I readily admit that I am still angry about 1985. Nothing will ever change that, but let’s be honest; geography is the only reason that Major League Baseball considers the Kansas City Royals to be the St. Louis Cardinals’ interleague rival.
I don’t want to pound on the Royals, though. That would be too easy as they are currently having enough problems as it is. After all, they were just swept at home by the American League’s worst team on paper, the Houston Astros.
One could hope the Royals don’t make a managerial change that might temporarily revive them before their upcoming away and home series with the Cardinals from June 2-5.
All things considered, I am glad the two teams are still scheduled to play annually. With the Astros having moved out of the division and off the interleague schedule, too, the Cardinals have fewer and fewer breathers on the docket.
I thought the 2014 New York Yankees might be in that category, but I was proven wrong. This garden-variety Yankees club that lacked Mark Teixeira, Carlos Beltran, Alex Rodriguez and (mostly) Derek Jeter still won two of three at Busch Stadium – despite ace Masahiro Tanaka not pitching.
That once again reminded me how badly the Cardinals perform against American Leaguers – except for KC.
Here is how bad it has been in recent regular seasons. And just to prove it isn’t about Mike Matheny, the 2011 regular season is included as well, so we have the last three-plus years.
Even with the Royals, St. Louis is just one game over .500 against the Junior Circuit since 2011. Without Kansas City, against whom they are 11-5 since 2011, the Cards have logged a mediocre .432 record against the rest of the AL, 16-21.
At least St. Louis is consistent. They have posted a losing record against the non-KC AL teams in each of the four years.
By the way, over the course of 162 games, a .432 winning percentage would lead to a 70-92 full-season mark. That’s Cubs territory, folks.
|vs. AL except KC||1-2||.333||7-9||.438||4-5||.444||4-5||.444||16-21||.432|
I leave you with this closing thought. While the Cards have the four games remaining against KC, they also have 13 more ahead against other AL clubs, all from the tough Eastern Division. They include Toronto (three), Tampa Bay (four), Baltimore (three) and Boston (three).
In other words, the going will not be getting any easier.