Last week, we completed a 3 game sweep in STL, shortly after they were hit with the devastating news that they'd be without the services of the best player in baseball for an extended period. The sweep landed us a share of first place.
6 games later, we're 3 games back.
Cards beat up on the Brewers and Pirates. We've lost 5 of 6 to the Brewers and Cubs.
Cards were on the road for these games - we've been at home. Competition level has otherwise been a push.
The Cards are a franchise that is used to winning. We play like frightened turtles when we're in or near first.
Fact is, we will not take the step from cellar dweller and/or also-ran until we learn how to play well with targets on our back.