The Cardinals are going thru their first rough patch of the season having now lost 6 of their last 7 games, and three in a row. Last night's game against the Pirates was a microcosm of the Cardinal team we were afraid we would be getting for 2008; the starting pitching wasn't very good, the bullpen was shaky, and the team didn't score any runs that weren't driven in by homeruns. Timely hitting has been a problem in recent games. The Cardinals are leaving way too many runners on base... another nine last night, five of those were in scoring position. The starting pitching that was incredibly strong in the first month of the season has a collective era over 5.00 for the month of May. Not to put too much blame on Jason Isringhausen, but those last two blown saves in Colorado and Milwaukee really seemed to take a lot of the starch out of the team. The Cardinals were rolling until those two excruciatingly painful defeats, and they haven't seemed to bounce back from the pain yet. Hopefully they get over that soon and back on the winning track before the Cubs get hot and leave the Cardinals in their dust.