SCardenfreude: Cardinals Get Walked Off, Yielding Their Worst Start in Half a Century
Look. I don’t want to dance on any empty graves, or ignore other NL Central competitors. The St. Louis Cardinals may very well bounce all the way back from an ugly April, and the Milwaukee Brewers (and Pittsburgh Pirates?) might continue to win at an exceptional rate. Anything I say herein about the Cardinals is simply about enjoying the things that life gives you to enjoy when you get them.
Like the Cardinals blowing a two-run 9th inning lead in San Francisco and getting walked off on last night:
The loss, in addition to being delicious in its own right, sent the Cardinals to their worst start to a season in half a century:
On the one hand, that’s actually quite a credit to how consistent the Cardinals have been for the last 50 years. That a 9-15 start is as bad as it gets since the days of disco is, yeah, pretty impressive.
But we’re not here to be impressed.
We’re here to delight in an awful start to the season for the hated Cardinals. No team in the NL has more losses right now than the Cardinals outside of the dreadful Rockies. The Cardinals have a -20 run differential.
The pitching has been abysmal. Last night’s game actually increased the team ERA to 4.51:
I won’t draw any explicit conclusions just yet on that front, but we did wonder if the staff would be hurt by the loss of Yadi Molina *regardless* of his replacement. Maybe that’s some of what we’re seeing so far. That would be all the more delightful.