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Cardinals news and notes: Cubs, Pham, and Donaldson

Here’s what happened over the weekend. Or in millennial terms, the Weeknd. Wait, do millennials like The Weeknd? Eh, who cares? Here’s some stuff.

MLB: NLDS-Chicago Cubs at St. Louis Cardinals Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports
  • Ben Markham wrote on Saturday about the emergence of Tommy Pham, who has snagged the starting job that most of us believed was solidly Randal Grichuk’s. Pham justified Ben’s confidence by getting picked off later that day by Jon Lester, somehow, but hey, at least he got on base!
  • The red baron reminisced about the Cardinals of the early-aughts and suggested a trade for Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson as something of an analogue to the trade in 2002 for Scott Rolen.
  • Josey Curtis took a look at the Cardinals’ farm system, including the optioning of outfielder Magneuris Sierra back to AA Springfield with infielder Jedd Gyorko returning to the big club from the paternity list.
  • The St. Louis Cardinals faced the Chicago Cubs over the weekend, and IHeartBoog supplied the recap of Saturday’s game, featuring the only highlight from the game you’ll (unfortunately) need to consume. Sunday’s recap was written by VanHicklestein, if for some strange reason you feel compelled to relive this weekend in Cardinals baseball.