The Bottom Line: Matt Carpenter came through big-time for the Cards with 3 hits and an RBI while Waino threw another gem to lead this team to victory. The Redbirds now sit 5.5 back in the NL Central and look to take advantage of a Brewers’ off-day tomorrow to pick up another half game.


Adam Wainwright: Is there anything this guy can’t do? Waino went 7 2/3 innings tonight, only giving up four hits with two walks and a strikeout. His ERA now sits at a mind-boggling 1.89, good enough for tops in the National League. Wainwright is leading this team right now with the offense in the dumps and the rotation in the infirmary. The most telling statistic however is not his ERA or WHIP but his batting average against which sits at a miniscule .197. Waino deserves to start the All-Star game and will hopefully lead this team to the playoffs. While tonight’s game was certainly a relief for Cards’ fans, you do have to ask yourself, where would this team be without Waino? It’s not a pretty picture.

The Offense: Manager Mike Matheny shook up the lineup a little bit tonight, putting slugger Matt Holliday in the two-hole hoping to fuel this anemic offense, and it actually worked. Holliday went 2 for 4 with an RBI and Carpenter went 3 for 4 also with an RBI. However, after those two, who were batting first and second, the rest of the lineup only combined for three hits. This offense is really bad and desperately needs a middle of the order bat. The three Matt’s (Carpenter, Holliday, Adams) cannot be expected to continue to carry this team night and night out. Someone needs to step up or else the front office needs to make a major move to shake things into proper working order.

What’s Next: Carlos Martinez (1-4, 4.13 ERA) faces off against Giants’ Madison Bumgarner (9-5, 2.90 ERA) at 2:45 CST. Hopefully tonight signaled the beginning of an awakening for these Cardinals’ bats because they’ll need all the hits they can get off of Bumgarner.