— San Diego center fielder Fernando Tatis Jr. dropped Nolan Arenado’s bases-loaded popup and heaved the ball home, leading to a five-run first inning, and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Padres 8-7 Sunday for an eight-game winning streak.
— With the San Diego Padres squabbling amongst themselves, the St. Louis Cardinals rallied to solidify their postseason position.
— Dylan Carlson homered twice, including a grand slam, to help Miles Mikolas win for the first time in two years as the St. Louis Cardinals beat the San Diego Padres 8-2 on Friday night.
Which squads are rising and falling as teams start punching their postseason tickets?
— After a big night back home, Harrison Bader was munching happily on his postgame meal when it was time to field a few questions.
Marly Rivera ESPN Writer
VIDEO: Paul Goldschmidt, the Roberto Clemente Award nominee for the St. Louis Cardinals, who have two winners on their roster, Adam Wainwright (2020) and Yadier Molina (2018), calls Clemente someone who "set the example" for all major leaguers.
— After more than 4 1/2 hours of back-and-forth baseball, the St. Louis Cardinals finally control their playoff fate again.
Adam Wainwright won in a rare matchup of pitchers in their 40s as his St. Louis Cardinals blanked Rich Hill's New York Mets 7-0 on Monday night.
— Adam Wainwright won his fifth straight start in a rare matchup of 40-year-old pitchers, and the St. Louis Cardinals blanked the New York Mets 7-0 on Monday night.
Here are stats to know, players to watch and reasons for optimism and pessimism for each wild-card hopeful.
— J.A. Happ can finally get a good night of sleep.
— Nolan Arenado hit a two-run homer in the eighth and had three RBI and Paul DeJong had a solo shot to help the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Cincinnati Reds 6-4 on Saturday night.
— Jose Barrero made the most of an unexpected start by doubling in the tiebreaking run in the ninth inning, leading the Cincinnati Reds over the St. Louis Cardinals 4-2 Friday night.
— Tyler O’Neill hit a tiebreaking homer, Cardinals relievers combined for five scoreless innings, and St. Louis salvaged a split of its four-game series against the Los Angeles Dodgers with a 2-1 win on Thursday.
With teams jockeying for a limited number of spots, which squads are rising and falling?
— Adam Wainwright pitched into the ninth inning and Yadier Molina homered, helping the St. Louis Cardinals top the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-4 on Wednesday night.
William Weinbaum ESPN
In our 2011 interview, HoFer Ozzie Smith said of Wednesday's inductee, Derek Jeter, "A picture of consistency…a great baseball intellect, great baseball instincts, was taught the fundamentals when he was young and it seemed to carry over into his life…he was raised right." Smith also said of his fellow shortstop, "Having the confidence of your pitcher that you're the guy, that's the greatest compliment and Derek always had that."
Albert Pujols drew a 40-second standing ovation when his name was announced prior to a first-inning at-bat in St. Louis, then he promptly drilled the fourth pitch from J.A. Happ on a line over the wall in left.
— Albert Pujols rewarded an adoring crowd by hitting a home run in his return to Busch Stadium, sending the Los Angeles Dodgers toward a 7-2 win over the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday night.
Labor Day is over and the playoff races are headed down to the wire. Here's everything you need to know about September baseball.
Max Scherzer recorded his 104th double-digit strikeout game -- tying him for fifth place in MLB history -- as the Dodgers won for the seventh time when he starts. Said Scherzer: "I don't get caught up in the results. I focus on the process."