October Confidential: Cardinals

Rival players offer inside look at facing the NL Central champions

October Confidential: Cardinals

How do you beat the Cardinals? MLB.com asked rival players from around Major League baseball to offer an inside look at how best to face the NL Central champions.

Adam Wainwright
"You have to stick with your plan. He's a guy that's not going to make many mistakes. You have to follow the scouting report with him and try to execute your game plan. He's not going to give you too many pitches for you to drive the baseball. You especially have to avoid swinging at that cutter and make sure he works his count in your favor. What I mean is I'm trying to get to him in pretty good hitting counts. And be aggressive. He goes after you with everything he's got. He's got pretty good command of his secondary pitches, which makes him tough to hit also."
-- NL Central catcher

Shelby Miller
"He's on his way to being a good pitcher but he's not at the Wainwright caliber. He's going to make more mistakes than Wainwright. But he's got life on his fastball so he can get away with some mistakes. That fastball compensates for the hanging breaking balls. With him, attack the fastball. He will definitely give you more pitches to hit."
-- NL Central catcher

  Date   Matchup Highlights
Gm 1 Oct. 3   STL 10, LAD 9 video
Gm 2 Oct. 4   LAD 3, STL 2 video
Gm 3 Oct. 6   STL 3, LAD 1 video
Gm 4 Oct. 7   STL 3, LAD 2 video

Lance Lynn
"I think that he does a good job of attacking the hitter. He uses a lot of fastball and will mix in his off-speed pitches a little bit but it's mainly fastballs, moving it in and out. One of the things that I think has really helped him in terms of development is having Molina behind the plate. That's a player who has been around the postseason, the World Series. Having him has helped Lynn."
-- NL West hitter

Yadier Molina
"I think with Yadi, the hardest thing is he's such a smart hitter. He knows, most of the time I think, when we're going to attack him. He has such a consistent approach of really trying to hit that right-center gap. He stays inside the ball inside and stays on the ball away pretty well too. The best thing we've had success with, I think, is keeping the ball down and get him to hit it on the ground."
-- NL Central catcher

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Matt Holliday
"He's still a good hitter, still has some power. I don't think he has as quick of a bat as he used to. I think he's beatable with a fastball in on his hands. But if you don't get it in there, he can hurt you. He comes out swinging and is hacking early. He's a very aggressive hitter. He'll swing at just about everything in the strike zone. You really have to execute your pitches and if you're going to punch him out, you have to bury it in the dirt or get it down away from his bat."
-- NL West pitcher

Matt Carpenter
"He's very patient, probably the most patient hitter I've faced this year. He doesn't swing at much junk. With him, I think you've got to get ahead of him and he'll let you have strike one. … He's not going to swing at it. So get ahead of him and use your strengths. For me, he had trouble with the curve so I kept trying to bury him with the curveball."
-- NL West pitcher

Jhonny Peralta
"Peralta is dangerous. For me, he's a mistake hitter. You can get him down and away and live down and away off him. But as soon as the ball creeps over the middle or gets a little bit up … he'll make you pay."
-- NL West pitcher