June 3: Cardinals (27-26) @ Mets (30-23)
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.
- Rafael Furcal (SS)
- Allen Craig (1B)
- Matt Holliday (LF)
- Carlos Beltran (RF)
- David Freese (3B)
- Yadier Molina (C)
- Tyler Greene (2B)
- Adron Chambers (CF)
- Jake Westbrook (RHP)
- Kirk Nieuwenhuis (LF)
- Andres Torres (CF)
- David Wright (3B)
- Lucas Duda (RF)
- Daniel Murphy (2B)
- Ike Davis (1B)
- Omar Quintanilla (SS)
- Josh Thole (C)
- Jon Niese (LHP)
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