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NLCS G4: Lineups, matchups, FAQ (8 ET, TBS)

@anne__rogers and @JamalCollier
2:15 PM CDT

WASHINGTON -- The Nationals have a chance to advance to the first World Series in team history on Tuesday night, when they host the Cardinals for Game 4 of the National League Championship Series. Washington has won seven of its first nine postseason games, and dating back to the regular

'No concession speech' for Cardinals in DC

Offense held to seven hits, error-assisted run in Game 3
@anne__rogers
1:02 AM CDT

WASHINGTON -- The Cardinals do not have the odds on their side. An 8-1 loss Monday to the Nationals in Game 3 of the National League Championship Series put the Cardinals on the brink of elimination -- one game from being swept and seeing their season end.

'What ifs' abound after Ozuna's OF misplay

@adamdberry
12:55 AM CDT

WASHINGTON -- Stephen Strasburg’s changeup wouldn’t have been any less unhittable. The Cardinals probably wouldn’t have suddenly started bashing the ball around Nationals Park. And St. Louis still might have struggled to contain a surging Washington lineup led by unlikely postseason hero Howie Kendrick. And yet it’s fair to wonder

Mike Maddux pulls off '1-in-67-million' golf feat

@anne__rogers
12:00 AM CDT

WASHINGTON -- It wasn't a sign of good things to come for his team as the Cards lost, 8-1, to the Nationals on Monday night to fall into a 3-0 NLCS hole, but pitching coach Mike Maddux hit not one but two hole-in-ones at the Army-Navy Country Club on Monday

Watch the Cards capitalize on Soto's stumble

@adamdberry
12:45 AM CDT

WASHINGTON -- Every time Juan Soto takes a pitch, he lunges forward in the batter’s box to psych out the opposing pitcher -- a routine the Nationals have dubbed the “Soto Shuffle.” On Monday night, Washington's star left fielder unintentionally introduced the Soto Stumble. With two on and one out

Cards change up lineup for Game 3

@adamdberry
October 14, 2019

WASHINGTON -- Mike Shildt understands the emotion. He gets the concern. And he respects the questions coming his way. But still, every time he’s been asked over the last two days about how the Cardinals might change their lineup heading into Game 3 of the National League Championship Series against

Rookie upstart Edman latest Cardinals surprise

@anne__rogers
October 14, 2019

WASHINGTON -- When Tommy Edman was called up to the Majors on June 8, he wasn’t sure how long he’d stay. He was replacing an injured Jedd Gyorko, and at the time, there wasn’t a spot in the lineup for Edman to play every day.

Cardinals Arizona Fall League updates

October 14, 2019

Eight Cards prospects are playing for the Glendale Desert Dogs in the 2019 Arizona Fall League: Third baseman Elehuris Montero (No. 4), catcher Ivan Herrera (No. 6), right-hander Griffin Roberts (No. 19), outfielder Conner Capel (No. 24), right-hander Seth Elledge (No. 25), shortstop Kramer Robertson, right-hander Roel Ramirez and right-hander

3 keys for Cards to bring NLCS back home

@AJCassavell
October 14, 2019

WASHINGTON -- The Cardinals dug themselves an early hole by losing the first two games of the National League Championship Series in St. Louis this weekend. But they'd like to remind you that the NL pennant isn’t decided by two games. "That's why you play seven," said second baseman Kolten

Waino excellent in possible final Busch start

Veteran gets one run to work with in matchup vs. Scherzer
@SteveGilbertMLB
October 14, 2019

ST. LOUIS -- Getting to face off against Nationals ace Max Scherzer is like Christmas, Cardinals right-hander Adam Wainwright said a day ahead of their matchup Saturday afternoon in Game 2 of the National League Championship Series.

'Obviously struggling' Cards bats must improve

After four hits in two games, lineup shakeup might be coming
@anne__rogers
October 14, 2019

ST. LOUIS -- Cardinals manager Mike Shildt said before Saturday’s game that he wasn’t going to have a knee-jerk reaction after the offense’s one-hit effort Friday night in Game 1 of the National League Championship Series against the Nationals. But a three-hit effort isn’t much better, and a reaction may

How each player did in the Fall Stars Game

@baseballexis
October 13, 2019

The 14th edition of the Arizona Fall League's Fall Stars Game was held Saturday night at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, with a number of the game's top prospects on display, including the Twin's No. 1 prospect -- and No. 9 on the Top 100 -- Royce Lewis, who

Freese, 2011 WS MVP, retires after 11 seasons

@LangoschMLB
October 12, 2019

ST. LOUIS -- David Freese, the hometown hero who etched himself in Cardinals history with a pair of swings one October night in 2011, has called it a career. After hinting throughout the season that this would likely be his last, Freese, 36, made his decision to retire official with

Off roster, Wacha tests shoulder vs. teammates

After ending no-hit bid, Martínez shows admiration of Sánchez
@anne__rogers
October 14, 2019

ST. LOUIS -- Although Michael Wacha isn’t on the roster for the National League Championship Series presented by GEICO, he’s being prepared in case anything were to happen and the Cardinals needed another pitcher.

1-hit Cards: 'Sometimes you have to tip the cap'

Martínez ends no-hit bid with pinch-hit single in eighth
@anne__rogers
October 12, 2019

ST. LOUIS -- The same Cardinals lineup that strung together 10 runs just two days ago in the game that got them to this point was considerably quieter in Game 1 of the National League Championship Series. Nationals starter Aníbal Sánchez held the Cardinals hitless until he had two outs

Wainwright: Facing Scherzer 'like Christmas'

@anne__rogers
October 11, 2019

ST. LOUIS -- The last time Adam Wainwright and Max Scherzer faced each other, it wasn’t quite the postseason. But it felt like it.

Mikolas gets big out vs. Soto, lets him know it

Right-hander says response to Nats' OF was 'good natured'; Soto: 'I don't mind'
@SteveGilbertMLB
October 12, 2019

ST. LOUIS -- Miles Mikolas pitched out of jams, got big outs, tossed six innings and most importantly gave his team a chance -- and a really good chance at that -- to win. Oh yeah, and he, um, grabbed some attention on Twitter as well during a fifth-inning exchange

How are IBBs factoring into this postseason?

@LangoschMLB
October 12, 2019

ST. LOUIS -- To walk, or not to walk? It’s the question that keeps managers up at night and provides armchair managers ammunition for debate. And there’s been plenty of material for the latter already this postseason.

Who has edge? Nats-Cards position by position

NLCS Game 1 is Friday at 8 p.m. ET on TBS
@mike_petriello
October 10, 2019

The Nationals didn't win the NL East, settling for the Wild Card Game, where they advanced in some part due to a monumental Milwaukee fielding mistake. Then, they toppled the mighty 106-win Dodgers in a thrilling extra-innings Game 5 topper to the NLDS, which earns them the prize of facing

6 rookies, 7 NLCS vets on Cardinals roster

@anne__rogers
October 11, 2019

ST. LOUIS -- Ahead of Game 1 of the National League Championship Series against the Nationals, the Cardinals are sticking with the same postseason roster that beat the Braves in five games in the Division Series.

The Cardinals will win the NLCS if ...

@AJCassavell
October 10, 2019

ST. LOUIS -- After their runaway National League Division Series Game 5 victory on Wednesday in Atlanta, the Cardinals sit four wins from their 20th NL pennant. Only the Nationals -- appearing in the NL Championship Series for the first time -- stand in their way.

Fowler, Wong set table ahead of Goldy, Ozuna

@SteveGilbertMLB
October 10, 2019

ST. LOUIS -- There have been times when the top of the order has carried the Cardinals this year. And there have been times when the heart of the order has done so.