It may be a stretch to suggest two teams from different divisions have established themselves as rivals, but in some ways, the Cardinals and Nationals have done just that. And the Nationals may feel they have some work to do this week, beginning with the first of a four-game home set on Thursday.
Perhaps sparked by manager Mike Matheny's decision to remove him from the lineup on Saturday, Jhonny Peralta has since begun to prove himself the offensive upgrade the Cardinals sought during their shortstop search last offseason.
Joe Kelly's third start of the season ended after 45 pitches on Wednesday due to left hamstring tightness suffered while trying to bunt his way on base in the fifth inning. He will have an MRI on Thursday.
Fourteen games into the season, manager Mike Matheny admitted to being "extremely surprised" that he has yet to deploy a challenge in this new era of expanded instant replay across Major League Baseball.
A two-time National League batting champion and 1985 NL MVP Award winner, Willie McGee was leading the pack with 33.29 percent of the fan vote in the first released results for the Cardinals Hall of Fame balloting.
For the sixth consecutive year, players and uniformed personnel for every Major League team playing on Tuesday swapped their chosen numbers to wear the one once donned by the man who broke baseball's color barrier. For one night, everyone was No. 42.
Though manager Mike Matheny was effusive with his praise of how Pete Kozma had improved and how professionally he handled two weeks of limited playing time while keeping Mark Ellis' roster spot warm, the 26-year-old shortstop heads to Triple-A with an uncertain future within the Cardinals' organization.
Following a Triple-A rehab assignment, Mark Ellis found himself thrust into the Cardinals' lineup on Tuesday night. Moving forward, however, he will find himself adapting to a part-time role that he has never before held.
It may be that the 2014 Milwaukee Brewers are considerably better than many people thought. But the Brewers' problem is that the 2014 St. Louis Cardinals could be every bit as good as many people thought.
Matt Carpenter's night ended earlier than expected on Monday, as the third baseman was ejected in the fifth inning of a 4-0 Cardinals win for arguing a called third strike with home-plate umpire Bob Davidson.
Tony Cruz's role -- to back up the catcher with the most starts since 2005 -- is largely a thankless one. The Cardinals, in essence, hope he sees minimal time on the field, as that's an indication of starter Yadier Molina's status.
Plenty of early-season attention has been paid to Trevor Rosenthal's fastball velocity, which has been a down a tick from his average velocity posted over his first two seasons. However, the Cardinals hardly seemed ready to jump to conclusions after a sample size of six games.
The Cardinals received a positive report from Mark Ellis after he played five innings at second base for Triple-A Memphis on Sunday. He was scheduled to play again for Memphis on Monday, but that game ended up being postponed because of rain.
Jon Jay hopes he can build on Saturday's performance in the Cardinals' 10-4 win over the Cubs. Jay, whose playing time has been cut so far in 2014 with the arrival of Peter Bourjos, was 1-for-4 at the plate, but his two-run single with the bases loaded in the fourth helped break the game open.
Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright enjoyed a luxury he had not yet seen in 2014 as he faced the Cubs at Busch Stadium on Saturday -- run support. The Cardinals bats scored early and often, knocking out Cubs starter Carlos Villanueva after three-plus innings, evening the series with a 10-4 rout.
Joe Kelly mastered the Cubs' lineup through six-plus strong innings, but it wasn't enough as the Cubs tacked on late runs and the Cardinals' own offensive woes continued for a second consecutive game in a 3-2 loss on Friday night.
Mark Ellis reported no problems with his knee after a strenuous pregame workout before the team hosted the Cubs on Friday night. Even though the workout went well, there is still no decision on Ellis, who was eligible to come off the DL on Friday.