ST. LOUIS If the St. Louis Cardinals miss out on the playoffs and look back later at where things might have gone wrong, not taking advantage of some stellar starting pitching the past month may be near the top of the list.
The Cardinals got another quality start from rookie Joe Kelly Monday, his sixth straight quality outing and the seventh straight such start from the team. But they lost 5-3 to the Los Angeles Dodgers, ending a three-game winning streak and falling a season-worst six games behind the Cincinnati Reds in the N.L. Central.
It was an unwelcomed scene that's happened far too much of late for the Cardinals, who continue to waste great starting pitching by struggling to get timely hits and put multiple-run innings together.
The starting rotation of Kelly, Lance Lynn, Adam Wainwright, Kyle Lohse and Jake Westbrook had a microscopic 2.03 ERA since June 2. But the Cardinals are just 9-8 during that stretch including a 3-8 mark in one-run games.
"It's definitely not the...