The last time the Cardinals were in the NLCS five years ago, they were only a minor roadblock for Madison Bumgarner and the San Francisco Giants. On his way to a World Series MVP, Bumgarner pitched 15.2 of 45 innings in the series, which the Giants won in five games. The Cardinals, who will stick with the same 25-man roster that defeated the Braves in five games, could have as difficult a challenge, if not more, with Max Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg possibly in line for 20-30 innings of work during the upcoming series.
- Yadier Molina, C: Drafted Fourth Round 2000
- Matt Carpenter, 3B: Drafted 13th Round 2009
- Carlos Martinez, RP: Amateur Free Agent (Dominican Republic) April 2010
- Kolten Wong, 2B: Drafted First Round (22) 2011
- Jack Flaherty, SP: Drafted First Round (34) 2014
- Daniel Ponce de Leon, RP: Drafted Ninth Round 2014
- Harrison Bader, CF: Drafted Third Round 2015
- Paul DeJong, SS: Drafted Fourth Round 2015
- Ryan Helsley, RP: Drafted Fifth Round 2015
- Dakota Hudson, SP: Drafted First Round (34) 2016
- Tommy Edman, INF/OF: Drafted Sixth Round 2016
- Randy Arozarena, OF: Amateur Free Agent (Cuba) July 2016
Total WAR: 23.0
Signed in Free Agency (4)
- Dexter Fowler, OF: December 2016 (CHC) — Signed to five-year, $82.5 million contract.
- Miles Mikolas, SP: December 2017 (Japan) — Signed to two-year, $15.5 million contract; signed four-year contract extension (2020-23) in February.
- Andrew Miller, RP: December 2018 (CLE) — Signed to two-year, $25 million contract ($12 million club option for 2021).
- Matt Wieters, C: February 2019 (WSN) — Signed to Minor League contract ($1.5 million salary).
Total WAR: 3.3
Acquired Via Trade (7)
- Adam Wainwright, SP: December 2003 (ATL) — Acquired in trade that sent J.D. Drew and Eli Marrero to the Braves.
- Jose Martinez, OF: May 2016 (KCR) — Acquired in trade that sent cash considerations to the Royals.
- Marcell Ozuna, OF: December 2017 (MIA) — Acquired in trade that sent Sandy Alcantara, Zac Gallen, Magneuris Sierra, and Daniel Castano to the Marlins.
- Yairo Muñoz, INF/OF: December 2017 (OAK) — Acquired in trade that sent Stephen Piscotty to the Athletics.
- Giovanny Gallegos, RP: July 2018 (NYY) — Acquired in trade that sent Luke Voit and international bonus slot money to the Yankees.
- Genesis Cabrera, RP: July 2018 (TBR) — Acquired in trade that sent Tommy Pham and international bonus slot money to the Rays.
- Paul Goldschmidt, 1B: December 2018 (ARI) — Acquired in trade that sent Carson Kelly, Luke Weaver, Andy Young, and 2019 competitive balance round B pick to the Diamondbacks.
Total WAR: 9.5
Acquired Off Waivers (1)
- Tyler Webb, RP: June 2018 (SDP)
Total WAR: 0.1
Acquired Via Rule 5 Draft Triple-A Phase (1)
- John Brebbia, RP: December 2015 (ARI)
Total WAR: 1.3