Today, the Cards begin a 3 game series with the worst team in baseball, the Houston Astros. After that, the Cards go on a 9 game road trip to face the Reds, Pirates and Nationals. There’s no need to bring out stats at this point, it’s the same story that continues to be told by the Cardinals of 2012 over and over. If the Cards are going to make a run, they’re going to have to win close games. The 19-inning loss to the Pirates on Sunday could be the turning point on the season. How the team responds to that loss will be telling.
I will say that I think this is series the Cards must sweep. The Pirates and Reds have done a good job of beating down on the bottom feeders, and now it’s the Cards turn. What Houston really has is a combination of a AA/AAA team, and there will be no silver lining in a loss of any game in the series.
Bernie Miklasz of the Post-Dispatch wrote an article the other day talking about the Cards offense being a phony. I don’t agree with that at all. Championship teams win close games because they have dominant pitching, and the Cards waited too long to address issues with the BP. Now, every game in magnified and a team that should be 20 games over .500 is battling for a wild card to inferior teams. The Cards have let the worst 3 players on the roster have too much responsibility in the outcomes of close and late situations. What Bernie failed to mention is that 26 teams have scored 3 runs or less more times than the Cardinals, and 3 of them are division leaders. You didn’t really think I would post an entry with no stats at all did you? That’s a nice job of cherry picking stats Bernie, but I think most fans could handle the truth.
I don’t want to hear about Bud Norris still having the Cards number or Jose Altuve being the next Rod Carew. If the Cards can’t make it happen at home against one of the worst teams in the history of MLB, they don’t deserve a chance in the dance.