There were many stunning moments in the Cardinals series with the Blue Jays in Toronto that ended in a split.
The St. Louis Cardinals split their two-game series against the Toronto Blue Jays. The Cardinals lost Tuesday 10-3. The Cardinals won on Wednesday 6-1.
The big takeaway from the series is the exposure of the team’s big issue.
No, the Cardinals didn’t split this series due to a lack of Paul Goldschmidt and Nolan Arenado, who along with Austin Romine missed this series due to their vaccination status preventing them from entry into Canada.
Tuesday’s loss can be attributed to pitching. Bad, terrible, no good pitching. An issue that has hampered the club for the better part of at least two seasons, now. Pitching. And it must be addressed at the trade deadline if they hope to make a playoff push.
After months of hearing this was a crucial season for the Cardinals if the team does nothing and makes no playoff run, all of the winning-now-talk was for naught. Winning now for Albert Pujols and Yadier Molina in their final season? Getting Arenado and Goldschmidt their World Series win? Waiting to get a healthy Jack Flaherty back? There has been a lot of talk by the front office. The trade deadline is sure to show us what the front office’s true feelings are about doing what it takes to win now. It’s time to put up or hush up.
It didn’t help that the team was 2-for-8 with runners in scoring position, and nine runners were left on base.
Wednesday’s game was a nice turnaround for the team though as they seemed more relaxed. The team’s two veterans – Adam Wainwright and Albert Pujols – lead their young teammates in a huge way. Thank goodness they were there for their team and stepped up huge!
The Cardinals have Thursday off and will travel to Washington D.C., for a three game set with the Nationals.
Let’s take a look at some of the takeaways from this two-game set with the Blue Jays.