Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Cards lose, split series - Is there an invisible ceiling for the Cardinals?

Kyle Lohse (4-7) gave up 5 runs and 7 hits in 2 and 2/3 innings as the Cardinals lost to the New York Mets at Citi Field 9-0. Even though the Mets lost their starter Jon Niese in the second inning to an injury, the Mets shut out the Cardinals behind excellent relief pitching, something that the Mets lacked last night in their 10 inning loss.

With the loss, the Cardinals dropped to 59-51 and a half game behind the Chicago Cubs, who play the Cincinnati Reds this evening.

the one positive of the day for the Cardinals was that Albert Pujols continued his hot streak that began yesterday by hitting 2 doubles in the game.

Since the Cardinals reached a record of 17-7 on May 1st and then lost their next game on May 2nd(to the Nationals 6-1), the Cardinals have had six opportunities to get back to .500 and have lost them all. If the Cardinals want to win the NL Central they are going to have to crack through this invisible ceiling and get over the 10 games over .500 mark. If the Cardinals finished the season 10 games over .500, their record would be 86-76, a mark that would not likely earn them a playoff bid.

the Cardinals this weekend play a three game set with Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, so this will be a great chance for the Cardinals to hurdle this invisible ceiling.

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