St. Louis Cardinals | Regional Daily News St. Louis Cardinals 2015-10-10T05:53:11Z St. Louis Cardinals Cards not yet ready to leave perch atop NL Score one for the guys who have been there and done that. Before the Cubs could get any wild ideas about rearranging the balance of power in the Midwest rivalry, John Lackey and the Cardinals have reminded them that it's not going to be easy to get past them with a 4-0 victory in Game 1 of the National League Division Series on Friday. Tale of the Tape: Hendricks vs. Garcia The Cubs and Cardinals will test the depth of their rotations as the National League Division Series continues with Game 2 at Busch Stadium on Saturday at 5:30 p.m. ET/4:30 CT (TBS). St. Louis has a 1-0 lead in the best-of-five series. Matheny's unpopular move to bullpen pays off Fans booed with disapproval Friday when Cardinals manager Mike Matheny emerged from the dugout to visit John Lackey on the mound. And they booed a little louder when Matheny took the ball from Lackey and called for reliever Kevin Siegrist. Lackey leads Cardinals with fire, experience Distinguished by his Texas drawl, a fiery nature that has been known to occasionally even put teammates on notice and an October resume longer than any other active starter in the game, John Lackey turned back the clock on Friday night, giving Cubs manager Joe Maddon flashbacks to the young right-hander he saw up close in Anaheim and the Cubs fits in a 4-0 Game 1 win for the Cardinals to open the best-of-five National League Division Series. 10 cool facts from Cards' NLDS Game 1 win vs. Cubs Cardinals starter John Lackey managed to outlast Cubs counterpart Jon Lester in a Friday night pitchers' duel in the first postseason meeting between the rivals. Pham, Piscotty join Cardinals' rookie lore Cardinals rookies were not intimidated by the scope of their first postseason games. Tommy Pham and Stephen Piscotty came up huge in the eighth inning of Game 1 of the National League Division Series on Friday, each hitting home runs in a 4-0 victory over the Cubs. Cards' challenge goes Cubs' way in 3rd inning Jon Lester finished off a scoreless third inning and the Cardinals lost one of two challenges in their 4-0 victory over the Cubs following a close play at first base Friday night at Busch Stadium. Newfound health has Garcia grateful entering Game 2 As injuries brought seemingly constant attrition of key players from the Cardinals' 2015 roster, left-handed starting pitcher Jaime Garcia was well-ahead of that trend. Garcia spent the previous three seasons battling serious arm issues and spent this season proving he was healthy. It's gone so well that the Cardinals did something few might have expected when the year opened by giving Garcia the ball for Game 2 of the National League Division Series. Garcia set for first start vs. Cubs since 2012 Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant hasn't had many slumps in his short career. But the National League Rookie of the Year front-runner is in one now, and the Cardinals will look to frustrate him further on Saturday. Following John Lackey's strong performance in the NL Division Series opener, Jaime Garcia takes his turn for St. Louis in Game 2, scheduled for 4:37 p.m. CT on TBS. Kyle Hendricks gets the start for the Cubs. Late blasts boost Lackey in Game 1 shutout Facing their archrivals from Chicago for the first time in postseason history, the Cardinals, behind the experienced postseason arm of John Lackey and a late rookie power surge, nabbed a 4-0 win over the Cubs at Busch Stadium on Friday to open their best-of-five National League Division Series. Former NLDS star Sanders helps opens series During his 17-year Major League career, outfielder Reggie Sanders went to the playoffs six times with five different clubs -- including twice for the Cardinals in 2004-05. Piscotty holds his own at unfamiliar position With the Cardinals prioritizing offense over defense in their Game 1 National League Division Series lineup, Stephen Piscotty made his first career postseason appearance at a position where he made just nine previous big league starts. Game 4 starter Lynn a Game 1 relief option Not scheduled to start until a potential Game 4 of the National League Division Series (Tuesday on TBS), Cardinals righty Lance Lynn was made available out of the team's bullpen in Friday's 4-0 Game 1 win over the Cubs. Cubs-Cards: 10 most compelling moments They've played more than 2,300 times, but the Cubs and Cardinals have never played any games that mean more than the ones they're going to play over the next week. Yet along the way the Cubs and Cardinals have built one of baseball's greatest rivalries, with passion on the field and in the stands whether playing for first place or bragging rights alone. Yadi on NLDS roster; Cards go with 11 pitchers Following the Cardinals' workout on Thursday, manager Mike Matheny announced his 25-man National League Division Series roster, which will feature an 11-man pitching staff and 14 position players, including Yadier Molina. Oct. 8 Mike Matheny workout day interview Arrieta-Carpenter bond faces playoff test When Jake Arrieta and Matt Carpenter were teammates at TCU, they created their own decathlon, including events such as ping pong, foosball and basketball. Since the Cubs acquired Arrieta in July 2013, the two have found themselves going head to head in the National League Central. Bond formed by Wong, Garcia rooted on island The trust between Kolten Wong and Greg Garcia, former teammates at the University of Hawaii and now with the Cardinals, is true and unique. Cardinals reward student with postseason tickets As a reward for good behavior and good grades, Cardinals third baseman Matt Carpenter surprised a student at St. Louis' Lift for Life Academy with tickets to Game 1 of the Cardinals National League Division Series. Holliday, Ventura connection goes way back Before Robin Ventura became a two-time All-Star, six-time Gold Glove Award winner and manager of the White Sox, he was an occasional babysitter for Cardinals slugger Matt Holliday. Constructing a winner: Cardinals Here's a look at how the St. Louis Cardinals used the Draft, trades, free agency and international signings to build its postseason team. Mozeliak confident in Cards' depth, fortitude In advance of the Cardinals' fifth postseason trip in as many years, general manager John Mozeliak sat down with for a wide-ranging question-and-answer session. Here are some of his thoughts on how the season, notable individual performers and what's ahead as the organization seeks its 12th World Series championship. Cards have decorated postseason success A postseason participant for the fifth straight season, the Cardinals have already accomplished something never before done in franchise history. But this is a club conditioned not just to play into October but also deep into it. Cards drop season finale, look toward NLDS Finishing off the regular season on a high note, the Braves completed a three-game sweep of the Cardinals with a 2-0 victory in the second game of a doubleheader Sunday at Turner Field. Starter Matt Wisler turned in a gem for the Braves, ending his rookie season one out shy of his first career complete game and shutout. Four Cardinals named Esurance Award nominees Randal Grichuk, who emerged a key part of the Cardinals' lineup this summer, has been named one of 13 finalists for the Esurance MLB Best Rookie Award, which will be presented later this fall. Before they were postseason bound: Cardinals The Cardinals are headed to the postseason, and this will be the first time that many fans across the league will be focusing on their roster. Here's our attempt to give them a head start with the origins of every player wearing the birds on the bat. Regional Daily News 2015-10-10T10:53:11Z