ST. LOUIS - With three off days in the next 12 days, the Cardinals aren't about to complain about their schedule.
Well, not much.
As much as manager Mike Matheny enjoys time off during the season, he would like for his team to have had a little more down time at home. So far, the Cardinals have had only one off day that came in the middle of a home stand, and that was more than two months ago. By the end of their next trip, the Cardinals will have spent four off days in California, which will be more than they've had in Missouri.
"We've got guys that have hardly seen their families," Matheny said Wednesday before the Cardinals-Cubs game. "For us to be as effective out here as we can be, we also need to make sure they've got pretty good balance in other areas of their life."
With this home stand ending Sunday night and the team's next trip beginning Tuesday in Houston, Matheny is planning to make Monday as much of a "home" off day as he can. Instead of heading out in the late m...