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First pitch: Cardinals postponed due to rain, set for double header Thursday as catch-up

First pitch: Cardinals postponed due to rain, set for double header Thursday as catch-up
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The Cardinals’ Wednesday night game against the Chicago Cubs has been postponed due to rain. The game will be caught up on Thursday at 12.15pm in a double header, with the originally scheduled match still taking place at 6.45pm.

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Matchday winners in four of their last five games, the Cardinals are just two games behind the Milwaukee Brewers for the division lead. They also start the day on the road looking in the hunt for the playoffs, half a game behind the Phillies. The Cardinals will send their ace to the mound looking for a series win over the Cubs.

After three days off between the series in Washington, DC and with a southpaw on the mound for the Cubs, Albert Pujols returns to the Cardinals roster. Having a midseason resurgence at the plate, The Machine is still crushing left-handers this season at the height of a .339 batting average with a .931 OPS. He should reach sixth place tonight.

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With Pujols DH’ing, Nolan Gorman will have a day off. Manager Oli Marmol indicated before the match that he was not worried about a potential problem finding places in the middle of the diamond between Gorman, Paul DeJong and Tommy Edman.

With Tyler O’Neill back in the roster, the Cardinals are as close to their opening roster as they have been in some time. Only Lars Nootbar hitting the ninth and playing on the right field constitutes a modification of the starting nine.

Lineups (game now postponed)

CARDINALS (55-48)

SMALL (41-61)

pitch match

RHP Miles Mikolas (7-8, 2.87 ERA): Pitching for the first time at home since June 16, Mikolas has been significantly better at home this season, allowing batters to reach just .142 when pitching at Busch Stadium. Mikolas is also 4-2 when starting a home.

LHP Justin Steele (4-7, 3.87 ERA): Making his 40th career appearance, young Steele struggled during the scorching summer days. In his four starts in July, he averaged just four innings per start.

Generic card

  • The Cardinals revamped their pitching staff at the trade deadline by acquiring three new pitchers to bolster the staff: LHP Jordan Montgomery, LHP Jose Quintana and RHP Chris Stratton.
  • The Cardinals have hit home runs in 11 straight games, the second-longest active streak behind the New York Yankees. The Bronx Bombers will come to Busch Stadium this weekend.

injury report

  • Left-hander Steven Matz was diagnosed with a torn MCL in his left knee after taunting the ball on the ground towards the mound. After meeting with team doctors, he is optimistic he could avoid season-ending surgery and rehabilitate the torn ligament, allowing him to return in September. The Cardinals expect to have an action plan for the severity of the injury when it is assessed later in the week. (Updated July 26)
  • 1B/OF/DH Juan Yepez is on the 10-day IL with a sprained forearm suffered a week ago on Thursday night making a pitch at home plate. It will start launching in a few days. (Updated July 22)
  • RHP Jack Flaherty (shoulder) has been moved to IL 60 days, which means he won’t be available until late August, at the earliest. The transaction gives structure to a right-handed spring training type return and a rehab assignment that could take a month, if necessary. (Updated July 13)

Who’s next

Thursday vs. Chicago Cubs: Jose Quintana (first start as Cardinal) vs. Marcus Stroman (3-5, 3.99 ERA)

Next

The Cardinals wrap up their series against the Cubs before the New York Yankees come to town this weekend. The Cardinals will play 12 of their next 15 games at Busch Stadium, hosting the New York Yankees, Colorado Rockies and Milwaukee Brewers during that span.

Check back here throughout the evening for immediate coverage of the game and any news that emerges from the Cardinals’ pre-game activities. We’ll be posting extensive coverage of the game online Wednesday night, as well as in the Post-Dispatch pages on Thursday.

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