The Cardinals are currently enduring their third 3+ game losing streak of the season, a "feat" they didn't accomplish in 2015 until just before the All-Star break. Wednesday's 9-8 loss to the Cubs was about as frustrating as they come. The starting pitching was again inadequate. The Cardinals got to Jake Arrieta for the second time in a row (going back to last year's NLDS) and failed to capitalize on it. Mike Matheny elected to have Yadier Molina bunt with runners on first and second and no outs in the bottom of the 9th which stunted whatever rally they had going. And last night the offense couldn't get much going and they dropped the opener to the Nationals 2-1.
Matt Carpenter did not see any of this action because he's currently on paternity leave after his wife gave birth to their first child on Wednesday. And while there was a silly opinion expressed online about Carpenter's current paternity leave, as is wont to happen on Twitter, this singular event is more important than a couple of games that we'll barely even be able to remember come next week. Take as much time as you want, Matt. (For what it's worth, he's supposed to return at some point during the Washington series.)
Here's what you may have missed yesterday at VEB:
Big City left in the middle of last night's game with back tightness which is hopefully just a precautionary measure because he's been crushing the ball. To that point, Joe Schwarz took a look at Adams's recent offensive output.
Cardinals vs. Cubs
The bad news is the Cubs took another series from the Cardinals. The good news - if you want to take the low road with me and grasp at some straws - the Cardinals have dominated their rivals over the course of your lifetime. It's almost a certainty.
The highlight here is likely the cat taking some leisure time on Carlos Martinez's head but that picture of Yadi is hilarious.
Cardinals vs. Nats
The Cardinals should destroy the Nats. As mentioned, they lost last night but there's still three games to play over the long weekend. And here's the game thread and recap from last night's loss in case you missed it. The game wasn't a total loss. Aledmys Diaz hit a solo home run - hopefully a sign he's breaking out of a .239/.270/.380 funk from April 28 heading into last night, and this is also happened:
Have a great Memorial Day weekend, everyone.