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A spot in the team record books is on the line Sunday Ian Happ Jersey , as well as an opportunity to solidify their playoff positioning.But if the St. Louis Cardinals are to beat the Cincinnati Reds at Busch Stadium and capture their 11th consecutive series, they will probably need a strong start from a guy that recently lost his spot in the rotation.Manager Mike Shildt has opted to give an extra day of rest to the likes of Jack Flaherty, Miles Mikolas and John Gant ahead of their starts Monday through Wednesday in Washington. Shildt is going with righthander Luke Weaver (7-11, 4.59 ERA), who will make his first start since an Aug. 16 loss to the Nationals, which occurred four days after he was scratched with a cut on his right index finger from trying to open a food tray.Article continues below ...After starting the season as perhaps the team’s second-best starter behind Carlos Martinez, Weaver hasn’t been able to consistently command his pitches. Good starts became less frequent, replaced by outings in which the Cardinals had to dip into their bullpen before the fifth inning was over.Since moving to the bullpen, Weaver has yielded one run and five hits in four innings over three appearances, picking up the win in a 5-2 victory Aug. 21 at the Los Angeles Dodgers with 2 1/3 innings.Weaver is 3-0 with a 5.16 ERA in five career games against Cincinnati, but will probably be on a short leash. With St. Louis (76-60) occupying one of the two wild-card spots in the National League and sporting a fresh bullpen after Tyson Ross soaked up 4 2/3 innings of long relief in Saturday night’s 4-0 defeat Jose Quintana Jersey , Weaver won’t have much room for error.The Cardinals had little chance Saturday night. Reds starter Luis Castillo dominated for 6 2/3 innings, whiffing 11 and allowing only two hits in earning the win.“The reality is not a lot of people are going to do anything to him with what he had,” Shildt said of Castillo. “He had really nasty stuff and was able to repeat it and, locate it. Nice outing by that young man.”Cincinnati righthander Anthony DeSclafani (7-4, 4.34) will try to replicate what Castillo did. In his last outing Tuesday night, DeSclafani picked up a 9-7 victory over Milwaukee on Tuesday, allowing seven hits and four runs in 6 2/3 innings while walking one and fanning six. He went 3-1 with a 2.62 ERA in five August starts.“I think we see Anthony DeSclafani as handling the workload,” Reds interim manager Jim Riggleman said to before Tuesday night’s game. “He’s a good Major League pitcher.”DeSclafani has pitched well against the Cardinals in his four-year career, going 5-2 in nine outings (eight starts) with a 3.30 ERA. But they got to him July 15, ripping him for six runs on five hits and a walk in 3 1/3 innings of a 6-4 loss. And St. Louis might beef up its lineup for the series finale. It activated left fielder Marcell Ozuna (shoulder) off the 10-day disabled list Saturday. Shildt said before Saturday night’s game that he anticipates Ozuna will return to the lineup Sunday.The Cardinals enter Sunday 4 1/2 games behind the first-place Chicago Cubs in the NL Central. Fantasy baseball trade deadlines have either passed or are about to pass and even this deep into the season, there’s still value on many waiver wires. Here are a few players that can help you in the long and short term.PLAYERS TO PICK UPRYAN MADSON , RP, Washington Nationals (20 percent owned in CBS Sports leagues) — Madson’s season long peripheral stats may not impress, but with Kelvin Herrera on the DL, he’ll temporarily take over as closer. Madson has experience closing out games and could provide a few weeks of save opportunities. Bid aggressively if you want to grab him off the waiver wire.RANDALL GRICHUK, OF, Toronto Blue Jays (28 percent) — Some considered Grichuk a deep sleeper coming into the 2018 season but he slumped early on. By July 13 he had a .199 batting average. He’s turned things around since then, batting .310 with five homers and 14 RBIs. He probably won’t continue to hit for high average, but his power bat could help you down the stretch.MANUEL MARGOT, OF, San Diego Padres (31 percent) — Many expected Margot to have a breakout 2018 season after he hit 13 homers and stole 17 bases in 126 games in 2017. Like Grichuk, he struggled early but he’s batting .329 with four stolen bases in his last 23 games. His speed should help you in the stolen base category but buyer beware; Margot gets thrown out way too much.WILMER FLORES Paul Konerko Jersey , 1B/3B, New York Mets (15 percent) — Flores is batting .293 with seven homers and 31 RBIs in his last 58 games. Flores can provide your fantasy team with depth. He’s a multi-position eligible player who won’t kill your batting average, and Flores can provide your team with occasional power, too.TWO-START PITCHERS TO STREAMBLAINE HARDY, SP, Detroit Tigers (11 percent) — Hardy has upcoming favorable starts against the White Sox and Twins. He has a 1.38 ERA in 13 innings pitched (IP) against the White Sox this season, and a 2.77 ERA in 13 IP against the Twins this season.JAIME BARRIA, SP, Los Angeles Angels (36 percent) – Barria has given up three runs or less in 14 of his 17 starts. He has a favorable matchup against the Padres to start the week. He’ll also take on the Rangers, against whom he’s given up just one earned run in 11 IP this season.MIKE MONTGOMERY, SP , Chicago Cubs (33 percent) – Montgomery has given up one run in his last two starts and takes on the Pirates and Brewers this week. He has a career 2.30 ERA in 27 IP against the Pirates, and gave up one run in six IP in his last start against the Brewers.HITTERS TO STREAMALEDMYS DIAZ, SS, Toronto Blue Jays (20 percent) – Diaz is batting .440 with three HRs in his last seven games. He’s takes on the Royals, whose pitching staff has given up a .281 average to right-handed batters like Diaz.MARK TRUMBO, OF, Baltimore Orioles (45 percent) – Trumbo has an 11-game hit streak and has a .364 BA with four HRs and 13 RBIs during that time.JEFF MCNEIL, 2B/3B, New York Mets (13 percent) – McNeil was tearing up the ball in the minor leagues and has continued his hot hitting in the majors with a .300 BA in 40 at-bats. He has excellent matchups against the Marlins and Orioles.