Found October 19, 2013 on Reading Between The Seams:
After their dominating performance in Game Six of the National League Championship Series, the 2013 National League Champion St. Louis Cardinals can start making plans to travel to Detroit or Boston for World Series Game 1 on Wednesday.  The biggest  decision they have to make is whether to activate All-Star 1B Allen Craig, who has been sidelined since September 4 with a foot injury.  According to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Craig went through 10 simulated at bats on Friday and went well: Craig faced Jake Westbrook, Sam Freeman and rehabbing lefty Jaime Garcia.  “It didn’t look like he really missed much (time), to be honest,” manager Mike Matheny said.  “If it’s up to me, I’ll be there” for the World Series, Craig said. “I’m ready. I feel I can help.” Despite only playing in 134 games, Craig led the Red Birds with 97 RBI (good for 8th in the National League).  With the Designated Hitter being in play for the series, the extra power bat would be welcome and would then keep him off the balky foot for most of the evening. Allen Craig would fill in the DH role nicely in the World Series(Credit: AP/Gene J. Puskar) Craig has made less than $2.5M in replacing Albert Pujols at 1B since the former Cardinal bolted for the Los Angeles Angels for $28M over the past two years.  Craig has more RBI (189 to 169) and hitting for better average (.311 to .275).  Is it any wonder the Cardinals are playing deep into October for the second straight year while the Angels are playing golf? - David Whitlock Related Stories: 2013 Major League All-Star Rosters Albert Pujols shrugs off season-ending injury, can’t wait for next year WATCH: Albert Pujols pranks Bartolo Colon on mound after flying out Be sure to like our Facebook Page Or follow us on Twitter - David Whitlock Follow @lhd_on_sports - Blog Follow @RBTS_baseball - Sports-Kings Follow @realsportskings The post St. Louis Cardinals may activate 1B Allen Craig for World Series appeared first on Reading Between The Seams.
THE BACKYARD
BEST OF MAXIM
RELATED ARTICLES

Using Abstract Art To Scout Michael Wacha

St. Louis Cardinals rookie right hander Michael Wacha has been quite good this postseason. By ‘quite good’ I mean ‘dominant.’ In 21 postseason innings, he has surrendered just one run. Meanwhile, he has struck out nearly thirty percent of hitters, while walking just five percent. Wacha features a fastball that has averaged 95.5 miles per hour this postseason and a devastating...

St. Louis Cardinals on brink of creating special memories for new fans

The St. Louis Cardinals have had an incredible amount of success the past three seasons, including a World Series championship and two trips to the National League Championship Series, but they still have a chance to create new, lifelong memories for another set of Cardinals fans with a win Friday or Saturday. The World Series is the pinnacle of the sport. It is every team’s goal...

Cardinals' rookie Michael Wacha named NLCS MVP

Cardinals rookie right-hander Michael Wacha put together arguably the greatest National League Championship Series ever by a rookie pitcher and he was named the NLCS Most Valuable Player Award winner after leading the Cards to the World Series with yet another sterling postseason performance in Friday night's 9-0 blanking of the Dodgers in Game 6. Wacha held the Dodgers to two...

Miller waits for his turn to pitch in World Series

A starter who still seeks to find some way to contribute to the Cardinals’ postseason run rookie Shelby Miller captured the odd contradiction of his current role standing outside of the team’s dugout before Game 6 of the National League championship series. “Hopefully” Miller said “they don’t have to use me.” He got the wish he didn’t want. The Cardinals completed...

Young arms key to Cards' World Series appearance

At the trade deadline in July, the Cardinals appeared to be in the market for starting pitching. Instead, St. Louis stood pat and trusted their young arms. That trust paid off - in a trip to the World Series. Michael Wacha capped a nearly untouchable month by being selected the NL championship series MVP after outpitching Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw for the second time...

Adam Wainwright to start Game 1 of World Series for Cardinals

getty images It was an easy choice for St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Mathney as he announced that Adam Wainwright would start Game 1 of the World Series on Wednesday night. The ace of the Cardinals staff has not pitched since Game 3 of the National League Championship. He is expected to be followed by Michael Wacha in Game 2. Wainwright holds a 2-1 record  a 1.57 ERA, 0.78 WHIP...

Arizona Fall League Recap: Piscotty’s hitting streak continues

Friday October 18th While the St. Louis Cardinals were busy clinching the National League Pennant, a few Cards’ minor leaguers were busy in the Arizona Fall League. On Friday, the Salt River Rafters were at home facing the Peoria Javelinas. Stephen Piscotty got the start in right and was the clean-up hitter, while Jacob Wilson started at second and hit 8th. Sam Gaviglio made his...

Wacha boldly goes where no man has gone before

As St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Michael Wacha threw seven shutout innings at the Los Angeles Dodgers Friday night, allowing just two hits and a walk, while striking out five, he not only helped eliminate the Dodgers, he put his name in the record books as well. Among Wacha’s milestones, according to the Elias Sports Bureau: The right-hander became the first rookie to record two...

St. Louis P Michael Wacha: LCS Most Valuable Player

Hot News for P Michael Wacha

Cardinals Headed to World Series After Destroying Dodgers in Game 6; Michael Wacha Named Series MVP

The St. Louis Cardinals didn't just beat the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 6 of the NLCS Friday night--they destroyed them! The Cardinals bats beat up on Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw early with four runs in the third. They would get five more in the fifth (final score 9-0), but Kershaw was pulled after getting tagged with three hits and another run in the fifth. ...

World Series Preview: St.Louis Cardinals vs. Boston Red Sox

After 170 baseball games and over 1500 innings the stage has been set for the 2013 World Series between the St.Louis Cardinals and the Boston Red Sox. Both teams finished with an identical record and led their respective league in victories and last met in the World Series in 2004 with the Red Sox being victorious. The Red Sox swept the 2004 Classic led by David Ortiz and series...

Cardinals rough up Kershaw, headed to World Series

Clayton Kershaw was long gone. Michael Wacha kept Dodgers hitters down, ignoring the surprisingly big lead and pitching as if the opposing ace was still dealing. The rookie left no doubt in a 9-0 rout Friday night that put the St. Louis Cardinals in the World Series for the second time in three years and kicked Los Angeles' high-dollar roster to the curb. ''Yeah, anytime...

Scott Van Slyke and Joe Kelly Standoff During NLCS

Check out this bizarre start to Game 6 of the NLCS as Scott Van Slyke and Joe Kelly have a standoff. This standoff was no joke to either Van Slyke or Kelly. Both guys stood their ground until the second leading up to the game. It wasn’t until the angry and annoyed Head Umpire, Greg [...]

3 Players the Sox Need to Watch

Photo Courtesy of Cardinal's Website Conor Frederick (@ConorJF1016) Contributing Writer So, the Red Sox are in the World Series for the third time so far this century against the St. Louis Cardinals in a rematch of 2004. That went pretty well, didn't it? Right, the Sox won in 4 games. Now, I think the Detroit Tigers scared me more than either the Dodgers or the Cardinals...
All Sports 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
Help
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.