(BaseballSTL) -- Talk to anyone in St. Louis and they’ll tell you, as it pertains to the Cardinals right now, the sky is falling. The Redbirds had lost four in a row, five in six games, and fallen to four games behind the Pirates for first place in the NL Central division.
While beating the Cubs 8-4 to avoid the sweep at Busch Stadium helps a little bit, that doesn’t change how the team views its recent performance overall.
“It happens every year,” infielder David Freese said. “Every team in baseball goes through stuff like this. That’s the beautiful thing about this game. It’s a tough thing to do and a tough thing to be successful at. But the Cardinals always seem to stick around.”
Yes they do. But this year will be every bit as tough as the previous years. The Pirates, owners of the best record in baseball, are playing as well as anyone and even the Reds are right on their trail in the wild card race.
So how much can one game help turn around a team’s fortune in August?
“It definitely helps,” manager Mike Matheny said. “It would have been another rough one...having a two run lead and watching it go away. Those ones are hard to handle but these guys are tired. There’s no question about it. It’s been a rough go. They deserve a half day (due to the early start) and a full day (off on Monday). We’re locking the clubhouse doors just in case anyone has a stupid idea.”
The Cards welcome those first place Pirates into Busch Stadium Tuesday for a three game series. Adam Wainwright will make the start that evening.