Tuesday night, against the Diamondbacks, Albert Pujols recorded his 37th career multi-homerun game, tying Stan Musial.Pujols’ two-homer five-RBI performance was the cornerstone of the pounding the Cardinals put on Dontrelle Willis and the D-backs. The Cardinals won the game 8-0, and took a half-game division lead, which they promptly lost tonight when they lost to those same D-backs, 4-2.
These two games punctuate what the Cardinals have done over the last two weeks, during interleague play, and over the course of the season. They have been totally inconsistent. After one week of interleague play they had strung together some wins and had a one and a half game lead on the Reds, but they have since fallen back to earth. Rookie pitching sensation Jamie Garcia, who looked unbeatable to start the year, has alternated wins and losses in his last four starts. Adam Wainwright looks amazing at home (8-0 with an ERA under 1.50), but below average away (3-5 with a 3.20 ERA).
If you’re like me you would have expected the Cardinals to have run away and hidden with the division lead by now. Well, that isn’t going to happen. The Reds ain’t goin’ nowhere. Unless something changes with the Cardinals, this is going to be a race all season. The Cards have the talent to breakout and take charge of this division, but I think the team we have seen from the start of the season through June is the team we are going to see for the rest of the year.
They are going to be inconsistent, sprinkling flashes of brilliance and slumps into their average play. Hopefully they snap out of it.
Either way, it’s going to be interesting.
About the Author
Written by Gabriel Rodriguez
Born in Germany, early childhood in NYC, raised in the D.C. area, currently reside in Charlottesville, VA. Big fan of the NY Giants and San Antonio Spurs.