Cardinals Right now, they are terrible. Sitting with a 9-15 record. They have played some good teams, team that made the playoffs last year but they have also taken on some very poor teams. The season started with the Toronto Blue Jays. They are very good.
Then came the Braves, who might be the best version of themselves in years and were followed by the division rival Milwaukee Brewers. All tough.
The schedule appeared to lighten up with the Rockies and divisional foe Pittsburgh Pirates. The Cardinals won two of three from Colorado and split the series with what was thought to be the lowly Pirates.
Next was a visit to face the Arizona Diamondback where they Cardinals dropped two of three. The Seattle Mariners took two of three from the Redbirds and now they are in San Francisco. Already the Giants have taken the first two with two more to go.
On Tuesday . April 25th, the Cardinals had a 42 lead going into the 9th inning and the closer Ryan Helsley as on the mound. Sounds like a W, right? Not so fast. After an error and a double, the Giants closed the gap to one run. Helsley comes back and gets two outs. With two strikes, things changed as Helsley left a spinning slider in the middle of the plate and rookie catcher Blake Sabol smoked a 108.2 mph drive that cleared the fence in straightaway center field to give the Cardinals a dramatic 5-4 loss at chilly Oracle Park.
Enough of history. Now to the present. The starting pitching is atrocious. with only three quality starts, the Cardinals are in disarray at the moment. Jake Woodford and Steven Matz are very bad for the most part and Jack Flaherty can’t seem to keep his mind of the task a hand. The organization will tout the return of the 40 something Adam Wainwright and his ultra curve ball as the savior they have been waiting for. Not a good move.
If they aren’t going to win games, then they might as well raid AAA Memphis and give Matthew Liberatore, Gordon Graceffo. Connor Thomas and Michael McGreevey some opportunities.
Pitching for 2023 find the Cardinals are 28th in allowing batting average with opponents hitting.271. and 6th in hits allowed. for more statistics, check out here.
So, Are the Cardinals Really That Bad?
In the words of Ted Lasso…….
Yes Sir, Steve Kerr