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Cards offense pounces on the Astros, but whats next?

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ST. LOUIS, MO - AUGUST 21: Yadier Molina #4 of the St. Louis Cardinals hits a one run single against the Houston Astros at Busch Stadium on August 21, 2012 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Jeff Curry/Getty Images) ST. LOUIS, MO - AUGUST 21: Yadier Molina #4 of the St. Louis Cardinals hits a one run single against the Houston Astros at Busch Stadium on August 21, 2012 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Jeff Curry/Getty Images)

ST. LOUIS (BaseballStL) – The Cardinals offense has been anything but consistent.  It had three runs on eleven hits in the 19 inning marathon against the Pirates on Sunday and then it pounds out six runs and eight hits in the first three innings of their next game played against the Astros.  I know, I know…it’s the Astros, but it is still frustrating and sort of interesting to compare the two games.

On Sunday, the Cardinals sent 15 different batters to the plate and only six of them had a hit.  On Tuesday, the Cardinals offense had seven different players with hits and that was through three innings of play; only the bottom two hitters, Furcal and Wainwright, did not have a hit at that time.

In 19 games played this month the Cardinals have scored six or more runs seven times and it has scored two or fewer runs six times. 

The offense has also spoiled several great pitching performances this month to other wild-card contending teams which has translated into crushing losses that have hampered the team’s playoff chances.  Last week the team dropped back-to-back games to the Diamondbacks and Pirates with the score of 2-1. 

It really doesn’t need to be written, but if this offense doesn’t start performing on a consistently better basis then fans can forget about using the #12in12 in their tweets on Twitter and stop preparing for October pep rallies.

The next two weeks will be the most important ones this season as the team faces the Astros, the NL Central-leading Reds, the wild-card contending Pirates and the NL East-leading Nationals.  The Astros should be chalked up as a series win, but the postseason picture may get clearer or foggier after facing the latter three teams.

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