By Patrick Kelly
After a rough series against the Kansas City Royals, the St. Louis Cardinals were able to bounce back on Thursday night with a win in their last series of the year against the Milwaukee Brewers. With the 4-2 win the Cardinals moved to two games above .500, which gives them some separation from the Cincinnati Reds and San Francisco Giants.
They then split a double-header with the Brewers Friday, a result along with other games that clinched a playoff spot for the Reds. However, the Cardinals remain in control of second place in the division and can gain a playoff spot by winning one game Saturday or Sunday and not be forced to play the Detroit Tigers on Monday.
The Brewers are a team whose offense has improved as the season went on, but Thursday night the Cardinals were able to keep pace with them, out-hitting them 10-9. The Redbirds were also helped by youngsters Dylan Carlson and Tommy Edman, who combined for four hits with Carlson getting three RBI. The Cardinals are still having some problems though with Matt Carpenter still unable to find the ball, once again going hitless and only having two hits in his last 34 at bats.
Carpenter didn’t play in the 3-0 loss to the Brewers in the first game Friday and the team had only five hits. However, in Game 2, he had two hits in three at-bats with an RBI in the Cardinals’ nine-hit, 9-1 victory.
Although the Cardinals haven’t found the perfect rotation for the outfield they need to keep Edman in the infield going into the playoffs and we will see if Carpenter becomes a small part of the equation.