If the Cardinals are trying to understand why they dropped 5 of 6, all they need to do is look in the mirror. The Cards have committed seven errors in post-All Star game play resulting in four unearned runs, three of which followed a Rafael Furcal throwing error in the bottom of the 1st inning of yesterday’s 4-3 series finale loss in Milwaukee. Furcal in particular has struggled, contributing three errors in the last two games and four since the regular season resumed on Friday. St. Louis’ defensive lapses are especially significant because its offense has only scored 15 runs in the six games since the “break”. Needless to say that when a team isn’t scoring runs, it must rely on pitching and defense to win games, hence why St. Louis has lost back-to-back series. Adam Wainwright has been the victim of poor fielding two starts in a row, taking the loss yesterday despite yielding only one earned run five days after losing control of the 7th inning in Cincinatti when Allen Craig’s throwing error sparked a Reds rally that led to another Cardinals loss.
The positives to take from these mistakes is that they are fixable and the Cardinals do have reputable fielders, with no starter outside of Craig considered to be below-average defensively. But make no mistake, St. Louis will need to improve their focus and fundamentals in the field to help their struggling offense. The fastest way to get back on track is to stop shooting themselves in the foot.