last time we were all this depressed -- two and a half weeks ago, after the sweep at the hands of the reds -- a poster named Solanus issued the following prediction:
for the 1st two months of 2006, Solanus noted, "St. Louis has had a criminally easy schedule, with a Challenge Rating of 882 (Cincinnati is 2nd in the NL with a 941)." in a followup comment (scroll down three replies), he explained:
their schedule returns to its usual level of softness this week: the indians (if i did my calculations correctly --- Solanus, jump in if i f'ed it up) have a weak CR of 847, and the royals are even worse at 551. the cardinals have gone 8-1 against teams with CRs in the 800s this year, and 10-2 against teams that are at 600 or below. they have pounded the patsies. a 5-1 week, while not solving the cards' very real problems, may nonetheless get the team back to feeling good about itself.
tonight's starter, by the way, has drawn the 2d-most-challenging assignments among the cardinal pitchers: marquis' average opponent has a CR of 977, bested only by mark mulder (avg CR of 1010). cleveland starter cliff lee's composite opponent has a Challenge Rating of 1063 . . . . and the cardinals, by virtue of their current slump, only carry a Challenge Rating of 852.