It was not the weekend for the St. Louis Cardinals. The Cardinals lost 5-2 to the Atlanta Braves.
After losing both games played on Friday and Saturday, it was up to rookie pitcher Shelby Miller to help split the series on Sunday night. That did not happen. Miller picked up the loss and moves to 10-7 on the season with a 2.79 ERA. However, Miller and Braves starter Kris Medlen both had similar stats in the Sunday night game.
Miller pitched 5.2 innings. He allowed 6 hits, 3 runs (2 earned), walked 2, and struck out 6 batters. Miller allowed a solo home run to Jason Heyward in the third inning. Miller did help himself by going 2 for 2 at the plate with an RBI double that scored Pete Kozma.
Carlos Beltran singled on what should have been an easy fly out to left, scoring Miller. What happened was left fielder Evan Gattis and Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons were both running for the ball. If that play looked familiar, it’s because it was very similar to the Wild Card game from last season’s playoff run. The play worked in the Cards favor as it was not called an infield fly.
It is interesting to note, according to ESPN’s Buster Olney, that the Braves only have 7 games remaining this season against teams with a record of .500 or better. Moreover, none of their 57 remaining contests will be played west of the Central Time Zone.
The Cardinals have some thirty games remaining this season against teams with a .500 record or better. Most of this has to do with the very uneven scheduling of 2013. There are three teams in the NL Central with winning records unlike only one team in the NL East. The Braves, at this point, should easily win a playoff berth. The Cards should but it won’t be as easy. Sweeping the Pittsburgh Pirates this week before taking care of the Cincinnati Reds over the weekend would help that.