St. Louis Cardinals 5-2 Since All-Star Break
The St. Louis Cardinals have won 5 of their last 7 games since returning from the All-Star Game in New York. Granted, these series were more of a warm-up for the Cardinals, as both opponents have been struggling this year.
After only losing game 2 in a 3 game series with the San Diego Padres, the Red Birds went on to dominate the Philadelphia Phillies in 3 games (4-1, 11-3, 3-1). Lance Lynn earned the only loss after giving up 4 runs in the first 3 innings, and the offense could not wake up in time to pull him out of it.
While the Cardinals have to keep a close eye on the second place Pittsburgh Pirates, the team already looks prepared for an October showdown.
Obviously, the Cards are doing something right. They have 6 batters with over a .300 batting average, led by Yadier Molina batting .336. They have 12 players with over a .300 on-base percentage with Matt Carpenter leading at .401.
Defensively, the pitching staff has 3 players with 10 wins or more, (Adam Wainwright, Lance Lynn, Shelby Miller). Wainwright continues to dominate with 137 strikeouts so far this season. Fielding has also been superb this year. Runners have to think twice about stealing on Molina (who has only allowed 17 stolen bases in 30 attempts, or a .567 rate).
In the last series with the Phillies, Lynn redeemed himself from his loss and pitched the best game he has all year, allowing only a single run in the fourth (though he did struggle with allowing runners through the first four innings). The Cardinals won the series behind Lynn, Carpenter, and Jon Jay.
This upcoming road-trip will pit the Red Birds against a tougher schedule. They will face the Atlanta Braves, and division rivals Pirates and Cincinnati Reds.
With the trade deadline coming up during the Pirates series (July 31st), the Cardinals’ General Manager John Mozeliak, should be looking to buy his team whatever additional help they might need to cement their playoff spot.