Over the past three weeks or so, the Cardinals have kept up their great style of play. They have gone 13-7 in their last twenty games, with a big three game sweep of the Washington Nationals. In addition to picking up key wins against the Nationals, the Cards have played solid, fundamental baseball against their division rivals. In the last twelve NL Central games, the Cardinals are 8-4. As I begin this recap, they have just completed their four game sweep of the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park. They put up a ridiculous twenty-nine runs in those four games, while only giving up thirteen. As play concluded on Sunday, the Cards held a two and a half game lead over the Reds for the lead in the NL Central. St. Louis is on a six game winning streak, with good timing, too, because the Reds are on a three game streak of their own.
As the season is progressing, player statistics are becoming more realistic. Unsurprisingly, Yadier Molina is the offensive MVP of the team so far. Through thirty games played, Yadi is hitting an impressive .328, with two bombs and seventeen runs batted in. Allen Craig is also proving himself as an everyday, middle of the lineup hitter. Through twenty-nine games played, Craig is batting .291, with one home run and twenty-five RBI’s. Once Craig gets the long ball going, watch out.
On the defensive side, the starting rotation has been nothing short of phenomenal. Jake Westbrook is the only starter that doesn’t have at least four wins. Wainwright, Miller, and Garcia each have four, while Lance Lynn of all people leads the team with five. Lynn, also, has yet to lose a start. The story of the rotation (again) is Mr. Adam Wainwright. Since I last wrote about him, almost nothing has changed. Through almost fifty innings of work, Wainwright has only three walks. THREE! That’s unheard of! Things tend to go well when you avoid walks and record an average of at least one strikeout per inning pitched. That’s exactly what Wainwright does.
The Cards should have at least two more wins coming up in the next few days. They have a two game series coming up against the Cubs, which unfortunately for me being from Chicago, should mean two easy wins against the Cubbies. Other key upcoming series include the Colorado Rockies, Milwaukee Brewers, and the surprisingly good Kansas City Royals.