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Cardinals suffer Monday's biggest loss

The Cardinals' home struggles hit a low point with this one -- an embarrassing 15-2 loss to the Reds. Giving Jaime Garcia another start doesn't look like it was a smart decision. Schoenfield: Daily wild-card watch (Insider)

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Garcia talks problems with running game (1:10)
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Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

There has been a rush to judgment to blame Yadier Molina for his inability to throw out runners this season, but Cardinals pitchers haven't given him much of a chance. Here is Jaime Garcia discussing his problems with the running game.

Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cardinals lost 15-2 to the Cincinnati Reds Monday night to lose more ground in the wild-card race. With just six games left, the Cardinals trail the Mets by 1 1/2 games and the Giants by a game. They are 33-42 at home and all their remaining games are at Busch Stadium.

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Duvall hits two home runs in Reds' rout of Cardinals (0:40)

Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

Cardinal fans are running out of patience with this team, it would seem. The team drew 34,942 fans tonight, snapping a streak of 240 straight games of at least 40,000 in attendance. It was the smallest crowd, in other words, since 2013. Part of the problem is that the Cardinals are eight games below .500 at home and, barring a miracle, about to fall nine games under .500. They trail 15-2 in the eighth inning.

Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

The fifth spot in the Cardinals rotation has fallen apart late in the season and that's a bit troublesome since, with no more off-days, they'll need another start in that spot on Saturday, perhaps with the wild-card on the line. Monday night was just a bit rough for Cardinal pitching. Jaime Garcia, Michael Wacha and Luke Weaver, the three primary candidates to pitch Saturday, combined to allow 17 hits, four of them home runs, and 14 runs total. The Cardinals could elect to make Saturday a bullpen game since they have so many extra arms with an expanded roster.

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Cards SS Diaz takes leave for Fernandez service

Cardinals All-Star shortstop Aledmys Diaz took a leave of absence from the team Monday to attend a private memorial service for Marlins ace and childhood friend Jose Fernandez in Florida.

Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

Jaime Garcia's return to the Cardinals rotation has not gone well in the early going. By the fifth batter of the game, the Cardinals had Michael Wacha warming up in the bullpen. That's because he had already allowed three hits, including back-to-back home runs to Joey Votto and Adam Duvall. Garcia has allowed 26 runs in the first inning in his 30 starts. If the Cardinals can reach the NLDS, the good news is they'll only need four starters.

Lineup: Cardinals (81-74) vs. Reds (65-90)

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

Aledmys Diaz flew from Chicago to Florida Sunday night to be with his family and spend time with Jose Fernandez's family. The two families lived on the same street in Cuba and Fernandez credits Diaz's father, Rigoberto, with getting him into baseball. Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said the team expects Diaz to return tonight, perhaps by game time.

Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

Matt Carpenter is dealing with pain in his right ring finger that affects his hitting. The knob of the bat irritates the finger when he swings. Carpenter is not playing tonight vs. the Cincinnati Reds.

Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

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Cardinals rise in Power Rankings

The Cards are up a spot, but did they pass one of their fellow wild-card contenders in the Giants and Mets? Despite two 10-run outbursts last week, St. Louis' offense has been struggling of late. Week 25 Power Rankings

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Who's a surprise World Series contender?

While the Cubs are the obvious favorites in the NL, Tony Blengino thinks the wild-card survivor could give them problems and be dangerous if they pull off the upset. The Cardinals, with their deep lineup, always pose a threat. MLB Insiders Roundtable

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Big series ahead for Cardinals

St. Louis kicks off a four-game set against Cincinnati starting Monday. The problem: The series takes place at home for the Cardinals. Can they shake their woes at Busch Stadium when they need it most? Buster Olney breaks down the matchup. Key final-week series (Insider)

Stats & Info

Best-case scenario for Mets on Sunday

The Mets drubbed the Phillies 17-0 while both the Giants and Cardinals lost close games later in the day, allowing New York to once again move a game ahead in the wild-card standings.

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Ross powers Cubs past Cardinals

In his final regular-season home game, C David Ross smacks a solo home run to help the Cubs win 3-1 over the Cardinals.

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Ross powers Cubs past Cardinals (0:47)
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Ross helps Cubs edge Cardinals 3-1

David Ross homered and teamed with Jon Lester for another scoreless performance, and the Chicago Cubs hurt St. Louis' wild-card chances with 3-1 victory over the Cardinals on Sunday night.

Team Stats

  • Batting
  • Pitching
Runs7417th
Batting Average.25419th
On Base Percentage.32411th
Slugging Percentage.4394th
Earned Run Average4.1214th
Quality Starts808th
WHIP1.3212th
BAA.25816th

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