The past two nights for the St. Louis Cardinals could well prove to be nothing less than season making developments. Faced with a prolonged sputter and having dropped their first two games to the Chicago Cubs, the Cardinals responded with a gritty win at Wrigley to avoid a sweep. Then the club followed that up with the most dominant one-run win you will ever see at the big league level against the reeling Atlanta Braves.
The best news going forward is that it appears 2B Mark Ellis and CF Peter Bourjos have turned the corner and have found some consistency at the plate. Bourjos showed a much more level plane to his swing angle, producing better contact and allowing him to finally utilize his speed, an element this club needs. Ellis seems to be finding his timing and is doing an excellent job in the field, while also providing his trademark veteran presence in the clubhouse.
Looking forward to the return of former closer Jason Motte and starter Jaime Garcia, one can envision a brutally tough bullpen that just as importantly allows Mr. Electric Carlos Martinez to finally take his spot in the rotation where he is likely to stay for the next 15 seasons. Whatever concerns anyone has about the pitching, remember the Yadi rule — as long as Yadier Molina is behind the plate, leadership and tutelage is assured.
As the veterans find their footing and the Baby Birds in Memphis start leaving the nest, the club figures to gel here in the not too distant future, as the depth is there internally to make up for any deficiencies without a trade. This club is about to get hot and leave April a distant memory.