With recent signs of life from the different parts of the Cardinals game, they may be at a turning point in the season.
The Cardinals got off to a slow start to the 2016 regular season. They posted a losing record of 12-13 in the month of April. In the first two weeks of May, the Cardinals have already started to change their fortune winning 5 of the 8 games that they’ve played. Although they are still 9 games behind the division leading Chicago Cubs, the Cardinals have been playing very well, showing signs of a turning point in their season.
The Cardinals early struggle was rooted in their starters inability to keep their team in the game. Their ace Adam Wainwright has posted an abysmal 6.30 ERA, looking nothing like his former self. Mike Leake has not lived up to his 5 year $80M contract this season. So far he’s posted a 5.10 ERA while his team has lost 4 out of first 6 starts.
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Recently, the Cardinals rotation has shown sign of reemergence. Wainwright has started to turn around his misfortunes. 3 out of his last 4 starts have been quality starts, allowing his team to stay in the game. The quality of Wainwright’s pitches has not faltered, rather his accuracy has been horrible. Wainwright started the season leaving pitches up in the zone but has cut down on his mistakes, resulting in his increase success. Mike Leake is coming off of an impressive performance against the Angels where he earned himself the win by throwing 8 innings while only surrendering 1 run. Michael Wacha has also looked very sharp of late, posting a 3.21 ERA on the season. Wacha has been able to command his fastball while keeping hitters off balanced with his lethal changeup. Jaime Garcia and Carlos Martinez have been sharp all season posting a 3.05 and 2.61 ERA respectively.
While their pitching has been lacking, their hitting has kept them in games. The Cardinals rank 5th in team batting average, 2nd in homeruns and 2nd in runs batted in. Their lineup is extremely deep allowing Mike Matheny to provide his veterans ample amount of rest while being able to bring his players off the bench in late game situations.
If the Cardinals rotation can continue their new-found success, they will be able to turn their season around. The lineup has been extremely successful this season but their pitching staff has not allowed them to compete in games. The Cardinals will be able to turn their season around and compete for a National League Pennant.