October 5, 2015

Cards shut out twice to end '15, step aside for Wild Card Wednesday

The St. Louis Cardinals got shut out twice in their last two regular season games by the Atlanta Braves, 2-0 and 6-0, but weren't overly concerned with those results.

Instead, the Cardinals used their last series versus the Braves to set their pitching rotation for their postseason, which starts (for St. Louis) Oct. 9, at Busch Stadium versus the winner of the NLWC game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and Chicago Cubs.

St. Louis manager, Mike Matheny, spread out all available at-bats between regular starters, spot starters, and especially those who normally don't get a lot of opportunity to step up the plate, all in hopes of keeping guys in sync or attempted to figure out who will help the team most once the playoffs hit St. Louis.

The first MLB Wild Card game actually begins Tuesday when the Houston Astros travel to New York to play the Yankees in the American League version of the one-game, winner-moves on affair. The ALWC is set to begin at 8:00 p.m. ET.

The Wild Card St. Louis will have more interest in will be played at 8:00 p.m. ET on Wednesday, as that Wild Card game, aforementioned, will produce the Cardinals' competition for the five-game series set to begin Friday night.