Cardinals at Diamondbacks | MLB Game of the Week Live on YouTube

Cardinals at Diamondbacks | MLB Game of the Week Live on YouTube


>>DOING THE SHOW WITH CARLOS PENA TODAY. CARDINALS AND THE POSTSEASON. HEY, CARLOS. DID YOU ACCIDENTALLY GRAB YOUR SONS SHIRT THIS MORNING?>>WHAT DO YOU MEAN? IS THIS A LITTLE TIGHT?>>I MEAN, WE ALL KNOW YOU WORK OUT, BUT IF YOUR WIFE THINKS IT’S ALL RIGHT, GO WITH IT.>>I WILL CHANGE. FINE. I’LL CHANGE.>>AND THE DIAMONDBACKS ARE ON A ROLL RIGHT NOW.>>STARTING PITCHER FOR THE D-BACKS IS THE RIGHT-HANDER MERRILL KELLY.>>MICHAEL WACHA ON THE HILL.>>IT’S A STRIKEOUT.>>FIRST-PLACE REDBIRDS LOVING LIFE.>>BACK-TO-BACK TO BACK ST. LOUIS ON TOP. AND THE DIAMONDBACKS WIN THE BALLGAME. HOW ABOUT THAT? ♪>>HEIDI WATNEY HERE IN STUDIO 42. CARLOS PENA WILL BE JOINING ME SHORTLY. LESS THAN 11 HOURS AFTER THESE TWO TEAMS, THE CARDINALS AND DIAMONDBACKS WRAPPED UP THEIR 19 INNING MARATHON LAST NIGHT, THEY ARE GOING TO PLAY ANOTHER BASEBALL GAME, AT LEAST WHO IS STILL LEFT STANDING. WELCOME INSIDE STUDIO 42. I AM HEIDI. CARLOS IS GETTING CHANGED REALLY QUICKLY. HE WILL BE JOINING ME ANY MOMENT NOW. THERE YOU GO. CARLOS: IS THIS BETTER? HEIDI: IT’S BETTER. CARLOS: IT IS LIKE TWO SIZES BIGGER. WHAT DO YOU WANT ME TO WEAR? A BLANKET OR SOMETHING? [LAUGHTER] HEIDI: NO, YOU LOOK FANTASTIC. WE ARE GETTING READY FOR BASEBALL. NOTHING LIKE WHAT WE SAW LAST NIGHT. WE HAVE TO PUT A CLOCK ON US BECAUSE WE WILL KEEP TALKING ALL DAY LONG. 27 MINUTES, 50 FIVE SECONDS UNTIL WE TOSS IT OUT TO THE GAME. FIRST, WE HAVE TO TAKE A LOOK AT HOW LAST NIGHT’S GAME WENT DOWN.>>GAME NUMBER TWO TONIGHT. DEXTER FOWLER AT THE TOP OF THE CARDINAL LINEUP. IN THE AIR. TRACK, WALL, LEADOFF HOMER!>>I THINK WE ARE RUNNING OUT OF ADJECTIVES WHEN IT COMES TO JACK FLAHERTY. STRUCK HIM OUT. 10 STRIKEOUTS FOR JACK FLAHERTY.>>BOTTOM OF THE NINTH.>>VARGAS GIVES ONE A RIDE. GONE.>>EXTRA INNINGS AFTER NINE IN PHOENIX. THE DRIVE AND THE HOMECOMING!>>2-1 CARDINALS IN THE TOP OF THE 13TH. 18, 19. THE BASES LOADED, TWO OUTS.>>WINDED IN THE NINTH 18TH. HEIDI: ILDEMARO VARGAS IS YOUR HERO. THIS GAME WAS 19 INNINGS, SIX HOURS, 53 MINUTES. LONGEST. GAME IN CHASE FIELD HISTORY 48 COMBINED STRIKEOUTS. TYPE ARE MOST IN LEAGUE HISTORY. BASICALLY EVERY TEAM IS PRETTY MUCH WIPED OUT. THE BULLPENS ARE TAXED. THEY WANT THEIR STARTERS TO GO THE FULL NINE IN THIS GAME. WHAT IS IT LIKE? DID YOU EVER PLAY IN A GAME NEAR SEVEN HOURS? CARLOS: NOT EVEN CLOSE. I DON’T REMEMBER. IF I DID PLAY, THE FACT THAT I DON’T REMEMBER TELLS YOU A LOT ABOUT THE FACT THAT IT IS A HORRIBLE THING. HEIDI: AT THAT POINT, SEVEN HOURS, I CAN’T EVEN GO TWO HOURS WITHOUT A MEAL. ARE YOU EATING PEANUT BUTTER IN BETWEEN INNINGS? CARLOS: IT IS SO DIFFICULT, ESPECIALLY, HOW ABOUT THIS, WHEN YOU GO OVER — REGULAR GAME YOU GO 0-4, 0-3. SOME OF THESE GUYS, 0-7, 3 STRIKEOUTS. AND THE WALKS HELP FOR MARCELL OZUNA. HEIDI: THAT IS GOING TO HIT A DENT IN YOUR BATTING AVERAGE. CARLOS: IT IS HARD TO DIG YOURSELF OUT OF THE HOLES YOU FALL INTO WHEN YOU HAVE THESE LONG GAMES. HEIDI: BUT ON THE FLIPSIDE, YOU HAVE A GUY LIKE VARGAS WHO CAME IN AND THE NINTH INNING AS A PINCH HITTER, HIT THE GAME-TYING HOME RUN AT DIDN’T EVEN COME IN UNTIL THE NIGHT. — NINTH. HE HAS NO CLUE THE GAME IS GOING TO GO THAT LONG. CARLOS: HE HAS A MONSTER DAY. CAREER DAY. THAT’S WHAT I’M TALKING ABOUT. THAT’S TAKING ADVANTAGE. CAPITALIZING. HEIDI: SENT THE GAME TO EXPRESS AND IT’S HIS OBLIGATION TO AT LEAST LET HIM GO HOME. YOU KNOW WHAT WAS GOING TO HAPPEN? IF HE HAD NOT HIT THE GAME-WINNING AT BAT, HE WOULD PITCH THE NEXT INNING. [LAUGHTER] LIKE, HE HAD NEVER EVEN PITCH IN HIS LIFE EVER. LET’S TAKE A LOOK AT WHO IS IN THE STARTING LINEUP LESS THAN 11 HOURS AFTER THE GAME ENDED LAST NIGHT. SOME OF THE REGULARS GOT A CHANCE TO REST. TIM LOCASTRO AND CENTER FIELD LEADING OFF. ABRAHAM ALMONTE, WILMER FLORES, JAKE LAMB. NICK AHMED, WE WILL HEAR FROM HIM. HE SPOKE TO JACKIE REDMOND. MERRILL KELLY IS ON THE MOUND. HE HAS BEEN GOOD LATELY FOR THE DIAMONDBACKS. LET’S TAKE A LOOK AT THE CARDINALS LINEUP. CARDINALS HAVE A MAGIC NUMBER OF THREE. THEY ARE STILL LOOKING TO CLINCH THE DIVISION. THEY CAN’T JUST REST THEIR GUYS. IT IS STILL PEDAL TO THE METAL. THERE ARE A FEW REGULARS TO START THE GAME. MICHAEL WACHA IS PITCHING. TOMMY EDMAN, HE HAS BEEN GREAT FOR THE CARDINALS LATELY. HE IS IN AT THIRD BASE. NORMALLY PLAYS MORE OF A SECOND BASE. WHAT HAVE YOU SEEN FROM TOMMY EDMAN? CARLOS: I THINK GETTING THE OPPORTUNITY TO COME INTO THIS VERY CRUCIAL TIME IN THE SEASON AND FOR HIM TO BE ABLE TO PERFORM THE WAY HE HAS, IT HAS BEEN QUITE IMPRESSIVE. THIS IS THE FIRST TIME IN THE BIG LEAGUES AND HE HAS COME THROUGH FOR THE CARDINALS. HEIDI: AND THEY ARE IN THE POSTSEASON HUNCH. THERE’S A LOT OF PRESSURE ON HIM AND THE TEAM. CARLOS: IF YOU LOOK AT HIS NUMBERS, HE HAS BEEN OUTSTANDING. .297 BATTING AVERAGE. LOOK AT THE HOME RUNS. THAT IS A LOT IN A SHORT PERIOD OF TIME. THE WAR NUMBER AS WELL, I DID NOT EXPECT THEM TO BE THIS KIND OF AN IMPACT PLAYER. IN SEPTEMBER, HE IS RAKING. HEIDI: SEVEN GAME HIT STREAK RIGHT NOW FOR THE CARDINALS. AS WE MENTIONED, THEY HAVE A MAGIC NUMBER OF THREE. THREE WINS BY THEM, BREWER’S, LOSSES. PEDAL TO THE MIDDLE, THEY CAN’T REALLY TAKE A DAY OFF AT THIS POINT IN THE SEASON. TRYING TO STAY MENTALLY FOCUSED AFTER A GAM — GAME. CARLOS: A LOT OF GUYS ARE TAKING THE DAY OFF. BUT TOMMY EDMAN IS IN. LET ME SHOW YOU WHAT I LIKE ABOUT WHAT HE DOES. FIRST THING I MUST POINT OUT IS THE FACT THAT HE SWINGS WITH TWO HANDS. HE HOLDS THE BAT WITH TWO HANDS THROUGHOUT HIS ENTIRE SWING, WHICH I LIKE. HE PUSHES THE BASEBALL WITH HIS TOP HAND WHETHER HE’S HITTING READY OR LEFTY. ANOTHER THING I NOTICE IS THE FACT THAT HE IS ON HIS LEGS. HE’S ABLE TO GO DOWN AND GET THOSE PITCHES WHEN HE’S OFF BALANCE. HE WILL STIFFEN UP WHEN HE’S ON TIME, BUT THIS ALLOWS HIM MARGIN FOR ERROR. THE BODY CONTROL IS IMPRESSIVE. LOOK HOW LOW HE GETS TO STAY THROUGH THE BASEBALL AND PUNCH WITH THAT TOP HAND. WHEN I TALK TO YOUNG KIDS, I LIKE TELLING THEM TO SWING WITH TWO HANDS. DON’T LET THE BARREL JUST WHIPPED THROUGH TO QUICKLY. MAKE SURE YOU STAY THROUGH THE BASEBALL. HE DOES THAT GREAT. BUT WHY HE’S HAVING A LOT OF SUCCESS. CONSISTENT SWINGS. HEIDI: WHAT IS THE IMPORTANT PART? I’M NOT A BASEBALL PLAYER, WASN’T A SOFTBALL PLAYER, BUT I ALWAYS LET GO OF THE SECONDHAND. WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO KEEP THE SECOND HAND? CARLOS: THIS WORKS LIKE A HAMMER. IF I DO NOT CONTROL IT, THIS BARREL WILL WHIP THROUGH THIS WAY, TOO QUICKLY. WHEN YOU ARE ABLE TO HOLD BOTH HOT — HANDS ON THE BAT, IT DELAYS THE DELIVERY OF THE BARREL TO THE BASEBALL. THEY CALL IT LEG. — THEY CALL IT LAG. A LOT OF PEOPLE SAY IT MAKES THE BAT SLOWER, BUT I THINK THE TRADE-OFF — THAT MAY BE TRUE. IT MIGHT BE TRUE THAT IT WOULD BE FASTER IF YOU WHIP THROUGH IT, BUT IN REALITY, IT DOESN’T MATTER IF YOU ARE HITTING IT OFF THE END OF THE BAT. YOU CAN HIT AT 100% SPEED, OR 85% SPEED AND HIT IT ON THE BARREL. I’D RATHER DO THAT THEN HIT 100% SPEED OFF THE END. HEIDI: SAME THING IN GOLF. NICE AND EASY, BETTER SHOTS. LET’S TAKE A LOOK AT THE BALLPARK HIM. ARIZONA AND CHASE FIELD. THE FANS MIGHT BE A LITTLE TIRED AFTER STAYING UP LAST NIGHT TO WATCH SUCH A GREAT GAME. 19 INNING GAME, CLASSIC GAME. THEY ARE GETTING SET FOR FIRST PITCH IN ABOUT 20 MINUTES. RIGHT NOW, JACKIE REDMOND IS WITH NICK AHMED.>>BE HONEST, HOW MANY COFFEES ARE BEING CRUSHED IN THE CLUBHOUSE?>>I DON’T DRINK COFFEE, BUT THERE ARE DEFINITELY MACHINES IN HIGH DEMAND.>>A LOT OF K-CUPS BEING CRUSHED. IT’S INTERESTING YOU ARE COMING OFF THAT 19 INNING GAME. YOU ARE A GUY WHO LIKES A LOT OF REST. WHAT WOULD YOUR ADVICE BE TO YOUR TEAMMATES IN THAT SITUATION LAST NIGHT?>>SLEEP FAST. JACKIE: WHAT DOES THAT MEAN? [LAUGHTER]>>WE FINISHED AT LIKE 2:00 A.M. JUST GET THE REST YOU CAN AND PREPARE YOURSELF MENTALLY AND PHYSICALLY. YOU KNOW YOU ARE NOT GOING TO FEEL GOOD PHYSICALLY, SO IT IS MORE MENTAL PREPARATION TO PERFORM AND PLAY HARD. JACKIE: ALMOST LIKE CHOOSING TO TAKE THE POSITIVE APPROACH MENTALLY INSTEAD OF BEING BOGGED DOWN LAST NIGHT?>>YOU HAVE TO. NOBODY WANTS TO PLAY 19 INNINGS. BUT NO ONE COMPLAINED. NO ONE SAID THEY WERE TIRED. NO ONE DID ANY OF THAT. THAT’S PART OF THE REASON WE CAME OUT WITH A WIN. JACKIE: FOR YOU, SLEEP GUY, HOW DID YOU SLEEP FAST LAST NIGHT? DID YOU DO ANYTHING? IS THERE A PROCESS?>>>>I HAVE A LITTLE BIT OF A ROUTINE. JACKIE: WHAT IS THE ROUTINE?>>I PUT ALL ELECTRONICS, PHONE AWAY, BRUSH MY TEETH AND ALL THAT STUFF, DO A LITTLE PRAYING, A LITTLE READING, AND THEN SHUT IT DOWN QUICK. JACKIE: LET’S TALK ABOUT THE SEASON. UNFORTUNATELY, OFFICIALLY ELIMINATED OVER THE WEEKEND. BUT WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE ROSTER AND THE FACT THAT YOU GUYS WERE IN THIS LATE INTO THE SEASON, HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT THE D-BACKS MOVING FORWARD?>>WE ARE OBVIOUSLY DISAPPOINTED WE DIDN’T MAKE THE PLAYOFFS. YOU START OUT EVERY YEAR AND THAT IS THE MAIN GOAL, PLAY OCTOBER BASEBALL. DISAPPOINTING FOR SURE, BUT THERE ARE A LOT OF GOOD THINGS TO IMPROVE ON. WE HAD A LOT OF GUYS COME UP THIS YEAR AND PROVE THEY ARE ABLE TO PLAY AT THIS LEVEL AND COLLECTIVELY, WE HAVE TO SIT DOWN AND GET BETTER AND FIND A WAY TO DO THAT THIS OFF-SEASON. HEIDI: WE HAVE A TEAM ON THE OTHER SIDE LOOKING TO CLINCH. THEY CAME INTO THE SERIES WITH THE POTENTIAL TO DO SO IN ARIZONA. DO YOU GUYS TAKE PRIDE LIKE, WE ARE NOT DOING THAT IN OUR HOUSE?>>A FEW YEARS BACK, WE HAD THE DODGERS CLINCH HERE. THEY WERE CELEBRATING IN OUR POOL. JACKIE: WHAT DID THAT FEEL LIKE?>>IT WAS PAINFUL. [LAUGHTER] JACKIE: FIRST OF ALL, WHO LET THEM IN? DID THEY GET FIRED?>>HOPEFULLY. [LAUGHTER] WE ARE TRYING TO KEEP THEM OUT OF OUR POOL. JACKIE: OFF-SEASON, WHAT DOES IT LOOK LIKE FOR YOU?>>I’M GOING TO GO HOME. I LIVE IN MASSACHUSETTS. I WILL SPEND A LOT OF TIME WITH MY FAMILY. MY WIFE IS AN AWESOME, AMAZING MOTHER. I WILL GIVE HER A BIT OF REST, TAKING CARE OF TWO BOYS. JUST THE A DAD, HUSBAND AND HANG OUT. JACKIE: LAST ONE FOR YOU. HOW DO YOU THINK THE 19 INNING GAME COULD AFFECT TODAY’S GAME?>>THE LINEUPS ARE A LOT DIFFERENT TODAY. I THINK MAY BE THREE OF US FROM OUR SIDE PLAYING. THE BULLPEN WILL BE A LITTLE TIRED. BUT MERRILL WILL DO A GREAT JOB AND WE WILL HAVE A GREAT TIME PLAYING. JACKIE: THANK YOU FOR THIS AND ENJOY TODAY. HEIDI: GOOD STUFF, JACKIE. THANK YOU SO MUCH. WHEN I KNEW THAT WE WERE GOING TO HAVE CARLOS PENA ON THE SHOW TODAY, I THOUGHT, WE HAVE TO SHOW YOUR FANTASTIC DEFENSE AT FIRST BASE. SPECIFICALLY, I THINK YOU WERE ONE OF THE GREAT ONES AT TURNING A 360 DOUBLE PLAY. I LOOKED IT UP ON YOUTUBE. CARLOS PENA, TURNING A 360 DOUBLE PLAY, GOLD GLOVER. WE HAVE GREAT HIGHLIGHTS OF YOU. THIS IS YOU IN MINNESOTA. LOOK AT THAT. 2008 WITH THE TAMPA BAY RAYS. CARLOS: YOU WENT WAY BACK. I USED TO LOVE THIS. HEIDI: FLAWLESS. CARLOS: I USED TO LOVE TURNING THE 363. IT’S ONE OF THE MOST DIFFICULT, BUT I TOOK A LOT OF PRIDE TO EXECUTE THEM CORRECTLY. HEIDI: YOU HAVE TO FIELD THE BALL, GET IT TO SHORTSTOP, TO THE BAG TO FIELD AGAIN. ALL OF THAT DIFFICULT WHILE DEALING WITH A RUNNER IN YOUR LANE. IN THIS BREAKDOWN, I WILL BE THE RUNNER. YOU TOLD ME A BIT AGO THAT YOU HAVE A BIT OF AN ADVANTAGE BEING A LEFTY. CARLOS: I’M GLAD YOU POINTED OUT THAT THE DEGREE OF DIFFICULTY IS VERY HIGH. YOU HAVE TO THROW THE BALL AND THEN COME BACK AND GET TO FIRST. THERE IS A RUNNER I HAVE TO AVOID. I CAN’T HIT YOU. HEIDI: THE SHOW WOULD BE OVER. [LAUGHTER] CARLOS: WE DEFINITELY DON’T WANT THE PITCHER RECEIVING THROW. I HAVE TO GET BACK. IN THIS CASE, WE WOULD PREFER FOR THE PITCHER TO STAY AWAY FROM THE PLAY. I’M A LEFT-HANDED FIRST BASEMAN, WHICH GIVES ME AN ADVANTAGE. IMMEDIATELY, I HAVE A CLEAR LANE TO THROW. RIGHT-HANDED FIRST BASEMAN HAVE TO REALLY BE MORE INTENTIONAL ABOUT GETTING THE SPACE TO BE ABLE TO THROW THE BASEBALL TO SECOND. HERE WE GO. THE FIRST THING YOU MUST DO IS AS I’M HOLDING THE RUNNER ON, WHEN THE PITCHER DELIVERS THE BALL, I HAVE TO CLEAR MYSELF. I HAVE TO GO FORWARD. YOU CAN’T GO TO THE SIDE AND BE IN THE MIDDLE OF THIS LANE RIGHT HERE. YOU GIVE YOURSELF SPACE. YOU COME FORWARD IMMEDIATELY. ANYTHING HIT TO ME, LOOK AT ALL THE SPACE I HAVE. I DON’T HAVE TO WORRY. IF YOU GET ON THE GRASS — HEIDI: I AM OUT OF THE BASE PATH. CARLOS: FAIR GAME. IF YOU ARE A READY, YOU HAVE TO BE INTENTIONAL ABOUT GETTING TO THIS SPOT. YOU GET ENOUGH SPACE TO MAKE THE THROW. THAT IS THE FIRST THING. GET ENOUGH SPACE TO THROW THE BASEBALL CLEARLY AND CLEANLY TO THE SHORTSTOP IN THIS CASE. HERE IT GOES, THE THROW. THE BALL IS HIT TO ME. I MAKE THE THROW, MAKE SURE YOU KEEP IT ON THE SIDE. THE DEGREE OF DIFFICULTY IS VERY HIGH. NOW YOU HAVE TO GET BACK TO THE BASE. THIS IS WHAT MOST PEOPLE DO. MISTAKE. YOU DON’T WANT TO TAKE YOUR EYE OFF THE BASEBALL. YOU DON’T WANT TO TAKE YOUR EYE OFF THE SHORTSTOP. WHAT YOU DO IS YOU FEEL THAT, THROW, AND YOU GET BACK. WHEN YOU GET BACK, YOU FIND THE THROW. HEIDI: IT’S NOT LIKE YOU HAVE TO HAVE YOUR EYE ON THE BASEBALL. YOU KNOW WHERE THE SHORTSTOP IS. HE WILL BE RIGHT AROUND THE BAG. HE CAN PICK IT UP. CARLOS: I HAVE TO TRUST MYSELF. IF I MAKE A GOOD THROW, AS SOON AS I LET MY BALL GO, IT WILL BE A GOOD THROW. NOW I AM DONE WITH THAT AND I HAVE TO GO BACK AND CATCH. IMMEDIATELY TURN AROUND AND GET TO THE BASE. IF THE BALL IS COMING INTO THE AIR, YOU SHOULD BE. YOU SHOULD BE A GOOD ENOUGH ATHLETE TO PICK UP THE BALL IN THE AIR. HEIDI: THAT IS THE OTHER DIFFICULT THING ABOUT THIS. THE SHORTSTOP HAS A RUNNER BEARING DOWN, SO HIS THROW WILL NOT BE A PERFECT CHEST HIGH THROW. IT MIGHT BE IN THE DIRT. IT COULD BE ANYWHERE. CARLOS: EXCELLENT. THAT IS THE LAST PIECE. YOU HEIDI: HAVE TO HANDLE ANYTHING COMING AT YOU. CARLOS: AND WHAT YOU WANT TO DO IS EXPECT THE WORST THROW AT ALL TIMES. IN FRONT, MAKE A THROW, GET BACK TO THE BASE, EXPECT THE WORST. IF YOU THROW IN THE CHEST, YOU’RE LIKE THANK YOU, EXCELLENT. BUT BE READY FOR THE WORST. HEIDI: THAT WAS FANTASTIC. RIGHT NOW, WE WILL GO BACK TO A COUPLE PITCHERS. BACK TO CHASE FIELD. DAN PLESAC AND KYLE LOHSE.>>THANK YOU I’M. HERE WITH FORMER CARDINAL KYLE LOHSE. LONG ONE LAST NIGHT. 19 INNING GAME AT CHASE FIELD.>>A TOUGH ONE. VERY MEANINGFUL GAME FOR THE CARDINALS ARE THEY CAN’T LET THE FOOT OFF THE GAS WITH THE BREWERS BEHIND THEM.>>CARDINALS STARTING PITCHING POST ALL-STAR BREAK HAS BEEN AS GOOD AS ANYBODY IN BASEBALL. WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE WITH MICHAEL WACHA?>>YOU SEE HIM COME OUT AND USE THE CHANGEUP MORE. THAT IS A SUCCESSFUL PITCH FOR HIM. SUCCESSFUL CURVEBALL COMBINATION. RIGHT ON RIGHT CHANGEUPS, TURNED AROUND IN THE SECOND HALF HERE.>>YOU KNOW THE GUY FOR ST. LOUIS, JACK FLAHERTY, TREMENDOUS. SOME PEOPLE HE — THINK HE’S IN CONSIDERATION FOR THE N.L. CY YOUNG.>>WITH THE SECOND HALF, HE HAS BEEN A KEY TO THE STAFF. HE’S GOING OUT THERE EVERY START, PUTTING THEM ON HIS BACK, HARDLY GIVING UP ANY RUNS. E.R.A. UNDER ONE IN THE SECOND HALF. YOU CAN’T ASK FOR MORE.>>THIS HAD TO BE A WEIRD HOMECOMING FOR PAUL GOLDSCHMIDT. HE PLAYED SO LONG HERE. MULTI ALL-STAR APPEARANCES. IT HAS BEEN UNIQUE FOR HIM TO PLAY AGAINST THE DIAMONDBACKS.>>YOU HAVE BEEN AROUND SEVERAL DIFFERENT TEAMS. I HAVE BEEN AROUND SEVERAL TEAMS. AFTER SPENDING ALL THOSE YEARS HERE, HE PUT UP ALL-STAR NUMBERS, M.V.P. CANDIDATE EVERY YEAR. AND COMING BACK TO YOUR HOME, HAS TO FEEL A LITTLE DIFFERENT. HE HAS HIT A HOME RUN EACH GAME AND SHOWED HIM WHAT THEY WERE MISSING.>>THE DODGERS HAVE RUN AWAY WITH EVERYBODY. . BY FAR. , ON PAPER, THE TEAM TO BEAT IN THE NATIONAL LEAGUE. WHEN YOU LOOK AT THIS TEAM, DO YOU SEE THEM AS A TEAM TO GO DEEP INTO THE POSTSEASON?>>FROM PERSONAL EXPERIENCE, IT GOES INTO WHO IS HOT AT THE RIGHT TIME. FROM THIS PITCHING STAFF, THEY HAVE TAKEN OVER THE ROTATION. A LITTLE ROUGH, I WILL BE ABLE TO CLOSE IT OUT. IF YOU COME IN WITH A HOT ROTATION, THEY DO THINGS A LITTLE ROCK — RIGHT, YOU NEVER KNOW WHAT COULD HAPPEN IN A SERIES. IT COULD BE A TEAM TO LOOK OUT FOR. I KNOW THE DODGERS ARE STRONG IN ALL FACETS OF THE GAME BUT YOU NEVER KNOW.>>ONE GUY TO ASK YOU ABOUT, ADAM WAINWRIGHT. HE CONTINUES TO KEEP GETTING IT DONE.>>IT HAS TO BE SOMETHING FOR HIM. HE SIGNED A DEAL WHERE IT IS ALL INCENTIVE-BASED. HE SHOWS YOU HE DID A GOOD JOB, EARNED EVERY BIT OF IT THIS YEAR. THIS SEPTEMBER, HE IS REALLY PUTTING IT TOGETHER. THAT IS WHAT YOU WANT OUT OF THE VETERAN GUYS AND IT IS IMPRESSIVE TO WATCH.>>A LONG ONE LAST NIGHT. 19 INNINGS. THE DIAMONDBACKS PULLED ONE OUT. HOPEFULLY, WE WON’T BE HERE FOR 19 INNINGS, BUT EXPECTING A REALLY GOOD GAME ON THIS FINALE OF THE SERIES. HEIDI: IF YOU ARE THERE FOR 19 INNINGS, THEY WILL NEED YOU AND KYLE TO PITCH. JUST KEEP YOUR ARM READY. SPEAKING OF KYLE LOHSE, WE WERE MARVELING AS WE WERE WATCHING THEM SET UP THE GAME HERE, CURIOUS HOW YOU THINK YOU DID OFF KYLE LOHSE. DO YOU THINK YOU HAD GOOD NUMBERS? CARLOS: HE WAS A WORTHY OPPONENT. IT WAS A TOUGH DEAL. I THINK I HAD AT LEAST THREE HOME RUNS AGAINST HIM. HEIDI: YOU WANT TO KNOW HOW YOU DID? CARLOS: PLEASE ENLIGHTEN ME. HEIDI: YOU WERE 9-41, .220 AVERAGE, DOUBLE, A TRIPLE, AND TWO PLACATAS. CARLOS: MY GOODNESS. [LAUGHTER] MAYBE I IMAGINED THE LAST ONE. I REALLY THOUGHT I DID BETTER AGAINST YOU, KYLE. HEIDI: DO YOU WANT TO KNOW WHO YOU DID THE BEST OFF OF IN TERMS OF HOME RUNS? CARLOS: PETTIT? MAYBE LESTER? HEIDI: PETTIT IS THE SECOND BEST. JON LESTER, YOU WENT LARK — YARD OFF THE LEFTY SEVEN TIMES. CARLOS: THAT DOESN’T MAKE SENSE. THOSE GUYS ARE SO GOOD. [LAUGHTER] HEIDI: YOU DIDN’T FARE AS WELL AGAINST KYLE LOHSE. A GOOD PITCHER. THEY MIGHT NEED HIM IN IF THEY GO EXTRA INNINGS. WE HAVE A LITTLE SEGMENT WE LIKE TO CALL LIKE AND SUBSCRIBE. CARLOS YOU ARE ON THE HEART SEAT. DUTCH HOTSEAT. ARE THE CARDINALS THE BIGGEST THREAT TO THE DODGERS IN THE NATIONAL LEAGUE? CARLOS: I’M GOING TO HAVE TO GO THUMBS DOWN. I THINK THE ATLANTA BRAVES ARE A BETTER MATCH. EVEN THE NATIONALS WOULD BE A TOUGH OPPONENT FOR THEM. HEIDI: THE BRAVES ARE SOMEWHAT QUIETLY REALLY GOOD. NO ONE SEEMS TO BE TALKING ABOUT THEM. THE TOP FOUR IN THE LINEUP, WELL. THE D-BACKS WOULD HAVE MADE THE PLAYOFFS HAD THEY NOT TRADED ZACK GREINKE? CARLOS: THAT IS THUMBS DOWN. STARTERS DON’T HAVE THAT MUCH OF AN IMPACT OR NOT AS MUCH AS WE MIGHT THINK. IF YOU WERE OUT THERE PITCHING EVERY SINGLE DAY, I THINK MORE REGULAR PLAYERS ON THE FIELD HAVE MORE OF AN IMPACT ON THE GAME THAN THE START OF THE PITCHES EVERY DAY. HEIDI: N/A’S COULD CERTAINLY SET THE STAGE. THOSE ARE THE GAMES GOING AWAY FROM THAT THESE DAYS. BUT FOR A GUY WHO PITCHES EVERY FIFTH DAY TO SAY THEY WOULD BE IN OVER THE COURSE OF TWO MONTHS, HOW MANY MORE STARTS IS THAT? . PAUL GOLDSCHMIDT WAS TRADED FROM THE D-BACKS TO THE CARDINALS. HE WILL HAVE A BETTER CAREER AS A CARDINAL THAN HE DID AS A DIAMONDBACK. CARLOS: I’M GOING TO HAVE TO GO THUMBS DOWN ON THAT ONE. HE WAS SO GOOD AS A DIAMONDBACK. NOTHING AGAINST HIM, BUT HOW IN THE WORLD DO YOU EXPECT HIM TO PERFORM AT THE HIGHEST LEVEL FOR THE NEXT FEW YEARS? IT’S ALMOST NOT EVEN FAIR. HEIDI: AND HE IS SO GOOD AND HE’S YOUNG. TIME TO TAKE A DIP IN PRODUCTION A LITTLE BIT. COULD TELL MARTE WAS SO GOOD. HE WAS ON AN MPP TRACK BEFORE GETTING INJURED. HE WAS — HE WILL WIN AN M.V.P. BEFORE THE END OF HIS CAREER. CARLOS: YOU KNOW, I AM USUALLY A VERY OPTIMISTIC PERSON, BUT I WILL HAVE TO GO THUMBS DOWN ON THIS ONE. ALL OF THEM THUMBS DOWN. HEIDI: IT IS BECAUSE YOUR SHIRT IS TOO TIGHT. [LAUGHTER] CARLOS: I MIGHT BE SUFFOCATING. BUT YOU KNOW, HE IS REALLY GOOD. BUT TO WIN AN M.V.P., SO MANY THINGS HAVE TO GO RIGHT. YOU HAVE TO BE COMPARED TO THE REST OF THE LEAGUE. . HE WILL WIN SOME FOLKS, BUT IF I HAD TO PICK, HE WILL NOT BE THE M.V.P. HEIDI: ASK PAUL GOLDSCHMIDT HOW DIFFICULT IT IS IN ARIZONA. HE HAS BEEN SO GOOD. HE HAS BEEN AN M.V.P. CALIBER PLAYER. THANK YOU SO MUCH, CARLOS. YADIER MOLINA, CATCHER FOR THE CARDINALS. HE SPENT HIS ENTIRE 16 YEAR CAREER WITH THE CARDINALS, WINNING TWO WORLD SERIES CHAMPIONSHIPS AND AND TEARING HIMSELF TO THE COMMUNITY. THE INSIDER GIVES US A CLOSER LOOK AT THE MAN WHO EFFECTIVELY BECAME THE FACE OF THE FRANCHISE. ♪>>YOU KNOW YADIER MOLINA FOR MOMENTS LIKE THIS.>>ALFARO, GUNNED DOWN BY HIS COUNTERPART YADIER MOLINA.>>AND THIS.>>FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE 1982, ST. LOUIS HAS A WORLD SERIES WINNER.>>THOSE ARE THE KIND OF MOMENTS WE THINK OF WITH YADI, BUT THERE’S A LOT MORE THAN WHAT YOU SEE HERE AT BUSCH STADIUM. FOR INSTANCE, LAST OF STADIUM, HE STEPPED INTO THE DUGOUT AS THE MANAGER OF PUERTO RICO’S TEAM.>>TO SEE THEM WORKING HARD AND TRYING TO LEARN AND TRYING TO GET BETTER, THAT’S WHAT I LIKE. I LIKE TO WORK WITH THEM. WORKING FOR YOUR COUNTRY. WORKING FOR PUERTO RICO.>>THAT WASN’T ALL HE DID THIS PAST OFF-SEASON. THEY TRAVELED THE WORLD.>>WE VISITED ALMOST 20 COUNTRIES. WE ENDED UP IN DUBAI. THAT. . WAS A GREAT EXPERIENCE WE ALSO WENT TO ISRAEL. THAT WAS ALSO A GREAT EXPERIENCE. WE VISITED PROBABLY 20 CITIES.>>THIS SEASON, MOLINA HAS DONE WHAT HE HAS ALWAYS DONE. PRODUCED, BOTH IN THE FIELD AND AT THE PLATE. BASEBALL IS ALWAYS THE FOCUS IN SEASON, BUT THIS SPRING, YADI HAD SOMETHING EXTRA ON HIS MIND, TOO.>>COMING FROM PUERTO RICO, WE DON’T HAVE ICE, WE DON’T HAVE ANY KIND OF SNOW. I STARTED WATCHING ONE OTHER GAME AND THE FIRST TIME, I FELL IN LOVE WITH THEM.>>LET’S GO BLUE. LET’S GO, LET ME HEAR YOU.>>HE IS THE ULTIMATE ST. LOUIS FAN AND PLAYER. A FACE FOR THE COMMUNITY WITH A LIFE THAT STRETCHES FAR BEYOND THE FIELD. FOR CARDINALS INSIDER, I’M BRETT MCMILLAN. HEIDI: THE RACE TO UP TOBY IS HERE AS WE GET — THE RACE TO OCTOBER IS HERE AS WE GET SET TO WATCH THE DIAMONDBACKS AND CARDINALS LINING UP FOR THE ANTHEM AND FIRST PAGE IN JUST UNDER THREE MINUTES. WATCH THE POSTSEASON WITH YOUTUBE TV. YOUTUBE TV IS 70 PLUS CHANNELS OF LIVE TELEVISION INCLUDING POSTSEASON GAMES AND UNLIMITED CLOUD DVR STORAGE AND SIX INDIVIDUAL ACCOUNTS FOR THE HOUSE AT NO EXTRA CHARGE. ADD YOUR FAVORITE TEAMS. SETTING UP IS EASY AND ONLY TAKES MINUTES. WATCH LIVE WITH YOUTUBE TV. TRY IT FREE NOW. SPEAKING OF THE POSTSEASON, HERE IS THE PITCHER AS IT IS SHAPING. UP THE EAST AND WEST HAVE BEEN CLINCHED. CENTRAL STILL UP FOR GRABS. CARDINALS, TWO IN THE LOSS. COLUMN THE BREWERS HAVE BEEN HOTTEST IN BASEBALL LATELY. THEY HAVE CUT INTO THE DEFICIT. THE CARDINALS HAVE TO BE A LITTLE WORRIED WITH MILWAUKEE PLAYING AS HOT AS THEY ARE. CARLOS: THEY SHOULD BE, BUT I LOOK AT THE LINEUP TODAY, AND EVERYBODY’S OUT THERE. HEIDI: AT SOME POINT THOUGH, THEY PLAYED A SEVEN HOUR GAME LAST NIGHT AND 11 HOURS LATER, YOU ARE THROWING THEM BACK OUT? YOU DON’T WANT THEM TO GET HURT. CARLOS: OF COURSE, YOU DON’T WANT THEM HURT FOR THE POSTSEASON. BUT JUST WINNING THE DIVISION IS SUCH A HUGE DIFFERENCE. HEIDI: THIS IS HOW BIG IT IS FOR THE TEAM. THEY CLINCHED A POSTSEASON BERTH WITH A WIN OVER THE CUBS. THEY DID A VERY MUTED TOAST IN THE CLUBHOUSE. THEY HAVE BIGGER GOALS. THEY WANT THE DIVISION. THEY HAVE TO GO SEIZE IT. MILWAUKEE HAS A LIGHTER SCHEDULE, THEY ARE PLAYING THE REDS. THEY HAVE BEEN PLAYING WELL LATELY, BUT THEY WRAP IT UP AGAINST THE ROCKIES THIS WEEKEND. THE CARDINALS HAVE ANOTHER SERIES WITH THE CUBS. THEY JUST SWEPT THEM, BUT THEY ARE NO POWDER PUFF TEAM. CARLOS: RIGHT. IT IS PEDAL TO THE MIDDLE. YOU HAVE TO GO ALL IN. I WAS SURPRISED TO DO THE LINEUP. IT IS A HUGE DIFFERENCE. YOU DON’T WANT TO BE A WILD-CARD TEAM AND BE A ONE-GAME TYPE OF THING. HEIDI: WHO ARE YOU THROWING IN A ONE-GAME? THE CARDINALS HAVE A COUPLE OF GOOD OPTIONS IN THE YOUNG GUYS. MERRILL KELLY IS OUT THERE FOR THE DIAMONDBACKS TODAY AND HE HAS PITCHED REALLY WELL. MICHAEL WACHA HAS PITCHED BETTER LATELY. HE BROUGHT HIS E.R.A. UNDER THREE. THAT’S WHO WE HAVE BEEN THE STARTING MATCH UP TODAY AS WE ARE GETTING READY TO SEND IT OUT TO SCOTT BRAUN, DAN PLESAC, KYLE LOHSE, AND JACKIE REDMOND. THEY WILL HAVE THE CALL FOR YOU ON THIS GAME LIVE ON YOUTUBE TV. FOR CARLOS PENA AND HEIDI WATNEY, ENJOY THE GAME. ♪>>HERE’S THE PITCH.>>DIVES IT DEEP!>>WHAT A PLAY.>>ARE YOU KIDDING ME? O MY. SCOTT: MARATHONS CAN COME ON ANY DAY IN THE BASEBALL WORLD, AND LAST NIGHT’S NEAR SEVEN HOUR EPIC IN THE DESERT MEANS A QUICK NAP AND WE ARE BACK IN ACTION 11 HOURS LATER THERE WAS ACTUALLY HEAVY RAIN EARLIER IN PHOENIX, BUT NO WORRIES WHEN YOU HAVE A ROOF. THIS IS THE MLB GAME OF THE WEEK LIVE ON YOUTUBE. THE ST. LOUIS CARDINALS WITH THE ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS AT CHASE FIELD. HELLO TO EVERYONE WATCHING WORLDWIDE. I’M SCOTT BRAUN. THANK YOU FOR JOINING US. THE CARDINALS ARE POSTSEASON BOUND AND CLOSE TO CLINCHING THE DIVISION. THE DIAMONDBACKS HAVE BEEN ILLUMINATED, BUT IT HAS BEEN — ELIMINATED, BUT THEY ARE A STRONG TEAM. WE HAVE GREAT GUESTS INCLUDING ROBBIE RAY AND JACK FLAHERTY. WE ARE STREAMING LIVE WITH ONE MORE MATCH ADIPOSE GAME SHOW. IF YOU HAVEN’T YET, SUBSCRIBE TO THE MLB YOUTUBE CHANNEL. OVER 2.1 MILLION HAVE ALREADY DONE IT. WE ARE LIVE FOR YOUTUBE TV CUSTOMERS, TOO. GO TO MLB POP UP ON THE CHANNELS GUIDE. TRAINING ME, FORMER CARDINAL KYLE LOHSE AND FORMER DIAMONDBACK DAN PLESAC. DID YOU GET ANY SLEEP? DAN: A LITTLE BIT OF SLEEP. THE D-BACKS USED 13 PITCHERS TO WIN THAT GAME. DAN: SCOTT: SCOTT: LET’S START WITH THE CARDINALS PITCHER YESTERDAY. JACK FLAHERTY WAS PUTTING ON A SHOW SO MUCH SO THAT HE HAD A NO-HITTER GOING THROUGH SIX. KYLE: HE HAD GOOD STUFF LAST NIGHT. THE SLIDER, BACK FOOT, COMING RIGHT UP TOP. HE REALLY HAD IT GOING UNTIL ONE BAD HOP. THAT WAS THE FIRST HIT OF THE GAME. SCOTT: SEASON-HIGH 11 STRIKEOUTS FOR HIM. ILDEMARO VARGAS SPENT SEVEN YEARS IN THE CARDINALS ORGANIZATION. HE HAD A FUN NIGHT. DAN: TWICE. HE GETS TO THE CARDINALS BULLPEN AND WINS IT IN THE 19TH WITH A BULLET BETWEEN SHORT AND THIRD. SCOTT: ON THEIR WAY TO A THIRD CONSECUTIVE WINNING CAMPAIGN. THEY WERE IN THIS FIGHT FOR A WHILE. WHAT DO YOU LIKE? DAN: THERE ARE A TRIO OF POSITION PLAYERS THAT HAVE CARRIED THE TEAM. NICK AHMED HAS HAD A TERRIFIC YEAR. NUMBER 13. HE HAS BEEN EVERYTHING THE DIAMONDBACKS COULD HAVE ASKED FOR AND MORE. A 6.1 WAR ON THE SEASON. HE HAS BEEN TERRIFIC. TERRIFIC ON THE FIELD AND SWINGING A VERY BIG BAT. EDUARDO ESCOBAR, HERE ARE THE TOP IN BASEBALL IN R.B.I.S. THAT’S NOT A TYPO. 118 ALONG WITH 35 HOME RUNS. HE HAD PRODUCTIVE YEARS WITH THE TWINS BUT HAS FOUND A HOME IN THE DESERT WITH THE DIAMONDBACKS. THEN KETEL MARTE. HE HAS HAD LOWER BACK ISSUES. 32 HOME RUNS TO GO ALONG WITH A .329 AVERAGE. AND BY THE WAY, HE STILL LEADS THE NATIONAL LEAGUE WITH 187 HITS. SCOTT: THIS TEAM HAS LOST PLAYERS LIKE PAUL GOLDSCHMIDT LATELY AND PATRICK CORBIN AND A.J. POLLOCK. ZACK GREINKE WAS TRADED AT THE DEADLINE. HERE ARE SOME FIRST-YEAR CONTRIBUTORS TO THIS ORGANIZATION. FIRST FULL SEASON AS A DIAMONDBACK. ZAC GALLEN, MERRILL KELLY, CARSON KELLY, CHRISTIAN WALKER, ALEX YOUNG. THEY ARE HOPING TO BE COMPETITIVE NEXT YEAR. THEY DO MISS PAUL GOLDSCHMIDT. BACK TO ARIZONA FOR THE SERIES FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE BEING A DIAMONDBACK, AND HE HAS BEEN A GREAT PRESENCE FOR ST. LOUIS. KYLE: HE HAS. HE’S NOT HAVING HIS NORMAL GOLDSCHMIDT KIND OF YEAR, BUT YOU CAN SEE HE’S LEADING THE CARDINALS IN A LOT OF CATEGORIES. THE GAMES PLAYED, HOME RUNS, R.B.I.S. HE SHOWS UP EVERYDAY TO BRING DEFENSE AS WELL. THAT MAKES ALL THE PLAYERS AROUND HIM BETTER. THAT IS WHAT ST. LOUIS IS LOOKING FOR. SCOTT: A QUIET LEADER. HE HAD A HOME RUN ON MONDAY AND TUESDAY IN THIS SERIES. AND THE CARDINALS AS A TEAM ARE FLYING HIGH. GOLDY BETTER FOR THE SECOND HALF. LOOK AT THE WORK THROUGH JUNE 29. 40-41. THEY HAVE TAKEN OFF SINCE THEN. 50-27 SINCE JUNE 30. BEST IN THE NATIONAL LEAGUE. THEY ARE TRYING TO LINEUP THAT ROTATION FOR THE PLAYOFFS. LET’S BRING IN THE FOURTH MEMBER OF OUR TEAM, JACKIE REDMOND, WITH MORE. JACKIE: WE BOTH KNOW SPORTS CLICHES EXIST FOR A REASON. THEY ARE OFTEN, IF NOT ALWAYS, PRETTY ACCURATE. WIN AS A TEAM, LOSE AS A TEAM, TAKE IT ONE GAME AT A TIME, KEEP YOUR EYE ON THE PRIZE. ALL THAT STUFF. FOR THE CARDINALS WHO CLINCH THEIR FIRST PLAYOFF BERTH IN ALMOST A DECADE, THAT LAST ONE CERTAINLY APPLIES. HERE’S ANOTHER ONE. THEIR WORK IS NOT YET DONE. LOOKING FURTHER THAN SUNDAY FOR EVIDENCE OF THAT. PITCHER THIS. EIGHT CHAMPAGNE BOTTLES ON A TABLE. FOUR LEFT UNTOUCHED. ONE BOTTLE WITH NOTHING BUT A SINGLE SWIG TAKEN FROM IT. THE CARDS DIDN’T CELEBRATE AT ALL. TO BE CLEAR, THEY CLINCHED THE PLAYOFFS BUT IN THE HOUSE OF THEIR BIGGEST RIVAL. ALLOW ME TO QUOTE MILES MIKOLAS, SAYING WE HAVE BIGGER FISH TO FRY AND BIGGER DREAMS TO HAPPEN. WE WANT THE DIVISION AND WE WILL GET IT. AK, THE CARDS ARE ALL BUSINESS. LET’S BE REAL. KIDS DON’T DREAM ABOUT WINNING THE DIVISION. WE ARE TALKING WORLD SERIES. FOR THE CARDS, THAT WOULD BEGIN WITH A DIVISION SERIES LIKELY AGAINST THE BRAVES. LET’S TAKE A LOOK AT THEIR OPTIONS FOR THE STARTING ROTATION. THE HANDS-DOWN FAVORITE TO START GAME ONE WOULD BE JACK FLAHERTY, WHO PUT ON QUITE A PERFORMANCE HERE LAST NIGHT. DAKOTA HUDSON LOOKING PRETTY STELLAR OVER HIS LAST 15 STARTS AS WELL. THE CARDS CAN’T CLINCHED THE DIVISION TITLE HERE TODAY, BUT ONE THING IS FOR SURE. ONCE THEY DO, THEIR ATTENTION TURNS TO THE BRAVES. SCOTT: THAT’S RIGHT. AND MICHAEL WACHA MIGHT BE A PART OF THE BULLPEN FOR THE NLDS LINEUP. FIRST PITCH COMING UP IN THE DESERT.>>GAME ONE OF A FOUR-GAME SET. TO SAY IT IS BIG WOULD BE AN UNDERSTATEMENT.>>ANTHONY RIZZO. THAT’S WHAT BEING A TEAM LEADER IS ALL ABOUT.>>BASE HIT LEFT CENTER. 4-1, CARDINALS.>>FLAHERTY, OUTSTANDING WORK HERE AT WRIGLEY FIELD.>>HITS IT OUT OF HERE TO PUT THE CARDINALS BACK IN FRONT.>>ALL OF THE EMOTION AND THE CARDINALS DUGOUT RIGHT NOW.>>CARDINALS AND THE CUBS HERE IN GAME TWO.>>YADIER MOLINA COMES THROUGH ON A 2-2 PITCH. IT IS 2-1 REDBIRDS.>>4-6-3 WITH THE DOUBLE PLAY.>>GROUND BALL TO FIRST. KNOCKED DOWN BY GOLDSCHMIDT. HE STEPS ON FIRST. . IT IS A REDBIRD WINNER.>>>>TIME FOR GAME THREE.>>AND IT IS GO IN TIME.>>GIVES THE CUBS A 6-5 LEAD.>>CARDINALS BACK ON TOP.>>CUBS LEAD. BACK-TO-BACK, 9-8 ST. LOUIS. BEST WIN OF THE YEAR.>>O’NEILL RACING HOME. THE GAME IS TIED. GOLDSCHMIDT, THE CARDINALS HAVE THE LEAD. IT IS NINTH-INNING MAGIC AGAIN. A CARDINALS FOUR-GAME SWEEP. ST. LOUIS AND THE POSTSEASON. SCOTT: EVERY SINGLE WIN FROM THE WEEKEND IN CHICAGO WAS BY ONE RUN OVER THE CUBS. IT IS THE M.O. BECAME OF THE WEEK LIVE ON YOUTUBE — MLB GAME OF THE WEEK ON YOUTUBE. WE ARE DOWN TO TWO TEAMS IN THE N.L. CENTRAL. THE BREWERS CHECKING IN AT 87-72. THE CARDINALS, 90-68. THE MAGIC MARKED TO WIN THE DIVISION IS AT THREE. THAT WILDCARD IS STILL RUNNING. WE ARE TRYING TO FIGURE OUT WHO WILL HOST THE GAME ON THE NATIONAL LEAGUE END. THE NATS, THEY CLINCH A POSTSEASON SPOT OUT AS OF YESTERDAY. BREWERS ARE CLOSE TO CLINCHING THEIR HOME IN A WILD-CARD SPOT. IT WILL EITHER BE IN MILWAUKEE OR WASHINGTON, D.C. WE DON’T KNOW YET. WE ARE IN ARIZONA RIGHT NOW FOR THE CARDINALS AND DIAMONDBACKS. THE PAUL GOLDSCHMIDT RETURN TO ARIZONA HAS BEEN WELL DOCUMENTED. A HOME RUN ON MONDAY AND A HOME RUN ON TUESDAY. IT IS GOOD FOR ARIZONA FANS. BIG OVATION, THE VIDEO TRIBUTE. THEY ARE EXCITED TO SEE HIM BEFORE HE GETS READY FOR THE POSTSEASON. HE IS NOT IN THE STARTING LINEUP THIS AFTERNOON FOR ST. LOUIS, BUT LET’S GO THROUGH STARTING NINE. ALL EIGHT STARTERS PLAYED FULL 19 INNINGS. THEY GIVE A BREAK TO JUST ABOUT EVERYONE. NOT TOMMY EDMAN. JOSE MARTINEZ, RANGEL RAVELO, MATT WIETERS, TYLER O’NEILL IN LEFT FIELD. RANDY AROZARENA BATTING SIXTH. YAIRO MUNOZ AT SHORT. EDMUNDO SOSA IS SECOND — IN EIGHT. MICHAEL WACHA HITTING NINTH. ALL GOING AGAINST MERRILL KELLY WHO HAS HAD A STANDOUT SEPTEMBER. 1.00 E.R.A. AND HIS FIRST STARTS THIS MONTH. DAN: HE HAS BEEN REALLY GOOD. THE MOST RELIABLE DEFENDING STARTING PITCHER. CURVEBALL, STRAIGHT CHANGEUP, A BIT OF A CUTTER-SLIGHTER HYBRID HE USES. ONE OF THE KEYS IS TO IT BREAK PITCH IS EARLY. THEY WILL NEED LENGTH AFTER THE 19 INNING GAME. TOREY LOVULLO TOLD US BEFORE THE GAME THEY ARE HOPING SOMEWHERE BETWEEN 100 AND 110 PITCHES. THEY’RE HOPING IT IS THROUGH AT LEAST SIX OR SEVEN INNINGS. SCOTT: LAST START FOR KELLY IN SAN DIEGO. SEVEN SHUTOUT FRAMES, GIVE UP TWO HITS, BOTH OF THEM SINGLES. TOMMY EDMAN WILL LEAD THE WAY FOR ST. LOUIS. WE ARE UNDERWAY. THE MLB GAME OF THE WEEK LIVE ON YOUTUBE. CARDINALS AND DIAMONDBACKS. AND TOMMY EDMAN, NICKNAMED THE MICROWAVE FOR THE WORK HE’S DONE SINCE MAKING HIS DEBUT ON JUNE 8. CONNECT THROUGH THE RIGHT SIDE FOR A BASE HIT AND THE CARDINALS HAVE THEIR LEADOFF MAN ABOARD. DAN: IT HAS REALLY BEEN QUITE A TRANSFORMATION. TOMMY EDMAN IS A BIG REASON WHY, HE HAS HIT EVERYTHING ALIVE. HITS THE BALL RIGHT BETWEEN THE GAP BETWEEN FIRST AND SECOND. JUST LIKE THAT, THE REDBIRDS IN BUSINESS EARLY. SCOTT: THAT IS AN EIGHT GAME HITTING STREAK FOR ADMIN. — TOMMY EDMAN. THAT COMPACT SWING PRODUCING THE BASE HIT AND THEN JOSE MARTINEZ GETS HIS FIRST START SINCE SEPTEMBER 1. HE’S BEEN DEALING WITH A SHOULDER INJURY. HE SAID HE’S CLOSE TO 100%. DAN: TOUGH GUY TO PITCH TO. HE SWINGS AT ABOUT EVERYTHING HE LOOKS TO HACK. KYLE: HE REALLY DOES. FOR GUYS LIKE THAT, IT IS HARD TO ATTACK. YOU JUST TRY TO ATTACK AND DO IT WITH YOUR BEST STUFF. SCOTT: 14 STOLEN BASES IN 15 TRANSFER ADMIN EDMAN — IN 15 TRIES FOR EDMAN. DAN: IT’S AMAZING HOW THIS DIVISION HAS TURNED UPSIDE DOWN. THE CARDS WERE STRUGGLING, FINDING AN IDENTITY. THE BREWERS, THE BULLPEN WAS KIND OF IN SHAMBLES. MIKE SHILDT THAT A GOOD JOB OF HOLDING THE COURSE. I KNOW A LOT OF CARDINALS FANS WERE UPSET. THEY DIDN’T MAKE ANY MOVES AT THE TRADE DEADLINE. LOOKS LIKE THE G.M. JOHN MOZELIAK, THE BEST TRAITS ARE THE ONES YOU DON’T MAKE. THINGS HAVE PANNED OUT FOR THE REDBIRDS. KYLE: YOU LOOK AT THE TURNAROUND AND A LOT OF IT STARTS WITH STARTING PITCHING. A GREAT JOB OF PICKING IT UP AND PUTTING THE TEAM ON THE BACK. SCOTT: THAT BALL GETS AWAY AND EDMAN GETS TO SECOND. HE WILL HOLD UP THERE. CREATING TROUBLE WITHOUT EVEN MOVING MUCH. MERRILL KELLY, VERY WORRIED ABOUT EDMAN’S 14 STOLEN BAGS. DAN: JUST KIND OF ONE OF THOSE STEP MOVES. TRYING TO CATCH EDMAN OFF GUARD. . A QUICK STEP AND THROW TO FIRST. NOT AN EASY PLAY FOR KEVIN CRONE TO GO ACROSS HIS BODY. KYLE: SOMETIMES, YOU TRY AND GET A LITTLE TOO TRICKY. THE BALL GETS AWAY LIKE THAT. SOMETIMES IT IS BEST TO STICK TO THE BASICS. DAN: TRYING GET MARTINEZ OUT. SCOTT: KELLY HAS ONLY ALLOWED TWO STOLEN BASES ALL YEAR. THIS IS HIS 32ND START OF THE SEASON. BIG CUT AND A MISS FOR MARTINEZ. LAST NIGHT, THE CARDINALS WERE 0-9 WITH RUNNERS IN SCORING POSITION. THIS LOSS SNAPPED A SEASON-HIGH TYING SIX GAME WIN STREAK. KYLE: IT WOULD BE INTERESTING TO SEE HOW THE CARDS RECOVER FROM LAST NIGHT WITH RUNNERS IN SCORING POSITION AND UPROOTED. — IN SCORING POSITION. AN OPPORTUNITY, GIVING MICHAEL WACHA SOMETHING TO WORK WITH. SCOTT: ALTHOUGH STARTERS FROM YESTERDAY ARE PART OF THE BENCHMARK FIELD THEY CALL IT — THE BENCH MAFIA, THEY CALL IT. KYLE: A GAME LIKE THIS, EVEN THOUGH THE CARDINALS HAVE BEEN CLOSED OUT THE DIVISION, THEY STILL NEED A COUPLE MORE WINS. IT IS A GOOD OPPORTUNITY FOR THE BENCH TO STEP UP AND SHOW WHAT THEY CAN DO IF THE CARDINALS GO ON A LONG POSTSEASON RUN AND DO THE LITTLE THINGS YOU NEED TO DO TO GET ON THE POSTSEASON ROSTER. SCOTT: YOU CAN CALL THIS AUDITION DAY. BENCH PLAYERS TRYING TO EARN A SPOT ON THE OCTOBER ROSTER. KELLY IS 2-2. GOT HIS FIRST STRIKEOUT. DAN: PRETTY GOOD FASTBALL. MARTINEZ IS UP THERE CUTTING AND SLASHING. HE LIKES TO USE ALL OF HIS PITCHES, ALMOST LIKE A CUT FASTBALL. YOU CAN SEE THE SPIN ON IT. TOREY LOVULLO TOLD US HE HAS INCORPORATED IT MORE AND MORE INTO HIS REPERTOIRE. IT HAS BEEN AN INTERESTING STORY. A PITCHER OF A GUY WITH ITS APPEARANCE, DRAFTED IN THE 37TH ROUND OUT OF HIGH SCHOOL. LOCAL FOR THE ORIOLES, ELECTED NOT TO SIGN AND DRAFT AGAIN, DRAFTED IN 2009 BY THE INDIANS, THEN 2010 BY THE RAYS. SPENT FIVE SEASONS IN THE MINOR LEAGUES WITH THE RAYS. THEY RELEASED HIM IN DECEMBER OF 2014. WENT TO PITCH IN KOREA. KIND OF SELF TAUGHT HIMSELF HOW TO FIGURE OUT HIS GAME AND INCORPORATE HIS GAME. THIS IS HIS FIRST TASTE OF BIG-LEAGUE BASEBALL, OPENING DAY IN 2019 WE HAD A CHANCE TO TALK TO MIKE FETTERS, THE BULLPEN COACH OF THE D-BACKS BEFORE THE GAME. HE SAID IT JUST TOOK HIM A LITTLE WHILE TO GET HIS LEGS UNDERNEATH AND GET ACCUSTOMED TO DIFFERENT STYLE OF PITCHING FROM KOREA TO MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL. TWO YEAR, $5.5 MILLION CONTRACT. SPENT FOUR SEASONS IN KOREA. THIS IS ALMOST LIKE HIS ROOKIE YEAR IN THE BIG LEAGUES. HE HAS BEEN WELL-TRAVELED. SCOTT: HIS MAJOR LEAGUE AT 30 YEARS OLD. RANGEL RAVELO. TAKES STRIKE THREE. OUTSIDE CORNER. A LITTLE PAINT FROM KELLY. KYLE: THAT’S A TOUGH ONE. PITCHER DID EXACTLY WHAT HE WANTED TO DO. GOT THE CALL. SCOTT: I HAVE TWO PITCHERS IN THE BOOTH NEXT WEEK, SO WE ARE COOL WITH THAT? DAN:DAN: IT IS A BEAUTIFUL JOB BY CALEB JOSEPH . WE TALK ABOUT THE TRIMMING. IT’S MORE ABOUT RECEIVING AND PRESENTING THE PITCH, MAKING IT LOOK LIKE THE STRIKE IS ON THE OUTER EDGE. REALLY GOOD JOB BY CALEB JOSEPH TO HAVE A QUIET GLOVE THAT JUST KIND OF MASSAGES THE BALL RIGHT INTO THE GLOVE. SCOTT: HERE IS BACKUP CATCHER MATT WIETERS. DAN: IN A DAY AND AGE WHEN WE ARE SO USED TO SEEING HIGH VELOCITY AND SPIN RATE, WE SPOKE EARLIER TO MIKE BUTCHER, PITCHING COACH FOR THE DIAMONDBACKS. HE TALKED ABOUT THE ABILITY MERRILL KELLY HAS TO SPIN THE BALL AND CHANGE SPEEDS. FIGURE OUT HOW TO DISGUISE THE 81 — 89, 91 LOOK 95 BY INCORPORATING OFF-SPEED EARLY. SCOTT: FAIR POLE. WIETERS TO CRON. THE TOSS TO KELLY TO SIT DOWN THE SIDE. EDMAN STRANDED. WE WILL GO TO THE DIAMONDBACKS PORTION OF THE FIRST INNING. MLB NAME OF THE WEEK ON YOUTUBE. SCOTT BRAUN, KYLE LOHSE, AND DAN PLESAC. WE WILL GET THE STARTING NINE FOR THE DIAMONDBACKS SIDE IN JUST A MOMENT. FIRST, MICHAEL WACHA TAKES THE FIELD AND HE HAS BEEN SO MUCH BETTER IN THE SECOND HALF. LET’S PINPOINT HIS LAST EIGHT STARTS, 2.52 E.R.A. FIRST 20 APPEARANCES AGAINST RIGHT-HANDED BATTERS DID NOT GO AS SMOOTHLY. HE HAS BEEN A GUY WITH REVERSE SPLIT. MUCH BETTER AGAINST LEFT-HANDED HITTERS. KYLE: YES, HE IS. A LOT OF IT HAS TO DO WITH THE CHANGEUP. THE LAST EIGHT APPEARANCES VERSUS RIGHT-HANDED BATTERS, HE IS GOING THROUGH THE CHANGEUP A LOT MORE. THAT HAS LED TO A LOT MORE SUCCESS. SCOTT: ALMOST DOUBLED THE CHANGE OF USAGE AND HIS LAST EIGHT APPEARANCES. LIKELY WANT TO BE A STARTER FOR THE PLAYOFF ROTATION. COULD BE A RELIEVER. THE ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS STARTING LINEUP, TIM LOCASTRO AND ABRAHAM ALMONTE. THEN WILMER FLORES, JAKE LAMB KEVIN CRON, JOSH BREAUX HAS. NICK AHMED HITTING AGAIN, AFTER THE FULL 19. CALEB JOSEPH, THAN MERRILL KELLY IN THE NIGHT SPOT. THERE IS MICHAEL WACHA AND HIS 4.68 E.R.A., BUT MUCH BETTER DOWN THE STRETCH FOR ST. LOUIS, WHICH HAS BEEN THE CASE FOR JUST ABOUT EVERY STARTER. DAN: HE HAS BEEN IN AND OUT OF THE ROTATION A COUPLE TIMES. I GUESS IT IS A GOOD PROBLEM TO HAVE. HE HAS THROWN WELL. PERFECT TIME TO BE A FREE AGENT AT THE END OF THE YEAR. HAS BEEN A HORSE DOWN THE STRETCH. FORMER ALL-STAR IN 2015. ACCELERATED CHANGE OF. ONE OF THE THINGS WHEN HE FIRST CAME UP WITH THE HUGE POSTSEASON RUN TAKING THE CARDINALS TO THE WORLD SERIES, THAT FASTBALL CHANGE OF COMBO, IF YOU HAVE A GOOD CHANGEUP, IT CAN MAKE EVERY FASTBALL LOOK PRETTY GOOD. KYLE: YES, IT DOES. I LEARNED THAT PERSONALLY. IT KEPT ME AROUND FOR A WHILE. YOU DON’T HAVE TO HAVE THAT POWER FASTBALL IF YOU CAN GET THEM OFF BALANCE. WE WILL SEE IF WACHA HAS THAT GOOD ONE TODAY. SCOTT: 2013 NLCS M.V.P. HIS BEST SEASON WAS IN 2015. WELCOME WAS AN ALL-STAR IN 30 STARTS, .338 — 3.38 E.R.A. DAN: YOU HAVE BEEN ON SOME CARDINALS TEAMS, AND THEY ARE A GOOD BASERUNNING TEAM, CATCHING THE BASE BETTER. IT IS LIKE A MONKEY SEE, MONKEY DO. YOU LOOK AT THE CUPS STARTING PITCHER, AND ON PAPER, THE NAMES STICK OUT, BUT THIS STARTING ROTATION POST ALL-STAR BREAK HAS BEEN AS GOOD AS ANY TEAM IN BASEBALL. KYLE: THEY REALLY HAVE TAKEN THIS TEAM THAT HAS NOT BEEN SCORING AS MANY RUNS AS YOU THINK THEY WOULD, BUT IT DOESN’T MATTER WHEN YOU ARE GOING OUT THERE AND FEELING IT LATE IN THE GAME AND HANDING IT OVER TO A STRONG BULLPEN. DAN: TWO YOUNG GUYS, IF YOU HAD TOLD MIKE SHILDT AT THE BEGINNING OF THE YEAR THAT CODA HUDSON AND JACK WOULD BE YOUR MOST DEPENDABLE STARTING PITCHERS, JACK FLAHERTY HAS TURNED HIMSELF INTO A CY YOUNG CANDIDATE. SCOTT: LOCASTRO WITH A BASE HIT. DOWN THE RIGHT SIDE AND HE WILL END UP AT SECOND. A LEADOFF DOUBLE FOR THE DIAMONDBACKS. KYLE: THAT WAS A TOUGH ONE. GOES WITH A FASTBALL DOWN AND AWAY. EVEN A LITTLE BIT OFF THE PLATE. HE JUST DIVES OUT THERE. THAT IS ONE THING, WE WILL SEE IF WACHA MAKES THE ADJUSTMENT FOR HITTERS FOR THE D-BACKS. YOU WILL HAVE TO PITCH INSIDE. THAT WILL MAKE THE CHANGEUP MORE EFFECTIVE AS WELL. DAN: ALSO WHEN YOU SEE A SWING LIKE THAT ONE, YOU ALMOST FILE HITTER IS SITTING MORE OF AN OFFSPEED OR BREAKING BALL TO TAKE THAT PITCH. IT WAS KIND OF AN EMERGENCY SWING TO HIT THE BALL FAIR DOWN THE RIGHT-FIELD LINE. KYLE: WE WILL SEE IF THEY PAY ATTENTION TO THAT KIND OF STUFF GOING FORWARD. SCOTT: ALMONTE TRYING TO MOVE LOCASTRO OVER. ABRAHAM ALMONTE, 30 YEARS OLD. HIS CONTRACT WAS SELECTED BY ARIZONA ON SEPTEMBER 1. HE HAS HIT WELL IN HIS 16 APPEARANCES. .290, .937 O.P.S. DAN: INTERESTING DILEMMA FOR THE CARDINALS WHEN THEY DO CLINCH THIS WEEK, WHICH WAY THEY GO WITH STARTING ROTATION. FLAHERTY IS RIGHT NOW THE BEST PITCHER. MILES MIKOLAS. IT WILL BE INTERESTING. SOMEONE IN THE STARTING ROTATION WILL BE RELEGATED TO BULLPEN DUTY. LOOK AT JACK FLAHERTY. THAT’S THE MAN. KYLE: THAT IS. GOOD PROBLEM TO HAVE, WHO WILL DRAW THE SHORT STRAW AND HAVING BEEN IN THAT SITUATION BEFORE, IT IS HOW THAT GUY TAKES THAT DEMOTION, IF YOU WILL, GO DOWN THERE AND FIGURE OUT HOW TO HELP THE TEAM WIN. IT IS A TEAM GAME. CARDINALS ARE GOOD ABOUT TEACHING THAT. YOU HAVE VETERANS LIKE ADAM WAINWRIGHT WHO CAN GO OUT THERE AND SHOW THE DOES THE WAY WE DO IT — SHOW THE GUYS THE WAY WE DO IT. HE WILL PROBABLY BE IN THE ROTATION. LOOKS LIKE WACHA FIGHTING FOR THAT SPOT IN THE BULLPEN. SCOTT: FOUR PITCH WALK FOR ALMONTE. YOU SAW WAINWRIGHT TODAY. WHAT DID HE SAY? HOW IS HE FEELING? KYLE: FEELING GOOD. FEELING HEALTHY. IF YOU GET A CHANCE TO MEET HIM, HE IS ALWAYS FULL OF ENERGY. HE’S TALKING ABOUT HOW GOOD HE FEELS, READY TO GET THIS THING GOING. A REMARKABLE TURNAROUND FOR HIM IN THE NEXT YEAR. GOING OUT TO FINISH THE SEASON STRONG. FINISH STRONG, SHOW THE GUYS WHO HAVE NOT PLAYED A FULL SCHEDULE WHAT IT IS LIKE AND WHAT YOU HAVE TO DO TO GET YOURSELF READY EVERY DAY. SCOTT: THAT WAS BALL ONE TO WILMER FLORES. KYLE: WE MAY HAVE TALKED A LITTLE GOLF, TOO. [LAUGHTER] SCOTT: HE’S HOPING THAT’S NOT UNTIL NOVEMBER. KYLE: HE DEFINITELY HAS NOT BEEN PLAYING. SCOTT: FLORES SCORCHES THAT ARE LEFT. LOCASTRO WILL JOG HOME. . ALMONTE BEING WAVED AROUND. THE THROW WELL TOGETHER. TWO R.B.I. DOUBLE FOR WILMER FLORES, AND THE DIAMONDBACKS STRIKE FIRST. DAN: ADAM WAINWRIGHT HAS HAD A HARD TIME GETTING THE BALL DOWN IN THE ZONE. WILMER FLORES. FASTBALL UP AND DOWN, SAME WITH THE CHANGER. THIS IS NOT A FASTBALL, UP 91. ALMOST LOOKED LIKE HE WANTED TO CUT IT DOWN AND AWAY. THE BALL RUNS BACK INTO THE INNER THIRD. GETS THE BARREL TO IT. TWO HOPS OFF THE WALL. DAN: KYLE: THIS IS WHAT WE HAVE BEEN TALKING ABOUT. HE HAS BEEN UP IN THE ZONE, SPOTS WITH A FASTBALL CUTTER. THE BEST WAY TO GET GUYS OFF THAT IS TO THROW THE CHANGEUP AND HE HAS NOT BEEN ABLE TO DO THAT SO FAR. SCOTT: FLORES HITTING .384 AND HIS LAST 27 GAMES. NOW IT IS JAKE LAMB. DAN: IN A DAY AND AGE WHERE PITCHERS WANT TO PITCH UP IN THE ZONE, MICHAEL WACHA, HE CAN GET AWAY WITH 93, 94. PARTICULAR WITH THE CHANGEUP. THAT IS HIS BREAD-AND-BUTTER PITCH. KYLE: BIG-LEAGUE HITTERS WILL MAKE THAT ADJUSTMENT IF YOU DO IT TIME AND TIME AGAIN WITHIN A GAME. YOU HAVE TO MOVE THEM AROUND. DAN: IT IS THE KIND OF DILEMMA YOU RUN INTO EARLY ON. YOU TALK ABOUT AS A STARTING PITCHER. MICHAEL WACHA AND TRAFFIC EARLY. YOU DON’T WANT TO EMPTY OUT THE BUCKET IF YOU DON’T HAVE TO EARLY, BUT HERE YOU ARE TRYING TO GET THE PITCH COUNT DOWN. KYLE: ESPECIALLY AFTER A NIGHT LIKE LAST NIGHT. YOU WANT TO SAVE YOUR PITCHERS. YOU GET IN A JAM LIKE THIS, YOU HAVE TO GO WITH EVERYTHING YOU’VE GOT. COME IN WITH YOUR BEST GAME PLAN. SOMETIMES YOU JUST DON’T HAVE THE SAME SET STUFF. I WOULD SAY JUST THROW EVERYTHING YOU’VE GOT. SCOTT: AND WACHA HAS NOT BEEN TURNING THE LINEUP OVER A THIRD TIME AROUND. THAT IS ONE OF THE KEYS TO HIS SUCCESS DOWN THE STRETCH. HIS LAST EIGHT APPEARANCES ENTERING TONIGHT. POINT 252 — 2.52. O.P.S. WAY DOWN. KYLE: IT WOULD BE INTERESTING TO TALK TO MIKE SHILDT ABOUT WHAT HIS PLANS WERE. YOU HAVE TO ASSUME, YOU NEED WALKER TO GO HERE. YOU HAVE THE BREWERS CHASING HIM DOWN. THEY HAVE TO WIN THESE GAMES. EVEN THOUGH THEY DON’T HAVE THEIR A LINEUP, THEY HAVE TO GO AND TRY WHEN THE BULLPEN. SCOTT: STRIKES OUT LAMB. DAN: THAT IS THE CHANGEUP THAT MICHAEL WACHA NEEDS. THAT IS THE BEST ONE HE HAS THROWN SO FAR. WE HAVE SEEN GOOD LIFE ON THE FASTBALL. 92 TO 93. THIS CHANGEUP TO LAMB WAS THE BEST. HE SELLS IT WITH GREAT ARM SPEED. A LITTLE DIVING ACTION. LAMB OUT IN FRONT. 85 MILES AN HOUR. HARD AND SOFT, UP AND DOWN. THAT IS THE WAY MICHAEL WACHA HAS TO GO ABOUT IT. FIRST, HIS FASTBALL DEAL WAS IN THE MID TO UPPER 90’S AND WAS ABLE TO GET AWAY WITH MORE MISTAKES. HAS TO BE MORE DIALED IN AROUND THE STRIKE ZONE. SCOTT: THIS IS KEVIN CRONE GOING AFTER THE FIRST PITCH AND FOULING IT TO THE LEFT SIDE. KYLE: LOOKS LIKE THE FIRST PITCH CHANGEUP. COMING OUT SWINGING. YOU HAVE TO GO TO THAT AND KEEP THEM OFF BALANCE. GO WITH WHAT HAS BEEN WORKING FOR YOU. SCOTT: THAT’S PART OF WHAT HIS FUTURE COULD BE IN THE BULLPEN. STILL HASN’T DEVELOPED A RELIABLE THIRD PITCH. DAN: IT WILL BE AN INTERESTING OFF-SEASON FOR MICHAEL WACHA. WE TOUCHED ON IT EARLIER, HAD TO BE A FREE AGENT AT THE END OF THE YEAR. HEADING INTO THE OFF-SEASON, THE OPPORTUNITIES NORMALLY ARE MORE ABUNDANT WHEN YOU ARE ON THE MARKET, AS A FREE AGENT STARTING PITCHER, EVEN THOUGH THE BULLPEN SEEMS LIKE IN THE PAST THREE OR FOUR WINTER MEETINGS THAT THE RELIEVERS ARE THE FIRST GUYS TO GO OFF THE BOARD. HERE’S ANOTHER CHANGEUP THAT IS UP IN THE ZONE. HE NEEDS TO GET THE BALL DOWN A LITTLE BIT MORE. SCOTT: LEFT SIDE AND IT GETS PAST EDMON. CROHN’S GOT A BASE HIT, FLORES MOVES UP TO THIRD. DAN: NOT A BAD CHANGEUP, OUTER THIRD. MAYBE A LITTLE BIT OFF THE PLATE. GOOD JOB BY O’NEILL TO GET TO THIS ONE. FORCING THE DIAMONDBACKS THIRD BASE COACH TO HOLD THAT RUNNER AT THIRD, KEEP THE DOUBLE PLAY IN ORDER. KYLE: I’M SURE THAT’S WHAT THEY ARE TALKING ABOUT HERE, TRY TO SETTLE HIM DOWN. ALWAYS ONE PITCH AWAY IF YOU GOT A GUY ON FIRST AND ONE OUT. GET YOURSELF A GROUND BALL GET OUT OF THIS INNING. DAN: YOU DON’T OFTEN HEAR ABOUT THAT PICTURE-CATCHER REPORT. MICHAEL WACHA CRA 3.58. ANYBODY OTHER THAN YADI, E.R.A. RIGHT AROUND 8.0, SO A PRETTY BIG DIFFERENCE. ANOTHER PITCHING COACH ON THE FIELD. THE THING THAT IS SO COOL ABOUT HIM IS HE JUST TAKES CONTROL OF THE GAME FROM A STARTING PITCHER STANDPOINT. KYLE: HE SEES SO MANY THINGS THAT MOST DON’T. A LOT OF TIMES WE WOULD GO INTO A GAME WITH A STRATEGY OF POWER GOING TO FACE A GUY AND THEN SWITCH GEARS. I WOULD ASK HIM AFTERWARDS, WHAT DID YOU SEE? WHY DID YOU THROW A FASTBALL WHEN WE SAID WE? ? WERE GOING TO STAY AWAY HE’S LIKE, HE IS LOOKING HARD AWAY OR HE MOVED UP ON THE PLATE, JUST LITTLE THINGS AND I GO BACK AND LOOK AT VIDEO AND THINK, WOW, HE ACTUALLY SAW THAT IN BETWEEN PITCHES AND MADE THE ADJUSTMENT FOR ME. I TRIED TO LEARN THAT AND CARRY IT ON AS I WENT THROUGHOUT THE REST OF MY CAREER, BUT NOBODY DOES IT BETTER THAN YADI. SCOTT: HERE’S THE E.R.A. BY CATCHER, MOLINA AND THEN HIS WORK WITH WIETERS. KYLE: THAT’S NOTHING AGAINST WIETERS, HE’S A VERY GOOD CATCHER HIMSELF. YOU JUST SOMETIMES DON’T QUITE HAVE THAT CONNECTION. THE GAME IS SO MENTAL, RIGHT? YOU GO OUT THERE AND HAVE FULL CONFIDENCE THAT YADI IS GOING TO CALL ALL THE RIGHT PITCHES. MAYBE HE THREW THE PITCH WHERE HE THOUGHT IT SHOULD GO AND RESULT WASN’T THE SAME. NEXT THING YOU KNOW YOU HAVE THE DISCREPANCY BETWEEN E.R.A. OF THE TWO GUYS. SCOTT: JOSH ROJAS STRIKES OUT. SECOND K FOR WACHA. FLORES DOUBLED IN 2, HE IS AT THIRD. HERE COMES NICK AHMED. 19 HOME RUNS, A CAREER YEAR OFFENSIVELY, AND THE CHANGE BEGAN LAST YEAR. SWITCHED UP HIS SWING PASS, OR FLY BALLS, A LIKELY STORY IN TODAY’S GAME. DAN: THERE IS THE STRAIGHT CHANGEUP, HAS HIM OUT IN FRONT OF THE CHECK SWING. YOU SLOW HIM DOWN TO DO WHAT? TO SPEED IT BACK UP. MAKES 94 LOOK LIKE 105. OFTEN HEAR PITCHERS TALKING ABOUT SEQUENCING. NONE BETTER THAN THAT LAST RIGHT THEREFROM WACHA. STRAIGHT CHANGEUP, FOLLOWED BY THE HEATER. KYLE: SOMETHING WE USED TO TALK ABOUT IS TRYING TO GET THE BATTERS IN BETWEEN. I WAS TRYING TO DO THINGS LIKE HE JUST DID THERE, GO BACK AND FORTH, CRISSCROSS CORNERS, KEEP THE BATTER GUESSING, IS HE GOING TO BE HARD, SOFT, INSIDE, OUTSIDE? DAN: WHAT IS SO HARD ABOUT THAT, YOU KNOW AS WELL AS I DO WHEN YOU COME UP THROUGH LITTLE LEAGUE, HIGH SCHOOL, AND COLLEGE, MOST GUYS, YOU AND I COME YOU COULD PROBABLY THROW THE ENTIRE CARDINALS PITCHING STAFF, YOU YOU ARE USED TO BEING DOMINANT AND STRIKING PEOPLE OUT WITH POWER. ALL OF A SUDDEN YOU GET TO THIS LEVEL AND THAT 94 DOESN’T PLAY LIKE IT DID IN HIGH SCHOOL AND COLLEGE. YOU HAVE TO LEARN DIFFERENT WAYS TO MAKE 91-92 LOOK LIKE 94-95. JACK FLAHERTY, HIS STUFF IS SO GOOD RIGHT NOW. HE PITCHES NOW AND DOESN’T THROW. SCOTT: WACHA STRIKES OUT ALL THREE TO GET HIS OUTS IN THE FIRST BUT DOES GIVE UP TWO RUNS. WILMER FLORES PUNCHES A DOUBLE INTO LEFT. 2-0 DIAMONDBACKS AFTER ONE. PAUL GOLDSCHMIDT DEPARTS FOR ST. LOUIS IN DECEMBER. ON MONDAY, THE DIAMONDBACKS WELCOMED HIM BACK IN A BIG WAY.>>LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, THE D-BACKS WELCOME BACK TO CHASE FIELD PAUL GOLDSCHMIDT.>>FIRST OF HOPEFULLY THOUSANDS.>>AS FOR ME PERSONALLY, IT WAS A GOOD FIRST GAME. HIT THAT ONE GOOD YESTERDAY AND HIT THIS ONE A LITTLE BETTER.>>A GREAT CROWD TONIGHT, IT’S NICE TO HAVE THEIR SUPPORT. TO BE ABLE TO GET BACK TO KIDS, IT’S A HUGE HONOR.>>IF WE CAN DO ANYTHING TO HELP OUT SOMEONE IN NEED, WE TRY TO DO THE BEST WE CAN AND GIVE BACK.>>HIS THIRD HOME RUN TODAY. THE ROAD TO THE NATIONAL LEAGUE PENNANT BEGINS RIGHT HERE IN PHOENIX.>>THE DIAMONDBACKS HAVE WON THE NATIONAL LEAGUE WILD-CARD.>>THAT’S NUMBER 204 PAUL GOLDSCHMIDT. — NUMBER 200 FOR PAUL GOLDSCHMIDT. SCOTT: TO SEE MORE EXCLUSIVE BEHIND THE SCENES VIDEOS, SUBSCRIBE TO THEIR YOUTUBE CHANNEL. THEY MISS HIM, THEY LOVE HIM. A QUIET LEADER, A GREAT PRESENCE NOW ON THE ST. LOUIS CARDINALS AND HE LEADS THE TEAM IN HOME RUNS WITH 32. DAN: IT’S JUST STRANGE SEEING PAUL GOLDSCHMIDT IN THAT RED UNIFORM. HE WAS A STAPLE WITH THE ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS. EIGHTH ROUND DRAFT PICK. 209 LONG ONES. TERRIFIC PLAYER. UP UNTIL 2018, HE WAS THE MAN, WITH THE DIAMONDBACKS. KYLE: HE IS SUCH A GOOD HITTER. EARLY IN HIS CAREER, I THOUGHT I HAD HIM FIGURED OUT. THE NEXT AT-BAT I WENT BACK TO THE SAME STUFF AND HE SHOWED ME HE COULD MAKE AN ADJUSTMENT. SCOTT: A BALL AND A STRIKE TO TYLER O’NEILL. WHEN HE’S USING THE OPPOSITE FIELD YOU KNOW HE IS STARTING TO GET LOCKED IN. KYLE: THE WAY THE CARDINALS HAVE BEEN GOING, THEY WILL TAKE THE OFFENSE ANYWAY THEY CAN GET IT, USING ALL PARTS OF THE FIELD. SCOTT: TRYING TO CUT DOWN ON SOME OF THE SWING AND MISS IN HIS GAME, AS YOU CAN SEE. BUILT LIKE A BODYBUILDER, AND HIS DAD IS A BODYBUILDER. DAN: WE’VE SEEN KELLY DO THIS A COUPLE OF DIFFERENT TIMES. HE’S HAD A PRETTY GOOD SPOT OF GETTING THAT BALL DOWN AND AWAY. WE MIGHT SEE SOMETHING DOWN AND AWAY, THAT HARD LITTLE BREAKER. KYLE: CAME RIGHT OUT OF THERE WITH A 3-2 PITCH. COME RIGHT AT HIM WITH A FASTBALL MAKE THEM EARN THEIR WAY HOME. SCOTT: NOW PITCHING WITH THE LEAD, TOSS NUMBER 20 FROM KELLY. GOT HIM. HIS THIRD STRIKE OUT. DAN: FASTBALL, 94 MILES AN HOUR. DOWN AND AWAY, DOWN AND AWAY. A COUPLE OF FASTBALLS IN THIS LAST ONE HERE. THE TARGET IS INTENDED TO BE DOWN AND AWAY. HAS THAT BACKUP SPIN ROTATION, INTENDED PROBABLY TO BE HARD CUTTER DOWN AND AWAY. THE BEST PITCHING BASEBALL WHEN IT BACKS UP AND YOU GET A SWING AND A MISS. SCOTT: NOT AN EASY ONE FOR AHMED, BUT HE DOES IT SO WELL AT SHORTSTOP. FOR NOW IT IS THE SECOND OUT. DAN: THAT WAS A PRETTY SLICK PLAY BY NEW COMMAND. — BY NICK AHMED. YOU SEE THIS RIGHT HERE. SCOTT: IT IS GOING TO BE REVIEWED. DAN: IT’S ONE OF THOSE DO OR DIE PLAYS. HE HAS TO KIND OF REGROUP AND FIND HIS BALANCE. MIGHT HAVE BEEN THE DIFFERENCE, HE CLEARLY BEATS THAT OUT. THAT ONE I AM ASSUMING WILL BE TURNED AROUND. SCOTT: I THINK IT’S JUST A HABIT. YOU ARE USED TO SEEING THE GROUNDBALL GOING HIS WAY AND TURNING INTO AN OUT. DAN: IT SHOULD BE PRETTY EASY TO TURN THIS CALL AROUND. IT SEEMS LIKE HE BEAT IT BY HALF STEP. AND HE DID. SCOTT: INFIELD SINGLE FOR THE CARDINALS CENTER FIELDER. SUCCESSFUL CHALLENGE BY MIKE SHILDT AND COMPANY. YAIRO MUNOZ FILLING IN FOR PAUL DEJONG TODAY. USUALLY YOU GET A 19 INNING GAME AND THERE ARE ALL KINDS OF SWITCHES TO THE STARTING LINEUP. THE CARDINALS, EIGHT POSITION PLAYERS PLAYED THE ENTIRE GAME YESTERDAY INCLUDING DEJONG AND HIS BUDDY, DEXTER FOWLER. KYLE: PRETTY INCREDIBLE, SHOWS YOU HOW MUCH THEY WANTED IT. WITH THE BREWERS CHASING THEM, A POSSIBILITY OF WINNING THIS ONE IN CLOSING OUT THE DIVISION, BUT IT DIDN’T TURN OUT THAT WAY. DAN: KIND OF A GOOD SPOT WHEN YOU DON’T HAVE TO PLAY EVERY SINGLE GAME DOWN THE STRETCH OF LIFE AND DEATH. CARDINALS COMING IN WITH THE 2.5 GAME LEAD OVER THE BREWERS, WITH FOUR GAMES LEFT TO PLAY. THE CARDINALS HAD HOME AFTER THIS ONE. FRIDAY, SATURDAY, SUNDAY THEY TAKE ON THEIR BITTER RIVAL, THE CHICAGO CUBS. SOMETHING TELLS ME THERE IS NOTHING THE REDBIRDS AND THEIR FANS WOULD LIKE TO DO MORE THAN TO CLINCH AGAINST THE CUBBIES THIS WEEKEND. KYLE: I THINK YOU ARE RIGHT. THEY DON’T LINE NOT CLOSING IT OUT HERE, ALTHOUGH IT WOULD BE WHAT WE USED TO CALL A HAPPY FLIGHT IF THEY WOULD HAVE DONE THAT. IF THEY WIN THIS GAME THEY HAVE A CHANCE TO CLOSE IT OUT AGAINST THE CUBS AT HOME AND MAKE THEM WATCH THE CELEBRATION. THAT SOMETHING ALL CARDINALS FANS ASKED FOR. DAN: LAST WEEK IN, BIG FOUR-GAME SERIES IN CHICAGO. THE CARDINALS, FOUR ONE RUN DECISIONS, AND THEY WON THEM ALL. FIRST TIME I BELIEVE THEY HAD SWEPT THE CUBS IN A FOUR-GAME SERIES SINCE LIKE 1930. SCOTT: 1921, FIRST TIME WRIGLEY FIELD. DAN: DON’T ASK ME ABOUT WAS PITCHING AT THAT TIME, NO, I WASN’T. I KNOW THAT WAS GOING TO BE YOUR NEXT QUESTION. I WAS NOT. SCOTT: YOU GUYS KNOW ALL MY TRICKS. ANOTHER CHECK AT FIRST. THREE OF THE FOUR WINS FOR THE CARDINALS THIS PAST WEEK AND CAME IN THE FINAL AT-BAT. DAN: PRETTY GOOD MOVE OVER TO FIRST THEREBY KELLY. YOU CAN SEE THAT HE WAS ABLE TO GET THAT RIGHT HAND JUST UNDERNEATH THE GLOVE OF WRONG. — OF CRONE. KYLE: YOU CAN SEE HE DOES MAKE GOOD MOVES. BEING A LITTLE TOO QUICK AND THE FIRST, BUT RECOVERED AFTER THAT AND MADE SOME GOOD PITCHES. THAT’S ANOTHER PART OF PITCHING IS KEEPING THOSE RUNNERS WHERE THEY ARE AT, PAYING ATTENTION AND NOT LETTING THEM GET IN SCORING POSITION. SCOTT: HE STRUCK OUT O’NEILL, THAT COULD BE 2. AHMED IS WHIPPING IT OVER TO FIRST AND THERE IT IS, WHEN EUROS BOUNCES INTO THE DOUBLE PLAY. 2-0, DIAMONDBACKS OVER THE CARDINALS AS WE GET TO THE BOTTOM OF THE SECOND INNING FROM CHASE FIELD. BECKETT CHASE FIELD, — BACK AT CHASE FIELD, IT’S THE MLB GAME OF THE WEEK LIVE ON YOUTUBE. OUR FIRST GUEST OF THE AFTERNOON IS READY TO GO. IT’S DIAMONDBACKS FIRST BASEMAN CHRISTIAN WALKER JOINING US. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR HOPPING ON. HOW MUCH SLEEP DID YOU LOG LAST NIGHT? CHRISTIAN COLON NOT AS MUCH AS YOU THINK, BUT TO BE HONEST, THE ADRENALINE HELPS CARRY THROUGH FOR A DAY LIKE TODAY. SCOTT: KETEL MARTE, TELL HIM WE SAY HELLO. HOW MUCH OF AN IMPACT DID HE HAVE ON THESE DIAMONDBACKS, AND I KNOW HE DOESN’T GET TO FINISH THE YEAR WITH THE SQUAD BUT WITH JUST A FEW GAMES LEFT TO GO, YOU LOOK BACK AND HE IS LEADING THE NATIONAL LEAGUE IN HITS. CHRISTIAN: I’VE BEEN SO IMPRESSED TO PLAY WITH HIM THE LAST FEW YEARS AND TO WATCH HIM GROW AND TURN INTO ONE OF THE BEST PLAYERS IN THE LEAGUE, IS NOT AN ACCIDENT. IT IS ON PURPOSE. HE WORKS HARD AND HE GETS EVERY — GETS EVERYTHING HE DESERVES. DAN: TELL US ABOUT EDUARDO ESCOBAR, WHAT A MONSTER SEASON HE HAS PUT TOGETHER. CHRISTIAN: HE HAS BEEN A BIG PART OF THE TEAM THIS YEAR, NAVIGATING MY FIRST FULL SEASON, HE HAS BEEN A HUGE PART OF THAT FOR ME AND I HAVE ENJOYED MY TIME WITH HIM A LOT. SCOTT: ASK HIM IF HE CAN BRING UP SOME SEEDS FOR US SINCE HE IS WASTING THEM. THIS IS A UNIQUE EXPERIENCE BECAUSE MANY OF THE STARTERS ARE ON THE BENCH DUE TO THE 19 INNINGS. WHAT IS IT LIKE TO WATCH THIS GAME ON THE BENCH WITH MANY OF THE FELLOW STARTERS? CHRISTIAN: IT’S THAT TIME OF YEAR. IT’S TOUGH TO PLAY 19 INNING GAMES, WHEREVER WE ARE AT. IT DOESN’T MATTER WHO WE PUT OUT THERE EVERY DAY, I FEEL LIKE WE HAVE A SHOT TO WIN. WE ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO THIS ONE. DAN: IF I’M A DIAMONDS BACK — DIAMONDBACKS FAN, GIVE ME A COUPLE OF REASONS TO FEEL OPTIMISTIC GOING INTO 2020. CHRISTIAN: THIS YEAR IS A GOOD EXAMPLE. OBVIOUSLY THE POSTSEASON IS OUT OF REACH FOR US AND THAT IS DEFINITELY A DISAPPOINTMENT, BUT WE SURPRISED A LOT OF PEOPLE. WE DIDN’T SURPRISE OURSELVES. WE STILL HAVE A LOT IN THE TANK AND WE CAN PLAY A LOT BETTER AS A TEAM. SCOTT: JUST FOUL OFF THE BAT OF CALEB JOSEPH WHO HAD A BIG KNOCK FOR THE DIAMONDBACKS YESTERDAY. CHRISTIAN: GUYS LIKE THAT, I FEEL LIKE WE CAN THROW ANYBODY IN ANY SITUATION. MOVING FORWARD, JUST SETTING OUR SIGHTS ON NEXT YEAR AND FINISHING THIS YEAR STRONG. I THINK EVERYBODY SHOULD BE REALLY EXCITED FOR WHAT THIS TEAM HAS TO OFFER. SCOTT: A YOUTUBE CREATOR IS ASKING WHAT WAS IT LIKE HITTING A 475 FOOT OFF CLAYTON KERSHAW LAST YEAR? CHRISTIAN: THAT WAS AMAZING. AT THAT POINT MY ROLE WAS PINCHHITTING. TO BE ABLE TO COME OFF THE BENCH, IT IS RARE THAT THE STARTER IS STILL IN THE GAME FOR A PINCH HITTER LIKE THAT. IN MY OPINION, KERSHAW IS ONE OF THE BEST IN THE GAME. I’VE HAD SOME SUCCESS, BUT BASEBALL IS FUNNY LIKE THAT. I WAS HAPPY TO HELP THE TEAM AND GIVE US ANOTHER RUN IN THE LATE INNINGS. SCOTT: HAS ANYONE HIT YOU UP WITH THE TEXT SAYING HOW DO YOU HIT THAT GUY? THAT’S THE FIRST OUT. CHRISTIAN: TO BE HONEST, I’VE HAD THIS GAME GO AGAINST ME ENOUGH TO KNOW THAT THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS OWNING A GUY OR ANYTHING LIKE THAT. JUST WHEN YOU THINK YOU’VE GOT IT FIGURED OUT, THE GAME HUMBLES YOU. I’M GOING TO KEEP IT SIMPLE AGAINST HIM AND HOPEFULLY GET SOME PITCHES TO HIT. SCOTT: TAKE US THROUGH SOME OF THE CHANGES YOU HAVE MADE ON A PERSONAL LEVEL. YOU SAID YOU HAVE BEEN SWINGING A LITTLE BIT MORE UPHILL. IS THAT AN ADJUSTMENT TO THE WAY THE LEAK IS FACING PITCHING THESE DAYS? CHRISTIAN: IT’S A COMBINATION. EVERYBODY SAYS BASEBALL IS A NUMBERS GAME, BUT TO BE ABLE TO PICK IT APART AND TWEAK THE NUMBERS AND FORMULATE A PLAN MOVING INTO THE OFF-SEASON ON WHERE I CAN GET BETTER, A COMBINATION OF HOW GETTING ADJUSTED TO AND TRYING TO MAKE MY ADJUSTMENTS ON THE FLY. MERRILL KELLY FACING 0-2 COUNT. TWO DOWN IN THE BOTTOM OF THE SECOND. LET’S GO BACK TO THE PLAYERS THAT ARE IN THEIR FINAL YEAR OF CLUB CONTROL. AHMED AND RAY IN 2020 ALONG WITH PERALTA. ARCHIE BRADLEY COULD BE A FREE AGENT AFTER 2021. THIS IS A GOOD SIGN. HOW NICE HAS IT BEEN TO HAVE SOME OF THESE GUYS THIS YEAR LIKE ESCOBAR AND KETEL MARTE EMERGE INTO SOME OF THE BEST POWER HITTERS IN THE SPORT? CHRISTIAN: TO BE HONEST, IT’S NO SURPRISE, SEEING THE AMOUNT OF FOCUS AND PREPARATION THAT GOES INTO THE DAILY GRIND. ALL OF THAT IS ON PURPOSE. IT IS A TRIBUTE TO WHO WE GOT. WE HAVE A LOT OF CONFIDENCE IN OUR GUYS. REGARDLESS OF HOW EVERYBODY OUTSIDE THE CLUBHOUSE FEELS, WE HAVE A TON OF MOMENTUM AND CONFIDENCE GOING INTO NEXT YEAR. DAN: WAS THERE ANY ADDED EXTRA PRESSURE WHEN YOU ARRIVE AT SPRING TRAINING AND KNOW YOU’RE GOING TO BE THE GUY REPLACING PAUL, WHO HAS BEEN A STAPLE HERE? WAS THERE ADDED PRESSURE THAT YOU FEEL WHEN YOU CAME INTO CAMP? CHRISTIAN: I DON’T KNOW IF PRESSURE IS THE RIGHT WORD, BUT EXCITEMENT FOR SURE. IT SEEMED LIKE THERE WAS GOING TO BE AN OPPORTUNITY THERE FOR ME. ME AND LAMB WERE GOING AT IT FOR A WHILE, STILL PLAYING MATCHUPS HERE AND THERE. HONESTLY, THERE IS ALWAYS AN ANGLE WHERE YOU CAN MAKE IT SEEM LIKE THE ODDS ARE STACKED AGAINST YOU OR YOU NEED TO COME THROUGH AND PROVE SOMEBODY WRONG. I TRY TO ALWAYS PLAY WITH A CHIP ON MY SHOULDER AND PLAY WAS A LITTLE BIT OF AN EDGE. THIS YEAR HAS DEFINITELY BEEN FORTUNATE. IT’S HARD TO ALWAYS BE THE MAN AFTER THE MAN. JUST COMING HERE AND TRY TO BRING WHAT I CAN TO THE BALLPARK EVERY DAY AND STAY WITHIN MYSELF. SCOTT: CASTRO WILL FIND HIMSELF A SINGLE. HE IS 2-2 TODAY. HOW FAST IS HE, CHRISTIAN? I HAVE HIM AS THE FASTEST PLAYER IN BASEBALL. CHRISTIAN: I AGREE, I HAVEN’T SEEN THE METRICS ON IT BUT HE IS ONE OF THOSE GUYS WHO JUST LOOKS GOOD RUNNING. SCOTT: YOUR TEAM CAN RUN. CHRISTIAN: WE’VE GOT A GOOD GROUP. DAVE MCKAY OVER AT FIRST BASE EXCELLENT JOB WITH OUR GUYS. ANY LITTLE EDGE, ANY TIP, ANYTHING TO GIVE US AN EXTRA SPLIT SECOND ON THE BASES, THAT FINE ATTENTION TO DETAIL REALLY PUTS PRESSURE ON THE OTHER TEAM TO PLAY A CLEAN GAME. SCOTT: DO YOU THINK CASTRO IS RUNNING HERE? CHRISTIAN: I WOULD NOT BE SURPRISED IF HE WENT WITHIN THE NEXT TWO PITCHES. SCOTT: ABRAHAM ALMONTE WALKED THE FIRST TIME AROUND, ENDED UP SCORING A DOUBLE. DIAMONDBACKS LEAD 2-0. WILMER FLORES ON DECK. THE DIFFERENCE IN THE CONTEST RIGHT NOW. THIS IS SEPTEMBER BASEBALL AND IT’S NOT GOING TO BE LIKE THIS NEXT YEAR. IS IT PRETTY CROWDED IN THE CLUBHOUSE AT THE MOMENT? CHRISTIAN: IT IS. THERE’S DEFINITELY A LOT OF BODIES. IT’S NOT SCORING A RUN OR HITTING A HOMER AND COMING IN AND SLAPPING A BUNCH OF HANDS. IT IS A LOT OF FUN, FOR SURE. SCOTT: NEXT YEAR IT WILL BE DOWN TO A 28 MAN ROSTER IN THE MONTH OF SEPTEMBER. COULD STILL GO UP TO 40 THIS YEAR. KYLE, WHAT WAS IT LIKE TO HAVE A CROWDED CLUBHOUSE IN SEPTEMBER? KYLE: IT WAS THE WORST WHEN YOU GO INTO SOMEWHERE LIKE WRIGLEY AND SOME OF THE SMALLER CLUBHOUSES. YOU ACTUALLY HAVE BIG LEAGUERS SHARING A LOCKER. SCOTT: THAT WAS SO NICE OF ESCOBAR, A LITTLE WATER BREAK. THEY ARE CHECKING ON MICHAEL WACHA NOW. WHILE THEY CHECK HIM OUT, CHRISTIAN, WE WILL LET YOU GO. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR JOINING US. THE GLOBAL AUDIENCE WATCHING ON YOUTUBE APPRECIATES IT AS WELL. CHRISTIAN WALKER, DIAMONDBACKS FIRST BASEMAN WITH US ON THE GAME OF THE WEEK, LIVE ON YOUTUBE. SUDDENLY A LITTLE ACTION IN THE BULLPEN. DAN: I DON’T KNOW IF MIKE SHILDT AND THE PITCHING COACH, SOMETHING THEY DIDN’T LIKE AND THAT LAST DELIVERY. A MEETING ON THE MOUND, ONE THING YOU HAVE TO MAKE SURE IF YOU ARE MICHAEL WACHA IS THAT YOU’RE BEING TRUTHFUL. IT LOOKS LIKE HE IS COMING OUT. ON A DAY WHEN THE CARDINALS ARE COMING OFF A 19 INNING MARATHON, THERE’S GOING TO BE AN EXTENDED LOOK AT THIS BULLPEN. WE WILL GET YOU THE INFO IN A MOMENT. CHECK OUT YOUTUBE’S LIFE GAME COMMENTARY. IT IS A UNIQUE VIEWING EXPERIENCE. WE WILL KEEP AN EYE ON THE DISCUSSION THROUGHOUT THE BROADCAST. THE NATIONALS CLINCH THEIR FIFTH POSTSEASON BERTH IN THE LAST EIGHT SEASONS. MARTY IS ANNOUNCING HIS LAST GAME IS THURSDAY, AFTER 45 YEARS AS REDS BROADCASTER. JOSE RAMIREZ COMES BACK YESTERDAY, HIS FIRST GAME BACK FROM THE INJURED LIST. A GRAND SLAM AND SEVEN RBIS. JOSE RAMIREZ COMING OFF A BROKEN HIM IT BONE WHICH SOMETIMES CAN SAP THE POWER FOR A WHEN YOU RETURN BECAUSE OF WEAKNESS. MAYBE MODERN SCIENCE AND SURGERY IS CREATING BETTER PLAYERS BECAUSE WE ARE SEEING MANY PLAYERS COMING OFF SURGERY LIKE THAT AND NOT SUFFERING IN THE SAME WAY. DAN: HE HITS THE GRAND SLAM FROM THE LEFT SIDE AND LATER IN THE GAME HE COMES AND HITS ONE FROM THE RIGHT SIDE. WHAT THE CLEVELAND INDIANS HAVE DONE, WITHOUT JASON KIPNIS OR TYLER NAQUIN, AND NOT HAVING JOSE RAMIREZ HAS BEEN SIMPLY REMARKABLE. THREE GAMES IN D.C. AGAINST THE NATIONALS. IT SEEMS LIKE A DISADVANTAGE FOR TEAM THAT IS BUILT AROUND THE DH TO HAVE TO PLAY THE LAST THREE DAYS OF THE SEASON WITH THEIR PICTURES HITTING. — WITH THEIR PITCHERS HITTING. SCOTT: MIKE SHILDT GOING WITH MIKE, WHO IS ONE OF THE TWO PITCHERS WHO DID NOT APPEAR IN YESTERDAY’S GAME FOR ST. LOUIS. HERE IS MICHAEL WACHA WALKING OFF. THE JERSEY IS DRENCHED. IT IS NOT THAT HOT IN HERE, MAYBE IT IS DEHYDRATION. DAN: IT’S HARD TO SAY. HE WAS LOOKING DOWN TOWARD HIS LEG AREA. KYLE: I USED TO HAVE ISSUES WITH CRAMPING IN ST. LOUIS. YOU NEVER KNOW. DAN: MIKE MAYERS IS WELL RESTED. HE LAST APPEARED SEPTEMBER 6. ONE OF THOSE GUYS WHO SAYS COACH, I NEED SOME REST. — THANKFULLY IN SEPTEMBER BASEBALL YOU HAVE SOME ADDITIONS TO THE BULLPEN. YOU HAVE A TOUGH GAME, YOU GET BACK TO THE HOTEL ROOM AND YOU’RE BARELY SITUATED, SITTING AROUND, AND SOME OF THE GUYS ARE THINKING, IF SOMETHING HAPPENS, WHO DO YOU THINK THE LONG GUY IS GOING TO BE? I’M SURE THERE WERE A LOT OF LUMPS IN THROATS WHEN YOU SOLVE MIKE SHILDT AND MIKE ATTUCKS HEAD OUT TO THE MOUND TO LOOK AT MIKE MAYERS. KYLE: A COUPLE OF GUYS DOWN THERE IN THE BULLPEN PUTTING THE HOODIES ON WHEN THAT PHONE RANG. SCOTT: JOHN BRADLEY HAS PITCHED IN BOTH GAMES OF THE SERIES. 26 IN THE LAST TWO YEARS — TWO DAYS. SOME HEAVILY USED RELIEVER SITTING OUT THERE IN THE BULLPEN RIGHT NOW. MIKE SHILDT HAVING A CONVERSATION WITH MIKE MADDUX. THEY DON’T SEEM TOO CONCERNED ABOUT HOW THE REST OF THE GAME IS GOING TO PLAY OUT. THE FEWEST HOME RUNS ALLOWED, ONE OF THE STRINGS OF THE TEAM. DAN: THEY REALLY BELIEVE IN THIS STARTING ROTATION. THERE’S A LOOK AT ADAM WAINWRIGHT WITH THE EYE BLACK ON. KYLE: WHEN I WAS TALKING TO HIM BEFORE THE GAME, HE TOLD MIKE SHILDT HE WAS READY TO COME BACK IN THE GAME. HE WENT INTO THE CLUBHOUSE, GETTING READY, HEADED DOWN TO THE BULLPEN AND HE WAS DOWN THERE GETTING HIS GAME FACE ON. A LITTLE BIT LATER THE CALL FOR HIM TO COME POSSIBLY HIT. WAINWRIGHT IS READY TO DO ANYTHING HE CAN TO HELP THIS TEAM WIN. HE IS A LITTLE JEALOUS OF ONE ACCOMPLISHMENT I HAVE, WE WOULD PLAY 21 INNINGS, I GOT TO PLAY THE OUTFIELD. HE WAS ON THE BENCH, SO JEALOUS. THERE WERE TOLD DO NOT THROW THE BALL IN FROM THE OUTFIELD. JOSE REYES WAS ON THIRD BASE. ONE OF THE FASTEST PLAYERS IN BASEBALL. I’M ON THE WARNING TRACK, FLOATING BACK, LIKE I HAD A CHANCE. SCOTT: LOCASTRO IS HEADED FOR SECOND, AND HE IS IN THERE. KYLE: I WAS LIKE, ARE THEY GOING TO TAKE ME OUT? I WAS SITTING THERE RIGHT BEHIND ALBERT. SCOTT: WIETERS HAD TO PUT THAT ONE IN HIS BACK POCKET. LOCASTRO HASN’T BEEN THROWN OUT. MIGHT BE A TEAM THAT WOULD LIKE TO HAVE HIM ON LOAN COMING UP IN A WEEK. NICE WEAPON TO HAVE IN THE POSTSEASON. YOU BRING IN A GUY LIKE LOCASTRO, TURNS A SINGLE INTO A DOUBLE. SCOTT: THAT MISSED INSIDE. A CONVERSATION GOING ON RIGHT NOW. DAN: WE’VE SEEN A PRETTY GOOD FASTBALL FROM MYERS. 19 DAYS REST. HE HAS HAD SOME TIME TO RECOUP. FASTBALL UP TO 96-97. SAW A GOOD BREAKING BALL IN THAT BAT. SCOTT: WHAT DO YOU THINK HE IS UPSET ABOUT? DAN: NOT QUITE SURE. KIND OF GAVE A STAIR, THAT LUCROY THERE — KIND OF GAVE A STARE. SCOTT: THIS SETS UP NICELY FOR WILMER FLORES. HIS SECOND AT-BAT OF THE DAY, NOW IN THE SECOND INNING. BACK IN THE FIRST, A TWO R.B.I. DOUBLE. I WAS GOING TO READ HIS LIPS, BUT THEN SOMEONE GOT IN THE WAY OF THE CAMERA. DAN: 19 INNING GAME LAST NIGHT. SCOTT: THEY HAVE NEVER FACED EACH OTHER UNTIL JUST NOW. KYLE: MIGHT HAVE BEEN A CASE WHERE THE UMPIRE WAS WONDERING WHERE IS THAT PITCH. THE BATTER THINKS HE IS TALKING TO HIM. DAN: HERE’S A LOOK AT HOME PLATE UMPIRE ALFONSO MARQUEZ. HE HAS ALWAYS BEEN VERY GOOD AT THE CORNERS. WE HAVE THIS RAGING DEBATE ALL THE TIME. I THINK THERE HAS NEVER BEEN MORE DIFFICULT TIME TO BE A STARTING PITCHER OR RELIEF PITCHER. I BELIEVE THERE ARE MORE STRIKES THAT ARE CALLED BALLS AND BALLS THAT ARE CALLED STRIKES. UMPIRES ARE GRADED EVERY NIGHT. FLORES LISTED TO CENTER. SCOTT: SOME TRAFFIC, BUT NOTHING TO SHOW FOR IT ON THE DIAMONDBACKS SIDE. MICHAEL WACHA OUT OF GAME. 2-0 DIAMONDBACKS. WHAT IS THE CRAZIEST MLB PLAY THAT YOU CAN REMEMBER?>>A LOT OF THE CRAZY PLACE I REMEMBER AS A KID, WATCHING THEM AS HIGHLIGHTS, LIKE JIM EDMONDS. SIMILAR TO WILLIE MAYS’CATCH OVER HIS SHOULDER.>>THERE’S A FEW THAT STICK OUT TO ME. I DOVE, PICKED THE BALL, I GOT UP AND I THREW IT. THERE IS NO WAY THAT I’M GETTING TO THAT IN HIS MIND. MY MOST MEMORABLE PLAY WAS THE HOME RUN ARRIVED AGAINST MILWAUKEE. CLIMB THE FENCE, GOT MY CLEATS IN, AND THEN I GOT A LITTLE BIT OF BOOST OFF THE FENCE, WHICH NEVER HAPPENS.>>DOVE AFTER THE BALL, IT TIPPED OFF HIS GLOVE. I WAS ABLE TO EVENTUALLY GET IT WITH MY BAREHAND.>>THE OTHER DAY IN SPRING TRAINING, THERE ARE MAYBE FIVE FANS JUST GOING THERE TO WATCH. JOEY ROUNDS FIRST AND GETS TO SECOND AND THE BALL DROPS. THIS IS ONE OF THE BIGGEST NAMES IN BASEBALL. SCOTT: BACK AT CHASE FIELD, LET’S GO DOWN TO JACKIE WITH AN UPDATE ON MICHAEL WACHA. JACKIE: HE HAS TIGHTNESS IN HIS RIGHT SHOULDER, A TOUGH WAY FOR HIM TO LEAVE THE GAME. SCOTT: THAT COULD PUT HIS POSTSEASON HOPES IN JEOPARDY AS WELL. AS YOU MENTIONED, THERE ARE A NUMBER OF GOOD OPTIONS FOR THE ROTATION AND HE WAS A POTENTIAL BULLPEN OPTION, BUT THEY HAVE PLENTY OF VALUABLE WEAPONS THERE AS WELL. DAN: STARTING PITCHING GOING INTO THE POSTSEASON, WE CALL IT BULLPEN BASEBALL. THE CARDINALS ARE SO DEEP, BUT JACK FLAHERTY IS THE BEST STARTING PITCHER, IN MY OPINION. ADAM WAINWRIGHT CAN JUST MANAGE A GAME. HE DOESN’T THROW HIS HEART AS HE USED TO. DON’T FEEL BAD FOR THE CARDINALS. THEIR STARTING PITCHING IS IN ORDER. THERE BULLPEN HAS BEEN THROWING LIGHTS OUT. THEY ARE IN A GOOD SPOT RIGHT NOW. THIS IS JUST A MINOR BLIP WITH MICHAEL WACHA. SOME RIGHT SHOULDER TIGHTNESS. THEIR PITCHING IS IN PRETTY GOOD ORDER RIGHT NOW, HEADING INTO THIS LAST WEEKEND OF SEPTEMBER, WITH THREE BIG GAMES COMING UP AGAINST THE RIVAL CUBS. SCOTT: SETS THE TABLES FOR THE CARDINALS IN THE THIRD. WALKER HAS HAD TWO EXTENDED TRIPS. YOU CAN IMAGINE IF HE’S NOT ON THE PLAYOFF ROSTER IT COULD HURT HIS STOCK IN THE WINTER. KYLE: NOT KNOWING EXACTLY WHAT IS GOING ON OR HOW LONG WILL TAKE FOR HIM TO GET BACK. THE POSTSEASON IS A LONG MONTH. THINGS COULD HAPPEN IF HE REHABS HIMSELF, GETS HIMSELF READY TO GO BACK OUT THERE. YOU NEVER KNOW WHAT COULD HAPPEN , A SPOT COULD OPEN UP AND HE STILL COULD PLAY A KEY ROLE. YOU JUST NEVER KNOW. WE HAVE TO WAIT AND SEE WHAT THE PROGNOSIS IS ON THE SHOULDER. SCOTT: CAREER APPEARANCE AT THE PLATE FOR MIKE MAYERS, AND THE BUNT GOES THE OTHER WAY. BEST SAVE PERCENTAGE IN THE NATIONAL LEAGUE. LATELY IT HAS BEEN CARLOS MARTINEZ, WHO WAS USED IN YESTERDAY’S GAME, EITHER. DAN: A LOT OF OPTIONS OUT THERE FOR MIKE SHILDT. ANDREW MILLER HAS BEEN THROWING THE BALL REALLY WELL. TWO GUYS THAT HAVE FLOWN UNDER THE RADAR, IS A DEEP BULLPEN. CARLOS MARTINEZ CLOSING THINGS OUT. SCOTT: MYERS GOES WITH A SWING AND THOUSAND ALL. DAN: PRETTY GOOD SWING RIGHT THERE, THE OLD BUTCHER BOY. YOU SEE HIM RIGHT HERE, HE PULLS IT BACK. PRETTY GOOD SWING. SCOTT: THIRD BASE AND SECOND BASE NICE AND TIGHT. THERE IS A STRIKEOUT. DAN: THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS, THAT IS THE OVERHAND CURVEBALL. WATCH THE HEAD OF THE BAT LEAVE THE RIGHT HAND. THEY WILL SAY, CAN YOU QUEUE UP THAT AB? CHRISTIAN: I APPRECIATED THE GUYS BEING ON BASE IN FRONT OF ME, BUT I’M WANTING HIM TO SWING IT. I GET ASKED ALL THE TIME HOW MANY HOME RUNS DO YOU HAVE. I WAS REALLY GOOD AT BATTING PRACTICE. IT’S A LITTLE DIFFERENT WHEN THEY START THROWING SINKERS ON YOUR HANDS AND SLIDERS DOWN IN THE DIRT. DAN: IT’S AN AMAZING THING THAT ALL THE POSITION PLAYERS WANT TO PITCH. SCOTT: 0-2. KYLE: I CAME UP WITH MINNESOTA AND SPENT FIVE YEARS IN THE BIGS. SCOTT: YOU STATED YOUR CASE, I BUY IT. DAN: GOOD-LOOKING MIKE MADDUX GOING TO WORK. HE HAS MISSED SOME INNINGS. SCOTT: A SINGLE FOR ADMIN IN HIS FIRST TRIP, AND HE’S GOT ANOTHER. SOSA IS GOING TO HOLD UP AT SECOND. TWO ON, ONE OUT. DAN: YOU CAN SEE WHY THE FAITHFUL COME TO LOVE HIM AS A PLAYER. A SCRAPPY, BLUE-COLLAR KIND OF GUY. IT’S IT RIGHT BACK TO THE MIDDLE, DOESN’T TRY TO PULL IT. REDBIRDS IN BUSINESS, FIRST AND SECOND AND ONE OUT HERE IN THE TOP OF THE THIRD. SCOTT: 17.3 CONSECUTIVE SCORELESS INNINGS. NOW TWO ON, AND HERE IS JOSE MARTINEZ. KELLY MADE HIS MAJOR LEAGUE DEBUT THIS YEAR AT AGE 30. MARTINEZ A LATE BLOOMER. DAN: NOT AN EASY THING THAT HE EXCELS AT, COMING OFF THE BENCH. HE IS A FREE SWING OR — SWINGER . STRUCK OUT IN HIS FIRST AT BAT, BUT HE USUALLY GOES UP THERE SWINGING. HE IS A HARD GUY TO SET UP BECAUSE HE IS PRETTY MUCH IN SWING MODE WHEN HE GETS OUT THERE. YOU ALMOST HAVE TO THROW EVERY BREAKING BALL LIKE IT’S A TWO STRIKE BREAKING BALL. KYLE: YOU FACE A GUY LIKE THIS AND IN YOUR MIND YOU SAY IT IS AN 0-2 PITCH. HE MIGHT SWING AT IT OR TAKE IT, SO WHAT, HE WILL SWING AT THE NEXT ONE.>>YOU LOCATE, OR YOUR CONCENTRATION WAS ON THE LOCATION OF THE PITCH YOU WANTED IT TO MAKE. SCOTT: HE IS DANCING HIS WAY TO EXTRA BASES AND THE CARDINALS HAVE THEIR FIRST RUN OF THE DAY. SOSA AND EDMAN COME IN ON THE TWO R.B.I. DOUBLE FOR JOSE MARTINEZ. WE ARE TIED AT 2-2. DAN: THIS IS WHAT MARTINEZ DOES, GETTING A STARTING ASSIGNMENT DUE TO THAT GAME LAST NIGHT. A HARD CUTTER UP IN THE ZONE RIGHT HERE, 91 MILES AN HOUR. DRIVES THE BALL IN THE GAP. SPLITS THE GAP, ONE SWING OF THE BAT. CARDINALS HAVE TIED THIS GAME UP AT 2-2. SCOTT: 42 R.B.I.’S ON THE YEAR, AND ALL SMILES. THAT SNAPS THE SHUTOUT STREAK THAT WAS GOING ON FOR KELLY AT 17.3 INNINGS. THE SECOND-LONGEST ACTIVE STREAK IN BASEBALL. KYLE: THAT’S ONE OF THE PITCHES THAT MERRILL KELLY IS PROBABLY KICKING HIMSELF. THE GAME JUST TIED UP, BUT YOU’VE GOT TO EXECUTE THAT SLIDER AND CUT HER OFF THE PLATE. SCOTT: RAVELO DIGS IN. KELLY STRUCK HIM OUT IN THE FIRST. DAN: THERE’S THAT LOWBALL IN THE ZONE. ALFONSO MARQUEZ, YOU’RE SEEING THAT MORE AND MORE. IT LOOKS LIKE IT’S RIGHT AT THE BOTTOM OF THE ZONE. IT’S A 50-50 FLIP OF THE COIN IF YOU’RE GOING TO GET IT CALLED AT ALL. SCOTT: RAVELO SHIFTS IT TO CENTER. TWO DOWN. THE MLB POSTSEASON IS ON YOUTUBE TV. 70 PLUS CHANNELS OF LIVE TV, INCLUDING EVERY SINGLE POSTSEASON GAME, AND UNLIMITED CLOUD DVR STORAGE. YOU CAN ADD YOUR FAVORITE TEAMS TO THE LIBRARY. YOU CAN DO IT EASILY IF YOU HAVE YOUTUBE TV. THE ROOF IS ON IN ARIZONA. IT RAINED EARLIER THIS WEEK, A RARITY. MONDAY’S GAME WOULD NOT HAVE HAPPENED WITHOUT THIS NICE, RETRACTABLE ROOF AT CHASE FIELD. THEY WERE CALLING IT MONSOON MONDAY IN PHOENIX. KYLE: SOME FLOODED ROAD, I TRIED TO STAY INSIDE ALL DAY. SCOTT: MATT WIETERS POPS ONE UP. STROLLING IN IS ROJAS FOR THE THIRD OUT. THE CARDINALS GET TW. OJOSE MARTINEZ WITH A DOUBLE TO EVEN UP THE SCORE AS WE HEAD TO THE DIAMONDBACKS PORTION OF THE THIRD. CARDINALS PITCHING COACH MIKE MADDUX IS RESPECTED ACROSS BASEBALL. TAKE A LOOK AT A PRIVATE SESSION WITH MAD DOG.>>HERE YOU GO. TRY THIS WHEN YOU ARE THROWING THE BALL. I’M GOING TO COME UP BEHIND YOU AND SAY GIVE ME YOUR LUNCH MONEY. YOU ARE GOING TO TAKE THIS ELBOW RIGHT HERE AND GO, WHAM! YOU’RE GOING TO COME UP AND DRIVE THIS THING. HE’S A PRETTY COOL PERSON, TOO. YOU GET TO TALK TO HIM, IT’S PRETTY NICE. BROKE A SWEAT YET? SHOULD HAVE, A LITTLE WARM OUT HERE. I WASN’T TOO UNCOMFORTABLE HERE. IT WAS A NICE EXPERIENCE, GETTING MY ARM PULLED OUT MORE, KEEP ME GOING STRAIGHT FORWARD TO THE CATCHER. I WILL HAVE TO REMEMBER THAT IN A GAME SO IT WILL HELP ME PITCH BETTER. THAT’S WHAT WE ARE TALKING ABOUT RIGHT THERE. OH MY, DUDE, THAT IS DEAD ON.>>I GOT TO LEARN A FEW DIFFERENT THINGS THAT HELP ME BECOME A BETTER PITCHER. IT’S A LOT TO TAKE IN. IT’S A GOOD EXPERIENCE. SCOTT: THE BEHIND-THE-SCENES CARDINALS VIDEO DOESN’T STOP HERE. SUBSCRIBE TO THE YOUTUBE CHANNEL AND YOU WON’T MISS A STORY. YOUTUBE.COM/CARDINALS. A DREAM EXPERIENCE, TO BE ABLE TO LINK UP WITH THE GREAT PITCHING COACH IN THE SPORT. KYLE: I WOULD BE ASKING ALL KINDS OF QUESTIONS. I STILL DO. SCOTT: JAKE LAMB TAKES A STRIKE. A FINE LOOKING ROOKIE ON THE CLEVELAND INDIANS BY THE NAME OF ZACH PLESAC WHO’S HAD SOME HELP FROM HIS UNCLE DAN. DAN: I’M A NERVOUS WRECK. NEXT UP ON FRIDAY, INDIANS CLOSING OUT THEIR SEASON. ACTUALLY HE WILL BE PITCHING FRIDAY NIGHT IN D.C. SO I WILL BE A NERVOUS WRECK, I WILL BE ON THE AIR AT MLB NETWORK. EVERY TIME HE THROWS THE BALL I CHANGE MY SEAT, I WALK AROUND. I COULDN’T IMAGINE BEING A PARENT, WHAT MY MOM AND DAD MUST HAVE GONE THROUGH FOR 18 YEARS. HE IS MY NEPHEW, AND I’M PACING BACK AND FORTH. PART OF WHAT MAKES IT SO COOL IS WHEN HE MADE HIS DEBUT AGAINST THE BOSTON RED SOX. YOU KNOW WHAT IT IS LIKE TO WARM UP IN THAT BULLPEN IN FENWAY AND PEOPLE HOOTING AND HOLLERING ON YOU. IT’S JUST THE EXPERIENCE OF WALKING THROUGH THE BALLPARK THAT YOU DON’T GET TO SEE NOW THAT YOU ARE RETIRED. WHEN YOUR PLAYER YOU ARE ISOLATED, YOU GET ON THE BUS, YOU COME IN A CAB TO THE BACK GATE. WHEN YOU GET AWAY FROM THE GAMING AND YOU SEE WHAT GOES ON, IT CAN BE PRETTY INTIMIDATING. SCOTT: JAKE LAMB STRIKES OUT. KYLE: THERE IS A LOT MORE TO IT WHEN YOU GET ON THE OTHER SIDE. I ALWAYS HAD A LOT OF RESPECT FOR THE MEDIA. YOU CAN’T DO ANYTHING ABOUT IT WHEN YOU ARE OUT THERE PLAYING THE GAME, PITCHING, YOU MAY NOT BE HAVING THE BEST DAY BUT YOU ARE FULLY IN CONTROL. WHEN IT IS A FAMILY MEMBER, THERE IS NOTHING YOU CAN DO. DAN: THE INDIANS WERE AT CITI FIELD PLAYING THE METS A COUPLE OF WEEKS AGO. I SPENT THE DAY WITH TERRY FRANCONA, THEY ALLOWED ME TO WATCH MY NEPHEW THROW A BULLPEN ON A TUESDAY NIGHT AT CITI FIELD. IT WAS AMAZING HOW JUST WATCHING THAT, THE JUICES START FLOWING AND AGAIN. YOU’RE PUTTING YOURSELF OUT THERE, TRYING TO MOVE THE BALL UP AND IN. EVERY PITCH HE WAS THROWING, I WAS LIKE, SLOW DOWN, WHAT ARE YOU DOING? BUT IT IS A GREAT GAME. SO ZACH WILL BE IN D.C. ON FRIDAY. SCOTT: THEY WILL LIKELY BE FIGHTING TO HOST THAT WILD-CARD GAME. 1-2 TWO KEVIN CRON. SINCE IT TO RIGHT. MARTIN IS MOVING TO HIS LEFT FOR OUT NUMBER TWO. THE CALENDAR TURNS AND THE ACTION RAMPS UP AS BASEBALLS BROUGHT BRIGHTEST YOUNG STARS TAKES CENTER STAGE. THE MLB POSTSEASON BEGINS OCTOBER 1. IT’S GOING TO BE A GOOD ONE. WE HAVE POWERHOUSE CLUBS LIKE THE DODGERS AND THE BRAVES AND THE YANKEES AND THE ASTROS, AND THIS CARDINALS TEAM HAS EMERGED IN THE SECOND HALF OF THE YEAR. THAT’S A STRIKE TO ROJAS. DAN: AND THERE’S ALWAYS THE TEAMS THAT YOU DON’T WANT TO PLAY. I DON’T THINK ANYONE IS OVERJOYED TO TAKE THEIR CHANCES WITH THE WASHINGTON NATIONALS AND THAT STARTING PITCHING. SCOTT: A NICE1-2-3 QUICK FRAME FOR MIKE MAYERS TO GET THROUGH THE THIRD, TIED AT 2-2. DIAMONDBACKS MANAGER TOREY LOVULLO IS GOING TO JOIN US IN A MOMENT AND WILL ANSWER QUESTIONS FROM THE COMMENTERS THAT ARE WATCHING WHO HAVE ACCESS IN THAT LITTLE CHAT. WE WILL TALK TO MIKE SHILDT SOON AND ALSO JACK FLAHERTY IS SCHEDULED TO JOIN US. THIS IS THE CAREER OF TOREY LOVULLO AS DIAMONDBACKS EDITOR OF THE YEAR IN 2017. THIS YEAR THEY ARE ONE WIN AWAY FROM 82. HOW ARE YOU DOING?>>I’M DOING ALL RIGHT. IT’S ONE OF THOSE THINGS WHERE YOU JUST COME BACK OUT HERE THE NEXT DAY, YOU ARE CONDITION TO DO IT. EVEN THOUGH THERE ARE SOME DIFFICULT CIRCUMSTANCES CONCERNING LAST NIGHT’S GAME, BOTH TEAMS ARE OUT THERE GIVING IT THEIR BEST EFFORTS. DAN: WHAT ARE YOU SEEING SO FAR FROM MERRILL KELLY?>>THERE WERE A COUPLE OF MISTAKES HE MADE, HE HAD MARTINEZ IN A SITUATION WHERE HE COULD HAVE PUT HIM AWAY IT THAT HE MADE SOME MISTAKES THAT HE TOOK ADVANTAGE OF. SCOTT: I KNOW YOU’RE TRYING TO BEAT THE CARDINALS, BUT DO YOU FEEL FOR MIKE SHILDT WHEN MICHAEL WACHA HAD TO LEAVE THE GAME? NOT EVERY RELIEVER IS FRESH.>>THOSE ARE THE THINGS WE TALKED ABOUT PREGAME. YOU FEEL FOR THE ATHLETE HIMSELF. I KNOW WACHA HAD GREAT EXPECTATIONS. YOU DON’T WANT TO SEE A PLAYER COME OFF THE FIELD LIKE THAT. TRYING TO FIGURE OUT HOW TO SCRAMBLE. I’M SURE THEY ARE OVER THERE TRYING TO FIGURE THAT OUT RIGHT NOW. SCOTT: THANKS FOR YOUR TIME. TOREY LOVULLO, DIAMONDBACKS MANAGER. WE WILL TALK TO MIKE SHILDT AFTER THIS HALF INNING. A LOCAL GUY, GREW UP IN SCOTTSDALE. SELECTED IN 2010 IN HE HAS O’NEILL, AROZARENA, AND MU KNOWS — AND MUNOZ THIS HAPPENING. . O’NEILL STRUCK OUT IN THE SECOND. FOUR K’S TONIGHT FOR KELLY. HE FINDS THE BOTTOM OF THE ZONE. FASTBALL, CURVEBALL, CUTTER, CHANGEUP. MOST STRIKEOUTS BY A ROOKIE IN A SINGLE SEASON IN D-BACKS HISTORY. CLIMBING UP THE LIST, THE TOP BELONGS TO BRANDON WEBB IN 2003. KYLE: TALK ABOUT A GUY WITH A POWERHOUSE SINKER. BRANDON WEBB HAD A GUY YOU COULD THROW A GUY YOU COULD THROW PITCH AFTER PITCH AFTER PITCH. ANOTHER SINKER THAT IS UP IN THE ZONE. O’NEILL ALMOST MAKES A PASS AT IT, GETS SOME LEVERAGE IN THE COUNT. 3-1. SCOTT: HE WALKS O’NEILL. BUT IT HAS BEEN A STRONG MONTH FOR MERRILL KELLY COMING OFF FOUR YEARS WHERE HE SHINED IN KOREA. WHEN HE WAS FIRST APPROACHED TO PITCH HERE, HE SAID HE DID NOT EVEN KNOW THE KBO EXISTED. 3.4 SIX E.R.A. AND HIS FOUR YEARS THERE. A FUN CHARACTER. CLEARLY HE KNOWS HOW TO BALANCE A WATER BOTTLE. 3.46 E.R.A. IN THIS LEAGUE, IT IS A HITTER’S PARADISE, THE KOREAN BASEBALL ORGANIZATION. MANY TEAMS WERE ASKING ABOUT HIM AND HE ENDS UP WITH THE DIAMONDBACKS. HE HAS PUT TOGETHER A NICE ROOKIE CAMPAIGN FOR ARIZONA, TRYING TO EARN A SPOT IN THE STARTING ROTATION. DAN: LIKE A LOT OF GUYS WHO HAVE COME FROM KOREA OR JAPAN, IT IS A LEAK THAT IS NOT AS DOMINANT AS MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL AS FAR AS VELOCITY. YOU SEE MORE GUYS THROWING SPLITTERS AND CURVEBALLS. A LOT OF PITCHERS WHEN THEY COME BACK FROM PLAYING IN JAPAN OR KOREA, THEY HAVE BETTER COMMAND OF THEIR SECONDARY PITCHES. CUTTER, CHANGEUP, SPLIT-FINGERS. THEY BECOME MORE WELL-ROUNDED PITCHERS. MILES MIKOLAS IS ANOTHER EXAMPLE, WITH THE CARDINALS, A GUY THAT PLAYED IN JAPAN, CAME BACK, LEARNED A COUPLE OF VARIATIONS, THE CHANGEUP, THE SPLITFINGER. IF YOU ARE NOT GOING TO OVERPOWER HITTERS, YOU HAVE TO HAVE AT LEAST TWO OR THREE PITCHES WITH THE FASTBALL TO BE A STARTER. THAT IS ONE OF THE THINGS MERRILL KELLY HAS EXCELLED AT. SCOTT: HE STARTS AT SECOND. THAT WILL BE IT. THEY GET THE LEAD RUNNER O’NEILL AND AROZARENA REPLACES HIM AT FIRST. HERE IS THE RESUME. DAN: BOUNCED AROUND A LITTLE BIT, EIGHTH ROUND SELECTION IN 2010 OUT OF ARIZONA STATE. BOUNCED AROUND A LITTLE BIT IN THE RAYS MINOR LEAGUE SYSTEM FOR FIVE YEARS. THEY RELEASED HIM, WENT TO KOREA , HAD SOME SUCCESS, SIGNED A TWO-YEAR, 5.5 MILLION DOLLARS DEAL WITH THE DIAMONDBACKS. TOREY LOVULLO TOLD US BEFORE THAT IT TOOK HIM A WHILE TO GET HIS BIG-LEAGUE LEGS UNDERNEATH THEM, BEING OVER 30 IN HIS ROOKIE SEASON IN THE MAJOR LEAGUES. STARTED TO FEEL MORE CONFIDENT AROUND JUNE, JULY. FOUR PICKS. HE NEEDS ALL FOUR TO BE SUCCESSFUL. WE HAVE SEEN HIS FASTBALL UP TO 93, 94, GOOD CHANGE BALL — GOOD FASTBALL, SLIDER, AND CURVEBALL. SCOTT: WIDER GOING AND THIS THROW TO SECOND IS A LITTLE LATE. STOLEN BACK FOR AROZARENA. KYLE: GOING BACK TO MERRILL KELLY, I COULDN’T IMAGINE GOING TO KOREA, GETTING THE JOB DONE, THEN COMING BACK AND GETTING TO PLAY AT HOME WHERE HE GREW UP. I AM SURE THAT WAS PART OF THE ADJUSTMENT EARLY IN THE SEASON. WHENEVER YOU ARE PLAYING AROUND FRIENDS AND FAMILY, EVERYONE IS ASKING FOR TICKETS. YOU ARE TRYING TO BALANCE THAT, NOT MAKE PEOPLE ANGRY, BUT YOU HAVE A JOB TO DO. I AM SURE THAT WAS QUITE AN ADJUSTMENT FOR HIM EARLY ON. SCOTT: THAT IS PULLED TO LEFT AND THAT IS A BASE HIT. AROZARENA HELD UP AT THIRD AND MUNOZ CONNECTS. FIRST PITCH OF THE INNING FOR THE CARDINALS — FIRST HIT OF THE INNING FOR THE CARDINALS. DAN: ANOTHER CUTTER THAT RUNS BACK TO THE INNER THIRD OF THE PLATE. YOU CAN SEE THAT CALEB JOSEPH IS SITTING AWAY, REACHING BACK TOWARDS THE INNER THIRD OF THE PLATE. A LITTLE CUTTER THAT BACKS UP. KELLY HAS BEEN ABLE FOR THE MOST PART TO HIT A GROUND BALL WHEN HE NEEDS IT. WOULD BE A PRETTY GOOD SPOT RIGHT HERE IF HE COULD ROLLUP A GROUND BALL. SOSA RUNS FAIRLY WELL, SO IT IS LIKELY GOING TO HAVE TO BE HIT PRETTY HARD AT FIRST OR SECOND BASE TO BE ABLE TO TURN TWO. SCOTT: SO SO WALKED AND SCORED IN — SOSA WALKED AND THIRD — AND SCORED IN THE THIRD INNING. TWO R.B.I. DOUBLES FOR MARTINEZ AND FLOREZ THIS AFTERNOON. BREAKING FOR MOM, AROZARENA. HERE IS THE THROW, AND HE IS IN THERE. HE HAS GOT HOME PLATE. CARDINALS LEAD 3-2. DAN: REALLY HEADS UP BASERUNNING HERE. HE SEES THE THROW TO FIRST, SEES THE BALL IS DOWN. DOES A GREAT JOB, HEADFIRST SLIDE. MUNOZ DIVES BACK IN AND CRON BOBBLES IT. A GREAT SLIDE. SEE IF HE GETS THAT LEFT-HAND. LOOKS LIKE IT IS IN. ALMOST LOOKS LIKE CALEB JOSEPH HAD THAT GLOVE LAYING ON THE BACKSIDE OFF OF HOME PLATE, ALMOST BETWEEN THE BACK OF HOME PLATE AND THE BACK OF THE BATTER’S EYE. SCOTT: TOREY LOVULLO DISAGREES WITH THE CALL AND THE DIAMONDBACKS WILL CHALLENGE. DAN: THIS IS PROBABLY A BETTER VIEW RIGHT HERE. I AM NOT SURE IF THEY HAD GETS IN, IF CALEB JOSEPH HAD THAT GLOVE ON THE BACK PORCH OF THE HOME PLATE. KYLE: ALMOST LOOKS LIKE HE SWEPT IN FRONT OF THE HAND. NO, LOOKS LIKE HE GOT HIM RIGHT THERE. SCOTT: THE CROWN HERE AT CHASE FIELD ERUPTED WHEN THEY SAW THE FIRST REPLAY. CALEB JOSEPH, A VETERAN BACKSTOP . KYLE: WE ARE WAITING, THE LAST COUPLE OF HITS TO MUNOZ AND MARTINEZ THE LAST INNING, LOOKED LIKE THEY WERE ALL CUTTERS. I DON’T KNOW ABOUT YOU PITCHING IN THE DESERT, BUT I THOUGHT IF I GOT AROUND MY SLIDER, CUTTER, IT DIDN’T HAVE A BITE TO IT. IS THAT SOMETHING YOU SEE HAPPENING WITH KELLY? DAN: WITHOUT A DOUBT. THAT IS A GOOD POINT BECAUSE NORMALLY HE IS GOOD GETTING TO HIS GLOVE SIDE, GETTING THE CUTTER DOWN AND AWAY TO A RIGHTY. HERE IS THE BEST ANGLE WE ARE GOING TO HAVE. THE QUESTION IS, DID CALEB JOSEPH SWIPE THAT LEFT-HAND BEFORE THE GLOVE WENT BEHIND HOME PLATE? SCOTT: HE IS SAFE. NOT ENOUGH EVIDENCE TO OVERTURN THE CALL AND THE CARDINALS GRAB THE LEAD 3-2. KYLE: THAT IS ONE OF THE BIG DIFFERENCES IN THE CARDINALS SEASON LAST YEAR TO THIS YEAR. THERE BASERUNNING HAS BEEN ON POINT. THEY ARE DOING THE LITTLE THINGS , WHICH HAS LED TO CLOSE GAMES LATE IN THE SEASON. SCOTT: THAT WAS SOME HEADS UP BASERUNNING. CRON AT FIRST BASE WAS NOT ABLE TO COME UP WITH THE THROW FROM MERRILL KELLY. GOOD JOB OF READING THAT. OFF TO THE RACES AND A GOOD HEADFIRST SLIDE. WE WILL BE ABLE TO ASK CARDINALS MANAGER MIKE SHILDT AFTER THAT PLAY AFTER THE TOP OF THE FOURTH. MIGHT BE A NICE GUY TO STICK ON THE PLAYOFF ROSTER WITH BAT SPEED — WITH THAT SPEED. KYLE: A HEADS UP PLAY LIKE THAT GETS A MANAGER’S ATTENTION. SOMETHING THEY CAN USE IN THE POSTSEASON. TALKING ABOUT LOCASTRO EARLIER, YOU SAW RIGHT THERE WHAT SPEED DOES IS MAKES EVERYBODY ON THEIR TOES A LITTLE MORE. ANY BOBBLE OF THE BALL CHANGES THE COMPLEXION OF THE GAME IF THE GUYS ARE READY TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF IT. SCOTT: SOSA DROPS ONE INTO CENTER FIELD, AND HE HAS GOT A KNOCK. MUNOZ PUSHES UP TO SECOND. DAN: THEY MADE THINGS DIFFICULT FOR MERRILL KELLY SO FAR. THEY HAVE BEEN LAYING OFF THE BREAKING BALLS, AND THIS IS ANOTHER MISTAKE, A BREAKING BALL INTENDED TO BE DOWN AND AWAY. CAN SEE SOSA TRACKS IT REALLY WELL, GETS THE BARREL TO IT, HITS IT BACK TO THE MIDDLE PART OF THE DIAMOND. SOME GOOD HITTING. WHAT MAKES IT MORE DIFFICULT FOR A GUY LIKE MERRILL KELLY, HE DOES NOT THROW OVERLY HARD SO YOU DON’T HAVE TO GO UP THERE AS A HITTER TRYING TO DEFEND 95 MILES AN HOUR. YOU CAN SIT ON A COUPLE OF DIFFERENT PITCHES. CARDINALS GOING TO THEIR BENCH. MATT HIT A BIG HOME RUN IN THAT SERIES IN CHICAGO. IT IS AMAZING WITH THE CARDINALS HAVE DONE THE SECOND HALF OF THIS IS IN — THIS SEASON. MATT CARPENTER HAS BEEN RELEGATED MAINLY TO A BENCH PLAYER. SCOTT: HE ONLY MOVED BACK INTO A STARTING ROLE WHEN KOLTEN WONG WENT DOWN LAST WEEK. CARPENTER HITTING .317 AND HIS LAST 17 GAMES, MUCH BETTER THE PAST FEW WEEKS. A VERY DOWN HERE FOR A PLAYER WHO TURNED IT HERE FOR A PLAYER WHO TURNED IT ON IN 2018 AND PUT HIMSELF IN THE M.V.P. DISCUSSION. THERE IS HIS LAST 17. CLICKING AT THE RIGHT TIME. WONG IS MAKING PROGRESS, BACK IN ST. LOUIS REHABBING. A GREAT TWO LEFT HAMSTRING TEAR ON THURSDAY. CARPENTER IN THE AIR TO RIGHT. ALMONTE RUNS IT DOWN. BOTH RUNNERS STAY PUT. BUT HE IS SQUARING UP THE BASEBALL LATELY. KYLE: HE REALLY HAS GOTTEN HOT OVER THE LAST 17 GAMES. THAT’S WHAT YOU ARE LOOKING FOR FROM A VETERAN GUY WHO, WHILE WONG IS HURT, HAS TO STEP UP AND GET THE JOB DONE. THE CUBS HAVE BEEN THERE BEFORE. HE KNOWS WHAT IS EXPECTED, ESPECIALLY ON A POSTSEASON RUN. IT WILL BE INTERESTING TO SEE WHAT KINDS OF THINGS HE HAS GOING FORWARD. SCOTT: THIS IS THE MAN WHO HAS REPLACED HIM AT THIRD BASE, TOMMY EDMAN. ADMEN — EDMAN MOVED TO SECOND LAST WEEK, CARPENTER AT THIRD. BUT WHEN WONG COMES BACK, HOW CAN YOU SIT EDMAN RIGHT NOW? KYLE: I DON’T THINK YOU CAN. IT IS TOUGH, BUT I THINK YOU HAVE CARPENTER, WHO — YOU JUST NEVER KNOW WHAT’S GOING TO HAPPEN. YOU LIKE TO SIT HERE AND PLAY THE WHAT IF’S AND THINGS THAT COULD HAPPEN, BUT CARPENTER WILL HAVE SOME AT-BATS COMING DOWN THE STRETCH. THINGS USUALLY HAVE A WAY OF PANNING OUT. YOU DEFINITELY HAVE TO KEEP EDMAN GOING. HE HAS SHOWN HE CAN GET IT DONE. HE IS HOT RIGHT NOW. YOU STICK WITH HIM, YOU SEE HOW WONG COMES BACK. IF HE NEEDS A BREATHER, CARP HAS BEEN HOT. HE KNOWS HOW TO GET READY AND STAY READY. WHEN HE FIRST CAME UP, HE WAS A BENCH PLAYER. THEN HE GOT THE OPPORTUNITY AND BECAME A MAINSTAY IN THE LINEUP. DAN: IT IS AMAZING AT THE BEGINNING OF THE YEAR, THERE ARE ONE OR TWO GUYS WHO ARE NOT ON THE RADAR. TOMMY EDMAN HAS BEEN THAT GUY FOR THE REDBIRDS. PLEASANT SURPRISE, A SOLID LAYER. HE IS KIND OF THE BREWERS VERSION OF KESTON HIURA. YOU ARE NOT COUNTING ON A LOT OF PRODUCTION, HOPING THEY TURN OUT TO BE GOOD PLAYERS. TOMMY EDMAN HAS FORCED HIMSELF INTO THE LINEUP AND FORCED MIKE SHILDT’S’ HAND TO KEEP HIM IN. HE HAS PLAYED DIFFERENT POSITIONS, HITTING DIFFERENT SPOTS IN THE ORDER. PUTS THE BALL IN PLAY, SOLID LAYER AND DEFENDER. SCOTT: HE LEADS THE TEAM IN OPS. DAN: THAT PITCH EXAMPLE, TAKES A 3-0 PITCH. A LOT OF YOUNG HITTERS, YOU ARE GETTING THE GREEN LIGHT TO SWING. GIVES YOU AN IDEA THAT HE HAS AN IDEA OF WHAT HE IS LOOKING FOR, A BALL IN A TERRIFIC AREA. THAT WAS A TERRIFIC 3-0 PITCH. NOT MUCH HE COULD DO WITH IT. SCOTT: HE HANDLES THE THREE ADD SENDS IT TO RIGHT CENTER. BACK AT THE TRACK AND LOCASTRO IS THERE. DEEPEST PART OF THE BALLPARK OUT IN RIGHT CENTER, BUT TOMMY EDMAN GAVE A RIDE. CARDINALS DO GET A RUN. AROZARENA SWIPES HOME, ONLY THE 18TH STEAL OF HOME BASE IN MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL THIS SEASON. CARDINALS UP BY ONE, ENTERING THE BOTTOM OF THE FOURTH. MIKE SHILDT ABOUT TO JOIN US. ONE AND A HALF YEARS INTO HIS TENURE. HE REPLACED MIKE MATHENY HALFWAY THROUGH LAST SEASON. A BENCH COACH WITH THE CARDINALS, QUALITY CONTROL BEFORE THAT, MANY YEARS IN THE MINOR LEAGUES. HIS 16TH SEASON IN THE CARDINALS ORGANIZATION. THIS TEAM HAS BEEN STAND OUT IN THE SECOND HALF OF THE YEAR IN DEFENSE AND STOLEN BASES. MIKE SHILDT JOINING US NOW. FIRST OFF, LET’S GO OVER AROZARENA STEALING HOME. WAS NOT CALLED FOR? WE TRUST OUR GUYS’ INSTINCTS, BEING AGGRESSIVE. LET THE BALL GET AWAY FROM CRON, TOOK A SHOT, GAVE US THE LEAD. DAN: JACK FLAHERTY, DID YOU ANTICIPATE HE WOULD BE THIS GOOD?>>HONESTLY, YES. JACK HAS A SPECIAL SKILL SET THAT YOU SEE A LOT OF GLIMPSES OF, NOT JUST OCCASIONAL. ONCE YOU SEE THAT AND YOU SEE HIM PUT IT TOGETHER AND HOW HE PREPARES, HIM BEING AS DOMINANT AS HE HAS BEEN IS NOT OVERLY SURPRISING. SCOTT: HOW WORRIED ARE YOU ABOUT MICHAEL WACHA LEAVING THE GAME WITH SHOULDER TIGHTNESS?>>THERE IS CONCERN. HE CAME IN AFTER THE FIRST HAVING TROUBLE GETTING LOOSE. WE KEPT OUR EYES ON IT IN THE SECOND AND DID THE SMART THING, GOT HIM OUT OF THERE. WE WILL EVALUATE BACK IN ST. LOUIS. SCOTT: HOW DIFFICULT IS THIS TO PIECE TOGETHER GIVEN THAT THE BULLPEN HAS DONE SOME WORK?>>WE HAVE A LOT OF GUYS DOWN THERE. TWO SCHOOLS OF THOUGHT. OPEN IT UP, GET HIM ON THE ROPES. WE HAVE TO GET MULTIPLE INNINGS HOPEFULLY. SCOTT: THANK YOU FOR JOINING US. GOOD LUCK IN THIS ONE. CARDINALS MANAGER MIKE SHILDT. LAST YEAR TAKES OVER ONE GAME BEFORE THE ALL-STAR GAME, GIVES HIM TIME TO FIGURE OUT HOW HE IS GOING TO APPROACH THE JOB. IT HAS BEEN A STANDOUT PERFORMANCE. HE SIGNED A THREE-YEAR EXTENSION IN AUGUST OF 2018. MLB GAME OF THE WEEK, LIVE ON YOUTUBE. YES, THERE IS A POOL. HAVE EITHER OF YOU EVER BEEN IN THIS POOL? DAN: I HAVE BEEN, AND I HAVE THROWN A COUPLE OF HOME RUN BALLS INTO THAT POOL AS WELL. BARRY BONDS WHEN I WAS PLAYING FOR THE DIAMONDBACKS. BARRY BONDS SENT A FEW BALLS INTO THAT SWIMMING WILL IN RIGHT FIELD. SCOTT: I HAD A FEELING THAT DAN HAD SPENT SOME TIME IN THAT POOL , KNOWING THE PERSONALITY OF DAN PLESAC. WHAT WAS IT LIKE TO BE IN A POOL IN A MAJOR LEAGUE BALLPARK? DAN: YOU ARE CERTAINLY NOT GOING TO GO OUT THERE IN FULL UNI. YOU WOULD TESTED OUT DURING BATTING PRACTICE WHEN YOU COULD HOP THE FENCE AND JUMP IN FOR A SWIM. KYLE: I CAN SEE YOU REQUESTING THE ROOF BE OPEN, SUNTAN LOTION OUT. DAN: SNAG A COUPLE OF FLY BALLS IN VIP. LOOK AT THAT GUY HAVING SOME CAKE RIGHT THERE. KYLE: THE HOT TOP, YOU HAVE AN EXCUSE, GETTING MY BODY READY. DAN: YOU SEE THAT GUY WITH THE COMPUTER ON, LOGGING IN. TIMES HAVE CHANGED. OUT SUNNING AT THE BALL YARD. KYLE: THAT GUY MIGHT BE PLAYING HOOKY, SO HE MIGHT APPRECIATE US NOT SHOWING HIS FACE. SCOTT: I’M WORKING, I’M WORKING. AHMED, JOSEPH, AND KELLY DUE UP FOR THE DIAMONDBACKS THE LAST OF THE FOURTH AREA 1-2 COMING FROM JOHN GANT. LET’S BRING IN JACKIE FOR MORE ON AHMED. JACKIE: AHMED TOLD ME HE HAD TO WATCH THE BREWERS CELEBRATING IN THAT POOL IN THE PAST WHEN THEY CLENCHED THE DIVISION. HE TALKED ABOUT HOW THAT SUCKED. I SAID, WHO LET THEM IN THE POOL? THEY SHOULD BE FIRED. HE SAID, I AGREE. HE TALKED ABOUT THAT SERVING AS MOTIVATION TO NOT LET THE CARDS CLINCH HERE DURING THAT SERIES BECAUSE OF HOW BRUTAL IT IS TO WATCH, ESPECIALLY WHEN YOUR POSTSEASON HOPES ARE OFFICIALLY DON. THAT SERVED AS MOTIVATION FOR THE D-BACKS. CONSIDERING THEY JUST CAME OFF A 19 INNING PERFORMANCE AND NICK LIKES TO SLEEP 10 TO 11 HOURS A NIGHT, IT IS CRAZY HE IS IN THIS GAME TODAY BECAUSE HE DEFINITELY DID NOT GET 11 HOURS LAST NIGHT. SCOTT: TOREY LOVULLO OH TOLD US HE IS IN BETTER SHAPE THAN ANY PLAYER HE HAS EVER BEEN AROUND. DAN: THERE IS A LOW STRIKE, WHICH WE HAVE NOT SEEN MUCH FROM ALFONSO MARQUEZ. SCOTT: NEW PITCHER FOR ST. LOUIS, JOHN GANT, WHO CAME ON IN THE BOTTOM OF THE 13TH WITH THE GARDENERS 2-1. HE GAVE UP A TRIPLE, WALKED, AND WAS PULLED FOR JUNIOR HERNANDEZ, WHO GAVE UP A BASE HIT TO TIE THE GAME AT 2-2. AND IT UP GOING 19 INNINGS YESTERDAY, LONGEST GAME BY INNINGS IN DIAMONDBACKS FRANCHISE HISTORY. DAN: GANT ANOTHER BIG PART OF THE BULLPEN THAT HAS HAD A RESURGENCE POST ALL-STAR. STRONG GUY, BIG VELO, NOT AFRAID. MIKE SHILDT WILL USE HIM IN HIGH LEVERAGE SITUATIONS. A GOOD LOOK AT THAT HEATER, 96. GOOD HARD BREAKING BALL TO GO ALONG WITH IT. WE HAVE SEEN INDUSTRYWIDE THAT MOST TEAMS ARE RUNNING GUYS OUT OF THE BULLPEN 95 MILES AN HOUR PLUS. IF YOU CAN’T HIT VELOCITY, YOU WILL HAVE A HARD TIME HITTING IN 2020. KYLE: IT IS NOT LIKE IT USED TO BE. EVERYONE THROWS MID TO UPPER 90’S. DAN: THAT IS WHAT HAPPENS, YOU HAVE TO SELLOUT FOR THE 96 TO 97 MILE AN HOUR FASTBALL. IT IS HARD TO COVER 97. THERE IS THAT SPLITFINGER. YOU SEE THE BALL DIVING. THERE IS A LOOK AT THESE LOMO, THE SPLITFINGER GRIP. THE BALL COMES OUT HAVING THAT TUMBLING AFFECT. FASTBALL UP, SPLITFINGER DOWN. KYLE: REALLY GOOD ARM ACTION ON THAT SPLITFINGER. NOT MUCH YOU CAN DO TO MAKE THAT ADJUSTMENT WHEN YOU ARE LOOKING AT A FASTBALL AT 96 AND IT NEVER GETS TO THE PLATE. SCOTT: KELLY MADE CONTACT THE FIRST TIME UP, A GROUNDBALL. I THINK THE ONE THING IF YOU ARE GOING TO KNOCK GANT THROWING THE BALL SO WELL, WE WOULD LIKE TO SEE HIM CUT DOWN ON THE WALKS. IN 64.2, 34 WALKS. A COUPLE OF THINGS THAT HURT YOU OUT OF THE BULLPEN, WALKS AND THE LONG BALL. HE IS TOUGH TO CENTER, ONLY GIVEN UP FOUR HOME RUNS IN 64.2 COMING INTO THIS ONE. BIG ARM, GOOD SPLITFINGER. THAT IS PRETTY MUCH UNHITTABLE. HE STRIKES OUT THE SIDE. ONE LOOKING, TWO SWINGING. JOHN GANT, PERFECT IN THE FOURTH. CARDINALS THREE, DIAMONDBACKS TWO, FISHING UP THE SERIES IN — FINISHING UP THE SERIES IN THE DESERT. SCOTT: THAT IS THAT IS THE DIFFO FAR, ROSE ARENA SWIPING HOME. VISIT THE OFFICIAL SHOP AT MLB.COM. COMMEMORATE YOUR FAVORITE TEAM AT MLBSHOP.COM. TAKE THE FIELD WITH YOUR ULTIMATE MLB SQUAD. R.B.I. 19 DELIVERS A GENUINE MLB EXPERIENCE WITH THE ABILITY TO MANAGE YOUR FRANCHISE ACROSS MULTIPLE SEASONS. YOU HAVE OFFICIAL 2019 UNIFORMS AND HUNDREDS OF NEW ANIMATIONS. SCOTT BRAUN, DAN PLESAC, KYLE LOHSE, AND JACKIE REDMOND. FOR YOUTUBE MLB GAME OF THE WEEK , THE FINAL ONE ON THE REGULAR SEASON DOCKET. WE FINISH UP IN WARM ARIZONA. HOW FAR AWAY ARE YOU FROM THE BALLPARK, KYLE? KYLE: TOOK ME 35 MINUTES TO GET HERE. THIS IS THE WEATHER WE ARE LOOKING FOR RIGHT NOW. IT IS COOLING DOWN. HOPEFULLY IT IS GOING TO STAY THAT WAY. SCOTT: IDEAL FOR CARDINALS FANS. THEY HAVE BEEN PACKING THE HOUSE FOR THIS SERIES, WHETHER IT IS A QUICK TRIP FOR A VACATION OR SOME SNOWBIRDS THAT JUST LIVE IN THE AREA NOW. KYLE: THERE IS A LOT THAT HAVE MOVED OUT THIS WAY. WHEN I PLAYED FOR THE CARDINALS, I NOTICED HOW MANY DIFFERENT SHADES OF RED THERE WAS, THE CARDINAL RED, SPREAD THROUGHOUT THE STADIUM. CARDINAL FANS TRAVEL WELL. THEY ARE ALL OVER. DAN: I I WALKED FROM THE HOTEL O THE BALLPARK THIS MORNING. A LOT OF CARDINAL FANS. BIRDS ON THE BAT, RIGHT? SCOTT: SPEAKING OF CARDINALS, JACK FLAHERTY IS JOINING US NOW FOR THIS NOW FOR THIS HAPPENING AS WE GET GOING WITH THE TOP OF THE FIFTH. MARTINEZ, RAVELO, AND WRIT — WIETRS. JACK: JUST ENJOYING THE GAME. GOT A NICE LEAD, TRY TO BRING IT HOME. SCOTT: HOW MUCH SLEEP DID YOU GET LAST NIGHT? JACK: IT WAS A LONG ONE LESTER DAY. GOT TO THE POINT WHERE I FELT LIKE I DID NOT EVEN PITCHED YESTERDAY. THESE GUYS ARE GIVING IT THEIR ALL TODAY. IT IS FUN TO SEE. DAN: IT IS FUN TO WATCH YOU. WHAT HAS BEEN THE MOST DIFFICULT ADJUSTMENT FROM MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL TO THE BIG-LEAGUE LIFE? JACK: JUST IN GENERAL, THE CONSISTENCY OF THE GUYS. YOU SEE THESE HITTERS AND PITCHES THAT MAYBE YOU GOT AWAY WITH IN THE MINOR LEAGUES, MISSING OVER THE PLATE. GUYS CONSISTENTLY HIT THOSE. THEY MAY MISS ONE OR TWO, BUT IF YOU GIVE GUYS A COUPLE TO HIT IN AN AT BAT, THEY ARE NOT GOING TO MISS IT. SCOTT: TAKE US THROUGH YOUR TRANSFORMATION THIS SEASON. YOU HAVE BEEN ON FIRE. WHAT CHANGES DID YOU MAKE TO YOUR ARSENAL AND YOUR UNDERSTANDING OF WHAT WORKS BEST FOR YOU? JACK: NOTHING TO THE ARSENAL, JUST BETTER EXECUTION, ESPECIALLY WHEN IT IS TIME TO GET GUYS ON BASE, GET RUNNERS IN SCORING POSITION. I FELT LIKE I WOULD WALK AWAY FROM THE OUTING AND WOULD BE ONE PITCH AWAY, ONE PITCH YOU ARE THERE. TRY TO STAY WITHIN MYSELF AND NOT DO TOO MUCH, JUST UNDERSTANDING WHAT YOU HAVE GOT IS GOOD ENOUGH AND YOU DON’T HAVE TO DO ANYTHING MORE. DAN: DOES IT HELP THROWING TO A GUY LIKE YADIER MOLINA? JACK: ABSOLUTELY, YADI AND WIETE RS . YADI IS ONE OF THE BEST OF ALL TIME. IT IS IMPOSSIBLE TO PUT INTO WORDS WHAT HE DOES FOR PITCHING STAFF. SCOTT: MARTINEZ SENDS IT TO RIGHT. ALMONTE — GETS PAST HIM AND HE SKIPS AWAY. HERE COMES MARTINEZ TO THIRD AND HE WILL END UP WITH A TRIPLE. JACK: THAT IS WAY TOO FAR FOR HIM TO RUN. SCOTT: YOU GUYS GOING TO PROVIDE A TOWEL AND SOME WATER? JACK: WE ARE GOING TO NEED TO GET HIM AN OXYGEN MASK. THE SAME THING IN CHICAGO. IT TOOK HIM A WHILE TO RECOVER. SCOTT: WE WERE TALKING ABOUT YADI AND WHAT HE MEANS. HOW MUCH DO YOU LEAD ON A GUY LIKE ADAM WAINWRIGHT? JACK: UNBELIEVABLE AMOUNTS. HE TAKES EVERYBODY UNDER HIS WING, GIVES EVERYBODY WHATEVER TIME THEY WANT WHENEVER THEY WANT TO ASK HIM ANY QUESTIONS. HE IS ALWAYS THERE TO ANSWER, ALWAYS THERE TO GIVE HIM WHAT YOU NEED. I FIRST GOT CALLED UP IN 2017 AND AT THE END OF THE SEASON ON THAT SUNDAY, IT WAS ALL RIGHT. I ASKED HIM FOR SOME TIME AFTER THE LAST GAME OF THE SEASON AND HE SAT THERE WITH ME FOR 200 HAVE HOURS AND TALK BASEBALL. THAT TELLS YOU THE TYPE OF GUY THAT YADI IS. KYLE: DEFINITELY A GUY WHO TRIES TO MAKE HIS TEAMMATES BETTER. THAT IS IMPRESSIVE STUFF RIGHT THERE. JACK: HE IS A GREAT GUY TO HAVE AROUND. HE IS STILL DOING IT. HIS PREP WORK, HIS DEMEANOR, HIS ATTITUDE ABOUT EVERYTHING IS FUN TO WATCH. SCOTT: A FEW MORE LOOKS BACK AT ALMONTE GETTING TRIPPED UP. DAN: IT ALMOST LOOKED LIKE A LEFT HAMSTRING KIND OF INJURY. HE WAS KIND OF HOBBLING, LOOKS LIKE HE WAS FAVORING PUTTING ANY WEIGHT ON THAT LEFT SIDE. SCOTT: WE SAW MICHAEL WACHA LEAVE EARLIER. DID YOU SEE HIM? JACK: HE WAS DOING FINE. I DON’T KNOW EVERYTHING THAT WENT ON, BUT HE FELT SOME DISCOMFORT AND WAS TRYING TO PUSH THROUGH IT. MILES MIKOLAS IS ALWAYS DOING SOMETHING. YOU NEVER KNOW WHAT HE IS UP TO. DAN: THIS TIME OF THE YEAR, YOU TRY TO CONSERVE YOUR BULLETS BETWEEN PITCHES. WHAT WILL YOU DO BEFORE YOUR NEXT START? JACK: IT IS INTERESTING. AT THIS POINT IN THE YEAR, IT DEPENDS ON WHAT YOU NEED. AT THIS POINT, TRYING TO WORK ON ANYTHING DOESN’T REALLY FEEL LIKE IT IS GOING TO GET ANYTHING DONE. WHAT YOU HAVE GOT IS WHAT YOU HAVE GOT AND YOU HAVE TO WORK WITH THAT. JUST GO OUT, MAKE SURE YOU FEEL GOOD, MAKE SURE THE ARM FEELS GOOD, TRUST YOUR STUFF AND KNOW THE WORK YOU PUT IN THROUGH THE OFF-SEASON IS GOING TO PAY OFF AT THIS POINT. SCOTT: STILL WAITING FOR THE DIAMONDBACKS TO GIVE US A RIGHT FIELDER TO KEEP THIS GAME GOING. IT HAS BEEN A LONG 24 HOURS. JACK: YESTERDAY’S GAME WAS UNBELIEVABLE. IT WAS REALLY BACK AND FORTH. VARGAS PUT A GOOD SWING ON THE BALL, THEN GOLDIE HIT A HOME RUN. IT WAS A HARD-FOUGHT GAME, TOP TO WALK AWAY FROM THAT GAME, TOUGH TO WALK AWAY WITH HOW IT ENDED, BUT IT IS GREAT TO SEE THESE GUYS. THANKFULLY I DID NOT HAVE TO PLAY TODAY, BUT THESE GUYS ARE DOING IT. SCOTT: WHAT IS THE BENCH MAFIA LIKE TODAY? IT FEATURES MANY STARTERS. JACK: THE STARTERS ARE GETTING IN ON IT, EMBRACING IT. YOU GOT THE EYE BLACK WITH BENCH MAFIA WRITTEN ON IT. I THINK JOSÉ HAS STILL GOT IT, EVEN THOUGH HE IS PLAYING. ALL THE STARTERS ARE EMBRACING IT, SO IT IS FUN TO BE A PART OF. KYLE: DOES WAINWRIGHT STILL THINK HE CAN DANCE? JACK: ABSOLUTELY, HE THINKS HE CAN DANCE, SING, PLAY THE GUITAR. IF YOU ASK ADAM WAINWRIGHT TO DO ANYTHING, HE THINKS HE IS THE BEST AT IT AND HE CAN DO IT. HE CAN DEFINITELY TEND A GARDEN. DAN: WAS THERE A TIME RIGHT AFTER THE ALL-STAR BREAK, HOVERING AROUND THE .500 MARK, WHERE YOU WERE WONDERING IF YOU WOULD GET THIS THING GOING? SCOTT: I DON’T KNOW IF WE EVER — JACK: I DON’T KNOW IF WE EVER DOUBTED OURSELVES. WE MISSED YADI FOR A TIME AND OZUNA MISSED SOMETIME. I DON’T THINK WE GATHERED OURSELVES, IT WAS JUST A MATTER OF EVERYBODY GETTING IT TOGETHER AT THE SAME TIME. THAT IS WHAT HAPPENED AT THE END OF JULY AFTER THE ALL-STAR BREAK. WE JUST CONTINUED TO PITCH WELL. BATS HAVE COME AROUND, GUYS SWINGING IT WELL. WE NEVER DOUBTED OURSELVES, JUST A MATTER OF TIME. SCOTT: THIS IS RANGEL RAVELO WITH NOBODY DOWN THE TOP OF THE FIFTH. TALKING TO JACK FLAHERTY, WHAT IS MIKE SHILDT LIKE AS A MANAGER? WE HAVE SEEN SOME CATEGORIES REALLY SEARCH FOR THE CARDINALS, INCLUDING DEFENSE AND BASERUNNING. JACK: HE IS JUST UNDER CONTROL. HE SEES THE GAME, HE SEES WHAT IS GOING ON. HE STAYS WITHIN THE MOMENT, BUT IS LOOKING MANY STEPS AHEAD, TRYING TO FIGURE OUT WHAT THE BEST MOVE IS. HE IS ALWAYS UNDER CONTROL AND HAS GOT A GOOD STAFF WITH THEM. HE IS A GUY YOU WANT TO PLAY FOR. SCOTT: A QUESTION IN THE COMMENTS SECTION. JACK, WHAT WAS IT LIKE PLAYING WITH LUCAS GIOLITO AND MAX FRIED IN HIGH SCHOOL? HOW DOMINATING WAS NOT THE? LET’S SEE THE SPEED FROM JOSE MARTINEZ. 4-2 ST. LOUIS. NEEDS WATER, THE WHOLE DEAL. JACK: WE WILL GET HIM SOME OXYGEN, MAKE SURE HE NEEDS TO SIT DOWN AND CATCH HIS BREATH. SCOTT: ARE YOU GOING TO GET A HIGH FIVE? JACK: WE WILL SEE IF HE MAKES IT OVER HERE. THAT’S MY GUY RIGHT THERE. PLAYING WITH MAX AND LUCAS — THAT WAS UNBELIEVABLE. IT WAS CRAZY BECAUSE I DIDN’T KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL IN MY FIRST GAME. MY FAMILY NEVER FOLLOWED ANY OF IT. I DIDN’T GO TO MY SCHOOL FOR BASEBALL, I WENT THERE BECAUSE IT WAS A GREAT SCHOOL. COMING IN AS A FRESHMAN, THERE WAS TALK ABOUT THIS KID LUCAS GIOLITO. HE ENDS UP BEING ONE OF THE FIRST GUYS TO SAY HI TO ME. WE BUILT A RELATIONSHIP FROM THERE. HE IS ONE OF THE MOST SELFLESS, CARING HUMAN BEINGS YOU CAN BE AROUND. HE WAS THAT WAY IN HIGH SCHOOL, SUE. MAX CAME OVER SENIOR YEAR AFTER HIS SCHOOL SHUTDOWN ATHLETICS. HAVING BOTH THOSE GUYS ON A TEAM WAS SPECIAL. YOU NEVER KNEW WHAT YOU WERE GOING TO GET. IT WAS JUST FUN TO WATCH. I AM SURE OTHER TEAMS DID NOT LOVE HAVING TO GO AGAINST THOSE TWO GUYS. SCOTT: LOOK WHAT MERRILL KELLY FOUND THAT FIRST. HOW DIFFICULT IS A PLAY LIKE THAT? JACK: THERE IS A LOT OF TIMES WHERE THOSE BALLS GET HIT BACK TO YOU, THEY ARE SOFTER THAN YOU THINK AND YOU PANIC A LITTLE BIT. THE ONES THAT ARE HIT THAT KIND OF BOUNCE AND SKIP, THEY KIND OF FIND YOUR GLOVE. DAN: WHAT WAS THAT FOUR-GAME SERIES LIKE IN WRIGLEY? PRETTY INTENSE? JACK: A WHIRLWIND OF EMOTIONS, ALL OVER THE PLACE. EVERYTHING THAT WENT ON FROM GAME ONE, HAVING TO LEAD. YOU KNEW THEY WOULD NOT GO AWAY EASY. A HARD-FOUGHT GAME. THE BACK AND FORTH GAME ON SATURDAY WITH THE QUESTIONABLE BALK CALL THAT LED TO A HOME RUN, BUT YADI AND PAUL GOING BACK TO BACK WAS UNREAL. ON SUNDAY, DARVISH WAS REALLY GOOD BUT MILES MATCHED HIM AND NEVER GAVE IN. IT WAS UNBELIEVABLE, SO MUCH FUN. OBVIOUSLY A GOOD RESULT FOR US. SCOTT: NOW YOU HAVE GOT THEM AGAIN AS YOU ARE ABOUT TO HEAD HOME WITH A CHANCE TO CLINCH THE DIVISION. IT IS PRETTY COOL BECAUSE CARDINALS FANS LOVE NOTHING MORE THAN MAKING CUBS FANS MISERABLE. JACK: WE WILL SEE HOW IT GOES. WE HAVE GOT TO TAKE CARE OF THIS ONE AND DO OUR JOB THIS WEEKEND. SCOTT: THAT IS GOING TO DO IT FOR THE FIFTH. JACK, THANK YOU FOR THE TIME. JACK FLAHERTY, CARDINAL STARTER LIVE WITH US. O’NEIL DOWN ON STRIKES, BUT THE CARDINALS GET ANOTHER. THE SAC FLY FROM RAVELO BRINGS HOW MARTINEZ. 4-2 IN ARIZONA. IF YOU WERE A BIG-LEAGUER, WHAT WOULD YOU WALK-UP MUSIC BE? LET’S GO TO THE SOURCE TO FIND OUT WHAT TODAY’S PLAYERS PREFER.>>YOU KNOW WHAT SPRING TRAINING IS FOR? IT IS WALK OUT SEASON.>>I HAVE ALWAYS BEEN AN INSTRUMENTAL GUY. THAT COMES FROM BARRY BONDS. HE WAS JUST SO COOL. THE MUSIC WENT ALONG WITH HIS CHARACTER.>>I LISTENED TO A LOT OF MUSIC. YOU CAN GO FROM FUTURE, LITTLE WAYNE TO BILLY JOEL AND ELTON JOHN.>>I AM A METALHEAD. MY FAVORITE BAND IS THROW DOWN, A HARD-CORE METAL BAND.>>I COME OUT TO AWESOME CON FOR THE HIP HOPPERS. I LIKE TO LET FANS KNOW WHAT I REPRESENT.>>I GO WITH SOMETHING SLOWER, RELAXING. I PERFORM BETTER WHEN I AM RELAXED.>>SOME GUYS ARE THE OPPOSITE, THEY WANT SOMETHING THAT CAN WAKE THEM UP.>>I LIKE TO DANCE TO THE MUSIC. ♪>>SOME GUYS HAVE HAD THE SAME SONG FOR YEARS AND SOME MIGHT SWITCH IT UP BETWEEN AT-BATS.>>WHEN I PLATE, WHOEVER WAS PITCHING THAT DAY WITH PICK THE UNIFORM WE WOULD WEAR.>>JACKIE HAS HIS UNIFORM ON UPSIDE DOWN.>>AND THE MUSIC WE WERE GOING TO LISTEN TO.>>THE BOYS IN THE AUDIO ROOM, THAT’S ON YOU. SCOTT: THAT IS A WELL CUT CLIP. I ENJOYED IT. 4-2 CARDINALS OVER THE DIAMONDBACKS. WHAT WAS THE MUSIC OF CHOICE FOR YOU TWO? DAN: MY LAST YEAR IN 2003, MY DAUGHTER DECIDED SHE LIKED MINNELLI SONG “HOT IN HERE — THE NELLY SONG. KYLE: I LISTEN TO A LOT OF RAP AND HIP-HOP, SO THAT GOT ME GOING. I USED THE CLEAN VERSION AND THAT GOT ME GOING. SCOTT: IT IS TIM LOCASTRO, THEN ADAM JONES ON DECK REPLACING ABRAHAM ALMONTE IN THE LAST HAPPENING. HOMER FLOREZ DUE UP THIRD. JOHN GANT, THE 27-YEAR-OLD WITH ANOTHER INNING OF WORK. HE STRUCK OUT THE SIDE IN THE FOURTH. AHMED, JOSEPH, AND KELLY. VELOCITY IS UP FOR GANT THIS YEAR, SITTING AROUND 93 AND 18, AVERAGING 96 MILES AN HOUR WITH HIS FASTBALL THIS YEAR. DAN: HE KIND OF PULL THE LAST COUPLE OF FASTBALLS. MAYBE IN BETWEEN THE INNING, TAKES HIM A WHILE TO GET LOOSE. WE HAVE SEEN A POWER SPLITFINGER, ALMOST UNHITTABLE. LOOKS LIKE A SLIDER FROM A LEFTY, GOES DOWN AND IN AFTER A COUPLE OF 94 IS. WE MIGHT SEE IT FROM HERE. SCOTT: A SINGLE AND A DOUBLE FROM LOCASTRO. THIS TIME HE POPS OUT TO SOSA AT SECOND. DAN: LAST INNING, JOHN GANT HAD HIS WAY WITH THE D-BACKS, PUNCHED OUT THE SIDE A COUPLE OF DIFFERENT WAYS. POWER FASTBALL, THERE IS. FRIENDLY CALL, UPPER 90’S. THERE IS THAT SPLITFINGER, NEARLY IMPOSSIBLE TO HIT. THIS IS NOT FAIR TO MERRILL KELLY. WE HAVE SEEN 96 AND 97. WE HAVE SEEN THE CURVEBALL AND THE POWER SPLIT. THREE DIFFERENT WAYS TO GET YOU OUT. SCOTT: A FORMER STARTER, HE SAT DOWN FOUR IN A ROW. THIS IS ADAM JONES. HE HAS QUALIFIED FOR THE BATTING TITLE EVERY YEAR SINCE 2008. NOBODY PLAYS EVERY GAME A REMARK — EVERY GAME ANYMORE, AT LEAST NOT FOR MULTIPLE SEASONS IN A ROW. YOU COULD PUT ADAM JONES ON THE IRONMAN LIST. DAN: LAST NIGHT THIS GAME ENDED ABOUT 2:00 A.M. LOCAL TIME. THOUGHT HE WAS PROBABLY GOING TO GET THE GAY OFF — GET THE DAY OFF, BUT ALMONTE FORCED HIM INTO PLATOON DUTY THIS AFTERNOON. CERTAINLY NOT THE IDEAL WAY YOU SEE A GUY LIKE JOHN GANT THROWING BULLETS. A LITTLE HIGH, SPLITFINGER. SCOTT: JONES GAVE US SOME EXTRA TIME WITH JACK FLAHERTY. IT TOOK A MINUTE FOR THAT SUBSTITUTION. KYLE: MIGHT HAVE HAD TO RUN BACK IN. MAYBE TIGHTEN UP THE SPIKES. I HAVE BEEN ON THE END OF THAT CALL BEFORE WHEN SOMEONE GOT HURT RUNNING THE BASES AND THEY DID NOT WANT TO BURN A POSITION PLAYER. SITTING THERE WITH 10 ISSUES ON. FULL JERSEY, BUT 10 ISSUES. SCOTT: THEY WALK FOR JONES WITH ONE OUT. JACKIE: YOU WERE TALKING ABOUT ADAM JONES AND HOW HE QUALIFIED FOR THE BATTING TITLE EVERY YEAR SINCE 2008. SOMETIMES YOU WONDER IF THESE STATS MEAN ANYTHING FOR THESE GUYS. HE TOOK TO TWITTER THE OTHER DAY AND WROTE ABOUT A FIVE TWEET THANK YOU, SAYING, I JUST SHOW UP TO WORK EVERY DAY READY TO PERFORM. TRAINERS HAVE KEPT ME ON THE FIELD. HE THANKED HIS TEAMMATES WERE PUSHING HIM AND WENT ON TO THANK THE FANS AS WELL. ADAM JONES, LIVING UP TO HIS REPUTATION AS A CLASS ACT ONCE AGAIN. SCOTT: 34 YEARS OLD, WILMER FLORES TAKES THE FIRST PITCH. ADAM JONES HAS BEEN AROUND THE GAME FOR A WHILE AND SAYS THIS EXPERIENCE WITH THE DIAMONDBACKS HAS HUMBLED HIM. NOT PLAYING EVERY DAY DOWN THE STRETCH, AND IT TOOK HIM A LONG TIME TO SIGN UP WITH HIS SQUAD. THAT IS ANOTHER KNOCK FOR FLOREZ. JONES IS GOING TO HUSTLE FOR THIRD. THEY GOT HIM. AROZARENA SHOWING OFF THE SPEED AND NOW THE CANNON. DAN: THIS IS A TERRIFIC LEG. THIS — TERRIFIC PLAY. THIS BALL IS SCALDED OVER SECOND BASE. HE DOES A GREAT JOB GETTING TO IT. ABLE TO GET IT ON THE GLOVE SIDE, SHORT LITTLE HOP. IN THE AIR ALL THE WAY TO TOMMY EDMAN. ADAM JONES TRYING TO GET A LITTLE FIRST TO THIRD ACTION. NO DOUBT, A TERRIFIC THROW. SCOTT: THAT’S IT FOR JOHN GANT. SO WITH TWO GONE IN THE BOTTOM OF THE FIFTH, CABRERA COMING IN FOR ST. LOUIS. LET’S CHECK OUT ARIZONA CARDINALS ICON ADD FUTURE HALL OF FAME NFL WIDEOUT LARRY FITZGERALDFITZGERALD TALKING TOE DIAMONDBACKS THIS SPRING.>>I THINK IT IS IMPORTANT TO ALWAYS REMEMBER THE THINGS YOU DO WELL. I THINK TOO OFTEN IN LIFE, WE ARE TOLD ABOUT THE THINGS WE CAN’T DO, THE THINGS WE DON’T DO WELL. YOU WOULD NOT BE IN THIS LOCKER ROOM IF YOU ARE NOT GREAT AT SOMETHING. THE CONVERSATION ALWAYS CHANGES THROUGHOUT YOUR CAREER. WHEN I WAS YOUNG, A FIRST-ROUND PICK, THEY WERE, DO YOU THINK HE WILL BE ABLE TO LIVE UP TO THE EXPECTATIONS? ONCE YOU START SHOWING PROMISE AND ACHIEVING SOME GOALS AND YOU GET THAT SECOND CONTRACT, THEY SAY, IS HE GOING TO STAY HUNGRY? IS HE GOING TO CONTINUE TO PLAY AND BE DRIVEN TO BE AS GREAT AS THE CONTRACT HE JUST RECEIVED SHOWS? THEN YOU GET OLDER AND SAY, HE HAS HAD A GREAT CAREER, BUT IS IT SUSTAINABLE? CAN HE STILL PLAY AT THAT LEVEL? THE CHALLENGES CHANGE BUT THE VOICES NEVER STOP. PEOPLE ARE ALWAYS GOING TO DOUBT YOU AND HAVE THINGS THEY DON’T BELIEVE YOU CAN DO, BUT IT IS IMPORTANT YOU BELIEVE THE VOICE INSIDE MORE THAN ANYTHING, THE VOICE THAT TELLS YOU YOU CAN SUCCEED AND DO THE THINGS YOU KNOW YOU ARE CAPABLE OF. THAT IS THE VOICE THAT REALLY MATTERS. SCOTT: CLUBHOUSE ACCESS IS AN EMMY NOMINATED SERIES AVAILABLE ON THE DIAMONDBACKS YOUTUBE CHANNEL. CARRERA FACING JOHN GANT. AROZARENA FROM CENTER TO LEFT. HARRISON BADER ENTERS THE GAME. THERE IS BADER IN CENTER. TWO OUTS NOW IN THE FIFTH. CABRERA AGAINST JAKE LAMB. SCOTT BRAUN, DAN PLESAC, KYLE LOHSE, JACKIE REDMOND. CARRERA WITH AN E.R.A. IN THE 4.5 RANGE. TWO RUNS ALLOWED IN 8.5 INNINGS SINCE BEING CALLED UP, INCLUDING A SCORELESS 12 LAST NIGHT, 18 PITCHES. DAN: IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR A POSTSEASON AUDITION, THIS COULD BE A. IF YOU ARE LOOKING TO HAVE A LEFTY COMING OUT OF YOUR BULLPEN. A TIGHT GAME IN THE FIFTH INNING, YOU BRING HIM IN IN A LEFT ON LEFT SITUATION, SEE HOW HE WILL HANDLE THAT. FALLS BEHIND IN THE COUNT TO LAND. THREE PITCH GUY, FASTBALL, CURVEBALL, CHANGEUP. CARDINALS EXPECT BIG THINGS FROM CABRERA DOWN THE ROAD. 18 STRIKEOUTS IN 19.2 INNINGS. SCOTT: LET’S GO BACK TO THE LAST PLAY, THE BASE HIT FOR FLOREZ. ADAM JONES AT THIRD ALL THE WAY. LOOKS LIKE HE DIDN’T PICK UP THE THIRD BASE COACH. JONES WAS TOAST AT THIRD. DAN: PRETTY GOOD FASTBALL, 96 MILES AN HOUR. JONES PLAYS RIGHT IN FRONT OF YOU. HE TOOK A STARTER STEP AROUND SECOND BASE AND HAD A PRETTY GOOD IDEA WHERE THE BALL AND THE CENTER FIELDER WAS. THOUGHT HE HAD A SHOT TO GET THERE. KYLE: DO YOU THINK THAT IS A CASE OF NOT HAVING THE SCOUTING REPORT ON THE CENTER FIELDER’S ARM? NOT BEING PREPARED? SCOTT: BIG STRIKEOUT FOR CABRERA. LEFT-HANDERS WERE 10-18 AGAINST HIM. PROVES HIMSELF IN A BIG SPOT. 4-2 CARDINALS AFTER FIVE. THERE ARE SOME SHARP DRESSERS ON THIS CARDINALS ROSTER, BUT WHO IS THE BEST DRESSED? LET’S GO TO THE SOURCE. ♪>>EITHER JACK FLAHERTY OR HARRISON BADER. THOSE TWO YOUNG GUYS GOT THEIR OWN STYLE, WHICH I REALLY DID.>>I LIKE MILES’S SUITS. DEPENDING ON WHERE WE GO, IT IS ALWAYS DIFFERENT BASED ON WHAT CITY WE ARE GOING TO. HE ALWAYS HAS A NICE TIE TO GO WITH IT.>>BEST DRESSED, I WOULD SAY MILES MIKOLAS. HE HAS USUALLY GOT THE FLOW GOING, THE NICE SUIT.>>I DON’T WANT TO SAY MYSELF BECAUSE I THINK I WHERE THE SUITS ON EVERY FLIGHT, I LIKE TO LOOK NICE. IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR CUTTING EDGE, I GOT TO GO WITH BADER.>>PROBABLY HARRISON BECAUSE HE IS OUT THERE, JUST DIFFERENT. YELLOW SHORTS, PLAID T-SHIRTS. I DIG HIS STYLE.>>THAT WOULD BE ME, BECAUSE IT IS ME.>>ULTRA FLASHY IS WOULD BE CARLOS MARTINEZ.>>CONTRERAS AND ME.>>BESIDES MYSELF, UM — I GOT TO — A LOT OF PEOPLE TRY. I LIKE THE FACT THAT THEY TRY.>>OF COURSE, MYSELF. I LOOK TREMENDOUS PRETTY MUCH ON A REGULAR BASIS. [LAUGHTER] SCOTT: WE SAVED THE BEST FOR LAST WITH BREBBIA. DAN: DID YOU NOTICE HIS SHADES UPSIDE DOWN? SCOTT: OF COURSE. THE BEHIND-THE-SCENES VIDEO DOES NOT STOP HERE. SUBSCRIBE TO THEIR YOUTUBE CHANNEL NOW. A LOT OF THEM CAN DRESS. A LOT OF THEM BOTH FOR THEMSELVES. YES, BREBBIA NEEDS A LITTLE WORK ON THE GLASSES. KYLE: THAT WAS INTERESTING. A COUPLE BUTTONS I THINK HE MISSED THERE. SCOTT: TOP AND BOTTOM IS MOST IMPORTANT. KYLE: SHOWING OFF THAT HARD WORK. DAN: SHOWING OFF THE FACIAL HAIR. HARD TO RECOGNIZE HIM, BELLY SHOWING, SUNGLASSES UPSIDE DOWN. EVERY TIME I SEE HIM, I THINK, IS THAT BRUCE SUTTER? HE HAS THAT LOOK TO HIM. HE HAS PITCHED SOME REALLY GOOD BASEBALL. HE IS A HIGH LEVERAGE GUY. YOU CAN BRING HIM IN WITH RUNNERS ON BASE. HE HAS HAD A SOLID YEAR FOR THE CARDINALS. SCOTT: 0-2 TO AROZARENA. LET’S GO BACK FOR YOU TWO, BEST DRESSED TEAMMATES. DAN: FOR ME, GARY SHEFFIELD WAS ALWAYS CUTTING-EDGE. ROBIN YOUNT, PAUL MARA, I WAS DUBBED AS THE SECOND BEST DRESSED GUY ON THE BREWERS TEAM. EVERYONE ELSE TIED FOR FIRST. IT IS NOT A GOOD THING TO CARRY AROUND FOR YOU. I HAD ONE STUDENT IN COLLEGE. USUALLY THAT LASTED ME THE ENTIRE SEASON. WHO IS GOING TO SEE YOU? YOU ARE FLYING CHARTER FLIGHTS, GETTING ON A BUS. I WAS NOT BIG ON SUITS BECAUSE TO THIS DAY, I DON’T TAKE CARE OF CLOSE THAT WELL. SCOTT: YOU WERE CONSISTENT. WE KNEW WHERE TO FIND YOU. DAN: CREATURE OF HABIT, AS WE SAY. KYLE: I USED TO TRY, BUT I COULDN’T BE TOO FLASHY. I STAYED IN MY COMFORT ZONE, DARK GRAY, BLACK, MAYBE A BLUE EVERY ONCE IN A WHILE, SO I CAN’T BOTH FOR MYSELF. A LOT OF COLORFUL TEAMMATES. CARLOS GOMEZ COMES TO MIND AS ONE OF THE GUYS WHO WAS NOT AFRAID TO EXPERIMENT. STUFF THAT I WOULDN’T REALLY EVER TRY, BUT HE WASN’T SCARED. SCOTT: YOU HAVE THE BODY ART, KYLE. KYLE: I HAVE PUT ON A COUPLE TATS OVER THE YEARS. SCOTT: ROSE ARENA RIPS IT TO LEFT. WARNING TRACK WALL, IT IS GONE. HIS FIRST CAREER HOME RUN. AROZARENA, HAVE A DAY. HE SWIPES HOME, AN OUTFIELD ASSIST AND A SOLO SHOT TO PUT THE CARDINALS UP 5-2. DAN: A NIGHT THAT DID NOT END UNTIL 2:00 IN THE MORNING LAST NIGHT, THE CARDINALS LOSE A TOUGH ONE. AROZARENA HAVING QUITE AN AFTERNOON IN THE DESERT, A DAY HE WILL NEVER FORGET. YOU HIT YOUR FIRST BIG-LEAGUE BOMB. THAT SMILE SAYS IT ALL. STEALS HOME, THROWS OUT A RUNNER, AND HITS HIS FIRST BOMB. PRETTY GOOD AFTERNOON. KYLE: THAT IS A FEELING I NEVER GOT. DAN: THIS IS ANOTHER CUTTER THAT WAS SUPPOSED TO BE AWAY. THIS IS A NO DOUBTER RIGHT OFF THE BAT. YOU CAN TELL BY THE SOUND. A COUPLE OF ROWS DEEP OVER THE DIAMONDBACKS BULLPEN IN THE FIELD — IN LEFT FIELD. DAN: HE IS MAKING A GOOD IMPRESSION FOR THE POSTSEASON ROSTER PUSH. SHOWING SOME VERSATILITY, STRONG ARM. THERE IS A LOOK AT MERRILL KELLY. LOOKED LIKE HE WAS IN CONTROL OF THIS ONE EARLY. SCOTT: RUNNER FOR SURE, AHMED CLEANS IT UP. MUNOZ IS RETIRED. DAN: THAT HAS BEEN THE STORY OF THE CARDINALS POST ALL-STAR BREAK. THEY HAVE PUT IT TOGETHER, TIGHTENED THE SCREWS. STARTING PITCHING HAS BEEN EXCELLENT. THERE BULLPEN HAS ROUNDED BACK INTO SHAPE, CARLOS MARTINEZ CLOSING THINGS OUT. WE SAW JOHN GANT EARLIER, SAW THE LEFTY CABRERA GET THE LAST OUT IN THE LAST INNING. BREBBIA HAS BEEN THROWING THE BALL REALLY WELL. THIS IS ALMOST LIKE THE B TROOP. NO GOLDSCHMIDT IN THE LINEUP. PRETTY GOOD AFTERNOON FOR AROZARENA. SCOTT: MLB PIPELINE HAS HIM AS THE CARDINALS’ 10TH BEST PROSPECT. IT IS HIS FOURTH START, ALL IN CENTER FIELD, AND HIS FIRST SINCE SEPTEMBER 5. KYLE: IT IS ALL ABOUT KEEPING YOURSELF READY FOR THE OPPORTUNITY. THAT IS WHAT THE YOUNG MAN HAS DONE. DAN: I DON’T KNOW IF HE IS GOING TO GET THAT BASEBALL BACK. KYLE: GOING TO BE A TOUGH ONE. MAYBE OFFER THEM A GOLDSCHMIDT SIGNED BAT OR SOMETHING. SCOTT: IF I AM A CARDINALS FAN AT THIS POINT, I AM NEGOTIATING FOR PLAYOFF TICKETS. SO SO DOWN ON STRIKES, TWO GONE. THE CARDINALS WILL BE POSTSEASON BOUND FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE 2015. THAT YOUNG MAN, 24 YEARS OLD, SHOWING OFF ALL THE SKILLS TODAY FOR HIS MANAGER, MIKE SHILDT. FOR IN-DEPTH PERSPECTIVES ON THE GAME, CHECK OUT YOUTUBE’S LIVE GAME COMMENTARY. THE CARDINALS ACCOUNT, THE DIAMONDBACKS, MLB, A SELECT GROUP OF YOUTUBE CREATORS ARE THERE NOW ADDING TO THE BROADCAST. YOU CAN VIEW THE COMMENTARY ON YOUR MOBILE PHONE, COMPUTER, SMART TV. WE ARE WATCHING AT ALL GAME LONG. THEY HAVE HELPED US WITH SOME QUESTIONS AND COMMENTS. WE JUST HAD ONE FROM DODGER FILMS GO, CRUSH THAT. CONGRATULATIONS, YES, AROZARENA, HIS FIRST CAREER HOME RUN. HARRISON BADER’S FIRST TRIP TO THE PLATE TODAY. SELF-PROCLAIMED BEST-DRESSED ON THE CARDINALS. DAN: WAS STRUGGLING BEFORE THE ALL-STAR BREAK, SENT DOWN TO AAA TO CLEAR HIS HEAD. SINCE RECALLED, HE HAS BEEN A MUCH BETTER HITTER. THE CARDINALS WOULD LIKE TO SEE HIM CUT DOWN ON THAT SWING AND MISS. HE GETS OVER AGGRESSIVE IN THE STRIKE ZONE, AT TIMES GIVES HIMSELF AWAY BY SWINGING AT PITCHES THAT ARE AWAY OFF THE PLATE. FINDS HIMSELF IN A LOT OF COUNTS LIKE THIS WHERE HE IS AT THE HANDS OF A PITCHER MAKING GOOD PITCHES. ONCE YOU GET THE RAP OF A KIND OF A GUY, A FREE SWINGER, YOU EXPERIENCE PITCHERS WHO CAN MANAGE THE BALL AROUND THE PLATE. YOU SEE A LOT OF BREAKING BALLS UNTIL YOU SHOW THAT YOU WON’T CHASE. KYLE:. THROUGH. IF YOU GO UP SUPER AGGRESSIVE, THEY ARE GOING TO EXPOSE YOU. THERE IS A LOT OF NUMBERS THAT A PITCHER GETS TO SEE. IF YOU ARE NOT MAKING THAT ADJUSTMENT, THEY ARE GOING TO KEEP GOING BACK TO IT. SCOTT: THAT FASTBALL, HE YANKS IT FOUL OVER THE DUGOUT. I WOULD NOT BE SURPRISED IF HE GOES TO SOMETHING SOFT. BADER STRIKES OUT. THAT’S IT FOR THE CARDINALS’ HALF OF THE SIXTH. ANOTHER RUN, AROZARENA, HIS FIRST IN HIS CAREER, MAKES IT 5-2 ST. LOUIS. 2019 MARKS THE 20TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE 1999 DIAMONDBACKS, A TEAM THAT REACHED THE POSTSEASON QUICKER THAN ANY EXPANSION TEAM IN MLB HISTORY.>>1999 IS UPON US.>>WE CAN WALK OUT THERE ON ANY DAY DOWN THE LEFT-FIELD LINE.>>THE HITTING STREAK THAT NOW TOTALS 30 GAMES.>>HE IS ABSOLUTELY ON FIRE.>>IF YOU WROTE IT IN HOLLYWOOD, THEY WOULD NEVER BUY IT.>>CAN YOU BELIEVE THIS TEAM?>>I WANTED HIM TO BE THE CENTERPIECE.>>HE IS A BIG UNIT AND HE IS RANDY JOHNSON.>>THIS GUY IS NASTY.>>HE GOT IT, UNBELIEVABLE. IT DOESN’T GET ANY BETTER THAN THAT.>>GROUNDBALL THIRD. THE BUCK STOPS HERE. SCOTT: RAISE YOUR HAND IF YOU WERE ON THAT TEAM. DAN: RAISING MY HAND. I WAS TRADED IN MAY FROM THE TORONTO BLUE JAYS TO THE ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS. FROM WORST TO FIRST THAT YEAR. IN MY OPINION THAT WAS THE BEST TEAM I EVER PLAYED ON. LOSS TO THE METS, GAME FOR, SENT THE D-BACKS PACKING. TO THIS DAY I WAS SITTING IN THE BULLPEN IN LEFT FIELD AND I STILL THOUGHT TO THIS DAY THAT STEVE FINLEY CAUGHT THAT BALL UP AGAINST THE WALL IN CENTER FIELD. REMEMBER THE BIG THEME SONG FOR THE METS THAT YEAR WAS MOJO RISING. WHEN THE GAME IS OVER, IT SOUNDED LIKE THE CEILING WAS GOING TO FALL IN. YOU COULD HEAR THAT SONG, MOJO RISING. THEN THE OWNER CAME IN AND TALK TO THE TEAM RIGHT AFTER THE GAME AND SAID WE ARE GOING TO BE BACK NEXT YEAR. IT WAS A TOUGH YEAR, WE SHOULD BE GOING TO THE WORLD SERIES BUT WE ARE NOT. WE WILL FIX IT. THE NEXT YEAR JUST HIT WITH INJURIES. 2000, THE GIANTS WON THE DIVISION. I WAS A FREE AGENT AFTER THAT YEAR, SIGNED WITH TORONTO. I WAS IN THE RIGHT PLACE AT THE WRONG TIME. THE STORY OF MY CAREER. 1992, I WAS A FREE AGENT — FREE AGENT. THERE WERE THREE TEAMS I NARROWED IT DOWN TO AND THE TORONTO BLUE JAYS HAD MADE ME THE BEST OFFER. I DECIDED I WANTED TO PITCH FOR THE HOMETOWN TEAM, THE CUPS. DON’T FOLLOW ME, SCOTT, WHEREVER I GO, IT’S THE WRONG PLACE. SCOTT: AFTER THIS, WHEN WE WALK OUT THE DOOR, IF YOU GO LEFT, I’M GOING RIGHT. CABRERA AGAINST KEVIN CRON. THE COUNT IS 2-2. KYLE: I GOT LUCKY, PLAYED ON SOME PRETTY GOOD TEAMS. OBVIOUSLY I WAS IN ST. LOUIS IN 2011. I WAS PART OF THAT ROTATION, EVEN THOUGH WE WEREN’T USED VERY MUCH. TONY LOVED OUR BULLPEN, WHICH CARRIED US. SCOTT: A NICE STOP BY EDMAN. CRON DOESN’T MOVE WELL, SO EDMAN MADE THE STOP. DAN: I WOULD BE SURPRISED IF THAT IS NOT RULED A BASE HIT. YOU CAN SEE HE WON HOPS IT. I WOULD BE SURPRISED IF IT WASN’T RULED AN INFIELD SINGLE. SCOTT: AND THEY WILL CHARGE HIM WITH AN ERROR. DAN: THAT’S NOT AN EASY PLAY. I’M SURE IT’S ONE THAT TOMMY EDMAN WOULD SAY HE HAD. HE WAS ABLE TO GET IT AND KNOCK IT DOWN. SCOTT: NOW JOSH ROJAS GOING AFTER SOME HIGH HEAT. DAN: THIS IS A BULLET. HE DOES A GOOD JOB TO KNOCK THIS DOWN. THIS IS NOT AN EASY PLAY. DAN: YOU COULD SEE WHY CABRERA OR WOULD NOT BE VERY COMFORTABLE WITH THAT FROM THE LEFT SIDE. THAT ONE AT 98 HAS A LOW THREE-QUARTER ARC DELIVERY. AFTER TWO FASTBALLS LIKE THAT WHERE HE SPEEDED UP THAT HARD BREAKING BALL WHICH WE SAW EARLY ON TO MIKE LAMB MIGHT BE IN ORDER HERE. SCOTT: ROJAS DOESN’T BITE ON 98. CABRERA MADE HIS BIG-LEAGUE DEBUT ON MAY 29. HIS FIRST TWO APPEARANCES WERE STARTS. NOW HE’S TRYING TO PROVE HIMSELF IN THE BULLPEN. TOUGH TO CRACK THAT ROTATION THIS YEAR FOR THE CARDINALS. DAN: THAT’S A NASTY BREAKING BALL RIGHT THERE. THAT’S A GOOD ONE. 84 MILE AN HOUR SLIDER. REALLY STRONG GETTING THE BALL TO HIS GLOVE SIDE WHICH WOULD BE DOWN AND AWAY TO A LEFTY. ALMOST TOO GOOD OF A BREAKING BALL. SCOTT: JUNIOR FERNANDEZ LOOSENING. THE PITCH GETS AWAY. CRON IS AT SECOND NOW. DAN: SOMETIMES WHEN YOU SEE A LITTLE BIT OF INEXPERIENCE FROM A YOUNGER PITCHER, YOU GET SO AGGRESSIVE YOU WANT TO TRY TO MAKE SOME THINGS HAPPEN. MATT WIETERS CALLS FOR THAT SLIDER DOWN AND AWAY AND HE SIMPLY OVERTHROWS THAT ONE. SOMETIMES YOU FEEL AS A YOUNG PITCHER THAT EVERY BREAKING BALL YOU THROW HAS TO BE A NASTY ONE. KIND OF PAINT YOURSELF IN CORNER RIGHT NOW. WHEN YOU HAVE A THREE RUN LEAD, THE LAST THING YOU WANT TO DO IS PUT YOURSELF IN A CHALLENGE POSITION. THROWS THAT GOOD FASTBALL DOWN AND AWAY. SCOTT: ALL FOUR. A BASE FOR JOSH ROJAS. WE TALKED ABOUT THE DIAMONDBACKS, 2001 CHAMPIONSHIP. LET’S LOOK BACK AT THE PAST TWO FOR THE CARDINALS. 2006, THERE’S THAT SAVE FOR ADAM WAINWRIGHT. 2011, THE CARDINALS CLOSING OUT GAME SEVEN, AND EPIC WORLD SERIES BACK IN 2011. THAT IS THEIR LAST TITLE, TEAM THAT IS ABSOLUTELY DOMINATED IN TERMS OF COMPETITIVENESS IN THE DIVISION, UP UNTIL 2015. THIS IS THEIR FIRST POSTSEASON SINCE THEN, BUT THEY MADE 12 PLAYOFF APPEARANCES FROM 2000-20 15. THAT INCLUDED FOR WORLD SERIES APPEARANCES. DAN: ADAM WAINWRIGHT AND PAUL GOLDSCHMIDT WAS BROUGHT IN TO GET THIS CARDINALS TEAM BACK INTO THE POSTSEASON. HE LEADS ABOUT EVERY STATISTICAL CATEGORY FOR THE CARDINALS THIS YEAR. WE ARE USED TO SEEING PAUL GOLDSCHMIDT UP THERE WITH — IT’S BEEN A GOOD YEAR BUT NOT ONE OF THE BETTER PAUL GOLDSCHMIDT YEARS. SCOTT: IT COULD TURN INTO A FOURTH N.L. CENTRAL TITLE IN THE NEXT FEW DAYS. CARDINALS LEADING 5-2. THEY COULD CLINCH THE DIVISION AS EARLY AS TOMORROW. THEY WILL PLAY TOMORROW AGAINST THE REDS AS WELL. DAN: THAT SERIES WITH CINCINNATI, THEY DID SOMETHING THAT’S NOT BEEN EASY TO DO, BEAT SONNY GRAY. A REDS TEAM THAT NOBODY WANTS TO PLAY DOWN THE STRETCH, WITH SOME TERRIFIC STARTING PITCHING. THAT’S A TEAM WE SHOULD REALLY WATCH OUT FOR GOING INTO 2020. THE NL CENTRAL, LOOKS LIKE THE CUBS MAY BE IN A YEAR OF TRANSITION NEXT YEAR. THEY WILL HAVE TO DO SOMETHING TO SPICE UP THAT STARTING ROTATION. WATCH OUT FOR THE REDS. STARTING ROTATION ON THE UPSWING. THEY MADE THE TRADE FOR TREVOR BAUER. CASTILLO HAS THROWN THE BALL REALLY WELL. THINGS ON THE UPSWING FOR THE REDS. SCOTT: THERE’S A STRIKE TO AHMED. THAT’S A REALLY TOUGH SPOT TO DO ANYTHING WITH. IF YOU ARE AN OPPOSING HITTER. DAN: NOT ONLY IS AT 97, IT LOOKS A LITTLE BIT DOWN. WIETERS DOES A GOOD JOB OF SELLING IT, TRYING TO PRESENT THAT AS THE STRIKE. SCOTT: CABRERA CAN DIAL IT UP. DAN: THAT WAS A GOOD FASTBALL THAT HE WAS JUST ABLE TO GET UNDERNEATH. KYLE: YOU HAVE TO, 99. DAN: HE HASN’T SHOWN HE IS COMFORTABLE YET TO THROW THAT HARD SLIDER DOWN AND INTO A RIDE HE. THAT HARD BREAKING BALL DOWN AND IN WOULD BE VIRTUALLY IMPOSSIBLE TO LAY A, IF YOU’RE GOING TO DO IT, THIS WOULD BE THE PITCH TO TRY THAT. KYLE: HE LOOKS LIKE HE IS RELUCTANT TO CALL THAT SLIDER. HE DOESN’T WANT TO PUT ANOTHER GUY IN SCORING POSITION. DAN: THAT’S REALLY THE FIRST PITCH WE’VE SEEN THAT’S KIND OF OVERTHROWN. HE HAS BEEN AROUND THE STRIKE ZONE. HIS COMFORT ZONE IS DOWN AND AWAY TO A LEFTY. SCOTT: IT HOPS OVER THE WALL AND KNOCKS OFF THE FOUL POLE. IN COMES CRON. IT IS 5-3. THAT WILL KEEP ROJAS AT THIRD. NICK AHMED FINDS THE CORNER. KYLE: HIS ABILITY — HIS INABILITY TO EXECUTE THE SLIDER I THINK GOT TO HIM RIGHT THERE. DAN: HE’S RELUCTANT TO THROW THE SLIDER DOWN AND INTO A FRIDAY. MARTINEZ DOESN’T. THE BALK SHORT HOPS AND HOPS UP OVER THE WALL, AND ANOTHER PITCHING CHANGE. SCOTT: CABRERA PITCHING ON BACK-TO-BACK DAYS FOR THE FIRST TIME IN HIS BIG-LEAGUE CAREER. JUNIOR FERNANDEZ WILL REPLACE HIM. WE ALSO SAW FERNANDEZ YESTERDAY. THE CARDINALS USED ALL BUT TWO OF THEIR RELIEVERS. LET’S LOOK BACK ON THIS DATE IN BASEBALL HISTORY. THE FIRST EVER RECONSTRUCTION SURGERY WAS PERFORMED ON DODGERS LEFT-HANDER TOMMY JOHN.>>PRIOR TO 1974, IMMEDIATE RETIREMENT WAS HIS ONLY OPTION. THAT’S WHAT TOMMY JOHN FACED IN 1974 WHEN HIS ARM WAS RENDERED USELESS.>>I FELT LIKE MY ELBOW CAME APART.>>HE PUT HIS FAITH IN A PROCEDURE NEVER BEFORE PERFORMED ON A PROFESSIONAL, TRANSPLANTING ATTENDANT FROM THE FOREARM TO THE ELBOW. DR. FRANK JOE TOLD TOMMY IT WAS HIS ONLY HOPE.>>IF YOU WONDER PLAY BASEBALL AGAIN, YOU HAD TO HAVE THE CHANCE. HE GAVE ME TWO OR THREE CHANCES OUT OF 100 TO PITCH AGAIN. BUT THAT’S A WHOLE LOT BETTER THAN ZERO OUT OF 100.>>TOMMY JOHN SURGERY, A MONIKER EVENTUALLY COPYRIGHTED BY JOE, WAS BORN.>>SOMEBODY HAD TO DO IT, AND I WAS THE GUY WITH THE RIGHT SPOT AND THE RIGHT SURGEON TO DO IT.>>HE WENT ON TO PITCH 14 MORE SEASONS IN THE MAJOR LEAGUES, WINNING 164 OF HIS 288 CAREER VICTORIES.>>THE DODGERS HAD ONE OF THE GREAT COMEBACK PLAYERS OF THE SPORT.>>JOHN DID NOT RETIRE UNTIL HE TURNED 46.>>I’VE HAD GUYS IN THE MINOR LEAGUES COME UP AND SHAKE MY HAND AND SAY THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR HAVING THAT SURGERY WHEN YOU DID, BECAUSE IT SAVED MY LIFE IN BASEBALL. I DON’T REMEMBER WHO I WAS WITH, BUT THEY WERE YOUNG. THEY SAID, TOMMY JOHN WAS ACTUALLY A REAL PERSON? IT’S TRUE. NICK AHMED ON SECOND, AFTER THE DOUBLE. RINGS HOME KEVIN CRON. JOSH ROJAS ALSO ON THE BASE PATH, HE IS AT THIRD. JUNIOR FERNANDEZ, NUMBER EIGHT PROSPECT IN THE CARDINALS ORGANIZATION. DAN: FASTBALL 96-97. FASTBALL, SLIDER, CHANGEUP. USES THE FASTBALL 39% OF THE TIME. THREE GOOD PITCHES. THE CARDINALS SEEING HIM MORE AS A STARTING PITCHER, BUT A YOUNG GUY TRYING TO GET SOME DIRT UNDERNEATH HIS CLEATS IN THE BULLPEN. SCOTT: A BIG SPOT FOR THE DIAMONDBACKS IN THIS GAME. JOSEPH IS OUT. IS EVERYBODY OUT OF THE CARDINALS BULLPEN THROWING 99? DAN: IT’S REALLY HARD TO GET SIGNED, ANDREW MILLER HAS BEEN THROWING THE BALL REALLY WELL. CAVE UP THE HOME RUN LAST NIGHT BUT THE CARDINALS BULLPEN IS ONE OF THE BETTER BULLPENS IN BASEBALL RIGHT NOW. RELIABLE, DEPENDABLE. THEY PITCH WELL WHEN THE GAME HAS BEEN ON THE LINE. SCOTT: THE CARDINALS ARE MISSING THEIR ULTIMATE FLAMETHROWER, JORDAN HICKS, DOWN FOR MOST OF THE YEAR. DAN: KIND OF A NICE LEAD-IN COMING OFF THE TOMMY JOHN PIECE. THE DAY AND AGE WHERE SO MANY GUYS ARE THROWING HARD, WHETHER IT’S THROWING COMPETITIVELY IN HIGH SCHOOL IN SUMMER BALL OR YOUTH BASEBALL, SHOWCASE GAMES. WE ARE SEEING MORE AND MORE ELBOW TOMMY JOHN INJURIES YEAR AFTER YEAR. KYLE: MY OPINION, I JUST FEEL LIKE IT’S YEAR-ROUND BASEBALL, AND ALSO THE GUYS COME IN — I WAS TAUGHT NOT TO GO FULL OUT EVERY PITCH. THESE GUYS THROWING 97-99, MAXIMUM FOR EVERY PITCH. IT CAUSES A LOT OF STRESS ON THAT LIGAMENT THERE. I THINK YOU ARE SEEING THE RESULT OF THAT. DAN: 1980-1989, 1172. I THINK ONE OF THE THINGS THAT GETS LOST IN THAT IS WE HEAR OF FAR FEWER INJURIES AS FAR AS THE SHOULDER. ROTATOR CUFF, THAT SURGERY IS KIND OF LIKE WHAT TOMMY JOHN IS TODAY. SO MUCH OF IT IS PREVENTATIVE. YOU GO THROUGH CLUBHOUSES AND SPRING TRAINING, NOW THESE GUYS AREN’T STRENGTHENING PROGRAMS BEFORE THEY GET HURT TO KEEP THE STRUCTURE OF THE SHOULDER AND ELBOW STRONG AND HEALTHY. KYLE: SHOULDER ONE IS THE ONE YOU WANT TO STAY AWAY FROM. THE ELBOW ONE, SEEMS LIKE ALMOST EVERYONE HAS HAD IT AND THEY KNOW HOW TO TREAT IT. YOU ALMOST COMEBACK THROWING HARDER, IT SEEMS LIKE. SCOTT: CHRISTIAN WALKER PINCH-HITTING. THE DAY IS DONE FOR MERRILL KELLY. BOTH BENCHES HAVE SOME PINCH-HITTING OPTIONS TODAY. MANY OF THE STARTERS GETTING THE DAY OFF, OR AT LEAST A PORTION OF IT. 19 INNINGS YESTERDAY. EDUARDO ESCOBAR, STILL AND OPTION OFF THE BENCH. DAN: NOT MUCH YOU CAN DO WITH THAT PITCH RIGHT THERE. 98 MILES AN HOUR ON THE OUTSIDE CORNER. YOU CAN SEE WHY THE CARDINALS ARE SO EXCITED ABOUT JUNIOR FERNANDEZ. THERE’S NOT MUCH YOU CAN DO WITH THIS PITCH. WIETERS DOES A NICE JOB PRESENTING THAT AND SELLING IT AS A STRIKE. SCOTT: HE’S AHEAD OF WALKER. CHRISTIAN TOLD US EARLIER IT’S NOT EASY TO REPLACE THE GUY, PAUL GOLDSCHMIDT, BUT HE HAS DONE THAT. SECOND-MOST HOME RUN AMONG ROOKIES IN THE NATIONAL LEAGUE TO PETE ALONSO. THE NUMBERS ARE VERY COMPARABLE TO PAUL GOLDSCHMIDT. ROJAS, AHMED AND LEYBA ON THE BASE PATHS. THAT WILL GET AWAY AND BRING HOME ANOTHER FOUR ARIZONA. 5-4. ROJAS SCORES. DAN: ONE OF THE THINGS THAT WILL DRIVE YOU NUTS, YOU LOVE THE BIG ARMS THAT WE HAVE SEEN FROM CABRERA, NOW FERNANDEZ. WIETERS KIND OF TRIES TO BACKHAND THIS ONE, INSTEAD OF TRYING TO GET IN FRONT OF IT. KEEP THE BALL IN FRONT. SPIKE TOWARD THE LEFT. WHAT COMES WITH THE BIG ARMS ALSO COMES A LITTLE BIT OF INEXPERIENCE. SECONDARY PITCHES CONTROLLING THOSE INTO THE STRIKE ZONE. SCOTT: A ONE HOP TO SHORT AND WALKER GROUNDS OUT. YADI MOLINA WENT 19 INNINGS CATCHING YESTERDAY’S GAME. I’M SURE YOU TRY TO STATE HIS CASE FOR TODAY AS WELL, BUT THE ONE CON OF YADI PLAYING SO MUCH, MATT WIETERS MAKING HIS FIRST START TODAY SINCE AUGUST 31. KYLE: THAT’S A LONG TIME TO GO WITHOUT GETTING REPS BEHIND THE PLATE. NOT TO PICK ON WIETERS THERE, BUT YOU WANT TO SEE HIM DROP DOWN AND BLOCK THAT BALL. AS A PITCHER, IT GIVES YOU THAT INSPIRATION OR CONFIDENCE TO GO AHEAD AND BOUNCE THAT PITCH WITH TWO STRIKES. DAN: YOU SEE THE INFIELD IN, MIKE SHILDT THINKS THE GAME IS ON THE LINE RIGHT HERE. ACROSS-THE-BOARD ALL THE WAY THROUGH THE DIAMOND, PLAYING JUST ON THE INFIELD DIRT. YOU LOOK TO CUT DOWN THE TYING RUN AT THIRD BASE. REALLY IMPORTANT IF YOU ARE FERNANDEZ RIGHT NOW. YOU WANT TO KEEP THE BALL IN THE ZONE, KEEP IT DOWN. SCOTT: AHMED AND LEYBA ON FOR LOCASTRO. AND THAT’S GOING TO GET TO SECOND. HERE IS THE THROW. WIETERS DOESN’T HAVE IT. ONE RUN IS IN. LEYBA IS GOING TO SCORE AS WELL AND THE DIAMONDBACKS LEADING 6-5 . ALL THE WAY TO THIRD GOES LOCASTRO. DAN: THIS WAS THE PROBLEM IN 2018 FOR THE ST. LOUIS CARDINALS, PROTECTING THE BASEBALL. MIKE SHILDT PLAYED HIS CARDS RIGHT, HAD THE INFIELD IN. FERNANDEZ ABLE TO GET THE GROUNDBALL THEY WERE LOOKING FOR. HIGH CHOPPER TO THE SECOND BASEMAN SOSA. MATT WIETERS NOT ABLE TO HANDLE THE THROW FROM SOSA FROM SECOND BASE. KIND OF AN UNCONVENTIONAL WAY TO GET A COUPLE OF RUNS. THERE’S A GOOD LOOK AT SOSA. SCOTT: SLOPPY GAME AFTER A MARATHON NIGHT. INFIELD REMAINS IN. BIG CUT AND A MISS FROM JONES. DAN: WITH THE GOOD THROW THEY PROBABLY HAVE A GOOD CHANCE. MATT WIETERS IS TRYING TO STAY IS ATTACHED TO HOME PLATE AS HE CAN. IN HINDSIGHT, YOU CAN CONCEDE THAT RUN. THAT THROW IS GOING TO TAKE AWAY FROM HOME. TRY TO MAKE SURE AT LEAST MAKE THE CATCH. THE INABILITY TO MAKE THE CATCH ALLOW THE SECOND RUN TO SCORE. SOSA DOES A GOOD JOB, HE LEAVES HIS FEET AND COMES DOWN, HESTER TRIED TO CATCH AND THROW ALL WITH ONE MOTION — HAS TO TRY TO CATCH AND THROW ALL WITH ONE MOTION. YOU WOULD THINK THAT MATT WIETERS WOULD BE ABLE TO HANDLE IT. IT TURNS INTO AN ERROR AND TO RUN SCORE AND THE D-BACKS TAKE THE LEAD. SCOTT: LOCASTRO REACHES ON A FIELDER’S CHOICE. WIETERS CHARGED WITH THE ERROR, AND ONE R.B.I. ON THE PLAY FOR THE DIAMONDBACKS LEADOFF, WHO NOW STANDS AT THIRD. SHOULD HE TAKE HIS MASK OFF OR A PLAY LIKE THAT? DAN: THAT’S A TOUGH PLAY BECAUSE THE BALL IS HIT RIGHT AT THE SECOND BASEMAN. SCOTT: THAT’S RIGHT UP THE MIDDLE FOR JONES. IT IS 7-5. DAN: THE TWO-SEAM FASTBALL, MIDDLE OF THE PLATE DOWN. ADAM JONES DOES WHAT HE HAS DONE FOR SO LONG, HIT IT RIGHT BACK THROUGH THE MIDDLE. YOU CUT DOWN ON A LOT OF ANGLES. IT IS TOUGH AND LESS THE BALL IS HIT DIRECTLY AT ONE OF THE INFIELDERS. SCOTT: A FIVE-RUN FRAME FOR ARIZONA. FOURTH AT BAT THIS AFTERNOON FOR FLORES. HE STARTED THE DAY WITH THE TWO R.B.I. DOUBLE. ALSO A BASE HIT IN THE FIFTH. DRIVES IT TO LEFT, AND THAT’S GONE. WILMER FLORES MUSCLES UP FOR A TWO-RUN HOME RUN. 9-5. DAN: WE TALKED ABOUT HOW GOOD THE BULLPEN HAS BEEN FOR THE ST. LOUIS CARDINALS. YOU START GOING TO YOUR YOUNG RELIEF CORPS, YOU DON’T GO TO YOUR GO TO GUYS. IT’S BEEN A ROUGH GO FOR CABRERA AND FERNANDEZ. YOU SEE THIS PITCH RIGHT HERE, MIDDLE OF THE PLATE, KIND OF UP. WILMER FLORES JUST SELLING OUT WHEN YOU HAVE A HARD TIME GETTING YOUR SECONDARY PITCHES, BOTH CABRERA AND FERNANDEZ HAD A TOUGH TIME ESTABLISHING ANYTHING OTHER THAN THE FASTBALL. BASICALLY TURN YOURSELF INTO A ONE PITCH PITCHER. SHOULD HAVE BEEN AN ERROR ON THAT FAN RIGHT THERE. HE BROUGHT A GLOVE. SCOTT: THAT IS FAN INTERFERENCE. DAN: THE GUY WITH THE DARK AND LIGHT COLORED GLOVE BENDING OVER THE WALL. SCOTT: FOR R.B.I.’S FOR WILMER FLORES. DAN: THERE’S A LOOK AT HIM. THE CULPRIT. THE GUY IN THE WHITE D-BACKS SHIRT THERE IN THE MIDDLE, TRYING TO TALK STRATEGY. IT’S LIKE A CUT RIGHT IN FRONT OF HIM. THAT’S PRETTY MUCH SET ON A PLATTER FORGET. THE BALL WASN’T REALLY STOLEN. YOU SEE THE GUY WITH HIS HANDS UP IN THE AIR RIGHT THERE. HE WOULD LIKE TO HAVE A DO OVER. TRYING TO BARTER ONE OF THE PLAYERS, HOW ABOUT THROWING ME A BASEBALL UP HERE? SCOTT: A GOOD CHAT GOING ON RIGHT NOW. DAN: THE GUY IS ON HIS PHONE THERE. THE CAMOUFLAGE HAT ON. SCOTT: IS HE ASKING FOR THE REPLAY REVIEW? DAN: LET’S GET GOING AND SEE WHAT’S GOING ON, WHAT IS THAT SCORING DECISION? SCOTT: IN THE POSTSEASON CHASE, EVERY PLAY LIKE THAT ONE MATTERS. LIKE BASEBALL ON YOUR FAVORITE DEVICES. PITCH TRACKING, VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS, UP TO THE MOMENT STANDINGS AND MUCH MORE. LOOK AT RANDY JOHNSON RUN. HE’S GOT THE WHEELS. DAN: I PLAYED WITH RANDY FOR TWO YEARS AND RANDY NEVER RAN THAT FAST, BUT HE COULD THROW. IT’S AMAZING TO A LOT OF YOUNGER FANS WHEN THEY THINK OF RANDY JOHNSON, HE STRUGGLED FOR A LONG TIME IN THE MINOR LEAGUES. HIS FIRST COUPLE OF SEASONS IN MONTREAL, THEN WAS TRADED TO THE MARINERS. IT TOOK HIM A WHILE TO FIND HIMSELF BUT WHEN HE FOUND HIMSELF, 1999 AND 2000, IT’S HARD TO SAY THERE WAS ANYBODY IN BASEBALL THAT WAS BETTER THAN NUMBER 51, THE BIG UNIT. SCOTT: ROLLER DEEP INTO SHALLOW RIGHT. SOSA MAKING THE PLAY AT SECOND. DIAMONDBACKS HAVE BATTED AROUND SECOND. KEVIN CRON STARTED OFF THE INNING REACHING ON AN ERROR AGAINST THE THIRD BASEMAN TOMMY EDMAN. KYLE: THIS INNING HAS OBVIOUSLY GOTTEN AWAY FROM THEM. WHEN I LOOK BACK AT THE NEXT BATTER WHEN CABRERA WALKED HIM, THAT’S ONE OF THE THINGS A YOUNG GUY HAS TO LEARN TO SLOW THINGS DOWN. YOU STILL HAVE TO LEAD AND MAKE PITCHES. KIND OF OVERTHROWING THE BASEBALL, TRYING TO DO TOO MUCH WHICH LEADS TO HIM BEING PULLED AND MADNESS ENSUED AFTER THAT. DAN: THAT’S ONE OF THE THINGS YOU HAVE TO GO THROUGH AS A LONG PITCHER. THERE’S A DIFFERENCE BETWEEN DOING IT IN DOUBLE AND AAA. JIM LEYLAND HAD A GREAT LINE THAT THE MINOR LEAGUES WERE FOR PROSPECTS AND THE BIG LEAGUES ARE FOR PRODUCTION. IT’S ABOUT TRYING TO WIN A GAME AND GET CLOSER TO WRAPPING UP THE CENTRAL. SCOTT: THE SIDE IS RETIRED. SEVEN RUNS IN THE SIXTH FOR THE DIAMONDBACKS. IT MATCHES THE MOST RUNS ALLOWED BY THE CARDINALS IN AN INNING THIS SEASON. MLB GAME OF THE WEEK LIVE ON YOUTUBE, HEATING UP OFFENSIVELY. THAT’S THE AIR OF THE GAME, ISN’T IT? WILMER FLORES WITH FOUR RUNS BATTED IN. A BIG SECOND HALF FOR THE DIAMONDBACKS INFIELDER. WHAT A SEASON WE HAVE HAD HERE ON YOUTUBE. DAN: AN INTERESTING NEXT THREE DAYS FOR THE CARDINALS. THEY LOSE THAT 19 INNING GAME LAST NIGHT. LOOKED LIKE THEY WERE IN A GOOD SPOT GOING INTO THE BOTTOM OF THE FIFTH INNING. A BIG THREE-GAME WEEKEND SERIES. CHICAGO CUBS. SCOTT: THREE MORE MATCHUPS BETWEEN THE CARDINALS AND THE CUBS. CARDINALS FANS CAN TAKE THIS GLASS HALF-FULL AND GO, WE WANT TO WAY TO CLINCH THE DIVISION UNTIL THE CUBS COME TO TOWN. THE CHAMPAGNE TASTES SWEETER AT HOME. DAN: LAST NIGHT THE DIAMONDBACKS HAD TO USE 13 PICTURES TO WIN THAT GAME — 13 PITCHERS TO WIN THAT GAME. I THINK THERE WILL BE A LIMIT ON THE ROSTER CALL UPS. YOU HAVE FIVE OR SIX EXTRA BODIES YOU CAN RUN OUT THERE. THIS IS THE TIME OF — KIND OF GAME THAT COULD SET YOU BACK THE REST OF THE SEASON, THIS LONG THREE GAMES COMING UP WITH THE CUBS IF YOU HAVE TO EXPEND VALUABLE PARTS OF YOUR BULLPEN. THE CARDINALS ARE PLAYING IT SAFE THIS AFTERNOON. THEY WOULD LIKE TO HAVE THEIR MAIN GUYS AVAILABLE THIS WEEKEND FOR THE CUBS. SCOTT: CUBS WERE COMPLETELY SILENCED, A FOUR-GAME SWEEP’S. THREE WINS CAME IN THE FINAL AT-BAT FOR ST. LOUIS, ONLY 15 RUNS ALLOWED. THAT BULLPEN IS EXHAUSTED AFTER LAST NIGHT BUT THEY HAVE HAD QUITE A WEEK. DAN: THE SURPRISE WAS HOW WELL THE CUBS HAVE PLAYED AT HOME IN 2019. JOE MADDON AND THE CUBS HAVE HAD THEIR TROUBLES ON THE ROAD IN 2019 BUT IT LOOKED LIKE THE SEASON AND THE SCHEDULE WAS SETTING UP FAVORABLE FOR THE CUBS. A DAY OFF AND THEN THEY HEADED TO PITTSBURGH. THE PIRATES HAVE RAINED ON THE CUBS PARADE. IT’S BEEN A VERY DISAPPOINTING LAST MONTH OF SEPTEMBER FOR THE CUBS. THE BREWERS MIGHT BE PLAYING BETTER THAN ANYBODY IN BASEBALL. THEY LOSE CHRISTIAN YELICH, THOUGHT THAT WOULD BE THE FINAL DAGGER IN THE BREWERS 2019 SEASON. THEY KEEP FINDING WAYS TO WIN. SCOTT: LEADOFF MAN TOMMY EDMAN TAKES STRIKE ONE. A COUPLE OF BASE HITS TODAY. DOMINGO LEYBA IS GOING TO PLAY SECOND BASE. AND THERE CHRISTIAN WALKER AT FIRST. ALEX AVILA CATCHING AND REPLACING CALEB JOSEPH. A STRIKE UP IN THE ZONE TO EDMUND. THERE IS AVILA CATCHING IT. KYLE: THE CARDINALS HAVE FOUND SOMETHING IN TOMMY EDMAN. HE FITS THE PROFILE FOR THE CARDINALS ARE LOOKING FOR. HE CAN PLAY ALL OVER THE INFIELD. THEY’VE USED HIM ON OCCASION IN THE OUTFIELD. HAS SHOWN SOME POWER. MORE THAN THAT, YOU TALK TO PEOPLE AROUND THE CARDINALS ORGANIZATION, HE HAS WHAT YOU ARE LOOKING FOR, THAT BASEBALL IQ. HE DOESN’T GIVE ANY AT-BATS AWAY. RARELY DO YOU SEE HIM FREE SWINGING AT PITCHES OUT OF THE STRIKE ZONE. SCOTT: WHAT ELSE CAN YOU TELL US ABOUT TOMMY EDMAN? JACKIE: HE’S THE TYPE OF PLAYER THAT FANS LOVE. NOTHING HAS BEEN GIVEN TO HIM, HE HAS HAD TO EARN IT. HIS DAD WAS HIS COACH. HE FELT LIKE HE HAD TO WORK EXTRA HARD SO PEOPLE WOULD NOT THINK HE WAS BEING FAVORED. HE NEVER HAD A SCHOLARSHIP BUT HE WEDNESDAY STARTING SHORTSTOP JOB AT STANFORD. HE IS USED TO PROVING HIMSELF. HE SAID I PERSONALLY FEEL LIKE I HAVE A SNEAKY STRENGTH. I FEEL I’M GENERALLY A LITTLE STRONGER THAN MOST PEOPLE THINK. HE HAS ONLY GROWN AN INCH SINCE HIGH SCHOOL BUT THAT HASN’T STOPPED HIM. SOMETIMES YOU JUST NEED THAT OPPORTUNITY. HE IS CERTAINLY MAKING THE MOST OF HIS. HE WAS SUPPOSED TO MARRY HIS FIANCEE NEXT WEEK, BUT AFTER JOINING THE CARDS, HE REALIZED HE MIGHT STILL BE PLAYING BASEBALL THEN. THEY PUSHED THE DATE BACK TO MID-NOVEMBER. SCOTT: THAT’S A SMART MOVE. I THINK THEY WILL USE HIM IN SOME OCTOBER BASEBALL. HE’S GOT SOME STRENGTH. DAN: IT DOESN’T LOOK LIKE THE GAME SPEEDS UP ON HIM. WHEREVER MIKE SHILDT HAS ASKED HIM TO PLAY, HE LOOKS LIKE HE HAS PLAYED THAT POSITION BEFORE. HE’S AN IMPORTANT PART OF WHY THE CARDINALS HAVE GONE ON THIS RUN. HE HAS BEEN TERRIFIC, AND SO HALF THE CARDINALS. SCOTT: LOPEZ STRUCK HIM OUT. NOW HE IS AHEAD OF MARTINEZ. AND HE GOT HIM, TOO. 26-YEAR-OLD ROOKIE OUT OF CUBA. DAN: THIS ONE ALSO INTENDED TO BE DOWN AND AWAY. A LITTLE DIFFERENT LOOK THAN WE HAVE SEEN FROM MERRILL KELLY. HE IS MORE OF A SWING AND MISS TYPE OF GUY. NOT AFRAID TO GO TO THE BREAKING BALL WITH TWO STRIKES. SCOTT: AND A STRIKE TO RAVELO. HE USES THAT FASTBALL 57% OF THE TIME. 4% WITH THE SPLITTER. ROLL TO THE LEFT SIDE FOR AHMED. MAKES THE THIRD PLAY. A COUPLE OF STRIKEOUTS AND A GROUNDBALL. LOPEZ DOES THE JOB IN THE SEVENTH. LET’S STRETCH. LET’S LOOK BACK AGAIN ON THIS DATE IN HISTORY.>>THERE IT GOES.>>WHAT A WEEKEND FOR BASEBALL. I’M SURE THEY ARE WATCHING THIS ON TV IN CHICAGO.>>THREE HOME RUNS. HIGHBALL, DEEP CENTER FIELD. FOR HOME RUNS FOR CARLOS DELGADO. HE HAS DONE IT AGAIN.>>BOBBY COX LOOKING FOR NUMBER 2500.>>HIGH FLY BALL TO LEFT FIELD. ALEX GONZALEZ, A THREE RUN ROCKET.>>ATLANTA BRAVES WHEN IT 5-0. CONGRATULATIONS TO BOBBY COX, 2500 CAREER HOME RUNS.>>BASE HIT RIGHT FIELD. IT’S UNBELIEVABLE, DEREK JETER, WHERE FANTASY BECOMES REALITY. SCOTT: SOME THINGS HAPPENED ON THIS DATE IN BASEBALL HITTER HE — BASEBALL HISTORY. SOSA AND MCGUIRE GO FOR 66. CARLOS DELGADO HAD A FOUR HOMER GAME. DAN: WHEN HE HIT IT, HE HIT IT A LONG WAY. BOTTOM OF THE SEVENTH. ROJAS FOULS ONE OFF OF WEB. SCOTT: YESTERDAY THEY HAD A 14TH INNING STRETCH, WHICH FOR THE PLAYERS IS NOT THAT FUNNY. 19 INNINGS OF GLORY FOR THE DIAMONDBACKS YESTERDAY. ROJAS PLAYED THE ENTIRE GAME. TOREY LOVULLO TOLD US THIS MORNING HE IS YOUNG, HE CAN HANDLE A DAY GAME AFTER 19. DAN: WHAT IS INTERESTING, WE WERE TALKING WITH TOREY LOVULLO ON WHAT HE IS EXPECTING. HE WAS HOPING TO GET 110 PITCHES OUT OF MERRILL KELLY. AFTER FIVE INNINGS WHEN HE HAD TO PULL MERRILL KELLY AND THE D-BACKS WERE DOWN 5-2, IT LOOKED RIM. BUT A BIG INNING HAS TURNED THIS AROUND AND ALL OF A SUDDEN YOU LOOK DOWN AND HAVE A FOUR RUN LEAD. YOU FEEL BETTER ABOUT GOING TO YOUR BULLPEN WHEN YOU WERE UP BY FOUR THAN WHEN YOU ARE DOWN BY FOUR. SCOTT: DOMINGO LEYBA AND CHRISTIAN WALKER WERE PINCH HITTERS. ROJAS IS RETIRED. WHICH LEADS US TO NICK AHMED. GROUND RULE DOUBLE IN THE SIXTH. GOES AFTER THE FIRST PITCH AND AGAIN AT SHORTSTOP, A LITTLE TOUGH FOR RAVELO AT FIRST BUT HE PICKS IT AND WE’VE GOT TO OUTS. DAN: 51.3 INNINGS, ONLY 33 HITS ALLOWED. A NICE PLAY BY MUNOZ RIGHT HERE. CERTAINLY IF YOU’RE MIKE SHILDT AND MIKE MADDUX RIGHT NOW YOU’RE LOOKING FOR SOME QUICK OUTS. YOU LOSE A TOUGH ONE IN 19 INNINGS LAST NIGHT TO THE DIAMONDBACKS. IS KIND OF HARD WHEN YOU HAVE TO T IT BACK UP SIX HOURS LATER AND YOU HAVE A BIG THREE-GAME SERIES LOOMING. I’M SURE BUSCH STADIUM WILL BE WILD TOMORROW NIGHT. THERE’S PROBABLY NOTHING THEY WOULD LIKE TO DO MORE THAN CLINCH WITH THE CUBS AT HOME AT BUSCH. KYLE: THEY GET A CHANCE TO KIND OF REGROUP TOMORROW, WITH THE OFF DAY. BUT THEY GET A CHANCE TO REST UP , THE WAY THE SERIES HAS TURNED OUT. GO HOME AND GET SOME HOME COOKING AND THEN BRING THE CUBS ON. SCOTT: WEB STRIKES OUT LABOR TO COMPLETE THE SEVENTH. DIAMONDBACKS UP BY 4. THE RUBBER MATCHING THE THREE-GAME SET. ARIZONA TRYING TO PUT TOGETHER A THIRD CONSECUTIVE WINNING CAMPAIGN. ONE WHEN AWAY. ST. LOUIS THINKING ABOUT MUCH MORE IN OCTOBER. THEY HAVE CLINCHED A PLAYOFF SPOT. THEY HAVE A 2.5 GAME LEAD ON MILWAUKEE. BREWERS PLAY CINCINNATI TONIGHT AND TOMORROW AND THEN THEY GO TO DENVER TO TAKE ON A ROCKIES TEAM THAT HAS HAD A DISASTROUS 2019 CAMPAIGN BUT IF THEY CAN SWING IT, ANYTHING CAN HAPPEN AT COORS FIELD. LET’S SET THINGS UP FOR THE PLAYOFFS. WE KNOW JACK FLAHERTY IS PITCHING IN GAME ONE FOR ST. LOUIS. WHAT HAPPENS AFTER THAT? IS THIS HOW YOU WOULD LINE IT UP, KYLE? KYLE: IT’S A TOUGH CALL BECAUSE YOU DON’T KNOW IF YOU WANT TO GO WITH WAINWRIGHT OR HUDSON ON THE ROAD. THE NUMBERS SAY YOU WANT WAINWRIGHT AT HOME. YOU KNOW WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN HE TAKES THE MOUND ON THE ROAD POSTSEASON. A LOT OF ADRENALINE. YOU’RE NOT SURE WHAT YOU WILL GET OUT OF THE YOUNG ROOKIE. I’M GLAD I DON’T HAVE TO MAKE THAT DECISION. DAN: THE BIG WORD OF THE MONTH IN SEPTEMBER AND OCTOBER IS TRUST. NUMBER 50 HAS BEEN A GREAT CARDINAL FOR A LONG TIME. IF YOU ARE MIKE SHILDT YOU HAVE TO LOOK PAST THE STUFF AND SAY HIS EXPERIENCE AND MOXIE AND PREVIOUS OCTOBER EXPERIENCES, THERE IS A LOT THAT MATTERS. ADAM WAINWRIGHT IS A GUY THAT YOU TRUST. HE HAS SEEN JUST ABOUT EVERY SITUATION. CLARITY HAS OPENED UP A LOT OF EYES. LOOKING AT ONE OF THE TOP YOUNG PITCHERS IN THE GAME OF BASEBALL. HE IS BIG AND STRONG AND HE IS A DUDE. KYLE: ADAM WAINWRIGHT SAID HE CAN JUMP UP AND TOUCH THE CEILING IN THE WORKOUT ROOM. I DON’T HAVE THAT ABILITY. SCOTT: NOT MANY DO. MATT WIETERS GOING AFTER THE FIRST PITCH, SENDING IT TO RIGHT. ONE PITCH, ONE OUT. T.J. MCFARLAND, SECOND AMONG ALL RELIEVER SINCE 2017. DAN: HE IS THE BULLPEN VERSION OF WHAT DALLAS KEUCHEL IS. DALLAS KEUCHEL IS A GROUNDBALL INDUCING MACHINE. IF YOU ARE TOREY LOVULLO YOU’RE JUST TRYING TO GET OUTS ANYWAY THAT YOU CAN GET THEM. SCOTT: ANDREW KNIZNER PINCHHITTING FOR TYLER O’NEILL. CHOPPED TO SECOND. LEYBA MAKES THE PLAY. DAN: THAT PRETTY MUCH SUMS UP MCFARLANE, A NICE PLAY THEREBY LEYBA. THAT IS NOT AN EASY PLAY. YOU HAVE TO CATCH IT AND GET RID OF IT QUICKLY. GOOD JOB ON BOTH ENDS. MCFARLANE WANT YOU TO HIT ON TOP OF THE BALL. GETS RID OF IT QUICKLY. GOOD, STRONG THROW. TWO QUICK OUTS. SCOTT: SMOOTH MOTIONS AT SECOND FROM LEYBA. DAN: ABOUT 45 MINUTES AGO, THIS WAS OUR YOUTUBE PLAYER OF THE GAME. SCOTT: FIRST CAREER HOME RUN. TWO STOLEN BASES INCLUDING HOME, AND AND OUTFIELD ASSISTS. DAN: ADAM JONES TRYING TO GO FROM FIRST TO THIRD. SCOTT: SHOWING OFF ALL THE TOOLS TODAY. ON THE GROUND. LEYBA DOESN’T HAVE AT THIS TIME. SKIP’S PAST HIM. THAT IS AN ERROR ON THE SECOND BASEMAN. MADE THE TOUGH ONE LOOK EASY AND ROUTINE GROUNDBALL GETS PAST HIM. DAN: A QUICK INFIELD EVEN THOUGH IT’S A NATURAL PLAYING SURFACE. THE BALL TAKES A HOP ON HIM AND SURPRISES HIM. THE HEEL PART OF THE GLOVE. SCOTT: A CHANGE THIS YEAR. THIS IS NOW SYNTHETIC GRASS. IT’S 90% COCONUT, 10% TURF. THE RAYS AND RANGERS HAVE IT IN THEIR BALLPARK. IT IS ALSO USED BY 14 NFL STADIUMS. 90% WATER SAVINGS. SOMETIMES YOU HAVE AN UNEVEN SURFACE BECAUSE IT IS DIFFICULT TO KEEP UP WITH THINGS. NOW YOU CAN ALSO KEEP THE ROOF CLOSED IN ARIZONA. YOU DON’T HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT TAKING CARE OF NATURAL GRASS. DAN: WHEN THIS FIELD WAS NATURAL PLAYING SURFACE AND GRASS, THE OUTFIELD WOULD GET REALLY CHEWED UP AND BEAT UP HERE. YOU COULD SEE A LOT OF OUTFIELDERS DIVE FOR BALLS AND TAKE UP BIG CHUNKS, LIKE BIG DIVOTS. THAT IS NO LONGER THE CASE HERE. SCOTT: THE BREWERS JUST STARTED THEIR GAME IN CINCINNATI. BACK-TO-BACK HOME RUNS FROM RYAN BRAUN AND ERIC THAMES. BRAUN HAD THE GRAND SLAM, THAMES FOLLOWS WITH A SOLO SHOT. IT IS5-0. DAN: MILWAUKEE DOESN’T HAVE LOSE IN THEIR VOCABULARY. ERIC THAMES GOES LONG BALL. THE WAY THEIR ROTATION HAS BEEN, STARTING PITCHING HAS BEEN GREAT. JOSH HADER HAS BEEN DOMINANT. BRANDON WOODRUFF BACK INTO THE ROTATION. THINGS SHAPING UP FOR THE BREWERS WHO CONTINUE TO PLAY WELL THE REST OF THE WEEK, THEY VERY WELL MAY BE HOSTING THAT WILD-CARD GAME THAT LOOKED LIKE IT WAS THE NATIONALS 10 DAYS AGO. KYLE: PUTTING PRESSURE ON THE CARDINALS AS WELL FOR THE DIVISION. WHO WOULD’VE THOUGHT THEY COULD BE WHERE THEY ARE AT WHEN YELICH GOES DOWN. SEVERAL GUYS PICKING UP THAT SLACK. YOU HAVE TO DO IT AS A TEAM WHEN YOUR STAR GOES DOWN. DAN: MIKE MOUSTAKAS IS A GUY THAT HAS HAD A COUPLE OF OFFSEASONS WHERE THAT FREE AGENT MARKET, IT USED TO BE YOU COULD NOT WAIT TO BE A FREE AGENT. IT HASN’T BEEN SO KIND TO THE GUY THEY CALL THE MOOSE UP IN MILWAUKEE. THE HAS BEEN BIG THE SECOND HALF OF THE YEAR. SCOTT: AROZARENA TO SECOND. THE BREWERS WITH THE WIN, AND IF THIS RESULT PLAYS OUT, WOULD BE 1.5 GAMES BACK. THEY PLAY TOMORROW AND THE CARDINALS DON’T. BY TOMORROW IT COULD BE A ONE — ONE GAME SEPARATION BETWEEN THE BREWERS AND CARDINALS IN THE CENTRAL. BREWERS AND NATIONALS HOLDING THOSE TO WILD-CARDS. OR IT COULD BE ST. LOUIS AGAINST WASHINGTON, BASED ON HOW THE DIVISION PLAYS OUT. DAN: IT DOESN’T GET ANY EASIER FOR MILWAUKEE. ANYTIME YOU TAKE A TEAM ON THE ROAD TO COLORADO THE HITTERS CAN’T WAIT TO GET OFF THE PLANE AND START PLAYING. YOUR ENTIRE PITCHING STAFF IS HOLDING THEIR BREATH TRYING TO GET OUT OF THERE IN ONE PIECE. KYLE: IS NOT WHERE YOU WANT TO FINISH OFF PITCHING UP. I KNOW FROM EXPERIENCE. NOT A FRIENDLY PLACE TO PITCH. ANYTHING CAN HAPPEN. IF MILWAUKEE WINS THE NEXT TWO AND IT GOES TO ONE GAME, IT WILL BE INTERESTING TO SEE WHAT HAPPENS, IF THEY END UP PLAYING 163 GAMES, HOW DOES IT AFFECT ST. LOUIS IN THE ROTATION WE WERE JUST TALKING ABOUT. DAN: MILWAUKEE HAD TO GO AT THE CUBS AND WIN ON THE ROAD. IT HAS BEEN AMAZING WHAT THEY HAVE BEEN ABLE TO DO THIS YEAR. CRAIG COUNSELL, YOU HEAR TALK ABOUT MANAGERS OF THE GEAR AND YOU COULD SAY MIKE SHILDT HAS DONE A TREMENDOUS JOB. SNIT CO. WITH THE BRAVES HAS DONE A TREMENDOUS JOB. WHEN YOU THINK ABOUT WHAT CRAIG COUNSELL HAS HAD TO MANEUVER WITHOUT HAVING COREY KNEBEL AND JEREMY DREAM FIRST, HE HAS REMADE AND REVAMPED THE BULLPEN ON THE FLY. LAMB — A LITTLE PRESSURE PUT ON BY THE CARDINALS. NO RUNS TO SHOW FOR IT IN THE EIGHTH. 9-5 ARIZONA OVER ST. LOUIS. WE HAVE HAD SOME ACTION THAT STARTED WITH MICHAEL WACHA AGAINST TIM LOCASTRO EARLY ON. HE CONNECTS FOR THE DOUBLE. WILMER FLORES SAYS COME ON DOWN. ARIZONA IS OF 2-0, THEN MICHAEL WACHA HAS TO LEAVE THE GAME. TRAINERS CHECK ON HIM, TIGHTNESS IN HIS RIGHT SHOULDER. JOSE MARTINEZ IS FUN TO WATCH. KYLE: HE IS READY TO SWING THE BAT AT ANY PITCH. SCOTT: AROZARENA STEALS SECOND, THEN THERE IS A PICKOFF ATTEMPT AT FIRST. DAN: A LOT MORE TEAM SPEED THEN WE HAVE SEEN IN THE PAST. SCOTT: ALMONTE GETS CAUGHT AND LEAVES THE GAME. ADAM JONES REPLACES HIM AND THE CARDINALS GET A SACRIFICE FLY OUT OF IT. AROZARENA, HIS FIRST CAREER HOME RUN. DAN: THERE WERE SURE GAME M.V.P. FOR 5.5 INNINGS. THAT ALL CHANGE IN THE BOTTOM OF THE SIX. SCOTT: IT STARTED WITH NICK AHMED. ROJAS COMES IN FROM THIRD BASE ON A WILD PITCH. AND THERE’S TWO MORE. ADAM JONES BRINGING IN LOCASTRO TO MAKE IT 7-5. WILMER FLORES TRYING TO EARN MORE PLAYING TIME AGAINST RIGHT-HANDED PITCHING. ADD IT ALL UP, IT’S 9-5, AND IT’S NOT DONE YET AS WE HAVE MOVED ON TO THE BOTTOM OF THE EIGHTH. DAN: A SEVEN RUN SIX INNING FOR THE DIAMONDBACKS. THE CARDINALS HELP THEM OUT A LITTLE BIT. TWO ERRORS SO FAR. BOTH TEAMS WITH TWO ERRORS. REDBIRDS GOING TO THAT BULLPEN AGAIN. SCOTT: DOMINIC LEONE, CLOSE TO A 6.0 E.R.A. DAN: IF YOU ARE A PITCHING COACH, MIKE MADDUX, YOU WOULD LIKE TO SEE IT CLEAN INNING. TRY NOT TO HAVE TO GO ANY DEEPER INTO THAT BULLPEN. IT’S A TOUGH THING TO MANAGE WHEN YOU COME INTO A GAME LIKE LAST NIGHT, BOTH TEAMS WENT THROUGH A BEVY OF PICTURES. EVEN THOUGH YOU TRY TO MANAGE AND WIN EVERY GAME, CERTAINLY THIS IS A GAME WHERE YOU WANT TO STAY AWAY FROM ANDREW MILLER. BIGGER FISH TO FRY THIS WEEKEND WITH THE CUBS COMING INTO ST. LOUIS FRIDAY, SATURDAY, AND SUNDAY. SCOTT: CHRISTIAN WALKER WENT AROUND. SCOTT: WALKER ENTERED THE GAME AND THE SIX, GROUNDING OUT TO SHORT. THAT OFF DAY COMING AT A GOOD TIME FOR ST. LOUIS. DAN: THE WAY THE ROTATION SETS UP, THEY HAVE TO GO TO HUDSON, AND ADAM WAINWRIGHT, THE SEASON FINALE. SUNDAY DAY GAME IT BUSCH STADIUM. SO THE CARDS HAVE THEIR ROTATION SET. CATCHING THE CUBS TEAM THAT HAS BEEN LIMPING THE LAST COUPLE OF WEEKS IN SEPTEMBER. MILES GETTING A BULLPEN SESSION IN. PROBABLY TRY TO KEEP HIM AWAY FROM THE BALLPARK TOMORROW. A 15-25 PITCH SESSION, GETTING BACK ON THE MOUND AND BEING READY TO TOW IT UP SATURDAY. SCOTT: WALKER STRIKES OUT. BACK TO THE TOP OF THE ORDER FOR ARIZONA AND TIM LOCASTRO. KOLTEN WONG HAS MOVED UP TO THE TOP OF THE ORDER FOR ST. LOUIS. FELLER AND WALNUT UP UNTIL LAST THURSDAY — FOWLER AND WONG. A CAREER YEAR FOR WONG. HE HAS REALLY TURNED IT UP OFFENSIVELY. HE HAS MISSED THE LAST WEEK OR SO. HE RUNS EFFICIENTLY, 24 STOLEN BAGS. SOME THERAPY IN ST. LOUIS AT THE MOMENT, REHABBING. HE HOPES TO RETURN THIS WEEKEND, IF NOT FOR THE BEGINNING OF THE POSTSEASON. 64 GAME SINCE JULY 5 FOUR WONG — FOR WONG. HE HAS BECOME A MAJOR ASSET FOR THIS TEAM. DAN: HE BRINGS A WHOLE DIFFERENT DIMENSION TO THIS INFIELD. HE HAS SOME SPEED. AT TIMES HE WAS A LITTLE BIT FRUSTRATING FOR THE ORGANIZATION. HE HAS FOUND HIMSELF AND FOUND HIS CONFIDENCE AGAIN. IT WOULD BE KEY IF THEY CAN GET HIM HEALTHY AND BACK INTO THE LINEUP. SCOTT: LOCASTRO SHOULD SIT TO CENTER. BADER IS THERE. DAN: THE CARDINALS HAVE BEEN BLESSED WITH SOME REALLY GOOD CENTER FIELDERS. HE MAKES THIS PLAY REALLY EASY. THE BALL SQUARED UP PRETTY WELL. HE DOES A GREAT JOB. HE HAD THIS ONE TRACT RIGHT FROM THE GET-GO. KYLE: TALKING ABOUT THAT WONG INJURY, IT SHOWS HOW MUCH OF THE SLACK THAT THE RESURGENCE OF MATT CARPENTER, PLAYED KEY ROLES IN KEEPING THEM GOING THE DIRECTION THEY WANT TO GO. SCOTT: THIS TEAM IS AS GOOD AS IT GETS UP THE MIDDLE. THE COMBINATION OF DEJONG AND WONG, AND BADER AT CENTER. DAN: WHEN YOU THINK OF THE CARDINALS YOU THINK ABOUT PITCHING AND DEFENSE. THEY ARE NEVER GOING TO BE NEAR THE LEAGUE LEAD AS FAR AS RUNS SCORED. IT IS A PITCHER FRIENDLY BALLPARK. YOU GET A LOOK AT BADER RIGHT THERE. WE ARE SO USED TO THE CARDINALS PLAYING GOOD FUNDAMENTAL BASEBALL. IT’S ANOTHER REASON THEY ARE PITCHING BETTER. THE GUYS OUT IN THE FIELD ARE TAKING CARE OF BUSINESS. IT IS A MUCH IMPROVED TEAM. A LOT OF POSITIVES GOING INTO THIS FINAL WEEKEND OF THE SEASON FOR A TEAM THAT HAD SOME QUESTIONS. THEY HAVE ANSWERED A LOT OF QUESTIONS. KYLE: THEY CAN MAKE PROS THAT THEY BE THEY’RE NOT COMPLETELY COMFORTABLE MAKING BUT KNOWING HE IS OVER THERE TO PICK IT. DAN: IT PUTS YOUR ENTIRE INFIELD AT EASE. THERE, HE IS GOOD AT SKIPPING THE BALL AT FIRST BASE. HE IS A VERY AGGRESSIVE GUY AT FIRST BASE, AS FAR AS CUTTING DOWN THE LEAD RUNNERS AT SECOND AND THIRD BASE. IT GOES UNDERAPPRECIATED, YOU THINK ABOUT HIS POWER, BUT HE CAN FLASH SOME LEATHER AT FIRST BASE AND IT HAS CHANGED THE LOOK OF THE CARDINALS DEFENSIVELY. 0 IS HE AWAKE?>>I DO NOT KNOW.>>HE WAS THINKING ABOUT THAT PLANE RIDE FROM THE DESERT TO ST. LOUIS. GET BACK AND ENJOY YOUR DAY OFF TOMORROW.>>DID I PACK EVERYTHING? IT IS TOO LATE. A LITTLE TOO EARLY.>>JONES WILL GET THE BASE. A LITTLE TOO CLOSE FOR COMFORT THERE. GOLDSCHMIDT HAD A BUSY WEEK. THIS IS AS OLD STOPPING — STOMPING GROUNDS. CLEARLY NOT INTENTIONAL, IT SEEMED LIKE IT WAS SUPPOSED TO BE A CUTTER — AND BE A CUTTER. JONES ABLE TO GET OUT OF THE WAY.>>A RUNNER ON FOR ALEX AVILA. HIS FIRST PLATE APPEARANCE TODAY.>>I FEEL LIKE ONE OF THE THINGS YOU SEE IN THE DESERT IS THE PASSED BALLS GETAWAY A LITTLE BIT MORE, IT MAKES IT HARD TO GET A GRIP ON THE FASTBALL, WITH THESE HARD THROWERS I WOULD BE CAREFUL DIVING OUT THERE.>>IT IS ONE OF THE THINGS I THOUGHT — I HAVE HAD SPRING TRAINING IN BOTH PLACES, AND I PREFERRED FLORIDA AS A PITCHER. YOU SWEAT A LITTLE BIT MORE, THERE IS MORE HUMIDITY. I FELT LIKE COMING OUT OF SPRING TRAINING I ALWAYS HAD A BETTER FEEL FOR THE BREAKING BALL, THE SLIDER AND AT THE CHANGEUP. THE CONDITIONS WERE MORE IN FAVOR OF A PITCHER IN FLORIDA SPRING TRAINING THEN ARIZONA. KYLE: I AGREE, BECAUSE I HAD SPRING TRAINING IN FLORIDA AND YOU ARE ABLE TO EXPERIMENT MORE WITHOUT FEELING LIKE YOU WOULD GET YOUR BRAINS BEAT IN AND GIVE UP 10 RUNS IN ONE INNING. IN ARIZONA, YOU SEE A LOT OF TIMES, THE BIG HAPPENED BECAUSE YOU HAVE GUYS, YOU SPIN THE BALL AND WITH SLIDERS AND CURVEBALLS, THEY DO NOT BREAK AS MUCH. YOU ARE TRYING NEW THINGS. THE INFIELD IS BAKED OUT. CHOPPERS THROUGH THE INFIELD ALL DAY LONG. DRY AIR INTO THE BALL IS FLYING. IT FAVORS THE HITTERS, MAKES IT HARDER ON PICTURES. MAKES IT DIFFICULT TO WORK ON THINGS YOU ARE WORKING ON DURING THE YEAR. SOMETIMES, YOU HAVE TO THROW THE NUMBERS OUT THE WINDOW. DAN: UNTIL I SPENT A YEAR AND A HALF WITH THE DIAMONDBACKS, I WAS TRAINING HERE, AND ONCE YOU HAVE GONE THROUGH SOME HOME STANDS HERE, IT IS NOT AS MUCH OF A MENTAL BARRIER AS IT IS WHEN YOU COME TO PLAY THE DIAMONDBACKS, OR YOU GO TO COLORADO TO PLAY THE ROCKIES, WHERE YOU ARE THINKING ABOUT THE AIR, WILL THE SLIDER BREAK AS MUCH. YOU ARE CONSCIOUS OF THAT AS YOU ARE WARMING UP, WHETHER YOU ARE STARTING OR IN THE BULLPEN. YOU THREW MORE EXTRA BREAKING BALLS, THE MORE YOU THROW, THE MORE THEY DON’T BREAK AND THE MORE FRUSTRATED YOU GET. THEN YOU TRY TO OVERTHROW IT, THEN YOU GET THE BACKUP BREAKING BALLS. I FOUND ONCE I PLAYED HERE FOR A COUPLE HOME STANDS, IT WAS MUCH EASIER TO ADD JUST TO. KYLE: I PRETTY MUCH DITCHED MY CURVEBALL HERE AND IN COLORADO. I CHANGED THE GRIP ON MY FASTBALL, BECAUSE MY TWO SEAM WOODCUT AND YOU ARE EXPECTING IT TO RUN DOWN AWAY FROM A LEFTY AND SOMETIMES IF I DID NOT STAY ON TOP OF IT IT WOULD CUT, AND THERE IS NOTHING WORSE THAN HAVING IT RUN BACK MIDDLE IN. I FOUND A WAY TO HOLD IT, JUST EXPERIMENTING WITH CHRIS CARPENTER. FOR ME, I HAD TO HOLD HE ONE SEAM, AND AT LEAST IT WAS NOT GOING TO CUT BACK. I KNEW I COULD KEEP IT ON THE OUTSIDE OF THE PLATE. DAN: FALL — BALL FOUR TO AVILA. JONES AND AVILA ON BOARD. THE CARDINALS ARE LOOKING FOR ONE MORE OUT TO GET TO THE NINTH. THREE STRIKEOUTS AND A GROUNDBALL.>>ONE OF THE THINGS THAT HAS HURT LEON, 20 WALKS AND ONLY IN 39 INNINGS. IT IS AWFUL TOUGH TO BE A GUY YOU CAN RELY ON COMING OUT OF THE BULLPEN IF YOU ARE NOT THROWING STRIKES. PARTICULARLY COME YOU’RE COMING INTO HIGHER LEVERAGE GAMES, PROBABLY NOT A GUY THAT MIKE WOULD WANT TO BRING IN WITH TRAFFIC AND RUNNERS ON. IT IS SO IMPORTANT TO TRY TO GET THAT FIRST HITTER OUT COMING OUT OF THE BULLPEN.>>ON THE FLIPSIDE, YOU GET TO — TWO QUICK OUTS AND TWO WALKS.>>OUT TO CENTER, BAYER DOES NOT HAVE TO MOVE MUCH. THAT COMPLETES EIGHT. NOTHING MORE FOR ARIZONA, BUT A SEVEN RUN SIXTH INNING IS THE DIFFERENCE. LAST CHANCE FOR THE CARDINALS, COMING UP. THEY WILL RETURN FOR THE POSTSEASON FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE 2015. THEY BEGAN THE DECADE RUNNING ALL OVER THEIR OPPONENTS.>>NOW, THE FELIZ, WITH ONE MORE OUT. THE CARDINALS HAVE DONE IT. CARPENTER WITH A BRILLIANT PITCHING PERFORMANCE. A NEVER SAY DIE TEAM.>>THE BRAVES WIN THE SERIES IN A DECISIVE FIFTH GAME ON THE ROAD.>>HE IS GOING TO TRY TO SEND THE CARDINALS TO THE WORLD SERIES.>>THERE IT IS, THE CARDINALS WIN THE NATIONAL LEAGUE PENNANT.>>IT COMES DOWN TO THE HOMETOWN KID, DAVID FREESE, THE TYING RUN’S ARE ON AND TWO OUT.>>IT IS OFF THE WALL. HE HAS TIED IT.>>THE RANGERS ARE A STRIKE AWAY FROM WINNING IT IN THE NINTH AND 10TH INNING.>>WE WILL SEE YOU TOMORROW NIGHT.>>THIS TEAM CRASHED THE POSTSEASON PARTY AND ARE ONE OUT AWAY.>>WHAT A TEAM, WHAT A RIDE. THE CARDINALS ARE WORLD CHAMPIONS.>>THE GO-AHEAD RUN AT THIRD BASE. 7-7 IS THE SCORE. HE DELIVERS AND A 9-7-GAME, FOUR RUNS CROSSING THE PLATE FOR THE CARDINALS IN THE NINTH INNING.>>HERE IS ALVAREZ, TWO ON AND TWO OUT.>>A SWING AND A MISS. THEY ARE GOING TO THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS.>>WORLD SERIES BOUND.>>A WELL-PLACED BASE HIT AWAY. BASES ARE LOADED, TWO OUT.>>ST. LOUIS JUMPS ON TOP.>>HERE IS ADAMS, THE RUNNERS HOLIDAY. NOBODY OUT.>>DRIVES IT INTO RIGHT. THE CARDINALS MAKE IT 3-2.>>FAST-FORWARD TO 2019 AND THE CARDINALS ARE MAKING IT TO THE POSTSEASON FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE 2015. THE CITY WAS STARVING FOR MORE PLAYOFF BASEBALL, AND THEY WILL GET IT. THE LAST FOUR SEASONS, FINISHING ONE GAME BACK IN 2016, FOUR BACK IN 2017, 2 INTO HAVE AWAY IN 2018. COMPETITIVE EVERY YEAR, BUT JUST MISSING THE CUT.>>AND IT IS ALMOST LIKE YOU NEED TO GET TO THAT MAGIC NUMBER OF 90 TO THINK HE WILL BE IN THE POSTSEASON, THAT COMES WITH LIKE THEY WERE THE DOMINANT TEAM AFTER WINNING AND DAHL AND 2016. THE CUBS HAVE COME BACK TO THE PACK, AND IT LOOKS LIKE A DIVISION NOW. AND LOOKING TOWARD 2020, YOU WOULD HAVE TO THINK THE REDBIRDS RIGHT NOW WOULD BE ONE OF IF NOT THE FAVORITES IN THE NL CENTRAL ON OPENING DAY IN 2020. A LOT OF QUESTIONS THE CARDINALS HAVE HAD, AND ANSWERED, THERE BULLPEN AND STARTING ROTATION HAS TURNED THINGS AROUND. THEY HAVE SOME GOOD, YOUNG EXCITING PLAYERS. TOMMY EDMAN, A TERRIFIC YOUNG LOOKING PLAYER. AND PAUL GOLDSCHMIDT HAS HAD A LITTLE BIT OF A DOWN YEAR AS FAR AS LEAGUE WIDE, BUT A LOT OF LEADING THE CARDINALS IN OFFENSE OF CATEGORIES. SO THINGS ARE LOOKING UP FOR THE CARDINALS.>>LATER IN THE NINE HOLE FOR ST. LOUIS.>>IT WAS HELPS WHEN YOU HAVE A YOUNG STAR ON YOUR STAFF. A GUY LIKE JACK FLAHERTY, WHO LOOKS LIKE HE IS THE REAL DEAL, COULD BE THE ANCHOR OF A ROTATION FOR THE NEXT FIVE OR 10 YEARS. A BIG, STRONG GUY. HE HAS PITCHED WELL IN SEPTEMBER. IF YOU ARE WORRIED HOW HE WOULD HOLD UP WITH THE STRESS OF PITCHING IN PENDANT CONTENDING BASEBALL, HE HAS ANSWERED THAT QUESTION. ONE OF THE TOP YOUNG PITCHERS, NOT JUST IN THE NATIONAL LEAGUE, ONE OF THE TOP PICTURES IN ALL OF BASEBALL. HE IS A PITCHER, NOT A THROWER. THAT IS SAYING SOMETHING IN THIS DAY AND AGE WHERE GUYS ARE CONCERNED ABOUT VELOCITY, THIS GUY CAN DO EVERYTHING. HE IS A TERRIFIC, ALL-AROUND PITCHER.>>HE HAS THE BEST SECOND HALF ERA IN BASEBALL. WE JUST SAW VARGAS TAKING OVER THIRD. HE HAD A HOME RUN YESTERDAY, AND A WALKOFF. THERE IS FLIRTY — FLAHERTY, COMPOSED, DOES NOT SOUND LIKE A YOUNG PLAYER.>>HE EXUDES CONFIDENCE. THE WAY HE STANDS ON THE MOUND, HE DOES NOT SPEND A LOT OF TIME IN BETWEEN PITCHES. HE WORKS FAST AND HE IS DECISIVE. IT, IS EASY IT GOES HAND IN HAND WITH THE STUFF HE HAS. HE KNOWS HE IS GOOD. AND NOW THE LEAGUE IS STARTING TO KNOW IT. HE HAS A PRESENCE ABOUT HIM THAT YOU CANNOT FAKE. YOU HAVE IT OR YOU DON’T. THAT YOUNG MAN HAS IT.>>FULL COUNT TO BADER. STRIKE THREE.>>A NASTY CHANGEUP RIGHT THERE. HI TO THROW ONE BETTER THAN THIS. WE WERE LOOKING FOR A FASTBALL. IT LOOKS LIKE A CURVEBALL. INSIDE ON THE PLATE. ALWAYS NICE TO BE ABLE TO HAVE. IF YOU CAN HAVE A BREAKING BALL, SOMETHING OTHER THAN A FASTBALL ON 3-2.>>TOP OF THE LINEUP, TOMMY EDMAN. WHAT A YEAR IT HAS BEEN FOR US ON YOUTUBE. AA A COUPLE OF APPS TO SPARE. OUR FIRST SEASON HERE ON THE YOUTUBE CHANNEL. WE HAVE HAD SOME CRAZY GAMES.>>A CHANCE TO SEE SOME REALLY GOOD TEAMS THIS YEAR. THIS GAME GETTING A CHANCE TO GET A SNEAK PEEK AT A BIG WEEKEND IN THE POSTSEASON FOR THE CARDINALS. THIS IS YOUR LOOK AT THE CARDINALS. JACK FLAHERTY, NOT A CHANCE TO SEE HIM, BUT ANOTHER YOUNG PLAYER THEY HAVE HOPES FOR IN TOMMY EDMAN.>>HE RIPS THE 2-2, HOOKS FOUL.>>I THINK WE WILL GIVE THE FANS — WE WILL NOT BE AS HARSH. THAT WAS A BULLET HIT DOWN THE RIGHT-FIELD LINE BY EDMAN. THREE DUDES SITTING OUT AT LEFT FIELD. THAT WAS AN E-10.>>THAT IS GOING TO BE SHOWN ON THE HIGHLIGHTS A FEW TIMES. EDMAN TAKES 1, 69 MILES PER HOUR.>>THE SLOW CURVEBALL, TRYING TO CAST ONE UP THERE. ZACK GREINKE WOULD THROW THAT CURVEBALL ANYWHERE FROM 65-68 MILES PER HOUR. THIS ONE HANGS ON A LITTLE BIT TOO LONG. HE TRIES TO TURN IT INTO A CURVEBALL, CHANGEUP. RIGHT OFF THE WALLET FOR EDMAN.>>I DID NOT SEE ANY CASH COME OUT.>>NO CASH. [LAUGHTER]>>JOSE MARTINEZ, 2-4, A DOUBLE AND A TRIPLE.>>THAT MIGHT BE THE LAST FASTBALL THAT MARTINEZ HAS AT-BAT. I WAS THINKING, THIS WILL BE NOTHING BUT BREAKING BALL, BREAKING BALL, BREAKING BALL. THAT HE GETS A FASTBALL, UP AND IN. CRAZY GAME OF TWISTS AND TURNS, SCOTT. THIS WAS LOOKING LIKE THE CARDINALS HAD THIS IN HAND, UP 5-2 GOING INTO THE SIXTH INNING. IT WAS LOOKING LIKE THEIR PITCHING WAS IN ORDER. SCOTT: MARTINEZ SPANKS ONE TO LEFT. THAT WILL DROP. RUNNERS ON THE CORNERS FOR ST. LOUIS. THIS ONE IS NOT DONE YET. KYLE: YOU WONDER, WE MIGHT SEE ARCHIE BRADLEY GET UP IN THE BULLPEN. KIND OF HAS BEEN THE GO TO GUY FOR THE DIAMONDBACKS IN THE EIGHTH AND NINTH INNING. THIS CURVEBALL DOES NOT BREAK. MARTINEZ BARRELS IT OUT. FORTUNATE IT STAYED IN THE BALLPARK. YOU KIND OF HAVE TO BE CAREFUL, THE MORE CURVEBALLS, YOU KEEP THROWING THEM CHANCES ARE A COUPLE THINGS HAPPEN. THE HITTERS CAN SEE THEM AND IT IS HARD TO CONTINUE TO THROW ONE AFTER ANOTHER, GOOD CURVEBALLS. THERE IS ARCHIE BRADLEY. SCOTT: IT IS BRADLEY TIME. ONE OUT AND TWO ON. THE DIAMONDBACKS CLOSER COMING INTO THE GAME. EVERYONE GETTING EMOTIONAL ABOUT THIS BEING THE FINAL GAME ON YOU DO. WE HAVE A POSTGAME SHOW. IT WILL BE 30 MINUTES TO WRAP UP WHAT WE HAVE SEEN TODAY, AND WHAT WE HAVE SEEN ALL YEAR. KYLE: HE STRUCK OUT THE SIDE LAST NIGHT. OFF TO A SLOW START THE FIRST COUPLE MONTHS OF THE YEAR. HE HAD A ROUGH GO. A HEAVY WORKLOAD IN 2018 MAY HAVE TAKEN ITS TOLL, BUT HE HAS BEEN STRONG POST ALL-STAR BREAK. ERA AT 360. SEVEN INNINGS FOR THE WORKLOAD. LOOK AT THE STRIKEOUTS, 86 PUNCH OUTS IN 70 INNINGS. WALK TOTAL A LITTLE ON THE HIGH SIDE, BUT WHEN HE IS FEELING THE BALL, HE IS TOUGH TO CENTER. A GOOD LIVELY FASTBALL AND A HEARTY CURVEBALL. SCOTT: IS A SCORELESS INNING STREAK IS AT SEVEN. KYLE: YOU ALWAYS LIKE THAT AND THE YEAR ON A HIGH NOTE. I KNOW HE IS WARMING UP THINKING, OK, IT LOOKED LIKE THIS WAS IN THE BAG. YOU START TO WARM UP AND IT QUICKLY TURNS INTO A SAVE OPPORTUNITY FOR ARCHIE BRADLEY. SCOTT: WHILE WE HAVE A MOMENT, MAY 12, 2011. WAIT, THAT IS NOT TONY LA RUSSA? WHO IS THAT? SCOTT: I DON’T KNOW MAN. KYLE: HOW ABOUT YOU? SCOTT: I WAS WATCHING THIS GAME FROM MY OFFICE. I AM TELLING YOU, I NEVER LAUGHED SO HARD IN MY LIFE. I AM LOOKING AT THAT LIKE, THAT WAS ONE OF THE ALL-TIME BEST. KYLE, THAT WAS YOUR BEST MOMENT. KYLE: I WAS SCARED TO DEATH. TONY WAS OUT WITH IT THEY SHINGLES AND THE MEDICAL STAFF GOT HIM TO STAY AT HOME FOR A ONE SERIES AND TAKE A BREAK, BECAUSE IT LOOKED PAINFUL. HIS STUFF MADE ITS WAY TO CHICAGO TO WRIGLEY. I WAS GROWING OUT MY HAIR AND MATT HOLLIDAY IT WAS HILARIOUS, TOLD ME TO GO DOWN TO THE FIELD AND I CHECKED OUT THE GUYS STRETCHING BEFORE THE GAME AND I THOUGHT IT WOULD BE GOOD ENOUGH. A COME BACK TO THE DUGOUT, OR UP TO THE HOUSE, AND THEN I HAD TO TAKE THE CARD OUT. I TRIED TO PROTEST, NO, I DO NOT WANT TO DO THAT. AND WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO WHEN YOU HAVE MATT HOLLIDAY TELLING YOU TO DO SOMETHING? YOU GO DO IT. IT TURNED OUT PRETTY FUNNY. VERY NERVE-RACKING FOR MYSELF, BUT MY TEAMMATES LOVED IT AND A LOT OF MY FANS LOVED IT. THEY WERE CONFUSED, WONDERING WHO THAT WAS, THINKING TONY WAS BACK. SCOTT: WHEN YOU SAW TONY FOR THE FIRST TIME FACE-TO-FACE AFTERWARDS, WERE YOU WORRIED? KYLE: VERY WORRIED, I WAS SCARED OF THAT GUY. WE NEVER REALLY TALKED ABOUT IT. THIS OFF-SEASON I WENT TO, OR DURING SPRING TRAINING I WENT TO ONE OF HIS CHARITY EVENTS AND I FINALLY GOT A CHANCE TO CLEAR THE AIR, AND MAKE SURE HE WAS NOT MAD AT ME. I WAS NOT MAKING FUN OF HIM, I WAS ROLLING WITH IT. HAVING SOME FUN OUT THERE, WHICH WE LIKE TO DO FROM TIME TO TIME. SCOTT: YOU NAILED IT. RAVELO FACING A 2-1 COUNT. DAN: WHAT WAS THE VERBIAGE WITH THE UMPIRES, DID THEY ENJOY THAT? KYLE: ONE OF THE THINGS THAT HAPPENED WAS I CAME DOWN AND DURING THE NATIONAL ANTHEM AT WRIGLEY, THE UMPIRE’S ROOM IS UP THE TUNNEL AND WE GOT CAUGHT IN THE TUNNEL AT THE SAME TIME WHILE THE NATIONAL ANTHEM WAS GOING AND I SAID, I WILL BRING IT OUT, SHOW HIM I HAD THE JERSEY ON, SO THEY KNEW WHAT WAS GOING ON. SCOTT: FALL FOUR. — INVOLVED — BALL FOUR’S ARE LOADED FOR THE CARDINALS. POTENTIAL TYING RUN COMING TO THE PLATE IN MATT WIETERS. I SAW PAUL WITH A BAT. WHY NOT USE HIM? THERE HE IS IN THE ON-DECK CIRCLE. IT LOOKS LIKE THEY WILL. JUST ONE OUT SO FAR IN THE NINTH. GOLDIE ON DECK. DAN: YOU JUST WONDER, LAST NIGHT, ARCHIE BRADLEY STRUCK OUT THE SIDE, BUT COMING BACK ON SHORT NOTICE, A QUICK DAY GAME AFTER A LONG 19 INNING GAME LAST NIGHT, THIS IS A TOUGH SPOT. YOU COME IN WITH BREATHING ROOM, NOW YOU HAVE CREATED A BIG MESS. IT IS HARD NOT TO LOOK AT THE ON-DECK CIRCLE, YOU SEE PAUL GOLDSCHMIDT WITH A BAT. YOU HAVE TO BE CAREFUL WITH MATT WIETERS. FROM THE LEFT SIDE, HE HAS POP. HE IS ONE GUY. IF YOU CAN GET HIM TO HIT ON THE GROUND, HE DOES NOT RUN ALL THAT WELL. ANYTHING ON THE GROUND IS A POTENTIAL DOUBLE PLAY BALL. SCOTT: FIRST PITCH OFF THE PLATE TO MATT WIETERS. OTHER OPTIONS INCLUDE MARCELL OZUNA, DEXTER FOWLER AND PAUL DEJONG. MOLINA CAUGHT 19 INNINGS YESTERDAY. MATT WIETERS GETS THE START TODAY. LOOKING FOR HIS FIRST HIT. THERE IS A STRIKE. DAN: EVERY ONCE IN A WHILE YOU HAVE TO MAKE A PITCHER PITCHED BEHIND 1-0, THAT MIGHT BE THE BEST PITCH HE HAS THROWN SO FAR IN THE GAME. A GUY WHO CAN HIT THE BALL I WITH THE BALLPARK, GO TO YOUR SAFE SPOT AND IT IS DOWN AND AWAY. SCOTT: ARCHIE BRADLEY COME A MUCH BETTER IN THE SECOND HALF. HE FOUND A HOME IN THE NINTH INNING FOR ARIZONA. IT IS SCOREBOARD WATCHING SEASON. I BET SOME CARDINALS LOOKED UP AND SAW THE BREWERS POUNCING ON THE REDS. THINGS ARE TIGHTENING UP IN THE CENTRAL. HE CLOCKS THE 2-1 TO RIGHT CENTER, HERE COMES MARTINEZ. EDMAN SCORES. AND MARTINEZ IS IN. IT IS A TWO RUN GAME. DAN: JUST WHEN YOU THOUGHT IT COULD GOT — COULD NOT GET ANY LOUDER. A LONG 19 INNING GAME LAST NIGHT AND THEN MATT WIETERS GETS HIS FAVORITE, 2-1, AND COMES THROUGH WITH A BIG KNOCK. NOW THE REDBIRDS ARE BACK IN THIS ONE. A FASTBALL, IT IS DOWN, BUT HE RUNS BACK OVER, DOWN AND IN. HE IS ABLE TO GET THE BARREL TO IT AND DRIVE IT OVER — A LINE DRIVE OVER SECOND BASE. GOOD JOB BY ADAM JONES TO CUT IT OFF. KEEP THE DOUBLE PLAY IN ORDER. SCOTT: THAT IS IT FOR MATT WIETERS, DEXTER FOWLER WILL PINCH-RUN. FOWLER AND REVELL OH ON — RA VELO ON. AND PAUL GOLDSCHMIDT HAS A HOME RUN ON MONDAY AND TUESDAY IN THIS BALLPARK. A PARK THAT OPENED IN 1998. NOBODY HAS DONE MORE DAMAGE SINCE IT OPENED. ON MONDAY, GOING THE OTHER WAY, A GREAT SIGN FOR HIM GOING INTO THE PLAYOFFS. ON TUESDAY, HERE IS ANOTHER. FIRST ROW, DEEP PART OF THE PARK, GETS THE JOB DONE. AND THE DAY OFF TODAY UNTIL JUST NOW. A PINCH-HIT APPEARANCE AGAINST ARCHIE BRADLEY. MORE HOME RUNS THAN ANY OTHER PLAYER AT CHASE FIELD. DAN: I DO NOT KNOW IF THAT WILL HAPPEN, THEY WILL BRING GOLDIE BACK. I THINK THAT THEY WILL LOCK HIM UP, BUT ARE HAPPY TO HAVE HIM PLAYING FIRST BASE. THAT IS THE FIRST GOOD OFF-SPEED PITCH THAT ARCHIE BRADLEY HAS SHOWN. IF YOU ARE PAUL GOLDSCHMIDT, HE HAD A GOOD PASS AT THIS. IT IS A CURVEBALL, 12-6 ROTATION. YOU HAVE TO BE CAREFUL IF YOU ARCHIE BRADLEY THROWING THAT AGAIN, YOU HAVE TO MAKE SURE YOU KEEP IT IN THE ZONE. THAT WAS A GOOD SWING BY GOLDIE. SCOTT: HE IS TWO FOR 19 LIFETIME AS A PINCH HITTER. AND ONE TO THE LEFT SIDE. THIS COULD BE TWO. THE OUT AT SECOND. DOUBLE PLAY AND GAME OVER. BRADLEY SHUTS DOWN THE CARDINALS AND THE DIAMONDBACKS TAKE THE SERIES. 9-7. IT IS THE THIRD CONSECUTIVE WINNING CAMPAIGN FOR ARIZONA. THEY IMPROVED TO 82-77 ON THE YEAR, THE CARDINALS FALL TO 90-69. DAN: THAT WAS A GREAT SEQUENCE BY ARCHIE BRADLEY. HE THROWS THE CURVEBALL, LOOKING LIKE GOLDSCHMIDT HAD A GOOD SWING ON IT. THIS IS A GOOD LOOK AT IT. THIS SET SET OFF. CURVEBALL, 12-6. GOLDSCHMIDT IS IN FRONT. HE BACKS IT UP WITH A FASTBALL DOWN RIGHT HERE. A GOOD DOWN LOCATION AND HE GETS THE GROUNDBALL TO THIRD BASE. RELATIVELY EASY, 5, 4, 3 DOUBLE PLAY. IT IS MAKING THEM AT THE RIGHT POINT, NOT ABOUT HOW MANY. TWO BALL ROLLED UP BY ARCHIE BRADLEY AND BIG WIN FOR THE DIAMONDBACKS. SCOTT: LET’S START OUR FINAL POSTGAME SHOW OF THE SEASON ON YOUTUBE. THE MLB GAME OF THE WEEK WITH 30 MORE MINUTES, INCLUDING AN INTERVIEW FROM WILMER FLORES, COMING UP. ♪ SCOTT: THE MLB GAME OF THE WEEK ON YOUTUBE POSTGAME SHOW, SCOTT, DAN, KYLE AND JACKIE WILL HAVE AN INTERVIEW SHORTLY, AS THE ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS TAKE DOWN THE ST. LOUIS CARDINALS BY A FINAL SCORE OF 9-7. WILMER FLORES BROUGHT IN FOUR OF THE NINE RUNS FOR ARIZONA AND IS JOINING US ON THE POSTGAME SHOW. CONGRATULATIONS ON THE VICTORY. GO BACK TO YOUR HOME RUN IN THE SIXTH INNING, A TWO RUN SHOT, WHAT DID YOU SEE? WILMER FLORES: THE GUY WAS THROWING ABOUT 100, SO A FASTBALL, AND I WAS READY FOR IT. DAN: YOU GUYS HAD A LONG 19 INNING GAME LAST NIGHT, WHAT DOES A GUY LIKE WILMER FLORES DO AFTER A GAME TO GET READY FOR THIS? WILMER FLORES: I WENT TO BED AT 3:00 A.M. AND I CANNOT WAIT TO GO TO BED AGAIN. WE ARE READY TO PLAY NO MATTER WHAT, NO MATTER WHAT THE SITUATION IS, WE ALWAYS COME TO DO ANOTHER GAME AND WE ALWAYS BATTLE. SCOTT: LET’S GO BACK TO YOUR FIRST AT-BAT, THREE-HIT DAY FOR YOU. A DOUBLE TO START THE SCORING. WHAT DO YOU REMEMBER FROM IT? WILMER FLORES: I AM USUALLY NOT AGGRESSIVE ON THE FIRST PITCH. I THINK A LOT OF THE TEAMS KNOW THAT AND I KNEW HE WAS COMING WITH SOMETHING AROUND THE MIDDLE AND I WAS READY. I HIT IT WELL. I THINK IT WAS RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE. AND TWO RBIS RIGHT THERE. SCOTT: HOW FUN HAS IT BEEN THIS SEASON TO BE ON THE DIAMONDBACKS TEAM THAT DID NOT HAVE HIGH EXPECTATIONS WHEN THEY TRADED AWAY SOME OF THEIR TOP TALENT, INCLUDING PAUL GOLDSCHMIDT AND MIKE HAZEN SPOKE TO THE GROUP AND SAID, I THINK WE CAN DO SOMETHING IN THE SECOND HALF? UH OH. ADAM JONES NICE AND SLOW. GET ADAM — THAT IS NICE. WE STILL NEED THAT HEADSET. THA WAS VERY NICET. DAN: WOULD A NICE GUY, HE GIVES HIM A TOWEL. SCOTT: WE STILL GOT YOU, HOW IS THAT? WILMER FLORES: IT TASTES GOOD. SCOTT: IS IT SHAVING CREAM? WILMER FLORES: I MEAN, YOU KNOW, WE KNEW THAT WE STILL HAD THE TEAM TO BATTLE AND THAT IS WHAT WE DID. WE BATTLED UNTIL THE LAST DAY. AND WE CAME HERE TO KEEP PLAYING. SCOTT: IS THAT WHIPPED CREAM? DAN: WHIPPED CREAM. SCOTT: THAT WAS NICE OF ADAM. WHAT IS HE LIKE AS A TEAMMATE? WILMER FLORES: I LOVE HIM. IT DOES NOT MATTER WHAT HE DOES ON THE FIELD, HE IS ALWAYS HAVING FUN, HAVING FUN WITH US. WE LEARN A LOT FROM HIM. DAN: YOU HAD A CHANCE TO WATCH EDUARDO ESCOBAR ALL SEASON LONG. HE HAS HAD A MARVELOUS SEASON, WHAT IS THE KEY TO HIM BEING SO GOOD THIS YEAR? WILMER FLORES: I THINK THAT EVERYBODY WILL TELL YOU THAT WE ALL LOVE ESCOBAR. HAVING HIM AROUND, HE IS ALWAYS HAVING FUN. HE IS ALWAYS YELLING. A LITTLE ANNOYING. [LAUGHTER] BUT I THINK THAT EVERY TIME A GUY WAS ON BASE HE WOULD DRIVE HIM IN. IT WAS UNBELIEVABLE. HE IS OUT THERE EVERY DAY. HE WORKS REALLY HARD AND HE DESERVES THE YEAR HE HAD. SCOTT: WHAT HAS BEEN THE KEY FOR YOU IN THE SECOND HALF OF THE SEASON, YOU HAVE BEEN GETTING MORE START AGAINST RIGHT-HANDED PITCHING AS WELL. WILMER FLORES: NIKE IS TO SWING AT THE STRIKES. WHEN I AM NOT DOING GOOD, IT IS BECAUSE I AM GOING OUT OF THE STRIKE ZONE. BUT LIKE TODAY, IT WAS GOOD PITCHES AND I GOT MY SWINGS ON IT. SCOTT: THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR TIME. IT TASTES GOOD? ENJOY IT. THANK YOU. KYLE, SCOTT, DAN, AND JACKIE ON THE FINAL POSTGAME SHOW OF THE YOUTUBE SEASON. A LOT MORE BASEBALL STILL TO GO IN THE MAJOR LEAGUES. THE DIAMONDBACKS TAKE IT 9-7. THIS ONE WAS WILD IN ITS OWN WAY. PAUL GOLDSCHMIDT, WHO RETURNS TO HIS HOME BALLPARK, WHERE HE SPENT TIME HERE FOR 80 YEARS WITH THE DIAMONDBACKS, HAD A HOME RUN ON MONDAY, TUESDAY AND A HOME RUN TODAY WOULD HAVE GIVEN THE CARDINALS THE LEAD AND POTENTIALLY THE WIN. KYLE: IT WAS A TOUGH SPOT FOR HIM TODAY, TO COME IN AND FACE BRADLEY. I AM SURE THEY KNOW EACH OTHER VERY WELL. AND HAD A CHANCE TO PUT HIM AHEAD, BUT UNFORTUNATELY BRADLEY, OR FORTUNATELY FOR BRADLEY, HE GOT THE DOUBLE PLAY BALL. DAN: THIS WAS A CRAZY GAME, A GAME THE DIAMONDBACKS HAD IN THEIR BACK POCKET EARLY. THEY WERE UP, SEVEN RUN INNING. THEN IT LOOKED LIKE THIS THING WAS A TOPSY-TURVY GAME. LAST NIGHT, THE DIAMONDBACKS WON THE 19 INNING GAME, THEY HAD TO USE 13 PICTURES. SO BEFORE THE GAME, THEY WERE HOPING TO GET BETWEEN 100-110 PITCHES OUT OF MARY KELLY. HE HAS OUT OF THE GAME AFTER THE FIFTH INNING. THEY ARE DOWN. IT LOOKS BLEAK, THEN THEY COME STORMING BACK WITH A SEVEN RUN INNING FOR THE DIAMONDBACKS. THEY TURNED WHAT WAS LOOKING BLEAK INTO A BIG WIN. SCOTT: LET’S GO THROUGH THE GAME RECAP RIGHT NOW ON YOUTUBE. AND WE WILL START WITH MICHAEL WACHA. PITCHING FOR A PLACE ON THE POSTSEASON ROSTER. AND CASTRO CONNECTS. AND THEN HE WALKS ABRAHAM ALMONTE. THAT LEADS US TO WILMER FLORES. TWO ON, HE SAID HE USUALLY DOES NOT GO AFTER THE FIRST PITCH, BUT HE LIKED THIS ONE. DIAMONDBACKS GET TWO EARLY ON. KELLY ON THE OTHER SIDE, LOOKING GOOD EARLY ON WITH SOME STRIKEOUTS, THEN HE GETS A DOUBLE PLAY AS WELL. HE HAS TURNED IT ON, ESPECIALLY IN THE MONTH OF SEPTEMBER. THINGS GOT ROCKIER FOR HIM LATER IN THE GAME, BUT I KNOW THAT HE IS 30 YEARS OLD, BUT THIS IS A LEARNING EXPERIENCE FOR HIM. DAN: FASTBALL, CURVE, SLIDER AND A CHANGEUP, MOVING IT IN AND OUT. IT LOOKED LIKE HE HAD THE CARDINALS IN CHECK, THEN THINGS FELL APART. THE MICHAEL WACHA, WHO HAD TO COME OUT WITH SOME RIGHT SHOULDER DISCOMFORT. WE ARE NOT SURE WHAT WILL HAPPEN. WE SPOKE WITH MIKE DURING THE GAME, THEY ARE GOING TO HAVE HIM LOOKED AT AFTER THE GAME AND I AM SURE TOMORROW IN ST. LOUIS. SO IT WILL BE INTERESTING TO SEE WHAT HAPPENS WITH MICHAEL WACHA MOVING FORWARD AS THEY GO HOME FOR A BIG THREE-GAME FINAL HOMESTAND AGAINST THE CUBS ON FRIDAY, SATURDAY AND SUNDAY. SCOTT: THE CARDINALS USED ALL BUT TWO OF THEIR RELIEVERS YESTERDAY, SO SOME OFFENSE HELPED. TOMMY EDMAN WITH A BASE HIT. JOSE MARTINEZ BRINGING HOME TWO. DAN: HE HAS NEVER SEEN A PITCH HE DOES NOT LIKE TO SWING AT. TWO STRIKE FASTBALL IN THE MIDDLE OF THE ZONE, HE BLASTS IT TO THE GAP IN LEFT CENTER FIELD. SCOTT: THAT THE CARDINALS STEAL A RUN, LITERALLY. DAN: THIS IS LIKE 1980’S ST. LOUIS CARDINALS, WILLIAM MCGEE AND OZZIE SMITH AND VINCE COLEMAN, THE GUYS THAT COULD BURN, RIGHT? SCOTT: RANDY AROZARENA, OFF TO THE RACES. THERE IS SECOND BASE. MOVES TO THIRD ON THIS BASE HIT. AND THEN YOU BETTER BE CAREFUL IF YOU ARE CHECKING ON FIRST, BECAUSE HE IS MOVING HOME. DAN: HEADS UP BASE RUNNING. HE IS OFF TO THE RACES AND HE GETS THAT LEFT-HAND JUST IN FRONT OF THE TAG OF CALEB JOSEPH. SCOTT: THEY CHECKED, NOT ENOUGH EVIDENCE TO SAY THAT JOSEPH PUT A TAG ON BEFORE HE TOUCHED HOME PLATE, SO THE CARDINALS WITH A THREE-TO LEAD. JOSE MARTINEZ IN TROUBLE. ABRAHAM ALMONTE LOOKING LIKE HE WOULD HAVE IT, THEN MAYBE CAUGHT HIS ANKLE. WE DID NOT GET WORD ON WHAT WAS WRONG. MARTINEZ CRUISES INTO THIRD. ADAM JONES REPLACES ALMONTE. AND THEN RAVELO FLIES TO CENTER FIELD, ENOUGH TO BRING HOME A FOURTH RUN FOR ST. LOUIS. ONTO THE SIXTH INNING. AROZARENA, HAVE A DAY. DAN: BOOM, FIRST BIG-LEAGUE BOMB RIGHT HERE AND IT WAS LOOKING LIKE HE WOULD NEED — HE WOULD BE YOUTUBE LAYER OF THE GAME. STOLE A BAG, THROUGH A GAME — THROUGH A GUY OUT, THEN HITS A FOUR-BAGGER. SCOTT: I THOUGHT THAT WAS GOING TO BE OUR INTERVIEW. BUT THE DIAMONDBACKS HAD OTHER THOUGHTS. NICK AHMED WITH TWO ON. THAT WILL STAY FAIR ALL THE WAY INTO THE RIGHT-FIELD CORNER. JOSE MARTINEZ DOES NOT CLOSE IN ON IT. AND THE DIAMONDBACKS CUT THE DEFICIT TO TWO. THAT DEFICIT MOVES TO ONE AFTER A WALK AND A WILD PITCH. JOSH ROJAS FROM THIRD BASE TO SCORE. AND THEN TIM LOCASTRO GROUNDS OUT AND CHRISTIAN WALKER TAKES THE WILD PITCH. AND THERE IS ROJAS COMING IN. DAN: THIS WAS REALLY THE PLAY OF THE GAME RIGHT HERE. HE TRIES TO CUT THE LEAD RUNNER DOWN, MATT WEINER — MATT WIETERS NOT ABLE TO SECURE THE THROW. TWO RUN SCORED. AND THEN THE HOPPER UP THE MIDDLE. THIS TURNED INTO A HUGE INNING FOR THE DIAMONDBACKS. SCOTT: THEY NEEDED TO MORE FROM WILMER FLORES. DAN: BE VERY, VERY QUIET. HE GOES KABOOM. SCOTT: FOUR R.B.I. PERFORMANCE FOR WILLIAM FLORES. BUT WAIT, IN THE NINTH INNING TOMMY EDMAN PLUNKED. AND MARTINEZ POPS A SINGLE INTO LEFT. SO, BRINGING THE ARCHIE BRADLEY SHOW. HE IS MADE FOR THIS ROLE. BUT SOMETIMES CLOSERS ALIKE TO MAKE THINGS INTERESTING. MATT WIETERS DRIVING IN TWO, 9-7 AND THE PRESSURE IS ON. AND CUE THE WALK MUSIC FOR PAUL GOLDSCHMIDT. BACK IN HIS OLD STOMPING GROUNDS. THIS IS EXACTLY WHAT BRADLEY WANTED. AND THE DEFENSE EXECUTES IT TO PERFECTION WITH A DOUBLE PLAY AND OF THE GAME IS OVER, 9-7. THIS IS THEIR 82ND WIN OF THE YEAR. AND ALSO, THEY GRABBED THE SERIES FROM THE CARDINALS, WHO HAVE TO LOOK BACK INTO CA BREWERS TEAM CLOSING IN FAST. MILWAUKEE HAS THE LEAD IN ST. LOUIS. IF THEY HOLD ON TO WIN THE GAME AGAINST THE REDS, IT WOULD BE A 1.5 GAME SEPARATION BETWEEN THE CARDINALS AND BREWERS. SUDDENLY NL CENTRAL IS ON THE LINE FOR ST. LOUIS. IF THEY DO NOT TURN THINGS AROUND AGAINST THE CUBS, THEY COULD SET THEMSELVES UP FOR A WILD-CARD GAME AGAINST THE WASHINGTON NATIONALS. DAN: GOOD SPOT TO BE IN THOUGH, THEY ARE GOING HOME THREE GAMES AGAINST THE CUBS. THEY HAVE THEIR STARTING ROTATION SET. THEY ARE RELATIVELY HEALTHY, BUT WE DO NOT KNOW WHAT IS GOING ON WITH MICHAEL WACHA WHO CAME OUT OF THE GAME. HIS RIGHT SHOULDER STIFFNESS. BUT THE CARDINALS ARE IN A GOOD SPOT. KYLE: THEY ARE, BUT WE TALKED ABOUT HOW THE CARDINALS WOULD LOVE TO TAKE CARE OF BUSINESS AGAINST CHICAGO AT HOME. CHICAGO WOULD LOVE TO MAKE THEM PLAY A COUPLE EXERGAMES, A WILD-CARD GAME OR IN EXTRA GAME AGAINST MILWAUKEE. NOT SURE HOW THE STANDINGS WILL PAN OUT ON THAT. IT WILL BE INTERESTING TO SEE HOW CHICAGO COMES INTO TOWN AND WHAT THEIR MOTIVATION IS. DAN: THE ONE TEAM THAT DID NOT GET THE MEADOW — MEMO TO LAY DOWN, THE BREWERS, IT LOOKED LIKE THEY WERE BURIED. THEY LOST CHRISTIAN YELICH. ALL THEY HAVE DONE THE LAST WEEK IS WIN. THE BULLPEN HAS BEEN THROWING THE BALL GREAT, JOSH HADER IS THROWING THE BALL GREAT, THEY HAVE WOODRUFF IN THE MIX. THE STARTING ROTATION HAS BEEN GOOD. AND THEY ARE SCORING JUST ENOUGH RUNS. A WEEK AGO, THEY ARE HITTING AT ABOUT 200 IN THE MONTH OF SEPTEMBER. BUT THEIR PITCHING HAS BEEN AIRTIGHT AND THEY ARE GETTING SOME KEY HITS. RIGHT NOW, THEY ARE PLAYING GREAT BASEBALL. MIKE MOUSTAKAS HAS FOUND THE LIGHT. SCOTT: THEY ARE DOING SCOREBOARD WATCHING AND THEY SEE THE DIAMONDBACKS TAKING THIS GAME. CASTRO WITH JACKIE REDMOND AFTER THE GAME. JACKIE: THE CARDS MADE IT INTERESTING IN THE END, BUT NINE RUNS WAS ENOUGH. YOU WERE HERE UNTIL 2:00 A.M. LAST NIGHT, WHERE DID YOU FIND THE ENERGY?>>WE WANTED TO COME OUT AND GET THE WIN AND WE WANT TO FINISH THE DAY — THE YEAR STRONG AND THEN THREE GAMES AGAINST THE PADRES. JACKIE: I KNOW YOU WILL ENJOY AN OFF DAY. THAT WAS A GOOD TEAM ON THE OTHER SIDE. THEY CAME IN WITH A CHANCE TO WIN THEIR DIVISION AND YOU TOOK TWO OF THREE, HOW MUCH MOTIVATION DID YOU DRAW FROM NOT WANTING THEM TO CELEBRATE ON YOUR TURF? TOM: WE ARE COMPETITIVE AND WE WILL GIVE IT 100% UNTIL THE LAST GAME OF THE YEAR. JACKIE: YOU PLAYED MORE GAMES THIS SEASON THAN ANY OTHER IN YOUR CAREER, WHAT GIVES YOU CONFIDENCE IN YOURSELF AND THIS TEAM? TOM: THE THING IS TO FINISH IT STRONG AND TAKE IT INTO NEXT YEAR. WE WILL FINISH STRONG. JACKIE: IT WAS A FUN ONE TODAY. I AM SURE ALL THE VIEWERS LOVED IT. TOM: PERFECT, THANK YOU FOR HAVING ME. SCOTT: YOU ARE UPDATED. CARDINALS WITH 90 WINS, 69 LOSSES. THEIR MAGIC NUMBER IS THREE, IT HAS BEEN THAT WAY FOR THE PAST 24 HOURS. THEY HAVE A TWO GAME LEAD OVER MILWAUKEE, THAT COULD TURN INTO 1.5 BY THE END OF THE NIGHT. THE CARDINALS WILL NOT PLAY TOMORROW, BUT THE BREWERS DO. THAT COULD BE 1.5 GAMES, IN MY RIGHT? THAT COULD BE ONE GAME BY THE TIME WE GET THROUGH TOMORROW WITH THE BREWERS TAKING ON THE REDS FOR ONE MORE. THIS COULD BE AN INTERESTING WEEKEND. AND SOMEWHAT UNEXPECTED, BECAUSE MANY OF US LOOKED AT THE BEGINNING OF THE WEEK WHEN THE CARDINALS TOOK DOWN THE CUBS. THE DIVISION WAS FOR ST. LOUIS, NOW THEY MIGHT HAVE TO SET UP FOR A WILD-CARD GAME. DAN: ON THE FLIPSIDE, A WEEK AGO IT WAS LOOKING LIKE THE NATS WOULD HOST OF THE WILD-CARD GAME, ALL OF A SUDDEN MILWAUKEE STRINGS TOGETHER A REMAINING FIVE GAMES AND THEY MAY BE HOLDING THE WILD-CARD GAME, IF THEY DO NOT CATCH THE ST. LOUIS CARDINALS. THIS DIVISION HAS BEEN ABOUT THE COLLAPSE OF THE CUBS, AND HOW WELL THE BREWERS HAVE PLAYED SINCE CHRISTIAN YELICH HAS GONE ON THE INJURED LIST. SCOTT: 8-1 RIGHT NOW FROM MILWAUKEE, THEY ARE A WRECKING MACHINE AND THEY CANNOT BE STOPPED. KYLE: THEY SMELL BLOOD. DAN: THE PITCHING SCHEDULE WAS LOOKING TOUGH FOR MILWAUKEE. THEY DID SOMETHING THAT IS A LOT OF TEAMS HAVE NOT BEEN ABLE TO DO, THEY GOT TO SONNY GRAY LAST NIGHT. THEY HAVE SEEN GOOD PICTURES AND THEY ARE FINDING WAYS TO WIN. SCOTT: THEY DO THINGS UNCONVENTIONALLY. YOU ARE PART OF THAT ORGANIZATION. THEY HAVE CHANGED THEIR WAYS, THEY WILL NOT LET THEIR STARTERS GO DEEP, BUT THEY HAVE WEAPONS OUT OF THE BULLPEN AND AND THEY KNOW HOW TO PRESS THE RIGHT BUTTONS. IT APPEARS HE OFTEN TAKES OUT HIS A STARTER OR RELIEVER, JUST BEFORE THEY ARE BACK TO CRACK. DAN: HE DOES SUCH A GOOD JOB. KYLE: HE KNOWS THE NUMBERS. ESPECIALLY THIS TIME OF YEAR WHEN YOU HAVE SO MANY AVAILABLE ARMS. YOU CAN PLAY THAT MIX AND MATCH THING AND KEEP IT GOING. KEEPING IT GOING DOWN THE STRETCH AND PULLING ON THE RIGHT STRINGS AND WE WERE TALKING ABOUT THE GUYS COMING TO LIFE AFTER CHRISTIAN YELICH GOT HURT. YOU HAVE TO BE COUPLE WITH A HOT TEAM COMING INTO OCTOBER BASEBALL. SCOTT: THIS WAS NOT EASY FOR THE CARDINALS. THE DIAMONDBACKS WIN IT. THE MANAGER SAID THIS.>>IT IS A GUT CHECK. YOU HAVE TO FIND A WAY TO GO OUT AND FOCUS. AND EXPECTED RESULTS. AND EXECUTE. I THINK IT STARTS WITH MERRILL KELLY COMING OUT TO BE AGGRESSIVE. I KNOW THAT THERE WERE HICCUPS AND HE WORKED THROUGH THAT AND HE PITCHED THROUGH THE SIXTH INNING, GIVING US A CHANCE WITH A VERY TAXED AT BULLPEN. WE WERE KEEPING SEVERAL GUYS DOWN. THERE WAS NOT A LOT OF ROOM FOR ERROR. SO WITHOUT HIS A SOLID INNINGS, WE WOULD NOT HAVE BEEN ANY POSITION TO WIN THE GAME. HE WAS ON THE ATTACK. AND I THINK THAT HE GOT NICKED WITH SOME MISTAKES. BUT IT WAS A SEVEN RUN SIXTH INNING THAT WAS THE DIFFERENCE MAKER. WE HAD THE RIGHT GUYS UP, THE RIGHT SITUATION, AND WE HAD A REALLY GOOD BASE RUNNING IN SEXUAL PLAY ON A CONTACT PLAY TO THIRD BASE. SO THAT WAS A KEY PLAYER IN THAT INNING. AND AT THE DECISIVE BLOW WAS WILLIAM FLORES HITTING THE BIG HOME RUN, HUGE DAY FOR HIM.HE CONTINUES TO HIT. HE IS AT A VERY PROFESSIONAL AT-BAT EVERY TIME HE IS UP THERE, AND IT TRANSLATED TODAY, BUT IT WAS A SOLID WIN ON A DAY WHEN THIS TEAM WAS GASSED AND WE FOUGHT THROUGH IT. IT REALLY SHOWED MENTAL TOUGHNESS.>>HOW HARD IS IT TO PLAY 20 INNINGS AND GO 2-0?>>AGAINST A QUALITY CARDINALS TEAM, THROW THAT IN THERE AS WELL. IT IS HARD PERIOD, BUT I THINK WITH THESE GUYS HAVE DONE IS THEY ASKED THEMSELVES PHYSICALLY TO GIVE MORE. IT IS MORE ABOUT CONCENTRATION AND FOCUS. YOU ARE PINPOINT WITH YOUR THOUGHTS AND YOU DO NOT COME OFF THE FIVE SECOND OR SEVEN SECOND INTERACTION YOU ARE HAVING WITH EXECUTION. OUR GUYS WERE VERY GOOD AT IT. THERE WERE TIMES TODAY, I KNOW WE HAD SLOPPY MOMENTS AND I EXPECTED THOSE, THEY ASKED THEMSELVES PHYSICALLY TO GIVE A LITTLE BIT MORE. IT’S MORE ABOUT CONCENTRATION AND FOCUS. YOUR PINPOINT WITH YOUR THOUGHTS AND YOU DON’T COME OFF OF THE FIVE-SECOND, SEVEN-SECOND INTERACTION THAT YOU HAVE WITH EXECUTION. WE MANAGED THROUGH THOSE TIMES. ENOUGH TO EXECUTE AND DO OUR JOB THE WAY WE’RE SUPPOSED TO. THIS IS A DIFFICULT DAY FOR US. FOUR HOURS OF SLEEP, TO GET BACK HERE AND PUT ON OUR HELMETS, OUR HARD HATS AND GET TO WORK, IT WAS A TOUGH DAY.>>I’D PROBABLY BE REQUESTING A BED AT THE BALLPARK IF I’M A DIAMONDBACK PLAYER. WHY EVEN WASTE THE TRIP TO COME BACK HOME AND TO COME BACK HOME SO SOON AFTERWARDS. BUT THEY BROUGHT IT TO THE CARDINALS. ESPECIALLY IN THE SIXTH INNING. THIS WAS THE WORST INNING OF THE YEAR. MATCHING THE WORST INNING OF THE YEAR FOR ST. LOUIS. GIVING UP A SEVEN SPOT IN THE SIXTH, 10 BATTERS, THEY WENT 3-8. THERE WERE A COUPLE ERRORS AGAINST THE CARDINALS, UNCHARACTERISTIC OF THEM. THEY’VE BEEN VERY GOOD IN THAT DEPARTMENT. A COUPLE WALKS AS WELL. THAT SIXTH INNING WAS THE KNOCKOUT PUNCH AND THEY NEEDED ALL OF THOSE SEVEN RUNS TO TAKE DOWN THIS ST. LOUIS CARDINALS TEAM. >>I GO BACK TO THE STARTING OFF WITH THE ERROR. IT WAS A TOUGH PLAY. TOUGH ERROR. OVERTHREW PITCHES IN THAT WALK. LEAVES THE BALL UP TO AHMED. THE NEXT THING YOU KNOW, WURE OFF TO THE RACES. >>IT WAS YAUNG PART OF A BULLPEN.>>DIDN’T KNOW IF HE WAS GOING TO BE ABLE TO WORK THROUGH IT. HE WANTED TO SEE IF IT WOULD LOOSEN UP A LITTLE BIT. SO WE EVALUATED HIM. IN BETWEEN THE INNINGS. FIRST AND SECOND. IT WAS COMING OUT ALL RIGHT. THREW SOME 93’S AND 94’S OUT THERE. WINNINGS — INNINGS STARTED TO GO A LITTLE BIT. WE’RE ALWAYS GOING TO ERR ON THE SIDE OF CAUTION WITH OUR GUYS. SO WE WENT OUT AND CHECKED ON HIM. SAID HE WAS STILL TIGHT BUT FELT IT WAS LOOSENING A LITTLE BIT. AT THAT POINT, NOT GOING TO PUSH IT. TOO MUCH RESPECT FOR HIM AND HIS CAREER AND HIS HEALTH. SO DOCTORS LOOKED AT IT, WE’LL HAVE A BETTER EVALUATION TOMORROW IN ST. LOUIS. LOOKS LIKE A MILD STRAIN OF THE RIGHT SHOULDER. REPORTER: [INDISCERNIBLE] >>CLEARLY IT WASN’T OPTIMAL AFTER PLAYING 19 INNINGS UNTIL WHATEVER TIME IN THE MORNING OVER HERE AND COMING BACK FOR AN EARLY DAY GAME. GUYS AND HE THE BELL. WE HAD THE INNINGS, CLEARLY. MICHAEL WAS REALLY GOOD, MICHAEL MYERS, TAKE OUR CHANCE TO OPEN IT UP A LITTLE BIT THERE WITH CARP AND PUTS A GOOD SWING ON IT. JOHNNY WAS FRESH AND DID WHAT HE NEEDED TO DO AND GOT THROUGH AN INNING INTO THE NEXT INNING. REALLY THAT INNING THAT SNOWBALLED ON US, THE SEVEN-RUN INNING, ONE BALL HIT HARD, FLORES’ HOMER. NOT A BALL HIT HARD IN THE INNING. THAT ONE WAS HIT DOWN THE LINE, TO HIS CREDIT HE HIT IT. TWO STRIKES. JUST GOT IT UP, WHICH WE DIDN’T WANT ON HIM. COUPLE OF NONPLAYS, A COUPLE OF PLAYS WE’D NORMALLY MAKE. FOUND SOL HOME — SOME HOLES. ONE OF THOSE INNINGS. THE PITCHING ITSELF OUTSIDE OF A COUPLE OF WALKS WAS REALLY GOOD. CABRERA AND JUNIOR HAD TROUBLE — [INDISCERNIBLE] — GOT THE BACK STOP. WEBBY WAS GOOD. WE HAD THE ABILITY TO GET THROUGH IT. WE JUST COULDN’T GET — COULDN’T OVERCOME A SLOPPY INNING. >>WITH ALL THAT SAID, YOU STILL HAD A CHANCE TO WIN THE BALLGAME IN THE NINTH INNING.>>YEAH, I’M GLAD YOU BROUGHT IT UP. LOOK, WHAT A CLUB. WHAT A GROUP. CAME OUT RIGHT THERE. BENCH MATCH YAFMENT CAME OUT WITH A LOT OF ENERGY, GREAT AT-BATS. PLAYED THE BALL, GAVE US A CHANCE. YOU’RE DOWN FOUR IN A ROW, YOU DON’T STEP BACK AND THINK ABOUT THAT FOR A SECOND. WE PLAYED A SIX-HOUR AND 53-MINUTE GAME WITH ABOUT AN EIGHT-HOUR TURN-AROUND, 10-HOUR TURN-AROUND, WHATEVER THAT LOOKED LIKE. PROBABLY ABOUT EIGHT. YOU’RE DOWN FOUR AFTER A LONG ROAD TRIP WHERE YOU SCRATCHED AND CLAWED AND FOUGHT AND OH, BY THE WAY, WON FIVE. YOU GET THERE AND YOU’RE DOWN FOUR ON THE ROAD IN THE NINTH, TEAMS WITH HEART WOULD PACK THAT. TEAMS WITH UNBELIEVABLE HIGH CHARACTER AND COMPETITIVENESS AND DESIRE FIGHT LIKE CRAZY. THAT’S WHAT THIS GROUP DID. WE HAD THE GO-AHEAD RUN AT THE PLATE WITH ONE OUT IN THE NINTH, DOWN FOUR TO START THE INNING. THERE’S NOT ENOUGH WORDS TO SAY HOW I FEEL ABOUT THIS CLUB. EVERY POSITIVE ADAGE YOU WANT TO TALK ABOUT A TEAM, YOU CAN PUT WITH THIS TEAM. >>WHAT KIND OF SITUATION DID YOU HAVE TO GET IN TO USE ANY OF YOUR REGULARS WHO ARE GOLDSCHMIDT AND OTHERS? >>WE GOT IN THAT SITUATION. WE DIDN’T MIND THE AT-BAT AND THE PINCH HIT WITH NOBODY ON. LISTEN, THE GUYS WERE PLAYING WELL. SO WE GOT SEVEN RUNS WITH THAT GROUP THAT WE LAID OUT THERE. TYPICALLY ENOUGH TO WIN A BALLGAME. WE’RE GETTING IT DONE. OBVIOUSLY WE GOT GOLDIE OFF THE BENCH. THERE WAS AN OPPORTUNITY LATER IN THE INNING BUT DIDN’T HAPPEN.>>TOUGH DAY FOR MICHAEL WACHA TOO. YOU LOOK AT TWO THINGS. NUMBER ONE, HE’S TRYING TO BE A PART OF THE PLAYOFF BULLPEN IN OCTOBER FOR ST. LOUIS. THIS DEFINITELY HURTS HIS CHANCES. ALSO, IT WILL MAKE IT TOUGHER FOR TEAMS TO GIVE HIM MAJOR MONEY IN THE OFFSEASON IF HE’S COMING OFF A SHOULDER INJURY IN HIS LAST APPEARANCE.>>AND IT’S BEEN KIND OF A TOUCH AND GO YEAR, A COUPLE TIMES HE’S BEEN TAKEN OUT OF THE STARTING ROTATION. RELEGATED TO THE BULLPEN. PITCHED WELL. FOUND HIS WAY BACK INTO THE STARTING ROTATION. I’M NOT SURE HE WAS GOING TO BE ONE OF THE THREE OR ONE OF THE FOUR GUYS GOING INTO THE POSTSEASON, BEING IN THAT ROTATION. JACK FLAHERTY CLEARLY IS GOING TO BE THE NUMBER ONE STARTER. THE ISSUE IS GOING TO BE, IS IT GOING TO BE DACA HUDSON OR — DAKOTA HUDSON OR ADAM WAINWRIGHT GOING GAME TWO, GAME THREE. THE CARDINALS ARE SITUATED PRETTY GOOD. KEEPING FINGERS CROSSED FOR MICHAEL WACHA THAT IT’S NOTHING SERIOUS.>>THEY GOT IT PRETTY WELL SET. IT’S UNFORTUNATE FOR WACHA, THAT GOING INTO THIS OFFSEASON, WITH ALL THE UNKNOWNS, IF HE’S NOT ABLE TO RETURN IN THE POSTSEASON , YOU KNOW, YOU FEEL FOR THE GUY. EVERYTHING HE’S DONE FOR ST. LOUIS HAS BEEN POSITIVE. HE’S A GREAT GUY. YOU JUST HOPE FOR THE BEST AND LIKE YOU SAID, THEY’RE SET, THEY HAVE THEIR FOUR GUYS. HE WAS SHOOTING FOR A SPOT IN THE BULLPEN I’M SURE. WE’LL SEE HOW IT ALL PLATHES OUT.>>ON THE POSITIVE SIDE TODAY, WE LEARNED THAT IT MIGHT BE DIFFICULT TO KEEP RANDY OFF THE PLAYOFF ROSTER. THIS WOULD NOT BE A FUN GUY TO DEAL WITH ON THE BASE PATHS.>>HE CAN DO SO MANY THINGS. HE CAN STEAL A BASE. HE THREW OUT ADAM JONES TRYING TO GO FROM FIRST TO THIRD. STOLE SECOND, STOLE HOME. HIT HIS FIRST BIG LEAGUE HOME RUN. HERE, GREAT INSTINCTS RIGHT HERE. AS SOON AS CHROME CAN’T COME UP WITH THIS BALL, HE IS OFF TO THE RACES. GETS THAT LEFT HAND JUST INSIDE. A GREAT DAY. THEN MADE A GREAT PLAY RIGHT HERE. CUTS THIS BALL OFF AND THROWS OUT ADAM JONES. ON THE FLY TO THIRD BASE. THAT WAS A TURNING POINT IN THE GAME RIGHT THERE. LOOKED LIKE THIS WAS GOING TO BE A BIG OUT. WE KIND OF QUESTIONED WHETHER ADAM JONES RAN THROUGH A STOP SIGN AT SECOND BASE OR NOT. TURNED OUT — IT DIDN’T TURN OUT TO BE A BIG OUT BECAUSE A BIG SEVEN-RUN INNING. HERE’S THE FIRST BIG LEAGUE BOMB AND THIS ONE WAS A NO DOUBTER WHEN IT LEFT THE BAT. LITTLE THUMP OFF THE BAT. >>HE’S GOT SOME ENERGY. THERE’S ALSO SOME FLOW HIDING UNDER THAT HELMET. THAT WE DIDN’T SEE RIGHT AWAY. BUT HE TAKES IT OFF AND THERE’S SOME SERIOUS STYLE POINTS IN THAT CATEGORY TOO. THIS IS AN ELECTRIC PLAYER TO WATCH.>>HE SHOWED US A LOT TODAY. SHOWED A LOT TO THEIR COACHING STAFF. SO WE’LL SEE WHAT TO EXPECT FROM HIM.>>DYNAMIC PLAYER BRINGS MANY TOOLS TO THE TABLE. OK SO FINAL THOUGHTS HERE FROM ARIZONA. THE CARDINALS HAVE SOME PLAYOFF-ISH BASEBALL GAMES TO PLAY IN CHICAGO THIS WEEKEND. >>BIG WEEKEND SERIES. I THINK THEY’RE GETTING WHAT THEY WANT. THEM ALONG WITH THEIR FANS. THEY WOULD LIKE NOTHING MORE THAN, ONE, TO CLENCH WITH THE CUBS AT BUSCH STADIUM FRIDAY, SATURDAY, SUNDAY. THEY HAVE THEIR ROTATIONS SET. IT’S BEEN A TREMENDOUS SECOND HALF OF THE YEAR. BECAUSE THERE WERE A LOT OF QUESTIONS, THE CARDINALS WERE HOVERING AROUND .500 AT THE ALL-STAR BREAK AND THEY PLAYED SOME GREAT BASEBALL.>>YES. THEY WOULD LOVE TO TAKE CARE OF THE CUBS AT HOME. THEY ALSO PROBABLY WOULD HAVE LOVED TO HAVE TAKEN A LITTLE BIT EASIER THE LAST COUPLE OF GAMES. BUT THEY DON’T HAVE THAT OPTION NOW WITH THE BREWERS DOING WHAT THEY’RE DOING.>>LUCKY FOR THEM THE CUBS ARE LIMPING TO THE FINISH LINE. THEY’RE DEALING WITH A NUMBER OF INJURIES, INCLUDING STAR KRIS BRYANT. OK. THIS HAS BEEN QUITE A YEAR. WHAT A SEASON FOR US ON YOUTUBE. AND WE FINISH OFF AT CHASE FIELD. THE PRODUCER OF THE MLB GAME OF THE WEEK ON YOUTUBE IS MICHAEL TRAYNOR, OUR DIRECTOR IS JASON, AND THE TAPE PRODUCER IS CHRIS. THE GRAPHICS PRODUCER IS MATT AND OUR RESEARCHER IS MIKE MCCURRY. FOR DAN, KYLE, JACKIE AND OUR ENTIRE CREW, I’M SCOTT LOGGING OUT. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR WATCHING THE MLB GAME OF THE WEEK ON YOUTUBE AND ALL SEASON LONG.

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