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Cardinals’ Slide Reaches Seven In Cincy

It’s been a long time since the St. Louis Cardinals have struggled like this.

The team and manager Mike Matheny are at a crossroads early in the 2017 season, having suffered their seventh straight loss, 5-2, to the Cincinnati Reds on Thursday. The team has struggled mightily on offense, averaging just 2.85 runs per game during this June swoon.

To put their current slide in perspective, Thursday’s loss capped off the Cardinals’ first four-game sweep in Cincy since 2003 and the club’s first winless road trip since 2007. It’s also the longest losing streak in Matheny’s career as the team’s manager.

Mike Leake (5-5) took the loss for the Redbirds, who are now seven games under the .500 mark for the first time this year. Scott Feldman looked sharp for Cincinnati, scattering four hits over seven scoreless innings to improve to 5-5 on the season. Joey Votto went 4-for-4 with a 2-run homer to lead the way for the Reds.

After the game, Matheny said that his team will take stock in their recent performance and communicate to the team what adjustments need to be made going forward.

“We got lots of messages,” the St. Louis skipper said. “And, the message is consistent. The message is, we’ve got to keep playing the game and we’ve got to keep getting better.

“When you go through this stuff, because you go through it every year, the first place you look is in the mirror. You figure out what each and every single one of us can do better. We’ve got a lot of guys who have been through runs like this… This is baseball.”

With the lack of run production, there has been some talk that the Cardinals (27-33) may be looking to make a trade. The team batted .218 over the past week, but any move for a big bat could potentially involve a prized prospect like catcher Carson Kelly or pitcher Luke Weaver.

There has also been speculation about Matheny’s future at the helm in the Gateway City, as the Cardinals’ fanbase isn’t accustomed to being near the bottom of the standings. For now, however, every indication is that the skipper, who had a .570 winning percentage entering the season, is safe in St. Louis for the immediate future. (Note: The last Cardinals manager to be fired mid-season was Joe Torre, in 1995)

Michael Wacha (2-3) will try and stop the bleeding for the ‘Birds on Friday when they return home to take on the Phillies and right-hander Jeremy Hellickson.

 

TOMORROW’S MATCHUP:

St. Louis Cardinals vs. Philadelphia Phillies

Busch Stadium – St. Louis, MO – 7:15 PM CT

Michael Wacha (2-3, 4.67 ERA) vs. Jeremy Hellickson (5-3, 4.50 ERA)

Ryan Boman

Ryan Boman

Editor in Chief at TheGorillaPosition.com
Syndicated columnist & feature writer whose work has appeared in The Miami Herald, AdWeek, SB Nation and 1wrestling.com
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