On Saturday, Carpenter was inducted along with Joe Torre, Terry Moore and Sam Breadon into the St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame. Carpenter’s 2005 Cy Young Award and franchise-best .683 winning percentage certainly had a hand in his selection. But it’s his appeal as a bulldog competitor that made him so compelling, especially during that 2011 postseason.
Adam Wainwright allowed seven runs Thursday, but only two were earned as the St. Louis Cardinals defense let down Wainwright. Even four home runs weren’t enough to rescue the Cardinals, who fell to 29-35 at Busch Stadium.
Randal Grichuk twice this season has been optioned to Class AAA Memphis. Through it all, the 25-year-old center fielder never grumbled. Instead, he rededicated himself to improving his game and being the best he can be for the St. Louis Cardinals.
Matt Carpenter has spent most of his career pestering pitchers from the top of the St. Louis Cardinals’ batting order. After eight straight games as the No. 3 hitter, Carpenter returned to his familiar role Wednesday against the New York Mets.
Even as the St. Louis Cardinals battle for a wild-card berth in the last six weeks of the 2016 season, there’s plenty of drama as the season reaches its final six weeks. Among the topics at hand: Matt Holliday, Adam Wainwright, Alex Reyes, Luke Weaver, Aledmys Diaz, Randal Grichuk, Kolten Wong, Michael Wacha and Trevor Rosenthal.
St. Louis Cardinals reliever Seth Maness will undergo season-ending Tommy John surgery Thursday that will put him out of action for about one year. Left fielder Matt Holliday will have surgery on his broken right thumb Thursday.
St. Louis Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday has a broken right thumb and will be sidelined indefinitely after getting hit by a pitch by the Chicago Cubs’ Mike Montgomery in the 10th inning of the Cardinals’ 4-3 loss in 11 innings Thursday.
St. Louis Cardinals fans are so spoiled, some are unfairly criticizing manager Mike Matheny for the team’s less-than-stellar season to date. Those fans are forgetting Matheny’s accomplishments his first four seasons as manager, the team’s four playoff trips in four years under his tutelage, and the challenges facing the 2016 team.