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Carlos Martinez Undergoes Right Shoulder Surgery

Oct 21, 2019 7:41 AM

Carlos Martinez underwent a "small procedure" on his troublesome right shoulder after the season.

The treatment involved a platelet-rich plasma injection. 

The St. Louis Cardinals don't expect Martinez to miss any significant time.

The pitcher has been bothered by shoulder issues in each of the last two seasons.

Derrick Goold/St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Tags: St. Louis Cardinals, Injury

Recap: Howie Kendrick Named MVP As Nationals Sweep Cardinals

Oct 16, 2019 8:51 AM

The Washington Nationals are headed to their first-ever World Series as there was little doubt about the outcome of Tuesday's Game 4 against the St. Louis Cardinals.

The Nationals jumped out to a 7-0 lead in the first inning and hardly looked back as Howie Kendrick took home NLCS MVP honors. Patrick Corbin was good enough on the mound, allowing four runs over five innings but striking out 12 batters. The Washington bullpen allowed just one hit over the final four innings of the game.

In 10 playoff games, Kendrick is hitting .289/.341/.474 with a home run and nine RBI.

Washington sent Dakota Hudson into the dugout early, shelling him for five hits and all seven runs (four earned) in just 1/3 of an inning. Adam Wainwright stopped the bleeding and the bullpen held firm, but the damage had been done.

At one point the Nationals were 19-31 and they needed to win the National League Wild Card Game just to get into the NLDS. They are just the fourth time in Major League history to reach the World Series after being 12 games under .500.

The Astros will wait for the winner of the ALCS, but will be traveling to either Houston or New York for Games 1 and 2 of the World Series.


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Nationals Head To World Series With Sweep Of Cardinals

Oct 16, 2019 2:23 AM

Extending their stunning turnaround, the wild-card Nationals got RBI from middle-of-the-order stars Anthony Rendon and Juan Soto in a seven-run first inning Tuesday night, and Patrick Corbin's 12-strikeout performance plus a trio of relievers helped hold on to beat the St. Louis Cardinals 7-4 in Game 4 to complete a sweep in the NLCS.

Tags: Washington Nationals, St. Louis Cardinals, Game Recap, Team Achievement

Rain Could Alter NLCS, ALCS Schedules

Oct 15, 2019 7:52 AM

The schedule for both the ALCS and NLCS could be altered because of heavy rain in the forecast for New York on Wednesday, according to sources.

If Game 4 between the Houston Astros and New York Yankees is a rainout, Major League Baseball is considering moving a potential Game 5 between the St. Louis Cardinals and Washington Nationals to Wednesday night.

The NLCS game is currently scheduled to begin at 4:08 ET, but when there is only one postseason game on the schedule Major League Baseball prefers it to be in primetime.

If the rainout occurs, the Yankees and Astros would be rescheduled to play Games 4 and 5 on Thursday and Friday in New York, before returning to Houston for a potential Game 6 on Saturday.


Tags: New York Yankees, Houston Astros, St. Louis Cardinals, Washington Nationals

Recap: Nationals Remain Hot, Take 3-0 Lead Over Cardinals

Oct 15, 2019 7:45 AM

Stephen Strasburg went seven strong innings on Monday night as the Washington Nationals beat the St. Louis Cardinals 8-1 to take a 3-0 lead in the NLCS.

Strasburg had 12 strikeouts without a single walk. He allowed seven hits, but just one run (unearned).

When the Cardinals reached base, they went 1-for-6 with runners in scoring position. Their greatest chance came when Jose Martinez and Yadier Molina singled to begin the seventh inning. After Tommy Edman stuck out, Paul DeJong singled to left. Martinez scored on a throwing error and Molina advanced to second. The threat ended, however, when Matt Wieters and Dexter Fowler struck out.

The Nationals broke the game open against Jack Flaherty in the third. Adam Eaton had an RBI single, Anthony Rendon recorded an RBI double and Howie Kendrick doubled to center to score two runs. Already with a 4-0 lead, Washington added two runs in the fifth and another in the sixth.

Still leading 7-1 after the Cardinals got on the board, Ryan Zimmerman added an insurance run in the seventh.

Flaherty struggled, allowing four runs on five hits in four innings. He had allowed four runs over his first 13 playoff innings.

The Nationals are one win away from Washington's first World Series in 86 years.

Patrick Corbin will start in Game 4 against Dakota Hudson for the Cardinals.


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Strasburg, Kendrick Lead Nationals To Game 3 Win, Take 3-0 Series Lead

Oct 15, 2019 2:17 AM

Stephen Strasburg took his turn silencing the Cardinals' struggling bats, Nationals postseason star Howie Kendrick doubled three times and drove in three more runs, and Washington took a 3-0 lead in the best-of-seven NLCS by beating St. Louis 8-1 Monday night.

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Recap: Nationals Take 2-0 Lead Thanks To Max Scherzer's Brilliance

Oct 12, 2019 10:28 PM

For the second time in as many games, the St. Louis Cardinals were dominated by the starting pitcher for the Washington Nationals.

After Anibal Sanchez held the Cardinals in check on Friday night, Max Scherzer was brilliant on the mound in Game 2 of the NLCS. After a 3-1 win, the Nationals head home just two victories away from the World Series.

Scherzer went seven innings, striking out 11 and allowing just three base runners. He didn't allow a hit until a Paul Goldschmidt single in the seventh.

Adam Wainwright, who started for the Cardinals, pitched well himself, but it simply wasn't enough against Mad Max. In 7 1/3 innings, Wainwright had 11 strikeouts as well, but allowed three runs on seven hits.

Michael Taylor homered to left in the third inning and Adam Eaton concluded Washington's scoring with a two-run double in the eighth. Wainwright only faced one more batter after Eaton's hit, intentionally walking Anthony Rendon.

The Cardinals started to rally with two outs in the bottom of the eighth. Paul DeJong singled to center and Jose Martinez followed with an RBI double to deep center to pull St. Louis to within 3-1. Dexter Fowler then flied out to right to end the inning. The Cardinals went down 1-2-3 in the ninth.

The Nationals will host Game 3 on Monday night with Stephen Strasburg facing Jack Flaherty.


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Recap: Anibal Sanchez Shuts Down Cardinals, Nationals Take Game 1

Oct 12, 2019 9:10 AM

Anibal Sanchez limited the St. Louis Cardinals to a single hit over 7 2/3 innings as the Washington Nationals won Game 1 of the NLCS on Friday night.

Sanchez threw 103 pitches, striking out five and walking just one. He carried a no-hitter into the eighth inning. Sean Doolittle came in to relieve him and continued to shut down St. Louis.

Yan Gomes doubled to center in the second, scoring Howie Kendrick to put the Nationals on the board. In the seventh, Kendrick singled to center bringing Adam Eaton home. The two runs were more than Washington needed.

Game 2 will feature Max Scherzer and Adam Wainwright at Busch Stadium.

Miles Mikolas pitched well for the Cardinals, scattering seven hits over six innings. He struck out seven and walked two.



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Nationals' Sanchez, Doolittle One-Hit Cardinals To Win Opener

Oct 12, 2019 2:09 AM

Right-hander Anibal Sanchez carried a no-hit bid into the eighth inning, Howie Kendrick had two more big swings and the Nationals beat the Cardinals 2-0 on Friday night in the NL Championship Series opener.

"Tonight was obviously vintage Anibal," first baseman Ryan Zimmerman said.

Tags: Washington Nationals, St. Louis Cardinals, Game Recap, Team Achievement

Nationals Favored Over Cardinals In NLCS

Oct 11, 2019 7:45 AM

The Washington Nationals are the favorites over the St. Louis Cardinals to represent the National League in the World Series.

The Nationals defeated the favored Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 5 of the NLDS earlier this week.

At Caesars Sportsbook, the Nationals opened as -120 favorites over the Cardinals in the NLCS.

The Nationals were 19-31 in late May and defeated the Milwaukee Brewers in the NL Wild Card Game.

David Purdum/ESPN

Tags: Washington Nationals, St. Louis Cardinals

Recap: Cardinals Score 10 In First, Advance To NLCS

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Recap: Yadier Molina Lifts Cardinals With Walk-Off Sacrifice Fly

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Cardinals Haven't Lost Faith In Carlos Martinez As Closer

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Braves Taking Concerns About Tomahawk Chop Chant 'Seriously'

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Recap: Braves Rally In Ninth, Take 2-1 Lead Over Cardinals

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Ryan Helsley Calls Braves' 'Tomahawk Chop Chant 'Disrespectful'

Recap: Braves Blank Cardinals To Even NLDS

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Recap: Cardinals Strike Late To Take Game 1 From Braves

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Cardinals Sweep Cubs To Clinch Playoff Spot

Former Cardinal' Chris Duncan Dies At Age 38

Cardinals To Change Cap Logo For First Time In 56 Years
The Cardinals will reportedly change their primary cap logo for the 2020 season.

St. Louis Business Journal

Cardinals Move Michael Wacha Back To Bullpen
The Cardinals have moved Michael Wacha from the starting rotation for the second time this season.

Rick Hummel/St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Bob Gibson Says He Has Pancreatic Cancer
Hall of Famer Bob Gibson is considered one of the greatest pitchers of all time.

Manfred: MLB Scraps 2020 Asia Opener, Hopes To Play More In Europe
The Cubs and Cardinals are to play in the same London venue next season.

Jordan Hicks Diagnosed With Torn UCL
The Cardinals are determining the next step, but the injury typically leads to Tommy John surgery.

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Albert Pujols Gets Curtain Call After HR
Albert Pujols homered in the seventh inning Saturday off Cardinals starter Dakota Hudson.

Albert Pujols Makes Emotional Return To St. Louis
The ovation for Albert Pujols lasted about 1 minute and 20 seconds in his first return to Busch Stadium on Friday night.

2019 MLB Draft Day 1 Results
The Orioles took Oregon State catcher Adley Rutschman with the first pick on Monday night.

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Cubs' Joe Maddon Critical Of Plate Umpire After Loss
Joe Maddon was critical of plate umpire Laz Diaz after he thought was a missed strike-three call in the 10th inning of Friday night's loss to the Cardinals.

Six Teams Could Be In Mix For Dallas Keuchel
With the Major League Baseball Draft looming, as many as six teams could be in the mix to sign Dallas Keuchel.

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