The Cardinals series against the Brewers was strangely reminiscent of the last time the played the Reds.
On both occasions, the Cardinals came to town with a 2 1/2 game lead and the opponent was in second. All the Redbirds had to do was win one game and they would have left town in first place. But they completely folded and had to retreat with their tails between their legs.
While it's still early, it's a bit disturbing that the Cardinals are 0-6 in their last two series against competitive National League Central Division foes.
It's not time to panic. The Birds weren't fielding their best team. Matt Holliday and Kyle McClellan should soon come off the disabled list and hopefully, Allen Craig isn't that far behind. David Freese might be back in a month or thereabouts. So there's plenty to be optimistic about.
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But I'm not willing to make excuses. You have to win with the guys available. And the Cardinals had more than a few opportunities to do the little things winning clubs do to help themselves to wins over the weekend in Milwaukee. It's not like they were playing with one arm tied behind their backs.
The Birds now head to Washington to take on the weak Nationals. They need to get back on the winning track as they wait for re-enforcements to arrive.