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By Derrick Goold | The St. Louis Post-Dispatch's lead Cardinals beat writer provides baseball writing, suggested reading, whimsy, and lagniappe from the ballpark.

Garcia's return a plus for Cards

NEW YORK • As a manager who sees the final result as the verdict on whether a game went well or sour, Mike Matheny could still peer past the …

Mike Matheny

Bernie: Grichuk's raw talent is charismatic

The Cardinals were blown away Thursday by Mets starter Jacob deGrom, who made quick and easy work of a STL lineup that went dormant after exploding …

Bernie

Grichuk reaches new heights in New York

NEW YORK • Less than a week since he returned from a back injury that put him on the disabled list, Cardinals outfielder Randal Grichuk threw himself …

Mike Matheny

Strauss: Cards buy time for pitching staff

It’s odd to describe a 27-14 team as buying time, treading water or employing some other sort of cliché typically ascribed to a struggling bunch …

Strauss

Is Cards' good-hands outfield the best in baseball?

NEW YORK • In the eighth inning of Wednesday’s 9-0 victory against the New York Mets, the best outfield the Cardinals can play showed why.

Curtis …

Outfield

Matheny's faith in Adams pays dividends

NEW YORK • When Cardinals manager Mike Matheny started drafting his lineup the night before for Wednesday’s game against Bartolo Colon and the Mets, …

Mike Matheny

Bernie: Ghost of Garcia reappears

After so many unfortunate false starts, Jaime Garcia will try it again Thursday, walking onto a major-league mound in a game that counts in the …

Bernie

Tuivailala handles ninth, debuts brand new pitch

NEW YORK • When Cardinals catcher Tony Cruz met rookie Sam Tuivailala on the mound at the beginning of Tuesday’s ninth inning he told the power …

Mike Matheny

Lackey, Matheny had productive, one-on-one chat

NEW YORK • Cardinals veteran John Lackey was irritated enough by events in the team's loss Monday night that he opted for discretion over comment.

He …

Mike Matheny

Offered the minors, Matheny found another path to managing

NEW YORK • For as long as he played the game, Mike Matheny had coaches and advisers telling him he would someday make a fine manager. When he could …

Mike Matheny

Cards change leadoff approach

NEW YORK • When the Angels’ minor-league affiliate temporarily moved outfielder Randal Grichuk to its leadoff spot, the purpose was not to mold him …

Mike Matheny

Cardinals lose to Mets in 14 innings

NEW YORK • Two hard ground balls, each against a tightly packed Cardinals infield, produced more offense for the New York Mets than the Cardinals’ …

Major League Baseball

Matheny: 'It hurts watching Allen Craig's situation'

NEW YORK • Former Cardinals All-Star Allen Craig, whose production started to erode with a foot injury he sustained in September 2013, cleared …

Major League Baseball

How Holliday survives 'grind' that got Carpenter

As Matt Holliday made his way through the minors more than a decade ago, the future All-Star saw many supremely gifted ballplayers with their …

Baseball

Garcia to start Thursday

The Cardinals first went with Plans C and D to replace injured ace Adam Wainwright in the rotation. Both were unsuccessful in the persons of Tim …

Mike Matheny

Bernie: Cardinals must trade for starter

Though he wouldn’t care to admit it, Cardinals GM John Mozeliak certainly must realize what’s coming. It’s just a matter of time, and maybe he can …

Bernie
Mike Matheny

Tipsheet: Braves thankful for Miller trade

When the Cardinals traded Shelby Miller to get Jason Heyward, we joined the chorus of those wondering if this could become a reverse Adam Wainwright

Atlanta Braves

Grichuk back from DL, batting leadoff vs. Tigers

Welcome back, Randal Grichuk. Allow us to introduce David Price.

Grichuk, who has been on the disabled list since April 17 with a lower back strain, …

Detroit Tigers

Hot-hitting Reynolds gets start at first vs. Tigers

Mark Reynolds, who was signed to be a part-time player for the Cardinals this season, filling in as needed at first and pinch hitting, is becoming a …

Busch Stadium
Major League Baseball

What Bourjos ignites, Carpenter finishes

CLEVELAND • There have been many times during his summers spent as the Cardinals’ All-Star leadoff hitter that Matt Carpenter has been the steel …

Mike Matheny

BWB: Cardinals Need Carlos Martinez

On today's Breakfast With Bernie, the Post-Dispatch's Bernie Miklasz discusses the importance of Carlos Martinez in the Cards rotation, despite his …

Bernie: Why didn't the Cards promote Piscotty?

When the Cardinals placed CF Jon Jay on the disabled list Thursday, they opted to promote Xavier Scruggs from Triple A Memphis. Scruggs is a first …

Baseball

Bird Bytes: Cards need more from Adams

Good morning to the BFIB...

Some quick notes on my scorecard written before the Cardinals' comeback 2-1 victory in Cleveland. I updated a couple of …

Cleveland

Goold's game blog: After flurry of Ks, Cards follow Carp to victory

CLEVELAND • Like so many of his teammates over the past couple days, Matt Carpenter had more of his at-bats end with a K than an H.

When he did make …

Matt Holliday
St. Louis Cardinals

Kluber silences Cardinals with 18-K night in Cleveland

CLEVELAND • One of the best pitchers in baseball still looking for his first win of the season got it with a side of history.

Corey Kluber struck out …

Baseball

Holliday's homer assures victory for birthday boy Lynn

CLEVELAND • In the shadow of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Cardinals got the band back together.

With Matt Carpenter back in the lineup, Matt …

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