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Adam Wainwright dealing through five innings in NLDS Game 3

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Cardinals starter Adam Wainwright is dealing, outdueling Braves starter Mike Soroka through five innings thus far in Game 3 of the NLDS in St. Louis. Wanwright has held the Braves scoreless on just two hits with no walks and six strikeouts on 79 pitches. Soroka has been quite good himself, allowing one run  on one hit with no walks and six strikeouts in five innings.

The Cardinals got their lone run in the second inning. Marcell Ozuna led off with a double to right field, then moved to third base on a Yadier Molina ground out. Matt Carpenter brought Ozuna home with a sacrifice fly to center field, opening the scoring. The game has been 1-0 since.

Wainwright, 38, signed an incentive-laden one-year, $2 million deal with the Cardinals after several years of subpar performance and injuries in his mid-30’s. Wainwright hit all of his performance bonuses, adding an extra $8 million to his salary. During the regular season, the right-hander went 14-10 with a 153/64 K/BB ratio in 171 2/3 innings.

Wainwright is quite the contrast to Soroka, who is 22 years old. Soroka is in the running for the NL Rookie of the Year Award and will likely get some 3rd-5th place Cy Young Award votes as well after going 13-4 with a 2.68 ERA and a 142/41 K/BB ratio in 174 2/3 innings of work across 29 regular season starts.

Doubleheader between Cardinals and Tigers postponed

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A doubleheader between the St. Louis Cardinals and Detroit Tigers this week is being postponed to allow more time for additional COVID-19 testing.

MLB opted to postpone Thursday’s doubleheader to continue additional testing while players and staff are quarantined before the team returns to play. More details about the Cardinals’ resumption of play will be announced later this week.

The Cardinals had a series against Pittsburgh set to start on Monday postponed after a weekend series against the Cubs was scrapped due to three positive coronavirus tests.

St. Louis had two more players and a staff member test positive for the virus on Friday and have had eight positive players overall, including star catcher Yadier Molina.

There have now been 29 games postponed by Major League Baseball because of coronavirus concerns. The Cardinals have not played since July 30 and have had 15 games scrapped.

Miami and Philadelphia each had seven games postponed earlier and have returned to the field since the disruptions.

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