The St Louis Cardinals are in the midst of a highly disappointing season. We can agree on that. And fans are starting to show their frustration in a big way.
Just as optimism started to increase about the St. Louis Cardinals’ postseason chances, it has come crashing down with two consecutive losses against the National League Central-leading Milwaukee Brewers. And fans are not just taking their frustrations out on Twitter, but on the team.
And players are noticing.
In what was the biggest game of the regular season, with ace Jack Flaherty on the mound against the Brewers, with the Cardinals trailing the San Diego Padres by four games in the NL wild card race, Busch Stadium was barely half full. The exact attendance was 25,938, with nearly 20,000 missing seats.
“You see how full it is,” Flaherty said, via the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Boy, did the few fans who showed up see an infuriating 6-4 loss. Nolan Arenado was ejected and while he had a right to be upset, shouldn’t have put himself in that position. The umpires were questionable. But with the game tied in the bottom of the ninth with the game-winning run on first base, the No. 3 spot in the batting order came up. It was not Arenado. It was Edmundo Sosa.
Not great. And so the Cardinals lost, falling to 12 games behind the Brewers in the division, all but ending their chances of passing them. And it’s only increased the belief that the Cardinals only feast against bad teams, sweeping the Kansas City Royals and Pittsburgh Pirates last week, only to continue their poor play against the Brewers, one of the best teams in baseball.
The Cardinals are not out of the postseason hunt. Not by any stretch of the imagination, with FanGraphs placing their playoff chances at 6.7 percent. But first they will need to avoid the sweep against the Brewers on Thursday before facing the Pirates and Detroit Tigers.
But fans are running out of patience. Wednesday was the strongest sign of it yet. And their frustration could prompt the organization to make changes if they don’t improve in the last 40 games of the regular season.