The Cardinals are back at Busch Stadium for a nine-game home stand beginning Friday night with the New York Mets. But veteran outfielder Dexter Fowler, for most of this home stand, anyway, as Harrison Bader and Tyler O’Neill heal from injuries, will be back home, too.
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MILWAUKEE • Cardinals center fielder Harrison Bader puts a strain on his legs and the rest of his body with his aggressive outfield play and base running. He dives willingly, excitedly even, in pursuit of hits he wants to turn into outs, just as he head-firsts his way into bases.
Shildt says his pitchers need to establish their 'territory,' when facing Yelich. But he won't 'bruise' Brewers' slugger just because he's good.
MONTERREY, MEXICO • With help from a five-run gush that snapped a tie and pushed the Cardinals ahead for the final two innings Sunday, manager Mike Shildt had the moment he wanted, the thank you he could give the city of Monterrey and the memory of a lifetime he could offer a player.
The Cardinals will reevaluate his right hamstring on Monday in Milwaukee.
PITTSBURGH • The phrase, with its catchy and contagious cadence, probably starts with the manager or a coach and it spreads through the Cardinals’ dugout in games such as Wednesday’s at PNC Park. It’s not a chant or a cheer, just a reminder that a game doesn’t end after three innings, an offense can snap awake at any time, and the first lead can come in the 10th inning or later and still lead to a win.
MILWAUKEE • The last time Alex Reyes came to Miller Park with the Cardinals, he was so elated, so exhilarated by his return to the majors that he ignored the soreness creeping deep within his right shoulder. He left the ballpark having surrendered to a shredded shoulder, his comeback season having come undone four innings after it started.
MILWAUKEE • When Cardinals manager Mike Shildt constructed the lineup he would take into the early part of the season, he opted for what could be called thunder at the top and lightning at the bottom.
Put on those rose-colored glasses and it’s easy to see it — this is the year. They landed Paul Goldschmidt. He’s in St. Louis long-term. The St. Louis Cardinals are back.