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Can anybody stop the Cardinals?
Baseball's best team in the regular season figures to be a tough matchup in any postseason series. See how many of our 23 baseball analysts surveyed have St. Louis winning it all. Playoff picks
Molina to try and play with splint
Cardinals C Yadier Molina met with a specialist that told him his ligament injury wasn't healed but the catcher plans to play in the NLDS while wearing a splint on his left thumb.
St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina will try to play in the NL Division Series while wearing a splint to protect his injured left thumb.
Eric Cooper will be the plate umpire for the AL wild-card game and Jeff Nelson will call balls and strikes at the NL game.
Are Cards still atop Power Rankings?
St. Louis lost its hold on the top spot of our rankings a few weeks ago but has been No. 1 the last two weeks. How are things looking for the Cardinals at the end of season? Find out here
Our guy, Jayson Stark, doesn't have the best track record when it comes to predicting who will win the World Series. But this year is different. We promise!
Tough odds for Cardinals
Despite leading the league with 100 wins, St. Louis is in the middle of the pack in terms of teams favored to win the World Series by the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook. The Cards are sandwiched by the Mets and Rangers.
The more a team's playoff odds fluctuate, the more on edge its followers are. Conversely, the earlier a team locks up a playoff spot or falls far out of the race by pegging its odds close to one extreme or the other, the more its games blend together and its fans look forward to the playoffs (or football). So let's use those playoff odds to determine which team had MLB's most exciting regular season in 2015.
Nationals bust on World Series odds
Washington was favored to win it all more than any other team entering the season but didn't even make it into the playoffs. Also favored were the Dodgers and Cardinals, who both won their divisions.
Hank Aaron Award finalists: NL Central
The Hank Aaron Award is given annually to a player recognized as the most outstanding offensive performer in his league. Here are the nominees for each NL Central team:
- Chicago Cubs: Anthony Rizzo
- Cincinnati Reds: Joey Votto
- Milwaukee Brewers: Ryan Braun
- Pittsburgh Pirates: Andrew McCutchen
- St. Louis Cardinals: Matt Carpenter
ESPN's baseball analysts gaze into their crystal balls and make their postseason predictions, including who will win the World Series.
Grantland: The 30 Finale: Throw Your Hands Up Like Max Scherzer and Say Goodbye to the Regular Season
Before the Yankees and Astros square off tomorrow, let's sort through 2015 and take one last look at the good, the bad, and the Scherzer. It's the finale of the 30!
Young duo could power Cards in playoffs
Outfielders Randal Grichuk and Stephen Piscotty both figure to make an impact for St. Louis this postseason with their loud bats. What rookies on other teams are worth watching as well? Photo gallery
Congrats, your team is headed to the postseason. But does their style of play work under the bright lights of October? David Schoenfield examines the formula for playoff success.
Matt Wisler pitched four-hit ball over 8 2/3 innings, and the Atlanta Braves beat St. Louis 2-0 Sunday for a doubleheader sweep that sent Cardinals' batters to the playoffs with a 27-inning score
Shelby Miller ended his 24-start winless streak, holding his former Cardinals teammates to three hits through eight innings and leading the Braves over St. Louis 6-0 in a doubleheader opener.
Sunday's NL playoff picture
The Dodgers and Cardinals can kick up their feet. They are both already guaranteed to host their opponents in the NLDS. The Cubs and Pirates, on the other hand, remain fiercely locked in a battle for home-field advantage in the wild-card game.
St. Louis manager Mike Matheny has a primary goal for the Cardinals' season-ending doubleheader against the Atlanta Braves:
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.
On Base Percentage.32113th
Earned Run Average2.941st