Two Out of Three.
That works out to 108 wins and 54 losses for the season. I’ll take my chances with that.
Former Cardinal manager Tony LaRussa often spoke of winning every series. The Cards have been doing that since the first few days of September 2011.
Adam Wainright struggled again. That comes with the territory after missing last season with Tommy John surgery. We saw Kyle Lohse struggle for a while after he missed a lot of time in ’09 and ’10. He got back on track late in 2010 and is now pitching as well as he ever has.
Lance Berkman is on the disabled list. Skip Schumaker is added to the roster to replace him.
Now for the good points. The pitching is solid. The bullpen takes care of business when the game is on the line. Defense matters and the Cards are improved defensively over a year ago. Furcal has lost a bit from his prime on defense, but he’s still outstanding. Carlos Beltran is an upgrade over Berkman in right field—and Berkman did a nice job last season. The bench appears to be better than it has been in recent years too.
Allen Craig and his bat will be back before long too.
In the short term, it’s on to Pittsburgh. Lance Lynn, Jake Westbook and Lohse get the starts there over the weekend. A visit to the Friendly Confines of Wrigley Field is also on this road trip.