St. Louis manager Mike Matheny has a primary goal for the Cardinals' season-ending doubleheader against the Atlanta Braves:
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Adam Wainwright better after injury
Two appearances isn't much of a sample size, but his fastball velocity and strikeout rate are both up. His curveball hasn't suffered either. Is this the perfect comeback from injury?
Cards nearing Yanks in (dis)likability
The Cardinals have won so much lately they're almost as insufferable as the Yankees. But since they draw huge crowds despite playing in one of the game's smallest markets, it's a smidge easier to cheer for them this October. Who you root for, who you don't
Piscotty says he's cleared to play
Four days after he was carted off the field after colliding with a teammate, Cardinals rookie Stephen Piscotty joined his teammates for batting practice Friday. He could be used in the lineup this weekend and said he is cleared to play.
Julio Teheran pitched six strong innings, Daniel Castro drove in two runs and the Atlanta Braves beat the NL Central champion St. Louis Cardinals 4-0 on Friday night.
OTD: Bob Gibson sets World Series K record
On Oct. 2, 1968, the Cardinals RHP struck out 17 Tigers in Game 1 of the World Series, breaking Sandy Koufax's previous World Series record of 15 -- which was set five years earlier to the day.
If your favorite team failed to reach the postseason, choosing whom to cheer for can be challenging. Here's a cheat sheet.
Why St. Louis' record doesn't matter
In the past 30 years, each time the Cardinals have uniquely owned MLB's best record at the end of the season, they've failed to win the World Series. Can they change the course of history this year?
October run in the Cards?
The Cardinals clinched sole possession of the best record in baseball for the 8th time in the World Series era (since 1903). They reached the World Series in 6 of the 7 previous instances.
Buster Olney and Tyler Kepner discuss what the Blue Jays and Cardinals are doing right, what the Yankees are doing wrong and more. Plus, Jesse Rogers and Todd Radom's quiz.
Buster Olney recaps all of Wednesday's MLB action including clinchers for the Blue Jays and Cardinals, a continued slide for the Yankees and more.
Our nightly Top 5 in baseball honors the St. Louis Cardinals' 100th win and division title and the Toronto Blue Jays getting back in the playoffs.
Cards popping bottles a 3rd straight year
Jason Heyward ripped a grand slam and made a great catch in right on the way to the Cardinals snagging their third straight NL Central title. He deserves all the bubbly.
Jason Heyward's third-inning grand slam powered the Cardinals to a blowout of the Pirates, giving St. Louis its third straight division title and 11th since 1994.
Cardinals cruising in Pittsburgh
Cardinals catcher Tony Cruz hit his 2nd HR of the season -- the first time in his 5-year career he's hit 2 homers in a season -- to extend the St. Louis lead to 11-1. The Cardinals are on the verge of their third straight NL Central title. Live on ESPN, WatchESPN
Cardinals extend lead over Pirates
There was no grand slam this time, but a Jhonny Peralta bases-loaded single drove in two more runs, giving St. Louis a 9-0 lead over Pittsburgh in the 8th inning. The Cardinals clinch the NL Central title with a win. Live on ESPN, WatchESPN
Heyward grand slam has Cards up early
RF Jason Heyward's second career grand slam in the top of the third has the Cardinals up 6-0 over the Pirates in the second leg of a doubleheader. If the Cards hang on for the win, they'll win the NL Central title. Entering today, the Cards have won 144 straight games in which they've led by 6-plus runs at any point. Live on ESPN, WatchESPN
Watch: Battle for NL Central continues
Pittsburgh already beat St. Louis today 8-2, cutting the Cardinals' lead to three games in the NL Central -- but if the Cards can win the second leg of the doubleheader, the NL Central title is theirs. Live on ESPN, WatchESPN
Stephen Piscotty injury update
Piscotty has already been cleared to fly with the team Wednesday night following Monday's nasty collision. See why teammate Peter Bourjos called Piscotty's recovery an "amazing turnaround." MLB rumors roundup
Francisco Cervelli hit his second career grand slam, Gerrit Cole pitched seven solid innings and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the St. Louis Cardinals 8-2 in a doubleheader opener to put St. Louis'
Wainwright enters game for Cardinals
Adam Wainwright, who has been out since April after tearing his Achilles tendon, came on in relief in the 8th inning of today's game against the Pirates. His last relief appearance prior to today came in the 2006 World Series. Follow live
Cardinals get one back against Pirates
Matt Carpenter's solo shot was his 84th RBI of the season. St. Louis still has work to do if it wants to catch Pittsburgh in Game 1 of today's doubleheader -- the Cards trail 6-2 in the 6th. Follow live