It took Mike Shildt only 38 games to convince the St. Louis Cardinals to remove the interim from his title as the team’s manager.Hours after the club announced Tuesday that it signed Shildt through the 2020 season Brian Flynn Jersey , St. Louis showed why he canceled its intentions of a highly publicized offseason search for a skipper to replace Mike Matheny.With Jose Martinez and Tyler O’Neill slamming two-run homers to complement seven good innings from rookie Jack Flaherty, the Cardinals improved to 27-12 under Shildt with a 5-2 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates to solidify their position atop the National League wild-card standings.Article continues below ...St. Louis (74-58) will attempt to win its 10th straight series Wednesday night when it plays the middle game of its set with Pittsburgh.“We just felt like we could not do better,” Cardinals president of baseball operations John Mozeliak said. “Clearly the relationship he has with our players and coaching staff and front office and ownership, it just made this a very seamless decision. We didn’t agonize too much over it because we have a lot of confidence in him.”As they should. Shildt has played a more aggressive brand of baseball than Matheny preferred, unafraid to start runners regardless of the hitter or runner. He’s also helped revamp the bullpen, introducing young arms such as Dakota Hudson and Daniel Poncedeleon to high-leverage situations and also adding Opening Day starter Carlos Martinez to the mix last week.The effects could be obvious if St. Louis can continue this run and qualify for the playoffs. In Hudson and Martinez , it has two power arms who could play the Andrew Miller role that Cleveland manager Terry Francona created for its trade deadline acquisition in 2016, helping the Indians come within a win of breaking their now 70-year World Series drought.“Everybody’s doing their job, just having so much fun and competing,” Flaherty said.Miles Mikolas (13-3, 2.94) takes the mound for the Cardinals after his worst start of the year, allowing five runs (four earned) and 12 hits in 4 2/3 innings Friday night of a 7-5 win at Colorado. Mikolas gave up all his runs in the fifth inning Justin Grimm Jersey , getting the hook one out shy of qualifying for his sixth straight win.The All-Star right-hander has faced the Pirates (64-68) three times this year, going 0-1 with a pair of no-decisions. He’s 1-1 in five career games with a 2.91 ERA.Opposing Mikolas is right-hander Trevor Williams (10-9, 3.44), who’s enjoying the best season of his three-year career. Williams is coming off a no-decision Aug. 22 in a 2-1 loss to Atlanta, pitching six innings and allowing only one run off two hits and two walks with four strikeouts.Williams has been outstanding in his last seven starts, permitting four runs over 42 innings , although he’s only 3-2 in that span. But he’s struggled mightily in 10 career games against St. Louis, posting a 2-4 mark with a 6.93 ERA and giving up a whopping 56 hits in only 37 2/3 innings. Rich Schultz/Getty ImagesContrary to prior reports, the Atlanta Braves reportedly have yet to make a trade offer for Miami Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto.SiriusXM's Craig Mish reported Wednesday that the Braves made Miami a "strong offer" and that the Marlins were "operating as though a trade is likely to happen."In response, Fancred's Jon Heyman reported that the Braves "have yet to make any offer" involving Realmuto.The 27-year-old was named an All-Star for the first time last season, as he hit .277 and led the Marlins with 21 home runs and 74 RBI.Realmuto was one of the few remaining core pieces in Miami after it purged the roster last offseason by trading outfielders Giancarlo Stanton, Christian Yelich and Marcell Ozuna.PerSpotrac Blaine Boyer Jersey , Realmuto played at a salary of just $2.9 million in 2018, and he is arbitration-eligible for the next two seasons before becoming a free agent in 2021.Atlanta could be an ideal landing spot for Realmuto if the Marlins decide to part ways with him.While backup catcher Tyler Flowers, 32, is under contract for the next two seasons, 2018 starter Kurt Suzuki is a free agent. The 35-year-old hit .271 with 12 home runs and 50 RBI last season, and the Braves would likely replace and eclipse that production by trading for Realmuto.One potential issue is the fact that the Marlins and Braves both reside in the NL East , although Miami didn't shy away from keeping both Yelich and Ozuna in the National League last year with trades to the Milwaukee Brewers and St. Louis Cardinals, respectively.The Braves went a surprising 90-72 last season to win the NL East, and Realmuto would be a good fit on an Atlanta team that features a strong mix of youngsters such as Ozzie Albies and Ronald Acuna Jr. as well as veterans like Freddie Freeman and Ender Inciarte.