This statement, which the Cardinals sought, the state they wanted to make to substantiate their claims, reveal their improvement and an iron grip on an ascending trajectory, slipped from their fingers late on Sunday night.
A tight The sharp game the Cardinals have won lately was eased in the fifth inning when Yairo Munoz brought a ground-based game to Second Base and the Cubs quickly capitalized. Three unearned runs grabbed a tie game and sent the Cubs to a 5-2 win at Busch Stadium. The loss prevented the Cardinals from defeating the first Cubs and ̵
Under the pressure of the approaching close of trading, the Cardinals had a chance They have set a victory record against the rival Cubs in their last eight games, reaching 4-4. They had the chance to set a victory record in an important 11-game game, slipping to 5-6 instead.
They will not go back.
They are not progressing, however.
It shows what we already knew – that we can compete with anyone, "said Interim Manager Mike Shildt, who steered the club to 6-6 in his first dozen games." We're ultimately competing against ourselves. We bet the bar against our game. It is a good barometer to play a team we are pursuing. Go 4-4 – not what we want. We just won the series, so we're very fond of it. "
Kyle Hendricks, the young starter, held the Cardinals to the two runs they had received from Marcell Ozuna's first home side, the Cardinals made only two more hits from Hendricks, and when the right-handed man felt he was changing, he dropped out The Cardinals got no base runner from Munoz's double in the second inning until his leadoff walk in the eighth, only for the eighth time they put the binding run on the plate and came in two chances to zero – the Cardinals crashed to 1-30 this season, when they made two or fewer runs, and the absence of, well, anything against Hendricks (7-9) even let them out to the youngest. [19659003InanaggressivemoveinthefifthinningShildtturneddirectlytoLeftyAustinGomberfortheheadoftheCubsafterarunneragainstrunnerJohnGantarrivedwiththeCardinals'right-handerholdingtheCubsaheadoftwoSolohomersbeforenumber9hitterDavidBotestruckaninfieldsinglethatbouncedoffGantGombercametoleft-handersAnthonyRizzoandJasonHeywardwithswitch-hitterBenZobristinbetweenZobristhasahigherpreferenceforagroundballagainstaleft-handerandabaseballiswhattheCardinalsdesired
It's also what Gomber has given them.
The matchup declines Gomber's path.
Rizzo has scurried in the middle of a ground ball on which Munoz has dived to get one immediately. Zobrist hit a hard ground ball hugging the line for a double and his third of four hits. This brought Rizzo to only third place and kept the game with two outs. Heyward is committed to a second with a soft grounder. He flashed out of the batter's box, and that just let Munoz rush so far that he missed the exchange from hand to hand. Heyward was safe. Rizzo scored. The Cubs had a lead. When Javy Baez followed with a double-double on a misplaced curveball, the Cubs had the game.
Munoz said the "ball escaped" and he "just missed it".
"It really comes down to pitch one," said Gomber. "Honestly, I thought I had a gentle contact in the inning, did good things for the guys I was supposed to get, and then just made no sound to the guy who was swinging it really well.
All three runs in the inning were undeserved, and that left untouched an area of cardinals' improvement for the weekend.
Hours before the Boys' Three Game Attendance Begins The Cardinals have turned their bullpen upside down and on Monday against Colorado they've passed five new enthusiasts. Gomber is part of the group – moving from a spot starter to a prominent role as tight-game Lefty. He is accompanied Monday by Chasen Shreve, whom the Cardinals acquired from the Yankees. The Bullterpen with his new look completed the gains on Friday and Saturday successfully, and in 10 2/3 innings against the Cubs he did not allow a deserved run.
The Bullpen became young, became clearer and in three days it got better
"They're dealing with people who attack offensively, attack aggressively and lead the thugs and control the numbers," Shildt said. "They have some people who clearly have the ability to do that, and ultimately the credit goes to them, they get the outs, I like the looks of them, the change was certainly positive."
And yet the Bullpen is also at the turning point of the team.
The Cardinals have received calls from Bud Norris. Colorado and Boston are two teams that have shown interest, sources indicated. Norris has only a one-year contract and the Cardinals have stressed that they will make moves for 2019 at this point, but betraying the veteran and his 20 parades would be a clear signal. Forget musical chairs, move Norris would stop the music.
The front office advertised, publicly and internally, the 11 games from the All-Star break as a good time to review the team for Tuesday's trading date.
Eight games against the Cubs increased the importance of the track.
The cardinals, according to their record, even stayed.
Zobrist's Homer from Gant (3-4) in the first inning quickly took the Cubs to the top. Marcell Ozuna responded with a two-two-run homer for a lead. Ozuna's Grand Slam Sunday ended a month-long run without a homer, and he followed that up with his first consecutive games since mid-June. Rizzo tied the game with a solo homer to the Dead Center. Four groundballs – three of which did not leave the infield – and Baez's double play meant the game and kept the Cardinals away from a stroke.
"If you win the series," Ozuna said, "it's important."
What? The Cardinals have kept in mind that they play teams in front of them in the table. While they have to win almost two out of three to reach 90 victories, they will overtake their opponents just because they play so many of them. Of the Cardinals' last 57 games, there are 30 against teams in the National League. These include seven games against the Rockies, which will open on Monday a four-game series at Busch.
The Rockies (57-47) swept Oakland and have won eight of their last ten to move in a game of the NL West line in Los Angeles. Colorado have a place in the league's wild card, and by winning the upcoming series, the Cardinals (53-52) can extend the gap between them and Colorado to less than three.
Split the series and cement of .500 starts to dry.
Lose the series, and complicated calculations become calculations in the front office.
"You see things in dilation," Shildt said. "The 11 games were important, but the next ones are important as well, it's more the body of work, I'm happy with the work, the consistency with which we do things." Although not perfect, we start a consistent brand We want to see more consistent results with it. "