Cards fight to avoid longest losing streak since 2013

Cards fight to avoid longest losing streak since 2013

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ST. LOUIS, MO - MAY 20: Adam Wainwright #50 of the St. Louis Cardinals pitches against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the first inning at Busch Stadium on May 20, 2014 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Jeff Curry/Getty Images)

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by JJ Bailey / BaseballStL | @TheJJBailey

KMOV.com

Posted on June 21, 2014 at 2:26 PM

Updated Saturday, Jun 21 at 2:29 PM

(BaseballStL) — The Cardinals are looking to end their longest losing streak (3) of the year. The only two teams in the majors that haven’t lost four in a row this season are St. Louis and the Los Angeles Dodgers. 

The Cardinals haven’t lost four in a row since early August last season. 

They will have a serious challenge on their hands facing lefty Cole Hamels. The Rebirds’ struggles against lefties are well known and often lamented, as they have hit .239 against southpaw starters and .232 against all off-handed hurlers this season.

Hamels has been the winningest lefty in the league with 101 victories since he debuted in 2006. After coming within a couple games of the division-best Brewers, the Cardinals have slipped back to 5.5 games behind. 

Saturdomination

Adam Wainwright returns to action after skipping his last start with elbow tendonitis. It’s fitting that it would be on a Saturday featuring the alternate uniforms. 

In the last two seasons, Wainwright is 6-0 when he starts in St. Louis in the piped jersey. 

He’s thrown two complete game shutouts and holds a .97 ERA when he sports the different duds on a Saturday. 

In those six games, opponents have just 25 hits, or roughly four a game. 

Like Moths To A Flame

For those that missed Friday night’s game, Busch Stadium was host to a biblical plague of moths. As the night drew on, there were so many around the lights and on the field, it looked like a light fog had settled inside the stadium. 

“It frustrated guys more than anything. A couple got in Yadi's mask,” Matheny said. “Besides that it didn't do too much damage.”

“It was tough,” Molina said. “It was bad.”

The day game should give players a respite from the descending horde of tiny wings, but there’s still about a dozen stragglers flitting about the press box. 

Lineup

1) Matt Carpenter 3B

2) Allen Craig RF

3) Matt Holliday LF

4) Yadier Molina C

5) Jhonny Peralta SS

6) Matt Adams 1B

7) Peter Bourjos CF

8) Mark Ellis 2B

9) Adam Wainwright P

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