Remember May 14? It wasn’t all that long ago, about three and a half weeks, and it was Mother’s Day. The Cardinals beat the Cubs 5-0, moved to 21-15 on the season and maintained their one-game first-place lead in the National League Central.
Only five wins in the 22 games since, with the last being on June 1. From six games over .500 to now six games under. Seven straight losses now, as we are all well aware — a three-game sweep by the Cubs followed by an awful four-game sweep by the Reds. If the Pirates hadn’t had their own rough patch of ninth inning blown saves on Tuesday and Wednesday and a terrible game last night, the Cardinals could easily be in last place right now. Instead, the Cards are in fourth and 4 1/2 back.
And, really, it’s hard for me to care all that much. Apathy seems to be my main emotion when it comes to the Cardinals this season, and last season as well. I’m no longer a fan of Mike Matheny, and haven’t been for a while now, so that makes it hard to care like I used to. And we all know that he’s going to remain manager …
So we can all just sit back and watch, or check the scores at least, and see how things progress starting tonight against the Phillies. The last time the Cards has an eight-game losing streak, in case you were wondering, was 2007 — they actually had a nine-game losing streak then. It was also the last time the Cardinals finished a season with a losing record, as they were 78-84 that year.
It remains to be seen just how much like 10 years ago the 2017 season goes.