Fans walking out of Busch Stadium could be forgiven for being disgruntled following the St. Louis Cardinals‘ 7-4 loss to the New York Yankees on Wednesday night. For one thing, the lineup seemed illogical, what with Matt Adams and Jhonny Peralta being absent from the card. For another, SP Shelby Miller was nothing less than awful, and more curiously, he was allowed to stay in entirely too long.
However, fans must take into account the information that Adams appears to have a strain of some kind and that Miller was taking one for a tired bullpen. Manager Mike Matheny is down to the nub on arms, as many of his top guns are taxed and on the shelf. However, in spite of all of these difficulties, the club managed to show grit, fight and even rallied to the point where the tying run came to the plate in the bottom of the ninth.
This in and of itself is a positive sign, as gone appears to be the flat, give in too easy Cardinals of the early season and replaced by a toughened bunch of Redbirds. With 2B Kolten Wong having his first major league four-hit day and Randy Choate bouncing back from a tough outing with a brilliant jam defusing performance, the Cardinals showed they are in it to win it and good to contend for the long haul.
Yes the fans can be forgiven for being upset, but they are encouraged to look deeper than the surface. The team is on the road to success and reinforcements are coming — OF prospect Oscar Taveras is slated to arrive soon and some arms from the farm are headed north to stabilize the bullpen. The Cardinals survived a tough start in contention and now look to gel as a team from within.