By compiling a 6-2 overall record the past week or so, the Cards now look like a serious playoff contender, and with Yadier Molina and Michael Wacha expected to return in September, things are looking up for the Cards. The Cards had a successful home stand, taking three of four from the Padres and then sweeping the Reds, before losing the series opener in Philadelphia last night.
Offense out of its funk: The Cards offense has finally come alive in a consistent way this past week, as the offense has scored at least four runs in every game. Even unlikely heroes like Daniel Descalso, who hit a game-tying RBI double against the Reds, provided a spark for the offense. The biggest winner of the week has to be Jon Jay, who hit 11-for-22 to raise his batting average to .310 while also recording seven RBI’s. Furthermore, Jhonny Peralta knocked two homers, drove in nine runs, and hit over .300 to continue his solid stretch of play.
Waino struggles: In two starts against offensively challenged teams, the Padres and the Phillies, Adam Wainwright gave up a total of seven earned runs in 13 innings of work, which raised his ERA to 2.52. With two bad starts against not quality opponents, it seems as though Waino isn’t a victim of bad luck, but rather he is mired in a slump this month where he is 2-3 with a 5.29 ERA.
New Acquisitions Hardly Paying Off: While AJ Pierzynski’s .283 BA along with six RBI’s since coming to the Cards is good enough production from the catcher’s position, his week was nothing to get excited about. Pierzynski hit just 4-for-17 with an RBI this week as the replacement for the injured Yadier Molina.
Then there’s Justin Masterson, who has actually been worse for the Cardinals than for the Indians. He gave up four runs in five innings in a no-decision against the Reds this week, which now means that he has a 6.30 ERA since coming over to the Cards. Those who thought that Masterson would fare better in the National League have been dead wrong up to this point, which has put some pressure under John Mozeliak and the front office. Granted, Mozeliak only gave up one AA prospect for Masterson, but with him being just a short-term rental, the pressure is on Masterson to produce now.
Lance Lynn: Our New Ace? By defeating the Padres and Reds in dominant fashion, Lance Lynn solidified himself as the best Cardinals pitcher right now. In total, Lynn (14-8, 2.78 ERA) scattered ten hits and an earned run in 13 innings of work to lower his ERA this month to 1.75.