• Chris Lollis

St. Louis Cardinals: Six is a Serious Number

Updated: Sep 24, 2018

St. Louis Cardinals: Six is a Serious Number!

Stan Musial #6 commemorative patch (2013)

The St. Louis Cardinals, a team many had written off mid-season, has had an incredible run the second half under manager Mike Shildt. A (40-23) record under Shildt, a season-high 18 games over .500, and the most wins in the NL since the All-Star break, this influx of young talent blended with some veteran leadership also cannot be ignored.

Sure, this isn’t completely the same team that Mike Matheny had. Some players left via trade, some released and others hit with the injury bug, opening up several different opportunities for some of Memphis’ finest.

A prime example, are the players that manned the field for St. Louis in the last inning at Busch Stadium today. Matt Carpenter & Paul DeJong the only predetermined regulars from Spring Training were surrounded by the likes of Francisco Pena behind the plate, Patrick Wisdom at third, Yairo Munoz at second, and an outfield of Adolis Garcia, Harrison Bader & Tyler O’Neill. Also, Giovanny Gallegos was on the mound in his Cardinals debut to finish things up.

Miles Mikolas celebrates an RBI single vs the Giants 9/23/18. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

That’s not to take away from the names we have came to know and love this season. Miles Mikolas had the start and became the only major league pitcher to now have more starts this season than he has walks! His victory today also tied him for the NL lead with Max Scherzer of the Nationals and Jon Lester of the Cubs. The ‘Lizard King’ earned win number 17 in 21 decisions! He is 9-0 on the road heading into his next start scheduled in Chicago. I don’t think any of us expected that kind of 2018 from Miles.

An eighth inning home run from a struggling Matt Carpenter was also a high point. Adding insurance to a lead, driving in teammate Edmundo Sosa who had drew a walk in his major league debut right in front of him, and a call from the announce booth by one Dan McLaughlin that actually predicted Carpenter’s 36th homer of the season, was a cherry on top!

The Cardinals kept pace with both Milwaukee and Chicago who both won their games today. With Colorado hoping to remain in the mix in the wild card hunt.

With Sunday’s 9-2 victory over the San Francisco Giants, the Cardinals find themselves with an overall (87-69) record with the magic number to clinch a playoff spot at six. St. Louis hosts the Milwaukee Brewers for the next three-game set before finishing the season in Wrigley vs the Chicago Cubs for three.

These next six games are as important as they come and no doubt will be as exciting as their importance. I guess ‘six’ actually is, a ‘serious’ number.

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