MLB Power Rankings: The Padres reach a season high and the Phillies are flying

Every week,​ we​ ask all​ of our baseball​ writers​ — both the​ local​ scribes​ and the national team,​ more​ than​​ 30 writers in all — to rank the teams from first to worst. Here are the collective results, the TA30. The first time Ozzie Smith made an All-Star team was 1981, and The Wizard was … Read more

Cardinals weekly wrap-up: Andre Pallante shines, the outfield is healthy again, and Jack Flaherty’s return is looming

ST. LOUIS — If you happen to stumble across the MLB standings Monday morning, you’ll notice a change of guard atop the National League Central. The Cardinals overtook the Brewers this week as they clawed into first place thanks in part to an eight-game skid by Milwaukee. After its 2-0 shutout victory over the Reds … Read more

Flaherty would prefer it to be here but his next rehab start will be in Memphis | St. Louis Cardinals

Sweat dripping after a bullpen session on a muggy Sunday at Busch Stadium, right-hander Jack Flaherty reminded reporters that starts have been scripted for Cardinals pitchers that called for low pitch counts, perhaps even lower than the 58 pitches he threw in a rehab start on Wednesday in Memphis and certainly fewer than the 75 … Read more

Bader goes full speed ahead after receiving Marmol’s message | St. Louis Cardinals

After being removed from the field abruptly in the middle of the game and returning to the field briefly to celebrate the hit that won the game, Cardinals center fielder Harrison Bader decided he would not leave the ballpark Saturday without first talking to his manager and apologizing. He waited in Oliver Marmol’s office late … Read more

Cardinals’ Hudson goes double (play) or nothing as Reds win 7-6 | St. Louis Cardinals

Photos: Steamy, sticky Sunday at Busch as Cardinals fall to Reds 7-6 Reds outfielder Aristides Aquino scores in the fifth inning after a mishandled tag by Cardinals catcher Andrew Knizner on Sunday, June 12, 2022, at Busch Stadium. Robert Cohen, Post-Dispatch Cardinals starting pitcher Dakota Hudson is comforted by pitching coach Mike Maddux after Hudson … Read more

BenFred: Now would be wise time for Cardinals to pile on struggling Brewers in two-team NL Central race | Ben Frederickson

That sunshine seemed a bit brighter at Busch Stadium on Saturday. Nearly 44,000 Cardinals fans found their seats knowing their guys were in first place for the first time since April 25. Believe it or not, it’s the latest it’s happened in a season since the Cardinals won the National League Central and made the … Read more

BenFred: If non-Pujols free agent additions don’t improve, Cardinals will need trade deadline do-over | Ben Frederickson

Even Albert Pujols has limits. So far, the Cooperstown-bound slugger’s reunion with the Cardinals has gone about as well as any realistic observer could have hoped. So much so that Cardinal Nation, a fan base full of National League loyalists, is cheering a designated hitter. Pujols, the recipient of a one-year, $5 million deal that … Read more

Cabrera, couple of clutch hits from rookies carry Cardinals to 5-3 win at Wrigley in 11 innings | St. Louis Cardinals

CHICAGO — Before the Cardinals could capitalize on the generosity of the rulebook in extra innings and the rolling production of their rookies, they first had to get outs. With at least two innings to cover after Adam Wainwright’s savvy seven innings, they turned to lefty Genesis Cabrera. The only one of their late-game trio … Read more

Donovan delivers: Rookie’s 10th-inning hit wins Game 2, splits doubleheader on long, weird Wrigley day | St. Louis Cardinals

CHICAGO — Before things completely tilted toward Wrigley Weird — trademark pending — the Cardinals got just enough from two pitchers in their first starts of the season to make it possible, when they had a lead, to deploy the bullpen exactly as designed. And when that didn’t even work, there was always Brendan Donovan. … Read more

How Albert Pujols is using his final season to mentor a budding St. Louis Cardinals slugger

CHICAGO — Stepping into a major league clubhouse for the first time can be an intimidating experience for any rookie. For Juan Yepez, who joined the St. Louis Cardinals on May 3 after spending the first month of the season in Triple-A Memphis, he was about to join a locker room full of some of … Read more