ST. LOUIS -- A day after their longest game in seven years, the Cardinals kept the status quo on Sunday, not only with their roster but with their lineup as well.
The Redbirds elected not to call up a relief pitcher from Triple-A Memphis despite asking their bullpen to pitch 10 innings in Saturday's loss to the Mets. Manager Tony La Russa said that circumstances didn't dictate a roster move.
"The fact is that our starters have been going deep enough," La Russa said. "A lot of these guys -- [Mitchell] Boggs has had a bunch of rest, there really hasn't been anybody that's worked too much."
St. Louis starters have pitched at least seven innings in each of the past five games and have pitched six or more innings in 10 of the team's 11 games on the season. So overall, bullpen strain is not a significant issue. It also helps that workhorse Adam Wainwright was Sunday's scheduled starter.
Meanwhile, catcher Yadier Molina started yet again, 21 hours after catching all 20 innings. Backup catcher Bryan Anderson is still on track to get a start in one of the Cards' upcoming games in Arizona, but Molina got the call once again in Sunday's series finale against New York. La Russa checked with Molina, who said he was good to go.
"I had a lineup with Anderson in there as well," La Russa said. "It really depended."