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For the St. Nacho Fernandez Jersey . Louis Cardinals, the time to talk about being the team they feel they can be is just about over.Thursdays 7-0 loss at Cincinnati capped a 5-5 trip that hinted at being so much more after a 4-1 start against the New York Mets and Miami, fellow National League wild-card hopefuls. With two-thirds of the season in the books, St. Louis (57-51) is tied with the Marlins for the second wild card.Beginning with Friday nights visit from the Atlanta Braves, the Cardinals need to figure out how to become the team they want to be, or else face missing the National League playoffs for just the fifth time since 2000.Its August. Youre going to have stuff, St. Louis manager Mike Matheny said. They talk about it being the dog days, and these are a good test because youre going to have some struggles.Many of the Cardinals struggles have occurred in Busch Stadium, where they are a pitiful 25-30 a year after going 55-26 en route to a third straight Central Division title and baseballs first 100-win regular season in four years.If St. Louis is to indeed derive an advantage from familiar surroundings and the last at-bat, the upcoming six-game homestand offers a favorable opportunity. After three games with Atlanta (39-69), it welcomes the Reds, who have won one series in their last 10 visits.Whats more, the Cardinals are getting a big boost to their lineup with the return of All-Star Matt Carpenter, who will be activated Friday after missing a month with a strained right oblique.Carpenter, who was batting .298 with 14 homers and 53 RBI at the time of his injury, was on a pace to score and drive in more than 100 runs from the leadoff spot.He and his teammates will face right-hander Joel De La Cruz (0-3, 3.80), who will be making his fourth career start. De La Cruz last pitched on Sunday, working 4 1/3 scoreless innings in a 2-1 win over Philadelphia.Left-hander Jaime Garcia (7-8, 4.30) gets the call for St. Louis, aiming to improve on a disastrous start Saturday night. Going on three days of rest, Garcia allowed four runs in his first 15 pitches and eventually was charged with six runs over 3 1/3 innings in an 11-0 defeat.The Braves are coming off a rain-delayed 5-2 win Thursday night over Pittsburgh, enabling them to notch a series win. Center fielder Ender Inciartes two hits stretched his hitting streak to 15 games.He just keeps swinging that bat, kind of like that guy they saw last year, Atlanta interim manager Brian Snitker said to of Inciarte. Thats good to see. The kid has worked really hard, and hes played great defense. Its just really nice to see the bat come alive.The Cardinals will pitch Carlos Martinez (10-6, 2.99) on Saturday night, while the Braves havent named a starter. Sundays series finale matches St. Louis veteran Adam Wainwright (9-5, 4.14) against Mike Foltynewicz (4-5, 4.60). Iker Casillas Real Madrid Jersey . Louis. To which I would say two things: 1. Where there is smoke, there is or perhaps has been a little fire. 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BOSTON -- For the first half-dozen seasons of his career, Rick Porcello pitched in the shadows of Cy Young Award-winning teammates Justin Verlander and Max Scherzer.Now, he walks among them.One year after succumbing to the weight of a lucrative contract extension and losing 15 games for the Boston Red Sox, Porcello won the American League Cy Young Award, edging Verlander -- much to the chagrin of the Detroit Tigers aces fiancée, Kate Upton -- by a narrow margin in voting that was announced Wednesday night by the Baseball Writers Association of America.Porcello became only the fourth pitcher to claim a Cy Young Award with the Red Sox, joining Jim Lonborg (1967), Roger Clemens?(1986, 1987, 1990) and Pedro Martinez?(1999, 2000).Its pretty incredible to be mentioned with those three other Red Sox players, and then Pedro and Roger, Porcello said on a conference call from his parents home in New Jersey, where he received the news. It definitely doesnt feel right, right now, just because I grew up watching those guys. They were my idols growing up, and I had the utmost admiration for what theyve done in the game. To be in that category is -- I cant express my gratitude. Its pretty humbling. I never thought Id be in that position to mention my name with those guys.Porcello, a 27-year-old right-hander, was a first-round pick of the Tigers in 2007 and made his major league debut two years later at age 20. But he entered this season with a 4.39 career ERA and hadnt even been an All-Star, to say nothing of a Cy Young candidate.It was nothing short of a dream season, then, for Porcello, who led the majors with 22 wins and a 5.906 strikeout-to-walk ratio. He ranked behind Verlander and fellow Cy Young finalist Corey Kluber of the Cleveland Indians in both ERA (3.15) and strikeouts (189), but Porcellos candidacy was built on his mind-numbing consistency. He allowed three or fewer runs in 27 of 33 starts and pitched into the seventh inning 23 times, racking up a career-high 223 innings.Porcello said he began to realize he was having a special season right after the All-Star break, a notion that crystallized when he notched his 20th win Sept. 9 in Toronto.I felt like I had the weapons this year and the command to get out just about any guy that I was going to encounter in any lineup, Porcello said. I had nothing to worry about going into a start.Yet Porcello received only eight first-place votes for the Cy Young Award, as compared to Verlanders 14.What put Porcello over the top in the overall voting by a 137-132 margin over Verlander were his 18 second-place votes, coupled with the fact that two Tampa, Florida-based writers -- Fred Goodall of The Associated Press and Bill Chastain of -- left Verlander off their ballots entirely.Voters list their five picks in order. A first-place vote is worth seven points, four for second, three for third, two for fourth and one for fifth. Verlander needed to pick up five more points to match Porcello.I feel bad that people are upset about this. I did the best I could, Chastain told the New York Daily News. I went around the clubhouse. I asked guys. I agonized over this. The biggest thing for me was between [Orioles closer?Zach] Britton?and Porcello.Members of the BBWAA have until the end of the regular sseason to submit their ballots. Luka Modric Real Madrid Jersey. Chastain said he sent in his ballot a week early, thinking nothing in the final days of the regular season would change his mind. Verlander, though, allowed just one run over his final two starts (14 2/3 innings), going 1-1 and watching his ERA drop from 3.21 to 3.04.At the time, I thought I picked the best five guys, Chastain told the Daily News. Maybe I should have waited until the end. When I voted, it looked pretty clear to me.This marked the second-closest election since 1970, when voters were permitted to select more than one pitcher.Under the current Cy Young voting format, two AL races have been decided by five or fewer voting points. Verlander has been the runner-up in both.Porcello got a $100,000 bonus for winning the Cy Young Award. Verlander, who won the 2011 award, would have gotten $500,000 for this win.Verlanders brother Ben and Upton lashed out against the voters on Twitter, with Upton even saying that Porcello didnt win because he didnt receive as many first-place votes.Verlander later tweeted:?I honestly dont care, Porcello said, when asked about the reaction from Verlanders camp. Im not the one that made that decision, as far as who wins the Cy Young. All I know is Ive got a lot of people around me right now that I love very much and have been instrumental in my success getting to this point. And on top of that, weve got some really good bottles of wine that still need to be drank. Theres not really a concern in my mind.If anything, Porcello said he was thrilled to share this years Cy Young honor with Scherzer, the Washington Nationals ace who won the 2016 award in the National League.Scherzer recalled in his conference call his five seasons as Porcellos teammate, noting that the two pitchers used to critique each others outings and observe their between-start bullpen sessions. Porcello remembered how they used to talk about never throwing back-to-back curveballs and pushed each other to be better after getting demoted to the minor leagues in 2010.We both kind of started from rocky beginnings in our major league careers, Porcello said. Very quickly and almost overnight, [Scherzer] turned himself into an absolute dominant starting pitcher in the big league level. I definitely took a slow development road, and it took me a little bit longer. But the lessons -- we were able to kind of feed off of each other, as far as ideas on how to attack hitters, what were seeing in guys, pitch selection. Watching him and talking to him -- that connection that we have and that friendship that we have -- was instrumental in both of our developments.Porcellos Cy Young ascendance is also a triumph for ex-Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington.After the 2014 season, Cherington staked his reputation on the belief that Porcello would mature into a top-of-the-rotation starter. Not only did the Red Sox trade star outfielder?Yoenis Cespedes?to Detroit for Porcello, they also gave the pitcher a four-year, $82.5 million contract extension that appeared foolish when Porcello went 9-15 with a 4.92 ERA in 2015.Information from The Associated Press was used in this report. Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys ' ' '