How The Cards Have Gone From Middling  To Purely Struggling By The Conclusion Of May; The Bow Tie Perspective By Hunter Ives 5/30/19 - The Independent-Journal: Sports

How The Cards Have Gone From Middling  To Purely Struggling By The Conclusion Of May; The Bow Tie Perspective By Hunter Ives 5/30/19

Posted: Thursday, May 30, 2019 9:23 am

Early on in the season for the St. Louis Cardinals, there was no doubt that they were middling. Inconsistencies arose in the first week of 2019. Eventually, we witnessed a more established and successful style of play that saw the Red Birds among the best in baseball by the end of April. 

Then as the calendar flipped, the fate for the ball-club changed from hopeful and thriving, to purely atrocious. The inconsistency returned as nothing could go right.

As of May 27th (and during the entire month to that point), the Cardinals hadn’t won consecutive games. Not once in May. Their last series win? At the end of April against the Nationals.

At this point in the season, it may still yet be “too early” to panic entirely. However, this is also the point in the season in which we can evaluate just where the club is. As May wraps up, the answer is clear: the Cardinals are struggling. & in a bad way.

So what caused this downhill tailspin of disaster? Is it a variety of bad starting pitching and a malnourished offense? I have previewed multiple potential explanations as to why. The most far fetched (yet potentially realistic) notion, lies in the final game of the four game set against the Nats on the road. After the Cards had won the first three games, Mike Shildt decided to sit his starters and roll with the backup players. To “rest up for the big series against the Cubs.” The result? A loss. The momentum was gone and the Birds were then swept by the Cubbies in what was another lackluster series.

Since then, the Cardinals just haven’t been the same. They have failed to execute more times than not. The starting pitching & offense has been streaky, and nearly everything about the team is questionable. The goal is to make a quick and vivid turnaround heading into June. If not, they are at risk of slipping further and further down in the standings. 

Things must change. Someone has to step up. It is truly unacceptable.

The postseason hopes might as well dissipate, unless the team can dig themselves out of the hole they have made.