The Cardinals got to play meaningful baseball in September. After all this team has gone through, from injuries to death to off-field controversy, that’s saying a lot. The surge back from 10.5 down to get within a game was very impressive.
But it’s hard to believe that just Friday, the Cards had a chance to get into first place by percentage points. Since then, the rotation has collapsed, which is not too surprising. Duct tape only holds for so long. The question isn’t whether the Cards can put a run together to get back into the race. The question is whether any “starter” besides Wainwright will get a win between now and September 30.
With half of Memphis playing every day, a Pujols that is hurt (19 games and counting without a home run) and a rotation that is so terrible you can’t even make a regular starting staff out of it, it’s no wonder that things finally have come to a head. Four games out, with this collection of players, might as well be 15.