St. Louis Cardinals: Optimism After Another Series Loss to Cubs
The St. Louis Cardinals dropped a close game to the Chicago Cubs last night, but there is still room for optimism for this team.
You can call me a bit of an optimist when it comes to the St. Louis Cardinals. I like to look at things from a positive standpoint instead of being a “Debbie Downer” who takes every single loss as meaning that the team will finish in dead last and that everyone should be fired.
While the team did beat up on a bunch of bad teams for their only wins so far things should have faired better for the team last night against another mediocre pitcher in Jason Hammel who simply channeled his inner Bud Norris and managed to cool the offense off.
This has happened at times during times in the past few seasons and even happened when Tony LaRussa was the manager and Mark McGwire was the hitting coach. It happens. However, the Cardinals showed against Milwaukee that they can beat up on good starters as they beat up on Wily Peralta and Taylor Jungmann (Milwaukee’s best starters).
The losses to the Cubs against John Lackey and Jason Hammel are not a sign of the Cardinals not being a good team. They are simply a sign of pitchers making their pitches and cooling off a hot offense.
The impressive thing is that guys like Yadier Molina, Matt Carpenter, and Matt Holliday are still hitting. They just aren’t getting these hits with runners on base. This will come with time as their track record shows.
I am just not sure how an offense goes on a tear for nine games and then has a couple games off and the fan base collectively loses their minds over it. I know the team really needs all the wins against the Cubs they can get, but it’s April folks. There’s a lot more left to this season for the Cardinals to make up ground.
You can panic in July/August/Spetember all you want, but panicing in April is just ruining what is a beautiful game. Let the game play out and just enjoy watching your Cardinals. Things could be much much worse. We could be losing every game by five runs or more.
Just think what Brewers and Reds fans are going through every day and realize that we will be in contention all season long.