Should the Cardinals look to freshen up their starting pitching rotation? Bernie Miklasz explains what concerns him the most about the team's performance thus far.
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Josh Macri recaps all of Tuesday's MLB action, including a triple play turned by the Red Sox, the Dodgers reaching 50 games over .500, another homer for Stanton and more.
Who will win NL Central?
The division title is a tightly contested battle as teams head into the home stretch, but with the easiest remaining schedule in the league, it looks like the Cubs will have the edge.
Xander Bogaerts had three hits, Hanley Ramirez, Sandy Leon and Jackie Bradley Jr. all added two RBI and the Boston Red Sox beat the St. Louis Cardinals 10-4 on Tuesday night.
Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer
Red Sox 10, Cardinals 4: Talk about a good old-fashioned rally. Thirteen Red Sox batters came to the plate and 10 in a row reached base during an eight-run fifth inning that featured no home runs, only the offensive efficiency of an assembly line. In winning for the 11th time in 13 games Tuesday night, the Red Sox churned out 15 hits. Xander Bogaerts finished with three hits, while Eduardo Nunez, Hanley Ramirez, Rafael Devers and Mitch Moreland had two apiece.
While the starting rotation has done the most to keep the Cardinals' ship afloat, Bernie Miklasz identifies several other reasons the playoffs are still within reach.
Former Cardinals reliever Ricky Horton tells Bernie Miklasz he's not worried about the starting rotation and that conflict seems to have the team playing better collectively.
Pham began the season in Triple-A and wasn't called up until May 5. He hasn't looked back since then, becoming the Cardinals' best hitter and a solid defender in the outfield.
The postgame handshake line is a time-tested symbol of sportsmanship. And while it's common in other pro leagues, pressing palms with the opponent is all but prohibited in the majors. Still, there's a chance that could change Sunday in Williamsport.
Bernie Miklasz of 101 ESPN talks about Paul DeJong's strong season, the impact he has on the Cardinals' lineup and where he ranks historically among Cardinals rookies.
Bernie Miklasz of 101 ESPN dives into the St. Louis Cardinals' starting rotation and knows they'll need to hold steady if they're going to make a run at the NL Central title.
NL Central race heats up
The Cubs exploded out of the gate in the second half to take the lead in the NL Central, but the red-hot Cardinals have made it tight atop the division over the past couple weeks. Chicago (.468 opponent winning percentage) and St. Louis (.475) have the second- and third-easiest remaining schedules, per ESPN Stats & Info.
Could a 2013 World Series rematch be in the cards? Boston is riding high in the AL East while St. Louis powered its way back among the contenders. Plus, what other teams made big moves up or down?
R.A. Dickey held St. Louis to one run in seven innings, Brandon Phillips hit a two-run homer and the Atlanta Braves stopped the Cardinals' season-high, eight-game winning streak with a 6-3 victory Sunday.
Pham's Little League Classic cleats are one of a kind
Cardinals OF Tommy Pham will wear cleats designed by patients at the St. Louis Children's Hospital, each shoe by a different child, for the Little League Classic vs. the Pirates, set for Aug. 20 in Williamsport, Pa. (@TphamLV/Twitter)
Cards extend win streak to eight
During its eight-game win streak, St. Louis has scored 68 runs. It's the Cardinals' longest win streak since their eight-game streak in April 28-May 5, 2015.
Randal Grichuk and Paul DeJong homered and the St. Louis Cardinals stretched their winning streak to eight games with a 6-5 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Saturday night.
This didn't take long: The St. Louis Cardinals announced a Rally Cat Night promotion for their Sept. 10 game against Pittsburgh.
Paul DeJong had two doubles with three RBI and Randal Grichuk tripled and drove in two as the surging St. Louis Cardinals held off the Atlanta Braves 8-5 on Friday night to win their season-high seventh straight game.
The stray cat that became a part of Cardinals lore earlier in the week has been found.
Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer
There were a couple of interesting developments from my morning run of rest-of-season simulations today. For the first time, the Dodgers' average win total in my system reached 116. Also, the Cardinals have edged ahead of the Cubs in power rating and because of that, St. Louis now has better odds than Chicago of winning the NL Central (50 percent to 45). And the plummeting Royals' playoff odds have now dropped from a high point of 52 percent a couple of weeks ago to 7.5 percent.
He may have signed a three-year extension last winter, but the Cardinals are struggling and Matheny has had several issues with players during the season.