(BaseballStL) -- After sweeping the Philadelphia Phillies on Thursday and winning five of six games on this home stand, the St. Louis Cardinals had their bags awaiting for them at their lockers for a ten-day, eleven-game road trip against three of the National League's best.
The successful home stand will hopefully be a lift for the trip.
“It was big coming out winning all of those games and play really well the whole home stand,” Matt Carpenter said. “And kind of get some momentum before we head into this road trip is a big deal.”
The trip starts against the NL East’s top team, the Atlanta Braves, for a three-game weekend series. It will be followed by a four-game series, which includes a doubleheader, against Pittsburgh Pirates, who trail St. Louis by 2.5 games. The tough journey will wrap up next weekend against the Cincinnati Reds.
“It’s hard because we have a ten-day road trip and eleven games,” Edward Mujica said. “We’re trying to just go out there and play hard everyday and see what happens.”
It looks brutal on paper, but the Cardinals hope to take the same approach to the trek as they had for this home stand -- the ol’ cliché, take one game at a time.
“We know what’s at stake and what we have coming up, but I think this club does such a good job of taking it day-by-day,” Carpenter said. “This series was a good example of it. Just show up everyday ready to play and next thing you know you pile up a good home stand.
“I think we’ll take the same approach to this road trip and take it day-by-day, and when it’s all said and done I think we’ll be happy with it.”
The day-by-day hoopla will be implemented for the younger players by veterans, such as Friday night’s projected starter.
“Every game, as Adam Wainwright will say, is the biggest game of the year so we take it one game at a time and that’s what we’re going to do on this road trip,” Lance Lynn said.
And since the players won’t look too far ahead, we will. The Cardinals have only four remaining off days. It’s going to be a busy and hopefully successful ride into October for St. Louis.