The Cardinals enter Friday's game against the Cubs. 6 1/2 back of the Brewers and 6 1/2 back of the Wild Card. The Cards have been solid latley the problem is the Brewers have been perfect. The Brewers have lost only 3 games in August, (2 of them to the Cardinals). It seems every time the Cards win, the Brewers win, and every time we lose the Brewers win. It seems as if there's almost no way to gain ground on them. The Cards have faltred in a few ways in the past few weeks. The starting pitching the last few weeks has been far from great. Carpenter has been good, Loshe, Garcia and Jackson have been okay, and Jake Westbrook has been flat out awful. The Cards NEED to get their starting pitching back on track if we want any chance of catching up to the Brewers. The Cardinals are definatly in a win now mode, with Albert being a free agent come the offseason. But it's starting to look like the Cards are once again faltering in August.
The Good news is that the Cardinals have a fairly easy schedule most of the way, we have left this year
3 against the Cubs at Wrigley
3 against the Dodgers at home
4 against the Pirates at home
3 against the Brewers at Miller Park
3 against the Reds at Busch
3 against the Brewers at Busch
3 against the Braves at Busch
3 against the Pirates in Pittsburgh
4 against the Phillies in Philly
3 against the Mets at Busch
3 against the Cubs at Busch
3 against the Astros in Houston
That's a fairly easy schedule. The only good teams we really play are the Brewers, Braves, and Phillies. Everyone else we play is under .500. We have a good chance at getting back into the division race. Now it's up to the Cardinals to step up and get back in it.