The last time the Los Angeles Dodgers were in town, late last August, they swept the Cardinals in a three-game series that dropped the Cardinals 10 games out of the division lead and 10 12 games out of the wild-card race. The Cardinals then rallied to win the wild card, the pennant and the World Series.
The situation isn't as dire this time, but the Dodgers beat the Cardinals for the eighth straight time over two seasons Monday night, making an early lead stand up for a 5-3 triumph at Busch Stadium.
After a weekend spent beating up on the Chicago Cubs, 23-1, over three games, the Cardinals reverted to their difficulties delivering runners from scoring position, which marked their 1-5 road trip to Cincinnati and Milwaukee right after the All-Star break.
In those six games, the Cardinals were 8 for 51 with runners in scoring position. On Monday, they were just 1 for 8, with first baseman Lance Berkman's run-scoring single in the first inning the only at-bat on the plus side...