Posted July 17, 2013 on AP on Fox
Yadier Molina is an MVP candidate, Adam Wainwright is back in ace form and Carlos Beltran is playing like a kid. And that's only half of the six-player All-Star contingent that led the St. Louis Cardinals to the best record in majors at the break. The Cardinals have done enough things right, leaning on rookies and resiliency, to compensate for some serious personnel blows. They're 21 games above .500 entering a six-game home stand Friday that starts against the Padres. Getting there hasn't been a smooth ride for second-year manager Mike Matheny and general manager John Mozeliak. They've had to fill two rotation spots on the fly, find a replacement closer and endure dry patches from the National League's best offense.

More Matt Garza Rumors: Cardinals and Pirates in the mix for Garza. Asking price remains high.

Rumors continue to fly regarding Matt Garza and the Cardinals. The latest from David Kaplan of is that Texas, St. Louis, Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Toronto, and the Dodgers are the "strongest pursuers" of Garza, but that the asking price remains "exceptionally high". Most of the teams listed above have extra motivation to make a big move before the...

Chris Carpenter moving rehab to AAA Memphis

St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Chris Carpenter will shift his rehab assignment to Triple-A Memphis this Saturday, according to a tweet by Mike Ceide, a sports anchor in [...]

Cardinals rested and ready for second-half push

ST. LOUIS -- Though the Cardinals reached the actual halfway point June 30, the All-Star break still represents an end as well as a beginning to their season. "To me, it's one of those lines that we've crossed," manager Mike Matheny said while watching his team work out on a sizzling Thursday afternoon at Busch Stadium. "It has to be looked at like that because...

Cardinals Minors Recap: Chris Carpenter and Oscar Taveras begin rehab assignments

The Baby Birds went 5-2 on Monday with Palm Beach winning both games of a double-header, Peoria, Johnson City, and the GCL Cards also winning. Springfield and State College were on losing ends while Memphis is on its All-Star Break. In the upper minors it was the Chris Carpenter show in Springfield. Carpenter, making his first rehab start, lasted 2 2/3 innings but most will consider...

Cardinals rumors: St. Louis not pursuing anything aggressively

The St. Louis Cardinals have been one of the best teams in baseball over the first half of the regular season. In fact, you could argue that the Cards are MLB's most well-rounded club at the moment. For this reason, it's not surprising to hear Jim Bowden of ESPN report that while St. Louis is reviewing its options, the team isn't "pursuing anything specifically or...

St. Louis Cardinals: Four possible second half debuts

The St. Louis Cardinals had a very solid first half of the season that saw them end the half with the best record in baseball and a one game lead in the division. Rookies have played a huge part in the team’s success. 9 Cardinals made their major league debuts in the first half and 8 of them were pitchers. Starters Tyler Lyons, Michael Wacha, John Gast; relievers Seth Maness, Michael...

St. Louis Cardinals minor league update: Chris Carpenter creates a buzz

The Baby Birds went 5-2 on Monday with Palm Beach winning both games of a double-header, Peoria, Johnson City, and the GCL Cards also winning. Springfield and State College were on losing ends while Memphis is on its All-Star Break. In the upper minors it was the Chris Carpenter show in Springfield. Carpenter, making his first rehab start, lasted 2 2/3 innings but most will consider...

Should the St. Louis Cardinals find a way to replace Pete Kozma?

As the All-star break finally comes to a close, the St. Louis Cardinals will open the second half of the season at home with a three-game series with the San Diego Padres. The Cardinals have won seven of the team’s last 10 games and have the best record in baseball. But not all is well in Cardinal Nation. Some fans are worried about Pete Kozma and the shortstop situation. Kozma...

Chris Carpenter proves he's improving physically during rehab start

While Chris Carpenter was looking for better results, his focus and the St. Louis Cardinals' focus is elsewhere besides the box score.  They are looking at things like mechanics, delivery method, stamina, and how Carpenter's body feels after an outing.  Those are the signs that will help both Carpenter and the club know how to proceed going forward.  And as it stands...

St. Louis Cardinals ready for another postseason run

The St. Louis Cardinals are in another playoff race? Did not see that coming. Despite having to replace three starting pitchers and one of the better closers in baseball due to free agency and long-term injury, the Cards have the best record heading into the second half of the 2013 season. Not only has the pitching been good, but the offense continues to be one of the best in the...

Uneventful night for Cardinals' All-Stars in New York

Well, Allen Craig will be able to tell his grandkids that he got to face Mariano Rivera in the final All-Star Game for the game's greatest closer. Craig made solid connection, too, lining out to left to lead off the eighth inning. Right fielder and eight-time All-Star Carlos Beltran had one of the National League's three hits. His ground ball single off Felix Hernandez in...

Preview: Cards open second half with Padres at Busch

With Jake Westbrook taking the mound at Busch Stadium, the St. Louis Cardinals appear to have a solid chance to improve on the best record in baseball. Westbrook and the Cardinals look for their season-best sixth straight home win Friday night when they try to hand the San Diego Padres a 10th consecutive road loss. Although St. Louis (57-36) has dealt with injuries to Westbrook...

Memphis Redbirds Notebook: 2013 Week 15

The Triple-A Memphis Redbirds went 3-1 heading into the break. Michael Wacha, Kolten Wong and Brock Peterson performed on the national stage.

Cardinals' All-Stars enjoying experience in New York

Fun fact: Matt Carpenter was once eliminated from a spelling competition after not knowing how to properly spell squirrel. Tough luck considering the entire city of St. Louis rallied behind the furry creature during the Cardinals' 2011 World Series run. Check out Carpenter's interview with FOX Sports' Gar Ryness from Citi Field. Video: Carpenter, can you spell squirrel...

TOC midseason awards: NL MVP

There really isn't a frontrunner for the NL MVP award. And honestly, I don't think there really should be. David Wright leads the league in fWAR, but he plays for a terrible team. Carlos Gomez is second in the league in fWAR, and that value is based primarily on his defensive superiority. The players with the league's three highest wOBAs all play in hitters parks. So...
Cardinals News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.