Cardinals Notes: Beltran, Wacha

The Cardinals have leapt out to a 2-0 lead over the Dodgers in the NLCS thanks to a pair of strong pitching performances from Michael Wacha and Joe Kelly as well as some more postseason magic from Carlos Beltran. Here's more on Beltran and Wacha for your Sunday morning reading…

  • General manager John Mozeliak isn't closing any doors when it comes to a Beltran return, writes Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Goold quotes Mozeliak: "Ruling nothing out at this point. He’s an amazing teammate, been an amazing player for us. Once we get to the offseason we’ll address it." Mozeliak added that Beltran's mentoring of younger players in the clubhouse and his presence in the community will "absolutely" factor into the decision. The Cardinals could make Beltran a one-year offer to Beltran, which we learned will be worth $14.1MM on Friday.
  •'s Steve Gilbert writes that Wacha's dominance comes as no surprise to his teammates, who have been impressed with him since Spring Training. "The ceiling is as high as he wants to go," said longtime Cards' ace Chris Carpenter. Gilbert offers another reminder that Wacha was selected with the compensatory draft pick that the Cardinals received when Albert Pujols signed with the Angels.

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