Considering the regular season is 162 games long, the MLB season is naturally full of highs and lows. However, the St. Louis Cardinals have been coasting up to this point in the season, yet it appears like the wheels are falling off for the Redbirds. Think about it this way: the Cardinals best player is going to be out for at least two weeks and St. Louis has lost seven straight games as it is. Yeah — it’s safe to say that St. Louis is in a world of hurt.
As if dropping four straight games to the divisional-leading Pittsburgh Pirates wasn’t bad enough, the Cardinals now have to worry about playing some of the hottest teams in baseball. After Thursday’s series finale versus the surging Pirates, St. Louis will stay on the road and face the Cincinnati Reds this weekend. Since the Cardinals are already 0-7 on this current road trip, it’s very likely that St. Louis doesn’t win a single game on this 11-game stint away from home.
Oddly enough, it doesn’t get any better for the Cardinals once they back return to Busch Stadium. When this road trip is through, the Los Angeles Dodgers will be waiting for the Cardinals and L.A. is undoubtedly the hottest team in the entire National League.
Defeating these teams with Molina is difficult enough, yet the NL MVP candidate will be out of action until at least the middle of August, which means the Cardinals will be at a total disadvantage.