Twenty-three games into the month of June, the Cards have managed more than 4 runs just 8 times – only 35% of the games. This was something they did 52% of the time in the March-April time frame, and a standard they achieved 48% of the time last year.
Wednesday’s shutout was the sixth time this year the Cardinals have been kept off the scoreboard. Last year’s team was shut out just 7 times the whole season.
The March/April version of this team scored at least 4 runs in 24 of the first 29 games. Over the last two months, they have reached the four-run mark 25 times combined.
On June 15, after trailing 6-1 after two innings, the Cards almost came back, but lost to the Mets 8-7 when Jack Flaherty was thrown out at home with two-out in the ninth (box score). This was the second time this season they had scored 7 runs in a game, but lost. Milwaukee had beaten them 10-7 back on April 15 (box score). In that one, they rallied from a 6-2 deficit after two innings to tie it at six in the top of the sixth. Christian Yelich then hit the three-run homer in the bottom of the inning to spark the Brewers to the victory.
Last year the Cards lost only 3 games all season long when they scored more than 6 runs.
The Cards are 4-0 this month when Dakota Hudson starts. They are 10-5 in Hudson’s starts this year. They are also 3-0 when Daniel Ponce de Leon starts. They are 27-34 when anyone else takes the mound.
On Saturday, June 8 the visiting Cardinals hit the Chicago Cubs with four runs in the first. They wouldn’t score again, and ended up getting pummeled 9-4 (box score).
This became the second time this season already that St Louis has lost a game after being ahead by 4 runs. The other time also happened in Chicago against the Cubs on May 4. After a three-run fourth put them ahead 5-1, the Cards again stopped scoring. The Cubs got an answering grand slam from Taylor Davis in the bottom of that inning, and rolled on to a 6-5 victory (box score).
Through all of last year, the Cards lost just twice after leading by more than three runs.
I pointed out yesterday that St Louis’ 2-11 record in Milwaukee and Chicago represented some of the lowest moments of the season so far. Here are a few of those moments that we may be shaking our heads over for the rest of the season.