Message to Cardinals fans: It's going to be OK!

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Things haven’t gone the Cardinals way this season. The year started off on a down note with the news of Chris Carpenter’s now season-ending injury. Numerous injuries and inconsistent play have resulted in the Cardinals sitting in third place behind the surging Reds and upstart Pirates. While the Cardinals are looking up at the other two teams in the standings, there is room for encouragement and it lies with Lady Luck.

Luck is an annoying thing. You never seem to get good luck when you need it. That’s been the case for the Cardinals this season. They have obviously never had their full pitching staff intact and they’ve had their entire offensive unit for about two weeks total. However that hasn’t stopped them from being the top offensive team in the league and the second best rotation statistically. While the Cardinals results haven’t come through, the numbers show that they should be sporting a better record than they do and the standings may correct themselves down the stretch.

April
Team W L Win% RS RA Pythag pW pL pW%
St Louis 14 8 0.636 113 60 0.761 17 5 0.761
Cincinnati 11 11 0.500 87 90 0.484 11 11 0.484
Pittsburgh 10 12 0.455 58 66 0.441 10 12 0.441
May
Team W L Win% RS RA Pythag pW pL pW%
Cincinnati 17 11 0.607 114 94 0.587 16 12 0.587
St Louis 13 16 0.448 157 145 0.536 15 14 0.518
Pittsburgh 15 13 0.536 89 110 0.404 11 17 0.404
June
Team W L Win% RS RA Pythag pW pL pW%
Pittsburgh 17 10 0.630 146 110 0.627 17 10 0.627
Cincinnati 15 12 0.556 127 110 0.565 15 12 0.565
St Louis 13 14 0.481 120 129 0.467 13 14 0.467
July
Team W L Win% RS RA Pythag pW pL pW%
St Louis 14 10 0.583 108 70 0.689 17 7 0.717
Cincinnati 18 7 0.720 109 79 0.643 16 9 0.643
Pittsburgh 16 9 0.640 125 105 0.579 14 11 0.579
Pre-ASB
Team W L Win% RS RA Pythag pW pL pW%
St Louis 46 40 0.535 426 356 0.581 49 37 0.575
Cincinnati 47 38 0.553 358 316 0.557 47 38 0.557
Pittsburgh 48 37 0.565 345 313 0.544 46 39 0.544
Post-ASB
Team W L Win% RS RA Pythag pW pL pW%
St Louis 8 8 0.500 72 48 0.677 12 4 0.720
Cincinnati 14 3 0.824 79 57 0.645 11 6 0.645
Pittsburgh 10 7 0.588 73 78 0.470 8 9 0.470

As you can see, based on their actual stats, the Cardinals were the third best team in only one month and actually lead the way in the first and second halves. The whole point of this diatribe is that certain fans, including some Redbird Rants writers (ahem, David Jenkins) need to relax. This season is far from over.

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