Welcome Back Offense, We Missed You!
- Posted by JE Powell
The Cardinals are now ten games into the season and sit at 4-6 record. The Cards could be 7-3, if not for three blown saves by Ryan Franklin, but that is what it is and nothing can be done about it now. I want to give Franklin a couple of more chances and see if he can turn things around. If he blows a couple of more saves, then I think John Mozeliak and Tony La Russa might need to find a closer outside of the organization. Majority owner Bill DeWitt Jr. has said the Cards have room to add payroll this season, should the right situation arise.
This, however, is about offense and how the Cardinals found it. In the last two games the Cardinals have scored 14 runs, the same amount they scored in their first five games. The return of Matt Holliday from an appendectomy has helped. The Cards are 2-1 with him in the lineup and 1-5 without him. Holliday makes this team better.
Here are some of the positives of the last few games:
- The Cardinals have won two games in a row
- Matt Holliday returned to the lineup
- Lance Berkman had a two homerun night on April 11th
- Jaime Garcia and Kyle McClellan have been pitching extrememly well
- Ryan Theriot’s bat is starting to come alive
- Albert Pujols will not be batting .150-ish much longer
- The season is ten games old and there are still 152 games to play
- The Cardianls (while it’s a very small sample size) seem like their offense has started to come around
- With Colby Rasmus’ high OBP and Matt Holliday’s return, when Pujols starts hitting and Berkman ups his batting average, this Cardinals team should score some runs
- Outside of one start by Jake Westbrook, the Cards starting rotations hasn’t allow all that many runs and has kept the team in games while the offense struggled. If the Cards can continue to have good seasons by their starting pitchers and the offense continues to perk up, this team has the potential to be very good
So, while two games does not a season make, I think that Cardinals fans certainly have reason to get excited about the Cardinals recent offensive output. If Theriot continues to improve his batting (it at .240+ now, up from around .150) and gets on base, then he is followed by Rasmus, Pujols, Holliday, Berkman, Freese, Schumaker, and Molina which is a very potent lineup when, please excuse the cliche, the hitters are all clicking on the same cylinders. If this offense can become what it seems it can be, then this summer the Cardinals are going to be a very fun team to watch.