It is common and understandable to want to put a bad loss behind one as quickly as possible. For that reason, it is probably good that the St. Louis Cardinals have a Thursday afternoon game following their 15-0 drubbing at the hands of San Francisco Wednesday night at Busch Stadium.
Yet, as the 2012 Cardinals fight to try to gain a spot in the post-season, I wondered if there could be any possible correlation between one very big loss and the season overall.
Being only one game of 162, it certainly seems unlikely. On the other hand, do very good clubs ever have a mulligan of this magnitude?
In the table below are the worst 17 single-game losses in team history, as measured by run differential of 15 runs or more. They are selected regardless of location or date (and provided courtesy of researcher Tom Orf).
Worst single-game losses, St. Louis Cardinals, team history