Cardinals-Brewers game postponed due to two positive COVID-19 tests

Cardinals-Brewers game postponed
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Major League Baseball announced today that tonight’s Cardinals-Brewers game is postponed due to two positive COVID-19 tests on the Cardinals. The game has been rescheduled as part of a doubleheader on Sunday. Saturday’s game is currently scheduled to go on as planned.

In its official announcement, MLB said the rescheduling is “consistent with protocols to allow enough time for additional testing and contact tracing to be conducted.” The fear, obviously, is that, like with the Marlins, it won’t just be two positive tests.

As everyone knows by now, eighteen Marlins players and two staffers have tested positive for COVID-19, forcing the cancellation of a number of games, the quarantining of the club and, apparently, some extraordinary measures to get the sick players home. That all started with one positive test last Friday, expanded to four by Sunday, and then resulted in an increasingly large outbreak which is delivering positive tests a full week later. The Phillies, who the Marlins played last Sunday despite knowing, at the time, that four players had tested positive and that others might, have also been idled, and yesterday reported a second positive test on their club.

If the pattern with the Marlins is any guide, we’ll hear later today or tomorrow morning if more positive tests roll in and will be able to get a sense of how bad this is. And, of course, whether we can add the Brewers and the Cardinals to the list of teams that are indefinitely sidelined. For now, though, we just know that the Cardinals-Brewers game is postponed.

If the Cardinals and Brewers are sidelined for more than just one game, however, it’ll bring the number of teams in limbo to four. Which — in addition to the obvious health concerns present for any of the players, team personnel, and family members affected — has repercussions across the league as far as scheduling and logistics go. For example, the Washington Nationals and the Toronto Blue Jays are about to have at least four days off because their opponents’ schedule has been suspended. If the same happens in the wake of the Cardinals-Brewers game being postponed, the wave will grow bigger.

Nothing happens in a vacuum. Especially when you aren’t playing in a bubble.

Cards’ Pujols hits 700th career home run, 4th to reach mark

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LOS ANGELES – St. Louis Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols hit his 700th career home run on Friday night, connecting for his second drive of the game against the Los Angeles Dodgers and becoming the fourth player to reach the milestone in major league history.

The 42-year-old Pujols hit No. 699 in the third inning, then launched No. 700 in the fourth at Dodger Stadium.

With the drive in the final days of his last big league season, Pujols joined Barry Bonds (762 homers), Hank Aaron (755) and Babe Ruth (714) in one of baseball’s most exclusive clubs.

It’s been a remarkable run for Pujols. This was his 14th home run since the start of August for the NL Central-leading Cardinals, and his 21st of the season.

Pujols’ historic homer was a three-run shot against Dodgers reliever Phil Bickford. The ball landed in the first few rows of the left-field pavilion, the same location his two-run shot touched down the previous inning off left-hander Andrew Heaney.

Pujols received a prolonged standing ovation from the crowd – he finished out last season while playing for the Dodgers. He took a curtain call, raising his cap in acknowledgment.

The fans chanted “Pujols! Pujols!” They finally sat down after being on their feet in anticipation of seeing history.

Pujols snapped a tie with Alex Rodriguez for fourth on the list when he hit career homer No. 697 against Pittsburgh on Sept. 11.

Reaching 700 homers seemed like a long shot for Pujols when he was batting .189 on July 4. But the three-time NL MVP started to find his stroke in August, swatting seven homers in one 10-game stretch that helped St. Louis pull away in the division race.

“I know that early in the year … I obviously wanted better results,” Pujols said after he homered in a 1-0 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Aug. 22. “But I felt like I was hitting the ball hard. Sometimes this game is going to take more away from you than the game (is) giving you back.

“So I think at the end of the day you have to be positive and just stay focused and trust your work. That’s something that I’ve done all the time.”

Pujols has enjoyed a resurgent season after returning to St. Louis in March for a $2.5 million, one-year contract. It’s his highest total since he hit 23 homers for the Angels in 2019.

He plans to retire when the season ends.

Pujols also began his career in St. Louis. He was selected by the Cardinals in the 13th round of the 1999 amateur draft and won the 2001 NL Rookie of the Year award.

The Dominican Republic native hit at least .300 with at least 30 homers and 100 RBIs in each of his first 10 seasons. He helped the Cardinals to World Series titles in 2006 and 2011.

He set a career high with 49 homers in 2006 – one of seven seasons with at least 40 homers. He led the majors with 47 homers in 2009 and topped the NL with 42 in 2010.

Pujols left St. Louis in free agency in December 2011, signing a $240 million, 10-year contract with the Angels. He was waived by the Angels in May 2021, and then joined the Dodgers and hit 12 homers and drove in 38 runs in 85 games.