ST. LOUIS -- To look at the Cardinals' schedule and see the Mariners playing at Busch Stadium in the middle of September might seem like a mistake. The interleague foes never have met this late in the season.
But uncommon meetings at unusual times have happened across the majors because of the realignment that gave both the NL and AL an odd number of teams. At least the Cardinals will finish the regular season against a division foe. The Tigers, on the other hand, will spend the final weekend at Miami facing the Marlins for the first time since 2004. While the Astros have relocated to the AL, watching them host the Yankees in their final three games also will seem strange.
With such an unfamiliar foe on the schedule, Cardinals manager Mike Matheny and his coaching staff were planning to spend a lot of time in front of their computers between Thursday and Friday night's games.
"That's why it's so valuable to have the video system we have," Matheny said. "We can see their recent s...