On Monday as Yadier Molina grounded directly to second base for an easy double play, he strained his left oblique and was forced to leave the game. This is surely a hard blow to the Cardinals, who are now without their All-Star catcher for an indefinite amount of time. We are not sure if Yadi will return to this series, but the Cardinals have decided to keep him on the postseason roster, so don’t necessarily count him out yet.
In losing Molina, the Cards lose not only an effective and defensive sharpshooter from behind the plate, but a leader on the field. We should keep our heads up, as this is by no means a crippling blow to the Cardinals, who played a stretch of more than 50 games this season without Molina, who went on the disabled list for a thumb injury earlier during the season.
Molina is an important piece of the team, but we have faith that the other guys on the team will step up as they often do. Matt Adams already has two important clutch homers this postseason, Matt Carpenter has hit four homers — half of his season total, Kolten Wong obviously came in clutch with a walk off blast on Sunday. Oscar Taveras and Randal Grichuk are already making an impact while having their first tastes of October baseball. The Cardinals are going to have to lose a lot more than one player to be out of contention.