(BaseballStL) — The Cardinals offense has been a twin exercise in frustration and patience, as dependable players have stumbled, recovered and stumbled again.
Luckily for the Birds, Matt Carpenter’s recent recovery has come at the right time. His seven game hitting streak has helped the Cardinals hold the ship above .500, and gave them a win Wednesday.
The third baseman is now 7-for-11 in the last three games and 11 for his last 26. The upswing has come as the Cardinals desperately need wins, with the NL Central becoming a far more cluttered race than previously imagined.
For Carpenter, it’s a sign of life after a gruesome 17 game stretch that saw him go 9-for-60 and post a slash line of .150/.288/.267.
Now they need someone to join him.
Allen Craig has rallied from a very ugly start to tie Matt Holliday for the team lead in RBIs. Though 40 isn’t all that impressive in the scheme of NL RBI totals, it was another positive star in the otherwise gloomy offensive night sky in St. Louis.
At least it would have been if Craig hadn't picked up his most recent two while going 6-for-34 on the road trip.
Jhonny Peralta has 11 homers, but is hitting .239. He started June off by going 14-for-61 in the first 18 games, but had gone 9-for-31 before yesterday.
Then he went 0-for-3 with a walk.
Yadier Molina hit .309 up until June, notching five homers and 23 RBIs. Since June 2 in Kansas City, he's hitting .216 with two bombs and five runs batted in. 19 hits in 88 at bats.
Consistency hasn't been in the cards for St. Louis and this teeter totter doesn’t appear to be stabilizing any time soon.
We Need To Go Deeper
Cardinals fans have long clamored for Carlos Martinez to get his shot at the rotation, and he hasn’t been bad, going 1-0 with a 2.70 ERA.
His problem is longevity. In three starts, he’s gone only 13.1 innings. That number has to increase if the Birds have any hope of surviving this recent rash of injuries to the rotation.
With Martinez out of the pen, Kevin Siegrist on the DL and the rest of the bullpen already heavily taxed in the first 85 games of the season, starters must go deep into games. Otherwise, the offense could erupt for seven runs a game and it might not be enough.
1) Matt Carpenter 3B
2) Matt Holliday LF
3) Matt Adams 1B
4) Jhonny Peralta
5) Yadier Molina C
6) Oscar Taveras RF
7) Mark Ellis 2B
8) Jon Jay CF
9) Carlos Martinez P