Over the last few games the Cardinals have been on all cylinders. The bats have been good enough to give their pitchers the run support. The pitching staff just completed its third straight shutout, and they look to continue it for the last game of the Rays series and continue into their home stand against the national league east leaders in the Nationals. These are the Cardinals that St. Louis fans are used to, and the team that can make an impact during the middle and last part of the long, grueling season.
The Cardinals can make a statement over the next three series. They have one game left with the last place Rays, and then have tough competition with the Nats coming to town. Following that series, they host the Mets and Phillies, respectively. New York and Philly are bring up the bottom of the back in the NL East, so taking the series from the Nationals would give the Cardinals good momentum towards two struggling teams.
Yadi, Carpenter and Adams are the key hitters thus far this season with three of the higher averages on the team. Although Peralta, Craig and Holliday are putting up the power numbers the team needs, their averages aren’t where they’d like them to be. The Cards pitching staff which is considered their best attribute as a team, continues to thrive. Wainwright is 9-3 with a 2.15 ERA at just over 100 innings pitched. Michael Wacha and reliever Pat Neshek are posting a 2.61 and 0.99 ERA, respectively as well to lead the Cardinals.
If St. Louis’ pitching staff continues to dominate, combined with some timely hitting and good defense; they are apt to make a run within the next few weeks at the Brewers, who are just 4 games ahead. The signs that the Cardinals are showing are beginning to resemble the ones of the last half and postseason of 2013. That is the baseball that the St. Louis fans are looking for.