The St. Louis Cardinals are 8-2 in their last 10 games and somehow dropped four spots in the most recent power rankings.
Since a poor start to the regular season, the St. Louis Cardinals have gradually climbed their way back up power rankings lists. While they have not yet cracked any top 10 lists, they have continually been on the fringe of it, ranking 11th in numerous places last week.
But MLB.com, who was among those to rank the Cardinals eleventh last week, now rank them … 15th(?) after the team has gone 8-2 in their last 10 games.
It’s a confusing ranking, considering the Cardinals are playing their best baseball of the young season, and appear to be trending in positive directions on numerous fronts. Nolan Arenado and Paul Goldschmidt are showing signs of why the team was so optimistic about their star duos potential. Carlos Martinez looks like a completely different pitcher than in recent seasons. Harrison Bader is back and hit his first home run as the season as they get closer to fielding the roster they envisioned on Opening Day.
It’s why the Cardinals are trending toward the team they envisioned after acquiring Arenado and also why, despite starting the regular season slow, they are TK-TK and only one game behind the Milwaukee Brewers in the National League Central. The Brewers, who are 17-11, are sixth in MLB.com’s ranking (they were fifth last week).
Is there really a nine spot difference between the two teams? It’s highly unlikely. But it would not be surprising to see the Cardinals catch — and eventually pass — the Brewers in both the rankings and standings in recent weeks. While the Cardinals are getting healthier and are showing signs of just how good they can be, the Brewers have 17 players on the injured list and recently lost star pitcher Corbin Burnes to the injured list.
To the Brewers’ credit, they are 6-4 in their last 10 games and have withstood the losses of Christian Yelich and Lorenzo Cain. Both are expected to return soon, but even then, the Cardinals are showing that the Brewers will need to be perfect just to keep pace with them the rest of the season.