The Royals were close, but not close enough.
The St. Louis Cardinals landed Friday in Atlanta ready to begin an 11-game, 10-day road trip against three of the best teams in the National League with the best record in Major League Baseball.
The club pulled off its first series sweep of the season against the Washington Nationals in DC, wrapping it up against their ace Stephen Strasburg on Wednesday afternoon. And as the club returns back home a half game ahead in the NL Central, here are three things to take from tilt with the Nationals.
The 2012 Cardinals fought through much of May and June without the likes of Jon Jay, Skip Schumaker, Lance Berkman and Matt Carpenter.
Eric Hosmer was supposed to be the Royals superstar. But now Mike Moustakas is taking over the spotlight.