ST. LOUIS -- The Cardinals have to be content to reach the midpoint of their season on a pace to win 98 games. Of course, they also have to be concerned following a 14-14 June during which starting pitchers not named Adam Wainwright combined for a 5.40 ERA.
Which brings us to this: Should the Cardinals be more content or concerned about the 81 games left in their regular season?
Let's look at five key issues before answering:
Even after their rocky June, the Cardinals own the best rotation ERA (3.18) in the majors. But that's about the end of the good news. Entering July, the Cardinals' second-best starter looks to be Joe Kelly, and he's not even in the rotation.
As well as Shelby Miller, Lance Lynn and Jake Westbrook pitched at the start of their seasons, history says their June struggles are more likely to continue than not. Miller is, after all, a rookie. Lynn's season is starting to look like a repeat of 2012, when he made the All-Star team and then lost his ...