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It may have been late July but the series between NL division leaders St. Louis and Atlanta has all the feel of post season baseball. Both teams had good pitching performances, holding each other hit-less though the seventh with runners in scoring position. Cardinals pitcher Joe Kelly pitched into the seventh before parting ways after a fly-ball gaffe by left fielder Matt Holliday. Seth Maness would wiggle out of the inning to keep the game scoreless. Meanwhile Braves starter Julio Teheran pitched seven scoreless before handing the ball over to the Braves bullpen. In the eight the Braves again got a runner into scoring position and eventually loaded the bases with two outs. It was then that Andrelton Simmons laced a double off of Trevor Rosenthal. Simmons had been hitting .068 with runners in scoring position prior to the go-ahead double. Craig Kimbrel came into the game for the ninth striking out Matt Carpenter and forcing Carlos Beltran to ground out before getting Matt Holliday  ...

Hudson’s Place in Atlanta Braves History

One of the most beloved Braves, Tim Hudson, saw his 2013 season come to a sudden and premature end Wednesday night at Citi Field, just ten days after his 38th birthday.  Cruising through the Mets’ lineup in one of his most impressive performances of the season, the veteran right-hander suffered a fractured ankle after being stepped on while covering first base in the 8th inning...

Simmons’ double lifts Braves past Cardinals

It was Andrelton Simmons whose would-be pop-fly single drew a questionable infield fly ruling in the Braves’ Wild Card game loss to St. Louis in October when they had two runners on base and one out in the eighth and the Cardinals led 6-3. In the eighth inning Saturday it was Simmons’ two-out two-run double that lifted the Braves to a 2-0 win against the Cardinals in front of...

The Cardinals can learn a lesson from Alfonso Soriano when it comes to their handling of Carlos Beltran

The Cubs finally pulled off the seemingly impossible today, trading Alfonso Soriano to the Yankees, along with a ton of money, for a minor league prospect to be named later. Thus ends one of the longest sagas involving a bad contract in recent history. To get the Yankees to take Soriano off their hands and get a halfway decent prospect in return, the Cubs will eat nearly $18 million...

MLB Trade Rumors: Cliff Lee to the Atlanta Braves Makes Perfect Sense

With veteran starting pitcher Tim Hudson done for the season (and possibly his career) with the Atlanta Braves, the focus for trade needs might be shifting from relief pitching to starting pitching. Right now, all of the starters in the Braves rotation--or that could possibly be in it--have exactly one postseason start between them. For this reason, Philadelphia Phillies starter Cliff Lee

Three Of A Kind For National League MVP; Is It In The Cards?

The St. Louis Cardinals through the first 100 games of the 2013 season have the best record in Major League Baseball, and it is in large part due to the contributions from a trio of players-Yadier Molina, Allen Craig, and Matt Carpenter. Molina has been the early pick of many baseball pundits for National League MVP, and he has certainly earned the accolades he has thus far received...

Heyward homers, Braves sweep Cards

Jason Heyward homered and drove in two runs to help the Atlanta Braves beat St. Louis 5-2 on Sunday night, capping their first three-game sweep of the Cardinals at home in 10 years. The Braves broke a 2-all tie with two runs in the sixth inning off rookie Shelby Miller (10-7) and two relievers. Pinch-hitter Joey Terdoslavich drove in Chris Johnson with the go-ahead run. Heyward...

St. Louis Cardinals 5-2 Since All-Star Break

The St. Louis Cardinals have won 5 of their last 7 games since returning from the All-Star Game in New York. Granted, these series were more of a warm-up for the Cardinals, as both opponents have been struggling this year. After only losing game 2 in a 3 game series with the San Diego Padres, the Red Birds went on to dominate the Philadelphia Phillies in 3 games (4-1, 11-3, 3-1)...

Cardinals' Gast has season-ending shoulder surgery

St. Louis left-hander John Gast is expected to be ready to pitch in eight to 12 months following season-ending surgery on his left shoulder. Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said in a statement on Friday that more will be known about Gast's recovery period when the team evaluates his rehabilitation in the next few weeks. Gast was 2-0 with a 5.11 ERA in three starts before...

Recap: Cards drop game, series to NL East-leading Braves

ATLANTA (AP) Jason Heyward homered and drove in two runs to help the Atlanta Braves beat St. Louis 5-2 on Sunday night, capping their first three-game sweep of the Cardinals at home in 10 years.The Braves broke a 2-all tie with two runs in the sixth inning off rookie Shelby Miller (10-7) and two relievers. Pinch-hitter Joey Terdoslavich drove in Chris Johnson with the go-ahead run...

Preview: Kelly takes the ball for Cards in Atlanta

The St. Louis Cardinals' fifth starter spot has been quite a revolving door this season, but for now, it's Joe Kelly's to lose. That's assuming he remembers how to pitch. Kelly hasn't seen game action in more than two weeks, but the visiting Cardinals are hoping he can pick up where he left off as he takes the mound Saturday against the Atlanta Braves. St....

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Cards take Holliday off DL, option Peterson to Memphis

ATLANTA (AP) Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday has been activated from the 15-day disabled list and is starting against the Braves on Saturday. Holliday had been out since July 12 with a strained right hamstring. With Holliday's return, Allen Craig is starting at first base. Craig played left field with Matt Adams at first base during Holliday's absence. Adams is not...

St. Louis Cardinals: Breaking down Lance Lynn’s 2013 numbers

(via Cardinal Nation, it is time to give Lance Lynn some of the respect he deserves. But, Joe, doesn’t he have a really high earned-run average? Well yes, he does. His 3.98 ERA is the 35th highest of starting pitchers in the MLB. However, regular ERA can at times be deceiving, so there is another statistic out there to come to Lynn’s defense (pun intended...

Preview: Miller, Cards look to avoid sweep by Braves

The St. Louis Cardinals haven't been swept on the road all season and haven't been swept in Atlanta in more than 10 years.The NL's best offense hasn't gotten untracked this weekend, but could enjoy a favorable matchup against the Atlanta Braves' struggling Kris Medlen in Sunday night's series finale.St. Louis (62-39) leads the league with 496 runs but has...

Cards Matt Holliday activated from disabled list

As expected the Cardinals have activated outfielder Matt Holliday from the 15-day disabled list. He’ll be in the starting lineup this afternoon against the Braves batting third and playing left field. Holliday has been sidelined since July 11 due to a strained right hamstring. He was able to make it back in the minimum 15 days and ended up missing 10 games.
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