The Kansas City Royals have caught fire after the All-Star break, winning 11 of 13 games and nine in a row after a 7-2 victory over the Twins on Thursday afternoon.
The Cardinals leave the second leg of their 10-game road trip from Philadelphia in a series that wasn’t a complete loss, but also was an example of problems of both the past and current showing their head. As they begin a return to Washington DC, here are three things to look back at from the series that was.
As a Rule 5 pick in 2011, Adcock struggled through a season at the end of Royals’ bullpen bench. Though he was in over his head, the Royals had to keep Adcock on the roster, or risk losing him.
The team has added four players to the major league roster, three of which made their Cardinal debuts on Thursday night.
It would seem that Skip Schumaker does not bring enough offense to this team to warrant his position and downgrade in defense. It begs the question, “Have you been missing Skip Schumaker?”.
Injuries were a big part of the Cardinals 2010 season. Losing Brad Penny, Kyle Lohse and David Freese eventually caught up with the Cardinals late in the season. While devastating to the current Redbirds, it was nothing like what the 1987 Cardinals faced. But every time one of those Cardinals went down, there was another one to take their place. These super-subs helped carry the Cardinals to the National League Pennant, and somehow to within 15 outs of a World Series Title. This is the story of the resilience of the 1987 Cardinals.