The Cards last night began what I believe to be a very important road trip. Pittsburgh, Washington and Houston for ten games, leading into a home series against the Reds on Labor Day Weekend. I'd love to see the Cards clean up on this trip and win maybe seven or eight of the ten and close the gap on the Reds.
Great start last night as the Cards whipped the Pirates while the Reds were getting clobbered by the Giants out on the West Coast. Great to see Kyle Lohse come through with a good performance, albeit against the Pirate offense. The starting pitching other than the 5 spot has been tremendous lately, and if that continues on this trip, the Cards should definitely make up some ground while Cincinnati is out West.
After a horribly sluggish offensive performance during the recent 5 game losing streak, the Birds seems to have found their bats again in winning the last three. Jon Jay continues to impress and get on base regularly, and Albert and Holliday are both pounding the ball right now. If they can keep the offense rolling against these opponents, the starting pitching should win most of these games for us over the next couple of weeks.
Wainwright and Westbrook go to the mound the next couple of games in Pittsburgh. Hopefully we'll see the winning streak extended.