No matter what you thought of Tony La Russa, one had to respect his ability to keep an entire roster sharp and ready to compete. There were no “Ripkens” on La Russa’s teams.
Amid the confusion emanating from a lineup card snafu, catcher Yadier Molina’s dramatic, game-tying two-run homer in the ninth inning Monday night was somewhat lost in the shuffle.
In today’s world, most major league teams don’t have the depth to withstand a constant rash of injuries, and the Cardinals are finding out they are no exception.
Coming into May the Cardinals had a three-game lead in the NL Central at the end of April. At the end of their May grind they’re 27-24, in second place, chasing the Reds, and trying to fend off third-place Pittsburgh.
The only good thing about the Cardinals’ 1-4 trip is they returned home still in first place in the National League Central Division, albeit only a half game ahead of Cincinnati.
After a rough start down in Houston the St. Louis Cardinals picked up right where they left off in April. With Tyler Greene leading the charge.
“We could have had an epic month, but it turned out to just be a decent month,” said first baseman Lance Berkman, still disabled because of a left calf strain.
St. Louis Cardinals right-hander Shelby Miller has bounced back from two sub par outings and has now fanned 15 batters in his last 10 innings after tossing five shutout frames Tuesday.
David Freese has a lot going for him in his short career.
Let’s take a look at five players who could have a quick start to the 2012 regular season.