Found May 06, 2012 on
The St. Louis Cardinals have had a very good start to the 2012 season with 16 wins and a 2.5 game lead in the NL Central heading into play Saturday. But the schedule in May is not quite as easy as the one the Cardinals cruised through in April.
The Cardinals finish up a stretch of 27 consecutive games against NL Central opponents Sunday. They will play only two games against a divisional opponent, the Chicago Cubs May 14-15, for the next 27 games on the schedule.
Although the Cardinals played an odd early season schedule with so many divisional games, it worked out in their favor because the division doesn’t appear to be that strong this year. The Cincinnati Reds were the only other NL Central team to have a winning record heading into play Saturday.
The Cardinals will start to face tougher competition soon, however, and it will come in a hurry. They will play 16 of those upcoming 27 games against teams with a record of .500 or better.
So, while the Cardinals’ starting pitching has...
BEST OF MAXIM
AROUND THE WEB
St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Lance Berkman is set to come of the disabled list soon. Who should get demoted to Triple AAA Memphis when Berkman returns? Vote now! - Photo courtesy of Getty Images
The St. Louis Cardinals have a good problem in 2012. The roster is deep and talented with a number of players that can contribute in all types of different ways.
HOUSTON The link between folklore and fandom is intrinsic, with the blend of exaggeration and admiration yielding tales that supersede life.
Cardinals rookie infielder Matt Carpenter doesn't wear batting gloves. That he is something of a novelty in that regard has made him a fan favorite in St. Louis, a city where hardnosed baseball players are revered and lauded for as long...
Second baseman Tyler Greene showed all those offensive skills Sunday that have labeled him still a prospect although he more often than not has been suspect at the big-league level.
Greene, mostly a reserve who was starting at second base against Houston LHP J.A. Happ, clubbed two homers and a double and drove in four runs as he bumped his average to .256. He stole one base and...
Right-hander Kyle Lohse failed to join Lance Lynn as St. Louis starters to open their seasons at 5-0.
Lohse was not quite his April self as he allowed five runs in five innings to the Houston Astros on Friday night. However, two of those runs were unearned, and perhaps just one of the five should have scored if the Cardinals' defense had performed better.
On the other hand...
HOUSTON (AP) -- Tyler Greene hit a career-high two homers and drove in four runs, Adam Wainwright continued his dominance of the Astros and the St. Louis Cardinals got an 8-1 win over Houston on Sunday.
The victory breaks a season-long five-game winning streak for the Astros and ends a three-game skid for the Cardinals.
Allen Craig also homered for St. Louis, getting things going...
The addition of outfielder Carlos Beltran, who leads the St. Louis Cardinals in 2012 with five stolen bases, along with a new approach by manager Mike Matheny, has resulted in the Cardinals swiping more bags at a higher success rate than in past seasons. - Photo courtesy of Getty Images
Former St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa will go down as one of the best manager of...
St. Louis Cardinals weekly chat on KXnO FOX Sports Radio 1460 in Des Moines.
Late Friday afternoon, I joined Ken Miller and Jim Brinson on KXnO FOX Sports Radio 1460 in Des Moines in another installment of this year’s series to discuss the St. Louis Cardinals, “Cardinal Talk.”
Cardinals followers in central Iowa can again catch Cardinals radio broadcasts on KXnO as well as...
Just a few weeks away from returning to Navy duty from St. Louis Cardinals extended spring training camp, pitcher Mitch Harris hit a physical roadblock Saturday.
Brian Walton’s weekend report from St. Louis Cardinals extended spring training camp in Jupiter, Florida.
The St. Louis Cardinals were defeated in their weekend series opener at Houston’s Minute Maid Park Friday night.
The St. Louis Cardinals have fallen back into a bad habit they were plagued by early in 2011: giving away games.
Admittedly, it is hard to find much fault with a 16-10 start to the season. This is in no way meant to nit-pick or make up something to complain about. But when the Cardinals lose, it is often in sloppy fashion and lacking in fundamentals. That’s a big problem for a...
HOUSTON (AP) -- St. Louis starter Jaime Garcia entered Saturday night's start 0-3 in five career starts against the Astros.
Make that 0-4, with another major clunker.
Chris Johnson hit his first career grand slam off Garcia, Bud Norris continued his dominance of the Cardinals and the Astros beat St. Louis 8-2 to win a fifth consecutive game for the first time since late 2010...
(AP) -- In a rotation filled with talented arms, Lance Lynn has stood out for the St. Louis Cardinals in the first month of the season.
Joe Saunders has fared pretty well for the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Lynn looks to become the majors' first six-game winner when the Cardinals face Saunders and the Diamondbacks on Monday night at Chase Field.
After starting twice in 18 regular...