The Cardinals dropped their 4th consecutive series, and in a very similar fashion as the previous one. After putting up 14 runs in a series opening win on Tuesday, the Redbirds managed only two more runs over the next eighteen innings in losing the final two games of the series to the Braves. The troubling slide continues as starting pitchers continue to tax Mike Schildt's bullpen by failing to get beyond 5 innings in all three of the games in this series. Clutch hitting and the propensity to only score runs via the home run ball is another common theme that remained in this three game set. This ballclub is in need of some change, a spark from the minors, a change in the rotation or lineup, a closed door meeting, a brawl, something to wake the boys up and get them playing at their considerable potential. I guess I've started the opinions, so on to the notes:
- Fowler at leadoff, Carpenter down to 6th or 7th. Just try it, already. Yes, I realize Carpenter homered last night.
- Waino keeps alternating solid to very strong starts with poor ones like the one yesterday. Who is the real guy we can expect? Advanced metrics will tell you that it's the latter one. THE ROTATION NEEDS CHANGES.
- Michael Wacha was inefficient in walking 4 over his only 5 innings of work on Wednesday. THE ROTATION NEEDS CHANGES.
- Is Jack Flaherty immune to going down and working on something to make him more efficient and more effective against lefties? Or at least skip a start to evaluate and monitor his innings? THE ROTATION NEEDS CHANGES.
- Dominic Leone needs to go down and search for something and Gregerson needs to be DFA'd. One of those two things will happen with Carlos Martinez set to be activated but let's get Helsley and his big time stuff up to St.Louis as well.
- Okay, Paul Goldschmidt, now would be a great time to be that franchise player and carry the team for a couple of weeks.
Texas Rangers up next with some Interleague action, let's just somehow scratch out a series win, shall we?