As the Cardinals get set to entertain the Atlanta Braves over the holiday weekend, we’ll take a look at some very random numbers (none of which have anything to do with memorial Day) of varying significance that have shaped the season to this point.
May began in Washington, after the Cards finished April winning the first two games of that series. Game Three on May 1 also went to the Cards, 5-1.
That was the last time St Louis has won either a game three or a game four. They wrapped up the National series losing game four 2-1. They have since lost Game Three to the Cubs, 13-5 (May 5), Game Three to Philadelphia, 5-0 (May 8), Games Three (2-1) and Four (10-6) to Pittsburgh on May 11 and 12, Game Three to Atlanta, 10-2 (May 16), and to Texas, 5-4 in 10 innings (May 19).
Good thing the Kansas City series was only two games.
They were 6-1 in game threes and 1-1 in game fours in March/April.
Twenty games into the month of May, the Cards have been shut out three times, and held to fewer than three runs 10 times. They have lost all 11 games this month where they have scored less than five runs. They were only held to fewer than four runs 5 times in March/April – and managed to win one of those.
Meanwhile, they have allowed at least five runs 9 times this month – losing all 9 games. They have allowed five runs or more 23 times in their first 49 games this year.
They have scored at least ten runs 3 times this month (and 6 times for the year). They have also allowed at least ten runs 4 times this month (and 6 times this year). They scored ten or more runs just 12 times all year last year, and allowed ten runs or more just 8 times in 2018.
In 12 of the first 20 games this month St Louis as failed to score the first run of the game. They have lost 11 of the 12.
On May 9, Michael Wacha took the mound at home against the Pittsburgh Pirates. After he retired the first two batters in the first, Gregory Polanco drove a home run to make it 1-0 Pittsburgh. Wacha got out of the inning with no further scoring. St Louis then rebounded with four runs in the bottom of the second and never looked back on their way to a 17-4 victory (box score).
That was the only game this month that St Louis has come from behind to win. They had 10 come-from-behind wins in March/April. They have also lost 11 games this season (5 in May) in which they had a lead at some point.