September 1: Cardinals (71-61) @ Nationals (80-51)

Jenifer Langosch/MLB.com

While Cardinal fans are in a state of panic, here is some perspective to keep in mind: If the season ended today, the Cards would be in the playoffs.

Yes, I realize the team has not been playing like a deserving postseason participant. But I throw that out there as a reminder that four bad days does not end a season.

That said, the last few days have exposed some glaring concerns on offense and with the pitching. If those aren’t addressed properly, the Cardinals may have longer-term issues.

CARDINALS LINEUP:

  1. Jon Jay (CF)
  2. Matt Carpenter (1B)
  3. Matt Holliday (LF)
  4. Allen Craig (RF)
  5. Yadier Molina (C)
  6. David Freese (3B)
  7. Skip Schumaker (2B)
  8. Daniel Descalso (SS)
  9. Kyle Lohse (RHP)

NATIONALS LINEUP:

  1. Jayson Werth (RF)
  2. Bryce Harper (CF)
  3. Ryan Zimmerman (3B)
  4. Adam LaRoche (1B)
  5. Michael Morse (LF)
  6. Ian Desmond (SS)
  7. Danny Espinosa (2B)
  8. Kurt Suzuki (C)
  9. Jordan Zimmermann (RHP)

Division standings are here. Wild card standings are here.

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