Cardinals are (will be) doing it for themselves

(Sorry, Annie Lennox, for appropriating your song title.) Unfortunately, the last couple of days, the Cards haven’t been doing it for themselves.  They lost a 19 inning marathon on Tuesday and a B team (except for Tommy Edman) lineup game on Wednesday at Arizona.  And the Reds were no help to the Cards – they could not beat the juggernaut better known as the Milwaukee Brewers, who have a 9-1 record in the last 10 games, and winning the last 7 games in a row.  And that’s without Christian Yelich, who broke his kneecap when it was hit by a foul ball.  The Brewers are not going to lay down and die, and they play the Rockies this weekend.  I’m not sure the Rockies will give the Cards any help either.

The Cards may have some assistance from an unlikely candidate.  On Twitter tonight, Paul Sullivan posted the following:

Joe Maddon has nothing to lose – the Cubs are out of the playoffs and it appears that he will be out of a job at the end of the season. If the Cubs play their B lineup, the Cards can beat the Cubs and squish the Brewers’ hopes of winning the division.

My fellow blogger Adam Van Grack posted a tweet today with how the wild card/NL Central could play out this weekend. He explained it much better than I could, so I post it here:

So even if the Cubs cooperate, it looks like the Cards indeed will be doing it for themselves.  Dakota Hudson is the starting pitcher Friday night and Adam Wainwright will be the starting pitcher on Saturday night.  Sunday night’s pitcher is to be determined.  Which pitcher will be used Sunday night will probably depend on what happens in the other two games.  And it’s the last homestand of the season.  Hopefully, this weekend’s games won’t be the last home games until next year.  Here are all the details for this weekend’s homestand:

HOMESTAND HIGHLIGHTS (Friday, September 27—Sunday, September 29)

Final Homestand to Determine National League Central Division Winner

The Cardinals return to Busch assured of a playoff berth, but just one game ahead of the Milwaukee Brewers for first place in the NL Central.  The thirteenth homestand of the season brings the rival Chicago Cubs in for the final three games of the regular season (September 27-29).  Depending on this weekend’s results, the Cardinals could clinch the Central division title as early as Saturday or be forced to play a tiebreaker game against the Brewers on Monday at Busch Stadium.

Friday, September 27, 2019 — Cardinals vs. Chicago Cubs (7:15 p.m.)

Fan Appreciation Weekend

TV: FOX Sports Midwest, ESPN2

Radio: KMOX 1120 AM, WIJR 880 AM (Spanish)

Gates open at 5:15 PM

Goodwill Autograph Night: Cardinals pitcher Mike Mayers will sign 100 autographs in Budweiser Terrace for fans ages 15 years and younger from 5:45-6:15.  Cardinals Alumni Al Hrabosky and Mike Tyson will sign autographs for fans of all ages from 6:15-7:00.  Players subject to change.

Flashback Friday & Artifact Spotlight: Before every Friday home game, the Cardinals Museum hosts two presentations, one highlighting artifacts in the museum’s collection not currently on display at 3:00 & 3:30 PM and another featuring intimate and candid interviews with a former Cardinals player at 4 PM.  Today’s interview will be with RP Steve Kline.  To purchase museum tickets, visit cardinals.com/museum.

50/50 Raffle: One lucky fan will receive 50% of the gross proceeds from today’s raffle ticket donations presented by Hollywood Casino.  The other half will benefit Cardinals Care.  For more info, visit cardinals.com/5050.

Cardinals Care Stadium Auction: Auction tables will be located by Gate 1, Gate 3, inside the Cardinals Club, UMB Champions Club, and Redbird Club for fans and collectors to obtain specialty Cardinals items.

Saturday, September 28, 2019 — Cardinals vs. Chicago Cubs (6:15 p.m.)

Fan Appreciation Weekend

TV: FOX

Radio: KMOX 1120 AM, WIJR 880 AM (Spanish)

Gates open at 4:15 PM

2020 Magnet Schedule Giveaway: All fans entering with a ticket. Presented by Shelter Insurance.

Saturday Signings at the Museum: Former Cardinals reliever Steve Kline will sign from 2-4 PM.  Visit cardinals.com/museum for more information.

Cardinals Wives Auction: Cardinals Wives will be auctioning off several “Favorite Things” baskets next to the 1764 Public House Craft Pub (Section 141).  The baskets feature player signed memorabilia along with some of the player’s favorite things.  All proceeds from the auction will support Hurricane Dorian relief efforts through the Global Empowerment Mission organization.

50/50 Raffle: One lucky fan will receive 50% of the gross proceeds from today’s raffle ticket donations presented by Hollywood Casino.  The other half will benefit Cardinals Care.  For more info, visit cardinals.com/5050.

MLBPAA Auction: The MLBPAA will conduct a silent auction by Gate 1, Gate 3, and inside the Cardinals Club and Redbird Club through the fifth inning.  Proceeds will benefit Cardinals Care and MLBPAA.

Sunday, September 29, 2019 — Cardinals vs. Chicago Cubs (2:15 p.m.)

Fan Appreciation Weekend

TV: FOX Sports Midwest

Radio: KMOX 1120 AM, WIJR 880 AM (Spanish)

Gates open at 12:15 PM

2020 Magnet Schedule Giveaway: All fans entering with a ticket. Presented by Shelter Insurance.

2020 Ticket Voucher Giveaway: All fans entering with a ticket.

Prairie Farms Ice Cream Sunday: Starting two hours before the game, fans and families can enjoy games, prizes and free North Star frozen treats in Ford Plaza (while supplies last).

50/50 Raffle: One lucky fan will receive 50% of the gross proceeds from today’s raffle ticket donations presented by Hollywood Casino.  The other half will benefit Cardinals Care.  For more info, visit cardinals.com/5050.

Cardinals Care Stadium Auction: Auction tables will be located inside the Cardinals Club, UMB Champions Club, and Redbird Club for fans and collectors to obtain specialty Cardinals items.

MLBPAA Auction: The MLBPAA will conduct a silent auction by Gate 1 and Gate 3 through the fifth inning.  Proceeds will benefit Cardinals Care and MLBPAA.

Thanks as always for reading! Go Cards!

Diane

I’m so excited (and I just can’t hide it)

When the Cardinals went to Chicago this weekend, I have to admit I was a bit nervous. The Cards had only won one game all season at Wrigley.  The best we could hope for was a split.

However, this was an exciting series from the first game to the last game, although the Sunday game was sort of boring until the top of the ninth inning, probably because there was limited scoring.  None of the games were blowouts – in fact, the Cards won all four games by only one run.  The Thursday night game went into extra innings, thanks to Carlos Martinez, but Matt Carpenter saved the day by hitting a home run in the top of the tenth inning.  Sadly, Carpenter was in the game because Kolten Wong injured his left hamstring running to first base.  When bad things happen, the other players take up the slack and get things done.  That’s the way it’s supposed to be.  Kolten has a Grade 2 strain of his left hamstring and he hopes to be able to play in the Cubs series this weekend at Busch Stadium.

The Saturday afternoon game itself was so exciting, with the lead going back and forth, that I thought I might have a heart attack.  The two home runs in the top of the ninth by Yadier Molina and Paul DeJong (who hit it out of the park onto Waverly Avenue) were so exciting, my son and I screamed like we were at the ballpark.  Twitter was on fire this weekend, with Cards fans and Cubs fans going back and forth at each other.  Watching the game and being on Twitter at the same time is a great experience.  If you’re not on Twitter, you should be.  I post during games as much as possible. My Twitter feed is on the right-hand column of your screen.

The Thursday night Cards-Cubs game was on FOX and not FOX Sports Midwest, and the FOX announcers slobbered all over the Cubs just like the ESPN announcers do.  The Cards have the best announcer in baseball in Dan McLaughlin. We really miss Dan when we have to put up with the national announcers who act like the Cardinals don’t exist because they’re not an East or West Coast team or they’re not Chicago.  The exception to this would be the YouTube announcers and that may be because one of the announcers is Jason Marquis, who used to pitch for the Cardinals.  By the way, the Wednesday afternoon Cards-Diamondbacks game is on YouTube, which should make those Cards fans who have Dish Network or Sling happy since FOX Sports Midwest is no longer on those providers.  Danny Mac said yesterday that if the Cards clinch the division on Wednesday that there would be special coverage on FOX Sports Midwest after the game.

The Cards have clinched one of the wild card spots and had a lovely champagne toast, but that’s not enough – the Cards should win the division. The magic number for the Cards to win the division is now 4, which means that any combination of Cards wins/Brewers losses gives the Cards the division title.  The Cubs’ loss yesterday meant that they are eliminated from the playoffs.

The Cards play a three-game series with the Diamondbacks this week.  Paul Goldschmidt returns to Arizona and no doubt, the fans there will give him a standing ovation.  The Cards could clinch the division as soon as Wednesday.  The sooner the better, in my opinion.

As for the title of this post?  You may remember that back in May, I wrote a blog post about the Cards needing a theme song like the Blues had with “Gloria.”  On Saturday night, Jeff Niehaus (@Fly_the_L on Twitter) came up with the song “September” by Earth, Wind, and Fire.  The first line is “Do you remember the 21st night of September?” and Saturday’s date was indeed September 21.  However, I believe I have found an even better song, and it’s “I’m So Excited” by the Pointer Sisters.  I put up a poll on Twitter, but unfortunately, I only got two votes, one for each song, so it was a tie.  In case you haven’t heard the song in a while, here’s the video:

That’s all for now! Thanks for reading and see you next time!

Diane

 

In and out of the deep freeze

Coming into this series with the Rockies, the Cardinals’ bats were on fire. They scored 16 runs in the Pittsburgh series.  During the current series with the Rockies, however, their bats were as cold as the snow on the top of the Rocky Mountains.  Coors Field is supposed to be a hitter’s paradise, but the Rockies didn’t score much either.  They did, however, score just enough to beat the Cardinals.  The Cards’ bats finally thawed out in the last game of the series. Dexter Fowler and Kolten Wong each hit home runs in the first inning, and Rangel Ravelo hit a 487 foot home run in the third inning, the second-longest HR by a major league player this season.  Marcel Ozuna also hit a home run in the third inning.  Harrison Bader hit a home run in the fourth inning.

The Cardinals still have some issues, however.  The Cardinals have had difficulty this season winning the first game after a day off.  The Cardinals’ next day off is September 26, which unfortunately is before the last series of the season with the Cubs.  That series could determine whether the Cardinals will be playing in the postseason.

The Cardinals are also having trouble again with situational hitting – i.e., getting runners in scoring position home. Home runs are not the only way to score runs.  Several players also look like they are tired and need a day off.  There are roughly 2 weeks still to go in the regular season.  Since the 40 man roster is now in place, there’s no excuse for these players to not get a day off.  The Cardinals have several bench players capable of filling in for a game, or two, if necessary.  Should the Cardinals win the NL Central, the players will need to be rested up for the postseason.

Thankfully, the Cubs have kept losing, so the Cards are still in first place in the NL Central.  The Brewers are on a hot streak, so they could pass the Cubs and the Cardinals in the standings if the Cardinals don’t start winning again.  The Brewers come to town for a 3 game series this weekend.  The son and I will be at Saturday night’s game because I really wanted that Stan Musial/Red Schoendienst bobblehead.  We will be in section 101 (right field bleachers), row 9, seats 14 and 15, so stop by and say hi if you’ll be at the game Saturday night.  I love to meet my readers!

In other Cardinals news today, Adam Wainwright was named the Cardinals nominee for the Roberto Clemente Award, given each year to the player who represents the game of Baseball through extraordinary character, community involvement, philanthropy, and positive contributions, both on and off the field. Adam was nominated for this award because of his work with his organization Big League Impact. You may remember that Yadier Molina won the Roberto Clemente Award last year for his work in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria.  A Blue Ribbon Panel that will elect the award winner will include a fan vote, and you can vote for Adam here: https://www.mlb.com/mlb/community/roberto-clemente-award.

On a side note, this is the 45th anniversary of the day I became a Cardinals fan, after listening to a 7 hour, 4 minutes, 25 innings, 4-3 victory over the New York Mets on KMOX with my mom.  There must have been no school the next day – my mom wouldn’t let me stay up until 2 AM on a school night.  You can read about it at the link here: https://www.stltoday.com/news/archives/years-ago-bake-mcbride-s-mad-dash-ends-the-longest/article_0be7f792-0367-515e-9020-03f849f15c5a.html.

The win today will hopefully start a long winning streak to keep the Cubs and the Brewers from winning the division.  The Cardinals return home to Busch Stadium tomorrow night for the second to last homestand of the season. (Where did the time go?)  Here are all the details you’ll need:

HOMESTAND HIGHLIGHTS (Friday, September 13—Wednesday, September 18)

St. Louis Blues Night and Fiesta Cardenales Highlight Twelfth Homestand

The Cardinals return to Busch Stadium atop the NL Central standings, with 10 of their final 16 games coming against the Brewers and Cubs.  The six-game homestand kicks off with the final three games of the season against the Milwaukee Brewers (September 13-15) and concludes with a three-game series versus the current NL Wild Card leader, Washington Nationals (September 16-18).

Friday, September 13, 2019 — Cardinals vs. Milwaukee Brewers (7:15 p.m.)

TV: FOX Sports Midwest, MLB Network (out-of-market only)

Radio: KMOX 1120 AM, WIJR 880 AM (Spanish)

Gates open at 5:15 PM

Cardinals Hockey Sweater Giveaway: 30,000 fans, ages 16 and older.  Presented by FOX Sports Midwest.

St. Louis Blues Night: With the purchase of a special Theme Ticket, fans will receive a unique Yadier Molina/Blues bobblehead.  Come early for a pregame pep rally in Budweiser Terrace and a concert by Funky Butt Brass Band starting at 5:30.  Theme Tickets for this event are sold out.

Blues Pregame Ceremony: Members of the 2019 Stanley Cup Champion St. Louis Blues will be honored on the field before the start of tonight’s game.

Flashback Friday & Artifact Spotlight: Before every Friday home game, the Cardinals Museum hosts two presentations, one highlighting artifacts in the museum’s collection not currently on display at 3:00 & 3:30 PM and another featuring intimate and candid interviews with a former Cardinals player at 4 PM.  Today’s interview will be with RP Al Hrabosky.  To purchase museum tickets, visit cardinals.com/museum.

50/50 Raffle: One lucky fan will receive 50% of the gross proceeds from today’s raffle ticket donations presented by Hollywood Casino.  The other half will benefit Cardinals Care.  For more info, visit cardinals.com/5050.

Cardinals Care Stadium Auction: Auction tables will be located inside the Cardinals Club, UMB Champions Club and Redbird Club for fans and collectors to obtain specialty Cardinals items.

MLBPAA Auction: The MLBPAA will conduct a silent auction by Gate 1 and Gate 3 through the fifth inning.  Proceeds will benefit Cardinals Care and MLBPAA.

Saturday, September 14, 2019 — Cardinals vs. Milwaukee Brewers (6:15 p.m.)

TV: FOX Sports Midwest, MLB Network (out-of-market only)

Radio: KMOX 1120 AM, WIJR 880 AM (Spanish)

Gates open at  4:15 PM

 Stan Musial & Red Schoendienst Double Bobblehead Giveaway: 30,000 fans, ages 16 and older. Presented by Ameren Missouri.

Saturday Signings at the Museum: Former Cardinals reliever Al Hraboksy will sign from 2-4 PM.  Visit cardinals.com/museum for more information.

Goodwill Autograph Night: Cardinals pitcher Tyler Webb will sign 100 autographs in Budweiser Terrace for fans ages 15 years and younger from 5:00-5:30.  Cardinals Alumni Tom Lawless and Ted Savage will sign autographs for fans of all ages from 5:30-6:15.  Players subject to change.

50/50 Raffle: One lucky fan will receive 50% of the gross proceeds from today’s raffle ticket donations presented by Hollywood Casino.  The other half will benefit Cardinals Care.  For more info, visit cardinals.com/5050.

MLBPAA Auction: The MLBPAA will conduct a silent auction by Gate 1, Gate 3, and inside the Cardinals Club and Redbird Club through the fifth inning.  Proceeds will benefit Cardinals Care and MLBPAA.

Sunday, September 15, 2019 — Cardinals vs. Milwaukee Brewers (1:15 p.m.)

TV: FOX Sports Midwest

Radio: KMOX 1120 AM, WIJR 880 AM (Spanish)

Gates open at 11:15 AM

 Cardinals Adult Beanie Giveaway: 30,000 fans, ages 16 and older.  Presented by Coca-Cola and Schnucks.

Cardinals Kids Beanie Giveaway: All kids, ages 15 and younger entering with a ticket.  Presented by Powerade and Schnucks.

Fiesta Cardenales: Fans who purchase a special Theme Ticket will receive a double bobblehead of Cardinals Spanish radio broadcasters Polo Ascencio and Bengie Molina.  A portion of each ticket sold will benefit the Hispanic Education Cultural & Scholarship Foundation.  Come early for a pregame event featuring current and former Cardinal Latin players, folklórico dancers and a performance by Orquesta Chevere in Budweiser Terrace.   Presented by Ponce Realty Group.  To purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/fiesta.

Cardenales Jerseys: To kick off Hispanic Heritage Month, the Cardinals will be wearing special “Cardenales” jerseys for today’s game.

Prairie Farms Kids Run The Bases: Fans ages 15 & under can run the bases after the game (weather permitting).

Prairie Farms Ice Cream Sunday: Starting two hours prior to the game, fans and families can enjoy games, prizes and free North Star frozen treats in Ford Plaza (while supplies last).

50/50 Raffle: One lucky fan will receive 50% of the gross proceeds from today’s raffle ticket donations presented by Hollywood Casino.  The other half will benefit Cardinals Care.  For more info, visit cardinals.com/5050.

MLBPAA Auction: The MLBPAA will conduct a silent auction by Gate 1, Gate 3, and inside the Cardinals Club and Redbird Club through the fifth inning.  Proceeds will benefit Cardinals Care and MLBPAA.

Monday, September 16, 2019 — Cardinals vs. Washington Nationals (6:45 p.m.)

TV: FOX Sports Midwest, MLB Network (out-of-market only)

Radio: KMOX 1120 AM, WIJR 880 AM (Spanish)

Gates open at 5:15 PM

T-Shirt of the Month Giveaway: 20,000 fans, ages 16 and older.  Presented by StubHub.

College Night III: For just $20, get a ticket to the game and a cool Cardinals flannel shirt.  Presented by WGU.  To purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/college.

Mark DeJohn Retirement Ceremony: Minor League Field Coordinator, Mark DeJohn, will be honored for his 33 years with the organization in a field ceremony before tonight’s game.

 Johnson City Cardinals Championship Ceremony: Johnson City Cardinals Manager Roberto Espinoza will be recognized during a field ceremony before tonight’s game.  The Cardinals Rookie League affiliate won the 2019 Appalachian League Championship on September 4th, the 11th league title in franchise history.

Blues BP Jersey Auction: Online auctions for over 30 Blues-themed batting practice jerseys worn by Cardinal players prior to Friday’s Blues Theme Night begins today and ends on September 19 at 7:59 PM CT.  Proceeds from the online jersey auction will benefit Cardinals Care.  Fans can bid at cardinals.com/community.

Battle at Busch Finals: 105.7 The Point and the Cardinals will crown a winner for 2019.  Tonight’s final battle features Casey Bazzell, Inner OutlinesCity of Parks and Joe Miller Band.  Gate 1 will open at 4:15 for the event.  Performances begin at 4:35 p.m. in Budweiser Terrace.

MLBPAA Auction: The MLBPAA will conduct a silent auction by Gate 1 and Gate 3 through the fifth inning.  Proceeds will benefit Cardinals Care and MLBPAA.

Thanks as always for reading! See you next time!

Diane