June 3: Cardinals (27-26) @ Mets (30-23)

Jenifer Langosch/MLB.com

The statistics have been presented and regularly rehashed during the Cardinals’ recent 7-15 stretch, one in which their pitching has mostly struggled and the offense just recently gone mostly quiet. But perhaps additional perspective can be found in looking at this stretch in the context of the standings.

The Cardinals are at risk of falling to .500 for the first time since the team was 0-0. At their best, the Cards were nine game above .500. That point came on May 10. They have lost 15 of 22 since.

During that span, the Cardinals have gone from enjoying a 3.5-game division lead to trailing the Reds (who already lost today) by three games. And St. Louis doesn’t share second place alone. The Pirates matched the Cardinals’ 27-26 record with a win this afternoon. A loss tonight would push the Cardinals behind Pittsburgh.

The Cardinals entered Sunday with a 3-10 record against the NL East, which does not have a team sitting below .500. The records are much better against the Central (17-12) and West (7-4). Sweeps of the Padres and Diamondbacks helped the latter considerably.

With a win on Sunday, the Cardinals would snap a four-game losing streak. The team has not lost five straight all season.

And… in terms of daily news… Shane Robinson was removed from the lineup because of a migraine. If he improves before game time, he would be available off the bench. … Manager Mike Matheny expressed optimism that Jaime Garcia will be able to start on Tuesday. That was in doubt just two days ago… And Matheny also informed reporters that recently-demoted Fernando Salas passed a kidney stone that had been bothering him since at least since the start of Spring Training. It is not too far-fetched to find some correlation between that ailment and Salas’ spring and season inconsistencies.

Much more on all that in today’s cardinals.com notebook.

CARDINALS LINEUP:

  1. Rafael Furcal (SS)
  2. Allen Craig (1B)
  3. Matt Holliday (LF)
  4. Carlos Beltran (RF)
  5. David Freese (3B)
  6. Yadier Molina (C)
  7. Tyler Greene (2B)
  8. Adron Chambers (CF)
  9. Jake Westbrook (RHP)

METS LINEUP:

  1. Kirk Nieuwenhuis (LF)
  2. Andres Torres (CF)
  3. David Wright (3B)
  4. Lucas Duda (RF)
  5. Daniel Murphy (2B)
  6. Ike Davis (1B)
  7. Omar Quintanilla (SS)
  8. Josh Thole (C)
  9. Jon Niese (LHP)

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4 Comments

How does one access Cardinals.com? Like to look at the notebook, but when I do the url Cardinals.com, it connects me with the MLB Cardinals page.

tyler “danica patrick” greene when is the ability gonna match the hype?

Is it just me or do the Cardnilas miss Lance Berkmans presence both on the feild and in the clubhouse?

hi im a long time cardinal fan i go back to the 60’s they seem to have a lot of problems right now freese isn’t hitting in fact he is swinging at everything where is the hitting coach mcgwire at .as for their pitching they can.t hold anyone down because most of the hitters are waiting on the pitches.again the pitching coach is not doing a good if these things don’t change then they are going to have problems the rest of the year from first to third in two weeks is unexceptable.lets hope the have a coupe pitchers in the hopper ready to go .and when berkman does retire make him the hitting coach he did’nt take juice to hit all his homers.

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