There's been a lot of talk about the Cardinals accomplishing the rare feat of having a Cy Young Award winner and a triple crown winner on the same roster.
But after Adam Wainwright lost his second consecutive start Sunday, making it that much less likely that the club will be the first since the 1962 Dodgers to have the top pitcher and top hitter in the league and not make the post season.
Wainwright gave up four runs to the Nationals, two on a a hit to pitcher John Lannan and two more on a homer to Mike Morse. Barely hitting .200 in the month of August, Morse killed the Cardinals with eight hits in 12 at bats including three doubles a homer and a triple.
Cardinals leftfielder Matt Holliday shatters his bat during a ninth inning groundout Sunday against the Nationals. AP photo.
The Reds beat the Cubs to pull a full five games ahead of the Redbirds as St. Louis continues to flop against lousy teams. Up next are the Astros, so things aren't looking much better.
Cardinals Star of the Game: Pedro Feliz couldn't crack the starting lineup in Houston. In St. Louis, he's the fifth place hitter. He cracked a homer to give the Birds a chance to get back into the game Sunday. He was 2-for-4 on the day and has raised his batting average 14 points since joining the Redbirds.
Cardinals Play of the Game: Feliz's homer.
Lowlight: Brendan Ryan was 0-for-3 on the day and saw his batting average dwindle back down to the .220 mark,