According to Craig Mish, the Cardinals top pitching prospect Alex Reyes suffered a potentially season ending injury.
Kyle Hendricks of the Chicago Cubs had a no-hitter going strong into the ninth inning. Jeremy Hazelbaker of the St. Louis Cardinals had other plans. Hazelbaker drove an 0-2 pitch deep to right to break up the no-hitter and the shutout with one swing of the bat. The Cardinals still ended up losing the game, but avoided the no-hit bid.
Just ask the Texas Rangers – having the St. Louis Cardinals down to their final strike doesn’t even come close to ensuring victory. This was the case on Tuesday night as the Pittsburgh Pirates clung to a one-run lead in the top of the ninth, trying to snap their seven game losing streak. Two strikes on Matt Carpenter and he responds.
The Chicago Cubs literally powered their way to the NLCS, homering 10 times in the four game series against the St. Louis Cardinals. The record for most home runs in a divisional series is 10, put up by the Seattle Mariners in 1995, the New York Yankees in 1995, and the Houston Astros in 2004. And it wasn’t just one or two guys doing it for the Cubs. A total of seven different players homered during the series.
Here’s the pitch: the Boston Red Sox and the St. Louis Cardinals are facing off in the World Series, which begins on Wednesday, October 23rd. Each team finished with a record of 97-65, tied for best in baseball. Who is going to win this seemingly even matchup?
“He’s such a prolific hitter it’s definitely worth the chance,” Mozeliak said. “My understanding is he’s swinging the bat pretty well. If nothing else, he adds a little pop off that bench.”
“John is a reliever that offers experience as both a setup man and closer,” said Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak. “He’s also a pitcher who brings familiarity with the N.L. Central, pennant race baseball and the postseason.”
Already in their worst slump of 2013, the St. Louis Cardinals are now preparing to move forward for at least the next two weeks without a player whom many considered the league’s best over the first four months of the season.
On Tuesday, Cleveland swung a trade with the St. Louis Cardinals to land Rzepczynski in exchange for Class A infielder Juan Herrera, adding a much-needed left-hander to the bullpen’s depth chart. Whether Rzepczynski will immediately join Cleveland’s big league relief corps remains undetermined.