After last night’s win against the Kansas City Royals, the St. Louis Cardinals reach a season-high nine games above .500 with a record of 29-20. They are in first place and have a bit (just a bit) of breathing room as they are 3.5 games up against both Milwaukee and Cincinnati.
Albert Pujols broke out of his homer-less slump last night as well, perhaps yesterday was the start of a hot streak for El Hombre.
Skip Schumaker was activated from the Disabled List adding some much needed depth.
Outside of Chris Carpenter, the entire starting rotation is on fire. Even Jake Westbrook, who got off to a horrible start this season has only given up one run in his last two starts.
Most importantly, the brain trust in St. Louis finally seems to have found a viable closer in Fernando Salas, who has been lights out. If it wasn’t for the combination of blown saves in April, the Cards could very well have a 10 game lead in the second month of the season. I wonder what they can do in the next four.
So, is it just me, or, after working out some kinks, is this team really starting to flex its muscle?