York Mets come into this series in St. Louis trying to get more squarely in the wild-card race. They are 4 1/2 games behind the Cardinals for the second spot. Cardinals manager Mike Matheny isn't counting them out just yet.

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Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

Brandon Moss has hit a home run every 12.61 at-bats, which -- were he qualified for the league lead -- would lead the majors. Moss has been particularly hot of late, with five home runs in his last eight starts. He talked about his hot hitting here:

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Alex Reyes pitching for Team USA?

As long as he has his electric fastball, Reyes would be a weapon on the pitching staff when the Tokyo Olympics come around. If the best U.S. players were allowed to participate, he would surely make the cut. Schoenfield: 2020 U.S. Olympic dream team

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Are the Cards' injuries a concern?

Aledmys Diaz and Matt Holliday are both out with thumb injuries -- and it's possible Holliday has played his last game as a Cardinal. St. Louis has survived thanks to power production from unexpected sources, but is it enough to earn the team a trip to the postseason? Crasnick: Injury questions for contenders

Team Stats

  • Batting
  • Pitching
Runs6254th
Batting Average.25814th
On Base Percentage.3305th
Slugging Percentage.4494th
Earned Run Average4.0212th
Quality Starts0Tied-1st
WHIP1.2810th
BAA.25412th

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