Originally written on The Outside Corner  |  Last updated 8/27/14

May 13, 2014; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Adam Wainwright (50) throws to a Chicago Cubs batter during the third inning at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports
If the Cardinals intended to put some space between themselves and the Pirates, they failed to do so by losing two out of three to Pittsburgh, capped off by a 3-1 loss at PNC Park on Wednesday. More troubling for St. Louis, however, could be the status of No. 1 starter Adam Wainwright. The Cards’ ace told Though the Cardinals could get a respite by playing the Cubs in their next four games, the Pirates will get another crack at St. Louis in a three-game series to begin September. That will be the last time these two teams play this season, unless they meet in a one-game wild-card playoff. Help could be arriving soon for St. Louis. Michael Wacha would certainly help the starting rotation, and he’s making a rehab start with Double-A Springfield. If all goes well and he’s able to make one or two more rehab starts after that, Wacha could rejoin the Cardinals in mid-September. Even better would be the return of Yadier Molina, who’s also on a rehab assignment with Springfield beginning Wednesday. He could be back behind the plate in St. Louis by the end of the week. In Molina’s absence, A.J. Pierzynski has a .672 OPS and Tony Cruz is batting .145. The Cardinals’ lineup has shown some life in August, but Molina coming back would provide a significant boost. Up to this point, the Cards have arguably been a disappointment, staring up at the Brewers in the NL Central all season. But despite not playing up to expectations, St. Louis is still in playoff contention. The Cardinals have the month of September to get their pitching right, continue hitting, work their magic and start playing like one of the best teams in the league.
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