BenFred: Matt Carpenter’s comeback could help Cardinals save sinking hitters | Ben Frederickson

Matt Carpenter, Yankees hat atop his graying head, wiped away tears. “Excuse me,” Carpenter said Friday afternoon. “I didn’t want to do that. Sorry guys.” The former Cardinals All-Star had explained how he still pulls for the Cardinals — outside of this weekend, of course. He shared how excited his kids were to hear about … Read more

Cardinals patch gaps in pitching staff, acquire Jose Quintana, Chris Stratton from Pirates | St. Louis Cardinals

With a deadline approaching and that innings gap looming, the Cardinals’ goal to fortify the rotation, acquire a lefty if possible, and add to their bullpen flowed together at a familiar place, just one they rarely visit for trades. The Cardinals finalized a deal late Monday night with Pittsburgh to trade for lefty Jose Quintana … Read more

Rookie Andre Pallante zeroes in vs. Nationals, asserts place in Cardinals’ pitching plans | St. Louis Cardinals

WASHINGTON — By the time he prepared to face the middle of the Nationals order for the third time and Juan Soto shuffled and stretched in the batter’s box, Cardinals rookie Andre Pallante had already established his fastball. They had seen the curve and the new, revved-up zoom on the slider. He had pitch count … Read more

Cardinals notebook: As trade pursuits continue, were talks with Nats caught on camera? | St. Louis Cardinals

WASHINGTON — With the season in full swing and team officials scattered around the country, not consolidated in the same hotel for a few December days, it’s rare for executives to be able to meet face to face for negotiations at the trade deadline. Let alone have that meeting caught on camera for live TV. … Read more

Quick Hits: Albert Pujols flexes, Adam Wainwright delivers Cardinals series split in Toronto | St. Louis Cardinals

TORONTO — With a trip threatening to head south regardless of the direction their plane headed Wednesday night, the Cardinals got a lift from the usual veterans and a necessary jolt from a few youngsters. Adam Wainwright and Albert Pujols, as they’ve done many times before, combined to hoist the Cardinals out of the doldrums … Read more

Quick Hits: Undermanned Cardinals overwhelmed by Blue Jays’ grand display of power | St. Louis Cardinals

TORONTO — In the first half of the season, the Cardinals showed they could win a variety of ways, but best of all when they got a stout start from a pitcher and some muscle from the lineup. As the second half opens, getting neither is one sure way to lose, and big. The Toronto … Read more

Undermanned Cardinals could use a shot in the arm against AL East teams St. Louis Cardinals

The cards are already stacked against the St. Louis nine with unvaccinated sluggers Paul Goldschmidt and Nolan Arenado absent from the two-game series beginning Tuesday night in Toronto. Added to this fact is that only a few Cardinals on the trip have played in Rogers Center. That basically covers Adam Wainwright, Albert Pujols, Corey Dickerson … Read more

Updated: Cardinals’ Goldschmidt, Arenado won’t go to Toronto because they are unvaccinated | St. Louis Cardinals

CINCINNATI — The fact that his two best players, Paul Goldschmidt and Nolan Arenado, won’t be available to him in Toronto on Tuesday and Wednesday doesn’t upset Cardinals manager Oliver Marmol at all. At least that’s what he was saying Sunday after the announcement was made that his two stars had chosen not to be … Read more

Updated: Cardinals’ Goldschmidt, Arenado won’t go to Toronto because they are unvaccinated | St. Louis Cardinals

CINCINNATI — The fact that his two best players, Paul Goldschmidt and Nolan Arenado, won’t be available to him in Toronto on Tuesday and Wednesday doesn’t upset Cardinals manager Oliver Marmol at all. At least that’s what he was saying Sunday after the announcement was made that his two stars had chosen not to be … Read more

Quick Hits: Cardinals’ Steven Matz wins for first time since May 2 but is hurt again | St. Louis Cardinals

CINCINNATI — Mincing a few words before Saturday night’s game at Great American Ball Park, Cardinals manager Oliver Marmol said that the club needed Tyler O’Neill and Steven Matz to be good the rest of the way for the Cardinals to arrive at their destination of a championship . O’Neill, batting No. 2 for the … Read more