The St. Louis Cardinals lost two of their first three games this 2013 MLB season. St. Louis also experienced a 16-inning marathon on Wednesday night during a 10-9 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks in a game where the Cardinals had to use seven different relievers. That was some game! St. Louis had the day off on Thursday after the long night, but that game is going to hurt the Cardinals for the next week at least.
St. Louis had four relievers pitch at least two innings including closer Mitchell Boggs. You can say that the day off will help those pitchers recover, but you can’t be so sure of that happening. The four pitchers who threw two innings also threw at least 27 pitches each. Those are just extra bullets out of the tank for later use, and with a difficult three-game series this weekend with the San Francisco Giants, St. Louis might be in trouble.
The by-product of that game means that pitchers Jake Westbrook, Shelby Miller and Adam Wainwright may need to pitch six or seven innings each just so the bullpen can rest up a little bit. The Cardinals play six straight days now so even though it is just the first week of the season, the bullpen issue is a big problem. I’m sure by next week everything will be back to normal, but it may see St. Louis being 2-4 or 1-5 before that happens. The National League Central may be fairly weak, but you don’t want to start a season with that bad of a record. This is a very important weekend for the Cardinals in San Francisco. And I can say that I will be right there in the stands in San Francisco holding my head up high, my Cardinals shirt blowing, and cheering on for the Cardinals no matter what.