How competitive will the Cards be in 2020?
Many people might not see third base as a particular need or weakness for the Cardinals. The production that came from there, however, by Matt Carpenter could turn into a permanent hole, especially offensively, for a team that has lots of potential on the mound.
The Braves won their second straight NL East title, and offseason acquisition Josh Donaldson had his fair share of contributions on his way to hitting 37 home runs and leading the Braves into the postseason.
The St. Louis Cardinals and Washington Nationals will meet in the National League Championship Series.
St Louis Cardinals ace-turned-closer Carlos Martinez took a dislike to Ronald Acuna's home run celebrations in the ninth inning of Thursday night's Division Series opener.
Sadly, the time has come to face the ending moments of a very competitive 2019 season in Major League Baseball. But while much of the playoff picture has already been determined, a few crucial battles are yet to conclude.
Jack Flaherty has overcome the odds, pitching his team into the heights of the National League with a historic second half performance. He has been the most piece that helped the St Louis Cardinals place themselves in pole position for the NL Central crown.
The St Louis Cardinals hold a 0.5 game lead atop the National League Central. Should the Chicago Cubs overtake them, they have a cushion in the wildcard standings with the New York Mets and Philadelphia Phillies a couple of games back.
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In addition, they recently got even stronger with the return of pitcher Carlos Martinez from a long injury, who immediately settled into the closer/late-inning reliever with mixed success up to date.
The National League Central is split by 4.5 games. The Chicago Cubs lead the way at 47-43, the Cincinnati Reds are sitting fifth just five games under .500 at 41-46.
Paul Goldschmidt and Christian Yelich shone for the Cardinals and Brewers respectively in the first series of the 2019 MLB season.
St. Louis Cardinals have been over .500 in each of the last 11 seasons. The streak is set to continue in 2019 after Paul Goldschmidt's arrival.
It may not be until 2021 that the Collective Bargaining Agreement between the Players’ Union and Major League Baseball expires, but there is a definite shadow being cast by that deadline which can be observed throughout the game.