Cardinals notebook: With division title clinched, seeding won’t change, but roles can

Derrick Goold

In today’s 10 a.m. video, columnist Ben Hochman discusses the Cardinals’ postseason berth and what’s next for the club. Plus, a happy birthday shoutout to former Big Red great Mel Gray! And, as always, Hochman picks a random St. Louis Cards card from the hat. Ten Hochman is presented by Window Nation!

Benjamin Hochman

MILWAUKEE — Center fielder Dylan Carlson doubled and scored twice from the left side of the plate in Tuesday’s clincher, further illustrating how limited his swing may have been by a hand injury and hinting at one way the Cardinals intend to use their six remaining games.

“He’s hitting second for a reason,” manager Olive Marmol said.

That reason is to get Carlson as many at-bats against right-handed pitching in the near future to determine if he’s regain his swing from that side and can be the Cardinals’ everyday center fielder when the postseason starts next week. Because they can. For the first time in at least a decade, the Cardinals have seven regular-season games to experiment and, win or lose or rainout, their position in the standings will not change.

The Cardinals clinched the National League Central division title with a 6-2 win Tuesday night and will enter the NL playoffs as the third seed. They’ll host the sixth seed in a best-of-three series, with all games at Busch Stadium Oct. 7-9. The Phillies had the lead ahead of the Brewers for…

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