The Cards headed into their just completed 10-game West Coast road trip having won their last six series in a row, including a home set against the San Francisco Giants, and sported the best record in Major League Baseball.
Yet after two losses to the Padres on August 21 and 22 to open the trip to San Diego, Arizona and San Francisco, some fans were really upset. Many strong comments were shared on Twitter, but I only kept one of them. The other quotes following came from The Cardinal Nation message board.
— Jay Hinson (@JayBird_JMoney) August 22, 2015
“This team has a virus. Usually it doesn’t happen until we play SF in October.” – Carter64
“Cards are going to most likely be in 2nd place when they get back home from this trip and lets face it the offense is not good enough to do a dang thing about that.” – TCRedbird
“i really hope the rumors about dewitt selling the team are true.” – Peanut82
“don’t look now, but the cubs are now 6 1/2 back. matheny’s stubby clapps have opened the door to disaster.” – Peanut82
For the record, St. Louis went on to win seven of eight after the two San Diego losses to complete the trip with a 7-3 record. The Cardinals’ lead over Pittsburgh is the same now as it was 10 games ago, 4.5 games. That is compared to just 2.5 games at the All-Star break. Pending Sunday night’s contest, the third-place Cubs have fallen to 10 back.
There is no “choke,” “virus” or “disaster.” Only the most unreasonably cynical would not agree the Cardinals made a strong West Coast showing.
That doesn’t mean the cynics will appear to be able to enjoy such a successful season, which is really too bad. The Cardinals return home not only with the best record in baseball, but also the top home (46-19, .708) AND away marks (38-27, .585) in the game. Yet for some apparently more focused on style points than the bottom line, it is still isn’t enough.
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