Through 15 games, the St. Louis Cardinals sit at a tidy 9-6, with nowhere near any of the maximum efficiency the roster is capable of. On the whole there are many positives to digest. First the team is pitching about as well as was expected, which is to say the starters are going deep into ballgames and the pen has not been taxed too much just yet. Jhonny Peralta has already delivered more home run thump than Pete Kozma did all of last season, and he did it with his first two hits of the year. The bad news is those were to that point his only two hits of the year.
Peralta also has some Chicken Littles concerned about his glove, but there is no reason to be panicked 15 games into a long season. Peralta has been consistent throughout his career in all facets of the game and is still hovering near his prime physically. Besides that error did not cost the Cardinals the game against the Milwaukee Brewers — the nearly punchless lineup did.
These things do happen, but ultimately, the bottom line on the Redbirds is that the club is playing close to 100 win pace baseball and seems poised to be able to continue its excellence when the younger players gel and reliable veterans, such as Matt Holliday and Allen Craig, revert to form. Craig already relieved some anxious observers with his first homer of the year on Wednesday. There is no reason to be overly concerned about any of these players as all of them have reliable track records.
Next up are the Washington Nationals, who like the Cardinals, are also 9-6 and looking to find their groove as well. They will have to pull that off against Adam Wainwright, who takes the hill on Thursday as once again perhaps the game’s best rotation flips back to the top.