Cardinals Notes: Wainwright, Arenado, Molina, Pujols

Following yesterday’s 0-2 loss to the Phillies, the Cardinals’ magical 2022 season has drawn to a close. After an above-average first half going 50-44, the Cardinals moved into a higher gear, winning 43 of their final 68 games (.632 win percentage) to take the NL Central with authority. Pivoting towards the 2023 season, the Cardinals … Read more

Poof! Cardinals’ ‘magic’ season vanishes in sweep. Their next trick is up to new core

As he walked to the plate with a chance to push the game one hit deeper into the night, the season one game further into the weekend, and his career one day longer into October, Yadier Molina paused and whispered a prayer. He refused to be the last out of his last game. “I was … Read more

Phillies shut out, sweep Cardinals and end last run for Molina and Pujols

When the end came, with so little fanfare and all of the fireworks still in their casings waiting for another year or another event, Yadier Molina and Albert Pujols watched from the dugout, having done all they could against Philadelphia to extend their careers one more night. The Cardinals, their leading hitters stymied time and … Read more

Cardinals bungle lead in messy ninth inning as Phillies score six, win 6-3

A riveting, scoreless duel set to be decided by a single pitch came unraveled, fast and messy, on the Cardinals in the ninth inning when so many pitches went so, so awry. Escorted by two walks and a hit batter to their first playoff rally in 11 years, the Phillies scored six runs against a … Read more

MLB playoff field is set! Why 2022 postseason could be best ever

AP Photo/Hakim Wright The regular season is officially in the books (OK, maybe there is still a game or two trickling slowly to its finish as you read this) and the 2022 MLB playoffs are set to start Friday — and this year’s postseason could be epic. In addition to a new format that features … Read more

Cardinals rally to sink Pirates, but gasp when closer Ryan Helsley jams finger

PITTSBURGH — Whatever happened later in the game to decide who had the more runs, the Cardinals had at least a gulp of concern for who was lost from the game. All-Star closer Ryan Helsley got five pitches into his scheduled appearance Tuesday night at PNC Park before having to field a ball hit back … Read more

Pujols passes Babe Ruth with 2,216th RBI, but Cardinals walk away with loss

PITTSBURGH — The joke within the Cardinals’ dugout for the past few months as Albert Pujols stood on base after another RBI or circled them after another home run was waiting for a baseball to be rolled jollily to the dugout for authentication. “You just stand on the dugout and wait for them to ask … Read more

Cardinals manager brings 3 stars off field together; Wainwright was ready to leave

When Cardinals manager Oliver Marmol came to the mound with two outs in the fifth inning Sunday and the Cardinals down 6-5, Adam Wainwright knew he was done. He didn’t know that his longtime catcher and first baseman were going to walk to the dugout with him. “That was a surprise,” Wainwright said. “I thought … Read more

St. Louis Cardinals’ Albert Pujols smashes 701st career home run vs. Pittsburgh Pirates

ST. LOUIS — Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols hit his 701st home run, connecting Friday night in a 2-1 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates. Pujols launched a slider from former teammate Johan Oviedo over the Big Mac Land sign in left field at Busch Stadium, his 22nd homer of the season. The solo drive in the … Read more

CLINCHED! Cardinals claim 2022 NL Central crown, fourth consecutive playoff berth

Watch assorted highlights from inside the Cardinals locker room celebration from Milwaukee as they clinch the 2022 NL Central Division Crown Carter Chapley MILWAUKEE — The first goal the Cardinals set for themselves in spring training, the gateway goal that would get them into the postseason and closer to achieving their loftiest … Read more