The St. Louis Cardinals were able to put the finishing touches to a series win against the Chicago Cubs on Sunday with a 5-0 victory. The series offered plenty of takeaways as the Cardinals get set for an off day on Monday.
After the loss on Friday night to the Cubs, many fans began wondering if the St. Louis Cardinals were going to revert back to their old ways from the beginning of the season. Fortunately, for both the fans and the team, the Cardinals were able to manage a series win against the division rivals.
The St. Louis Cardinals were the losers in Game One, but picked up wins in games Two and Three. I believe this is a bold statement from the team, and it’s something I’ll touch on later. But, this series win is exactly the kind of baseball you want to see from the Cardinals. If the Cardinals stay hot, then there won’t be much to stop them against some of their opponents coming up.
Earlier last week I looked at the schedule for May and marked this series as the most important for the Cardinals to date. In fact, I actually thought the Cardinals were going to lose two of the three games against the Cubs. To make me feel even more foolish, the Cardinals lost the game I thought they would win. In turn, they won the two games I thought they would lose.
Sometimes that’s how it works in baseball. Perhaps the loss on Friday gave the Cardinals an adrenaline boost and prepared them to do battle on Saturday and Sunday. But, I shouldn’t downplay Friday’s loss too much because they easily could have won if not for a certain pitcher’s problem.
What really matter is, is that the Cardinals played good baseball this weekend. They limited mistakes and controlled the game from a pitching stand point. This is going to be important for the Cardinals because the rest of May is only going to get tougher.
It’s important to remember the opponents the Cardinals have left in May. They still have to face the Colorado Rockies, the Los Angeles Dodgers twice, the San Francisco Giants, and the Boston Red Sox. Keeping this winning momentum heading into the series against Boston is crucial for the team as they head down the home stretch of a very difficult May.
For now, though, let’s recap the Cardinals series against the Cubs and see what are the takeaways from each game and the series altogether.