Come on, you can'tn be serious. Nosedive? We caught a bad break from a team who has won the pennant for the past two years. It happens, and it's a long season. I bet you thought we would nosedive after the Atlanta game too right? Look how we've turned out since then.
This team needs some rest and the All-Star Break couldn't be happening at a better time. We are getting both Hanigan and Volquez back, two very important contributors. Whether or not Hanigan will continue his offensive production remains to be seen, as well as Volquez and whether or not he can return to 1st half 2008 form. However we have managed quite well with missing key components, while the Cardinals are hurting with the loss of Freese, Ludwick, Penny, Lohse, and perhaps even Carpenter judging by how he's pitched after announcing having a sore arm.
I wouldn't exactly call this a nosedive, 2.0 games up at this point is better than many felt we would be.