If there is anything worse for the St. Louis Cardinals than getting swept, it’s getting swept by the Chicago Cubs.
There was a lot of ugly, but let’s do our best and discuss the Good, Bad and Ugly of the Cardinals series with the Cubs.
Nolan Arenado‘s defense was good. He had two really nifty catch and throws in Sunday nights game. Here’s one:
And you can take a look at the other play here. Just Nolan being Nolan! A huge positive for the Cardinals.
Other than a costly error from Paul DeJong, Carlos Martinez pitched well enough to have gotten a win Sunday. Martinez pitched seven innings, giving up four hits, a walk and struck out six in the 2-0 loss. The loss could have definitely left Martinez feeling very frustrated but after he was finished, you could see him animated and chatting with Adam Wainwright, who looked to be coaching him.
The way things were going, it honestly felt like a positive.
The lineup. It just did not produce when it counted.
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On Friday, they scored all five runs off pitcher Kohl Stewart, and then the offense and pitching seemed to stop in the fifth inning in the 8-5 loss. In Saturday’s game Arenado and DeJong each had homers. No offense on Sunday.
The Cardinals need to make moves to get more offense, but until they do that – they could use some line up tinkering. The team would benefit by moving Arenado and Tyler O’Neill up in the order. And move around Paul Goldschmidt, DeJong, Dylan Carlson and Yadier Molina. The current order seems complacent. They need a jolt and some luck health-wise, but until then they need Manager Mike Shildt to have some courage with the line-up.
There was so much ugly, there is no way to pinpoint one ugly thing. So I will just say it was overall ugly. From getting swept by the Cubs, to the lack of offense, to all the pitching woes, it was all ugly.
On a side note, it was also ugly to see Max Scherzer left his start Friday after 12 pitches due to a “tweak” to his groin. Many a Cardinal fan want to see him in the birds on the bat, but even Scherzer isn’t safe from the injury bug. Robert Murray discusses Scherzer’s injury and how it should not hinder the team’s hopes to land him.
Here’s hoping for a strong dose of good as the Cardinals head back to Busch for a three-game set against the Miami Marlins.