Daily Rant: Cardinals squander quality start in loss to Cubs

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Joe Kelly gave the Cardinals yet another quality start and yet again got no support from his teammates as the Cubs beat the Cardinals 3-2. The offense was kept quiet after their recent surge.

Box Score

Final123456789RHE
St Louis Cardinals100001000250
Chicago Cubs20000010X360
WPJ. Russell (4-0)
LPJ. Kelly (1-4)
SVC. Marmol (13)
ABRHRBIHRBBKSBLOBSeason Avg
S. Schumaker 2b412001201.320
J. Jay cf400001004.291
M. Holliday lf300001001.323
C. Beltran rf400100301.283
L. Berkman 1b310001202.282
Y. Molina c301001102.303
M. Carpenter 3b200002001.286
D. Descalso ss302100000.246
    T. Greene pr000000010.218
J. Kelly p300000104.125
    B. Fuentes p000000000.000
    B. Browning p000000000.000
    A. Craig ph100000001.295
 Totals30252079117
IPHRERBBKHRWHIPSeason ERA
J. Kelly (L, 1-4)6.15331601.322.96
B. Fuentes0.21001101.200.00
B. Browning1.00000100.622.79

The Positives

  • Skip Schumaker led off and picked up two hits. He scored one of the Cardinals runs.
  • Yadier Molina hit a single and reached base on a walk.
  • Daniel Descalso hit two singles and drove in a run.
  • The Cardinals showed a lot of patience at the plate as Schumaker, Jon Jay, Matt Holliday, Lance Berkman, and Molina all drew walks and Matt Carpenter drew two.
  • Joe Kelly pitched another quality start, going six and a third before giving up the winning run.
  • Brian Fuentes continued his scoreless streak and Barrett Browning pitched a perfect inning to close out the game.

Justin’s Jeers

  • Obviously the biggest complaint is the complete lack of offense to support Joe Kelly. He has gotten less than five runs in every start except for one.
  • Jon Jay, Matt Holliday, Carlos Beltran, Lance Berkman, and Matt Carpenter were all held hitless.
  • The Cardinals left seventeen runners on. The biggest culprits were Jon Jay and Joe Kelly who both left four runners stranded.

Three Stars

3) Joe Kelly – Kelly kept the Cardinals in the game, but the offense couldn’t seal it.

2) Skip Schumaker – Skip picked up two hits and scored one of the Cardinals runs.

1) Daniel Descalso – Descalso also had two hits and drove in a run.

Standings

CentralWLPctGBHomeRoadRSRADiffStreakL10
Cincinnati Reds60400.60031-1829-2242536065Won 99-1
Pittsburgh Pirates58420.580233-1625-2640936841Won 48-2
St Louis Cardinals54470.5356.529-2125-2649640096Lost 17-3
Milwaukee Brewers45550.4501527-2518-30442459-17Lost 12-8
Chicago Cubs41580.41418.525-2216-36365439-74Won 15-5
Houston Astros34680.3332724-2710-41389509-120Lost 120-10

Today’s Game

The Cardinals hope to pick up the series win today as they take on the Cubs at 1:20. Adam Wainwright will take the mound for the Cardinals against the Cubs and Paul Maholm. Wainwright is 8-10 on the season with a 4.31 ERA. His last two outings have been quality starts. Wainwright has six wins in sixteen starts against the Cubs. His career ERA is 4.50. In his last start against them this season, Wainwright went six innings and only gave up one earned run. Paul Maholm is enjoying a decent season and is a trade candidate. He is currently 9-6 with a 3.88 ERA. In seventeen starts against St Louis, he has four wins a 4.24 ERA.

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