Found July 29, 2012 on Fox Sports Midwest:
CHICAGO Two steps forward and one step back. It's been that kind of season for the puzzling St. Louis Cardinals. Armed with one of the best offensives in the league and a pitching staff that has the lowest ERA in the major leagues in July, the Cardinals somehow find themselves a season-worst 7.5 games behind the Cincinnati Reds in the National League Central. And Sunday's 4-2 walk-off loss to the Cubs at Wrigley Field served as a perfect microcosm of their recent struggles: Adam Wainwright allowed just two runs in six innings but the offense couldn't provide a clutch hit and the bullpen faltered late. The Cardinals arrived in the Windy City with six wins in their past seven games and momentum that appeared to have them going in the right direction. But after winning Friday's series opener 9-6, the Cardinals lost 3-2 on Saturday and fell in another heartbreaker Sunday to drop the series and slow their gaining optimism. "You can't be playing well, come in...

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After a rough start to the second half of the season that included five losses in six games to the Cincinnati Reds and Milwaukee Brewers, the St. Louis Cardinals woke up and are back to looking like the team that led the NL Central through April. The Cardinals have lost just twice since leaving Milwaukee on July 18, and the upcoming schedule suggests they could go on a bit of a...

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St. Louis has been powered by strong starting pitching all season long. If that trend doesn't continue in Colorado, the Cardinals may soon find themselves out of the race for the NL Central with the way the Cincinnati Reds are playing. Kyle Lohse (10-2, 2.71 ERA), a shining example of his staff's consistency throughout the year, takes the mound for St. Louis, which will...
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