Even the most positive of Cardinal fans was left feeling a bit disturbed after the Cardinals lost 3 of 4 to the Pirates over a four game weekend set. The club limped through the quarter mark of the season dropping three straight to the Pirates after it looked like they perhaps had broken through offensively with an opening game thrashing of the Pirates. The next two games saw the bats go silent in nearly identical 2-1 losses. On Sunday, the bullpen could not maintain a 6-3 lead and the Cardinal offense could not add on any runs after the early inning burst. What makes this recent 2-9 stretch even more perplexing and frustrating is that it has come so suddenly and unexpectedly. If it seems like it was just last week that the Cardinals were the class of the National League, it’s because it was just last week. The drastic drop has found them tied for 3rd place and with the fourth most losses in the NL Central. This series can’t really be put on the much maligned starting pitching staff. Wacha was so-so in the blowout win, but then very strong starts by MIkolas and Wainwright were wasted. On Sunday, Hudson righted the ship and went six quality innings after a shaky start only to see the usually effective bullpen cough up the lead. What this all shows is that instead of the Cardinals currently finding different ways to win and different heroes, they are actually finding different ways in which to lose and different players taking turns being the reason. It’s a long season, I understand Shildt’s quote of not overreacting or underreacting, let’s just hope whatever the reactions are, they lead to a turnaround for the remainder of May. Some notes:
- Every reliever occasionally gives it up, Brebbia has been awesome
- When a team doesn’t hit, they tend to just look lethargic and lifeless, the Friday and Saturday games were tough to watch.
- I don’t have a statistic to back this up, but doesn’t it seem like when the Cards have a crooked number “burst” inning, they tend to then go dormant for several innings thereafter?
- Good to see Goldschmidt start to turn it around.
- Yairo Munoz= more playing time=move Jedd Gyorko
Thanks for reading, I’ll have two different podcast recaps going up in the next day or two and hopefully at least one other original article.