Braves vs Cardinals: Can Anyone Stop St. Louis?

It is looking more and more like the St. Louis Cardinals will be heading back to the World Series this year. It seems like on even years the San Francisco Giants are a lock and in odd numbered years it is the Cards. St. Louis went to the World Series in 2013, losing to the Red Sox and in 2011 when they beat the Texas Rangers. The Giants went in 2010, 2012 and 2014. This is 2015 so it is the Cardinals turn.

Right now, the Cards have the best record in the National League. They are 63-35 and lead the N. L. Central by 6.0 games over the Pittsburgh Pirates who look like they are the second best team in the National League. The Cards just win games. They win games when they probably shouldn’t win and win the ones they should. This weekend they beat the Atlanta Braves two of three. All three games were hard fought, close games.

On Friday night the Cards won 4-2. They got a home run from Randal Grichuk to get the scoring started in the second inning with Yadier Molina on base to make it 2-0. Single runs in the third and fourth made it 4-0 and the Cards shut the Braves down with the exception of their two-run sixth.

Graphic via gazettenet

On Saturday night, former Card pitcher Shelby Miller shut them down but Carlos Martinez matched zeroes with him. The Cards won the game with a run in the eighth on a sac fly by Stephen Piscotty. Atlanta lost the game despite out-hitting the Cards 7-2. But then, the Cards often win games like that. Ask the Cubs.

The Braves avoided being swept by beating the Cards 3-2 in another well-pitched game. Cameron Maybin hit a two-run single to give the Braves a 2-0 lead in the second inning. But Piscotty got his second career RBI a day after getting his first to win the game, to make it 2-1 when he singled home Jason Heyward. Matt Holliday then tied it in the fifth when he doubled home Kolten Wong.

Graphic via zimbio
The Braves won the game on a home run from Adonis Garcia in the top of the sixth. They hung on from there as Matt Wisler ran his record to 5-1. Jim Johnson got his ninth save as he shit out the Cards in the ninth.

The Braves will likely not be buyers at the trade deadline as they are six games under .500 and 6.5 out.

The Cards look like the team to beat as they are once again getting big contributions from unexpected places such as Piscotty and Grichuk. St. Louis always seems to get big plays from people like that and they are at it again.

The Braves are moving on to Baltimore to face the O’s while St. Louis is hosting the Reds, who have waved the white flag after trading Johnny Cueto.

Graphic via csnwashington


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