Milwaukee Brewers

Central Casting: Cardinals continue search for offense in schedule-heavy division play


St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Tyler Webb throws in relief against the Minnesota Twins in the fifth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, July 29, 2020, in Minneapolis.


Minnesota Twins' Marwin Gonzalez, left, arrives safely at third base as St. Louis Cardinals' Tommy Edman waits for the throw after a single by Luis Arraez during the seventh inning of a baseball game Wednesday, July 29, 2020, in Minneapolis.


The shorter calendar implies teams will have to make swifter decisions, and the Cardinals have several options — ranging from rearranging the lineup, subbing in a player like Lane Thomas from the bench, or fast-forwarding the arrival of Dylan Carlson.


Officials have insisted they want to get more initial opportunities for the outfielders in the majors before making a significant move, though when they promote Carlson they expect him to start, daily.


“We’re having to pick up a guy who’s carried us for large portions of the last two years,” said Brewers general manager David Stearns during a Zoom videoconference with Milwaukee media.


The Cubs (4-2) hang eight runs on the Reds in each of the first two games at Great American Ball Park this week, then lose 12-7 on Wednesday and have to sit idly for an eventual rainout Thursday.






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