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The Cardinals had a nightmare Labor Day

Sep 2, 2013, 4:12 PM EDT

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I bet St. Louis fans are glad that’s over.

In addition to losing Yadier Molina mid-game due to a sore left wrist, the Cardinals were walloped by the Reds today, 7-2. Ace Adam Wainwright was shelled for six earned runs in six innings. That’s the second straight awful start for Wainwright since he tossed 128 pitches on August 23rd. He allowed nine runs in his last outing, also against the Reds. If the Pirates win the Central and the Reds and Cardinals face off in the wild card game, you have to wonder if Wainwright gets the call.

For Cincinnati, Mat Latos had a much better day. He tossed his first complete game of the season, allowing only two runs on four hits. He only needed 100 pitches to go all nine.

With this loss the Cardinals fall a half game back of the Pirates, who as of this writing are still playing against Milwaukee.

  1. fearlessleader - Sep 2, 2013 at 4:35 PM

    “If the Pirates win the Central and the Reds and Cardinals face off in the wild card game, you have to wonder if Wainwright gets the call” — at this point I don’t think anyone’s even wondering.

    • gibbyfan - Sep 2, 2013 at 5:58 PM

      That’s a scary propostion Fearless………..and a very likely scenario……….

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  2. cohnjusack - Sep 2, 2013 at 4:39 PM

    Since the All-Star break, Wainwright is 3-4 with a 4.80 ERA, and as a whole, the Cardinals are just 22-22.

  3. crookedstick - Sep 2, 2013 at 5:03 PM

    That’s been their M.O. for the last several years, jump out to a hot start, play mediocre or worse during the summer months and then crank it back up down the stretch and postseason.

  4. thomas844 - Sep 2, 2013 at 6:30 PM

    There’s been talk all year about the Pirates-Cardinals division race, but man, don’t sleep on the Reds. They got just as good a shot to win it, even despite missing their ace, cleanup hitter, and both 8th inning setup men for most of the year.

    • okwhitefalcon - Sep 2, 2013 at 6:44 PM

      I think the lack of talk is mostly a by product of them not spending much time at the top of the division and “chasing” most of the year so to speak.

      The Reds play well at home and their schedule set ups in their favor, they’re in good position to make a run at the division title for sure.

  5. dutchman45 - Sep 2, 2013 at 9:34 PM

    Reds will win out and win the World Series.

    • stlouis1baseball - Sep 3, 2013 at 10:30 AM

      Rik:
      The Redlegs are a force to be sure. But you just stated they would “win out.”
      This would mean they aren’t going to lose a game the rest of the year.
      Certainly you don’t mean that.

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