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ST. LOUIS Matt Carpenter arrived at Busch Stadium late Wednesday morning not expecting to see his name in the starting lineup. Cardinals manager Mike Matheny has started the same eight players the entire postseason, so he didn't expect him to change things up now.
And he didn't. Despite Carpenter's having a perfect 4-for-4 career mark off Giants starter Matt Cain, the role player started the game where he had for each of the previous eight playoff games: the bench.
This game didn't play out like the others, though. A knee strain forced Carlos Beltran from the game after just one inning, and Carpenter was sent into right field as his replacement for the top of the second.
The next inning, he contributed the eventual game-winning hit with a two-run homer into the seats in right, helping the Cardinals beat the Giants, 3-1, and take a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven NLCS.
"Obviously, all season long I've realized what my role is on this team, and I just try ...
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St. Louis Cardinals legend Ozzie Smith will be selling many of his awards and baseball possessions in an upcoming auction.
ST. LOUIS Adam Wainwright couldnt have been more focused and excited to start the winner-take-all Game 5 of the NLDS in Washington last week. Then he went out and pitched a dud, allowing six runs in 2 13 innings to put his team in a huge hole.
For a while, it looked like that would be the last start the right-hander would make in 2011. It was a taste he surely wasnt wanting to...
Jaime Garcia has been out since Game Two of the National League Division Series. He experienced pain in his left shoulder and was removed after the second inning of that game. Later, it was learned that Garcia had been experiencing pain in the shoulder for a while, but he kept it to himself. The team left him off the National League Championship roster and it seems clear that...
Carlos Beltran is not in the St. Louis Cardinals' starting lineup for Game 4 of the NL championship series against the San Francisco Giants, a day after injuring his left knee while running on a double-play grounder.Matt Carpenter batted second in place of Beltran and played first base, with cleanup man Allen Craig moving to right field for Thursday night's game against the...
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Carlos Beltran's availability for Game 4 of the NL championship series was uncertain after the St. Louis Cardinals slugger left Wednesday's game with a strained left knee.
Subbing for Beltran in right field, Matt Carpenter hit a two-run homer in his first at-bat to help the Cardinals beat the San Francisco Giants 3-1 for a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven...
ST. LOUIS (AP) Matt Carpenter always tries to stay ready, keeping an assortment of gloves nearby. That's his job.
The St. Louis Cardinals' utilityman took on a new role in Game 3 of the NL championship series: game-changer.
Carpenter hit a two-run homer after subbing for Carlos Beltran and the Cardinals chased Matt Cain before a 3 12-hour rain delay in the seventh inning...
There are always those players, teams, dynasties, coaches, and moments in sports that are just unexplainable. Whether it be luck or talent, or a combination of both, there are rare occasions where, as fans, we can only stare in awe of what we have just witnessed.Last season, the St. Louis Cardinals were those players, that team, that coach that provided the jaw-dropping, unexplainable...
Carlos Beltran was not in the St. Louis Cardinals' starting
lineup for Game 4 of the NL championship series against the San
Francisco Giants on Thursday night, a day after injuring his left
knee while running on a double-play grounder.
ST. LOUIS -- Adam Wainwright had six days to sit around and think about one of the worst starts of his career in one of the biggest games he had ever pitched. In the fifth and deciding game of the NL Division Series against the Washington Nationals, Wainwright put his team in a major hole, but his St. Louis Cardinals completed a historic comeback from that 6-0 deficit. Wainwright...
When Albert Pujols left St. Louis for the sunnier climes of Anaheim (and the monster payday of $240 million) during the offseason, most folks in the know did not give the Cardinals much of a fighting chance as the team was facing the need to somewhat reinvent itself and establish a new identity. Not only [...]
Retired manager Tony La Russa joins Matt this week to talk about the ongoing MLB playoffs. They also discuss his retirement from the game, Albert Pujols' up-and-down season with the Angels, the Diamondbacks future, Bobby Valentine's disastrous season with the Red Sox and his new book: "One Last Strike."
Among his observations:
-- On a new perspective since retiring...