It’s phenomenal that the St. Louis Cardinals continue to pile up wins just as quickly as they pile up the injuries.
The Redbirds beat a pretty solid Minnesota Twins team Monday night despite the fact that closer Trevor Rosenthal was unable to pitch in a one-run game because of arm stiffness.
Nevermind that. Lefty reliever Seigrist came in and shut down the Twins easily to preserve the win.
The offense, which was just enough, was provided largely by the replacements for injured third and fourth-place hitters Matt Holliday and Matt Adams.
Mark Reynolds, playing in place of Adams at first base and in the cleanup spot of the batting order hit a solo home run. Randal Grichuk, filling in for Holiday in left field, had two hits including a triple.
While the Redbirds may squeak out a lot of victories because of their weakened offense, it’s obvious they’re made up of a bunch of winning personalities who are focused on the goals of the team.
Notable reasons why they continue to win:
▪ Manager Mike Matheny has really grown as a skipper. While some have questioned his tactical decisions in the past, it’s clear he is excellent in the area of motivating his players and keeping his team together. His game management has improved steadily as he has gained confidence and experience.
▪ Seigrist is a vital cog in the bullpen. In 2014 he suffered through a lost season because of injuries. But he’s got a sparkling 1.57 ERA this year with 1.08 baserunners allowed per inning pitched. He’s struck out 39 in 28 1/3 innings of work.
▪ Johnny Peralta was added as a complimentary offensive player. But it’s not a tough argument to make that he’s the best overall offensive player since he arrived as a free agent in 2014. Peralta has spent time in both the third and fourth spots of the order to fill in for Holliday and Adams. H’s hit .375 in the third spot with two home runs in 12 games and .301 in the fourth spot with five homers in 27 games.
▪ The rotation. Even with the loss of Adam Wainwright to a season-ending injury, the Cardinals continue to shut down opposing offenses on a daily basis. Carlos Martinez and Michael Wacha have pitched out of their minds. And then there is Jaime Garcia who has shaken off three years of rust and injuries to pitch fantastically in Waino’s place.