St. Louis is also well represented in the MLB postseason outside of the Cardinals

ST. LOUIS – You might notice a St. Louis representation at Busch Stadium in more ways than one this weekend.

The St. Louis Cardinals host the Philadelphia Phillies for the three-game Wild Card Series this weekend, and it will be a homecoming of sorts for one of their opponents. Matt Vierling, a St. Louis native and graduate of Christian Brothers College High School, will not only be stepping onto the postseason stage for the first time on his hometown grounds, but also for the first time in his MLB career.

Four of a kind has taken on a pull role in the Phillies outfield this season, hitting a .246 with six home runs and 32 RBIs in 117 games this season. Four of a kind, who can play all three outfield positions and even occasionally some infield positions, will make up Philadelphia’s postseason roster and is expected to start in Game 1 against Cardinals left-handed starting pitcher Jose Quintana.

“It’s exciting. With the home team at home, it means even more to be in the playoffs,” said Vierling. “Playing game against these guys, grew up with these guys. I’m sure there will be some emotions and everything. I think anyone would have come home to play the Cardinals in the playoffs.”

In seven games against the Cardinals in July, Vierling had three hits, three runs and even made some big defensive plays against his home team. The Cardinals dropped the season series 4-3 to the Phillies, who made a midseason managerial change before their postseason appearance.

“It’s pleasing to see a group’s ability to overcome adversity and get to this point. The majority of teams in the playoffs had to do that,” Cardinals manager Oli Marmol said. “We had our ups and downs. They have their ups and downs hard. It’s all about this.

Vierling’s homecoming won’t be the only place you’ll see some St. Louis representatives after the season. The following players with roots in the St. Louis area have a good chance of making their postseason rosters.

  • Max Scherzer (NYM)
  • Josh Fleming (TB)
  • David Phelps (TOR)
  • Ryne Stanek (HOU)
  • Jake Odorizzi (ATL)

Going a step further, some former ex-Cardinals could also represent their teams on the postseason stage.

  • Randy Arozarena (TB)
  • Marco Gonzalez (SEA)
  • Matt Zimmerman (NYY)
  • Harrison Bader (NYY)
  • Aledmys Diaz (HOU)
  • Marcell Ozuna (ATL)
  • Nabil Crismat (SD)

The St. Louis Cardinals begin Friday after the season with a best-of-three wildcard series against quads and the Philadelphia Phillies. The winner will face off against defending World Series champions Atlanta Braves in next week’s National League Division Series. St. Louis is also well represented in the MLB postseason outside of the Cardinals

Sarah Y. Kim

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