(BaseballStL) -- The offensive woes that stimied the Cardinals against Zack Greinke Saturday night continued to plague the team Sunday against one of the greatest pitchers in the NL, Clayton Kershaw.
Over the past three years, the Cardinals are the one team Kershaw has struggled against, winning just two of his six starts. But Sunday's storyline was drastically different and Kershaw blanked the Redbirds.
In his last three seasons, Kershaw had 31 total strike outs against the Cards. Sunday he increased that total by almost 50 percent, in just one game, as he fanned 13 batters - Allen Craig, Jhonny Peralta, Peter Bourjos and Shane Robinson all struck out twice.
And this zero run performance comes off of a night where a homer from Matt Carpenter was the only run the Cardinals could generate against Greinke. They scored four total runs in the series against the Dodgers, but they scored 23 in their previous series against the Colorado Rockies.
Who is this team?
They've relied on good starting pitching, but now they've run into mutliple injuries to the starters and the offense hasn't been consistent in shoulder the increased responsibility. They currenty sit 6.5 games back from the first place Brewers. The Reds also sit 6.5 games back. And they are also just one game above .500.
Some day before the All Star break, the Cardinals will need to scratch out some form of identity, because this first half has been a really sad game of Guess Who.