After sweeping the hapless Phillies, the Cardinals were put back in their place by the Atlanta Braves. The Braves showed no mercy and got some revenge over the Cardinals by sweeping the series.
Those two words sum up this series quite well. The Braves just dominated the Cardinals from the first pitch on Friday until the last out on Sunday. Some might say they were in the Saturday game because it was 0-0 going into the 8th inning. The Cardinals weren’t in that game. They only had 2 hits the entire game and couldn’t get anyone on base. The Braves had plenty of chances in that game with runners in scoring position, but didn’t execute until the bottom of the 8th inning. The Cardinals never had a chance in this series.
Best Pitching Performance: Joe Kelly
If Joe Kelly pitches like he did on Saturday, he will be a key part of this team. He shut down the Braves even though he didn’t have much offensive support.
Defensive Play Of The Series
Matt Adams play in Friday’s game was the rare highlight of the series for the Cardinals.
Some of the readers on this blog have accused me of “nitpicking” the Cardinals. I don’t mean to nitpick, I just like to call it as it is. The 2013 St. Louis Cardinals struggle to beat teams that are over .500. I don’t know why they do, but they just can’t show up against the elite teams in Major League Baseball. The Cardinals were embarrassed this past weekend. Can the Cardinals recover? Time will tell.