Hawk and Animal were legendary tag team partners and WWE Hall Of Fame inductees. Together they were known as the Road Warriors, and the 2013 St. Louis Cardinals are establishing themselves as the MLB version. Thursday afternoon provided yet another road win for the Cards who are now an amazing 24-11 away from the comfy confines of Busch Stadium.
The Cards’ 2-1 matinee victory gave them the series win over the New York Mets. On the season the Cards have won eight road series, tied three, and lost just one. That one series loss was the season-opening three gamer at the Arizona Diamondbacks; in fact the Cardinals opened the season winning just one of their first four road games. In the 31 road games that have followed the team has ripped off a 23-8 record. Wow.
Guys like Shelby Miller and Lance Lynn have been very good away from home so far, but the main attraction for the road show has been today’s winner, Adam Wainwright. The veteran tossed seven great innings and allowed zero runs on just four hits. The win improved Wainwright to an impressive 7-1 on the road (that lone loss was opening day). Closer Edward Mujica struggled through a nervous ninth, but he did earn his 11th away save this season and has been great more often than not in 2013 on road mounds.
The team has a road ERA of 3.00, and their bats have also performed away from Busch this season. Matt Holliday and Carlos Beltran each have six road dingers, and Allen Craig has five. Yadier Molina (quickly becoming my fave MLB player) is hitting a whopping .374 with a .428 OBP on the road.
Those guys are the usual suspects for manager Mike Matheny and his offense, but it is worth noting that with his next road RBI David Freese will become the ninth Cardinal in double-digits for knocking in runs on the road. Shortstop Peter Kozma is worthy of criticism for his poor home play (.196 average with .231 OBP at Busch Stadium), but he has been awesome on the road. Kozma was hitting .297 with a .360 OBP on the road coming into today, and he lit up the Mets to the tune of three-for-four this afternoon with a double and a run scored.
I feel like the Cards are the best team I have seen this season (so far), and if their road dominance continues they will be impossible to catch in the NL Central.