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ST. LOUIS If the St. Louis Cardinals miss out on the playoffs and look back later at where things might have gone wrong, not taking advantage of some stellar starting pitching the past month may be near the top of the list.
The Cardinals got another quality start from rookie Joe Kelly Monday, his sixth straight quality outing and the seventh straight such start from the team. But they lost 5-3 to the Los Angeles Dodgers, ending a three-game winning streak and falling a season-worst six games behind the Cincinnati Reds in the N.L. Central.
It was an unwelcomed scene that's happened far too much of late for the Cardinals, who continue to waste great starting pitching by struggling to get timely hits and put multiple-run innings together.
The starting rotation of Kelly, Lance Lynn, Adam Wainwright, Kyle Lohse and Jake Westbrook had a microscopic 2.03 ERA since June 2. But the Cardinals are just 9-8 during that stretch including a 3-8 mark in one-run games.
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There are at least two other pitchers that had to wake up happy on Wednesday morning over the new six-year, $144 million offer that Cole Hamels has accepted from the Philadelphia Phillies. One is Zack Greinke of the Brewers, who becomes the top free agent target to hit the market this fall.
The other is St. Louis Cardinal Adam Wainwright. Though the 30-year-old (he turns 31 on...
ST. LOUIS Cardinals pitcher Chris Carpenter is no stranger to surgeries, undergoing numerous procedures on his right elbow and shoulder during his career. But last week's surgery in Dallas was the most unique one yet.
And for the 37-year-old Carpenter, hopefully his final one.
"This is about it," Carpenter said Tuesday. "If this doesn't work, unfortunately...
Courtesy: Cardinals Media Relations
ST. LOUIS - The St. Louis Cardinals announced they have purchased four-time All-Star reliever Brian Fuentes from Springfield (AA) and have optioned pitcher Victor Marte to Memphis (AAA). To make room for Fuentes addition to the clubs 40-man Major League roster, the Cardinals have designated pitcher Chuckie Fick for assignment.
Fuentes, 36, worked...
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Joe Kelly grew up in Southern California rooting for the Angels and hating the Los Angeles Dodgers. Losing to them hurt that much more.
"My family hated them. They still do," Kelly said after the St. Louis Cardinals' 5-3 loss on Monday night. "I put too much pressure on myself out there.
"Maybe it got to me."
Kelly (1-3), a rookie...
If Lance Berkman’s 2011 was a career zenith, (great numbers, clutch post-season, World Series win, defying everyone who thought he was done and the Cardinals 1y for 8M contract was stupid, etc al) then 2012 might just be his nadir. Berkman decided early in the off-season that he wanted to re-run it for 2012. And the Cardinals rewarded him with 12M to do so. Many in Cardinal Nation...
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Lance Berkman of the St. Louis Cardinals was taken out for a pinch runner not long after getting hit by a pitch on his surgically-repaired right knee in the third inning.
Trainers attended to Berkman after he was struck by a breaking ball from the Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw to lead off the inning.
Berkman took his base but only trotted to second when Daniel...
The St. Louis Cardinals returned from the All-Star break in third place in the NL Central, 2.5 games behind the Pittsburgh Pirates, and they had an opportunity to quickly jump back ahead with their first nine games after the break against division teams.
Photo by Chris Reed
Unfortunately, the Cardinals won just two of the first seven of those games heading into play Saturday....
An appropriate face by Matt Holliday for an appropriate fail. It would have been better if he actually face-planted, but the ball hitting him in the head after the fact is a nice consolation
The last time the Los Angeles Dodgers were in town, late last August, they swept the Cardinals in a three-game series that dropped the Cardinals 10 games out of the division lead and 10 12 games out of the wild-card race. The Cardinals then rallied to win the wild card, the pennant and the World Series.
The situation isn't as dire this time, but the Dodgers beat the Cardinals...
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Adam Wainwright's first two RBIs of the season helped knock out Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw in the sixth inning in a game that began in 103-degree heat as the St. Louis Cardinals ended Los Angeles' five-game winning streak with an 8-2 victory on Tuesday night.
Wainwright (8-10) allowed two runs and seven hits with seven strikeouts in 7 1-3 innings.
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Lance Lynn won his 12th game with six spotless innings, and Matt Holliday and Carlos Beltran homered on consecutive pitches to put the finishing touches on the St. Louis Cardinals' 7-0 victory Sunday that completed a three-game sweep of the Chicago Cubs.
Jon Jay and Tony Cruz hit consecutive two-run doubles off Travis Wood (4-5) in the first for St. Louis,...
ST. LOUIS Lance Berkman jogged from the right-field foul line shortly before first pitch, his comeback complete but the recovery a process in this trying, telling season for him.
He swung his arms in a circular motion on the walk back from center field, reached the line and jogged in the opposite direction again. This routine continued for a few moments, all while Busch Stadium...
ST. LOUIS Stuck in a month-long rut at the plate, the slumping St. Louis Cardinals turned to an unlikely candidate to get things going offensively: Adam Wainwright.
Usually known for the abilities of his powerful right arm, the pitcher provided an RBI-double, scored the tying run and walked with the bases loaded all off Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw to help lead the Cardinals to...
The St. Louis Cardinals won the second of four against LA, beating Clayton Kershaw in the process. Adam Wainwright starred on the mound and at the plate, but Lance Berkman was injured again.