New Cards schedule has team set to play 32 games in September – only 2 days off the rest of the season


ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - The St. Louis Cardinals and Chicago White Sox game on Friday has been postponed and will be made up on Saturday as a doubleheader in Chicago – six more doubleheaders have also been added to the Cardinals schedule. It comes as there's been some good news reported with no new positive tests among Cardinals players and staff within the last four days. 

The schedule changes bring a daunting realization to life in the hope of playing anywhere close to 60 games this season: St. Louis has only two days off scheduled for the rest of the season.

The new schedule is as follows: 

Cubs vs Cardinals (makeup games from Aug. 7-9 at Busch Stadium)

  • Monday, Aug. 7, doubleheader starts at 4:15 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Aug. 19, doubleheader starts at 1:20 p.m. 
  • Saturday, Sept. 5, doubleheader starts at 4:15 p.m.

Pirates vs Cardinals (makeup games from Aug. 10-12 at Busch Stadium)

  • Thursday, Aug. 27 doubleheader starts at 2:15 p.m.
  • Friday, Sept. 18 doubleheader starts at 3:05 p.m.

Twins vs Cardinals Twins vs Cardinals 

  • To give St. Louis an additional day off the two-game series between the Cardinals and Twins at Busch Stadium, scheduled for Tuesday, Sept 8-9 will now be played as a doubleheader on Sept. 8 at 2:15 p.m.

The postponed doubleheader between the Cardinals and Detroit Tigers, originally scheduled for Thursday, August 13th, will be rescheduled at a later date.

Cardinals will play 21 games in August, including four doubleheaders, and 32 games in September, including seven doubleheaders.

— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) August 14, 2020

If the Cardinals do resume games on Saturday, the team will have gone 17 days without playing a game. 

Cardinals president of baseball operations John Mozeliak updated media on Thursday afternoon, announcing that one additional staff member had tested positive for COVID-19. However, the positive test happened over the weekend, Mozeliak says. 

Mozeliak called this the start of a "second chance" for their season and expressed some confidence on getting back to playing games this weekend. 

"This is very real and we're excited about that," Mozeliak says. 

To replace the 10 players that have tested positive, Mozeliak announced the callup of the organization's No. prospect in outfielder Dylan Carlson, as well as some others who will be making their debuts on a Major League roster. He also announced the return of fan-favorite and former player Jose Oquendo as third base coach for the Cardinals. 

You could see Dylan Carlson make his MLB debut this weekend. John Mozeliak confirms the team's No. 1 overall prospect has been added to the #STLCards roster in St. Louis

— KMOXSports (@KMOXSports) August 14, 2020

Jose Oquendo will be be joining the #STLCards to coach third base and the team will be renting cars for players to drive to Chicago tomorrow instead of flying there

— KMOXSports (@KMOXSports) August 14, 2020

The Cardinals will be traveling on Friday to Chicago, in a bit of an unorthodox way. They will not be taking the team charter and have instead rented "41 cars" for players and staff to drive. There's also a bus that some players and staff who "were not a part of the quarantine" will ride in. 

After the White Sox series, St. Louis will then move to Wrigley Field to play the Chicago Cubs in a five-game series with two doubleheaders, Mozeliak says.

All of the doubleheaders will be seven-inning games under MLB's new rules implemented as the season is conducted amid a pandemic.

MLB is expected to release an update of changes to the Cardinals schedule on Friday. 

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