Once again, the Cardinals lost to a much weaker team because of a stalling offense.
The Cardinals appeared to have stage fright last night as they opened up the series with the Padres. Maybe it was past their bedtime with a game that started at 9:20p CST. Certainly, the lineup appeared to be sleeping.
The Cardinals had their chance to score runs early and often. Ross, the Padres pitcher, walked five batters in the first three innings. The Cardinals came out with no runs over that stretch. The lone Cardinal run came off of a Kolten Wong sacrifice fly which, in my opinion, hardly counts as an earned run. Adams had one hit in four at bats but struck out twice–continuing what appears to be a post-All-Star-Break decline.
Blame cannot fall on Lance Lynn, however. He had a solid outing with six innings pitched and allowed only two runs (one of which was unearned). It is unsurprising that the Cardinals gave up an unearned run after their three errors. Again, the lineup was sleeping.
The Cardinals need to get their offense together quickly. The Padres are a weak team with no obvious strengths. They are well below .500 (47-59), they have an average starting rotation at best, and (until last night) I could not name a single player in their lineup.
For the Cardinals to be successful, the team needs to either bulk up in this final third of the season or Matheny and Mozeliak need to find some help for the most underperforming offense in recent memory.