— Joe Stauss takes a look at Lance Lynn and his inability to be effective in the first inning

— Viva El Birdos discusses¬†how bad the Cards’ bullpen has been of late

— Jerry Crasnick analyzes Ben Sheets’ remarkable comeback for the wild card-leading Atlanta Braves

— The guys at Redbird Rants think that Edward Mujica was a great addition.

This was a tough weekend for the Cardinals, particularly Sunday’s game. Countless articles have been written about how the Cardinals are statistically one of the best teams in baseball. Their lineup has more depth than any lineup in the National League and their pitching rotation tends to give them quality starts on a consistent basis. The Cards have 47 games left in the regular season, 24 of which are at home and 21 of which are against teams under .500. It is not that difficult of a schedule, but I’d prefer this team started winning games sooner than later so we don’t have to deal with the craziness and the drama of 2011. They start a nine game home stand on Tuesday in which they’ll see the Diamondbacks, Pirates, and Astros, all beatable teams. I like the way the pitching is lined up, particularly with the return of Jaime Garcia upcoming, so hopefully they’ll take Monday to regroup and then will be back to normal come Tuesday night.