(BaseballStL) -- Allen Craig will continue to watch the postseason from off the field. At least that was the state of things following Thursday's press conferences leading into Game 1 of the NLCS.
"It looks like our roster is going to be the same," Mike Matheny said. That roster, the one that won the NLDS, did not include the injured first baseman. "Doesn't look like Allen's going to be on this. I know he's progressing and I know he's doing a lot of work. We look forward to watching him progress. You just never know."
Matheny did say Craig is getting better, though there was no indication of an expected return date. For now, Cardinal fans hungry for the team RBI leader's will have to subsist on Matt Adams. The same Matt Adams who is hitting .316 in the postseason and put Game 5 out of reach with a moon shot in the eighth inning.
Matt Carpenter's stats may not have looked any better, but Game 5 saw him turn it around at the plate.
After going 1-for-15 prior to the game, Carpenter ripped two shots that forced the speedy Pirates outfielders to make great plays to keep him off the bases.
Starling Marte made a diving catch on the left field line to prevent a possible triple, and Andrew McCutchen caught a ball on the track in deep center at a full sprint.
While the result looked the same, Mike Matheny said the approach was much improved.
"He looks like he's taking the Matt Carpenter at-bats we've been spoiled with seeing all season," the Cardinal skipper said. "There are times that this is just a hard game. You fall into those ruts every once in awhile. The good ones don't stay in there very long, and you can see Matt Carpenter is on his way out. "