Last Friday, the St. Louis Cardinals lost to the Chicago Cubs 7-2. It was their third straight loss and fifth in their previous seven games, and they remained stuck 1 1/2 games behind the Milwaukee Brewers in the NL Central standings.
Nothing but W’s since, with the streak now 6 after last night’s tense and defensive-filled 3-2 victory over the Brewers.
That deficit in the standings has turned into a 4-game lead.
The Cards are a season-high 14 games over .500 at 77-63.
Michael Wacha is back.
Over the past seven games Peter Bourjos is hitting .462, Jon Jay .455, Matt Holliday .379 and Daniel Descalso and Randal Grichuk .375 each.
Trevor Rosenthal is tied for the major league lead with 42 saves (even if an incredibly high number of them are very nerve-wracking, like last night’s).
The Cardinals have a magic number of 19 to clinch the NL Central title for a second straight year.
Happy Friday, Cardinals fans, and what a week!