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According to Cardinals manager Mike Schildt, Giovanny Gallegos was not available to pitch in the ninth inning for the Cardinals after splitting a fingernail pitching the eighth inning out of the bullpen. (Source: Jeff Jones on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: It was an unfortunate development for Gallegos, who had been a steadying force out of the bullpen. On the 2021 season, Gallegos registered 95 K in 80.1 innings pitched to go along with 14 saves, 24 holds, an 0.88 WHIP, and held opposing hitters to a .183 AVG.

Jack Flaherty pitched a perfect 1-2-3 inning with a pair of strikeouts in an inning of relief on Sunday.

Fantasy Impact: A pair of injuries to his oblique and shoulder derailed what was shaping up to be a tremendous bounce-back season for the Cardinals ace. He finishes the regular season with a 9-2 record to go with a terrific 3.22 ERA, 1.06 WHIP, and 85 strikeouts in 78 1/3 innings. Flaherty will likely continue to work out of the bullpen as the Cardinals have advanced to take on the Dodgers on Wednesday in the National League Wild Card game.

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Tommy Edman went 1-for-3 with a leadoff solo home run in a loss to the Cubs on Sunday.

Fantasy Impact: Edman took Alec Mills deep for a solo shot in the bottom of the first inning. Edman finishes the season with a .262/.308/.387 slash line to go along with 11 home runs, 91 runs scored, 56 RBI, and 30 stolen bases. Edman and the Cardinals will take on the Dodgers in a win-or-go-home National League Wild Card game on Wednesday.

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Jake Woodford pitched five innings and allowed six hits, three runs, and a walk while striking out four in a 3-2 loss to the Cubs on Sunday.

Fantasy Impact: Woodford led 2-1 entering the fifth inning but was charged with a pair of runs in the bottom of the fifth that ultimately proved to be the difference in the game. The 24-year-old pitched mostly out of relief this season but did a solid job in September after joining the starting rotation. He finishes the season with a 3.99 ERA and 1.34 WHIP and will compete for a spot in the starting rotation next spring.

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Harrison Bader hit a leadoff home run to lead off the bottom of the first inning in an eventual 6-5 loss to the Cubs on Saturday.

Fantasy Impact: Bader went 1-for-5 on the night, scoring a pair of runs in the process. The 27-year-old gold glove-caliber centerfielder has finished the season on high note, homering four times in his past seven games.

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Cardinals reliever Luis Garcia served up a go-ahead, two-run home run to Ian Happ in the top of the ninth inning in a 6-5 loss to the Cubs on Saturday.

Fantasy Impact: Closer Giovanny Gallegos pitched on Friday, so he was unavailable on Saturday as the Cardinals have no need to overwork their best reliever having already clinched a playoff spot. Instead, it was Luis Garcia who got the call, having also picked up a save on Thursday. However, with the Cubs down to their final out, Ian Happ connected for a game-winning home run to propel the Cubs to victory.

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Jon Lester pitched five innings and surrendered six hits, four runs, and four walks while striking out four in a no-decision against the Cubs on Saturday.

Fantasy Impact: Lester was clinging to a 1-0 lead in the fifth inning before allowing a grand slam to Trayce Thompson (brother of NBA star Klay Thompson). The 37-year-old finishes the season with a 7-6 record, 4.71 ERA, and 1.51 WHIP in 28 starts with the Nationals and Cardinals.

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Paul Goldschmidt went 1-for-5 with a game-winning, walk-off RBI single in the bottom of the ninth inning to lead the Cardinals to victory on Friday.

Fantasy Impact: Goldschmidt entered the ninth inning 0-for-4 but came up clutch with two on and two out to send the Cardinals fans home happy. The RBI gave Goldschmidt 99 on the season, as he has two more games to pick up one more in order to break the 100-RBI plateau for the fourth time in his career.

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Dakota Hudson blanked the Cubs over five innings on Friday night, allowing just three hits and a walk while striking out four in a no-decision.

Fantasy Impact: It was just the second appearance of the season for the 27-year-old who has missed the majority of the season recovering from Tommy John surgery on his pitching elbow. He's allowed just two runs in 8 2/3 innings and could start in a playoff game if the Cardinals can advance past the Wild Card round.

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Tyler O'Neill continued to close out the regular season in scorching fashion on Friday night, going 3-for-4 with a pair of solo home runs, a double, three runs scored, and a stolen base in a 4-3 win over the Cubs.

Fantasy Impact: O'Neill hit solo home runs in the first and fourth innings before scoring another run in the sixth inning on a Lars Nootbaar single. He then threw out Willson Contreras at the plate from left field in the ninth inning who was attempting to score the go-ahead run. The sensational 26-year-old outfielder is now up to 34 hime runs, 79 RBI, and 15 stolen bases in just 136 games played this season. He has been one of the biggest breakout stars of the 2021 fantasy baseball season.

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J.A. Happ fired 6 1/3 innings on Thursday, allowing nine hits and three runs while striking out seven in a 4-3 win over the Brewers.

Fantasy Impact: Happ was an afterthought when the Cardinals acquired him at the trade deadline, but the 38-year-old southpaw has gone 5-2 with a 4.00 ERA and 1.28 WHIP in 11 starts with St. Louis, proving to be a reliable option in their starting rotation over the past two months (and solid streaming option in fantasy as well).

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Dylan Carlson went 2-for-3 with a pair of home runs and three RBI in a 4-3 win over the Brewers on Thursday afternoon.

Fantasy Impact: Carlson hit a solo shot in the third inning to briefly give the Cardinals the lead and then later hit what would become the go-ahead, game-winning, two-run home run in the sixth inning. In what has been a rather pedestrian season for the 22-year-old rookie (.263 AVG, .776 OPS), he's sure finishing the season on a high note, with three homers in the past three games, much to the delight of any fantasy managers rostering him in the final week of the season.

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Adam Wainwright will start for the Cardinals during the National League Wild Card game versus either the Dodgers or Giants next week. (Source: Derrick S. Goold on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Wainwright has had an outstanding year for the late blooming Cardinals. The 40 year old has recorded a 3.05 ERA, 1.06 WHIP, and 7.6 K/9. It seems likely that he'll face Max Scherzer and the Dodgers in that big game.

Miles Mikolas yielded seven hits, three runs, and a walk while striking out seven across 5 2/3 innings in a loss to the Brewers on Wednesday.

Fantasy Impact: The Cardinals 17-game winning streak is finally snapped as they were shutout by Adrian Houser and the Brewers bullpen. Mikolas ends the regular season with a 4.23 and 1.21 WHIP in limited action (44 2/3 innings) after returning from injury.

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Nolan Arenado went 1-for-3 with a solo homer and two RBI in a 6-2 win over the Brewers on Tuesday as St. Louis clinched a playoff berth in the National League.

Fantasy Impact: The Cardinals have now won a franchise-record 17 straight games as the third baseman will get another chance to play in the postseason. Arenado has 34 HR and 105 RBI on the season in what has been another sensational season for the 30-year-old superstar.

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Lars Nootbaar went 3-for-4 with a pair of home runs in the Cardinals second game of their doubleheader sweep over the Cubs on Friday.

Fantasy Impact: Nootbaar serves as a fourth outfielder off the bench for St. Louis and has seven home runs on the season, despite a .221 AVG and .737 OPS.

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Edmundo Sosa exited game 1 of Friday's Cardinals-Cubs doubleheader with a wrist injury after being hit with a pitch in the 6th inning. Sosa immediately ran into the clubhouse before the trainer could check on him. Sosa was replaced by Paul DeJong at Shortstop. (Source: Derrick S. Goold on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Sosa left the game in the top of the 6th inning, heading straight to the clubhouse. It looks like Sosa knows how bad the injury is by not making the effort to run to 1st base. Sosa is being examined by the trainer and then will presumably get an X-ray to see the severity of the injury.

Category: Injury Updates

Alex Reyes pitched two innings in relief of J.A. Happ on Sunday, giving up a run on a solo home run by Tommy Pham while recording a strikeout.

Fantasy Impact: Reyes (9-8) has amazingly recorded nine wins and eight losses this season as a full-time reliever. That's quite the feat. In fact, he's recorded four wins in the past 10 days, proving to be a valuable relief weapon for the Cardinals since being demoted from the closer's role as he transitions back to becoming a starting pitcher in 2022.

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Yadier Molina went 3-for-5 with a double, two runs scored, and an RBI in a 7-0 win over the Mets on Monday night.

Fantasy Impact: Molina drove in Tyler O'Neill with an RBI single in the ninth inning to help put the game out of reach. The 39-year-old upped his batting average to .257 despite an unimpressive .687 OPS on the season.

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Paul DeJong went 2-for-3 with a solo home run in a win over the Reds on Saturday.

Fantasy Impact: DeJong took Luis Castillo deep for a solo shot in the third inning. The Cardinals shortstop is hitting just .199 with a terrible .681 OPS this season but does have 17 home runs in 100 games played.

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