It may have been a bit of a sloppy game. But the Cardinals came through when it counted and made a huge statement over the weekend in Cincinnati.
The Reds were 21-9 on their home field before the Redbirds rolled into town and took two of three games -- while wearing their handsome and traditional navy road caps -- to extend their lead in the National League Central race to four games.
Cincinnati, statistically, had the best bullpen in baseball armed with two experienced closers. But that was before the Cardinals hung seven runs on their relief crew, including a grand slam by Matt Holliday that sent the rapidly-shrinking crowd scurrying for the exits.
It seems that the Reds thought it was only a matter of time before they assumed their rightful place at the top of the standings. But by beating Cincinnati on its own field, the Cardinals served notice that they're no fluke.
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The Cardinals trailed twice by two runs yet refused to give up with Bronson Arroyo, a pitcher that ESPN commentators gushed repeatedly was one of the winningest pitchers in baseball since 2006.
St. Louis stands with a 41-22 record, the best mark in Major League Baseball, as the Cardinals head to New York to play the 23-25 Mets. Then they go to Miami to play the 18-44 Marlins, the worst team in baseball.
Hopefully the Redbirds will continue to keep their foot on the gas and they'll take advantage of the weaker teams they face. After taking two of three games in Cincinnati, anything less than four wins in the next two series will be a big disappointment.