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  • Репутация: 0 , it was the Rally Squirrel dashing across home plate during Game 4 of the National League Division Series to disrupt Philadelphia pitcher Roy Oswalt and help the St. Louis Cardinals take a win-or-die game. Six years later, the Rally Kitty appeared in center field just before a grand slam by Yadier Molina won an August game against Kansas City and fueled an eight-game winning streak that lifted St. Louis into a first-place tie in the NL Central before the Chicago Cubs finally pulled away.On Sunday, Rally Squirrel II made a road trip, waltzing across the Comerica Park infield in Detroit moments before the Cardinals broke up a scoreless tie with five seventh-inning runs to notch a critical win over the Tigers and maintain their edge for the NL’s second wild card.Article continues below ...“We’ll look for that rally squirrel and try to bring it home,” Cardinals second baseman Kolten Wong joked.Given recent trends, St. Louis might need a whole zoo to try to figure out Pittsburgh Pirates right-hander Trevor Williams, its opponent Monday night for the beginning of a three-game series at Busch Stadium.Williams (12-9, 3.15 ERA) continued an amazing run on Labor Day, firing 6 2/3 scoreless innings in a 5-1 win over Cincinnati at PNC Park. In his last nine starts, Williams has allowed only four runs in 54 2/3 innings, pitching scoreless ball six times and post an absurd 0.66 ERA.One of those six times occurred two weeks ago, when he bagged a 2-0 win over the Cardinals (79-64) at Busch. Williams ceded only three hits and three walks in six innings, striking out eight.“I’m confident in my ability to pitch at the big league level and have success at the big league level,” he said to after his win over Cincinnati. “It’s just a matter of executing pitches.”Williams’ shutdown outing against St. Louis reversed a career-long trend of struggles against a division rival. In 11 outings Joe Morgan Jersey , he’s 3-4 with a 5.98 ERA, permitting 59 hits in 43 2/3 innings and 29 earned runs.The Cardinals would have avoided Williams had Pittsburgh (71-71) not been washed out of its series finale Sunday against Miami. The remnants of Tropical Storm Gordon moved that game back to Oct. 1, the day after the regular season was scheduled to end.St. Louis will start veteran Adam Wainwright (1-3, 4.00), who has been out since May 13, when he suffered right elbow inflammation during the third inning of a 5-3 loss in San Diego. Wainwright has fired 17 scoreless innings across six rehab outings. In his career, Wainwright is 13-7 in 36 games with a 4.28 ERA when facing the Pirates.“I feel like I’m getting called up for September,” he said to last week. “Earlier this season, I couldn’t lift my bag, pick up my shirt, after starts. I threw a bullpen after my last start, and I didn’t know what would happen. And I felt normal.”The Cardinals own a 9-7 edge in the season series with the Pirates, winning five of the seven games at home. The Cubs turned a prospect into money for the future."Friday, the Cubs traded Pedro Araujo to the Orioles for $750 Dave Concepcion Jersey ,000 in international spending space. It’s a minor move, but serves as another look at Rule 5 Draft rules. With the extra spending space, look for the Cubs to add three or four international players to the system that they wouldn’t have been able to add otherwise.Araujo began in the Cubs system as a starting pitcher in the Dominican League, and pitched in Boca Chica for the next three-and-change seasons. Araujo advanced by 2017 to a season spent largely in Myrtle Beach, and one game in Tennessee. Eligible for the Rule 5 Draft in December 2017, he was left unprotected. The Orioles selected him after he had pitched 145 games and almost 340 innings in the Cubs system.As usual, with MLB Rule 5 choices, Araujo was required to stay on the roster the entire 2018 season, or get run through waivers. He survived the campaign, but spent a bit too much time on the Disabled List, back when that was the term. As such, he needed to stay on the big league roster a bit longer. When the Orioles summoned Matt Wotherspoon to the big leagues a few days ago, Araujo was designated for assignment.On Friday, Araujo cleared waivers , and the Orioles decided they still wanted Araujo in their system. Baltimore got their $50,000 waiver fee back from the Cubs, and offered $750,000 in spending space to the Cubs to get Araujo back. The Cubs have until mid-June to spend that space. As to whether the Cubs will spend it on someone from Mexico, or a player who they didn’t prioritize sooner from elsewhere, remains to be seen.This will be a rare case of where the results of an international trade can be realistically assessed. The Cubs were close enough to an empty international piggy bank that any names signed before the June deadline are likely due to this trade. With the youth baseball season starting in the Dominican, the best eligible player or two that would be willing to sign now would be reasonable additions.Lastly, the running narrative of “the Cubs being unwilling to spend any money” is a bit rubbish. The Cubs were willing to spend one amount of money to be able to spend another amount of money. A portion of the reason the Cubs are less willing to spend than before is that the punishments for spending over specified limits are larger than they used to be. Whether that works for the standard Cubs fan is a different question.Araujo now is in the Orioles talent pipeline, and doesn’t require a 40-man roster spot. Look for him to be in the upper levels of their system. Best of success to the San Cristobal, Dominican Republic native.
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