Do you remember when the St. Louis Cardinals had a top-two offense in all of baseball? That was not long ago at all, but here we are in the latter half of September, and our offense is nowhere to be found.
This is being written on Wednesday, as the Cardinals are playing game two of the series against the San Diego Padres. Prior to tonight’s game, St. Louis has scored one run in their last 29 innings. The way this one is going, that streak may extend, but we will just discuss the past couple of games.
St. Louis may be 87-62, but they are playing some rough baseball as of late. Let’s go back to September 17 to discuss where this slump began.
Jose Quintana pitched 8.0 innings of no-run ball. He allowed only two hits, and he will not get credit for the win. This game against the putrid Cincinnati Reds went into the 11th inning with a score of 0-0. Our last run came on a play where Andrew Knizner arguably interfered with the play.
In this stretch, our MVP candidates did not show up on the offensive side of things. If this is what happens when Paul Goldschmidt and Nolan Arenado have cold-stretches, that is a bad sign for the Redbirds. During these three games, the two put together a combined 2-17 performance. Goldy had a four-strikeout game against the Reds, but Arenado has not had a single strikeout in his slump.
During the second game of this painful trio of games, we were two-hit by Cincinnati. Yes, Cincinnati, is the team with the 28th ranked ERA in MLB. You will never guess who got our two hits. Yadier Molina and Paul DeJong each collected a hit, two of our worst hitters statistically in 2022.
Perhaps I am overreacting, but as important it is to acknowledge the good this team accomplishes, it is equally important to address the bad that comes along the way.
The Wild Wild West
It is only going to get harder from this point on for St. Louis Cardinals. After this series against the Padres, who have finally figured things out, they travel a couple of hours North to take on the best team in all of baseball, the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Milwaukee Brewers are licking their chops looking at the gauntlet the Cardinals have to go through. It all leads up to their series (albeit two games) against one another on the 27th.
We can look at it as a blessing we get to close out our last six games of the season against the Pittsburgh Pirates, but let’s take care of business now.
I think this week will be a reality check for the Cardinals, and this storm shall pass. You cannot have rainbows without a little bit of rain. But hey, let’s hit the ball!
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