In only two seasons since 2000, have the Cardinals had a record below .500 entering the month of May. The Cardinals used to take pride in coming out of the gates strong while other teams were easing into the season. Many times St. Louis would jump out to a nice lead in the division or at the very least be one of the top three team in the National League.
I’m not one to base an entire season off a three games, but after the slow start against Pittsburgh, I’ve got a close eye on the starting pitching and Mike Matheny. With games against every team in the Central Division and Washington later this month, getting off to a good start in April could help pave the way for the rest of the season and a run at the playoffs.
Following Wednesday’s 5-1 loss to the Pirates, here’s are my concerns after the first three games:
1–Two of the starting pitchers couldn’t finish the fifth inning. I don’t like seeing the bullpen taxed early
2–The Cardinals struck out 37 times! That follows up their 48 strikeout performance in their four-game NLDS series with the Cubs. That’s a bad trend.
3–Four errors in the last two games and really a fifth if you consider Jedd Gyorko’s bad flip in the 11th inning which put the winning run in scoring position on Tuesday.
Watch below as I detail my concerns for the Cardinals.